Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What Did You Miss This Week (Week 428 #473)

Final Take!!!

Another great session at Old Town rolled to a close last night with another Final Take session - each person spends time during the eight weeks in our Performance Class work-shopping a tune for a multi-track recording. We had a great turnout for it last night; people played well; there were lots of versions of our Song of the Session, Sitting On Top of the World; RickEy's fancy digital device captured it all and Al Taylor is hard at work mixing the songs now for people.

In the end-of-year spirit of looking back at things, how about this terrific compilation of Songs of the Session. These are the tunes we have devoted eight weeks at a time to, breaking them down in detail, looking at their place in blues history, comparing them to similar tunes, talking about the artist and just generally doing a deep dive on each:

Hoochie Coochie Man
Walking by Myself
Honest I Do
My Babe
Walking Through the Park

Sweet Home Chicago
Crosscut Saw
Stormy Monday
Got My Mojo Workin’
Help Me
Sitting’ On Top Of The World

And coming up? In January we'll start in on I'm Ready.

Class Notes

  • YouMissedMonday is taking time off for the holidays to drink egg nog and champagne, roast large chunks of meat and just generally not write. See you in January!

Shoji Naito CD Coming Soon!

We can't help being excited to share this news so you can be dreaming of this terrific new music hitting in January:

NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL CD release from Shoji Naito coming soon

Featuring 14 fine traditional Chicago blues tracks, with some of the greatest blues artists, Eddy Clearwater, Willie Buck, Katherine Davis, Milwaukee Slim, Erwin Helfer and more.

Amplified Harp Clinic With Martin Lang

Chicago harp player Martin Lang reached out to us with news of his exciting amplified harp clinic:

"HARP PLAYERS! The biggest Amplified Harp Clinic of the Year is ON at Strobe Recording Studios, 2631 W. Division, Chicago, IL, on January 23, 2016!"

Full details here.

- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew