Folk Espresso

 Guest host : Henry Weeks

 
Barefootin' - Michelle Shocked; this funky little number was big (by Robert Parker) when Soul Music was huge on the radio. Remember radio? Let me tell you all about it, it was great... 
 
When I Go Home - Suze & Eric Thompson; featuring Eric's rock solid guitar.
 
Tramp - Otis Redding; that's Carla Thomas giving him his musical 'what for'... and he's having none of it. 'He is what he is & that's all he is' as Popeye would say.
 
Chalk & Roll _ Paul DeLay; I think all the 'nom de cue's' used in this song are, or were, actual people active on the scene at one time or another. If ole gentleman Jay sees this, please give me a call.
 
I Thought Buddy Bolden Say - Jelly Roll Morton; contains the great line 'open up the window & let the foul air out', only he says "fou-well air".
 
Give Me The Flowers - Terry Allen; good advise. Follow it.
 
Aloha Means I Love You - Tau Moe Family/Bob Brozman; this amazing Hawaiian performers toured all over the world continuously for over 60 years their styles drew from styles predating the great Hawaiian musical explosion in popularity during the teen & twenties of the last century. See Bob Brozman's web site for more.
 
The Wine Song - The Youngbloods; come to think of it, I could use some right now.
 
Cro Magnon Shuffle - Pagan Jug Band; a local band. This has got a great jug intro to rival Beethoven's 5th.
 
Get Along Home Cindy - Billy Jack Wills; Billy Jack was part of the farm team for brother Bob's big band.
 
Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt - McKinley Peebles; Jessie Winchester recorded a version of this that we like a lot, but for pulse & commitment this is the one to beat.
 
Walls Of Time - Ricky Skaggs
 
Sonny Boy's Harmonica Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson 2 (Rice Miller); Sonny Boy played that harp & snapped them fingers & had that impeccable rhythm. Always!
 
Oh Red - Harlem Hamfats
 
Long Journey Home - Hank Bradley/Jody Stecker; it sounds like they're doing this in the same key they learned it in & it's just a touch to high for either of them when they got around to recording it.
 
I Get the Blues When It Rains - Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; play this the next time you get the blues in the rain. I bet you you'll be dancing by the time it's done.
 
Georgia Bound - Blind Blake; known for the duration of this set as the 'American Blind Blake'.
 
Lord, Got Tomatos - Alphanso 'Bahamam Blind' Blake Higgs; the 'Bahaman Blind Blake' was a performer in the hotels & cafes in the Bahamas on the 50's.
 
Jac-O-Diamonds - Texas Shorty (Jim Chancellor)/John Hartford; you gotta admire the way the banjo & fiddle bob & weave around & through each other.
 
Buried Alive In the Blues - Paul Butterfield's Better Days; yes that's Geoff Muldaur on vocal & how could you miss the incomparable Amos Garrett on that slinky guitar.
 
Lets think About Livin' - Teddy Thompson; yes he's a relation (to Richard).
 
Got My Own Thing Now - Squirrel Nut Zippers
 
Wild Women Don't have the Blues - Ida Cox; I send this out to my daughters & granddaughters.
 
Starlight On the Rails - Flatt & Scruggs; Utah Phillips strikes deep in the heart of Nashville.
 
Down the road A Piece - Will Bradley Trio; I love the back & forth jive in this recording.
 
Lipstick Powder & Paint - Delbert McClinton; John Lennon's harmonica instructor.
 
There's A Bottom Below - Malvina Reynolds; keep this in mind as you listen to 'Democracy Now'.
 
Alours?..Voila - Tchavolo Schmitt; Django was related to the Schmitt's perhaps this guy is a relative.

 

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