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