Friday, June 30, 2017


Simple mix and concept this time out: “Autobiography,” with old favorites like “Sweet Leilani” and “Gregorio Cortez” and new hits in the making such as “Teen-Ex,” “Ham Boogie,” and more. They all go in the Odds & Ends tumbler and shake out ready for immediate mambo. We’re confident you will play these over and over and that before long they will become your old favorites too. 
—Ervin Snerd   

Lawrence Ferlinghetti • Autobiography • 1999

Get it: A Coney Island of the Mind

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017


Mamie . . . oh, Mamie

Blind Boy Fuller • Mamie • 1937

Get it: Truckin’ My Blues Away

Image: Detail of LP cover

Sunday, June 25, 2017


The Dixie Hummingbirds—led here by Ira Tucker and Beachy Thompson—really go to town on Tucker’s “Trouble in My Way,” their second Peacock release, from 1952. Just try sitting still to the end of the record. . . .

Dixie Humming Birds • Trouble in My Way • 1952

Get it: Jesus Has Traveled This Road Before

Image: Ira Tucker, lower left; Beachy Thompson, top center

Friday, June 23, 2017


A few weeks ago we played Hank Sr.’s spooky original of “Ramblin’ Man.” Today have a listen to Junior’s spooky take on it. . . .

Hank Williams Jr. • Ramblin’ Man • 1981

Get it: Rowdy

Monday, June 19, 2017


This is Lil’ Son Jackson’s second go-round on his hit “Rockin’ and Rollin’, better known in later years as “Rock Me Baby” and recorded from 1952 on by everybody. No bombast here, just easy rockin’ . . . and rollin’.

Lil’ Son Jackson • Rockin’ And Rollin’ #2 • 1952

Friday, June 16, 2017


Leroy Carr’s biggest hit done up right by Milt and Ray. . . .

Milt Jackson & Ray Charles • How Long Blues • 1958

Get it: Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Blind Willie Johnson • If It Had Not Been for Jesus • 1930

Willie B. Richardson, lead vocal; Blind Willie Johnson, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, 20 April 1930

Get it: Sweeter as the Years Go By

Album cover: All Music

Monday, June 12, 2017


Lightnin’ Hopkins • Ida Mae • 1962

Saturday, June 10, 2017


I think we all
Could use a little mercy now
I know we don’t deserve it
Oh but we need it anyhow

Bobby Bare • Mercy Now • 2017

Get it: Bobby Bare

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Drivin’ around the back roads of Olive Branch, Mississippi, crying the blues with Little Richard. . . .

Little Richard & His Band • I’m Just A Lonely Guy • 1955

Monday, June 05, 2017


Johnny Shines and Walter Horton magnificent on an early take of “Evening Sun” that went unissued at the time. . . .

Johnny Shines • Evening Shuffle [take 1] • 1953

Sunday, June 04, 2017


“Timbuktu, situated in the Southern Sahara where the Niger River encroaches on the desert, is ‘the meeting place of the camel and the canoe.’

“The Tuaregs, nomads of the desert . . . are called ‘People of the Veil’ because the men wrap their heads in a native-woven cloth which is never removed, not even for eating. . . . They are fierce, aristocratic people, very proud of the brave deeds of the ancestors.

“In the war song on this record, the old man is singing of the bravery of a chief and his marvelous horse ‘Yali.’. . . .The musician accompanies his song with the tehardent, a three-stringed instrument resembling the ancient Egyptian lute.” —Laura C. Boulton, 1939 notes to Folkways album African Music, 1957

Tuareg Tribe • War Song • 1934

Get it: The Secret Museum of Mankind: Music of North Africa; it can also be found on Gay Life in Dikanka: R. Crumb’s Old-Time Favorites and African Music.

More information: Smithsonian Folkways

Friday, June 02, 2017


A couple of years ago we presented a more widely heard version of Rev. Anderson Johnson’s classic list of no-nos “God Don’t Like It.” For today’s selection we’ve excavated an earlier version when the Rev was just an elder. It’s pretty much the same list of circumscribed activities but the 
lo-fi recording and Johnson’s completely bonkers lap steel playing make this one prime Odds and Ends material. . . .

Elder A. Johnson • God Don’t Like It • c. 1952

Label photo: Discogs