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,
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.
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.
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, 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
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?
“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.”
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. . . .