Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016


Today we feature a previously unheard take of “Evalena” with a typically fine Tampa vocal (but no stinging slide), a barking amplified harmonica break by Big Walter Horton, and fabulous rollicking piano by the great Little Johnny Jones. Couldn’t be better.

Tampa Red • Evalena [take A] • 1953

Tampa Red, vocal/guitar; Little Johnny Jones, piano; Walter Horton, harmonica; Willie Lacey, guitar; Ransom Knowling, bass; Odie Payne, drums. Chicago, 4 December 1953

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Here is Joseph Falcon, the first Cajun musician to record (“Lafayette,” in 1928), at the age of sixty-three, rocking his accordion live with his Silver Bell String Band. That’s his second wife Thérèse slammin’ the skins.

Joseph Falcon • Creole Stomp • 1963

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


James Brown & The Famous Flames

Get it: The Singles Volume Two: 1960–1963

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, April 24, 2016


“The western half of country-and-western has a long and intimate relationship with pop music, particularly the pop music of Hollywood movies. . . . ‘(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance’ [was] a song written for, but not included in, what was destined to become one of the greatest big-screen westerns, director John Ford’s film of the same name. . . .” 
—David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number

134.  (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance • Gene Pitney • 1962

Get it: Burt Bacharach & Friends – Gold

Label pic: 45cat