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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Little and Large #10

Two or three series which started on or around the same time are now  rapidly reaching their conclusions.

One of which is the Little and Large series. You know the drill by now. A band with Little and a band with Large or something similar in their name.

I think that I could probably just about have done this series by concentrating on Blues singers alone.
There is Little Walter, Little Richard, Big Bill Broonzy, Big Joe Turner and Big Maceo and many more including today's little artist Little Milton.
One of those acts who had one foot in the Blues camp and the other in the Soul camp.

In the large corner we have Canadian folk artists Great Lake Swimmers with a track from their 2007 album Ongiara.

I think that's me just about done for now

Little Milton - Can't Hold Back The Tears

Great Lake Swimmers -Where in the World Are You

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dead Flowers

Last week Walter featured Townes Van Zandt's cover of the Rolling Stones number  Dead Flowers which  is on the soundtrack of The Big Lebowski.
I mentioned that I had a live version by Steve Earle and the Dukes which I said I would look out.

It turns out that I've two live versions, one on their live album Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator  and one on the b-side of the 12 inch single of  The Other Kind (Back out on the Road Again)
I've gone for the latter  along with a live version of Guitar Town which were recorded in Calgary, Canada  way back in April 1989 around the time of his fourth studio album The Hard Way. Due to addiction issues and prison time it would be five years before his next record Train a Comin' saw the light of day.

Take me down little Susie, take me down

Steve Earle & the Dukes - Dead Flowers (live)

Steve Earle & the Dukes - Guitar Town (live)

It has just struck me that both Townes and Steve have pretty much lived this song which may well explain why they produced two excellent versions.

Monday, 17 September 2018


After a hiatus of five years singer/songwriter Peter Kelly better known as Beerjacket has returned with a new single Cord on the ever wonderful Scottish Fiction record label.
It is a precursor to his most ambitious project to date Silver Cords which will be an album and a book with 12 short stories accompanying the 12 songs.
As Kelly writes at one point in the writing of Silver Cords I decided that the record would live in a book and that each song would be accompanied by a short story inspired by it's lyrics.

The accompanying story for Cord is Shoots of Life which focuses on that one connection in life that holds everything together.

It sounds like a fascinating project and the album/book is available to pre-order over at Bandcamp
There is a limited edition of 300 copies. Make that 299 as mine is already ordered.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Drag Queens in Limousines

A week or so ago Rol posted a feature on Rifles and Rosary Beads the new album by Mary Gauthier. It sounds like an interesting and worthy project and one that I should really check out in more detail.

The title track would make a worthy addition to this series but given the fact that I don't have it I'm going to plump for the title track of her second albums 1999's Drag Queens in Limousines.
I think that this song may well be autobiographical given that she ran away from her adopted parents and lapsed into a world of drugs and alcohol spending her 18th birthday in jail.
Thankfully she managed to turn her life around given that she has been sober from 1990. She wrote her first song at the age of 35.
If you like your country real and gritty (and yes Mrs CC sometimes depressing!) than Mary is someone who you should become acquainted with.

Drag queens in limousines
Nuns in blue jeans
Dreamers with big dreams
All took me in

Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Devil's Music

I've featured the Uncut compilation The Devil's Music -Keith Richard's compilation of Blues,Soul and R& B classics (December 2002) before but it merits being included again.

As I said the last time I'm a bit wary of such compilations - music that inspired A or the roots of B as I feel it gives an opportunity to churn out any old stuff most of which is now in the public domain.
This one is a little bit different as in my mind's eye I can see Keef sitting with a spliff nodding along to all the songs featured and maybe strumming gently along on his guitar.

Last time round you got Jackie Brenston and Billie Holiday, this time you are getting Amos Milburn, Jimmy Rogers and Leadbelly.In all honesty I could have featured any of the 25 tracks as they are all top quality.
Somebody knicked the riff from the Jimmy Rogers song and it is bugging me as to who it is.

A compilation worth tracking down if you don't already have it.

Amos Milburn - Down The Road Apiece

Jimmy Rogers - Goin' Away Baby

Leadbelly - The Midnight Special

Friday, 14 September 2018

Disco Friday # 9 - Good Times

The bar has well and truly been raised this week as Charity Chic presents quite possibly the best disco act of them all Chic.
Lead by the geniuses that are Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards Chic describe themselves as the rock band of the disco movement that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom.
That's good enough for me.

Not content with producing disco classics such as the three featured below they were the brains behind countless disco hits for the likes of Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and Sheila and B Devotion.
Carly Simon,  Debbie Harry and David Bowie also owe them a debt of gratitude as do all those bands who have sampled them or been inspired by them.

Aaahh freak out!

Le freak, see'est Chic

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

The final recent charity shop purchase is Please Describe Yourself  the 2004 debut album by Dogs Die in Hot Cars.
A band from St Andrews in Fife formed when the majority of members where at school there and finalised following a move to the meteropolis that is Glasgow.
On the V2 label and produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley and as I recall it was released with a fair degree of hype and I suspect with a fair degree of investment.

Mrs CC is hearing a bit of Dexys, I'm hearing a lot of Franz Ferdinand.
I must admit I'm not sure as to whether it is a keeper or not. Decent enough pop music but I can't see me playing it that often. I suspect it is geared to a younger demographic.

A band whose name may present a challenge to the Twitter sensation that is Bands F.C.

Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Lounger

Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Paul Newman's Eyes

This post was originally scheduled for Monday but was overtaken by events, then Tuesday and Wednesday with me forgetting there were series to be progressed. It finally sees the light of day on Thursday!