Thursday, February 28, 2013

You Didn’t Have to Go

Jimmy Newman & His Rhythm Boys • You Didn’t Have to Go • 1953

Monday, February 25, 2013

Two trains runnin’

Still A Fool – Muddy Waters – 1951

Muddy Waters vcl, gtr; Little Walter gtr; Len Chess bass drum. Chicago, Wed. 11 July 1951

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013


“Ring ring goes the bell / Cook in the lunchroom ready to sell.” Music, always present, deeply embedded in earliest memories. Little toy records for preschool birthdays. Family radio or 78 console. “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,” Perry Como, “Mr. Sandman,” Eddie Fisher mourns “Oh My Papa.” Choir at the Baptist church, scary invitation hymns, the Doxology. July 4, 1957 family radio autotunes to “Mighty 690” and 10-year-old ears are baptized into true faith: Sam Cooke, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry point the way to Bo Diddley, Della Reese, and Ray Charles. Dave Brubeck, Fireballs, Ventures: surf music. First two Joan Baez albums a timid foray out of Top 40 radio into unknown. High school brings Roy Orbison, Shangri-Las, and then Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals. Unit 4 Plus 2. The Silkie. England rules “Eight Days A Week.” Bob Dylan, unknown quantity until “Subterranean Homesick Blues” jangles forth from car radio. Bringing It All Back Home: This Bob Dylan guy sure sings weird. Mantovani and Kostelanetz reign supreme from living room. “And it’s all over now, baby blue.” 

Sonny James, The Southern Gentleman • Young Love • 1957

Label photo: Discogs

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Lawrence Walker & His Wandering Aces • Reno Waltz • c. 1952

click on song title to listen

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chataignier Waltz

Chataignier Waltz – Austin Pitre & The Evangeline Playboys

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Jole brun

Jole Brun – Shuk Richard & The LA. Aces with Marie Falcon – c.1952

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It’s too late to cry

Mighty fine guitar solo on this one. . . .

Lonnie Johnson • It’s Too Late to Cry • 1948

Lonnie Johnson, vocal/guitar; Herman Smith, piano; Monte Morrison, bass. Cincinnati, 13 August 1948

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sending up my timber

Sending Up My Timber – Original Five Blind Boys – 1961
lead: Roscoe Robinson

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

Keep it to yourself

Sonny Boy Williamson • Keep It to Yourself • 1963
(introduction: Memphis Slim)

Thanks to Blue eye

Photo: Valerie Wilmer from The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson, Chess CHD2-9343, 1993.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013

It’s a sad, sad sound

Sad, Sad Sound – Juke Boy Bonner – 1968

Photo: Juke Boy Bonner, San Diego Blues Festival, April 1970. Copyright © 2013 by Brad Barrett. 
All rights reserved.

Friday, February 01, 2013