Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Chick Willis Tribute to Albert King

When I was at Lamont’s last Saturday for the Southern Soul Show, Jacques ‘Saxman’ Johnson had me go to his car and listen to a new album that he had recorded featuring Chick Willis. Willis maybe best known for the bawdy number Stoop Down Baby, but the new album is a tribute to Albert King with Chick handling 5 songs associated with King including Laundromat Blues and Angel of Mercy, as well as one number associated with Bobby Bland. Saxman himself is featured on several numbers including a storming big band version of The Hucklebuck. While I only heard snippets of each song, it certainly sounded like it would be a really hot set of blues and rhythm music. Chick is underrated as a blues artist and hopefully this will get the veteran a bit more attention. It should be coming out in a few weeks and I will post again about it at that time.

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