Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

And remember our faded love

Proving once again, to my ears anyway, that Elvis’ post-TV Special years were his best, and James Burton’s guitar is no hindrance. Bob Wills sure never took it as far as Elvis and the boys did for his 1970 Elvis Country sessions. James Burton: “‘Faded Love,’ that was raunchy.”

Elvis Presley • Faded Love take 3 • 1970

Monday, March 29, 2021

I just don’t give a damn

“It’s been a [bad] year for the roses” 

George Jones • I Just Don’t Give a Damn • 1975

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Crazy Luv Life

“From the heart of the Ojibwe woodlands, Pipestone spins tales of love's wild ups and downs in . . . round dance songs. With often hilarious lyrics taken from life on the Pow-Wow Trail, Pipestone combines tough singing and a swinging hand drum beat in this tribute to love's break-ups and make-ups.” —ad copy from Canyon Records website

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Mi unico camino

Conjunto Bernal had a massive local hit in the Rio Grande Valley with “Mi Unico Camino” in the late 50s. Here, California group Los Cenzontles, with vocals by Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, team up with David Hidalgo and his slide guitar for an emotion packed version that never fails to turn my insides to jelly. “Mi Unico Camino” translates to something like “My Only Path,” and the translated lyrics reveal it to be a sad and desperate road indeed. There’s also a great live Cenzontles/Hidalgo version on YouTube if you can find it.

Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo • Mi Unico Camino • 2008

Get it: Songs of Wood & Steel

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I found a love

Lonnie Mack taking his cue from Wilson Pickett’s singing and Robert Ward’s Magnatone amp, this is Falcons Redux. Fabulousness personified in 3 minutes 34 seconds.

Lonnie Mack • I Found a Love • 1969

Monday, February 01, 2021

This is a mean old world

My original favorite Little Walter track before I found out you were only supposed to like his instrumentals. . . .

Little Walter • Mean Old World • 1952

LP cover: Hard to believe it survived all these years!