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