Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Trails - Joseph Falcon & Cléoma Breaux - Allons à Lafayette (1928)

This tune can also be found on this month's Featured Album.  Recorded in 1928, I'm told it's the first Cajun recording and I'm sure that's true.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Featured Album - The History of New Orleans R&B 1923-1953 (Part Five)

Final selections from a brilliant set of CD's and a Tom Waits cover of a tune off the compilation




Saturday, September 24, 2011

Featured Artist - George Jones (Part Five)

This final post to celebrate a great country singers 80th birthday features four tunes from George's years with Epic (1972 - 1991) and ends with one of my personal favourites from a 1967 Porter Wagoner show that captures the man in his absolute prime.









Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Featured Artist - George Jones (Part Four)

Five tunes to add to the George Jones' 80th birthday party playlist, this time from his recordings from his years with Musicor (1965 - 1971)





Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Featured Artist - George Jones (Part Three)

Four more tunes from George Jones' United Artists recordings (1962-1964) to mark George's 80th birthday earlier this month:






Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Artist - George Jones (Part Two)

Four further tunes to celebrate the great George Jones 80th birthday this month, this time selected from his Mercury (1957-1962) recordings:






Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Live Session - James Hunter

Just coming to the end of a tour, but bound to be on the road again soon, James Hunter recorded two sessions for God's Jukebox back in 2008 and 2010.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Featured Album - The History of New Orleans R&B 1923-1953 (Part One)

This 4 CD set, released earlier this summer, is a great way to track the development of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues.  The only way history should be taught...with the volume up loud.  This and following posts feature a generous selection of tunes.





Monday, September 5, 2011

Featured Artist - George Jones (Part One)

George Jones turns 80 later this month, which given his lifestyle for many of those 80 years is some achievement. The quality of his vocals since he began making records almost 60 years ago has always been remarkable.

This post starts off the story with four tunes from his early sessions on Starday Records (1954-1956).

"That Honky Tonk music is the white man's blues is no better illustrated than in the person of George Jones." Robert K. Oermann, 1983






Thursday, September 1, 2011

Aural Massage - Young Jessie - Do You Love Me (1955)

I first heard Young Jessie in 1983 on the NME Ace Case tape, listening with a mate on his Walkman on a coach on the A38 heading to an Elvis Costello gig in Bristol. Like many good R&B songs, Hit Git and Split's joyous energy made us both laugh out loud the first time around.  Released as a B side on Modern in 1955, "Do You Love Me" sounds like everyone was having fun here too.