Friday, October 31, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 5

Mickey Newbury, live at San Diego State, sings the BAK theme song. . . .


Mickey Newbury • How I Love Them Old Songs • 1973

Thursday, October 30, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1


Snooks Eaglin • By the Water • 1960
(originally released as by Ford Eaglin)



Snooks Eaglin, vocal/guitar; prob. Frank Fields, bass; Robert French, drums. New Orleans, 25 April 1960.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DO IT SO NASTY


Bert Johnson • Nasty But Nice • 1929



Bert Johnson, trombone solo; Sammy Price, piano; Effie Scott, spoken. Dallas, 29 September 1929

“Nasty But Nice” is another great track from The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No. 2.

Monday, October 27, 2014

PLAY ME SOME SONGS ABOUT A RAMBLIN’ MAN


Hank Williams Jr. • Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound • 1979

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW

Louie Ortega, Frank Parades, Steve Vargas, and Albert Parra—Louie & The Lovers, from Salinas, California, are back on BAK with their first Epic single, produced by their mentor Doug Sahm. . . .


Louie & The Lovers • I Know You Know • 1970

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MY BABY (I LOVE HER YES I DO)

When Ray Charles moved over to ABC Paramount from Atlantic in 1960, he put out a handful of singles before he started recording the concept albums he had been intent on since signing with ABC, like Genius Hits the Road, Dedicated to You, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music — the list goes on and on. That doesn’t mean his new record company wasn’t releasing hit singles on him from the very start—note “Sticks and Stones,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “One Mint Julep,” “Hit the Road, Jack” for starters. Here is his first single for ABC, “My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do),” a showcase for Margie Hendricks like “What Kind of Man Are You” was for Mary Ann Fisher on one of Ray’s final Atlantic singles.



Ray Charles • My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do) • 1960





Margie Hendricks photo: Stay Sick and Turn Blue!

Next up: The return of Louie & The Lovers, Hank Jr., Country Charley Pride, Bert Johnson & Sammy Price, Snooks Eaglin, Mickey Newbury, and Doris Troy. A hit a 
minute. . . .

Friday, October 24, 2014

GOING BACK TO LOUISIANA

Hadley J. Castille was a Cajun fiddler inspired as a teenager by Harry Choates’ big postwar hit “Jole Blon.” Here is a 90s recording featuring Hadley’s fiddle, but instead of an accordion break we get . . . a short but tasty C&W piano solo. “Modern” Cajun music from Swallow Records.


Hadley Castille • Going Back to Louisiana • 1993

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 5

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION

“You can’t feel elec-a-tricity a-movin’ on the line.” With those words Jimmy Murphy has described our latest Odds & Ends collection to a “T.” This new batch of hot and popular tunes is both electric and electrifying as evidenced by artists as diverse and eclectic as Mustard & Gravy, the Hodges Brothers, and our series’ namesake, Jimmy Reed. Bo Diddley is also back with his little friend Frank Jive, the 12-year old boy. Floyd Tillman sings his great unissued single of “Cold Cold Beer,” a perfectly danceable tune, as is “Surfin’ School” by the King Uszniewicz aggregation. And who can forget the high school years with the Doo-Wop stylings of The Fugs.

Blind Willie Johnson is represented by his big spiritual hit “Let Your Light Shine on Me,” and Mustard & Gravy keep the good times rolling with their tale of Jonah and the Whale.

Of particular note is the machine-like precision of the percussionist on Jerry McCain’s “The Bells.” And Mickey Newbury reminds us that it is the old songs in their many forms that keep us coming back for more.  —Irving Snurd, Programmer/Janitor, Radio K-BAK



Charlie Feathers • We’re Getting Closer To Being Apart


No telling when this previously unissued version of “We’re Getting Closer to Being Apart” was recorded; He calls out his son Bubba for a guitar solo, so it’s probably post sixties. What can be known is that this is Charlie at his best. Wild Side of Life is the collection to get for this one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1

“Backbiters and syndicators
You know they all around my door”


John Lee Hooker • The Syndicator • 1954



John Lee Hooker, vocal/guitar; Otis Finch, tenor sax; Bob Thurman, piano; unknown, bass; Tom Whitehead, drums. Detroit, 1954

“The Syndicator” is on Original Folk Blues

Monday, October 20, 2014

MIDNIGHT AGAIN, BABY


Baby Calloway • Midnight Blues • 1958



Charles Calloway,vocal/piano; Roland Mitchell, tenor sax; Napoleon Henry, guitar; Johnny Preston, bass; poss. Willie T. Walker, drums. Oakland, c.June 1958

Sunday, October 19, 2014

IT RAINS RAIN WHEN IT’S RAININ’

Orin Glen Troutman aka Glen Glenn aka Glenn Glenn aka Glen Trout is a still active rockabilly singer born in Joplin, Missouri in 1934. He cut this originally unissued country tune in 1956 with the great Ralph Mooney on steel guitar.

Glen Glenn • It Rains Rain




Glen Glenn, vocal; Ralph Mooney, steel guitar; Gary Lambert, lead guitar; Johnny Moseby, guitar; Helen “Peaches” Price, drums. Los Angeles, 19 September 1956.

Here’s a Glen Glenn collection: Glen Rocks

Photo: Nudie Suits!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 1

Still timely 52 years later. . . . 


The Crystals • Uptown • 1962


Barbara Alston, lead vocal; Phil Spector, guitar; among others. . . . New York, February 1962.

Sundazed has this in mono vinyl!

Coming week: Glenn Glen or is it Glen Glenn, Baby Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Peggy Seeger, Charlie Feathers, Hadley J. Castille, Ray Charles & Margie Hendricks. Same old boring stuff. . . .

Friday, October 17, 2014

THE GREASY SPOON


Hank Marr • The Greasy Spoon • 1963



Come hang out at the Greasy Spoon. You’ll be in good company here, on Ace’s Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits.

Cover for King LP 1011 (1966) from BSN Pubs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4


Sun Ra • I Am Strange • 1960s



After listening to this, you’ll be wanting to rush right over to Norton Records and pick up this great picture sleeve 45. As the product description says, “Unissued sixties spoken word mysticism from Saturn, with otherworldly instrumentation. Absolutely brain bending and everso essential!”

THIS IS MY STORY,
THIS IS MY SONG


Thelonious Monk • This Is My Story, This Is My Song • 1966

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE

Leave it to Norton Records to issue great live performances regardless of gnarly sound quality. . . . Here’s Roky and the Explosives (Cam King, Waller Collie, Freddie Steady Krc) recorded live in 1980 at the Whiskey A Go-Go in L.A.


Roky Erickson & The Explosives • I’ve Just Seen A Face • 1980



You can get this great pic sleeve 45 from Norton. Sir Paul’s original is, of course, on Help!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1

“That’s a mighty bad man. . . .”


Skip James • Devil Got My Woman • 1966



Skip James, vocal/guitar. Cafe Au-Go-Go, New York, 9 August 1966.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NOW WE GOIN’ ON ONE OF THEM
OLD SEA BOARD STOMPS

Blind Blake and his big band. . . .


Blind Blake • Sea Board Stomp • 1927



“Sea Board Stomp” is one of the great sounding selections from 2008’s 16 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920’s Vol. 5, still available as a calendar/CD combo or an individual CD from Blues Images.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 1


Irma Thomas • It’s Raining • 1962


Get it: Time Is On My Side . . . Plus 

Next week’s lineup: Joan Baez, Blind Blake, Skip James, Roky Erickson & The Explosives, Sun Ra, Hank Marr, and The Crystals!

Friday, October 10, 2014

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’

Nancy Sinatra made folks stand up and take notice with her number one hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” but she sounds like she’s half-steppin’ when compared to Loretta Lynn’s tough cover from the same year. When Loretta purrs out those same threats you better believe it’s gonna hurt you some and you know it’s time to get right. . . .



Loretta Lynn • These Boots Are Made For Walking • 1966

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I GOT THE BEER GARDEN BLUES

Here’s a couple more choice sides from the terrific CD that accompanies John Tefteller’s new 2015 Classic Blues Artwork calendar. Willie Lofton took a secondary role on last week’s Kansas Joe McCoy (Bill Wilber) tune but here he leads out with a thumpin’, string-snapping take on Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues,” and “Beer Garden Blues,” a lively bit of jive featuring kazoo and Black Bob’s rollicking piano.


Willie Lofton • Dark Road Blues • 1935



Willie Lofton Trio • Beer Garden Blues • 1935



Willie Lofton, vocal/guitar; on “Beer Garden Blues” add Black Bob, piano; unknown string bass, kazoo. 
Chicago, 1 November 1935.

Hurry on over to Blues Images, kids, for your own copy of the new calendar and CD!

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4


Richard Thompson • Mr. Stupid • 2007



“Mr. Stupid” is on Sweet Warrior.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1


Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band • Richland Woman • 1967
vocal: Maria D’Amato



See Reverse Side for Title is no longer in print, but “Richland Woman” is still available on Greatest Hits!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CRAZY ARMS


The Waylors featuring Ralph Mooney • Crazy Arms • 1976

Monday, October 06, 2014

FRAN-DANCE


Miles Davis • Put Your Little Foot Right Out • 1959




Miles Davis, trumpet; Cannonball Adderley, alto sax; John Coltrane, tenor sax; Red Garland, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums. 26 May 1958

DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT!

Some clownin’ around for this Monday morning. (Now if only my old 45 sounded this good. . . .)


Huey (Piano) Smith & The Clowns • Don’t You Just Know It • 1958




Photo copyright © 2014 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 03, 2014

MOTHERLESS CHILE BLUES

“If I mistreat you gal,
I sure don’t mean no harm,
I’m a motherless chile 
And I don’t know right from wrong”

I was reminded the other day how great this Barbecue Bob record is, so here it is for you all to be reminded too.


Barbecue Bob • Motherless Chile Blues • 1927



Motherless Chile Blues” is on Chocolate to the Bone. Get it here.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1


Fred McDowell • Frisco Lines • 1965


Fred McDowell, vocal/guitar. Berkeley, California, 5 July 1965

Get it: You Gotta Move

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

MY BABE MY BABE

Big excitement here in BAKland—the 2015 Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920’s calendar and CD arrived on Monday. Following are my initial impressions of the CD. Concise reaction: Wow! Verbose reaction: On first listen this has to be, for my tastes, one of the best, most well-rounded collections of John Tefteller’s Classic Blues Songs from the 1920‘s yet. To the familiar mix of prewar country guitar blues they’ve added two piano blues by Roosevelt Sykes (recording as Dobby Bragg) and an early gospel quartet coupling from the Famous Blue Jays. The CD opens with Kansas Joe’s “When the Levee Breaks,” so clear and clean you would think it was recorded much later than 1929. Also here in newly wonderful sound are Willie Lofton’s string snapping “Dark Road Blues,” “Texas Easy Street Blues” by Henry Thomas, the now infamous newly found Tommy Johnson “Alcohol and Jake Blues”/“Ridin’ Horse” in way better sound than we ever thought possible, both terrific performances; “Raggin’ the Blues” by the barber William Moore is here in nice sound; Cannon’s “Walk Right In” is another great sounding side. “My Babe My Babe” by Bill Wilber/Joe McCoy is another I haven’t heard sound this good.

Blind Blake makes his annual appearance with a terrific “Dry Bones Shuffle,” sound quality again belying its 1927 origin. Blake is also present as Chocolate Brown/Irene Scruggs’s accompanist on the teasing “You've Got What I Want” and its flip side. I don’t think I’ve heard Harvey Hull’s “Don’t You Leave Me Here” apart from an old OJL LP and it, too, sounds really fine. I suppose one could just rubber stamp all 24 songs with “sounds great” and be on completely solid ground. There are two version of Blind Lemon’s “Match Box Blues” recorded a few weeks apart; a gospel tune by Brownsville Son Bonds and Hammie Nixon; two fine “clanka lanka” style quartet numbers by the Blue Jays; did I miss anything? As to the 2015 calendar itself, along with all the “usual” ad repros, there are really nice (and newly seen by me) large photos of Willie Lofton, Bonds and Nixon, and Roosevelt Sykes. Another worthy calendar/CD combo from Blues Images.



“Bill” Wilber • My Babe My Babe • 1935



Joe McCoy, vocal/guitar; Willie Lofton, guitar. Chicago, 22 July 1935.