This isn’t a vintage performance particularly, but it’s definitely a “throwback” blues done in classic style. Big Bill Broonzy’s “Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down” dates back to one of the versatile and influential Chicago bluesman’s sessions for Bluebird Records in 1935. Over the years it has been covered by a number other artists, sometimes called “Drinkin’ Blues,” as it is on the 2013 David Bromberg album Only Slightly Mad (a cool record produced by Larry Campbell). Bromberg famously has a knack for brash, confessional, occasionally ribald, sometimes humorous blues numbers; his live performances usually include a few, and he really knows how to sell them with authority!

Here, he’s joined by another great blues champion and expert, Jorma Kaukonen, in a duo performance at Jorma’s Ohio guitar camp/concert site Fur Peace Ranch.


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Broonzy’s original is actually dominated by piano and has more of a barrelhouse feel, as you can hear below in this whimsical animated video put together by Charley Stevens in 2011. —Blair Jackson

Big Bill Broonzy