Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


“Lightning” Hopkins • One Kind Favor • 1952


Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, vocal/guitar. Houston, c. 1950–51

Get it: Jake Head Boogie

CD cover: All Music

Monday, June 27, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM


Tracy Nelson • Candy Man • 1965


with Charlie Musselwhite, harmonica

Sunday, June 26, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“The blues in black and white.” —Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number



Jimmie Rodgers • 1930


Jimmie Rodgers, vocal; Lillian Hardin Armstrong, piano; Louis Armstrong, trumpet. Hollywood, 16 July 1930


Thanks for label photo

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Welcome to Odds & Sods Volume 11. After Volume 10’s final selection, the title of our first tune here might be more than apropos. That said, we have a dozen more winners for you. In addition to the fine musical lineup, we have asked Irving Snurd, our indefatigable liner note writer, to take some well deserved time off. So our notes this time around may not be as “colorful” as his but we promise you our programming will cover the entire spectrum. As with all the previous volumes of Odds & Ends we select only the best records from our cavernous archives to play for you. This time out we present recordings from our favorite period of popular music, the mid-fifties through about the mid-sixties, though it must be said that most of the songs on queue this time around were all big hits in the year 1959. We’ll be playing records by household names like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, and the Kingston Trio along with a good many not-so-well known artists such as the Miller Sisters, the Los Indios Tabajaras, and Prof. Alex Bradford and Sister Bessie Griffin. So set the dial, turn up the volume, grab a bottle or three, and dig in. . . .
—Melvin Cowznofski for Blues All Kinds


Jack Scott • What in the World’s Come Over You • 1959


Get it: Baby She’s Gone

Image: Mudwerks

Friday, June 24, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Eddie Boyd • Five Long Years • 1959


See American Music’s Eddie Boyd discography, entry 32, for more info on this version of “Five Long Years.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

The return of the “original” Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues. . . .


Marty Robbins • My Isle of Golden Dreams • 1957



LP cover: BSN Pubs

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


 James Brown & The Famous Flames
You’ve Got the Power • 1960
(vocal: James Brown & Bea Ford)


Find it: The Singles Volume One: The Federal Years 1956–1960

Album cover: All Music

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


Ray Charles • One Mint Julep • 1961


Get it: Genius + Soul = Jazz

Monday, June 20, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

Presenting the Blind Willie McTell Big Band. . . .


Pig ’n’ Whistle Band • Talkin’ to You Mama • 1949


Blind Willie McTell, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, c. August 1949

Get it: Acoustic Blues: The Definitive Collection Vol. 2

Album cover: All Music

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Can’t say we don’t have a sense of humor here at Blues All Kinds. . . .


Lowell Fulsom • Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? • 1970


Lowell Fulson, vocal/guitar; Barry Beckett, organ/piano; Eddie Hinton, guitar; David Hood, bass; Roger Hawkins, drums. Muscle Shoals, Alabama, January 1969

Friday, June 17, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO

Watch out for those young’uns. . . .


Elmore James & His Broom Dusters • The 12 Year Old Boy • 1957



Get it: The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James

45 label: 45cat

Thursday, June 16, 2016

D.P.R.B.—1963 EDITION


Sonny Boy Williamson • Bye Bye Bird • 1963


Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Lafayette Leake or Billy Emerson, organ; Matt Murphy, guitar; Milton Rector, bass; Al Duncan, drums. Chicago, 11 January 1963

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

Reissue LP cover: Bear Family Records

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Picking up where we left off with Part 3, on this set we’ll be playing our semi-usual mix of fifties, sixties, and seventies records by our favorite female singers, and we’ll even be dipping our toes into twenty-first century waters; you can expect just about anything. Anything, that is, that would be typical of Blues All Kinds. So first up, Porter and Dolly, followed by Wilma Burgess and Dinah Washington in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. . . .


Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton



LP cover: cdandlp

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE


Country Charley Pride • I Know One • 1967


Get it: The Essential Charley Pride

Sunday, June 12, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

Speaking of country music “clichés” (see last week’s David Allan Coe post), David Cantwell writes in Heartaches by the Number, “Guitar, Cadillacs, hillbilly music, and ‘lonely, lonely streets that I call home’ are what Dwight Yoakum focuses upon on his second charting single. As iconography goes, that list is about as received a collection of country signifiers as you could possibly imagine.”


490.  Guitars, Cadillacs • Dwight Yoakam • 1986


Get it: Guitars Cadillacs Etc. Etc.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Similar to the wild take of “Caldonia” heard on BAK in May of last year, here’s another very loose home demo by Carl Perkins.


Carl Perkins • Somebody Tell Me • 1956




Friday, June 10, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Memphis Slim & His House Rockers
Memphis Slim U.S.A. • 1954



Memphis Slim, vocal/piano; Jimmy Conley, Neil Green, tenor saxes; Matt Murphy, guitar; Curtis Mosley, bass; Otho Allen, drums; bongos. Chicago, 29 September 1954

Get it: Memphis Slim U.S.A.

CD cover: All Music

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

This week’s Blues What Am selection is another “long thought-to-be lost” 78, recently discovered in the cabinet of a vintage 1920s record player in the southern United States. “Tar Road Blues” and its flip “Flagin’ it to Georgia” were both in pretty rough shape but the folks at Blues Images did a terrific clean-up job and we are now able to hear two of J. D. Short’s best sides, almost ninety years after they were recorded. Have a listen to “Tar Road Blues”:


Jaydee Short • Tar Road Blues • 1930



Sunday, June 05, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

We’ve been running our Heartaches by the Number series (based on the book of the same name by David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren) for a year now. Though we’ve only covered about 10% of the 500 country singles Cantwell and Friskics-Warren wrote so incisively and entertainingly about, we’re thinking it’s time to bring this series to a close. So for the next six weeks we’ll be running our favorite records from the last couple dozen of the book’s entries leading up to number 500, and with a minimum of commentary on our part.

Fittingly, today’s record is David Allan Coe’s evocation of the “perfect country and western song,” a tongue-in-cheek list of clichéd C&W themes written by Steve Goodman; it’s been a favorite around these parts since first hearing it in the mid-80s on a seventies country LP comp.

But let’s hear Mr. Coe tell it. . . .


489.  You Never Even Called Me by My Name
David Allan Coe • 1975



Get it: The Essential David Allan Coe

Image: Discogs





Saturday, June 04, 2016

Friday, June 03, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


J. B. Lenoir • Sitting Down Thinking • 1955

J. B. Lenior (sic) • Don’t Touch My Head!!! • 1956


“Sitting Down Thinking” – J. B. Lenoir, vocal/guitar; Ernest Cotton, tenor sax; Joe Montgomery, piano; Al Gavin, drums. Chicago, 14 March 1955

“Don’t Touch My Head!!!” – similar to above. Chicago, 19 December 1956

LP cover: Discogs

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016