Good Day for the Blues

Good Day for the Blues

by Ruth Brown
     
 

At age 70, Ruth Brown was still in full command of her powers when she cut this beaut of an album in 1998. Fueled by an all-star band featuring Duke Robillard on guitar and New Orleans session stalwarts like James Singleton on bass, keyboardist Davell Crawford, altoSee more details below

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At age 70, Ruth Brown was still in full command of her powers when she cut this beaut of an album in 1998. Fueled by an all-star band featuring Duke Robillard on guitar and New Orleans session stalwarts like James Singleton on bass, keyboardist Davell Crawford, alto saxophonist Ray Moore, and a core group that also serves as her touring outfit, this record was cut live with all the musicians (including a full horn section) playing at once with no overdubs, a throwback to her recording modus operandi at Atlantic back in the 1950s. The songs are first-rate, featuring new compositions from soul tunesmith Dan Penn ("Can't Stand a Broke Man," "Be Good to Me Tonight"), torchy ballads ("Never Let Me Go," "A Lover Is Forever," "The Richest One," "I Believe I Can Fly," and "True"), riotous spoken word fables ("Cabbage Head" and "H.B.'s Funky Fable"), and solid rhythm numbers ("Hangin' by a Shoestring," "Ice Water in Your Veins"), all expertly played and sung. Far from being on the downhill side of things, Brown demonstrated that there was still plenty of gas left in the tank when she cut this one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/1999
Label:
Bullseye Blues
UPC:
0011661961326
catalogNumber:
619613
Rank:
145998

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruth Brown   Primary Artist,Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Bill Easley   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forrester   Piano,Hammond Organ
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Ray Moore   Alto Saxophone
James Singleton   Bass
Akira Tana   Drums
John Touchy   Trombone
Davell Crawford   Piano,Hammond Organ
Charlie Miller   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bill Easley   Arranger
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes
Victor Goines   Arranger
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Joe Scott   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering

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