Here comes trouble again . . . .

Posted: July 29, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we were freshly arrived back from our mission to promote English speaking in Portugal and with but a few hours of feverish rummaging in the Cruising Library to pull together this week’s playlist. As if to prove the saying, ‘more haste, less speed’, our ‘enthusiasm’ was repaid by the unplanned redistribution of various carefully constructed piles of CDs and records around Cruise Control, resulting in some language that may not have appeared in any phrasebook. Cruising #134

In selecting our playlist choices, we were reminded of a recent visit from our good pal, Phil Tyler, who was recalling his encounter with the late great Johnny Winter at a small venue in the UK where he was playing a pre-tour warm up gig. It was clearly a memorable night for Phil and so we pulled out something Johnny Winter, recorded with Bruce Willis on a live gig and the saga of a dangerous liaison, called ‘Here Comes Trouble Again’.

While we were doing a little shelf shuffling in the Cruising Library, we re-discovered a version of ‘I Like It Like That’, recorded by Don Bryant for Hi Records and we played it for Chris & Dave, who were with us when we visited Hi Records studios in Memphis and kindly sent us some of their photos of the occasion.

There was a good flavour of New Orleans in our mix this week and a few memories of our visit to Rampart Street, which was the location of Cosimo Matassa’s famous recording studios. But before we arrived there, we kicked off our cruise with a rare venture into Maple Leaf rock, brought to us by French Canadian band Chapeaumelon and their version of the Who’s ‘My Generation’. . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . . .

Cruising for the city limits . . . .   Sparks of Rhythm
My Generation – Chapeaumelon
See You Later Alligator – Bobby Charles
The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim
New Orleans – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
Got To Get You Off My Mind – Solomon Burke
I Like It Like That – Don Bryant
Right String Baby, But The Wrong YoYo – The Moquettes
Handy Man – The Sparks Of Rhythm
Grandma’s Advice – Fiona Boyes
I Believe I’m In Love With You – The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Take A Little Walk With Me – Robert Lockwood Jnr Sally Eaton
The Tide Is High – The Paragons
Big Girl – King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Long Time Lover – Sally Eaton

Cruising with the music playing loud . . . . .
Song For Jeffrey – Blodwyn Pig
Sueno – The Truth
Flame On – The Iguanas
Here Comes Trouble Again – Johnny Winter & Bruce Willis
Baby You’ve Got It – Toussaint McCallDeep Sea Jivers
Sausages, Beans, Onions & Gravy – Pete Thomas & The Deep Sea Jivers
Too Hot To Hold – Betty Everett
Forget About Me – Carolyn Crawford
My Oh My – Billy Floyd
Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon
Hey Girl – Lucky Carmichael
In The Bottom Of My Heart – Thurston Harris

Well, with some skilled route planning, our cruise crept across quite a few frontiers this week, including a visit to Australia to catch blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes. She featured in our ‘Girls & Guitars’ spot and has gained some well-earned recognition as a recording and touring artist. Described by the late Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin, as one of the best women guitar players since Memphis Minnie. . . . we let you judge for yourself with a track taken from her 2011 album ‘Blues for Hard Times’ . . . . ‘Grandma’s Advice’.

Meanwhile, our ‘Scratchy Blues’ spot revisited Robert Lockwood Jr, who was born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas in 1915. There’s been some misunderstandings about his name, so we took the opportunity to confirm that, as the son of Robert Lockwood, his birth name was Robert Lockwood Jr. But after his parents divorced, his mother lived with famous bluesman Robert Johnson for some 10 years, which is how Robert Lockwood Jr learned to play guitar and why he is sometimes known by the nickname ‘Robert Jr’. This time around, we chose his first recording released in 1941 on the Bluebird label and called ‘Take a Little Walk With Me’ . . . . which is what we did!

Well, all too soon the sands of time ran out for this week’s cruise and we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. As always, we had more music than time, but much of what was left was still to tidied up. So, we consoled ourselves that it was only another 7 days before our next opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    Hey TC

    Check this mag out it’s a good read and has an article on the Fenmen as well as loads of
    other stuff 😉

    and here is some info on Sally Eaton too



  2. The Shake says:

    A great show Commissioner. Spot-on.

  3. The Vikster says:

    Liking the during-show tweets from @Cruising-Radio. Shame I didn’t tune in tonight, but the podcast will make work more enjoyable tomorrow.

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    What the ? Bloody frogs singing The Who!!! Whatever next Adam Faith singing in Japanese?

    Well, that’s enuff griping Emp, as I’m still smarting from the lack of winners in Perth. As for music purchases, I am now the proud owner of box sets of Jimmy Shand, The Alexander Bros and Moira Anderson. Absolutely sod all worth getting, sad to say.

    Bern Elliot . . . . Thanks. Wonder what happened to Pete Thomas . . . .great sax player.

    For your next “Junior” investigation, may I suggest Efrem Zimbalist. He was a little bit Kookie and liked to strip at sunset!

    P.S. Fiona Boyes, oh yes!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, I can understand how your ceremonial tour of Perth was disappointing . . . . no Jimmy Logan, no Robin Hall or Jimmie MacGregor and no Andy Stewart (with or without Donald and his trousers)!

      Knew you’d enjoy Bern Elliott and though you’d be interested that our good pal, The Spongeman, reminded us that a couple of The Fenmen went on to become later members of The Pretty Things.

      Efrem Zimbalist will not be on my list before Sammy Davis . . . . I’m keeping an eye out for him, already.

      No trace of Pete Thomas . . . . perhaps he’s doing time (4/4) for piracy on the high C’s (or, being a sax man, lower Bb’s.

      Yes, thought Fiona Boyes was a good choice and you can see her on stage in this webclip:

      Have fun


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