Dave Hole – the live one (Epic 2017 #114)

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Dave Hole – the live one (2003)

In my opinion – one of the best live albums I own. And certainly one of Mr Hole’s best. In ‘The live one’ (released on Black Cat Records in 2003), he positively shines, his slide prowess coming into its own in almost every track.

Here’s one of them ‘Take me to Chicago’. A brilliant bit of blues with an opening lyric that grabs me by the short and curlies every time…

Take me to Chicago, back in 1959…


Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – Get up (Epic #104)

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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – Get up (2013)

Get Up! is an album collaboration between Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, their twenty-ninth and eleventh albums, respectively. It was released in January 2013 under Stax Records.

The album won a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2014

David Gogo – Skeleton Key (Epic 2017 #097)

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David Gogo – Skeleton Key (2002)

Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and received his first guitar at the age of five. At the age of 15, he met Stevie Ray Vaughan backstage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia and was encouraged by the blues legend to pursue a career in blues. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins.

After a European tour supporting The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records. He soon after performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Rush and Blues Traveler. He also guested on Tom Cochrane’s Mad Mad World album while working on material for his upcoming debut album for which he received a June award.

Despite its many successes, Gogo’s debut album was never released in the United States, and Gogo made the decision to leave EMI Records in order to pursue his passion for the blues. His next album, Dine Under the Stars, was released in Europe by French label Dixiefrog Records. He also signed with Canadian Independent label Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay Records. Several successful European tours and American blues festival appearances followed, as well as the albums Change of Pace (a rock-oriented blues album) and Bare Bones (an acoustic blues album) in 2000. Gogo was named Musician of the Year at the 1999/2000 West Coast Music Awards.

Halfway to Memphis was released by Cordova Bay Records and Dixiefrog Records (Europe) in 2001. Then in 2002 came ‘Skeleton Key’. The first single from the album was a blues-inspired rendition of the song “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode. This earned him an award for Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards for 2002

But as you all know ‘Personal Jesus’ really well – here’s the album’s blistering opener – ‘(Just ask) Jesse James’