Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 28th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Ann Peebles “I Can't Stand the Rain” (Hi Records 1974) —Written by Don Bryant, Bernard Miller, and Ann Peebles. This 1974 recording features the Hi Rhythm Section and was produced by Willie Mitchell.Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Oh, How It Rained” from The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 (Stax / Fantasy 1993) —1971 Stax recording written by and produced by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper. This concludes my weather commentary portion of the show.Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Heartbreak” from Minute By Minute (Concord 2013) N —This just hit the stores this week and is highly recommended. Written by James Hunter and produced by Bosco Mann. They will be at SXSW for those of you who will be attending.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Lost And Lookin'” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) —Written for Sam Cooke by J.W. Alexander and Lowell Jordan and found on one of the finest albums of the last 50 years.Buy it!
Janet & the Jays “Without A Reason” from Cheatin' Soul (Trikont 2005) —From the moment you hear the lurid-sounding saxophone on this 1963 Hi Records recording, you know you're in for something good. Written by Don Bryant with a smoldering (yes, that word fits) vocal by Janet Wallace.Buy it!
The Relatives “Things Are Changing” from The Electric Word (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2013) N —New release by the gospel soul/funk band formed in Dallas in 1970. Incredible band to see live.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “You've Got to Earn It” from The Staple Swingers (stax 1971) —This goes out in memory of Cleotha Staples who passed away last Thursday at the age of 78. She was the eldest of The Staple Singers siblings and her harmony vocals were a big part of their sound. RIP.Buy it!
The Como Mamas “God Is Good To Me” from Get an Understanding (Daptone Records 2013) N —A cappella gospel from a trio from Como, MS. This was recorded live in 2005. Written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey.Buy it!
The Webb Sisters “I Need You” from Harrison Covered (Mojo 2011) —2011 version of the Beatles song written by George Harrison and performed by these sisters from Kent, UK. Anybody who saw the last Leonard Cohen show here couldn't help but be floored by their backing vocals.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Something” from The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1970) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt taken from the beginning of this 1970 version of the Beatles song written by George Harrison.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Shake-Her” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —New release from the Amsterdam-based band and featuring the lead vocals of Carol van Dijk and lead guitar by Peter Visser. Still sounding great after all these years.Buy it!
The Kinks “See My Friend” from BBC Sessions (1964-1977) (Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. 2001) —1965 live version of a song written by Ray Davies. Mark your calendars for Sat (3/30) at Off Broadway for Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy: A Tribute to the Kinks and KDHX Benefit.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Another Small Thing In Her Favour” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Alright, maybe not the feel-good song of the year but a beautiful song, nonetheless. Produced by Buddy Miller.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!
Jackie DeShannon with The Byrds “Splendor In The Grass” from Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino 2010) —Written by Jackie DeShannon and recorded for the Imperial label in 1965.Buy it!
Courtney Love & Michael Stipe “Rio Grande” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —New two-CD release and the second volume produced by Hal Willner of various artists singing pirate ballads, sea songs & chanteys.Buy it!
Roger McGuinn “Take Me Away” from Cardiff Rose (Columbia 1976) —Written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy. This song is a recounting of the Rolling Thunder Review. Produced and featuring guitar by Mick Ronson.Buy it!
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band “When I'm President” (Slimstyle 2012) —Written by Ian Hunter and found on this really fine 2012 release which was, somewhat, overlooked by yours, truly. I have no good excuse.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Most Of The Time” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (UMGI - Fontana International 2011) —There are interpretations of Bob Dylan songs and, then, there are interpretations of Bob Dylan songs.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Walking Back to Our Place At 3 A.M.” from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD ALBUM (El Cortez 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental from the band based out of Portland, OR.Buy it!
Alvin Youngblood Hart with Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith “Two Wings” from The Great Debaters (Music from & Recorded for the Motion Picture) (Atlantic 2007) —Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus will be appearing at the Old Rock House next Thursday (March 7). Also on the bill are Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.Buy it!
Calvin Cooke “Help Me Make It Through” from Heaven (Dare Records 2003) —For years, Calvin Cooke worked for GM by day in Detroit. This is what he did on weekends. An absolute force of nature to see live.Buy it!
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers “Little Too Late” from Little Too Late - Single (Little Sur 2013) N —New single featuring the lead vocals of Nicki Bluhm. I think this is a band I would like to see live.Buy it!
Mount Moriah “Bright Light” from Miracle Temple (Merge 2013) N —From their new release which just came out this week. Written by Heather McEntire, Jenks Miller, and Casey Toll. Featuring lead vocals by Heather McEntire.Buy it!
The Mavericks “Lies” from In Time (The Valory Music Company 2013) N —Written by Al Anderson, Bob DiPiero, and Raul Malo. Found on their new January release. New music by the Mavericks -- this is a good thing, indeed.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Invitation to the Blues” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) N —Written by Roger Miller and found on their new release which just came out this week. They will be appearing along with Richard Thompson at the Peabody Opera House in March (Sunday 3/17)Buy it!
Nick Lowe “True Love Travels On a Gravel Road” from The Impossible Bird (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 1994) —Written by A.L. Owens and Dallas Frazier and covered by the likes of Percy Sledge and Peter Wolf.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “That’s How I Got to Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) R —I had a request for this. How could I turn it down? Written by Tom T. Hall and produced by Buddy Miller.Buy it!
The Incurables “Famous Last Words” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —Written by and featuring the lead vocals of Jimmy Griffin. That's Paige Brubeck from Sleepy Kitty on backing vocals.Buy it!