Friday, September 22, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Those listeners who have called us “chicken stuff” or worse for presenting what some would deem leftovers or substandard minor pop hits have possibly missed the point entirely. Many of these songs have been waiting in the wings, patiently, for decades to at last have the chance to present themselves to a sophisticated audience of music aficionados, listeners who will validate, after many long years of flying under the radar of Top 40 radio programmers, their significant and undying contribution to what can only be described as high art, indeed the highest of art, that of the phonograph record, melodies pressed into wax or vinyl or those little mathematical bits as is the current fashion. We can only entreat our faithful listeners to open their ears and experience what are at once timely and eternal offerings to that great universal omnichordal pool of musical understanding without which we would all be so much poorer in spirit. —Melvyn Cowznofski


Hop Wilson • Chicken Stuff [alternate take] • 1958

Get it: Steel Guitar Flash! . . . Plus

Hop Wilson photo from booklet to above CD.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Loretta Lynn, heard here at 84, robust and coming full circle on the Carters’ “I Never Will Marry.”


Loretta Lynn • I Never Will Marry • 2016

Get it: Full Circle

Monday, September 18, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

First time I heard Wright Holmes he scared me a little bit. I didn’t know what to make of the intense craziness of “Alley Special” reissued on a Blues Classics LP many years ago. Decades after that, I heard his other two issued performances and was pretty well convinced we had a real Texas mad-
man on our hands here. I believe I read somewhere that he later gave up blues for the church . . . hope that helped!


Wright Holmes • Alley Special • 1947

Sunday, September 17, 2017

OUR PRAYER


Albert Ayler • Our Prayer • 1967

Get it: In Greenwich Village

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Last week we featured Maxine Brown with her brother Jim Edward and sister Bonnie. This week we have a completely different Maxine Brown singing, perhaps appropriately, “maybe it’s all in my mind . . . ”


Maxine Brown • All in My Mind • 1961