Monday, June 14, 2021

I ain’t worried

“Sitting on Top of the World” was written and recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks in 1930 and it directly entered “blues standard” territory where it has been loved and recorded by all manner of musicians from Bob Wills to Doc Watson to Howlin’ Wolf to . . . spin the dial and most likely someone you listen to has recorded it, so many maybe you got to the point where you never wanted to hear it again. I know I did. And then along comes ole Papa Taj and his pals Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley with this delightful version and we’re top of the world once again.

Taj Mahal • Sittin’ on Top of the World • 2021

Monday, June 07, 2021

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Georgia . . . Brown

A big hit right out of the chute, in 1925, “Sweet Georgia Brown” has been performed and recorded countless times by all manner of performers in all manner of genres. Here’s a couple of favorites that have recently resurfaced through the slow-swirling goo on constant mix mode inside my aging noggin.

The Coasters • Sweet Georgia Brown • 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis • Sweet Georgia Brown • 1971

LP covers: Discogs

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

By the time I make Albuquerque

You can always depend on King Solomon to apply his considerable skills to a song you’ve heard a million times and give it new meaning, mood, color. . . .

Solomon Burke • By the Time I Get to Phoenix • 1968

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Fairweather friend

A new-ish track from the former Feufollet singer.

Anna Laura Edmiston • Fairweather Friend • 2010

Get it: After Hours at Valcour Records

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I don’t know what you’ve got

Roll over Little Richard, tell Covay and Hendrix the news? Um, not really. But for a cover of an absolutely unassailable performance, Mr. Milem comes pretty durn close.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

After you get rid of me

If Charlie Rich’s 1961 Phillips original is Charlie Rich personified, then Jerry Lee Lewis’ take, recorded eighteen years later, is remade in Jerry’s image—as always, and with a whistling outro as a bonus.