Otis Rush In Berlin 1966

14 09 2008

The magnificent Otis Rush shows how it’s done in this instrumental clip as he handles a fairly non-traditional tandem of right-handed Epiphone Riviera, played upside down and not restrung, straight into a Vox AC-30 at low volume.

Rush gets fine backing from of Little Brother Montgomery on piano, Fred Below on drums and Jack Myers on bass. This was a stop on the American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe and likely from October 1966 at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, Germany.

Howlin’ Wolf Live In England From 1964

17 08 2008

Chester Burnett, the one and only Howlin’ Wolf, performing Charley Patton’s classic “Smokestack Lightning” with Tommy Johnson’s trademark yodeling thrown in for good measure. There are better recorded examples that display his singing prowess to full effect but you can clearly see the elements that made Wolf the best blues singer to ever walk the earth. He was the genuine article.

Here’s a clip that features the audio of Wolf’s monumental 1956 version of the song. Willie Dixon on bass and Hubert Sumlin on guitar are on both tracks.