Monday, August 31, 2020

You left me to go to big Texas

Cajun Classics, Part 2

This one really jumps! Papa Cairo and the boys give it everything they’ve got . . . knocked out barroom piano, a couple of wild steel solos, and relentlessly swinging fiddle. What a thrill it must have been to see this band in person. . . . (Side A of the original record was in English, this is the B side.)


Papa Cairo & His Boys • Big Texas • c. 1953

Get it: Acadian All Star Special

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Amazing Grace

Farther Along, part 2

Fuller says in his intro here that this “burying song” has “never been played on a guitar before as I know. . . .” It bears a certain similarity to Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” from 1927, and is equally fine, if a little short in duration.


Jesse Fuller • Amazing Grace • 1955

Get it: Frisco Bound

Friday, August 21, 2020

When the Lord gets ready, you got to move

Farther Along

From the same album that brought us “Frisco Lines” a couple of months ago, here’s Fred’s classic version of “You Got to Move.”


Fred McDowell • You Got To Move • 1966

Get it: You Gotta Move
LP cover: Smithsonian Folkways

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

That’s life, that’s what the people say

Dinosauric Preception Roadmap Blues 1966

Not really a true roadmap-to-the-tar-pits point-along-the-way. We (me, myself, and I) just like it. Maybe if we’d heard it back in the day, and weren’t so prejudiced against our parents’ generation’s music, we probably would have dug it. Aretha Franklin and James Brown did.


Frank Sinatra • That’s Life • 1966

45 label: Discogs