Saturday, December 31, 2011

Water Coast Blues


Water Coast Blues – Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four – 1949



Photo: BBC.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas – Lightening Hopkins – 1951



Photo: Lightning Hopkins, 1967. Copyright © 2011 by Brad Barrett.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Downtown Blues


Downtown Blues (take 2) – Frank Stokes – 1928

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Only Love Me


Only Love Me – Timi Yuro – 1962



Photo: “Bill McCune and the Mellow Tones, with Timi Yuro, McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, circa 1972.” Bill McCune/Living Blues (November/December 1994)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh, she’s bald head!


She Ain’t Got No Hair
Professor Longhair & His Shuffling Hungarians – 1949

He gets so mad he stomps his hat


Little Willie – Berna-Dean – 1961

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Run Mountain


Run Mountain – J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers – 1963

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Baby, please


Baby Please Come Back – Lightnin’ Slim – 1964

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baby, It’s Cold Outside


Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Homer & Jethro with June Carter – 1949




Image: Homer and Jethro with June Carter, 1971. Courtesy morethings.com.

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Prodigal Son


The Prodigal Son – Rev. Robert Wilkins – 1964

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Honky Tonk


Honky Tonk – The Ventures – 1960



Album cover courtesy Little Jimbo

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Current events—WWII edition


Pearl Harbor—Parts 1 & 2
The Soul-Stirrers with Willie Eason – c.1948



Photo: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Photo # NH 50930. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Monday, December 05, 2011

’Board! . . . First train goin’ south


Orange Blossom Special – Rouse Brothers – 1939




Image: Thomas Hart Benton, The Sources of Country Music, 1975

Blue Monk


Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk – 1954

Sunday, December 04, 2011

YOU CAN THUMB A RIDE WITH ME


Black Ace • Hitchhiking Woman • 1960


Get it: I’m The Boss Card In Your Hand

Look in your eyes pretty mama


Look In Your Eyes Pretty Mama – Smokey Hogg – 1950



LP cover scan by El Enmascarado, courtesy of Be Bop Wino.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

ALL I GOTTA DO IS ACT NATURALLY

1965. Summer’s just about over. 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 my 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, started to really like it. I mean, it was the Beatles. 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 though the Beatles’ version is still a favorite, there’s really no comparison. Conversion complete.


The Beatles • Act Naturally • 1965


Buck Owens • Act Naturally • 1963

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ballad of a Teenage Queen


Ballad Of A Teenage Queen – Cowboy Jack Clement
with Johnny Cash – 2004

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Current events


Causes – The Broadside Singers – 1964
(lead vocal: Pat Sky)




Collective personnel for this October 1964 session: Phil Ochs, Pat Sky, Len Chandler, Tom Paxton, David Blue, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter La Farge, Pete Seeger, Eric Andersen.

Struggle Blues


Struggle Blues – Woody Guthrie – c.1940s

Friday, November 25, 2011

An American Trilogy


An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury – 1971

If it’s not asking too much. . . .


Please Send Me Someone To Love – Esther Phillips – 1970

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving. . . .


I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop – Jim Jackson – 1928




Illustration from Li’l Abner by Al Capp, 12-22-1960

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Te quiero mucho


Te Quiero Mucho – Mexican Institute of Sound – 2009

You have one new message


Poemfone Message: 
11:28 PM 17 Syllables From East 12th Street
Allen Ginsberg – 1995

Think!





“You’ve Got The Power” – duet with Bea Ford

Monday, November 21, 2011

Haul me up


Haul Me Up – Richard Thompson – 2010

Un point bleu


Un point bleu – Anouar Brahem – 2002

In my mind


In My Mind – Texas Tornados – 1996
(Freddy Fender, vocal)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Make Up Your Mind


Make Up Your Mind – Anna King – 1964

MORE STAPLES? CERTAINLY!

This seems to be Staples week around some of the music blogs I follow. Cussin’ and Carryin’ On has an interesting piece tracing the evolution of the Staple Singers from being primarily straight gospel singers to having a more all encompassing vision of the power of their music to effect change after Pop Staples heard Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. Then over at The Singing Bones, Ana B discusses the Staples’ first two Vee-Jay LPs, and offers a listen to their 1959 single “So Soon,” with a lead by Mavis Staples, “. . . whose voice qualifies as a force of nature. . . .”

I’ve also posted a few Staple Singers tunes here this past week (and previously), and today I’d like to add a couple more early favorites, the B-sides to their first two Vee-Jay singles. The first is probably my favorite Mavis lead, 1955’s “God’s Wonderful Love”—I haven’t any words to describe how powerful and moving her singing is on this stark side. Next up is the Roebuck-led “I Know I Got Religion,” with his high vocal and shimmering guitar anchored by the responsive “certainly, Lord”s of Mavis, Cleo, and Pervis. 


The Staple Singers • God’s Wonderful Love • 1955

The Staple Singers • I Know I Got Religion • 1956


Sunday School


Let Your Light Shine On Me
Mud Boy And The Neutrons – 2001

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CURRENT EVENTS


The Staple Singers • For What It’s Worth • 1967


RELEASE ME


Buck Owens • Release Me • 1963

click on song title to play


Jay McDonald, pedal steel guitar; Buck Owens, guitar; Don Rich, fiddle; Jelly Sanders, guitar; Kenny Pierce, electric bass; Ken Presley, drums. Recorded in Hollywood, California, 14 Feb 1963.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mona désire


Mona désire – Les Primitifs du Futur – 1993

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Slim’s gimmick


The Gimmick – Memphis Slim – 1965

Why did you stumble and why did you fall
on the journey

Featuring the unbelievably, stupendously [add more adjectives here] sensational Rev. Julius Cheeks on lead vocals . . . not to mention the soaring harmonies of the ’Gales and Carl Coates’ basso buh-bm-buh-bm-buh-bm-bms.


A Closer Walk With Thee – The Sensational Nightingales – 1958

Sunday School


Old Rugged Cross
Phil Alvin & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – 1994

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cliston Blues


Cliston Blues – Cliston Chanier “King of the South” – 1954

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I got rhythm


I Got Rhythm – Larry Adler – 1938



Larry Adler, chromatic harmonica; Django Reinhardt, guitar; Joseph Reinhardt, guitar; Eugene Vees, guitar; Stephane Grappelly, piano; Roger Grasset, bass. Recorded in Paris, May 31, 1938.

“Is he poppin’?”
“Yeah, man!”


Old Taylor – Memphis Slim – 1941

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Old Man Walking Blues

Here’s a strange one, issued in the late ’60s, and primarily a vehicle for tunes by John Fahey and Robbie Basho; it also contained this spacey oddity by Bukka White. Heard in certain, er, states, it tended to elicit silly grins from yours truly its listeners. . . .


Old Man Walking Blues – Bukka White – 1964

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Lawrence Walker

Lawrence Walker is another of the Cajun accordion greats, a great player and a soulful singer, with a sense of sadness that permeates even his uptempo songs. He had a band with his brother Elton that recorded several sessions during the Depression, but seems to have hit his stride as a bandleader in the Fifties and Sixties with many great sides recorded for Khoury, La Louisianne, and Swallow. All the songs in the playlist below are originally from singles made for La Louisianne around 1961 and later reissued on the LP pictured. They feature Walker’s beautiful singing and playing, a fine band, and Dick Richard’s standout steel playing.



All but one of the songs here are available on The Essential Collection of Lawrence Walker (Swallow SW6221, 2010), along with the best of his Swallow and Khoury recordings.
For more information on Lawrence Walker, see Ann Savoy’s book Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People, 
Volume 1, Bluebird Press, Inc., 1984.