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

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

     
 

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, suchSee more details below

Overview

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:
10/07/2003
Label:
Tone Cool
UPC:
0699675116323
catalogNumber:
51163

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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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