Independent blues and soul troubadour Shaun Kirk will be in Newcastle this March as part of his ‘Howlin at the Moon’ Single Launch Tour.
Ahead of his show at 5 Sawyers in Darby Street on Thursday 8 March, we asked the blues man to share his top 5 Blues & Soul Songs with us.
So here they are, with a little explanation of why they’re so important to the man, from the man himself.
Howlin Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
In my opinion one of the greatest blues recordings of all time (if not the best)! The Wolf’s voice along with his bands killer groove never gets old.
Gary Clark Jr – Bright Lights
This track is my favourite blues recording of the 21st century! I must have listened to it hundreds of times by now and even choose to cover it at my shows from time to time.
Junior Kimborough – I Feel Good
My current favourite blues track and one that I’m trying to learn to play. It’s proving to be a not so easy feat as Kimborough recorded it (as he often did) with an out of tune guitar, which makes figuring out the notes pretty difficult. A lot of those old blues cats had such great feel that they could make a tune groove as hard as this one even when their instruments were out of tune!
R.L Burnside – Goin’ Down South (From his ‘A Bothered Mind’ album)
Burnside’s willingness to allow the Fat Possum label to take his old Mississippi blues numbers and transform them into contemporary dance songs on this album is so admirable!
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You
One of the greatest hook’s of the modern era and it’s totally a blues song! How many adverts, TV shows and movies have you heard this one on? Carney’s jungle drums along with Auerbach’s fuzzy guitar tones and soulful voice are such a tasty combination.
You can get tickets for Shaun’s show at 5 Sawyers here.
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