Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Drunkard’s Two-Step

As much as I love Cajun waltzes (a lot), there’s no denying the power of a two-step when it’s being belted out by a singer like Robert Bertrand! Bobby Leger, the band’s true leader and accordian player didn’t much like to sing, so it fell to Bertrand to do the dirty work. Lucky listeners.

Robert Bertrand & The Lake Charles Playboys
Drunkard’s Two-Step • 1959

Robert Bertrand & The Lake Charles Playboys: Bobby Leger, accordion; Robert Bertrand, vocal/fiddle; Louis Fournerat, steel guitar; Leroy Leger, drums.

Band photo: (l to r) Leroy Leger, Robert Bertrand, Bobby Leger, Ed Gary. From Acadian All Star Special (Bear Family, 2011). Hear more Robert Bertrand, Bobby Leger and many other pioneering Cajun artists recorded by Jay Miller in this great collection.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Days of wine and roses

Merle Haggard & The Strangers • I Threw Away The Rose • 1967

Advertisement: Merle Haggard, The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles (Omnivore Recordings, 2013).

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mermentau Stomp

Hackberry Ramblers • Mermentan Stomp • 1936

Photo: Arhoolie

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lucille, you won’t do your daddy’s will

Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will) – Waylon Jennings – 1983

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Direct to you from the summer between 4th and 5th grades. . . .

The Coasters • Searchin’ • 1957

Get it: 50 Coastin’ Classics

Label photo: 45worlds

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lonesome for you

Copping cousin Harry’s style, here’s a fine one from Jimmy Choates, with “Mr. Lyons” on that steel guitar. . . .

Jimmy Choates & The Melody Boys • Lonesome For You • 1950

Jimmy Choates, vocal/fiddle; Pee Wee Lyons, steel guitar; poss. Blackie Dartez, guitar; Charles “Pete” Choate, bass. 

Label pic: booklet to Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings Volume 2, Arhoolie 541, 2012.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Away down upon the Swanee River

Swanee River – Fiddlin’ John Carson & His Virginia Reelers – 1927

for H.M.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Can’t read, can’t write

Big Joe Turner • Can’t Read, Can’t Write Blues • 1974

Big Joe Turner (vo); Jimmy Forrest (ts); Rod Piazza (h); Mark Leonard (p); George Phelps (g); Jerry Smith (b); Dick Innes (d). Hollywood, 1974.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blue and lonesome

Little Walter • Blue And Lonesome (alt) • 1959

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I’m gonna be me a blues singer

Charlie Rich • Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave • 1974

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Poor man but a good man

By now most blues fans will know that the great Magic Slim passed away on February 21 at age 75 while on tour. 

During the latter half of the 80s when I lived near Chicago I was truly fortunate to see/hear him and the Teardrops live on any number of occasions in various North Side clubs. Then around January of 1991 I found myself in Lincoln on business and dropped by the Zoo Bar, where Slim was in residence, and caught two or three sets; he was, of course, fantastic, and each set became progressively hotter than the preceding one. Just the thing for a sub-zero night. . . .

Magic Slim • Poor Man But A Good Man • 1987

Friday, March 08, 2013

The hole he said he’d dig for me

Jerry Lee Lewis • The Hole He Said He’d Dig For Me • 1964

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby

Can’t buy a thrill. . . .

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan – 1965

Monday, March 04, 2013

I’m Still Living On Mother’s Prayer

I’m Still Living On Mother’s Prayer – The Soul Stirrers – 1950

Sheet music thanks to Marie at It’s All in the Grooves.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

Water for Robeson & Williams

Water for Robeson and Williams – Rahsaan Roland Kirk – 1976