Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Willie John

Heartbreak has long been a favorite of mine, all the way from its sanctified Hammond intro through to its honking sax and powerful vocal. One of Little Willie John's finest.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Tenor man J.C. Davis recorded a bunch of instrumentals at Chess in the early sixties. Davis was at one time a member of James Brown's band. Big Walter Horton blows harp on this south side gem.

Grits 'N' Corn Bread

The blues never really went away, it just got stirred up in a big 'ol pot of funk and soul. A greasy serving of 1966 Los Angeles funk.

Dig In

At first listening this single sounds decidedly Staxesque which is not surprising considering Charles "Packy" Axton's mother was none other than Stax co-founder Estelle Axton. Tenor playing "Packy" was also a founding member of The Mar-Keys along with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn.