Prime Cuts Playlist: Fistful Of The Blues

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Deep in the coolest recesses of our catalog we unearth a trio of blues legends. Dig the sounds of [mp3com-artist]Charlie Musselwhite[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Duke Robillard[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Marcia Ball[/mp3com-artist].

Charlie Musselwhite

Deep in the coolest recesses of our catalog we unearth a trio of blues legends. Dig the sounds of [mp3com-artist]Charlie Musselwhite[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Duke Robillard[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Marcia Ball[/mp3com-artist].

Charlie Musselwhite, 1964

For fans of rock and roll, Charlie Musselwhite should need no introduction. From his years running moonshine in a ’51 Lincoln to his days during the 60s when he was mentioned in the same breath as the legendary [mp3com-artist]Paul Butterfield[/mp3com-artist] to his work on [mp3com-artist]Tom Waits[/mp3com-artist]’ Mule Variations, Charlie Musselwhite has been synonymous with the blues (and the de facto king of the blues harp). This one’s from his most recent set released in 2010 called The Well.

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[mp3com-download url=”http://freedownloads.last.fm/download/432816212/The%2BWell.mp3″ artist=”Charlie Musselwhite” song=”The Well” email=”none” year=”2010″ label=”Alligator”/]

Duke Robillard

Seven times a nominee and four times a winner of the Blues Music Awards’ Best Blues Guitarist honor, Duke Robillard is the connection between the legendary [mp3com-artist]T-Bone Walker[/mp3com-artist] and the next up-and-comer. Awards and plaudits don’t change Robillard’s day-to-day activity, though: it’s still all about playing live, something he does 250 nights a year.

This one, “Workin’ Hard For My Uncle,” is from his album Passport to the Blues.

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[mp3com-download url=”http://freedownloads.last.fm/download/435235211/Workin%2527%2BHard%2BFor%2BMy%2BUncle.mp3″ artist=”Duke Robillard” song=”Workin’ Hard” email=”none” year=”2010″ label=”Stony Plain”/]

Marcia Ball

From the same neighborhood that gave us [mp3com-artist]Lonnie Brooks[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Janis Joplin[/mp3com-artist], Marcia Ball is a Texas-born, Louisiana-raised blues singer and piano player who’s been dropping records since 1970.

Touted by the Boston Globe for her “”an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp-rock and smoldering Texas blues,” Ball counts a dozen and a half albums in her catalog. This one is the title cut from Roadside Attraction, her most recent work and Grammy nominee for this year’s Best Blues Album award.

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[mp3com-download url=”http://freedownloads.last.fm/download/491544669/Roadside%2BAttractions.mp3″ artist=”Marcia Ball” song=”Roadside Attractions” email=”none” year=”2011″ label=”Alligator”/]

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