Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Trails - Seven Foot Dilly & His Dill Pickles - Sand Mountain Drag (1930)

John Dilleshaw was actually 5 inches under 7 feet, but at 6 feet 7 inches, who was going to argue the point?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Featured Artists - The Gaylads (Part Three)

Last from three of Jamaica's finest

Midnight Hour #14 - Dead AND Lovely

Recently uploaded to our Mixcloud and following a theme taken from this month's Aural Massage, click here to track down 60 minutes of tunes from among others: Clancy Eccles, Fats Domino, Laura Lee, Prince Buster (pictured), Louis Jordan, Little Walter, The Impressions and Lou Rawls.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

RIP - George Jackson (12/03/1945 - 14/04/2013)

The wonderful soul singer and prolific song writer for others has died, age 68

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gospel Slot - Dorothy Love Coates & The Gospel Harmonettes - You Must Be Born Again

You also get "He's Right On Time" from this live TV recording, a two for one deal you shouldn't pass on.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Live Session - Police Dog Hogan

Apparently this band are "a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass".  Well if all that's true then they fit right into this blog's brief. We're about to find out in Aldeburgh, Suffolk later this month, and there are other opportunities to see for yourself here.

If you can't make it to a gig soon, here's something to be going on with:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Featured Artists - The Gaylads (Part One)

This vocal trio from Jamaica began recording ska material in 1963, but their best work is a series of outstanding rocksteady tunes cut at the end of the 60s for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One and Sonia Pottinger's Gayfeet. Delano Stewart, BB Seaton and Maurice Roberts also backed other artists with their delicate and soulful harmonies and if you haven't heard them before then pull up a chair. OK, if you have, sit down anyway and enjoy this post and the others to follow this month.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Featured Album - Hard To Handle: Black America Sings Otis Redding (Part One)

Released last Autumn on Ace Records, this is another in a great series of CD's.  All are worth having, but this one is a real gem, with great covers of Otis penned songs by a stellar cast of soul greats including William Bell, Irma Thomas, Percy Sledge, James Carr, Clarence Carter, Aretha, Etta and more.

We've found some of the tunes on YouTube, so here are 3 to be going on with:

Monday, April 8, 2013

RIP - Harry J (06/07/1945 - 03/04/2013)

Harry Zephania Johnson, Jamaican record producer has died, age 67.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Aural Massage - Ike Quebec - Loie (1962)

How to turn a Latin Jazz standard into a very fine song indeed...