Friday, October 20, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

“Draggin’ the Bow” is a jumpin’ solo showcase for Cliff Bruner and his Texas Wanderers. Cliff’s up first on fiddle, followed by Leo Raley’s amplified mandolin, Moon Mullican on piano, and then the great Bob Dunn zipping away on electric steel. Ten years later, Cajun great Harry Choates recorded his take on this classic.


Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers • Draggin’ The Bow • 1938

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Thelonious Monk Septet • Abide with Me • 1957

Ray Copeland, trumpet; Gigi Gryce, alto saxophone; John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophones. 
New York City, 26 June 1957

Get it: Monk’s Music

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