Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Ray Harris •  Lonely Wolf • 1957

Ray Harris, vocal/guitar; Wayne Cogswell, guitar; Red Hensley, guitar/vocal; bass; Joe Reisenberg, drums. Memphis, 
7 April 1957

Pictured: Laika the doggie cosmonaut, from a Russian matchbook cover via Dogster. For more on Laika, see her 
Wikipedia entry.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Monday, February 08, 2016


Lucinda Williams • Down The Big Road Blues • 1998

Get it: Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.

Sunday, February 07, 2016


An Alternate 100*
I Still Miss Someone • Johnny Cash • 1959

*“If we determined we had nothing much worthwhile to add to the conversation about a single, then that record didn’t make the cut, no matter how good it was. . . . [T]hose singles were were bumped down to “Once More with Feeling: An Alternate 100.” That supplemental list gathers, for the curious, our runners up, but, just as importantly, it presents an alternate, compressed version of the arguments made throughout the book.” —David Cantwell, Bill Friskics-Warren, “How to Use the Book” in Heartaches by the Number

Get it: The Fabulous Johnny Cash

Image: American Routes

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO—The Early Fifties

We started our 1950s set with one of the wildest records to come out of the early postwar period in Chicago: the Leroy Foster trio’s completely feral Parkway recording of the traditional “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” with moaned vocals, Little Walter blowing hard on harp, and Muddy Waters’ slashing slide guitar. As Muddy was contracted to Aristocrat at the time, he got in trouble with the Chess brothers and had to rerecord his own two-part version of “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” the following month for them. Here is Part 1 followed by the autobiographical “They Call Me Muddy Waters” recorded in late 1951 but not issued until 1970.

Muddy Waters • Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1 • 1950

Muddy Waters • They Call Me Muddy Waters • 1951

“Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Part 1”: Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Ernest “Big” Crawford, bass; poss. Elgin Evans, drums. Chicago, February 1950

“They Call Me Muddy Waters”: Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Little Walter, harmonica; Jimmy Rogers, guitar; Elgin Evans, drums. Chicago, 29 December 1951

Find ’em both: Rollin’ Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Jack Dupree • Sharp Harp • 1955

Champion Jack Dupree, piano; George Smith, harmonica; Barney Richmond, bass; Alfred Dreares, drums. Cincinnati, 
8 November 1955

Get it: Walkin’ the Blues: The Very Best of Champion Jack Dupree

Image: Li’l Abner by Al Capp