Incoming: Mr. Stress Blues Band, Cleveland Early ‘70s


Smog Veil manages to, er, unveil yet another archival gem.

By Uncle Blurt

They came from O-HI-O, and NO, they were not called DEVO, but they were a fixture in CLEVO, ho ho ho! Sorry… we are talking the almost-legendary Mr. Stress Blues Band. Smog Veil Records (Pere Ubu, Rocket From The Tombs, Tin Huey) is doing a deeply researched and curated album series called Platters du Cuyahoga, and the latest one is Mr. Stress Blues Band: Live At the Brick Cottage 1972 – 1973 . It’s due on May 13, and for the uninitiated, think Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, Delta swamp blues heavy on the harmonica. Here’s a teaser:

The backstory: “Bill Miller (a.k.a. Mr. Stress) was playing Chicago blues in Cleveland by the late 1960s, almost as soon as he heard Paul Butterfield. He stuck to what he loved his whole life and became an exceptionally good harp player with some superb musicians passing through his band.  He died last year so this release is especially poignant to many in the community.”

The Smog Veil stamp of quality always gets the boy howdy from the Blurt braintrust. Count us in line at the record store, come early May….

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