The Band “I'm Ready” from Moondog Matinee (Capitol Records 1973) —This one goes out in tribute to Levon Helm who passed away last week at the age of 71. So much soul came through his drumming, vocals & mandolin playing. Levon Helm sings lead on this Fats Domino song recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Blue Monday” from Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (THE TIPITINA'S FOUNDATION 2007) —2007 version of the Fats Domino hit written by Dave BartholomewBuy it!
Fats Domino “The Fat Man” from The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook (Ace 2011) —Recorded in 1950 and written by Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew. I took this off a really fine 2011 collection of various artists performing songs by the noted New Orleans bandleader-producer-performer Dave Bartholomew.Buy it!
June Gardner “99 Plus One” (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. New Orleans instrumental recorded by one of the great New Orleans drummers June Gardner circa 1965-1970. Written & produced by Wardell QuezergueBuy it!
Barbara Lynn “Found My Good Thing” from From The Vaults of Ric & Ron Records - Rare and Unreleased Recordings 1958-1962 (Rounder/Ace/The Numero Group 2012) N —Demo of a previously unreleased song written as an answer to her hit "You'll Lose A Good Thing" recorded circa 1962. Found on this new release made up of ten 7" 45s of rare material found in the vaults of the New Orleans based Ric and Ron labels.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “You Ain't Alone” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —Soul ballad that builds from the band based out of Athens, Alabama.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “A Woman Left Lonely” from Highlights From The Pearl Sessions (Columbia 2012) N —Previously unissued alternate vocal take of the Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham-penned song which they wrote just for her to sing. Recorded in 1970 with the Full Tilt Boogie Band.Buy it!
The Pac-Keys “Greasy Pumpkin” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1965-67 with Teenie Hodges on guitar.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Nancy Lee” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Just released in the U.S. this week. Based out of L.A. and featuring lead vocals by Ty Taylor.Buy it!
MABLE JOHN “Running Out” from Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2012) N —1968 Stax single A-side written by Ashford & Simpson and produced by Steve Cropper.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Blue Crib” from Instrumentals (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. 1974 instrumental written by Isaac Hayes.Buy it!
Mulatu Astatke “Yekermo Sew” from Ethiopiques 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentals 1969-74 (Buda Musique 1998) —1969 Ethiopian jazz instrumental written by Mulatu Astatke.Buy it!
Dr. John “Kingdom of Izzness” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Dr. John's voice is in fine form on this track found on his new release recorded in Nashville and produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Background vocals are provided by the McCrary Sisters.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —It is with much sadness to hear that Skip Pitts is now at home with hospice care in what is likely the final stages of cancer. Go to http://redkelly.blogspot.com/2012/04/benefit-for-skip-pitts.html to see how you can help.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Jack & Ginger” from Got to Get Back (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental from their most recent 2011 release.Buy it!
Vicki Young with Big Dave and His Orchestra “Riot In Cell Block #9” from Criminal Records (Ace 2012) N —This 1954 Capitol recording was written by Leiber & Stoller. Wanda Jackson recorded her version of this song in 1961.Buy it!
The Memphis Horns “Soul Bowl” from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino 2006) —RIP Andrew Love who played tenor sax with the Memphis Horns. He and trumpeter Wayne Jackson played on so many great soul, pop & rock sides. This 1970 instrumental was written by Andrew Love & Wayne Jackson.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” from Elvis 75 (RCA 2009) —Written by Mark James aka Francis Zambon & recorded in 1969. Andrew Love played sax on this as well as other songs like Dock Of The Bay, Try A Little Tenderness, Sweet Caroline, Kentucky Rain & Son Of A Preacher Man.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Sunny” from Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On (Hi Records / Fat Possum Records 1967) —Music bed. 1967 instrumental version of the Bobby Hebb song.Buy it!
The Band “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” from A Musical History (Remastered) (Capitol Catalog 2005) —Another song in tribute to Levon Helm who shared lead vocals with Richard Manuel on this 1969 recording.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “We Can't Have Nice Things” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —From her forthcoming 6/5 release. Kelly Hogan will be at the Duck Room in June ( Thursday 6/7) as part of Twangfest. For the entire action-packed lineup, go to http://twangfest.com/schedule/Buy it!
Girl In a Coma “Smart” from Exits & All the Rest (Blackheart 2011) —San Antonio trio with lead vocals & lyrics by Nina Diaz.Buy it!
The Ventures “Surf Rider” from Surfing (Sundazed 1963) —Music bed. 1963 surf instrumental recorded for the Dolton label.Buy it!
Mongo Santamaria “El Pussy Cat” from Feline Groovy (Ace 2008) —Mark your calendars for the Hepcat Carnival taking place on Sunday (5/6) at the Gramophone from 3-9 PM. Proceeds go to benefit Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Bands, stilt walkers; Arch Rival Roller Girls; STL Hoop Club; Madame Fortuna , games, food & more!Buy it!
The Raveonettes “Too Close to Heartbreak” from Into The Night EP (Raveonettes LTD 2012) N —New 4-song EP from the band based out of Copenhagen, Denmark.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Single)” from Eponymous (IRS 1988) —Don't miss Back to Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. & KDHX Benefit taking place at Off Broadway this Friday (4/27). This was the original version of the song which came out as a single on Hib-Tone in 1981.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Swan label.Buy it!
The Chills “Heavenly Pop Hit” from Submarine Bells (Slash 1990) —Sublime pop song (yes, one might call it heavenly) out of New Zealand written by Martin Phillips.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken” from Let's Get Out of This Country CD ALBUM (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2006) —Traceyanne Campbell's answer song (albeit 22 years later) to Lloyd Cole's "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?"Buy it!
The School “I Want You Back” from Loveless Unbeliever (Elefant 2010) —Indie pop song out of Cardiff, Wales written by Liz Hunt (ho also sings lead) & Simon Stone.Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “Long Is The Night” from The Broken Heartbreakers (self 2007) —Band out of New Zealand with two really fine singers named Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell. If only they would make a trek to the U.S.Buy it!
Humphreys & Keen “The Liqour Talking” from The Overflow (Sweet Pea Sounds 2005) —Great songwriting out of New Zealand by Graeme Humphreys & Peter Keen. This was recorded at Abbey Road Studios & was released in 2005.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Melting” from Words and Music (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1998) —Beautiful duet between Paul Kelly and Monique Brumby who also co-wrote the song.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Stuff You Gotta Watch” from Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music www.vanguardrecords.com 2009) —This one goes out in tribute to Levon Helm. This Muddy Waters song was released in 2009.Buy it!
Little Walter “Temperature (Take 30)” from The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) (Hip-O Select / Geffen 2009) —Alternate take recorded in 1957 for Chess. Written by Little Walter & Joel Cohen.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —Written by Lincoln Chase & recorded in 1955.Buy it!
Andre Williams and the New Orleans Hellhounds “Never Had a Problem” from Can You Deal With It? (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2008) —Appearing next Friday (5/4) at Off Broadway. There will also be a screening of "Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams." But wait, there's more. Ransom Note is opening.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Already Used Me Up” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —From his highly recommended new release which just hit the stores last week.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Mother Blues” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —Appearing at the Old Rock House this Saturday (4/28). He's at the absolute top of his game right now.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I'll Hold Your Head” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) —Headlining Pridefest in June at 6:00 PM on Saturday (6/23).Buy it!
Ransom Note “Russian Blue” from V12LP (Tower Groove Records 2-LP Compilation) (Tower Groove 2012) N L —Taken from this brand new 2-LP (colored vinyl, at that) compilation of all new songs from a whole host of St. Louis bands.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Long Way Back Again” from Fool's Parade (Mercury 1998)Buy it!
Chatham County Line “Chip Of A Star” from IV (Yep Roc 2008) —Appearing this Monday (4/30) at Off Broadway. Ryan Spearman is opening.Buy it!
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys “Apartment #9” from Back At the Quonset Hut (Ramseur Records www.ramseurrecords.ocm 2012) N —Appearing at Old Rock House next Thursday (5/3). Samantha Harlow is opening.Buy it!
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Tear the Woodpile Down” from Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Coming to the Sheldon in October (Friday, 10/5)!Buy it!
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