Showing posts from June, 2006

Bad Joke

Deep shit again.

My cousin David is dying. The end of the road.

He has been sick for 3 years now. And it’s the end today.

We were raised like brothers. And he was a loyal friend.

I know he couldn’t understand a bloody word written on this blog but he was always happy to hear good music, and he was the most happiest man on earth when I told him I was releasing my first record. He was an excellent drummer too, a loving husband, an amazing brother, and a proud son.

And now, it’s just a question of weeks, days, hours, I don’t really fuckin’ know.

So, hell yeah, it’s one of the weirdest day of my life.

I don’t know when I’ll be back from Paris, but I hope you don’t mind if I take one or two weeks off .

And sorry to write things like that on this tiny little internet music page, but I feel like I had to.

Life’s a joke my friends.
Today’s a bad one.
He’s 33 years old.

Tom Waits - Fawn

Scatman Patin and the Ram Rods !

Scatman Patin was tenor saxophonist in the Riff Raffs, a Lafayette, LA group that played New Orleans-styled rock and R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Several of the musicians in the group recorded as solo artists for the Ram label, including Patin, singer Bobby Page, singer/pianist Roy Perkins, and saxophonist Harry Simoneaux.
Patin's sole Ram single was 1958's "Ginning"/"Red Beans & Rice," which were typical New Orleans rock instrumentals, with Patin taking a good squealing solo near the end of "Red Beans & Rice."
For the release the group was renamed the Ram Rods, and the single billed to Scatman Patin and the Ram Rods.

Scatman Patin and the Ram Rods - Ginning
Scatman Patin and the Ram Rods - Red Beans And Rice


The Cellos - Rang Tang Ding Dong (The Japanese Sandman)

See you next week !

Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes !

Ok you all know how much we love blues music here.
Not blues music for square people of course.
We like Blues filled up with hard liquor, black cats, the devil himself, a mojo hand , and John the conquer root.
So thanks to Jeff Konkel at Broke & Hungry Records.
Why ? ‘Cos this is the man who runs Broke & Hungry Records , a St. Louis-based independent record label dedicated to recording and releasing authentic country blues.
In a word, keeping the spirit alive.

"Broke & Hungry Records ain’t polite and they ain’t pretty. They don’t get played at cocktail parties. Nobody takes ‘em home to meet his mother."

Back to Bentonia represents both the debut CD for the 58-year-old Holmes and Broke & Hungry Records.
Well, to be honest, listening to this set, it is hard to believe that Holmes has remained hidden for so long.
The eleven sides here were cut in two sessions late last year. Eight acoustic sides were laid down at the Blue Front CafĂ©, 'on an unseasonably warm November…

I'm A Lover Not A Fighter !

People, good news !
My « official » website (I’m talkin’ about my phenomenal worlwide musician career here of course) is up and running.

Right here

Well, it’s absolutely not finished yet and still under construction, but at least we have a now !

Oh yeah, and we do have a forum !
And if you don’t mind, I’ll delete the other blog.

To celebrate this, let’s talk about one my fav blues artists shall we...

The last surviving member of the first generation swamp blues fraternity that includes Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim and Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester has always been one of the best.
His entree into playing professionally arrived quite by accident: while riding on a bus sometime in the mid-'50s, he met guitarist Lightnin' Slim, who was searching fruitlessly for an AWOL harpist. The two's styles meshed seamlessly, and Lester became Slim's harpist of choice. In 1956, Lester stepped out front at J.D. Miller (the prolific south Louisiana producer)'s Crowley, LA …

The Lollipop Shoppe !

I know, a lotta people from the rockin’ blogosphere (could we find another world godammit) already wrote and post about this fantastic band but hey, it’s my blog, I do what I want ^_^
Here we go !
The Lollipop Shoppe was originally known as The Weeds and featured Fred Cole, now of Dead Moon. After The Weeds signed to UNI Records (a now-defunct subsidiary of MCA), their new manager, "Lord" Tim Hudson, insisted they change their name to The Lollipop Shoppe to fit in with the current trend of bubblegum music. The band's actual recordings, including the 1968 LP Just Colour, are hardly bubblegum, but instead a mix of garage rock and psychedelia. The album and its single, "You Must Be a Witch," are regarded as period classics and still prized by collectors, though neither made the charts.
The band opened for stars such as Janis Joplin and The Doors, and appeared in the biker movie Angels from Hell.
The album has been bootlegged; the Music Maniac label has announced a r…

Rockin' On The Moon !

A quick wednesday post with Deacon Gilliland who wrote and released this hot classic with his band the rock & rollers in February 1956 !

Deacon And The Rock & Rollers - Rockin' On The Moon
Deacon And The Rock & Rollers - I Don't Wanna Leave

A Bloody Old Time Religion Mix !

Rev Frost Presents A Bloody Old Time Religion Mix ! (48 :02)

1. Intro
2. Papa George Lightfoot - When The Saints Go Marchin' In
3. Elder Otis Jones - Holy Mountain
4. Uncle Dave Macon - Way Down The Old Plank Road
5. Evelyn Freeman - Didn't It Rain
6. Brother Claude Ely - There's A Leak In This Old Building
7. Blind Roosevelt Graves - When I Lay My Burden Down
8. Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - Old Man Mose
9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above my Head
10. The Louvin Brothers - There's A Higher Power
11. Rev. Utah Smith - I Want Two Wings
12. Mahalia Jackson - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
13. The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama - I've Got A Home
14. Rev. Lonnie Farris - A Night At The House Of Prayer
15. Blind Roosevelt Graves - I'll Be Rested
16. Brother Joe May (With Sister Wynona Carr) - It's All Right
17. Rev. Louis Overstreet - Yeah Lord! Jesus Is Able
18. Son Bonds - Give Me That Old Time Religion

A Bloody Old Time Religion Mix !(via Rapidshare)

Al Hibbler !

Born blind in Mississippi, Al Hibbler featured with Duke Ellington's Orchestra throughout the 1940s and recorded a few hits (included here) on his own for Decca and Atlantic during the 1950s and '60s.

After winning a talent contest in Memphis, he joined Jay McShann and His Orchestra in 1942 and debuted with Duke Ellington's Orchestra just one year later, replacing Herb Jeffries. He spent a total of eight years with Ellington's band, finally leaving in 1951 after Ellington refused to raise his salary by $50 !

Mr Hibbler passed away in April 2001.

Al Hibbler - After The Lights Go Down Low
Al Hibbler - Danny Boy(handkerchief please)
Al Hibbler - Unchained Melody(a bigger handkerchief please)


Lue Renney - Your Wiggle And Your Giggle

Warren Storm !

The first tales from the archives contest is a huge success !
See, we had a lotta thank you, one I love you and one wedding plan (JeanPop2 with Kenny).
More soon…

Warren Storm (Warren Schexnider) ,the Godfather of swamp pop, grew up in a Cajun household (he spoke only French until the third grade – me too btw ^_^).
By age 15, Warren was playing drums with Larry Brasso's Rhythm-aires; then, after a stint with Herb Landry's R&B based Serenaders, Warren fell under the influence of Fats Domino's drummer Charlie "Hungry" Williams.
Warren signed a contract with local impressario J.D. Miller and became a singer, too. His first record, released under the monkier Warren Storm (Schexnider was too long to fit on a 45 label, Warren declared), 1958's "The Prisoner's Song" b/w "Mama, Mama, Mama" sold a quarter of a million copies.

Warren Storm - Mama Mama Mama (Look What Your Little Boy's Done)
Warren Storm - Prisoner's Song

Tales From The Archives !

There you go my dears, here's the result of the first choose-your-songs-from-the-archives-contest !
Thanks for your comments and emails :)

You'll notice that I said only 5 songs but what the heck, I don't even follow my own rules !

Scurvy and Gumbo :
Link Wray And The Raymen - The Shadow Knows
+Bonus !
Link Wray And The Raymen - I'm Branded
Link Wray And The Raymen - Deuces Wild

Kenny :
James Carr - The Dark End Of The Street

+Bonus !
Roy Hamilton - The Dark End Of The Street

Bluesmutt :
Little Willie John - Fever
+Bonus !
Little Willie John - Need Your Love So Bad

Chris Oliver :
Ronnie Cook And The Gaylads - The Goo Goo Muck

Jackie :
Johnny Carroll - Bandstand Doll

Ruth :
Barrell House Annie - If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)

So Thanx again, enjoy, and see you next week !!!!