Archive for December, 2016

I gotta go . . .

Posted: December 28, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, we arrived for our last Cruising adventure of the year in very good spirits . . . . and while we had fond memories of good company and fine music this past year, there were many moments in 2016 that we were keen to put behind us. So, as a timely diversion, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile to go who knows where with you know who . . . which was our way of saying let’s go Cruising with The Commissioner. Ever mindful that some may be on a new fitness regime, we extended an invitation to jog alongside. Cruising #2032

This week, we pulled out a great piece of swing from Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm, who have been on the scene in California since the early 70s and we chose ‘Jump Up’. We headed for the UK with the great Rocky Sharpe & the Replays and a little something for our good pal Shakin’ Sharon and soon we were testing the collective sense of adventure by cruising in the direction of the islands, just a few degrees South of the Tropic of Cancer, which is where we found a couple of crazy Cruising Crew members for whom we played a little number from Jan & Dean.

We deliberately steered away from seasonal numbers on this show, but our good pal Matt The Cat turned up a 50s new year number from Billy Ward & The Dominoes . . . and we made it a worthy exception. But before that, we kicked off this ‘farewell 2016’ cruise with The Big Dani Perez R&B Band and ‘Swing Rocket’ and more . . . .

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Swing & Rocket – The Big Dani Perez R&B Band
Shakin’ That Boogie – The Ray Collins Hot Club
Barefootin’ – Pee Wee Crayton
Tell It Like It Is – Eddie Bo
Jump Up – Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm
When The Chips Are Down – Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
Ringing In A Brand New Year – Billy Ward & The Dominoes

Girls & Guitars
I Gotta Go – Trampled Under Foot

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Good Times – Sam Cooke
Honolulu Lulu – Jan & Dean
You Drive Me Crazy – Ray Scott
Topsy Turvy – Benn Joe Zeppa
That Was Your Mother – Terrence Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Treat Me Nice – Conway Twitty
Long Black Hair – Randy Rich & The Poor Boys
Box Of Candy – Vince Everett
You’re Gonna Pay – Ruby Ann
Barefoot Rock – Harmonica Sam & The Domestic Bumble Bees
Rock Bottom – The Beat From Palookaville
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Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on guitarist and singer, Danielle Schnebelen who provides lead vocals and guitar for Kansas City group, Trampled Under Foot. To show off her talents, we picked out this track from the band’s album ‘The Philadelphia Sessions’, called ‘I Gotta Go’.

The Cruisettes visited us and stayed around for a rather fine melding of a Paul Simon song with a little Louisiana sound, courtesy of the delightfully named Terrence Simien & The Zydeco Experience and then the Cruise Mobile was off to Arkansas, for a number from Conway Twitty who started his career there as a member of the Phillips County Ramblers.

All too soon, we came to the last choice on our last playlist for 2016 . . . . and we went out with rousing finale from Little Willie John, with his 1960 King 45 ‘Do You Love Me’. Then, the rattling tin cans came along for the last time in 2016. But, Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes joined yours truly to wave everyone a cheery farewell, ever hopeful that we’ll all be back again next year with renewed enthusiasm to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and go Cruising with The Commission. So, until then . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 28 December 2016

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Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well, here we are in the midst of our festivities, but still not forgetting this opportunity to wish you a very bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. As ever, we brought a whole hour of the best of the blues, with a selection of new releases, some forthcoming releases and some ‘seasoned’ favourites.

Among the new and forthcoming stuff was multi-instrumentalist, Michael Jerome Browne from Montreal, Australian band Lachy Doley with something from their album ‘Lovelight’, due for release in 2017 and Detroit bluesman Marcus Malone with his ‘Better Man’ album due for official release in April.

From the feedback on last week’s show, it seems you liked hearing from German duo, the Down Home Percolators, so we featured another track from their latest album ‘Homebrew’ and we revisited the new releases by Slim Butler, JW Jones and The Lost In Paris Blues Band . But, we kicked off there with a great opener from Deborah Coleman with ‘Travellin’ South’ . . .michael-jerome-browne

Travellin’ South
Travellin’ South – Deborah Coleman (The Essential Deborah Coleman – 2015)
Crossroads Blues – Jim Byrnes
Country Breakdown – Michael Jerome Browne (Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – 2016)
Yes, I Love You – Siegal-Schwall (The Complete Vangard Recordings & More – 2001)
Don’t Want No Woman – Bernie Marsden (Green & Blues – 2016)
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City – Lachy Doley (Lovelight – 2017)
Shake What Your Mama Gave You – Corey marcus-malone-better-manHarris & Henry Butler (Blues For The 21st Century – 2015)
I Want To Be Loved – Doc K’s Blues Band

Pinetop’s Pick
The Bounce – Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers (Alphabet Blues – 2013)

Holding Out
Feelin’ Bad Blues – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
I’m A Stranger Here – The Down Home Percolators (Homebrew – 2016)
What Have You Done – Slim Butler (Bad Intention – 2016)
Same Mistakes – JW Jones (High Temperature – 2016)
I Can’t Hold Out – Lost In Paris Blues Band (Lost In Paris Blues Band – 2016)
A big thanks went out this week to Phillipe Rodriguez down there in Limoges, in France for pointing us to a very fine live performance by the excellent Jim Byrnes with his take on ‘Crossroads Blues’ . . . and good stuff it was too!
There were a few memories conjured up again with some ‘seasoned’ favourites too, including Corey Harris, UK veterans Doc K’s Blues Band, The Siegal Schwall Band and harpman Rod Piazza. Indeed, there was plenty more we could have included, but we ran out of time. So, with a worldly grin, we collected up the records and CDs and were ready to head for the door . . . but not before thanking everyone for their good company for this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and promising to meet up again same time same place next week . . . . until then ‘have fun’!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 25 December 2016

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, there’s a strange satisfaction in watching others getting evermore frantic as they try to do their last minute festive shopping. Around the Grand Duchy there’s been plenty of evidence of high energy, low tolerance retail therapy and we thought we wouldn’t add to the tension by including festive songs in our playlist. Let’s face it, discerning listeners must be seeking sanctuary from the onslaught of ‘Ho Ho Ho-ing’ and distant jingling bells.

So, we lined up another playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, Cruising #73designed to distract you from the ‘ordinary’ and ‘commonplace’ and take you on an adventure through rare and little heard gems from the dark depths of the Cruising Library. One little gem that we found at the back of one the dusty boxes, seemed most apt. It came from The Willows with their 1956 recording for New York’s ‘Club’ label and a rather appropriate title for anyone who’s had to venture into the crowded shops . . . .‘Don’t Push, Don’t Pull Don’t Shove’.

We also found a rarity from 50s rockabilly singer Billy Harlan, who gave up his own bid for stardom and went on to play in Jim Reeves’ band for many years. So, he was mighty surprised to get called out of retirement in 2013 because of his reputation amongst rock-a-billy fans in the UK & Europe. But, we kicked off down the road with Ray Collins Hot Club and a little number called ‘Hob Nob Club’ and then we were soon up to full cruising speed. . . .

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Hob Nob Club – Ray Collins Hot Club
Flipping Their Top – The Egyptians
Don’t Push, Don’t Pull, Don’t Shove – The Willows
The Joint’s Really Jumping – Jimmy Evans
Schoolhouse Rock – Billy Harlan
The Pink Panther – The Tads
What’cha Gonna Do – Tommy Ridgley

Girls & Guitars
Travellin’ South – Deborah Coleman

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Shake It Up – Sandy Scott
Blues For Hawaiians – Chuck Berry
Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Cajun Roosters
Around The Corner (From My House) – Jewel Atkens
No Time – The Titans
Hey Sally Mae – The Fabulous Silver Tones
Let The Good Times Roll – Pee Wee Crayton
I Love To Rock & Roll – Eddie Bo
Oh Babe – Jimmy Preston
She’s The Most – The Five Keys
Say Mama – Gene Vincent
Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on guitarist and singer, Deborah Coleman. She hails from Virginia and grew up in various places with her musical family, settling in the Chicago area. She started playing the guitar at age 8 and went on to hone her guitar skills gigging in clubs and appearing at prestigious music festivals. She’s release 8 albums to date and we chose ‘Travellin’ South’ from her 2015 compilation ‘The Essential Deborah Coleman’.

We found a familiar song from an album titled ‘Hell Yea’ by The Cajun Roosters . . . . They delivered a Cajun style version of ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’ and we also discovered some tasty treats by Los Angeles group The Titans, Kansas group The Fabulous Silver Tones and wonderful The Five Keys. The Crescent City was well represented in our playlist and just as the familiar faces and places were coming into view, we surprised everyone by managing to squeeze in a last choice from Gene Vincent and his classic ‘Say Mama’.

We arrived back safe and sound from our cruise and full of smiles. The Cruise Mobile was parked up and Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes lined up with me to wave everyone a cheery farewell, full of festive good wishes. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 21 December 2016

Living with the blues . . .

Posted: December 18, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well, the end of 2016 is getting close and the steady stream of new releases noticeably dips now, as the festive season diverts the attentions of artists and audiences alike. So, this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling had all the potential for a review of the past year and some retrospective choices from the playlists of the past 50+ shows. But, it was a pleasant surprise to find more than the usual new releases and suggested choices for this week’s show.

With a flourish, we kicked off the show with a great opener and a preview of something from the forthcoming album by The Lucas Haneman Express. Their album, ‘Tearing Up The Rails’ was the source of ‘Give Me Life’ and it led us onto The Voodoo Sheiks, who we haven’t heard for a while, but it was a good chance to feature their ‘Voodification’ album and ‘Flying Fortress’.

The tours planned for 2017 are gradually getting publicised, including some early ones by Toronzo Cannon, Moreland & Arbuckle and Poppa Chubby. There were some this year that left their own mark, such as Canadian JW Jones, who caused plenty of interest when he toured the UK earlier this year and it encouraged the inclusion in our playlist of the title track from his latest album ‘High Temperature’.


Living With The Blues
Give Me Life – The Lucas Haneman Express (Tearing Up The Rails – 2016)
Flying Fortress – The Voodoo Sheiks (Voodification – 2016)
High Temperature – JW Jones (High Temperature – 2016)
Living With The Blues – Brownie McGhee (Savoy 45 – 1958)
Lonely Avenue – The Hexmen (King Bee – 2016)
Mister Crump Don’t Like It – The Down Home Percolators (Homebrew – 2016)
I Can’t Imagine – Slim Butler (Bad Intention – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pick
I Believe – Sugar Ray & The Bluetones (Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – 2003)slim-butler-bad-intention

That’s Alright
Mrs From Mississippi – Toronzo Cannon (The Chicago Way – 2016)
You Missed A Good Man – Michael Jerome Browne (Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – 2016)
That’s Alright – Paul Butterfield Blues Band (The Original Lost Elektra Sessions – 1995)
Don’t Lie To Me – Tampa Red (His Blues – 2016)
Don t Do It – Delbert McClinton (Pick Of The Litter – 2017)
Tell Me – Lost In Paris Blues Band (Lost In Paris Blues Band – 2016)

Finland’s own Slim 61nj4ss9skl__sy500_ql70_Butler, brought us a track from his latest album ‘Bad Intention’ and, for those who like a little more ‘seasoned’ blues, there were examples from Brownie McGhee, with his 1958 Savoy 45 ‘Living With The Blues’ and Tampa Red with his original version of ‘Don’t Lie To Me’. German duo, Klaus ‘Mojo’ Kilian and Bernd ‘Snoopy’ Simon, who are The Down Home Percolators, gave us a topical 20s number ‘Mr Crump Don’t Like It’.

I’ve previously played some tracks from a long lost 1967 album by The Schwartz Fox Blues Band and at the time I mentioned that I thought it had the feel and sound of the early Paul Butterfield Blues Band. That inspired some digging in the archives for an early track by the Butterfield Blues Band. That track was their take on ‘That’s Alright’ from their own lost album ‘The Original Lost Elektra Sessions’

There was a little slide guitar on ‘You Missed A Good Man’ from Canadian Michael Jerome Browne’s new album ‘Can’t Keep A Good Man Down’. There was a preview track from Delbert McClinton’s forthcoming album ‘Pick Of The Litter’ and we played out with something from a new album by The Lost In Paris Blues Band, featuring Paul Personne, Robben Ford and some other excellent musicians who took us home with their version of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Tell Me’. Then it was all over for another week and we said our farewells until the next time The Blues Come Calling. In the meantime . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 December 2016

Wham bam . . .

Posted: December 14, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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If the truth be known . . . . we had far too much in the pending tray for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. There were recommendations from friendly faces, some gems heard on other radio shows and some new arrivals that all had to have their slot on our playlist. Our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa sparked an interest in New Orleans Cruising #2021veteran, Bobby Lonero, which led to a good deal of rummaging in the Cruising Library and we turned up a few of his ‘hard to find’ early recordings. So, we decided to pepper a few tracks by Bobby thought this week’s show.

There was a big thanks going out this week to Neil Pelligrin for digging out an excellent number by Benny Spellman. It was not one of Benny’s songs that gets a lot of plays, but it seemed very appropriate for Cruising with The Commissioner because it was ‘Calling All Cars’. But before that, we set off on our cruise with Sax Man Brown and his 1954 Meteor 45 ‘Sax-Ony Boogie’. . . .

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Sax-Ony Boogie – Sax Man Brown & The Broomdusters
Ooh Little Girl – The Big Town Playboys
Hungry Man – Rick Vito
Someday – Bobby Vee & The Crickets
10-4 (Calling All Cars) – Benny Spellman
Little Brother Tom – Bobby Lonero
Ho Ho Ho – The Roadrunners
Adorable – The Colts
Yodee Yakee – The Drifters
Itchy Twitchy Feeling – Bobby Hendricks
Wham Bam – Bobby Lonero

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Where Blue Begins – Dani Wilde

One More Time
Hawaii Five O – The Ventures
Dr Velvet – Nick Curran & The Nightlifes
Bad Case Of Lovin’ You – The Rocker Covers
Another Brick In The Wall – Redhouse
One More Time – Bobby Lonero
Ring A Ling – Dimples Jackson

This week we were later than usual with our Girls and Guitars feature, but we did not forget it. This week our subject was guitarist and singer revved_up_grey018Dani Wilde, who has no stranger to our playlists and she was back again with a particular favourite here . . . . her version of the Dana Gillespie song ‘Where Blue Begins’

Now there’s someone who might be known to our good pal Wendel Williams, that was rockabilly guitarist and singer Nick Curran who’s played all around Texas, at least when he’s not on tour, that was the title track from his 2003 debut album Dr Velvet which also features bluesman Jimmy Vaughan . . .

Thanks to Steve from Bristol band, Redhouse, we discovered a very inventive UK rockabilly band. These were The Rocker Covers who also hail from Bristol and brought us their treatment of ‘A Bad Case Of Lovin’ You’ . . . . followed by Redhouse with another inventive rockabilly interpretation of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’

As we squeezed in our last track from Bobby Lonero, Mr Merlot demonstrated some frantic arm waving and pointing at the clock. So, we got Dimples Jackson’s ‘Ring A Ling’ to cover our return journey and we arrived back safe and sound, which may have been a surprise to some, since we started out not knowing where we were going and got back now not knowing if got there. But, we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week in the hope that there were plenty of great tunes to entice you back again next week, same time, same place when we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile,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 14 December 2016

I got sumpin’ for you

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well, the enticing entreaties of the festive shopping experience were simply no competition for our listening activities, in preparation for this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. In the event, we had no trouble filling our hour of the best of the blues and big thanks to the record labels and artists for helping with some more previews of future releases. This week we featured The Billy T Band with their forthcoming album ‘Reckoning’, a forthcoming album titled ‘Static in the Wires’ from singer-songwriter Martin Harley along with bass player Daniel Kimbro.

I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying seeing The Rolling Stones back at the top of the charts with their Blue & Lonesome album, from which we picked another little gem for this week’s playlist. We didn’t forget that, if he was still around, the great Guitar Slim would have been celebrating his birthday this week. So, we pulled out his 1955 Specialty release ‘I Got Sumpin’ For You’ to mark the occasion.

We had plenty of new releases to capture our attentions this week, including The Lucas Haneman Express with their ‘Tearing Up The Rails’, Finland’s own Slim Butler with his latest album ‘Bad Intention’, The Schwartz Fox Blues Band with their limited edition album ‘Sunday Morning Revival’ and kicking everything off with a great opener by The Hexmen from their latest album ‘King Bee’.
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29 Ways – The Hexmen (King Bee – 2016)
I Gotta Go – The Rolling Stones (Blue & Lonesome – 2016)
I Got Sumpin’ For You – Guitar Slim (Specialty 45 – 1955)
The Verdict – The Lucas Haneman Express (Tearing Up The Rails – 2016)
Sunny Skies – Zoot Money (The Book Of Life . . . I’ve Read It – 2016)
I Put A Spell On You – Joe Cocker (The Album Recordings 1984 – 2007 – 2015)
Let’s Go Riding – Freddie Spruell (When The Levee Breaks – 2007)
All About You – Slim Butler (Bad Intention – 2016)slim-butler-bad-intention

Pinetop’s Pick
Mr Johnson Swing – Lonnie Johnson

Holding On
It Ain’t Right – The Billy T Band (Reckoning – 2016)
Man Of Stone – Eddie Kirkland (Eddie ‘Bluesman’ Kirkland – Greatest Hits – 2013)
That’s My Baby – Matt Woosey (On The Wagon – 2013)
Ninety Nine – Schwartz Fox Blues Band (Sunday Morning Revival – 2016)
Trouble – Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro (Static In The Wires – 2016)the-billy-t-band-reckoning
Holding On – Jeff Healey (Holding On – 2016)

We went digging deep for some scratchy blues and came up with, possibly the best known song by Delta Bluesman, Freddie Spruell, his Bluebird recording made in April 1935 and featuring Carl Martin on second guitar on ‘Let’s Go Riding’. Pinetop’s Pick featured guitar maestro Lonnie Johnson and we pulled out a ‘seasoned’ favourite from Eddie Kirkland with his classic ‘Man Of Stone’

All too soon the clock on the wall signaled that time was catching up with us. So, we played out with another fine performance from Jeff Healey and the title track ‘Holding On’ from Jeff’s new album. Then it was all over. Nothing left to do but tidy up the records and CDs and head for the door, but not before thanking everyone for their good company this week and hoping they will all be back again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 11 December 2016

Hey sugar . . .

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, around the Grand Duchy, the natural environs have turned from green to various shades of brown, whilst in the commercial world things are bright shades of red, white, Cruising #2006silver and gold . . . and more besides. The festive messages from friends and family have started to appear at Cruise Control and everyone seems to have a ‘wish list’ somewhere to ensure they don’t get what you really want to give them. Unlike our Cruising playlists, where we are reliable, if not predictable, in delivering the music we all like here.

This week’s music choices for our Cruising with The Commissioner adventure were not a little influenced by some great moments from our radio listening and our giglist, which this week included the excellent Mike Sanchez & His Band. It all came together rather too easily as a result, which was unnerving, and even more unsettling was that The Cruisettes never got back from their festive shopping spree in time for the show. . . . which made the tidying up afterwards a lot easier.

So, we rolled round at the appointed hour with the customary invitation to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile, and we kicked off down the road with the great saxman J.T. Brown leading The Broomdusters on ‘Round House Boogie’ . . . .

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Round House Boogie – J.T. Brown (Sax Man Brown) & The Broomdusters
Ooh He’s Fine – Little Rachel
Will Call – Joe Jones
My Real Name – Fats Domino
We Need Love – Ray Scott
Slapjack – Papa Grows Funk
Everybody Do The Chicken – The Five Jets

Girls & Guitars
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Ride It
Hula Hula Dancin’ Doll – Trade Martin
Hey Sugar – Roy Tann (Dot) 1957
Isabella – Mike Sanchez & His Band (1)
Shirley – John Fred & The Playboys
Almost Grown – Mike Sanchez & His Band (2)
Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Dave Edmunds
Route 66 – Little Willie Littlefield
Lula – Mike Robinson (Vibro) 1960
Wear That Black Dress – Mike Sanchez & His Band (3)
Ride It – Jump 4 Joy
Heebie Jeebies – Little RichardMike Sanchez Babes & Buicks

Our  Girls and Guitars feature this week which focused on Melanie Mason, who we’ve heard from before on the show. She hails from Washington DC and has gained a fine reputation on America’s blues-rock scene as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader. To show off her talents we featured her take on that Freddie King classic ‘Tore Down’.

When it comes to funky stuff, our good pal Wendel Williams knows a thing or two and recently he has been getting rather enthusiastic about the band Papa Grows Funk . . . and good stuff it is too! So, with little persuasion, we included their very swinging ‘Slapjack’.

We were at London’s famous 100 Club this past week for a rocking good time with Mike Sanchez & His Band and several of the numbers from his setlist found their way onto our playlist, including rare originals that fetch some ‘real’ money among the collectors. So, enthused by the music, we nearly missed Mr Merlot’s theatrical arm waving to signal the moment to start heading for home on our cruise. But we got back just in time and accompanied along the way by the fabulous Little Richard, whose birthday it was this week, and whose ‘Heebie Jeebies’ was only just ending when the Cruise Mobile rolled to stop.

Rest assured, we’ll be back same time, same place next week with the Cruise Mobile with another fine mix of the music we like here and ever hopeful of your good company too. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 7 December 2016


Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well, a very bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and as ever, we turned up with a whole hour of the best of the blues, which we kicked off there with a great opener by Trampled Under Foot and followed by something from a 2008 album called ‘Bona Fide Flip Side Rhythm & Blues’ by The Blues Maneuver. Then, it was a quality mix of anything from the 20s to the very latest releases.

Kansas roots rockers, Moreland & Arbuckle, were back on our playlist in time for their UK tour dates next month and we anticipated the UK summer tour by Debbie Bond with something from her latest album, ‘Enjoy the Ride: Shoals Sessions’. If you enjoy a little early BB King, there was a treat from BB’s album ‘The RPM Hits 1951-1957’.

If you haven’t come across Jon Gindick before, we offered a fine demonstration of his when-we-die-we-all-come-back-as-musicunique voice and impressive harp playing with a track from his latest album (delightfully titled) ‘When We Die, We All Come Back As Music’. Coming back too, was Vaneese Thomas with her 2014 album ‘Blues For My Father’ which included ‘When My Baby Gets Home’.

Enjoy The Ride
Don’t Want No Woman – Trampled Under Foot (Bad Lands – 2013)
Yield Not To Temptation – The Blues Maneuver (Bona Fide Flip Side Rhythm & Blues – 2008)
I’m A King Bee – Moreland & Arbuckle (The Promised Land Or Bust – 2016)
Enjoy The Ride – Debbie Bond (Enjoy the Ride: Shoals Sessions – 2016)well-dressed-man-tom-mccartney
Shut Your Mouth – B.B. King (The RPM Hits 1951-1957 – 1957)
Mystery – Jon Gindick (When We Die, We All Come Back As Music – 2016)
When My Baby Gets Home – Vaneese Thomas (Blues For My Father – 2014)

Pinetop’s Pick
Just Your Fool – Little Walter

Ride ‘Em On Down
Well Dressed Man – Tom McCartney (Well Dressed Man – 2017)
Ride ‘Em On Down – The Rolling Stones (Blue & Lonesome – 2016)
Won’t Be Taken Down – Aynsley Lister (Eyes Wide Open – 2016)
Lost Inside The Blues – Leon Russell (Guitar Blues – 2001)leon-russell-guitar-blues
Cocaine Habit Blues – Jolly Jumper & Big Moe (Cocaine Blues – 2013)
Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Schwartz Fox Blues Band (Sunday Morning Revival – 2016)

Sometime early next year we’re promised the debut EP by Tom McCartney and we took the opportunity to preview the title track ‘Well Dressed Man’. Our past playlists have included previews of the long-awaited ‘Blue & Lonesome’ album by The Rolling Stones, but it has been officially released this week, so we played their take on Eddie Taylor’s ‘Ride ‘Em On Down’. Meanwhile, we made a timely re-discovery of Leon Russell’s 2001 Guitar Blues album with its ‘Lost Inside The Blues’.

For the devotees of country blues, there was a fine example from Jolly Jumper & Big Moe, giving us their take on the cautionary tale . . . . ‘Cocaine Habit Blues’. . . . and we played out with something from The Schwartz Fox Blues Band and an album session that was long thought to be lost . . . fortunately, it’s been found and issued with extensive liner notes, some never before published photos and tracks like ‘Checking Up On My Baby’, which for me, has the feel of the early Paul Butterfield band, which can’t be bad at all! Then, it was time to head for the door, with cheery thanks for everyone’s company on this week’s show and that you’ll be back again soon. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 4 December 2016