Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 23rd 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Mulatu Astatke “Yègellé Tezeta (My Own Memory)” from Ethiopiques 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentals 1969-74 (Buda Musique 1998) —Jazz instrumental recorded in 1969 by the Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, and percussion), composer, and arranger. This whole album grooves like you wouldn't believe.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Seeing Hands” from Venus On Earth (M8O 2008) —This Los Angeles band is a mash-up of Cambodian pop, surf, soul, Ethiopian jazz, and more. Fronted by a terrific vocalist named Chhom Nimol. They are touring in the summer. May they come through St. Louis for the first time.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “Leftovers” from Somethig New To Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook (Kent 2013) N —Written by southern soul singer-songwriter, Phillip Mitchell. This 1975 recording features Phillip Mitchell in the opening dialogue segment of this song. Millie Jackson recorded lots of his songs including her biggest hit, 'It Hurts So Good.'Buy it!
Little Eva Harris “Medley: Get Ready / Uptight” from The World Needs Changing (BGP url 2013) N —1967 Motown medley of the Temptations and Stevie Wonder hits performed by the artist best known for her 1962 hit, 'The Loco-Motion.'Buy it!
Toots Hibbert “Hard to Handle” from Toots in Memphis (Mango 1988) —Otis Redding cover featuring one of Toot's finest vocals. This album combines the Jamaican rhythm section of Shakespeare and Dunbar with Memphis soul session greats such as Teenie Hodges, Eddie Hinton, Andrew Love, and Jim Dickinson.Buy it!
Bob and Wisdom “I Believe In Music” from Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974 (Light In The Attic 2006) —Written by Mac Davis and recorded in Toronto in 1972. This version was inspired by Donny Hathaway's adaptation of the song.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Don't Knock” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) —Written by Pops Staples with Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor providing backing vocals. Mavis Staples is headlining Bluesweek 2013 this Saturday (5/25) at Soldiers Memorial. Her set begins at 9:45 PM. Highly recommended.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!
The Staves “Wisely & Slow” from Dead & Born & Grown (Atlantic Records UK 2012) —This trio of sisters from Watford, England will be at Off Broadway next Thursday (5/30). I'm really interested in seeing this band. This (mainly) a cappella opening track is gorgeous.Buy it!
Carla Bruni “Le Pingouin” from Little French Songs (Verve Music Group 2013) N —Less-than-flattering song written about her husband's (Nicolas Sarkozy) successor French President François Hollande.Buy it!
Neko Case “That's Who I Am” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County COMP (Hear Music 2013) N —From the forthcoming release of the soundtrack for "a southern gothic supernatural musical thriller of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge from the minds of co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett."Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “Tell That Boy (Radio Edit)” from Wintersun (self released 2010) —Beautiful song from the Auckland, New Zealand band featuring the lead vocals of John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey.Buy it!
Half Knots “Drive Away” from Proof (self 2013) L —Half Knots will be appearing as part of Twangfest on Friday (6/7) at Blueberry Hill. Also on the bill are Eilen Jewell and headliner Asleep At The Wheel.Buy it!
The Doors “Peace Frog” from Morrison Hotel (Elektra 1970) —RIP Ray Manzarek who passed away on Monday (5/20) at the age of 74. You can't imagine the Doors' sound without the keyboards of Ray Manzarek.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Soldier Of Love” from Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Brothers 1982) —Sublime version of the Arthur Alexander hit. - Sat 6/8 Twangfest featuring Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets, The Bottle Rockets and Dolly Varden – Duck RoomBuy it!
Eilen Jewell “That's Where I'm Going” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) —Fri 6/7 Twangfest featuring Asleep at the Wheel, Eilen Jewell & Half Knots – Duck RoomBuy it!
Chet Atkins “One Mint Julep” from Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1 (Hasmick 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Down Home Country Blues” from A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (Bordello Records 2010) —Wed 6/5 Twangfest featuring Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard & Stickley & Canan – PlushBuy it!
Bottle Rockets “Floatway” from Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —Sat 6/8 Twangfest featuring Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets, The Bottle Rockets and Dolly Varden – Duck RoomBuy it!
Johnny Paycheck “He's In A Hurry (To Get Home To My Wife)” from The Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin' Years (Country Music Foundation 1996) —1966 song written by Joe Poovey. Tales don't get much sadder.Buy it!