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August 14, 2009: Willy Les Frank Uke Ike
It's a drag, since I am only on the air once in a while, that I have to do so many tributes to the recently deceased all at once. I played them while they were alive-- well, maybe not Cliff Edwards-- but had to do something for Willy Deville, Les Paul and Frank McCourt. Ukelele Ike/Cliff Edwards is another story: an icon from vaudeville and beyond, who still sounds good today. Hope you like it. Email me with comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Big Guitars from Texas||Hardy Street||I've been playing cuts off this great collection of Texas twangsters for about 20 years and it amazes me how good they can be-- even when the CD skips|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan||Travis Walk||Another pretty good Texas guitar player|
|Paul Butterfield Blues Band||Thank You Mr. Poohbah||Just stumbled on to a CD copy of the first album by PBBB and this number jumped out!|
|Sarah Brown||Bad Boy's Pride||Austin bass player steps out on her own-- a 45 from a while back. Sarah is one of the Big Guitars from Texas and, more recently, plays with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women.|
|Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women||River Under the Road||Dave is at his best, fronting this band of top notch country blues women, Sarah Brown among them (Yep Roc, 2009)|
|Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros||Sandpaper Blues||Former Clash frontman from "Rock Art and the X-Ray Style" (Hellcat Records, 1999)|
|Mink DeVille||Teardrops Must Fall||Willy Deville died last week at the age of 58. Sad story but he left behind lotsa great music! Fall teardrops.|
|Mink DeVille||Cadillac Walk||Punk. Soul. Lower East Side Blues. Call it what you want. It's good.|
|Willy Deville||Voodoo Charm||Willy left NYC in the 90s and went to New Orleans, where he seemed to pull it all together and . put out a few good albums. My fave is "Victory Mixture" (with Eddie Bo & Dr. John); this one is from "Backstreets of Desire" (FNAC Music, 1992)|
|Allen Toussaint||On Your Way Down||With the best New Orleans players, this 1972 session is rich with soul. On CD as "Life, Love & Faith" (Water Music, 2008)|
|Allen Toussaint||Louie||In 1970, Allen Toussaint put out his first CD, with a bunch of his best 60s hit singles plus this cool instrumental. The album was reissued on Kent as "What is Success: The Scepter & Bell Recordings"|
|Pinetop Perkins||3-Finger Boogie||Recorded live at the old FMU studios in East Orange in 1993; it can be found on "Upsalapalooza"-- a bunch of tunes recorded live at the station|
|Art Tatum||How High the Moon||Wow. This guy can play.|
|Art Tatum||Tatum-Pole Boogie||Mostly bed music but let's let Art tinkle away on those keys|
|Les Paul||Hawaiian Paradise||Here's where the old "what-more-can-you-say" about someone really applies.|
|Les Paul & Mary Ford||I'm A Fool to Care||These guys did radio and, in the early days of the medium, TV. He played, she sang, they made jokes-- and it still sounds pretty good today!|
|Les Paul & Mary Ford||I'm Sitting on Top of the World||This doesn't sound like the way Howlin' Wolf did it!|
|Tony Schwartz||Translations||Tony went out into the streets of NY and recorded what he heard; from "New York 19" (Folkways)|
|The Village Stompers||Washington Square|
|Bobby Sanabria & Ascension||Delirio||From "New York City Ache" (Flying Fish, 1993)|
|Bobby Sanabria & Ascension||La Cumbiamba||A Joe Henderson tune, done Puerto Rican style|
|Renata Lu||Faz Tanto Tempo||Samba Soul from the 70s, on "Black Rio 2" (Strut, 2009)|
|Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado||Our Sound||More soul stuff from Brazil.|
|Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards||California|
|R Crumb & his Cheap Suit Serenaders||Alabamy Bound||A Uke Ike number, done by some of his biggest fans. Crumb did the cover for one of his albums, a re-issue of old stuff from 1974|
|Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies||Somebody Stole My Gal||A western swing take|
|Barrence Whitfield & Tom Russell||Insufficient Sweetie||"That when a rabbi becomes kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan"|
|John Martyn||Singin' in the Rain|
|Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards||If You Knew Susie||Listener Adam wondered if the voice in "Betty Boop MD" was Uke Ike. If you look on YouTube, you can see it-- great scary animation-- and much more, including other Cliff Edwards stuff|
|Alberta Hunter||Darktown Strutters Ball||Alberta Hunter is one of the amazing stories of the recent past: a successful blues/jazz singer from the early part of the 20th century, she turned up in the 70s and sang as well as ever. I never saw her but this a great album: "Amtrak Blues" (Columbia 1980)|
|Jeff Beck||Cause We've Ended As Lovers|
|Slim Gaillard||African Jive||Lotsa Slim on YouTube too, including a 1988 TV show where an older Slim does "Take the A-Train" w/ David Sanborn. Even better: a clip from a 1986 movie "Absolute Beginners" with David Bowie. Surreal segment, hot Slim music|
|Steve Martin||Pitkin County Turnaround||Yes, the comic Steve Martin. A good banjo player. He has help on "The Crow" from Early Scruggs, Tony Trischka, Dolly Parton and others. On Rounder.|
|The Creole Belles||Domino/Will Bolfa Medley||Nice new Cajun music on Arhoolie Records|
|Lucinda Williams||Out of Touch||From "Essence" (Lost Highway, 2002)|
|Dwight Yoakam||Fast As You||Dwight rocks|
|Willie Nelson w/ Carlos Santana||They All Went to Mexico||From an album of duets with the clever name: "Half Nelson" (Columbia, 1985)|
|Doug Gillard||The Temperament Twist|
|Jayhawks||Waiting for the Sun|
|Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem||Irish Rover||Just finished reading Frank McCourt's great memoir, "Angela's Ashes."|
|Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem||October Winds|
|The Pogues||Once Upon a Time|
|Phil Ochs||The Highwayman||Frankie McCourt was a poor Irish kid who heard this classic English outlaw poem and was inspired to become a writer. It's a common tale: the outlaw falls in love as "the redcoat troops come marching marching..."|
|Coffin Daggers||Cat's Eyes||Check them out at Maxwells on August 23, along with Los Straitjackets|
|Los Straitjackets||Chica Alborotada aka Tallahassee Lassie|
Fri. 8/14/09 3:12pm
About time I said hello, and with good intentions
Fri. 8/14/09 3:57pm
Great show! I am really digging the flow of genre! Thank you! I'm 37 weeks pregnant and the baby and I are relaxing to your tunes.....
Fri. 8/14/09 3:59pm
Sigh - will miss Les. It felt good just knowing he was around.
Fri. 8/14/09 3:59pm
Really enjoying this playlist so far. Between this and the recent tribute to DeVille, I've been turned onto some amazing albums.
Fri. 8/14/09 4:04pm
very very tiny les paul!
Fri. 8/14/09 4:27pm
Bryce: Who says size matters?
Fri. 8/14/09 4:30pm
can you repeat or write down in the "comments" section what you said about the Texas Tornados? Thanks a bunch! Enjoying your show today.
Fri. 8/14/09 4:31pm
Adam / Ladyfingers:
Wow...I hate that I tuned in this late...awesome playlist!!
Fri. 8/14/09 4:36pm
Lincoln Center Out of Doors:
-- 8/22, 2 pm: Ramblin Jack Elliot, Holmes Bros, etc.
-- 8/22, 7 pm: Allen Toussaint, Lizz Wright
-- 8/23, 4 pm: Texas Tornados, etc.
Fri. 8/14/09 4:39pm
Thanks Steve! Have a great weekend!
Fri. 8/14/09 4:44pm
first time listening to your show, been listening for the last couple of hours during my late breakfast. great stuff! thanks and hello from the breezy bay area!
Fri. 8/14/09 5:32pm
Go freeform radio!
Fri. 8/21/09 2:12pm
Steve, great show, and cool guitar stuff. I've always LOVED the Mescaleros, and my last song "Instigator troublemaker" was totally influenced by their "Johnny Appleseed" track.
Do you have a copy of my song?--- Lou
Thu. 3/11/10 4:14pm
Greetings from Mandolin Brothers:
Hi Steve I just played this Aug 14 (my anniversary) archive. Great stuff as usual. Great to hear that Joe Strummer track on the radio. And where else could I hear my art hero R. Crumb do his music "dang". thanks Steve, see you soon, Lou Russo
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