Wednesday, June 03, 2020

I’m gonna get up in the morning,
I believe I’ll dust my broom

Country Blues Classics

When I first started getting interested in blues music in the mid sixties, a friend played me an Elmore James track off the pictured LP and that sure shook my nerves and rattled my brain. It was Elmore’s first recording, made in Jackson, Mississippi with Sonny Boy Williamson on harmonica. What a find! I subsequently went out and bought said album (and later, Elmore’s Kent LP Original Folk Blues) and discovered a whole new world of country blues from the 20s on up into the 50s. Georgia singers like Curley Weaver and Willie Baker, Texas piano train songs like “Flying Crow Blues,” the sublime Frank Stokes from Memphis, Tennessee, as well as a crazy white man called Munroe “Moe” Jackson about whom more later. For today, let’s just settle in and dig Elmore James’ original version of “Dust My Broom” recorded on a hot August day in 1951 at the tail end of a Sonny Boy Williamson session. We’ll pick up some more “Country Blues Classics” as the week rolls on. . . .

 Elmo James • Dust My Broom • 1951

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Oh, it’s crying time again

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

Ray Charles • Crying Time • 1965

Record label: Discogs

Up next: Country Blues Classics

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

WOWW! I feel good

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

James Brown & The Famous Flames • I Got You (I Feel Good) • 1965

Label: Wikipedia

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Just a table standing empty by the edge of the sea

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

In the fall of 1965 Joan Baez released Farewell, Angelina, her first album utilizing the currently popular “folk rock” sound, i.e., light amplified accompaniment a la Bringing It All Back Home or The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man. The album featured two new Dylan songs along with a mix of traditional tunes; songs by Woody Guthrie, Donovan and Pete Seeger; as well as two older Dylan compositions. The title track was a previously unheard Bob Dylan song with mysterious apocalyptic lyrics beautifully sung by Baez as a sad, resigned benediction.

Joan Baez • Farewell, Angelina • 1965

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

He sits in your room . . .

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

In September 1965 the followup single to “Like a Rolling Stone” took to the airwaves. In southern California the song announced as “Positively 4th Street” was a mistakenly pressed early version of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.” It aired for a couple of weeks and then without fanfare a “new” version of “Positively 4th Street” quietly took its place. It sounded much like other songs recorded during the Highway 61 Revisited sessions, with prominent Al Kooper organ, and perhaps not many listeners noticed the switch. (The mistakenly released version is posted below.)

Bob Dylan • “Positively 4th Street” • 1965 

Get it: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Everywhere people stare

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

The Silkie • You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away • 1965

Record label: Discogs

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

They’re gonna put me in the movies

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1965

This story’s been told here before. Here it is again. . . . 1965. I’m driving around in my little 1960 blue Falcon, “radio tuned to rock’n’roll.” This country song keeps coming on and I immediately switch stations. What are they doing playing this kind of stuff on a pop station? One day I tune in just as the song ends and the DJ says, “That was ‘Act Naturally’ by The Beatles.” Whaaat?!? Well, after that, I started listening to it and, eating my prejudice for lunch, began to really like it. I mean, it was the Beatles, y’know? Sometime later, one of my friends played me a song he was learning on his guitar, “Buckaroo,” by some guy called Buck Owens. That was pretty fine too. Little by little. . . . Well, at some point along the way I heard Buck Owens’ original of “Act Naturally,” and became a big fan, though the Beatles’ version is still a frozen-in-time favorite. And how do you get Ringo to sound good? Have him sing country!

The Beatles • Act Naturally • 1965

For Buck’s original, click here.