Jimmy Rushing, The Bluesway Sessions (1967)
It’s harder to do it now –we second-guess ourselves, look things up, more likely have information shoved at us, our brains becoming these weird microfiche-systems, but I still like the idea of walking into the record store and buying something on a whim; the impulse buy. And the other week I managed a wee gem. My microfiche-system told me that my mum had some Jimmy Rushing songs on a compilation, or that I saw his name in the credits somewhere being that the great journeyman singer did the rounds singing with big bands, singing that blues-jazz hybrid. But I can’t tell you a whole heap about him and I had certainly never heard him – not knowingly. So I saw this album and bought it. Decided it was for me. On that day. If it was a dud I was willing to risk it. And it’s not. It’s pretty great. I like doing that gut-instinct thing still. As often as I can. While I still can. Everything’s being automated. But buying vinyl – by virtue of the format and the nostalgia and connections wrapped up in it – should never feel like an automated process.
Sample Track: Baby Don’t Tell On Me
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