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