Mighty Joe Young (Joseph Young was his real name) was born in Shreveport, LA but was raised in Milwaukee. Odds are his family moved north so his father could make a good living in the breweries. While performing blues in Milwaukee nightclubs starting in the early 50's, Joe was also training to be a boxer; thankfully for music lovers he became a hard working musician, ditched the boxing and eventually ended up in the blues epicenter of Chicago where he worked with greats (as second guitarist) such as Otis Rush, Willie Dixon and Magic Sam.
Thankfully, Joe cut some sides on his own, and this massive double sider is a fantastic example of the man's talent. Plus, the record sounds as if one microphone was placed in the middle of a juke joint that captured when the genuine business went down. There's nothing like the excitement of a record that keeps it this real, and there's not a day that passes in which I don't think about how lucky we are that records such as this exist.
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - VOO DOO DUST
b/w WE LOVE YOU BABY