Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


The Modern Jazz Quartet • One Note Samba • 1964


Get it: Collaboration

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“Give me one hand loose, and I’ll be satisfied!”


486.  One Hand Loose • Charlie Feathers • 1956





Saturday, May 28, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Ry Cooder • El UFO Cayó • 2005


Get it: Chávez Ravine

Friday, May 27, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO—The Late Fifties

Here, for your listening pleasure, is our fifth and final non-definitive (but no less essential for it) 1950s Blues in Chicago playlist. This round picks up where the previous post from 1954 left off and will eventually bring us to the end of the fifties and just beyond. Leading off is Robert Lockwood and his 1955 take on the “Sweet Home Chicago” theme, popularized in the 1930s by his “stepfather” Robert Johnson. We’ve also got a couple of tough Parrot/Chess numbers by J. B. Lenoir. By the mid- to late-fifties, the South and West sides of Chicago were beginning to usher in the modern blues guitar sound pioneered by B. B. King, with young turks like Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and others leading the foray. Even Elmore James and Muddy Waters were sporting a tough new sound, and Memphis Slim, formerly fronting a sax-led guitarless band, was now using Matt Murphy to great effect.


Robert Jr. & His Combo • Aw Aw • 1955




Robert Lockwood Jr., vocal/guitar; Ernest Cotton, tenor sax; Sunnyland Slim, piano; poss. Alfred Elkins, bass; 
Alfred Wallace, drums. Chicago, c. May 1955

Label image: George Paulus, courtesy of The Red Saunders Research Foundation



Thursday, May 26, 2016

D.P.R.B.—1963 EDITION


The Swan Silvertones • Seek, Seek • 1963


Find it: Singin’ in My Soul / Blessed Assurance

Monday, May 23, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys inaugurate Volume Nine of Blues What Am with a longtime favorite (his and ours), “Sitting on Top of the World.” In fact we confess to liking Bob and the boys’ version(s) better than the original(s) by the Mississippi Sheiks. Fifteen years separate these two Wills recordings, the first starting with an old-time New Orleans street parade feel and the later recording after hours and very bluesy. Hard to pick a favorite so we’re playing ’em both.
—Melvin Cowsnofski


Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys • Sittin’ on Top of the World • 1936

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys • Sittin’ on Top of the World • 1951



Get ’em: 1936 version – San Antonio Rose; 1951 version – Boot Heel Drag: The MGM Years

Album cover: All Music

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“The downside of settin’ the woods on fire.” —Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number



483.  Honky Tonk Blues • Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys • 1952



Get it: 40 Greatest Hits

Label pic: Rockfiles

Friday, May 20, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Junior Wells • ’Bout the Break of Day • 1954

Muddy Waters & His Guitar • I’m Ready • 1954



Junior Wells, vocal/harmonica; Muddy Waters, guitar; Dave Myers, guitar; Otis Spann, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Odie Payne, drums. Chicago, 15 April 1954

Muddy Waters, vocal; Little Walter, harmonica; Jimmy Rogers, guitar; Otis Spann, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums. Chicago, 1 September 1954

Get it: Blues Hit Big Town (“’Bout the Break of Day”); The Anthology (“I’m Ready”)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE

Vocal ping pong with Ira Tucker and Paul Owens. . . .


Angelic Gospel Singers with the Dixie Humming Birds
One Day • 1951


Find it: The Gospel Sound

Album cover: Discogs

Sunday, May 15, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“But I’m telling you / Honey, I’m leaving you / Because, just because.”


480.  Just Because • Shelton Brothers (Bob & Joe) • 1935

Saturday, May 14, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Today’s Odds & Ends entry showcases Dolly Parton’s first record “Puppy Love,” issued by the Goldband label of Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1959. Recorded when she was just thirteen it’s a far cry, or howl, from Dolly’s future development and direction.


Dolly Parton • Puppy Love • 1959



Photo: Wikipedia

Friday, May 13, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Willie Nix & His Band • Just Can’t Stay • 1953


Willie Nix, vocal; Snooky Pryor, harmonica; Sunnyland Slim, piano; Eddie Taylor, guitar; Alfred Wallace, drums.
Chicago, 14 October 1953

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


John Lee Hooker • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer • 1966


John Lee Hooker, vocal/guitar; Lafayette Leake, piano; Eddie Burns, guitar; bass; S. P. Leary, drums; tambourine. 
Chicago, May 1966

Find it: The Real Folk Blues / More Real Folk Blues

Monday, May 09, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM


John Lee Hooker • Don’t Trust Nobody • 1954



John Lee Hooker, vocal/guitar. Detroit, 18 October 1954

Get it: Everybody’s Blues

LP cover: BSN Publications

Sunday, May 08, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“LeAnn Rimes, a mere thirteen when ‘Blue’ was released . . . began her career self-consciously out of date. ‘Blue’ is the very definition of what gets called traditional: a pedal-steel-driven Texas shuffle combined with a vocal performance that sighs like Patsy Cline (Bill Mack wrote the song specifically for Patsy, though she never recorded it) and yodels like Eddy Arnold. This was on the radio in 1996?”—David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number


465.  Blue • LeAnn Rimes  • 1996


Get it: Blue



Saturday, May 07, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


 J. B. & His Hawks • Combination Boogie • 1954



J. B. Hutto, vocal/guitar; George Maywether, harmonica; Joe Custom, bass; Eddie Hines, washboard/drums. 
Chicago, Jan/Feb 1954

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


Hank Snow (The Singing Ranger) 
& His Rainbow Ranch Boys • One More Ride • 1951




Monday, May 02, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM


The Sensational Nightingales • Burying Ground • 1959


Get it: The Best of the Sensational Nightingales




Sunday, May 01, 2016

IT’S MAY DAY

A friendly repost from May 1, 2012. . . .


Jim Garland • I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister • 1963



HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER


An Alternate 100*  
There Goes My Everything • Jack Greene • 1966


*“If we determined we had nothing much worthwhile to add to the conversation about a single, then that record didn’t make the cut, no matter how good it was. . . . [T]hose singles were were bumped down to “Once More with Feeling: An Alternate 100.” That supplemental list gathers, for the curious, our runners up, but, just as importantly, it presents an alternate, compressed version of the arguments made throughout the book.” —David Cantwell, Bill Friskics-Warren, “How to Use the Book” in Heartaches by the Number