Archive for April, 2017

Cranking it up . . .

Posted: April 30, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, we came back this week with another bundle of the best of the blues around . . . and far more than we could fit into our time together when The Blues Come Calling. Now, that’s not a complaint, but cheery reflection of how much good blues is around at the moment . . . and long may it continue. So, the devotees of scratchy blues may have been a little disappointed this week that they were not indulged, but there’s always next week.

Our choices from the pile of new releases this week, included those by Elvin Bishop (Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio), The Marc Stone Band (Live in Europe), Malaya Blue (Heartsick), Delta Moon (Cabbagetown), Tom Walker (Into Space’), Justin Johnson & his 3-String Shovel Guitar (Drivin’ It Down), Dave Hunt (100 Horses) and Bobby Messano (Bad Movie). Impressive stuff from all those artists indeed!

There was a little unintended synergy in three of our choices this week. They were all picked on their own merits, but they each had a link that was worth mention. One of the joys of the week was hearing from New Orleans band leader, Marc Stone. He, kindly, sent a copy of his new live album with his band, recorded in Austria and called ‘Live in Europe’. . . . which has been getting a lot of plays here recently. Now, if you’re around New Orleans, there’s a good chance you’ll catch Marc Stone playing live with Benny Turner, who’s big brother was Freddie King. . . . and all three were the choices on this week’s playlist. But, before any of those, we kicked off our playlist with a Little Walter tune from The Rolling Stones, picked up the ‘best blues album’ award this past week. So, respects to them . . .

Driving It DownMarc Stone Band - Live in Europe
Just Your Fool – The Rolling Stones (Blue & Lonesome – 2017)
Honey Babe – Elvin Bishop (Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – 2017)
She Was Pretty – The Marc Stone Band (Live In Europe – 2017)
I Can’t Leave – Benny Turner (When She’s Gone – 2015)
Sing Together – Delta Moon (Cabbagetown -2107)
Sweet Angel – Tom Walker (Into Space – 2017)
Cranking It Up – Justin Johnson (Driving It Down – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
King Guitar – Michael Messer (King Guitar – 2006)

That’s AlrightTom Walker
Sending Me Angels – Miller Anderson (Bluesheart – 2016)
I Thought We Had This – Bobby Messano (Bad Movie – 2017)
That’s Alright – Freddie King (King of the Blues – 1995)
Heartsick – Malaya Blue (Heartsick – 2017)
Jumping At Shadows – Mike Anderson (Blues For Gary – 2017)
Doghouse – Dave Hunt (100 Horses – 2017)
Shake Your Moneymaker – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – 1965)

As I said on the show this week, every so often there’s a moment when an event brings a particular song to mind and this past week it was a song by Miller Malaya BlueAnderson, which was brought to mind by news from our good pal Arfa Pinetop and so it was dedicated to Jill.

If your taste in blues includes the more soulful styles, then that’s just what you got from 22 year old Tom Walker with his song ‘Sweet Angel’ from his latest album ‘Into Space’. Malaya Blue was there too, with her own brand of classy, soulful blues of the type that fills her latest album ‘Heartsick’. It has had more than its fair share of plays here since it arrived and more is expected.

A great treat this week was the high energy guitar piece, Cranking It Up’, from Justin Johnson. It was his playing playing of this number on his 3-String Shovel Guitar that featured in his video which went Viral with over 30 million views in the first week it was posted! Then, there was something for those who may remember the UK’s great one man blues band, Duster Bennett. Back in the 60s his flame burned brightly on the blues scene, but sadly not for long enough. But, he left behind some fine recordings, most particularly, ‘Jumping At Shadows’. It’s a song of his that’s been covered many times . . . Peter Green covered Duster Bennett’s original, Gary More covered Peter Green’s version and this week we played Mike Anderson’s cover of Gary Moore’s version, which pops up on a new compilation called ‘Blues For Gary’.

As ever, our time together with the blues slipped away rather too quickly and we were soon playing out with something from one of those 60s blues albums that has never lost its impact or reputation. This was the first Elektra album by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with all those great names amongst its members, including Mike Bloomfield with showing off his slide guitar work on Shake Your Moneymaker. So, with thanks for your good company this week’s show, we parted with yours truly hoping to meet up again, the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . until then . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 April, 2017

Immortal JukeboxListen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, this week brought news of a national shortage of hummus, which may generate sobbing and wailing in some quarters, but here in the Grand Duchy it was greeted with ecstatic indifference. Of course, at the time we were deep in the dusty boxes rummaging for those tasty treats to include in the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. In the end, we found more than we could get into our Cruising time, so the pending tray earned a few more to foster.Cruising #3004

Well, our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa set us off in search of a few of those ‘Louie Louie’ derivatives, because he presented a pretty comprehensive showcase of such songs with ‘that chord progression’ . . . . but we found a couple to add to the pot, starting with a song we played last week by Otis Redding, but this time it came from The McCoys . . . ‘I Got To Go Back & Watch That Little Girl Dance’. We followed that with another much covered song, written Bill Medley and recorded by The Righteous Brothers . . . . ‘Little Latin Lupe Lu’.

Before that, we kicked off down the road with Roy Milton & His Orchestra and his 1957 King 45 ‘Succotash’, which was guaranteed to get your feet tapping and then along came Jump 4 Joy to inspire a little more movement with ‘Breaking Up The House’ . . .

I Got To Go BackMcCoys
Succotash – Roy Milton & His Orchestra
Breaking Up The House – Jump 4 Joy
Question – Roscoe Shelton
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – Timmie Shaw
Louie Louie – Otis Redding
I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – The McCoys
Little Latin Lupe Lu – The Righteous Brothers

Girls & Guitars
Sorrow – The Prissteens

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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – The Boppers
The Royal Boogie – Joe Krown Trio
Up On The Roof – Ike & Tina Turner
Open Up Your Heart – Eugene Church
Pitter Patter Boom Boom – The Jaye Sisters
I Got Tore Up – Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
Cool Disc Jockey – Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
Lipstick, Powder & Paint – Roger Chapman
Ooh Wee Baby – Roger Ceresi’s Allstars
Well Alright – Little Richard

Now this week’s Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on guitarist and vocalistIke & Tina Tina Canellas, who was a one time member of The New York-based band The Prissteens. Along with the rest of The Prissteens, Tina signed with Almo Sound Records in the late ’90s to record their debut album, ‘Scandal, Controversy & Romance’. It included our choice, a version of the McCoys song ‘Sorrow’,

We could not resist including one little ‘find‘ . . . . something from The Boppers that was almost guaranteed to get the George Michael fundamentalists protesting outside Cruise Control . . . a version of ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’. After which, we quickly headed off to meet our Ambassador to the Islands and play some great boogie woogie piano by the much admired New Orleans keyboard man Joe Krown . . . . ‘The Royal Boogie’.

There was one song that attracted particular attention this week, including a very fine mention on Thom Hickey’s Immortal Jukebox blog this past week, Jamie Dell’Apa played a version on his Saturday Night In New Orleans and it even got a credit by Simon Cowell. The song was ‘Up On The Roof’ and we pulled out the version by Ike & Tina Turner, which may get a thumbs up from our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks, because it came from their album ‘Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter’!

All too soon, there were some familiar faces and places coming into view, which confirmed that we had to turned the Cruise Mobile for home. Then it was Little Richard taking us all the way back to where we started . . . and we got there just in time too. We parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile with practiced ease and gave it a quick polish ready for next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 26 April 2017


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

Well, despite the temptations of the sunny weather, you could be sure we would be back, bright and breezy with a bundle of the best of the blues, just when The Blues Come Calling. There were a few timely reminders in our playlist too, with something from Paul Carrack, who was celebrating his birthday this week, and best wishes to Alan Nimmo for his early return to full health.

We did well this week in the realms of ‘down home’ blues with offerings from Big Bill Broonzy and Jo Ann Kelly. For those whose taste in blues veers more towards the rootsy style, there was a little gem from Delta Moon’s new album ‘Cabbagetown’.

Amongst the new releases, we picked out tracks by Bobby Messano (from his excellent album ‘Bad Movie’), Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos (from their self titled album), Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (from their forthcoming album ’TajMo’), Dave Hunt (multi-talented showcase ‘100 Horses’) and a great Australian lady of the blues, Kate Lush (‘Let It Fly’). There were more, but we ran out of time . . . so, more gems for next week. But, before that we kicked off with a favorite by The Nimmo Brothers and the blues came spinning out from there . . . .

Give Me StrengthAnthony Rosano & The Conqueroos
I’ll Be Back Someday – The Nimmo Brothers (Coming Your Way – 2001)
Just A Little Lie – Paul Carrack (It Ain’t Over – 2014)
American Spring – Bobby Messano (Bad Movie – 2017)
Show Me The Money – Buddy Guy (Skin Deep – 2008)
Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Bill Broonzy (Blues Is My Business – 2006)
Give Me Strength – Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos (Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos – 2017)
Don’t Leave Me Here – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (TajMo – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Can’t Be Satisfied – Jo Ann Kelly (Do It & More – 2009)100 Horses - Dave Hunt
Lay It On ‘Em
I Wonder – The Jimmys (Live From Transylvania – 2016)
21st Century Man – Delta Moon (Cabbagetown -2107)
Evil Gal Blues – Big Time Sarah & BTS Express (Lay It On ‘Em Gals – 1992)
100 Horses – Dave Hunt (100 Horses – 2017)
Pack It Up – Kate Lush (Let It Fly – 2017)
Tore Down – Benny Turner (Tore Down – 2015)
The second half of the show opened with some swinging blues from The Jimmys and a track you can find on their latest album ‘Live From Transylvania’ Kate Lush Let It Flycalled ‘I Wonder’. Then we dipped back for something from Mississippi’s own Sarah Streeter, or as she’s probably better known, Big Time Sarah. She came in with a superb version of that much covered song, ‘Evil Gal Blues’ from her 1992 album ‘Lay It On ‘Em Gals’.

I declared an interest in the last two choices for our playlist this week. I am a long time fan of Texas bluesman Freddie King and it so happened that Australia’s Kate Lush included his ‘Pack It Up’ song on her new album ‘Let It Fly’. So, that was an easy choice and a cracking version too. Then, it was the turn of Freddie King’s brother, Benny Turner, to take us home with his full-tilt version of ‘Tore Down’. Just before that, there was just time to thank everyone for their good company on this week’s show and to hope we’ll meet up again, the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 April 2017

Got to go back . . .

Posted: April 21, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

The weather here in the Grand Duchy has taken a turn for the better and there have been some fine evenings relaxing in the open air with a glass of fizz and the requisite Cruising #217accompanying playlist. There have been a few gigs to keep our attentions focused and our cheery postman has ensured some notable gems have dropped through the letterbox here at Cruise Control. So, it was all well here, as long as we didn’t dwell on the international news.

Those who were looking for an unusual musical adventure were in luck, because we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile and stopped briefly for them jump aboard for another Cruising with The Commissioner. Of course, the gang was all here, Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes ready to give their own unique contributions to the ‘fun and games’ and, at the appointed time,  we kicked off down the road with King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys and ‘Big Girl’ . . . .

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Big Girl – King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Lloyd Price
Hey Little Girl – Big Boy Bloater
Irresistible You – Bobby Darin
Splish Splash – Kevin Spacey
It Will Stand – The Olympics
Your True Love – Dave Edmunds

Girls & Guitars
Get Rhythm – Rosie Flores
The In CrowdRosie Flores
Put Yourself In My Place – Delroy Wilson
I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – Otis Redding
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans – Fats Domino
The In Crowd – Dobie Gray
Rendezvous Des Cheminots – Wily Bo Walker
Baby I Wanna Play House – Arthur Gunter
Our Man In Havana – The McCoy Boys
Oh Babe – Jimmy Preston
Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck – Jimmy Page

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week threw the Fats Dominospotlight on singer and guitarist, Rosie Flores. She spent much of her early years growing up in California and became a member of several local bands. But it was from her solo album, ‘Girl Of The Century’, that we chose her take on the old Johnny Cash number ‘Get Rhythm’. Meanwhile, we found a little scratchy blues for the aficionados from Arthur Gunter with his 1954 Excello 45 ‘Baby I Wanna Play House’ that got covered by Mrs Presley’s favourite son.

All too soon, it was time for our last track which came from one of the UKs celebrated guitar slingers, Jimmy Page, with his own take on The Killer’s hit ‘Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck’. Then it was all over. So, we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile and gathered together to give one and all a cheery wave, as we headed off to the after show party.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 19 April 2017

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

It’s been a good week for the blues . . . . we’ve seen Kaz Hawkins winning the European Blues Awards, new releases from Bobby Messano, Billy Walton, Ruby and the Revelators, Dave Hunt and Amanda St John, all of which found their way into this week’s playlist. There were some great gigs too, including Red Butler, Billy Walton and The Blues Band. . . . and you won’t be surprised to find each of those here too.

It was Herbie Hancock’s birthday this past week and, although he’s best known for his music jazz and pop recordings, he did venture into some blues on occasions, so with our birthday best wishes, we played Herbie’s collaboration with Jonny Lang & Joss Stone on ‘When Love Come To Town’. Then, for those who favor the rootsy side of the blues, Delta Moon’s Southern style ‘Cabbagetown Shuffle’ was a real treat, as well as their great little promo video for the track. But, before all that we kicked of with the title track of Bobby Messano’s new album, ‘Bad Movie’ . . . .

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Bad Movie – Bobby Messano (Bad Movie – 2017)
Show Me The Money – Red Butler (Live -2017)
When Love Comes To Town – Herbie Hancock, Jonny Lang, Joss Stone (Possibilities – 2005)
Find Me A Man – Ruby and the Revelators (Walk With Me – 2017)
It Ain’t You ・ Kaz Hawkins (Feelin’ Good ・ 2017)
Cabbagetown Shuffle ・ Delta Moon (Cabbagetown -2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Hi Heeled Sneakers – Brian Knight (Good Time Down The Road – 1988)Billy walton CD

Waiting On The World To Change
Voodoo Stomp ・ Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists (Goin’ Down To Florida – 2015)
Tell Me – Dave Hunt (100 Horses – 2017)
I’m Longing For You Baby ・ The Blues Band (The Big Blues Band – 2017)
Waiting On The World To Change – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (TajMo ・ 2017)
Show Me – Amanda St John (Grow -2016)
Days Like These – Billy Walton Band (Soul Of A Man – 2017)
I Want To Shout About It – Coco Montoya (Hard Life – 2017)Coco Montoya

There was a time when you heard nothing off a new album until the release day, but that’s not today’s ways and the new album by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo is a case in point. It’s not due out for some time yet, but the tracks from the album are being progressively released as part of the pre-release promotion and we featured the latest this week, ‘Waiting On The World To Change’, a title that seemed strangely apt right now.

Now, those who like their blues with a soulful touch are sure to have enjoyed Northern Ireland’s Amanda St John, whose style is more mainstream than bluesy, but her forthcoming album ‘Grow’ includes a rather fine number called ‘Show Me’ . . . and we needed no more encouragement.

We closed this weeks show with a track from the forthcoming new album ‘Soul Of A Man’ by The Billy Walton Band . . . and excellent it is too . . . including ‘Days Like These’, leaving the finale in the hands of Coco Montoya with another gem from his ‘Hard Life’ album. Then, it was all over for this week and we collected up the records and Cds and said our farewells. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 16 April 2017

Let me know . . . 

Posted: April 12, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

Well, the sun has been a very welcome visitor to the Grand Duchy this week and ensured a few warm evenings on the South terrace with the odd bottle of fizz and some savory nibbles. Delightful as they have been, there was something extra special about our Wednesday evening, when the Cruising Crew turned up to go Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #3004

Early on in our Cruising adventure, we traveled to New Orleans with Lee Dorsey and then onto Detroit for something that sounded like a pretty untypical Motown release, ‘Mojo Hannah’, which was the very last recording made for the label by Henry Lumpkin. Then, sneaking into this week’s playlist came a trio of tracks, featuring three covers of Rolling Stones songs, including a typically frantic take on ‘Brown Sugar’ by Little Richard, a very fine version of Honky Tonk Women by The Meters and rocking version of ‘Start Me Up by the lovely Beverley Skeete.

There was a broad smile in the direction of our Ambassador to the islands, as we introduced a little something from Leon Redbone and his characteristic rendering of that well worn blues song ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’. But before all that, we kicked off down the road there with a little 1954 Leiber & Stoller song from The Honeybears, called ‘One Bad Stud’ . . .

Start Me UpBeverley Skeete - Good Times
One Bad Stud ・ The Honeybears
Behind The Eight Ball ・ Lee Dorsey
Mojo Hanna ・ Henry Lumpkin
Brown Sugar ・ Little Richard
Honky Tonk Woman ・ The Meters
Start Me Up – Beverley Skeete
Mother In Law ・ James Booker
Diddy Wah Diddy ・ Leon Redbone

Girls & Guitars
Where Blue Begins ・ Dani Wildeleon redbone - double time

Let’s Have A Party
Why Don’t You Write Me – The Jacks
Crocodile – The Coasters
Try Rock & Roll ・ Bobby Mitchell
Little Girl Of Mine ・ Bobby Marchan
Let’s Have A Party ・ Eunice Davis
Respectable ・ The Isley Brothers
Let Me Know ・ Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

Mr Merlot started gesturing in his own inimitable was when he feared we might have forgotten our Girls & Guitars feature. But, all was well as we introduced this week’s Dani Wilde - Shinechoice, which was partly influenced by our recent giglist event featuring the great UK harpman Will Wilde. He has an equally talented sister, guitarist and singer Dani Wilde and we pulled out her excellent cover of a modern blues song, originally written and recorded by Dana Gillespie. This was Dani Wilde with her version of ‘Where Blue Begins’.

There were a couple of notable doo wop tracks to enjoy this week, including a 1955 RPM release by The Jacks, who started out as a spiritual group in Los Angeles and also recorded as The Cadets. Both groups were pretty successful, but we featured The Jacks with ‘Why Don’t You Write Me’, followed by The Coasters with their 1958 recording of ‘Crocodile’. It was never released at the time and you might wonder why, because it sounds well worth it.

Bobby Mitchell and Bobby Marchan ensured the Crescent City was well represented and Eunice Davis excited The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot with her 1957 Grand label single ‘Let’s Have A Party’. Indeed, such was their enthusiasm that they barely noticed amid the mayhem that we had turned the Cruise Mobile in a homeward direction, under cover of The Isley Brothers with ‘Respectable’ and those familiar faces and places started appearing, as Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker took us all they way home. Then, there was nothing else to do but park up the Cruise Mobile and look forward to next week when once again we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 12 April 2017


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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and we come to you this week with a playlist full of very tasty slice of the blues, which kicked off there with a something you probably won’t hear that on any other blues show . . . . a bluesy version of a Beatles song, courtesy of the The Blues Beatles . . . but there’s a good chance that Coco Montoya will pop up, because he’s got a new album out, called ‘Hard Truth’, so it got its place on this week’s playlist.

It’s been a very good week for gigs around here, with Mike Zito and others on UK tours. Mike was on our giglist this past week and looking like he and the crowd were having great fun. It was just the same with The Blues Band showcasing tracks from their latest live album ‘The Big Blues Band Live’ (which was recorded some years ago and only recently discovered again). Then, there was the much awaited London date by Australian Vika Bull and a sensational gig it was too. She brought her own excellent R&B band from Oz to give us an evening of the great recordings by the late Etta James.

A casual look at the upcoming tour dates, showed Billy Walton and his band are back so we gave another taste of what you can look forward to with the title track of his latest album ‘Wish For What You Want’.

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You Can’t Do That – The Blues Beatles (Get Back To The Blues – 2016)
Before The Bullets Fly – Coco Montoya (Hard Truth – 2017)
Wasted Time – Mike Zito (Make Love Not War – 2017)
Tonky Boogie – Forrest Sykes (Chess Blues – 1992)
I’m Your Witchdoctor – Mark Doyle & The Maniacs (Pushin’ – 2012)
Hello Stranger – Samantha Fish (Chills & Fever – 2017)
One For The Highway – James Booker (Classified – 2013)
Let Me Down Easy Freddie King (Freddie King Is A Blues Master – 1969)

Pinetop’s Pick
Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home – Blind Joe Taggart (Blind Joe Taggart Vol 2 – 1992)
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Wish For What You Want
Strange Things Happening Everyday – Vika Bull (At Last – 2016)
Tell Me – Frankie Oliver (Tell Me single – 2017)
I Can’t Tell It All – The Blues Band (The Big Blues Band Live – 2017)
Key To the Highway – John Campbelljohn (Under The Blue Covers – 2009)
The Road To Oblivion – Bobby Messano (Bad Movie – 2017)
Wish For What You Want – Billy Walton (Wish For What You Want – 2014)
Tall Boogie – Moreland & Arbuckle (Seven Cities – 2013)

We didn’t forget to have a little dip into the scratcBad-Movie-Cover-1024x931hy blues bag and this week it produced a little gem by one of those rather obscure figures in the blues world, pianist Forrest Sykes. He gave us some scorching piano playing with his a 1948 recording for the Aristocrat label, titled “Tonky Boogie”. Even Arfa Pinetop pitched in with a really scratchy choice from Blind Joe Taggart.

Occasionally, there’s a pleasant surprise from an unexpected source and new single by Frankie Oliver ‘Tell Me’ was just that . . . . a taste of the blues that’s doing well in the mainstream charts. So, we put it in our playlist, along with a preview of the forthcoming album by Bobby Messano, ‘Bad Movie’. But, the end of the show crept up on us and we decided to play out this week with ‘ Tall Boogie’ from the great blues duo, Moreland & Arbuckle. Then it was all over . . . just time to say a big thanks for taking a listen to this week’s show and hope that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 9 April 2017

Jump and shout . . .

Posted: April 5, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, we came cruising by in even higher spirits than usual this week, because with this week’s adventure we entered our 7th year of Cruising with The Commissioner. Mr Merlot & yours truly turned up looking elegant in our tuxedos, The Cruisettes arrived early in their party dresses and Mrs TC promised some celebratory refreshments . . . so it was all looking good! 

With suitable anniversary flair, we kicked off down the road with King Curtis and ‘The Groove’, followed by some keen navigation, as we headed on down to New Orleans with an invite from The Blue Dots for a Saturday Night Fish Fry . . . causing Mr Merlot to loosened his bow tie for that, just so he could join the Cruisettes to swing and sway the Commissioners way. 

Guitar wizard, Albert Lee, was on our giglist this week and, although he’s no stranger to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and other revered music venues. But, we caught him at a somewhat cosier local venue ‘The Mick Jagger Centre’ and great show he delivered too, with plenty of anecdotes to go with the music and a nice tribute to the late Chuck Berry with ‘Back in The USA’. Indeed, it was one of two of Mr Berry’s songs on our playlist this week and possibly the first appearance by The Beatles. The reason was that this week back in 1964, The Beatles held the top 7 places on the American Billboard charts and one was ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. 

The Groove
The Groove – King Curtis
Saturday Night Fish Fry- The Blue Dots
Sugar Mama – The Orbits
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Don & Bob
Dixie Chicken – Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown
Back In The USA – Albert Lee
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles
Arnie Ginsburg Theme – Freddy Cannon
Jenny Lee – Jan & Arnie 

Girls & Guitars
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Samantha Fish 

Gee Golly
Pony Time – Don Covay
Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night – Steve Gibson & The Redcaps
People Will Say We’re In Love – The Spaniels
Gee Golly – The Coasters
Angel Baby – Rosie & The Originals
Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man – Jimmy Liggins
Jump & Shout – Erline Harris & The Johnson Brothers
Hey Sally Mae – The Fabulous Silvertones
Amongst the recent releases, we noticed there’s one by Samantha Fish, so we made her the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week. Samantha grew up in Kansas City and has been singing and playing on stage since she was 18 . She’s no stranger to our playlists and we chose a track from her latest album ‘Chills & Fever’ and her take on that Charles Sheffield classic ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’. 

In our travels, we nodded respectfully in the direction of Thom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox blog, because he told the story of Rosie Hamlin, who as a 15 year old, had a hit with her song ‘Angel Baby’. Sadly Rosie passed last month, but we paid tribute to as Rosie & The Originals was with their haunting and enduring hit. Big thanks also went to our good pal Matt The Cat for his excellent profile of Jimmy Liggins on his Juke In The Back Show this week. So, we couldn’t resist including Jimmy’s take on ‘Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man’.

Then, just when we thought things couldn’t get more frenetic, Mrs TC arrived with bottles of pink fizz and some spicy nibbles, puts them down and promptly joined Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes in some wild gyrations. Meanwhile, almost unnoticed, we turn the Cruise Mobile for home and arrived back under cover of The Fabulous Silver tones with their 1960 West Coast 45 ‘Hey Sally Mae’.

So, our 300th musical adventure was over, but the party spirit was guaranteed to carry on awhile here, but rest assured we’ll be back same time same place next week, when we?l roll 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 4 April 2017


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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling with a very tasty slice of the best of the blues. This week’s selection goes to confirm that there’s plenty of great new blues releases coming along some very fine gigs in prospect, but we haven’t forgotten our roots . . . as will be revealed in our playlist.

We kicked off with two guitarists who have been members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreaker . . . Coco Montoya with a track from his new album ‘Hard Truth’ and birthday boy Eric Clapton with that much covered Bobby Bland number ‘Further On Up The Road’. Some time back, Eric Clapton’s band included the great Albert Lee, who was on our giglist this week and delivering an excellent show. His anecdotes included a story about his time with Eric and a reminder of his time as a member of Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds and their version of ‘Stormy Monday’

We showed off some contrasts in the blues with the urban swagger of Bernard Allison’s version of his daddy’s song ‘Bad Love’, the rural feel of The Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s latest album ‘Front Porch Sessions’ and the jazzy, late night blues of Delbert McClinton’s calling ‘Pulling The Strings’ and from the very current to a 50s release by Lowell Fulson whose birthday it was this past week.

Further On Up The Road
I Want To Shout About It – Coco Montoya (Hard Truth – 2017)
Further On Up The Road – Eric Clapton (Crossroads 2 – 1996)
Stormy Monday – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds (Sue single – 1965)
Bad Love – Bernard Allison (Times Are Changing – 1998)
We Deserve A Happy Ending – Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Front Porch Sessions – 2017)
Pulling The Strings – Delbert McClinton (Pick of The Litter – 2017)
Don’t Leave Me Baby – Lowell Fulson (Rockin’ The Jukes – 1998)

Pinetop’s Pick
No More Doggin’ – James Cotton (Blues Shuffle – 2015)

All Around The World
Delta Lowdown – Elvin Bishop (Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – 2017)
All Around The World – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (TajMo – 2017)
See See Baby – Joe Bonamassa (Live at The Greek Theatre – 2016)
The Honeydripper – Roosevelt Sykes (Roosevelt Sykes Vol.8 – 2005)
Who Are You Listening To – Matt Andersen (Honest Man – 2017)
Don’t Know What It Means – The Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live from The Fox, Oakland – 2017)

Elvin Bishop was back with a nice instrumental, ‘Delta Lowdown’, from his latest album Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio and there was another taster from the forthcoming album by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo with ‘All Around The World’.

From Joe Bonamassa’s welcome return with ‘See See Baby’ . . . an old Freddie King favourite . . . we dipped back into the archives for something from pianist Roosevelt Sykes and the number that gave him his nickname and a hit, ‘The Honeydripper’.

A new release by Matt Andersen is always likely to gain some attention here and his latest single ‘Who Are You Listening To ‘ made a good addition to our playlist, which we finished with a seven minute opus from The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s album ‘Live at The Fox, Oakland’. Then it was all over, barely time to say our farewells and hope to meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 4 April 2017