Get with it . . . .

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, a very warm welcome to one and all and here’s hoping that we find you in a groovy mood and ready for some good company. Just when we weren’t looking, August crept around the corner to surprise us, but not enough to make us forget the joys of Cruising with The Commissioner. For which, we went rummaging through the dark corners of the Cruising Library and found some treasured tracks to tantalise your inquisitive ears. So, we were ready and eager to roll out the Cruise Mobile, wind the windows down and turn the radio up . . . . all ready to embark on another musical adventure with some of the best is rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues.Cruising #184

The past week has been pretty lively, with some welcome gigs and some enjoyable encounters with friends, who called by at Cruise Control and didn’t miss the opportunity to suggest some choices for our playlists. We heard from our good pals Johnny99, The Majestic and The Spinmeister (who brought us his latest Three From Me selection). One of the joys of the past week was catching Taj Mahal on his UK tour. The gig featured him and trio and it went down well with the audience. He showed some rye humour in his exchanges with the crowd and drew on his considerable catalogue of recordings for his setlist, including ‘Paint My Mailbox Blue’, but we chose to feature another number on the show . . . . his version of ‘At Last (I Found A Love)’.

We celebrated the birthdays of Buddy Guy and Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes this week and we said our final farewell to T Model Ford and J J Cale. We saluted them with some tracks of theirs, as well as a couple of covers of J J Cale songs.

But we started it all with some squeals from our wheels, when we got the Cruise Mobile rolling along with the sounds of Artie Lewis and his Oklahoma 45 ‘Supposin’ and with barely a pause, we were motoring on with Pearl Galloway and her 1958 AMP3 release ‘Get With It’. But see what else we brought along:

Cruising in good company . . . .
Supposin’ – Artie Lewis & The Terry Tyler Orchestra  Tee shirt - Dive my car
Get With It – Pearl Galloway
I Ain’t Mad At You – Bobby Merrill
The Shape You Left Me In – Gene Simmons
You Gotta Go – Bobby Hebb
A Little You – Dakota Staton
My Oh My – Billy Floyd
Ooh Baby – Deon Jackson
At Last (I Found A Love) – Taj Mahal
Black Motorcycle Boots – Michelle Malone
Boom Boom Out Go The Lights – Little Walter
Hey Jude – Toots & The Maytals

Three From Me . . . . with The Spinmeister
John The Revelator – Blind Willie Johnson
Travelling Riverside Blues – Robert Johnson
Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Sensitive Kind – Santana
Cajun Moon – J J Cale
After Midnight – Eric Clapton
Sweet Jane – Mott The Hoople
Saturday Night On Sunset Strip – Edd Byrns
Gotta Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – Otis Redding
Can’t Sit Down – The Bim Bam Boos
Rockabilly Fever – Carl Perkins
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
She’s Mine – Johnny Strickland

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Big Maybelle

Cruising for home . . . . .
To The Left, To The Right – T Model Ford
Show Me The Money – Buddy Guy
Maydell – The Allman Brothers Band
Only When You’re Lonely – The Royalettes
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – William Bell
Prisoner Of Love – James Brown
I’m Pleading Just For You – Larry Birdsong
Little Bit – Bobby Lonero
Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero
The Shape I’m In – Johnny Restivo

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on American singer/songwriter and guitarist Michelle Malone, whose music career has spanned over 20 years, so far. She’s been a member of several bands, including ‘Drag The River’, ‘Band De Soleil and ‘Low Down’. We went to her 2006 album ‘Sugar Foot’ for our sample of her work and we chose ‘Black Motorcycle Boots’.

Now, our musical postman recently delivered a biography of bluesman Little Walter, which reminded us of a little story recounted by the esteemed Arfa Pinetop about Little Walter. But, we said no more, in case the story might feature in a future Three From Me selection. It did send us looking for something from Little Walter’s catalogue and we settled on his 1957 Checker release, ‘Boom Boom Out Go The Lights’.

Well, we certainly clocked up a few miles on our cruise this week, but all good things have to come to and end and time eventually caught up with us. So we turned for home and when we rolled to a stop The Cruisettes were quick off the mark to get ready for the after show party and Mr Merlot was heading off too to ensure things are all as they should be.

So, if you’ve enjoyed our selection of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues . . . . . then we very much hope that we’ll have some more of your good company next week when we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, all ready to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. If you can’t wait till then, why not check out some of the other radio shows we enjoy, including the Tuesday night mafia here on Wireless FM.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Well thank you TC for another Thursday evening of classic tunes and good company. Have a good week.

  2. The Shake says:

    Thanks Commissioner, another great show

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    No time to listen Emp. Just back from Jockland. Off to Chesterfield tomorra, but playlist looks excellent, especially The SpinMISER will listen on my return Tuesday. Reckon it’s gonna be a gripe free show no doubt about it !

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well an excellent show Emp. I’ve declined to comment on the Ed Byrnes “Kookie ” track because I loved the TV show especially the main star Effim Sandandballast j

    Good stuff from Ramblin’ Sid. Just one request, no no no John Mayall please especially not his awful tribute to JB Lenoir

    all the best


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