Blowin’ free . . . .

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, there’s been quite a few changes here in the Grand Duchy this week, not least the weather, which seems to have lurched into Autumn mode with some enthusiasm. But, here’s hoping that all’s well with you in your corner of the universe. this past week.

Our gig list included a visit to Camden’s Blues Kitchen to see French band, ‘Les Gris Gris’, who delivered a power house set, very much in the style of early Yardbirds, Downliners Sect and Pretty Things. The band were on full throttle all night and the crowd loved their ‘rough-house’ R&B. Sadly, we couldn’t find any recordings by them to play on the show, but they have some great YouTube videos, which are well worth a look. We also caught The Shake & Brother Jonno on one of their rare London appearances and they were rocking the house, with the crowd jumping and dancing on the seats . . . . and they were still playing through the early hours of the next morning . . . . top shows indeed!

Our good pal Phil Tyler came calling this week and was enthusing about the new single by Keith Richards . . . . so with the speed of light, we included in our playlist, along with something by UK bluesman Larry Miller because Phil mentioned some sad news about Larry’s health. So, ready or not, we kicked off this week’s playlist with the great Sil Austin and his rocking instrumental ‘Train Whistle’ and barely pausing now we headed on down the road with someone who is on our giglist soon . . . Jerry Lee Lewis and I’m On Fire . . .

Cruising to the outskirts of town . . . .Sil Austin
Train Whistle – Sil Austin
I’m On Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Little Girl – Johnny Rivers
Just Don’t Care – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Right Girl, Right Time – Eugene Church
One Room Paradise – The Raelettes
I’ve Got Nothing Workin’ Now – Ann Cole
Take A Step – Clyde McPhatter
Trouble – Keith Richards
Road Runner – Larry Millerjoe-alexander-and-the-cubans-oh-maria-ballad-78
Soulful Dress – Maria Hanninen
Bring It To Jerome – Bo Diddley
Weekend – The Kingsmen
The Cat – Roland Alphonso
Heart Full Of Soul – Graham Gouldman
Blowin’ Free – Wishbone Ash

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Maybellene – Chuck Berry
Oh Maria! – Joe Alexander & The CubansMaria Hanninen
Who Do You Love – Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
I’m A Fool For You – James Carr
She’s Ready – The Spiral Staircase
Baby What I Mean – The Drifters
Fat Sam From Birmingham – Louis Jordan
Be My Guest – Wee Willie Harris
I Can’t Sit Down – Marie & Rex
Red Hot Mama – S. Johnson
Love Train – Jackie Wilson

This week, 60 years ago,in 1955, the #1 R&B song in America was “Maybellene” by Chuck Berry and it remained at No1 in the US charts for 11 weeks. But, it wasn’t Chuck Berry’s first recording. We found and earlier single release called ‘Oh Maria!’ on the Ballad record label, which he recorded on August 13th 1954, under the name Joe Alexander & The Cubans . . . . take a listen.

Now, our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on Maria Hanninen. She’s a Finnish singer/songwriter and not only plays guitar, but also violin, bass, piano and percussion. She’s been a member of several bands and has recorded two albums to date. We went back to her 2009 album ‘Not Only But Also’ for her take on ‘Soulful Dress’.

We managed to get through to the end of the show with no casualties, but it was a close thing! So, as the clock (and Mr Merlot) told us that we should be heading for home, we did just that and were (too) soon parking up the trusty Cruise Mobile and giving it a quick polish, ready for next week, 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!


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