So let's start in 1963 with the Cyril Davies Allstars' superb harp instrumental ' Country Line Special', Cyril then died of leukemia a year after it's release and another great talent was lost. Following Cyril is Chicago's Paul Butterfield and this track is from his Blues Band's second album 'East-West' in 1966 and this was pretty much as good as 60's electrified blues ever got.
Next we go down, damp and dirty into The Marquee, London circa 1980 with South London's R&B quartet Nine Below Zero featuring the underrated Mark Feltham blasting the legendary 'L and N' down the railroad tracks.
Another musician to leave us too early was The Red Devils Lester Butler who lost his life to drugs in 1998 but on 1992's 'King King' you won't hear a better white blues band at their peak, they went on to record with Mick Jagger and the tracks are often found on good quality bootlegs . Finally I leave you with an example from 'Mister Consistency' himself namely Kim Wilson. Austin, Texas has brought the world of music many fine musicians but in the early 1980's it was hard to hear a better band on stage than The Fabulous Thunderbirds.