Magic Sam Live 1966

2 03 2009

The most incredible live performer the blues has ever seen, the magnificent Magic Sam!  “All Your Love” and “Magic Sam’s Boogie” played on a borrowed Les Paul copy from Earl Hooker through a Sound City half stack in Germany during the American Folk Blues tour of 1966.

Pee Wee Crayton Video

26 01 2009

Pee Wee Crayton shown here in a video from 1980. Despite the Peavey head, phaser and it being 30 years past his prime, Pee Wee shows why he was such an important and influencial player in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

John Lee Hooker With The Groundhogs In London 1964

17 08 2008

John Lee Hooker and Britain’s superb Groundhogs tear through a grinding Hooker classic, “I’m Leaving” on the short lived “Beat Room” program on the newly launched BBC2, October 5, 1964. The track features the kind of tremendous hypnotic riff that is the hallmark of almost all of John Lee’s best and Hooker’s singing and playing rides over the groove effortlessly. Led by guitarist Tony McPhee, the Groundhogs recorded their debut album in 1968 and are still around today in various incarnations after sporadic breakups and reunions. In 1979 they backed up veteran harmonica player and singer Billy Boy Arnold on his excellent album, “Checkin’ It Out”, very much worth tracking down.

Gatemouth Brown Live With Canned Heat From 1973

15 08 2008

The legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown james live with Canned Heat at Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1973. Gatemouth makes an Acoustic amp sing like a vintage Fender as he teaches Canned Heat a thing or two about showmanship.