One of those beats that is, at once, both easy and drivin’.
I’m drawn to those. J.J. Cale was a master of them.
If you listened to rock music in the 1960s and onward, you listened to the sound Rick Hall produced at his FAME studios in northern Alabama.
He produced Aretha, Etta, Dylan, the Stones, Clarence Carter, and many more, ranging from rock and R&B to country, making his studios a mecca in the classic age of rock. He included a strong horn section (as Stax-Volt also did), and had Duane Allman as the studio guitarist.
His first big hit was Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On” (1961).
In 1964, it was Jimmy Hughes’ “Steal Away.”
The producer Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records brought Wilson Pickett to FAME for sessions that yielded five singles: “Land of a Thousand Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” “Funky Broadway,” “Hey Jude” and “Hey Joe.” The idea of recording “Hey Jude” came from the studio’s lead guitarist: Duane Allman.
Mr. Wexler returned to the studios with Aretha Franklin, who recorded two career-defining songs there in a day: “I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” –Rick Hall obituary in the New York Times
Here (in a live version) is one of my favorites, produced by Rick Hall at his Muscle Shoals studios:
Another of my Muscle Shoals favorites, Etta James’ “Tell Mama”
Benoit is a wonderful guitarist and inventive lyricist.
He plays a hard-rock blues guitar and sings mostly-upbeat songs about the bayou country.
The subject comes naturally. His hometown of Houma is the heart of Louisiana Cajun country.
He not only sings lovingly about the region, he’s got a blues joint there and is working to restore the depleted wetlands.
Here’s Tab singing about Crawfishin’, followed by a bonus song: “One Foot in the Bayou” (“She’s got one foot in New York City, one foot in the bayou”)
A great song, done in two very different ways. This will become an occasional feature at ZipDialog.
Suggestions of “two versions” are most welcome
The version made famous by the great Elmore James: “Look over yonder wall, hand me down my walkin’ cane”
Then, a hard-rockin’ version by a modern master, Buddy Guy.
The song was made famous by B.B. King.
Bonnie Raitt has done a fine version on the slide guitar (link here)
If you like blues-rock, you’ll love this version by the great Joe Bonamassa. Great sound quality; live recording with a strong horn section and redoubtable backup singers. Of course, Bonamassa himself is one of the best guitarists around.
He came by his BB King connections the right way. When Joe was 12, he opened for BB.
If you want to compare it to BB’s version, done live, enjoy this one. More rhythm-and-blues than Bonamassa’s rock. Great, as BB always is.