Friday, September 20, 2013
It's hard to believe, but we are approaching 200 posts, nearly four years worth, so if you're a relative newcomer to the blog, take a few minutes to see what we've been talking about.....after you read this week's post, of course.
Over the summer, I was able to pick up a few discs up on Amazon. Some were CD versions of previous albums that I had on cassette, while a few were discs that I had been looking for a while.
Some of these, you already have read about on FBF....Lazy Lester Rides Again, Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers, Boz Scaggs' Memphis.......but I picked up several more that deserve a mention. In the next few weeks, we will look at several releases and they will be the subjects of a couple of different posts. One of these will take a look at some of Otis Rush's live recordings, while another will focus on a pair of excellent collections of unsung artists that deserve to be heard.
Regarding the Otis Rush live recordings....earlier this summer, someone asked me about the possibility of writing a biography of Rush. I have to admit that I had thought about doing that in the past. After all, Rush is a local guy who made it big and he still has family in the area. With that in mind, I did approach a couple of people to get their thoughts on writing the book and they basically told me that it was probably not a good idea because 1) Mr. Rush would more than likely not be forthcoming with any information, being the intensely private man that he is, and 2) because of any reluctance he might have, other associates of his would probably respect his wishes and also not be available as sources for the book.
I understood this and backed off (I may still write up an "appreciation" of Rush that would be available locally, if that interested anybody in his home county), but while I was pondering it, I decided to try and fill the gaps in my Otis Rush recordings collection. Most of these gaps consisted of his live recordings (though I did also pick up Troubles Troubles, the original Sonet version of the controversial Alligator reissue, Lost in the Blues, which could also be a future FBF post by itself), plus a DVD he recorded shortly before his illness. We'll discuss those soon.
FBF will also look at some of the great new releases that have hit, or will be hitting, the shelves during the fall season. There will be a pretty diverse list of albums to choose from, something for everybody and enough that we may have to spend a couple of weeks on it.
All these things will be happening at Friday Blues Fix in the coming weeks. Be sure to check back on a regular basis (every Friday works for me) and see what's going on.