Mary Lane – Lady Regent of the Chicago Blues

She is 83 years young and along with Buddy Guy, who has called her “the real deal”, they are the reigning regents of the Chicago Blues.  And it does not get better than Mary Lane’s new album Travelin’ Woman.

Mary Lane Travelin Woman

The personification of the “great migration” of African Americans from the cotton fields of the American south to the city of Chicago both before and after World War II, Mary sings the blues the way only someone that has endured the degradation and hard times of segregation, and still maintained their pride and spirit, can.  Heartfelt and upbeat, the 10 songs on this album are a testament to the power of song sung by a voice of greatness.

The title cut, Travelin’ Woman, is a reminisce about her journey from Arkansas to the blues stages of Chicago that she shared with B.B. King, A.C. Reed, Elmore James, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and Howlin’ Wolf. Blues Give Me a Feeling is a great tune about her love affair with the American music genre. Some People Say I’m Crazy, Bad Luck and Trouble, Ain’t Gonna Cry No More, Ain’t Nobody Else,  and Rain in My Heart are all bad ass Chicago blues. And amidst all these great songs, Leave That Wine Alone, is my hands down favorite.

Mary Lane

Produced by Jim Tullio, who also co-wrote most of the songs on the album, the CD features guest appearances by Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, the late Eddie Shaw, Indiara Sfair, Gene (Daddy G) Barge, Colin Linden, and Dave Specter.  This is only her second album, the first was done twenty years ago or so, but she has been a fixture on blues stages all over Chicago for decades. Man…the rest of us have missed it until NOW!

Also, filmmaker Jesseca Ynez Simmons is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about Mary’s life entitled I Can Only Be Mary Lane.  I am looking forward to its release and being able to see it!

Folks, you absolutely HAVE to listen to this slice of blues greatness! Mary Lane has sowed the blues for over sixty years…..with Travelin’ Woman she finally reaps the recognition and fame that she has long deserved.  Keep crankin’ out the blues Mary…we are all now your loyal subjects!

Women of the Blues Records 2018

Alligators, Aussies, Boston Beats, & Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST w/Ben Vee

Gonna feature recording done by artists on Alligator Records (a great blues label) as well as a couple of Australian performers, several Boston area groups, and, of course, plenty of contemporary upbeat blues from 3-5 pm EST today, Thursday, Feb 21! Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.  Below is the intended playlist, so if ya hear somethin you luv, you can find it…download it…and help the roadhouse blues to thrive!

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny Winter Sen-Sa-Shun / Got My Mojo Working
Lonnie Mack Natural Disaster
Delta Generators Strike The Bells
Marcia Ball Dance With Me
Ash Grunwald Shake That Thing
Lonnie Brooks Two Headed Man
Electric Blues Collective Swamp Gas
Meena Send Me A Doctor
Jimmy Thackery Empty Arms Motel
Jimmy Barnes Shake Rattle And Roll
Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind
Dominic Schoemaker Let Me Be Your Lover
Haole Kid Local Boy Blues Project Bluesy White Boy
Savoy Brown Memphis Blues
James House & The Blues Cowboys Boomerang
JJ Grey & Mofro That Boy
Cassie Taylor No Ring Blues
Tinsley Ellis Cool On It
Son Seals Look, Now Baby
Jimmie Vaughan Kinky Woman
Albert Cummings Up Your Sleeve
Janiva Magness Hammer (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
A.C. Reed She’s Fine
Delbert McClinton B Movie Boxcar Blues
Peter Parcek Ashes To Ashes
Layla Zoe Get Me Some
Albert Collins I Ain’t Drunk
Chris Smither Up On the Lowdown

 

This Week’s Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Playlist (Dec 13 2018)

Hope you get a chance to tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST for some roadhouse blues……blues with an electric beat!  Here’s the intended playlist!

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Shemekia Copeland Such A Pretty Flame
Danielle Nicole Crawl
Jonny Lang Stronger Together
Phantom Blues Band Death Letter
Jeremiah Johnson Blues In Her Eyes
Larkin Poe Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues
Jeff Strahan Folsom Prison Blues
Ray Bonneville South Of The Blues
Layla Zoe Gemini
Dorothy Gun In My Hand
Joe Bonamassa Redemption
Jay Jesse Johnson Band Guilty Of The Blues
Samantha Fish Highway’s Holding Me Now
The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band Must Have Missed A Turn [feat. Bnois King]
Widow Blue Who’s Gonna Take Care of Lucille?
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps The Day The Blues Came To Call
Sari Schorr King Of Rock And Roll
A C Reed Lonely Man
Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
John Hiatt Alone In The Dark
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Mississippi Soul
The Nick Moss Band The High Cost Of Low Living
Paul Reddick Shadows