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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Johnnie Bassett RIP

From Bob Corritore

RIP Johnnie Bassett - Oct 9, 1935 to Aug 4, 2012 Detroit blues guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire Johnnie Bassett, died from complications of liver cancer on Saturday, August 4 at Saint John Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He was 76 years old. Born in Marianna, Florida, Johnnie and his family moved to Detroit in 1944. He did his first recordings as a member of Joe Weaver's band who also recorded behind Nolan Strong & The Diablos, and Andre Williams for Fortune Records. He also played and recorded with the Miracles on their 1958 recording of "Got A Job."  Johnny seemed to emerge as an artist in his own right late in his career, with his great mid '90s recording work including Cannonball Records various artist collection Blues Across America; The Detroit Scene and his first CD I Gave My Life To The Blues on the Dutch Black Magic label. He made further recordings for Cannonball before switching to Mack Avenue Records and found many awards and nominations for his work. He also backed up Alberta Adams on her recordings for Cannonball Records. He will always be remembered as one of the the greatest blues musicians of the Detroit scene. To see a great video of Johnnie on TV singing "A Woman's Got Ways," click here, and a live performance of "Bassett Hound Blues," click here.

Ernest Lane RIP

  •    From Bob Corritore
    RIP Ernest Lane - March 16, 1931 to July 8, 2012 Clarksdale, Mississippi native Ernest Lane was a highly respected blues piano player who was perhaps better known by his musical peers than by the general public. Ernest seemed born into blues piano; not only was his father an acomplished player but at an early age Ernest and his childhood buddy Ike Turner studied under fellow Clarksdalean Pinetop Perkins. Ernest will likely be best remembered for stirring piano on the late 1940s Robert Nighthawk session that produced "Sweet Black Angel" and "Anna Lee." Ernest would also work with Earl Hooker and Houston Stackhouse in the Southern music circuit. He would relocate to California in 1956 where he performed with Jimmy Nolen and George "Harmonica" Smith before becoming a part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. He also made records with the Monkees and Canned Heat. He quit music for a number of years until once again joining Ike Turner for Ike's musical comeback. Ernest led the band at Ike's 2007 funeral performing classics by his lifelong friend. In recent years Ernest released 2 CD's under his own name. We say goodbye to a true piano great. To hear  Ernest Lane playing piano on Robert Nighthawk's "Anna Lee" click here Ernest Lane's website is

Bob Corritore Update

Wednesday August 8, 2012

Curry Harter Update
"Blues at the Warren"
Saturday, August 11 doors open 6:30pm
Curry & Rob 7pm
Hot Tamale and the Red Hots 8pm
Tickets $10 at the door
154 Public Square, Greenfield, Iowa 50849


Olga Wilhelmine: It Is What It Is

The latest from Louisiana's own Olga Wilhelmine.  Its a nice song show her some love and watch her video!

John Hammer Blues News

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Richard Carr
'Tell Everybody'

RJ Mischo
'Make It Good'

Brad Hatfield
'Uphill From Anywhere'
'Talking Guitar'
'Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit'
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Talking Guitar on the Radio
You think that's good, we got a dancin' harp that'll wear you out!
August 12th on Hammered By The Blues (every Sunday on KRUE 1170AM at 10pm) we will dazzle and amuse startin' with Richard Carr as he calls on out off his latest 'Tell Everybody'. To get the breeze blowin' through your ears RJ Mischo whips out the Mississippi Sax and sets you gently down with a few off 'Make It Good'. Keepin' the groove deep and defined, Brad Hatfield provides specific directions off his brand new CD 'Uphill From Anywhere'. With nothing up his sleeves, Paul Rishell with special Guest Annie Raines will hold you spellbound with a little slight of hand off 'Talking Guitar'. Savin' the best tricks for last we hook up with Tab Benoit as he shares from 'Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit'. Now that's gettin' mighty close to magic up in here!
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It's the simple pleasures that guarantee havin' a ball;
Dancin' in the rain, a deep belly laugh or a freely given smile;
Treat others like you would like to be and always go the extra mile!
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