Thursday, September 1

Detroit Blues: Early 1950’s

"These 15 tracks are tough, raw-edged, primitive urban blues from the Motor City. Kicking off with four sides from Baby Boy Warren ('Sanafee,' 'Baby Boy Blues,' 'Mattie Mae' and the instrumental 'Chicken'), three of them feature the harmonica talents of Sonny Boy Williamson, Washboard Willie, Boogie Woogie Red on piano and former Robert Johnson running buddy Calvin Frazier on lead guitar, making this combo the Detroit equivalent of the original Muddy Waters band. ... Much cruder than the more polished sound of Chicago blues, this compilation highlights some of the very best that emerged from this early, embryonic period."
WFMU (Video)
YouTube: Big Maceo - Big City Blues, Baby Boy Warren - Baby Boy Blues, Baby Boy Warren - Mattie Mae, Eddie Kirkland - No Shoes, John Lee Hooker - House Rent Boogie, I Need $100 - One String Sam, Baby Boy Warren - Chicken, Bo-Bo Jenkins - 10 Below Zero, Hastings Street Opera Pt 1 & 2 - Detroit Count, L.C. Green - Remember Way Back