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The Question Is . . .  

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, a breath of the arctic blew through the Grand Duchy this week, as if to herald the arrival of December and all the faux festive publicity and activities. In case you’re about to send a selection of humbugs into Cruise Control, be assured we much enjoy the ‘real’ cruising-193sentiments of the season and the good company of friends, family and the Cruising Crew.

Although Mrs TC was wafting around with tinsel and baubles, she did not distract us from the important tasks of the week . . . ensuring the Cruise Mobile was primed and polished and our playlist selected to go Cruising with The Commissioner. What we hadn’t anticipated was getting taken by surprise by The Cruisettes, who turned up early this week and in party spirit too, much enjoying a riot of a track from Diz Watson and The Doormen and another from Mike Sanchez and His Band . . . who we’re expecting to see on stage soon. But before all that we kicked off down the road with the great saxman Sil Austin and ‘Train Whistle’, followed closely by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters . . . .

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Train Whistle – Sil Austin
Don’t Change Your Pretty Ways – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Dominos – Diz & The Doormen
Shirley – Mike Sanchez & His Band
The Question Is (Whatcha Gonna Do) – Billy Wright
Go Go Girl – Richard Berry & The Soul Searchers
You Give Love A Bad Name – Scott Bradley’s Postmodern Jukebox

Girls & Guitars
It’s All Over Now – Wanda Jackson

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Rock-A-Hula Luau – The Cast of Grease 2
Every Breath I Take – The DiMaggio Brothers
Dancing Senorita – T.V. Slim
Pensiero D’Amore – Giuliano Palma & The BlueBeaters
Saturday Night Special – The Sundown Playboys
Let’s Do The Cajun Twist – Randy & the Rockets
The Way You Came – Randy Rich & The Poorboys
Why Do Kids Grow Up – Randy & The Rainbows
Can’t Find My Sadie – The Checkers
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
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Our Girls & Guitars feature this week the-sundown-playboys-saturday-nite-special-apple-78focused on ‘The First Lady of Rockabilly’, Wanda Jackson, who started her recording career in 1956 with Capitol records where she had a string of hits that bridged from rock & roll, through Rockabilly to pure country. . . . but our choice comes from her 2012 album ‘Unfinished Business’ and her version of a song that was successful for the Valentinos and then The Rolling Stones . . . ‘It’s All Over Now’.

We had a little trio of tracks featuring bands led by someone called Randy and there was a great story to retell about a ‘seasoned’ Louisiana Cajun band called The Sundown Playboys. Back in the 60s, they noticed the record racks in their local stores were filled with British bands, so on a whim, one of the band sent their new single to The Beatles in London and asked if they could get it released on Apple Records . . . which they did and became the first Cajun band to be released on the Apple label . . . leading to international tours by the band and overseas success well beyond their native Louisiana.

As our Cruising time was running out we tipped our cruising hats in the direction of Matt The Cat and his Juke In The Back show, because he did a profile of vocal group The Checkers and it included a little 1955 gem of theirs that we tucked into our play list. As the familiar faces and places started coming into view, we played out with Johnny Angel and his ‘Baby It’s Love’. Then, we were back safe and sound and parking up the Cruise Mobile for another week, ever hopeful that you’ll be enticed back again next week, when 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 . . . !

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 November 2016

Keeping it alive . . .

Posted: November 27, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we’re back with another hour packed with the best of the blues, which is just what you expect on The Blues Come Calling . . . and this week was no exception, because we had some great new releases from the wonderful Beth Hart, the debut solo album by Louisiana’s own, Keith Stone, Brooks Williams and Bristol’s most excellent band, Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review. A big thanks goes out to Provogue records for sending us a preview copy of the forthcoming new release by Jeff Healey . . . .and exceptionally good it is too.

Especially for the scratchy blues lovers, we pulled out Cripple Clarence Lofton with something you can find of the second volume of his works issued by Document records and it’s an impressive collection, well worth checking out. But, before all that and more, we kicked off with one of the enduring bands on the UK club circuit . . . . Nine Below Zero with their take on Roy Head’s hit ‘Treat Her Right’ and still sounding great . . . .

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Treat Her Right – Nine Below Zero (Don’t Point Your Finger – 2014)
Keeping It All Alive – Lights Out By Nine (Make Your Own Luck – 2004)
Better Things To Do – Keith Stone (The Prodigal Returns – 2016)
Love Is A Lie – Beth Hart (Fire On The Floor – 2016)
The Fives – Cripple Clarence Lofton (Cripple Clarence Lofton Vol.2. – 1991)
Troubles On My Mind – Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review (ft. Pete Gage) (Burn Out – 2016)
Howlin’ For My Baby – Redhouse (Play It Like You Mean It – 2016)
Your Mind’s On Vacation – Brooks Williams (My Turn Now – 2016)

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That’s My Baby – Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim (Willie’s Blues – 1959)

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In The Depth’s Of Love – Bobby Messano (Dominion Roads – 1998)
Just Your Fool – The Rolling Stones (Just Your Fool – 2016)
Blues For Two – Butch Thompson & Pat Donahue (Vicksburgh Blues – 2012)
How Blue Can You Get – Jeff Healey (Holding On – 2016)
You Can, You Can – Luther Allison (Songs From The Road – 2009)

Now, many moons ago I came across a cassette by jeffhealey_holdingon-940x940Bobby Messano and it was impressive enough to get me tracking down more material by Bobby, and I thought he was much overdue for a play, which is what he got with his ‘In The Depths Of Love’.

For those who like a little ragtime and some stylish down home blues, we featured Butch Thompson & Pat Donahue with their ‘Blues For Two’ and sounding not unlike Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell. We also took the opportunity to mark the sad passing of Mose Allison, with one of his songs, given a unique arrangement by Brooks Williams and another Allison, Luther, came along later to close the show. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 27 November 2016

Do you wanna rock . . .

Posted: November 24, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the past week has had plenty of excitement (not all of it re-assuring), but here at Cruise Control there has been a flurry of activity with some long awaited new arrivals for the Cruising Library, some surprise arrivals and some encounters with technology boffins to try to retrieve the contents of a hard drive that appeared to have gone into ‘hibernationCruising #195 mode’. However, some friendly faces among the Cruising Crew have kept us amused, informed and grateful for their kindnesses.

Our musical postman delivered long awaited item here this week. This is a bit of a rarity . . . . a vinyl album by Diz Watson, one of the UKs great proponents of New Orleans R&B. He’s much respected by Dr John and has been described by saxman Lee Allen as ‘one of the rockingest piano players in the world’ and you can judge for yourself with our choice . . . . Diz & The Doormen with Professor Longhair’s ‘Rhumbalero’.

A big thanks to those who gave us some feedback on recent shows and a warm welcome to another new listener, Buddy. Now, we’ve not met him yet, but we’re assured he’s out there somewhere in Pahoa, Hawaii, so we invited him to a rock and roll luau. But, not before we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Prentice Moreland and his 1962 Crescendo 45 ‘Holy Mackrel’ . . . .

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Holy Mackrel – Prentice Moreland
Do You Wanna Rock – The Cadets
Gonna Wait For My Chance – Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm
Barbeque – Jump 4 Joy
The Big Wheel – Clifton Chenier
Zoop – The Charts
My Heart Will Go On – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Girls & Guitars
My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Don’t Drop
Rock & Rock Luau – Bennie Bennjoanne_shaw_taylor_hb_051016
Rock Rockola – Merrill E. Moore
Move It On Over – Bill Haley & The Comets
I’m The Fat Man – Big John Greer
Rhumbalero – Diz & The Doormen
Red Hot Mama – S. Johnson
How About It Baby – Emmet Davis
Baby Baby Oh My Darling – The Clovers
Don’t Drop – Ray Collins Hot Club

Now, I’m not sure that Wednesbury has been indelibly marked on the map of musical talents, but the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week may help (a little). Because this is home for guitarist and singer bigjohngreerJoanne Shaw Taylor, who’s a quite remarkable talent on record and on stage. She’s recorded 6 albums to date and we decided to show her talents with the track ‘My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own’ from her latest release ‘Wild’.

There were plenty of notable names on our playlist this week, including the celebrated piano maestro of the 50s, Merrill E Moore with his 1955 Capitol 45 ‘Rock Rockola’ whose style of rock & roll and western swing certainly influenced Jerry Lee Lewis and probably Bill Haley, who popped up along with his Comets with their interpretation of Hank Williams 1947 song ‘Move It On Over’. Saxman, Big John Greer got a play with his 1952 RCA release ‘I’m The Fat Man’ (a title which may be more readily associated with another 50s singer from New Orleans). Another special treat came from New Orleans artist, S. Johnson, who we know little about, except his 45 ‘Red Hot Mama’ was recorded for Regal Records sometime between 1955 and 1957 and still sounds great. So, if you know anything more than that, please share.

Just as we thought The Cruisettes were sick or on holiday, they appeared to demonstrate how to swing and sway The Commissioner’s way (although they do it with more wild abandon than our insurers like). While they were otherwise occupied, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and, with a measure of surprise for some, we arrived home safe and sound. Then it was time to park up the Cruise Mobile, give it a quick polish, ready for our next musical adventure. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 November 2016

Let the sunshine in . . .

Posted: November 20, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, welcome back to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and if it’s your first visit, be assured you’re definitely in the right place for a whole hour of the blues. Getting off to a lively start, we featured Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, who were on our giglist this past week and putting on a superb show, including our opening number ‘Play On’. They’ve got a new album due for release in January 2017, so we’ll be looking out for that. Then to demonstrate some versatility, I dipped back into the archive (but not too far in blues terms) to pull out a 1983 album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. That was the year that saw the release of their album ‘The Real Deal’ which included our choice, ‘Love Struck Baby’.

Among the new releases was the sixth album by Blue Touch, called ‘Nothing Left To Hide’, which has some hard rock numbers, as well as some light melodic numbers including ‘Smiling In The Rain’ which has been much enjoyed here. Another new release came from guitarist Terry Robb, with his new album ‘Cool On The Bloom’ and showing off his great ragtime playing on ‘Grama Jean’. The ‘happy returners’ also included Australian guitarist and singer Anni Piper with an early track from her 2009 album titled ‘Two’s Company’ and proving that she’s been sounding good for a long time now.

Now, you might not have expected to hear from Zoot Money on a blues show, but  we found ’Jack Tarr Blues’ on his latest album ‘The Book Of Life . . . I’ve Read It’ and enjoyed it. You can catch Zoot on tour currently and so is Marcus Malone, with a new album out soon, but until it arrives I decided to play the title track of his 2011 album ‘Let The Sunshine In’.

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Play On – Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado (Too Many Roads – 2016)
Love Struck Baby – Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Real Deal – 1983)
Smiling In The Rain – Blue Touch (Nothing Left To Hide – 2016)
Grama Jean – Terry Robb (Cool On The Bloom – 2016)
Live To Play – Anni Piper (Two’s Company – 2009)
Jack Tar Blues – Zoot Money (The Book Of Life . . . I’ve Read It – 2016)
Let The Sunshine In – Marcus Malone (w. Alan Glen) (Let The Sunshine In – 2011)

Pinetop’s Pick
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – Billie & Dedezoot-money-the-book-of-life Pierce (New Orleans Living Legends – 2014)

Loosen Up
That Will Never Do – Otis Rush (Ain’t Enough Coming In – 1997)
1000 Years – Rebecca Downes (BeLive – 2016)
Perpetual Blues Machine – Keb Mo’ (Just Like You – 1996)
Loosen Up – Mick Clarke (The Best: 20 Favourite Tracks – 2016)
Six Wheel Chaser – Piano Connection & Marcs Boogie (Boogie Woogie & Blues – 1999)
Robert Johnson Told Me So – Tom Principato (Robert Johnson Told Me So – 2013)
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It was good to hear Otis Rush again on top form with ‘That Will Never Do’ and Rebecca Downes was back to show off her really impressive voice on ‘1000 years’. When it was first released, I played quite a few tracks from Keb Mo’s latest live album ‘That Hot Pink Blues Album’ and I thought one of the songs that might have crept into that setlist, and didn’t, was ‘Perpetual Blues Machine’, so I pulled it out to demonstrate its credentials.

Someone who has been bluesing it up since the 60s is Mick Clarke and his current label Rockfold have put together 20 tracks which have just been released under the title ‘The Best: 20 Favourite Tracks’. I found a copy and played ‘Loosen Up’. But time was running out, so we rounded off the show with a little piano boogie from Piano Connection & Marcs Boogie and with the title track of Tom Principato’s 2013 album ‘Robert Johnson Told Me So’. Then it was time to collect up the records and CDs and head for the door, but not before thanking you for your good company and hoping you enjoyed this week’s playlist sufficiently, to come back again, same time, same place, next week, when I’ll be back with another armful of great blues to share with you. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 20 November 2016

Hooked . . .

Posted: November 16, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, it’s been a week of frenetic activity around here and the Cruise Mobile has been in overdrive for an extended period as we criss-crossed the home counties in search of friendly faces and fine dining establishments. Good fortune was with us and everything fell into place, almost as though it was well planned . . . like our Cruising playlists. But, we were back in time for some ‘fine-tuning’ of our music choices for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #2030 -header

The Cruising Crew are all around and we know this, because our good pal Amigo, out there on the fringes of the Northern Home Counties, gave us some timely feedback on last week’s show, for which we showed our appreciation with something for him, in the form of The Griffin Brothers with ‘Move It On Over’. Another long time member of the Cruising Crew, the much esteemed Johnny Alpha, extended his influence with a little treasure . . . a ‘Big M’ 45 by Jimmy Sedlar with ‘Shorty’s Got To Go’.

Our ‘loose connections’ this week had a trio of tracks with a common link . . . something by the great texas bluesman Freddie King, a little number called ‘Down In Dixieland’ and a version of the classic, ‘Delta Lady’ . . . . all to celebrate Leon Russell and all his great music. But before that, we set off on our Cruising adventure with Big Danny Perez & his R&B band and ‘Swing & Rocket’ . . . . 

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Swing & Rocket – The Big Danny Perez R&B Band
Whaddya Want – The Debs
Move It On Over – The Griffin Brothers
Shorty’s Got To Go – Jimmy Sedlar
Baby Girl Of Mine – Bobby Sharp
Low Down in Lodi – Freddie King
Down In Dixieland – Leon Russell
Delta Lady – Leon Russell

Girls & Guitars
Hooked – Eilen Jewell

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Hula Rock – Dusty Rose
What Does It Take – Alton Ellis
Shoo Be Doo Be (Now That You’re Gone) – Priscilla Page & Roni Darrel
Doodle – Doo – The Gaylarks
Highway Patrol – Junior Brown
Rock & Roll Fever – Willie Egans
Go Away With Me – Hollis Dixon & The Keynotes
Put On My Shoes – Mary Ann Fisher
Much Later – Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm

Now, some may be surprised to learn that a midst the junior-brownchaos here, there are some rare moments of order and our Girls & Guitars feature was one of those. We focused on American singer and guitarist, Eilen Jewell and her 6th album titled ‘Queen Of The Minor Key’ which includes our selected track ‘Hooked’.

By now, you may have realised, we’re no respecters of musical frontiers on our cruises and from time to time this tests the virtuosity of Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes, but this week they turned (just in time) in grass skirts and rather loud Hawaiian shirts to anticipate any Cruising Crew members listening in Pahoa, Hawaii, and we found a very suitable track for the purpose!

Mr Merlot’s sage-like advice led to a denial that Junior Brown’s ‘Highway Patrol’ had anything to do with any recent ‘on the road’ encounter between Mrs TC and the forces of law and order. Mrs TC did not appear with any refreshments during our cruise, so the advice might need some more finessing. But, time was soon running out and we had to turn for home with something suggested by watching again the movie of Tina Turner’s life-story which focuses, not unnaturally on Ike Turner, and, despite his personal traits, Ike produced some great R&B in his prime, like ‘Much Later’.
With a measure of surprise for some, we arrived home safe and sound and in time to park up the Cruise Mobile, dust it down and leave it ready for our next musical adventure. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 16 November 2016

So glad . . .

Posted: November 13, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, with the significant events of this week, you might just welcome an opportunity to relax and enjoy a whole hour of some of the best blues around . . . and, for just that purpose, we pulled together a cracking playlist, here, on The Blues Come Calling.

We included Australian guitarist and singer, Anni Piper, with a track from her latest album titled ‘More Guitars Than Friends’ and she was joined by another lay of the blues, Rebecca Downes, with a preview track from her forthcoming BeLive. Another new release came from Terry Robb with an album called ‘Cool On The Bloom’. Terry’s been on our playlists before in a trio format, but this time we featured a fine solo piece that showed off his excellent guitar-work.

There was a special treat this week. Something that’s not been released yet and may not be released at all. This was a live performance from Bill Wyman’s 80th birthday bash at the O2. Bill was on stage with some other big names, including Steve Van Zant and Bob Geldof and, along with the rest of the band, they did a version of ‘Little Red Rooster’. Now, you may not hear this anywhere else, so enjoy it here! But, before that, we kicked off the show with Buddy Guy & Kim Wilson with ‘Too Late’ . . .

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Too Late – Buddy Guy & Kim Wilson (Born To Play Guitar – 2015)
I’m Ready – Muddy Waters (ft Johnny Winter) – (The Johnny Winter Sessions – 1976)
I’m Lost Without You – Anni Piper (More Guitars Than Friends – 2016)
Long Long Time – Rebecca Downes (BeLive – 2016)
So Glad – Terry Robb (Cool On The Bloom – 2016)
Little Red Rooster – Bill Wyman, Bob Geldof & Steve Van Zant (Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Bash – 2016)
Stop Messing Around – The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band (Live at The – 2016)
Watch Out – Bernie Marsden (Green & Blues – 1995)terry-robb-cool-on-the-bloom

Pinetop’s Pick
So Long Blues – Silas Hogan (So Long Blues – 1994)

Hot Stuff
Hot Stuff – Memphis Minnie (Full Spectrum Blues – 1996)
Same Old Blues – Doghouse Blues Band ft Barbara Morrison (Everyday – 2016)
Yeild Not To Temptation – The David Bromberg Band (The Blues, The Whole Blues Nothing But The Blues – 2016)
Teasing Woman Blues – The John Doe Trio (Stranger – 2016)
Too Much Choice – Eddie Martin (Black White & Blue -2016)
Silver Moon – Lena & The Slide Brothers (The Road – eddie-martin-flyer-web-banner-12016)

There was a little Peter Green fest this week, with one of Peter’s songs from the latest album by Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band, featuring some fine guitar work from Rick Vito, together with Bernie Marsden’s cover of ‘Watch Out’ from Peter’s famous Blues Jam in Chicago album with the rest of Fleetwood Mac.

There was a little scratchy blues from Memphis Minnie and a track she recorded in Chicago for Vocalion records back in June, 1937, followed by some more new releases from Long Island band, The Dog House Blues Band , Philadelphia’s David Bromberg Band and the excellent John Doe Trio. Eddie Martin lena-the-slide-brothers-the-roadmade a welcome return this week with something from his latest album ‘Black White & Blue’ and we filled the last precious minutes of our hour with Lena & The Slide Brothers with a bouncing little blues from their album ‘The Road’.

There was just enough time to thanks everyone for joining us for our hour of the blues and to invite their return, same time, same place, next week, when I’ll be back with another armful of great blues to share. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 13 November 2016

Who do you love . . .

Posted: November 9, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, it has been an eventful week, so far, hasn’t it? We have been watching events unfold from the sanctity of the Grand Duchy. So, you won’t be surprised that we were slightly deflected (irony) from our usual rummaging in the Cruising Library and preparations for this weeks Cruising playlist. However, an intensive and frenetic hour or two of activity . . .Cruising #218 and we just about managed to retrieve the situation (our situation). . . . but you will have to be the judge of our success.

The music aficionados will know it was Johnny Ramistella’s birthday this week. Of course, we all know him better as Johnny Rivers, who, with his school pals as The Spades, recorded a very collectable little 45 on the Suede called ‘Little Girl’. To celebrate his birthday, we found a copy to include our playlist.

This week, we pulled together a trio of tracks that all linked to Bo Diddley, including something from the man himself. But, before that, we kicked off this week’s cruise in the company of Paul Lenart & Andrew Mazzone with ‘Crawfish Party’ . . . .

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Crawfish Party – Paul Lenart & Andrew Mazzone
I Was A Fool For Leaving – Vikki Nelson
Little Girl – Johnny Ramistella & The Spades
Johnny B. Goode – The Balham Alligators
La-Ti-Da – Marcia Ball
Who Do You Love – Jo Ann & Troy
Hey Baby – Bo Diddley
Pills – Mickey Finn & The Bluemen

Girls & Guitars
Eugene – Anni Piper

Boot ’Em Updiddley
The Hula – Emil & The Ecstatics
Since I Fell For You – The Vibrations
Dr Kitch – Lord Kitchener
Dancing Danny – Kal David & The Exceptions (1965)
Rock n Roll Mr Oriole – The Cues
I’m Coming Back To You – Jackie Wilson
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers

Well, for this week’s Girls & Guitars feature we demonstrated our international credentials, focusing on the vocals and guitar-work of Australian blues performer Anni Piper. Since, starting playing electric guitar at 12 years old she’s honed herjackie-wilson musical skills and released 6 albums, including her latest release titled ‘More guitars than friends’ . . . . from which we chose Anni Piper’s ‘Eugene’. Of course, it was too tempting . . . . so on the way back from Australian, we called by to say ‘hello’ to a friend in Hawaii and played something appropriate from Swedish band Emil & The Ecstatics.

Now, you can blame Jamie Dell’Apa for sending us rummaging for one of our favourite big band calypso numbers by Lord Kitchener . . . . but all too soon Mr Merlot was pointing at the clock and sending us heading for home with an old favourite from The Du Droppers and ‘Boot Em Up’.

Then, we parked up the Cruise Mobile in the hope that we can entice you back again next week, when 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!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 9 November 2016

Long way to Georgia . . .

Posted: November 6, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we’re back with a big bluesy welcome and an other armful of great blues . . . . some you may know, some you may want to know more about and a few previews of forthcoming releases that just may capture your interest too. With the minimum of introductions, we kicked off with a real bounce, courtesy of Albert Castiglia, and a track from his latest album ‘Big Dog’, then we conjured up echoes of Tommy Johnson and Canned Heat with Colin James and something from his ‘Blue Highways’ release . . . ‘Big Road Blues’.

The ladies of the blues were well represented on this week’s playlist, with tracks from Rebecca Downes, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Sari Schorr and Zoe Schwarz. Now, it wasn’t exactly planned like that, but the final choices just happened to fall that way . . . . which was no bad thing at all.

A big thanks to Rebecca Downes and Eddie Martin for sharing preview copies of their new albums and a respectful nod in the direction of Mike Zito for indirectly prompting a visit to latest album by The Royal Southern Brotherhood, who are on their European tour at present with a few UK dates this month.

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What The Hell Was I Thinking – Albert Castiglia (Big Dog – 2016)
Big Road Blues – Colin James (Blue Highways – 2016)
Here In The Dark – Taj Mahal (w. Eric Clapton) (Phantom Blues – 1996)
Everybody Pays Some Dues – The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Royal Gospel – 2016)
Roll ‘Em Pete – Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson (Vocalion 78 – 1939)
Sailing On A Pool Of Tears – Rebecca Downes
Get You Back – Joanne Shaw Taylor (Wild – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pick
Moonshine Whiskey – Yank Rachell (Blues Mandolin Man – 1990)joanne_shaw_taylor_hb_051016

Nothing But The Blues
You Don’t Have To Go – The David Bromberg Band (The Blues, The Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues – 2016)
Letting Go – Sari Schorr & The Engine Room (A Force Of Nature – 2016)
Long Long Way To Georgia – The John Doe Trio (Stranger – 2016)
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing – Little Johnny Taylor
Black White & Blue – Eddie Martin (Black White & Blue -2016)
Take Be Back – Zoe Schwarz & Blue Commotion (I’ll Be Yours Tonight – 2015)
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Philadelphia’s David Bromberg and his band was backrebecca-downes-be-live-2 again with an old Jimmy Reed track from their latest release and if you want some more, look out for the album ‘The Blues, The Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues’.

I owned up to the fact that when I first heard the album by The John Doe Trio, I assumed it was a band from the deep South of America, but they are really from the ‘Garden Of England’ (Kent) and it is a most excellent album too. It’s packed with tracks that draw very successfully on many influences in the blues and with outstanding musicianship here defies the fact that they’re a three piece band. The name The John Doe Trio is delightfully explained by eddie-martin-flyer-web-banner-1the band as reflecting the notion that they’re “all about the music” rather than the name or personality of any one member . . . and their album, ‘Stranger’ comes highly recommended here.

It was all too easy to lose track of time, as we happily worked our way through the playlist choices, but time was definitely slipping away when we reached for Zoe Schwarz’s ‘I’ll Be Yours Tonight’ album to play out this week. Zoe was joined by Blue Commotion on ‘Take Me Back’, leaving just a moment to say thanks for your company this week. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 6 November 2019

Could it be . . . .

Posted: November 2, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the spooky season seems to have passed without incident here in the Grand Duchy and we brace ourselves now for the full onslaught of the Xmas sales pitch. So, you’ll probably understand why we sought sanctuary in the Cruising Library and occupied our Cruising #2005attentions searching in its the dark corners for those hidden gems and long lost treasures for our future playlists. It’s surprising what turns up on our dusty rummaging and we rarely come back empty handed. . . . this week was no exception.

If you ever worry about the longevity of the music we love around here, then take heart, because a lot of the 50s R&B and R&R songs are resurfacing now and being re-issued now and getting a new lease of life from current artists. We featured a couple of welcome recent covers from Si Cranston and Imelda May. We also ‘borrowed’ one or two very fine items from listening to our favourite radio shows.

We didn’t linger anywhere long on our cruise, because this week took us from New Orleans, to South London, from Texas to Sweden and from Tacoma to Dublin. Along the way, we tipped our hats to some friendly faces, including Larry Grogan, Jamie Dell’Apa, Dave Ferrato and the lovely Susan Bowman. But, to demonstrate our credentials, we set off on our musical adventure with the great Sam Butera & The Witnesses and a rocking little number called Swingin’ Sam . . . .sam-butera

Swingin’ . . .
Swingin’ Sam – Sam Butera & The Witnesses
Do You Love Me – Little Willie John
Ain’t Gonna Do It – Dave Bartholomew
My Own Business – The Balham Alligators
Enough Is Enough – The Refreshments
Mojo Hannah – Henry Lumpkin
Ain’t You Ashamed – Eddie Bo
Mary Lou – Si Cranston
My Man – Imelda May with Mike Sanchez & His Band

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Oo We La La – Dana Abbott & Her Band

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Gidget Goes Hawaiian – Duane Eddy
Mary Mary Lou – Sam Cooke
Could It Be – The Sh Booms
Bye Bye Baby – Little Bill & The Bluenotes
Cross Eyed Susie Lee – George Smith
Get You A Woman – Marcia Ball
Meet Me Tomorrow Night – Professor Longhair
Doom A Roca – The Debs
Let It Rock – Chuck Berry
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We dug out something from ‘twang master’, Duane Eddy, and a little heard number from Sam Cooke. For the connoisseurs of doo wop, we found a 45 on the Cat label called ‘Could It Be’ by The Sh-Booms, who were previously The Chordcats and before that The Chords (who had that classic hit ‘Sh Boom’).

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week put a spotlight on California-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Dana Abbott, who spent some time in Chicago before moving to New Orleans. She’s made that her home and recorded her album Moonlight which provided our choice ‘Oo We La La’.
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We noticed that Jamie Dell’Apa and Dave Ferrato, the-debs-doomaroca-keenposted up a little documentary recently which included mention of Little Bill & The Bluenotes, who have been performing with various lineups since 1956 and we played a 1959 flipside of theirs, ‘Bye Bye Baby’. But, by the time we got to The Debs with their 1957 Keen 45 ‘Doom A Roca’, we were running out of time. So, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and arrived there in the company of Chuck Berry with his classic ‘Let It Rock’.

Then we said our farewells, ever hopeful we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll call by, 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!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 2 November 2016