Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What we're listening to...

Right Place, Wrong Time - Otis Rush

Chicago blues-man Otis Rush has influenced everyone from John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers to Led Zeppelin, but he's always been true to the blues. The south-paw guitarist's first hit came in 1956 with "I Can't Quit You Baby," the first of a string of legendary singles for the fledgling Cobra Records. His masterpiece Right Place, Wrong Time was originally recorded in 1971, but was inexplicably shelved for five years due to hesitance on the part of Capitol Records, his new label. Eventually released by the small label Bullfrog Records, Right Place, Wrong Time has survived to become a central part of Otis Rush's blues legacy. Give this record a listen, and the last thing on your mind will be its tumultuous history. You'll be caught up in a swaggering masterpiece of Chicago blues.