Thursday, September 03, 2015

SMYRNAIC BLACK HORSE BLUES


Iris DeMent • He Reached Down • 2004



Get it: Lifeline 

Image: Japanese women walk through ruins of Hiroshima, August 1945

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

D.P.R.B.—1960 EDITION


Johnny Duhon & The Yello-Jakets • So What • 1960


Get it: Teen Beat 

Photo: Nikita Khrushchev, Roswell Garst, Guthrie County, Iowa, September 1959. Photo source: Bolshevik Mean Girls

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

URBAN & RURAL


Louvin Brothers (Ira & Charles) • The “Get Acquainted Waltz” • 1952


Charlie Louvin, vocal/guitar; Ira Louvin, vocal/mandolin; Chet Atkins, electric guitar; Eddie Hill, guitar; Lightnin’ Chance, bass; Tommy Jackson, fiddle. Nashville, 20 February 1951

Monday, August 31, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt. 5


Big Mama Thornton • My Heavy Load • 1965


Big Mama Thornton, vocal; Fred McDowell, guitar. London, 20 October 1965

Get it: Big Mama Thornton in Europe.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“Merle Haggard is such a commanding, penetrating songwriter, and his voice seems so entwined with the melody and rhythm of his best compositions, that it’s sometimes easy to forget he’s also a great singer. Haggard didn’t write “Sing a Sad Song,” but his first hit reveals just how affecting a vocalist he was from the start. . . .” —David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number


252.  Sing a Sad Song • Merle Haggard • 1963


Merle Haggard, vocal/guitar; Roy Nichols, guitar; Denver Moles, guitar; Wynn Stewart, guitar; Ralph Mooney, steel guitar; poss. Bobby Austin, bass; poss. Helen “Peaches” Price, drums. poss. George French Jr., piano; other details unknown. Hollywood, California, 1963

Get it: Country & Western Hit Parade 1964

Image: Merle Haggard, KUZZ radio picnic, Bakersfield, c. mid-1960s. (Left to right: Jerry Ward, Bonnie Owens, Merle Haggard, Don Rich.) Sonny Langley/That Bakersfield Sound

This week on Blues All Kinds . . . Big Mama Thornton with Fred McDowell, The Louvin Brothers, Johnny Duhon & the Yello-Jakets, Iris DeMent, Big Bill Broonzy, Lucille Bogan, and . . . Ray Charles.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

BLUES IN CHICAGO—The Thirties

There’s really no unifying theme to this new series, except that most of the records we’ll be playing were recorded in and around Chicago, by artists often associated with Chicago, in the 1930s. As simple or as complicated as that. . . .



Tampa Red • I’ll Kill Your Soul


Tampa Red, vocal/guitar/kazoo; Black Bob, piano. Chicago, 22 March 1934