Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Little Esther • The Deacon Moves In • 1951


Session personnel: Little Esther, vocals; Don Johnson, trumpet; George Washington, trombone; Earl Warren, alto sax; 
Lorenzo Holden, tenor sax; Walter Henry, baritone sax; Devonia Williams, piano; Pete Lewis, guitar; Mario Delagarde, bass; Leard Bell, drums; Clyde McPhatter, vocals; The Dominoes (Bill Brown, Joe Lamont, Charlie White), vocal group. Cincinnati, 
26 January 1951

Get it: The Best of Little Esther

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


D. L. Menard • Green Oak Tree • 1984


Session musicians: D. L. Menard, vocal/guitar; Buck White, piano/mandolin; Jerry Douglas, Dobro/lap steel; Jerry Rivers, fiddle; Blaine Sprouse, fiddle; Ricky Skaggs, fiddle; Neil Worf, drums; Cheryl Warren, bass; Larry Menard, harmony vocals; Don Helms, steel. Nashville, c. 1984

Get it: Cajun Saturday Night.

Monday, September 26, 2016

BLUE MONDAY


Fention & The Castle Rockers • The Freeze • 1958


Get it: I Pity the Fool: The Duke Records Story

Label shot: YouTube

Friday, September 23, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Hadn’t a been for Grayson
I’d a been in Tennessee


The Kingston Trio • Tom Dooley • 1958



Get it: The Kingston Trio / from the Hungry i

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Elton Anderson with Sid Lawrence Combo
Secret of Love • 1959


Elton Anderson, vocal/guitar; Danny George, tenor sax; Katie Webster, piano; guitar; Sid Lawrence, bass; Little Brother Griffin, drums. Lake Charles, 1959

The secret of love is revealed on Eddie’s House of Hits.

Monday, September 19, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

“Ain’t no heaven now
It ain’t no burnin’ hell”


James Phillips • No Lovin’ • 1962




Friday, September 16, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Mickey Gilley • Lawdy Miss Clawdy • 1977


Find it: Ten Years of Hits

Album cover: hhv

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


The Shangri-Las • Twist and Shout • 1964


Photo: Valdosta State University. “The Shangri-Las perform on stage. Pine Cone 1966.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Urban and Rural were two groundhogs resident on the Lake-Cook Road, and their story seemed to echo in the diverse range of sounds emanating from the basement of a suburban ranch-style one summer long ago on the western edge of Palatine, Illinois. What does this have to do with the “Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues”? Well, it is on the map. . . . 


Elvis Presley • One Night (of Sin) • 1957


Elvis Presley, vocal/guitar; session musicians: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, guitars; Bill Black, bass; D. J. Fontana, drums; Dudley Brooks, Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, piano; The Jordanaires, vocals. Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood, January 1957

Monday, September 12, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

The Alabama women
They look like section men


 Leroy Carr • Alabama Women Blues • 1930



Sunday, September 11, 2016

SELECTION OF IRISH MARCHES

The tongue in, er, cheek title of this collection might obscure the fact that it’s a collection of classic old-time music from around the world via the 78 collection of R. Crumb. As the back cover proclaims, it’s “The Holy Grail,” a declaration that’s pretty much on the money if you like old-timey music from the 20s and 30s, regardless of what culture produced it. The tune at hand is by Louis E. Quinn’s Shamrock Minstrels, who, in Mr. Crumb’s words, “recorded a few sides for a cheap line of dime-store records (American Record Corp.) in New York in 1933. The ‘Selection of Irish Marches’ includes ‘The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Hall,’ ‘The Green Flag,’ and ‘The Wearing of the Green.’” I detect snatches of “I Want to Go Where Jesus Is” here and there throughout the piece but what do I know?


Louis E. Quinn’s Shamrock Minstrels



Get it: Gay Life in Dikanka – R.Crumb’s Old-Time Favorites

*This is a re-up from January 2, 2014

Friday, September 09, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Champion Jack Dupree • Strollin’ • 1958


Get it: Blues from the Gutter

Album cover: All Music


Thursday, September 08, 2016

I FELL IN . . .

“Wowee, pretty scary!”


Tom Jones • Ring of Fire • 1967

A tip o’ the beenie to David Cantwell. . . .

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

With the blood from my body
I could start my my own still




Find it: I Am What I Am

Monday, September 05, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

“Blue Monday, I hate Blue Monday.” The universal worker’s lament. And today being Labor Day,  we have Mr. Antoine Domino to celebrate it with you. He’s joined this month by a bakers dozen of the best Blue Mondayers we could round up, including Ray Charles, Leroy Carr, Fenton Robinson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Big Joe Turner. Enjoy them all but remember: “Monday is a mess.” 
—Mel(vin) Cowznofski   


Fats Domino • Blue Monday • 1955



EP cover: popsike

Sunday, September 04, 2016

YOU KNOW DENOMINATION
AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A NAME

At first listen, it seems a little odd to hear a 21st century country singer enumerating a list of 1920s African-American church sects’ squabbles, but Rodney Crowell’s performance is so engaging and, really, it all comes down to “it’s right to stand together, it’s wrong to stand apart,” a good reminder to us in these polarized times. Washington Phillips had that part nailed in 1927. . . .


Rodney Crowell • Denomination Blues • 2006



Get it: Voice of the Spirit: The Gospel of the South

*This is a re-up from November 23, 2014.