Last night on Blues Breakers our Artist of the Week was Bonnie Raitt as a guest on other people’s songs. Catch Ms. Raitt in XRT Shows this Saturday (sold out) and Sunday at The Chicago Theater. Bonnie has always been supportive of the blues by sharing her spotlight with blues artists. We found a bunch of good ones and mixed them in with the usual Blues Breakers fare of great blues from a Chicago point of view. Join us on Monday, May 21st when our Artist of the Week will be Bonnie’s recent touring buddy, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Taj Mahal[/lastfm]. And remember, only about three weeks until the Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast from Buddy Guy’s Legends and the Chicago Blues Festival.
Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for May 14, 2012
The Blues of Bonnie Raitt (as guest)
JOHN LEE HOOKER w / Bonnie Raitt – I’M IN THE MOOD
This is from the John Lee Hooker record, The Healer
JUNIOR WELLS w/Bonnie Raitt – EVERYBODY’S GETTING’ THEM SOME
This is the title track of Junior’s 1995 album.
SUGAR BLUE – MESSIN’ WITH THE KID
Sugar returns to Rosa’s for a show this Saturday. Sugar does his thing with the Junior Wells classic on his 2010 album, Threshold. Sugar will also be a part of a blues Symposium this weekend at Dominican University in River Forest. This will be a two day event which also will feature appearances by Billy Branch, Matthew Skoller, Deitra Farr, Sharon Lewis, Barry Dolins, Wayne Baker Brooks, Billy Boy Arnold and others. Find out lots more at dom.edu/blues.
MICHAEL BURKS – STRANGE FEELING
This song appears on Michael 2008 album, Iron Man. Burks died in Atlanta on Sunday, May 6, 2012. He was 54 years old. He was returning from a tour of Europe and collapsed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and could not be revived. His family has announced plans for a memorial and musical celebration on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The event, open to the public, will take place rain or shine in Burks’ hometown of Camden, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Burks’ name be made to the HART Fund of The Blues Foundation, which aids musicians with health care needs: http://www.blues.org/#ref=hart_donate.
JON CLEARY w/ Bonnie Raitt – LET’S GET LOW DOWN
From Jon’s brand new release, Occapella.
A. C. REED w/Bonnie Raitt – SHE’S FINE
Bonnie guested on this song from the album I’m In The Wrong Business by Chicago saxman A.C. Reed.
CHUCK LEAVELL – EVENING TRAIN
Chuck has played keys with The Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones for year, has his own band, Sea Level for awhile, and now has just released a solo record the references many of his favorite blues piano players. Back to the Woods includes a couple of tracks that include contributions from another Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, here on acoustic guitar.
POPS STAPLES w/ Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne – WORLD IN MOTION
Peace To The Neighborhood is the Pops Staples album where you find this song.
ETTA JAMES – SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING
This song is from Etta’s 2004 Blues album, Blues to the Bone.