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Johnny B. MOORE – Troubled World 1997

Posted in BLUES, Johnny B. MOORE on December 9, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Johnny B. MOORE – Troubled World 1997

Blues

Johnny B. Moore (born Johnny Belle Moore, January 24, 1950, Clarksdale, Mississippi) is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.He was a member of Koko Taylor’s backing band in the mid 1970s, but has recorded nine solo albums since 1987. Moore’s music retains a link to the earlier Chicago blues of Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters, who also travelled to the Windy City from the Mississippi delta.
“If Johnny B. Moore isn’t a star in the making,” stated Allmusic’s Bill Dahl, “there’s no justice in the world.”
The European blues historian Gérard Herzhaft commented that “[Moore’s] albums reflect a strong Delta flavor that is refreshing in the present blues scene, dominated by rock or funk overtones.” However, the blues historian, Tony Russell, noted in 1997 that Moore “was still one of Chicago’s interesting secrets”.
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Very few young Chicago bluesmen bring the depth and knowledge of tradition to the table that Johnny B. Moore does. His sound is a slightly contemporized version of what’s been going down on the West side for decades, emblazoned with Moore’s sparkling rhythmic lead guitar lines and growling vocals.
Moore first met the legendary Jimmy Reed in Clarksdale, when he was only eight years old. By the time he was 13 or so, Moore was sharing a bandstand or two with Reed up in Chicago. Letha Jones, widow of piano great Johnny Jones, took an interest in Moore’s musical development, spinning stacks of blues wax for the budding guitarist.
Moore joined Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine in 1975, touring and recording with the Chicago blues queen (on her 1978 LP for Alligator, The Earthshaker). He went out on his own around the turn of the ’80s, waxing a fine 1987 album for B.L.U.E.S. R&B, Hard Times, that impressively spotlighted his versatility.
After some rough spots, Moore is now more visible than ever on the Chicago circuit, with two new albums (one for Austrian Wolf, the other, Live at Blue Chicago, for Delmark). In addition to playing as a leader, Moore is likely to turn up on local stages as a sideman behind everyone from Mary Lane and Karen Carroll to rock-solid bassist Willie Kent. If Johnny B. Moore isn’t a star in the making, there’s no justice in the blues world.
By Bill Dahl. AMG.
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Johnny B. Moore- Vocals, Guitar;
Baldhead Pete- Drums,
Mike “Sleepy” Riley- Bass;
Minoru Maruyama- Rhythm Guitar.
Also with
Ken Saydak- Piano on two songs;
Roosevelt Purifoy- Piano on two songs
and
The Horn Section of Willie Henderson, Hank Ford and Kenny Anderson on three songs.
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01. Troubled World (3:51)
02. Keep It To Yourself (3:57)
03. Sittin’ Here Thinkin’ (4:16)
04. I’m Going Upside Your Head (5:56)
05. The Things That I Used To Do (7:27)
06. Why You Wanna Do Me Like That (5:04)
07. Stoop Down Baby Pt. 2 (6:39)
08. Broke Your Promise (4:41)
09. Walkin’ Through the Park (4:20)
10. Think Twice (5:43)
11. It’s Too Late Brother (4:57)
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Johnny B. MOORE – Lonesome 1993

Posted in BLUES, Johnny B. MOORE on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Johnny B. MOORE – Lonesome  1993
Chicago Blues Session, Vol. 5

Blues

Very few young Chicago bluesmen bring the depth and knowledge of tradition to the table that Johnny B. Moore does. His sound is a slightly contemporized version of what’s been going down on the West side for decades, emblazoned with Moore’s sparkling rhythmic lead guitar lines and growling vocals.

Moore first met the legendary Jimmy Reed in Clarksdale, when he was only eight years old. By the time he was 13 or so, Moore was sharing a bandstand or two with Reed up in Chicago. Letha Jones, widow of piano great Johnny Jones, took an interest in Moore’s musical development, spinning stacks of blues wax for the budding guitarist.
Moore joined Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine in 1975, touring and recording with the Chicago blues queen (on her 1978 LP for Alligator, The Earthshaker). He went out on his own around the turn of the ’80s, waxing a fine 1987 album for B.L.U.E.S. R&B, Hard Times, that impressively spotlighted his versatility.
After some rough spots, Moore is now more visible than ever on the Chicago circuit, with two new albums (one for Austrian Wolf, the other, Live at Blue Chicago, for Delmark). In addition to playing as a leader, Moore is likely to turn up on local stages as a sideman behind everyone from Mary Lane and Karen Carroll to rock-solid bassist Willie Kent. If Johnny B. Moore isn’t a star in the making, there’s no justice in the blues world.
By Bill Dahl, Rovi.
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Johnny B. Moore- Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Taylor-  Guitar
Lester Davenport-  Harp
Will Davis-  Guitar
Willie Kent-  Bass
Tim Taylor- Drums
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01. Knocking at Your Door 3:12
02. Lonesome Blues 7:23
03. No Good Woman Blues 3:41
04. Blues Medley 8:58
05. I’m Gonna Miss You 3:38
06. Mean Mistreater 4:35
07. Evening Sun 4:17
08. Sacrifice 3:39
09. Pretty Mama 4:57
10. Up Side the Wall 4:47
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Johnny B. MOORE – Hard Times 1987

Posted in BLUES, Johnny B. MOORE on November 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Johnny B. MOORE – Hard Times 1987

Very few young Chicago bluesmen bring the depth and knowledge of tradition to the table that Johnny B. Moore does. His sound is a slightly contemporized version of what’s been going down on the West side for decades, emblazoned with Moore’s sparkling rhythmic lead guitar lines and growling vocals. Moore first met the legendary Jimmy Reed in Clarksdale, when he was only eight years old. By the time he was 13 or so, Moore was sharing a bandstand or two with Reed up in Chicago. Letha Jones, widow of piano great Johnny Jones, took an interest in Moore’s musical development, spinning stacks of blues wax for the budding guitarist. Moore joined Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine in 1975, touring and recording with the Chicago blues queen (on her 1978 LP for Alligator, The Earthshaker). He went out on his own around the turn of the ’80s, waxing a fine 1987 album for B.L.U.E.S. R&B, Hard Times, that impressively spotlighted his versatility. After some rough spots, Moore is now more visible than ever on the Chicago circuit, with two new albums (one for Austrian Wolf, the other, Live at Blue Chicago, for Delmark). In addition to playing as a leader, Moore is likely to turn up on local stages as a sideman behind everyone from Mary Lane and Karen Carroll to rock-solid bassist Willie Kent. If Johnny B. Moore isn’t a star in the making, there’s no justice in the blues world.
By Bill Dahl, All Music Guide.
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Dropped out of school to work in a lamp factory, mid-1960s; performed evenings in bands of Jimmy Reed, Charles Spiers, and others, early 1970s; joined Koko Taylor’s band, Blues Machine, 1975; formed own trio, 1975; toured widely with Taylor and with Willie Dixon, including five European tours; released solo debut, Hard Times, 1987; recorded for Delmark label (Chicago), and Wolf label (Vienna, Austria), 1990s; released album Live at Blue Chicago, 1996; released Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 2001; appeared at Chicago Bluesfest, 2002.
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Hard Times, was originally marketed by a local nightclub. It was lauded by the Down Home Guide to the Blues as a fine debut album featuring some good originals along with some impressive updatings of a couple of songs from the 30s. The album is a first class blues album, played in the Chicago tradition of Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters. Real authentic Chicago blues. The sounds of Robert Nighthawk and Howlin’ Wolf, are ingrained into Johnny B.’s style. There is even a touch of Elmore James’ slide guitar style on this album. Johnny B. Moore does a great service on this album in preserving the great delta blues tradition. Buy his Live at Blue Chicago album, and listen to his great 911 Blues album. For similar blues music, try and listen to the Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall  album.
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01. Hard Times 5:35
02. Fast Talkin’ Fannie 4:04
03. Liquor Store Blues 3:03
04. Groove Thing 3:50
05. In The Closet 4:18
06. Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman 3:38
07. Just Like That 3:58
08. Confusion 3:42
09. Don’t Blame Shorty 3:08
10. Sacrifice 2:56
11. Trouble World 2:49
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