Various: Blues for a Rotten Afternoon (2001)
In the worst case scenario, love and money can combine for even more tragic results, as in Sam Lay’s "Somebody’s Gotta Do It." Though you may not want to admit it, there are times when the loss is your own darn fault, as in Kenny Neal’s Cocker-esque "Killed the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg." Other times, the loss is not intentional, but still ends up being your fault, as in Lady Bianca’s Motown-worthy heart-burner "How Do I Tell My Little Sister?" No matter what causes the pain, sometimes the only answer seems to be diving into a sea of drink, as Willie Dixon prepares to do in "If the Sea Was Whiskey." Other times, there ain’t nothin’ to do but sing the blues. Though the repertoire and cast of characters onthis label sampler is impressive, nobody puts it together better than Maria Muldaur, whose aching "Misery and the Blues" sums it all up in more than name.
Track Listing: 1. Why Are People Like That? - Junior Wells 2. Credit Card Blues - Terry Evans 3. Misery and the Blues - Maria Muldaur 4. Life Will Be Better - Charlie Musselwhite 5. So Mean to Me - Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson 6. Money - Debbie Davies 7. Love Had a Breakdown - Son Seals 8. Killed the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg - Kenny Neal 9. How Do I Tell My Little Sister? - Lady Bianca 10. Somebody Gotta Do It - Sam Lay 11. If the Sea Was Whiskey 12. Brutal Hearted Woman - John Primer 13. Hen House - Marty Grebb
Record Label: Telarc Records