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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Shemekia's Got The Blues

I'm struggling a wee bit at the moment for motivation and inspiration for my posts - it is January after all.
So if  you wake up one morning and there is no new CCM post do not despair it won't be far away.

Perhaps I've got the Blues - just like Shemekia Copeland..
Daughter of fellow blues star Johnny Copeland here she is with a couple of numbers from her 2000 album Wicked one of which features the great Ruth Brown.
Don't say I amn't good to you.

Shemekia is actually her middle name. Her first name is Charon. Glad we sorted that out.

Shemekia Copeland - Not Tonight

Shemekia Copeland & Ruth Brown - If He Moves His Lips

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Burnt Offerings 2

First some sad news. I've just learnt that Greg Trooper who I featured last week died on Sunday at the ridiculously young age of 61.
I saw him play once in Glasgow and he was very good. A sad loss.

Hopefully I have not jinxed the series.
If you are standing up sit down. If you are sitting down lie down. If you are lying down stay where you are.
At least one of the artists this week is not Americana.

No, the band pictured above are apparently post- punk and are from Leeds. They are Delta 5 and Now That You're Gone was part of a double A single from 1979 along with Mind Your Own Business .They only lasted as far as 1981.

Delta 5 - Now That You've Gone

I thought that Mendoza Line had appeared before but I was wrong there. Originally from Athens Georgia they ended up in Brooklyn and may or may not be Americana. Their name is derived from a baseball term.
For all things baseball can I refer you to Brian our resident baseball expert.

Mendoza Line -Mysterious in Black

Jeff Finlin is definitely Americana. He has not featured before despite his album Original Fin being on the shelves.Sugar Blue is not from that album but from Life After Death.
I saw him support someone at King Tuts but I can't remember who.

Jeff Finlin - Sugar Blue

Volume 3 next week

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A Single I Never Knew I Had

I'd pulled out Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway  a 1988 album by the Woodentops with a view  to featuring it  today when a 7 inch single fell out of the sleeve.
It contains two of their previous singles from 1985 Move Me and Well Well Well
I gave it a listen (once I realised it was a 33 as opposed to a 45!) and decided that it should feature today with the album being put aside for a later date.
I had absolutely no recollection of ever seeing or playing this single before although  I suspect I must have.
Not sure if I can therefore put it down as a find but it sure feel like one.

The Woodentops - Move Me

The Woodentops - Well Well Well

Monday, 16 January 2017

My Introduction to Elvis

I've been with Elvis pretty much since the beginning.
The first of his songs I can recall hearing and the first I purchased was Watching the Detectives a single released on 14th October 1977  which first charted on 5th  November 1977 spending 11 weeks in the charts and peaking at number 15.
Even now that drum beat introduction sends visible shivers running up and down my spine and on any given day I would still list it as one of my top 10 songs by the great man.
The b-side had live versions of Blame It on Cain and Mystery Dance. The single has long since gone so here are the versions from My Aim is True
Watching the Detectives was Elvis Costello's 4th single. Unbelievably the first three Less Than Zero, Alison and (The Angels Wanna Wear My ) Red Shoes did not chart
When you think of some of the pap which has charted this just beggars belief.
Fortunately after this he was up and running.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Standing in the Way of Control

The more eagle eyed among you, and indeed the eagle eared, will have noticed this is not Soul.
The reason -Sunday Soul has been on the go pretty much continuously since September 2013 and I have pretty much run out of material and inspiration.
Rest assured, however, that soul will continue to pop up from time to time but just not in a regular slot.

Today we have Gossip who have been on the go from 1999 but who only really shone briefly and brightly with their 3rd album from 2006 Standing in the Way of Control.
I think it is safe to say that the media did not know what to make of Beth Ditto given that she shattered pretty much every stereotype and cliche for a young female singer. In short, a breath of fresh air.

Gossip -Standing in the Way of Control

Gossip - Eyes Open

CCM had it's 5000th comment yesterday. Thanks to all of you who have taken the trouble to drop a note. It means a lot and makes this all the more worthwhile

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dylan Covered -Buckets of Rain

A narrow win for Bob versus Jason and the Scorchers last week with Absolutely Sweet Marie. Had the vote of George's large dog been allowed to count it would have been a draw!
Clear daylight now between Dylan and the rest with the score now being Bob 7 Cover Artists 5.

I think today is the first time Blood on the Tracks has featured in this series and again Bob is up against an alternative country star this week in the form of Canadian chanteuse Neko Case.
Her version of Buckets of Rain is on one of the Burnt Offerings CDs. I had no information as to it's origin.until I just checked and it is from her Live from Austin,Tx album (excuse the bit at the end)

Another close one this week I suspect..
For me Bob just shades it .The vocals on both are excellent but his version benefits from the minimal musical accompaniment and no jazz interlude.
Others may of course choose to disagree

Bob Dylan - Buckets of Rain

Neko Case - Buckets of Rain

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Three Names - June Carter Cash

This may well be the last, or one of the last in this series. Not because I've run out of material, more I have run out of steam. It may well be revisited at a later date.

Country royalty today in the form of June Carter Cash -daughter of Maybelle  and Ezra Carter of Carter Family fame, member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters , ex-wife of Carl Smith, wife of Johnny Cash, step-mother of Rosanne Cash and mother of Carlene Carter. Oh, and a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter to boot.

Wildwood Flower was her last studio album released in September 2003 four months after her death and only a few days before the death of Johnny. Recorded when she was 72.
An excuse,  as f there  needed one, to feature the most moving musical video of all time

June Carter Cash -Keep On The Sunny Side

June Carter Cash - Wildwood Flower