Friday, December 02, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Paul Robeson • Joe Hill • 1958


Get it: Live at Carnegie Hall

LP cover: Ace Records

Friday, November 25, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Quarry Men • In Spite of All the Danger • 1958


Get it: The Beatles Anthology 1

Image: Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU WILL BE DEPORTEE

Woody’s old song done up just right by The Highwaymen, with a moving guest shot by Johnny Rodriguez that brings it all home. . . .


Johnny Cash, Johnny Rodriguez, Willie Nelson

Get it: Highwayman

Sunday, November 13, 2016

OH LORD, PLEASE TAKE AWAY THE DARKNESS

Here’s a real strange one from “Mr. Blues” considering the rest of his canon, but it fits the mood here at Blues All Kinds HQ on this sunny Sunday. . . .


Wynonie Harris • Song of the Bayou • 1953


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


J. B. Hutto & The New Hawks • I’m Leaving You • 1983



J. B. Hutto, vocal/guitar; Brian Bisesi, guitar; Kenny Krumbholz, bass; Leroy Pina, drums; Ron Levy, piano; Greg Piccolo, tenor sax; Rich Lataille, alto sax; Doug James, baritone sax. Carlisle, Massachusetts, February–March 1983

Monday, October 24, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

When the sun rose this mornin’, I was diggin’ those clarinet blues. . . .


Will Day • Sunrise Blues • 1928

Will Day, vocal; unknown clarinet and guitar. New Orleans, 25 April 1928

Friday, October 14, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

“Dear God, it’s late. I hope I didn’t get you up . . .
You see, God . . . my daddy needs straightening out. . . .”


Porter Wagoner • Little Boy’s Prayer • 1970

Find it: The Rubber Room


Sunday, October 09, 2016

CAJUN ROCK’N’ROLL

Somewhere around 1970 I played this Terry Clément track along with a few others for a Louisiana transplant in Richmond, Virginia, and he sniffily told me it wasn’t Cajun music, it was rock’n’roll. Whatever it was/is, it’s a good one, and everyone involved is fully letting the bon temps roll.

(We’re re-upping this as we got a nice comment from WF, who knows what he’s talking about, and also the audio link is now updated. It was originally posted in 2014.)


Terry Clement & His Rhythmic Five

Terry Clément, accordion; Purvis Clément, vocal/fiddle; Marshall Arceneaux, guitar; Ronnie Goudreaux, drums; Jerry Dugas, steel guitar.

Friday, October 07, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Alex Bradford with Bessie Griffin


Get it: Rainbow in the Sky

Image: All Music

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Elton Anderson with Sid Lawrence Combo
Secret of Love • 1959


Elton Anderson, vocal/guitar; Danny George, tenor sax; Katie Webster, piano; guitar; Sid Lawrence, bass; Little Brother Griffin, drums. Lake Charles, 1959

The secret of love is revealed on Eddie’s House of Hits.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


The Shangri-Las • Twist and Shout • 1964


Photo: Valdosta State University. “The Shangri-Las perform on stage. Pine Cone 1966.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Urban and Rural were two groundhogs resident on the Lake-Cook Road, and their story seemed to echo in the diverse range of sounds emanating from the basement of a suburban ranch-style one summer long ago on the western edge of Palatine, Illinois. What does this have to do with the “Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues”? Well, it is on the map. . . . 


Elvis Presley • One Night (of Sin) • 1957


Elvis Presley, vocal/guitar; session musicians: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, guitars; Bill Black, bass; D. J. Fontana, drums; Dudley Brooks, Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, piano; The Jordanaires, vocals. Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood, January 1957

Monday, September 12, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

The Alabama women
They look like section men


 Leroy Carr • Alabama Women Blues • 1930



Sunday, September 04, 2016

YOU KNOW DENOMINATION
AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A NAME

At first listen, it seems a little odd to hear a 21st century country singer enumerating a list of 1920s African-American church sects’ squabbles, but Rodney Crowell’s performance is so engaging and, really, it all comes down to “it’s right to stand together, it’s wrong to stand apart,” a good reminder to us in these polarized times. Washington Phillips had that part nailed in 1927. . . .


Rodney Crowell • Denomination Blues • 2006



Get it: Voice of the Spirit: The Gospel of the South

*This is a re-up from November 23, 2014.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

Well, folks, today’s post brings us to the end of our year-long exploration of David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren’s wonderful book Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. Special thanks to David for allowing us to use excerpts from the book; anybody “within the sound of my voice” who wants to go further with this should pick up a copy, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Thanks for listening. . . .

“Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.”


499.  Keep on the Sunny Side • Carter Family • 1928


A. P. Carter, vocal; Sara Carter, vocal/autoharp; Maybelle Carter, vocal/guitar. Camden, New Jersey, 9 May 1928


Sheet music: Wikipedia


Friday, July 01, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO

That held note. . . !


Jimmy Reed • Found Love • 1961


Find it: Found Love

Sunday, June 26, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“The blues in black and white.” —Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number



Jimmie Rodgers • 1930


Jimmie Rodgers, vocal; Lillian Hardin Armstrong, piano; Louis Armstrong, trumpet. Hollywood, 16 July 1930


Thanks for label photo

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“The downside of settin’ the woods on fire.” —Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number



483.  Honky Tonk Blues • Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys • 1952



Get it: 40 Greatest Hits

Label pic: Rockfiles

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ONE MORE RIDE

Vocal ping pong with Ira Tucker and Paul Owens. . . .


Angelic Gospel Singers with the Dixie Humming Birds
One Day • 1951


Find it: The Gospel Sound

Album cover: Discogs

Friday, May 13, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Willie Nix & His Band • Just Can’t Stay • 1953


Willie Nix, vocal; Snooky Pryor, harmonica; Sunnyland Slim, piano; Eddie Taylor, guitar; Alfred Wallace, drums.
Chicago, 14 October 1953

Monday, May 02, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM


The Sensational Nightingales • Burying Ground • 1959


Get it: The Best of the Sensational Nightingales




Sunday, May 01, 2016

IT’S MAY DAY

A friendly repost from May 1, 2012. . . .


Jim Garland • I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister • 1963



Friday, April 15, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO

“On the Road Again” is Floyd Jones’ update to his classic “Dark Road” which is itself an update of Tommy Johnson’s 1928 “Big Road Blues.” 


Floyd Jones & His Trio • On the Road Again • 1953

Floyd Jones, vocal/guitar; Sunnyland Slim, piano; Moody Jones, bass; Alfred Wallace, drums. Chicago, 31 Jan 1953

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Margaret Lewis was somewhere around 20 when she made this demo of her composition “Reconsider Me” which later was a hit for both Narvel Felts and Johnny Adams.


Margaret Lewis • Reconsider Me • c. early 1960s



Monday, March 21, 2016

THE BLUES WHAT AM

Thirty years after it was recorded and issued on 78 Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night—Cold Was The Ground” made its first appearance on microgroove via the Folkways LP Blind Willie Johnson and in the decades following, its reputation as one of the most powerful pieces of American recorded music has continued to grow. In 1964 it featured on the soundtrack to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film The Gospel According to St. Matthew alongside music from Odetta and the Missa Luba. The song was also launched into space on the Voyager Golden Record in 1977. In 2003 it was heard in Wim Wenders’ The Soul of a Man segment of The Blues documentary in a re-creation, by Chris Thomas King, of Blind Willie singing on the street.


Blind Willie Johnson



Friday, March 18, 2016

BLUES IN CHICAGO


Jimmy Rogers & His Rocking Four • Out on the Road • 1952


Jimmy Rogers, vocal/guitar; Henry Gray, piano; Bob Woodfork or Muddy Waters, guitar; Willie Dixon, bass; A. J. Gladney, drums. Chicago, 17 Aug 1952

Find it: The Complete Chess Recordings

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

They’re back, folks! Those fabulous girl groups that made 60s pop radio so much fun to listen to. 
Erm . . . wait . . . our our programmers have not included one tune that even vaguely qualifies as 
a girl group record. Guess you’ll just have to suffer through several weeks of really good perfor-mances by really good female singers from all over the really good world. Let’s get this fun fest started with Belô Velloso, Caetano Veloso’s and Maria Bethânia’s niece, and her 1997 take on “Send Me Some Lovin’.”


Belô Velloso • Send Me Some Lovin’ • 1997


Find it: Um Segundo

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

ALOHA ‘OE

Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au
Until we meet again

Crown Princess (later Queen) Lili‘uokalani, wrote “Aloha ‘Oe,” about 1877. Sixteen years later, the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was overthrown in a coup d’état led primarily by American economic interests, and Queen Lili‘uokalani was placed under house arrest and confined to ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu, where she finished transcribing “Aloha ‘Oe.” 


Johnny Bellar • Aloha Oe • 2000


Get it: Masters of the Steel String Guitar

For more on “Aloha ‘Oe,” Lili‘uokalani, and the fall of the Hawaiian kingdom, follow this link.

CD cover: All Music

Tuesday, January 26, 2016