Big City Rhythm
& Blues Magazine’s CD Sampler #7
Music makes you happy! Rhythm & Blues music makes you happy! Blues
music makes you happy! Jump for joy! I always loved blues because when
I heard, “I don’t have any feet!” I could not feel
bad that “I had no shoes!” Listening to other people’s
blues made me realize my blues were not so bad. It made me jump for
If you have ever been juking in Mississippi, Louisiana, Detroit or Chicago
and come upon a juke joint you can feel, smell and hear the joy coming
from under the door and through the cracks in the walls. This is how
you can feel joy without drugs or alcohol. Jump for joy, it’s
the music stupid! Music will make you high! Tune in! Drop in! Drop out!
As well as feeling
the music seep through the cement sidewalks of New Orleans, my soul
and body is completely filled with joy when I am in New Orleans. Wandering
through the city I came across this closed building with the wonderful
“House of Joy” sign. Always closed each time I visited,
I wondered what it was about? One year while backstage at the House
of Blues hospitality tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
two senior gentlemen approached me and after seeing my “House
of Joy” photo in the magazine. They were excited and had a very
cool glitter in their ancient eyes, “Mr. Whitall, do you know
that the House of Joy was a place where we got dressed up to go meet
potential ‘wives’? It is where in New Orleans that the ‘good
girls’ went and we were always on our ‘good behavior.’’
It was a “House of Joy.” The sign is now gone but the sign,
the building, and neighborhood was always a joy for me to see! Enjoy
the CD; we enjoyed making it and bringing some of our friends to you!
If only we could import that joy to Detroit, we seem to have forgotten
May the river be with you, climb every mountain, may the wind be at
your back. Love, peace + happiness and don’t forget to boogie.—
Special Thanks to my family — Sugar, our Airstream, my musical
director — Dave Fields, Charlie Auringer, Deak Harp, to all the
House of Joy’s everywhere.
Special dedication and love to our Aunt Joy Neumann, Atchison, Kansas.
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— Dave Fields
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Thank you for supporting the blues and I hope you enjoy the sampler!
— Robert Jr Whitall
1. Junior &
Sugar with Dave Fields
“Jukin’ AGAIN!” (:57)
2. Dave Keyes
“Lovin’ All The Time” (3:42)
Roots In The Blues
New York’s master of the keyboards has released another fine CD
and it will make you jump and shout! Usually taking care of business
for others, Dave steps up to the plate and hits a home run!
3. Fiona Boyes
“Train To Hopesville” (4:07)
Southern juke joint music spun from the sweetheart from way down south,
Australia’s Fiona Boyes with special guest Marcia Ball. www.fionaboyes.com
4. Little Freddie
“Walking With Freddie” (3:49)
Gotta Walk With Da King
Mississippian Little Freddie King is now the King of New Orleans juke
blues. Take a walk with Little Freddie and you will discover the “funkiest
Nawlins” groove since Snooks!
5. Jack Edery and
Ultra Suede featuring Susan Pierce
“Blind Woman With A Gun” (4:11)
Fried Chicken Whiskey
Texas born and bred, Jack, Susan and Ultra Suede are ready to break
out of the Lone Star State with a bullet.
6. JT Lauritsen
The Buckshot Hunters
featuring Billy Gibson
“I Just Love You Like I Said” (4:03)
JT Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters. LIVE
Norway’s finest songster and band know how to keep you warm from
experience. Music guaranteed to keep polar bears and the blues from
getting to you! With special guest Billy Gibson
“Come On Over To My BBQ” (4:47)
Fire It Up
Hot new song from Southern California’s hottest guitar slinger
and her tight band. Let Laurie “cook” the blues for you!
It’s tough being a woman in a man’s world!
8. Steve Johnson
”Endless Blues” (3:57)
New York’s prolific songwriter and guitarist has another fine
CD out. Easy on the ears, it will bring joy to your heart and jump to
9. Motor City Horns
featuring Thornetta Davis
“Kissing My Love” (4:05)
Upholding the Motor City’s musical heritage, the Horns remind
us of Detroit’s greatness, along for the ride on this cut is the
lightning and thunder, vocals of soul—Thornetta Davis. www.
“Brand New Day” (3:12)
Pleasure & Pain
California’s smoking guitarist has taken it to another level and
will rock your world and take no prisoners. Coming to a big city near
11. Washboard Jo
“Main’ance Man” (3:35)
I Take You Music As My Man
Kansas City’s darling of the rhythm and keeper of the blues is
ready to ride her board into your heart. A true original! Not just a
“Tell Me” (3:55)
From the Allegheny hills and valleys of Pennsylvania comes a young master
of the old trades, songwriting and guitar work. The two are magically
woven together by Philip and his guitar.
13. Matthias Baumgardt
& April King
“Shadows Of Tupelo” (4:41)
& April King
The One Day Recordings
Germany’s Matthias Baumgardt & April King bring the European
Blues to us with a new attitude. Old world meets old school and it rocks!
14. The Steve Wiggins
“Doin’ My Thing” (5:34)
Florida blues with the keyboards wrapped around it. Steve and the fellows
bring the blues out of the swamp into the juke and into your hearts!
15. Stumbling Mice
“Give Me Back My Wig!” (4:17)
The Stumbling Mice
Following John Lee Hooker’s Detroit boogie days the Stumbling
Mice perfectly bridge the gap between blues and rock.
16. The Thirsty
“My Baby” (3:52)
Meet The Thirsty Perch Blues Band
From the Western Michigan country between Detroit and Chicago, The Thirsty
Perch Band brings originals to you in a traditional way; Junior Wells
meets Roomful of Blues!
17. The Broken
Arrow Blues Band
“Given Right” (3:21)
Live At Callahans Music Hall
No broken promises from this Detroit area group of musicians. Originals
with a purpose that is to get you to boogie and jump for joy!
18. Tony Vegas
“Hey Loretta” (4:30)
From Florida to New Orleans, Cuban American Tony Vegas
has the rhythm for the blues. Look out ladies, what happens
in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
& The Storm
“Six String Telephone” (4:55)
A Night At The Empire
The guitar work on all of Little Bobby’s DVD will bring eye sight
to the blind and keep the snow melted in the North Country of Minnesota.