Onetime rivals for R&B supremacy, the two blues greats hit the road together in the Seventies, where they soon discovered how well their styles complemented one another while bantering with expert comic timing. "Nothing is planned tonight," King announces early in this hour-long set, and whether or not that was true there's a spontaneous but never sloppy spark. It's instructive and exciting to hear King's guitar supporting another vocalist, particularly a master such as Bland.
Tribute to Bobby is a 2008 album by Mick Hucknall and his first solo album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2008 and is a collection of songs in tribute to the blues singer Bobby Bland. A DVD was also released along with the album. It contains a documentary which was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee in November 2007…
Originally recorded live at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, TN, this DVD combines some of Bobby "Blue" Blands' newer selections as well as several tried and true crowd pleases. Some of the featured songs include "St. James Infirmary", "Farther On Up the Road", "That's the Way Love Is", "I PIty the Fool" and "Soon As the Weather Breaks". A medley between Bland and guest stars Johnnie Taylor and Bobby Rush breathe new life into "Stormy Monday", rounding out this already worthy addition to any Bland fans collection.
The Blues Masters series, much to Rhino`s credit, adopts an expansive definition of blues, allowing the likes of Count Basie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters and even Louis Prima admission. There is none of the purist`s quibbling over strict 12-bar form or the relative significance of prewar and postwar styles.
What Rhino delivers instead is the blues in all its myriad guises. This music is old and new, black and white, acoustic and electric, folksy and jazzy, performed by women and men, and yet it is all still blues at its core.
Bobby “Blue” Bland was one of the finest voices in post-war blues, and FARTHER UP THE ROAD offers a glimpse of his talent in its early, developmental phase.