- JUNIOR WELLS: HOODOO MAN BLUES: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Junior Wells first album and one of the first albums ever released by a Chicago blues band. Wells is backed up by the great Buddy Guy on guitar. I was lucky enough to see both of these guys at a blues festival back in the early 90’s. Favorites on this album- Snatch It Back and Hold It, Good Morning Schoolgirl, Hound Dog, Hey Lawdy Mama, Hoodoo Man Blues, and We’re Ready.
CHRIS KNIGHT: CHRIS KNIGHT: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Chris Knight was approaching forty when his debut album came out in 1998. He had begun to write songs back in the mid-80’s after hearing Steve Earle’s debut. Knight’s songwriting is certainly influenced by the great Earle. Knight’s songs have pretty bleak subject matters. Most of the songs on this album were done better in albums that would be released down the road as The Trailer Tapes I and II- which were raw demos. This is the record company bringing him in the studio. Knight’s strength is his songwriting. Favorites here-It Ain’t Easy Being Me, Framed, Bringing The Harvest Home, House and 90 Acres, Run From Your Memory, Love and a .45, William.