Options Steve Krinsky: Playlist from December 12, 2017 Options

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Options December 12, 2017: I Do Not Play No Rock N Roll
Someone once described the Blues as the realm of middle-aged white men who drink too much beer. Well, it’s that and much much more. The Delta Blues of the 1930s offers a rich view of a vibrant and defiant black culture in the Jim Crow South. When the blues went electric, it rocked. Listen to Fred McDowell's slide guitar, the harmony vocals in the sacred songs of Blind Willie Johnson & Bukka White, the sweet guitar of Etta Baker, the deep soul sounds of Etta James and Delbert McClinton. No wonder I get such a thrill from this stuff!

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Artist Track Comments Approx. start time
Big Guitars from Texas  Alamo Beach   Options I'm not used to a 1-hour show, so I picked the shortest tune on the Big Guitars from Texas CD. Not a minute to waste! Lotsa blues to play.  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Eddy Clearwater featuring Los Straitjackets  Midnight Groove   Options What a collaboration! Bluesman Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater and twangsters Los Straitjackets, from "Rock N' Roll City" (Bullseye Blues, 2003)  0:02:15 (Pop‑up)
The Johnny Otis Show  Cold Shot   Options With son Shuggie on guitar. This is the title cut to a 1969 album on United Superior Records out of Los Angeles, one of the many labels run by the Bihari Brothers. Cover shows Shuggie & harmonica player Mighty Mouth Evans with amazing Afros!  0:03:32 (Pop‑up)
Mississipi Fred McDowell  I Do Not Play No Rock & Roll/Baby/Please Don't Go   Options Born in 1906 near Memphis, McDowell settled in Como, MS, about 40 miles south. This album, from 1969, is the first time he recorded with an electric guitar.  0:06:10 (Pop‑up)
Mississipi Fred McDowell  Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning   Options Short instrumental version of this blues classic, famously covered by John Fahey, Hot Tuna and others.  0:10:48 (Pop‑up)
Blind Willie Johnson  Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning   Options This is the original version, from 1928. Vocal help from Willie B. Harris, his wife. According to Wikipedia, the song "alludes to the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins."  0:11:20 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Art Pepper 

Brown Gold   Options

Recorded in 1952, saxman Pepper is joined by pianist Hampton Hawes. From a great 2-record set of West Coast jazz players: "Black California" on Savoy, released in 1976. Even though he was white, Pepper got his start at age 13 jamming in the black clubs of L.A. 

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Bukka White w/ Memphis Minnie  I Am In The Heavenly Way   Options Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White recorded for Victor Records in the 1930s. He was a rambler, traveling from town to town, playing wherever he could. He also spent time in Parchman Farm, the Mississippi prison. He was rediscovered in the 1960s by John Fahey.  0:17:31 (Pop‑up)
Memphis Minnie  Hoodoo Lady   Options Born Lizzie Douglas, Memphis Minnie was one of the best female blues singers of her time. In fact, she was one of the best blues singers period. She was a good guitar player and a charming performer.  0:20:16 (Pop‑up)
Etta Baker  One Dime Blues   Options Born in 1913, Etta Baker played Piedmont-style finger-picking. She worked in the textile mills of North Carolina until her music career allowed her to quit. She died in 2006.  0:23:22 (Pop‑up)
Frank Hutchinson  KC Blues   Options From a great collection: "White Country Blues: 1926-1938: A Lighter Shade of Blues" (Columbia, 1993).  0:25:52 (Pop‑up)
Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton  Sweet Sarah Blues   Options Two white country blues guys from the 1930s.  0:29:28 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Eddie Clearwater & Los Straitjackets 

Monkey Paw   Options

I've never been much for theatrics in music; just play, I say. But you have to love Eddie C's feathers and the luchador masks of Los Straitjackets. What a hoot! 

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Charles Brown  Joyce's Boogie   Options This is from "All My Life" from 1990, on Bullseye Blues/Rounder, when Charles had a career re-boot. We don't get to hear his suave vocal stylings on this instrumental, although Charles plays a mean boogie-woogie piano on this tune.  0:34:58 (Pop‑up)
Etta James  Shaky Ground   Options Originally a Temptations song but Etta does alright with it! From her 1988 "Seven Year Itch" album on Island Records.  0:37:00 (Pop‑up)
Delbert McClinton  A Mess of Blues   Options Written by Doc Pomus, covered by Elvis Presley, among others. This is my favorite version.  0:40:24 (Pop‑up)
Clifton Chenier  Bogalusa Boogie   Options Clifton's mixed blues & Cajun music, came up with zydeco. He didn't invent it but he sure made it happen!  0:44:10 (Pop‑up)
Lazy Lester  I'm A Lover Not A Fighter   Options From a new collection on Ace: "Bluesin' by the Bayou: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry." I think this is from the 60s but Lester is still around.  0:47:32 (Pop‑up)
Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra  Singing the Blues   Options With Bix Beiderbecke, Eddy Lang, Jimmy Dorsey and others; from 1927.  0:50:21 (Pop‑up)
Erroll Garner  Body and Soul   Options Smooth bluesy piano take on jazz classic. The perfect ending. Seeya.   

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Listener comments!

  8:05pm Rich in NC:

Hey Steve
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Yes indeed!
Avatar 8:07pm Mailman Tom:

Any Alabama Bluesmen in the house tonight?
  8:13pm Rich in NC:

Nice opening set
  8:14pm nickrhombi:

dang... my man fred mcdowell talkin about playin the slide blues with a beef bone. thats some serious blue.
  8:16pm nickrhombi:

- once saw a pbs special about some jazz and blues festival he played and they showed him keeping time with a kick drum. it was warm pie. (cant find it anyplace on the youtubes.)
Avatar 8:23pm Jack:

Good to hear your show this evening, Mr. Krinsky. Loving the blues.
Avatar 8:29pm glenn:

this is a pretty good recording for 1930 or whenever.
  Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Steve Krinsky:

HI ALL: Nice to know you are out there. Gotta go; one hour show-- no time to chat.
  8:41pm lothianman:

Need to make the show longer. Enjoyed the Eddie Clearwater with LS. Looks like they have a whole album
  8:48pm lothianman:

Bogalusa boogie.............phenomenal cut..........first time I heard it had to buy it !!
  9:00pm John in Wisconsin:

Great tunes! Thanks! Wasn't that really "Singing the Blues" and not "St.Louis Blues"?
  Swag For Life Member 9:09pm Steve Krinsky:

John: Yup. That explains why it didn't sound like W C Handy tune.
  3:32pm Jyri:

Thanks again Steve, quality is your second name!
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