Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Your antifreeze won’t hold out there

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

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

I’ll never forget that day

I’m Sitting Here – Eddie Taylor – 1964

Dream team: Eddie Taylor, vocal, guitar; Jimmy Reed, harmonica; Johnny Jones, piano; Hubert Sumlin, guitar, Al Duncan, drums. Chicago, 1964.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Nat King Cole • Aquellos Ojos Verdes • 1959

Get it: A Mis Amigos

Image: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Once upon a lifetime ago, like many, I discovered lots of great blues and R&B via the Rolling Stones. “Down Home Girl” was one of my favorites, mid-sixties. However you feel about the Stones, you’ve got to admit they had great taste in covers in their pre-writing days. I never even heard of Alvin Robinson till about 15 years after The Rolling Stones Now first hit my turntable. Sometime after that, I was reading the liner notes to a Coasters anthology and the writer made much of his assumption that the Rolling Stones, in their attempt to be heavy bluesmen, missed the humor in the song as evidenced by the Coasters’ version. Well, it’s definitely a funny song as befits a Leiber & Stoller production but I guess that writer had never heard their Alvin Robinson original either!

Alvin Robinson • Down Home Girl • 1964

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The heartaches linger on

Take These Chains from My Heart – Ray Price – 1966

Thanks to WFMU Rock & Soul Ichiban’s “Ray Price Month” earlier this year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Why don’t you write to me

Why Don’t You Write to Me
L. C. Good Rocking Robinson Band – 1954

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This will be my new number

Sometime around 1980 I dubbed a bunch of tracks from various gospel 45s and LPs onto 3 cheapo cassettes from a broken down record player hooked up to who knows what kind of cassette deck, probably one with auto levels. A lot of the dubs sound pretty rough but one that survived the process in relatively good shape is the opening track from the Dixie Hummingbirds’ 1967 album The Gentlemen of Song. Since James Walker is the lead on this one, you know it’s gonna be in waltz time, and for late Hummingbirds, it’s a nice strong performance with Walker moving smoothly from croon to falsetto to roar as he explains the mathematics behind his future address.

My New Home – Dixie Hummingbirds – 1967

Album cover: Just Moving On

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Take Five

Take Five – Chet Atkins – 1973

Dave Brubeck, 1920–2012

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Hop Wilson • Rockin’ with Hop • 1958

Hop Wilson, steel guitar; Ice Water, bass; Ivory Lee Semien, drums. Lake Charles, early 1958

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Soon or later, soon or later
that’s a debt that must be paid

A tasty guitar solo by Howard Carroll, punctuated by the oohs and aahs of Tucker and the ’Birds.

Bedside of a Neighbor – Dixie Hummingbirds – 1962

Saturday, December 01, 2012