Various Artists – More Good Whiskey Blues – Tennessee Vol 2 (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgThe concept of TALKING WITH THE BLUES is based on a view of the various US states as blues regions. Even casual blues listeners are familiar with the fact that there is Chicago Blues or Mississippi Blues and the gripping social history of the music is very much marked by its geography. But there is much more that just those two places and to this day blues music stays committed to local styles. Moreover, many US states are endowed with a unique cultural identity grown out of the prevailing social, historical and ethnic realities. Reflections of these specific identities are also expressed in the blues.

Contemporary American blues practice is not limited to just a handful of states and comes in many shapes and colors. Blues is part of everyday culture and people from all walks of life choose it as their favorite soundtrack for social activities. Blues culture can be found in many places, especially in the network-like multitude of bars, live music clubs and juke joints. These blues strongholds are mostly dominated by local heroes who do not lag behind when compared with the big names of the business. Many of these contemporary and still to be discovered artists are the cornerstones of this anthology.

Metropolitan All-Stars


The notion of a recurring blues renaissance in the US is misleading and deceptive inasmuch as the blues has never disappeared. The infrastructure of the blues scene is not based upon the music industry’s PR efforts but kept alive by the inherent qualities of the music and the profound dedication of blues lovers all over the country. Good blues does not have an expiration date. Blues is soulful, emotional, direct and intense. The best of contemporary blues is blessed with the special kind of truthfulness that can turn the affairs of everyday life into something special. These are features which seem to have more or less disappeared from the world of modern pop music.

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Neglecting the theoretical baggage of blues scholarship TAXIM aims at presenting an entertaining and regionally relevant cross-section of fine contemporary US blues like it is blossoming on the fringes of the music industry. So get ready for exceptional talent from a multitude of blues regions. TALKING WITH THE BLUES is about the special qualities that can still turn this music into a way of life. Put together with expertise and thought, these compilations feature artists who disprove the prejudiced notion of blues as a music paralyzed by cliches. The blues is alive and well. Not only in Texas, Chicago or Mississippi but everywhere from Shreveport to Milwaukee, from San Diego to Jersey City. Welcome aboard. (

And here´s the 2nd Tennessee edition … oh yes … I love this good old fucking blues …

.. And I love the cover, too …

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Metropolitan All-Stars:
Rick Baldwin (bass)
Caroline Dahl (piano on 05. + 12.)
Rodney Hatfield (harmonica)
Keith Hubbard (organ on 05.)
Frank Schaap (guitar)
Nick Stump (guitar, vocals)
David White (drums)

Tim Wagoner & Wild Blue Yonder:
Gary Kubal (drums)
Johnny Neel (keyboards, programming on 14.)
Rusty Russell (bass)’
Camille Schmidt (background vocals)
Tim Wagoner (guitar, vocals)
Jim Wilson (keybboards)

Richard Fleming (guitar, vocals)
Jimi Foglesong  (drums)
Casey Lutton (lead guitar)
Geoff Newhall (bass)
Tom Pallardy (saxophone)

Dean Hall:
Dean Hall (guitar, vocals)
Tim Loftin (bass on 08.)
Milton Sledge (drums)
Terry McMillan (harmonica)
Peter Newland (harmonica on 08.)
Bill Swartz (drums on 08.)
Willie Weeks (bass)
Jamie Whiting (piano on 08.)

Planet Rockers:
Eddie Angel (leadguitar)
Sonny George (vocals, guitar)
Bill Swartz (drums)
Mark Winchester (bass)

Chip Vandiver:
Dave Pomeroy (bass)
Milton Sledge (drums)
Chip Vandiver (guitar, vocals)
Biff Watkins (keyboards)

Buddy Flett & The Bluebirds:
Bruce Flett (bass on 13.)
Buddy Flett (guitar, vocals)
Carey Hunter (drums on 13.)
Steve “The Loser” Kilmer (drums)
Chris Michaels (bass)

Johnny Neel:
Dale Armstrong (drums)
Tim Loftin (bass)
Johnny Neel (vocals, harmonica, keyboards)
Jack Pearson (guitar)

Lost In Detroit:
Bob Babbitt (bass)
Dennis Locorriere 8guitar, harmonica, vocals)
Rod Smarr (guitar)
Steve Turner (drums)



01. Metropolitan All-Stars: Devil Gets His Due (Stamper) 6.20
02. Tim Wagoner & Wild Blue Yonder: Make It Rain (Russell/Wagoner) 5.17
03. Hypnotics: Blues Patrol (Fleming) 4.35
04. Dean Hall: I Know Something ’bout The Blues (Hall) 3-30
05. Metropolitan All-Stars: Strom Comin’ Thru’ (Schaap/Stamper) 4.50
06. Planet Rockers: Tennessee Woman (unknown) 3:30
07. Chip Vandiver: Love Ain’t Never Satisfied (unknown) 2.47
08. Dean Hall: My Milkman Was Freddy King (Hall) 3.52
09. Metropolitan All-Stars: I Would Do For You (unknown) 3.01
10. Buddy Flett & The Bluebirds: Blues In A Honkey Tonk Key (Flett) 3.34
11. Johnny Neel: While She’s In Love (Neel) 4.20
12. Metropolitan All-Stars: Bad Situation 5:19
13. Buddy Flett & The Bluebirds: Third House On The Left (Flett) 3.21
14. Tim Wagoner & Wild Blue Yonder: 
My Old Friend The Blues (unknown) 4.05
15. Lost In Detroit: I Want To Make Love To You (Dixon) 7.15