Friday, August 18, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


The Browns featuring Jim Edward Brown • Teen-Ex • 1960

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Joyce Harris was all of 21 when she belted out her version of “I Got My Mojo Working” in 1961. Hard to believe it wasn’t issued at the time.


Joyce Harris & The Daylighters

Monday, August 14, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

For our fourteenth installment of the Blue Monday series we have split the list into two segments: the acoustic real folk blues and its city bound cousin the modern day urban blues, with some inevitable cross pollinating occurring on both sides of the Marconian divide. Stars big and small feature in our concatenations this round: Long Cleve Reed and James Reed, Curley Page and Curley Weaver, among many too exhausting to enumerate. Better to just settle in for a trip on the Mobile Line . . . you could end up in France . . . or in the alley. —Irv “Blues” Snurd, program director


Long “Cleve” Reed & Little Harvey Hull (The Down Home Boys)

Friday, August 11, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Ooh . . . we’re gonna have fun. . . .


Jim Backus & Friend • Delicious! • 1958

Monday, August 07, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


The Strangers • Ham Boogie • 1970


Get it: Concepts, Live & The Strangers

Monday, July 31, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

More Robert Johnson than Elmore James, here’s an alternate take of Robert Lockwood’s unissued version of “Dust My Broom.”


Robert Lockwood Jr. • Dust My Broom (Alternate take) • 1951

Friday, July 28, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

A favorite here for many years, maybe even our entry into Tejano music, it’s the true story of Texas folk hero Gregorio Cortez.


Los Pinguinos del Norte • Gregorio Cortez • 1970


Original LP cover: Discogs

For more on Gregorio Cortez see his Wikipedia entry

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

This ain’t no crazy dream, I know that it’s real . . . 

I’ve loved this song for as long as I can remember; probably first heard it by Jerry Lee Lewis, then Ray Price, later Patsy Cline. It was written by Ralph Mooney the late great pedal steel player in the mid 50s; recorded by lots of country and pop artists. This is my current favorite, sung by my current favorite singer, Ms. Patty Loveless. Chill bump music. . . .


Patty Loveless • Crazy Arms • 2008

Get it: Sleepless Nights

Monday, July 24, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

I moan to you like a sinner. . . .


Moanin’ Bernice • Moaning Blues • 1928

Friday, July 21, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

And then . . . and then . . . uh oh. . . .



George Jones & Johnny Paycheck • Along Came Jones • 1980

Get it: Double Trouble/A Taste of Yesterday’s Wine

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Here at Blues All Kinds headquarters we are always looking for ways to expand your enjoyment of our girl group sounds. One way to do that is to continually expand the definition of just what a girl group record is. Our dictionary defines a girl group as “a musical aggregation made up entirely of female singers who harmonize in unison and often aim their lyrics and melodies at the teenage audience.” We might enlarge upon that definition as any musical group that aspires to the girl group sound or sensibility. To that end we present our next dozen tunes in this series, leading off this week with the ever dynamic Brenda Reid and the Exciters. —Melvin Cowznofski



The Exciters • Do-Wah-Diddy • 1963

Sunday, July 16, 2017

NOT TO OVERSTATE THE OBVIOUS, BUT . . .

. . . It’s simple, really. . . .


The Spirit of Memphis • If It Ain’t One Thing (It’s Another) • 1956
lead vocals: Joe Hinton, Jet Bledsoe

LP cover: Discogs

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


John Coltrane • Dear Lord • 1965

John Coltrane, tenor sax; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Roy Haynes, drums. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 
17 May 1965

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SPANISH ICE

A long-time favorite, but for some reason lately it’s been playing in my head a lot, so. . . . Though this song’s title would later be corrected to “Spanish Eyes” on CD, I’ve always liked the sound, and accompanying mental image, of “Spanish Ice” as it was originally named on LP.


Flaco Jiménez • Spanish Eyes • 1979

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

SUNDAY SCHOOL

“. . . if you can remember this, you won’t get lost on the cross while you trying to get across.”



Rahsaan Roland Kirk • Old Rugged Cross • 1972


Get it: Blacknusseven more relevant today than when Tricky was in. . . .

Friday, July 07, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Still pickin’ ’em up and puttin’ ’em down. Old Jer, 79 when his latest album was released, living on rock’n’roll time. . . .


Jerry Lee Lewis • Rock & Roll Time • 2014

Get it: Rock & Roll Time

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Maria Bethânia e Gal Costa • Sonho Meu • 1978

Get it: Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

HAPPY 4TH


Tom Russell • America the Beautiful • 2005
Gretchen Peters: vocal; Fats Kaplin, pedal steel

Get it: Hotwalker

Monday, July 03, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

In October 1929 Edward Thompson recorded six sides at the Gennett studios in New York City. All were issued on the Paramount label, two of them crediting Thompson as Tenderfoot Edwards. One of the Tenderfoot Edwards records, the top side of which you can hear here today, didn’t survive the decades in as good shape as the other two, but the good folks at Blues Images worked their magic and it is now quite listenable, if a little rough. For me, it’s the very best of all his sides, with great bent-note guitar figures set to a loping beat, and a sly vocal, sounding to my ears a bit unlike most of his other records. When his other two 78s were reissued in the late sixties he was believed to have been an Alabama artist but in recent years he’s thought to have been either from Georgia or Florida. Whatever, his six recordings are really fine and again, this one tops them all!


Tenderfoot Edwards • When You Dream Of Muddy Water • 1929

When You Dream Of Muddy Water” and its flip side “Up On The Hill Blues” are both on 24 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920’s Vol. 11 in the best sound we’re likely to hear unless another copy in better condition turns up!

Originally posted 12/19/14

Friday, June 30, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Simple mix and concept this time out: “Autobiography,” with old favorites like “Sweet Leilani” and “Gregorio Cortez” and new hits in the making such as “Teen-Ex,” “Ham Boogie,” and more. They all go in the Odds & Ends tumbler and shake out ready for immediate mambo. We’re confident you will play these over and over and that before long they will become your old favorites too. 
—Ervin Snerd   


Lawrence Ferlinghetti • Autobiography • 1999

Get it: A Coney Island of the Mind

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Mamie . . . oh, Mamie



Blind Boy Fuller • Mamie • 1937


Get it: Truckin’ My Blues Away

Image: Detail of LP cover

Sunday, June 25, 2017

TROUBLE’S IN MY WAY

The Dixie Hummingbirds—led here by Ira Tucker and Beachy Thompson—really go to town on Tucker’s “Trouble in My Way,” their second Peacock release, from 1952. Just try sitting still to the end of the record. . . .


Dixie Humming Birds • Trouble in My Way • 1952

Get it: Jesus Has Traveled This Road Before

Image: Ira Tucker, lower left; Beachy Thompson, top center

Friday, June 23, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

A few weeks ago we played Hank Sr.’s spooky original of “Ramblin’ Man.” Today have a listen to Junior’s spooky take on it. . . .


Hank Williams Jr. • Ramblin’ Man • 1981

Get it: Rowdy

Monday, June 19, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

This is Lil’ Son Jackson’s second go-round on his hit “Rockin’ and Rollin’, better known in later years as “Rock Me Baby” and recorded from 1952 on by everybody. No bombast here, just easy rockin’ . . . and rollin’.


Lil’ Son Jackson • Rockin’ And Rollin’ #2 • 1952

Friday, June 16, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Leroy Carr’s biggest hit done up right by Milt and Ray. . . .


Milt Jackson & Ray Charles • How Long Blues • 1958

Get it: Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Blind Willie Johnson • If It Had Not Been for Jesus • 1930


Willie B. Richardson, lead vocal; Blind Willie Johnson, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, 20 April 1930

Get it: Sweeter as the Years Go By

Album cover: All Music

Monday, June 12, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Lightnin’ Hopkins • Ida Mae • 1962

Saturday, June 10, 2017

MERCY NOW

I think we all
Could use a little mercy now
I know we don’t deserve it
Oh but we need it anyhow


Bobby Bare • Mercy Now • 2017

Get it: Bobby Bare

Friday, June 09, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Here’s a gospel number that finds John Fogerty, late of CCR, trying on Brother Archie Brownlee’s mantle and attempting his own leather-lunged take on the Five Blind Boys classic.


Blue Ridge Rangers • Somewhere Listening (For My Name) • 1973

LP cover: Discogs

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Drivin’ around the back roads of Olive Branch, Mississippi, crying the blues with Little Richard. . . .


Little Richard & His Band • I’m Just A Lonely Guy • 1955

Monday, June 05, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Johnny Shines and Walter Horton magnificent on an early take of “Evening Sun” that went unissued at the time. . . .


Johnny Shines • Evening Shuffle [take 1] • 1953

Sunday, June 04, 2017

WAR SONG


“Timbuktu, situated in the Southern Sahara where the Niger River encroaches on the desert, is ‘the meeting place of the camel and the canoe.’

“The Tuaregs, nomads of the desert . . . are called ‘People of the Veil’ because the men wrap their heads in a native-woven cloth which is never removed, not even for eating. . . . They are fierce, aristocratic people, very proud of the brave deeds of the ancestors.

“In the war song on this record, the old man is singing of the bravery of a chief and his marvelous horse ‘Yali.’. . . .The musician accompanies his song with the tehardent, a three-stringed instrument resembling the ancient Egyptian lute.” —Laura C. Boulton, 1939 notes to Folkways album African Music, 1957



Tuareg Tribe • War Song • 1934

Get it: The Secret Museum of Mankind: Music of North Africa; it can also be found on Gay Life in Dikanka: R. Crumb’s Old-Time Favorites and African Music.

More information: Smithsonian Folkways

Friday, June 02, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

A couple of years ago we presented a more widely heard version of Rev. Anderson Johnson’s classic list of no-nos “God Don’t Like It.” For today’s selection we’ve excavated an earlier version when the Rev was just an elder. It’s pretty much the same list of circumscribed activities but the 
lo-fi recording and Johnson’s completely bonkers lap steel playing make this one prime Odds and Ends material. . . .


Elder A. Johnson • God Don’t Like It • c. 1952

Label photo: Discogs

Monday, May 29, 2017

SO I’M HERE SEARCHING FOR HIS GRAVE


The Stanley Brothers • Soldier’s Grave • 1966

Photo: Crosses at WW2 American Cemetery in NormandyClaudev8/Wikipedia


Originally posted Memorial Day 2016

Sunday, May 28, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY


Ry Cooder • Feelin’ Bad Blues • 1986

Get it: The UFO Has Landed

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


There are some people
Who say we cannot tell . . .


Johnny Cash • I Was There When It Happened • 1957

LP cover: Discogs

Monday, May 22, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

It has long been said that “Monday is a mess” so we will endeavor to do our best to help you wend your way through the muck with upbeat tunes like Lightning Hopkins’ “Happy Blues for John Glenn” and other oldies of similar sentiment. And as it is Monday, we will be bookending this chapter of Blue Monday with two work songs that embody just that. It may start off “Stormin’ and Rainin’” but by month’s end you’ll be “Feelin’ Bad” no longer. Let’s catch that train and ride. . . .
—Irving Snurd, Blue Monday director of cosmetic consciousness


Lowell Fulsom • Stormin’ and Rainin’ • 1948

Friday, May 19, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

“In 1954, Christer Falkenstrom made his first radio broadcast accompanying himself on the cittra (zither) at the age of ten in Stockholm. That same night, he and his father were approached by a representative of HMV records, resulting in the recording of this song the following day. . . .”*


Christer Falkenstrom • Baklandets Vackra Maja • 1954

Get it: Black Mirror

*from the liner notes by Ian Nagoski

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Here’s one by the great Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde and the Mahotella Queens. Mahlathini, who was known in South Africa as “The Lion of Soweto,” sounds to these ears an awful lot like a close cousin to Howlin’ Wolf. . . .


Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo • Kwa Volondiya • 1987

LP cover: Discogs