Sunday, August 31, 2014

WE NEVER GET FINISHED
’CAUSE WE’RE ALWAYS BEGINNIN’


Louie & The Lovers • Royal Oakie • 1970




Coming your way in September. More great records and tunes from the likes of Little Brother Montgomery, Rocky & The Border Kings, George Jones, Lightning Hopkins, Allen Ginsberg, Cal Tjader and more!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

LA PESTAUCHE A TANTE NANA


Sidney Brown, His French Accordion & The Traveler Playboys
Pestauche a Tante Nana • 1957

Thursday, August 28, 2014

JUG WAS EMPTY
PARTNER WAS FULL


Ernest Stoneman • All I Got’s Gone • 1934



Ernest Stoneman, vocal/harmonica/guitar; Eddie Stoneman, banjo. New York, 9 January 1934

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I WANT SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD

We posted a sixties version here awhile back; this is the matchless June Cheeks-led original. (And a version by the Highway Q-C’s can be heard here.)


The Nightingales • Somewhere to Lay My Head • 1955

Sunday, August 24, 2014

LONESOME DAY BLUES


Andre Williams with The El Dorados • Back In Tijuana • 1996

Saturday, August 23, 2014

LONESOME DAY BLUES


Ry Cooder • 3 Cool Cats • 2005



Little Willie G., vocal; Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere, vocal chorus; Ry Cooder, guitar; Jim Keltner, drums; Joachim Cooder, timbales; Jared Smith, bass; Joe Rotondi, piano; Gil Bernal, tenor sax; Mike Bolger, organ.

And the hits just keep coming. Here’s next week’s lineup—Andre Williams, Flaco Jiménez, the Sensational Nightingales, Liz Green, Ernest Stoneman, Sidney Brown, and Doctor Hepcat. . . .

Friday, August 22, 2014

NOTHIN’ BUT A BIG TOWN PLAYBOY

We’ve got an original and a cover for you here today. “Big Town Play Boy” completes our postings of the outstanding 5 song session from the summer of 1949 shared by Little Johnny Jones and Muddy Waters. The other songs from this session are “Shelby County Blues,” “Screaming and Crying,” “Where’s My Woman Been,” and “Last Time I Fool Around with You.”

A half decade later Chicago stalwart Eddie Taylor picked up Little Johnny’s “Big Town Play Boy” for a Vee-Jay session shared with Jimmy Reed. The results sound a lot like a Jimmy Reed record only with the urgency turned up several notches and featuring some tough soloing by Eddie, and blasting harp from Jimmy throughout.



Little Johnny / Muddy Waters • Big Town Play Boy • 1950



Eddie Taylor • Bigtown Playboy • 1956



Johnny Jones, vocal/piano; Muddy Waters, guitar; Leroy Foster, guitar, bass drum, hi-hat. Chicago, late 
summer 1949

Eddie Taylor, vocal/guitar; Jimmy Reed, harmonica/guitar; Vernell Fournier, drums. Chicago, 5 December 1955

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4


Woody Guthrie – Cisco Houston • 900 Miles • c.1944

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE HONEY FAIRLY DRIPS


Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five • Honeysuckle Rose • 1939



Photo: William P. Gottlieb: Louis Jordan, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946. (Wikipedia)

Monday, August 18, 2014

IF I COULD NOT SAY A WORD

“This 1970 live Memphis recording caused considerable excitement amongst both blues and gospel collectors, and was described at the time as a vocal in the Son House tradition with a delta style guitar. It was assumed that Townsend was the guitarist but during the summer of 1971 he was tracked down working as a mechanic in Independence by Bengt Olsson who discovered that the guitarist was a Johnnie Mays. Bengt Olsson and friends were doing a series of field recordings around Memphis, many of which were issued on an early Flyright album, Southern Comfort Country (FLY 501), including a further Townsend track.” —Bob Laughton, notes to God’s Mighty Hand: Gospel Evangelists (Heritage, 1992)



Joe Townsend • If I Could Not Say a Word • 1970



Label photo: YouTube

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I DON’T MIND

Here’s another hit (#4 R&B) straight off The Amazing James Brown LP, the first JB album that wasn’t just a collection of already issued singles but consisted of mostly new material and a few covers.


James Brown & The Famous Flames • I Don’t Mind • 1961

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 4

We left you last time pondering the sad fate of Frankie the ho-dad, and this time around we shall attempt to bring you up to date on that very popular musical genre, World Music and all of our artists are certainly worldly and occasionally world weary. We have tunes from across the hemisphere, from the shores of Old México to Saint-Säens with stops along the way in such out of the way locations as the Saharan Desert and the island of Cuba, as well as Mexico, Louisiana, and Outer Space!

Some listeners may notice that there are only 10 songs this time out. As the old saying goes, “more is not always more.” And so, with this in mind, we leave you with 10 more great songs, both old and new, and hope that until next time, you will enjoy this series and apply the “soul sauce” liberally.  —Melvin Cowznofski, Radio KBAK, Lompoc, CA



Tinariwen • Tenhert (The Doe) • 2009




Stay tuned—more to come. Up next: More James Brown, Little Johnny Jones, and Woody & Cisco, as well as Joe Townsend, Ry Cooder, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, and Eddie Taylor. Right here on Blues All Kinds.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SOMEONE WHO IS GREATER THAN THE STARS ABOVE

Even though we’ve already featured both the “Live at the Apollo” version of “Lost Someone” and its edited down single (as well as a modern day cover by Cat Power), here is the original 1961 hit single, James Brown’s fifth of the year; a few months later JB would make it the centerpiece of his Apollo performance. 



James Brown & The Famous Flames
Lost Someone • 1961



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WAY DOWN UPON THE SWANEE RIVER


Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot-Club de France 
avec Stephane Grappelly • Swanee River • 1935



Stéphane Grappelli, violin; Django Reinhardt, guitar solo; Roger Chaput, Joseph Reinhardt, guitars; Louis Vola, string bass. Paris, late April 1935

Thanks to Paul Vernon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THERE’S A BRIGHT AND SHINY CITY
IN THE LAND BEYOND THE SKY


Wade Mainer–Zeke Morris • Maple on the Hill – Part 2
(Driftin' to That Happy Home) • 1936




Many thanks to Marie at It’s All in the Grooves!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 09, 2014

LA VALSE DU JAMBOREE


Octa Clark & Hector Duhon • La Valse Du Jamboree • 1982



Photo: Hector Duhon, Octa Clark via Kevin H.

Starting tomorrow, an all-new lineup: Beth Orton, Tampa Red, Mainer’s Crazy Mountaineers, Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli, James Brown & The Famous Flames, Sleepy LaBeef, and Tinariwen. . . .

Friday, August 08, 2014

SURFIN’ SCHOOL

This is possibly the worst record I’ve ever heard. If you agree, please check the “least in the east” box in the “Reactions” line below!


King Uszniewicz & The Uszniewicztones
Surfin’ School • 1989



Still available, in glorious vinyl no less, from Norton Records.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

LONESOME DAY BLUES

Bob Dylan spittin’ ’em out with passion in the 2000s? Wonders never cease. . . .


Bob Dylan • Lonesome Day Blues • 2002

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

SCREAMIN’ AND CRYIN’


Muddy Waters • Screaming and Crying • 1950



Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Johnny Jones, piano; Leroy Foster, guitar, bass drum, hi-hat. Chicago, 
late summer 1949

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I USED TO FLY HIGH LIKE A TURTLE DOVE


Uncle Dave Macon • I’ve Got The Mourning Blues • 1926



Uncle Dave Macon, vocal; Sam McGee, guitar. New York, 14 Apr 1926

Photo: Sam McGee, Uncle Dave Macon via Roots of American Fiddle Music.

Listen to a folk revival version here.

Monday, August 04, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 3

Surfers vs hodads in the Twin Cities, 1964.


The Trashmen • Whoa Dad! • 1964

Saturday, August 02, 2014

LONESOME DAY BLUES

“I’d be workin’ in the Kremlin with a two headed dog. . . .”


Roky Erickson & The Explosives • Two Headed Dog • 1979




Had enough? We didn’t think so. Here’s the coming week’s lineup for you, courtesy of Uncle Frank: Bob Dylan x 2; the Twin Cities’ own Trashmen; Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee from Tennessee; the greatest blues singer of them all, Muddy Waters; Cajun legends Octa Clark & Hector Duhon; and on Friday a very special lounge act coming direct to you from the Orbit Room. Miss ’em at your own peril!