Album of the Day
Mourning in the Morning
Born on this day in 1934, Otis Rush would be a legend if only for his 1950s Cobra recordings, but the Chicago-based singer-guitarist hit a couple more peaks later in his career including MOURNING IN THE MORNING. Recorded at Muscle Shoals' Fame Studios with Electric Flag members Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield handling production chores (and providing half the songs), the 1969 Cotillion collection adds a touch of soul and rock to Rush's razor-sharp performances. Highlights include Otis' own “It Takes Time,” B.B. King cover “Gambler's Blues” and “Reap What You Sow,” one of a few tracks featuring guest guitarist Duane Allman's masterful fretwork. Largely overlooked upon original release, the album's stock has risen in the years since - MOURNING IN THE MORNING is cause for celebration for any blues fan.