Otis Rush Homework
He’s been entertaining audiences with his high-energy guitar playing and singing for decades and if you’re lucky you can still catch him playing three or four nights a week.Billy has his own material but he also plays blues classics and it was his torrid version of the Otis Rush song “Cut You Loose” that turned me into a Rush fan for life.In the mid-’80s, while I was trying to make money in the music business, I still had a job in the corporate world which allowed me to make actual money.It was a pretty straight job with a major financial institution but it did have its perks.Among the artists I got to see, all in small clubs, were legends like Junior Wells, Son Seals, Jimmy Johnson, and of course Otis Rush.It was at a club called at that time located on State Street on the near North Side.He moved to Chicago in 1948, and was inspired by the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and B. The first single, an intensely haunting rendition of Willie Dixon's "I Can't Quit You, Baby" shot to number six on R&B chart.
Perkins took a decidedly different approach the following year; done once again as a duet, he teams up this time with the label’s owner, Bill “Bunky” Sheppard for the most “age appropriate” sounding rendition of the song.
In 1959, Lloyd Price covered the song with a completely different arrangement (Jennings may have played on the session) and released it as the B-side to ‘Personality’.
Lloyd Price – Have You Ever Had the Blues – https://
Back in the States that same year, a hot-shot Memphis guitar player named Travis Wammack recorded a smokin’ instrumental version that was picked up for national release by Atlantic Records Travis Wammack – Have You Ever Had the Blues – https://
v=Ye7LGb Su OX0 Also that year, The Blues Project recorded it during their stand at New York City’s Café Au Go Go during the sessions for their first LP.