Tommy Bankhead

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Fedora FCD 5017
Tommy Bankhead
Message to St. Louis

Tommy Bankhead makes his debut on Fedora Records via a long, circuitous route. From his humble beginnings playing house parties and fish frys in rural Mississippi and Arkansas, through a series of ups and downs with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson, to the "six-week gig" in St. Louis that has lasted nearly two decades, Tommy Bankhead can at least say he has "arrived". Unbelievably, this is only Bankhead's second recording the first being made for an obscure label in 1983 but it certainly proves the adage, ""ood things come to them that wait." Surrounded by Erskine Oglesby, whose tenor enlivened the Ike & Tina Revue, Charles 'Nephew' Davis, a veteran of the James Brown and Little Milton aggregations, and the barroom piano of Bob Lohr, Bankhead rips into ten originals and the classic "Goin' to Chicago" in what may be the first great Blues record of 2000.

Tommy Bankhead- vocals/guitar; Erskine Oglesby- saxophone; Bob Lohr- piano; Charles 'Nephew' Davis- bass; Kenny Laurence- drums

Tracks: How Long; Going to Chicago; Tell Me Baby; It Ain't Right; Alcohol Ain't Nothin'; Who Said It; The Bright Lights; Message to St. Louis; Gamblin' Man; Old Maid; Goin' Back.

 Going To Chicago

 Tell Me Baby

 Who Said It

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