Bluesin’ by the Bayou - Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry
The 18th in the series of Bayou releases, Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry is the fourth volume of Bluesin’. Returning to South Louisiana for another helping of the blues, this 28-tracker includes rare or previously unissued tracks from stars of the genre such as Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo, plus a host of little-known or completely unknown performers. The set also features two surprises; artists who you would never think performed in the down-home style: Barbara Lynn and Cookie (aka Huey Thierry, of Cupcake fame), but they sound right at home, with the unknown harmonica player setting the tone on Barbara’s track and Cupcakes’ guitarist Marshall Leday supporting his frontman with some mean blues pickin’. As always there are a handful of mystery singers – was there really a Ramblin’ Hi Harris or, as with Blues Boy Dorsey, was his name created later when JD Miller was uncertain as to the performer’s identity? That’s something for the listener to ponder whilst enjoying these cuts. And, of course, there is always the artist-with-no-name who closes the set! Eight of the 28 tracks are previously unreleased.