It's not exactly news that the Pittsburgh area is home to many fine blues bands.
And for the past few years, the Blues Society of Western Pa. has been doing its part to make sure you hear a sampling of Burgh blues with its "Blues from the Burgh" series of CDs. And the third one is now ready.
"Blues from the Burgh III" is 15 original songs from 15 Western Pa. performers and bands who are just a sampling of the blues artists who prowl area clubs and festivals.
The music runs through a variety of styles, from the tough electric blues of Jill West and Eugene Morgan to the traditional acoustic sounds of Izzy Stetar and Chris Nacy. They represent some of the most popular and prolific bands in the area today.
Bands and songs on the CD are: "Blues on a Budget" by Shot O' Soul, "Bye, Bye Baby" by Jill West & Blues Attack, "Leave Your Key" by Melinda, "Slow Burn" by The Nancy McKeen Blues Machine, "Whiskey House" by Eugene Morgan & the Nightcrawlers, "Bound to Pay" by the Rich Harper Band, "Big Girl" by Strange Brew, "Done Lost My Freedom" by Chris Yakcopcic, "Put the blame on Me" by Gary Prisby, "I Can't Change" by Wayne and Wild Root, "Steady Rollin' Daddy" by Izzy and Chris, "Shake It Up" by the Rumpshakers, "Don't Touch My Money" by Angel Blue and the Prophets, "Food, Phone and Gas" by the Igniters and "Somebody Gotta Love Them" by Jimbo and the Soupbones.
Pick one up soon. Better yet, get all three if you don't have them. Someday your grandchildren will thank you.