Oh oh mojo . . . .

Posted: April 28, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, we have been making the most of the good weather around the Grand Duchy, which has certainly been more welcome than the current media saturation with the impending election. There’s been plenty in our social diary to keep us active and some memorable moments along the way. Fortunately, we found sufficient time to pick our choices for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner playlist, which, in contrast to the political choices, were much clearer and guaranteed to deliver just what the say on the label!Cruising #217

Sadly, we missed a visit with our good pal Max Quirk this week and an opportunity to scour the record racks hereabouts, but we plan to catch up again soon and, in the meantime, our cheery postman has been bringing a few little additions for our listening pleasure. This week we took the opportunity to celebrate a few musical milestones, including the birthdays of Paul Carrack and funky bluesman Albert King.

Johnny Alpha was back with a track from Link Wray, who has featured this week in the missives from the much esteemed Arfa Pinetop. But, we kicked off our cruise with Tony Washington & The DCs and their Black Swan 45 from 1964, which they call ‘But I Do’ . . . . although it sounded strangely like ‘Night Train’.

Cruising for the horizon . . . .Steamhammer
But I Do – Tony Washington & The DCs
Wild Life – Rudy Greene
Poison Ivy – Willie Mabon
Oh Oh Mojo – The Volcanos
Strange Things Happening Everyday – Liz McComb
Take a Giant Step (Walk On)The Profiles
Zebra – The John Butler Trio
Back To Blue – Gaelle Buswel
I’m On My Way – Winfield Parker
Ain’t It Baby – Kenny Gamble & The Romeos
Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinationskansas-joe-and-memphis-minnie-when-the-levee-breaks-columbia-78
When All Your Friends Are Gone – Steamhammer
Look At Little Sister – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eyes Of Blue – Paul Carrack

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Fire & Brimstone – Link Wray

Cruising in good company . . . .
High Flying Bird – The Boot Hill Five
Touch Of Grey – Grateful Dead
Let Me Down Easy – Liquid Smoke5-royales-catch-that-teardrop-abc-paramount
Holly Park – Emitt Rhodes
Stairway To Heaven – The Beatnix
When The Levee Breaks – Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie
Catch That Teardrop – The 5 Royales
I’m Happy – Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Give Up Little Girl – Tyrone Hibbs & The Hipshakers
Nice To Be Nice – Albert King
Soulville – Dinah Washington

For our girls and guitars feature this week, our spotlight fell on French singer and guitarist, Gaelle Buswel, who cites among her influences Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Cocker. She made her first solo appearance on stage at the age of 18 and has since toured across Europe and Canada. She’s released two albums to date and we’ve chosen the title track from the second album, released last year, called ‘Black to Blue’.

There was a treat for the scratchy blues buffs, because our dip into the scratchy blues bag this week took us back to 1929, to hear from husband and wife duo, Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. We played their ‘When the Levee Breaks’, which has been covered many times since, including a version by Led Zepplin and was inspired by the Great Mississippi flood of 1927.

Now, the road may go on forever, but our 90 minutes of cruising seemed to pass rather quickly and to take us home, we were in the good company of Dinah Washington. When we arrive back home, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, gave it a quick polish and hoped that there were plenty of tracks to your liking. If so, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when well call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!



  1. The Vikster says:

    Great show TC. Loved ‘Zebra’ and really liked Link Wray. Thank you.

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top stuff TC 🙂

    Steamhammer, a class group and great tune. I must dig out my Steamhammer LPs. All really good.

    ‘High Flying Bird’. . . A class song 🙂 I wonder how many covers of this there are? I have quite a few.

    I really wanted to hear something from the Liquid Smoke LP. Really good, I am impressed.

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    To quote the not one iota missed late Freddie Garrity, “I’m telling you now” that there will be no gripes from me this week, as the Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie cancels out anything I might not take to. A superb track and I believe covered by Led Zep with her in later years?

    Picked up Lonnie D Chris B and Van M live in Belfast with Dr John all skiffling away on LD’s old hits lovely!

    • Most esteemed Arfa,

      So glad they let you back across the border in time for this week’s show . . . . perhaps they didn’t notice you, if it was at night in the usual unmarked fishing trawler.

      Ignoring your slur against Mr Garrity, I’m glad you enjoyed ‘When The Levee Breaks’. It was certainly covered by Led Zep in 1971, but I’m intrigued by your comment about them recording it with Memphis Minnie. I can’t find anything to confirm that they did and they would have only had a couple of years to do it, coz she checked out in ‘73.

      Bound to say that it’s still remarkable just how many rock, folk and blues artists were in some way inspired by Lonnie Donegan and the UK skiffle boom. That album you picked up has some real names, apart from Morrison, Barber and Dr John, it also has Big Jim Sullivan and Paul Henry on guitars and Nick Payne on harp and sax. There’s also a nice story about the concert . . . . . In preparation for this recording, Dr John went to see Lonnie perform and invited him to dinner and after a second meeting they arranged to record the sessions live. Dr John was already committed to play his own concert across Belfast city at the Ulster Hall the same evening, but arrived toward the end of Lonnie’s recording to play piano on the final few tracks.

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