Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 27th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Mary Gresham “Get on Back on the Right Track”
from Oxford American Southern Music 12th Edition (Oxford American 2010) N —Mary Gresham was born in Selma, AL & recorded this soul track in 1972. Yet another gem found on this CD which accompanies the annual Southern music edition of Oxford American magazine.
Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”
from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records 2010) N —Really strong soul release that just came out this week. At age 62, this is Charles Bradley's full-length debut release. Backed by the Menahan Street Band & Daptone continues its hot streak.
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “Am I Asking Too Much?”
from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —2009 song written by Bosco Mann (bassist of the Dap-Kings and Daptone label founder). Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens play every week in a club in NYC. Now, this I would love to see!
Willie Wright “It's Only Life, That's All”
from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) N —Willie Wright was from Bayland, MS & later moved to Massachsetts. In 1977, he recorded this release & 1,000 copies were pressed. I don't know how The Numero Group finds these things but they reissued this soul-folk gem this week.
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii “Short Dress Gal”
from Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch www.nonesuch.com 2011) N —From a 4-song EP released this week which combines the Carolina Chocolate Drops with the NYC Gypsy/ Middle Eastern/ Hip-Hop /European music band, Luminescent Orchestrii. This has Tim Rakel's "Mystery Train" airplay written all over it.
Al Wilson “Do What You Gotta Do”
from Searching for the Dolphins (Soul City 1968) —Written by Jimmy Webb and released in 1968 on Johnny River's Soul City label. Produced by Johnny Rivers & featuring Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, Larry Knechtel, James Burton & Joe Horn as the backing band.
Chuck Berry “Jo Jo Gunne”
from Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (Hip-O Select 2007) —Written by Chuck Berry & released as the b-side of a Chess single in 1958. This was recorded in St. Louis in Chuck Berry's offices & he plays all of the instruments on this track.
The Goodees “Double Shot”
from Condition Red! The Complete Goodees (Ace 2010) N —Alright, I know I've played the Goodees four weeks in a row but none of the tracks sound remotely close to each other. This Swingin' Medallions cover was recorded in 1969 & was produced by Jim Stewart (the ST in Stax). This compilation is wildly entertain
Neil Young “Walk On”
from On the Beach (Warner Bros. / Reprise 1974) —Seriously, this album was savaged by critics when it came out in 1974. It still remains one of my favorite Neil Young albums. This track features slide guitar & vocals by Ben Keith who passed away in 2010. Hard to imagine this song without that sound.
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 “Consider The Source”
from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —Written by Steve Wynn and found on this new release. Highly recommended. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 and The Baseball Project are both slated to play at the KDHX/Twangfest party at SXSW. Stay tuned for further details.