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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|
About time I said hello, and with good intentions
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.....
Sigh - will miss Les. It felt good just knowing he was around.
Really enjoying this playlist so far. Between this and the recent tribute to DeVille, I've been turned onto some amazing albums.
very very tiny les paul!
Bryce: Who says size matters?
can you repeat or write down in the "comments" section what you said about the Texas Tornados? Thanks a bunch! Enjoying your show today.
Adam / Ladyfingers:
Wow...I hate that I tuned in this late...awesome playlist!!
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.
Thanks Steve! Have a great weekend!
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!
Go freeform radio!
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
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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