Live at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
What better place to record live blues than at the yearly W.C. Handy Awards ceremony, the genre's most prestigious event? These ten highlights of shows recorded from 1996-2001 with 1997 conspicuously missing, capture the artists at the top of their game in front of -- and often playing along with -- their peers and influences. Some, such as Luther Allison and Rufus Thomas, passed shortly after these performances were captured for posterity, but both churn through energetic and enthusiastic renditions of their popular tunes. Allison in particular is electrifying as he blasts into "Cherry Red Wine" with the Memphis Horns, trashing just about all other versions of his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
What better place to record live blues than at the yearly W.C. Handy Awards ceremony, the genre's most prestigious event? These ten highlights of shows recorded from 1996-2001 with 1997 conspicuously missing, capture the artists at the top of their game in front of -- and often playing along with -- their peers and influences. Some, such as Luther Allison and Rufus Thomas, passed shortly after these performances were captured for posterity, but both churn through energetic and enthusiastic renditions of their popular tunes. Allison in particular is electrifying as he blasts into "Cherry Red Wine" with the Memphis Horns, trashing just about all other versions of his signature tune. His son Bernard teams up with Deborah Coleman for an exhilarating take on the elder Allison's "Bad Love." Bonnie Raitt joins Thomas for a frisky "Walkin' the Dog" and closes the disc with a spunky, slide guitar-propelled "Three Time Loser," a Don Covay song she says she learned from Wilson Pickett. Joe Louis Walker, although winning for best blues band in 1996, kicks the set off with a soulful solo showcase on "Bluesifying." Taj Mahal exhibits his jazzy side on 2001's "Senor Blues," the year he won best blues band honors. Susan Tedeschi burns on "Just Won't Burn" and Bobby Rush proves again why he consistently wins Entertainer of the Year awards on a typically raunchy and playful "Hootchie Man" from 2001. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines rise to the occasion as the only acoustic Delta performers on the disc, which is definitely tilted in favor of more commercially viable, R&B-influenced fare. The music is immaculately recorded and the album's pacing makes for a terrific listening experience. Here's hoping there are many more volumes that are this well conceived.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rykodisc Uk
  • UPC: 014431700927
  • Catalog Number: 7009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluesifying (4:56)
  2. 2 Cherry Red Wine (7:02)
  3. 3 Low Down Dog (8:28)
  4. 4 Walking The Dog (8:15)
  5. 5 Bad Love (7:34)
  6. 6 Michigan Water (4:49)
  7. 7 Just Won't Burn (6:19)
  8. 8 Senor Blues - Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band (6:24)
  9. 9 Hoochie Man (8:03)
  10. 10 Three Time Loser (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Allison Guitar, Vocals
Rod Piazza Harmonica, Vocals
Taj Mahal Guitar, Vocals
Joe Louis Walker Guitar, Vocals
Bonnie Raitt Guitar, Vocals
Rufus Thomas Vocals
Denny Freeman Guitar, Group Member
Bobby Rush Vocals
Rick Vito Guitar
Paul Rishell Guitar, Vocals
Bernard Allison Guitar, Vocals
Tony Braunagel Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Cleary Keyboards
Ricky Fataar Drums
Brad Hallen Bass
Willie Hayes Drums, Group Member
Rick Holmstrom Guitar, Group Member
Bruce Howard Drums
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Group Member
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Group Member
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Greg Martin Guitar
James Solberg Guitar, Group Member
Jim Spake Saxophone
Bill Stuve Bass, Group Member
Joe Sublett Saxophone, Group Member
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Mick Weaver Keyboards, Group Member
Tom West Keyboards
Ernest Williamson Keyboards
Tom Hambridge Drums
Honey Piazza Piano, Group Member
Steve Mugalian Drums, Group Member
Larry Fulcher Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Smith Bass
Annie Raines Harmonica
Deborah Coleman Guitar, Vocals
Mike Vlahakis Keyboards, Group Member
Terry Richardson Bass
Ken Faltinson Bass, Group Member
Susan Tedeschi Guitar, Vocals
Paul Brown Keyboards
Steve Potts Drums
Technical Credits
Luther Allison Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
Joe Louis Walker Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Don Covay Composer
Bobby Rush Composer
David Bartlett Producer
R.A. Miller Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
James Solberg Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Susan Tedeschi Composer
Chuck Winans Cover Photo
Meghan Dewar Art Direction
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