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CANDYE KANE Bullseye Blues 9605 The Toughest Girl Alive ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, recommended
The big beautiful Candye started off in the porn business, but turned her big beautiful voice to music to be the queen of retro swing & jump blues! I 1st heard her on the soundtrack of another retro film, Justice Howard's Hellcats In High Heels. Most tunes are Kane originals including some written with, of all people, Jack Tempchin, more known for writing such Eagles classics as Peaceful Easy Feeling & Already Gone. There's also a few fine covers including Get Happy & Julia Lee's Scream In The Night. Backing musicians include Marcia Ball, Dave Alvin, Andy Paley & Larry Taylor, with a 3-piece horn section on most tunes. Song titles include (Hey Mister!) She Was My Baby Last Night/ Let's Commit Adultery/ One More Day (Without Your Love)/ To See A Grown Man Cry. (GM)

KANSAS CITY KITTY & GEORGIA TO Blues Documents BDCD 6023 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, 1930-34 ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, recommended
Aside from two untraced songs, the 20 songs on this disc are the complete duets of Georgia Tom (a.k.a. gospel writer Thomas A. Dorsey) and K.C. Kitty, who may have been Mozelle Alderson. Anyhow, the risque numbers, especially the Vocalion sides, are masterpieces of the form, benefiting greatly from Dorsey's understated piano work. A song like Killing Floor Blues, which combines violence and sex, would horrify - or perhaps delight - the P.M.R.C. And sound quality is decent, so there's no struggling to hear lines like "If I don't satisy him/ I'll break my backbone tryin'". Other songs worthy of lyrical study include Fish House Blues/ Show Me What You Got/ You Got That Stuff/ Root Man Blues. And check that wild kazoo work on Mistreatin' Easy Rider! Recommended. (JC)
CECIL GANT: Are You Ready/ Blues In L.a./ Fit As A Fiddle/ Hey Boogie/ I Believe I Will/ I Feel It/ I Gotta Gal/ I'll Remember You (if You'll Remember Me)/ I'll Remember You (if You'll Remember Me)/ I'm Tired/ If I Had A Wish/ In A Little Spanish Town/ It's A Great Life/ Jam Jam Blues/ Lightning Blues/ Lost Baby Blues/ Make Believable Girl/ Nothing Bothers Me/ Rhumba Boogie Woogie/ Sooner Or Later/ Syncopated Boogie/ The Grass Is Getting Greener/ Watch That Stuff/ Way Down/ What's On Your Worried Mind

MITCH KASHMAR Delta Groove 103 Nickels & Dimes ● CD $15.98
13 tracks, 54 minutes, excellent
Although Mitch Kashmar's name may not be known currently by many in blues circles away from the West Coast, his talents as a songwriter, vocalist, and harmonica master will hopefully bring him wider recognition soon. Aided by the considerable efforts of Junior Watson, Ronnie James Weber, and Richard Innes with guest spots from Abu Talib (formerly known as Freddie Robinson) and Arthur Adams, Kashmar delivers a rousing set of smoldering blues. His originals; Dirty Deal/ Just Show It To Me/ New York Woman/ Becky Ann/ We're Sittin' Home Tonight/ Runnin' Off At The Mouth and the title track stand up easily against six well-chosen covers. While he may be off the radar screen for the majority of the blues world, he's definitely deserving of far more. (CR)

KEB MO Okeh 67316 Just Like You ● CD $11.98
13 track collection of blues standards and originals featuring fine guitar work.

KEB MO Okeh 69376 Slow Down ● CD $11.98
1998 album with full band.

JO ANN KELLY BGO BGOCD 429 Jo Ann Kelly ● CD $17.98
11 tracks, 32 mins, recommended
Nice to see more Jo Ann Kelly material being reissued. This is a reissue of her 1969 Epic album featuring live recordings made by Nick Perls at various club dates by Jo Ann in the late 60s. These are all solo performances by Jo Ann and her guitar - some with 12 string and a couple with slide. Some fine performances, if not among her very best - Louisiana Blues/ Driftin' And Driftin'/ Moon Going Down/ Whiskey Head Woman/ Man I'm Lovin'/ Come On In My Kitchen, etc. (FS)

JO ANN KELLY Blues Matters! 20041 Blues & Gospel - Rare & Unreleased Recordings ● CD $21.98
16 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
It's always a pleasure to get more rare and unissued sides from THE best British blues singer. It opens with four solo tracks recorded in Tony McPhees bedroom on a portable recorder in 1967 and originally issued on a limited edition E.P. Sound quality is a bit dodgy but Jo Ann is in fine form playing six and twelve string guitar on a selection of four fine sides including a particularly nice version of Robert Johnson's Milk Cow Blues. There are four fine sides from '68 including a great version of Son House's Walkin' Blues with fine slide work by Jo Ann and Howling Wolf's Just Like I Treat You with very effective piano work from Bob Hall. From 1970 is a lovely unissued solo performance of Sugar Babe (Ain't Got No Lovin' Now). There are four fine tracks from a live concert in 1977 with American guitarist Stefan Grossman including two where they are joined by guitarist Sammy Mitchell and the disc ends with two tracks from a 1984 live show with a largish group including a hot version of the Brenda Lee hit Sweet Nuthins. 12 page booklet includes interesting notes by Peter Moody plus rare photos including one taken at Bungies Club in London which is where I first saw Jo Ann in the 60s and was blown away by her utterly convincing renditions of Memphis Minnie songs and helped turn me into a confirmed blues addict for life! (FS)

JO ANN KELLY Castle CMDDD 596 Black Rat Swing - The Collector's Jo Ann Kelly ● CD $25.98
Two CD set featuring 45 tracks by this superb British blues interpreter ranging from some her earliest cuts from 1964 through to her last studio session in 1988 shortly before her death from a brain tumor. Apart from a handful of cuts all these tracks were issued a couple of years ago on a series on three CDs on the Mooncrest label (037, 045 and 063). Jo Ann does a mix of country blues, urban blues and some originals and is featured in a variety of setting ranging from her own acoustic guitar to a full fldged electric band. She is accompanied by many of Britains top blues performers including Bob Hall, Steve Rye, Pete Emery, Dave Kelly (her brother), Dick Wellstood and others. Songs include Where Is My Good Man At/ Back water Blues/ I Can't Quit You Baby/ Talkin' Low/ Catfish Blues/ I've Been Scorned/ It's Too Late For That Now/ Niki Hokey/ Love Blind/ Baby, What You Want Me To Do/ You Don't Love Me Baby/ Make Me A Pallet/ Black rat Swing/ Come See About Me/ Nothin' In Ramblin' and many more.
JO ANN KELLY: Ain't Seen No Whiskey/ Baby What You Want Me To Do/ Baby What You Want Me To Do (version 2)/ Back Water Blues/ Big Boss Man/ Black Rat Swing/ Boyfriend Blues/ Can I Get A Witness/ Catfish Blues/ Come See About Me/ Death Have Mercy/ Feel Like I'm Breaking Up Somebody's Home/ Help Me Through The Night/ I Can't Quit You Baby/ I've Been Scorned/ It's Too Late For That Now/ It's Too Late For That Now/ Jump Steady Daddy/ Keep Your Hands Out Of My Pockets/ Key To The Highway/ Levee Camp Holler/ Louisiana Blues/ Love Blind/ Love Blind/ Make Me A Pallett/ Moon Going Down/ Niki Hoeky/ No Chance With You/ Nothing In Rambling/ Put A Record On/ Rising Sun Shine On/ Rolling Log Blues/ Talkin' Low/ Tell Me Papa/ This Is Your Last Chance Now/ Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone/ Travellin' Mood/ Two Nineteen/ Walking The Dog/ What You Gonna Do/ Where Is My Good Man At/ You Don't Love Me Baby/ You Got To Move (version 1)/ You Got To Move (version 2)/ You Win Again

JO ANN KELLY Mooncrest CRESTCD 045 Talkin' Low ● CD $16.98
A collection of 19 previously unissued tracks recorded between 1966 and 1988 by this fine English blues singer.
JO ANN KELLY: 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone/ Big Boss Man/ Come See About Me/ Death, Have Mercy/ Feel Like Breaking up Somebody's Home/ Get Right Church [Take 1]/ Get Right Church [Take 2]/ I Can't Quit You Baby/ It's Too Late for That Now/ Love Blind/ Moon Going Down/ No Love in My Heart/ Nothin' in Ramblin'/ Rising Sun Shine On/ Talkin' Low/ Tell Me Papa (How You Want It Done)/ This Is Your Last Chance/ Where Is My Good Man At?/ You Got to Move

JO ANN KELLY Mooncrest CRESTCD 063 Tramp 1974 ● CD $16.98
The third collection of rare and unissued recordings by this wonderful British blues singer features studio and live cuts from 1974 with the excellent band she worked with on an occasional basis. The material is mostly R&B including covers and a couple of fine originals by Jo Ann and band members.
JO ANN KELLY: Baby What You Want Me To Do/ Feel Like Breaking Up Somebodys Home/ Help Me Through The Night/ Its Too Late For That Now/ Jump Steady Daddy/ Love Blind/ Nicki Hoeky/ Put A Record On/ Put A Record On/ Til My Back Aint Got No Bone/ Travellin Mood/ What You Gonna Do/ You Dont Love Me Baby/ You Got To Move

VANCE KELLY Wolf 120.877 Call Me ● CD $16.98
12 tracks, 61 mins, recommended
Excellent debut album from Chicago singer/ guitarist. Kelly is a powerful singer and an imaginative guitar player and is accompanied by a solid band including John Primer/ guitar, Erskine Johnson/ keyboards, Rick King/ drums and various bass players. Eddie Shaw sits in on sax on several numbers. The songs are a mix of originals along with songs from R&B greats like Johnny Taylor, Bobby Bland and others. His versions of Taylor's Doing My Own Thang and Wall To Wall are particularly striking. (FS)

VANCE KELLY Wolf 120.886 Joyriding In The Subway ● CD $16.98

VANCE KELLY Wolf 120.891 Hands Off! ● CD $16.98
New album from contemporary Chicago blues singer/ guitarist - pretty mediocre stuff.

REV. KELSEY Document DOCD 5478 Complete Recorded Works, 1947-51 ● CD $15.98
22 tracks featuring great old time gospel singing and preaching. It includes part of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's wedding ceremony at which Kelsey officiated.
REV. KELSEY: Babylon/ Evening Prayer/ Heaven Is Mine/ Hide My Soul/ I'm A Royal Child/ I'm A Soldier (10797)/ I'm A Soldier (mf-133)/ I'm A Witness For My Lord/ Little Boy (dw 81731)/ Little Boy (mf 132)/ Lord I've Tried/ Low Down The Chariot/ Marriage Prologue And Benediction Wedding Ceremony Pt. 1 & 2/ Old Ship Of Zion/ Shine For Jesus/ Tell Me How Long (bnf-1)/ The Storm Is Passing Over/ Where Is The Lion In The Tribe Of Judea/ SISTER LENA PHILLIPS: After Awhile/ All That I Have Is In Jesus/ I'm Striving To Make It To The Promised Land/ Lord Send The Rain

WILLIE KENT Delmark 653 Ain't It Nice ● CD $11.98
11 tracks, 56 mins, recommended
This is a big improvement over the Willie Kent album that came out on Wolf a while back thanks to vastly superior production, better playing and better songs. Singer/ bass player Kent has been active on the Chicago scene since the 50s but has only stepped out front in recent years. This album is a solid dose of Chicago blues with strong (if not particularly expressive) singing and good bass by Kent, fine guitar work from Luther Adams and Jacob Dawson, harmonica from Lester Davenport , piano by Ken Barker and drums from Timothy Taylor. On I'm Good the vocals are taken by the very fine Bonnie Lee. Well worth a listen. (FS)
WILLIE KENT: Ain't It Nice/ Check It Out/ Come Home/ Feel So Good/ I'm Good/ Ma Brea's/ Memory Of You/ One More Mile/ Stranded/ What You're Doing To Me/ Worry Worry

WILLIE KENT Delmark 667 Too Hurt To Cry ● CD $14.98
13 tracks, 62 min., recommended
Mississippi born, Kent moved to Chicago in 1952 where he spent his formative years slipping into blues clubs while still underage. As a bass player he found work in the '60s with Jimmy Dawkins, Hip Linkchain, and Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson. Now with a few albums and a wonderfully expressive voice on his side, Willie Kent's blues drip with the soulful maturity that comes from translating a lifetime of hard-earned experience into the language of the blues. This set moves nicely between originals such as Good Man Feeling Bad/ In Case We Both Are Wrong and well-chosen covers, including Buddy Guy's fantastic A Man And His Blues and Roosevelt Sykes' oft-recorded Night Time Is The Right Time. Kent's band is supported here by a small horn section that features the tenor sax of blues great Son Seals, harp work from Billy Branch, and a pair of guest guitar shots from Johnny B. Moore. (JC)
WILLIE KENT: 911 Nine-one-one/ A Man And The Blues/ All Nite Long/ Blues Train/ Countdown/ Going Down The Road/ Good Man Feeling Bad/ In Case We Both Are Wrong/ Just Sitting Here Thinking/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ This Thing Called Love/ Too Hurt To Cry/ Willie Mae

WILLIE KENT Delmark 696 Long Way To Ol' Miss ● CD $14.98

WILLIE KENT Delmark 723 Make Room For The Blues ● CD $14.98
Fine singer and bass player's fourth Delmark album

WILLIE KENT Wolf 120 876 Live In Chicago At B.L.U.E.S. ● CD $16.98
WILLIE KENT & HIS GENTS: A Man And His Blues/ All My Life/ Black Night/ Dirty Work Going On/ I'm Good/ If You Got To Love Somebody/ Looking Good/ Mother In Law Blues/ Rock Me/ Sadie/ Ship Made Of Paper/ Tin Pan Alley

E.G. KIGHT Blue South 904 Takin' It Easy ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 48 minutes, excellent
A totally captivating and inspired vocalist, EG Kight delivers a strong, blues-infused stew on "Takin' It Easy." Special guests include Greg Piccolo (sax on When You Were Mine) and Ann Rabson (Saffire The Uppity Blues Women) who offers her polished piano on I Don't Wanna Start Over and Coming Out Of The Pain. Backing throughout consists of a revolving door of exceptional talent and Kight sounds just as comfortable on Duke Ellington's easy rolling I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues as she does working Southbound (from Richard Betts via The Allman Brothers) to fever pitch. Her voice is similar in power and range to Phoebe Snow's with plenty of grit when called for. Another solid platter deserving attention. (CR)

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH Fat Possum 306 Sad Days & Lonely Nights ● CD $15.98
11 tracks,66 mins, very good
Jr. Kimbrough's second Fat Possum album was recorded live at his juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi. While it has some of the hypnotic intensity of that first album, one of our most popular blues titles of 1994, it suffers from the unexceptional quality of the live recording and some sloppy musicianship. (FS)

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH Fat Possum 308 All Night Long ● CD $15.98
10 tracks, 50 min., essential
As the young blues bands rehash Stormy Monday, and aging blues stars snuggle up with aging rock stars, it's gratifying to see this label and others leading a resurgence of genuine original honest-to-God blues music. Fat Possum focuses its efforts on gritty juke joint performers, and this outstanding disc by Junior Kimbrough proves that the spirit of the blues still flows through the Delta, steady as the waters of the Mississippi. Above all, Kimbrough is a powerful, haunting performer; after many listenings, I'm still struck by his deep connection to the most potent themes and legendary singers of the southern blues tradition. You Better Run conjures up the sense of doom embodied in the best of Howlin' Wolf or Robert Johnson, while the painful self-reflection of Done Got Old recalls Robert Pete Williams without ever lapsing into imitation. Driving bass and drums underscore the hypnotic spell on five of the singer's one-chord grooves. But Kimbrough is at is best alone with his electric guitar, laying down eerie, droning melodies which echo his plaintive vocals, reminiscent at times of the blues-inspired African guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Best blues disc of the year, hands down. (MB)
JUNIOR KIMBROUGH: All Night Long/ Do The Romp/ Done Got Old/ I Feel Alright/ Meet Me In The City/ Nobody But You/ Slow Lightnin'/ Stay All Night/ Work Me Baby/ You Better Run

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH Fat Possum 309 Most Things Haven't Worked Out ● CD $15.98

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH Fat Possum 320 God Knows I Tried ● CD $15.98

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH Fat Possum 3332 Meet Me In the City ● CD $15.98
A collection of live tracks ranging from the 1993 Sunflower Blues Fest. to vintage early 1970's tracks from Junior's home and club. Features Junior's son Kenny Malone on drums and R.L. Burnside's son Gary on guitar.

JUNIOR KIMBROUGH High Water/HMG 6503 Do The Rump! ● CD $15.98 ● CD $9.98
Mostly previously unissued sides from early 80s recorded for High Water by this distinctive bluesman.
JUNIOR KIMBROUGH: Come on and Go with Me/ Do the Rump!/ Done Got Old/ I Feel Good, Little Girl/ I Want to Know What's Wrong with You/ I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Always/ Keep Your Hands off Her/ My Mama Done Told Me/ Nobody But You Baby/ Please Don't Leave Me, Baby/ Too Late Baby/ Walk with Me/ You Better Run


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