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Dynamite . . .

Posted: June 28, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, mid summer’s day came and went with no discernible dreams of anything in particular . . . . so much for our quest for a little escapism. But, for those seeking sanctuary from all the current petty political posturing, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile with nothing short of precision timing, along with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

This week’s playlist came together in rather piecemeal fashion, but Dave Bartholomew’s ‘The Monkey Speaks His Mind’ was an early choice and it came with a big thanks to Cruising #3006bThom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox for suggesting it . . . . displaying, as Thom says, wit and wisdom in its lyrics and a driving one chord melody. Another well known name from New Orleans crept into our choices, in the form of Dr John, offering another sly view on the mysteries of life, with his ‘How Come My Dog Don’t Bark (When You Come Around)’. Demonstrating our affection for tenuous links, we followed Dr John with Doc Pomus, who wrote a few songs with Dr John and if he’d stuck around it would have been Doc Pomus’s birthday this week so it seemed appropriate to play one of his . . . and we chose ‘Give It Up’.

Texas also got well represented, with our Girls & Guitars focus on Carolyn Wonderland and then The Nightcaps, a Texas band that was pretty influential in their day and our good pal Wendel Williams pointed us to their 1960 Vandan 45 ‘Thunderbird’ . . . along with an article about how the band lost the rights to this original number by them when it got covered by another Top Texas band. But, before any of that, we kicked off down the road with The Tube City Kings and their take on an old favorite, ‘Rib Joint’ . . .

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Rib Joint – The Tube City Dukes
St Loo – The Night Riders
Help Each Other Romance – The Drifters with Ben E King & Lavern Baker
Fun On A Saturday Night – Willie Headen
Don’t Try – The Tangiers
Thunderbird – The Nightcaps
Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Geraint Watkins & The Dominators
Gone Too Long – Mike Berry & The Outlaws
The Girl Can’t Help It – Billy Bremner & The Refreshments
Dynamite – Cliff Richard
Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good – Cuddly Dudley

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Swamp – Carolyn Wonderland

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The Monkey Speaks His Mind – Dave Bartholomew
How Come My Dog Don’t Bark (When You Come Around) – Dr John
Give It Up – Doc Pomus
Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) – The Monitors
Ice – The Penguins
Big Blon Baby – Larry Page & the Saga Satellites
Wanna Jean – Henry Shead Sr

Well, our rummaging in the Cruising Library this Doc Pomusweek turned up a few worthy of UK contributions to the music we love here, including the great Geraint Watkins & The Dominators, Mike Berry & The Outlaws with ‘Gone Too Long’, Billy Bremner & The Refreshments, Larry Page & the Saga Satellites and a couple of ‘names’ who appeared on Jack Good’s ground breaking TV show ‘Oh Boy’, Cliff Richard and Cuddly Dudley . . . . who was probably the first black UK rock & roller on TV.

Our Doo Wop Stop featured The Penguins with an uptempo number that followed a Motown group . . . and if you didn’t think Motown did doo wop, then our choice from The Monitors will change all that!

We knew that time was running out, so we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and taking us all the way home was a little Fernwood 45 from singer and actor Henry Shead Sr . . . possibly not the catchiest name to appear on a record label, but well worth picking up if you come across a copy, especially if it’s ‘Wanna Jean’. Then, we were parking up the Cruise Mobile and waving a cheery farewell, ever hopeful that we’ll meet 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 28 June 2017

Moving on . . .

Posted: June 26, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and we’re back with an armful of great blues . . . some old, some new, and some forgotten . . . but definitely all blues. Among the treats were new releases from Clare Free’s album ‘Be Who You Are’, King King’s new single’‘(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’, together with Katie Bradley & Chris Corcoran’s ‘C’est La Vie’.

One of the notable new releases came from Bobby G, who waited until his 73rd year to make his debut album, ‘Still Standing’, then there was Carolyn Wonderland and her new album’s titled ‘Moon Goes Missing’, plus Buddy Guy’s new single ‘Sick With Love’.

If you’re a regular listener to the show, you’re sure to have heard some tracks here before from Marc Stone and his album ‘Live In Europe’, but it was his affection for the music of Freddie King that attracted us to Marc’s duet with Christof Waibel on ‘Love Her With A Feeling’ . . .

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I Won’t Lie – Clare Free (Be Who You Are – 2010)
(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ – King KIng (Exile & Grace – 2017)
A Good Time With The Blues – The Phantom Blues Band (Inside Out – 2012)
Love Her With A Feeling – The Marc Stone Duo (Live at Wirtschaft, Dornbim, Austria – 2013)
C’est La Vie – Katie Bradley and Chris Corcoran (C’est La Vie – 2017)
Movin’ On – Bobby G & Curtis Grant & The Midnight Rockers (Still Standing – 2017)

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Sick With Love – Buddy Guy (Sick With Love – 2017)
Tell Me How About It – Sleepy John Estes (Legendary Country Blues Artists – 2007)
When It Don’t Come Easy – Vanessa Collier (Meeting My Shadow – 2017)
Cookies Gonna Kill Me – Big Daddy Wilson (Neckbone Stew – 2017)
Around Midnight – Si Cranstoun (Old School – 2017)
Everything Means Nothing – Karen Lovely (Fish Outta Water – 2017)
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For the fans of scratchy blues, we dug out Sleepy John Estes’, ‘Tell Me How About It’, but for the ‘gig-goers’, we had a pre-view of the forthcoming 2017 Blues Caravan with Vanessa Collier, Big Daddy Wilson and Si Cranstoun, who bring together a fascinating variety of styles, as our choices showed.

Then, Carolyn Wonderland’s new album, ‘Moon Goes Missing’, delivered a particular favourite track ‘ Every Time You Go’ . . . . which, sadly, brought us the end of this week’s show. So, it’s time to collect up the records and CDs, wave you a cheery farewell and head for the door, but not before wishing you a great week ahead and hoping we’ll meet together again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then, . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 25 June 2017

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Well, as we prepared for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, the temperatures around the Grand Duchy soared and we were grateful for the inviting environs of the Cruising Library, which offered a few degrees of relief and endless rummaging opportunities. So, we put our time to good use and emerged with an armful of treats for our playlist, plus a few suggestions from some friendly faces, like Matt The Cat with a gem by 50s vocal group The Royals, The Shake with something from New Orleans own Bruce Cloud, Jamie Dell’Apa with Bobby Darin’s ‘Mighty Mighty Man’, thencruising-3001 Cruising Crew members Pete & Diane for spotting a doo wop track playing on a restaurant sound system by Pennsylvania group, The Dreamlovers.

This week’s choices were peppered with reminders of an excellent gig by Mike Sanchez & his excellent band, who gave us a rocking good time at London’s famous 100 Club this week. The evening was full of great R&B numbers which had the crowd stomping and cheering and the the dancers looking even more dangerous than The Cruisettes. But, we kicked off the show with Ernie Freeman and his 1958 Imperial 45 ‘Jamboree’ . . .

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Jamboree – Ernie Freeman
Mighty Mighty Man – Bobby Darin
Highway 60 – Mike Sanchez & His Band
All Night Long – The Royals
Staring Down The Barrel Of The Blues – Tommy Dardar
Lucky Is My Name – Bruce Cloud
Yama Yama (Pretty Mama) – Mike Sanchez
Safronia B – Calvin Boze
Fever – Trini Lopez
All Shook Up – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples

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Winds of Change – Debbie Bond

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Silk Satin & Lace – Ray Scott
Cricket Champions – Lord Kitchener
When We Get Married – The Dreamlovers
Wow Wow Wee – The Angels
I Know – Lulu Reed
Everybody’s Got A Buick – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Forty Cups of Coffee – Bill Haley & His Comets
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This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on American blues singer and guitarist, Debbie Bond. She’s out on tour now promoting her new single called ‘Winds of Change’ . . . which just happened the our choice this time round.

Long time members of the Cruising Crew will know that I have a soft spot for some big band calypso, especially by Lord Kitchener, who was one of those to leave the Caribbean to settle in the UK and he brought with him his enthusiasm for cricket, which was demonstrated well on our choice, ‘Cricket Champions’.

Long before we were ready, Mr Merlot was raising his eyebrows and nodding towards the clock, so we reluctantly, turned the Cruise Mobile for home with Bill Haley and ‘Forty Cups Of Coffee’ and then a familiar title, ‘Rock Around The Clock’, but probably not the version we played by New Orleans own Li’l Millett.

Then we were home safe and sound, the Cruise Mobile’s parked up and polished, all ready for next week when we hope you’ll join us again to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 21 June 2017

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Well, a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling, which we started with a big pile of great tracks to play and, sadly, we never got to fit them all into our hour together. So, there’s already good stuff lined up for next week. But, with great enthusiasm, we kicked off this week’s show with Sean Webster, who was on our giglist recently, doing a stunning set that featured many of the tracks from his new album ‘Leave Your Heart At The Door’. We also caught up with The John Doe Trio on a local gig, where they did a superb set that got enthusiastic applause for numbers you can find on their latest album ‘Stranger’.

There were plenty of new releases for our playlist this week, including The Gordon Meier Blues Experience, whose ‘Magic Kingdom’ album shows off some good examples of Gordon’s big influences . . . Freddie King and Magic Slim. Micki Free was back with a track titled ‘Mojo Black Coffee’ from his latest album ‘Tattoo Burn’. Debbie Bond made a welcome return with a new single, ‘Winds of Change’, to coincide with the start her latest UK tour, and another lady of the blues, Karen Lovely, arrived with her fourth studio album “Fish Outta Water”, featuring a real mix of song styles, including blues, roots, soul, and a little Americana. . . . as a sample, we played ‘Nice & Easy’ . . . and it was!
 
For the fans of scratchy blues, we dug out ‘Stack O’Dollars Blues’ by St. Louis blues singer and guitarist, Charley Jordan. It was one of the tracks he recorded for Vocalion and Decca Records between 1930 and 1937, while he was supplementing his musical career working a bootlegger!

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Give Me The Truth – Sean Webster (Leave Your Heart At The Door – 2017)
Just Keep Ridin’ – The Gordon Meier Blues Experience (Magic Kingdom – 2017)
That’s What The Blues Is All About – Albert King (Stax Classics – 2017)
Crosscut Saw – Otis Rush (Tops – 1988)
She Just Wants To Dance – Keb Mo (Keb Mo – 1994)
Stack O’Dollars Blues – Charley Jordan (The No.1 Blues Album Ever -2012)
Mojo Black Coffee – Micki Free (Tattoo Burn – 2017)

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Mama Talk To Your Daughter – Doc K’s Blues Band

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Love Is A Lie – Beth Hart (Fire On The Floor – 2016)
Teasing Little Woman – John Doe Trio (Stranger – 2016)
My Baby’s Hot – Rick Vito (Rattlesnake Shake – 2007)
Nice & Easy – Karen Lovely (Fish Outta Water – 2017)
Winds of Change – Debbie Bond (Winds of Change – 2017)
Hands Off – Rory Gallagher (Old Grey Whistle Test Blues – 2011)

It’s a treat to see Albert King’s legacy being kept alive with the release of a collection of Karen-Lovely-Fish-Outta-Water-2017his ‘Stax Classics’, appropriately called ‘Stax Classics’ and featuring some of Albert’s best known numbers, along with some other fine choices from his time with Stax, like our choice, ‘That’s What The Blues Is All About’. Of course, Albert’s version of ‘Crosscut Saw’ is on that album too and it’s a song that been much covered over the years, even before Albert cut it. A particular favorite is the version by fellow left hander, the legendary Otis Rush, so we found that too.

Beth Hart is just starting her tour of Europe and America which will round off with UK dates in October & November, so a good chance to see her live, if you’ve not seen on stage before and, as an incentive, we played ‘Love Is A Lie’ from her album ‘Fire On the Floor’. Now, the new album by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo is excellent stuff, but it’s in danger of being overplayed here, so I thought we might give it a friendly nudge with an early track from Keb Mo, ‘She Just Wants To Dance’.

Well, we heard some nice slide guitar work from Rick Vito on ‘My Baby’s Hot’ and we could go on a lot longer, but we started to run out of time. So, too soon, it was time to say our fond farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. In the meantime we played out with out with something from the much missed Rory Gallagher and a number he performed for the Old Grey Whistle Test, ‘Hands Off’’ . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 June 2017

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Well, cheery greetings to one and all, especially all those seeking some temporary escape from the weirdness of everyday events . . . and there’s been plenty around lately! So, it was a temptation that we couldn’t resist to include Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Vote For Mr Rhythm’ (which might have served us well, if we had all taken her advice) and the very appropriate early number from James Brown, ‘Bewildered’.cruising-241

There have been many celebrations of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper album and it was an excuse to include a couple of unlikely tributes to the fab four, including Lonnie Donegan, whose skiffle inspired The Quarrymen, returning the compliment with a cover of a Beatles number.

But, we were not distracted (much) by current events. So, we came armed with some tasty treats from the Cruising Library and ensured that the trusty Cruise Mobile was in the right place, at the right time to enable the faithful to jump aboard and throw caution to the four winds as we set off on another Cruising with The Commissioner. Indeed, we roared off on our musical adventure in the company of Big Al T Ork and his fine interpretation of Edwin Starr’s 25 Miles, followed by a much sought after 1957 Herald 45 from Pork Chops with the re-assuring message . . . ‘Everything’s Cool’. . . . (and let’s hope they’re right) . . . .
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Twenty Five Miles – Big Al T Ork
Everything’s Cool – Pork Chops
Drive It Home – The Clovers
Vote For Mr Rhythm – Ella Fitzgerald
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Bon Scott & The Valentines
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I Just Wanna Make Love To You – Francesca De Fazi
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Bewildered – James Brown
Peanuts – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Be Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent
Snake Eyes – Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler & The Gyros
I Must Be In Love – The Rutles
You Won’t See Me – Lonnie Donegan with Chas & Dave
You Can’t Hide – Freddy King & Lulu Reed
Knock Knock – Carol Fran
Gotta Lotta That – Gene Summers
It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes – The Refreshments
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Our Girls & Guitars feature put the spotlight on James BrownItalian, Francesca De Fazi, who is a guitarist and singer with a style that has been compared by some to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She’s produced a couple of albums that include some fine blues and on this occasion, we chose a track from her 2013 album called ‘Roman Woman Blues’ and her rather good take on ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’.

Sadly, all too soon our Cruising time was almost up and we had to turn for home, which we did in the company of The Refreshments and a rocking version of Chuck Berry’s ‘It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes’. We arrived back home, parked up the Cruise Mobile and after a quick polish, we were ready to come back again next week . . . . same time, same place, 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 14 June 2017

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Well, a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of the Blues Come Calling and we opened this show with an acknowledgment that we had plenty of great blues for this week’s playlist, but possibly not enough time . . . and so it was. But, we did manage to fit in some more excellent new blues, like Steve Van Zandt with something from his new album, ‘Soulfire’, with some typical firey playing from Steve on the very appropriate choice from that album . . . is ‘Blues Is My Business’. Kenny Wayne Shepherd enthusiasts have been waiting on his new album ‘Lay It On Down’, due for release in July. So, as a taster of what’s to come, we played the opening track ‘Baby Got Gone’. Keeping up the flow of new releases were Swindon band, Barrelhouse, with a little touch of Chicago blues from their new album ‘Moonshine’.
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UK bluesman, Sean Webster, is on tour around the UK and Europe currently promoting his new album, ‘Leave You Heart At The Door’ . . . and excellent it is too, but before all that, we kicked off with Australian band Indiana Phoenix, led by Brian Cain on vocals & harp, with ‘As Long As Its Blue’ from his 2009 album, ‘Downunder’.
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As Long As Its Blue – Indiana Phoenix (Downunder Blues & Roots Vol.6 – 2009)
Blues Is My Business – Little Steven (Soulfire – 2017)
Baby Blue – Sanne Salomonsen (Baby Blue – 2017)
Bumble Bee – Dani Wilde (Live at Brighton Road – 2017)
Avalon Blues – Mississippi John Hurt (American Epic – 2017)
Baby Got Gone – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)
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Give Me Back My Wig – Luther Allison (Live in Chicago – 1999)

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Believe In Me – Clare Free (Dust & Bones – 2012)
Snatch It Back – Barrelhouse (Moonshine – 2017)
Too Much To Lose – The Kentucky Headhunters (Songs From The Grass String Ranch – 2000)
State Line Blues – Lew Jetton & 61 South (State Line Blues – 2000)
Start Again – Sean Webster (Leave Your Heart At The Door – 2017)
Hott Mott’s Theme – Vin Mott (Quit The Women For The Blues – 2017)

The ladies of the blues were well represented this week, including Danish singer Sanne Salomonsen with the title track from her first studio album for six years, ‘Baby Blue’, followed by the welcome return of our own Dani Wilde, with one the acoustic tracks on her new album ‘Live at Brighton Road’. Clare Free is another UK lady of the blues who’s back on the road gigging again after a well-earned break and picking up where she left off, reprising numbers from her ‘Dust & Bones’ album, like ‘Believe In Me’.

Now, if you’ve been watching the TV series ‘American Epic’, there’s every chance you’ll have seen a clip of Mississippi John Hurt singing a song about his home . . . ‘Avalon Blues’. So, not missing the opportunity, his record company have issued a compilation of his best known material, which made it easy to find that one.

The Kentucky Headhunters will be gigging in the UK later this year, doubtless featuring their latest album ‘On Safari’, but after a bit of rummaging in the archives we came up with a rather fine blues ballad from their delightfully titled 2000 release ‘Songs from the Grass String Ranch’. Then, picking up the pace came Lew Jetton & 61 South with a 2000 vintage track ‘State Line Blues’ and his fans will be please to hear that he’s gearing up to release a new album later this year, so we’ll watching out for that. Then, we found ourselves with barely enough time to say our fond farewells before playing out Vin Mott and his band and ‘Hott Mott’s Theme’.

So, with thanks for taking a listen to this week’s show, we wish you well and, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 11 June 2017

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Well, the sun has been around the Grand Duchy just lately to cheer the days, just when we needed some good cheer. We’ve had to vigilant about electioneering callers and ever more wistful about the halcyon days when you could vote for Bill Boaks or Screaming Lord Sutch. Back then, you could still be clear about the difference between fantasy and reality. Of course, then, there was no new series of House of Cards to blur the edges and unnerve you even more! But, rest assured, none of this distracted us from our preparations for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

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Our rummaging in the Cruising Library turned up some more forgotten gems that we dusted off and much enjoyed hearing again. There were some new additions to bring to your ears and some excellent suggestions from others to make it another eclectic mix of music to take with us, wherever the Cruise Mobile chose to go.

There was a respectful nod in the direction of Thom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox, for his little profiles of Arthur Alexander and Carl Mann, both of whom made a welcome return to our playlist this week. There was another respectful nod, this time, in the direction of Jamie Dell’Apa for bringing us The Gaylettes with a little taste of the Caribbean on that famous Trojan label and our good pal Johnny Alpha also got an honorable mention for pointing us to those early rock & roll recordings by Trini Lopez and we were easily tempted to play another! Inspired by Matt The Cat’s feature on Little Willie John, we pulled out one of his numbers that doesn’t get the plays it deserves.

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Go Bully Some Other Gal – Little Rachel & The Hogs of Rhythm
Groovin’ – Ben E King
Shake! Shake! – Jump4Joy
Mona Lisa – Carl Mann
Your Lover Man – The Fabulous Fleetones
Say Yeah – Sammy Salvo
Everyday I Have To Cry – Steve Alaimo
Go On Home Girl – Billy Swan
Anna – Arthur Alexander
New Orleans Piano – Eddie Zip
Don’t You Just Know It – C.J. ChenierArthur Alexander

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High On Your Love – Dani Wilde

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Here Comes That Feeling – The Gaylettes
Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine – Harry Gibson
Sinner Not A Saint – Trini Lopez
Love Letters In The Sand – Diz & The Doormen
I’m Sticking With You Baby – Little Willie John
Sister Jenny – Johnny Fuller
Mary – The Tick Tocks
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Our Girls & Guitars feature this week turned the spotlight on UK lady of the blues, Dani Wilde, who’s been on our giglist before now and has a new album out called ‘Live at Brighton Road’ which included our choice for the playlist . . . ‘High On Your Love’.

Now, wherever it goes, the Cruise Mobile seems to find its way rather easily to New Orleans. This week, there was some very fine New Orleans piano from Eddie Zip, a zydeco version of a Huey ‘Piano’ Smith number by C.J. Chenier & The Red-Hot Louisiana Band and the much admired Diz Watson and The Doormen doing a New Orleans flavoured version of a Pat Boone hit, just as Mr Domino might do it.

There was a particular moment of breathless enthusiasm on our cruise, when we played a great favourite by Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson. It was probably his most celebrated recording and the one that ‘killed off’ his career back in more sensitive times . . . but you’ve just got to love a song called ‘Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine’.

Our cruising adventure could have happily continued much longer, but the sands of time were running out and Mr Merlot was predictably pedantic about our timekeeping. So, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home with the help of The Tick Tocks and ‘Mary’. Then, it was all over. We we’re parking up the Cruise Mobile, giving it a quick polish so its ready for the next time we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 7 June 2017

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Well, a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from, with new releases very much in evidence. But, we are not content without our customary rummage in the archives for a few ‘seasoned’ favourites and forgotten gems.

Among the new releases on our playlist this week were Vin Mott and his band with some scorching and growling blues harp from Vin himself. There was more fine blues harp from one of the UK’s premier harp players, West Westo with something from his new album ‘West Street’. Texan Micki Free was in there too with his latest album ‘Tattoo Burn’, which has been getting plenty of attention around here lately.

The girls were ably represented by Robbin Kapsalis of Washington DC based band, Vintage #18, whose new album ‘Grit’ doesn’t fit solely into the blues genre, but our choice, ‘Diamonds Are Optional’, definitely does. There was another taster from Dani Wilde’s new album ‘Live at Brighton Road’ with some family support from Will Wide on harp and we welcomed Seattle band Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers with their third album due for release on June 21 ‘Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge’. . . where the choice was made easy for us, because one track’s called ‘When The Blues Come Calling’.

There were some nice acoustic tracks included along the way, including Shortstuff with a John Mayall original from their debut album, ‘Big Blue’. Von Johin turned up with his take on the much recorded ‘Cocaine Habit Blues’. Then, for fans of rag time numbers, there was Adam Franklin with ‘Save That Roach For Me’ (and nothing to do with Rent-a-Kill). But we kicked off with an old favourite from the weird beards themselves, ZZ Top . . .ZZ Top

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La Grande – ZZ Top (Rancho Texicano – 2004)
Freight Train – Vin Mott (Quit The Women For The Blues – 2017)
Six Feet Down In The Blues – Micki Free (Tattoo Burn – 2017)
Pimpin’ Green – Marc Stone (Trickeration & Rascality – 2010)
Sitting In The Rain – Shortstuff (Big Blue – 2017)
Hideaway – Jeff Healey (See The Light – 1988)
Diamonds Are Optional – Vintage #18 (Grit – 2017)

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You Should’ve Listen To Your Mother – Wes Weston (West Street – 2017)
Save That Roach For Me – Adam Franklin (Till I Hear You Talkin’ – 2012)
Living The Blues – Marcus Malone (Stand Or Fall – 2014)
Cocaine Habit Blues – Von Johin (Von The Revelator – 2010)
Don’t Quit Me Baby – Dani Wilde (Live at Brighton Road – 2017)
When The Blues Come Calling – Michelle D’Amour & The Love Dealers (Lost Nights at The Leopard Lounge – 2017)
Don’t Start Me Talking – Gary Moore (After Hours – 1992)
Snap – Guy Verlinde & The Houserockers (How How How – 2017)Leopard Lounge

We travelled down to New Orleans to meet guitarist, singer and local radio presenter Marc Stone, who happens to have a great new album out at the moment called Live In Europe, which we’ve played here before, but I was intrigued to find what went before that. So, a rummage in the archives produced a 7 years old album, by Marc, delightfully titled album ‘Trickeration & Rascality’. Then there was Detroit’s Marcus Malone who was on our giglist this week and delivering a stunning set too, including our choice, appropriately titled ‘Living The Blues’.

Just to prove that I do listen to your feedback and suggestions, there was something by Gary Moore in this week’s selection and his take on Sonny Boy Williamson’s  ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’. By then, we were very tight on time, so we played out with Guy Verlinde & The Houserockers with ‘Snap’, as we said our fond farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 4 June 2017