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George Thorogood Pays Tribute to Chess Records! This isn’t George!

So just what does this classic picture of Tuesday Weld have to do with Time for the Blues this week (9/4/11)? Well, you might have to listen to find out! Besides, as much as we love George T, we love Tuesday more!

OK, so Tuesday aside for the time being, this week John and I are proud to present tracks from the latest release by George Thorogood and the Destoyers, “2120 South Michigan Avenue” (click “more photos” on Tuesday’s pic, then point upper right and click “next” to see the CD cover). That was the address of legendary Chess Records building in Chicago that was home to more blues greats than we can list here...well, alright, here’s a few: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker...and on and on. George really shines on the varied blues styles of songs these greats made famous.  Check out the audio sample below of “Help Me” from the CD--George and the guys do great justice to Willie Dixon’s classic! We'll also play a few classic Chess sides from Etta, Little Walter and Buddy Guy!

We’re also giving a shout-out to Frank Roszak with a set of new stuff! Frank is one of the hard-working promotions folks that have been kindly sending in new music for us to share with you! You will love the sultry tones of the lovely Hope Waits, the swinging blues of Brad Vickers and his Vestapolitans (YOU GOTTA LOVE THAT NAME!) and really authentic gritty blues from The 44s!

As if all this wasn’t enough, John and I decided to overwhelm you with another episode of The Goldwax Story, the Memphis-based record company that made so many great R&B and Soul sounds but just didn’t get the distribution to be as big as Motown, Atlantic or Stax! This week we’ll hear tracks from the Ovations (with the amazing voice of Louis Williams), the writing and producing team of George and Greer and a lovely rendition of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Ben Atkins and the Second Hand! We hope you’re getting to love this stuff as much as we do!

So again we implore you, our friends, grab a nap, take a chance and stay up late with us! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM EDT.

Ever been to Chicago? Did you take the tour of the Chess Records building? Share your stories with us! Find out about the tour and the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation here.