Classic pre-recorded dialog interviews (with occasional live performances) that were conducted by Bob Putignano.
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SOB "Howlin' for Hubert" Part 1 of 3

On January 22nd, 2003 the New York Blues & Jazz Society organized a fundraising event for the great Hubert Sumlin who needed to raise money for his lung surgery. January 22nd, 2003 was an unusually brutally cold night, but that did not deter Hubert's fans for supporting their hero, who sold-out B.B. King's box-office. Additionally the fans donated more with Blues memorabilia raffles that the New York Blues & Jazz Society ran throughout the star-studded evening of Blues performances.

This is the first of 3 installments from the 3-hour plus concert. The opening acts were The Fins, who had Greg Piccolo (Roomful of Blues) sitting in with them during the last portion of their set. The Fins were followed by Michael Hill's Blues Mob who had Vernon Reid (Living Colour) sitting in with the band for a few songs as well.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Emcee, NY Blues & Jazz Society President and radio host Bob Putignano introduces Hubert Sumlin to the crowd, then Hubert gives a short speech of heartfelt thanks to the audience.
  • The Fins open the show with an untitled instrumental, followed by "Fast Food Annie," then a slow blues titled "A Solid Mess." Ex Roomful of Blues sax-man Greg Piccolo joins the fins and delivers another instrumental that was seemingly titled "Piccolo Man." The Fins close out their show with their popular rendition of "Spiderman."
  • Michael Hill's Blues Mob opened with their "Heart of the City, NY, NY," followed by "Monticello Night," "Evil in the Air," "The Blues Will Get Around to You," and closed with "Young Folks Blues." Vernon Reid of Living Colour fame sits in with Hill's Blues Mob for a few tunes.
Those looking forward to part 2 of "Howlin' for Hubert" will be interested to know that the second segment opens with a "Guitar Quartet" set featuring Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Michael Hill, and Hubert Sumlin! Keep checking over the coming weeks to see when the second installment of "Howlin' for Hubert" will be available for your listening pleasure. In the meantime enjoy The Fins' & Michael Hill's performances.

Thank you, Bob Putignano