The late Richard Hite, former Canned Heat bassist, invited Yardbirds drummer/vocalist Jim McCarty to Memphis for a blues session.

The late Richard Hite, former Canned Heat bassist, invited Yardbirds drummer/vocalist Jim McCarty to Memphis for a blues session. McCarty thought it sounded like a plan. The result is the winning Weekend in Memphis. It's clear from the opening track that these players had a good time in the studio, and that translates into a listening experience rich in the sort of basic blues groove that remains limitless in its appeal. Key tunes include the shuffles "Shake 'Em on Down" and "Keep It to Yourself," the lazy blues of the McCarty-Hite original "Goin' to the Country," the happening jump vibe "Memphis Town," and "Second Hand Store," featuring a noteworthy performance from Blind Mississippi Morris on harmonica and vocal. There's nothing fancy going on here—but, then, that's a big part of the appeal.—PVV

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