Saturday, December 28, 2019

I’ve made up my mind

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 39

Ray Charles • I Can’t Stop Loving You • 1962

Label: 45cat

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

I’m going where there’s no depression

In the Spirit redux

In 1936 the Carter Family recorded 16 transcription discs for a company in NYC after their regular session the day before for Decca. “No Depression” was recorded at both sessions and we’ve chosen the transcription for today’s final “In the Spirit” post.

(Watch this space in the coming year for a companion series featuring postwar gospel music.)

The Carter Family • No Depression In Heaven • 1936

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

If tin whistles are made of tin . . .

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 37

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
(originally issued in 1959)

Label: 45cat

Saturday, December 07, 2019

It’s a mighty rocky road

In the Spirit redux

As Harry Smith summed up many of the songs in his groundbreaking Anthology of American Folk Music with little headlines, often humorous, here’s his take on the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers’ “Rocky Road”: “Father, Mother, Almost Done Traveling Mighty Rocky Road; Go Where Jesus Is.”

Alabama Sacred Harp Singers • Rocky Road • 1928

Get it: American Epic

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The very last words poor Georgie cried. . . .

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues No. 36

“Muleskinner Blues” (see DPRB 29) a Jimmie Rodgers song? Who dat? The “Honeycomb” guy? “Engine 143” from the Carters? Never heard of them either. So, when a friend gave me the first two Joan Baez LPs he had tired of, it was an introduction to a whole new world of American song that would take this listener a couple of decades to discover where it all started . . . with a Boom: Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family.

 Joan Baez • Engine 143 • 1962

Get it: Joan Baez Vol. 2