Archive for April, 2018

Listen here to this special Cruising adventure into New Orleans:

For lovers of ‘real’ R&B music, New Orleans is a rich source of ‘that great music’ and the annual Jazz Fest is a feast of outstanding artists to make it a ‘must see’ adventure. So, we loaded up the trusty Cruise Mobile, adjusted the sat-nav and headed off to the Crescent City in high spirits . . . and the spirits were with us!

While we were there our good friend Jamie Dell’Apa invited The Commissioner to abandon his customary disguise and be a guest presenter on his much esteemed Saturday Night in New Orleans show, to celebrate some of radio people that have been influential in introducing the music that gets played on Cruising with The Commissioner.

It was a rare treat and resultant mayhem is here with big thanks to Jamie . . . .

Don’t Be Cruel – Bill Black’s Combo
Soul Serenade – Beau Dollar & The Coins
Double Eyed Wammy – Freddie King
Tippity Top – The Rays
I Need Your Loving – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Who Knows – Marion Black
Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine – Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
You Talk Too Much – Joe Jones
Bluecoat Man – Diz & The Doormen
Denise – Randy & the Rainbows
Mellow Moonlight – Roy Docker
Love Her With A Feeling – Marc Stone & Christof Waibel
Everything You Said Came True – The Otisettes
Jelly Belly Nelly – Larry Williams
I Saw Her Standing There – James Booker
Tchoupazine Triangle – Dave Ferrato
That’s Cold – The Texas Topcats
Every Breath You Take – Big Daddy

Well, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable trip to New Orleans with many memorable moments. So, big thanks to Jamie Dell’Apa, who is indeed . . . . “a prince among presenters” and a very fine fellow indeed . . . . as we both agreed! Listen to Jamie every Saturday night between midnight and 3am on . . . . and, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

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

Well, the environs of the Grand Duchy are starting to green up nicely and we are looking forward to the halcyon days of lazy lunches in sunshine. Until then, we are focused on enjoying our musical adventures. So, at the appointed time, we rolled by in the trusty Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you just so, we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. To set the mood right, we kicked off down the road in the company of The Fins and their take on ‘Strollin’ With Bone’. Then, we were getting up to full cruising speed with Jai Malano and her Rhythm Bomb Records release ‘Rocket Girl’.
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During our past cruising adventures, we’ve heard ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’ by a many artists, but not this week’s ‘find’, a rather fine 1966 version by The Coasters, along with the great King Curtis. Our rummaging also turned up another much recorded song, written and first recorded by country music star Webb Pierce. It has since been  recorded by a long list of folks, but in 2008 it was recorded by the fabulous Little Richard and it remains his most recent release.

Shakin’ Stevens fans will know the song ‘Marie Marie’ well, but Shaky wasn’t the first to release it. The original came from American band,The Blasters in 1980 and it’s been much covered since, including one by Swedish piano master Micke Muster which found its way into our playlist and it led us to another piano ace, this time from New Orleans . . . . the much celebrated Dr John, this time with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and a number that was a chart topper for the Rolling Stones.

This week’s Cruising Connections included the great Ray Charles, followed by Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal all singing songs by country music star, Hank Snow, who recorded them long before the versions in our selection.

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Strollin’ With Bone – The Fins
Rocket Girl – Jai Malano
Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Coasters
I Ain’t Never – Little Richard
Marie Marie – Micke Muster
It All Over Now – Dr John & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Cruising Connections
I’m Moving On – Ray Charles
A Fool Such As I – Bob Dylan
Six Days On The Road – Taj MahalA Fool Such As I – Bob Dylan

Girls & Guitars
Tumble & Fall – Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars

Hide & Seek
Sugar Coated Love – Barbara Lynn
The Pleasure Is All Mine – Bobby Long
Hide & Seek – Bill Haley & His Comets

Remember Then
Wrapped Up In A Dream – Ted Taylor
Zing Zing – The Pitch Pipes

Heading HomeTumble & Fall – Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars
5-10-15 – Blue Harlem
True Lips – Ray Agee & Elly Johnson (Ebb) 1957

This week, our girls Girls and Guitars feature, threw its spotlight on Los Angeles-based rockabilly singer and guitarist, Kim Lenz, who grew up in southern California listening to artists like Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson, Faron Young, and Johnny Horton. She took up the guitar during her teens and before she earned her University degree, she and a few musicians formed a band called Rocket, Rocket. In 1994, she settled in Dallas, and pulled together a band of her own, The Jaguars. To show off her talents, we pulled out her 2013 album ‘Follow Me’ and chose, ‘Tumble & Fall’. Blue Harlem

The most excellent Barbara Lynn turned up with her cover of Lazy Lester’s ‘Sugar Coated Love’, followed by New Yorker, Bobby Long, with a very collectable slice of rocking R & B, titled “The Pleasure Is All Mine”, which almost certainly features the guitar work of Wild Jimmy Spruill. Another guitarist got some honours in this week’s playist, this time it was steel guitar player, Billy Williamson, from Bill Haley’s Comets,  with a 1956 Decca release, ‘Hide and Seek’, one of the rare numbers they recorded with Billy taking the lead vocals.

For our Remember Then slot, we came clutching a very nice Ebb 45 by Ted Taylor, a one time member of The Jacks and The Cadets, who recorded his 1958 45, ‘Wrapped Up In A Dream’ in that distinctive doo wop style of 50s vocal groups, just like The Pitch Pipes with their 1957 Mercury 45 ‘Zing Zing’.

Dublin’s Imelda May appeared as vocalist on cover of Ruth Brown’s 1952 hit ‘5-10-15’  by Blue Harlem featuring Ray Gelato and Al Nicholls on saxes. Then it was back to 1957 for a little Ebb 45 by Ray Agee & Elly Johnson, ‘True Lips’ that got Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes throwing some uninhibited moves. Indeed, they got even more excited with our final choice from UK band The Big Town Playboys doing a frantic version of that Jimmy Cracklin classic, ‘The Wobble’.

Then, with a unique combination of luck and skill, the Cruise Mobile brought us home safe and sound and as it rolls gently to a stop, we gave it a polish, ready for the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 27 April 2018

The Blues Come Calling (revised)

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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling, which comes with a guarantee of a whole hour of the best of the blues, including plenty of new releases, some ‘seasoned favourites and perhaps the odd surprise. Among the new releases on this week’s were Canadian band, Riot & The Blues Devils, with a great opener for the show, called ‘You’re The One For Me’, Tinsley Ellis came by with a track from his latest album ‘Winning Hand’ and the wonderful, Bettye LaVette, was back with the second single release taken from her latest album ‘Things Have Changed’.

That was far from all the new releases either, which must be an encouraging sign for blues lovers, because we also enjoyed ‘Low Down & Dirty’ from Vanja Sky’s ‘Bad Penny’ album featuring fellow 2018 Blues Caravan crew-members, Mike Zito and Bernard Allison. Will Wilde made an impressive showing for the UK with the title track of his new album ‘Bring It On Home’ and a worthy tribute to Rice Miller. Danielle Nicole returned with another track from her latest ‘Cry No More’ album, this time featuring some nice duetting and keyboards by Kelly Finnegan. Chicago’s own Breezy Rodio brought a smile with his take on having a ‘drinking problem’ . . . his track ‘You Don’t Drink Enough’ sees it differently!

Alongside the new releases, we didn’t neglect those past gems from the blues library. This week we pulled out a cover of Rice Miller’s “Ninety Nine” by Sam Myers, who playedRiot & The Blues Devils - No One To Blame But Me with Elmore James for a decade and went on to be a long time member of Anson Funderburgh’s band, the Rockets. Tinsley Ellis’s new album has a rather fine version of Leon Russell’s ‘Dixie Lullaby’ and it was a reminder that Leon recorded a long list of great blues numbers, including our choice, ‘Black & Blue’ from his last album. Also featured was a lovely blues, ‘Same Old Blues’, written by Don Nix and first recorded by Freddie King, but on this occasion it came from from a couple of celebrated names around New Orleans, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball. From across the Atlantic (or across the channel, depending where you are), we enjoyed French band, Loretta and The Bad Kings, who specialise in delivering some rootsy 50s and 60s blues and R&B, including our pick, ‘Follow My Hips’.Loretta-The-Bad-Kings-cover

Don’t Turn Off The Light
You’re The One For Me – Riot & The Blues Devils (No One To Blame But Me – 2018)
Ninety Nine – Sam Myers (Coming From The Old School – 2004)
Don’t Turn Off The Light – Tinsley Ellis (Winning Hand – 2018)
Black & Blue – Leon Russell (On A Distant Shore – 2017)
Same Old Blues – Irma Thomas & Marcial Ball (Simply Grand – 2008)
Harmonica Jam – Coy Love (Blues Instrumentals – 2013)
Follow My Hips – Loretta & The Bad Kings (Loretta & The Bad Kings – 2010)

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Motherless Children – Blind Gussie Nesbit (The Guitar Evalgelists Vol. 2 – 2006)

Bring It On Home
Do Right To Me Baby – Bettye LaVette (Things Have Changed – 2018)
Low Down & Dirty – Vanja Sky (Bad Penny – 2018)
Bring It On Home – Will Wilde (Bring It On Home – 2018)
So Swell When You’re Well – Diz & The Doormen (Rumbalero – 1985)
Someday You Might Change Your Mind – Danielle Nicole & Kelly Finnigan (Cry No More – 2018)
You Don’t Drink Enough – Breezy Rodio (Sometime The Blues Got Me – 2018)
Stinky Twinky – J.J. Vicars (Irreverent Dissident – 2017)Breezy Rodio (Sometime The Blues Got Me

For those who like a little vintage blues, there was a Sun records 45, cut in Memphis in January, 1954, featuring Coy Love Jr. on vocals and harmonica on ‘Harmonica Jam’ (although the label attributed it to ‘Hot Shot Love). Then our regular guest Arfa Pinetop called in with a 1935 gem by Blind Gussie Nesbit and ‘Motherless Children’.

There was no resistance to including something by the great Diz Watson, who was on our giglist recently with his enthusiastic delivery of New Orleans R&B. This time, it was a number known well by both James Booker and Aretha Franklin, ‘So Swell When You’re Well’. Then, before our hour finally ran out, there was time to feature a lively instrumental from the album ‘Irreverent Dissident’ by J.J. Vicars. Fortunately, there was time to collect up the records and CDs and thank everyone for listening, before heading for the door. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 24 April 2018

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

Well, despite the start of British Summer Time and Easter now a distant memory, we won’t believe summer is really in prospect until we see our postmen (and post women) in shorts. But, undaunted, we still turned up in the Cruise Mobile with the top down, the radio turned up and a seat saved especially for you just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

With some squeals from the wheels, the Cruise Mobile headed off on our musicalcruising-2034 adventure with a little taste of Louisiana from the Crescent City’s own, Allen Toussaint, followed by some very fine rock & roll from the Czech Republic, courtesy of the excellent Gone Hepsville with ‘Show Me That You Can Rock’ . . . and we did! Then, throwing caution to the wind, we took a detour to Australia for a some high powered vocals from Sydney’s own, R&B songstress, Alex Hahn, followed fast by Dallas based band, Big Daddy, gave us a quite different treatment of that favourite by The Police, ‘Every Breath You Take’.

Dr John proved to be the common link in the trio of tracks for this week’s Cruising Connections. He appeared on all three choices, starting with his own instrumental ‘Feedbag’ and then numbers from Tab Benoit and Shemika Copeland.

Inspiring some fascinating footwork by some of the Cruising Crew, we had a fine selection of rockers from Gene Summers, with an unreleased track from back in 1958, ‘Fancy Dan’. Then, we heard from Johnny Valentine & The Broken Hearts with a different song called ‘Ready Teddy’, and took a brief rest after catching Southend’s own Levi Dexter with a Gene Vincent favourite, who got a good report when he popped up recently on Arfa Pinetop’s giglist.Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders

Moo Moo
Moo Moo – Allan Toussaint
Show Me That You Can Rock – Gone Hepsville
Tough Lover – Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders
Every Breath You Take – Big Daddy

Cruising Connections
Feedbag – Mac Rebennack
Stack-A-Lee – Tab Benoit (w Dr John)
The Push I Need – Shemika Copeland (w Dr John)

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Fancy Dan – Gene Summers
Ready Teddy – Johnny Valentine & The Broken Hearts
Dance To The Bop – Levi Dexter

Girls & Guitars
Hard Working Woman – Vanja Sky

Too Much
Too Much – Jimmy Hughes
Here I Am – Billy Guy

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Come On & Love Me – Johnny Stewart
The Boy For Me – The Tassels

Don’t Mess Up
Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing – Eli Paperboy Reed & The Pepper Pots
Danger One Way Love – Ray Vernon with Link Wray & The Raymen
Another Woman’s Man – Joe Tex
Girls All Over The World – The Big Town Playboys

This week’s Girls and Guitars feature took us to Croatia to throw the spotlight on local lady of the blues Vanja Sky. She says her big musical influences were Rory Gallagher, Eli Paperboy Reed & The Pepper PotsAlbert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, so she was, clearly, well worth a listen . . . and we did, with ‘Hard Working Woman’ from her debut album titled ‘Lost Love’. Then, after some rummaging in the Cruising Library, we came across a track by soulman, Jimmy Hughes, sounding much more like The Coasters on a number called ‘Too Much’. We kept that Coasters connection with our next choice from Billy Guy, who used to be a member of The Coasters and went on to make solo recordings, including ‘Here I Am’.

For those with a keen ear for the best of 50s vocal groups, we went digging in the dark corners of the Cruising Library to find a couple of examples for this week’s Remember Then feature. To surprise and delight the aficionados, we pulled out a 1961 Shelley 45 by Johnny Stewart, who had a more famous brother, Billy Stewart. Then we heard from New Jersey group, led by singer Rochelle Gaudet Alessi and their 45 for Madison records, ‘The Boy For Me’.

To prove that the music we love here travels far and very well it seems, we were intrigued by a girl group from Spain called The Pepper Pots, whose style echoes the American girl groups of the 60s and they teamed up with Eli Paperboy Reed to produce a fine piece of R&B. For the devotees of Link Wray, we found a an obscure side of his that get a wistful gaze from the collectors. It features his brother Ray Vernon fronting Link & The Wraymen on ‘Danger One Way Love’. Then, as we turned the Cruise Mobile for home, we gave a spin to an early King recording by Joe Tex, ‘Another Man’s Woman’, which remained unissued until 1965 when Joe started having chart success. Now, Mr Tex inspired a little rhythmic footwork by The Cruisettes accompanied by some wild moves from Mr Merlot, and they continued as the Cruise Mobile headed homeward with The Big Town Playboys.

We got home safe and sound from our cruise and in time to give the Cruise Mobile a quick polish, ready for the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 20 April 2018


The Blues Come Calling (revised)

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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling, that kicked off with a new collection by Georgia bluesman, Chick Willis, ‘Southern Soul Blues Hits’who left us in 2013, but this album, titled ‘Southern Soul Blues Hits’, which pulls together plenty of his best work. Then, if you needed reminding of the international influence of the blues, we heard from Finland’s, Wentus Blues Band, with a tribute to one of their favorite players, Eric Bibb. Meanwhile, whilst there’s plenty of very fine R&B in the catalogue of Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps, there’s even more now with the release of their new album ‘Here In Babylon’, which is sure to extend their reputation.

We headed back in time for a song, first recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II in December 1951 for Trumpet records. He recorded the song several times in his career and it has appeared as ‘Mr Downchild’ or simply ‘Downchild, but either way, it goes out to all those who enjoy Sonny Boy, including Denise who is just full of surprises . . . .

Now, not for the first time, I’ll say here that it’s really encouraging to see plenty of ladies Marshall Lawrence - Feeling Fineof the blues out and about now and the latest single ‘Hoodoo’ from Brigette Purdy is a good example and sounding pretty good too! If you needed a demonstration of what’s happening with the blues in Chicago, look no further than one of the new generations of players, like Breezy Rodio, and be sure to check out his latest album, ‘Sometimes The Blues Got Me’ for the proof. New York has its own claim on the blues and Peter Veteska has some of its finest musicians featured on the new album, ‘Running Out Of Time’, by the  Peter V Blues Train. Take a listen to their cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Love Me Like A Man’ with great vocals from Kelley Dewkett and some nice harmonica from Gary Neuwirth too.

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Stoop Down – Chick Willis (Southern Soul Blues Hits – 2018)
Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down – The Wentus Blues Band (Throwback – 2018)
21st Century Man – Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Here In Babylon – 2018)
Mr Down Child – Sonny Boy Williamson (Blue Harmony – 2016)
Hoodoo – Brigette Purdy (Hoodoo – 2018)
Sometimes The Blues Got Me – Breezy Rodio (Sometimes The Blues Got Me – 2018)
Love Me Like A Man – Peter V Blues Train (Running Out Of Time – 2018)
Woke Up This Morning – KC Douglas (Mercury Blues – 1998)

Pinetop’s PickTeresa James & The Rhythm Tramps - Here In Babylon
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ – Jimmy Rodgers (Blues Blues Blues – 1970)

Rescue Me
Rescue Me – Popa Chubby (Two Dogs – 2017)
Help Me Find My Way Home – Marshall Lawrence (Feeling Fine – 2018)
Hammer – Janiva Magness & Charlie Musselwhite (Love Is An Army – 2018)
I’m Your Witchdoctor – Will Wilde (Bring It On Home – 2018)
C.Q. Boogie – Katie Webster (Two Fisted Mama – 1990)
You Can Have It Your Way – Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado (Between Rock & Some Hard Blues – 2013)Peter V Blues Train - Running Out Of Time

After the wonderful Popa Chubby with a favourite from his album ‘Two Dogs’, we caught up with Canadian bluesman, Marshall Lawrence, who will be a familiar name to the aficionados and you can hear why with a listen to his latest album release, ‘Feeling Fine’. This is his fifth album and shows off his songwriting, guitar playing and vocals to good effect and, especially, on ‘Help Me Find My Way Home’. Elsewhere among the new releases, it is great to see Janiva Magness back with her 14th album, ‘Love Is An Army’, where she is joined by guests delivering some fine, contemporary American roots music, including Charlie Musselwhite on probably the bluesiest of the tracks, called ‘Hammer’.

For those who like a little scratchy blues, we pulled out a tasty treat from bluesman, K.C. Douglas. He’s probably best known for his 1948 recording, “Mercury Boogie”, but he also recorded ‘Woke Up This Morning’ for the Arhoolie label with some nice harp playing from Richard Riggins. Those who can remember the 60s, just might remember the original version of ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’ by John Mayall. It is one of his best, in my humble opinion and it’s now the subject of an excellent cover by one of the UK’s foremost harp players, Will Wilde, which you can find on his latest album ‘Bring It On Home’, along with some more good stuff.

Now if you happen to have the album ‘Two Fisted Mama’ then you’ll know it as a fine showcase for Katie Webster and you’ll also know it also presents a rare opportunity to hear her showing off her impressive keyboard skills on ‘C.Q. Boogie’ and she did again for our playlist, just before our last choice for this week’s show from Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado who were on tour here recently. Then it was time to collect up the records and CDs and head for the door, but not before saying thanks you for your good company and hoping to have that pleasure again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 17 April 2018

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

Well, a big cheer from here for finding your way here, and to prove that we hadn’t forgotten you, we called by in the Cruise Mobile to take you on another musical adventure through some of the lost, the forgotten and the downright obscure music tracks that we love so much. In the best traditions of our Cruising adventures, we saved a seat especially for you, so you could jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and go Cruising with The Commissioner.

We kicked off down the Cruising #3010road with a rocking instrumental from Jimmy Oliver called ‘Slim Jim’ and followed fast with Los Angeles group The Flares. Then, to demonstrate our international credentials, we headed off to find Swedish band, The Refreshments, with their take on the old Chuck Berry number ‘It Wasn’t Me. For the fans of Louis Prima, we featured one of Louis popular stage shows numbers, which the studio executives made him change before they would let him record it. But, we found the song in its original form performed by Louis’s sideman Sam Butera.

We crossed the Atlantic again for Swedish rock & roller, Kingen, and his number Black Suit & Pink Champagne’, and the mention of pink fizz captured the attention of The Cruisettes and they arrived ready to offer any assistance needed! Then, for those who like to demonstrate some soulful moves, we pulled out Barbara Green’s 1968 soul dancer,‘I Should Have Treated You Right’.

We didn’t forget our Girls & Guitars feature, which this week featured Australia singer/songwriter and guitarist, Kara Grainer. She’s currently based in Los Angeles and was touring the UK recently proving to be equally at home with blues, soul and country flavoured numbers. To show off her talents, we chose a collaboration of hers with Australian band The Hands, ‘I Don’t Need No Reason For Loving You’.Sam Butera2

It Wasn’t Me
Slim Jim – Jimmy Oliver & The Rockers
What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Love – The Flares
It Wasn’t Me – The Refreshments
The Sheik Of Araby – Sam Butera & The Wildest
Black Suit & Pink Champagne – Kingen
 I Should Have Treated You Right – Barbara Green

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 I Don’t Need No Reason For Loving You – Kara Grainger & The Hands

Cruising Connections
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Lattimore Brown
Go Home Girl – Gary US Bonds with Frank Black
Sally Sue Brown – Elvis Costello
Pretty Girls Everywhere – Arthur Alexander

Cool Talk
Pittery Pat – Davey Holt & The HubcapsKingen
Pity Pity – Little Tony & His Brothers
Voodoo Man – Candy Man & The Candy Bars
Cool Talk – Gabe Garland & His Rocking Band

Doo Wop Delights
Slow Down Donna Lee – The Metrotones
Don’t Say Tomorrow – The Prisonaires

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Gimme Gimme – Gone Hepsville

We pulled together a trio of tracks with a common connection, which started with Lattimore Brown and ‘Everyday I Have To Cry Some’, which was a big hit for Steve Alaimo. We followed that with Gary US Bonds and Frank Black doing ‘Go Home Girl’ and then rounded off with Elvis Costello and a song that also covered by Bob Dylan titled ‘Sally Sue Brown’. By then, you were sure to know, they were all songs written and sung originally by Arthur Alexander, who popped up then with a song that was a big hit for Eugene Church ‘Pretty Girls Everywhere’.

Davey Holt & The Hubcaps with their 1958 United Artists 45, ‘Pittery Pat’, seemed to have some echoes of Mrs Presley’s favourite lad. Then we crossing continents again to hear from 50s Italian rocker Little Tony & His Brothers, who had to learn his English song lyrics parrot fashion, like on his version of Paul Anka’s ‘Pity Pity’.

There was a little voodoo in our playlist, courtesy of a 1966 Roulette 45 from Candy Man & The Candy Bars, followed by a collectable 45 titled ‘Cool Talk’ from Garland’s Rocking Band. Just in case you have ever played in a band led by Gabe Garland, then there’s a website where you can share experiences, photos and the like.

Now, one of the recent joys of our Cruising adventures was stopping off at a favourite record shop in Rye and rummaging through all their racks. One of the gems that followed us home was an album by UK group The Metrotones that included some very fine doo wop, which got followed by some vintage doo wop on the Sun label from The Prisonaires, so named because they were all in mates at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville.

All too soon, time was running out on this week’s cruise, but not before we had the return of Swedish Rocker, Kingen, and then an excellent rock & roll band from the Czech Republic called Gone Hepsville. All of which, had Mr Merlot and the Cruisettes demonstrating some fairly unco-ordinated high kicking and hand shaking. Then it was all over, except to park up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week and say a big thanks for your good company, give you an extra cheery wave and wish you well. So, until the next time we all go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 13 April 2018

The Blues Come Calling (revised)

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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling with plenty of new releases, a few ‘seasoned’ favourites and possibly one or two surprises. We kicked things off with a 1958 track from B.B. King, ‘Boogie Woogie Woman’, which has featured more recently in the setlist of Joe Bonamassa. Joe followed up with the most excellent Beth Hart on Etta James’ ‘Damn Your Eyes’.

Amongst the other new releases, we heard from Texan, Casey James and something fromCasey James - Strip It Down his excellent debut album ‘Strip It Down’. Along with that came the debut album of Coatian lady of the blues Vanja Sky, ‘Lost Love’, featuring plenty of shades of the blues and confirming that the girls are doing well on the blues scene just lately, including the mighty impressive Danielle Nichole, with her latest release ‘Cry No More’ featuring some notable names guesting, like Walter Trout.

For those whose taste in blues includes a little ragtime guitar, we pulled out Stefan Grossman & Ton Van Bergeyk’s superb album, ‘How To Play Ragtime Guitar’. We also found time for another duo, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, with a taster of their new album due for release at the end of the month, titled ‘No Mercy In This Land’ . . . .Danielle Nichole - Cry No More

I Got To Go
Boogie Woogie Woman – B.B. King (The Blues – 1958)
Damn Your Eyes – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (Black Coffee – 2018)
I Got To Go – Casey James (Strip It Down – 2017)
See That Girl Sittin’ On The Fence – Stefan Grossman & Ton Van Bergeyk (How To Play Ragtime Guitar – 2012)
Lost Love – Vanja Sky (Bad Penny – 2018)
Burnin’ For You – Danielle Nichole (w. Walter Trout) (Cry No More – 2018)Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - No Mercy In This Land
Found The One – Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (No Mercy In This Land – 2018)
Too Tired – Albert Collins (Ice Pickin’ – 1978)

Pinetop’s Pick
Talking About You – The Downliners Sect (Savage Return – 1991)

Find Me A Bar
No More Crying – Michael Burks (Iron Man – 2018)
Find Me A Bar – Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Here In Babylon – 2018)(Myles Goodwin & Friends of The Blues
Good Man In A Bad Place – Myles Goodwyn (Myles Goodwin & Friends of The Blues – 2018)
Hold On Tight Mr, I’m Alright – Angel Forrest (Electric Love – 2018)
Please Come Back To Me – Susan Williams & The Wright Groove (It’s About Time – 2018)
Don’t Start Crying Now – Them (Single – 1964)

The new releases keep coming and a big thanks goes to Alligator records for bringing us Michael Burks latest album ‘Iron Man’. We also picked something from L.A. based Texas singer Teresa James and her new album titled ‘Here InTeresa James & The Rhythm Tramps - Here In Babylon Babylon’, where her voice sounds uncannily like Dr John.

Another new release came from Canadian Myles Goodwyn, who once fronted the band, April Wine. His new solo album ‘Myles Goodwin & Friends of The Blues’ which includes a track with one of those friends, Garret Mason, on ‘Good Man in a Bad Place’. Another familiar face on the Canadian music scene, is Angel Forrest, who’s latest release, ‘Electric Love’ will no doubt be featured on the setlists for her UK tour .

There was a little modern day Chicago blues, courtesy of Susan Williams, who hails from Chicago, and along with her band, The Wright Groove, went to Memphis recently to compete in the International Blues Challenge and still found time to released their first album together, ‘It’s About Time’.

Among the ‘seasoned’ choices this week, as well as B.B. King, we pulled out Albert Collins’ version of an old 50s song by American swamp blues guitarist and singer, Elton Anderson, ‘Too Tired’ and we played out this week with Van Morrison and Them and a cover of Slim Harpo’s ‘Don’t Start Crying Now‘. Then, it was time to gather up the records and CDs and head for the door, but not before saying ‘thanks for listening’ and ‘until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . have fun!’

Broadcast by Miskin Radio on 10 April 2018