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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!

All Shook UpThe Upsetters
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
Eloise – George Bongo Joe Coleman (Bongo Joe – 1991)Exile & Grace

Hit Twice
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’.

Babes & Buicks Babes & Buicks
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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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.
Good Little Thing
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)
Good Little Thing – Joshua Jacobson (Good Little Thing – 2017)Mike Brookfield - Brookfield
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 . . . . !

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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

Oooh Wow
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

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Well a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and if you like the blues, then we came with a pile of the best of them . . . . and we headed off down the blues highway with another preview track from the forthcoming new album by Walter Trout. This track had a guest appearance by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who’s been playing some UK gigs lately and sounding good with Walter Trout on ‘Gonna Hurt Like Hell’.

There were plenty of other new releases from Califonia artists too. Firstly, from the Santa Barbara area, The Paradise Kings, who are known for their hi-octane live shows, and it shows through on their new album ‘Controlled Burn’ and they mix in a little humor too on ‘I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em’. Secondly, we something from veteran Southern blues man, Johnny Ray Jones, who, after many years of performing, finally got to release his debut album with the apt title ‘Feet Back In The Door’, with some good ole Southern soul and blues.

While Sister Rosetta Tharpe popped up on Pinetop’s Pick this week, the blues library was subject to a little extra rummaging this week to find a rather fine version of Mississippi John Hurt’s, ‘Candy Man’, delivered with charm and grace by John Renbourn. Much covered bluesman, Tommy McClellan also turned up with his 1942 Bluebird recording of ‘Blue As I Can Get’. But, what really inspired our trip to the library was to find who had also recorded the very fine blues ballad we played recently by the late Lonnie Mack, called ‘Falling Back In Love With You’. It turns out there are quite a few, including our choice by Saffire (The Uppity Blues Women).

I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em
Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Walter Trout (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) (We’re All In This Together -2017)
I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em – The Paradise Kings (Controlled Burn – 2017)
Hard Times Won – Johnny Ray Jones (Feet In The Back Door – 2017)
Candy Man – John Renbourn (John Renbourn – 2001)
The Mexican End – Jim Allchin (Decisions – 2017)
First Time I Met The Blues – Jeff Dale & Jeff Stone (The Southside Lives – 2017)
Untrue – Anni Piper (Texas Hold ‘Em – 2007)

Pinetop’s Pick
That’s All – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Every Time I Feel The Spirit – 2016)

In The Grooves In The Grooves – Susan Cattaneo (feat. Bill Kirchen) (The Hammer & The Heart – 2017)
Falling Back In Love With You – Saffire (Uppity Blues Women) (Old, New Borrowed & Blue – 1994)
Mojo Potion No 61 & 49 – Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere – 2017)
Ride Of Your Life – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)
Blue As I Can Get – Tommy McClellan (Tommy McClellan Vol.2 – 2005)
Devil Gone Fishin’ – Antry (Devil Don’t Care – 2017)
G & L Jump – Bill Perry (Fire It Up – 2001)

As you may have detected already, there’s a recent release that I keep
going It’s Jim Allchin’s album ‘Decisions’ and we pulled out another mighty fine number from it this week, ‘The Mexican End’. Among the other recent new releases is an album called ‘The Southside Lives’ and it features Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, which may have inspired their distinctive take on the ‘First Time I Met the Blues’.

Now, ‘the ladies of the blues’ got well represented here this week, with the sultry tones of Australia’s First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper with ‘Untrue‘, the welcome return of Susan Cattaneo with her album ‘The Hammer & The Heart’, another visit from multi instrumentalist Stacy Jones with ‘Mojo Potion No 61 & 49’ and, not forgetting, Saffire (The Uppity Blues Women).

We dipped back into Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s new album ‘Lay It On Down’ for a well-honed track called ‘Ride Of Your Life’ and guitarist/singer and harp player, Antry, was back with another track from his excellent debut album ‘Devil Don’t Care’, which brought us to our last choice for this week’s show . . . some blazing guitar instrumental from the great Bill Perry. So, a big thanks for your good company this week, here’s hoping we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 July 2017



Back in business . . .

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

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

If you heard the low rumble of the Cruise Mobile in the distance, then you might have guessed it was heading in your direction and bringing with it another chance to go Cruising with The Commissioner. This week we set off on our musical adventure with some familiar faces in the form of The New Champs with ‘Sax Boogie’ and followed with a real rocking piece of R&B from Ivory Jackson, ‘I’m A Country Boy’. Soon after, Irma Thomas turned up with a very appropriately titled 1964 Richard Berry song, ‘Moments To Remember’ . . . and you may think there are more moments in current events that are better forgotten. Cruising #3003

Perhaps, we should get our acknowledgments up front now, because there have been some helpful pointers along the way, including Matt The Cat with his Juke In The Back show featuring the original 50s New York vocal group The Diamonds, who only ever released 3 singles on the Atlantic label during 1952 and ’53 and then faded from the music scene by 1955. We played their 1952 single ‘Call Baby Call’. We also gave a respectful nod towards Neil Pelligrin for pointing us to a 1962 Minit 45 from a son of the Crescent City, Ernie K Doe.

Our rummaging in the Cruising Library this week turned up a couple covers by significant pianists. The first was an unlikely cover of one of the many 50s hits by Buddy Holly & The Crickets, from rocker Esquerita, famed for his frantic vocals and wild piano playing. The second came from James Booker with his take on Fats Domino’s ‘All By Myself’. If you’ve had a little over exposure to Mr Domino’s version, then like me, you may have found Mr Booker’s version a refreshing alternative.

Moments To RememberNew Champs
Sax Boogie – The New Champs
I’m A Country Boy – Ivory Jackson
Wake Up Baby – King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick – Snookum Russell
Get Out Of Here – Ernie K Doe
Moments To Remember – Irma Thomas
Mr Low Love – Terry Thomas

Girls & Guitars
Back In Business – Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins

Hooked Beverly Watkins (2)
Call Baby Call – The Diamonds
Maybe Baby – Esquerita
All By Myself – James Booker
One & One Is Two – The Weeklings
No Money Down – Jules Blattner
One Day Next Year – The Heartbeats
Crazy Crazy Party – The Cues
Hooked – Eilen Jewell
Come On Home – Eddie Lang
Have Mercy Miss Percy – Long Tall MarvinWeeklings

This week, the spotlight of our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, who hails from Atlanta in Georgia and was playing in various local bands in high school. Soon after, she was recruited into Piano Red’s Houserockers and toured across America. But, to show off her talents, we pulled out one of her own 1998 albums and this is rather fine title track of the album ‘Back In Business’.

This week, we found one of those lost songs of the Fab Four, penned by Paul McCartney and given away, ‘One & One Is Two’. It got recorded by American band The Weeklings and may have gone down well with our Ambassador to The Islands, Susan Bowman, who’s a bit of a Fab Four fan. Our ‘Doo Wop Stop’ started with The Heartbeats, followed by The Cues and a number destined to please our good pal Pete Hall who’s a bit of a fan of The Cues.

While we listened to a 1956 RPM 45 from Eddie Lang, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and getting us all the way home was Marvin Philips (one half of the successful 50s singing duo Marvin & Johnny) under the name Long Tall Marvin with his 1956 Modern release, ‘Have Mercy Miss Percy’. Many may have doubted it, but we got back safe and sound, in time to park up the Cruise Mobile in its usual place, all ready for the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 26 July 2017


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

Well a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and we came with an armful of new releases, a few ‘seasoned’ favorites and possibly one or two surprises, which we kicked off with one of the great contemporary slide guitarists, Roy Rogers. His playing has been described by one music buff as “sounding the way good bourbon tastes, smooth and with a kick”.

Then we lined up a few new releases, starting with ‘Stomp Jump Boogie’ from Seattle based, multi-instrumentalist, Stacy Jones. Then came guitarist/singer and harp player, Antry with an excellent debut album, ‘Devil Don’t Care’, which we will return to, for sure. Another gem came from the Jon Spear Band, who hail from Central Virginia and whose new album, ‘Hot Sauce’ includes a superb version of ‘Natchez Burning’. The Jake Leg Jug Band were back, all the way from the cotton fields of Stoke on Trent, and bringing with them another track excellent track from their latest album ‘Break A Leg’.Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere

After several taster tracks from Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s new album, ‘Lay It On Down’, the whole album was released this week and it includes the excellent ‘Down For Love’. Now, The Halley DeVestern Band describe themselves as “the number one blues band in New York City”, which maybe so, judging by the title track of their new album ‘Keep On Playin’.

Dreamin’ At The Juke 
Dreamin’ At The Juke – Roy Rogers (Blues On the Range – 1989)
Stomp Jump Boogie – Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere – 2017)Jon Spear Band - Hot Sauce
Devil Don’t Care – Antry (Devil Don’t Care – 2017)
I Be’s Trouble – Muddy Waters (Down On Stovall’s Plantation – 2011)
Love, Life & Money – Johnny Winter (3rd Degree -1986)
Natchez Burning – The Jon Spear Band (Hot Sauce – 2017)
I Can’t Dance (With Ants In My Pants) – Jake Leg Jug Band (Break A Leg – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues – Furry Lewis (Furry Lewis – His Best 22
Recordings – 2017)

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Down For Love – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)Antry - Devil Don't Care Cover
Falling Back In Love With You – Lonnie Mack (Strike Like Lightning – 1985)
Keep On Playin’ – Halley DeVestern Band (Keep On Playin’ – 2017)
Picture This – Debbie Davies (Blind Pig Presents: California Blues – 2015)
The Healer – Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker (The Healer – 1989)
Just Plain Sick – Jim Allchin (Decisions – 2017)

We paid a visit to Stovall’s Plantation for something recorded there by a youthful Muddy Waters, which will have please the scratchy blues fans no end. There were a few other celebrated names appearing on our playlist, including Lonnie Mack with  lovely blues Halley DeVestern Band (Keep On Playin'called ‘Falling Back In Love With You’ from his 1985 album ‘Strike Like Lightning’, along with a Little Willie John song from the late great Johnny Winter.

Debbie Davies popped up with the title track of her 1993 album, ‘Picture This’ and we took the occasion of Carlos Santana’s birthday to reprise his 1989 collaboration with John Lee Hooker on ‘The Healer’. Then, the last choice for this week’s show was a blazing boogie woogie instrumental from Jim Allchin’s latest album ‘Decisions’.

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

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 July 2017

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

Well, this week, the Gran Duchy has been witness to some very changeable weather and even more changeable world events. It inspired brief moments of bizarre fantasy, where Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes actually looked like potential world leaders . . . . now there’s a thought! Fortunately, it faded from our semi-consciousness, as that familiar sound came heading down the road, which must have given a big hint that it was time again to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile, grab the seat saved especially for you and set off on another adventure, Cruising with The Commissioner.

Cruising #3004bThis week there was a lot of rummaging in the Cruising Library and Mr Merlot was particularly pleased, because after many sleepless hours in the Cruising Library, he came back with a big smile and a copy of Johnny Otis’s ‘Big Time Scoop’. There was also Merrill E Moore’s version of ‘Rock Island Line’, which positively rocks down the track and a lost gem by Jerry Raines, his cover of Dixieland Rock, which stayed in the vaults of Drew-Blan Records until it was discovered years later by an enthusiast looking for more of Jerry’s stuff . . . . and we’re glad he did!

Along the way, we pulled out a classic Lightning Slim song, given a great rocking treatment version delivered there by Lee McBee & The Passions . . . and wouldn’t you like to be one of the Passions . . . . we can think of at least one person who would . . . and it isn’t Mr Merlot! Jimmy McCracklin appeared as the producer of Betty Bibbs’ ‘Enough For Everybody’ . . . . which just might be a theme for our Cruising adventures. But before all that, we kicked off this week’s musical journey to ‘who knows where’ with a rocking instrumental ‘The Toast’ from the New Champs . . .

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The Toast – The New Champs
I Got It – Diz & the Doormen
Ain’t That Lovin’ You – Eddie Riff
Rock Island Line – Merrill E Moore
Rooster Blues – Lee McBee & The Passions
Enough For Everybody – Betty Bibbs
Tremble – Malcolm Dodds

Girls & Guitars
Two Horns and Two Wings – Michelle Malone

Nothing But Fine Michelle Malone
Mississippi Number One – Eden Brent
Dixieland Rock – Jerry Raines
They Said It Couldn’t Be Done – Alvin Robinson
Big Time Scoop – Johnny Otis
Mr Moonlight – Dr Feelgood & The Interns
I Ain’t Guilty – The Crawford Brothers
You Ain’t Nothing But Fine – Rockin’ Sidney
Poppa Stoppa – Pee Wee Crayton
Dig Everybody, Dig That Boogie – Roy Hall
Good Golly Miss Molly – The Valiants

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on Dr Feelgood - Mister MoonlightAmerican singer/songwriter and guitarist Michelle Malone. She’s been in the music business for over 20 years and released a string of albums, to date, and our choice was ‘Two Horns and Two Wings’ from her 2003 album ‘Stompin’ Ground’.

Now, fans of the fab four will know well the song ‘Mister Moonlight’ and we thought it was about time to dig out the original by Dr Feelgood & The Interns . . . . which became something of a cult favorite among many British R&B bands, including those lads from Liverpool.

We said a Big thanks to Matt The Cat for reminding us of the Crawford Brothers with their 1957 Aladdin 45 ‘I Ain’t Guilty’. We also gave a nod in the direction of our good pal Arfa Pinetop for suggesting Rockin’ Sidney’s original version of ‘You Ain’t Nothing But Fine’.  Another ‘notable’ in our playlist was a1951 Modern records release by Pee Wee Crayton, dedicated to New Orleans radio presenter Clarence Haman, known as ‘Poppa Stoppa’, which just happened to be the title of the song. Then, before we knew it, the Cruise Mobile was heading for home with some frantic accompaniment from The Valiants. So, once the Cruise Mobile was parked up, we gave everyone a cheery wave, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 19 July 2017