Saturday, October 26, 2019

He’s a mighty good leader, all the way

In the Spirit redux

Skip James only recorded two “gospel” numbers during his 1931 session for Paramount, “Be Ready When He Comes” and “Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader.” We think “Leader” is one of his best, right up there with “Special Rider Blues” and “I’m So Glad.” Have a listen. . . .

Skip James • Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader • 1931

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Bring the buck-buck-bucket down

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 29

DPRB returns and the dial is set to 1960. . . .

The Fendermen • Mule Skinner Blues • 1960

Label: 45cat

Saturday, October 12, 2019

He’s the just right saviour for me

In the Spirit redux

Rev. F. W. McGee • He Is A Saviour For Me • 1927

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

As regards Madame Lazonga, Cuban Pete,
and the Rhumba Cubano style

First time I heard this song, or part of it anyway, was on a Sun Records reissue LP on Charly about 30 years ago. In 1957 Warren Smith blended verses from three Hank Snow records, “I’m Moving On,” “The Rhumba Boogie,” and “The Golden Rocket” into one song that was eventually titled “The Golden Rocket” when it was first issued in the late 1970s. Here’s Hank’s original (a #1 followup to “Moving” and “Rocket,” also #1 hits for him in 1950) featuring him flawlessly cramming more syllables than you can count into a line along with a couple of his signature acoustic guitar runs.

Hank Snow (The Singing Ranger) & His Rainbow Ranch Boys
The Rhumba Boogie • 1951

Get it: The Goldrush Is Over

Illustration: detail from Li’l Abner by Al Capp, July 24, 1943

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Don’t you hear church bells a-toning

In the Spirit redux

Kid Prince Moore • Church Bells • 1936

LP cover: Discogs