Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jun 27th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Bobby "Blue" Bland “Don't Cry No More” from Two Steps from the Blues (Bonus Tracks) (MCA 2001) —This set goes out in tribute to one of the greatest vocalists to ever sing the blues (and anything else, really). Bobby Bland just passed away at the age of 83. This song is off his 1961 blues masterpiece.Buy it!
Bobby "Blue" Bland “That's The Way Love Is” from Call on Me / That's The Way Love Is (Duke 1963) —Like the first song of the set, this was written by Deadric Malone (aka Don Robey) - in theory, anyway - and was recorded in 1963. Blues meets soul on this album where he sings as smooth as can be one moment and then with pure soul grit at the next moBuy it!
Bobby "Blue" Bland “I Pity The Fool” from Two Steps from the Blues (Bonus Tracks) (MCA 2001) —Yet another one (allegedly) written by Deadric Maloney. Recorded in 1963. Ridiculously great. Like Sam Cooke's 'Night Beat' album, this one belongs in everyone's collection.Buy it!
War “Summer” from War Anthology (Avenue Records 1994) R —Alright, I couldn't get to this one on last week's summer songs show but somebody really wanted to hear it. Good call, I'd say. Originally released in 1976 and perfectly encapsulating a Southern California summer back then.Buy it!
The O'Jays “For The Love Of Money” from Ship Ahoy (Bonus Track Version) (Epic 1973) —Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson and featuring an immortal bass line by Ronnie Baker. Lead vocals by Eddie Levert and Walter Williams.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Far Celestial Shore” from One True Vine (Anti- 2013) N —Written by Nick Lowe and found on her new Jeff Tweedy-produced release which just came out this week. The harmonies by Tiffany "Makeda" Francisco, Kelly Hogan, and Donny Gerrard really add a whole lot to this album.Buy it!
Southern Echoes “Why Am I Treated So Bad” from King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label (The Numero Group 2013) N —Composed by Roebuck "Pops" Staples and found on this collection of rare 70s soul gospel singles that were recorded for James Bullard's 'BOS' label based out of Cleveland. Southern Echoes were from Atmore, AL and recorded this in 1973.Buy it!
Bobby Patterson “Long Ago” from A Road Leading Home: Songs by Dan Penn (Ace 2013) N —Written by Dan Penn and Bob Killen and recorded in 1967 in Memphis at American Studios. Arranged by Chips Moman and Dan Penn.Buy it!
Booker T. “Your Love is No Love” from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) N —New release by Booker T. featuring different guests on lead vocals including this track with the group Vintage Trouble with Ty Taylor on vocals. Vintage Trouble will be at Old Rock House on Tues 8/20. Worth planning ahead for.Buy it!
The Goodies “Sophisticated Boom Boom” from Sophisticated Boom Boom! The Shadow Morton Story (Ace 2013) N —Written and produced by Shadow Morton and originally released in 1965 on the Blue Cat label.Buy it!
Jackie Ross “Summertime” from Jerk & Twine: The Complete Chess Recordings (Kent 2012) —This would have been good on last week's summer songs show but with Billy Stewart's version, you kinda have to go with it. Love this version, too. Recorded in 1964 for Chess records by this artist born in St. Louis.Buy it!
LaHonda “I See Stars” from I See Stars single (www.lahondamusic.com 2013) N —The artist known as Rumer was in a band called LaHonda and they recorded an album with Rumer (aka Sarah Joyce) when she was 19. The album was shelved when she had to care for her terminally ill mother but it is now going to be released. Available soon.Buy it!
Eleanor Friedberger “When I Knew” from Personal Record (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2013) N —This new release was an unexpected (to me) surprise. Eleanor Friedberger visited KDHX on June 24 for a live set on Wax Lyrical with host Caron House. You can hear it at https://soundcloud.com/kdhx/eleanor-friedberger-other-boysBuy it!
Hurray For The Riff Raff “What's Wrong With Me” from Look Out Mama (Born To Win 2012) —Written and sung by the immensely talented Alynda Lee Segarra. Fri 7/12 Hurray for the Riff Raff – FirebirdBuy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Shut It Tight” from Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2006) —From 1983 - "I stumble like a drunk along this crazy path I walk / I have a hundred thousand questions too / I'll go to any length to prove that nothing is my fault / Then later on I will deny the proof"Buy it!
The Dive Poets “Some Great War” from Married to Your Ghost (self-released 2013) N L —From their forthcoming album being released in July - Friday 6/28 Wild Feathers and the Dive Poets – Old Rock HouseBuy it!
Sandra Rhodes “Sowed Love and Reaped the Heartache” from Country Got Soul - Vol. 2 (Casual 2004) —1973 song written by Dickey Lee and Allen Reynolds. In addition to being a fine singer, she was a really good guitar player, as well.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Apology” from The Hurting Business (Hightone 2000) —Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express will be at Off Broadway in August (Sat 8/17). The Jans Project is opening. Miss at your own peril.Buy it!
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