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