Archive for September, 2017

This is the night . . .

Posted: September 27, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, as usual, the Cruise Mobile rolled by at the appointed time with a big cheery welcome for one. As ever, we had the windows down, the radio turned up and a seat saved especially for you . . . . so we could all go Cruising with the Commissioner.  This week we had planned (a loose term in this instance) a rather special show to present some more home grown talent, to follow on from last week’s focus on UK R&B, and a special feature on TV music show producer Jack Good. A bit like our cruises, we knew where we wanted to end up, but getting there really was a musical adventure.Cruising #3018

But, with a taster of things to come later in the show, we set off on our musical adventure with Lord Rockingham’s XI, and a long time favourite here ‘Blue Train’. We followed fast with some of the UK R&B artists that we didn’t manage to fit into last week’s show. . . and to help us with our unfinished business, there were some UK club favorites, such as James Hunter, the wonderful Jimmy James & The Vagabonds. and The Alan Bown Set.

We managed to get to our Girls & Guitars feature earlier than normal, with our spotlight falling this week on Californian singer and guitarist Karen Almquist. She has a rootsy vocal style and her 1996 debut album ‘Tracking of Time’ has this rather fine version of ‘Why Are People Like That’ . . . which was our choice.

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Blue Train – Lord Rockingham’s XI
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby – James Hunter
Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Gonna Fix You Good – The Alan Bown Set

Girls & Guitars
Why Are People Like That – Karen Almquist.

Jack’s Good
Six-Five Special – Don Lang & His Frantic Five
This Is The Night – Terry Dene
Move It – Cliff Richard
Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good – Cuddly Dudley6.5 Special
Jezebel – Marty Wilde
Casting My Spell – Joe Brown
Don’t Say It’s Over – Billy Fury
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – The Big Jim Sullivan Combo
Jack’s Good – The Krew Kats
I Wanna Be Your Man – The Beatles
Won’t Be Long – Aretha Franklin
Baby Workout – Jackie Wilson
Good Rockin’ Tonite – The Cast of ‘Good Rockin’ Tonite’

For those who remained keenly attentive, we did Billy+Fury+The+Sound+Of+Fury+-+Original-527464eventually make the link between our opener, Lord Rockingham’s XI and our special final farewell feature on  TV music producer Jack Good. It was Jack Good, who created the band in the late 50s from some of the UK’s top session players and they became the house band for Jack’s TV show ‘Oh Boy’. But first things first . . . Jack joined the BBC in the 50s and by1957 had become co- producer of its earliest TV music show, ‘Six-Five Special’. The show became one of the UK’s most watched programs among the teenagers of the day. It was kicked off each week by Don Lang & His Frantic Five with the theme song for the show . . . which we found! The show had plenty of home grown talent with names like Terry Dene (who we heard from), Jim Dale, Johnny Dankworth, Lonnie Donegan, Wee Willie Harris, Tommy Steele and more. JackGood2_2

After the success of ‘Six Five Special’, Jack Good went to join the UK’s new commercial TV network ITV, where he produced a new the weekly TV rock and roll show ‘Oh Boy!’ It became a showcase for more home grown talent, like Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, The Vernon Girls, Neville Taylor & Cuddly Dudley, as well as bringing visiting American acts to the UK’s TV screens, like The Inkspots, Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee and more.

But soon Jack Good was onto his next show, ‘Boy Meets Girl’, featured two artists who had made their names on ‘Oh Boy’ . . . . Marty Wilde and Cockney guitarist and singer, Joe Brown. They appeared with visiting American stars like Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. The show gave Marty Wilde to present songs and artists that were popular with its audience, as well as singing his own songs. Back then, Joe Brown had become the ‘go to’ UK rock guitarist and played behind many UK and US artists, like Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and others.

When Boy Meets Girl finished in early 1960, Joe found a new home on Jack Good’s new show called ‘Wham!’, along with other regulars such as Billy Fury, Jess Conrad and the Vernons Girls. Meanwhile, Jack Good had branched out to become a record producer and Joe was the obvious choice for the sessions of Jack’s first production, the debut album by UK heart-throb, Billy Fury . . . and we played a track from that album, ‘The Sound of Fury’.

Now, not a lot of people know this, but Jack Good did make a couple of records himself, although he was never credited on the label. One of these was credited to The Big Jim Sullivan Combo, but Big Jim confirmed the vocals came from Jack Good. The track was intended to be the B side to someone else’s single, but the record company decided to make it the A side. . . . and we found a copy . . . . along with UK group The Krew Kats, with Big Jim Sullivan on guitar with their nod to Jack Good, with their instrumental ‘Jack’s Good’.

Now, in the early 60s Jack Good went off to America and became an actor, appearing on Broadway in shows, in films like Elvis Presley’s ‘Clambake’, and on TV in shows like Hogan’s Heroes and Run For Your Life. But, he decided to move back into TV music show production when Brian Epstein chose him to produce the show ‘Around the Beatles’, after which, Jack went to work with American TV network ABC as producer of the TV show ‘Shindig’. Now, ‘Shindig’ proved to be American TV’s top, weekly music show and, apart from artists such as The Beatles, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, Jack wanted to feature black artists. The station bosses wouldn’t agree, until Jack threatened to report them to the Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy. After that, they conceded and Jack became the first to put artists like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Miracles and others on nationwide TV. We found a couple of the songs performed by Aretha Franklin and Jackie Wilson on the show.

By the time the 90s rolled around, Jack had moved on to other challenges, including producing stage shows like ‘Hair’, ‘Elvis The Musical’ and a rock & roll adaptation of Othello, called Catch My Soul. He also produced TV Specials for artists like Andy Williams, The Monkees and a network rock special that featured Jethro Tull, The Nice and Ray Charles. Then, in later years, Jack Good became a painter and got religion, spending a period preparing to become a monk, but he reemerged 1992 to produce an autobiographical musical ‘Good Rockin’ Tonite’ . . . which provided an appropriate closer to our little feature on Jack Good.

Then, the rattling tin cans reminded us it was time to park up the trusty Cruise Mobile and wave you a cheery farewell, ever hopeful that you’ll be back 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 27 September 2017

Play to win . . .

Posted: September 24, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another hour of the best of the blues that we call The Blues Come Calling. This week we kicked off with The Nimmo Brothers and ‘I’ll Be Back Someday’. With Alan Nimmo waiting for his voice to return to full power and Steve Nimmo having fractured his arm, they are back together with Alan on guitar and Steve on vocals for Steve’s gigs . . . and it will be good to see them on stage together again.

The new releases keep coming and this week we featured Chicago’s own Joel DaSilva. He recorded his new album, ‘Everywhere From Here’ down in Ft. Lauderdale and we chose one of Joel’s self -penned numbers titled ‘Spell On Me’. Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers are also out promoting their latest, mighty impressive album and as a taster we played ‘Play To Win’, with Mindi providing gutsy vocals AND some searing sax playing . . . . catch ‘em if you can!

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers were back with another preview of their forthcoming album ‘Stompin’ Ground’, which has been getting lots of plays around here and if you call your new album ‘Long Hot Summer Days’, then you’d better have some songs on it that conjure up the flavours of a long hot summer day and that’s just what Jim Byrnes does, with numbers like ‘Anyway The Wind Blows’. But, you will have to wait until November to see it’s release. Among the new acoustic blues, we pulled out was a taster track from Ritchie Dave Porter’s forthcoming album ‘End Of The Line’ ‘Hell Man, I’ve Got The Blues’ . . . and he has!

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I’ll Be Back Someday – The Nimmo Brothers (Coming Your Way – 2001)
Spell On Me – Joel DaSilva (Everywhere From Here – 2017)
Play To Win – Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers (East West Sessions – 2017)
Let’s Go Riding – Freddie Spruell (When The Levee Breaks – 2007)
Doin’ It Right – Big Daddy Wilson (Doin’ It Right – 2008)
Around Midnight – Si Cranstoun (Smokehouse Sessions – 2013)
Anyway The Wind Blows – Jim Byrnes (Long Hot Summer Days – 2017)
Rooster Blues – The Boom Band (The Moon Goes Boom – 2015)

Pinetop’s Pick
Stones In My Pathway – Robert Johnson (Centennial Collection – 2012)Jim_B_Frame

Kickin’ In
Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-O-Dee) – The Hoodle (Spo-Dee-O-Dee – 2017)
Kickin’ In – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (Stompin’ Ground – 2017)
Hell Man, I’ve Got The Blues – Ritchie Dave Porter (End Of The Line – 2017)
God Bless the Child – Vanessa Collier (Heart Soul & Saxophone – 2014)
I Don’t Want A Lover – The Norman Beaker Band (We See Us Later – 2017)
For those who like a little scratchy blues, we featured American Delta blues guitarist/singer, Freddie Spruell, who is generally regarded as one Spo-Dee-O-Dee) - The Hoodle
of the first Delta bluesman to get on record in 1926 and we played his ‘Let’s Go Riding. As a bonus, Robert Johnson turned up on Pinetop’s Pick.

Now, if you’ve caught this years’ Blues Caravan you’ll have heard Big Daddy Wilson, Si Cranstoun and Vanessa Collier and a sensational show they put on too. As a result, each of them got into this week’s playlist, as did The Boom Band, who (among others) appeared at this weekend’s Kent Blues Rock Festival and whilst their recordings are not exclusively blues, there IS plenty of blues in there, like the band’s live version of Lightning Slim’s classic ‘Rooster Blues’, which they did on the night.

Other joys in our playlist included a three piece band called The Hoodle and the very welcome return of The Norman Beaker Band with something from his new album titled “We See Us Later”. 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 24 September 2017

Get on the right track . . .

Posted: September 20, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, we saw the familiar faces waving from way down the road. So, we let the Cruise Mobile roll to a stop and invited them all to jump aboard, because we enjoy good company when we go Cruising with The Commissioner. But, for those accustomed to our usual, sub-athletic jumping genres and weaving in and out of time zones, there was cause to gasp in amazement, because this week’s show had a firm focusing on British R&B . . . a topic, prompted by some friendly faces, including our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa . . . just so the accolades (or brickbats) can be directed appropriately.Cruising #3016

We ably demonstrated that the story of British R&B can’t be squeezed into an hour, but we ‘had a go’ . . . . suggesting that the story probably starts in the 50s with the rise of skiffle music as a youthful bridge between the blues played by many UK jazz bands and the rockier ‘rhythm & blues’ that was starting to filter into the UK through from post war America. So, we started with the undoubted king of skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, and one of his UK chart toppers from 1959, which (interestingly) also got into the American top five, paving the way later for others perhaps!

In the 50s, UK jazzman, Chris Barber, brought Muddy Waters & others to the UK and in London, blues harpist Cyril Davies and UK blues guitarist, Alexis Korner decided to form the very influential band, Blues Incorporated, which became a focal point for British R&B musicians, including future members of the Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, The Kinks, plus individuals like Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Duffy Power and more.

The R&B club scene was thriving by the early 60s, including some famous names, like London’s famous Flamingo Club, the 100 Club, The Marquee and plenty more up and down the country. By then, 6 and 7 piece bands were becoming a more common and more popular, with the likes of Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, as well as the smaller groups like The Spencer Davis Group, featuring a very youthful Steve Winwood, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, with its frequently changing list of future big names. Many of the UK R&B clubs attracted audiences that included visiting Americans who also enjoyed this R&B music. With easier access to original US R&B records, there was plenty of lively support for the UK R&B scene.

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Chaquita – The Dave Clark Five
Does You Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight – Lonnie Donegan
Keep Your Hands Off – Blues Incorporated
Parchman Farm – Duffy Power
Walkin’ In the Park – The Graham Bond Organisation
Got My Mojo Working – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
It Should Have Been Me – Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band
I Can’t Stand It – The Spencer Davis Group
Get On the Right Track Baby – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Looking Back – John Mayall’s Blues Breakers

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Can I Get A Witness – Jo-Anne Kelly

No Buts No Maybes
North South East & West – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds
Babes & Buicks – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Snatch & Grab It – Dana Gillespie
No Buts No Maybes – Diz & The Doormen
Que Sera Sera – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Coup De Ville – Si Cranstoun

The broad range of the UK’s R&B scene, happily includedDana Gillespie jazz, soul and blues, with some big named blues bands, as well as some highly regarded solo artists, and one of those was this week’s choice for our Girls & Guitars feature. This time, our spotlight fell on the much revered Jo-Anne Kelly, who gruff blues voice and guitar playing were much admired across the UK, but who, sadly, passed away as her career was really getting moving and just as she was starting to extend her repertoire, as with our choice of her take on a Marvin Gaye number.

Another big name on London’s R&B club scene and beyond was Chris Farlowe, who’s still going strong today and, who readily acknowledges that he was inspired by Lonnie Donegan to join a skiffle group and then developed his musical career around the UK R&B clubs. As an example, we chose something from his time with The Si-Cranstoun-albumThunderbirds, before he went on to international fame.

Despite the changes in musical tastes, there remains an enthusiastic audience for R&B across the UK, with some well-loved ‘real’ R&B artists remaining popular and still pulling enthusiastic crowds at club gigs and festivals. We pulled together a selection from artists like Mike Sanchez, Dana Gillespie and Diz Watson, who still fill the clubs when they appear. Then, as we turned the Cruise Mobile for home, we featured one of the new names creating a stir on the UK music scene today . . . Si Cranstoun. He’s one of a new generation, who have soaked up all those classic R&B influences, and are bringing them back to a new audience.

Then, it was all over . . . . we ran out of time before we ran out music on our cursory cruise through UK R&B. So, with apologies for what we left out . . . we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week, gave it a quick polish, so it’s already for the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 20 September 2017

‘Bout time . . .

Posted: September 17, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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We arrived with a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and ready to cram as many great blues into our hour . . . and we kicked off with Dollar Bill and his great version of Shake Your Hips. Then, we demonstrated our international credentials, with Australian lady of the blues Kate Meehan and German band, The Andreas Diehlmann Band.

For the ‘seasoned’ blues fans who recall the arrival of Ten Years After on the music scene and for those, we dipped into the band’s 50th Anniversary Box Set. We found something extra for those who like their blues light and swinging, delivered by Slinky & P’tit Loup, who’ve been making music together since 1972. Another duo from Germany, Black Patti also caught my ear with their album ‘Red Tape’.

Texas bluesman Tutu Jones took us back some 20 years for an excellent version of ‘The Sky Is Cryin’ and we came right back up to date with Lew Jetton’s latest album and his great track,‘Bout Time’.

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Shake Your Hips – Dollar Bill (I Ain’t Got But A Dollar – 2012)
It Ain’t Like This – Kate Meehan (As Long As I’ve Sung The Blues – 2000)
Rock Me Baby – The Andreas Diehlmann Band (ADB – 2017)
Woman Trouble – Ten Years After (Stonedhenge – 1969)
Married Man Blues – Slinky & P’tit Loup (Zone Bleue – 2017)
The Sky Is Crying – Tutu Jones (Blue Texas Soul – 1996)
I’ll Never Come Back Home – Black Patti ( Red Tape – 2017)
‘Bout Time – Lew Jetton (Palestine Blues – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Nothing In Rambling – Memphis Minnie (Got The Blues – 2010)
Lookin’ Back
Rock Bottom – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (Stompin’ Ground – 2017)
Lie To Me – Craig Chaquito (Blind Pig Presents California Blues – 2015)
Big Road Blues – Piedmont Bluz (Country Blues Selection – 2017)
You Get What You Settle For – Ali Handal (That’s What She Said – 2017)
The Blues Is A Damn Sad Thing – Jesse Johnson Band (Down The Hard Road – 2017)
Lookin’ Back – Redhouse (Play It Like You Mean It – 2016)
One of the joys of this week was getting to hear Tommy Castro - Stomping GroundTommy Castro’s new Alligator album ‘Stomping Ground’, a track that’s likely to feature on his setlists when Tommy tours the UK at the end of the year. Another joy was coming across the latest album by singer/guitarist Ali Handal, titled ‘That’s What She Said’ and we chose a track with a message to the feint hearts . . . . ‘You Get What You Settle For’.

We found a little something for the lovers of country blues from Piedmont Bluz with their take on Tommy Johnson’s ‘Big Road Blues’ and we pulled out a great compilation album, ‘Blind Pig Presents California Blues’, which included a tasty treat from Craig Chaquito.

With tracks like ‘The Blues Is Damn Sad Thing’, we sure to revisit the Jesse Johnson Band’s new album ‘Down The Hard Road’, but sadly it brought us to our last number of this week’s show and that came from a band that’s on our giglist in a few weeks . . . . Bristol band Redhouse with their take of Johnny Guitar Watson’s ‘Lookin’ Back’. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 17 September 2017

Don’t talk back . . .

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, the faithful gathered in the usual place just as the Cruise Mobile came rolling by . . . to take them Cruising with The Commissioner and we didn’t linger long before we kicked off with Jackie Kelso’s ‘Rat A Tat’ and then, with a nod in the direction of Jamie Dell’Apa, we headed off at speed with Brook Benton and his 1958 Vik 45 ‘Crinoline Skirt’ . . . on which subject I said no more!Cruising #3049

We invited a little ‘compare and contrast’ exercise with Big Mama Thornton’s, ‘Don’t Look Back’ and Roy Hamilton’s ‘Don’t Let Go’ . . . then gave thanks to Neil Pelligrin for reminding us of Lavern Baker’s 1963 Atlantic 45, ‘You Said’. We embarked on a little ‘swing’ feature, even with the risk of exciting Mr Merlot dancing tendencies. This was inspired by a recent cover of something recorded by Buck Washington’s 1944 gem, ‘Save That Roach For Me’, and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to include Louis Jordan too. Then there was some collective swinging out to Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm before we found a very fine piece of R&B by Eddie Cooley & The Dimples, with ‘Hot Biscuits & Sweet Marie’.

Don’t Let GoJackie Kelso
Rat A Tat – Jackie Kelso
Crinoline Skirt – Brook Benton
Don’t Talk Back – Big Mama Thornton & The Hi Tones
Don’t Let Go – Roy Hamilton
You Said – Lavern Baker
Save That Roach For Me – Buck Washington
Five Guys Named Mo – Louis Jordan
Rhythm – Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm
Hot Biscuits & Sweet Marie – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples

Girls & Guitars
It Ain’t Like This – Kate MeehanKate Meehan

Rockin’ By Myself
If Loving You Is Wrong – Dobie Gray
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – Zoot Money
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
When Did You Leave Heaven – Percy Mayfield
This Heart Of Mine – Curly Williams
Tonight – The Love Notes
Honey Bun – The Colts
Don’t Knock – The Pastels
Rockin’ By Myself – Sammy GowansZoot Money

This week our Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on Australian singer, pianist and guitarist, Kate Meehan. She was born in Hobart, Tasmania and learnt to play the guitar during her schooldays. After busking around Adelaide for a few years, she got a real taste for Chicago blues as a member of the Fabulous Blues Cats. We chose something from her ‘As Long As I’ve Sung The Blues’ album released in 2000, which included her rocking little number, ‘It Ain’t Like This’.

We gave a respectful nod to Thom Hickey for the recent feature on Dobie Gray on his Immortal Jukebox blog and we followed suit with the much recorded ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ that Dobie delivers with a very welcome warm Southern soul glow to it. Continuing that soulful mood, we pulled out Zoot Money’s very tasteful take on Doris Troy’s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ and followed up with Charlie Rich doing Zoot’s ‘66 hit ‘Big Time Operator’.

Those paying keen attention may have noticed the Cruise Mobile slow down for our Doo Wop Stop, which included Curly Williams (a.k.a. Jesse Belvin) with ‘This Heart Of Mine’. Then, we heard from New York vocal group, The Love Notes with a 1957 Holiday 45 ‘Tonight’. The Cruisiettes descended on us during that one and they were much in evidence during the next one from the Colts, with their a 1956 Vita 45, ‘Honey Bun’.

While The Pastels we’re playing their Argo 45 ‘Don’t Knock’, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and we relied on Sammy Gowans to take us all the way home with his 1958 United Artists 45 ‘Rockin’ By Myself’. Then, there was nothing left to do, but park up the Cruise Mobile, give it a quick polish, so it’s all ready the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 11 September 2017

You gotta go . . .

Posted: September 11, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, this week was given a real boost with some welcome contacts with some long time friends and Cruising Crew members. There were plenty of laughs and stories . . . . and (surprise, surprise) some music too! Of course, it was with music in mind that the Cruise Mobile rolled by at the appCruising #3013ointed time, ready for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

To get everyone in the mood, we arrived, accompanied by The Romancers with a little ‘Slauson Sax’. Then, with gazelle like speed we headed off down the road with Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman and their 1962 Little Star 45, appropriately titled ‘I’m With You All The Way’.

When Frank Slay and Bob Crewe saw the success of duos like Mickey & Sylvia, and Brook Benton & Dinah Washington they signed up Billy Ford & Lillie Bryant to Swan records and they did pretty well too. By coincidence, our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa pointed us to a little number called ‘Bend A Little’ by Shorty Billups that sounds a lot like Brook Benton’s hit ‘Kiddio’.

We know Bobby Hebb for his hits, but long before those his first solo 45 included a self penned song called ‘You Gotta Go’ . . . and we found a copy for this week’s show. We also found a colourful car song, ‘Yellow Mellow Hardtop’, credited on the label to Ray Johnson & the Bystanders. Then, we had a little ‘jive talking’ courtesy of St Louis vocal group The Four Vagabonds and Ron Sunshine & Full Swing.

Hit That Jive JackRon Sunshine & Full Swing
Slauson Sax – The Romancers
I’m With You All The Way – Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman
Creepin’ Crawlin’ & Cryin’ – Billie & Lillie
Bend A Little – Shorty Billups
You Gotta Go – Bobby Hebb
Yellow, Mellow Hardtop – Ray Johnson & The Bystanders
Hit That Jive Jack – The Four Vagabonds
She Won’t Believe Your Jive – Ron Sunshine & Full Swing
Sugar Coated Love – Barbara Lynn

Girls & Guitars
Breaking Up Somebody’s Home – Kara GraingerKara Grainger - Shiver & Sigh

I Done Done It
Hula Girl – R Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Walk Of Life – Charles Mann
Air Travel – Ray & Bob
Strong Love – The Malibus
That’s When Your Heartaches Begin – Billy Bunn & His Buddies
White Port & Lemon Juice – The Bel-Aires
I Done Done It – Amos Milburn
Come On – The Big Town Playboys
Our Girls & Guitars feature got us heading to the other side of the world Walk Of Life - Charles Mann for Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger. At the age of 16 she joined with her brother to form the band “Papa Lips”, playing funk, soul and blues. Then she went solo and has since recorded 4 albums and we chose a track from her 2013 album ‘Shiver & Sigh’, a rather fine version of ‘Breaking Up Somebody’s Home’.

Louisiana’s own Charles Mann brought us a cajun styled version of Dire Straits ‘Walk Of Life’ and a nice demonstration of American artists re-interpreting UK music and re-introducing it to its native land . . . . which may echo a recent theme about the influence of UK artists on the American music scene. We found a couple of the originals by LA duo Ray & Bob Swayne and Texas group called The Malibus that had more successful UK covers.

Our Doo wop stop included a great ballad, ‘That’s When Your Heartaches‘ by R&B singer Billy Bunn and His Buddies which was a great influence on a young Elvis Presley (who recorded it twice) and 50s vocal group, the Bel-Aires, with a nice version of ‘White Port & Lemon Juice’.

Then, as Amos Milburn sang ‘I Done Done It’, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and finally got all the way there with something to please our pal Amigo, The Big Town Playboys with ’Come On’. We parked the Cruise Mobile and gave a quick wave to everyone, in the hope that we’ll all meet again the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!
Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 6 September 2017

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We came by with a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and there was plenty of them calling this week, so we just got on with filling our hour with as many as we could . . . starting with a very busy local band The Bad Pennies, and ‘Empty Arms’ from their excellent album ‘Turned Up Again’.

We looking forward to Walter Trout’s forthcoming UK tour and, in anticipation, we delved back into his new album for a track with a guest appearance by the excellent Robben Ford. There’s good news too if you happen to be a fan of Danish blues-rocker, Thorbjorn Risager, because he’s got gigs in Scotland and the North of England soon, and as a taster we played something from his ‘Change My Game’ album. If you can get to New Orleans in October, there’s a chance you’ll catch the great Barbara Lynn who’s in her 75th year and playing live there.

A couple of happy returns to our playlist were Dave Arcari with a track from his newly released album ‘Live at Memorial Hall’. . . . and Bruce Mississippi Johnson came back with another soulful track from his first album “The Deal Baby”.

Now the fans of Ten Years After will be particularly excited at the news of the 50th Anniversary Box Set of Ten Years After, which s due for release in November . . . so we chose that track from it with Alvin Lee in acoustic mood on ‘Don’t Want You Woman’. Now, this past week happened to include the birthday of Buddy Holly, who’s influence on the blues has probably been limited to just one song . . . ‘Not Fade Away’ . . . and we featured a version by celebrated UK bluesman, Cyril Davies & His All Stars, which was recorded in the mid 60s but remained unreleased for some 20 years.

Not Fade AwayDave Arcari - Live at Memorial Hall
Empty Arms – Bad Pennies (Turned Up Again – 2016)
Mr Davis – Walter Trout & Robben Ford (We’re All In This Together – 2017)
I Used To Love You – Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado (Change My Game – 2017)
Sugar Coated Love – Barbara Lynn (Bluesin’ By The Bayou (Ain’t Broke Ain’t Hungry) – 2017)
Givers & Takers – Dave Arcari (Live at Memorial Hall – 2017)
You Been Working Mojo – Bruce Mississippi Johnson (The Deal Baby – 2017)
Don’t Want You Woman – Ten Years After (Ten Years After – 1967)
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Pinetop’s Pick
It’s Bad You Know – R.L. Burnside (Come On In – 1998)
That’s My Sugar
When The Blues Catch Up With You – Bettye Lavette (A Woman Like Me – 2006)
Hole In The Wall – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (A Long Way From Home
– 1969)
Hoo Doo Doctor – Willie Dixon (Catalyst – 2017)
Jumping At Shadows – Henrik Freischlader (Blues For Gary – 2017)Henrik Freischlader (Blues For Gary
You Got To Love Her With A Feelin – Benny Turner (My Brother’s Blues – 2017)
That’s My Sugar – Black Patti ( Red Tape – 2017)
Women & Cadillacs – Tommy Brown (Remember Me – 2004)

This week, the dusty shelves here revealed Bettye Lavette’s 2006 album ‘A Woman Like Me’ which includes a little gem ‘When The Blues Catch Up With You’, so we played it . . . along with ‘Hole In The Wall’ by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee with some notable ‘friends’ along for the ride. Another ‘seasoned’ piece of blues came from Willie Dixon, ‘Hoodoo Doctor’. It’s a track that appeared in 1973 and popped up again on the recent Willie Dixon compilation ‘Catalyst’.

Germany was well represented this week, with singer, songwriter and guitarist, Henrik Freischlader, who has a real love of the blues, having played with legends like BB King, Peter Green, Gary Moore, and Johnny Winter. He’s on tour in the UK now with his new multi-national 7 piece band. So, we offered a listen to his latest album ‘Blues For Gary’, which includes his fine take on Duster Bennett’s much covered song,‘Jumping at Shadows’. We also gave a taster from the latest release by German duo Black Patti. Their album ‘Red Tape’ arrived here this week, so we played a current favorite track, ‘That’s My Sugar’.

Benny Turner made another welcome visit with his brother Freddy King’s classic ‘You Got To Love Her With A Feeling’, a track from Benny’s latest album ‘My Brother’s Blues’. As our time started running out, we played out with Tommy Brown and his take on the classic, ‘Women & Cadillacs’. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 10 September 2017

Right on time . . .

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

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

Well, as ever, there was a big bluesy welcome to The Blues Come Calling and we arrived with a big pile of great new releases here, along with some cherished favorites that we’ve pulled off the shelves. So, with not a moment’s hesitation, we kicked off the proceedings with Trevor Sewell, who’s always welcome here, especially with tracks like ‘Don’t Need Nobody’.

Over the years we’ve become rather used to blues bands coming and going fairly regularly. But one of the great exceptions has been Savoy Brown and, despite a steady turnover of band members, Kim Simmons has kept the spirit and sound of the band pretty well for over 50 years, as witnessed by their latest ‘Witchy Feelin’, which was on our playlist.

The new album by Walter Trout, ‘We’re All In This Together’ got released this week, so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to play something from it. We chose ‘Crash & Burn’ featuring Joe Louis Walker guesting with Walter Trout. The album also includes a version of ‘The Sky Is Crying’ and it seemed appropriate to choose a version by one of the great Texas bluesmen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to send our best wishes to all those in Texas for whom the sky has been crying just too much lately.

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Cornbread & Caviar – Egidio Ingala & The Jacknives (Switcheroo – 2017)
Close To Midnight – Savoy Brown (Witchy Feelin’ – 2017)
She’s Boogy’n – Doug MacLeod (DUBB – 2004)
The Sky Is Crying – Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Sky Is Crying – 1985)
Crash & Burn – Walter Trout & Joe Louis Walker (We’re All In This Together – 2017)
Silicone Brain – The Kokomo Kings (Too Good To Stay Away From – 2017)

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How Can A Poor Boy – Taj Mahal & Van Morrison (Duets: Reworking The Catalogue – 2015)

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Back To Bayou Teche – Sonny Landreth (Outward Bound – 1993)
Something So Good Be So Wrong – Dave Ferra (Lies & Gin – 2017)
Dust My Broom – Kara Grainger (LA Blues – 2011)
Cab Driving Man – Mississippi Heat (Cab Driving Man – 2017)
Eighty Eighter on Decatur – Carl Sonny Leyland (Boogie & Blues – 1995)
Right On Time – Richard van Bergen & Rootbag (Walk On In – 2017)
Bayview Jump – Little Charlie & the Nightcats (That’s Big – 2002)Mississippi Heat

Seeing much revered slide guitarist, Sonny Landreth on TV this week sent us delving back to find his number, ‘Back To Bayou Teche’. The new album by New York’s Doug MacLeod’s caused another bit of delving to hear something earlier by him and we found his track titled ‘She’s Boogy’n’. We also went back to find something from boogie and blues pianists, Carl Sonny Leyland who can be heard on this week’s Doug MacLeod track. But, he found him in his own right giving a little nod in the direction of New Orleans with his blistering boogie, ‘Eighty Eighter on Decatur’.

Dave Ferra’s excellent new album, ‘Lies & Gin’, got a big cheer when it arrived and it’sRichard Van Bergen & Rootbag - cover 1500x1500 been well played since. It boasts a first class mixture of originals and covers, with Dave solo on some tracks and with band members Gary Smith, Mickey Pierce and Dougie Woodison on others. So, choosing one track was not easy . . . so we’ll return to it again for sure! Another welcome arrival was the new release by Chicago based band, Mississippi Heat. Titled, ‘Cab Driving Man’, it’s a spicy gumbo, blending Pierre Lacocque’s harmonica, Inetta Visor’s vocals, and some gut-thumping guitar riffs to conjure musical images of those legendary blues shacks.

Perhaps I’m not alone in finding myself all too often waiting for ‘a certain person’ to be ready in good time, when we’re going somewhere. Which may explain why I was taken by a track titled ‘Right On Time’ on the new album by Dutch band, Richard van Bergen & Rootbag. We kept that European link with the return of Dutch/Swedish combo The Kokomo Kings with their new album ‘Too Good To Stay Away’ and a little number about modern day living . . . .’Silicone Brain’.

All too soon, we were running out of time, so we played out with Little Charlie & the Nightcats and a rocking little number called ‘Bayview Jump’. But, not before we said our farewell, in the hope that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 3 September 2017