Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bachelor’s life

“Happy go lucky” vocal by D. L. Menard (also known as the “Cajun Hank Williams”), a couple wild steel solos from Archange Touchet, and leader Elias Badeaux showing he’s no slouch on the squeezebox equals one great sixties Cajun single.

Badeaux & Louisiana Aces • Bachelor’s Life • 1963

LP cover: Discogs

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Let your light from the lighthouse shine on me

In the Spirit redux

Starting back along about 1966 or so, a series of early gospel/sanctified music was released on a couple of specialist labels, Origin Jazz Library and Blues Classics. The OJLs mostly concentrated on “sanctified” recordings made by early blues singers like Charley Patton, Skip James, and Bukka White, while the BC LPs were made up of a mix of recordings by both blues singers and strictly gospel singers. All five LPs were great, with wonderful, stirring performances and showed that a blues singer like Charley Patton could hold his own with a singer like Blind Willie Johnson. In the early seventies Columbia put out two volumes of The Gospel Sound that presented various gospel performances ranging from the 1920s up into the sixties. We’ll start there, with Blind Willie Johnson’s terrific growling, thumping “Let Your Light Shine on Me.” In the weeks to come, we’ll have a listen to some of the tunes from OJL’s In the Spirit and Blues Classics’ Negro Religious Music along with some other fine sides from the same pre-war period.

Blind Willie Johnson • Let Your Light Shine On Me • 1929

LP cover: Discogs

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I’m the cat that wrote “I’m A Man”

Ellas McDaniels is his real name . . . this one has everything you could want, slammin’ rhythm, lots of great Peggy Jones guitar and Bo name-checking all his hits (a la Jimmy Reed’s “Honey Don’t Let Me Go” or Lil’ Son Jackson’s “Everybody’s Blues”). Well, it’s got everything I could want . . . you might need to get there on your own. . . .

Bo Diddley • Bo Diddley Is Loose • 1961

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Happy Woody Day

Here’s a little Woody myth-making in honor of his birthday, sung by Bobby Bare.

Bobby Bare • Woody • 2012

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown

DPRB Bubbling Under #5

Bobby Darin • Mack the Knife • 1959

Picture sleeve: Discogs

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


DPRB Bubbling Under #4

When the DJs on KCBQ used to play this I thought they were saying Prez Prado . . . maybe they were!

Perez Prado & His Orchestra • Patricia • 1958

 Get it: Teen Beat Volume 2

Label: Discogs

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Hadn’t a been for Grayson, I’d a been in Tennessee

DPRB Bubbling Under #3

The Kingston Trio • Tom Dooley • 1958

Get it: The Kingston Trio / from the Hungry i

Sunday, July 07, 2019

All my days I will sing in praise

DPRB Bubbling Under #1

This week we’re gonna do a little gathering in of several 50s tunes that didn’t make the main list before we step into a new decade.* First up is Harry Belafonte’s yearning “Island in the Sun” from his calypso period. . . .

Harry Belafonte • Island in the Sun • 1957

Record label: Discogs

*(after a short DPRB hiatus)

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Out in the west Texas town of El Paso

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 28

So begins Marty Robbins’ epic cowboy outlaw tale, in 1959 a barrier breaker from start to finish: The single was too long for radio (four and a half minutes), it was about an interracial intercultural love affair between an Anglo cowboy and a Mexican girl named Faleena who maybe was a prostitute. And in those four minutes an entire movie plays out from the cowboy meeting the girl in Rosa’s Cantina to their final and tragic goodbye. An epic to be sure and one of Marty’s greatest in a long career of great ones, sixty years old this year and not aged a day. . . .

Marty Robbins • El Paso • 1959