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A journey to the heart of the Blues and the artists who have built its history: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Willie Dixon, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Bessie Smith…See more
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John Lee Hooker, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Rogers, Producer
℗ 2007 Shout! Factory LLC
WILLIE DIXON, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerome Arnold, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - BO DIDDLEY, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Clifton James, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Boy Arnold, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Muddy Waters, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - BO DIDDLEY, ComposerLyricist - Melvin R. London, ComposerLyricist - Marshall Chess, Producer
℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Simon Climie, Producer - B.B. King, MainArtist - Eric Clapton, Producer, MainArtist - John Hiatt, Writer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer
© 2001 Reprise Records ℗ 2001 Reprise Records
WILLIE DIXON, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hubert Sumlin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Howlin' Wolf, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Spann, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1960 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Jimmy Reed, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Stone, ComposerLyricist
℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
Joe Bonamassa, MainArtist
(C) 2003 J&R Adventures (P) 2003 J&R Adventures
Tony Platt, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Composer - Buddy Guy, Lyricist - Buddy Guy, Performer - John Porter, Producer
(P) 1991 Silvertone Records Ltd.
Big Maceo, Composer, Performer, Writer
Sanford Konikoff, Drums - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Performer - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - James Thomas, Bass - Jesse Ed Davis, Guitar - Sleepy John Estes, Composer - Sleepy John Estes, Lyricist - David Rubinson, Producer
Originally Recorded 1967. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
J. Josea, Composer - J. Josea, Lyricist - Neil Wilburn, Engineer - "Uncle" John Turner, Percussion - R. King, Composer - R. King, Lyricist - Tommy Shannon, Acoustic Bass - Charlie Bragg, Engineer - Ed Hudson, Engineer - Johnny Winter, Producer - Johnny Winter, Vocal - Johnny Winter, Guitar - Johnny Winter, Performer - Johnny Winter, Harp
Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist
(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC
Willie Dixon, Performer - Jack DuPree, Composer - Mc Rae Teddy, Composer
2012 Proper Records Ltd 2012 Proper Records Ltd
WILLIE DIXON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Boy Williamson, MainArtist - Leonard Chess, Producer
℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Performer - S.R. Vaughan, Composer - S.R. Vaughan, Guitar - S.R. Vaughan, Lyricist - S.R. Vaughan, Producer - S.R. Vaughan, Vocal - Richard Mullen, Producer - Richard Mullen, Recording Engineer - Double Trouble, Producer - John Hammond, Executive Producer - Mikie Harris, Assistant Producer - Don Wershba, Assistant Engineer - Harry Spiridakis, Assistant Engineer - Lincoln Clapp, Mixing Engineer - Lincoln Clapp, Vocal - Chris Layton, Drums - Tommy Shannon, Bass
(P) 1983 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Gary Moore, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer
(C) 2006 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2006 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited
Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Olms, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod de'Ath, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Sylvester, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer
A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited
Bernardo Dennis, Guitar - Big Three Trio, Vocal - Charles Sanders, Drums - Leonard Caston, Piano - Leonard Caston, Composer - Leonard Caston, Lyricist - Willie Dixon, Composer - Willie Dixon, Lyricist - Willie Dixon, Performer - Willie Dixon, Bass - Lawrence Cohn, Producer - Adam Block, Producer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - David Mitson, Mastering Engineer
Originally Released 1947 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Ray Charles, Performer - R. Charles, Composer - Renald Richard, Composer
2013 Wagram Music
BERT BERNS, Producer - VAN MORRISON, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brooks Arthur, Recording Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer
Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Leon Russell, Producer - Don Nix, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Freddie King, MainArtist - Joseph Perry, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tyler, ComposerLyricist
(C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1970 Capitol Records, LLC
B.B. King, Performer - Peter Chatman, Composer, Writer
Salt & Pepper
Otis Rush, Artist, MainArtist - Rush, Composer, Author
2019 2017 Vintage Moments 2019 2017 Vintage Moments
Dr. Ross, MainArtist
(C) 2013 JSP Records (P) 2013 JSP Records
Little Walter, MainArtist
(C) 2006 Charly Records (P) 2006 Charly Records
Charles Calmese, Bass - Bob Margolin, Guitar - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Drums - Muddy Waters, Vocal - Muddy Waters, Guitar - Muddy Waters, Performer - M. Morganfield, Composer - M. Morganfield, Lyricist - "Pine Top" Perkins, Piano - Johnny Winter, Producer - Johnny Winter, Guitar - James Cotton, Harp
(P) 1977 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Slim Harpo, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES MOORE, ComposerLyricist - J.D. Miller, Producer - Gabriel Perrodin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clinton Perrodin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Etienne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Unknown, Composer - Buddy Guy, MainArtist
(C) 2006 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 2006 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
James House, Composer - Beth Hart, Composer, MainArtist
© 2012 Mascot Music Productions and Publishing BV ℗ 2012 Mascot Music Productions and Publishing BV
Bob Daisley, Bass Guitar - Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - WILLIE DIXON, Composer - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Jim Watson, Keyboards
© 2017 Orionstar Ltd., under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer
Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
John Hammond, Producer - Son House, Composer - Son House, Vocal - Son House, Guitar - Son House, Lyricist - Son House, Performer - Frank Driggs, Producer
Originally released 1965. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
CHESTER BURNETT, ComposerLyricist - Howlin' Wolf, MainArtist
℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.
John Lee Hooker, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - RALPH BASS, Producer - Eddie Burns, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lafayette Leake, Piano, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1966 Geffen Records
Al Jackson, Drums - Wayne Jackson, Trumpet - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards, Writer - Andrew Love, Tenor Saxophone - Steve Cropper, Additional Guitar - Duck Dunn, Bass Guitar - Jim Stewart, Producer - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Zal Schreiber, Masterer - William Bell, Writer
© 1991 Atlantic Records ℗ 1967 Concord Music Group, Inc.
BO DIDDLEY, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Esmond Edwards, Producer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Lightnin' Hopkins, Artist - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, Composer
℗ 1981 Fantasy, Inc., Distributed by Concord.
T-Bone Walker, Performer - Walker, Composer, Writer
Mississippi John Hurt, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist
(C) 2006 Vanguard Records ℗ 1998 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
WILLIE DIXON, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Muddy Waters, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Little Walter, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Rogers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Spann, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1954 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Leonard Caston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WILLIE DIXON, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Little Walter, Harmonica, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins, ComposerLyricist - Robert Lockwood, Jr., Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Coy 'Hot Shot' Love, MainArtist
(C) 2009 Goldenlane Records (P) 2009 Cleopatra Records
Junior Wells, MainArtist
(C) 1957 © Fuel 2000 Records™ a division of 43 North Broadway, LLC. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. (P) 1957 © Fuel 2000 Records™ a division of 43 North Broadway, LLC. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
Bessie Smith, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Lawrence Cohn, Producer - Jimmie Cox, Composer, Lyricist - David Miston, Mastering Engineer - Clarence Williams, Piano - Garvin Bushell, Alto Saxophone - Greely Walton, Tenor Saxophone - Ed Allen, Cornet
Originally released 1929. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment
Dennis Walker, Producer - Robert Cray, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Dashiell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Cousins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Boe, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Bromberg, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Olson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group
John Mayall, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1969 Polydor Inc.
Don Was, Producer - Johnny Lee Schell, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Braunagel, Percussion, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - BONNIE RAITT, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Hiatt, Composer - Ed Cherney, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Fataar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James "Hutch" Hutchinson, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)
(C) 2005 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1989 Capitol Records, LLC
Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ted McKenna, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan O'Duffy, Producer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer
℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited
B.B. King, MainArtist - Tracy Chapman, FeaturedArtist - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Joe McGrath, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Hawkins, ComposerLyricist - Rick Darnell, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1997 Geffen Records
Laval Belle, Drums - Tommy Eyre, Keyboards - R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Keb' Mo', Performer - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Banjo - Keb' Mo', Harmonica - Keb' Mo', Guitar - James Hutcherson, Bass - John Porter, Producer
(P) 1994 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
A journey to the heart of the Blues and the artists who have built its history: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Willie Dixon, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Bessie Smith…
Dixiefrog: 35 Years of the Blues Label in 10 Albums
by Stéphane Deschamps
The Dixiefrog label was founded in Paris in 1986 by lovers of American country, folk and blues. Thirty-five years later, the label keeps on keepin’ on, with its impressive catalogue (about 450 releases) and passion intact. Dixiefrog specialises in the blues, with a largely American and French roster of loyal artists and open artistic horizons. It’s impossible to capture all the interesting Dixiefrog albums here, but these 10 are absolutely essential.
Unlike other labels, Dixiefrog has not dabbled much in compilations/reissues. To the label’s credit, most of its releases are contemporary albums by living artists. Among the few exceptions is this compilation of recordings made in the field by American folklorist Art Rosenbaum. Starting out in 1956 this colleague of Alan Lomax spent half a century in the field, recording hundreds of amateur musicians, black and white, in every style possible, from religious singing to children’s lullabies, blues and cowboy songs. The box set of his recordings released in 2007 by the Dust-to-Digital label won a Grammy Award. This compilation album of recordings by Art Rosenbaum offers the French audience a little reminder: the best American folk can often be found around the corner, far from studios and commercial productions.
Leyla McCalla - Vari-Colored Songs (2013)
Another lovely story: a young American cellist with Haitian roots leaves the stress and strain of New York behind for the bohemian vibe of New Orleans. She is discovered playing Bach suites in the street, and reaches full bloom with this debut album based on traditional Haitian songs and lyrics by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. It’s as gorgeous as springtime in New Orleans, this city with half its soul in the Caribbean and the other half in the USA, at once timeless and new, fresh and sophisticated. Like her young friends in old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla McCalla knows how to transform history and culture into musical pleasure, in songs that express her life story as much as a collective heritage. A revelation and instant favourite, the album was originally released by Dixiefrog and recently reissued in the U.S. by Smithsonian Folkways: no small honour.
Gashouse Dave - Blues Trip (2009)
Some bluesmen are illiterate, signing their name with an X, or a guitar riff. Gashouse Dave, on the other hand, is more the hyper-literate type. From the first seconds of this album, one of the handful he recorded for Dixiefrog, you know you’re dealing with a writer, who happens to use a steel guitar rather than a typewriter. He often doesn’t really sing, reciting and intoning tales that you’d imagine being dreamed up in the shadow of a roadside bar in Los Angeles, Memphis or Paris – where he once lived, like a good literate American. So Gashouse Dave is a bit of a dandy, with a detached tone but nonetheless solidly anchored in a deep, hypnotic blues. A little bit of a crossover, hanging out on the borderline, his music can evoke John Lurie, John Lee Hooker and Tav Falco, with a twist of David Lynch… Sensual, sharp, shrewd, elegant, a little eccentric and always spellbinding.
Watermelon Slim - Golden Boy (2017)
Think of Watermelon Slim (real name Bill Homans) as a bit like an alternate-reality Keith Richards, if he’d been American and never met the rest of the Rolling Stones; if his life had been rags instead of riches and the jet-set. Now in his eighth decade on Earth, the jaw is chiselled, the guitar sound firm, the songs and stories lived-in. The odometer may have racked up the miles, but he’s always ready to get back on the road. On this uber-roots album, Watermelon Slim reconnects with the old natural magic of field recordings, songs rooted in old-timey gospel, down-and-out blues. Playing harmonica and guitar, he sings as though he had rum babas stuffed in his cheeks, with more rum than baba. The toothless grandpa has style, and he’s never limited to one genre, tracing the blues back to Native American roots. No matter what musical sky he’s under, it’s always Slim we hear. It’s the kind of album that tightens the throat and brings a tear to the eye.
Neal Black & The Healers - A Little Boom Boom Boom (2020)
And the slogan for 2020 was: Stay Home. That message rang loud and clear for Popa Chubby and Neal Black, two historic Dixiefrog artists: after a few years on another label, Popa Chubby returned to the fold, while Neal Black never left. He released his first album on Dixiefrog in 1993, followed by a dozen more, and returned in 2020 with the excellent A Little Boom Boom Boom, a cool new electric blues manifesto. Born in Texas in an embroidered western shirt and size 19 crocodile boots, Neal Black has blues-rock running through his veins. After 25 years in the biz, he may not revolutionise the genre, but he knows how to keep it alive and evolving. Guitar is the star on this album, whether hooky and lyrical BB King style, or more rhythmic and swampy. The horns do the Texas boogie with the harmonica, as the master of ceremonies sings like a wise old sage…
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