Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lord I seen my baby
way out on that Frisco line

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1966

Here’s where the light went on. (I probably say that about every record I really like!)

Fred McDowell • Frisco Lines • 1965

Get it: You Gotta Move
LP cover: Smithsonian Folkways

Monday, June 22, 2020

I want you . . . so bad

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1966

“I Want You” was the jaunty radio hit in the summer of ’66 but the flip was the scary side that pulled you down onto Rue Morgue Avenue and wrung you out until you drag-assed yourself back home muttering “I do believe I’ve had enough. . . .”

Bob Dylan • I Want You • 1966

Bob Dylan • Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues • 1966

45 picture sleeve: Rate Your Music

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Eunice Waltz

Cajun Classics

Dunno what it is about this one, but since the first time I heard it and pretty much every time thereafter, Anna Laura Edmiston’s vocal just wreaks havoc on my tear ducts and my innards, in a good but unexpected way.

Feufollet • Eunice Waltz • 2008

Get it: Cow Island Hop

Monday, June 08, 2020

Oh, child, you killin’ me . . . you killin’ me graveyard dead, yeah yea-yeah!

Country Blues Classics

As mentioned at the start of this “country blues” survey, when I first started getting interested in blues music in the mid sixties, a friend played me an Elmore James track off the pictured LP and that sure shook my nerves and rattled my brain. I subsequently went out and bought said LP and one of my favorite tracks was this week’s feature: Munroe “Moe” Jackson’s “Go ’Way From My Door.” Little did anyone know at the time Mr. Jackson was a white guy, more a country singer than a blues artist. (The flip side was a cover of “Move It on Over.”) All I know is that this song was pretty batsh*t crazy, and having grown up listening to early rock & roll and having developed an affinity for the novelty songs of the era, from “Flying Saucer” to “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor” to “Say Man” I was riding shotgun on this one, no questions asked.

Also up today is Alabama slide guitarist John Lee, who recorded half a dozen songs for Ralph Bass, four of which made their way to release on Federal. And with these selections we close out our little foray into the first Country Blues Classics album. Next week, we’ll have a listen to a handful of “Cajun classics.” Now don’t touch that dial. . . .

John Lee • Blinds Blues • 1952

Munroe “Moe” Jackson • Go ’Way from My Door • 1949