Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I don’t know what you’ve got

Roll over Little Richard, tell Covay and Hendrix the news? Um, not really. But for a cover of an absolutely unassailable performance, Mr. Milem comes pretty durn close.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

After you get rid of me

If Charlie Rich’s 1961 Phillips original is Charlie Rich personified, then Jerry Lee Lewis’ take, recorded eighteen years later, is remade in Jerry’s image—as always, and with a whistling outro as a bonus.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wanna know my name? I’m a wild child

Buddy Holly & the Crickets with Jerry Ivan Allison on vocals. Allison says he was trying to imitate Jimmy Cagney’s tough guy talk on the vocal. . . .

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

They’ll say no no no no no no no, etc.

The rough and ready original by the Jewels. Overshadowed nationally by the Charms’ cover, but we think the Jewels beat Otis & the Charms by an L.A. country mile!

The Jewels • Hearts of Stone • 1954

Label pic: Discogs

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

And remember our faded love

Proving once again, to my ears anyway, that Elvis’ post-TV Special years were his best, and James Burton’s guitar is no hindrance. Bob Wills sure never took it as far as Elvis and the boys did for his 1970 Elvis Country sessions. James Burton: “‘Faded Love,’ that was raunchy.”

Elvis Presley • Faded Love take 3 • 1970

Monday, March 29, 2021

I just don’t give a damn

“It’s been a [bad] year for the roses” 

George Jones • I Just Don’t Give a Damn • 1975

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Crazy Luv Life

“From the heart of the Ojibwe woodlands, Pipestone spins tales of love's wild ups and downs in . . . round dance songs. With often hilarious lyrics taken from life on the Pow-Wow Trail, Pipestone combines tough singing and a swinging hand drum beat in this tribute to love's break-ups and make-ups.” —ad copy from Canyon Records website

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Mi unico camino

Conjunto Bernal had a massive local hit in the Rio Grande Valley with “Mi Unico Camino” in the late 50s. Here, California group Los Cenzontles, with vocals by Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, team up with David Hidalgo and his slide guitar for an emotion packed version that never fails to turn my insides to jelly. “Mi Unico Camino” translates to something like “My Only Path,” and the translated lyrics reveal it to be a sad and desperate road indeed. There’s also a great live Cenzontles/Hidalgo version on YouTube if you can find it.

Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo • Mi Unico Camino • 2008

Get it: Songs of Wood & Steel

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I found a love

Lonnie Mack taking his cue from Wilson Pickett’s singing and Robert Ward’s Magnatone amp, this is Falcons Redux. Fabulousness personified in 3 minutes 34 seconds.

Lonnie Mack • I Found a Love • 1969

Monday, February 01, 2021

This is a mean old world

My original favorite Little Walter track before I found out you were only supposed to like his instrumentals. . . .

Little Walter • Mean Old World • 1952

LP cover: Hard to believe it survived all these years!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Just between you and me

The late, incomparably great Charley Pride singing one of his first big hits live in Ft. Worth, Texas. If you want to hear the next song he and steel player Lloyd Green are cookin’ up you’ll just have to buy the album. They’re all good!

Charley Pride • Just Between You and Me [live] • 1969

Get it: In Person

LP cover: Discogs

Friday, January 01, 2021

To the end

Happy 2021, everybody! We three kings of Orien Tar will have been broadcasting Blues All Kinds for 10 years come this July. It’s way past time to hang it up and enjoy some easy listening, or listening easy, without feeling the need to further inflict our musical tastes or lack thereof on an ever diminishing listenership. So, we’ve decided to post maybe a couple of songs a month till around mid-July and then say, “Adiós.” It’s mostly been a lot of fun, we gained a friend or two, though much of the music we dredged up was really just exercises in memory jogging, much easier on the joints than real jogging. So . . . commencing with today’s song “believe [we’ll] run on and see what the end’s gonna be. . . .” No big statements between now and then, just the same-o stuff we like and have been posting all along, old, new, and in-between. 

The Sensational Nightingales • To the End • 1959