Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu May 26th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Clarence Carter “I'd Rather Go Blind” from The Dynamic Clarence Carter (Atlantic 1969) —Written by Ellington Jordan & Billy Foster and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1969. Etta James might have recorded the definitive version but this is pretty great, as well. Featuring Duane Allman on guitar.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “I Won't Be Hangin' Round” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) N —Written by Eric Kaz & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1971. Featuring background vocals by Merry Clayton & Dianne Davidson.Buy it!
Candi Staton “I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')” from Candi Staton (Honest Jon's/Astralwerks unk 2004) —Yet another track recorded at Muscle Shoals (with many of the players on the previous two tracks). Written by George Jackson & Eddie Harris and recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Soulville” from Unforgettable - A Tribute to Dinah Washington (Legacy/Columbia 1964) —Recorded when she was just 21 years old & found on this highly recommended 1964 tribute to Dinah Washington.Buy it!
Lyn Collins “Ain't No Sunshine” from Mama Feelgood - The Best of Lyn Collins (Spectrum 2005) —1972 version of the Bill Withers song recorded by the singer who was a member of the James Brown revue.Buy it!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “The Matador Has Fallen” from Rome (EMI 2011) N —Instrumental written by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi and featuring various musicians who have contributed much to Italian movie soundtracks.Buy it!
Dennis Coffey with Fanny Franklin (of Orgone) “Don't Knock My Love” from Dennis Coffey (Strut 2011) N —Fanny Franklin from Orgone provides the lead vocals on this Wilson Pickett cover. Orgone will be appearing along with The Right Now at the Old Rock House this Saturday (5/28).Buy it!
The Five Stairsteps “O-O-H Child” from The First Family of Soul: The Best Of The Five Stairsteps (Buddah 2001) —Recorded by Chicago's answer to The Jackson 5 in 1970. Written, produced, arranged & conducted by Stan Vincent.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “You Can't Do That” from McLemore Avenue (Expanded Version) (Concord 2011) N —Music bed. New reissue of their 1970 recording plus six additional instrumental versions of Beatles songs.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Amphetamine” from Static Transmission (DBK Works 2003) R —I had a request for this last week. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 will be appearing at Twangfest at Blueberry Hill on Saturday (June 11) with Marah & The Baseball Project. Miss at your own peril.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Herringbone Tweed” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Workingman's Blues #2” from Modern Times (Sony 2006) —In case you haven't heard, we will be celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th birthday & having a KDHX benefit this Friday (5/27) at Off Broadway. 12 bands - 37 Dylan songs - Bobtastic!Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Don't Call Them Twinkies” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2011) N —Co-written by Steve Wynn & Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady). Craig Finn also sings lead on this. The Baseball Project will be at Blueberry Hill on Saturday (6/11) as part of Twangfest with Marah and Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Sunday Morning” from Balls (31 Tigers 2007) —Written by Lou Reed & John Cale and recorded in 2007. Elizabeth Cook will be appearing at The Pageant with Kentucky Knife Fight & headliner Hayes Carll on Wednesday (6/8) as part of Twangfest.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Annabelle Lee” from Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Written by Sarah Jarosz & Cameron Scoggins and found on this highly recommended new release.Buy it!
Malcolm Middleton “Red Travellin' Socks” from Waxing Gibbous (Full Time Hobby 2009) —Written by Arab Strap co-founder, Malcolm Middleton, and found on this largely-overlooked 2009 release. One of my favorite songs from that year.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Greetings To The New Brunette” from Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (Elektra 1986) —1986 Billy Bragg composition featuring Johnny Marr on guitar and Kirsty MacColl on background vocals.Buy it!
The Broken Heartbreakers “Tell That Boy” from Wintersun (self released 2010) —This band is based out of New Zealand and is well worth seeking out. Featuring the vocals and songwriting of John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “Spare Me (live)” from Live at KDHX 05-23-11 (n/a 2011) N —Caitlin Rose and her band came in to KDHX & recorded three songs last Monday (5/23). They are making their radio debut right now.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!
Jason Isbell “Dress Blues” from Sirens of the Ditch (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2007) —This song is quite fitting given that Memorial Day is this weekend. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Maria Taylor will be appearing at the Old Rock House this Tuesday (5/31).Buy it!
Buddy Miller “With God On Our Side” from Universal United House of Prayer MP3/FILE ALBUM (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2004) —One of the best Bob Dylan covers I've ever heard. Nine minutes and leaving you wanting more.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “There's A Wall In Washington” from The Way I Should (Warner Bros. 1996) —Powerful song about the ravages of war written by Iris DeMent an recorded in 1996. Another one for Memorial Day.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Dark End of the Street (Live)” from (guitar, vocal) (Hannibal 1976) —Live 1975 recording of their version of the Dan Penn & Chips Moman classic soul song. Featuring one of Linda Thompson's very best vocals, I think.Buy it!