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A1 	Spider In My Stew 	
A2 	Born With The Blues 	
A3 	Sweet 94 	
A4 	Love Like I Wanna 	
A5 	Leave Me Alone 	
B1 	Sorry 	
B2 	Funny About My Money 	
B3 	Lonesome For A Dime 	
B4 	Do It In The Rain 	
B5 	Disco Blues

Bass – Nolan Struck
Drums – Ray Allison (tracks: A2 - A5, B1 - B5)
Guitar – Jimmy Johnson
Guitar [Lead] – Buster Benton
Harmonica – Carey Bell
Piano – Lafayette Leake
Saxophone [Tenor] – Ron Scott
Vocals – Buster Benton

 

Buster Benton (July 19, 1932 – January 20, 1996) was an American blues guitarist and singer, who played guitar in Willie Dixon's Blues All-Stars, and is best known for his solo rendition of the Dixon-penned song "Spider in My Stew." He was tenacious and in the latter part of his lengthy career, despite the amputation of parts of both his legs, Benton never stopped playing his own version of Chicago blues.

Dixon was credited as the songwriter of Benton's best known song, "Spider in My Stew." Released on the Shreveport-based Jewel Records label, it gave Benton a modicum of fame, and his 1974 follow-up, "Money Is the Name of the Game," helped to cement his standing. Benton's 1978 effort for Jewel's Ronn Records subsidiary (also titled Spider in My Stew) became recognized as one of the more engaging Chicago blues albums of its time.

Benton recorded three further albums on the Ichiban label, but in comparison to his work on the Ronn label, they were uncommercial. One such LP offering was 1989's, Money's The Name of The Game, produced by Gary B.B. Coleman. Benton also issued a record on the Blue Phoenix label. Benton's fortitude did not go unnoticed. He suffered from the effects of diabetes and received dialysis for the final years of his life. In addition, in 1993, part of his right leg was amputated due to poor circulation, having already lost a portion of the other some ten years previously. He soldiered on, playing his brand of the blues up to his death. However, as journalist, Tony Russell, stated in his book The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, Benton "never found another money spider".

Benton died in January 1996, in Chicago, from the effects of diabetes, at age 63. His work has appeared on a number of compilation albums, including Chicago Blues Festival: 1969-1986 (2001) --- smokestacklightnin.com

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Buster Benton - Is The Feeling (1981) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5677-buster-benton/21308-buster-benton-is-the-feeling-1981.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5677-buster-benton/21308-buster-benton-is-the-feeling-1981.html Buster Benton - Is The Feeling (1981)

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A1 	The Feeling 	6:39
A2 	Holding On 	4:46
A3 	Cold Man Ain't No Good 	4:47
A4 	Lean On Me 	4:42
B1 	Dancing Music 	4:12
B2 	Get Away 	5:08
B3 	Breaking Up 	4:29
B4 	Judge Give Me Time 	5:27
B5 	Thinking About My Past 	5:00

Drums – Marle Perkins
Guitar – Jimmy Johnson 
Harmonica – Carey Bell Harrington
Keyboards – Lafayette Leake
Lead Guitar, Songwriter, Producer, Lead Vocals – Buster Benton
Tenor Saxophone – Ronnie Scott 

 

Despite the amputation of parts of both his legs during the course of his career, Chicago guitarist Buster Benton never gave up playing his music -- an infectious hybrid of blues and soul that he dubbed at one point "disco blues" (an unfortunate appellation in retrospect, but useful in describing its danceability). In the late '70s, when blues was at low ebb, Benton's waxings for Ronn Records were a breath of fresh air.

Inspired by the music of Sam Cooke and B.B. King, the gospel-bred Benton began playing the blues during the mid-'50s while living in Toledo, Ohio. By 1959, he was leading his own band in Chicago. During the '60s, he cut a series of soul-slanted singles for local concerns (Melloway, Alteen, Sonic, Twinight) before hooking up with the great Willie Dixon in 1971.

Benton was a member of Dixon's Blues All-Stars for a while, and Dixon is credited as songwriter of Benton's best-known song, the agonized slow blues "Spider in My Stew." Its release on Stan Lewis' Shreveport-based Jewel Records gave Benton a taste of fame; its follow-up, "Money Is the Name of the Game," solidified his reputation. A 1979 LP for Jewel's Ronn subsidiary (logically titled Spider in My Stew) stands as one of the most engaging Chicago blues LPs of its era, its contemporary grooves abetting Benton's tasty guitar work and soulful vocals.

Benton cut three albums later on for Ichiban, but compared to his Ronn output, they were disappointing. On the Chicago circuit, Benton's extreme courage in the face of physical adversity will long be cited. He was on kidney dialysis for the last few years of his life as a result of diabetes, and a portion of his right leg was amputated in 1993 due to poor circulation (he had already lost part of the other a decade earlier). Still, he continued to play his brand of uplifting blues until the end. ---Bill Dahl, allmusic.com

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