Delmark 65 review…June 15, 2018….

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TRIBUTE: A CELEBRATION OF DELMARK’S 65TH ANNIVERSARY

DELMARK RECORDS  DE 856

TRAIN I RIDE-OMAR COLEMAN  ONE DAY YOU’RE GONNA GET LUCKY-LURRIE BELL AND THE BELL DYNASTY  ALL FOR BUSINESS–LINSEY ALEXANDER AND BILLY FLYNN  RIVERBOAT–DEMETRIA TAYLOR  SHE LEFT ME A MULE TO RIDE–JIMMY BURNS  SPEAK MY MIND–LI’L ED WILLIAMS AND DAVE WELD  OUT OF BAD LUCK–JIMMY JOHNSON AND DAVE SPECTER  BROKE AND HUNGRY–COREY DENNISON AND GERRY HUNDT  SO MANY ROADS–MIKE WHEELER  NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD–SHIRLEY JOHNSON  BOOT THAT THING–KEN SAYDAK

This year, Bob Koester’s Delmark Records turns 65 years old!  Over that span, Bob has presented fans with some of the finest blues performances ever committed to wax.  Over such a storied career, it stands to reason that many of today’s contemporary artists got their careers started either listening to or playing on many of these classic sets.  With that in mind, “Tribute: A Celebration Of Delmark’s 65TH Anniversary,” gathers together a collection of artists who desired to pay a debt of gratitude not only to Bob Koester, but also the artists who came into greatness thru his label.

Believe us, folks, every cut here is a winner, and all the players are in some way tied into the history of Delmark.  Leading off is harmonica ace Omar Coleman with his tribute to Junior Wells, the freight-train funk of “Train I Ride,” with cool tenor sax from Hank Ford.  Country-blues is well-represented, also, from Jimmy Burns with “She Left Me A Mule To Ride,” and a bit later with the “Tennessee Connection” of Corey Dennison and Gerry Hundt (on mandolin) to Sleepy John Estes with “Broke And Hungry.”  Women of Chicago blues strut their considerable stuff, too.  Demetria Taylor’s tribute to Big Time Sarah and “Riverboat,” and Shirley Johnson’s ode to Bonnie Lee, “Need Your Love So Bad,” indicates just how rich this label’s heritage was for both male and female artists.

Lurrie Bell and the Bell Dynasty rock one of their dad Carey’s best-known cuts, “One Day You’re Gonna Get Lucky,” with Steve Bell on the harp.  And, Li’l Ed Williams and Dave Weld get the juke joint jumpin’ with a tribute to Ed’s uncle, J. B. Hutto, with the raucous “Speak My Mind.”  If we had to name one favorite, it would be the set-closer.  Ken Saydak, long one of our favorite piano men, rocks the boogie with just his vocal and piano on the good-time, sly and sexy, “Boot That Thing!”

Delmark Records was where we bought our first blues album, the venerable Delmark 612, Junior Wells’ “Hoodoo Man Blues,” back in 1978, the year we were married.  Yeah, we still got it, and we’ve been privileged to review many of these fantastic artists and their music.  The players on “Tribiute:  A Celebration Of Delmark’s 65TH Anniversary” show their deep appreciation to one of this country’s finest entrepreneurs and his iconic label!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Hi, we are Julia Miller and Elbio Barilari, new owners of Delmark. We would like to thank you for your kind words toward our artists, Bob and our record label in general!

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