Tommy_bankhead-message_st_louis_span3
June 2000

Tommy Bankhead
Message to St. Louis
Fedora

Tommy Bankhead's Message to St. Louis (Fedora 5017; 49:09) is a seamless blend of country and city blues by the St. Louis blues vet, a one-time sideman to blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson. A product of the house party/fish fry/juke joint circuit of Mississippi and Arkansas, Bankhead migrated to East St. Louis in the early '50s and has been there ever since. His only previous recording is a 1983 outing with his band The Blues Eldoradoes on an obscure label. This one finds him in fine voice and in gritty spirits on a program of affecting shuffles and confessional slow blues like "It Ain't Right," "Alcohol Ain't Nothin'" "Old Maid" and the rocking title track.

Originally published in June 2000
BUY THIS ALBUM from Amazon.com
STREAM THIS CD from Rhapsody.com

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!