Madison Blues

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"Madison Blues"
Song by Elmore James from the album Whose Muddy Shoes
Released1969 (1969)
RecordedApril 14, 1960
GenreBlues
Length2:22
LabelChess
WriterElmore James
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess
 
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"Madison Blues"
Song by Elmore James from the album Whose Muddy Shoes
Released1969 (1969)
RecordedApril 14, 1960
GenreBlues
Length2:22
LabelChess
WriterElmore James
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess

"Madison Blues" is a blues song by American blues artist Elmore James. Although recorded in 1960, it was not issued until the Elmore James/John Brim compilation album Whose Muddy Shoes in 1969.

"Madison Blues" is an uptempo twelve-bar blues notated in 4/4 time in the key of D[1] that features James' vocal and amplified slide guitar. The Broomdusters, James' long-time backup band, provide the accompaniment: tenor saxophonist J. T. Brown, pianist Little Johnny Jones, and second guitarist Homesick James, with drummer Odie Payne.[2] The song includes a twelve-bar slide-guitar intro and two twelve-bar sections with Brown's sax solo. The chorus makes a pun on "blues":

Put on your Madison blues shoes (2×)
I've got the Madison blues, now put on your Madison blue shoes.

Several musicians have recorded their renditions of the song, including Fleetwood Mac, who recorded it with Willie Dixon and J. T. Brown for their 1969 Blues Jam in Chicago album with slide and vocals by Jeremy Spencer. George Thorogood and the Destroyers also recorded it for their eponymous 1977 debut album. Both Fleetwood Mac and Thorogood have recorded live versions of the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Blues. Hal Leonard Corporation. 1995. p. 138. ISBN 0-79355-259-1. 
  2. ^ Welding, Pete; Snowden, Don (1991). Whose Muddy Shoes (Media notes). Elmore James. MCA/Chess Records. pp. 5–6. CHD-9114.