So swell when you’re well . . . 

Posted: January 25, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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


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