Options Steve Krinsky: Playlist from May 23, 2009 Options

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Options May 23, 2009: RIP: Chris Gaffney, 1950-2008
When I came into the station this morning at 5 am, I was happy to see tribute albums to two of my favorite Texas musicians: Steve Earle’s homage to Townes Van Zandt plus Vanguard’s new Doug Sahm tribute CD, with contributions from Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Terry Allen, Jimmy Vaughn & others. But the tribute that blew me away was one for Chris Gaffney. Chris, longtime Los Angeles-based songwriter/singer/sideman, died last April of liver cancer. I’ve been a fan of his for years—his own band, his Hacienda Brothers duo, his work with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men—and it’s all good. So long, Gaff. Hasta la vista.

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Big Guitars from Texas  Bulldoggin' Boogie   Options  
The Juke Joint Pimps  Wolfman's Romp   Options Despite their cliched band name, this German combo can rock-- and they have a nice website too. 
Booker T  Get Behind the Mule   Options From "Potato Hole"-- great new instrumental album from funky organ pumper, with help from Driveby Truckers & Neil Young 
Phil Upchurch  Inner City Blues   Options Great jazzy guitar from 1972, with Joe Sample on piano 
Moby Grape  Black Currant Jam   Options This comes from a companion album to "Wow"-- their great 1968? album, both of which were recently reissued on the San Francisco Sound label 
Moby Grape  Changes   Options Sundazed just released a collection of unissued stuff from 1967-68, some demos, some live: "The Place and the Time" 
Bela Fleck & Anania Ngoglia  Kabibi   Options The banjo goes back to Africa and finds this amazing Tanzanian vocalist; check out the terrific "Throw Your Heart Down: Africa Sessions" (Rounder, 2009) 
Bela Fleck and others  D'Gary Jam   Options The liner notes say this is 24 minutes long but the album only has this 6 minute snippet. Musicians to be identified later. 
Taj Mahal & Kassemady  Tunkaranke (The Adventurer)   Options From "Kulanjan"-- Taj's 1999 collaboration with Toumani Diabate and others 
Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate  Take This Hammer   Options With help from Toumani on kora & Ramatou Diakite on vocals 
Paul Robeson  Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho   Options The allmusic.com website-- an excellent source of info-- describes "spirituals recorded during the mid-'20s with Lawrence Brown at the piano; Brown sings a duet with Robeson on a positively swinging, upbeat version of 'Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho' " 
Pete Seeger  John Brown's Body   Options I was looking for Paul Robeson's version but Pete will do! 
Ry Cooder  Rally Round the Flag, Boys   Options Despite his dry vocals, Ry Cooder does a great job on this Civil War classic; from his 1972 "Boomer's Story" album. "Though we may be poor, not a man shall be a slave; shouting the battle cry of freedom!" 
Leadbelly  On a Monday   Options  
Esther Ofarim  Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye   Options Leonard Cohen cover 
Leonard Cohen  Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye   Options Live in London, 2008 
Iron and Wine  Loud As Hope   Options A nice new CD-- "Around the Well"-- is filled with good songs; on Sub Pop 
Calexico  Quatro (World Drifts In)   Options Tucson's best band, so I'm told 
The Handsome Family  Little Sparrows   Options Rennie & Brett Sparks new CD is "Honey Moon" (Carrot Top, 2009) 
Freddy Fender & the Texas Tornados  The Gardens   Options On a wonderful tribute to Chris Gaffney, who (shockingly) died last year. Chris was a great songwriter, played most recently with Dave Alvin plus in the Hacienda Brothers with Dave Gonzales 
Big Sandy, Los Straitjackets with Bill Kirchen  Silent Partner   Options Another Chris Gaffney tune 
Chris Gaffney  The Guitars of My Dead Friends   Options This is the final tune on the tribute CD. So sad. 
Los Straitjackets  Catalina   Options  
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women  California's Burning   Options  
John Doe and the Sadies  The Sudbury Nickel   Options  
John Doe and the Sadies  Are the Good Times Really Over for Good   Options Cover of Merle Haggard, during his cynical opportunist period; thankfully Merle came out of that and still makes great music-- as does John Doe 
Merle Haggard & The Strangers  Big Time Annie's Square   Options Merle hangs with the hippies on "Someday We'll Look Back" on Capital 
The Blackjacks  The Red Dragon   Options Let's twang until the top of the hour: "An Outbreak of Twangin': Phantom Guitars, Volume Two" 
The Saxons  Saxon Warcry   Options More twang: "26 cool early 60s guitar instrumentals" on Psychic Circle 
Steve Earle  To Live is to Fly   Options Steve Earle's new CD is a tribute to the late and (very) great Townes Van Zandt 
Steve Earle  White Freightliner Blues   Options  
Willie Nelson  I Just Dropped By   Options Old Willie. "To get these songs re-released, Willie had to pull a few strings." From his days back in Nashville in the 60s: "Naked Willie" (RCA Nashville, 2009) 
Wayne Hancock  Work at Working   Options "If I can't find work, how am I gonna pay my dues." Wayne's new album is "Viper of Melody" (Bloodshot, 2009) 
Dale Watson  10-4   Options  
Flaco Jimenez w/The Westside Horns  Ta Bueno Compadre (It's OK Friend)   Options One of many great songs by/for Doug Sahm on "Keep Your Soul" (Vanguard, 2009) 
Delbert McClinton  Texas Me   Options  
Holy Modal Rounders  The Whole World Oughta Go on a Vacation   Options Recorded in Nashville in, I think, the 70s. Reissued on CD: "Good Taste is Timeless" (Sundazed, 2009) 
Oscar Brown, Jr.  Rags and Old Iron   Options Written in the early 60s, this amazing tune was reissued, along with newer Oscar Brown tunes, as "Then & Now" (Weasel Disc, 1995) 
Nina Simone  Backlash Blues   Options I pulled this off a fine collection of black protest music, jazz & blues, called "Defiance Blues" 
Kermit Ruffin  When My Dream Boat Comes Home   Options New Orleans hornman and bbq king has charisma and chops, a nice combination! 
Bettye LaVette  Nearer to You   Options Fine soul singer-- now back & better than ever-- put out some top notch stuff in the 60s that has been reissued by Sundazed as "Do Your Duty" 
Ted Hawkins  Groovy Little Things   Options I miss this guy. From "The Next Hundred Years" (DGC, 1994) 
Empire Jubilee Quartet  Wade in the Water   Options This 1929 tune is part of an impressive book/CD of photos & baptism songs from 1890-1950-- "Take Me to the Water"-- with intro essay by Luc Sante. 

Listener comments!

  Sat. 5/23/09 6:33am steve krinsky:

Hey, anyone out there? I'd love to hear your comments on the tunes.
  Sat. 5/23/09 6:51am NS Andy:

Yes we're here, Steve. Possibly, it's that the Jeffrey crowd is trained to never expect the comment thing. OK, so comments: I love this Taj record, in a sort of bittersweet way- it was enjoyed by an ex and myself together... and then she "up and left me..."
In another realm, I remember some years ago that a member of my farm (I used to operate a community supported farm in High Falls, NY) named Chris who owns a house in Jersey City says he was an acquaintance of yours... I haven't talked to him for years, but he spoke fondly of you. Anyway, I always enjoy your shows. Enjoying it currently here in Nova Scotia, enjoying government sponsored health insurance until December, and really getting my money's worth. Going out in the kayak today...
  Sat. 5/23/09 7:00am NS Andy:

Oh yeah, by the way: Chris is a really rockin' drummer... wife Anne, and three kids, who I am sure, I wouldn't recognize...
  Sat. 5/23/09 7:19am steve krinsky:

Andy, nice to hear from you-- up in Nova Scotia. Hi to Chris & Anne up in the Shawangunks
  Sat. 5/23/09 8:10am George Hartman:

Im dancing to White Freightliner Blues right now. More bajo!
  Sat. 5/23/09 8:18am Ike:

Nice Willie!
  Sat. 5/23/09 8:39am Chip:

Praise the iphone, now I can even listen in while I am church. I'm praying for your souls.
  Sat. 5/23/09 8:46am lightning:

Nina Simone did an amazing cover of Rags and Old Iron on a Colpix LP called
"Nina's Choice." I never heard the Oscar Brown jr. version, probably the orignal. Thanks for playing it.
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