Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jun 9th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
The Capitols “Cool Jerk” from Beg, Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Written by the guitarist of the Capitols, Donald Storball, and recorded in 1966 for the Karen label by the Detroit-based band. Dance track extraordinaire.Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Recorded in 1965 & previously unreleased until inclusion on this 2005 2-CD collection of Motown rarities. Written by Smokey Robinson.Buy it!
Mitty Collier “My Babe” from Shades of Mitty Collier: The Chess Singles 1961-1968 (Kent 2008) —1963 reworked version of the Willie Dixon-penned song made famous by Little Walter.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Heartaches And Pain” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2010) —Written by Charles Bradley & Thomas Brenneck (who also produced this album) and found on his 2011 debut release. Easily one of my Top 10 releases of 2011, so far, and he is an absolute force of nature to see perform live.Buy it!
Charles "Doc" Williams “Bumpin' On Sunset/We Got More Soul” from Sweet Sounds From the Bay Area: Music City Funk & Soul Grooves 1971-75 (BGP url 2011) N —Previously unreleased 1973 medley of Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin' On Sunset" & Dyke & The Blazers' "We Got More Soul." Featuring vocals by Darondo & guitar by Charles "Doc" Williams. Kind of a Dyke & The Blazers on valium kind of groove.Buy it!
John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis & Taj Mahal “End Credits” from The Hot Spot (soundtrack) (Antilles 1990) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jack Nitzsche & found on the soundtrack to the Dennis Hopper movie.Buy it!
The Diplomats of Solid Sound “Come In My Kitchen” from Live At KDHX: Volume 7 (KDHX 2009) —Recorded live at KDHX in 2008. Soul & funk out of Iowa City. Appearing at the Gramophone this Friday (6/10). Also on the bill is Hazard to Ya Booty.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Harry Hippie” from The Ultimate Collection (Charly 1999) —Written by Jim Ford & recorded in 1972. Bobby Womack is appearing at the Ambassador in July (Saturday 7/2). Latimore will also be performing. Sounds like a great show.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Out In The Woods” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) N —Written by Leon Russell & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972.Buy it!
France Gall “Laisser Tomber Les Filles” from C'est Chic! (Ace 2010) —Written by Serge Gainsbourg & recorded in 1964 for the Philips label. You might have heard this translated and called "Chick Habit" and performed by April March.Buy it!
Moody & The Deltas “Everybody Come Clap Your Hands” from Do-Wah-Diddy: Words & Music by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry (Ace 2008) —Written by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry and recorded by this New Orleans-based band in 1964 for the Daisy label.Buy it!
The Chandelles “Jetster” from That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults (Sundazed Music 2007) —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for the Dot label.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “With A Bang” (self-released 2011) N L —The Blind Eyes are having their CD release party at Off Broadway on Saturday (6/11). Joining them in the festivities are Sleepy Kitty & The Livers. Should be a really fun show.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Past Time” from Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2008) —Appearing this Saturday (6/11) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room as part of Twangfest. Also on this impressive bill is Marah and Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “Strange New World” from Here Come the Miracles (Blue Rose 2001) —Written by Steve Wynn & released in 2001. One of the best working live bands today & coming soon (this Saturday, to be exact) to a Twangfest near you.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Dean Wareham.Buy it!
The Delgados “Mr Blue Sky” from The Complete BBC Peel Sessions (Chemikal Underground 2006) —Live 2002 studio version of the ELO song recorded for the BBC. It boggles my mind how a band can put that song across so well in a live setting. And Emma Pollock sounds quite wonderful on this.Buy it!
Booker T. and The MGs “Michelle” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) N —New reissue of their 1970 release with the addition of six more instrumental versions of Beatles songs. This track was recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “I Can't Believe We Were Married” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. 2010) —Written by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, and found on this 8-CD retrospective of his work - conveniently sequenced in alphabetical order.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “You Can't Take It With You” from Easy (Ryko 2002) —Written by the aforementioned Paul Kelly & released in 2002. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison will be headlining at the Duck Room tonight (6/9) for night #2 of Twangfest. Also on the bill are Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Jill Andrews & Eileen Rose.Buy it!
Bruce Robison “My Brother and Me” from Wrapped (Lucky Dog 1998) —One of Bruce Robison's finest songs. I believe this Twangfest show tonight (6/9 Blueberry Hill) is the first St. Louis appearance with both Bruce Robson & Kelly Willis performing together.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “The Buck Starts Here” from Country Love Songs CD ALBUM (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 1996) —Appearing with Nora O' Connor this Friday (6/10) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room for Twangfest. Also on the bill are Cumberland Gap, Frontier Ruckus & Chatham County Line.Buy it!
Jill Andrews “The Mirror” (Liam 2011) N —From her new release which just came out this week. Appearing tonight (Thursday 6/9) at the Duck Room with Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Eileen Rose and Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison.Buy it!
Eileen Rose “Twenty Dollar Shoes” from At Our Tables (Evangeline 2008) —Appearing tonight (Thursday 6/9) at the Duck Room with Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine, Jill Andrews and Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison.Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “I'm A Honky Tonk Girl” from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (Columbia Nashville 2010) —2010 Loretta Lynn cover produced by Buddy Miller. With Buddy Miller on guitar and Patty Griffin on background vocals.Buy it!