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Chapter 92: Ball And Chain

Blues, R&B and blues rock

This set features ten songs that span nearly 60 years, but have one thing in common: the invincible blues structure, that most basic foundational form of American pop, which will continue to inspire new music until the sun burns out. Why does it still work so well? In a word, versatility; these songs can sound lonesome (“Tomorrow Night”) or ebullient (“Midnight Train To Georgia”), goofy (“Night Train To Memphis”) or sexy (“Ball And Chain”).
1. Gladys Knight & The Pips

Midnight Train to Georgia

2. Roy Acuff

Night Train to Memphis

3. Big Mama Thornton

Ball And Chain

5. The Black Keys

10 A.M. Automatic

6. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Texas Flood

7. Dusty Springfield

Son of a Preacher Man

7. Lightnin' Hopkins

Moanin' Blues

8. Wayne Hancock

Flat Land Boogie

9. Etta James

I'd Rather Go Blind

10. Lonnie Johnson

Tomorrow Night