Let the four winds blow . . .

Posted: January 4, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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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

I’m Ready To Play
I’m Ready To Play – Buckwheat Zydecojanis-martin
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

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