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Oct 13, 2022 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
With John Wendland
Join John Wendland for Memphis to Manchester, a fun-filled and action-packed three hours of soul, R&B, rock, pop, country and other great music.
Charlie Ferguson & His Orchestra That's It
Honkers & Bar Walkers Vol. 2 Delmark Records 1992
Music bed. I took this from the second installment in Delmark’s "Honkers & Bar Walkers" series of saxophone-oriented R&B from Apollo Records. This instrumental from 1954 features the NYC-based saxophonist, Charliue Ferguson.
Oscar Brown, Jr. Humdrum Blues
Sin & Soul Columbia Records 1960
Written by Oscar Brown Jr. and found on his highly recommended debut album. "Life can be mighty monotonous! We're always battling boredom." He's clearly not tuned into KDHX.
Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross Moanin'
The Hottest New Group In Jazz Columbia 1959
Jon Hendricks added the lyrics to what was a Bobby Timmons instrumental.
Ray Charles Tell the Truth
Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) [Remastered] Rhino Atlantic 2005
Great version of a "5" Royales song written by Lowman Pauling and originally released in 1961. Margie Hendrix of the Raeletts sings lead on this track.
The "5" Royales Say It
Dedicated to You King Records 1957
Written by Lowman Pauling who also adds the memorable guitar parts to this song. Lead vocals by Clarence Paul.
Steve Cropper & Buddy Miller The Slummer the Slum
Dedicated - a Salute to the 5 Royales 429 2011
Written by Lowman Pauling and Obediah Carter and featuring guitar solos by Buddy Miller and Steve Cropper. Buddy Miller sings lead with backing vocals by Dan Penn and Keb Mo.
Steve Cropper Help Me Somebody
Dedicated - A Salute to the 5 Royales 429 Records 2011
Music bed. Instrumental version of The "5" Royales song written by Lowman Pauling.
Lee Fields Two Jobs N
Sentimental Fool Daptone Records 2022
This is what I'm talking about! From his forthcoming album being released on October 28th. Back with Daptone Records and sounding great!
Esther Marrow Money Honey
Newport News, Virginia Flying Dutchman 1969
Written by Jesse Stone and the R&B song gets more of a funk feel on this.
Gladys Knight & The Pips You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)
The Complete Motown Singles Vol 10: 1970 Hip-O Select 2008
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and also recorded by fellow Motown artists, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. This version went to #3 on the R&B charts. Produced by Norman Whitfield.
Ike & Tina Turner Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter
Working Together Liberty 1970
Written by Tina Turner's elder sister, Aillene Bullock.
Betty Bibbs Pounds of Soul
Pounds of Soul Kent 2003
Previously unissued West Coast soul recording from 1968.
Bessie Banks Go Now
Larry Banks' Soul Family Album Kent 2007
Original version of the song released in 1964 and written by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. It became a big hit for the Moody Blues shortly, thereafter.
Willie Mitchell Groovin'
Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 Demon 2001
Music bed. 1968 instrumental version of the Young Rascals song.
Jon Batiste Cry
We Are Verve 2021
Jon Batiste put on a tremendous show at the Roots N Blues festival in Columbia, MO last Saturday.
Shirley Caesar Gotta Serve Somebody
Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan Columbia 2003
Lead-off track from this collection of top-notch gospel artists covering songs written by Bob Dylan during his gospel period. Recorded in 2001 and grooving, mightily.
The Harlem Gospel Travelers Fight On! N
Look Up! Colemine Records 2022
Produced by Eli Paperboy Reed, Look Up! marks the group’s first full-length release as a trio, as well as their first collection of totally original material. The Harlem Gospel Travelers are made up of singers Thomas Gatling, George Marage, and Dennis Bailey.
The Impressions Keep on Pushing
Keep On Pushing ABC Paramount 1964
Written by Curtis Mayfield. "I've got my strength, and it don't make sense not to keep on pushing." Life-affirming and necessary.
Ben Harper Where Did We Go Wrong
Bloodline Maintenance Chrysalis Records 2022
He has a lot to say on this album and does it in very short time. "Straight talk only, accept no substitute / Must be lonely living in absolute / It's an emergency / Try to remain calm / Where did we go wrong."
The Budos Band Trail of Tears
Burnt Offering Daptone 2014
Music bed. Instrumental from the soul, funk, and beyond band out of Staten Island.
Ben Vaughn Heaven Above
Instrumental Stylings Bar/None Records 2017
Music bed. Instrumental composition by Ben Vaughn.
Rhiannon Giddens Build A House (with Yo-Yo Ma & Francesco Turrisi) N
Build A House (with Yo-Yo Ma & Francesco Turrisi) - Single Nonesuch Records 2022
Written by Rhiannon Giddens for the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in 2020. This new single is performed with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi.
Ann Peebles Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
I Believe to My Soul Rhino 2005
Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, and Billy Preston all gathered in the studio for a week and recorded these songs. Produced by Joe Henry. The liner notes indicated this would be the first in a series, but I don't see that there were any more. Written by Bob Dylan and featuring Allen Toussaint on piano. Unfortunately, Ann Peebles is unable to keep performing and singing after suffering a stroke in 2012.
Aoife O'Donovan Open All Night
Live From The H-Fi Yep Roc 2022
This recording captures Aoife O’Donovan and the Age of Apathy band performing a summer night show at the Hi•Fi Annex in Indianapolis, IN on August 16, 2022. Written by Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) N
Only the Strong Survive Columbia 2022
Bruce Springsteen sounds like he's having a fun time on this Motown rave-up written by Frank Wilson. From his forthcoming album of all soul covers being released on November 11th.
Raul Malo Downbound Train
Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska Sub Pop 2000
Various artists recorded songs from Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" album for this compilation. Three additional non-Nebraska bonus tracks were also included, and this is one of those. It's Raul Malo. He always delivers.
Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers L.B.J.
All Turned On! • Motown Instrumentals 1960-1972 Ace 2022
Music bed. Previously unissued 1964 Motown instrumental written by Earl Van Dyke and Robert White.
Phoebe Bridgers Kyoto
Punisher Dead Oceans 2020
I've gone on enough about how much I love this album. All I'll say this is far away as from a sophomore album slump as possible. I'm really interested in hearing what she comes up with next.
The Paranoid Style Exit Interview With P.G. Wodehouse
For Executive Meeting Bar/None Records 2022
Written by Elizabeth Nelson. "I became a prisoner in a posh Berlin hotel / They'd taken me there and there bid me I stay / You don't argue with the Gestapo about where you dwell /That was my own personal policy anyway." / "The broadcasts," he said, “Were not my intention" / “A means of survival, not worth a mention” / "I was 59, past my prime even then." / "No one thought they'd ever hear from me again" - But they did.
Purple Mountains All My Happiness is Gone
Purple Mountains Drag City 2019
Written by David Berman. I remember driving by Blueberry Hill and seeing that Purple Mountains was coming soon on their rolling marquee just after hearing the news of his too-soon demise.
The Cure Pictures of You
Disintegration Polydor Records 1989
I thought this song was amazing in 1989 and I think it's amazing now. I don't know how someone can listen to this song and not feel something. Masterful in every way. "If only I'd thought of the right words / I could have held on to your heart / If only I'd thought of the right words / I wouldn't be breaking apart / All my pictures of you."
Richard Thompson Persuasion (Instrumental)
Sweet Talker (Original Music from the Movie) Capitol Records 1992
Music bed. Instrumental composition written by Peter Filleul, Tim Finn, and Richard Thompson.
Richard Thompson Persuasion
Action Packed - The Best of the Capitol Years Capitol Records 2001
Lead vocals by Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson. Written by Peter Filleul, Tim Finn, and Richard Thompson.
Courtney Marie Andrews Change My Mind N
Loose Future Fat Possum 2022
From her new album just released last Friday. Fri 12/2 Courtney Marie Andrews – Off Broadway. Both the album and upcoming show are highly recommended.
Falling Fences Long Way Come Home L N
The Wild Sea Falling Fences 2022
From the long-time St. Louis band's forthcoming album being released a week from Friday (10/21). They will be celebrating by having an album release concert at Delmar Hall that same night (Friday, 10/21). The band will be augmented with horns and be performing as a nine-piece band.
Linda Thompson Dimming of the Day
Dreams Fly Away Rykodisc 1975
1996 previously unreleased version. Very impressive backing band on this including David Lindley (slide guitar), Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar), David Grisman (mandolin), Bruce Hornsby (piano), Herb Pedersen (acoustic guitar), and Jennifer Warnes and David Morgan on backing vocals. Written by Richard Thompson.
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones You Took My Future
Little Windows Cooking Vinyl 2016
Lovely duet written by Bill DeMain, Kelly Jones, and Teddy Thompson.
Santo & Johnny Tenderly
The Best of Santo & Johnny Stardust 1997
Music bed. Recorded circa 1959. Written by Jack Lawrence and Walter Gross.
Paul Burch & The WPA Ballclub Country Without Maps
Origins of Departure Plowboy Records 2020
Music bed. This 2020 seven-song EP is a suite of sonic collages that serves as a companion to their "Light Sensitive" album which came out earlier that year. Fats Kaplin plays electric steel guitar and tenor banjo on this album.
Sam Bush California Earthquake N
Radio John: Songs of John Hartford Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2022
From his forthcoming album of all John Hartford songs being released on November 11th. Sam Bush plays all the instruments on this.
Warren Zevon Desperados Under the Eaves
Warren Zevon Asylum Records 1976
This is the closing track to his brilliant debut album. Carl Wilson and Jackson Browne join in on the harmony vocals. "And if California slides into the ocean / Like the mystics and statistics say it will / I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill"
Bonny Light Horseman California N
Rolling Golden Holy 37d03d 2022
Fine new sophomore album featuring Anaïs Mitchell, Eric Johnson, and Josh Kaufman.
Joni Mitchell California
Blue Rhino/Warner Records 1971
Written by Joni Mitchell and featuring James Taylor on guitar, Russ Kunkel on drums, and Sneaky Pete on pedal steel.
Tommy McLain California N
I Ran Down Every Dream Yep Roc Records 2022
Tommy McLain has been making records since 1964. At age 82, he just released a new album produced by CC Adcock. It's well worth checking out and features some co-writes with Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and CC Adcock. Tommy McLain wrote this one and it was arranged by Van Dyke Parks.
Duane Eddy This Town
Shazam! And Other Instrumentals Written By Lee Hazlewood Ace Records 2016
Music bed. 1968 instrumental composition by Lee Hazlewood.
Jason Isbell Stockholm
Southeastern Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. 2013
Written by Jason Isbell and featuring the harmony vocals of Kim Richey. "I've heard love songs make a Georgia man cry / On the shoulder of somebody's Saturday night / Read the good book, studied it too / But nothing prepared me for living with you / Lock me up tight in these shackles I wear / Tied up the keys in the folds of your hair / And the difference with me is I used to not care / Stockholm let me go home"
Amanda Shires Don't Be Alarmed
Take It Like a Man ATO Records 2022
Unsparing and honest album and her best one, yet. Both the vocals and songwriting keeps getting better. (Editor's note: Hey, I thought her Christmas album was really good, too). "I missed all the signals / Was it flawed by design? / I'm losing my balance / I'm not losing my mind."
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Mutineer
Sea Songs - Single Southeastern Records 2015
Beautiful duet version of the Warren Zevon composition.
Flaco Jimenez with Dwight Yoakum Carmelita
Partners Reprise 1992
Written by Warren Zevon and featuring the great Flaco Jimenez on accordion and Dwight Yoakam on lead vocals.
Watkins Family Hour Accidentally Like a Martyr
Brother Sister Family Hour Records 2020
Written by Warren Zevon and featuring Sara Watlins on lead vocals and Sean Watkins on harmony vocals. Produced by Mike Viola.
Ry Cooder Not Even Key West
Blue City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Rhino/Warner Records 1986
Music bed. 1986 instrumental composition penned by Ry Cooder and featuring Jim Keltner (drums), Jorge Calderon (bass), Jim Dickinson (piano), and Benmont Tench (organ).
The Heavy Heavy All My Dreams
Life and Life Only ATO Records / Fontana North 2022
Out of Brighton, England, this band impressed, mightily, at the Roots N Blues festival in Columbia, MO last weekend. Roy Kasten and Darren Snow have been playing the heck out of this 6-song release. I am, as they say, late to the party. See them if you have the chance. They are terrific live.
The Beach Boys All I Wanna Do
"Feel Flows" The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Super Deluxe) Capitol Records 2021
Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson. Thanks to Rich Reese for getting this entire set into my hands. It's a great listen!
Sundowners Skeleton Key Records 2014
This band out of Liverpool features the lead vocals of Niamh Rowe and Fiona Skelly. Written by Alfie Skelly and James Skelly.
Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters Different Drum
Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters American Laundromat Records 2020
Really nice take of the Michael Nesmith-penned song from their debut album made up of cover versions from artists as varied as Leonard Cohen to The Kinks to Paul McCartney to Pretenders to The Go-Go's.
The Chandelles El Gato
That's Swift: Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vaults Sundazed Music 2007
Music bed. Hailing from the surf mecca of Portales, NM, the Chandelles only released two songs, this one and "Jeepster." Recorded at Norman Petty's studio and released on the Dot label in 1963.