BMFR Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Noon EST

Hope you can join us today at Noon EST for some of my roadhouse blues! You can tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Tyler Dow Bryant Texas Shuffle
Gary Clark Jr. When I’m Gone
Ian Moss Green River
Davy Knowles And Back Door Slam Saving Myself
J.J. Cale After Midnight (with Eric Clapton)
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers I’ll Be Your Driver (Where You Wanna Go)
Honey Island Swamp Band Cast the First Stone
Howard And The White Boys The Blues Are Killing Me
Jeff Fetterman Bottle Full of Blues
Keb’ Mo’ The Worst Is yet to Come
Herd of Blues Blues Junkie
Cary Morin Carmela Marie
Jimmy Barnes You From Me
The Jeff Healey Band Who’s Been Talking
Jim Suhler Restless Soul
John Campbell Voodoo Edge
J.B. Hutto & The New Hawks Little Girl Dressed In Blue
The Hitman Blues Band Don’t You Tempt Me
Mandy Barnett More Lovin’
Jay Stollman A Change Is Gonna Come
Jackie Venson Always Free
Vintage Trouble Still And Always Will
Joe Louis Walker 100% More Man
Jimmy Vivino And The Rekooperators Birds Nest on The Ground
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John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions

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He started his recording career back in 1974 and over the course of the last four and half decades has been one of the great songwriters of his generation.  On the new album, The Eclipse Sessions, John Hiatt strips down his rootsy roadhouse sound and gives us a heartfelt view of his life and thoughts at 66. The songs on the new recording have a J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton feel from their “Tulsa period”.  Primarily acoustic, the tunes are musically sparse which only serves to highlight his gravely and unique voice and the power of his songwriting.

On Robber’s Highway, John looks at life’s end with a beauty and honesty that struck me to the core. “Can’t feel the fingers on one hand…mouth full of cotton…feet of clay…I didn’t plan on waking up today….Come and get me Jesus I don’t know…Come and get me Jesus cuz I can’t go.”

The Odds of Loving You looks at a relationship with lyrics that are just witty and penetrating. “I was up on my high horse taking notes and namin’ names….ran out like a dog in shame….Seven nights of heaven…eleven days of who shot who…..seven come eleven….I love the odds of loving you.

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My favorite cut of the album is All the Way to the River.  An upbeat tempo song about a woman on a downward spiral, the life images he paints in lyrics are Hiatt at his best.  “Up late with hollowed out eyes…all the way to the river…..tryin every last trouble on for size….all the way to the river.

I also enjoyed Cry to Me, Poor Imitation of God, Over the Hill, Nothing in My Heart, and Aces Up Your Sleeve.

If anything, John’s voice, music, and songwriting have reached a new majestic plane on his 23rd album.  I hope you take the time to download and experience the music of this roadhouse icon.

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions (2018 New West Records)