I recently purchased the whole 6 dvd run of this series from Germany's Bear Family Label. It's really fantastic. I've never even been that big a fan of the blues, but this has given me a whole new appreciation for 'em (some of 'em anyway). This show really puts a smile on my face.
It's a syndicated show from Texas (the only studio available with color facilities at the time-1966) with only black artists, hosted by a big white guy named Hoss Allen, who all the guests seem to genuinely know and love. The house band is led by guitarist "Gatemouth Brown".
Artists appearing on the show include: Otis Redding; Little Milton, Esther Phillips, Joe Tex, Etta James, Lattimore Brown, Rosco Shelton, Carla Thomas, Freddie King, Barbara Lynn, Johnny Taylor, Maurice & The Radiants, Louis Jordan, Mighty Hannibal, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Robert Parker, Joe Simon, Mitty Collier, Jamo Thomas, Zz Hill, Lou Rawls, Bobby Hebb, Willie Mitchell, Don Bryant, Ovations, Bar-Kays, Percy Sledge, Garnett Mimms and Sam & Dave! I highly recommend this to anyone with any interest in Blues or Rhythm & Blues.
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