Friday, May 22, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC. #11


Falcon Trio • Raise Your Window • 1936


Cleoma Breaux Falcon, vocal/guitar; Moise Morgan, fiddle; Joseph F. Falcon, accordion. New Orleans, 
20 February 1936

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, May 21, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE #14


Steve Earle • Telephone Road • 1997


Steve Earle, vocals/acoustic guitar; The Fairfield Four (Issac Freeman, Robert Hamlett, James Hill, Joseph Rice, Wilson Waters, Jr.), vocals; David Steele, electric guitar; Mark Stuart, acoustic guitar; Micheal Smotherman, organ; Kelly Looney, bass; Brady Blade, drums/rub board/tambourine; Jim “Here Comes Jim Bob” Hoke, baritone sax; Cheri Knight, Elisa Sanders, Kathleen Cotter, hand claps. Nashville, c. 1997

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2


16: The Nite Owls • Married Man Blues • 1937


Helen Hunt, vocal; Bob Symons, electric steel guitar/electric guitar; Luke Owens, guitar; Jack True, string bass. 
San Antonio, 2 November 1937

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CANCIÓN MIXTECA No 11


Clyde McPhatter • I Can’t Stand Up Alone • 1958


Photo: Mr Barbecue backyard, Lombard, Illinois. 1989. Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Reproduced here by permission of copyright holder.

Monday, May 18, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt. 4


No. 4: Fred McDowell & His Blues Boys • My Baby • 1969


Fred McDowell, vocal/guitar; Mike Russo, guitar; John Kahn, bass; Bob Jones, drums. Berkeley, August 1969

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MI UNICO CAMINO No 13


Derek Bell • Sliabh Geal gCua • 1982


Photo: from Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux

Back to more familiar territory tomorrow and the rest of this week: Fred McDowell, Clyde McPhatter, Steve Earle, Cleoma Falcon, Cal Tjader, and Helen Hunt with the Nite Owls. Not a one worth missin’.




Saturday, May 16, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


No. 8: The Modern Jazz Quartet
with Laurindo Almeida • Silver • 1964


John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibraharp; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums; Laurindo Almeida, guitar. 
New York City, 21 July 1964 

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.