Tuesday, December 31, 2013


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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


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


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

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013


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