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Mable Hillery


Johnny Shines


Mable Hillery
+ Johnny Shines

Hotter Than A Bulldog Spitting In A Polecat's Eye


Audio restored by Grammy award-winning engineer Andreas Meyer

Cover art designed by Rachel Meirs with audiophile Mobile Fidelity inner sleeves

Accompanied by a 28-page booklet featuring extensive biographies, new research, oral history interviews, rare photos, and other collected ephemera

Limited Edition 180g LP

Hand-numbered edition of 250

Recorded live at the 1975 Miami Blues Festival

Approved by the families of Mable Hillery and Johnny Shines

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Lost Master + Blues Legend

“Thanks both to Shines’ sympathetic backing and Hillery’s expressive and dynamic vocals…these familiar songs consistently find new life.” – Living Blues

“This timeless LP is…an essential recording for any serious blues enthusiast.” – Blues Music Magazine

Only Mable Hillery's second full-length release, Hotter Than A Bulldog Spitting In A Polecat's Eye presents a glimpse of a lost master.

In 1975, brothers John and Jim Fishel organized the fourth annual Miami Blues Festival at the University of Miami in Florida. When blues legend Johnny Shines suggested an obscure traditional blues singer named Mable Hillery, the brothers booked her on the strength of his recommendation. In a special one-off collaboration, the pair dazzled the Miami audience with a set that harkened back to the classic blues of Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, and Memphis Minnie.


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Detailed liner notes recounting Shines and Hillery's friendship, political activism, and performance at the 1975 Miami Blues Festival

Revised biographies of Mable Hillery and Johnny Shines

Recollections from Bill Farrow, who accompanied Mable Hillery on a 1967 UK Tour, five television appearances, and the recording of her first and only full-length studio LP

Recollections from Davey Williams, who studied guitar with Johnny Shines and played with his group The Stars of Alabama in the early 1970s

Rare photos and collected ephemera


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