Monday, July 16, 2018

BLUE MONDAY BLUES

“Oh, child, you killin’ me . . . you killin’ me graveyard dead, yeah yea-yeah!”

When I first started getting interested in blues music in the mid sixties, a friend played me an Elmore James track off the pictured LP and that sure shook my nerves and rattled my brain. I subsequently went out and bought said LP and one of my favorite tracks was this week’s feature: Munroe Moe Jackson’s “Go Away From My Door.” Little did I know at the time Mr. Jackson was a white guy, more a country singer than a blues artist. All I know is that this song was pretty batsh*t crazy, and having grown up listening to early rock & roll and having an affinity for the novelty songs of the era, from “Flying Saucer” to “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour” to “Say Man” I was riding shotgun on this one, no questions asked. 

Anyway, we’ve been doing this Blues All Kinds gig for a long time, and we’re tired, and this seems like as good a song as any to ride out on. We may reappear somewhere down the line mixing up blues with country and then again we mightn’t. If you were to check in every now and again, old Frank Jive and I, we’d like that. . . .


Monroe “Moe” Jackson • Go ’Way From My Door • 1949

Sunday, July 15, 2018

THE LAST MILE

Although June Cheeks was way past his 1950s Nightingales prime when he cut this 1963 track, he could still be a terrifically scarifying singer. . . .


Rev. Julius Cheeks (Four Gospel Knights) 
Last Mile Of The Way • 1963

Saturday, July 14, 2018

HAPPY WOODY DAY

Hey, kids, it’s Woody’s birthday today. . . .


Odetta with Will Geer & Peter Fonda
Why Oh Why & “A Kid Is...” (Narration) • 1970


Friday, July 13, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

He was a man and a friend always
He stuck with me in the hard old days


Tom Paxton • Rambling Boy • 1963


Get it: Newport Broadside

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Marge Tillman • The Little Miracle • 1950


Get it: Floyd Tillman - I Love You So Much It Hurts
Image: I Love You So Much It Hurts

Friday, July 06, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


The Corley Family • Give The World A Smile • 1929


Get it: Down in the Basement

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Monday, July 02, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

More unissued Memphis Minnie from 1953, tough as ever. . . .


Memphis Minnie • In Love Again • 1953

Friday, June 29, 2018

ODDS & ENDS


Floyd Tillman’s Texans • She’s Long Gone • 1955
(vocal: Ted Daffan)


Ted Daffan image: I Love You So Much It Hurts

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
I’m Looking for Blue Eyes • 2017


Get it: Not Dark Yet

Monday, June 25, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“This is ‘Rhythm #2,’ by poor John Lee Hooker. . . .” A year on from “Boogie Chillen,” our hero, still boogying.


John Lee Hooker • Snap Them Fingers Boogie • 1949

Friday, June 22, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Cléoma Breaux Falcon really growls these lyrics! Best not let her near that 22-20. . . .


Falcon Trio • Catahoula Stomp • 1936
“Singing by Mrs. J. Falcon”

With many thanks to The Singing Bones.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Balfa Toujours, led by Nelda and Christine Balfa, daughters of the late, great Dewey Balfa, with an easygoing Cajun version of “Keep A Knockin’ But You Can’t Come In.”


Balfa Toujours • Tu Peux Cogner • 1993

Monday, June 18, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“Put yourself in my place. . . .”


Jake Porter • Slowly Go Out Of Your Mind
(vocal by Dorothy Ellis) • 1951

Monday, June 11, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

Roll tape . . . whoops! Another low budget blues session from Jaxyson. (Click here and here 
for more.)


Goldrush • All My Money Is Gone • 1948

Friday, June 08, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Because I’d only ever heard the Oak Ridge Boys version, well, I didn’t much like this song, but then going backwards in time and hearing Rodney Crowell’s cover of Dallas Frazier’s original, well, that made all the difference in the world. . . .


Rodney Crowell • Elvira • 1978

Monday, June 04, 2018

Friday, June 01, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

At least as fine as Wanda Jackson’s interpretation of this Hank Williams tune is Wanda’s portrait on the original LP cover. . . .


Wanda Jackson • Weary Blues From Waitin’ • 1964

Monday, May 28, 2018

GRAVE ON THE GREEN HILLSIDE


Charlie Louvin • Grave On The Green Hillside • 2007
with Tift Merritt & Joy Lynn White, vocals


Friday, May 25, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

The well-thumbed, dog-eared book shown below opened the door to discovering many blues, rockabilly, and country artists, including Sleepy LaBeef. We first heard his “Walkin’ Slowly,” with great busy lead guitar from Cliff Parker, on an old Charly LP recommended in the book.


Sleepy LaBeff & The Versatiles • Walkin’ Slowly • 1959

Get it: Sleepy Rocks

Monday, May 14, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“C’mon Bill, let’s take ’em for an old country rock. . . .”


William Moore • Old Country Rock • 1928

Get it: American Epic

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Marty Robbins. Gordon Lightfoot. CONNIE SMITH!


Connie Smith • Ribbon Of Darkness • 1969

Get it: The Essential Connie Smith

Monday, April 30, 2018

BLUE MONDAY

“Don’t let your friends turn you against me, baby . . .” begins Doug Sahm’s 1973 cover of the 1962 Bobby Bland hit. “. . . They ain’t giving you one red copper cent. . . .” And so begins our 17th installment of the long lived Blue Monday series which first appeared long ago as The Blues What Am and somewhere along the way took on the equally clichéd series moniker it bears today. No worries . . . we strive to give you the best cliché-free blues we can find, even when they’re not blues per se. Stay with us for the next 12 weeks as we seek to spin more than a copper cent’s worth of the best in Blue Monday blues.


Doug Sahm • Your Friends • 1973


Get it: Doug Sahm and Band / Texas Tornado / Groovers Paradise

Friday, April 27, 2018

ODDS & ENDS

Hard to believe this cover of “Fortune Teller” went nowhere at the time of release. It’s certainly high up on the Blues All Kinds charts. . . .


Tony Jackson with The Vibrations • Fortune Teller • 1965

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

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

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