Posts Tagged ‘blues’

Saturday Matinee – NASA 1961, Jason D. Williams, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, & The Yonder Mountain String Band

Saturday, 16 July 2016

This magnificent feat was engineered with slide rules, and it amounted to blasting a giant bullet containing a human into the sky, then recovering both it and Alan Shepard intact [via]. Those early astronauts had big brass ones, and the creepy music made it even better. (John Glenn appears at 04:15.)

Speaking of Great Balls of Fire, here’s the next best thing to The Killer. Jason D. Williams pounds the ivories with Sticks McGhee‘s 1947 classic “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-dee-o-dee.”

Spodiodi was street slang for chipping in for a cheap bottle of fortified wine in a brown paper bag and sharing it with your buddies. Urban Dictionary says “Spodiodi” is a glass of wine spiked with bourbon. Nah.

BTW, Sticks McGhee was the brother of Brownie McGhee, who partnered with harmonica player Sonny Terry known for his harmonica whooping. “Key to the Highway” was covered by many, including what’s his name. That famous British guy. You know. That guy.

Here’s some Easy-On-The-Ear-Holes stuff from The Yonder Mountain String Band. They need some authentic whooping in my opinion. Maybe even some eefin.

Have a great weekend, folks, and be glad that you’re not in Turkey.

Saturday Matinee – USS America, Accidents & Blunders, Johnny Winter w/ Popa Chubby

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Cool timelapse of USS America LHA-6 arriving in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2016 (not to be confused with the aircraft carrier USS America CV-66 which was decommissioned in 1996) [via].

[Found here.] Warning: Too dark for young kids.

Here’s something a bit lighter.

Johnny Winter, with Popa Chubby, Frank Latorre & The King Bees,  at the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC on 23 February 2014.

Have a great weekend, folks.

Saturday Matinee – Big Daddy, Big Daddy and Big Daddy

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Big Daddy‘s take on Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” is pure awesome. Check out their mashup of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – you’ll love it. You might even be able to find a clean download somewhere before it’s gone (hint hint nudge nudge).

Then there’s this Big Daddy I never heard of. Pure brilliance happens within the first 60 seconds. See how long you can stand it before you click on

this. The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Mugs mug too much, but their music is retrohot.

Nice drivin’ acoustic blues by Big Daddy Wilson, live at the Bluesmoose Café 14 March 2012, featuring
Big Daddy Wilson – vocal & percussion
Roberto Morbioli – Guitar
Detlef Blanke – Bass.

Whoa Mama! There’s a long weekend coming up. Have a great one, and be back here tomorrow if only because we told you to.

Saturday Matinee: Dancebot, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf & Joe Bonamassa

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Very cool bot moves. Amazing that the people can replicate their own moves, too.

Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley were competitors of sorts during their Sun Studio recording days. Here’s Presley doing Cash.
[Vid found in here.]

That’s Howlin’ Wolf in 1966. The song was a reworking of “Hey Lawdy Mama,” written and performed by Buddy Moss in 1934. Wolf’s version was covered by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and re-titled “Runnin’ Shoes.”

How Many More Years” as covered by Joe Bonamassa in a tribute concert in 2015. Pretty impressive lineup, too:

Bonamassa’s touring band, dubbed the “Muddy Wolf Band” [and] includes Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Ron Dziubla (saxophone), Nick Lane (trombone), Mike Henderson (harmonica), and Kirk Fletcher (guitar) [via].

Have a great weekend folks. We’ll have some more fun tomorrow.

 

Saturday Matinee – Horror Cat, Great Beer Run & Gary Clark Jr.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

I generally avoid posting cat videos, but this one made me smile. [Found here via here.]

“At a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, one man, John “Chickie” Donohue, snuck back into the war zone to find his 3 closest friends and buy them a beer.”

This guy is probably the only good excuse to get burned up at Coachella. Here’s Gary Clark Jr. cranking some retro blues/rock awesomeness on 16 April 2016.

Have a great weekend folks, see you back here tomorrow for stuff.
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Greetings Feral Irish Fans!

If this is your first time here, have a walkabout; just make sure you leave a trail of breadcrumbs and set the timer, or else click on the “Sampler Plate“at top right. Lot of stuff buried in these archives. We have .gifs every Friday, UToobage every Saturday, and Sundays are often link dumps. –Bunk
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Saturday Matinee – Wagon Train, Tauba Auerbach & Eric Bibb

Saturday, 28 May 2016

One of the prettiest theme songs ever, and one of my favorites.
Then the Missus ruined it for me forever by singing this:

Wagons here, wagons there,
There are wagons everywhere;
Some are short, some are long,
And they’re even in this song;

On a ship, on a plane,
You can find them on a train;
This is what we call the Theme to Wagon Train.

Very cool paper sculpture books [via].

How ’bout some country blues? Eric Bibb does it right.

Eric Bibb (vocals, acoustic guitars, baritone guitar, resonator guitar, contra bass guitar, cigar box diddly bow, 6-string banjo & footstomp), Grant Dermody (harmonica), Dirk Powell (fretless banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, upright bass, banjo & harmony vocal), Cedric Watson (fiddles & backing vocals), Danny DeVillier (drums & tambourine), Christine Balfa (cajun triangle).

Aside from the video bloopers and bad cuts, I’d have never guessed so many great ones played on that track.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember that Memorial Day is not about hot dogs and beer.

Cigar Box Bass Diddley Bow

Monday, 23 May 2016

Cigar Box Bass

I’d love to know who those guys were and what that bass sounded like. Gimme a heads up with a link if you know.

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Louis in the Studio, Kid Ory & Trombone Shorty

Saturday, 7 May 2016

This exclusive video depicts Armstrong and his All Stars recording the master take of “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” as well as silent footage of them listening to the playback. Also featured in the clip are Trummy Young, trombone, Peanuts Hucko, clarinet, Billy Kyle, piano, Mort Herbert, bass and Danny Barcelona, drums.

I always thought Kid Ory came out of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (along with Johnny Dodds, Baby Dodds and Louis Armstrong) but according to Wiki:

Ory had one of the best-known bands in New Orleans in the 1910s, hiring many of the great jazz musicians of the city, including cornetists Joe “King” Oliver, Mutt Carey, and Louis Armstrong, who joined the band in 1919; and clarinetists Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone.

So how ’bout some more in the same vein? Trombone Shorty’s tribute to Louis Armstrong ain’t bad, and he’s got one hell of a breathing trick.

[Confidential to Calo – That one’s for you. Condolences.]

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow for more, you know, stuff.

 

Saturday Matinee – The National Blues Museum, Andy Williams & The Temptations, The Continentals & The Trashmen

Saturday, 9 April 2016

The National Blues Museum just opened in St. Louis, Missouri. [via]

In December 1969, Andy Williams (aka Mr. Moon River) got down and funky with The Temptations. He looked mad, dammit. [via]

The Continentals (Richard Frank, Lead Guitar; Robert Sarlo, Rhythm Guitar; Ricky Mangone, Rhythm Guitar; Joseph Messina, Drums and Ralph DiForio, Vocals and Bass Guitar) recorded July 9, 1961 on Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.

I dare you to Lip sync Surfin’ Bird. Now sing it without a backup band. Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll be back tomorrow with more inanity than you can stand.

Street DJ with Gramophone, London ca. 1920

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

London DJ 1920

Free Bird? I don’t think I have that one, but I got Wang Wang Blues.”

[Found here.]


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