Fedora FCD 5021
Easy in the Apple
New Orleans is renowned for the vibrancy and diversity of its music. Jesse Thomas, or Young Jesse as he was once known,
is an artist who was bought up in an era when Crescent City R&B was at the peak of its popularity. Born, off Rampart Street,
where "the music flowed day and night", Jesse senses were assailed by the vibrancy of it's rich musical heritage. On this set
Jesse pays tribute to many of the artists he has worked with including Chris Kenner, Fats Domino, Huey "Piano" Smith, Professor Longhair,
Guitar Slim, Earl King and Little Richard, and Jesse's considerable talent and the sheer exuberance of his performance make this a treasure
trove for all lovers of New Orleans rhythm and blues. As Jesse says "I play finger poppin', hip slappin', exasperating Mardi Gras ... with
the fever of the flavor", and you'd better believe it.
Jesse Thomas- vocals; Richard Bennett- piano; Paul Metzky- guitar; Tony Morgan- bass; Lorenzo Boston- drums;
Chris Millar- drums; Charles Otis- percussion
Tracks: Ya-Ya; Those Lonely; Lonely Nights; Sick & Tired;
Go to the Mardi Gras; Something You Got; Slippin' & Slidin'; The Things I Used To Do; A Certain Girl; Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu;
I'm in Love Again; Jock-A-Mo (Iko-Iko).
A Certain Girl
Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
Fedora FCD 5025
Used To Keep Me Worried
this scenario: A box of 78rpm acetates languish in a forgotten closet.
Enter: a record exec who buys the lot. After days of sifting through
un-memorable renditions of forgettable tunes, he happens upon a set
wrapped in cardboard, seemingly unplayed since they were cut decades
ago. Out of the grooves comes the voice and music of a powerfully
individual bluesman - biting guitar playing, soulful vocals and recorded
reminiscences of a troubled man and mind. Cut to a meeting of the
record company: They sample the music and the decision is unanimous
- this is music that must be heard. "It can only happen in the movies,"
you think, but this is precisely the tale of these long lost recordings
of the enigmatic blues legend, Ollie Watkins. Watkins is remembered
by only a handful of people now as being seen playing the streets
and informal gatherings of California's Central Valley in the late
50's and early 60's (when these recordings were made). Coming out
of Oklahoma in the 1920's, most certainly moving through Texas on
his way to California, no one knows what happened to Ollie after he
cut these records. Fedora is proud to introduce this genuine and unaffected
artist who mysteriously vanished from the blues landscape.
Olie Watkins- guitar, harmonica,vocals, recollections.
Tracks: Country Boy; Let Me Go; "Mr. Lou Wants Me To Tell
My Life Story" (Interview with Ollie); California Blues (Blue Yodel
Number 4); Precious Lord; Greyhound Bus; Baby Doll; "...Saw My Mother,
When She Got Me Out Of The Nuthouse (Interview With Ollie); Used To
Keep Me Worried; Woman I've Been knowin';Lord I Want To Go Through;
I'm Twenty One; Baby Doll (Alternate Take); I Ain't Never; "Call Him
Mister Now...Respect Him" (Interview With Ollie); California
Blues (Blue Yodel Number 4); Twist.
Fedora FCD 5027
I Tried To Hide From The Blues
Out of Brinkley Arkansas, not far from The King Biscuit Blues Festival, comes songwriter/performer John Weston. Weston came late to the blues after amassing more
than half a century of life experience and brings his world-wise message to every song he pens and performs. A one man band, playing harp, guitar and bass drum
simultaneously and providing his own vocals, Weston brings along his drummer of choice since 1989, Carla Robinson and has FEDORA cohort Dave Riley sit in on bass.
With the exception of Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway" the release features all Weston originals notable for their raw power and hard drive. Weston's music
is unvarnished and from the heart. It romps and stomps and tells a little story about its creator. What more do you want from the blues? If you haven't made the
acquaintance of John Weston yet, don't miss this opportunity, which he himself says is his best record.
John Weston- vocals/harmonica/bass drum; Dave Riley- bass; Carla Robinson- drums.
Tracks: I Tried To Hide From the Blues; Gotta Deal With the Blues; Pretty, Pretty Woman; Monkey On My Back; I'm Not Your Junkman;
Blinded Fool; Key to the Highway; A Man Down There; You're the Same; Of All the Girls In the World; Phony Woman; Not Guilty; Mama, I Love Her;
I Tried To Hide From the Blues
I'm Not Your Junkman
Key To the Highway
Fedora FCD 5019
Ain't Goin' Down
After 40 years as a sideman, Arthur Williams is now looked up to as one of the
last of the great juke-joint harp blowers. Born in Mississippi and raised in
Chicago & St. Louis, Arthur's music represents the last generation of that true
down-home blues of the Delta. The sounds of Sonny Boy II and Little Walter can
be heard in Arthur's playing along with a heavy dose of rugged individualism.
Arthur is backed on this, his second Fedora outing, by a cast of St. Louis, Memphis
and Mississippi musicians, that includes, on drums, the one and only Sam Carr (with
whom Arthur played in the 1960s). So if you are looking for the real thing, look
no further: Arthur Williams is a genuine as they come. No pretense, no BS, just
pure, good-timin' blues laid down as they were meant to be.
Arthur Williams- harp/vocals; Bob Lohr- piano; Jesse Hoggard- guitar;
Charles 'Nephew' Davis- bass; Sam Carr- drums
Tracks: Poison Ivy; Since I Met You Baby; Arthur's Blues; Ain't Goin' Down; Slop The Hogs; See See Rider; Water In My Gas Tank; East St. Louis; C'mon Baby; Mojo Ain't Working;
Go On Little Girl; Arthur's Dozens.
Ain't Goin' Down
Slop the Hogs
East St. Louis Blues
Fedora FCD 5009
Can't Help But Have the Blues
Willie Willis is back in the studio! This new
record is even finer than Willie's "Down Home In
Dallas" which was no small achievement in itself.
There was a "loose, party-time" vibe in the studio
and that comes through on the exuberant music on
this CD. At the soundboard with producer Chris
Millar was legendary Bob Sullivan, sound engineer
behind works by such names as Zuzu Bollin, Anson &
the Rockets, Bob Wills, the Fabulous Thunderbirds
and even Elvis Presley. Willis' deep, low-down
voice will remind you, at times, of Texas' classic
blues shouter, Zuzu Bollin, and you'll be stirred by
the rhythms of "If You Want To Get Funky" and the
John Lee Hooker l'hommage, "Deep Ellum Boogie." With
Willie are his long-time sax-playing friend, Wilford
Sims and the great Hash Brown lending his guitar
Willie Willis- vocals/guitar; Wilford Sims- saxophone; Jessie Ray- keyboards;
Hash Brown- guitar; Bobby Henderson- bass; Roach- drums
Tracks: Willie's Back; If You Wanna Get Funky; Willie's Blues; Deep Ellum Boogie; I Love A Woman; Laundromat Blues; Dallas Shuffle; What's On Your Mind; Can't Help But Have
The Blues; Brothers Together.
Deep Ellum Boogie