Friday, May 31, 2013


Most mornings, wake up hungover-- in a foul fuckin' mood. 

Then the pain kicks in and things go, quickly downhill.

Not this day, though.

On this glorious day-- toe wagglin' to roots rhythms and glide ridin' riffs-- it's all positive vibrations.  

THE LEGEND.... Tony Clifton-- "Beginnings"
SKYROCKET STUFF for soul ascent-- higher and higher--.... 

Tony, MY FRIEND-- this..... is WOW!


Carolina Chocolate Drops-- "Country Girl"

Rhiannon Giddens.

Earth SHAKIN'!!!….  Loin TINGLIN'!!!!…….  Stomp THE TERRA!!!!!!    


Cajun Country Revival-- "You Won't Be Satisfied" (Live at Pickathon Seattle 2012)

Then the toe tappin' ended.

Only then, did it all come crashing down.

Fortunately, there's always this.

Pretty Lights-- "Finally Moving"

Where did the man say, "it has to have soul"? 

Is soul even recognizable?  Interesting times-- these…. nice groove. 

As for me, I'd rather step in shit than smoke it.    

Makes me paranoid. As it is, already spend the better part of the day adjusting tin foil head gear.

Do dig this, though.
Queen Sparrow-- "Good Seed"

Tough acts to follow but the sounds David Rawlings gets out of his 1935 Epiphone  guitar defy comprehension. The guy can pick. 

And, with all due respect to Grace Slick, Gillian Welch takes it to another level.

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings-- "White Rabbit" (live)

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings-- 'Cortez The Killer"

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings- "White Frieghtliner Blues" (Townes Van Zandt cover)

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. The Durham family from North London.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis-- "Going Up The Country" (live)

"I'm So Sorry"


Average songwriting on the Ska offering but outstanding  musically. That's eighty year old legend Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton on trumpet, accompanying the former child prodigies. 

Notice the depth and warmth of the sound? Comes through even on youtube. 

In the quest for quality, meaning, value and utility gleaned from the past; the Durham's record on vintage analogue equipment set up in their family home's front room. Children of a former drummer and a mastering studio owner, seems they reject digital technology with a near religious fervour. At least when it comes to recording.  

Very cool and right to the heart of it. 

Especially, when compared to the other synthetic and polymer mall exhibit-- boy bands with fiddles-- country music. George Straight and his lot included.

We applaud Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. 

One of  the "PLAY IT ON THE PRYE" selections. Nuff said.

John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat-- "Whiskey and Women"

Another "PLAY IT ON THE PRYE" selection.

Howlin' Wolf-- "Smokestack Lightning"

My main man and number one, bad ass hero-- Howlin' Wolf, said about this upcoming,1969 work, which mixed blues with psychedelic rock, " the album was DOG SHIT!" 

Howlin' Wolf didn't approve of the deviation from the form and disliked what he didn't consider to be blues. According to guitarist Pete Cosey, "during the recording sessions, Howlin' Wolf looked at me and he said, why don't you take them wah-wahs and all that other shit and go throw it off in the lake — on your way to the barber shop?'"

Sorry Wolf, we like it. You the only cat who could pull this off.

The psychedelic stuff Muddy Waters attempted, did largely fall down. In light of R.L. Burnside's later work with Fat Possum Records, I think ol' Wolf might've changed his opinion, if given the time on earth. 

Now's the time to play another from the "PYRE" list.

Howlin' Wolf -- "Evil" written by Willie Dixon 

A song written by Steve Earle at a very young age. Fantastic song.
That and it captures and mirrors the essence of CFL fodder. For that reason,
it's "Play It On The Pyre".

Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark--- "Mercenary Song" 

Me an' ol' Bill there we both come from Georgia
Met Hank out in New Mexico
We're bound for Durango to join Pancho Villa
We heard that he's payin' in gold

I guess a man's got to do what he's best at
Ain't found nuthin' better so far
Been called mercenaries and men with no country
We're just soldiers in search of a war

And we're bound for the border, we're soldiers of fortune
We'll fight for no country but we'll die for good pay
Under the flag of the greenback dollar
Or the Peso down Mexico way

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt-- "Natural Forces"

Always been a funny lookin' fella but he sure can write a song; and sing and play.
Awesome song!

The Cherokee an' the Chickasaw
Creek Seminole an' the old Chocktaw
"We volunteered to move!" they say
"And we'll understand, come Judgement Day".

An' so thank you ma'am, I must decline
For it's on this trail of tears I ride
An' I've done the road, the homeless sky
Sometimes at night I hear their voices
Home is where my horse is.

Now as I sit here safe at home
With a cold Coors Lite an' the TV on
All the sacrifice and the death and war
Lord I pray that I'm worth fighting for

An' so thank you ma'am, I must decline
For it's on my RPG I ride
Till Earth an' hell are satisfied
I'm subject to the natural forces
Sometimes at night I hear their voices
Home is where my horse is.
Home is where my horse is.

Warren Zevon-- "My Shit's Fucked Up"

The best that's ever been. 

Townes Van Zant-- "Waitin' Around To Die" (clip from documentary "Heartworn Highways")

Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin', lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

A friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me, drug me back to Muskogee
It's two long years, just a-waitin' 'round to die

Oh that now i'm outta prison i got me a friend at last 
He don't drink or steal or cheat or lie
Well his name's Codeine, he's the nicest thing I've seen
And together we're gonna wait around and die
Well together we're gonna wait around......

Warren Zevon-- "Carmelita"

Shane MacGowan/ The Pogues-- "Rainy Night In Soho"

Townes Van Zandt-- "Pancho and Lefty"