Monday, October 16, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Is he? Easy answer: Well, sure. Complex, more nuanced answer: Yes indeedy.


John Lee Hooker • Boom Boom • 1965

Thanks to Marie

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I PITY THE COUNTRY

They’re seeking to draw me
Away from the roundness of the life


Willie Dunn • I Pity the Country • 1971

Find it: Native North America (Vol. 1)

Willie Dunn image: Native North America (Vol. 1)

Friday, October 13, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Cleoma Breaux sings “Prenez Courage” to the tune of “Aloha ‘Oe.”


Clemo Breaux with Joe Falcon & Ophy Breaux

Get it: American Epic

Photo: Cleoma Breaux and Jospeh Falcon via My Old Weird America

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

D.P.R.B. “the postscript” returns and continues. . . .

Twenty-three years before today’s song was used as the opening theme music for the second season of The Leftovers it was the opening track on Iris DeMent’s first LP Infamous Angel. And it remains a pretty good statement of faith whatever your faith may be. . . .


Iris DeMent • Let The Mystery Be • 1992

Get it: Infamous Angel

Monday, October 09, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

I been drinkin’ Joe Louis whiskey,
I’m just as treacherous as I can be


Little Johnny Jones • Chicago Blues • 1953

Get it: Messing with the Blues

CD cover: Little Johnny Jones, center right

Friday, October 06, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

An early slack-key recording featuring lovely Hawaiian falsetto vocals by Led and Ned Kaapana’s mom, Tina, with father George on guitar, and probably Fred Punahoa on steel.


 Tina Kaapana • Punaluu • 1953

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

I wanna watch the ocean bend
the edges of the sun. . . .


Lucinda Williams • Ventura • 2003

Get it: World Without Tears

Monday, September 25, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Issued originally as by the mysterious Sly Williams, the actual artist here, Curley Page, isn’t exactly a household name either. But as the lead-off track on the blues comp My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Mr. Page’s record certainly comes off as the most dangerous tune on that album, both aurally and domestically. . . .


Curley Page & Band • Boot Hill • 1958

Friday, September 22, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Those listeners who have called us “chicken stuff” or worse for presenting what some would deem leftovers or substandard minor pop hits have possibly missed the point entirely. Many of these songs have been waiting in the wings, patiently, for decades to at last have the chance to present themselves to a sophisticated audience of music aficionados, listeners who will validate, after many long years of flying under the radar of Top 40 radio programmers, their significant and undying contribution to what can only be described as high art, indeed the highest of art, that of the phonograph record, melodies pressed into wax or vinyl or those little mathematical bits as is the current fashion. We can only entreat our faithful listeners to open their ears and experience what are at once timely and eternal offerings to that great universal omnichordal pool of musical understanding without which we would all be so much poorer in spirit. —Melvyn Cowznofski


Hop Wilson • Chicken Stuff [alternate take] • 1958

Get it: Steel Guitar Flash! . . . Plus

Hop Wilson photo from booklet to above CD.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Loretta Lynn, heard here at 84, robust and coming full circle on the Carters’ “I Never Will Marry.”


Loretta Lynn • I Never Will Marry • 2016

Get it: Full Circle

Monday, September 18, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

First time I heard Wright Holmes he scared me a little bit. I didn’t know what to make of the intense craziness of “Alley Special” reissued on a Blues Classics LP many years ago. Decades after that, I heard his other two issued performances and was pretty well convinced we had a real Texas mad-
man on our hands here. I believe I read somewhere that he later gave up blues for the church . . . hope that helped!


Wright Holmes • Alley Special • 1947

Sunday, September 17, 2017

OUR PRAYER


Albert Ayler • Our Prayer • 1967

Get it: In Greenwich Village

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Last week we featured Maxine Brown with her brother Jim Edward and sister Bonnie. This week we have a completely different Maxine Brown singing, perhaps appropriately, “maybe it’s all in my mind . . . ”


Maxine Brown • All in My Mind • 1961

Friday, September 08, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Grace Tennessee & The American Spirits • Pow Wow • 1961

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

The Browns’ first record for RCA. Sure glad the A-side was the hit. . . .


Jim Edward & Maxine Brown & Bonnie • I Take the Chance • 1956

Monday, September 04, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY

Easy to hear why Rich Trice was known as Little Boy Fuller on his postwar recordings for Savoy. Not easy to hear why this one went unissued at the time. . . .


Little Boy Fuller • Blood Red River Blues • 1947

Friday, September 01, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

This sure is a lot more fun than the Perry Como version I used to hear when I was a kid. . . .


Homer & Jethro • Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyeballs • 1953

Get it: Homer & Jethro Assault the Rock ’n Roll Era

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

His name is Rambler, when he gets a chance
He leaves his mark on everybody’s pants



Blind Blake • Police Dog Blues • 1929

Sunday, August 27, 2017

IT’S A SLOW, SLOW TRAIN . . .

. . . but it’s movin’ on


The Staple Singers • Slow Train • 1968

Get it: Soul Folk in Action

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

With the opening jolt of B. Houston’s guitar, this record’s got your attention. And then Big Mama Thornton’s stately, sublime performance—no screaming, shaking, or stomping—goes straight for your heart. Many of us heard Big Brother’s version first but that pretty much faded into nonexistence once we experienced Big Mama’s. Nearly 50 years on, nothing’s changed. . . .


Big Mama Thornton • Ball And Chain • 1968

Monday, August 21, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

When I was with you you had
Button up shoes to wear . . .


Tommy Johnson • untitled Paramount test • 1929
(aka Button Up Shoes)

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