Archive for November, 2015

I can’t hold out . . .

Posted: November 28, 2015 in The Blues Come Calling

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This was a busy week indeed! So, our preparations for this week’s show were a little less leisurely than usual but, we 
were never in doubt that we had plenty of good stuff to play. There were some fine new releases to enjoy and some 
‘suggestions’ from amongst our listeners that came in the feedback on previous shows.

We kicked off this week with a great little number from Johnny Winter and Ben Harper from Johnny’s last album. That set 
us up well for this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and we followed up with something by Wicked Grin . . .

I Can’t Hold Out 
I Can’t Hold Out – Johnny Winter & Ben Harper (Step Back – 2014)
Outta Time Train – Wicked Grin (Shame On me – 2013)
Hoodoo Woman – The Beat Daddys (Hoodoo That We Doo – 2015)
I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down – Mike Henderson (Single – 2015)
The Grass Looks Greener – Skip Easterling (Alon 45 – 1967)
Ain’t No Big Deal – Norman Beaker Blues Trio (Live In Belgrade – 2015)
You Upset Me Baby – B.B. King (RPM 45 – 1954)
Wang Dang Doodle – Dave Edmunds (Blues Helping – 1968)
Pinetop’s Pick
Boogie Disease – Errol Lynton (Mama Said – 2011)

Little Bit
Little Bit – Cecile Doo-Kingue (Anyone Listening – ????)
Loving Rings My Bell – The Backbone Blues Band (Which Way To The Blues – 2015)
Bourgeois Blues – Eric Bibb & Jean-Jacques Milteau (Leadbelly’s Gold – 2015)
I Believe I’m In Love With You – Sally-Anne Whitten (Blurring The Lines – 2009)
Home Run Hitter – Jerry Portnoy & The Streamliners (Home Run Hitter – 1995)
Hideaway – Freddy King (Federal 45 – 1960)

As we were running out of time, we just managed to squeeze in our last track, which was Freddy King’s classic ‘Hideaway’
. . . pure joy! Then we we’re ready to head for home, but not before we tidied up the records and CDs, put the smiling 
picture of the station boss back on the wall and waved everyone a cheery farewell . . . until next week. Rest assured, 
we’ll be back . . .same time, same place, when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 28 November 2015

Down along the cove . . .

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, as this was the last Cruising with the Commissioner show before December arrives, we were bracing ourselves for the beginning of the ‘full-on’ commercialism of the festive season. It seems to start earlier each year, but really seems to get a grip when November is done. So, with the imminent prospect of The Cruisettes scattering festive decorations around Cruise Control, we tried to focus on this week’s show.

There Cruising #135was plenty of variety in our playlist this week from rockabilly to Latin rock and some blues. In between there was a little flavour of New Orleans, because this week we had a celebration of Dr John’s birthday and appearances by Dave Ferrato and Jamie Dell’Apa. Indeed, it was Jamie and our good pal The Spongeman who inspired our selection of British 60s bands, including The Count Bishops and The Chances Are. But, we got off to a flying start with a 1958 Capitol from The Five Keys titled ‘You’re The One’ and our enthusiasm quotient was hovering in the red as we followed up with ‘My Love’, a 1962 Jan Ell 45 by Hayward Lee. . . .

Cruising with the radio up . . . .
You’re For Me – The Five Keys
My Love – Hayward Lee
Great Balls Of Fire – Georgia Gibbs
You Can Have Her – Roy Hamilton
She Was Dynamite – Jack Jersey
Down Along The Cove – The Loan Sharks
Every Breath You Take – The Di Maggio Brothers
Cupid – Sam & Dave
Too Hot To Handle – The Inciters
The Kokomo – The Valtairs
I Believe I’m In Love With You – Sally-Anne Whitten
I Stand Accused – Tony Colton & The Big Boss Band
Bird Dog – The Newbeats

Cruising way out there . . . .
Bailamos El Son – Gregg Rolie Band
Baby You’re Wrong – The Count Bishops
Fragile Child – The Chances Are
Morgus The Magnificent – Morgus & The 3 Ghouls
Storm Warning – Mac Rebennack
Splish Splash – Dr John
Same Old Story – Dave Ferrato
Love Potion No 9 – The Clovers
Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Get Out – The Troopers
Neckbones & Hot Sauce – L. Anderson & The Tornadoes
I’m Where It’s At – The Jades
House Near The Railroad Track – Tommy Brown
Goodbye – Chuck Carbo & The Spiders

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on Australian, Sally-Anne Whitten. She hails from New South Wales and has developed a blend of swampy blues, R&B and southern rock, which we demonstrated with something from her 2006 debut album ‘Blurring The Lines’ and her version of ‘ I Believe I’m In Love With You’.

Sadly, just as everyone was partying in Cruise Control, we ran out of time. Mr Merlot took great delight in wagging his finger at me for that but we did find time for The Spiders to take us home with their appropriately titled ‘Goodbye’. So, with the Cruise Mobile parked up for another week, we were hoping we could entice everyone back again same time, same place next week next week, when we’ll swing by in the Cruise Mobile again 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 26 November 2015

Little by little . . . .

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's


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Well, as we say our farewells to November, we await the predictable arrival of the festive decorations around Kokomo’s. Of course, if you’ve not been a long-time visitor here, this might be a novelty, but it’s all taken in their stride by the friendly faces who have been regulars Down at Kokomo’s. They know it doesn’t change the good company or the good music here and Miss Rosie is always available behind the bar for those who like a drink between dances. This week we were helped on our way to the midnight hour, with a playlist that kicked off with a great 60s club favourite from The Phil Upchurch Combo with You Can’t Sit Down . . . .

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One Track Love – 44 Shakedown
Little By Little – Dusty Springfield
Just To Hold My Hand – Dee Dee Sharp
Sunshine Superman – Mel Torme
Mellow Yellow – Georgie Fame
I Got The Blues – Della Reese
Seven States Away – Deb Callahan
Organ Grinder Swing – Jimmy Smith

Well, all too soon, it was time to wind up things up Down at Kokomo’s . . . . Miss Rosie was starting to clear the bar and tables and Jazzy G started looking at his watch. These are always sure signs that tomorrow was nearly here . . . So we went swinging out with the great Jimmy Smith and hoping that we’ll see everyone again soon Down At Kokomo’s. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
26 November 2015

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Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, the blues are back and there was a whole hour of them on this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. So, if you like the blues then you were definitely in the right place at the right time and we kicked off with a little stormer from Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin. They gave us the opening track on their new album ‘Stormy Water’ and we followed on with the old favourite, Mojo Hanna, delivered by Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and featuring the great Marcia Ball.

I Soon Found Out . . .
Dance Pretty Mama – Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin (Stormy Water – 2015)
Mojo Hanna – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (ft Marcia Ball) (The Devil You Know – 2014)
I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – The Jackson Four (Love the Life – 2015)
Diddy Wah Diddy – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Anthology -2009)
Demolition Man – Sari & The Engine Room (Sari & The Engine Room – 2015)
I Soon Found Out – Innes Sibun (Honey Pot – 2015)
Fool That I Am – Etta James (Blues – 2015)

Pinetop’s Pick
Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor

Tell You About The Blues . . .
Broken Bottle & Broken Bones – Bad Bob Bates (BX3 – 2015)
Tell You About The Blues – The Damned and Dirty (Hoodoo Down – 2015)
The Money – The Divinchis (The Divinchis – 2013)
Blue Night – Connie Lush (Renaissance – 2015)
Step By Step – Brad Wilson (Blues Thunder – 2015)
The Preacher – Backbone Blues Band (Which Way To The Blues – 2015)

All too soon, the new album by The Backbone Blues Band brought us to the end of this edition of The Blues Come Calling. But, before heading for home, we tidied up the records and CDs, put the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and waved everyone a cheery farewell . . . at least until next week. That’s when we hope you’ll be back again, same time same place, when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . have fun!
Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 21 November 2015

Just a little too much . . .

Posted: November 20, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, despite the unnerving international events and the chill November air, we tried our best to raise the spirits of the Cruising Crew  and provide some much needed light relief. So, we called by in the Cruise Mobile with the warmest of welcomes and our best attempt to transport us all to somewhere else, along with a playlist of some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. As ever, along with the enticing promise of good company and great music, we saved a seat especially for you . . . . just so we could all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Fortunately, our week has been crammed with good memories of great gigs and jolly treats to distract us from the darker moments and we couldn’t resist the temptation to include something in our playlist by both Jeff Lynne and Joe Brown, who have both been much enjoyed on our recent giglist. We even managed to find Joe’s ukulele version of Jeff Lynne’s hit ‘Mr Blue Sky’ to bring a little smile to proceedings. But, we kicked off our musical adventure with Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm and ‘Much Later’, followed fast by Willie Egan and his 1955 Mambo 45, ‘What A Shame’ . . . . .

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Much Later – Jackie Brenton & Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm
What A Shame – Willie Egan
Last Night – Jimmy ‘Babyface’ Lewis
Pneumonia – Joe Tex
Somebody Stole My Thunder – Trummor & Orgel with Magnus Carlson
Walkin’ In The Park – The Graham Bond Organisation
Just A Little Too Much – Mac Curtis
Turn My Back On You – Billy Fury
Mr Blue Sky – Joe Brown
Ain’t It A Drag – Jeff Lynne’s ELO
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Looking Towards The Sky – Davey Payne & The Medium Wave
I Got Your Love – Half A World Away
Love Letters – Frankie Miller
Darker Shade Of Black – Jackie Mittoo

Cruising so far out . . . .
Rainy Day Girls – The Sound Library
She’s So Far Out She’s In – The Power Plant
Sunday Kind Of Love – Beth Hart
One Good Reason – Steve Alaimo
Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy – Katie WebsterFrankie Miller
Love Potion No 9 – The Coasters
A Fool No More – Eddie Hope & The Mannish Boys
I Wish You Would – Billy Boy Arnold, with Tony McGhee & The Groundhogs
Baby You’ve Got It – Clyde McPhatter
He Will Break Your Heart – Jerry Butler & The Impressions
1000 Ways Of Loving You – Mac Kissoon
Go – The Refreshments
Shake It Up – Mick Clarke
Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

This week our Girls & Guitars feature focused on guitarist Monica Falcone of the all girl rock band Sit n; Spin. They hailed from New Brunswick and received, perhaps, the ultimate accolade in being favoured by the late John Peel. We chose the band’s ‘Dance With Me’ as an example of their impressive output of albums and singles.

Then, as our good pal Mick Clarke delivered some fine rock ‘n’ roll, so Mr Merlot started raising a bushy eyebrow and nodding theatrically in the direction of the clock, so we headed for home with a thunderous finale from Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels with their take on Shorty Long’s ‘Devil With A Blue Dress’ and a touch of Little Richard too. Then we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week and waved our fond farewells in the hope we’ll all be back again, same time same place next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 19 November 2015

Heading for tomorrow . . . . .

Posted: November 20, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's


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Well, it’s always good to see the friendly faces Down at Kokomo’s and if you’re a regular here, you know there’s
always plenty of good company and some very fine sounds courtesy of yours truly, the Commissioner. So, it fitted well that we started heading for the midnight hour with and instrumental called ‘Bend A Little’ from Georgie Fame
& The Blue Flames. Those who remember them on the 60s UK club scene may also remember the late Herbie Goins
& The Nightimers, but whether you do or not, Mr Goins was up next with ‘Yield Not To Temptation’.

Bend A Little – Georgie Fame44 Shakedown
Yield Not To Temptation – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers
Love Me Do – Rudy Rotta
On Broadway – Leroy Emmanuel
Hard To Be Cool – Jimmy Carpenter
Knock Me A Kiss – Professor Porkchop & The Dishes
Hokin’ – 44 Shakedown

Well, we were just enjoying the amusingly title Professor Porkchop and The Dishes, when we noticed Miss Rosie
gliding past the tables and throwing a cheery smile as she cleared away the glasses. That was a sure sign that it was nearly tomorrow, so we headed for the midnight hour with something from 44 Shakedown called ‘Hokin’ and hoping everyone enjoyed their visit to Kokomo’s so we might see them again, same time same place next week. Until then ….. have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 19 November 2015


Hoodoo’d . . . .

Posted: November 15, 2015 in The Blues Come Calling

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Well, it’s been a busy week, packed with plenty of gigs and some memorable moments. It was, of course, the 2015 BluesFest at London’s O2 and, if you were there, we may have seen you. There were some other gigs to fill the week and we found time to fit a few into this week’s playlist. But, we started off this edition of The Blues Come Calling with a little stormer from Dublin’s own Mike Brookfield and his band, who we saw on stage doing some tracks from his latest album ‘Love Breaks The Fall’, including ‘The Killing Line’.

It was another fine mix of old and new this week, which continued with a trip back to 1959 for a Chess release by Little Walter, ’Back Track’ and the rest is here . . . .

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The Killing Line – Mike Brookfield (Love Breaks The Fall – 2015)
Back Track – Little Walter (Chess 45 – 1959)
Cheatin’ Blues – Big Al & The Heavweights (Hey hey Mardi Gras -1998)
I’ll Sing The Blues For You – Chris Farlowe (Farlowe That – 2003)
Messin’ With The Kid – Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters (Midnight Blues Party – 2002)
Baby Let Me Follow You Down – Dave Acari (Nobody’s Fool – 2012)
A Fool Too Long – Kai Strauss (I Go By Feel – 2015)

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Rollin’ On
When Loves Come To Town – Lilly Martin (Roadhouse Mission – 2013)
Rollin’ On – Bobby Messano (Love & Money – 2015)
Seventh Son – Georgie Fame (Seventh Son – 1969)
Build Me A Woman – The Voodoo Sheiks (Voodification – 2015)
You Stopped The Rain – King King (Reaching For The Light – 2015)

We managed to squeeze King King into our playlist, who were also on this week’s giglist. But, sadly they brought us to the end of this edition of The Blues Comes
Calling. So, with practised skill we were thenVoodoo Sheiks - Voodification heading for home, but not before we tidied up the records and CDs, put the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and waved everyone a cheery farewell . . . at least until next week, when we hope you’ll be back again . . .same time same place . . . . when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 14 November 2015

Do you know . . .

Posted: November 11, 2015 in Down at Kokomo's


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Well, it’s always good to see the friendly faces Down at Kokomo’s and the regulars know there’s always plenty of good company and some very fine sounds courtesy of the Commissioner. This week we off on our way to the midnight hour with an instrumental from The Robert Cray Band called ‘Hip Tight Onions’ which I’m guessing is a nod in the direction of Booker T & The MGs . . . . and for those who remember the Jackson Five, they’ll have detected no similarities with the band called The Jackson Four, especially on their version of ‘I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water’.

Hip Tight Onions – The Robert Cray Band
I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – The Jackson Four
36 – 22 – 36 – Herbie Goins & The Nightimers
Fool That I Am – LaVern Baker
Nobody Knows – Shaun Escoffery
Do You Know – Ron Sunshine & Full Swing
One Mint Julep – The Mike Cotton Band
Good Grease – Mark III Trio

We found a great 60s sound from the Mike Cotton Band with their take of that R&B standard ‘One Mint Julep’ and while that was playing Miss Rosie was gliding past the tables and throwing a cheery smile as she cleared away the glasses. Of course, that signalled it was nearly tomorrow, so we headed for the midnight hour with the Mark III Trio and there offering of ‘Good Grease’. Then it was all over . . . until next week. So, until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
12 November 2015

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Well, Halloween and Bonfire nights have past and so there’s nothing left to crowd out the full tilt concentration on the forthcoming festive season. But, thankfully, this week brought plenty of distractions and a few top class gigs to divert our attentions, which proved to be a great time. Our gigs included Mike Zito & The Wheel, well supported by Michael Brookfield’s band. It was also the annual UK BluesFest at the weekend, with a string of excellent acts on the programme and we much enjoyed Darrel Higham, the Norman Beaker band, The Blues Band, Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe and more. We also got a real treat with a couple of much sought after tickets for Jeff Lynne’s launch of his new ELO album. So, it will come as no surprise to find a few of those folks neatly tucked into this week’s playlist.

Despite all this, when the Cruising hour arrived, out of the misty gloom came the trusty Cruise Mobile with its lights blazing, its radio blasting and all the friendly faces on board. But, we didn’t forget to save a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. With customary fervour, we kicked off our musical adventure with Richard Berry and his classic ‘Yama Yama Pretty Mama’ and in no time at all we had the welcome return of Red Hot Max & The Cats . . . .

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Yama Yama Pretty Mama – Richard Berry
My Mustang Ford – The Refreshments
Old Time Rock & Roll – Red Hot Max & The Cats
Johnny B. Goode – The Balham Alligators
What You Gonna Do – Curtis Salgado
Too Many Tears – Miles Stone
She’s My Beauty Queen – Joe Matthews
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Joe Cocker
Keep Coming Back – Mike Zito & The Wheel
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Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
Cleopatra – Jamie Coe
Lipstick Traces – Allen Toussaint
I Wonder If You Wonder – Darrel Higham

Cruising right around the corner . . .
Toyland – Alan Bown Set
Emily Says – Michael Carpenter
Are You Loving Me Too – Del Shannon
Slippin’ Away – Dave EdmundsJeff Lynne Alone in the universe
Don’t Even Try – Bryan Adams
When I Was A Boy – Jeff Lynne
You Gotta Find Yourself Another Fool – LaVern Baker
Wigglin’ & Gigglin’ – Jimmy Ricks
C.O.D. – Albert King
Hit That Jive Jack – Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
Five Cats Named Mo – Louis Jordan
Goin’ To The River – Bill & Will
Right Around The Corner – The 5 Royales

Mike Zito was on our giglist and it was a reminder that he was responsible for producing the recent album by Samantha Fish, who just happened to be the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week. She grew up in Kansas City and has been singing and playing on stage since she was 18 . She’s no stranger to our playlists and we chose a track from her latest album Black Wind Howlin’ and called ‘Who’s Been Talkin’?

We caught up with Georgie Fame doing some jump jive and it seemed only appropriate to include Louis Jordan and we know that will have been appreciated by more than a few amongst the Cruising Crew. But, when The 5 Royales took us right around the corner, we realised it was time to be heading home. So, we joined the very good company of Frankie Ford, Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns and ‘Roberta’.

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 12 November 2015

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Well, the appointed hour on Saturday arrived and, with a flourish, the blues were back and a whole hour of the Blues
Come Calling, with some of the best of the new releases and seasoned favourites. This week’s playlist had some vintage
tracks from Memphis Minnie, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Lonnie Johnson, along with new releases from artists like
Kai Strauss, Deb Ryder, Blacktop Deluxe, Mike Zito and Paul Jones. But, we kicked it all off with a track from a 2010
album titled ‘The Best of Bill King’s Saturday Night Fish Fry’ and that was Poor Old Me . . . .

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Poor Old Me – Bill King (The Best of Bill King’s Saturday Night Fish Fry – 2010)
Drinking Woman — Kai Strauss (I Go By Feel – 2015)
Who – Billy The Kid & The Regulators (ft Jason Ricci) (I Can’t Change – 2010)
Guilty As Sin – Deb Ryder (Let It Rain – 2015)
Since The Gas Station Left Town – Nick Gravenites, John Allair & Roy Rogers
(Live at The Krush – 2008)
Playing with The Strings – Lonnie Johnson (Playing with The Strings – 2004)
Party Right Here – Chris Bevington & Friends (Chris Bevington & Friends –

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Milk Cow Blues – Mississippi Fred McDowell (Mississippi Blues – 2009)

On The Blue Side . . . .
Loan Me A Dime – Dave Meniketti (On The Blue Side – 1998)
New Money – Blacktop Deluxe (Presence & Gain – 2015)
Lonely Nights – Paul Jones (Suddenly I Like It – 2015)
Dirty Mother For You – Memphis Minnie Queen of Country Blues – 2003)
Succotash – Jay Willie’s Blues Band (Johnny’s Juke Joint – 2015)
Get Out Of Denver – Mike Zito & The Wheel (Keep Coming Back – 2015)

We were very pleased to find Dave Meniketti’s 1998 album, ‘On The Blue Side’ and our good pal Arfa Pinetop returned
with another gem for our playlist, but although time was getting short, we were determined to squeeze in a great
number from the new album by Mike Zito & the Wheel . . .  and we did! Then, all that was left to do was tidy up the
records and CDs, put the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and wave a cheery farewell . . . at
least until the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
7th November 2015