Saturday, November 30, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I---I’m so hurt

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 35

Timi Yuro • Hurt • 1961

Saturday, November 23, 2019

I saw the light, mourners

In the Spirit redux

Rev. Gary Davis’ only pre-war solo performances were recorded over three sessions in July 1935; two blues and thirteen gospel numbers (one originally unissued). The song featured here today is the only one he didn’t sing on; Bull City Red takes the vocals with Davis on guitar. It was issued as by “Blind Gary” with no credit to Bull City Red on the original.

Blind Gary • I Saw The Light • 1935
Bull City Red, vocal

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Come over here!

In the Spirit redux

Here’s a “sanctified jug band” record led by Elder Richard Bryant who had a couple of CoGiC churches in southern Mississippi. A joyous, exuberant performance and fun to listen to!

Elder Richard Bryant’s Sanctified Singers • Come Over Here • 1928

LP cover: Discogs

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Walk! Don’t Run

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues Nos. 32 & 33

The first wave of surf music breaking all the way from Tacoma, Washington to Raton, New Mexico.

The Ventures • Walk - Don’t Run • 1960

The Fireballs • Bulldog • 1959

Get ’em: Teen Beat

Saturday, November 09, 2019

When the first trumpet sounds,
I’ll be getting up, walking around

In the Spirit redux

In the summer of 1942, on one of his field trips for the Library of Congress, Alan Lomax recorded members of the Silent Grove Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This song, with Bozie Sturdivant singing lead was issued as a 78 by the LOC and later appeared on an LP also issued by the Library of Congress. These records could be ordered direct from the LOC and in this way much of the wonderful music collected by Lomax and others began to be heard by young blues and folk music fans in the fifties and sixties. “Ain’t No Grave” is one of the timeless classics from those informal on-location recording sessions.

Bozie Sturdivant • Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down • 1942

Get it: A Treasury Of Library Of Congress Field Recordings

78 label: Austin Granger/flickr

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Take five!

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 31

“Pre-code” surf music . . . before the Ventures. . . .

Dave Brubeck Quartet • Take Five • 1959
(reissued 1961)

Saturday, November 02, 2019

The Bible that my mother gave to me

In the Spirit redux

First heard by us on an old Newport Folk Festival LP performed by the Phipps Family from Kentucky who had a lot of Carter Family songs in their repertoire. The Carters recorded “Little Log Cabin by the Sea” at their first recording session in 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee (the “Big Boom” sessions), one of six they recorded over two days. When music from the Bristol Sessions began to be collected together on reissues in the 80s, this was a choice pick.

The Carter Family • Little Log Cabin By The Sea • 1927

Get it: Bristol Sessions

LP cover: Discogs