Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Special End-of-Year Mid-60s Folk Blues edition. Thanks, everybody (all three of you!), for visiting this year; “it’s been a ball playing records for y’all.” Come back next year (i.e., tomorrow) for more. . . .

Fred McDowell • Frisco Lines • 1965

Mississippi John Hurt • Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight • 1966

Reverend Gary Davis • Time Is Drawing Near • 1961

Mance Lipscomb • Spanish Flang Dang • 1964


Get ’em: You Gotta Move; The Complete Studio Recordings; Say No to the Devil; You Got to Reap What You Sow

Monday, December 30, 2013

ODDS & ENDS


A Small Little Town – Floyd Tillman – 1952

Sunday, December 29, 2013

IF I HAD ANY SENSE I’D GO BACK HOME


If I Had Any Sense I’d Go Back Home
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – 1954

Saturday, December 28, 2013

TELL ME WHO . . . GONNA BE YOUR SWEET MAN

Here’s a rollicking little number from Leroy Dallas with Brownie McGhee on lead guitar and Big Chief Ellis on piano. . . .


Leroy Dallas • Your Sweet Man’s Blues • 1949



Friday, December 27, 2013

MISSI’PPI TAPE 6


Elvis Fan At The Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, 
Tupelo, Mississippi • 1956

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

THE LOVING BELLS SHALL RING OUT . . . RING OUT


Johnny Adams • The Bells of St. Mary • 1975

I’M OFFERING THIS SIMPLE PHRASE


James Brown & The Famous Flames • 1966
The Christmas Song (Version 1) – The Christmas Song (Version 2)



CHICKEN CROWS AT MIDNIGHT
ON A CHRISTMAS DAY


Leadbelly • On A Christmas Day • 1944



10" UK LP cover: Stefan Wirz/WeenieCampbell.com.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Once, many years ago, I’d be playing “Whoa Back, Buck” in my room and my mom would come rushing in and demand to know, “What did he just sing?” And I’d reply, “Um, Cunningham.” ’Cause, really, Leadbelly did have another version where the “expletive” he used was “Cunningham,” due no doubt to the producer’s mom rushing into the studio and demanding to know, “What did he just sing?!” To make things even more blasphemous, the Golden Gate Quartet gospel group backs ole Lead on the version heard here. 

Less controversially, “The Eagle Rocks,” featuring Leadbelly on piano and scatting vocals was recorded four years later out on the west coast; he also made an instrumental version at the same session called “Eagle Rock Rag.”

Up next, from the “Eagle Rocks” session, Leadbelly’s Christmas. . . .



Leadbelly • The Eagle Rocks • 1944

Leadbelly • Whoa Back, Buck • 1940


Find ’em: Huddie Ledbetter’s Best; Take This Hammer

Monday, December 23, 2013

ODDS & ENDS


Charlie Feathers • Two To Choose • 1974


Charlie Feathers, vocal/guitar; Wanda Feathers, vocal; Bubba Feathers, lead guitar; Jumpin Jeff Todd, electric bass; Thumper Muth, drums. Recorded in Memphis, 20–21 November 1973.

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, December 22, 2013

THIS FALSE FRONT I’M WEARING
IS JUST TO COVER MY BLUES

Before Roger Miller began to hit it big in 1964 with “Dang Me,” he struggled for several years as a sideman, writing songs for other singers, doing soundalike covers, and the like. Here he is with a very nice version of “Playboy” (a song first recorded by Wynn Stewart), issued as a single on Starday.



Roger Miller • Playboy • 1960




Saturday, December 21, 2013

ANITA’S BLUES


Anita O’Day • Anita’s Blues • 1954

NUAGES


Paul Desmond • Nuages • 1975



Thanks to RM

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE WEDDING OF HILLBILLY LILLI MARLENE


Homer & Jethro with June Carter
The Wedding of Hillbilly Lilli Marlene • 1949



June Carter photo: The June Carter Musical

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TWO FROM MACEO


Big Maceo • County Jail Blues • 1941


Big Maceo • Worried Life Blues • 1941


Big Maceo Merriweather, vocal/piano; Tampa Red, guitar. Recorded in Chicago, 24 June 1941.

French RCA LP cover: American Music

Monday, December 16, 2013

RAY PRICE, 1926–2013


Ray Price • Soft Rain (alt tk) • 1961



Photo: Tom Colburn/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press/NYT

ODDS & ENDS


L. C. Green • Remember Way Back • 1952

TRIBUTE TO ELMORE JAMES

Not all that much to do with Elmore James but pretty dang fine anyway. . . .


Roy Buchanan • Tribute To Elmore James • 1974

Saturday, December 14, 2013

DON’T SEE WHY YOU CAN’T STAY A LITTLE LONGER


Willie Nelson • (Stay All Night) Stay A Little Longer • 1976

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

THERE’S AN OLD WATER MILL
BY A WATERFALL


Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys
Old Waterfall • 1938



Musicians on session: Curly Williams, vocal/guitar or bass; Emil “Bash” Hofner, steel guitar; George Timberlake, piano; Bob Belmard, fiddle; Leon Seago, fiddle; Cal Callison, accordion; Joe Malloy, guitar; Jimmie Revard, guitar or bass. Recorded in San Antonio, 4 April 1938.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Buck Owens & His Buckaroos • Buckaroo • 1965


Get it: The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens and His Buckaroos


LP cover: Jim’s Record Barn/flickr

PRETTIEST TOWN THAT I EVER SEEN

Here’s the Buckaroos’ cover of George Hamilton IV’s 1963 hit, sung by Buck’s bassist, Doyle Holly. Yearning pedal steel courtesy of Tom Brumley.


Abilene – Buck Owens & His Buckaroos 
(vo: Doyle Holly) – 1964

Monday, December 09, 2013

ODDS & ENDS


How Much Is That Doggie In The Window – Freddy Fender – 1975

Sunday, December 08, 2013

SOMETIME I JUST CRY . . . I SIGH . . .
SOMETIME I EVEN MOAN


Little Richard • I Don't Know What You’ve Got But It’s Got Me
Parts I & II • 1965



THE DREAM TEAM—writer: Don Covay • singer: Little Richard • guitar: Jimi Hendrix

Friday, December 06, 2013

MISSI’PPI TAPE 3


Wade Walton • Barber Shop Rhythm • 1960




Wade Walton, razor stropping/speech; Robert Curtis Smith, guitar/speech. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 
24 July 1960.

JUST PICKIN’


Roy Harvey & Leonard Copeland • Just Pickin’ • 1929

Thursday, December 05, 2013

PICKIN’ THE GUITAR


Nick Lucas • Pickin’ The Guitar • 1932

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Allen Ginsberg • America • 1959


Get it: Howl and Other Poems

COME ON IN . . .



Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Oh, sit right down and let’s have some fun
My wife’s gone out on a all night run
Come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me

Oh mama, come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Oh, take this, take some of that
Take anything in the doggone flat now,
Come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me

Oh, do it!

Oh, come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
I’ll fry some meat, cook some bread
You get sleepy, there’s a great big bed
Come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me

Oh, come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Oh, take this liquor, drink this wine
Let’s get drunk, an’ have one good time
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me

Oh, now!

Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Take off your shirt, hang it on the chair
Take off your socks and give your feet some air
Come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me

Oh, come on in, there ain’t nobody here but me
Come on in, mama, ain’t nobody here but me
I’m drunk and disorderly, I don’t care
If you want to, you can pull off your underwear
Come on in now, there ain’t nobody here but me


Harum Scarums • Come On In (Ain't Nobody Here But Me) • 1931



The Harum Scarums are: Mozelle Alderson, Georgia Tom Dorsey, vocal duet; Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano; Big Bill Broonzy, guitar. Recorded in Grafton, Wisconsin, c.January 1931.

Illustration copyright © and courtesy of Blues Images. Illustration and song both available on Blues Images 2012 Blues Calendar and CD. Visit Blues Images here for these and lots of other goodies. . . .

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Sunday, December 01, 2013

WATCH YE, THEREFORE,
YOU KNOW NOT THE DAY


Elder Richard Bryant’s Sanctified Singers
Watch Ye, Therefore, You Know Not The Day • 1928



Saturday, November 30, 2013

THE BLUES START TO ROLLIN’ . . .
AND THEY STOPPED AT MY FRONT DOOR


Muddy Waters • Lonesome Day • 1951



Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Little Walter, harmonica; Jimmy Rogers, guitar; Elgin Evans, drums. Recorded in Chicago, 29 Dec 1951.

Friday, November 29, 2013

MISSI’PPI TAPE 2


Jim Dickinson • Down in Mississippi • 1997




Next Friday: Razor stroppin’ in Clarksdale!

PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE


Jake Porter • Slowly Go Out Of Your Mind
(vocal by Dorothy Ellis) • 1951

Thursday, November 28, 2013

TRYIN’ MY BEST TO GET A RIDE


Texas Alexander & Benton’s Busy Bees • Crossroads • 1950

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band • Morning Blues • 1965

The Village Fugs • My Baby Done Left Me • 1965


Get ’em: Jug Band Music; The Fugs First Album

LP label: Roots Vinyl Guide

HEAVY HEARTED BLUES

“Sing ’em, Jimmie, sing ’em!”


Heavy Hearted Blues
Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton – 1928

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

IT’S SO HARD TO DECLINE


Mercy Dee • Trying To Kick This Habit • 1954




LP cover: Arhoolie



Monday, November 25, 2013

ODDS & ENDS

ABOUT THIS FINE SERIES

As with the previous and also future titles in this series, Odds & Ends Vol. 1 purposes to present you, the listener, with the best selections available to us, the programmers, of that wide-ranging American musical genre. 

This volume in our long running series might easily be subtitled “It Came from the Garage,” as that is where many of these wonderful records and tapes that make up this set came from. Some were a little worse for the wear, some smelled strongly of mildew, but all had that something, and indeed they quite literally shouted out and implored us to put them on this collection. We believe you will agree we did the right thing.

Among the many fascinating country, blues, and gospel selections, we also present a number of tunes from the provinces of our great land—Hawaii, Louisiana, Europe, and Japan. As many of these have found their way into the slipstream of popular culture, we find they travel quite comfortably next to their more well-considered brethren.  —Irving Snurd, Radio Station WACK, Lompoc, Ca.    


The Cowboy Church Sunday School • Open Up Your Heart 

WHILE THE BLOOD RUNNING WARM


While the Blood (Is Running Warm in Your Veins)
The Famous Rising Star Gospel Singers • 1949



Label photo: Opal Louis Nations/Bob Geddins’ Cava-Tone Records Story 1946–49 (Acrobat 4037, 2008).

Sunday, November 24, 2013

THIS IS MY STORY, THIS IS MY SONG


Sonny Smith • This Is My Story, This Is My Song • 2002



Image: Sonny Smith

Saturday, November 23, 2013

HEY, MOM!


Amidie Breaux & His Band • Hey, Mom! • 1953



Photo: Amidie Breaux in 1960. From Acadian All Star Special (Bear Family, 2011)

Friday, November 22, 2013

MISSI’PPI TAPE 1

Like the cover image says, it really isn’t a tape at all, but it did used to be a mix CD. And it does contain songs about Mississippi, songs by Mississippi singers, and sometimes both at the same time. Yes, it’s another infernal series from Blues All Kinds. We kick off with Elvis’s souvenir record for Mom. Make of that what you will. . . .


Elvis Presley • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin • 1953




Next week we go deep down in Mississippi with J. B. Lenoir and Jim Dickinson.

BLUES AFTER HOURS


Pee Wee Crayton • Blues After Hours • 1969

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

“Yeah, we know these sounds. These sounds come to one man. One man from Mississippi, USA. One man known as the wizard of the harp. One man known as the menace, and his name is SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON!”

With these opening remarks, a generation of young blues fans was introduced to the delights of Sonny Boy Williamson. We came because of the Yardbirds, but after the show we left with Sonny Boy. The Yardbirds, probably to scared to death, stay respectfully in the background on this live LP from 1963. We went on to discover Sonny Boy’s Chess LPs, his Trumpet sides, various Checker 45s, and many years later, more of his early 60s European recordings. All good, most great. But this is the “sounds” that started us all off. . . .


Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds • Bye Bye Bird • 1963


Get it: Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds