Can’t Slow Down . . . .

Posted: July 6, 2021 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Cruising #3008b

Well, around the Grand Duchy the weather has proved as changeable as political fortunes this week. But our spirits have been kept high with a plenty of music gigs and encounters with some friendly faces. But, none of this socialising distracted us (too much) from our preparations for this week’s musical adventure. So, just when you thought it was safe to cross the road, the Cruise Mobile came heading your way, at speed, and barely slowed down to let folks jump aboard . . . . but they did!

So, with a ‘toot’ and a cheer, we began yet another musical adventure to ‘who knows where’ with ‘you know who’ . . . which, with complete lack of innovation, we still call Cruising with The Commissioner.

This week our fun and frolics included a selection of song about ‘Shirley’, although probably not all about the same girl. It opened with Shirley & Lee’s, ‘Shirley Come Back To Me’, then Bobby Lee Trammell, with ‘Shirley Lee’ featuring James Burton on guitar. Rosco Gordon followed and we closed the ‘Shirley fest’ with a great favourite here, courtesy of Mike Sanchez & His Band. But before that, we got this week’s cruise underway with sax man Joe Houston and the aptly titled ‘Blow Joe Blow’ . . . .
Walk Right In
Blow Joe Blow – Joe Houston
The Prove My Love To You – Joe Jones
She Walked Right In – Morris Pejoe
Little Mary – Fats Domino
Shirley Come Back To Me – Shirley & Lee
Shirley Lee – Bobby Lee Trammell
Surely, I Love You – Rosco Gordon
Shirley – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Big Boy Pete – Don & Dewey

Girls & Guitars
Can’t Slow Down – Clare Free

Where You At Jack
Sugar Baby – The Jacks
Ay Te Te Fee – Clifton Chenier
Sugar Bee – The Balham Alligators
Act Naturally – Buck Owens
I Cried – Jivin’ Gene & The Jokers
One Day Next Year – The Heartbeats
Be My Girl – The Nitecaps
Where You At Jack – Little Mummy
Let ‘Em Roll – King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys

This week, our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature focused its spotlight on singer songwriter and guitarist, Clare Free. She first picked up the guitar at age 17 and says she was influenced by artists like Albert Collins, Luther Allison and Buddy Guy. She’s served her time in a long list of bands and played with some notable names along the way. But she decided to go solo and released her first solo album in 2010. She’s recorded three albums to date and we chose her track, ‘Can’t Slow Down’ from her latest album.

At one point we turned the Cruise Mobile for Louisiana, prompted by the much esteemed Thom Hickey and a piece he wrote on his Immortal Jukebox blog about the origins of Zydeco music and the significant influence of Louisiana accordionist Clifton Chenier. So, we added our modest contribution to the cause with Clifton Chenier’s ‘Ay Te Te Fee’. Another taste of Louisiana came courtesy of the irrepressible Arfa Pinetop, who recounted tales of a recent gig featuring the great UK keyboard and accordion player Geraint Watkins . . . so, it was a good excuse to dig out an album by Mr Watkins with the excellent Balham Alligators and play their take on ‘Sugar Bee’.

This week, our time management got a bit lax, but we did manage to squeeze in our ‘Doo Wop Delights’, which included The Heartbeats with their 1958 Roulette single ‘One Day Next Year’ and Detroit vocal group, The Nitecaps with their 1955 Groove 45 ‘Be My Girl’. But, all too soon those familiar faces and places came into view, as we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and getting us all the way home was King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys with the suitably titled, ‘Let ‘Em Roll’. So, once we parked up the Cruise Mobile, we were saying our farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll all meet again next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 6 July 2017

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