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Everyone knows how Sugar & I (and Steve Arvey) love the road and a good blues party at the end of that road! This blues sampler not only turns you onto some new and important music but it will keep your wheels turning and your feet moving. After losing Little Milton and Tyrone Davis we are wondering who will fill their shoes? No one ever will but we must keep that vintage soul blues alive. Some of the best of the rest are here: old and new, homegrown and worldwide. Thank you for subscribing to Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine for that is why you have this CD. Enjoy! Go see some live music and play this CD in the meantime—on the way to the gigs! See ya down the road! Thanks to: our subscribers (The salt of the earth that helps Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine grow) and the soul men and women of the rhythm & blues world. This CD is dedicated to Ruth Brown, Little Milton, Tyrone Davis, Henry Townsend, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Homesick James, Ed Bradley and James Brown! But Jackie Wilson lives forever!— Robert Jr Whitall, Publisher

Featuring 19 ("She's a Nineteen-Year-Old!") great blues songs from these blues artist's CDS:

1. Roy Brown with the Hollywood Fats Band
The Hollywood Blue Flames emerged from the smoldering embers of The Hollywood Fats Band, arguably the best young blues band to come out of the 1970s, led by guitar phenomenon Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann. Along with bassist Larry Taylor (fresh from Canned Heat), drummer Richard Innes (ex-Rod Piazza), Lloyd Glenn protégé Fred Kaplan on piano, and featuring the multi-talented Al Blake on harmonica and vocals, Hollywood Fats almost single-handedly ignited a traditional blues revival that still echoes loudly to this day. Sadly, Fats passed away unexpectedly in 1986, and the band members all went on to other successful musical ventures. Thanks to Delta Groove Productions for releasing a previously un-released vintage live performances by Hollywood Fats in his prime, including a special guest appearance by blues shouter Roy Brown.
2. Sir Mack Rice
Sir Mack Rice’s signature hits—“Mustang Sally,” “Respect Yourself,” “Cheaper To Keep Her,” and Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s Rack Of Blues pick “Cadillac Assembly Line” are enduring blues classics. Sir Mack was born near the Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale, MS. Rice’s resume includes his prolific career as a Stax Records’ writer, producer and arranger, member of the Falcons, 1991 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, “I am a little country boy out of Mississippi. I didn’t have any education. I didn’t finish high school. And to accomplish the things I have in my life. I have to say God is good. I had no idea that I could look back over my past and be joyful. I have no regrets. None whatsoever,” commented Sir Mack to Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine. Check out Mack’s new release “Sir Mack Rice – The Old Gangster Of Hip Hop Blues-Get That Money.” Visit: or 313-909-0394.
3. Artie “Blues Boy” White
Artie “Blues Boy” White is the real deal. Born and raised in Vicksburg, MS, his first public musical experience was singing gospel until he switched over to blues in the early 1960's. Over the next two decades, he recorded on P&M, Gamma and Al Tee. He briefly reached the r&b charts with "You Are My Leanin' Tree" in 1977. His hit sold over 100,000 copies. In 1984, singles "Jimmy" and "I Need Someone"’ on the Jewel Record Label became classics. White signed a recording contract with Stan Lewis's Ronn/Jewel/Paula consortium in 1985. In 1987, White moved on to John Abbey's Ichiban label where he recorded, arranged and produced his next seven albums and then signed with Malaco’s Waldoxy label in 1994 releasing “Different Shades Of Blue” that featured the hit “Marry My Mother-In-Law.” Altogether White has recorded 15 albums and over 200 songs. or 312-354-0300
4. Johnny Drummer
Johnny Drummer was born Thessex Johns in Alligator, MS, a small town in the heart of the Delta, in 1938. As a boy, he often saw musicians like Little Milton and Ike Turner, and learned all the blues, r&b and soul songs of the time from his brothers, who played hollow-box guitars. He learned to play drums while serving in the Army. After his discharge, he moved to Chicago, where he sat in with Lovie Lee, Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, and later played stints with BB King and Muddy Waters’ bands. In 1962, Drummer recorded for Wonderful Records. Today his primary instruments are electronic keyboard and harmonica. Johnny Drummer plays regularly in Chicago and tours in the U.S. and internationally. Johnny has three records on the Earwig label—www.earwig For more information: 773-262-0278 or
5. Root Doctor
The blues is a feeling. Rhythm is movement. The root is where it all comes from. And a doctor is a healer. Root Doctor is musical medicine for the body and soul. Harmonic homeopathy. A rhythm and blues remedy for life's daily dilution and a potent prescription for today's confusion. It's time to dose your soul with Root Doctor. Root Doctor’s humble beginnings started in Lansing, MI’s fertile open mic scene. Freddie Cunningham (lead vocals) and James Williams (bass, vocals) first played together as a pick-up band and Root Doctor was soon born. Root Doctor has evolved through several incarnations, but the soul has remained the same. The current line-up is the strongest yet featuring Jim Alfredson (Hammond B3, keyboards, vocals), Greg Nagy (guitar, vocals), and Rick Bole (drums). Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of classic blues, soul and r&b and acclaimed original material.
6. Family Style
A real family band coming from a small town near Milano (Italy) called Arluno, Family Style formed in 1994 by guitarist Marco Limido, with younger brother Franco Limido (recorded with Robert Palmer) on vocals and harmonica, cousin Davide Bianchi on bass and the support of some of the best Italian session men on drums, Family Style launched themselves to the world's blues circuit, and have never looked back. They are simply the best—“Italian Blues Deluxe!” The secret of their success is their phenomenal live playing. The band is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary touring Europe—Belgium, Holland, Poland, England, France, Italy and Switzerland.
7. Katfish Karr
Katfish Karr must be among the most charismatic and colorful blues artist of our time. Katfish’s vocal delivery and phrasing are underscored by his soulful and masterful guitar playing. Born in Kentucky, Katfish now lives in Ohio and has been kicking around the Midwest for the past 45 years with his traditional blues style. Katfish however, like all great artists with staying power, adapted his style to also captivate a younger fan base. Katfish has stated many times how important it is for blues musicians to bring young blood on board to mentor them. When you listen to the music on "State Of Emergency" you'll see why his fan base has continued to grow and see why Katfish is truly a gifted writer and performer.
8. Patrick Vining
Patrick Vining has been singing all of his life. Singing is the only career choice he ever wanted to make. He grew up singing in church, various choirs and country music. Patrick released a CD on Ichiban Records called "Blues With Bite" in 1998 touring the Southeast and the following year released on JSP Records "Ready Right Now." After 200 nights a year for a few years, Patrick took a break but returned with "That Away You Move Me” on CMO records. And in 2006, Patrick re-released "Ready Right Now" with the help of Fin Soup/Prosper Records. This CD has been reissued under the title "Released" and has a whole new group of fans talking. Look for Patrick on tour near you! Contact Information: or 678-384-1657 or
9. Mikey Jr.
From the tough streets of Trenton, N.J. comes a kid that has blues fans and purists taking notice. His name is Mikey Jr. and at just 26 years of age, he's gained the respect of veteran players who admire his dedication to the art and his truly original interpretations of the old masters styles. Here is what the critics are saying about Mikey Jr.: “His knowledge of traditional blues harp is impressive and his high end work on the instrument is as clean and as strong as players twice his age.”— —“Blues is in his soul, the kid is a harmonica wizard.”— Tim Marshall, Rhythm & Blues Showcase WBZC 88.9/99.5FM — “Mikey Jr. rocks into the future guided by the wisdom of the harmonica greats, a real harmonica prodigy.”— John Francis, Best Lil’ Harp House.
Visit for more news on Mikey Jr.’s or call: 215-702-7281
10. Randy McAllister
Randy McAllister is one of the premier singer/songwriter/musicians to emerge from Texas. While comparisons are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man's background and sensibilities thrown into the mix. Raised in the town of Novice, Texas, McAllister found the harmonica in the early 1980's. McAllister has released four critically praised albums beginning with his debut “Diggin' for Sofa Change,” followed by “Grease, Grit, Dirt and Spit,” the much heralded “Double Rectified Bust Head,” 2002 Grammy Nominated “Givers and Takers,” and his most recent album “Temporary Fixes” plus a newly released compilation, “Flying High While Staying Low Down.”?
11. Big B and the Magic Bullets
Genre bending Motor City blues collective Big B and the Magic Bullets serve up an eclectic mix of what a classic bar band should sound like. The Detroit area sextet, led by founder guitarist/vocalist Brian Burleson (Big B), boasts the talents of harmonica player/vocalist Jezter, drummer Erin Pitman, keyboardist Chuck Vermeulen, bass player Doug Hise, and saxophone player Dave Daniele. Known for their blistering live shows and award-winning chops, Big B and the Magic Bullets released their debut album, “11 Shots” in 2006. Brian "Big B" says: "There's not a guy in this band who doesn't live for the sheer enjoyment of expressing themselves through their instrument, and that only feels good when you're doing it well, at a level you've practiced hard at for years to make it look and feel easy, the same way your idols and influences inspired you."
12. Corey Osborn
Born and raised in Memphis, Corey Osborn first picked up the guitar when he was 11 years old started his first band at 15. Corey Osborn & the Rhythm System won their first round at the 2001 IBC’s in Memphis and their performance opened many doors for them. By age 16, Corey was playing 2-5 nights a week. Over the past few years Corey has played hundreds of clubs and festivals. One of the more notable performances was when Corey was asked to open for B.B. King at his club in Memphis in 2003 and 2004. ?Aside from his band, Corey has played regularly with many other artists—Eugene Gales Real Blues Project and Barbara Blue & the Soul Fried Blues Band. The Corey Osborn Band received an Emerging Artist Award at the Helena Blues Festival.
13. Little Johnny Blue
Little Johnny Blue based in the Chicago area started playing rhythm guitar and harmonica for the band Sunhouse in the late 90's and recorded with them for 3 years. After leaving to pursue a solo career as Little Johnny & the Unknown Blues Band he quickly became the hardest working blues man in the Chicago area. Johnny was playing 5-6 nights a week backed by some of the best sidemen in Chicago. Biscuit Miller (Lonnie Brooks, Anthony Gomes) became one of Johnny biggest influences. Working together with him every Wednesday night for nearly 3 years, Johnny learned to be a pro. The last year they worked together Biscuit was voted #1 Entertainer by the Midwest Beat Music Magazine (South Chicago Suburbs and Northwest Indiana) and Johnny was voted favorite harp blower!
14. Fat Harry & the Fuzzy Licks
“Let’s Have A Natural Ball” is probably the best way to describe the music of Fat Harry & the Fuzzy Licks from across the big pond—Rotterdam, Netherlands. Inspired by innovative blues musicians such as Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker and Chris Cain, Fat Harry and the Fuzzy Licks have developed a unique style. Harry's "fat" guitar sound is inspired by the three Kings (B.B, Freddie and Albert). Keyboardist Rene Schutte never disavows his gospel roots. The rhythm section: Patrick Obrist is on bass and Jack Hill on drums. Occasionally the band is joined by Jan de Ligt (nicknamed by Harry as "Johnny Delight") on tenor sax. The song "You Didn't Think About That" from their CD "Pentatonic Pleasures" was chosen by the Belgian’s Back To The Roots magazine for their anniversary CD in 2003. (Thanks to Jan Peter Klijn aka."LD").
15. Kevin Mark
Without a doubt one of Canada's top blues entertainers, Kevin Mark consistently delivers the goods night after night. His exceptional stage presence combined with his energetic sidemen is the perfect recipe for a swingin' party! Kevin Mark has received numerous Lys Blues Awards, plus a Maple Blues Award and many nominations. Kevin Mark's sophomore release, "Rolling The Dice" has garnered glowing reviews worldwide. Produced by Canadian blues legend Jack de Keyzer, the complete album was recorded live off the floor by Alec Fraser at his famed Liquid Toronto studio. A long-anticipated follow up to "Rolling The Dice" is currently underway and will be launched in spring of 2007. When The Kevin Mark Blues Band is in the house, it's party time!
16. Howard Glazer
Howard Glazer is a Detroit native, moving only for a few years to nearby Chicago where he honed his blues skills before returning home. Growing up there was always music in the household and it was in this environment that Howard developed a wide range of musical tastes and influences. A variety of musical endeavors continued to mold Howard's unique style, most notably his recent work with Harmonica Shah who he toured the world with several times. Glazer's Random Chance Records’ "Brown Paper Bag" expounds on the blues-rock mix, taking it to another level while maintaining his blues integrity. His band members Bob Goodwin and Charles Stuart have opened up "full throttle" that delivers in the uncompromising manner that the Motor City is known for. www.howard or www.random
17. Jackie Payne /Steve Edmonson Band
Jackie Payne’s career began age 13 singing with the Allen Swing Band in Atlanta and after moving to Houston at age 17, he worked with T-Bone Walker, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Lowell Folsom and Freddy King. Since 1987, Jackie has toured worldwide as the lead vocalist for The Johnny Otis Show. Jackie recorded two CDs for Britain’s JSP Records—“A Day In the Life of A Blues Man” and "Ain't Nothin' But A Party!" Last year Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson released “Master of the Game” on Delta Groove Productions. Guitarist Steve Edmonson and Jackie Payne have a long history together performing soul, blues and old school r&b that began when they were members of The Dynatones. Other band members include bassist "Col." Bill Singletary, and drummer, Nick Otis.
18. Rusty Wright Blues
Contemporary blues with a dash of southern rock might best describe Rusty Wright Blues with their ripping guitars, dual lead vocalists, steroid-driven B3, handsome horns and fat pocket groove. Rusty Wright began performing at age 13 as the guitarist for his mother’s southern Gospel act. Today, Wright’s diverse career as an in-demand touring guitarist, front man and composer has taken him around the world. ESPN and TNT have picked up Wright’s compositions. The Rusty Wright Blues is fronted by husband and wife guitarists/vocalists Rusty Wright and Laurie LaCross-Wright and for their CD debut “Ain’t No Good Life” features all original songs but one by Rusty who also plays all the instruments except for keyboards - Steve “Hitman” Himes, drummer Tommy Stewart and vocals Laurie LaCross-Wright.
19. Dennis Binder
Dennis Binder was born on November 18th, 1928 in Rosedale, MS where he grew up first singing gospel music and soon learned to play piano on his own. He moved from rural Delta juke joints to the bright lights of Chicago where he got his first recording break at Chicago’s Chess Records in the early 1950’s. Binder was one of the first vocalist and arranger for Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm. Dennis "Longman" Binder who now resides in Lawton, OK still plays a killer piano mixing blues, rock n’ roll and country and western. In 2006 Binder performed at the Ponderosa Stomp and released “Everybody Needs A Miracle” on Earwig. Previously, Dennis Binder also recorded for Sun Records, Modern, Crown United, Delmark and Ace Records. He was right there in the midst of it all with Ike Turner, Eddie Benston, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, Jr. Wells, and A.C. Reed. Dennis Binder is truly pioneer of early rock and blues. www.earwig

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1. Roy Brown w/The
Hollywood Fats Band

“Boogie Woogie Blues” 6:53
“Larger Than Life ”
Delta Groove Productions

2. Sir Mack Rice
“Cadillac Assembly Line” 4:19
“Get That Money”
Joy Road Records

3. Artie “BluesBoy” White
“Package Deal” 4:13
“Package Deal” Chilltown Records

4. Johnny Drummer
“Rockin in the JukeJoint” 3:49
“Rockin in the JukeJoint”
Earwig Records

5. RootDoctor
“Hold On” 4:18
“Been A Long Time Coming”
Big O Records or

6. Family Style
“Looking For a Woman” 5:55
“ Live In Nottingham” Independent

7. Katfish Karr
“State Of Emergency” 3:50
“State Of Emergency” Independent

8. Patrick Vining
“One HeartBeat” 3:00
“Released” Fin Soup/Prosper Records

9. Mikey Jr
“Whiskey By The Glass” 2:23
“Look Inside My Pocket” Independent

10. Randy McAllister
“Take Me Out Of
New Orleans” 3:21
“Temporary Fixes”
Freedom First Records

11. Big B And
The Magic Bullets

“Life’s Too Short To Be Me” 5:12
“11 Shots” Big Blues Records

12. Corey Osborn
“My Belair” 3:29
“Corey Osborn” Independent

13. Little Johnny Blue
“Strong-Hearted Woman” 3:42
“Little Johnny Music”
Fat Man Records

14. Fat Harry
& The Fuzzy Licks

“Driving Machine” 3:53
“Pentatonic Pleasures” Independent

15. Kevin Mark
“So Blue without You” 3:52
“Rolling The Dice”
Blue Hog Productions

16. Howard Glazer
“Walking In The Rain” 4:44
“Liquor Store Legend”
Random Chance Records or

17. Jackie Payne/
Steve Edmonson Band

“Sweet Landlady” 3:16
“Master Of The Game”
Delta Groove Productions

18, Rusty Wright Band
"Hang Dog" 3:16
"Ain't No Good Life" Sadson Music

19, Dennis Binder
"I don't want nobody messing around with me" 2:53
"Hole In That Jug"
Earwig Records