Wednesday, April 25, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Here’s our favorite of all the versions of this song we’ve ever heard. . . .


Little Esther Phillips • Release Me • 1962

Monday, April 23, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Last week we heard Bobby Bland’s 1960 version of this much recorded song. Here’s Jimmie Rodgers’ take from 30 years earlier.


Jimmie Rodgers • Those Gambler’s Blues • 1930


Friday, April 20, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

This is the track that started the whole Last Man Standing thing back in 2006, which led to two more albums of big stars sitting in with The Killer. Not that he needed the help. Last Man Standing came out a few days before Jerry’s 71st birthday; the followup, Mean Old Man, was released the same month he turned 75; and the latest, Rock & Roll Time, arrived in his 79th year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear there’s another album around the corner. Jerry Lee Lewis remains, vitally, one of the greats and, at least for now, he just about is the last man standing.


Jerry Lee Lewis with Jimmy Page • Rock and Roll • 2006

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Here’s a vocal duo I bet you never thought you’d hear. . . .


Buck Owens & Bettye Swann

Monday, April 16, 2018

BLUE MONDAY


Bobby Bland • St. James Infirmary • 1960

Get it: Two Steps from the Blues

Friday, April 13, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Another great Pacific Northwest group, Paul Bearer and the Hearsemen (get it?), recorded on the Wailers’ Etiquette label. That’s our boys on the CD cover below. . . .


Paul Bearer & The Hearsemen • I’ve Been Thinking • 1966

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

BLUE MONDAY


Tommy & The Derbys • Standin’ In My Way • 1965

Friday, April 06, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


Bob Dylan • Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat • 1966

Get it: The 1966 Live Recordings

Monday, April 02, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Memphis Minnie’s few postwar recordings are just as tough as they come and her amplified guitar playing is as different as can be from her acoustic duet accompaniments with Kansas Joe from the 20s and 30s, but still just as affecting (imho, of course).


Memphis Minnie • World Of Trouble • 1953

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Girl Groups Down for the Count is back with an “all country edition” featuring a bevy of our favorite female country singers, from Bonnie Owens and Esther Phillips, to Connie Smith and Pretty Miss Norma Jean.


Linda Brannon • Wherever You Are • 1959

Get it: Shreveport Stomp

Photo: “Linda Brannon with James Burton on guitar.” From booklet to Shreveport Stomp

Monday, March 26, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Today we’re playing a longtime favorite, Lightnin’ Hopkins’ recounting of the story of Hurricane Esther. Esther originated near Cabo Verde, worked its way across the Atlantic and tore its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States in September 1961. Here, Lightnin’ transposes the action to Houston, his home, for a harrowing and cautionary tale, accentuated by his atmospheric electric guitar.


Lightning Hopkins • Hurricanes Carla & Esther • 1961


LP cover: Discogs

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


Bo Diddley • She’s Alright • 1959
(alternate take)

For the issued 45 version, click here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Tail Dragger Chicago Blues Band • Done Somebody Wrong • 1998


Get it: Chicago Blues: Rockin’ After Midnight!

Monday, March 12, 2018

BLUE MONDAY


Howlin’ Wolf • I’m Leavin’ You • 1958

Friday, March 09, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

As rock and roll fans for the longest of times and epochs, the proprietors have been saving up some of our favorite rock & roll odds and ends, beginning with this week’s pick, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones with Darlene Love and the Blossoms testifying as to the breadth of the King’s royal domain from Balboa Island and lo, even unto Riverside.


Dick Dale & His Del-Tones • King Of The Surf Guitar • 1963

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


R. L. Burnside • It’s Bad You Know • 1998

Get it: Come On In (CD), Chapter VII: All Men Are Liars (LP)

Monday, March 05, 2018

BLUE MONDAY


B. B. King • Whole Lotta’ Love • 1963
(1963 re-recording - Take 1)


Friday, March 02, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Louie Ortega, Frank Paredes, Steve Vargas, and Albert Parr—Louie & The Lovers, from Salinas, California, with their first Epic single, produced by their mentor Doug Sahm. . . .


Louie & The Lovers • I Know You Know • 1970


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Lou Reed • September Song • 1997


Get it: September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill

Monday, February 26, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

No better combination than country Texas Alexander and urban Lonnie Johnson. From Tex’s first recording session in 1927.


“Texas” Alexander • Levee Camp Moan Blues • 1927


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

I don’t think there’s any more sublime a cover of a Bob Dylan song than Nina Simone’s take on “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.”


Nina Simone • Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues • 1969

Monday, February 19, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

The obscure Black Diamond, heard here recently accompanying an unknown gospel singer, on his own “Lonesome Blues.”


Black Diamond • Lonesome Blues • 1948


EP cover: American Music

Friday, February 16, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

An early experiment in overdubbing gives us double Floyd, and, you know, we’re big Floyd Tillman fans, so even though Columbia opted not to issue this version when it was first recorded, it did make it to an LP on their Hickory subsidiary in 1966. We offer it up to you today and hope that it gives you the craziest feeling. . . .


Floyd Tillman • I’ve Got The Craziest Feeling • 1950

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

My pappy said, “Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’. . . .”


Bill Kirchen • Hot Rod Lincoln • 1997


Get it: Hot Rod Lincoln Live!

Monday, February 12, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Big Joe Turner, back from the war and still in the dark. . . .


Joe Turner • Still In The Dark • 1950

Friday, February 09, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Some wild Albanian string band music from the 30s to start your Friday. . . .


Riza Bylbyli • Kishin Uj Ata Burime • 1930

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

My brother Jimmy, my other brother Jack
When off down to Houston and they never come back


Steve Earle • Telephone Road • 1997

Get it: El Corazón

Monday, February 05, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

We’re calling this sixteenth installment of our Monday blues series “Mississippi Bottom Blues,” not because all the singers and songs are from the Mississippi bottoms but because we are paying timely tribute to the nearly obscure bluesman Kid Bailey who recorded only two titles, in the fall of 1929, one of which is our lead off track. Other’n that what we have here for the next twelve weeks are blues of the highest order, urban and rural, performed by some of the greatest names in the blues canon. Big Joe Turner, B. B. King, Texas Alexander, Lightning Hopkins, and the Howlin’ Wolf, as well as Memphis Minnie and Bobby “Blue” Bland. We hope you’ll enjoy our selection this time out, and take Kid Bailey’s entreaty to heart and consider how your mother would feel with you barrelhousin’ this a-way. —The Subliminal Kid, for Blues All Kinds


Kid Bailey • Mississippi Bottom Blues • 1929


Friday, February 02, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

The Sonics covering the Stones covering Rufus Thomas


The Sonics • Walkin’ The Dog • 1965


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

You could try to find the original CD for the “unclean” version; we’re posting the “clean” version today, because, hey, this is a family-oriented blog. . . !


Allen Ginsberg • The Ballad Of The Skeletons (clean) • 1996

Monday, January 29, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

One of our favorite Elmore James records sung with over-the-top gusto by . . . Tom Jones. . . ?!


Tom Jones • Done Somebody Wrong • 2018


Get it: Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James

Friday, January 26, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

When John Lee Hooker first came to town, people, he was walkin’ down Parkway. Everybody was talkin’ about Club DeLisa, so he decided he’d drop in there. . . . This is a Chicago blues oddity: recorded in Detroit by Bernie Besman and sold to Chess. The originally issued 78, overdubbed with sped-up guitar and dual JLH vocals, name-checked South Parkway and the Club DeLisa. On this unissued, unadorned, take Johnny references the DeLisa and places it on Beale Street in Memphis. When the track first saw the light of day on LP in the 80s, it was on a comp called Wizards from the Southside and showed John Lee Hooker along with the usual Chicago suspects on the cover. You don’t have to know any of the above to enjoy this 1952 update to his big hit. “Jump, chillen!”



John Lee Hooker • Walkin’ The Boogie • 1952
(unissued alternate version)


LP cover: Discogs

Friday, January 19, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Heroes. . . .


Ray Price • Me & Jimmy Rodgers • 2010


Get it: Twistable, Turnable Man

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

“LeAnn Rimes, a mere thirteen when ‘Blue’ was released . . . began her career self-consciously out of date. ‘Blue’ is the very definition of what gets called traditional: a pedal-steel-driven Texas shuffle combined with a vocal performance that sighs like Patsy Cline (Bill Mack wrote the song specifically for Patsy, though she never recorded it) and yodels like Eddy Arnold. This was on the radio in 1996?”—David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number


LeAnn Rimes •  Blue • 1996

Get it: Blue

Monday, January 15, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Wynn Stewart vocals + Ralph Mooney steel guitar = Nth Degree Bakersfield perfection. . . .


Wynn Stewart • Judy • 1962

Friday, January 05, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Roll over Elvis Presley and tell Wynonie the news. . . .


Link Wray • Good Rockin’ Tonight • 1965



Image: YouTube

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Here it is 2018 and we’re looking back one dinosaur bone at a time. We’re also trying out a new music player so have at it and give a listen to Rudy Grayzell and the A-Bones rip right in to a Spanglish version of Sam the Sham’s big 1965 hit. . . .


Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell y Los A-Bones
Wooly Bully Español • 1994


Monday, January 01, 2018

IT’S A NEW YEAR


Odetta, Will Geer, Arlo Guthrie • This Land Is Your Land • 1968