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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Double Initials KK


Apologies if I have put you off your breakfast.
This was the first song which was suggested by George (he is a massive fan) but rest assured it is not going to feature.
The two I had initially in mind were the second and third artists mentioned by Lynchie and Walter respectively.
Ernie  then mentioned Kieran Kane and the name struck a bell. I found a track by him on a pretty poor compilation HMV's Alternative Country Collection.
That was going to be all for this week until I was "persuaded" by Ramone666 to feature Kevin Kinney with MacDougal Blues.
Less to choose from than JJ but we got there.
LL next. I have three in mind which I  also suspect many of you will come up with (or at least two of them). Over to you.

Kris Kristofferson - To Beat The Devil

King Kurt - Destination Zululand

Kieran Kane - Cool Me Down

Kevin Kinney - MacDougal Blues


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

State of the Union - Texas


George writes:
How often is it that the best song an album is the final one? Today, the outstanding track you can play is The Day Texas Sank To The Bottom Of The Sea, from the album Micah P Hinson and The Gospel Of Progress. A long, slow heartfelt belter of a song, and again (you’re welcome!) the best song you will hear today.



On a more upbeat note, Merle Haggard bought the largest round of drinks, ever, in 1983, in Fort Worth. It was for 5 095 people.


In a search for interesting things, I discovered that in El Paso (the city) it is illegal to urinate on the streets. I spent some time wondering why this is deemed noteworthy in “strange laws of Texas”, and I just can not work it out. The implication, if this is indeed a strange law, is that it is legal to urinate of the streets of many places in the USA.


Music. There are just not enough German bands making Americana music with a bit of yodelling thrown in. But not here, not today, just go and buy Son Of Kraut.



Centerville, Texas, is not only home to the black-eyed pea festival (or feij√£o frade to us) but is also home to Samuel John Hopkins. Lightnin’ Hopkins has a song called Abilene, which is not to be confused with that dire country song of the same name


That’s Texas. Only 10% desert. And that disgusting soft drink Dr Pepper originated in Texas.


Note to CC: Just because it is Texas this week in no way allows you to post a track by weegie band Texas!

CC writes : Fair enough



We are away for a few days  (not to Texas) so there will be a reduced servcie until early next week



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dick and Andre RIP


Sad news that over the weekend  two great octogenarian artists passed away.
Dick Dale - The King of the Surf Guitar  - was 81.His incendiary style was before it's time and a huge influence on many who followed.
He latterly achieved some well deserved fame when his song Miserlou featured in Pulp Fiction.


Andre Williams would have been a contemporary of Dale in the early 60's when he recorded songs such as Jail Bait and Shake a Tail Feather.
He succumbed to drug addiction and homelessness but began to record with Bloodshot Records in Chicago where he was living  in the late 1990's.
He died aged 82.

Rest easy guys.

Dick Dale & his Deltones - Miserlou

Dick Dale - Night Rider

Andre Williams & Sally Timms - Glue

Monday, 18 March 2019

Dead Letter Office




An executive decision was taken at the last Board meeting at CCM HQ
The motion which was carried  unanimously read " in future the only R.E.M. albums purchased will be those on the I.R.S. label"
This motion has now been put into practice with the purchase of Dead Letter Office a collection of rarities and B-sides released in 1987.
The first song selected today Burning Hell is the b-side of Can't Get There From Here from the Fables of the Reconstruction album released in 1985.
Toys in the Attic is the first Aerosmith song to appear on these pages. Rest assured Aerosmith will never appear here. This was a  b-side on the 12" single of Fall on Me from 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant .

I've a few to go. I had most, if not all, of them on tape back in the day. Looking forward to filling in the blanks.

R.E.M. - Burning Hell

R.E.M. - Toys in the Attic

Sunday, 17 March 2019

A Happy Country Song


They said it couldn't be done but I beg to differ.
Yes. I've managed to find a happy country song!
From Come Fly With Us a compilation album from the great German Glitterhouse label (21 bands,74 minutes of music) here are the aptly named  Sunshine Club with Happy Song.

To show that this is somewhat of a one-off the other song by the English artist Michael Weston-King , formerly of the band The Good Sons, reverts to type with a song about death.

Normal service now resumed.

Sunshine Club - Happy Song

Michael Weston -King - Lay Me Down

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Double Initials - JJ


A lot of fantastic suggestions this week. So much so that I am thinking of revisiting this at some stage during the week.There were easily about 20 that I could have chosen. 

There seems to be a lot of love out there for Australian singer songwriter Julia Jacklin with George getting in first swiftly followed by the Swede and Ernie Goggins.
I can see why after hearing a couple of songs from her new album Crushing. Meanwhile here is the title track from her debut album.

Ramone666 has clearly got the hang of  this series as he sent me four great songs to choose from. He advises that the pick of the bunch is Johnny Jenkins and who am I to argue.

Rigid Digit  came up with the final offering for today.
It gives me another chance to tell the story of when I worked on a kibbutz where there was an American volunteer called Jordan who happened to be a Mormon. I'm sure you can work out the rest.

It is KK next. Two very quickly sprung to mind and thereafter I got stuck.
Over to you



Friday, 15 March 2019

Introducing The Style Council



I thought I would feature a couple of songs from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council today. So I had a quick check to see what songs of theirs I had previously posted.. None was the answer, to my surprise, as they have never featured here before.
Dee C. Lee has featured with one of the song's being her take on The Paris Match.
I can't find any mentions of Paul Weller as a solo artist although I'm fairly sure that I've featured Stanley Road.
Hell,  even the Jam have only ever appeared twice and even then only very briefy..


There was a bit of a mixed reception when Weller reappeared with The Style Council given the fairly radical change of direction. Some embraced it, others were not happy at all.
I was reasonably indifferent either way.
I liked them well enough to pick up Home and Abroad and subsequently the Singular Adventures.
Can't say that I listen to them much these days though.


These two are on both records:

The Style Council -Walls Come Tumbling Down

The Style Council - Shout to the Top!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Trying to Get My Mojo Working



Apart from the Saturday Double Initials post  and George's Weekly State of the Union address I have been struggling a bit recently to get my mojo working.
The few recent purchases briefly gave me a new lease of life but that seam has now just about been exhausted.
Fortunately I was playing a Mojo compilation called Southern Soul  in the car this week and it features two songs which have the word Mojo in the title.
So they will have to do until something else comes along.

Ike & Tina Turner - Mojo Queen

Don Varner - Mojo Mamma

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

State of the Union - Alabama


George writes:

After North Dakota I had to choose a state that would furnish some relevant, and decent, songs a lot more easily. So it’s Alabama.. The Louvin Brothers track Alabama was almost included, and the Mountain Goats, mentioned last week, had three contenders. I chose this one




...then researched what noctifer meant……..nothing rude, it is “evening star”


I suppose for some people Alabama is associated with some, to say the least, controversial people and events. But there is one thing I was very pleased to discover, that wrestling with a bear is a felony offence, and if the USA cop shows I watch are something to go by, you do NOT want to go the federal prison.



I was also interested to discover that it can be a bit hazardous going  to sleep on your couch in Alabama, specifically, Oak Grove, certainly if Ann Hodges’ experience is anything to go by - she was hit by a meteorite whilst doing so.  I bet there was no more couch-napping for Ms Hodges after that episode (she survived, for 18 more years).

Time for a song, and not the usual country or americana offering, but something by Leadbelly, backed by the Golden Gate Quartet:


In my research I came across, and bought, an album I was sure could supply a track, it was called Funeral Songs For George Wallace, by an act called Heavy Water. No suitable song was available.

There’ll be a good reason for the fact that it is illegal in Alabama, and punishable by death, to put table salt on a railway track……don’t know what is though……….and in Alabama it is illegal to sell sex toys, which will get a heftier fine (thousands of dollars) than selling a gun to a child ($500)……..


………..but I don’t think I’ll find anything better than this , though. In Alabama it is illegal to wear a fake moustache that can cause laughter in a church. I did not make that up. Anyone off to Alabama this summer? Go on, pack a fake ‘tache…..go on…...


That’s ten down (Alyson, if you’re still here), forty to go…..

CC writes
When I hear Alabama I think
Drive-By Truckers - The Boys From Alabama

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls


After last weekend's wee break I took a sneaky Monday off work as I have days to use up by the end of the month.
I popped into a local Oxfam shop for a browse. At the very back off the vinyl section, where most of the records were around a tenner, there was Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls for a pretty reasonable three pounds.
The sleeve is a bit gubbed but the record is in pretty good condition.
From 1990 it is the only album by the band  featuring Penetration's Pauline Murray and John Cooper Clarke's backing band The Invisible Girls 
Those featuring on the album include a number of the great Manchester artists of the time  such as Martin Hannett, Vini Reilly, Dave Rowbothan, John Maher and Bernard Sumner.

Another find.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Monuments


Back to Fort William for the final album from the holiday haul and it is another find.
Monuments is a 2003 album by Kate Campbell.
The name rang a vague bell leading me to suspect she was an Americana artist and the fact that it was on the Evangelene label convinced me to part with my 49p.
It is indeed Americana and well worth a listen.
I've subsequently discovered that she has released over 20 albums from 1994 to date and that I actually already have a couple of her songs on Americana compilations

She is another like Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews and Kacey Musgraves who straddle that line between mainstream and alternative country.

Kate Campbell - Yellow Guitar

Kate Campbell -Petrified House

Sunday, 10 March 2019

My Name is Mable


Our hotel at Balmacara was just a mile or so from the Skye bridge so it seemed silly not to pop across for an hour or so.
It proved to be a fruitful diversion as we popped into the Blythswood Care charity shop in Broadford.
Mrs CC came away with a china tea set and I left with Mable John - My Name is Mable - The Complete Collection.
19 Hi -Fidelity Soul classics on the Tamla Motown label.
Starting off as a blues singer before moving into R&B Mable was the first female artist signed to the label by Berry Gordy
She was on the Tamla label  from 1960 to 1962 when her contract was dis-continued as Berry began to  cull  Blues artists from the label.
She subsequently signed to Stax where she released her only album Stay Out of the Kitchen in 1966.

She subsequently became a Doctor of Divinity and founded a charity for the homeless in Los Angeles.
I'm happy to report that she is still going strong at the age of 88.

I'm putting this one down as a find.

Mable John - You made a Fool out of Me

Mable John - Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Mable John - My Name is Mable

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Double Initials - II

The first really tricky one this week and easily the hardest until we get to QQ.

 C very kindly shared Indians In Moscow  with the splendid  Jack Pelter and his Sex Change Chicken in last Saturday's comments. Most weeks it may not have counted but hey it's going in.

Most of you got the one I had come up with namely It's Immaterial. As it is a lean week I'm giving you two of their songs.

I had it in my head that Iggy Pop was previously in a band called Iggy and the Iguanas.Sadly the band were actually just called The Iguanas.
Your getting some of them as well given I am struggling this week and also because it is pretty good.





From a famine to a feast .We are spoilt for choice next week when it comes to JJ. I've got several in mind. I'm sure you have too.

It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)

It's Immaterial - Trains, Boats, Planes

Friday, 8 March 2019

West Kirby County Primary


Now this is much more like it and not really what you would normally expect to find in a Fort William charity shop.
I was a bit surprised to learn that 2015's West Kirby County Primary was actually the 3rd solo album by Bill Ryder-Jones following his departure from The Coral in 2008.
I had never heard any of his solo stuff but I vaguely recognised the somewhat distinctive cover and remembered that it was critically well received upon it's release.Other that the Irish Times which gives it 3/5 all other reviews I can find give it 4/5 or 4.5/5

Wiki says it is influenced by Gorky's Zygostic Mynci, Super Furry Animals, the Strokes and Pavement.
I'm thinking more along the lines of the Arctic Monkeys and in particular Pulp with BR-J very much in the role of a Scouse Jarvis.

I'm liking this

Apologies Rol if I've pinched one of your United Kingdom of Songs selections

Bill Ryder-Jones - Two to Birkenhead

Bill Ryder-Jones - Seabirds


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Storyville



The cover alone should have been enough for me to realise that I was making a big mistake.
In my defence it was 49p and I was on holiday and conscious that I needed some new material for the blog.
Storyville is Robbie Robertson's second solo album from 1991.I can only describe the music as countrified jazz funk (but not in a good way).Some of the songs start off promisingly but they quickly end up all over the place.
Wiki advises that it focusses on the jazz capital that is New Orleans and on that part of the South in particular.
I have his self titled 1987 debut solo album which I have featured here before and it is not bad.
Sadly there is nothing of the caliber of Broken Arrow or, in particular, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, to rescue Storyville.


It's been a bit of a struggle but here is a song for your listening "pleasure". I can't bring mysef to post two.
It's going back.
I'm off to listen to The Band

Robbie Robertson - Night Parade

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

State of the Union -North Dakota


George writes
Today, for number 9 in the series, it’s the home of the world’s largest french fry feed . This is held in the city of Grand Forks, which is in………..North Dakota. North Dakota also saw the world’s largest hamburger made and eaten. It weighed 3591 pounds and was shared by more than 8,000 people, that sounds terribly unhygienic. North Dakota  also saw the largest pancake feed (more than 34,000). That was in Fargo. No scenes of the Coen Brothers film Fargo were made in Fargo. And the film was based on events that happened in Minnesota. And the tv show Fargo is made in Canada.



In my long long search for some music I got terribly excited to have found a song with Grand Forks in the title, and it was also very good. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that East Grand Forks is not, as I was hoping, a reference to the east part of the city but is in fact about a city called East Grand Forks. I bought the album anyway.


So here’s a song called North Dakota. The artiste is Sarah Everett who of course is not from the state. An acoustic track, it reminds of the Mountain Goats.




Speaking of Fargo, as I was,  it is illegal to go dancing there with a hat on, and it is illegal to wear a hat at a party where other people are dancing. Men Without Hats, the 1980s band, are from Canada and are not thought to be named in honour of those laws. North Dakota is the least-visited state in the USA, which must come as no surprise given it’s anti-hat stance.


I managed to  find a song called Fargo. Several, actually, and the vast majority were absolute nonsense. And the rest were worse! Except  one, by a band called Young Milly, who hail from New Zealand. And it’s not great.

But thanks to a man who grew up in the wonderfully named Slaughters, Kentucky, here’s a song that mentions the cold and snows of North Dakota. A slightly gothic americana track, it’s well worth a listen:


That’s North Dakota, the state with more cows than people (2:1).

More next week. I wonder which state it will be?

CC writes
I've seen Chris Knight but do not have any music by him
I've music by Lyle Lovett but not this


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

All is Dream


Charity Chic is back!
Our short trip up North saw me returning with no less than five charity shop purchases more than doubling this years haul to date.
The first acquisition was from Fort William and doubles the amount of Mercury Rev albums on the shelves.
From 2001 All Is Dream is the follow up to 1998's Deserter's Songs.
As I mentioned when I posted the latter is is a CD that I've actually had in my hand on a couple of occasions without ever taking the plunge.This time round I went for it.
The verdict ? Like Deserter's Songs three or four pretty good songs with the rest pretty meh. You could get one truly great album by combining the best from both.
I'm glad  I got it  though and my curiosity is now sated. I suspect that my Mercury Rev collection is now complete

Mercury Rev - The Dark is Rising

Mercury Rev - Nite and Fog

Monday, 4 March 2019

Had a Burning


Our dear friend the Swede has obviously taking pity on me following my recent charity shop lean pickings.

He has very kindly sent me not one, but Two, NoahJohn albums namely 2001's Had a Burning and 2003's Water Hymns both on the Loose label. This has tripled the number of albums by them on the Americana shelves given that I already had 1999's Tadpoles on the Speakeasy label.
This appears to be about the extent of their catalogue although they did record an album called Country Protest Anew with Eugene Chadbourne in 2003.

So far I've only managed to give Had a Burning a listen and it is pretty solid Americana .Looking forward to giving Water Hymns a spin.
As I said to the Swede I am reasonably sure that I've seen them live but I wouldn't like to swear to it.

Thanks again Sir.

NoahJohn - Had a Burning

NoahJohn - Drunkle


Sunday, 3 March 2019

Adequate Mood Music


The Charity shop drought  still continues but there was a small dribble last week when I came away with Poetic Champions Compose  from 1987 and the 17th studio album from Sir Ivan the Grumpy Irishman .

It was originally intended as an album of jazz instrumentals but thankfully he saw sense and changed his mind. Having said that the instrumentals are alright for Jazz - sort of atmospheric celtic jazz as opposed to the usual noodely nonsense.

It was reasonably well received and was voted the 21st album of 1987 by the Village Voice. Not sure that I would go that far but it is  perfectly pleasant though and ideal Sunday morning listening. Or as Wiki states adequate mood music which could maybe be seen as damning with faint praise.

Someone Like You

Give Me My Rapture

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Double Initials HH

If this was a blog about Scottish Football today we could have featured Harry Hood, Henry Hall and Harry Haddock, But sadly it isn't
Both Rol and Lynchie had pointed out that there was a Henry Hall who was a big band leader who could have featured
Did he have a fantastic sweep over though?




To matters more mundane.
I had originally dug out some tunes from the hard drive, But when Marie and then Ernie mentioned Hawkshaw Hawkins I remembered I had a track by him on a Country compilation called Road of Broken Hearts and it's a cracker.

Rol than pitched in again by somewhat incredulously stating that there was a band called Ha Ha Tonka. There is indeed Rol. Their album the brilliantly named Buckle in the Bible Belt  on the Bloodshot label and bought for £2 in Glasgow's Missing Records  is on the shelves and so they are featuring today.

Back to Ernie and Marie. Ernie is doing " a Marie" by sending me a song to feature. By Higher Heights he confidently states that it the best Polish folk dub reggae record ever made. Time to put that to the test.
If eclecticism is your thing pop over to his place. You will be in for a treat.

Next week it begins to get really tricky. I have one II lined up and possibly a second.
Over to you folks



Hawkshaw Hawkins - Lonesome 7-7203

Ha Ha Tonka - Caney Mountain

Higher Heights - Going to the Village (Krzesany Po Dwa)

Friday, 1 March 2019

Melancholy March




The March instalment from Julie London's Calendar Girl album.
That's quite an outfit for Spring cleaning!
Julie may be melancholy but I can't say that I am as we are off for a long weekend up North today.
Balmacara tonight and Ballachulish tomorrow.  I suspect that the charity shops of Fort William may well get a visit.
All I can find out about the song is that it was composed by Herman Saunders and Dory Langdon especially for the album.
Given that we started in November we will be half way through the year of tunes in April.

Julie London - Melancholy March

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Yesterday is No Tomorrow




Booze- soaked rockets that sound refreshingly, genuinely carefree and debauched  -Time Out

Grotty NY sleeze-bags fronted by Hell's own angel channelling the whiskey-slugging spirit of Motorhead - NME

If drinking, fighting and good old-fashioned rock'n'roll are your mantra Brooklyn punks Stalkers are about to change your world.

All the above is blurb on a CD promo single I picked up somewhere along the way and which was mis-filed next to Tuesday's Mo Solid Gold
I haven't been able to find out that much about them. Yesterday is No Tomorrow was an album on One Little Indian released in 2004. They were signed  to the label on the recommendation of Jesse Malin.
The release of the single in 2007 seems to coincide with a tour of Britain where they played at Leeds and Reading.
The second song is by the Rolling Stones and was on their Aftermath album. It has also been covered by The Searchers and The Kynd 
That's it.

Stalkers - Yesterday is No Tomorrow

Stalkers - Take It Or Leave It

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

State of the Union - Pennsylvania


George writes

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is by no means one of the rainiest cities in the USA. It’s average yearly rainfall is 38.2 inches (970mm to us Europeans), which although significantly higher than the USA as a whole (a mere 30.2 inches/767mm)  is actually below the average for the

state (42.9 inches/1089mm).  So does Pittsburgh experience  it’s rain as “little but often” or “occasional massive downpours”? I think it’s closer to the former, Pittsburgh has 151 rainy days per year, making it, by that measure, the fifth rainiest city in the entire USA; the city only has 59 clear sunny days a year, 103 partly cloudy, and 203 cloudy, putting it on  a par with Seattle. And Seattle has slightly less rain, on average, than Pittsburgh. But compared with San Antonio Texas, 151 days a year of rain is A LOT (San Antonio only has 77 days a year) which might help to explain why Jim Carsten wrote today’s first song (he’s from San Antonio), and you must by now have guessed what it is, you would have to on an intellectual par with Chris Grayling not to.


In 1985 The Vibes did a cover version of the song I’m In Pittsburgh (And It’s Rainin’), which is absolutely tremendous. Loud, fast, shouty, frantic, desperate, moaning, screechy guitar, screaming, it’s the best song you will listen to today. It’s on the 12 inch single Inner Wardrobes of Your Mind, which also has the even better song I Hear Noises.


I have given you the best song you will hear today, and possibly for the next seven days, so it’s a bit difficult to follow it up. But follow it I must, and will.

And it would be completely perverse to exclude a song with Philadelphia in the title, and here’s one that fits that category. No, not Hall & Oates “Fall in Philadelphia”, which if it was actually about Mark E Smith and co. in that city would absolutely be included. Not James Taylor’s “Sailing to Philadelphia” (get a grip, how the hell would you expect that???), not the song from the film Philadelphia, the one by Neil Young, which is just too dreary for words, and not even that splendid pop song by Elton John. Nope, it’s a version of a well-covered song, by Bonnie Owens. That would be Mrs Buck Owens.


That’s a Woodie Guthrie song for you. Performed by Mrs Merle Haggard.


That’s Pennsylvania, the home of the town of Hazleton, where 19 miners were shot dead in 1857, and where it is illegal for teachers to drink a fizzy drink whilst teaching. Quite right. And where Betsy Ross did not make the first version of the national flag of the USA.

More next week.

CC writes
George, it was either this or Springsteen

Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Mo Solid Gold


A weekend blogging highlight is Saturday Snapshots offer at Rol's place.A series that has been on the go for an amazing 72 weeks. 10 pictures and 10 cryptic clues and you have to guess the artist and song.
You have to be quick mind you. If you don't get there between 8.30 and 9.00 am chances are that all the clues have been solved.
This week Rol managed to stump all and sundry with the song David's Soul  by the band Mo Solid Gold
The first of four singles they released along with 2001 album Brand New Testament.
I have one of their other singles Safe From Harm. I've no idea why as it is not the  kind of thing I usually go for.

But hey if it's on the shelves chances are it will appear on these pages.
Yours for 34p at discogs

Mo Solid Gold - Safe From Harm

Mo Solid Gold - Voodoo

Mo Solid Gold - Love Keep On

Monday, 25 February 2019

Scotland's Shame


Fortunately those of you who are not from Scotland will probably have no idea what I am on  banging on about  today.
I'm talking about the scourge of sectarianism  which once more has raised it's ugly head.
While undoubtedly a societal problem which is prevalent in the West of Scotland  it  manifests itself  most often among the fans of the two main Glasgow football teams Celtic and Rangers.

In the last week Kilmarnock footballer Kris Boyd (a Protestant) has been subjected to sectarian abuse from Celtic supports and then Killie manager Steve Clarke ( a Catholic) was the butt of sectarian abuse from Rangers fans.
He had the courage to speak out about it and rightly pointed out that it belongs to the Dark Ages
Sadly Kris Boyd felt it was water of a duck's back given that it happens so often.

There has been the usual handwringing, buck passing and whataboutery. A lot of talking and very little action.
The harsh truth is that both of the Old Firm may deliver platitudes but they have a vested interest in ensuring that it continues as it represents a significant cash cow for both of them.Those of you who think that the Scottish Football Association will do anything like levy fines or dock points are living in cloud cuckoo land.

The vast majority of folk go around their business without getting involved in this nonsense. Sadly the knuckle draggers are not going away any time soon.

Ballboy - The Sash My Father Wore

Sunday, 24 February 2019

The Golden Age


Mrs CC randomly plucked Columbia Country Classics Volume 1 - The Golden Age from the Country shelves to accompany Saturday breakfast.
She also solved my conundrum as to what to feature today.

In case you are wondering the Golden Age appears to be from 1935 to 1953 as the 27 songs featured were recorded between these years.
You will all be familiar with most of the songs on the CD and will certainly recognize the 1st and 3rd songs featured below
The 2nd one is probably not as well known and is one of the many gospel songs penned by Hank Williams
It is Sunday after all.

The Carter Family -Can the Circle be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)

Molly O'Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks - When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels

Roy Acuff & his Smokey Mountain Boys - Wabash Cannonball


Saturday, 23 February 2019

Double Initials GG


A deep dive into the hard drive, plenty of interesting suggestions and a little help from my friends meant that I  finally managed to come up with three GG's to feature today.

Apart from the obvious one who of course was never going to appear there was the other obvious one with Lynchie being the first to suggest Gloria Gaynor. However I'm not posting the obvious one. Rather you are getting Honeybee an album track from her 1975 album  Never Can Say Goodbye ( the title track of which might have been another obvious one).

George was the first of you to come up with the Go-Go's. Their website proclaims them as The most successful all female band of all time. That may be so but they don't appear on the shelves.I did find something on the hard drive though. The band who gave us Belinda Carlisle. Calm down there Jez

Marie cleverly ensured that one of her choices got a mention by forwarding me a track.It is the first I have heard from 50's Rockabilly artist the splendidly named Glen Glenn and it is rather good.

Like Rol  I have a couple of solo covers by Glenn Gregory which I don't recall having listened to. I give his version of Wichita Lineman a listen. You may notice that it does not feature. That is because I've taken one for the team. Sacrilege is all that I will say

HH next week.Another pretty tricky one but I think I can come up with a couple

Oh and if you are in the vicinity of Aachen and you see a house with a lovely garden pop in and say hello to Dirk

Gloria Gaynor - Honeybee

The Go-Go's - The Whole World Lost Its Head

Glen Glenn - Everybody's Movin'

Friday, 22 February 2019

Fat Possum Friday

Given it is the end of the working week I figure its time for some bad ass Blues.
And who better to provide such fayre than Fat Possum Records out of Oxford, Mississippi?

A label who  made their reputation by discovering  ageing but previously unknown Bluesmen more often than not with something of a chequered past.. Sadly they have all gone now.

Perhaps the most famous horse in their stable was R.L.Burnside who had been convicted of killing a man over a game of dice. He quit touring at the age of 72

Junior Kimburgh died of a heart attack following a stroke at the age  of 67 in 1998 and apparently he was survived by 36 children. Looks like he was too busy to get up to no good

T-Model Ford made it til 90 albeit he only began his musical career in his early 70's He also had  a conviction for murder and a good few run ins with the law. I missed an opportunity to see him at King Tuts something I regret to this day.

It's bad you know

R.L.Burnside - Just like a Bird Without a Feather

Junior Kimbrough - I Gotta Try You Girl

T-Model Ford - Bad Man

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Down to the Well



Still going through the G's . Today I've gone for the Americana shelves and have plucked out Down to the Well a 2000 album from Kevin Gordon on the Shanachie label.
The blurb on the back of the CD reads
East Nashville roots-rocking renegade Kevin Gordon delivers haunting story-songs about extraordinary people living in the margins of American life

That description might tempt you to part from your hard earned cash. Except in my case it didn't as it is a burn.
A high quality burn in that whoever did it took the trouble to copy all the lyrics and include them as a booklet.
I've no idea who I got it from, Perhaps  it was from my now sadly departed pal Harry. I also can't recall having played it before but I suspect I must have at least one.

Perfectly pleasant if hardly earth shattering rootsy Americana with the first track benefiting from a contribution by the great Lucinda Williams

Kevin Gordon - Down to the Well

Kevin Gordon - Burning the Church House Down


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

State of the Union - Colorado


George writes:
That magnificent beastie is, as some may know, the Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly, the official insect of today’s state, Colorado. Which is Spanish for red. So here’s another piece where I supply a couple of songs about a state of which I know nothing, apart from knowing that Denver is in Colorado (and the official insect is the above butterfly). Warren Zevon does not, unfortunately, supply a nice long list of things to do in the state capital apart from suggesting finding a motel with unseemly cleaning habits. But he did give us a splendid song. Here we go:




That sounds like some Flaco flourishes on that track.

Unlike Arkansas, Colorado and it’s cities have a plethora of good songs:
  • Emmylou Harris - Boulder to Birmingham
  • That Townes van Zandt song
  • …….John Denver - I guess he’d rather be in Colorado

John Denver changed his name to Denver from Deutschendorf, and dropped his first name, Henry. He was not born in Denver.  But he wrote songs about the state of Colorado, the one above, a song about Aspen, and Rocky Mountain High. And he lived there.


I wanted to include a song about Telluride, because of its link to the element tellurium. And I wanted to do that because tellurium, is in the same group of  the periodic table as oxygen, sulphur and selenium (it lies directly below selenium). And given the nature of these groups, tellurium-related breath of humans is even stinkier than that due to sulphur and selenium. And you know how smelly hydrogen sulphide is: that rotten egg, stink bomb smell. So if tellurium gets in your body you will smell so bad you will have to stay indoors on your own (honestly, it’s that bad). But the Tim McGraw song is unfortunately one of those 1980s style country-music-by-numbers songs.

There’s (yet another) dreadful dreadful syrupy country that I listened to, so you don’t have to, dear reader, called Columbine by C. W. McCall. My research has revealed to me that there seem to be plenty of dreadful songs about this state (Merle Haggard, the Pure Prairie League, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Hank Snow, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, for example), a right load of dreary old tosh. I was on the verge of sticking pins in my eyes………..which would certainly have been preferable to listening to all of  the truly execrable Colorado Trail by the Kingston Trio. Speaking of truly execrable songs there’s this, sung by Elton John, dating from ca. 1970. I DARE you to listen all the way through_




Anyway, here’s something that cannot fall to better than that, a track that is also about Denver. And it is not a country song either, but, for the first time in the series, and not the last, let me tell that and tell you no more, a blues song! From our favourite German label Trikont, from the album Blue and Lonely, a track by Tampa Red




Hudson Woodbridge was not born in Tampa but in Smithville, Georgia. He did, though, move there aged 10.

Unfortunately Colorado Kool-Aid by Johnny Paycheck cannot be included, it is set in Houston, in a bar frequented by knife-wielding Mexicans. An ear is sliced off, but the slicer returns it to its owner. And Hank Williams Jr wrote a song about ODing in Denver, which is not a bad song at all, but obviously the drug reference is to be severely frowned at.


And that’s Colorado for you. Another one next week?

CC writes:
When I went with a couple of pals to see Cathryn Craig play in Blackfriars in Glasgow at the end of the show we expressed some polite disappointment that she hadn't sung Colorado. She got out her guitar, sat down and played it for the three of us. Quality