Crucial Rockin' Blues
Highlights some of our rockin-est tracks from Coco Montoya, Johnny Winter, Lonie Mack w/Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, Roy Buchanan, Tinsley Ellis, The Holmes Brothers, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Paladins, Guitar Shorty, Lee Rocker, and Dave Hole.
Sampler production by Bruce Iglauer and bob depugh
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Coco Montoya photo by Robert Barclay
tracks from crucial Rockin’ blues appear on these albums
1. Coco Montoya
Mentored by Albert Collins and John Mayall, Coco Montoya has been burning up stages as a bandleader for a decade. His explosive guitar and huge voice have earned him a fanatical following and three Alligator albums.
2. Johnny Winter
A legend of rocking blues, Johnny cut three albums for Alligator with some of Chicago’s finest players. His lightning-fast Texas guitar and hoarse vocals are among the best-loved sounds in blues. This album was a Grammy nominee.
3. Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Ultra-raw, raucous and wildly uninhibited, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have sliced and diced bandstands around the world. Truly gritty Chicago blues, loads of fun, and 100% road-tested.
4. Lonnie Mack
Strike Like Lightning
Lonnie pioneered modern blues/rock guitar in the ‘60s with tunes like Memphis and Wham! His #1 disciple, Stevie Ray Vaughan, produced Lonnie’s Alligator debut album, with master and student playing side by side.
5. Dave Hole
Ticket To Chicago
After cutting five albums Down Under, the amazing Australian slide monster traveled to Chicago to jam with the cream of the city’s young bluesmen. Inspired by a great band, Dave delivered his deepest blues playing and finest vocals. Available in Europe on Provogue Records and in Australia on Black Cat.
6. Guitar Shorty
Watch Your Back
A fabled blues road warrior since the 1950s, Guitar Shorty debuted on Alligator in 2006. He pared his sound down to its vital, hard-edged essence--his blistering fretwork, powerhouse singing and infectious energy.
7. Tinsley Ellis
A hard-rocking Atlanta-based fret-burner, Tinsley has built his terrific reputation the old-fashioned way—by playing hundreds of nights from coast to coast, igniting bandstands with his tough original songs.
8. The Holmes Brothers
Blending passionate, gospel-inspired vocals with raw, energized playing, The Holmes Brothers have toured worldwide and recorded eight albums. They have found a magical way to meld blues, R&B, gospel and country together into one ragged, glorious sound.
9. Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia’s awesome, powerhouse voice and charismatic stage presence have made her the #1 female blues artist of her generation. She cut the first of her four Alligator albums at the age of 17, and tours worldwide. This album was a Grammy nominee.
10. Lee Rocker
Racin’ The Devil
Beginning his career as the Stray Cats bassist, Lee has created a hard-driving take on heartland American roots music. He mixes feisty roots rock ‘n’ roll with infectious country twang, tough blues and blistering rockabilly. Available in Europe as The Curse Of Rockabilly on Hypertension Records.
11. Roy Buchanan
The late fretmaster cut his last three albums for Alligator, cementing his status as one of the most amazing, pyrotechnic blues/rock guitarists ever. This track found him pulling out all the stops behind soul veteran vocalist Johnny Sayles on a Motown classic.
12. The Paladins
Honed by years of one-nighters, Southern California’s Paladins cut two albums for Alligator full of roots rock, swinging blues and wild rockabilly. Their music is soaked in sweat and full of energy.