Tag Archives: blues music

Dahl’s Digs: Sink your teeth into meaty new releases

One of the first successful African-American-owned diskeries, Vee-Jay was strong in every style during its 1953-66 existence — doo-wop (the Spaniels, El Dorados, Magnificents, Dells); blues (Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Taylor, Billy Boy Arnold); R&B (Gene Allison, Rosco Gordon, Harold Burrage); Windy City soul (Dee Clark, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Betty Everett); jazz (Eddie Harris) and gospel (Staple Singers, Swan Silvertones).
Vee-Jay eventually even dabbled in surf with Aki Aleong and folk-rock via Hoyt Axton. Licensing hits by the 4 Seasons, Jimmy Hughes and Joe Simon no longer controlled by current owners was a nice touch.

Blues Lounge: Calendar plumbs art from early blues era

The blues comes in plenty of hues. Devotees of early blues should check Blues Images’ (www.bluesimages.com) 2008 calendar. Each month features a 12” x 12” reproduction of the original illustrated ad for a 1927-32 platter on the accompanying CD — for example, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “One Dime Blues” and Blind Blake’s “Seaboard Stomp.”

Leslie West gets the Blues

An angry Leslie West makes for a loud, rattlesnake-mean guitarist, and that rage, along with other aspects of his personality, is palpable in some of the blues records he’s done on the side in recent years.