Fedora FCD 5017
Message to St. Louis
Tommy Bankhead makes his debut on Fedora Records via a long, circuitous route. From his humble beginnings playing
house parties and fish frys in rural Mississippi and Arkansas, through a series of ups and downs with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson, to the "six-week gig" in St. Louis that
has lasted nearly two decades, Tommy Bankhead can at least say he has "arrived". Unbelievably, this is only Bankhead's second recording the first being made for an obscure label in 1983 but it certainly
proves the adage, "Good things come to them that wait." Surrounded by Erskine Oglesby, whose tenor enlivened the Ike & Tina Revue, Charles 'Nephew' Davis, a veteran of the James Brown and Little Milton
aggregations, and the barroom piano of Bob Lohr, Bankhead rips into ten originals and the classic "Goin' to Chicago" in what may be the first great Blues record of 2000.
Tommy Bankhead- vocals/guitar; Erskine Oglesby- saxophone; Bob Lohr- piano; Charles 'Nephew' Davis- bass; Kenny Laurence- drums
Tracks: How Long; Going to Chicago; Tell Me Baby; It Ain't Right; Alcohol Ain't Nothin'; Who Said It; The Bright Lights; Message to St. Louis; Gamblin' Man;
Old Maid; Goin' Back.
Going To Chicago
Tell Me Baby
Who Said It
Fedora FCD 5020
Work Your Show
After winning over generations of fans in New York City and on Long Island, Buster has been taking his music to music lovers around
the country and throughout the world. While musical trends come and go, the timeless sounds of Little Buster & the Soul Brothers are
always fresh, whether it's an old blues favorite, a 60's soul classic, or one of Buster's great originals. His big break came in 1964,
when he won the Tip Top Bread Talent Contest at Harlem's famed Apollo. Since then, Little Buster & the Soul Brothers paid their dues as
the opening band for artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Albert King,
Al Kooper, and others, expanding their playlist, working up new original numbers, and tightening their sound. This Fedora release, "Play
Your Show" is, incredibly, only the second CD Buster has recorded, a British reissue of his Jubilee material notwithstanding. See what has
made Little Buster & the Soul Brothers one of the finest soul/blues band in the country!
Jerry Harshaw, Saxy Rick Richardson, Robert Schlesinger, Allen Levy, Frank Anstiss
Tracks: Jealous Love; Down in Virginia; Just Because; Hi Heel Sneakers;
You're Gonna Make Me Cry; I Got a Mind to Travel; Send Me Some Lovin'; Ain't That Lovin' You Baby; You Must Pay For Your Sins; Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You;
How Blue Can You Get; I Love to See You Smile; Mojo Hand.
I Got a Mind To Travel
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
How Blue Can You Get
Fedora FCD 5016
Other Side of the Road
If being born in New Orleans, making R&B 45's in the 50s, backing T-Bone Walker
and doing a stretch in a Federal Penitentiary in Texas fits your idea of what a
legendary bluesman should be, then Fillmore Slim is your guy. Working out of the
West Coast for the past 40 years or so, Slim's life mirrors that of the archetypical
blues artist. Over the years Slim has proven to be an evasive character, changing
his stage name frequently to suit his "circumstances", but he has surfaced long enough
to record this CD for FEDORA. Along with a fiery group of West Coast veterans, including
Paris Slim and J.J. Malone, Slim takes a no-holds-barred approach with aggressive guitar
playing, soulful singing and some of the best original blues song writing heard in ages.
Think that modern blues is at a standstill? Check out Fillmore Slim, he'll make you a
believer once again.
Fillmore Slim- vocals/guitar; J.J. Malone- piano; Hannsjoerg Scheid- keyboards/bass; Frank Goldwasser (Paris Slim)- guitar/steel guitar; Jeff Henry- bass; Chris Millar- drums;
Ron Catalano- tenor saxophone; Les Nunes- trombone
Tracks: Let's Talk About Love; Dial 911; Kicked Out; The Girl Can't Cook; Down On The Farm; Annabelle; Pretty
Baby; Other Side Of The Road; Louisiana Scat; Blue Monday.
Down On the Farm