Chicago Blues: A Living History- Rory Block- Samantha Fish- Cassie Taylor- Dani Wilde

Various Artists
Chicago Blues: A Living History---The (R)evolution Continues

Raisin' Music

So many of the blues greats have passed away but this tribute to the Chicago blues lives up to it's A Living History title; all of the stars contributing here, Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell and Carlos Johnson, are still with us. Arnold starts the 2-CD compilation off with a couple of slow shuffles, "He's a Jelly Roll Baker" and Tampa Red's "I'll Be Up Again Someday" before kicking into boogie-woogie gear with Sonnyboy Williamson's "She Don't Love Me That Way." Primer prefers to tackle Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers, his soulful voice sounding especially peppy on a set-appropriate cover of Rogers' "Chicago Bound" while Lurrie Bell's contributions include a take on Floyd Jones' early (1947) Chicago blues number "Stockyard Blues" as well as his own "Got to Leave Chi-Town," a tribute to his late father, the legendary harpoon man Carey Bell. This great sampler of all new recordings is rounded out by Johnson's homage to Otis Rush and Fenton Robinson but that's not all; Buddy Guy sings and plays on "First Time I Met the Blues," Magic Slim guests on "Keep a Drivin'" and James Cotton blows harp on a rollicking "Rocket 88." The enclosed booklet has annotation on each song and a handy illustrated Chicago blues timeline.

Rory Block
Shake 'Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell

Stony Plain

In the lyrics of "Steady Freddy," the self-penned opening number of Block's tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell, she references McDowell's leaving home at an early age to head to exciting Memphis; clearly there's a little bit of Block's own story reflected in those words since she herself ran away from home at fifteen and eventually met McDowell, a country blues player who would heavily influence her playing. Here, working alone and acoustically Block pays homage with numerous songs she wrote herself and a selection of McDowell's tunes including "Kokomo Blues," "Worried Mind" and "Woke up This Morning."

Samantha Fish/Cassie Taylor/Dani Wilde
Girls With Guitars


There may be nothing more dangerous than girls with guitars; if you don't think so wait until you hear these ladies rip through the Stones' "B*tch" where Wilde plays like she's ready to replace Keef. "Jet Airliner" is also covered but almost all of this set of mostly electric blues has been written by the girls with Fish's "We Ain't Gonna Get Out Alive" and Taylor's "Satisfy My Soul" showing that this team is as handy with the pen as they are with the axe.

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

tell a friend about this review




News Reports
Day in Rock:
Paul Stanley Explains KISS Farewell Tour Move- Led Zeppelin Stream Classic Live Song Performance- Iron Maiden Plan Surprises For Fans On Legacy Tour- Sir Ringo- more

Foreigner's Mick Jones Wants To Record New Songs With Lou Gramm- Godsmack And Shinedown Teaming Up For Summer Tour- Blink-182 Announce Las Vegas Residency- more

Eagles Glenn Frey's Career Celebrated With Box Set- Nine Inch Nails Releasing New Music Soon Says Reznor- Guns N' Roses Duff McKagen Jams With AWOLNATION- more

Day in Pop:
Trey Songz Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence- Keith Urban Releasing New Song 'Coming Home' Feat. Julia Michaels- Drake Raps On N.E.R.D.' Remix- more

Fifth Harmony Are On Indefinite Hiatus- Rick Ross Returns To Stage Following Hospitalization- Hootie And The Blowfish Reuniting For Special Jason Aldean Show- more

Drake May Be Collaborating With Lauryn Hill- Jason Aldean Reveals New Album Title Song 'Rearview Town'- The Chainsmokers Stream New Track 'Everybody Hates Me'- more


Savannah Stopover Music Festival

Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings

Passport: St. Patrick's Day Edition

Travel News, Trips and Tips: St. Patrick's Day Special Edition

Road Trip: St. Patrick's Day Edition - 8 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland

Root 66: John McCutcheon- Caroline Cotter- Raven and Red

The Blues: Savoy Brown-Albert Castiglia- Peter Parcek

The Best Films of 2017: A Different Point of View

Road Trip: Las Vegas- The Mob Museum

Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls

Root 66: Patrick Coman - Tree of Life

Afrika Mamas - Iphupho

Dinola - Up High

Hot In The City: Pistoleros - Silver

The Blues: Ladies Play the Blues

RockPile: Vexes, Jay Katana and Perfect Defect

Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977

TBT: Phil Vassar The New Piano Man

Dolly Spartans - Time Sides With No One

Saxon - Thunderbolt

Channel Dark - El Wire Pacifier

Straw Family - Family Matters

Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto more

Rock News Stories
Paul Stanley Explains KISS Farewell Tour Move

Led Zeppelin Stream Classic Live Song Performance

Iron Maiden Plan Surprises For Fans On Legacy Tour

Sir Ringo As Beatles' Legend Knighted By Prince William

Judas Priest Play 1978 Song Live for the First Time

Joe Bonamassa To Tribute Clapton, Beck and Page On New Album

Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers To Rock Elton John Tribute

Liam Gallagher Cancels Show After Cutting Lollapalooza Set Short

Sammy Hagar Previews Rock & Roll Road Trip Guest Lineup

Chester Bennington's Widow Promotes Five Signs For Singer's Birthday

Unearth Recruit Killswitch Engage Star For New Album

Frank Turner Looks Back On Early Marcus Mumford Memories

Singled Out: Brother Hawk's Quittin Time


B-Side Stories
Trey Songz Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence

Keith Urban Releasing New Song 'Coming Home' Feat. Julia Michaels

Drake Raps On N.E.R.D.'s 'Lemon' Featuring Rihanna Remix

Beyonce and Jay-Z Expand Their OTR II Tour

Selena Gomez Slams 'Beauty Myth' In Social Media Video

Blake Shelton No Match For Jimmy Fallon On 'Name That Tune'

Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum Lead Additions To ACM Awards

Shawn Mendes Releasing New Song 'In My Blood'

Kelly Clarkson Releases 'I Don't Think About You' Video

Jason Aldean Releases Intimate 'You Make It Easy' Live Performance

SZA Shares Wisdom From Her Mother

Logic Confirms Split With Wife Jessica Andrea

Singled Out: The Tuten Brothers' Hallelujah


Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.