That’s all I need . . . . . .

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #74 (13.09.12)

Well, I hope we find you in excellent spirits and that you have enjoyed the grooviest of weeks since we last gathered together to go Cruising with The Commissioner. The past week seems to have been filled with more than its fair share of political events, but our interest was (fortunately) distracted by some very welcome sunshine that provided a cheery backdrop to some long awaited events on our social programme.

We spent more than a little time to ensure the Cruise Mobile was in tippity top condition, because it not only had to be on hand to take us on our musical adventure, but it was also booked out to whisk yours truly et al to the long awaited ‘Blues On The Farm’ festival over the past weekend . . . .  but more of that later.

Well, one of the joys of the week was our long awaited visit to the annual Blues On The Farm festival in Sussex. The predicted fine weather and the list of artists on the programme all pointed to a great weekend . . . . and so it was. This was most welcome, because the organisers had to postpone it from its original date due to the rain-sodden ground in June. There was a first class line up of well known and up and coming acts to entertain the good humoured crowd and full credit to the Blues Band, King King, Jon Amor Blues Group, Todd Sharpville and others for re-arranging their schedules to ensure their continued support for this excellent event. On the first day, Jo Harman gave the crowd some powerful vocals in a set that quickly attracted the interest of those lazing in the sun or otherwise sampling the food and drinks establishments on site. She certainly attracted a very enthused reception and picked up some welcome CD sales as a result. Local band The Mustangs, the Bare Bones Boogie Band, Stationhouse and the Toy Hearts all deserve an honourable mention for their enthusiastic and well received sets. Drummer, Sam Kelly, seems to be omni-present at festivals like this and, true to form, he appeared with several bands over the days (which is always an indicator of a good set).

The towering presence of Jon Amor on stage with his Blues Group soon attracted a large audience with their delivery of a powerful and gritty set. This was made all the more memorable by his invitation to harp player, Giles King, to join him on stage for a couple of high energy numbers. Great stuff! Giles returned later as a member of Lightening Willie & The Po’ Boys, but even with his excellent harp playing, the set didn’t quite have the same spark and sizzle! The very seasoned and accomplished Will Johns Band there with songs from their latest album ‘Hooks & Lines’ and one of the many joys of the weekend was catching the very popular Giles Hedley & The Aviators, who added some humour to a very well-delivered set of delta and early Chicago blues. The final act of the festival was the mighty impressive Todd Sharpville, who turned up with Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of veteran bluesman Lonnie Brooks, to round off this 21st Blues on The Farm.

We started off on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm with their 1959 Sue Records release ‘That’s All I Need’ and quickly followed on with Jackie Brenston’s ‘Trouble Up The Road’, but if you’re among those who have been hoping to hear something by Al Bowley in our selection, you should brace yourself for some disappointment (at least for this week), but there are plenty of superb sounds that we did manage to squeeze into this week’s playlist, as you can see:

Cruising for the horizon . . . . 
That’s All I Need – Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm with Tommy Hodge
Trouble Up The Road – Jackie Brenston
Spasms – Little Willie John
All Around The World – Titus Turner
Love Bandit – The Cadets
Move It Over Baby – Gene & Eunice
Pneumonia – Joe Tex
6345789 – Wilson Pickett
It’s Got To Be A Miracle (This Thing Called Love) – Barbara Randolph
Cerveza – Cherry Wainer

Three From Me . . . . with Joe Duckworth
Cumberland Gap – Lonnie Donegan
I Don’t Need No Doctor – New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Debora – Tyrannosaurus Rex

Cruising to Blues on The Farm . . . . .
Lose Control – King King
Talking Woman Blues – The Blues Band
Feels Like Rain – Lights Out By Nine
Move Over – Jo Harman
Sweetheart – Jon Amor Blues Group
Lookin’ Out My Window – Lightning Willie & The Poorboys
Angel – The Will Johns Band
Drop Down Mama – Giles Hedley & The Aviators
Lousy Husband (But A Real Good Dad) – Todd Sharpville

Cruising for home . . . .
Where Did Our Love Go – Delroy Wilson
Fever – Barbara Jean English
The Man Who Said No – Bettye Swann
They Say – Rodge Martin
He Sure Could Hypnotize – The Clovers
I Struck It Rich – Billy Harner
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Deadline – Zoot Money
Well Oh Well – Tiny Bradshaw

The chatroom chatter this week picked out some particular from the playlist and they seemed to really appreciate the Three From Me selection too . . . . and this week’s Three From Me guest, Joe Duckworth. He arrived with a flourish on a sleek black, low profile motorcycle. A machine popularly known as the ‘widowmaker’, so he revealed, and he appeared suitably windswept and smiling (and probably more relaxed than his insurers). He’s always cheery when he turns up and this may be due partly because he already knows what’s amongst his musical choices. This time he brought some stories of his early years growing up in a northern town (with a banjo on his knee) and his first encounter with men in dresses!

Our feature on Blues on The Farm sort of absorbed our trip down Memory Lane this week, but we’ll see what the power of recall can conjure up for next week’s show. We did find time for a few real treats in our playlist, including a 45 from Bettye Swann titled ‘The Man Who Said No’. This is one of the rarest and most sought after recordings by Bettye and a fine piece of soul, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Another rarity we found on our travels recently was ‘They Say’ from Rodge Martin, this was on a compilation album of artists who appeared back in the 60s on American TV’s Hoss Allen Show and this track was one of the highlights of the album.

Such was our concentration on fitting in the many juicy gems on the playlist that we had to make a rather sudden turn for home in the company of Zoot Money and Tiny Bradshaw. We got home safe and sound, and parked the Cruise Mobile in time to bid you farewell for another week. If you enjoyed this week’s cruise, perhaps we can look forward to your good company again next week, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and in the meantime, remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    What a great round up of BOTF!

    Will we be voting on our favourite t-shirt designs in due course?

    6345789 by Wilson Pickett reminds me that I might have to do you a 3FM soon!

  2. Well Vikster, so glad you enjoyed the Blues On The Farm round up. I’m just conscious that we didn’t have time for something from more of the artists, but maybe next week! Meanwhile, I’m left wondering how many ‘soulies’ use 6345789 as their password.


    P.S. I confess that t-shirts always go over my head.

  3. Joe Duckworth says:

    Love your show!

  4. Many thanks Joe. Your Three From Me selection certainly inspired some positive comments from those in the chatroom . . . . and the imagery of you will a tin banjo on your knee is guaranteed to generate a smile! I think we may have a bit more skiffle next week . . . . see what you’ve started!!!!


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