Monday, February 27, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


“Have the blues before sunrise, with the tears standing in my eyes.” “Don’t never lose your temper when you’ve been drinking booze.” These two verses bookend Robert Nighthawk’s blues poetry extraordinaire and set the stage for this month’s Blue Monday offerings. We’ve got 12 dynamic records from all the genres coalescing in one grand celebration of resistance to the hardships of existence. If that sounds like poetry to your ears, stay with us as we mine the depths of experience and innocence as embodied in “the blues what am.” 
—“Little” Melvin Cowznofski, staff writer and series compilation     


Robert Nighthawk • Blues Before Sunrise • 1964

LP cover: American Music

Friday, February 24, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


This one jumps like mad! Papa Cairo and the boys give it everything they’ve got . . . knocked out barroom piano, a couple of wild steel solos, and relentlessly swinging fiddle. What a thrill it must have been to see this band in person. . . .


Papa Cairo & His Boys • Big Texas (French) • c. 1953

Get it: Acadian All Star Special

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Alcione • Sufoco • 1978


Get it: Brazil Classics 2: O Samba

LP cover: Discogs

Monday, February 20, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell

Find it: Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?



Tom Russell • Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall? • 2006

Monday, February 13, 2017

BLUE MONDAY


Blind Willie McTell • Wee Midnight Hours • 1949

Blind Willie McTell, vocal/guitar; Curley Weaver, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, c. August 1949

Find it: Pig ’n Whistle Red


Sunday, February 12, 2017

BLUE MONK REVISITED, WITH CLARINET

About time for a re-up on this one, originally heard here in July 2012. . . .


Thelonious Monk • Blue Monk • 1963

Get it: Monk’s Greatest Hits

Thelonious Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums. Live at Newport, 1963.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017