Saturday, September 21, 2019

I saw the light come shining, I saw the light come down

In the Spirit redux


Bascom Lamar Lunsford • Dry Bones • 1928
“The Minstrel of the Appalachians”



LP cover: Discogs

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ehh . . . ha ha!

Here is a joyous drunken accordion-driven take on “Jolie Blonde,” the Cajun “national anthem.”


Nathan Abshire • Jolie, Petite Juliette • 1950


Get it: French Blues

Photo of Nathan Abshire courtesy of Lyle Ferbrache and Louisiana Music

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday, September 07, 2019

I am in the heavenly way

In the Spirit redux

Bukka White, in sanctified guise, at his first recording session.


Washington White • I Am In The Heavenly Way • 1930


Monday, September 02, 2019

Happy Labor Day

And now for something completely different. . . .


The Judds • Working In the Coal Mine • 1985


Get it: Rockin’ With The Rhythm

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, August 25, 2019

I’m back on the road to the City

From the Soul Stirrers’ second commercial recording session, “I’ll Never Turn Back” set the groundbreaking and influential stylistic pattern lead singer R. H. Harris would pursue through his tenure with the Soul Stirrers and beyond. A “soul stirring” performance, if we do say so. . . .


Five Soul Stirrers • I’ll Never Turn Back • 1943

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bye bye love, bye bye happiness

You spend decades hearing a record and it cuts grooves in the old grey matter, then along comes an alternate take and it can really mess with your neurons. . . . Here’s take one.


The Everly Brothers • Bye, Bye Love (Take 1) • 1957