Discographical Curiosities

What have I done? WHAT…HAVE…I…DONE?!!! Here is what I have done:


The Claudettes on Yellow Dog Records

The Claudettes on Forty Below Records


“Chicago Plays the Stones” (2018). I played all the keyboards on this album, which earned a Blues Music Award nomination. This album features Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, John Primer, Carlos, Johnson, Jimmy Burns and more.

“Muddy Waters 100” (2015). I played on the tracks “Still a Fool,” “I Be’s Troubled,” “I’m Ready,” “Mannish Boy,” “Good News,” “Trouble No More,” “Can’t Get No Grindin’,” “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “Last Time I Fool Around with You” and “I Feel So Good.” Also on these tracks: James Cotton, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Keb’ Mo’, Gary Clark Jr., Billy Branch, John Primer, Bob Margolin, Kenny Smith, Felton Crews and more. This album was nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy.

Chicago Blues: A Living History (Billy Boy Arnold/John Primer/Billy Branch/Lurrie Bell/Carlos Johnson, with guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Magic Slim and Ronnie Baker Brooks). The band’s second double-album: “The (R)evolution Continues” (2011). Tracks:

  • “He’s a Jelly Roll Baker”
  • “I’ll Be Up Again Someday”
  • “She Don’t Love Me That Way”
  • “Chicago Bound”
  • “Stockyard Blues”
  • “Diamonds at Your Feet”
  • “Rocket 88”
  • “Reelin’ and Rockin'”
  • “Mellow Down Easy/Bo Diddley”
  • “First Time I Met the Blues”
  • “Easy Baby”
  • “Howlin’ for My Baby”
  • “My Daily Wish”
  • “Be Careful How You Vote”
  • “Got to Leave Chi-Town”
  • “Don’t Take Advantage of Me”
  • “Make These Blues Survive”
  • “The Blues Had a Baby (and They Named It Rock and Roll”

Chicago Blues: A Living History (Billy Boy Arnold/John Primer/Billy Branch/Lurrie Bell). Self-titled debut double-album (2009). Nominated for a Grammy and two Blues Music Awards! Tracks:

  • “My Little Machine”
  • “She’s Love Crazy”
  • “Night Watchman Blues”
  • “Chicago Breakdown” (Johnny Iguana piano solo)
  • “I Believe”
  • “Three O’Clock Blues”
  • “Memphis Slim U.S.A.”
  • “Sugar Sweet”
  • “I Wish You Would”
  • “My Love Will Never Die”
  • “Hooking It”
  • “Out of Bad Luck”
  • “One More Mile”
  • “The Healer”
  • “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”

Lurrie Bell’s “Let’s Talk About Love” (2007). Tracks:

  • “Directly to My Heart from You”
  • “Chicago Is Loaded with the Blues”

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials: “Rattleshake” (2006). Tracks:

  • “Tired of Crying”
  • “You Just Weren’t There”
  • “Tramp on Your Street”
  • “Spend Some Time with Me”
  • “Nobody’s Fault but My Own”
  • “You Know You’re Wrong”

The Matthew Skoller Band: “These Kind of Blues!” (2005). Tracks:

  • “Down at Your Buryin'”

Matthew Skoller’s Lost Trio: “Taproot” (2003). Tracks:

  • “Mighty Long Time”
  • “Mopper’s Blues”
  • “Lonesome Cabin”
  • “Baker Shop Boogie”
  • “Please Throw This Poor Dog a Bone”
  • “Worried Life Blues”
  • “Walkin’ Blues”
  • “It Must’ve Been the Devil”
  • “After Last Call”

Junior Wells: “The Best of Junior Wells: Live Around the World” (2002). Tracks:

  • “Sweet Sixteen”
  • “Little Red Rooster”
  • “Messin’ with the Kid”
  • “Take Off Your Shoes”
  • “Waitin’ on the Night Train”

“Sittin’ in with the Greats: The Chicago Blues Play-Along CD” (With Little Smokey Smothers, John Primer, Magic Slim and others) (2001). Tracks:

  • “Chicken Shack”
  • “That’s All Right”
  • “Old Blue Ribbon”
  • “Rough Dried Woman”
  • “A Man and His Blues”
  • “Got My Mojo Working”
  • “Sweet Home Chicago”

The Matthew Skoller Band: “Shoulder to the Wind” (1999). Tracks:

  • “High Maintenance Mama”

Carey Bell: “Good Luck Man” (1997). W.C. Handy Award winner! Tracks:

  • “My Love Strikes Like Lightning”
  • “Love Her, Don’t Shove Her”
  • “Sleeping with the Devil”
  • “Hard Working Woman”
  • “Bell Hop”
  • “Bad Habits”
  • “Good Luck Man”
  • “Hard Hearted Woman”
  • “Going Back to Mississippi”
  • “I’m a Business Man”
  • “Teardrops”
  • “Brand New Deal”
  • “Good Lover”
  • “Double Cross”

Junior Wells: “Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends” (1997). Nominated for a Grammy! Tracks:

  • “Broke and Hungry”
  • “Messin’ with the Kid”
  • “Hoodoo Man”
  • “Little by Little”
  • “The Train”
  • “Sweet Sixteen”
  • “What My Momma Done Told Me”
  • “Got My Mojo Working”
  • “Love Her with a Feeling”
  • “Help Me”
  • “Today I Started Loving You Again”

Shunsuke Kikuta & J.W. Williams: “Live!! The 3rd Park Tower Blues Festival ’96” (1996). Also released as “Shunsuke Kikuta & J. W. Williams: Live and Kickin’–The 3rd Park Tower Blues Festival.” Tracks:

  • “Love of Mine”
  • “Luv Sumbody”
  • “Drinking Gasoline”
  • “Turning Point/Turn Back the Hands of Time/Let’s Straighten It Out (Medley)”
  • “Honest I Do”
  • “Tore Down/Just a Little Bit (Medley)”
  • “Blues with a Feeling”
  • “Don’t Ever Leave Me”
  • “Big Boss Man/It’s Your Thing (Medley)”

Shunsuke Kikuta: “Chicago Midnight” (1996). Tracks:

  • “Chicago Midnight”
  • “Love of Mine”
  • “Drinking Gasoline”
  • “Big Boss Man”
  • “29 Ways”
  • “I’m Gonna Get Lucky”
  • “Rip Tips with Hot Sauce”
  • “Don’t Tell Me What You’ve Been Doing”
  • “Luv Sumbody”
  • “Let’s Straighten It Out”
  • “Chicago Midnight”

Shunsuke Kikuta: “They Call Me Shun” (1995). Tracks:

  • “Mr. Air (For M.J.)”
  • “Woman Across the River”
  • “Me and My Guitar”
  • “Same Old Blues”
  • “Cut You Loose”
  • “Come On in This House”
  • “Let Me Love You Baby”
  • “I’ll Take Care of You”
  • “I’ll Play the Blues for You”
  • “Memory of Louis”


Co-writer and player of organ/piano/synths on the recordings of his band oh my god:

  • “oh my god” EP (2000)
  • “Well” (2001)
  • “The Action Album” (2002)
  • “Interrogations & Confessions” (2003)
  • “You’re Too Straight to Love Me” (2004)
  • “Fools Want Noise” (2007)
  • “The Night Undoes the Work of the Day” (2009)

Co-writer and player of organ/piano/synths on the recordings of his band Them vs. Them:

  • “The Demos: Vols. 1 & 2” (2005)
  • “Party Detonator/Panty Tart Rodeo” (2007)
  • “Fifteen Fingers” (2008)

Writer, sole performer and engineer for the 2011 EP “The Synth Strummer” by solo project I.M.O.K.R.U.O.K.

Co-writer and player of organ on the 1998 self-titled album of his band Stevie Lizard & His All-Reptile Orchestra

John Martyn Tribute Album (2011). As part of oh my god, played organ/synths on (and arranged) “John Wayne.” This compilation also featured new recordings by Phil Collins, Beck, Robert Smith, Snow Patrol, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver and many others.

Flabby Hoffman: “Flabby Road” (2008). Tracks:

  • “Dynamite”
  • “Make a Noble Sacrifice”

Hail the Size: “I Can’t Die in L.A.” (2009). Tracks:

  • “Drift Away”
  • “Wind-Up Heart”
  • “I Guess I Love You”

There are others that I can’t remember and don’t possess copies of!