Willie Dixon

Born on this day in 1915, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, blues legend, Willie Dixon. Though he was born in Mississippi, Dixon moved to Chicago to become one of the biggest influences on the Chicago Blues Scene. His songs, recorded by Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, to name a few, would become Chess Records‘ classics.

Dixon is an honored member of The Blues Hall Of Fame, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. He also received a Grammy for his his 1989 Lp, Hidden Charms.

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Tinsley Ellis / Ice Cream In Hell

Tinsley Ellis

Ice Cream In Hell (Alligator)

From Tinsley Ellis’s press kit…“A musician never got famous staying home,” says Ellis, who continues to perform over 150 nights a year. Now, with Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis will again hit the highway, bringing his roof-raising, road-tested music to fans wherever they may be. “I’ve seen it all,” the Atlanta native says of his four decades on the road. “And a lot of my audience has been along for the entire time. It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”

The master of the searing Stratocaster is back, still working hard after 40 years. Just like a lot of his past releases, Ice Cream In Hell is a really nice mixed bag; “Last One To Know” is pure Memphis Soul, with growling B3 organ, “Foolin’ Yourself” is pure Chicago shuffle, and “Everything And Everyone” is a jazzy little Latin number.

This release is one of Tinsley Ellis’s best, and has been on “repeat play” in our office since it arrived last week. With a little something for nearly every ear, it’s impossible to resist.