As the main songwriter for Chicago's Chess label, bassist/singer Willie Dixon was one of the most influential and prolific figures in blues. Although he often served as a session player for other well-known musicians, his soulful presence was always felt, as revealed on this excellent 25-track collection which features Dixon performing with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Witherspoon, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Elmore James, Otis Rush, and Etta James.
Dixon was the Rick Reuben of Chicago, the Quincy Jones of Chess, the George Martin of the post-war blues era and a damn fine musician to boot. His compositions are indescribably important to the history of modern music including 'Little Red Rooster', 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Spoonful', 'My Babe', the list goes on! Here we find him behind the mic and on the bass with fellow blues pianist legend Memphis Slim on his debut album 'Willie's Blues'.
American Idol's Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon launched his debut album A Messenger in January of 2013 and has quickly become one of the best selling artists in Christian music. Dixon’s powerful and iconic voice quickly earned him a loyal and enthusiastic fan following among the shows 20 million viewers and the hundreds of thousands of fans he has performed in front of over the past year while on tour.Riding on the unprecedented success of A Messenger and in anticipation of major touring in 2014, the debut album is being repackaged for a limited time with four remixes of fan favorites including "You Are" and "Never Gone" plus two previously exclusive tracks that were not available on the wide release.
Piano pumper Memphis Slim (1915-1988) and bass thumper Willie Dixon (1915-92) were kindred spirits. Both men were commanding vocalists and brilliant songwriters who played key roles in shaping the Chicago blues sound of the Fifties, though their roots were in an earlier era. The two blues titans usually worked separately, but during the late Fifties and early Sixties they frequently teamed up for recordings, club dates, and concerts, often in Europe, generating an instant, gusto-filled camaraderie. Though short-lived, theirs was one of the great duos in the history of the blues, and this long-unavailable recording of a 1962 show in Paris is a vital document of that association.