Monday, July 31, 2017


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


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


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


I moan to you like a sinner. . . .

Moanin’ Bernice • Moaning Blues • 1928

Friday, July 21, 2017


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


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


. . . 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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


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


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

Sunday, July 09, 2017


“. . . 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


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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017


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

Get it: Hotwalker

Monday, July 03, 2017


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