I tend to focus my posts about the blues on artists either from the pre-war or immediate post-war eras, so today I’d like to change things up a bit by posting a selection from Hound Dog Taylor’s 1982 album Genuine Houserocking Music. This is a classic piece of blues music, a gentle rocking beat cut through with a simple but incisive riff and Taylor’s croaking vocals. Songs such as this are why Hound Dog and his band, the Houserockers, have been referred to as the Ramones of the Blues: they only do one thing, it ain’t a hard thing to do, but they do it better than anyone else before or since. So here it is: simple, razor-sharp and incredible. Dig it.
Hound Dog Taylor, “Sun is Shining”