This is a promo video we did for the kickstarter project we are working on. It starts with the All Star ID and then goes into a song from a TCBX live broadcast we did with Mem Shannon on May 17th, 2001 at Kingston Mines. This was the first time Mem Shannon played at Kingston Mines and it was jammed. Mem was feeling it that night and the crowd was literally shaking up the floor. Of all the shows we did from Kingston Mines (200+) this Mem Shannon broadcast may be the one that was most listened to and circulated. We knew several listeners who had recorded this broadcast and passed it on to different music fans in multiple countries exposing them all to the funky goodness that Mem brings to the stage every night.
Mem’s debut album was the same year TCBX started broadcasting on KRUI in Iowa City, IA. It was fall of 1995 and I was broadcasting the show in Telluride, CO while Cornbread was doing the show in Iowa City, IA where we had started it together as students earlier that year. I can still remember getting a phone call from Cornbread and him telling me I had to check out this new CD by a Cab Driver from New Orleans named Mem. Needless to say it took about 2 songs and one of Mem’s crazy taxi conversations (anyone who has heard the album A Cab Driver’s Blues knows what I am talking about) to get me hooked….and I haven’t looked back ever since. We did a lot of broadcasts, recordings, and interviews with Mem over the years and hopefully we’ll be able to share them with you here in the future. If you ever have a chance to go out and see Mem live don’t miss the opportunity because he is truly one of the great ones and as great as he is on CD he is even better live and person when you can not only hear the funk but you can feel it as well. Hope you enjoy this one as much as we have over the years.
Hard to believe it has been 2 years since Big Jack passed away. Great times seeing Jack in clubs all over Chicagoland and the South. One of my all time favorites and a TCBX regular from the beginning. Always tough to figure out who we saw more often back in the day…R.L. Burnside, Mem Shannon, Big Jack Johnson, or Son Seals. This night at B.L.U.E.S. was unseasonably warm….I think it was 60+ in December and with the club packed as tight as possible it was a HOT night in more ways than one. I think Jack, Hooter, Chet and Chris had driven about 400 miles to get there and had another 500 to drive the next day but once they started playing you would never know. We’ll be play lots of other Big Jack in the future but for now get up off that desk chair and enjoy a listen into one of the most intimate clubs in the World Capital of the Blues.
Now like Big Jacks Bass Player Hooter says….”Time to Shake Your Booty People!”
Happy Birthday to Eddie Shaw who is celebrating his 76th birthday today. A true legend of the blues who has been on the scene in Chicago for more than 55 years and has played with all of the greats including spending time in the bands of both Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Over the years Eddie has probably shared a stage with just about every big name there is but just some of the people he has recorded or played with include: Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Magic Sam, A.C. Reed, Ike Turner and so many others.
If you have never seen Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang get out and do it tonight. In fact the band is onstage right now at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted and I imagine they are on fire as usual.
We had the chance to have Eddie on the radio program a couple of times…..here is a song I’d like to share, a blues classic recorded live at Kingston Mines on 11.19.2000
RL Burnside recorded live at the Double Door on 3.20.99. Whenever RL was in town the club was packed and the dance floor was rocking as people grooved along with RL, Kenny and Cedric. RL was one of my favorites and a guy I will always miss. Click the song below to hear the Reverend of the Blues as captured by The Chicago Blues Explosion.