When you’re done with the turkey, it’s time to break out the dessert! The smells of homemade pies, decadent cakes, and fresh-baked sugar cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Continue the festivities and treat yourself to these 4 lip lickin’ sugar-coated blues songs that are sure to make your mouth water!
- Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lonnie Mack – “Oreo Cookie Blues”
This acoustic Texas Blues jam will satisfy your sweet tooth! Stevie Ray Vaughn and special guest Lonnie Mack perform the song “Oreo Cookie Blues” at The Orpheum Theater on Memphis’s famed Beale Street in August of 1986. Along with Jimi Hendrix and Albert King, Lonnie Mack was one of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s biggest and earliest influences. The song was from Lonnie Mack’s 1985 album ‘Lightning Strike’ released by Alligator Records. The album was also produced by SRV and features him on several tracks playing both electric and acoustic guitar.
- Ray Charles and James Taylor – “Sweet Potato Pie”
The love song “Sweet Potato Pie” sung by rhythm and blues singer Ray Charles and five-time Grammy winner James Taylor, who originally sung and composed the song on his platinum-selling 1988 album ‘Never Die Young’. This particular version is from Ray Charles 2004 posthumously released final album ‘Genius Loves Company’. The album features Charles doing a duet with a different artist on every track and consists of several styles such as blues, soul, country, and jazz by legendary musicians like Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and B.B. King. ‘Genius Loves Company’ was one of Ray Charles most commercially successful albums, the record was certified triple-platinum and won eight Grammys.
- Four Clefs – “I Like Pie, I Like Cake”
The sexy swinging blues song “I Like Pie, I Like Cake” is sung by Chicago blues band The Four Clefs and was released as a single by Bluebird Records in 1941. The original quartet consisted of William “Chappie” Chapman on lead vocals, drums, and vibraphone, Melvin “Sonny” Chapman on vocals and bass, Johnny “Happy” Green on vocals and guitar, and James Marshall on vocals, organ, and piano. William was the lead vocalist, although the entire group sang, and Green was the group’s leader and musical director. The group’s instrumentals were swinging and uncomplicated and their singing, although blues-based, was heavily influenced by The Ink Spots and Bing Crosby.
- Joe Bonamassa – “Jelly Roll”
This playful toe-tapping tune has been covered on many of Joe Bonamassa’s albums, each version featuring a unique twist on the song and different band members. The song was originally sung by John Martyn’s and known as “The Easy Blues” and first appears in Bonamassa’s catalog as “Jelly Roll” on his 2007 album Sloe Gin. The acoustic blues jam is a Bonamassa fan favorite, check out this version of “Jelly Roll” from his 2013 album named An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House.
Devon Ebersold for Keeping the Blues Alive
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