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Time to boogie . . .

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

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Well, as always, there was a bright and breezy welcome to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and with precision timing, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile at the appointed hour with the windows down, the radio turned up and a seat saved especially for you. This week we started in earnest with something to please our Ambassador to the North West Territories . . . . a little number titled ‘Coastin’ by one time Juice On The Loose band member Ron Kavana.

This week we courted a little controversy with some views that may not be shared by allCruising #3015. This was inspired by Louisiana singer and radio DJ Rod Bernard with his 1965 single ‘Recorded In England’, about the impact of UK artists on the music of the day. There’s no doubt it was heartfelt among some music folk, but for others, it was a welcome source of new recognition and royalty cheques, as the British invasion re-introduced America to its own, forgotten musical legacy.

This, in turn, encouraged a few UK choices that make the point . . . . starting with a number that was first recorded by LA duo Ray & Bob Swayne, but the song was given a new lease of life and more royalties for the writers, when it got covered as the debut single by Chris Farlowe. We also featured The Spencer Davis Group with their great cover of ‘Strong Love’, a song that was a minor success for a Texas group called The Malibus. Then, we ‘lit the blue touch paper’ with the view that Chuck Berry’s version of ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ really sounded under-produced and more like a demo. . . . which was an excuse to play the version by those four lads from Liverpool.

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Coastin’ – Ron Kavana
Time To Boogie – Jamie Oldaker’s Mad Dogs & Okies
No Use Knockin’ – The Uptown Rhythm Kings
Over & Over – John Mooney
Nashua – Allen Toussaint
Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing – Baby Dodds Trio
Recorded in England – Rod Bernard
Air Travel – Chris Farlowe
Strong Love – The Spencer Davis Group
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles

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It’s Your Voodoo Working – Eilen Jewell

I Done Done It
Chick Safari – Bill Haley
You Mean Everything To Me – Ivory Joe Hunter
The Whatchmacallit – Sam Hawkins
Every Beat Of My Heart – The Royals
Heavenly Angel – The Flamingos
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Louis Jordan
I Done Done It – The Big Town Playboys
For this week’s Girls & Guitars feature, we headed to Boise, Idaho,
which is where EilenBig Town Playboys - Hole In My Pocket Jewell, hails from. But, it was busking on the streets of Sante Fe while attending college where she began her musical career. Then, after playing on the streets of Venice Beach in LA, and performing at local music clubs in Massachusetts, she recorded her first album ‘Nowhere in Time’ in 2005. She has a new album due for release in a few weeks, called ‘Down Hearted Blues’, which includes her interpretation of ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’.

There were a few mentions this week, starting with a nod in the direction of Marc Stone for his pointer to the new album by John Mooney ‘Truth of The Matter’. We followed his fine example with John Mooney’s track ‘Over & Over’. Then, we offered grateful thanks to Jamie Dell’Apa for pointing us to a rocking little number from Allen Toussaint, ‘Nashua’. Neil Pellegrin got an honorable mention for pointing us to Sam Hawkins with ‘The Whatchmacallit’.

This week’s ‘Doo Wop Stop’ started with a Johnny Otis penned song, originally recorded in 1954 by Federal record artists The Royals. They went onto become The Midnighters. Then we chose ‘Heavenly Angel’ by The Flamingos, inspired by our good pal Matt The Cat who’s done a whole feature on the group. But, before we knew it, the Cruise Mobile was taking us home in the good company of The Big Town Playboys. Then, we we’re back where we started now and looking all the better for our musical adventure. So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, gave it a quick polish and waved everyone a cheery farewell wave. . . . ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 August 2017

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Well, we came back with a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and with an armful of great tracks . . . some old, some new but all very blues! As if to prove the point, we started out this show with one time 5th Dimension member, Bob Gallarza who made a welcome return with his version of ‘Hideaway’ . . . and we followed on with another classic that got released in 1962 by Harmonica Fats with his great take on ‘Talk To Your Daughter’.

The international blues connections were well represented this week with The Kokomo Kings, featuring the cream of Sweden’s and Denmark’s blues players, and some swinging Chicago style blues from their latest ‘Too Good To Stay Away’ album. Then, there was German band, Dusty Dave & Heart Attacks with their track ‘Candyman Boogie’ from their ‘One Beer Left’ album which is just released. Closer to home, we enjoyed a couple from the Emerald Isle, with Van Morrison leading off on ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’ from his time with Them, followed by Mike Brookfield, who is carrying on the very honorable tradition of great blues artists from the Emerald Isle with his new self-titled album, due for release on 22 September.

This past week, included the birthday of Arthur Big Boy Crudup and to celebrate, we pulled out his 1951 release for RCA records, ‘My Baby Left Me’, which proved to be one of the influences on an early Elvis Presley.

Hideaway – Bob Gallarza (Body & Soul – 1994)
Talk To Your Daughter – Harmonica Fats (Darcy 45 – 1962)
She’s Stealin’ Candy – The Kokomo Kings (Too Good To Stay Away From – 2017)
My Baby Left Me – Arthur Big Boy Crudup (Rock Me Mama – 2003)
We’re All In This Together – Walter Trout (featuring Joe Bonamassa) (We’re All In This Together – 2017)
Candyman Boogie – Dusty Dave & The Heart Attacks (One Beer Left – 2017)
Vintage Man – Savoy Brown (Witchy Feelin’ – 2017)
Texas Stomp – Bob Hall (No.29 – 2007)

Pinetop’s Pick
Mercedes Benz – Taj Mahal (Blue Light Boogie – 1999)

I’m Ready
Bourbon Street – Bex Marshall (House of Mercy – 2012)
Ain’t No Love In the Heart Of the City – Bobby Blue Bland (Dreamer – 1974)
Don’t Lose Your Way – Laura Rain & The Caesars (Walk With Me – 2017)
I’m Your Witchdoctor – Them (Halloween’s Gravest Hits – 1967)
Don’t Close The Gates – Mike Brookfield (Brookfield – 2017)
I’m Ready – Benny Turner (My Brother’s Blues – 2017)

Well from Arthur Big Boy Crudup 1951 recording there . . .we’re jumping forward some 66 years for something, we’ve been waiting a while for . . . . this is another taster from the new album by Walter Trout due out in early September . . . . and with some big name collaborations, including Joe Bonamassa on the title track here ‘We All In This Together’

Well, if you were at London’s famous 100 club this past week . . . there’s a chance that you were there for Bex Marshall’s gig and if you missed it,
then we had a taste of what you missed with a particular favorite here . . . her number, ‘Bourbon Street’.

Now, every once in while you can be surprised at where you find the blues and the latest Samuel L Jackson film is a case in point. Amidst all the noise and action, the film as a brief moment of calm, when you get to hear just a little of Bobby Bland’s ‘Ain’t No Love In the Heart Of The City’ . . . so we played it all! Another unusual sources was the new album ‘Walk With Me’ by Detroit band Laura Rain and the Caesars, which is mainly funky soul and r&b, but it does include a couple of bluesy numbers, one which is ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’, which we played.

The name Kim Simmons will bring back memories for those who were around the UK blues scene back in the 60s. Kim is still out there leading Savoy Brown and still going strong, as witnessed by the latest release by Savoy Brown ‘Witchy Feelin’, from which we chose ‘Vintage Man’. The same blues fans will also know the much revered UK pianoman, Bob Hall, who has played with many of the great UK blues names, like Alexis Korner, Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. He was on our playlist with a little taste of Big Maceo’s, ‘Texas Stomp’.

Although time was running out, we were determined to fit in another something from Benny Turner new album called ‘My Brother’s Blues’, his celebration of the music of his brother Freddie King, where Benny covers Freddie’s cover of the blues classic ‘I’m Ready’. Then we were all out of time, so with a bluesy wave farewell, we were looking forward to the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!
Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 27 August 2017

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Well, just a little too early, there’s an Autumnal feel around the Grand Duchy, but we hope for the return a little late summer sunshine. The trusty Cruise Mobile has it’s summer tyres fitted and we’re not minded to change them for a long while yet. So, as the day’s hint of sunshine disappeared, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile at the appointed time with our customary seat saved especially for you, ready for another musical adventure to ‘who knows where’ with ‘you know who’.Cruising #3013

To the ‘seasoned’ Cruising Crew member that means only one thing, it’s time to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . .and we kicked off down the road with Paul Williams & His Orchestra, featuring Noble ‘Thin Man’ Watts and their aptly named number ‘Thin Man’. Then, we were getting us up to full cruising speed with The Downbeats (a.k.a. The Elgins) with ‘Request Of A Fool’.

There were some ‘shout outs’ this week for some friendly faces who had pointed us to a few ‘tasty treats’, including our good pal The Shake, because some time back he played a 45 by The Raelettes, which sent us scurrying into the Cruising Library to see if it was there . . . . and it wasn’t . . . . so after a minor commercial venture, our cheery postman delivered their 1970 Tangerine 45 ‘Keep It To Yourself’ . . . and to prove it, we played it on this week’s show. Jamie Dell’Apa also got an honorable mention, as a fan of Washington DC band, The Slickee Boys, whose first vocalist, Martha Hull, turned up here in her own right with a hard to find 45 (until Ripsaw records re-released it) ‘Feelin’ Right Tonight’. Another choice was inspired by Thom Hickey’s Immortal Jukebox, which is where you can find the story behind Johnny Rivers’ hit, ‘Poor Side Of Town’. Some time ago, our Ambassador To The Islands suggested a funky little dance number by Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. So, we took the opportunity to play it especially for her and our good pal Buddy.

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The Thin Man – Paul Williams & His Orchestra
Request Of A Fool – The Downbeats
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall
Just Because – Lloyd Price
Oooh Wow – Roy Montrell
Jerry Jerry – The Million Dollar Tones
The Girl That Radiates That Charm – Arthur Alexander
Keep It To Yourself – The Raelettes
Handy Andy – The Five Keys
Feelin’ Right Tonight – Martha Hull

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The Thrill Is Gone – Rita Chiarelli

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Hot Rhythm, Blue Love – Carl Sonny Leyland
Talk To Me – Jean Du Shon
So Why – The Bop-Chords
Poor Side Of Town – Johnny Rivers
Ya Herd Me – Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
I Could Love You – The 5 Royales
I’ll Mess You Up – The Cliques
This week was time to deliver on a few promises, Carl Sonny Leylandfirstly, the song ‘Ooh Wow’, which we’ve played recently by two other artists and we promised to play the original by Roy Montrell . . . which is just what we did. Then, we pointed the Cruise Mobile for  Alabama, the home of the great Arthur Alexander, because we promise to play the original of Arthur’s classic ‘The Girl That Radiates That Charm’ . . . and a promise is a promise!

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature brought something from Canadian singer and guitarist, Rita Chiarelli. She began performing in Ronnie Hawkins band back in the early 80s and went on to develop a successful solo career, which has produced a string of very fine albums, such her 2011 album ‘No One To Blame’, which is where we found her very fine version of ‘The Thrill Is Gone’.

This week’s choices for our doo wop stop, brought together a very fine version of ‘Talk To Me’, a song we know well by Little Willie John and Sunny & The Sunliners, and our choice came from R&B singer and actress Jean Du Shon. We followed that with a little 1957 uptempo Holiday 45 from Harlem’s Bop-Chords, whose brief career produced some great sides, which finished with a flourish, with their last recording (and our choice) ‘So Why’.

Then, while Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes were dancing the night away to The 5 Royales, we stealthily turned the Cruise Mobile for home and The Cliques got us home safe sound with their 1956 Modern recording of ‘I’ll Mess You Up’. We parked up the Cruise Mobile, gave a quick polish and gave everyone a cheery farewell wave. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 August 2017

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Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and we came back with so many great tracks, we were sure we could not to fit them all in . . . and we were right . . . but, at least we tried! We certainly started with enthusiasm, because the new releases have been piling up here and along with the details of upcoming tours, it all signals great times for late summer and early Autumn.

Off the top of the pile of new releases came Scott Ellison’s album ‘Good Morning Midnight’ . . . . with possibly my favorite song titled, ‘Another Day In Paradise’. Lew Jetton & 61 South were back with their new album ‘Palestine Blues’, full of great tracks, including our choice ‘Sold Us Out’.

The blues aficionados will know Benny Turner as a member of Freddie King’s touring Lew Jettonband and his brother. So, with a tip of the hat to Freddie, Benny’s new album is suitably titled ‘My Brother’s Blues’ and features some notable numbers from Freddie’s catalogue with a band that includes New Orleans piano man Joe Krown and some tasty lead guitar work from guitarist June Yamagishi. Around New Orleans, guitarist and singer Marc Stone is often on stage with Benny, as well as John Mooney . . . . who happens to have a new album coming out, titled ‘Truth Of The Matter’ and it got a preview here this week. Now, Marc Stone has his own album out and chose the single taken from the album ‘Digitized’.

Another Day In Paradise
Another Day In Paradise – Scott Ellison (Good Morning Midnight – 2017)
Sold Us Out – Lew Jetton & 61 South (Palestine Blues – 2017)Benny Turner
How Can You Have The Blues – Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom Dorsey
You Got To Love Her With A Feeling – Benny Turner (My Brother’s Blues – 2017)
Deal With Love – John Mooney (Truth Of The Matter – 2017)
Digitized – Marc Stone (Live In Europe – 2017)
Eyesight To The Blind – Steve Bailey & The Blue Flames (Hop On Board – 1998)

Pinetop’s Pick
Satisfaction – Buddy Guy (The Best of Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – 2010)

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Waiting For The Train – Johnny Rawls (Waiting For The Train – 2017)
Steady Rollin’ Man – George Thorogood (Party of One – 2017)
It’s Hot In Here – Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Groovin’ In Greaseland – 2017)
Cafe Jura – John P. Taylor (Realtime – 2017)
Fred’s Dollar Store – Super Chickan (Chickadelic – 2009)
Play To Win – Mindi Abair (East West Sessions – 2017)
Sidetracked – Debbie Davies (Picture This – 1993)

The scratchy blues fans might have be inspired to continue speculating on the identity of Kansas City Rick-Estrin-Groovin-in-Greaseland-cd-coverKitty, after we played ‘How Can You Have The Blues’ by Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom Dorsey. George Thorogood made a welcome return with another scratchy classic, Robert Johnson’s ‘ Steady Rollin’ Man’ and, those who think of ‘Eyesight To The Blind’ as a scratchy blues number, might have been pleasantly surprised by Steve Bailey & The Blue Flames with their excellent version from their 1998 album ‘Hop On Board’.

Now, if your taste in blues includes soulful, moody ballads, then you’re sure to have enjoyed our taster from the forthcoming release by Mississippi’s own Johnny Rawls. We played the album’s title track, ‘Waiting For The Train’ which gets released in mid September. If you enjoy some fine blues harp, then Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will have been a joy with ‘It’s Hot In Here’ from their latest album ‘Groovin’ In Greaseland’.

North Yorkshire’s blues credentials were ably promoted by John P Taylor , who’s returning to the road to promote his latest album ‘Realtime’, with some great Americana based rootsy blues, like the seductive little number we chose, called ‘Cafe Jura’. Delta Bluesman, Super Chikan, is also on the road from Clarksdale to Hitchin, in Hertfordshire for just a one night gig . So, if you’re in the area, put the 31st August on your giglist and check out the details on line.

Time was not our friend this week, because all too soon the sands of time were running low. So, we closed the show with two ladies of the blues. Firstly, sax player and vocalist, Mindi Abair, who has played with an impressive list of great names and took a break from touring recently to go into the studio with her band The Boneshakers to record their latest album, ‘EastWest Sessions’, which provided our choice, ‘Play To Win’. Then, we had the happy return of Debbie Davies and her take on ‘Sidetracked’. Then, it was time to say our farewells. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 20 August 2017

Oooh wow . . . !

Posted: August 16, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, if the news this week brought little comfort and joy, we were determined to bring and smile and raise the spirits with this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. As it happens, there’s been plenty of good reason to be cheerful too. The overloaded pending tray offered up some juicy gems for our playlist and there were some excellent choices suggested by a few friendly faces out there. So, we came suitably geared up for another dash across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . just how we like it!

This week, we got rolling down the road with The Upsetters,Cruising #3011 the backing band for Little Richard and Otis Redding and a little number of their own, ‘Hot Peppers’. The Upsetters turned up again then behind Lester Robertson with their 1958 Montel 45 ‘Take It Home To Grandma’. There were a couple of real treats on the UK Sue Record label with ‘Just Don’t Care’ by Screaming Jay Hawkins and something that Jamie Dell’Apa pointed us to, Bobby Hendricks & The Flyers with their 1956 release, ‘On Bended Knee’.

We risked some relationships this week, with some playlist choices. We played Eddie Cooley & The Dimples with their version of ‘All Shook Up’ (which wouldn’t have best pleased Gladys Presley), we found a re-issue copy of Mary Ann Fisher’s number ‘Put On My Shoes’ (which won’t have pleased some of the fundamentalist record collectors) and we may have caused our Ambassador to The Islands to raise a quizzical eyebrow with our choice of The Blues Beatles with their take on the Fab Four’s, ‘The Word’.

In contrast, we may have ingratiated ourselves with The Vikster, who will have appreciated The Shields with their interpretation of ‘Nature Boy’, but we tried (and failed) to Mrs TC to get swing by with refreshments and provender, when we played a great Arthur Alexander song by Simply Red front man, Mick Hucknell . . . . and Mrs TC is a big fan of Mr Hucknell too!

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Hot Peppers – The Upsetters
Take It On Home To Grandma – Lester Robertson & His Band
Just Don’t Care – Screaming Jay Hawkins
On Bended Knee – Bobby Hendricks & The Flyers
All Shook Up – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples
Put On My Shoes – Mary Ann Fisher
Nature Boy – The Shields
Oooh Wow – The Uptown Rhythm Kings
The Girl That Radiates That Charm – Mick Hucknell
The Third Man Theme – The Granville Williams Orchestra

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I’ll Come Running Over – Samantha Fish

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Cry On My Shoulder – Phil Flowers
The Word – The Blues Beatles
I’ll Always Be With You – Dean & Jean
Shoo Be Doo Be (Now That You’re Gone) – Priscilla Page & Rony Darrell
Kiss Me – Marvin & Johnny
Someday Bye & Bye – The Spiders
Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – R&B Bombersrbbombers

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on guitarist and singer Samantha Fish. She’s a native of Kansas City, Missouri and she’s on tour currently promoting her new album ‘Chills & Fever’, which gave us our choice of track, ‘I’ll Come Running Over’.

The first choice on this week’s ‘Doo Wop Stop’ was a number that appeared in 1966 on the small Topper label (which only ever issued 6 singles). One of these was the wonderful ‘Shoo Be Doo Be (Now That You’re Gone)’ by Priscilla Page and Rony Darrell. Then, we caught up with Marvin & Johnny’s 1954 Modern records release, ‘Kiss Me’, which, on this occasion featured Emory Perry as one of the many voices of ‘Johnny’.

Now, Roy Montrell got a few mentions along the way, not because we played him, but because we played a couple of his numbers. First up was his number ‘Oooh Wow’, which we played recently by Lily Moe & The Barnyard Stompers and we found another version, this time by Washington DC band, The Uptown Rhythm Kings, led by Eric ‘Shoutin’ Sheridan. Then, after plenty of road work by the Cruise Mobile, we headed for home with Californian band the R&B Bombers and Mr Montrel’s classic ‘Everytime I Hear That Mellow Saxophone’.

So, despite the mischief and mayhem, we arrived back home, safe and sound, parked up the Cruise Mobile anf gave it a quick polish, ready for our next musical adventure together. Then, ever hopeful that you enjoyed this week’s cruise sufficiently to be enticed back next week, we gave a cheery wave and heading 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 16 August 2017

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Well the bluesiest of welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and don’t think we haven’t been busy since we met last, because there have been plenty of new blues releases heading our way and some past favourites we’ve pulled out of the blues library. Wasting no time, we got off to a good start with the much respected, Don Preston, with his take on ‘Boogie Woogie Woman’.

Now this week, the joy of getting a preview copy of the new album by King King was tempered by the news of Alan Nimmo’s ill health. So we wished him well and enjoyed ‘I Don’t Wanna Lie’, a favorite from their new album, ‘Exile & Grace’. Also among the new blues albums, the latest by The Altered Five Blues Band has been heard a lot around here this past week and we shared one the tracks that has been a particular joy here, ‘Mint Condition’. The new album by Antry, ‘Devil Don’t Care’, gave us another great track this week, ‘Sending Me Angels’ and for those who know George Thorogood’s new acoustic George Thorogoodblues album, ‘Party Of One’ may come as a surprise to some, as with our choice of his acoustic version of ‘Born With The Blues’.

Thanks go out to Neil Pelligrin for pointing us to the title track of Wallace Johnson’s very fine 1996 album ‘Whoever’s Thrilling You (Is Killing Me)’. More thanks are due to our regular guest here Arfa Pinetop, who heard Joshua Jacobson’s version of ‘Good Little Thing’ and suggested we might take a listen to by Blind Willie McTell’s earlier recording, which just happens to have popped up again on a very recent compilation called ‘Campus Blues’.

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Boogie Woogie Woman – Don Preston (Sacre Blues – 1997)
Mint Condition – Altered Five Blues Band (Charmed & Dangerous – 2017)
Whoever’s Thrilling You (Is Killing Me ) – Wallace Johnson
I Don’t Wanna Lie – King King (Exile & Grace – 2017)
Good Little Thing – Blind Willie McTell (Campus Blues – 2017)
Sending Me Angels – Antry (Devil Don’t Care – 2017)
Born With The Blues – George Thorogood (Party Of One – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
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All Around The World – The Jackson Four (Kool Kats – 2017)
Let Me Hear You Scream – Elles Bailey (Wildfire – 2017)
V8 Ford – Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges (Hold On A Little Bit Longer – 2015)
Having A Real Good Time – JFK Blue (Rough Round The Edges – 2017)
Hit Twice – Halley DeVestern Band (Keep On Playin’ – 2017)
Pontiac Blues – The Jelly Roll Men (Jelly Roll Shuffle -2017)
The Stumble – Bob Gallarza (With Pride & Passion – 2003)

Well, we’ve never played anything here by The Jackson Five, but we have played The The Jackson Four - Kool KatsJackson Four and we did again this week with their take on ‘All Around The World’ from their new release ‘Kool Kats’, which has a mix of the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans together with some swingin’ blues/jazz. If you haven’t yet caught up with the latest album ‘Rough Around The Edges’ by five piece London band JFK Blue, we remedied that with their ‘Having A Real Good Time’ . . . and we did!

Now we got a good response to the track by Elles Bailey on last week’s show, so it seemed like a good idea to play another from her latest ‘Wildfire’ album . . . this time it was ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’. We also featured another of the ‘ladies of the blues’, with the welcome return of The Halley DeVestern Band with something from their latest album ‘Keep On Playin’ . . . ‘Hit Twice’.

We had a little ‘car fest’ with Eugene Hideaway Bridges’ self penned number ‘V8 Ford’ and The Jelly Roll Men with ‘Pontiac Blues’ from their current album ‘Jelly Roll Shuffle’. Then it was time to say our farewells and we played out with Bob Gallarza’s fine take on that Freddy King favorite ‘The Stumble’. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 13 August 2017

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Well, this week the weather may have been unpredictable around the Grand Duchy, but with our customary precision, we rolled by in the trusty Cruise Mobile at the appointed time and place to offer the warmest of welcomes to one and all and an enthusiastic invitation to jump aboard for another musical adventure that we continue to call . . . Cruising with The Commissioner. Then, barely waiting for you to sit back in the seat saved especially for you, we launched into ‘All Night Diner’ by Santo & Johnny and followed fast with The Cadillacs, and their 1957 take on a Chuck Willis song ‘Sugar Sugar’ . . . . with not an Archie to be seen anywhere.

Certain members of the Cruising Crew may have spotted Mike Robinson’s 1960 Vibro 45Cruising #3012b ‘Lula’ as something that’s frequently on the setlist of UK R&B band leader, Mike Sanchez and his band. So, it was a good excuse to play another favorite by Mike ‘Babes & Buicks’. Another UK name who’s been promoting the 50s R&B sounds that we like here is Diz Watson and back in 1983 when Dr John was on a UK tour, he recorded a live album in London with some UK musicians . . . and surprise, surprise, those musicians were the much esteemed Diz & The Doormen. That album is a bit of a collectors item, but it finally arrived in the Cruising Library and we shared a track on this week’s Cruising playlist.

Now, there were a few ‘thank you’s’ this week, including Neil Pelligrin for suggesting a rarely heard number by Bobby Charles called ‘Mr Moon’. Our good pals Larry Grogan and Wendel Williams both got a shout out for helping with some background on singer and dancer, Round Robin and American TV show where he appeared, ‘The Lloyd Thaxton Show’. For those with unrestrained rhythmic tendencies, we invited them to have their dance step chart laid out on the floor to join Round Robin and ‘Do The Slauson’.

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All Night Diner – Santo & Johnny
Sugar Sugar – The Cadillacs
Lula – Mike Robinson
Babes & Buicks – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr John
Come On Let’s Go – Chuck Dallis
Bulmoose – Bobby Darin
Mr Moon – Bobby Charles
Do The Slauson – Round Robin

Girls & Guitars
Bourbon Street – Bex MarshallBex-Marshall-The-House-of-Mercy

Jockey Full Of Bourbon – Carlos & The Bandidos
Swinging Hula Girl – The Blue Hawaiians
Hillbilly Blues – Clear Waters
I’ll Never Stand In Your Way – The Four Tophatters
Gee – The Pixies Three
My Girl Ivy – Jimmy Witherspoon & The Quintones
Yama Yama Pretty Mama – Richard Berry

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on Bex Marshall, who grew up in Devon,the-pixies-three-gee-1964 UK. She says that as a child she was given plenty of encouragement to sing and at 11 years old she got a very pleasant surprise when one of her uncles gave her a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird. To demonstrate how she put it to good use, we went back to her 2012 album ‘House of Mercy’, which is where we found our choice ‘Bourbon Street’.

Our ‘Doo Wop Stop’ included the 1956 Cadence 45 ‘I’ll Never Stand In Your Way’ by The Four Tophatters, which had been a 1953 hit for Joni James. The Tophatters version sounds like their lead vocalist may have heard Elvis’s earlier demo track of the song. We followed that with Pennsylvania girl group, The Pixies Three with their 1964  version of the Crows earlier hit ‘Gee’.

A couple more shout outs came later in the show in the direction of Jamie Dell’Apa and Matt The Cat. Jamie pointed us to a great number with a hint of Chuck Berry called ‘HillBilly Blues’. It was recorded back in the 50s for Chicago’s Atomic H records and credited to Clear Waters & His Band, which turned out to be Eddie ‘The Chief’ Clearwater. Thanks also went to Matt The Cat & his Juke In the Back Show for reminding us of rocking gem by Jimmy Witherspoon, his 1956 Atco recording with vocal group the Quintones, ‘My Girl Ivy’. Then we finished with a flourish, as Richard Berry took us all the way home with a big favorite here ‘Yama Yama Pretty Mama’. Then, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, gave it quick polish, gave everyone a cheery wave and hoped we would all meet again soon. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember. . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 9 August 2017

Juke leg boogie . . .

Posted: August 6, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well the bluesiest of welcomes to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and we’re were back with a playlist busting with new releases, some past favourites and maybe a surprise or two. Now, the blues must be in good heart, because there’s plenty of very good new releases and some classic blues albums getting re-released. So, we were spoilt for choice this week . . . as you can hear!

Getting us off to a good start was a familiar name, Trevor Sewell. He was back with something from his latest album ‘Calling Nashville’ . . . a track titled ‘You Ain’t What I’m Looking For ‘, which we followed with Ohio rock blues band, Five Horse Johnson with their eighth album, ‘Juke Leg Boogie’ and a little number called ‘Smoke Show’.

Tulsa based bluesman, Scott Ellison, firing up some sizzling blues guitar and showing off his powerful, soul-drenched voice on ‘No Man’s Land’ . . . . one of the very fine cuts on his latest album ‘Good Morning Midnight’. JW Jones came by with a preview of his up-coming album ‘High Temperature’. Then , carrying on the very honorable tradition of great blues artists from the Emerald Isle, we welcomed Mike Brookfield, who’s forthcoming new album is a great showcase for Mike’s excellent talents, demonstrated by the opening track on the album, ‘A Message For Willie Johnson’.

If a dash of country blues is what livens up your blues cocktail, then we offered more than a sip with celebrated blues duo Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee with their take on ‘Stranger Blues’. Those with a soft spot for the old Piedmont-style of blues, then you’re sure to five-horse-johnson-jake-leg-boogieenjoy Joshua Jacobson’s latest album, featuring some fine guitar-work and current day stories delivered in that authentic Piedmont style.
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You Ain’t What I’m Looking For – Trevor Sewell (Calling Nashville – 2017)
Smoke Show – Five Horse Johnson (Juke Leg Boogie – 2017)
No Man’s Land – Scott Ellison (Good Morning Midnight – 2017)
Stranger Blues – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Whoopin’ The Blues Live – 2007)
Same Mistakes – JW Jones (High Temperature – 2017)
A Message For Willie Johnson – Mike Brookfield (Brookfield – 2017)
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Pinetop’s Pick
Don’t Feel My Leg – Maria Muldaur (Louisiana Love Call – 1992)

Lie To Me 
Lie To Me – Craig Chaquico (Blind Pig Presents: California Blues – 2015)
Gonna Lose My Lady – Altered Five Blues Band (Charmed & Dangerous – 2017)
Control – Mollie Marriott (Control – 2017)
Need Your Love So Bad – Ted Taylor (Ever Wonderful – 2006)
Voodoo Woman – Louisiana Red & City Blues Connection (World On Fire – 2017)
Amos Boogie Woogie – Diz Watson (88 Special – 2013)
Shackles Of Love – Elles Bailey (Wildlife – 2017)Mollie Marriott
We returned (enthusiastically) to the excellent 2015 compilation, ‘Blind Pig Presents California Blues’ for another fine track, this time by one-time Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico with ‘Lie To Me’. Blind Pig also provided a preview of the excellent new album ‘Charmed and Dangerous’ by Milwaukee five-piece, the Altered Five Blues Band. Another new release came from a lady taking on the family musical tradition . . . . her Dad was Steve Marriott and she’s Mollie Marriott, who definitely deserves her own place in the music sunlight with her new single ‘Control’.

We got some very earthy blues from Louisiana Red & The City Blues Connection and their re-released album “World On Fire” which first appeared in1985. A big thanks goes to our regular guest Arfa Pinetop for tracking down an obscure album by the most excellent Diz Watson, who turned up on our playlist with his tribute to Amos Milburn . . . ‘Amos Boogie Woogie’. Then to close the show, we has something new from Elles Bailey’s album ‘Wildfire’. So,a big thanks for your good company this week and until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 6 August 2017

Long way . . .

Posted: August 3, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, this week has brought plenty of surprises and welcome encounters. We caught up with quite a few of the Cruising Crew, so there were friendly faces, plenty of laughs and some new additions to the Cruising Library. So, we were in good spirits as the time approached to go Cruising with The Commissioner and a big thanks goes out to those who’ve given us comments on the show recently and for the suggestions for our future playlists.

We kicked off down the Cruising #3009road this week with vocal group The Five Keys and a favorite of theirs here, ‘My Pigeon’s Gone’. To get us up to full cruising speed, we followed up with one of the great names of New Orleans 50s recordings, sax man Lee Allen and his band with ‘Hot Rod Special’. Chuck Dallis was in there too, with a 1965 Marvel 45 ‘Good Show But No Go’ and then one of the suggestions that had us rummaging in the Cruising library for New Jersey group The Four Tophatters with their 1955 Cadence 45 ‘45 Men In A Telephone Booth’.

If you remember the 60s group The Walker Brothers, then you’ll know the name Scott Engel and maybe think of him as a blue eyed soul singer. If you do, you might be surprised to hear him in an earlier, more rocky style with his 1958 Orbit 45 ‘Good For Nothing’. There was another surprise in store for fans of ‘The Prince of Darkness’, Lou Reed. We found an early recording of his under the name Lewis Reed in a doo wop mood with his 1962 Norton single ‘Your Love’ . . . and respects go to our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa for pointing us to that one. Unlike those two numbers, if you happen to know anything about Los Angeles group The Fanatics, then please get in touch, because we discovered their Skyways 45 ‘Oogly Googly Eyes’ and we want to know more about them.

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My Pigeon’s Gone – The Five Keys
Hot Rod Special – Lee Allen & His Band
It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows
Do The President Twist – Lula Reed & Freddy King
Good Show, But No Go – Chuck Dallis
45 Men In A Telephone Booth – The Four Tophatters
Oogly Googly Eyes – The Fanatics
Good For Nothing – Scott Engel
Your Love – Lewis Reed

Girls & Guitars
I Wish I Was In Memphis – Sally-Ann WhittenSally Anne Whitten

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Long Way – Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
I Laughed – The Jesters
Why Oh Why – The Clickettes
Fever – Barbara English
Oooh Wow – Lily Moe & The Barnyard Stompers
Give It Up Little Girl – Tyrone Hibbs & The Hip Shakers
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Eddie Fontaine
The Girl Can’t Help It – Little Richard
Justine – Don & Dewey
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Now, this week’s Girls & Guitars feature, focused on Australian singer and guitarist Sally-Anne Whitten. She hails from New South Wales and has developed a style that’s been described as a blend of swampy blues, R&B, southern rock and West Coast country. She recorded an album in 2012 called ‘Sell My Soul’, which is where we found our choice ‘I Wish I Was In Memphis’ . . . . and many do!

There was something to please our Ambassador to The Islands, with Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes reminding us that it’s it’s a ‘Long Way’ to Hawaii and even longer on to New York, which is where we found the artists for this week’s ‘Doo Wop Stop’. First up was New York group The Jesters, who got together at high school in Harlem around 1955 and by 1958 they had broken up. Their final 45 was ‘I Laughed’, which was our choice. Then, we followed on with another New York group, who were known as The Fashions and The Avalons, but we played a 1958 Dice 45 of theirs as The Clickettes.

The connoisseurs of 40s and 50s R&B, we might have been scratching their heads to place a couple of our choices. They had that authentic 50s R&B sound and style, but were recorded in the noughties. First of these was recorded in 2013 by Swiss band Lily Moe & The Barnyard Stompers, with Tyrone Hibbs & The Hip Shakers following up with ‘Give It Up Little Girl’. Then we were thinking about heading for home with a couple of artists who were featured in the film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ . . . Eddie Fontaine and Little Richard. So, we arrived back from our adventure in fine form, with big smiles and looking forward to the next time we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 2 August 2017 eir