Sunday, November 30, 2014

YOU SALTY DOG

“Papa Charlie done sung this song!”


Freddie Keppard’s Jazz Cardinals • Salty Dog • 1926
“vocal chorus: Charlie Jackson”



Freddie Keppard, cornet; Eddie Vincent, trombone; Johnny Dodds, clarinet; Arthur Campbell, piano; Jasper Taylor, woodblocks; Papa Charlie Jackson, vocal. Chicago, September 1926

Saturday, November 29, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1

“Oh, take me wit’cha, man, when you go!”


Muddy Waters • Louisiana Blues • 1950



Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Little Walter, harmonica/exclamation; Big Crawford, bass. Chicago, 23 October 1950.

Friday, November 28, 2014

GOT TO BE ON MY WORRIED WAY


Johnny Shines • Last Night’s Dream • 1969




Johnny Shines, vocal/guitar; Willie Dixon, bass. Chicago, 10 June 1968

Thursday, November 27, 2014

LES JOURS GAIS ONT PASSÉ

Here’s a Russian record recorded in Paris around 1930 with a French song title and artist credit, and a melody that reminds me of Ed McCurdy’s folkie anthem “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.”


A. Scriabine & Ses Cosaques • Les Jours Gais Ont Passé • ca. 1930



More “Holy Grail” tunes here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

PANAMA BLUES


State Street Stompers • Panama Blues • 1928



Junie Cobb, soprano sax/tenor sax; Alex Hill, piano; Tampa Red, guitar; Jimmy Bertrand, drums; Thomas A. Dorsey, spoken. Chicago, 14 December 1928

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HE’S A MIGHTY GOOD LEADER


Skip James • Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader • 1931



Friday, November 21, 2014

YOU DO IT

“That’s the only way to get it done”


Down Home Boys • You Do It • 1929



Alex Hill, vocal/piano; Ikey Robinson, vocal/guitar. Chicago, 10 December 1929

Find it here: Frog Records

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 5


Jimmy Reed • Odds and Ends • 1957


Jimmy Reed, harmonica/guitar; Eddie Taylor, guitar; Remo Biondi, violin; Earl Phillips, drums. Chicago, 
3 April 1957.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1


Jimmy Reed & His Trio • Roll and Rhumba • 1953



Jimmy Reed, harmonica/guitar; John Brim, guitar; Albert King or Morris Wilkerson, drums. Chicago, 
poss. 6 June 1953.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DON’T LEAVE ME HERE

Here’s Henry’s “remake” of “Don’t Ease Me In”; recorded about a year and a half after the first song, and taken at a slower pace, it’s still one of his top sides. There’s room for both. . . .


Henry Thomas “Ragtime Texas” • Don’t Leave Me Here • 1929

Saturday, November 15, 2014

ANGELS IN HEAVEN DONE WROTE MY NAME


Blind Willie Johnson • Let Your Light Shine On Me • 1929




Good sound on this one on Yazoo’s The Half Ain't Never Been Told, Vol. 1.

Friday, November 14, 2014

MON-GU TUUL

“Voice Masking” is at once a universal shamanic practice, yet in many ways is viewed as a primeval imitation of various sounds of nature and the music produced by the wind in natural formations. . . . The remarkable mechanics behind the xhöömeij style of throat singing have been widely discussed in recent times; yet few vintage recordings have ever surfaced save for some expeditionary and institutional collections. . . . [About 1930] a contingent of Oriental musicians and singers made their way to Berlin . . . specifically to record examples of traditional song. . . . On “Mon-Gu Tuul 2”, a vocal duet, we hear the lower or “hoarse” part (no pun intended) sung in the style the Tuvans refer to as Kargara on the type of song that would fill a winter’s night or an autumn hunt’s eve. 
—adapted from Pat Conte’s notes to The Secret Museum of Mankind: Central Asia (Yazoo, 1996).  



Anonymous • “Mon-Gu Tuul” 2 • ca. 1930
(xhöömeij duet from Mongolia)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CAN'T LIVE AT ALL LIKE THIS

“I live with Angel, she’s a roadhouse queen
Makes Texas Ruby look like Sandra Dee. . . .”



Waylon Jennings • I Ain’t Living Long Like This • 1979



LP cover: LPCD.de

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1

Wherein Tom Moore changes his name and moves his farm from Texas to Mississippi. (cf. “Tom Moore’s Farm” here.)


The Johnny Shines Band • Mr. Tom Green’s Farm • 1966




Johnny Shines, vocal/guitar; Lee Jackson, bass. Chicago, June 1966.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

LET HIM ALONE!


Reverend Gary Davis • Say No To The Devil • 1961



Original Bluesville LP cover: Both Sides Now Publications

Saturday, November 08, 2014

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


The Crystals • Da Doo Ron Ron • 1963


La La Brooks, lead vocals. Los Angeles, March 1963.

Coming up: Rev. Gary Davis, Johnny Shines, Bo Diddley, Waylon Jennings, The Ronettes, Blind Willie Johnson, and Mongolian xhöömeij throat singing!

Friday, November 07, 2014

THAT UNSEEN EYE IS WATCHIN’ YOU

Ha ha . . . When MCA reissued the 1969 LP Bummer Road on CD in 1997, they put a “Parental Advisory” warning sticker on the CD cover due to the “m-f-” cussfest between Sonny Boy and Leonard Chess on the “Little Village” outtakes. Today’s song, “Unseen Eye,” from the same 1957 session as “Little Village,” made its first appearance on the Bummer Road album. It’s a warning to Miss Mary Belle to “be careful in what you say or do” and features some fittingly atmospheric low register harp playing from the master.



Sonny Boy Williamson • Unseen Eye • 1957




Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Otis Spann, piano; Robert Lockwood, Luther Tucker, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums. Chicago, September 1957

Thursday, November 06, 2014

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 1

Here’s my favorite Henry Thomas record, first heard on Really! The Country Blues, a long, long time ago.


Henry Thomas “Ragtime Texas” • Don’t Ease Me In • 1928



This fresh remastering can be heard on The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No. 1.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

IT’S THAT OLD
SIGN ON THE CROSS
THAT WORRIES ME

Somewhere around 1980 I came across a book by Paul Cable, Bob Dylan: The Unreleased Recordings. Lots of fascinating material therein, a lot of which has become, over the decades, way outdated. I think this is where I first read about today’s song, “Sign on the Cross.” It would be another fifteen years or so before I actually heard it via an unofficial release. So I was enticed by the possibilities long before the song itself was able to have its effect on me. Now that it’s finally officially available I thought I would post it for those who maybe haven’t heard it yet. Still pretty affecting, to me, with its seeming mix of passion and facetiousness. Anyway, one of my Dylan favorites still. Hope you 
like it.



Bob Dylan • Sign on the Cross • 1967

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 5

“You know the bell won’t stop ringin’,
I guess I’ll have to go insane”

And if you make it all the way through this record, you may feel the same way, too. . . .


Jerry McCain • Bell In My Heart • 1955

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

YOU ONCE SAID “HELLO” BABY

“Next thing I know, it was ‘goodbye’”


Thomas “Little Jr.” Cannaday • Hello • ca. mid-1960s



Thomas Kennedy, vocal/guitar; with saxes, piano, bass, drums. Detroit, ca. 1965

Monday, November 03, 2014

WON’T YOU RIDE IN MY LITTLE RED WAGON


Willie Nelson • Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon • 1981



Willie Nelson, vocal/guitar; Freddie Powers, vocal/guitar; with Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Bob Moore, Dean Reynolds. Pasadena, Texas, July 1980

Sunday, November 02, 2014

KNOCKY-KNOCKY


Light Crust Doughboys • Knocky-Knocky • 1938



Kenneth Pitts, fiddle; Dick Reinhart, guitar; Muryel Campbell, electric guitar; Knocky Parker, piano; Marvin Montgomery, tenor banjo; Ramon DeArman, string bass. Dallas, 14 May 1938

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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


Doris Troy • Just One Look • 1963


Coming your way: “Knocky-Knocky,” Willie & Freddie, “Little Jr.” Cannaday, Jerry McCain, “Ragtime Texas,” the Unseen Eye, and “Da Doo Ron Ron.”