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Sunday, 29th August 2004

1.00 - "McDOWELL"
Another new name and mo' womens' blues. Ruth plays a harp while Gary backs her on guitar. Includes Delta-style and songs by the great Ma Rainey -"Mother of the Blues". Have mercy!

1.30 - CHRIS
A welcome debut at Jim's, this guy is one mean guitar man who can back it up with similar vocals. Yeah!

2.00 - "JUMPIN' JUDY"
Yet more womens' blues and Judy does a ver' fine version of a Ma Rainey song plus other early blues backed up by the tricky but cool keyboard from Rob.

2.30 - REX & ROB
Guitar/Piano team will ease the Blues to your fine soul - "it's nice to be nice when you can be nice!"

3.30 - "DAWTY BUTTA"
More fresh faces and they insisted on the phonetic spelling of "Dirty Butter"; an old Minnie Wallace no. with the Memphis Jug Band. With guitar and a `bull fiddle' (stand-up string bass) these guys give you blues from the Piedmont area: Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, etc.

4.00 - "SNAKEHIPS"
Richie on a solo kick. If you dig classic boogie and steaming blues a la Roosevelt Sykes, Leroy Carr, etc. then you is in for a treat, a real treat; good Blues-diggin' people. Yes, yes!

Passionate vocals and some really incisive guitar which includes some shivery slide. Hey! Jim's gotta be THEE place.

Beautifully recreated guitar blues from the likes of Ramblin Thomas, Bo Carter, Charley Jordan, Blind Blake, etc. If you missed this it was a low-down dirty shame!

Richie and Allan keep up their very high standard of early blues from ragtime to boogie, with great bottleneck a la Tampa Red etc., plus smokin' piano blues - excellent!!

With thanks from Rex, Max, Alan and Steve to Loz Arkle for the 'loan' of the Charlie Patton picture on a most exclusive t-shirt!

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