Wasup Vinyl Examers, it’s Sama:
There’s something to be said about picking out music for other people. Some of my favorite cuts are 45s and albums that were recommended to me by friends and family. One of these is a blues LP called Buddy and the Juniors that was recommended to me by a guy named Kurt that I met at Rooky Ricardo’s Records on Haight Street (San Francisco). The album has no drummer and no bass player, just pure blues on guitar (Buddy Guy) and Harmonica (Junior Wells) on the A-side, with Junior Mance jumping on piano on the flip. And I love this album, especially the opening track.
I have always loved the Blues (Robert Johnson, Albert King, Muddy Waters), but my knowledge of the Blues runs shallow. So I’m glad that Kurt suggested I buy Buddy and the Juniorsbecause it was an entry point into three legendary musicians that I didn’t really listen to before.
In this episode, I decided to break format and not talk about 45s. Instead, I share with you an album that I just received through the record subscription service: "Vinyl Me, Please”. The LP? It’s called Too Bad Jim by the blues-man RL Burnside. It very much reminds me of the album that Kurt suggested I buy. Too Bad Jim is fantastic, raw blues music by an artist I wasn’t aware of (shame on me?). But now that I know of Burnside, I can get to know Burnside. This record is a launchpad into new music for me. And that’s why I’m really digging what the folks over at Vinyl Me, Please are doing. Each month, they send you an LP, a piece of art (this month it’s byAndrew Gunthardt), and a cocktail recipe to go with your music.
Trusting someone else to pick a record for you is a big deal (especially since it’s your hard-earned cash on the line!). But that trust often pays off. I’ll stay with the Vinyl Me, Please club for as long as they keep sending me music I haven’t heard of, but that I’d nonetheless like.
Take a listen to this episode and hear why you too should sign up for Vinyl Me, Please.