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Blues Standards--Please help with a song list

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by emor, Aug 7, 2004.


  1. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
    As I posted in a previous thread, I am thinking about jumping back into playing with a band. The Blues thing is happening around here and I've decided this is probably the direction I want to go. There are a number of open jams around town that I'm going to start attending and eventually participate in as a way into the local scene.

    So far, my practice time has been rather scattershot--a little of this, a little of that, hey, this is fun, etc.... Now I need to focus on some definite goals.

    What I'd like help with, is developing a list of Blues standards that are likely to be called out. I know that there are probably hundreds, but I have to start somewhere.
    Throw a few in the hat.

    Thanks a lot!
    emor
     
  2. I-Love-Ratm

    I-Love-Ratm

    Feb 24, 2003
    Red house!!
     
  3. Bard2dbone

    Bard2dbone

    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    Stormy Monday
    Statesborough Blues
    One Way Out
    Whipping Post (Sorry, old school guys, but it is practically a required song.)
    Crossroads
    The Thrill is Gone, and anything else from BB King
    Pride and Joy, and anything else from Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Others I haven't thought of yet...
     
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I want to join this band!

    "Wang Dang Doodle!"
    "Back Door Man"
    "Big Boss Man"
    "I put a Spell on You"
     
  5. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
    Yeah, I've been working on some of the SRV and Allman Bros. stuff, as well as some of the more rock oriented Johnny Winter (from Still Alive and Well) and A Big Man, by John Mayall.

    I'm thinking that I should look at some of the compilation CD's that are available to see if I can get a number of the traditional tunes in one package.

    Keep 'em comin'.
     
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Confessin' the Blues
    Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
    Gambler's Blues
    Lucille
    Paying the Cost to Be Boss
    Rock Me Baby
    Sweet Little Angel
    Why I Sing the Blues
    Every Day I Have the Blues

    Crosscut Saw
    Shame, Shame, Shame
    Little Dab-a-Do
    Trouble Blues

    Cold Day in Hell
    Midnight Blues
    Still Got the Blues for You
    Separate Ways
    The blues Is All Right

    If Trouble Was Money, I'd Be a Millionaire
    Further on Up the road
    CrossRoads
    Spoonful
    Aberdeen

    Red House
    Voodoo Chile Blues
    Mannish Boy
    Boom Boom

    Basin Street blues
    Sweet Home Chicago
    Everyday I Have the Blues
    Hoochie Coochie Man
    Double Trouble

    Little Red Rooster
    Worried Life Blues
    St James Infirmary
    Smokestack Lightening
    Tain't Nobody's business If I Do
    Tobacco Road

    Who Do You Love?
    Cry, Cry, Cry
    Bright Lights, Big City
    Let the Good Times Roll
    Green Onions

    Flip, Flop and Fly
    634-5789
    I'll Play the Blues for You
    I Got My Mojo Workin'
    Pride and Joy
    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

    Born Under a Bad Sign
    Mystery Train
    The Sky Is Cryin'
    Stormy Monday
    Worried Life Blues
    Down Home Blues

    Trouble No More
    That's All Right
    Dust My Broom
    Rollin' and Tumblin'
    T-Bone Shuffle

    Kansas City
    Baby, Please Don't Go
    Who Do You Love?
    Big Boss Man
    Pity the Fool
    Come on in My Kitchen

    For other ideas and an interesting history og the blues and the most important blues styles, check:

    http://www.allmusicguide.com
     
  7. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    The ones I most frequently hear at blues jams around here are:

    Stormy Monday
    Sweet Home Chicago
    Red House
    Pride and Joy
    Tore Down
    Bright Lights, Big City
    Hoochie Koochie Man
    Born Under a Bad Sign
    Further On Up the Road
    Sleepin' in the Ground
    I'm Ready
    My Baby's Gone
    Big Boss Man
    Dust My Broom
    Worried Life Blues
    Trouble in Mind
    Key to the highway
    Walkin' the Dog
    Cold Shot
    Every Day (I Have the Blues)
    Rock Me Baby
    Take Out Some Insurance
    Louisiana Blues
    Goin' Down

    ... that's about as many as I can remember at the moment. :)
     
  8. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
    Great! Thanks for the lists. I'll print them out and head for the used CD stores (and library) tomorrow.
     
  9. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
    Now, how does that one go? ;)
     
  10. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    "I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come.
    I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come.
    They've got some crazy lookin' women there and I'm gonna get me one."

    "Gonna be standin' on the corner, Main Street and One
    Gonna be standin' on the corner, Main Strret and One
    They got some crazy lookin' mommas there and I'm gonna get me one.

    "Oh, I might take a plane. I might take a train. But if I have to walk, Im goin' just the same."

    I'm going to Kansas City, etc...

    (I might have the name of that street wrong. It has been some time since I have played that song, though it remains one of my favorites.)
     
  11. Bard2dbone

    Bard2dbone

    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I had no idea that I was still this much of a blues geek. I was reading these lists and actually exclaiming (loudly) things like "Spoonful! How did I forget that one? Mannish Boy! Oh my God!" I am sure my wife thinks I've lost it.

    But definite corroborative votes for:

    Spoonful
    Mannish Boy
    Further On Up the Road
    St James Infirmary
    Key to the Highway
    Hoochie Coochie Man
    Who Do You Love?

    and one I have only heard from Lynnyrd Skynnyrd, so I don't know who did it originally...'Ain't No Good Life'
     
  12. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    You gotta know the Killin' Floor riff if you're gonna be in a Blues band...
     
  13. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
  14. emor

    emor

    May 16, 2004
    kcmo
    I have the Albert King version (from Years Gone By).
    Do you have a particular version in mind?
     
  15. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I just posted about Killin' Floor because there are many songs that use the "Killin' Floor Riff", even though they are not actually Killin' Floor. I think Howlin' Wolf's version would be the best example of the song, since he wrote it.
     
  16. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." - Chinese Proverb


    Awesome. :)