Wednesday, January 17, 2018


“LeAnn Rimes, a mere thirteen when ‘Blue’ was released . . . began her career self-consciously out of date. ‘Blue’ is the very definition of what gets called traditional: a pedal-steel-driven Texas shuffle combined with a vocal performance that sighs like Patsy Cline (Bill Mack wrote the song specifically for Patsy, though she never recorded it) and yodels like Eddy Arnold. This was on the radio in 1996?”—David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number

LeAnn Rimes •  Blue • 1996

Get it: Blue

Monday, January 15, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018


Wynn Stewart vocals + Ralph Mooney steel guitar = Nth Degree Bakersfield perfection. . . .

Wynn Stewart • Judy • 1962

Sunday, January 07, 2018


When John Lee Hooker first came to town, people, he was walkin’ down Parkway. Everybody was talkin’ about Club DeLisa, so he decided he’d drop in there. . . . This is a Chicago blues oddity: recorded in Detroit by Bernie Besman and sold to Chess. The originally issued 78, overdubbed with sped-up guitar and dual JLH vocals, name-checked South Parkway and the Club DeLisa. On this unissued, unadorned, take Johnny references the DeLisa and places it on Beale Street in Memphis. When the track first saw the light of day on LP in the 80s, it was on a comp called Wizards from the Southside and showed John Lee Hooker along with the usual Chicago suspects on the cover. You don’t have to know any of the above to enjoy this 1952 update to his big hit. “Jump, chillen!”

John Lee Hooker • Walkin’ The Boogie • 1952
(unissued alternate version)

LP cover: Discogs

Friday, January 05, 2018


Roll over Elvis Presley and tell Wynonie the news. . . .

Link Wray • Good Rockin’ Tonight • 1965

Image: YouTube