Music

Delmark Records Celebrates 65 Years with a Tribute to the Greats

Modern blues performers celebrate the masters, with covers of Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and more.

Tribute: Newly Recorded Blues Celebration of Delmark's 65th Anniversary
Various Artists

Delmark

14 June 2018

Amazon

In 1953, at the age of 20, Bob Koester recorded a traditional jazz group called the Windy City Six in his tiny record store on Delmar Street in St. Louis. Soon relocated to the actual Windy City, Delmark Records still bears the name of the place it began 65 years ago. In those six and a half decades, Delmark has released records by numerous blues and jazz legends, including Bud Powell, Jimmy Dawkins, Arthur Crudup, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells, whose 1965 Hoodoo Blues Man is still the label's best-selling album. Today, Delmark is the oldest independent record label in America, run by Koester himself until May of 2018, when he finally retired.

To honor the occasion, Delmark has released Tribute: Newly Recorded Blues Celebration of Delmark's 65th Anniversary. It's a tribute to Koester, his label, and the artists who made it their home, featuring covers of seminal Delmark performers like Big Joe Williams, J.B. Hutto, and Sleepy John Estes. From the opening harmonica call of "Train I Ride" (Omar Coleman's tribute to Junior Wells) to the final piano flourish of "Boot That Thing" (Ken Saydak's tribute to Roosevelt Sykes), Tribute is a refreshing blast of straight-ahead, unfussy blues. Screaming guitars. Wailing harmonicas. Horn blasts. Powerful vocals. All performed in faithful styles ranging from Chicago blues to electric blues to muddy delta blues—a fitting tribute to legends of the form, and the legendary label that supported them.

7
Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

Detroit's Motown Records will forever be important as both a hit factory and an African American-owned label that achieved massive mainstream success and influence. We select our 25 favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America".

Music

The Durutti Column's 'Vini Reilly' Is the Post-Punk's Band's Definitive Statement

Mancunian guitarist/texturalist Vini Reilly parlayed the momentum from his famous Morrissey collaboration into an essential, definitive statement for the Durutti Column.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

The financial crash of 2008-2010 reemphasized that traumatic economic shifts drive political change, so what might we imagine — or fear — will emerge from the COVID-19 depression?

Music

Datura4 Take Us Down the "West Coast Highway Cosmic" (premiere)

Australia's Datura4 deliver a highway anthem for a new generation with "West Coast Highway Cosmic". Take a trip without leaving the couch.

Music

Teddy Thompson Sings About Love on 'Heartbreaker Please'

Teddy Thompson's Heartbreaker Please raises one's spirits by accepting the end as a new beginning. He's re-joining the world and out looking for love.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Little Protests Everywhere

Wherever you are, let's invite our neighbors not to look away from police violence against African Americans and others. Let's encourage them not to forget about George Floyd and so many before him.

Music

Carey Mercer's New Band Soft Plastics Score Big with Debut '5 Dreams'

Two years after Frog Eyes dissolved, Carey Mercer is back with a new band, Soft Plastics. 5 Dreams and Mercer's surreal sense of incongruity should be welcomed with open arms and open ears.

Music

Sondre Lerche Rewards 'Patience' with Clever and Sophisticated Indie Pop

Patience joins its predecessors, Please and Pleasure, to form a loose trilogy that stands as the finest work of Sondre Lerche's career.

Film

Ruben Fleischer's 'Venom' Has No Bite

Ruben Fleischer's toothless antihero film, Venom is like a blockbuster from 15 years earlier: one-dimensional, loose plot, inconsistent tone, and packaged in the least-offensive, most mass appeal way possible. Sigh.

Books

Cordelia Strube's 'Misconduct of the Heart' Palpitates with Dysfunction

Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart, depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest.

Music

Reaching For the Vibe: Sonic Boom Fears for the Planet on 'All Things Being Equal'

Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, a veteran of 1980s indie space rockers Spacemen 3, as well as Spectrum, E.A.R., and a whole bunch of other fascinating stuff. On his first solo album in 30 years, he urges us all to take our foot off the gas pedal.

Film

Old British Films, Boring? Pshaw!

The passage of time tends to make old films more interesting, such as these seven films of the late '40s and '50s from British directors John Boulting, Carol Reed, David Lean, Anthony Kimmins, Charles Frend, Guy Hamilton, and Leslie Norman.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.