Friday, April 28, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Doug Sahm with the Sir Douglas Quintet • Colinda • 1973

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


We’re back with another dozen installments in our long running “cradle-to-grave” Dino series, picking up where we left off in January with Buck Owens’ endorsement of “pure pork.” Stick around for twelve more weeks as we take up our “nine pound hammer” and work our way through what’s left of one period of musical excavation and into a new one filled with “thrills, spills, and the sport of kings.” Well, maybe not that last bit. Up first . . . Merle Travis with his folk music “of the hills.”


Merle Travis • Nine Pound Hammer • 1947

Monday, April 24, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Johnny Young’s South Side Blues Band • Tighten Up On It • 1966

Get it: Chicago The Blues Today

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I’LL RUN ON TO HIS THRONE

Here is a beautiful “lining” type hymn from the ever harmonious Pilgrim Travelers. A while back I posted a congregational lining hymn by Deacon Shinault which was inspired by a post on The Singing Bones that featured another quartet version of a lining hymn by The Echoes of Zion. This one by the Pilgrim Travelers is a real shiver-me-timbers affair with leads Kylo Turner and Keith Barber leading the way; the rest of the Travelers keep the cold chills meter on high: J. W. Alexander (tenor), Jesse Whitaker (baritone), Raphael Taylor (bass). Recorded in Hollywood, 
July 21, 1950.



The Pilgrim Travelers • I Love the Lord • 1950


Label photo: Record Connexion/Tom Kelly

Originally posted 6/9/2013

Friday, April 21, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Carlos Malcolm & His Afro-Jamaican Rhythm • Bonanza Ska • 1965

Monday, April 17, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Oh well, would you hear me weep and moan. . . .


Sunnyland Slim & His Boys • Big World • 1951

Floyd Jones, vocal/guitar; Billy Howell, trumpet; Sunnyland Slim, piano; Moody Jones, bass; Alfred Wallace, drums. 
Chicago, 22 March 1951.

CD cover: Floyd Jones is pictured top center.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

This is The Killer speakin’


Jerry Lee Lewis • No Headstone On My Grave • 1973

Get it: Fireball! The Jerry Lee Lewis Collection

LP cover: Discogs

Friday, April 07, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Odds and Ends Volume 14 is upon us at long last. We began our Odds & Ends run nearly four years ago with the fabulous Cowboy Church Sunday School and since that inaugural entry we have walked often on the odd side. Oddness, of course, does not necessarily equate with greatness but hopefully you will agree that we have indeed flirted with such these past many Fridays. Please stay tuned as we dust off another dozen underheard odds and ends. . . . 
—Irv “Odd Man Out” Snurd         



Get it: RCA Country Legends

Thursday, April 06, 2017

KERN RIVER BLUES

Merle Haggard passed away one year ago today. This would have been his 80th birthday. He recorded one final song in February of last year, a seeming reflection on his impending leave taking; it’s moving and on point. “There used to be a river here, running deep and wide. . . .”


Merle Haggard • Kern River Blues • 2016

Get it: Kern River Blues - Single

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Angelique Kidjo • Lonlon (Ravel’s Bolero) • 2007

Get it: Djin Djin

Monday, April 03, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Charley Booker • Walked All Night • 1953


Source: Sun Records: The Blues Years 1950–1958

Friday, March 31, 2017

IT’S JUST LIKE HEAVEN . . .

RIP Rosie Méndez Hamlin. . . .

One of the few consolations to being in the 8th grade in the early ’60s was listening to the latest tunes on a little desktop radio after school. “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals was one of the highlights of 1960–1961. Something about Rosie’s wistful, high-pitched vocals, the shambling Originals, and especially, the almost completely airless sax solo by bass player Tony Gomez, really made this song stand out, one you hoped would come on at least once during your afternoon listening session. (And then there was the rumor that she was attending your local high school but you wouldn’t be going there for two more years and by then she’d probably already have graduated. . . .)


Rosie & The Originals • Angel Baby • 1960

Originally posted April 22, 2015

ODDS & ENDS


Elvis Presley • I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago • 1972

Get it: Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70’s Masters

Monday, March 27, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

The first time I heard the original single version of this song on a reissue LP back in the mid-60s it caused “total destruction to [my] mind”; fifty years later it retains that power. Recently I was comparing that version with an earlier attempt and apart from an unfortunate faded ending I think this early version gets my vote for being the most dangerous of all Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom” iterations.


Elmore James • Please Find My Baby (Version 1) • 1952


Image: booklet to Ace ABOXCD 4

Friday, March 24, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Here’s a haunting Bill Monroe “quartet” recording from 1951, with just Bill and Carter Stanley on mandolin and guitar respectively, and on the “get down”s Gordon Terry, Rudy Lyle, Carter, and Bill, in that order.


Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Quartet


Monday, March 20, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

609 Boogie!



John Lee Hooker • Six O’Nine Boogie (Take 1) • 1949

Source: Danceland Years

Friday, March 17, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Luke the Drifter • Ramblin’ Man • 1951

Get it: Low Down Blues and elsewhere

Monday, March 13, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Little Brother • The First Time I Met the Blues • 1936
(mistitled on original release as “The First Time I Met You”)

Source: When the Sun Goes Down: The First Time I Met the Blues

Friday, March 10, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Here’s a note perfect take on Roy Orbison’s classic 1956 Sun single from Creedence’s 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory. This album also has, mixed among several big Creedence radio hits like “Travelin’ Band” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” covers of Big Boy Crudup’s “My Baby Left Me” and Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” as well as the Marvin Gaye version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”


Creedence Clearwater Revival • Ooby Dooby • 1970

Get it: Cosmo’s Factory

LP cover: PopSpots

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Recorded live in Chicago’s Maxwell Street market in 1964 as part of the soundtrack to Mike Shea’s film And This Is Free.


Fannie Brewer • I Shall Overcome • 1964

Find it: And This Is Maxwell Street

Image from And This Is Free: The Life and Times of Chicago’s Legendary Maxwell Street (DVD)

Monday, March 06, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Here’s a nice acoustic honky tonk blues by Floyd Tillman, from an unfinished “blues” LP project Floyd was working on with Ted Daffan. This one goes out to The Swede.


Floyd Tillman • Floyd’s Song • 1957

Floyd Tillman, vocal/guitar; Lew Frisby, bass; Ted Daffan, baritone ukulele; Pete Burke, piano. Houston, c. early 1956.


Image: Floyd Tillman, Amarillo, Texas, 1950 (detail) from book accompanying I Love You So Much It Hurts

Friday, March 03, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Johnny Cash. . . ? Try the big man from Smackover, Arkansas.


Sleepy LaBeff & His Versatiles • Ridin’ Fence • 1959

Get it: Sleepy Rocks

Please note: Sleepy and Linda LaBeef are currently experiencing difficulties due to medical issues. Click here to read more and help if you are inclined. . . .

Monday, February 27, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


“Have the blues before sunrise, with the tears standing in my eyes.” “Don’t never lose your temper when you’ve been drinking booze.” These two verses bookend Robert Nighthawk’s blues poetry extraordinaire and set the stage for this month’s Blue Monday offerings. We’ve got 12 dynamic records from all the genres coalescing in one grand celebration of resistance to the hardships of existence. If that sounds like poetry to your ears, stay with us as we mine the depths of experience and innocence as embodied in “the blues what am.” 
—“Little” Melvin Cowznofski, staff writer and series compilation     


Robert Nighthawk • Blues Before Sunrise • 1964

LP cover: American Music

Friday, February 24, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


This one jumps like mad! Papa Cairo and the boys give it everything they’ve got . . . knocked out barroom piano, a couple of wild steel solos, and relentlessly swinging fiddle. What a thrill it must have been to see this band in person. . . .


Papa Cairo & His Boys • Big Texas (French) • c. 1953

Get it: Acadian All Star Special

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Alcione • Sufoco • 1978


Get it: Brazil Classics 2: O Samba

LP cover: Discogs

Monday, February 20, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell

Find it: Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?



Tom Russell • Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall? • 2006

Monday, February 13, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Blind Willie McTell • Wee Midnight Hours • 1949

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

Find it: Pig ’n Whistle Red


Sunday, February 12, 2017

BLUE MONK REVISITED, WITH CLARINET

About time for a re-up on this one, originally heard here in July 2012. . . .


Thelonious Monk • Blue Monk • 1963

Get it: Monk’s Greatest Hits

Thelonious Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums. Live at Newport, 1963.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY

Woke up this morning with this one on repeat inside my overheated, overdreamed noggin. Hurts pretty good. . . .


George Jones & Merle Haggard • Born with the Blues • 2006

Get it: Kickin’ Out the Footlights . . . Again

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

“No more joy,
No more joy,
Baby, no more fun for me”


L. C. Williams • Strike Blues • 1948



LP cover: Discogs

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

THE BAD ONES ARE COMING . . .


Mad cover, March 1954. Illustration by Harvey Kurtzman.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


“South of the border, down Mexico way” could well be the theme for part 5 of our “Girl Groups Down for the Count” series with great songs from México, Peru, South America and the Caribbean. Songs from Havana, Durban, and São Paulo all mix together delightfully giving us a more fully rounded aural stereograph of the “girl group” sound. And due to overwhelming response to our Dolly and Porter duet last series, this time we’ll be playing 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. So lie back and enjoy our featured tunes from “yeh-yeh” to “yé-yé.” —Melvin Cowznofski


The Gaylettes • Silent River Runs Deep • 1968

Image: Discogs