Archive for August, 2015

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Well, we’ve been enjoying the good weather in the Grand Duchy when it arrives, although it seems to be lingering less lately. Nevertheless, it’s been a good week for catching up with friends and outstanding tasks. So, we were in good spirits when the appointed hour arrived to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Although our gallant attempts to reduce the height of the ‘pending tray’ have been pursued with occasional dedication, our cheery postman has made his own contributions to the problem with some great compilation albums and the odd 45. So, despite the risk of the pending tray being cited as a ‘dangerous structure’. . . . we continue our well-intended labours!

Now this week included a number of notable birthdays and those with encyclopaedic minds will already know that one of those would have been the birthday of John Lee Hooker. Sadly, he couldn’t be here to join our celebrations, but Mr Merlot and yours truly lifted a glass of fine wine to his memory and maybe the much travelled David Overend did too, because he told us he liked one of Mr Hooker’s collaborations with Carlos Santana and we played another this week. Rockabilly star, Dale Hawkins, shared the same birthday with John Lee Hooker (but with an 18 year gap between them) and we also marked the birthdays this week of Jackie De Shannon, Joni Mitchell and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup (who inspired the return of our scratchy blues feature. But everything kicked off with Lord Thunder and it rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising out of town . . . .
Thunder – Lord Thunder
Silk, Satin & Lace – Ray Scott
Mirror Mirror On The Wall – Ernest Tucker
Glory of Love – Don Bryant
Fat Gal – Mickey Murray
Fever – Marie Queenie Lyons
Don’t Threaten Me (With A Good Time ) – Bob Malone
Trying to Get To You – Ian Gillan
When You Walk In The Room – Jackie De Shannon
Dum Dum – Brenda Lee
The Healer – John Lee Hooker
Hot Dog – Dale Hawkins
For What It’s Worth – The Voices Of East Harlem
Our Day Will Come – The Heptones

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Emily Small – The Picadilly Line
Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell
Look Away – Eternity’s Children
That’s Evil – Ray Brown & The Whispers
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power
Midnight In New Orleans – Long John Baldry
All Along The Watchtower – Buddy Miles
That’s All Right Mama – Arthur Big Boy Crudup
Chilli With Honey – Danny Bell & The Bell Hops
Let’s Pony Again – The Vibrations
Right Around The Corner – The 5 Royales
Farmer John – The Searchers
Unchain My Heart – Carlos & The Bandidos

This week the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature was on Kentucky’s own, Jackie De Shannon. She’s become a successful singer/songwriter and guitarist, having started singing country songs on a local radio show by the time she was six years old. By 11, she was hosting her own show on the station, and went on to record a few regional singles until a couple of her songs caught the ear of the much esteemed Eddie Cochran. He introduced her to his girlfriend, singer and songwriter Sharon Sheeley and they ended up writing hit songs together. But, it was a self penned song she recorded in 1963 that we chose to play . . . . the much covered original of ‘When You Walk In The Room’.

It was all going well, until Mr Merlot started fussing about our time keeping and we had to play our last track . . . . which happened to come from a 2008 album called Bandido A Go Go by Carlos & The Bandidos. Then it was all over, except to park up the trusty Cruise Mobile, giving it a quick polish, so it is ready for next week’s adventure when we plan to call by again, same time, same place with a seat saved especially for you . So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

I can’t stop it . . . .

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's


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Well, there were plenty of friendly faces to greet us this week ‘Down at Kokomo’s’ and we’re always pleased to have their good company, as well as any ‘first-timers’. As usual, we had plenty of excellent music to take us through to the midnight hour, including some club favourites, a funky ‘West Wing’ memory and a few surprises too! But, we opened up with UK
band The Peddlers and a  jazzy instrumental called Horses Collar  . . . .

Horses Collar – The Peddlers
Bert’s Apple Crumble – The Quik
Bette Davis Eyes – Jackie De Shannon
Let’s Straighten This Out – OV Wright
The Jackal – Ronny Jordan & Dana Bryant
Love Love Love – Len Barry
Soulful Dress – Sugar Pie DeSanto
I Can’t Stop It – The Johnny Nocturne Band
In The Midnight Hour – Little Mac & The Boss Sounds

Well, for those up at the bar during the evening, there’s always a key test of our time-keeping when Miss Rosie starts looking at the clock. That’s a sure signal that we’re running out of time. So, we were watching and ready to greet tomorrow with some excellent Hammond sounds from Little Mac & The Boss Sounds with the inevitable ‘In The Midnight
Hour’. Then it was all over and time to wind things up ‘Down at Kokomo’s . . . . Miss Rosie was busy clearing the bar and
tables, Jazzy G was reaching for his coat and Antoine was at the door seeing everyone out. So, until we see you again
‘Down At Kokomo’s’ . . . have fun!

Back to Memphis . . . . .

Posted: August 22, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, a warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling, where we’ve got a playlist with plenty of new
releases and some old favourites. Indeed, there seems to be plenty of artists with new albums getting released in the
coming weeks. But, this week we kicked off our playlist with something from Sugar Brown, otherwise known as Dr. Ken
Kawashima, PhD and a track from his forthcoming album ‘ Poor Lazarus’. It’s due out next month and we chose his cover
of Frankie Lee Sims’ ‘Walkin’ With Frankie’.

Time will tell . . . .
Walkin’ With Frankie – Sugar Brown
Crossroads – Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men
Can’t Get It Together – Jesse Davy
Mississippi On My Mind – Franc Robert
Time Will Tell – The Juke Joints
Back To Memphis – Danni Nicholls
The Supernatural – Peter Green with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Pinetop’s Pick
Rock Island Line – The Prisoners of Cummin’s Farm

The other side of town
Boneyard – Jon Cleary
The Thrill Is Gone – Rita Chiarelli
Judgement Day Rag – Von Johin
Steal Your Heart Away – Bobby Parker
An Organ, A Guitar & A Chicken Wing – Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers
She Likes To Boogie Real Slow – Frankie Lee Sims
Good Buddy Blues – Travis Haddix
The Other Side Of Town – The Radio Kings

Well, that’s it folks . . . . if you liked what you heard in this week’s show, do let us know and if you want to point us to
something special to play, we’ll certainly take a listen. But for this week, there’s nothing left to do now . . . . 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 . . . . . ’til then this is The Commissioner saying . . .  have fun!

Move on up . . . .

Posted: August 21, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's

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Well, the nights are definitely drawing in now, but it doesn’t seem to have deterred anyone from calling by Down at Kokomo’s. Antoine has been kept busy at the door welcoming the friendly faces and Miss Rosie is as cheery as ever behind the bar. So, we were all ready for this week’s session with The Commissioner, taking us through to the midnight hour . . . . which kicked off with something from Freddie Scott and the Seven Steps and their take on ‘It’s Not Unusual’. By the end of which, we were relaxing and enjoying the good company . . . .

It’s Not Unusual – Freddie Scott and the Seven StepsIngfried Hoffmann
If Your Love Don’t Swing – Pete Kelly’s Solution
The Stuff You Gotta Watch – The Johnny Nocturn Band
It Ain’t No Big Thing – The Peddlers
Move On Up – Hammond Express
Mercy Mercy Mercy – Marlena Shaw
Pride & Joy – Cassandra McKinley
007 Bond Street – Ingfiried Hoffman

When Cassandra McKinley had finished swinging out with ‘Pride & Joy’,  I caught sight of Miss Rosie behind the bar looking at the clock . . . and that was a sure signal that we’re running out of time. So, we headed for the midnight hour with some excellent hammond sounds from Ingfiried Hoffman with ‘007 Bond Street’, which wound things up for us down at Kokomo’s. Miss Rosie was busy clearing the bar and tables and while Jazzy G was reaching for his coat Antoine was at the door seeing everyone out . So we said our thanks to everyone for their good company and invited them back, same time, same place again next week, Down At Kokomo’s. But, until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

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20 August 2015

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Well, this week has brought plenty of surprises and welcome encounters. We’ve heard from quite a few of the Cruising Crew and some potentially tricky issues seemed to work out fine in the end. So, we were in good spirits as the time approached to go Cruising with The Commissioner and a big thanks goes out to those who’ve given us comments on the show recently and particularly Charlie Layton who liked our previous play of New Jersey doo wop group, The Four Tophatters and suggested another by them, ‘Go Baby Go’.

Our giglist this week included a session with Latin rock band Oye Santana with their repertoire of Santana material, but also some other Latin rock styled numbers including their take on Sergio Mendes’ ‘Mas Que Nada’, which we sneaked into this week’s playlist. But, despite the pleasant distractions, we (gallantly) attempted to reduce the height of the ‘pending tray’, which has crept up again to the point of being cited as a dangerous structure. So, we picked as many as we could for your listening pleasure (hopefully) and kicked offf this week’s cruise with The Five Keys and their EAP 45 from 1956, ‘My Pigeon’s Gone’ . . . . followed fast by New Orleans legend, Lee Allen, with ‘Hot Rod Special’ . . . .

Cruising out of town . . . .Lee Allen
My Pigeon’s Gone – The Five Keys
Hot Rod Special – Lee Allen & His Band
It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows
Do The President Twist – Lula Reed & Freddy King
Good Show, But No Go – Chuck Dallis
Go Baby Go – The Four Tophatters
Don’t Throw Your Love Away – Len Barry
I Like It Like That – Don Bryant
So Fine – The Santells
His Latest Flame – Del Shannon
Tryin’ to Get to You – The EaglesOye Santana
Mas Que Nada – Oye Santana
Havana Moon – Santana
Our Man In Havana – The McCoy Boys
I Wish I Was In Memphis – Sally-Ann Whitten

Cruising where we please . . . . .
One Step Beyond – Jackie Mittoo
The Answer – Peter Bardens
Go To Him – Ray Brown & The Whispers
The Letter – The Boxtops
Elevator Operator – The RaysRay Brown & The Whispers
Until You Came Along – The Visitors
Bye Bye Baby – Mary Wells
You’ve Got The Power – The Esquires
Little Darling (I Need You) – The Flirtations
Parchman Farm – Duffy Power
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Eddie Fontaine
The Girl Can’t Help It – Little Richard
Justine – Don & Dewey

Big thanks to Thom Hickey and his website ‘The Immortal Jukebox’ for prompting us to play something featuring Peter Green’s great guitar playing. Also, we went looking for an old favourite on the UK Sue Record label by The Santells thanks to Paul and his website ‘Sue Records UK’

Our Girls & Guitars featured focused on Australian singer and guitarist Sally-Anne Whitten, who hails from New South Wales and has developed a style that’s been described as a blend of swampy blues, R&B, southern rock and West Coast country. We chose a track titled ‘I Wish I Was In Memphis’ from her 2012 album ‘Sell My Soul’.

Don & Dewey have delivered us to the end of our playlist for this week and we were soon saying our fond farewells as we
parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week. But, we’ll be back again next week, same time, same place, with a
seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 20 August 2015

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Well, a warm welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. If you like the blues, then this is definitely in the
right place, because we’ve got an hour of the best of the blues, hosted by yours truly, The Commissioner. A big thanks to those who gave us feedback and comments on last week’s show, including The Spinmeister who took the opportunity to suggest something for this week’s selections. So, our playlist includes some new releases, like Joe Bonamassa and Ronnie Earl,  as well as some old favourites and Pinetop’s Pick. But, as you can hear, we kicked off with something from Roy
Gaines and Roy’s Theme . . .

Nice tbnice . . . .
Roy’s Theme – Roy Gaines (New Frontier Lover – 2000)
Tiger In Your Tank – Joe Bonamassa (Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks – 2015)
Nice To Be Nice – Albert King (The Blues Don’t Change – 1977)
Jumpin’ At Shadows – Adam Franklin (Till I Hear You Talkin’ – 2012)
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Janiva Magness (Blues Ain’t Pretty – 2002)
What Have I Done Wrong – Ronnie Earl (Father’s Day – 2015)
Too Much To Lose – The Kentucky Headhunters (Songs From The Grass String Ranch – 2000)

Pinetop’s Pick
Give Me Back My Wig – Luther Allison (Live in Chicago – 1995)

Goin’ back to Lafayette . . . .
The Thrill Is Gone – Roy Hawkins (The Thrill Is Gone – 2009)
Buck Dance – Terry Robb Acoustic Trio (Acoustic Blues Trio – 2008)
The Devil’s Gone Fishin’ – Michael Falzarano (I Got Blues For Ya – 2014)
When A Fool Takes His Turn – Tommy Tate (30 Blue Picks – 2011)
Cut To The Bone – Jay White & The Commanders (Jaywalkin’ – 2015)
Goin’ Back To Lafayette – Tommy Dardar (Blues Fool – 2008)
Making Tracks – Sammy Johns & The Devilles (Rare 78 RPM R&B Cuts – 2009)

Well, all too soon, we came to the last track on this week’s playlist, which came from Sammy Johns & The DeVilles and their
much sought after 60s release, appropriately titled ‘Making Tracks’. Then it was all over and 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 saying
if you liked what you heard in this week’s show, do let us know and if you want to point us to something special to play,
we’ll certainly take a listen.

So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . . same time, same place next week . . . have fun!

Snap your fingers . . . .

Posted: August 13, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's

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Well, it was a busy night Down at Kokomo’s and we had a lot of friendly faces showing up to enjoy the good company and plenty of fine sounds to take us through to the midnight hour.

This week our playlist kicked off with some early organ work from Mac Rebenack or Doctor John as we know him now and ‘The Point’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . .

The Point – Mac Rebenack
In The Meantime – Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
Coming Home Baby – Dee Dee Sharp
Why Don’t You Do Right – Mark Murphy
Snap Your Fingers – Joe Henderson
Lazy River – Bobby Darin
Light My Fire – Erma Franklin
Lonnie Youngblood – Wooly Bully
Organ Gravy – Greasy Gravy

We approached the midnight hour with some excellent Hammond work, in the form of Organ Gravy by The Saturday
Night Live House Band, Greasy Gravy. . . . . 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 .  So, there was nothing left to do, but say thanks to everyone for their good company and hope that we’ll see everyone again soon Down At Kokomo’s.  Until then . . . . Have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
13 August 2015

Too much . . . .

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the Grand Duchy has been enjoying some good weather lately and a few relaxing evenings on the South terrace with some fine music and we were not short of fine music for this week’ Cruising with The Commissioner.

Our playlist included a good few covers of well known songs, along with a few little known originals. including Vikki Nelson’s ‘Like A Baby’ that got covered by Elvis on his album ‘Elvis Is Back’. The devotees of Buddy Holly will have recognised Johnny Angel’s ‘Baby It’s Love’ as a song that got covered by Buddy Holly in his early days with Bob Montgomery . . . . and for the real anoaraks, Johnny Angel was an alias for rockabilly singer Jimmy Lee Fautheree. For the curious, there was the original 1954 recording of ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Italian-American band, Sonny Dae & His Knights.

We put together a rather fine UK soul selection, with Dusty Springfield Chris Farlowe, Elkie Brooks and Jimmy James. The Kinks were well-represented too this week with two covers of theirs songs and one from them, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Ernie Maresca and his hit ‘Shout Shout’ . . . .

Cruising with the crew . . . . .
Shout Shout – Ernie Maresca
Rock Around The Clock – Sonny Dae & His Knights
Daddy Cool – The Rays
Too Much · Rex Masters & The Four Jacks
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
I’ve Got My Sights On Someone New – Roddy Jackson
Like a Baby – Vikki Nelson & The Sounds
Mama Said – Dusty Springfield
Open The Door To Your Heart – Chris Farlowe
Hello Stranger – Elkie Brooks
Ain’t No Big Thing – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Cricket Champions – Lord Kitchener
Stormy Times – Pacific Gas & Electric
That’s Alright Mama – Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper

Cruising into the sunset . . . . .
Le Nouveau Monde – Alice
High Flyin’ Bird – The Boot Hill Five
Let Me Down Easy – Liquid Smoke
Down The Road – Steamhammer
Tired of Waiting – Helmet Zerllet & Band
Days – Kirsty McColl
Supersonic Rocket Ship – The Kinks
Till The Wheels Come Off – Lisa Mann
Hallelujah I Love Him So – Timi Yuro
Fever – Trini Lopez
Lucky Is My Name – Bruce Cloud
Work Song – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

With all due commiserations to our antipodean chums, it was just too tempting not to mark recent events with a bit of calypso. Without Lance Percival to give us something very topical, we pulled out something by Lord Kitchener with a story of other ‘Cricket Champions’.

We may have been late, but we didn’t forget our Girls & Guitars feature, which this week focused on singer, songwriter and guitarist, Lisa Mann. She was born in West Virginia and got her first guitar at the age eleven. She began playing professionally at the age of 19 and released her first commercial album, Satisfied, in 2012, which is where we found our choice ‘Till The Wheels Come Off’.

Mr Merlot is showing his usual anxieties about our time keeping, not least because he saw we had cued 7 minutes and 53 seconds of unsurpassed excellence from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with their 1966 album East West and their version of ‘Work Song’. 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!

On my way . . . .

Posted: August 8, 2015 in The Blues Come Calling

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Well, August has arrived properly now, along with sunshine and this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. So, if you like the blues, this is definitely the right place to indulge yourself, because here’s an hour of the best of the blues with yours truly The Commissioner. This week we kicked off with ‘Jump In My Cadillac’ from Roy Gaines, a track you’ll find on his album ‘Bluesman For Life’ and there’s plenty more great music in our playlist . . . . so enjoy!

All around the world
Jump In My Cadillac – Roy Gaines (Blues For Life – 2014)
Love Sick – Loomis Hamilton (A Few Degrees Cooler – 1999)
Long Time Dead – Backbone Blues Band (Made In Britain – 2013)
Calling Your Name – Trevor Sewell (Calling Your Name – 2011)
Too Late – Andy Broad (Every Penny Of The Deal – 2015)
All Around The World – Mike Vernon & Los Garcia (Just A Little Bit – 2015)
Turn Me Wild – Buddy Guy (Born To Play Guitar – 2015)
Put More Rum In Your Boogie – The Hoodoo Loungers (Hoodoo Lounge – 2013)
Dark Angel – Roy Rogers (Into The Blue – 2015)

Pinetop’s Pick
Basehead – Corey Harris (Greens From The Garden – 1999)

On my way
Sure Enough It’s You – Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington (The Wolfman’s Songs – 2011)
Gotta Find My Baby – Doctor Clayton (Peter’s Blues – 2015)
On My Way – Roy Hawkins (The Thrill Is Gone – 2009)
Life On Marsh – The Black Sheep (Life On Marsh -2015)
Hungry – Don Nix (Southern Roots Rockers – 2008)
Going Down – Bruce Channel (Blue Eyed Blues Vol.1 – 2006)

Well, here’s hoping you liked what you heard in this week’s show and do let us know and if there is something special you
would like to hear played . . . . we’ll certainly take a listen. But, that’s it for this week. Have a great week . . . . and let’s enjoy
some more of your good company next week, same time same place . . . . when once again The Blues Come Calling . . . .
until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
8 August 2015

Jump . . . .

Posted: August 6, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's

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Well, Antoine was at the door and pretty busy welcoming folks to Kokomo’s . . . Big Mama Montse
and, as ever, whether you arrived by accident or design, there’s always very good company and plenty of fine sounds to take us through to the midnight
hour. Our soundtrack, as we headed for tomorrow, included some fine organ work from Enri and his tune ‘The Performer’ . . . . and more . . . .

The Performer – Enri
Confessin’ The Blues – Big Mama Montse
Hurt By Love – Inez & Charlie Foxx
Ingrid Lucia - Almost BlueCherry Red – Little Richard
Almost Blue – Ingrid Lucia
Jump – Paul Anka
Keep Your Business To Yourself – Pearl Woods
Gumbo Ya Ya – Mook Loxley

It was relaxed evening with a few energetic souls taking to the dance floor to
show  us a few moves and by the time we got to play Mook Loxley’s ‘Gumbo
Ya Ya’, we  knew the midnight  hour was close. By then, behind the bar, Miss
Rosie was looking at the clock and  taking last orders at the bar . . . . so thenMook Loxley
it was time to wind things up Down at Kokomo’s. Jazzy G was reaching for his
coat and Antoine was at the door seeing  everyone out . . . . but, just time to
say thanks for your good company and until  we see you again soon Down At
Kokomo’s . . . .  Have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
6 August 2015