Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson, 1923–2012

Blueridge Mountain Blues – Doc Watson – 1964
with Merle Watson, Gaither Carlton & Arnold Watson

Photo: Doc and Merle Watson, Ash Grove, September 1968. Photo © 2012 by Brad Barrett

Friday, May 25, 2012

Say man . . .

back again! Really. But now us Melvins are going to take a few days off. Enjoy our favorite Bo Diddley tune and see you soon. . . .

Say Man, Back Again – Bo Diddley – 1959

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Because it’s love

Because It’s Love – “Big Mama” Thornton – 1967

Big Mama Thornton image via.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Fred McDowell • You Got To Move • 1965

Fred McDowell, vocal/guitar. Berkeley, California, 5 July 1965

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Sonny Boy Williamson • Mighty Long Time • 1951

Sonny Boy did a “sort of” remake of this tune about three years later, also for Trumpet who leased it to Ace. You can hear that version here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

What is a jomo, anyhow?

Jim Tampa Blues – Lucille Bogan – 1927

Lucille Bogan, vocal; Papa Charlie Jackson, banjo. Recorded in Chicago, c.June 1927.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Black Ace • Farther Along • 1960

Find it: 15 Down Home Gospel Classics

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Oh Lord, don’t let them drop
that atomic bomb on me

Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
Charles Mingus – 1962

Album cover from Cover Jazz.

Friday, May 11, 2012

One kind favor I ask of you

Here’s a nice reinterpretation of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s signature tune by his one-time protégé, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins.

One Kind Favor – “Lightning” Hopkins – 1952

Lightnin’ Hopkins image via.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I’m goin’ away, but not to stay

The Melvins at BB’s Magic Jukebox are going to take a couple weeks off from all their musical mayhem and split personality hi-jinks. This will be the last post, most likely, until early June, though a few more may appear in the next few days. The various Melvins hope you will sit tight, visit some of their other favorites like The Singing Bones, Be Bop Wino, The Hound, well, actually all the various blogs listed off to the right, and be ready for some more soup to nuts selections next month. Until then. . . .

Sweet Roseanne – Bright Light Quartet – 1960

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The old drunkard and his wife

Le Vieux Soulard Et Sa Femme (The Old Drunkard And His Wife)
Clemo Breaux & Joseph F. Falcon – 1928

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

It’s not long . . . Owww!!

Art Rupe likes ’em short. . . .

Ooh! My Soul (Take 8) – Little Richard – 1957

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Blues won’t let me take my rest

Blues All Day Long – Jimmie Rogers & His Rocking Four – 1954

Photo: (left to right) Muddy Waters, unidentified, Otis Spann, Henry Strong, Elgin Evans, Jimmy Rogers, c.1954.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Don’t drive me away

Don’t Drive Me Away – R. C. Smith – 1961

Note Sam Cooke’s 1963 version here.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Chicago Blues – The Fifties – part 2

Here we are back again with a second* installment of fifties Chicago blues. Featuring seven tunes from the early- to mid-fifties, we start out with Johnny Shines’ fabulous slide driven cover of Robert Johnson’s “Walking Blues,” retitled “Ramblin’” followed by Little Walter’s second Checker single, the atmospheric “Mean Old World,” with a rhythm section made up of the Myers brothers, Louis and Dave, and Fred Below. Little Walter is followed by the full sound of Big Walter Horton’s “Hard Hearted Woman,” featuring a couple of tenor saxes in addition to Walter’s amplified harp. Jimmy Reed’s first record, from 1953, “High And Lonesome” has John Brim on guitar and possibly Albert King on drums. Little Walter makes another appearance playing harmonica on John Brim’s “Rattlesnake.” J. B. Hutto and His Hawks come crashing in with a primitive, Elmore James-derived “Dim Lights,” and we round out this playlist with eighteen year old Junior Wells and his classic “Hoodoo Man,” misspelled on the original label as “Hodo Man.”

Note: the links are dead on this post. Some of these tunes can now be found on a more recent series of posts: “Blues in Chicago—The Early Fifties.”

Photo: Union stockyards, Chicago, Illinois. July 1941. John Vachon/FSA/Library of Congress.

*Part 1 is here.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012