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

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


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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Make Up Your Mind

Make Up Your Mind – Anna King – 1964


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


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


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

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

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.

Monday, November 07, 2011

You’re Gonna Need My Help I Said

A lot of us aspiring blues aficionados first heard this song on the 1967 Chess LP
More Real Folk Blues, but it originally came out in 1950 on a Chess 78 with the grammatically creative title listed below. A fine, stripped down performance by Muddy and his slide, accompanied only by Little Walter on harmonica and Big Crawford on bass fiddle. Enough “said.”

Your Gonna Need My Help “I Said” – Muddy Waters – 1950

Another bad dream

Sinner’s Dream – The Sly Fox – 1954

Eugene : Eugene Fox
Baby : Annie Mae Wilson
Mr Death/Doctor/Mr Devil : Dennis Binder

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Mister Softee sez

Don’t Be Funny, Baby! (unedited version)
Doug Quattlebaum – 1953

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Johnny’s Dream

Johnny’s Dream – Johnny O’Neal – 1953

Johnny : Johnny O’Neal
Mary : Bonnie Turner
Doctor/Death/Devil : Ike Turner ?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Bound Steel Blues

One of the rarest of the rare . . . and a really fine record regardless.

Bound Steel Blues – Bill Shepherd – 1932

Photo: (left to right) Bill and Hayes Shepherd. Photos from The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, Yazoo 2202, 2006.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Moanin’ for my baby

Moaning For My Baby (takes 1–4) – Howlin’ Wolf – 1958

Photo: Howlin’ Wolf, 1968. Photo by Brad Barrett, copyright © 2011.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011