Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. It is new releases round-up time again. There is a wide variety of new blues and blues related music out recently. We start off with a pair of albums we overlooked in recent new releases features.
Ana Popovic recently released an album with her father Milton. Speaking about the album, Ana recently reminisced “My dad Milton is the reason I’m into music. It was his impressive blues and soul collection and nightly jam sessions in our modest apartment on the 11th floor in New-Belgrade, Serbia that kept me awake at night and drawn to this great form of American art. I wanted to record the songs we use to play together while I was still living at home. As a memory of my youth days but also to give people, who are into my music, an idea of how and where things started. It took ten years to convince him to record an album together. At last I got him to the studio with an argument he could not reject: ‘Just do it for your grandchildren.’ He did.” It’s just in time for Father’s Day and makes a perfect gift for those Blues loving Dads out there.
Another one we missed recently is Otis Taylor’s Hey Joe Opus – Red Meat. The album is centered around Taylor’s musings on how decisions can change the lives of those affected by the choices. The album is designed to be listened to as a single piece of music in ten parts, with the song “Hey Joe” as its overarching theme. “Hey Joe” is performed twice, each with contrasting instrumentation. The music incorporates spacey textures and interlocking guitars, with additional accents provided by violins and cornets. Four notable guests lend their talents to the proceedings including Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi from The String Cheese Incident, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Langhorne Slim. Once again Taylor is creating undefinable music and this one certainly seems like it may be pretty intense.
Charles Wilson is the nephew of the late great blues legend, Little Milton, and has been tagged as “The Crown Prince of Soul.” He has been nominated for two W.C. Handy awards (now Blues Music Awards) and returns now with another blues focused disc called Sweet & Sour Blues. The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson teamed up again back in 2003 for a bluesy romp which is just now seeing the light of day on Alligator Records which has me pretty excited. As you may know, Johnnie Johnson was the piano player in Chuck Berry’s band and the man responsible for all those swinging sixths riffs that Chuck churned out on the guitar. Johnnie may not be remembered as the father of Rock & Roll but he was definitely the cool uncle who taught his brother everything he knew! Thankfully these recordings are finally coming out.
Here’s what to look for this week…
Ana & Milton Popovic Blue Room
Otis Taylor Hey Joe Opus – Red Meat
The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson Meet Me In Bluesland
Charles Wilson Sweet & Sour Blues
Travis Haddix It’s My Time Now: Best Of
Ken Tucker Look My Way
Chuck Willis My Story: All The Hits & Other Classic Tracks
Daddy Mack Blues Band Bluesman Looks At Seventy