Archive for July, 2015

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Well, if you were waiting to see if we’d turn up on time for our Cruising adventure, then so were we! But we did and we had the Cruise Mobile purring nicely, all ready to take you Cruising with The Commissioner.

If, like the Grand Duchy, your weather has become ‘unsettled’ (as the forecasters say), then we thought the least we could do was to bring you a little sunshine music. So, we found a few examples, including the Lemon Pipers, Eternity’s Children, Laura Nyro, The Byrds and Liverpool band, The Kirkbys. We even took a trip to the Caribbean for another taste of big band calypso . . . . this time from The Mighty Sparrow.

Carlos Santana was in town this week at London’s O2 Arena and we offered a small compensation if you missed them, with their fun number, ‘Foo Foo’ and The Revolutionaires were also on stage locally this week. We caught them on stage at the weekend, which inspired us to dig out their album ‘Have Love Will Travel’ and ‘Jump For Joy’ . . . . and we did . . . . but, first, we got rolling down the road apiece with Diz & the Doormen and ‘I Got It’ . . . . .

Cruising way out of town . . . .Tippie & the Clovers
I Got It – Diz & The Doormen
Ain’t That Loving You – Eddie Riff
Bossa Nova Baby – Tippie & the Clovers
Mr Blues – Damita Jo
I’d Like To Win You Over – The Ringleaders
Worth Every Tear I Cry – Dee Dee Warwick
Hitchhike To Heartbreak Road – BoBo Mr Soul
What’s Your Name – Don & Juan
Tremble – Martin Dodds
Two Horns and Two Wings – Michelle Malone & The Low DownMichelle Malone
Mississippi Number One – Eden Brent
Sparrow Dead – The Mighty Sparrow

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
Foo Foo – Santana
Jump For Joy – The Revolutionaires
She’s Got Me Hypnotised – Mario Bradley
Blues Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
Out Of Sight – Chris Farlowe
Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade) – The Lemon Pipers
Look Away – Eternity’s Children
Stoned Soul Picnic – Laura Nyro
Rock Machine - I Love YouYou Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Byrds
Dreaming – The Kirkbys
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
I Knew The Bride – Status Quo
Oh Yeah – Dean & Jean
Roberta – Frankie Ford

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on American singer/songwriter and guitarist Michelle Malone. She’s been in the music business for over 20 years and been a member of several bands, including ‘Drag The River’, ‘Band De Soleil and ‘Low Down’. She’s produced many albums to date and we chose a track called ‘Two Horns and Two Wings’ from her 2003 album ‘Stompin’ Ground’.

As we were running out of cruising time, we had a special dispensation from our own Time Lord, Mr Merlot, so we managed to squeeze in a fine piece of New Orleans R&B, from Frankie Ford, who was celebrating his birthday this week . . . . Then it was all over, except to say our farewells and park up the Cruise Mobile until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

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Well, a warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling Eden Brent. . . and if you like the blues, then you’re definitely in the right place, because we delivered an hour of the best of the blues that we kicked off with Roy Gaines and ‘Jump In My Cadillac’. There was plenty more great music to follow, including some fine example of slide guitar by Selwyn Birchwood from his wonderfully titled album ‘Don’t Call No Ambulance’, the Mighty Mojos and Eden Brent, who we caught on her Sunday night gig at Ronnie Scott’s. . . .

Blues As Blues Can Get
Jump In My Cadillac – Roy Gaines
Hoodoo Stew – Selwyn Birchwood
Brian KnightLet’s Go Ahead & Fall In Love – Eden Brent
Save The Roach For Me – Adam Franklin
Thick Like Mississippi Mud – Buddy Guy
Don’t Dip In My Business – Kenny Neal
Blues As Blues Can Get – Delbert McClinton
Diddy Wah Diddy – The Blue Rider Trio

Pinetop’s Pick
Hi Heel Sneakers – Brian Knight

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X-temporaneous Boogie – Camille Howard
Mighty Mojos3am In The Neon Forest – The Wizards From Kansas
All About Them – The Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
White Lightning – The Mighty Mojos
You Know-Yeah – Pee Wee Crayton
The Blues Is Here To Stay – Nine Below Zero

Well, that’s it for this week folks. Hope there was some good stuff in there for you and that we might enjoy your good company next week, same time same place, when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
25 July 2015

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Well, the late hours came creeping on and we knew where we were going to find ourselves . . . . Down at Kokomo’s. We were looking for good company and a relaxed place, with plenty of fine sounds to take us through to the midnight hour. It was definitely the place to enjoy ourselves, as we headed for tomorrow. We arrived in time to hear from Brian Auger & The Steampacket with their jazzy take on that Doby Gray classic The In Crowd and that was the start of it for us . . . .

The In Crowd – Brian Auger & The Steampacket
Right Now – Ray Scott & The Scottsmen
Everything Is Gonna Be Alright – P.P. Arnold
Into Something Fine – The Raelettes
I Put A Spell On You – Maysa
There Ought To Be A Law (‘Bout This Stuff I Saw) – The Newbeats
If You Want Me To Stay – Etta James
Baby What You Want Me To Do – Arthur Conley

. . . . and that just about wound things up for us Down at Kokomo’s . . . . Miss Rosie was busy clearing the bar and tables and Jazzy G was reaching for his coat and Antoine was at the door seeing everyone out. But, we’ll be back soon . . . . so see you then Down At Kokomo’s. Until then . . . . Have fun!

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Well, there’s been plenty of action around the Grand Duchy this week, including a few journeys that re-discovered some ‘lost’ compilation albums to remind us of forgotten gems from the Cruising Library. So, when we came to pull together the playlist for this week’s show, they were definitely lined-up to share with whoever came Cruising with The Commissioner

There were a few notable names celebrating their birthday’s this week, including Martha Reeves, Carlos Santana, Brian Auger, Dion DiMucci and Lonnie Mack. So, we busied ourselves choosing something appropriate from their respective back catalogues . . . . which proved to be a quite enjoyable, but time consuming venture.

Indeed, we kicked off this week’s cruise with birthday boy, Lonnie Mack, and something he recorded as Beau Dollar & The Coins. It was his take on ‘Soul Serenade’ and those of a certain age may remember it well as radio DJ Mike Raven’s theme tune. That got us rolling down the road on our cruise and we followed up with The Treniers and then those genial gents of Redhouse with their take on that Roy Brown number the ‘Gal From Kokomo’ . . . .

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Soul Serenade – Beau Dollar & the Coins
Squeeze Me – The Treniers
What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Love – The Flairs
Gal From Kokomo – Redhouse
Love Bug Crawl – Jimmy Edwards
40 Miles Of Bad Road – Duane Eddy
Rib Joint – Sam Price & His Texas Bluesicians
Somebody New – Danny Moore
Show Me The Way – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
My Life – Joe Jama
High Water Everywhere – Francesca De Fazi
Jim Dandy – Len Barry Len Barry
Until You Came Along – The Visitors
I’m Gonna Put A Watch On You – Ruby Dee
Neighbour Neighbour – Lord Kitchener

Cruising down along the cove . . . .
White Bird – David LaFlamme
Stormy – Santana
King Of The New York Streets – Dion
The Grooviest Girl In The World – Simple Image
Today – Tomorrow – The Fun & Games Commission
Heartbreak Hotel – Hoyt Axton
I’m A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) – George MellyEden Brent
She Loves To Dance – The Flairs
Everybody Already Knows – Eden Brent
Boom Boom – The Animals
Flip Flop & Fly – Jerry Lee Lewis

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week had it’s spotlight fall on Italian singer and guitarist, Francesca De Fazi. She’s no stranger to our Cruising playlists, but we took the opportunity to choose a track, ‘High Water Everywhere’, from her 2013 album called Roman Woman Blues’.

Our giglist this week included Memphis piano player and singer, Eden Brent. She was in town and bringing her own musical style and swagger to the stage, which you can sample in some measure from our choice of a song called Everybody Already Knows’ from her latest album ‘Jigsaw Heart’. We’ve been booking ahead for our giglist, including a gig at The London Palladium later this year, that professes to be the farewell UK appearance of Jerry Lee Lewis and so we went cruising home this week in his company with his version of ‘Flip Flop & Fly’.

Somehow, we managed to arrive home safe and sound from this week’s cruise and in good time to give the Cruise Mobile a quick polish, ready for next week’s adventure, when, as ever, we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . have fun!

It wasn’t me . . . .

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, this week included a public holiday in France to celebrate the start of the French Revolution and we are keeping a curious eye the events unfolding in Greece. But, even that didn’t deflect us from rolling out the Cruise Mobile, ready for this week’s musical adventure that we continue to call Cruising with The Commissioner.

As usual, we cast our musical net far and wide to find some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues and we pulled out a song that has been recorded many times by folks like Del Shannon, James Taylor and an early hit version by Jimmy Jones. The song was ‘Handy Man’, written by Jimmy Jones and before his successful solo recording, it was recorded by vocal group ‘The Sparks Of Rhythm’ of which he was a member.

The devotees of Paul Simon probably know it well, but we were intrigued to dig out one of his early 60s recordings called ‘Noise’. This was when he was fronting a group called Tico & The Triumphs. We also stumbled across a 1969 recording, made at the Record Plant in Greenwich Village by a select group of musicians including Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jimi Henrix and Johnny Winter, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Henry Shead Sr. and ‘Wanna Jean’’ and we rolled on nicely from there . . . . . .

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Wanna Jean – Henry Shead Sr
Ooo Wee – The Searchers
Don’t Try – The Tangiers
Wow Wow Wee – The Angels
Noise -Tico & The Triumphs
Handy Man – Sparks of Rhythm
Just A Little Bit – The Undertakers
One Fine Day – Shel Naylor
No Lies – The Bishops
Dom MarianiTaste & Try Before You Buy – Savoy Brown
The Things That I Used To Do – Jimi Hendrix & Johnny Winter
Miz Dr Feelgood – Beverly Guitar Watkins
My Best Friend’s Girl – Half Pint

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared Of Dying – Manfred Mann

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
Way Down South – Wishbone Ash
The Byrds Have Flown – Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp
She’s Got The Magic – The Parade
The Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man - Marcia BallHappiness Is – The Association
Head Held High – Marcus Bonfanti
Going To See My Baby – Paddy Milner
I’m Not In Love With You Any More – Stella & The Gazelles
A Touch Of Venus – Sandy Wynns
Someone Out There – Candy & The Kisses
Walk Of Life – The DiMaggio Brothers
Livin’ It Down – Delbert McClinton
The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man – Marcia Ball
It Wasn’t Me – The Refreshments

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week focused on Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, who hails from Atlanta in Georgia and was playing in various local bands in high school. Soon after, she was recruited into Piano Red’s Houserockers and toured across America. But, to show off her talents, we pulled out one of her more recent solo albums and the rather fine ‘Miz Dr Feelgood’.

We headed for home this week with a little trio of tracks that really rocked along, including choices from Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball and The Refreshments. While we were enjoying them, we passed plenty of familiar faces and places and eventually arrived home safe and sound from our cruise. So, we got busy tidying up and leaving things all ready for next week’s adventure, when, as ever, we plan to call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you . . . . just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. But until then . . . . remember . . . have fun!

Satisfied feeling . . . .

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's

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Well, it was good to see so many friendly faces this week Down at Kokomo’s billy-preston-billys-bag-1966and whether you’re a first timer or a regular here, be assured there’s always plenty of good company and fine sounds to take us through to the midnight hour. So, to prove the point, we kicked off Billy Preston and great favourite on the 60s club scene . . . ‘Billy’s Bag’.

Billy’s Bag – Billy Preston
That’s When The Tears Start – The Blossoms
I Can’t Go On -Deon Jackson
Elija Rock – Jean Shy
The Boy From New York City – The Ad Libs
Work Song – James Royal
This Is How A Heart Breaks – Joe McBrideThe_Boy_from_New_York_City_Ad_Libs
Satisfied Feeling – Mary Love

Well, as time ran out for us Down at Kokomo’s and the midnight hour arrived, Miss Rosie was busy clearing the bar and tables, Jazzy G was reaching for his coat and the ever smiling Antoine was at the door seeing everyone out. So, thanks for your good company and here’s hoping that we’ll see you again soon Down At Kokomo’s . . . but until then . . . have fun!

Tall boogie . . . .

Posted: July 15, 2015 in The Blues Come Calling

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Well, a warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and if you like the blues, then you’re
definitely in the right place, because we’ve got an hour of the best of the blues here, with some previews of some
much heralded new releases, some old and new blues and Pinetop’s Pick. But, this week we kicked off with something
from The Texas Cannonball, Freddie King, and his 70s recording of ‘Tore Down’  . . . .

Somewhere South Of Memphis . . . .
Tore Down – Freddie King
Hit The Road Jack – Harmonica Instrumentals
Somewhere South Of Memphis – Kern Pratt
You’re The One I Need – Watermelon Slim & The Workers
One Dime Blues – Etta Baker
Can’t Blame Nobody But Myself – Marcia Ball
The Damage Was Done – Guy Tortora
Last Go Round – Roy Rogers

Pinetop’s Pick
Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home – Blind Joe Taggart

Come wit me . . . .
Voodoo Stomp -Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists
Come Wit Me – Jarecus Singleton
Candy Man – John Renbourn
Rich Or Poor – Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band
You Don’t Want Me – James Carr
Tall Boogie – Moreland & Arbuckle

Well, we were so tight on time this week that we were barely able to say our usual farewell, but we did . . . just! We closed the show with the wonderful Moreland & Arbuckle, who are currently on a UK tour and appearing in the Miskin Radio area next week. . . . so, I might see you there. But, whatever happens, we’re hoping that this week’s playlist will encourage you to join us next week, when once again ‘The Blues Come Calling’. Until then . . . have fun!

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Well, with the heat of these sunny days you got an especially warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and if you like the blues, then you’re definitely in the right place, because we’ve got an hour of the best of the blues with yours truly The Commissioner.

Now, there are plenty of new blues releases around at present, which is very encouraging, and there’s some really good stuff too, not all of which did we have time to squeeze into this week’s show . . . . but there’s always next week! One particular joy was playing a few preview tracks from the forthcoming tribute album to celebrate Muddy Waters 100th birthday. The album is called ‘Muddy Waters 100’ and it’s due for release on 24 July and includes a host of big names of the blues, from which we provided a few tasters.

Judging by the feedback on last week’s show, you rather liked hearing Big Daddy Wilson, so we pulled out his latest album ‘Time’ again for another track. But, first we kicked off with an Australian group led by keyboard player, Lachy Doley and a track titled, Betch I’ll Getcha, from their latest album ‘Conviction’ . . . . and there was so much more . . . .

I’m ready
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Betcha I’ll Getcha – The Lachy Doley Group
Love You In Every Way – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
The Mood That I’m In – Beth Hart
I’m Ready – Muddy Waters (ft. Johnny Winter)
Same Old Blues – Don Nix
32-20 Blues – Bob Dylan
Hot Little Mama – Mike Vernon & Los Garcia

Pinetop’s Pick
A Married Man’s A Fool – Blind Willie McTell

Good news . . . .
Good News – Muddy Waters (ft. James Cotton)
Miss Dorothy Lee – Big Daddy Wilson
Just Your Fool – Zkye Blue
Mr Crump Don’t Like It – The Double Decker Stringband
Another Man – Cyril Neville
Can’t Get No Grinding – Muddy Waters (ft. Billy Branch)
Get Back In Line – Roy Rogers

Well, sadly, time ran out on us as we were enjoying ourselves and we closed with some excellent slide guitar from bluesman Roy Rogers, then there was nothing left to do but clear up the CDs and records, put the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and head for the door. But, not before wishing you a great week and hoping that we might enjoy your good company next week, same time same place . . . . when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . remember . . . have fun!

Such a night . . . .

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we approached the appointed time and day for Cruising with The Commissioner in very good spirits this week. The sunshine has lingered longer than we expected in the Grand Duchy and delivered plenty of opportunities for relaxed evenings on the South terrace with some ‘refreshments’. We also enjoyed an excellent time at ‘Blues on the Meadow’, which kicked off with a first class set by Bristol band, Redhouse. They had the crowd up and dancing from the start. If you missed them there, you can catch them here on our playlist with a great rockabilly track from their album ‘In The Red’.

We found time to catch up with the latest posting on one of our favourite websites, ‘The Immortal Jukebox‘. It featured a rather fine piece on Doug Sahm, which inspired us to play Doug Sahm’s version of ‘Buzz Buzz Buzz’. There were also a few birthdays to inspire our choices this week, including Bill Haley, Gene Chandler and what would have been the 100th birthday of bluesman Willie Dixon. So, they each got into our play list and Mr Dixon got a little trio of his songs to celebrate the occasion.

Our weekend was cheered by Craig Hannington’s Wall of Sound on Miskin Radio, which featured three hours of sensational Northern Soul choices, which sent us searching for a few gems that didn’t get into Craig’s show, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Plas Johnson and his 1959 Capitol 45 ‘Downstairs’ . . . .

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Downstairs – Plas Johnson
Such A Night – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Long Black Shiny Car – Redhouse
We Need Love – Ray Scott & His Combo
Buzz Buzz Buzz – Doug Sahm
Thirteen Women – Billy Haley & His Comets
Salty Lips – Sahara Hotnights
Don’t Want To Know – Ruthie Foster
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Duncan Berryeddie-cochran-i-remember-liberty

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Tecumsah – The Spacewalkers

Cruising with soulful sounds . . . .
Gonna Fix You Good – Little Anthony & The Imperials
Why Weren’t You There – Thelma Lindsey
Tear For Tear – Gene Chandler
Wang Dang Doodle – Dave Edmunds & Love Sculpture
I Love The Life I Live’ by Mose Allison
Ruthie FosterI Want to Be Loved – Muddy Waters

Three From Me . . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
American Soldier Boy – Edgar Broughton Band
American Ruse – MC5
Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano – Renato Carasoni

Cruising to the swirling lights . . . .
Toyland – Alan Bown Set
Fox On the Run – Tony Hazzard
Pamela Pamela – Graham Gouldman
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You’d Better Move – Bobby Brookes
Ring A Ling – Johnny Otis

Well, sometimes things just don’t happen the way you plan and last week’s show was a case in point, because one or two of you were quick to point out that we missed our Girls & Guitars feature. So, this week we made amends with double bubble, starting with all girl group from Sweden, Sahara Hotnights. We picked their track ‘Salty Lips’ from their 2007 album ‘What If Leaving Is A Loving Thing’ and followed up with a real contrast. Our second choice came from American singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruthie Foster with her sultry version of John Martyn’s ‘I Don’t Want To Know (About Evil) from her 2012 album ‘Let It Burn’.

Our good pals DJ Leyton Rocks and Johnny Alpha called by with their contributions to the show and very welcome they were too, but all too soon the sands of time were running out on our cruise and we had to head back to Cruise Control in the company of Johnny Otis with his 1958 Capitol 45 ‘Ring A Ling’. Then, we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week, gave it a quick polish, so it was all ready for next week’s adventure.

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

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Well, a warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and if you like the blues, then you’re definitely in the right place, because we’ve got an hour of the best of the blues, right here on Miskin Radio with yours truly The Commissioner.  Our selections this week have been influenced (just a little) by some of those who we saw at one of our favourite gigs, Blues On The Meadow  and we played a preview copy of the title track of Buddy Guy’s new album, ‘Born To Play Guitar’, being released by RCA records at the end of July. But, we kicked off this week’s show with Wild Jimmy Spruill and his classic ‘Scratchin’ and we went into something from American bluesman, Albert Cummings with the title track from his 2015 album ‘The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good’ . . . .

Scratchin’ – Wild Jimmy Spruill
The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good – Albert Cummings
Please Don’t Leave Me – Big Boy Bloater
That’s What The Blues Is All About – Tim Hain
Worried Life Blues – Bob Margolin
Born To Play Guitar – Buddy Guy
You Better Slow Down – Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith
Let’s Go Upstairs – Ben Poole

Pinetop’s Pick
King Guitar – Michael Messer

Travelling Blues – Albany Down
Dorothy Mae – Gordon Smith
I Feel So Good – J.B. Lenoir
Roadhouse Rosie – Dave Hunt
The Devil In Me – Moreland & Arbuckle
Mojo Boogie – Johnny Winter

Well, all too soon, our time was running out and we were playing out with a great favourite from Johnny Winter. Then, there was nothing left to do but clear up the CDs and records, put the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and head for the door. But, not before wishing you a great week and hoping that we might enjoy your good company next week, same time same place . . . . when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then, remember . h . . . . have fun!

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Broadcast by Miskin Radio
4th July 2015