Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013



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 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


“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

Friday, November 15, 2013

PETE WELDING, 1935–1995

Today would have been Pete Welding’s 78th birthday, but he only made 60. If you don’t know who he is, have a look at his abbreviated biography on Wikipedia. He was a good friend to me and many others and he is truly missed.

Mississippi Fred McDowell and Pete Welding 
at Pete’s apartment, Los Angeles, CA, 1968.
Photo copyright © 2013 by Brad Barrett,
All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Chuck Berry • Thirty Days • 1955

Howlin’ Wolf • Moanin’ At Midnight • 1951

Bo Diddley • You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover • 1962

Get ’em: Chuck Berry Rocks; Howlin’ Wolf: The Definitive Collection; Bo Diddley: His Best

Sunday, November 10, 2013


It was this song, side one, track 3, on a loaned copy of The Best of Muddy Waters that really lit something up inside and turned your correspondent into a blues fan. “Aw, take me wit’cha man, when you go!”

Muddy Waters • Louisiana Blues • 1950

Get it: His Best, 1947 to 1955

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


We got these three live tunes slapdash on the U.S. version of Out of Our Heads and December’s Children (with the U.K. cover photo for Out of Our Heads); the kids in Great Britain got an EP called Got LIVE If You Want It (unrelated to the later U.S. LP of the same name) with a couple more tracks a month earlier than the U.S. Out of Our Heads. Got all that? Well, get these. . . .

The Rolling Stones • Route 66 / I’m Moving On / I’m Alright • 1965

Get ’em: Out of Our Heads; December’s Children; or Singles 1963–1965

LP cover: Discogs