Friday, May 6, 2011
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #3
A Man and the Blues. He also recorded as a frontman, releasing several wonderful albums, notably a couple of sessions for Candid Records in the early 60's with Robert Lockwood, Jr. and St. Louis Jimmy Oden, but passed away at the young age of 40 in 1970. Spann will get the full FBF treatment in the near future, but in the meantime, enjoy this splendid version of "Spann's Blues," accompanied by Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Willie Dixon on bass, and Billy Stepney on drums.
Everywhere West, came out at the end of 2010 and was one of my favorites of the year, and was a great mix of covers and new music written by Byrnes and producer Steve Dawson. One of the best tracks was an excellent reworking of Bobby Bland's "Yield Not To Temptation."
Just Blues, on his own Rhodesway label. He eventually caught on with the Atlanta-based Ichiban Records in the early 90's, then enjoyed a decade-long window of recordings for Ichiban, Kingsnake, and Stony Plain. Up until 9/11, Rhodes was famous for wearing a turban when performing, but he now wears more conventional head gear. If you were a fan of the short-lived sci-fi TV series, Firefly, you may be aware that Rhodes performed the theme song, "The Ballad of Serenity." Here's Rhodes from 2009, playing the Hop Wilson (another lap steel master) classic, "Black Cat Bone."