Monday, September 28, 2020

Work on out there!

Really the Postwar Blues Down Homers Part 4

A great little instrumental exercise modeled on “My Babe” with standard exciting guitar licks from Lightnin’ and a whomping drum solo from Spider Kilpatrick.

Lightning & Spider • Candy Wagon • 1965

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gonna leave here runnin’
because walkin’ is most too slow

Really the Postwar Blues Down Homers Part 4

This was always a big favorite after an acoustic live version by Brownie and Sonny appeared on a sixties Vanguard LP, Blues at Newport. Here’s a rollicking band version from 1952.

Brownie McGhee & his Juke Block Busters
 Key to the Highway • 1952

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Grand Mamou

Cajun Classics, part 2

“Mamou is a little Cajun community on one of Southwest Louisiana’s rolling prairies. It won fame a few years ago when it inspired the hit song ‘Big Mamou.’ The town’s greatest claim to fame, however, is that it produced Jimmy “C” Newman, and watched him climb to stardom as a Cajun folk artist, and as one of the brightest country and western stars on The Grand Ole Opry. . . .”
                                                                                                                  —from Bob Hamm’s liner notes to original album

Jimmy “C” Newman • Grand Mamou (Big Mamou) • 1974

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

La Valse de Reno

Cajun Classics, Part 2

Nobody can sing sad Cajun songs like Lawrence Walker, and the handful he did for La Louisianne in the early 60s are the saddest of the sad. Songs like “Unlucky Waltz,” “Yeaux Noir,” “Chere Alice,” and today’s number, “Reno Waltz.” Not that he couldn’t and didn’t step it fast, because he did. But being a melancholy baby (boomer), I’m sticking with the slow, sad ones. At least for today.

 Lawrence Walker • Reno Waltz • 1960