Archive for January, 2017

Hold On Tight . . .

Posted: January 29, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, this week brought a timely reminder that the blues knows no frontiers and excludes no one from its company. So, we gave a very bluesy welcome to one and all for this edition of The Blues Come Calling and we kicked off in the UK with a great new album from Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Live at The Royal Albert Hall, which will be well worth waiting., but for those who couldn’t wait, we played a taster track from the album.

There were some new names (at least ‘new’ to our playlist) and first up was Californian, Sammy Eubanks delivering some nice slide guitar on the classic ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’. There was Tweed Funk, who provided some soulful blues. Then there was Lew Jetton & 61 South with ‘Who’s Texting You’ from Lew’s very fine album ‘Rain’ and it seems Lew follows the show, so thanks for that! The Maple Blues Awards delivered some welcome new names to our playlist, including The Paul DesLauriers Band, Angela Forrest and Harpdog Brown, who all walked away with awards this year.

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Jumping Little Judy – Paul Lamb & The King Snakes (Live at The Royal Albert Hall – 2017)
I Just Want To Make Love To You – Sammy Eubanks (Sugar Me – 2016)
Take My Hand – Mighty Mike Schermer (Blues In Good Hands – 2015)
Heaven’s Where You Dwell – Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco (Blues Etc – 2016)
Who’s Texting You – Lew Jetton & 61 South (Rain – 2016)
It’s Best To Know Who You’re Talking To – Clifford ‘Grandpappy’ Gibson (Rural Blues Vol.2 1951-1962)
Pick ‘Em Early – Tweed Funk (Love Is – 2012)
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Chicken & Gravy – Richard Johnston & Jessie Mae Hemphill

Slowly Burning
She Should Be Mine – The Paul DesLauriers Band (The Paul DesLauriers Band – 2014)
Hold On Tight . . . Mr I’m Alright – Angela Forrest (Angel’s 11 – 2016)
Fine Little Girl Rag – Harpdog Brown (Travelling With The Blues – 2016)
Slowly Burning – Erja Lyytinen ( Stolen Hearts – 2017)
House Of Blues Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Don’t Lie To Me – Gary Moore (After Hours – 1992)

There were some happy returns this week by Mighty 6417138644619_600Mike Schermer, who’s currently on tour with Marcia Ball, then there was Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco providing one of the very nice choices on their latest album ‘Blues Etc’. Finnish lady of the blues, Erja Lyytinen, was back with a preview copy of her forthcoming album, ‘Stolen Hearts’, which is a more subtle and less bluesy collection of songs than previously, but it does include a bluesy number, called ‘Slowly Burning’. So, we played it! Marcus Malone appeared again on our playlist to confirm that I’m mighty impressed with the forthcoming album ‘Better Man’ and we played another track from it, this time ‘House Of Blues’.

The lovers of scratchy blues had ‘double bubble’ this week with Clifford ‘Grandpappy’ Gibson and his 1960 Bobbin release with its wise words, ‘It’s Best To Know Who You’re Talking To’. Our regular guest, Arfa Pinetop, also brought us some ‘Chicken & Gravy’ courtesy of Richard Johnston & Jessie Mae Hemphill

As time ran out on this week’s show, we decided to play out with the late Gary Moore and his version of Don’t Lie To Me. So, a big thanks for your company this week and, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 29 January 2017

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

Well, it’s been a week with it’s fair share of notable events, but whether these please or dismay you, they certainly didn’t distract us from our rummaging in the Cruising Library for some juicy gems to include in the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.
There were some birthdays to celebrate this week and we did it in our customary style, plus there were a few stories behind some of the choices this week. One was inspired by a number from Nappy Brown and our good pal Arfa Pinetop had an amusing tale to tell about Nappy’s UK tour, back in the 80s, where the audience was also bemused by the suggestive antics of ‘long lost bluesman’, ‘Walking Cane Smith’, who some suspected was none other than the tour bus driver (where getting ‘long lost’ is not an asset). Another story came from Louisiana’s own Marcia Ball, who was at London’s Ronnie Scott’s this past week and kindly took some time out after the gig to chat about New Orleans’ pianoman, James Booker. She confirmed the story that James Booker didn’t turn up for a gig with her, because he was paranoid about the CIA and realised that her name ended in CIA . . . but I don’t think she took offence.
Now, whether it’s a description of the trusty Cruise Mobile or not, we set off at high speed on our cruise in the company of New Jersey Band, The Fins, and a full tilt instrumental called ‘Hot Rod’, then we were heading on down the road with a little something from someone who taught guitar to a young Mac Rebennack . . . Roy Montrell.
All Is Well
Hot Rod – The Fins
Ooh Wow – Roy Montrell
Am I – Nappy Brown
All Is Well – Big Miller & The Five Pennies
Money – The Five Pennies
She Shot A Hole In My Soul – Clifford Curry
Michael (The Lover) – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Girls & Guitars
Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Joan Jettgeno-washington
That’s How It Goes
Kana Kapila – The Cousins
Ruby Baby –  Aaron Neville
Keep On Pushing You’re Luck – Sleepy King
Pitter Patter Boom Boom – The Jaye Sisters
I’ve Been Walking – Snooks Eaglin
So Swell When You’re Well – James Booker
That’s How It Goes – Marcia Ball
Be Somebody – Mighty Mike Schermer
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – The Blues Brothers
Our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Joan Jett, whomike-schermer was a founding member of girl group The Runaways and went on to have a successful solo career which produced her 1990 album ‘The Hit List’ with its cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’.

There were a few respectful nods in the direction of others this week for pointing us to some artists and songs that found a place in our playlist too. Jamie Dell’ApaLarry Grogan and Neil Pellegrin all recommended good things, worth another listen. But things are not always what they seem and, with a song titled ‘Kana Kapila’, The Cousins might easily have been an Hawaiian band, but they were actually a Belgian band. But, we’re waiting on our Cruising Ambassador to The Islands, Susan Bowman, to confirm what ‘Kana Kapila’ means.

Mr Merlot and yours truly stole the Cruisettes thunder by doing a little dangerous dancing this week and nearly missed the moment to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. But, with a demonstration of ‘just in time management’, we made it home, safe and sound, in the riotous company of The Blues Brothers. Then, we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, ever hopeful that you had such fun on this week’s adventure that you’ll want to do it again next week. So, just in case, we’ll roll by in the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week, with a seat saved especially for you. But, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 25 January 2017


Sweet stuff . . .

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Rocking Tonight:

Well, the sun came shining through today to cheer the day and try to make us forget the chill of the past weeks. But, the sunshine didn’t deter us from rummaging in those dusty boxes for those lost gems for this week’s Rocking Tonight. As it happens, good fortune smiled on us, because there were more than we could fit into the time we had. But, rest assured they’re in the ‘pending tray’ for our next session, so you’ll hear them soon.rocking-tonight-3

This week, we lined up some notable names, as well as a few less familiar, but all most excellent choices for your listening pleasure. There were a couple of surprises . . . Guy Mitchell getting into the up tempo ‘Sweet Stuff’ and Paul Anka with a rocking little number that appeared as a ‘b’ side of one of his 45 releases.

The ‘girl with the laughing voice’ was in there too, with one of my favourites of hers, ‘Stairway Of Love’ and UK rocker, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, showing off why they justified their name! But, we kicked it off with The Motor City Rockers and their take on Esquerita’s classic, ‘Rocking The Joint’, and then were definitely Rocking Tonight.

Sweet Stuff . . .Sweet Stuff
Rocking The Joint – The Motor City Rockers
We Just Can’t Win – The Refreshments
Sweet Stuff – Guy Mitchell
Seven Day Weekend – Gary US Bonds
Dancin’ Party – Chubby Checker
Lovey Dovey Baby – Dave Burgess
Stairway Of Love – Alma Cogan
Cool Baby Cool – Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Hey Marie – Eddie Fontaine
Won’t Be Long – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
45 Men In A Telephone Booth – Rockin Carbonara
Don’t Let Go – Jerry Lee LewisEddie Fontaine

I Knew From The Start . . .
It’s Late – Dorsey Burnette
Believe What You Say – Ricky Nelson
It’s Gonna Take Some Time – Connie Francis
Uh Huh – Paul Anka
I Knew From The Start – The Moonglows
D In Love – Curtis Lee
Get Rhythm – Little Richard
Aw Who – Bat Carrol
Sweet Suzie – Johnny Burnette
Bim Bam – Sam ButeraSam Butera2

After nearly an hour of Rocking Tonight, the sands of time were clearly running out, so we dug out something for those who enjoy the swinging sounds of folks like Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, and we chose Sam Butera’s ‘Bim Bam’ for our closer. Then, before we went our separate ways, we assure everyone that we’ll be back, same time, same place next week, with another pile of tasty tunes to tantalise your musical taste buds and get us Rocking Tonight . . . but until then . . . remember . . . .have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 24 January 2017


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

Well, if you were looking for a diversion from world events, or even an excuse to delay some unwelcome chore, then this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling may have arrived just in time! Regular listeners will know this is where to come for a selection of the best of the blues around and to prove it, we kicked off our playlist with a great Checker 45 from Lowell Fulson. There was some great piano work from Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne with ‘Bankrupted Blues’, followed by another pair of hands on the keyboard and someone who we saw do a rip roaring set at Ronnie Scott’s this week, Marcia Ball.

To show our international choices, we had Canadian duo Jimmy Brownskill and Carlos Del Junco providing some nice guitar, harp and vocals ‘Beale Street Toodle-oo’ from their latest album ‘Blues Etc’. We also had a taster of the new album ‘Lovelight’ from Australian singer and keyboard ace, Lachy Doley. Then, to indulge those who, like me, enjoy a little slide guitar, we featured Finnish band, Honey B & T Bones with their version of Elmore James classic ‘Shake Your Moneymaker’.
Who Was I Foolin’
Don’t Drive Me Baby – Lowell Fulson
Bankrupted Blues – Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne (Jumpin’ & Boppin’ – 2016)
Louella – Marcia Ball (Presumed Innocent – 2001)
Crossroads – Calli Malpas (Never Made The 27 Club – 2016)
Beale St. Toodle-oo – Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco (Blues Etc – 2016)
Who Was I Foolin’ – Lachy Doley (Lovelight – 2017)
It Ain’t Your Business – Johnny Winter (The Alligator Years – 2013)
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Lonely No More – Vaneese Thomas (Long Journey Home – 2016)

No Harm Done
Dog Without A Bone – Ritchie Dave Porter (Single – 2017)
The Devil Must Be Laughing – John Mayall (Talk About That – 2017)
City Of Love – Thorbjorn Risager (Change My Game – 2017)
No Harm Done – Mighty Mike Schermer (First Set – 1999)
Lookin’ Back – Redhouse (Play It Like You Mean It – 2016)
Shake Your Moneymaker – Honey B & T Bones (EMI Years 1985-87 – 2012)
There were plenty of other new releases, including the new single by Ritchie Dave Porter, ‘Dog Without A Bone’ and John Mayall with ‘The Devil Must Be Laughing’ from his new album, which is due for release in a few days time. Also, seeking a prime place among the up-coming releases on our playlist was an album by Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado. They’ve promised to return to the UK soon and the new album ‘Change My Game’ will surely confirm their good standing with UK blues fans.

Having mentioned Marcia Ball, we also dug out something from her guitarist, Mighty Mike Schermer, who, at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, fronted the band for a solo number and we featured ‘No Harm Done’ from his 1999 album ‘First Set’.

As time was getting tight, we managed to squeeze in a great track from our favourite Bristol band Redhouse and then played out with Honey B & T Bones. Then it was all over, except to thank you for your good company this week and invite you back again same time same place next week. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 22 January 2017

No buts & no maybes . . .

Posted: January 18, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

The Cruise Mobile was right on time to take us off at high speed on our cruise this week and we did it in the company of Boots Brown with his Groove 45 ‘Dynamite’. Then, somewhat breathlessly we paused just long enough to give a big cheery to the Cruising Crew and a welcome to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.
Our playlist came together on a piecemeal basis, but it sounded pretty good and included several choices that came recommended by some very friendly faces, including our good pal Susan Bowman who pointed us to New Orleans resident and keyboard ace, Joe Krown. Joe has had the honour to occupy the Traditional Piano Night slot at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar . . . a seat that was once occupied by Professor Longhair and James Booker. . . . and that inspired some more choices!

We dug out something from a band called Tico & The Triumphs who were around in the early ’60s. ‘Tico’ was actually a young Paul Simon and with some prompting from our good pal Larry Grogan, we pulled together a selection of Paul Simon songs.

Dynamite – Boots Brown
Everybody Rock & Roll – The Sparks Of Rhythm
Alright Miss Moore – Jimmy Witherspoon
Well Oh Well – Otis Williams
Georgia Slop – Joe Krown Organ Combo
So Swell When You’re Well – James Martin
No Buts & No Maybes – Good Time Charlie

Girls & Guitars
Going Back To Texas – Becky Barksdale

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Noise – Tico & The Triumphs
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Jesse Malin
Don’t Be Angry – The Cadets
Sophisticated Boom Boom – The Goodies
Rockin’ Pneumonia – Larry Williams & Art Neville
Everybody Do The Chicken – The Five Jets
Ooh Little Girl – The Big Town Playboys
I Got It – Little Richard

This week, our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Texan the-big-town-playboysblues singer and guitarist Becky Barksdale. She started playing guitar at the age of twelve, and by the age of sixteen, she was gigging and building an enviable reputation. To showcase her talents, we chose a self penned song, ‘Going Back To Texas’, from her first album in 1999, ‘Real Live’.

Jamie Dell’Apa, down there in New Orleans, gave us a real treat by playing us the 1965 Blue Cat 45 by all girl group, The Goodies, then we got a nudge from his colleague, Neil Pelligrin, about an unreleased version of Rockin’ Pneumonia recorded by Larry Williams and Art Neville in 1957 for Specialty records.

While everybody’s attention was elsewhere, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and, as the familiar faces and places came into view, we were hoping Little Richard would get us home safe and sound . . . and he did! So, as we parked up the Cruise Mobile, we were hoping everyone would be back same time same place next week, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 January 2017 

Jukebox jump . . .

Posted: January 17, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s edition of Rocking Tonight:

Well, here we are again with a big cheery welcome to another Rocking Tonight, where we turned up with an armful of great rocking sounds to play in some very good company.

For those who like those 50s vocal groups, we brought along a little trio of tracks that rocking-tonight-3started with Eddie Cooley & The Dimples, with the delightfully titled ‘A Spark Met A Flame’, followed by New Jersey group, The Duprees and their very smooth ballad ‘You Belong To Me’ and finally The Fontane Sisters with Billy Vaughn’s Orchestra with their 1955 ‘Daddy-O’.

Now, when you are looking for playlist choices, you really can’t ignore a band called The Domestic Bumblebees . . . and we didn’t. We were also found a group called Balwin & The Whiffles, who were featured extensively on the soundtrack of the cult movie ‘Cry Baby’, including their version of the Chords 50s hit Sh-Boom . . . and done pretty well too. But, before all that, we kicked things into high gear with the rocking return of Cliff Richard and his cover of a Chuck Berry classic, followed by Danny Dean & The Homewreckers with their take on one of Cliff’s own early hits, ‘Move It’ . . . .

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Roll Over Beethoven – Cliff Richard
Move It – Danny Dean & The Homewreakers
Rock Awhile – The Domestic Bumblebees
Rock A While – Joe Turner
Baby Doll – Billy & Rickey
Magic Moments – Perry Como (Edit)
I Wish – The Backseat Boogie
A Spark Met A Flame – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples
You Belong To Me – The Duprees
Daddy-O – The Fontane Sisters
Baby Come Back – Johnny Rivers
I Got Stung – The Di Maggio Brothersbumblebees

Remember Then
Robot Man – Mary Jane
Will You Still Be My Girl – Lance Fortune
Crazy Bells – Gerry Dorsey

Drivin’ Home
Sh-Boom – Baldwin & The Whiffles
Bunny Boy – Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks
Jukebox Jump – Si Cranstoun
Drivin’ Home – Jack De Keyzer
It’s My Own Business – The Refreshmentsold-school-pack
The Girl Can’t Help It – Little Richard

Our playlist included a few obscurities, like one of Larry Parnes artists from the 50s, Christopher Morris, who got given the stage name of Lance Fortune and went on to have a hit with ‘Be Mine’, but he faded from the scene after that, although not before recording our featured track called ‘Will You Still Be My Girl’. Then, there was someone who went on to do very well in his later career. He started recording under his real name of Gerry Dorsey, without much success, but with a change of style and a change of name, he found fame as Englebert Humperdink. But, we played his 1959 Decca 45 ‘Crazy Bells’, back when he was Gerry Dorsey.

As well as choices from UK and US artists, we demonstrated our international credentials with Swedish rock and roll bands Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks, together with The Refreshments. Italy was represented by Backseat Boogie and The Di Maggio Brothers with some first class rhythms. Then, there was Canadian Jack De Keyzer with a timely number about ‘Driving Home’.

Well, they say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself, so it was not surprising it seemed to run out all too soon, but we did manage to squeeze in one more little gem from one of the famous sons of Macon Georgia . . . Little Richard with ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’. Then there was just enough time to thank you for your good company during the show and to hope that we may entice you back again same time same place next week. So, until the next time we go Rocking Tonight . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 17 January 2017

Shine a light . . .

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, whatever the past week brought you, be assured that there’s always a very bluesy here at The Blues Come Calling. As ever, the appointed hour rolled around and, from the armful of blues picks that we brought along, we kicked off this show with a great Norwegian band, Vidar Busk & His True Believers with a stomping little opener called ‘Jelly Roll’, which proved to be one of many excellent ‘discoveries’ this week.

It’s good to report that new blues albums are lining up for release in the weeks and months ahead, along with some very welcome UK tours. Amongst the new releases was the self-titled album from West Yorkshire’s James O’Hara’s Band, delivering some tasty Chicago influenced blues, but we will have to wait until March for its official release. But, we will have to wait a little longer for Marcus Malone’s ‘Better Man’ album, which is expected in April, but our preview copy has been getting much played and, being generous, we shared another track in this week show.vidar-busk-his-true-believers

Now, the story of the blues in the UK will always have a place for veteran UK bluesman John Mayall, who has seen an small army of blues players passing through his Bluesbreakers band. He’s still touring and recording and sounding good, if his new album is any example. He breaks into 2017 with a new album titled ‘Talk About That’ which includes our choice for this week’s playlist, ‘Gimme Some Of That Gumbo’.

Another Show
Jelly Roll – Vidar Busk – His True Believers (Stompin’ With Our Feet – 2011)
A Bottle Of Gin – The James O’Hara Band (James O’Hara – 2017)
james-oharaTruckin’ My Blues Away – Down Home Percolators (Down Home
Percolators & Friends – 2015)
Another Show – The Bruce Katz Band (Out From The Centre – 2016)
Why Are People Like That – Muddy Waters (Woodstock Album – 1995)
In My Girlish Days – Memphis Minnie (Queen Of The Delta Blues – 2005)
Too Tired – Jonny Lang & The Big Bang (Smokin’ – 1995)

Pinetop’s Pick
Mary Don’t You Weep – Ian Siegal (The Dust – 2009)
The Blues Don’t Care
The Blues Don’t Care – Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings (The Blues
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Classified – Marcia Ball (Patchwork (A Tribute To James Booker) – 2003)
Shine A Light – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Gimme Some Of That Gumbo – John Mayall (Talk About That – 2017)
New Coat Of Paint – Southside Johnny & LaBamba’s Big Band (Grapefruit Moon – 2008)
Can I Walk You Home – Bo Diddley (A Man Amongst Men – 1996)

This week saw the return of several names that has previously graced our playlists, including the Down Home Percolators with Blind Boy Fuller’s joyous rag ‘Trucking My Blues Away’. The much respected Bruce Katz was back with his band and his latest album ‘Out From The Centre’, featuring Chrismarcus-malone-better-man Vitarello. We went back to a 1995 ‘Woodstock’ album for something from Muddy Waters and his take on the Bobby Charles’ song ‘Why Are People Like That’. Memphis Minnie was back too with something she recorded back in 1941, ‘In My Girlish Days’ and a very young Jonny Lang popped up with something he recorded when he was only 14 years old and known as Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings made an appearance with the title track of their latest album ‘The Blues Don’t Care’ and, as a result of catching up on some of the music and life story of the much celebrated New Orleans piano wizard James Booker, I discovered a rather fine tribute album to him titled ‘Patchwork’ which included Marcia Ball, and if you’re hoping to see her at one of her London gigs shortly, I might see you there. But, by the time we got to Southside Johnny’s take on Tom Waites’ ‘New Coat Of Paint’, we were fast running out of time, so we said our farewells and played out with a rocking little blues shuffle from Bo Diddley, ‘Can I walk You Home’. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 15 January 2017

Stompin’ our feet . . .

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, we with a cheery wave, we arrived somewhat breathlessly this week clutching some real gems for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner playlist and ready to test the Cruise Mobile’s well-honed ability at crossing both geographical and musical frontiers, as well as jumping genres.cruising-2002

One theme of this playlist was how music has traveled both ways across the Atlantic between the USA to the UK. We had New Orleans names like James Booker and Fats Domino giving respectful nod in the direction of the UK, whilst UK artists like Diz & The Doormen and Si Cranstoun keep alive the ‘seasoned’ sounds of American R&B. Of course, these influences can be heard elsewhere, as demonstrated by a great Norwegian band, Vidar Busk & His True Believers and Swedish group Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks. But it all kicked of with a high powered outing from Ray Collin’s Hot Club and once we were revving nicely, we found a little something by The Flamingos to cheer our good pal Wendel Williams.

Jump Childrenvidar-busk-his-true-believers
Hit – Ray Collins Hot Club
Jump Children – The Flamingos
Scandalous – JD McPherson
Stompin’ Our Feet With Joy – Vidar Busk & His True Believers
Tell Me So – The DeVilles
Sugar Baby – The Jacks {aka The Cadets)
I Would Like To Know – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers

Girls & Guitars
Lightning Boogie – Sue Foley

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Old Time Rock & Roll – Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks
Do The Dog – Otis Redding
Ready For Love – Jimmy Jones
Handy Man – The Sparks Of Rhythm
Twist & Shout – David Lindley
Bluecoat Man – Eddie Boyd
On Bended Knee – Diz Watson
I Saw Her Standing There – James Booker
Lady Madonna – Fats Domino
Coupe De Ville – Si Cranstoun
So Many Sweet Little Girls – Jackie Wilsonsi-cranstoun

I’ve lost track of how long it is since we started our Girls & Guitars feature, but it’s still going strong and this week we focused on Canadian blues singer and guitarist Sue Foley and something from her Antone’s album ‘Queen Bee’ called ‘Lightning Boogie’.

The Cruisettes made their arrival felt in all their gyrating glory for several choices, including Otis Redding’s ‘Do The Dog’, which was a reminder of the photo of Susan Bowman and Buddy Bowman dancing to last week’s cruising playlist . . . . nice one!

A bit late, Mr Merlot came to flaunt his multi-functional, fully integrated timepiece under my nose, but by then we had already turned the Cruise Mobile for home. We arrived back at Cruise Control safe and sound and, just before we headed off for the after show party, we gave everyone all another, ever hopeful that they will be back again next week, when, one again we’ll roll by in the trusty Cruise Mobile. So, until the next time we can go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 11 January 2017


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

Well, after a busy week, it was strangely therapeutic to sit down with a selection of the best of the blues and it all came together wishing folks a very bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. January has brought a fistful of new releases, which we made very welcome and introduced to some ‘seasoned’ favourites, one of which by The Powder Blues Band kicked off our show.

One of the new releases came from Jim Koeppel, in the form of his latest album which includes some fine harp from Billy Branch as well as Jim’s notable talents. In April, we’re promised the new album by Detroit bluesman Marcus Malone. In the meantime, we’re plundering the preview copy of the album from Redline Music.

Hopefully, we cheered the lovers of scratchy blues with William Harris’s 1928 Bull Frog Blues. We also found Maria Muldaur’s take on Memphis Minnie’s ‘In My Girlish Ways’ with some tasty guitar work from bluesman Roy Rogers. Then, to prove our international credentials we featured the first release by Backbone Cast, a five piece band from Tampere, Finland.

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Boppin’ With The Blues – The Powder Blues Band (Greatest Hits – 1990)
Let Me Tell You – Jim Koeppel (RSVP To Paradise – 2016)
In My Girlish Days – Maria Muldaur (40 Years of Stony Plain – 2016)
You’re The One I Need – Watermelon Slim (No Paid Holidays – 2008)
Feeling Bad Blues – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Bull Frog Blues – William Harris (Mississippi Masters – Blues Classics 1927-45 – 2006)
I Don’t Know – The Legendary Blues Band (Prime Time Blues – 2006)
You Fool – Backbone Cast (Backbone Cast EP – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Tell Me What’s Goin’ On – Sugar Ray & The Bluetones (Sugar Ray
& The Bluetones – 2003)a2461235638_10

Blues In Mind
Meet Me At The 10th  Street Inn – Sonny Rhodes (40 Years of Stony Plain – 2016)
7 Years – Big Daddy Wilson (Neckbone Stew – 2017)
All Along The Watchtower – Calli Malpas (Never Made The 27 Club – 2016)
The Blues In Mind – Peter Karp (Alabama Town – 2016)
Cocaine Blues – Eric Bibb (Blues Ballads & Work Song – 2016)
Goodbye Everybody – BB & The Blues Shacks (Business Men – 2014)

We returned to that 40 Years of Stony Plain compilation and pulled out a
track by Texas big-daddy-wilsonbluesman and lapsteel guitar player, Sonny Rhodes.

Amongst the new releases, we played a taster from the new album,‘Neckbone Stew’, by Big Daddy Wilson, with guests Ruthie Foster and Eric Bibb, and Eric was also featured in his own right with a classic song from his latest album. New Jersey, singer-songwriter, slide guitarist and pianist Peter Karp was back on our playlist.

Before time ran out on this this week’s show, we squeezed in a rocking little blues shuffle from BB & The Blues Shacks, appropriately titled ‘Goodbye Everybody’. Then it was time to thank everyone for their good company this week and invite everyone back again same time same place next week, when once again The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 8 January 2017

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

Well, here we are cruising into a new year and hoping that will be a great year to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Now, we started our first musical adventure of the year with an explanation . . . our playlist came with no theme or logic, just a bunch of tunes suggested by some holiday reading and things that we stumbled across going back through the Cruising Library recently.cruising-2001

Several choices in the playlist came about as a result of reading the autobiography of Mac Rebennack, Dr John, which name checks plenty of musicians along the way. One such character and keyboard talent was James Booker and you’ll have to listen to the show to discover which current artist took lessons from him and how that came about.

We pulled out a couple of great tracks from Marcia Ball and Albert Lee, who are both on our forthcoming giglist and awaited with much enthusiasm here. But before we got to those, we kicked off into the new year with saxman Sil Austin & his orchestra with his 1957 Mercury 45 ‘Pink Shade Of Blue’ . . .

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Pink Shade Of Blue – Sil Austin & His Orchestra
You’re A Square – The Tramps
Oo Wee Sugar – James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford & His Cane Cutters
Wrap It Up – The Robins
I’m Gonna Catch You – Harmonica Sam & The Domestic Bumble Bees

Girls & Guitars
Barefoot Baby – Janis Martin

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60 Minute Man/You Talk Too Much – James Booker
The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man – Marcia Ball
Rock-A-Hula Baby – Junior Brown
Oh Ho Doodle Lu – Joe ‘Mr Google Eyes’ August & His 4 Bars
You’re Gonna Pay – Benny Barnes & The Echoes
Great Big Eyes – Archibald
Rad Gumbo – Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
Let The Four Winds Blow – Van Broussard
The Wobble – Cherry Tess & Her Rhythm Sparks
Such Lovin’ – The Dubs
She Walks Right In – The Big Town Playboys

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on 50s cherrytess-rcoachickaAmerican rockabilly star, Janis Martin. In the 50s she was one of the few women working in the very male-dominated rock and roll music field. She got signed up by RCA and dubbed the Female Elvis because of her music and dance moves on stage, which she, doubtless, demonstrated when performing her 1956 RCA 45 ‘Barefoot Baby’.

The music of New Orleans featured well in our choices, including Joe ‘Mr Google Eyes’ August, who was one of first New Orleans R&B artists to enter the recording studio and cut sides for Coleman Records in 1946 (when he was just 15 years old). We also found something by Leon T. Gross, who appeared on his early 50s recordings for the Imperial label as ‘Archibald’, delivering some fine piano playing and vocals. Van Broussard also popped up with his take on ‘Let The Four Winds Blow’ and although he is not well known nationally, he’s almost legendary in the Cajun bayou areas of Southern Louisiana for forging the way for swamp pop music.

New York doo wop group, The Dubs and UK band, The Big Town Playboys brought us home safe and sound from this week’s cruise. Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes joined me to wish you all the best for 2017 and hope that your new year’s resolution will be to join us here every week, when roll by in the Cruise Mobile. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 4 January 2017