Saturday, May 30, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


Arthur Lyman Group • Yellow Bird • 1961


“Yellow Bird” can be heard on Ace’s Teen Beat Vol 3.

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Friday, May 29, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers


Carroll Hubbard, Kenneth Pitts, fiddles; John Boyd, electric steel guitar; Knocky Parker, piano; Marvin Montgomery, tenor banjo; Bill Boyd, guitar; Jim Boyd, guitar or string bass; unknown, guitar or string bass. San Antonio, 
30 October 1938 

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, May 28, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Iris DeMent • I Miss a Lot of Trains • 1998


Find it: Real: The Tom T. Hall Project


Well, this’s the end of the line for That’s How You Got Killed Before. Next week, rise up, get your glasses on, cuz the Blues All Kinds Book Club is comin’ your way. . . (!)

Monday, May 25, 2015

I HAVE THE BLUES ON EVERY
DECORATION DAY


Sonny Boy Williamson • Decoration Day • 1963



Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Jarrett Gibson, tenor sax; Donald Hankins, baritone sax; Lafayette Leake, piano; Buddy Guy, guitar; Jack Meyers, bass; Clifton James, drums. Chicago, 3 September 1963

Get it: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

THAT DON’T SETTLE MY DRUNKEN SPREE . . .


Skip James • Drunken Spree • 1966


Skip James, vocal/guitar. New York City, 9/10 January 1966

Get it: Skip James/Today!

Mono LP cover: Vanguard Records

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


Cal Tjader • Manuel’s Mambo • 1956


Cal Tjader, vibes; Manuel Duran, piano; Carlos Duran, bass; Luis Miranda, congas; Bayardo Velarde, timbales. 
Los Angeles, 1956

“Manuel’s Mambo” can be heard on Cal Tjader’s Latin Kick.


Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Friday, May 22, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Falcon Trio • Raise Your Window • 1936


Cleoma Breaux Falcon, vocal/guitar; Moise Morgan, fiddle; Joseph F. Falcon, accordion. New Orleans, 
20 February 1936

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, May 21, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Steve Earle • Telephone Road • 1997


Steve Earle, vocals/acoustic guitar; The Fairfield Four (Issac Freeman, Robert Hamlett, James Hill, Joseph Rice, Wilson Waters, Jr.), vocals; David Steele, electric guitar; Mark Stuart, acoustic guitar; Micheal Smotherman, organ; Kelly Looney, bass; Brady Blade, drums/rub board/tambourine; Jim “Here Comes Jim Bob” Hoke, baritone sax; Cheri Knight, Elisa Sanders, Kathleen Cotter, hand claps. Nashville, c. 1997

Get it: El Corazón


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2


The Nite Owls • Married Man Blues • 1937


Helen Hunt, vocal; Bob Symons, electric steel guitar/electric guitar; Luke Owens, guitar; Jack True, string bass. 
San Antonio, 2 November 1937

There are still a few still-sealed copies of the pictured LP, Western Swing Vol. 3 to be found here. It contains “Married Man Blues” and other great 1930s–40s sides by the likes of Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, the Modern Moutaineers and more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 4


Fred McDowell & His Blues Boys • My Baby • 1969


Fred McDowell, vocal/guitar; Mike Russo, guitar; John Kahn, bass; Bob Jones, drums. Berkeley, August 1969

Fred McDowell’s excellent small-band experiments can be heard on Arhoolie’s This Ain’t No Rock N’ Roll.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


The Modern Jazz Quartet
with Laurindo Almeida • Silver • 1964


John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibraharp; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums; Laurindo Almeida, guitar. 
New York City, 21 July 1964 

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Friday, May 15, 2015

THE KING


B. B. King • Sweet Little Angel (Take 1) • 1956


The previously unissued take above is from Ace’s new RPM collection Speak Easy: The RPM Records Story Volume 2 

Photo: Detail of cover to Ace’s The Modern Recordings 1950–1951.

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Bayless Rose • Jamestown Exhibition • 1930


Bayless Rose, vocal/guitar. Richmond, Indiana, 7 June 1930

“Jamestown Exhibition” is track number 12 on the wonderful Yazoo comp Before the Blues: The Early American Black Music Scene, Vol. 1.

Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2


John Brim & His Combo • Strange Man • 1950


Grace Brim, vocal/harmonica; John Brim, guitar; Big Maceo, piano (left hand); James Watkins, piano (right hand). Detroit, 1950

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SECRET PLACES

When I listen to this record it’s with a mixture of delight and horror. It is to my sensibilities a perverse blend of wonderful and awful, both at the same time. Not sure exactly why it hits me this way, but I really like it all the same. And I’m not gonna let nobody talk me out of it. . . . 


Jerry Lee Lewis & Linda Gail Lewis • Secret Places • 1969


Listen to it in secret on Fireball! The Jerry Lee Lewis Collection.

Monday, May 11, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 4


Joe Calicott • Fare Thee Well Blues • 1930


Joe Calicott, vocal/guitar; Memphis, 20 February 1930

“Fare Thee Well Blues” can be found on Yazoo’s Mississippi Masters: Early American Blues Classics 1927–35.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

RAM-BUNK-SHUSH


The Ventures • Ram-Bunk-Shush • 1961


Get it: The Ventures (on colored vinyl!)

Album cover: All Music



Saturday, May 09, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7

Instrumentally, Malagueña


The Trashmen • Malaguena • 1965


Steve Wahrer, drums/spoken; Tony Andreason, lead guitar; Dal Winslow, guitar; Bob Reed, bass. Proch's Popular Ballroom, Ellsworth, Wisconsin, 22 August 1965

This live version of “Malagueña” is from Sundazed’s Teen Trot CD. The original LP version is on Surfin’ Bird, also on Sundazed.

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Friday, May 08, 2015

CALDONIA, BOP! BOP!

This ad-lib of Louis Jordan’s big hit is about as nasty sounding as Carl Perkins ever got on record. This apparently well-oiled session also produced the single “Matchbox”/“Your True Love” as well as originally unreleased takes of “Caldonia,” “Her Love Rubbed Off,” “You Can Do No Wrong,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Put Your Cat Clothes On.” Most of these tunes later saw the light of day on various LP reissues and were finally collected on Bear Family’s Carl Perkins box set, pictured below.


Carl Perkins • Caldonia [Outtake] • 1957


Carl Perkins, vocal/guitar; Jay B. Perkins, guitar; Clayton Perkins, bass; W. S. Holland, drums; Jerry Lee Lewis, piano.  706 Union Ave, Memphis, 30 January 1957

The Classic Carl Perkins is still available from Bear Family.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell y Los A-Bones • Wooly Bully Espanol • 1994



“Wooly Bully Espanol” and a whole load of great covers/tributes to Sam the Sham by artists as diverse as Jackie & The Cedrics and Hasil Adkins can be found on Norton’s Turban Renewal: A Tribute to Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs, in both CD and LP formats.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WILL THERE BE SWEETHEARTS IN HEAVEN


Buck Owens & Rose Maddox

Buck Owens, vocal/guitar; Rose Maddox, vocal; John Maddox, guitar; Jay McDonald, pedal steel guitar; “Gentleman” Jim Pierce, piano; Kenny Pierce, electric bass; Ken Presley, drums. Hollywood, California, 19 March 1963

Get it: Buck ’Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955–1967)

Saturday, May 02, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 7


Ramrods • Riders In The Sky • 1960



The Ramrods’ version of “Riders in the Sky” can be found on Ace’s The London American Label Year by Year: 1961.

Photo: Pete Chatto, Ocean Beach, Summer 1962. Copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved. Used with permission.