Here’s a bit of video from Bill Kitchen (thanks to Ben Sandmel on Facebook). Lyrics below
I might have been a lawyer (but I couldn’t pass the bar) No one’s sworn to secrecy in the courtroom of swinging doors, And it’s hard to hid the evidence if it’s coming out your pores. Here comes [...]
This is the orchestra the year after they’d moved from Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they had been the Knights of Pithias Orchestra, and about four years before Handy adapted “Mr. Crump Don’t ‘Low” into “The Memphis Blues” and discovered that there was a fortune to be made in publishing blues music. [...]
thanks to Lord Nelson.
Yes, Anderson. Lord Nelson. This one was from Tobago (I wrote Trinidad before I got the link).
Michiko Kakutani has a really moving review of a new Johnny Cash biography, by Robert Hilburn, that is as good as anything I’ve read for describing the strengths of Cash’s music. It begins:
Johnny Cash’s life was a country song full of love and loss, passion and heartbreak — grief, loneliness, guilt, faith, melodrama [...]
Some Bessie Smith, in response to Anderson’s comment. But it is always a good moment to listen to Bessie Smith.
While on music topics, my iPhone’s random play did something truly strange today. First, it played the live version of Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” from the documentary No Direction Home. Then it played the song [...]
Robert Gordon’s fascinating Stax book is going to be featured on Thacker Mountain Radio tomorrow, with some YalaSoulwackers Stax music to go with it. I’m going to be there.
The quote is from Isaac Hayes’s high school friend / trumpet player’s description of the impact of his hitting, bigtime, with Hot Buttered Soul (containing [...]
Last night, Joyce and I co-hosted a party at our office just off the Square for Representative Bobby Moak. If you are interested in Mississippi blues, the biggest thing was that we had bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch from Bruce rocking the house (well, the front yard).
Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in [...]
A great Randy Newman song you might have missed, “Potholes.”