Thursday, September 27, 2007

You ain't no big thing

The Next One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer show is pre-recorded to CDs and then to the AudioVault, so I can visit with my parents next Sunday October 7th. Here's a preview of the setlist. No Mic Breaks cuz there will be no talking, just wall-to-wall blues madness.

BSB Intro
John Lee Hooker-"You Ain't No Big Thing", John Lee Hooker, The Early Years
Carey & Lurrie Bell-"Last Night," Gettin' Up: Live At Buddy Guy's Legends, Rosa and Lurrie's Home
Ike Turner with Ben Burton-"Troubles & Heartaches," Rocket 88: A Proper Introduction To Ike Turner / Jackie Brenston
Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, & James Cotton-"Caledonia," Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down
Howlin' Wolf-"How Many More Years," Rocket 88: A Proper Introduction To Ike Turner / Jackie Brenston
Little Milton-"Somebody Told Me," Rocket 88: A Proper Introduction To Ike Turner / Jackie Brenston
Baby Face Turner-"Blue Serenade," Rocket 88: A Proper Introduction To Ike Turner / Jackie Brenston
Tail Dragger-"My Head Is Bald," My Head Is Bald - Live at Vern's Friendly Lounge, Chicago
The Pocket Rockets Feat. Blind Mississippi Morris-"Love Jones," Bad to Worse
Buddy Guy (with B. B. King & Eric Clapton)-"Crawling King Snake," Can't Quit The Blues-Disc 3
Junior Wells-"Come On In This House," Live at Theresa's 1975
Big Walter Horton-"Cotton Patch Hotfoot," Mouth Harp Maestro
John Lee Williams-"Sloppy Drunk Blues," Broken Heart Blues
Sonny Boy Williamson-"Keep It To Yourself," *(single version) The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson
Little Walter, "Hate To See You Go," His Best
The White Stripes, "Your Southern Can Is Mine," De Stjil
The Blind Boys Of Alabama-"Run On For A Long Time," Oxford American Southern Sampler 2003
Mose Alison-"The Seventh Son,"Oxford American Southern Sampler 2000
Jesse James-"Southern Casey Jones," Oxford American Southern Sampler 2000
Ike Turner-"Matchbox," The Oxford American Southern Sampler 1999
Isaac Hayes-"Do Your Own Thing," The Oxford American Southern Sampler 1999
Elmore James-"The Sun Is Shining," Best of Elmore James
Aretha Franklin-"This Bitter Heart," Aretha Sings The Blues
Eddie Cusic-"Reconsider Baby," I Want To Boogie
Jimmy McCracklin-"Just Got To Kniow," Stax: We'll Play The Blues For You
Rufus Thomas-"Bear Cat (Aka Hound Dog)Stax: We'll Play The Blues For You
Little Milton-"Tin Pan Alley," Stax: We'll Play The Blues For You
Little Sonny-"Don't Ask Me No Questions," Stax: We'll Play The Blues For You
Lightnin' Hopkins-"Shake That Thing," Newport Folk Festival - Best Of The Blues 1959 - 68
Memphis Slim-"Black Cat Crossed My Path," Newport Folk Festival - Best Of The Blues 1959 - 68
Paul Butterfield Blues Band-"Blues With A Feeling," Newport Folk Festival - Best Of The Blues 1959 - 68
Roscoe Shelton-"Say You Really Care," Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Disc 1)
Larry Birdsong-"Somebody, Somewhere," Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Disc 1)
Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra-"Pipe Dreams," Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Disc 1)
Little Richard-"WLAC Commercial," Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Disc 1)
Earl Gaines, "White Rose (Theme),"Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (Disc 1)
Mississippi John Hurt-"Pallet On Your Floor,"Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
Skip James-"Devil Got My Woman," Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
Son House-"Son Blues," Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
Bukka White-"Aberdeen Mississippi Blues," Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
J. B. Lenoir-"Eisenhowser Blues," Eisenhower Blues
Little Sam Davis-"1958 Blues," Eisenhower Blues
Curtis Jones-"Wrong Blues, " Eisenhower Blues

That's the show; it airs from 8:30 to 11:00 pm CDT on Sunday, October 7th on WMSV 91.1 FM.

Click here for a live internet feed.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jesus hits like the atom bomb

Did a Gospel Blues revue tonight; just for a change of pace and it is the Sabbath, after all. Here's the playlist:

Sam Cooke-Touch The Hem Of His Garment, Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964
The Staple Singers-Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Oxford American - Southern Sampler 1998
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band-When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder, Deep River
Leadbelly-Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Leadbelly Sings for The Children

Mic Break

Skip James- Devil Got My Woman, Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
Alan Lomax Collection-Lining Hymn, Blues In The Mississippi Night
Jimmy Cliff-Many Rivers To Cross, 20 Reggae Classics: Music That Inspired A Generation

Mic Break

Todd Snider-Back To The Crossroads, Oxford American Southern Sampler 2000
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band-Deep River, Deep River
Melodians-Rivers of Babylon, 20 Reggae Classics: Music That Inspired A Generation
Topper Price & The Upsetters-Wade In The Water, Long Way From Home

Mic Break

Bessie Smith-On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual), The Oxford American Southern Sampler 2005
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band w/ Nicholas Payton (trumpet) and Topsy Chapman (vocals)-His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Deep River
Helen Humes-When The Saints Go Marching In, The Oxford American Southern Sampler 2005

Mic Break

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band-What A Friend We Have In JesusDeep River
Mahalia Jackson-Take My Hand Precious Lord (mono), The Essential Mahalia Jackson
Blind Willie Johnson-God Moves On The Water, Oxford American Southern Sampler 2003

Mic Break

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band w/ Topsy Chapman-Go Down Moses, Deep River
Willie King & The Liberators-Why The Good Lord Sent Us The Blues (spoken), Freedom Creek
B.B. King-Sweet Little Angel, King Of The Blues

Mic Break

Robert Johnson-Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil), King of the Delta Blues Singers
Son House-Preaching Blues, Newport Folk Festival Best Of The Blues 1
Rev. J. M. Gates-Must Be Born Again, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 2B: Social Music

Mic Break

Junior Wells-Ways Like An Angel, Blues Hit Big Town
The Rolling Stones-Can I Get A Witness, England's Newest Hitmakers
The Fieldstones-Angel Of Mercy, Memphis Blues Today!
Willie Dixon-The Seventh Son, I Am The Blues

Mic Break

Alison Krause-Down To The River To Pray, Oxford American Southern Sampler 2000
Kevin Gordon With Lucinda Williams-Down To The Well, Oxford American Southern Music CD No. 5
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band-Down By The Riverside, Deep River

Mic Break

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band w/ Topsy Chapman-Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Deep River
Rev D. C. Rice & His Sanctified Singers- I'm In The Battlefield For My Lord, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 2B: Social Music
Rev. Moses Mason-John The Baptist, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 2B: Social Music
Blind Willie Johnson-John The Revelator, Anthology Of American Folk Musi, Vol. 2B: Social Music

Mic Break

The Soggy Bottom Boys-I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys-Jesus Savior, Pilot Me, Ralph Stanley Live At McCabe's Guitar Shop
Jimbo Mathus & Knockdown South-Old Rugged Cross, Old Scool Hot Wings

Mic Break

The Pilgrim Travelers-Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb, The Oxford American Southern Sampler 2005
Sam Cooke, Jesus Gave Me Water, Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hail State

Hail dear 'ole State,
Fight for that victory today;
Hit that line and 'tote that ball;
Cross the goal before you fall,
And then we'll yell, yell, yell, yell!
For dear 'ole State we'll yell like hell!
Fight for Mis-sis-sip-pi State,
Win that game today.

---Words & Music by Joseph Burleson Peavey, 1939

Mis-sis-sip-pi State is on a three game winning streak (our first since the 2000 season) after beating up on defenseless Gardner-Webb 31-15. The remnants of Sub-Tropical Depression #10 threatened for much of the day, but rain was sparse and missed the game mostly. It was dark when I arrived at our tailgate spot on the Drill Field, and it soon opened up but only for ten minutes.

In an alternate universe, a young Orson Welles fresh off Citizen Kane stopped by our set-up to shoot my cotton toothpick holder from Greenville, MS's Cottonlandia Museum.

Eventually the sun came out and so did the goodies. This was our first tailgate this year to feature grilled food. I brought some Herbs de Provence crusted lemon garlic olive oil marinated rosemary pork chops. We also had Grace's delicious buffalo wings, some Bryan Smoked Cajun Sausage, and some Johnsonville Brats (not shown).

Here's Bill setting up our new hi-tech tent featuring cooling fans.

Meanwhile Craig suits up before taking charge of grill duty.

The brain trust relaxes while the chicken wings cook.

Soon everyone in attendance was digging in to the chow.

Here's Harper just back from another adventure around the Drill Field.

Of course, there was a football game to attend. Here's Anthony Dixon scoring MSU's third touchdown to stretch the lead to 21-0. Sky Dawgs on the Sky Deck (sections 701-709) at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field get a nice view from way up high.

As the fourth quarter starts, here's the physical evidence that things have started looking up for the Bulldog Nation.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The church in the wildwoood.

I've been visiting First Presbyterian Church Starkville this year considering joining the congregation by reaffirmation of faith, being technically a confirmed member of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church Tallahassee, my baptismal and childhood church. I've been to a number of services and wanted to experience a fellowship event. The fall catfish fry at Robinson Lake seemed a like a good bet.

The lake and surrounding property off Daffodill Lane was donated by a Mrs. Robinson (insert Dustin Hoffman/Simon and Garfunkel joke of choice here) and hence its name, Robinson Lake. The church uses it for social occasions and as a campground for the Boy Scout troup.

Before the fish fry there was a musical event featuring congregants from First and Osborn Presbyterian Churches and special guests from the Palmer Home, including their choral group Promise.

There was a good sized crowd to enjoy the concert.

Here Pastor Olin McBride listens to a congregant.

Then it was time for the Catfish fry. Fish was breaded and fried.

Broiled fish prepared by some church "elders" was also available for the more health conscious amongst us.

Pretty soon the hordes descended on the spread.

There were drinks and desserts brought by guests to accompany the homemade vanilla ice cream. My assorted cookie tray is in the right foreground.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

World in motion (part X)

England 3-Russia Nil.

That scoreline says it all really.

But NOT as much as Scotland 1-France nil, at Parc des Princes no less!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mississippi saxophone

This week's version of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" like last weekend's 12th annual Howlin' Wolf Blues Festival is heavy on the Mississippi Saxophone. I also feature four tracks from Festival darlings, Homemade Jamz.

BSB Intro
Litlle Walter-Juke, His Best
Little Walter-Mean Old World, His Best
Jr. Wells-Junior's Wail (Alternate), Blues Hit Big Town
Charley Musselwhite-If I Should Have Bad Luck, In My Time

Mic Break

Carey Bell-Jawbreaker, Deep Down
Homemade Jamz-Boom Boom, Tupeloms
Muddy Watters, James Cotton, & Johnny Winter-Mama Tell Your Daughter, Breakin' it UP, Breakin' it DOWN

Mic Break

Phantom Blues Band-I'm Looking For A Miracle, Out Of The Shadows
Sonny Boy Williamson II-All My Love In Vain, The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson
Sonny Boy Williamson II-Sonny Boy's Harmonica Blues, In Europe

Mic Break

Big Jim Shelton-Mississippi Night, Big Jim Shelton
Rob Stone and the C-Notes-Too Many Drivers, No Worries
The Pocket Rockets featuring Blind Mississippi Morris-Willie, Bad To Worse

Mic Break

Paul Butterfield Blues Band-Our Love Is Drifting, Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Homemade Jamz-Down Home Blues, Tupeloms
Homemade Jamz-Cadillac Assembly Line, Tupeloms

Mic Break

The Pocket Rockets featuring Blind Mississippi Morris-Mississippi Jukin', Bad To Worse
Buddy Guy-I'd Rather Be Blind, Crazy, & Crippled, Can't Quit The Blues (Volume 3)
Tail Dragger-Tedn To Your Business, My Head Is Bald
Marcus Roberts-Jungle Blues, Alone With Three Giants

Mic Break

Mark Hummel-West Coast Flood, Low Down to Uptown
Fabulous Thunderbirds-Lookin' Forward To Lookin' Back, Roll Of The Dice
Snooky Pryor-Someday Baby, Shake My Hand

Mic Break

Homemade Jamz-Red Rooster, Tupeloms
Howlin' Wolf-Killing Floor, His Best
Eddie Cusic-Little Angel Child, I Want To Boogie
Sonny Boy Williamson I-Deep Down In The Ground, The Bluebird Recordings

Mic Break

Sonny Boy Williamson I-Decoration Day Blues No. 2, Broken Hearted Blues
Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones-Midnight Rambler, Let It Bleed
Jimmy Reed-Blue Carnegie (Instrumental), The Essential Boss Man

Mic Break

Big Walter Horton-Jukin' With Walter, Live at the El Mocambo
Big Walter Horton-Jumpin' Blues, Mouth Harp Maestro
George "Harmonica" Smith-Sunbird, "Now You Can Talk To Me"

Hey ho let's go

Inspired by Spinner's list of the 25 Best Opening Lyrics, I noticed they overlooked an obvious candidate, The Smiths!

Here's a modest sampler:

"OH HELLO/ I am the ghost of Troubled Joe"

"Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking"

"A dreaded sunny day/ So I meet you at the cemetery gates"

"I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour"

"From the ice-age to the dole-age"

"Belligerent ghouls/ run Manchester schools"

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the sacred wunderkind"

"All men have secrets and here is mine"

"The rain falls hard on a humdrum town"

How many of those songs can you name?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

FSU Fight Song

You gotta fight fight fight for FSU
You gotta SCALP 'EM Seminoles
You gotta win, win, win, win, WIN this game,
and roll on down to make those GOALS
For FSU is on the WARPATH now and at the battle's end she's great
Our Seminoles of FLORIDA STATE!


Florida State! Florida State! Florida State! WHOOO!

After the opener at Clemson's "Death Valley", a 10 point win is just fine, even if it was against UAB. If you don't think so; find a Michigan fan and ask them how they'd feel about a 10 point win against a non-traditional football school. And you thought all College Football fans were CRAZEE!

Now let's hope the Bulldawgs can hold off the Green Wave . . .

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Moanin' at midnight

The 12th annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival happened Friday afternoon and evening at The Civic in West Point, MS. Having a blues festival held indoors in the South is kind of unique and quite nice, since it's often unbearably muggy if not downright hot on Labor Day weekend. This year the first act, Ernie Southern and Gary Jr. Waldo (officially listed as playing from 4-5) performed their trad acoustic slide blues under The Civic's porte-cochere off and on throughout the evening adding a nicer festival-like flair to this year's event as, if you took a fresh air, food, or other break, there was still music to be heard. Now if they could just improve the stodgy, seating arrangements inside, this festival would really be something. Lose the stuffy auditorium rows for some semicircular chair arrangements with more aisle space and perhaps a few more tables sprinkled in back and along the walls. It's not like those chairs are immobile!

Here's Ernie's collection of geetars:

Southern and Waldo perform late afternoon, 8/31/07.

The first indoor act was local Black Prairie Blues legend Big Joe Shelton backed by the Dave's Blues Breakers (Drew Dieckmann, guitar; Lee Graham, bass guitar; Robert Staggers, percussion).

Just to warm up the crowd, Drew threw down a wigout solo or two.

Next up was "one man band," New Orleanian 19th Street Red also backed by Lee Graham, "the second hardest working man in (Starkville) show bidness." Dig the John Lee Hooker Wayfarers.

Fresh out of Lee County was Tupelo's own Homemade Jamz Blues Band. "A Family Affair" in the tradition of Lee County's own The Chambers Brothers, the band consists of three siblings: 15 year-old guitar player, harmonica player, and lead singer Ryan Perry, 13 year-old bass player Kyle Perry, and 8 year-old drummer Taya Perry. I'll be featuring their self-produced CD, Tupeloms on next weekend's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" portion of The Juke on WMSV 91.1 FM.

A highlight of the show was when Ryan pulled out his "Homemade" guitar consisting of a muffler from his dad's F-Series Ford pickup, the seatbelt as a strap, a cut down harmonica for the bridge, and electronics installed from an older guitar!

Next up was the Chicago Jump Blues of Rob Stone and the C-Notes, again featuring a frontman singer/harmonicist.

Here's Richard introducing festival favorites Willie King and the Black Prairie Blues Kings.

Special guests included Blind Mississippi Morris, "rated one of the 10 best harmonica players in the world" by BluzHarp magazine, and Colin Linden of O Brother Where Art Thou? fame, who this year actually got to solo!

Finally Willie took the stage to burn through such standards as "Spoonful."

Closing out the evening were Houstonians Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy, providing a rousing Blues/Gospel coda to a fine evening of music. Local drummer Bob Damm sat in.

It was really nice to see Jay and Tony back in the area visiting from NOLA and the Coast, respectively. Also the WMSV Juke blues crew enjoyed meeting Rick all the way from Jackson, GA.`