Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 23rd 2014 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
Mary Ann Fisher “Put On My Shoes” from Jukebox Jam Vol. 2 (jazzman 2013) —The North Carolina singer was discovered by Ray Charles and was a featured singer in some of his early touring shows in the pre-Raeletts days. Written by Mary Ann Fisher and recorded for the Fire label in 1959.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Lonely Avenue” from Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus (Rhino 1995) —This song was written by Doc Pomus and was a hit for Ray Charles. This version by Los Lobos features the lead vocals of Cesar Rosas.Buy it!
Margie Hendrix “Don't Destroy Me” from Cheatin' Soul and the Southern Dream of Freedom (Trikont 2005) —Margie Hendrix was one of the most famous Raeletts and she recorded this in 1968 for the Nashville-based Sound Stage 7 label.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Blues Hangover” from Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino/Atlantic 2005) —Music bed. 1955 instrumental written by Lloyd Glenn.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Retreat!” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Written by Dap-Kings bassist and Daptone Records co-founder Bosco Mann - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with Valerie June opening will be at the Pageant in March (Sun 3/2).Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “I Need More Than One Lifetime (feat. Percy Wiggins)” from I Need More Than One Lifetime - Single (ELECTRAPHONIC Recording 2013) N —Single from the high-octane band made up of some Memphis soul greats. This track features the lead vocals of Percy Wiggins.Buy it!
Vicki Anderson “I'm Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants)” from Mother Popcorn: Vicki Anderson Anthology (Soul Brother Records 2004) —Vicki Anderson was the main singer in the James Brown Revue from 1965-1968. This track was produced by James Brown and this 1971 answer song to Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" was written by Hearlon Martin.Buy it!
The Strypes “Blue Collar Jane” from Blue Collar Jane EP (Virgin EMI 2014) N —Written by Irish band-members Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O'Hanlon, and Evan Walsh and found on this 4-song EP which was just released in the U.S. this week.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Foreign Affairs” from New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits (Manifesto Records 2000) —Live recording of a Tom Waits song - Eleni (El-Laney) Mandell and Vikesh Kapoor will be at Firebird in February (Tuesday 2/11). I've always wanted to see her play live. Guess I'll finally get the chance.Buy it!
Lily and Madeleine “Sounds Like Somewhere” from Lily and Madeleine (Asthmatic Kitty 2013) —From the Indianapolis sisters' 2013 debut full-length release. Fans of First Aid Kit should really like this. Beautiful harmonies on this opening track.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “When the Master Calls the Roll” from The River & The Thread (Blue Note url 2014) N —Written by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal. Between this and the new Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings release, 2013 is off to a really strong start.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Archie's Funeral (Hold to God's Unchanging Hand)” from The Long Riders (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1980) —Music bed. Traditional song arranged by Ry Cooder.Buy it!
Randy Newman “God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)” from Sail Away (Reprise 1972) —"Man means nothing, he means less to me / Than the lowliest cactus flower / Or the humblest Yucca tree He chases round this desert / 'Cause he thinks that's where I'll be / That's why I love mankind."Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Hold Yr Ground” from Projection Room (Euclid Records 2014) N L —From the St. Louis band's second full-length release. Talk about a band who has made huge musical and artistic in-roads and helped put a stamp on St. Louis in just a few short years.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “One Step Forward” from The Hill or the Climb (Undertow 2014) N L —I still haven't heard this new release in its entirety but I sure like what I've heard, so far. Written and sung by Chris Grabau.Buy it!
Patti Smith “April Fool” from Banga (Columbia 2012) —Written by Patti Smith and Tony Shanahan (who also plays bass and keyboard on this). From the liner notes - "A nod to Gogol and the rusted bike of Milos."Buy it!
Joe Henry “Our Song” from Civilians (Anti/Epitaph 2007) —"We push in line at the picture show / For cool air and a chance to see / A vision of ourselves portrayed / As younger and braver and humble and free."Buy it!
Charlie Walker “Who Will Buy the Wine” from Greatest Honky Tonk Hits (Audium 2003) —Maybe there are drinking country songs as good as this one but thre aren't country drinking songs better than this one. Written by Billy Mize and recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers “Drink Up And Go Home” from Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner (louisvillemusic.com Records 2005) —Jimmy Martin does the definitive version of this Freddie Hart song but thhis is pretty good, too.Buy it!
Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien “Starry Eyes” from I Have Always Been Here Before (Shout! Factory 2005) —Written by Roky Erickson and recorded in 1975 - Sat 2/1 Black Angels w/ Roky Erickson – FirebirdBuy it!
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