Posts Tagged ‘Chet Atkins’

Saturday Matinee – Chet Atkins w/ Jerry Reed, Creedence, and Les Paul w/ Dickey Betts

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Last week I erroneously (and embarrassingly) confused Nena Kerner with Nina Hagen. I lost a lot of karma for that blowzit, so I’ll try to make up for it.

Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed play Bob Dylan. Not sure of date / place.
(Long intro, jump to 02:00.)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970 Oakland California.

Video caption: The audio track is from the CD commemorating the concert and while I had to make some adjustments in speed to match the video, it sounds a hell of a lot better.

Les Paul with Dickey Betts on a Les Paul from 2001.
(Jump to 02:00 to bypass banter.)

Hope that absolves me somewhat. Have a great weekend, folks, and take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is all about.

Saturday Matinee – Chet Atkins, Louis Armstrong, Joe MacDonald & The New Orleans Jazz Hounds

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Chet Atkins‘ version of the jazz classic “Muskrat Ramble.” This is perfect early morning sunrise roadtrip music. From Wiki:

“Muskrat Ramble” is a jazz composition written by Kid Ory in 1926. It was first recorded on February 26, 1926, by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, and became the group’s most frequently recorded piece.

There’s some dispute over the authorship of the song, as Lil Hardin (pianist, composer, arranger, singer, bandleader, and the 2nd Mrs. Armstrong) may have come up with it and missed out on the credit. According to Sidney Bechet, Hardin merely renamed a song stolen by Kid Ory from Buddy Bolden (“The Old Cow Died and the Old Man Cried”). Eh… I’m not a jazz historian so we’ll leave it at that.

Satchmo in Munich 1962. I love this stuff.

Just a few years later, Joe McDonald stole the same music, renamed it, put words to it and performed it at Woodstock as an anti-Vietnam War protest song. (I didn’t realize until I scanned his bio – McDonald’s parents were communists and he was named after Joseph Stalin. Now it all makes sense.)

Yeah, we all know about the bloodshed that happened after South Vietnam got chumped, Joe, and I bet you never paid any royalties to Ory, Hardin or Armstrong either.

Okay, let’s lighten it up a tad.

Live from Tokyo, it’s The New Orleans Jazz Hounds. Recorded 14 May 2016, it features Kikuchi Haruka, Tamura Makiko, Sato Shingo. I don’t know who plays what, but it’s still a nice tribute.

Have a great weekend, folks. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Chet Atkins & Les Paul, RT & The 44s, Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados, and Bob Lyons

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chet Atkins & Les Paul Limehouse Blues 1978. Wait for the end – Atkins shows that he was playing a fold-up guitar.

Using instruments crafted from tin, 2×4’s and salvaged parts, RT has stated that RT N’ THE 44s was born out of “an attempt to make listenable music from junk.” [Wiki]

[h/t to Anachronistic Decay.]

Here’s a related video from La armonía del vertedero – Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura de Paraguay:

My late Uncle Bunk had what he called a “BoomBass” that consisted of a cookie tin nailed to a 2×3 with a single wire on a bridge that ran up to a fretboard, with tambourine thingys on the top and a spring peg on the bottom. You played it by banging it on the floor and hitting the wire with a notched dowel.  It was also painted very nicely, and someone I know still has it.

Besides the diddley bow, my favorite instrument that began as junk salvage:  the steel pan drum.

Bob Lyons plays Jason Mraz’s reggae-ish hit on steel drums in Wellington, Florida December 2009

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember, no man can eat 50 eggs, Easter or not.


Saturday Matinee – Chet Atkins & Leo Kottke; Rodrigo y Gabriela; Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt & Louis Armstrong

Saturday, 4 January 2014

This video featuring Chet Atkins and Leo Kottke is entitled “Shut Up, Garrison.”

Here’s Rodrigo y Gabriela pickin’ and poundin’ on “El Diablo Rojo.”

Buncha great performers in that clip, including Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt & Louis Armstrong.

That should hold y’all for a while. Have a great weekend, folks, and remember to pick up after your dogs (the ones you voted in).

Saturday Matinee – Doc Watson, Chet Atkins & Leo Kottke

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Doc Watson, one of the most influential guitar pickers, passed away 29 May 2012. Blind before he reached the age of 1, he overcame his handicap with hard work and earned talent.  Here he is with Chet Atkins (d.2001) and a young Leo Kottke. I’m guessing the vid is from the late 70s.

[Personal gripe: Peeps who post these vids on the Utoobage should give some detail in the descriptions. Many do, but too many don’t.]

Here’s Chet Atkins, early 1960s, with “Black Mountain Rag.”

In 1982, Leo Kottke performed Tom T. Hall‘s “Pamela Brown” on a late night variety show.

Well I think three vids are enough for one post these days, so have a great weekend and we’ll see y’all pickin’ and flickin’ back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Hoogerbrugge, Moonshine, Karen Wheeler, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, Country Dick & The Beat Farmers

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hoogerbrugge’s “A Thunderstorm in a Beautiful Summer Sky.” Want more video oddness ala Hoogerbrugge? Click here.

Now let’s make some moonshine.

What’s moonshine without country? Here’s Karen Wheeler’s version of “Muleskinner Blues.” [via] (This is the same song that The Fendermen covered in 1960 with their rockabilly version.)

“The Claw.” Can’t beat a combo of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins.

I bet I’ve posted this video before, but I’ve been a longtime fan of the late Country Dick Montana and the Beat Farmers, and it just seems right to wrap up this Saturday Matinee with Big Ugly Wheels.

Have a great weekend folks, and be back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – Trib Cartoonists, String Bean, Doobies & Chet Atkins

Saturday, 15 May 2010

1931 Cartoonists at the Trib. I love that style. [Found here.]

“Run Rabbit Run” by String Bean (aka David Akeman) the inventor of gangsta pants and sporting early metal makeup, playing with Lester Flat and Earl Scruggs. Akeman and his wife were murdered by burglars at their rural Tennessee home in 1973.

I’d forgotten about this song until I heard Bunkessa singing it. It reminds me of a high school roadtrip when Dave Borracho decided to relieve himself through the open rear window of Mike Pupshaw’s family station wagon and we learned about aerodynamics.

Chet Atkins was amazing. Here’s some chickin’ pickin’ on “Yakety Axe,” a riff on Boots Randolph’s classic, “Yakety Sax,” more commonly known as “The Benny Hill Theme Song.”

Have a good weekend, folks.

Saturday Matinee – Butterstick, Us, Stand Up and Shout, Jerry’s Breakdown, After You’ve Gone

Saturday, 21 November 2009

I axed Bunkarina to pick out a video or two for this week’s video trainwreck, and she chose this. From Drew Carey’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” here’s “Butterstick.”

Bunkarina likes this video by Regina Spektor, and so do I.

The Tubes were the late 70’s equivalent to FZ’s Mothers of the late 60’s.  MockRock at it’s best. “Stand Up and Shout” covers a lot of ground while featuring Fee Waybill as druggie frontman “Quay Lewd.”

The late Jerry Reed pickin’ with the late Chet Atkins. This one’s for Aussie Phil.

Suzy Boggus‘ & Chet Atkins’ excellent version of  “After You’ve Gone.” (Ignore her stupid outfit, she’s a great singer.)

Saturday Matinee – Buckeyes, Trombone Suicide, Stardust & Desiree Bassett

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Got an eclectic mix as WorpDress went down for an oil change during my Friday evening Utoob trolling.

Bunk didn’t attend OSU, but both Papa and Mama Strutts did. The Best Damn Band in the Land is all chrome-plated brass, no weeny woodwinds there.

Bunk played trumpet in Hi-Skool, and marching band was fun…that’s where the foxy girls were. The clowns were in the trombone section.

“Stardust” is the most often recorded song of all time. Here’s Chet Atkins & Stanley Jordan’s version.

This is amazing. 15 year old Desiree Bassett effortlessly shreds LedZep’s “Rock & Roll” in front of an embarrassing Sammy Hagar.

[Update below:]


Saturday Matinee: We lost a couple of greats this week. Jerry Reed & Bill Melendez.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

“Amos Moses” was my favorite Jerry Reed song. My younger sister had the 45rpm record, and I didn’t.  (But I knew all the words, and she didn’t.)

Chet Atkins is a treasure, and Jerry Reed was a classic. There’s more of J.R.’s Pickin’ n’ Grinnin’ at RockHoppers. (Dan, you beat me to it!) God bless Jerry.

Here’s Chet Atkins with Suzy Bogguss.

And here’s Suzy Boggus with Chet Atkins.

Bill Melendez.  You’ve seen his stuff.  You’ve heard his stuff.  Seems kinda appropriate that there is no video, and I relive part of my childhood whenever I hear this song.

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