Saturday, August 19, 2017

John Primer 1997 Keep On Lovin' The Blues

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:56:26
Size: 129,11 MB

United States

Biography by Bill Dahl

By any yardstick, Chicago guitarist John Primer has paid his dues. Prior to making The Real Deal for Mike Vernon's Atlantic-distributed Code Blue label, Primer spent 13 years as the ever-reliable rhythm guitarist with Magic Slim & the Teardrops. Before that, he filled the same role behind Chicago immortals Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

All that grounding has paid off handsomely for Primer. His sound is rooted in the classic Windy City blues sound of decades past: rough-edged and uncompromising and satisfying in the extreme. He's one of the last real traditionalists in town.

By the time he came to Chicago in 1963, Primer was thoroughly familiar with the lowdown sounds of Waters, Wolf, Jimmy Reed, B.B. and Albert King, and Elmore James. He fronted a West Side outfit for a while called the Maintainers, dishing out a mix of soul and blues before joining the house band at the Southside blues mecca Theresa's Lounge for what ended up being a nine-year run. Elegant guitarist Sammy Lawhorn proved quite influential on Primer's maturing guitar approach during this period.

Always on the lookout for aspiring talent, Willie Dixon spirited him away for a 1979 gig in Mexico City. After a year or so as one of Dixon's All-Stars, Primer was recruited to join the last band of Muddy Waters, playing with the Chicago blues king until his 1983 death. Right after that, Primer joined forces with Magic Slim; their styles interlocked so seamlessly that their partnership seemed like an eternal bond.

But Primer deserved his own share of the spotlight. In 1993, Michael Frank's Chicago-based Earwig logo issued Primer's debut domestic disc, Stuff You Got to Watch. It was a glorious return to the classic '50s Chicago sound, powered by Primer's uncommonly concise guitar work and gruff, no-nonsense vocals. With the 1995 emergence of The Real Deal -- produced by Vernon and featuring all-star backing by harpist Billy Branch, pianist David Maxwell, and bassist Johnny B. Gayden, Primer's star appeared ready to ascend. He soon transferred back to the Wolf label for sets such as 1997's Cold Blooded Blues Man, 1998's Blues Behind Closed Doors, and 2000's It's a Blues Life.


01 - Keep On Lovin‚ The Blues 04:55

02 - Axe To Grind 04:07

03 - My Pencil Won't Write No More 04:48

04 - One Minute 04:44

05 - Oh Yeah! 05:14

06 - When I Reach Out For Your Love 07:04

07 - Close To You 03:54

08 - You Can't Stop Doin' What You're Doin' 03:59

09 - Like A Ship 04:24

10 - I've Been Travelin' 04:05

11 - Pay The Price 03:53

12 - Meet Me At The Crossroads 05:19

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Blue Cat said...

Not very quick to get to this, but the tracks on this download are the same as "Knocking At Your Door" and not "Keep On Lovin' The Blues". A little mix-up here?

The Bluesgambler said...

you are right, there happened a mistake. Will post corrected files as soon as possible. Thank you for your comment!

The Bluesgambler said...

tracklist and links corrected

Blue Cat said...

Thank you very much for this and the Easy Baby. Didn't have them. I Really appreciate your attention in correcting the download.