Jam up . . .

Posted: February 8, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner included some unashamedly indulgent choices to celebrate this week’s festivities in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We had a European selection to show that the influence of the Crescent City goes far and wide. We featured Swedish band, Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits with ‘The Wobble’, The Big Town Playboys with ‘Jam Up’, renowned UK band Diz & The Doormen with a James Booker song and a triple dose of the UK’s much celebrated actor Hugh Laurie with his version of Tipitina, featuring him doing vocals, piano and guitar. We also included a few local artists, to provide appropriate balance, and if you happen to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, look out for our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa who’s parading with the Krewe du Vieux this year.

Whilst we lingered awhile with our New Orleans connection, Mr Merlot pointed out that we were late for our visit to the islands, so we corrected that with the assistance Si Cranstoun and something we hoped would inspire Susan Bowman and Buddy to another video demonstration of their dancing prowess.

This week we discovered a pretty rare single on the Swade label, courtesy of Neil Pellegrin, down there in New Orleans and we were grateful to him for digging out The Raves with their take on the saga of ‘Billy The Kid’. But, before that we kicked off on our cruise this week with a little instrumental called ‘Dicla’ by Doug Fowlkes & His Airdales, who went on to become Rocky Roberts and The Airdales . . . . Then we were off down the road again with an old Louis Prima favourite ‘Bim Bam’ from 44 Shakedown . . .

Bim Bam 44 Shakedown
Dicla – Doug Fowlkes & His Airdales
Bim Bam – 44 Shakedown
The Wobble – Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits
Billy The Kid – The Raves
Jokomo – Larry Williams
So Swell So Well – Diz Watson & The Doormen
Tipitina – Hugh Laurie
Jam Up – The Big Town Playboys
Ella Hula Hula – Si Cranstoun

Girls & Guitarsemily-remler
Hot House – Emily Remler

Let It Rock
Got My Gun (Gonna Travel) – Cee Pee Johnson
Little Coquette – Jimmy Beasley
Shirley Jean – Rockin’ Sidney
Seventh Son – Willie Mabon
Route 66 – Paul Curry
I Got A Rocket In My Pocket – Jimmy Lloyd
Itchy Twitchy Feeling – The Swallows
Let It Rock – Chuck Berry
For our Girls & Guitars feature this week, with the background of Mardi Gras, we went looking for a girl guitarist with a link to New Orleans and we found jazz guitarist Emily Remler, who gave us some sensational jazz guitar playing it up with Hot House

Almost too late, The Cruisettes turned up and Mr Merlot was all consumed with keeping the breakables safe, but he was not too preoccupied to stop him rolling his eyes at me and nodding at the clock, which is when we knew it was time to be heading for home. But, we managed to say a big thanks to our good pal Matt The Cat for featuring vocal group The Swallows on his Juke In The Back show. We chose their 1958 Federal 45 ‘Itchy Twitchy Feeling’ as our finale, but actually managed to squeeze in one more from Chuck Berry.

Then, we were parking up the Cruise Mobile and with cheery wave, heading off for the after show party, ever hopeful that you will be back again, same time, same place, next week. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 8 February 2017

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