Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle - A Poet, A Pawn, and a King Mix

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Week 3 of the Rod Picott residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville was last night.  Brian Ritchie (solo and not the guy from Violent Femmes) opened.  Really loved his songs and his voice.   Over the course of this residency, I have gone from being a casual fan of Mr. Picott (who I first saw at Americana in (I think) 2012) to being a huge fan.  He was backed by Tim Blankenship on drums, Duane Blevins on bass, and Sergio Webb on guitar.  As he tends to do, Sergio Webb worked some kind of voodoo magic with his instrument that blows me away every time.  Rod Picott's songs are wonderful.

A highlight for tonight is the CD Release for Don Gallardo's Hickory album which has been out overseas for some time but is finally getting released stateside.  An amazing line-up with Caleb Caudle, Matt Haeck, and Lani Ford opening. No cover with door prizes by sponsor Good People Brewing Co.

You know, I have been getting so much music sent my way recently (and I am not AT ALL complaining) that I was seriously thinking about suspending Throwback Thursday in favor of adding another "featured music" day (name not determined)... but then today's shuffle came up... and I'm like, nah, it's all good.

"Mother-In-Law/Lipstick Traces" by Allen Toussaint

From Louisiana Live from Mountain Stage which is just over 10 years old. The late, great Allen Toussaint.  Mother-In-Law was a hit for Ernie K. Doe, and as Toussaint relates on this recording, the backup singer who did the bass vocal "Mother-In-Law" asked Toussaint to write him a song that he could recapture that feel... "Lipstick Traces" was that song, and it became a hit (the only one) for Benny Spellman in 1962.

"That's Life" by Frank Sinatra

From Sinatra's 1966 album of the same name.  The song was written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, and first recorded by Marion Montgomery. You may have heard this on the Double Shot show "My Favorite Year" - Sue's favorite year was 1968 not 1966, but she had good memories of this song from 1968. :-)

"Charlie Don't Surf" by The Clash

From Sinatra to The Clash... from the 1980 album Sandinista! - titles comes from a line in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. 

"Silver Wings" by Earl Scruggs and the Earl Scruggs Revue with Linda Ronstadt

Taken from the Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats compilation album put out by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Admittedly, my first exposure to this song was from The Knitters (as sung by John Doe).  If I recall correctly, Linda Ronstadt's niece Britt sang this song at the all-star concert for this album. 

"Numbers With Wings" by Richard Barone

Our final cut to feature from Richard Barone's landmark, Cool Blue Halo album.  A lovely version of a song originally recorded by Barone's band, The Bongos.  One of my faves. 

"New Jolie Blond" by Doc Guidry and Happy Fats LeBlanc

"Jole Blonde (or Blon)" is widely considered the Cajun national anthem.  This is a take off on that song by the legendary Doc Guidry and Happy Fats LeBlanc.  

"Going Back to Big Sur" by Johnny Rivers

And we close out today's shuffle with a song that almost made it onto my list for the Double Shot with Joe and Sue show, "Oh, The Places...".  From Johnny River's 1968 album Realization.  That magical portions of the Central Coast of California is one of my favorite spots, and I would love to be going back there. 


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