The 10 albums provide a rich and varied catalog of artists who were scattered across the Mississippi Delta, largely inactive until a new generation sought them out.
“You can’t make a hit record. You do the best you can and hope it’ll be a hit.” - Bobby Rush
Blues great B.B. King listened to Payne on his lunch break when he was picking cotton in the fields as a teenager.
The 16-track album 'Neoprene Fedora' chronicles Burgin’s move to California from Chicago, and has more twists and turns than Route 66.
All in all, 'Sometimes the Blues Got Me' is a substantial album. No one can ever say Bob Koester doesn't know his stuff when it comes to blues and jazz. Picking Breezy Rodio for the Delmark label was another genius move.
Even at 100 tracks, 'King of the Boogie' only represents a cross-section of John Lee's work, but what a marvelous cross section it is!
Pejak's "Nature of the Blues," the album's lead-off track, is a 60s surf-inspired song, with vocals that purr and funky electric piano from another era.