BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Limehouse Blues” Results


This might be a day earlier than I said I would do this, but this wasn’t even close. Only Stephen kept this from being a shutout…

Frank Vignola Quartet with Tommy Emmanuel: 9
Joe Pass: 1

Congratulations to Frank et al., and kudos to Joe Pass.

I hope the next one isn’t a blowout, but I think I’ve picked a song that might make things a little closer. That’ll be next Wednesday, so stay tuned!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Limehouse Blues”


February sure snuck up on us, now didn’t it? Caught me totally by surprise, to be honest, especially when I realized today ws Battle of the Bands day.

“Limehouse Blues” was written in 1922 by the London-based duo of Douglas Furber and Philip Braham. The name refers to the Limehouse district in London, where Chinatown was based, and the lyrics refer (in the fashion of 1922, i.e. horrifying to today’s more delicate sensibilities) to the Chinese influence.

Of course, I’ve selected a couple of instrumental versions, as well as Django Reinhardt’s version with the Quintette du Hot Club de France, so you can get an idea of how it sounds. Don’t vote for this, it’s just an example.

The two versions that are going head to head today are:

Frank Vignola Quartet with Tommy Emmanuel

Joe Pass

All righty, then! You know the drill: listen to both of today’s contestants, decide which one you like better, and leave me a comment below along with an explanation of why you liked it better. Then, if you’d be so kind, go visit everyone else holding a battle today and vote in their contests as well.

I’ll announce the winner of my battle next Wednesday, February 8, so be sure and get your vote in before then. The lines are now open… Best of luck to Frank and Joe!