Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Just between you and me

The late, incomparably great Charley Pride singing one of his first big hits live in Ft. Worth, Texas. If you want to hear the next song he and steel player Lloyd Green are cookin’ up you’ll just have to buy the album. They’re all good!

Charley Pride • Just Between You and Me [live] • 1969

Get it: In Person

LP cover: Discogs

Friday, January 01, 2021

To the end

Happy 2021, everybody! We three kings of Orien Tar will have been broadcasting Blues All Kinds for 10 years come this July. It’s way past time to hang it up and enjoy some easy listening, or listening easy, without feeling the need to further inflict our musical tastes or lack thereof on an ever diminishing listenership. So, we’ve decided to post maybe a couple of songs a month till around mid-July and then say, “Adiós.” It’s mostly been a lot of fun, we gained a friend or two, though much of the music we dredged up was really just exercises in memory jogging, much easier on the joints than real jogging. So . . . commencing with today’s song “believe [we’ll] run on and see what the end’s gonna be. . . .” No big statements between now and then, just the same-o stuff we like and have been posting all along, old, new, and in-between. 

The Sensational Nightingales • To the End • 1959

Friday, December 25, 2020

Yes! He’s sleeping . . . in heavenly peace

Peter Guralnick’s recommendation of this track in his 1986 book Sweet Soul Music captured my interest and I looked around from time to time for the 12" single but never came across it anywhere. Over the years I would give a half hearted try to find it, maybe see if it made it onto a CD or mp3 somewhere; then it was forgotten until a recent rereading of Sweet Soul Music got the case reopened and this time I found it. As Solomon sings, “Oh, glory hallelujah!” 

Recorded in midsummer in a little church in Macon, Georgia, this is what people in Hawai‘i might call “chicken skin music.” 

Solomon Burke • Silent Night • 1982

Label pic: Discogs

Monday, December 14, 2020

Boogie, boogie, children

Southern white kids pay homage to their blues heroes: Elmore James, Chuck Berry, and John Lee Hooker (and Frankie Lee Sims).

Rod Bernard • No Money Down • 1962

Margaret Lewis • Dust My Blues

John Fred & The Playboys • Boogie Children • 1964

Photo: Rod Bernard & The Twisters from Boppin’ by the Bayous - Drive-Ins & Baby Dolls

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I’m going away but not to stay

DPRB Folk Festival

The Bright Light Quartet, a group of menhaden fishermen from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, were one of many high spots from Alan Lomax’s 1959–1960 “Southern Journey” field recordings.

Bright Light Quartet • Sweet Roseanne • 1960

Saturday, October 24, 2020