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Initial post: 10 Jul 2011 09:52:25 BDT
L. Tuckey says:

As topic suggests I'm looking for any recommendations for Dirty sounding blues. Dont really know how to discribe it really, like a down south blues/jazz feel.

To help some bands i like are; Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jace Everet, Ray Charles, Hugh Lauries new album.

Many Thanks

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 10:31:46 BDT
bob brozman mavis staples

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 10:58:01 BDT
L. Tuckey says:

Have looked at both on you tube and i will be buying for sure!

Mavis Staples i particaly enjoyed.

Any more suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 11:27:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2011 11:30:23 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Not sure what you mean by 'dirty' as Mavis S is great but I'd never have described her stuff as dirty blues.

The Skinny by Ian Siegal & Youngest Sons
Tijuana Bible by Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat is quite varied but definitely dirty and raw in places
JJ Grey & Mofro isn't what I'd call dirty but I'd recommend his stuff to the skies to anyone - a swampy gumbo of blues, soul/gospel and rock. Any of the following would gaive your ears a great workout;
Georgia Warhorse
Orange Blossoms (tad more emphasis on soul than blues on this one, still bloody marvellous)
Country Ghetto
Of course blues doesn't come much dirtier than George Thorogood & the Destroyers and there are plenty of cheap comps out there - 30 Years of Rock - The Greatest Hits

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 11:29:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2011 11:34:39 BDT
jossh24 says:
Well seasick steve have to be just about the dirtiest modern blues you'll find (would especially advise Dog House Music) but an interesting new guy on the blues scene is C.W.Stoneking who produces a real lo-fi '30's "Jungle" blues album which i suppose has simialarities to hugh lauries album (which is also fantastic) in that they both make use of horns etc. and of course its worth going back to the 60's blues rock if you want dirty sounding Blues, hope this helps and good luck with your search :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 11:47:07 BDT
L. Tuckey says:
Wow you have hit the nail on the head George Thorogood & the Destroyers very very much what i was after! Definatly will be buying all i can!

Really like Tijana Bible and JJ Grey & Mofro will definatly be an addition to my music collection

I should have clarified i liked mavis but agreed not what i would call dirty. Not what i was looking for but an additional bonus.

Also I dont know what i mean by dirty myself but i know it when i hear it!

Thanks you have been most helpful and given me loads to keep me amused.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 11:56:58 BDT
It may well worth your while to check out the magazine Blues & Rhythm which comes out ten times a year. This will keep you right up to date on what is happening on the blues scene and what the new blues, soul etc releases are.

The mag has a good web site at:


In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 12:01:10 BDT
L. Tuckey says:
Seasick steve - many times i have picked up his albums in HMV but for some reason never picked any of them up. Listened to him now and must say i feel foolish for never buying any of his albums!

C W Stoneking - Simpily put wow i love it!

Thanks for your helpful suggestions!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 12:03:59 BDT
L. Tuckey says:
Excelent i will start a subscription to this i think as i only tend to stumble by chance over music i like.

Thank you very much!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 12:19:27 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Try Papa George Lightfoot

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 12:27:41 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Wow, you really didn't have a clue what you wanted did you?!!

Do you have/have you heard any Allman Brothers Band - Gold is a 2cd comp of their best stuff remastered but At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition) is their pinnacle an expanded 2cd live album. Duane Allman is/was simply the best slide guitarist ever.
Derek Trucks Band is another artist well worth a listen, he also plays with the reformed Allmans but his own albums are superb, he's a slide guitarist virtuoso and the band blend in elements of soul and jazz to spice up the blues stew - Already Free or Roadsongs (live) would do the trick.
How about a laydee? Joanne Shaw Taylor is a cracking guitarist/singer - Diamonds In The Dirt or White Sugar

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 13:09:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2011 13:16:20 BDT
J. Dow says:
Most of the artists I would have suggested seem to have already been mentioned but here is a few more:

Charlie Musselwhite (especially his later recordings Sanctuary and Delta Hardware) - dark, moody, atmospheric blues from harmonica legend.

Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea: Featuring a band of young players who are first and foremost a raw blues band this album is much dirtier than Guy's usual slicker and soulier outings. Hypnotic and powerful stuff. You should also check out Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues if you haven't already. It features a very young Buddy Guy. Amazing stuff!

John Hammond - Wicked Grin and Ready for Love are particularly good - eclectic mix of blues styles but nearly always dirty.

Anyone signed to the Fat Possum record label. In particular you should check out the older legendary North Mississippi Hill artists R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour and T Model Ford and maybe some of the younger ones too (Black Keys, Felice Brothers etc.).

Charlie Parr: Dark acoustic Piedmont style blues. If you like Seasick Steve you should like this guy.

Son of Dave: crazy, beat boxing, harmonica wielding one man band.

Hope some of this helps!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 17:26:50 BDT
..or if you actually want dirty blues rather than raw guitar try Speckled redThe Dirty Dozens

I don't know if people are avoiing a metion as too obviuos but Rory gallagher would seem to fit what you are looking for as would Gov't mule. L'il Ed and the blues Imperials. Jim Thackery and the Drivers, Bill Perry etc probably fit the sound youare looking for.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 20:39:25 BDT
L. Tuckey says:
Thank you every one who has given suggestions i have a feeling my that my bank account will be suffering!

Like Charlie Parr alot as well as Charlie Musselwhite and oh my Son of Dave is incredible!

Really liked Jim Thackery and the Drivers as well

So many choices!

Once again thanks every one for helping to expand my musical knowledge!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2011 21:31:31 BDT
Tfergusson says:
Try some Harmonica Shah.

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 21:35:31 BDT
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Tfergusson says:
Deep Detroit . Motor City Mojo

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 14:17:28 BDT
MicroSark says:
Joe Bonamassa! Dust BowlSloe Gin

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2011 16:12:41 BDT
J. Bowyer says:
In my teens some 50 years ago my friends and I discovered recordings by Mose Alison - blues singer and piano player. If you have never heard him perhaps you could check him out on youtube, it would be interesting to know how you rate him, try Mose Allison One Room Country Shack Mose Allison Sings 1959

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2011 19:37:48 BDT
ZZ Top early stuff, Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter, Johnny Lang, Joe Bonamassa to name a few . . . Enjoy

Jim Tomlin

Posted on 21 Jul 2011 12:50:20 BDT
kenny wayne shepherd-ledbetter heights
otis taylor-definition of a circle
bryan lee-live at the old absinthe house
canned heat- live in oz
foghat-last train home
george thorogood-live
the hoax-sound like this
johnny winter-3rd degree and live and
juicy lucy-the anthology
lonnie mack-strike like lightning...........srv on a few tracks here and a definite must
the mason rack band-show me yours .....aussie and hard to come by but well worth it.
walter trout-recorded live tampa bay fest.

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 15:15:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2011 14:34:10 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
just get some rory gallagher now and cut out the middle men ;-)

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 16:33:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2011 07:21:38 BDT
Hammerwood says:
L/T doesn't say which generation he belongs to. I first fell for the blues at the tender age of 12... ish. It will be very interesting to see which become his musical faves (!) I have a soft spot for such as Jimmy Reed, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Hooker, Buddy Guy, etc. At Uni I got everything available, of John Mayall, and still do. I have increased my searches over the years to include many of the blues based bands, both UK and US and even Latin influenced stuff. If L/T gets into the groove he will even come across the likes of Keef Hartley, Aynsley Dunbar, John Hammond and early Van the man, prior to the last named becoming a super star, etc.

There is much to discover and I wish L/T well in his endeavours. One alternative I might offer, should he be not into it yet, is progressive (?) music. Try Porcupine Tree..... But then of course he will have to travel back in time to such as the Floyd, Crimson, Yes, Van DGG, and my particular favourites, Wishbone Ash. GOOD HUNTING.

Sorry, almost forgot. Huck's right.... Rory Gallagher is ESSENTIAL listening. (But don't ignore some of the so-called 'middlemen'.)

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 23:00:53 BDT
Callie says:
Jimmy Rip

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 14:25:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2011 14:27:55 BDT
A. Flynn says:
Are you Len Tuckey formerly of the Nashville Teens and married to Suzie Quatro ? (Only Joking!!) Seriously check out Johnny Winter, Gwyn Ashton, Son House,

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 16:56:06 BDT
Sj Brooke says:
L.Tuckey could be a girl perhaps.
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