MojoGypsy’s Favorite Acoustic Blues, Vol 1

Here, in no particular order, is a list of 15 of my favorite acoustic blues recordings, spanning many styles and eras… Hope you enjoy them!

Geoff MuldaurGot to Find Blind Lemon, Part 1 – The Secret Handshake
Paul Butterfield’s Better DaysNobody’s Fault But Mine – Better Days
Reverend Gary DavisSamson & Delilah – At Newport
Steve James Milwaukee Blues – Two Track Mind
Roy BookbinderHe’s In the Jailhouse Now – Live Book: Don’t Start Me to Talkin’
Taj MahalFrankie & Albert – The Essential Taj Mahal
Keb MoYou Can Love Yourself – Just Like You
Blind BlakeSouthern Rag – Ragtime Guitar Blues
Dave Orban & the Mojo GypsiesSomeone Else’s Woman – I Heard You Twice the First Time
Rory BlockJoliet Bound – Gone Woman Blues: The Country Blues Collection
Bonnie RaittLove Me Like a Man – Give it Up
Ry CooderPolice Dog Blues – Ry Cooder
Rolling StonesLove in Vain – Let It Bleed
Robert Johnson32-20 Blues – The Complete Collection
Skip JamesCypress Grove – Folk Music: Skip James

What are some of your favorites?

My Favorite “Live” Blues Recordings, Vol 1

In keeping with my recent batch of Top 10 Lists, here is – in no particular order – a compilation of some of my favorite “live” blues recordings, featuring artists whose work has influenced me over the years. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Muddy WatersStandin’ Round Cryin’ – Fathers and Sons
  • Bonnie RaittBig Road – Bonnie Raitt
  • Robben FordDon’t Let the Son Catch You Cryin’ – The Authorized Bootleg
  • The Allman Brothers BandDone Somebody Wrong – Live at the Fillmore
  • Ronnie EarlRobert Nighthawk Stomp – Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe
  • B.B. KingEvery Day I Have the Blues – Live at the Regal
  • James HarmanHelsinki Laundromat – Blues Harp Meltdown
  • Rick Edtrin & the NightcatsMy Next Ex-Wife – You Asked For It… Live
  • Paul Butterfield Blues BandEverything’s Gonna Be Alright – Live at the Troubador
  • Little Charlie & the NightcatsWildcattin’ – Captured Live

Mojo Gypsy’s Top 10 Guitar Solos of Ever

OK, here’s another Spotify playlist. This time, it’s my Top 10 Guitar Solos of Ever, in no particular order. Hope you like them!

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – “Where Did My Baby Go” – Buzzy Feiten, guitar
Maria Muldaur – “Midnight at the Oasis” – Amos Garrett, guitar
Little Charlie and the Nightcats – “Percolatin'” – Charlie Baty, guitar
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers – “Sinister Woman” – Alex Schultz, guitar
Robben Ford and the Blue Line – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Robben Ford, guitar
Cream – “Crossroads” – Eric Clapton, guitar
Eric Clapton – “Let it Rain” – Eric Clapton, guitar (Note: this one’s a two-fer… that middle solo is none other than Stephen Stills)
The Allman Brothers Band – “Statesboro Blues” – Duane Allman, guitar
Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne” – Larry Carlton, guitar
Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing” – Mark Knopfler, guitar

Unfortunately, Rod Piazza’s live version of “Sinister Woman” from his “Live at B.B. King’s” CD is NOT on Spotify, so you’ll just have to track it down on YouTube here: It’s well worth it to hear Alex Schultz tear it up! (And of course, Rod ain’t no slouch, either…)

How about you? What are some of your favorite guitar solos?