John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd were members of the original cast of SNL when they came up with the idea for The Blues Brothers. The skit was first conceived as part of their “Killer Bees” routine and gradually became the iconic duo we all know and love. Briefcase Full Of Blues was recorded live and released in 1978 and went on to become one of the best selling blues albums of all time. While it began as a comedy routine, the band assembled was definitely no joke, featuring Paul Shaffer, Tom Scott, Steve Jordan, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy. The setlist was full of songs from established blues, r&b, and reggae artists, and played with stylish swagger by the all star band and its 2 serious blues fanatic stars. I love the album beginning to end, with favorites including the magnificent “B” Movie Boxcar Blues, I Don’t Know, Hey Bartender, Shot Gun Blues, and the singles Soul Man and Rubber Biscuit. The movie did pretty good, too! Classic stuff that still sounds amazing 40 years later. RIP Matt “Guitar” Murphy.
Written By Braddon S. Williams