The Epic 2017 Project #349: 171215
Johnny Winter – The Progressive Blues Experiment (1968 & 1969)
The Progressive Blues Experiment was the debut album from Johnny Winter, originally issued on Austin’s Sonobeat Records label in 1968. When Winter signed to Columbia Records, the rights were sold to Imperial Records who reissued the album in 1969.
Winter plays here in a trio with his late-sixties band. Several blues artists are covered including B.B. King (“It’s My Own Fault”), Sonny Boy Williamson (“Help Me”), and Slim Harpo (“I Got Love If You Want It”).
In 2005, Capitol issued a 24-bit remastered edition of this recording on CD. The album has also been released with the title Austin, Texas.
The Epic 2017 Project #328: 171124
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1977)
George Thorogood’s self-titled debut was released in 1977. Comprising mostly covers of blues classics, it included a medley of John Lee Hooker’s “House Rent Boogie” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, the latter a song written by Rudy Toombs for Amos Milburn, and later covered by Hooker.
In 2015 Rounder released George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, a new remix of the album featuring the three-piece band as originally recorded and mixed. It omits the bass overdubs by Billy Blough which were added after the original recording sessions. It also adds the previously unreleased Elmore James track “Goodbye Baby.
The Epic 2017 Project #321: 171117
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Songs from the road (2013)
Songs from the Road is a live album covering Joanne Shaw Taylor’s first three studio albums. Released on 12 May 2013 on Ruf Records, the album included a DVD recorded live at London’s Borderline club.
‘Watch ’em burn’ is, (in my opinion) Ms Taylor’s signature piece. Eleven minutes of blistering R&B and stunning fretwork which she gave us for an encore when we saw her at Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre a couple of years back.
The Epic 2017 Project #306: 171102
Ten Years After – Undead (1968)
Undead is a live album by Ten Years After, recorded at the small jazz club, Klooks Kleek, in London, May 1968, and released in August of that year. The show combined blues, boogie and jazz playing that merged more traditional rock and roll with 1950s-style jump blues. The album “amply illustrates” Alvin Lee’s “eclectic” use of the pentatonic scale mixed with other modalities.
Undead starts a mini series in the Jemtunes ‘Epic 2017’ saga; not quite every Ten Years After album – but certainly the eight in my book that really count.
The Epic 2017 Project #298: 171025
Son of Dave – Explosive Hits (2016)
Benjamin Darvill (born January 4, 1967), known by his stage name Son of Dave, is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter, based in the United Kingdom. He was a member of Grammy award-winning folk rock band Crash Test Dummies in which he played harmonica, mandolin, guitar and percussion before returning to his blues, Beat-Box and harmonica driven solo work in 2000.
Darvill moved to London in 1998 and has remained there since. He’s recorded six albums to date and performed over eight hundred shows across Europe, as well as performing in Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Japan, Russia, and Cuba. Explosive Hits was released in 2016.
The Epic 2017 Project #293: 171020
Ian Seigal – The Dust (2009)
Ian Siegal is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and recording artist whose music encompasses Blues and Americana. Born near Portsmouth in England, he dropped out of art college in the late 1980s and went busking in Germany. He has toured in the UK and Europe.
In 2005 he released the first of several albums on the Nugene label. Meat & Potatoes was recorded with Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Andy Graham (bass), Jonny Henderson (organ), and with guitar contributions by Matt Schofield, who also acted as producer. The album includes several songs written by Siegal or co-written with Keith Harrison, that have since become readily identified with Siegal’s sound and style. The album is listed in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Two further albums with the same line up follows: in 2007 Swagger and in 2009 Broadside, the latter picked by MOJO magazine as blues album of the year. A year earlier, he released his first solo acoustic album, 2008’s The Dust.
At the inaugural British Blues Awards in 2010, Siegal won Best Band. In the following three years, he collected awards in various categories including Best Male Vocalist, Best Solo Artist, Best Album, and Best Song. He was one the early inductees to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.
The Epic 2017 Project #292: 171019
Seasick Steve – Dog House Music (2007)
Dog House Music is the second album by Seasick Steve, and his first as a solo artist. It was released on 27 November 2006.
The album is almost entirely performed by Steve, apart from snare drum on Yellow Dog and crash cymbal on Fallen Off a Rock, performed by H.J. Wold (a relation of Steve, whose real name is Steve Wold), and drums on the hidden track by Steve’s son P.M. Wold.
The album reached No.37 in the UK album charts, No.1 in the independent album charts, and No.31 in the downloads chart, all three from sales in the UK.