There is no better night of the year to return to Sweet Home Chicago than Christmas Eve, Xmas in Chi-town during the Reign of King Richard (Daley) the First (“Too ra loo ra loo ral…”) was a joyous fulcrum week at the bottom of the year filled with food, spirits, parties, singing, crying and fighting. Even now I can close my eyes and fill my sinuses with the heavenborn heat of clean steam rising from the boiled fresh meats which would then swirl and fight with the ancient greasy smoke of the grilled meats at every restaurant vent on the block as I cruised alleys on foot homeward from Maxwell Street on Christmas morning fingering the night’s haul and minding the curves, always minding the curves. Or was it Taylor Street? Too old to care now. Musical giants Jan Mittendorp and Jasper Mortier form ElectroBluesSociety and this week they have teamed with Mississippi bluesman Boo Boo Davis to revive another great song. This time it’s the Elmore James classic, “Dust My Broom,” Enjoy.
Another cover version of a classic blues song and this time one that was made famous by Elmore James.
As you can hear we added only a little bit of ‘electrification’
The single is released digital only and available on all stream and download platforms
this is what EastPortlandBlog wrote about our new single:
This is so beautiful it hurts. This is live Chicago blues. I’m thirty years past Chicago and I’d swear I rode the Englewoood-Howard B Train tonight, shared a bottle of Christian Brothers on the down low and got clotheslined by “the Hawk” wind when I transferred for the Ravenswood line. Heaven on a bone, Smiffy’s Ribs, testifyin’ for the blues, the signal’s coming in strong, someone got set free tonight.
In October we spent a few hours recording with Boo Boo Davis. For this session we went back to basics and together we (re) visited some classic Chicago blues. For Boo Boo this was a trip down memory lane because all these songs were regulars in the Davis Brohers Band repertoire during the 18 years that they were the weekend house band in Tubby’s Red Room, a famous juke joint in East St Louis.
We recorded seven songs that will be released digital only as individual singles on KuvVer Records in the coming months. Yesterday we released the first one and it is now available on all platforms.