Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY

Woke up this morning with this one on repeat inside my overheated, overdreamed noggin. Hurts pretty good. . . .


George Jones & Merle Haggard • Born with the Blues • 2006

Get it: Kickin’ Out the Footlights . . . Again

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

“No more joy,
No more joy,
Baby, no more fun for me”


L. C. Williams • Strike Blues • 1948



LP cover: Discogs

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

THE BAD ONES ARE COMING . . .


Mad cover, March 1954. Illustration by Harvey Kurtzman.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


“South of the border, down Mexico way” could well be the theme for part 5 of our “Girl Groups Down for the Count” series with great songs from México, Peru, South America and the Caribbean. Songs from Havana, Durban, and São Paulo all mix together delightfully giving us a more fully rounded aural stereograph of the “girl group” sound. And due to overwhelming response to our Dolly and Porter duet last series, this time we’ll be playing Dolly Parton’s first record “Puppy Love,” issued by the Goldband label of Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1959. Recorded when she was just thirteen, it’s a far cry, or howl, from Dolly’s future development and direction. So lie back and enjoy our featured tunes from “yeh-yeh” to “yé-yé.” —Melvin Cowznofski


The Gaylettes • Silent River Runs Deep • 1968

Image: Discogs

Monday, January 16, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Rough and tumble, flawed original recording, but tough as nails, and as exciting as postwar downhome blues gets . . . Louisiana Red mines Muddy Waters’ early Aristocrat sound for all
it’s worth . . . nothing better!


Playboy Fuller • Gonna Play My Guitar • 1953

Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter), vocal/guitar; Jesse Lee Williams, harmonica; Johnny Walters, piano. Detroit, 1953

Forthcoming: Patz Pix

Friday, January 13, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Odds & Ends volume 13. We’re going back about 10,000 years—“it beats anything the modern man hears.” This set truly embodies the “mythological blues,” rampant with ramblers and cowboys ridin’ fence, polka dots and moonbeams at midnight, and dusty old dust. Legends and heroes. Time to rise and shine. New day dawning . . . or darkness closing in?


Ernest Rogers • The Mythological Blues • 1928

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Talk about a ham . . . that must be pure pork!


Buck Owens & His Buckaroos • Act Naturally / 

Buck Owens, vocal/guitar; Don Rich, lead electric guitar/fiddle/vocals; Doyle Holly, bass/vocals; Tom Brumley, pedal steel guitar; Willie Cantu, drums. Carnegie Hall, 25 March 1966


LP cover: Discogs

Friday, January 06, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Jackie Wilson • Danny Boy • 1958


Get it: The Ultimate Jackie Wilson

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Clifton Chenier • Ain't No Need Of Crying

Clifton Chenier, vocal/accordion; Cleveland Keyes, guitar; Joe Morris, bass; Robert St. Julien, drums; Cleveland Chenier, washboard. Houston, 1 April 1969

Get it: Clifton Chenier Sings the Blues

Monday, January 02, 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017

AIN’T IT A MERRY DAY

This is a happy new year
Ain’t gonna worry me to death


Lightning Hopkins • Happy New Year • 1951

LP cover: Audiophile USA