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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Live Like A King...

...The King of Western Swing, that is.

You can do so by purchasing Bob Wills' Fresno home, known back then as the Triple-B Ranch - named for Bob, his wife Betty, and their son Bob Jr.  The somewhat derelict house stands about 10 miles NE of downtown Fresno and it turns out a developer would really like to tear it down to build a subdivision of shiny new houses.  Local preservationists, however, are doing their best to save it and that's where you come in.  The developer has agreed to sell the house for $1, provided you move it and pay for all the associated expenses.  Google map

This is the house, by the way, where Wills resided during the time he and his Texas Playboys recorded the fabled Tiffany Transcriptions in San Francisco, one of the band's many artistic high water marks.  These were basically live recording sessions that were distributed to various radio stations for syndication purposes.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mace And Grenades: Instrumentalists Sing

1 Johnny Otis: Willie And The Hand Jive
2 Al Casey & Corkey & The Bats: Give'n Up
3 Chet Baker: That Old Feeling
4 Woody Herman & His Orch. (voc Woody Herman): Misirlou
5 Albert Ayler: New Generation
6 Randy Rudolph (aka Boots Randolph): Percolator
7 Hugh McCracken: You Blow My Mind
8 The Cramps (ld voc Ivy): Get Off The Road
9 Little Beaver: I Love The Way You Love
10 The Clash, voc Paul Simonon: The Guns Of Brixton
11 Roy Clark: Thank God And Greyhound
12 Leon McAuliffe: Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
13 Little George Benson: She Makes Me Mad
14 The Ventures: Cookies And Coke (their only vocal ever?)
15 Jimmy & Duane: Soda Fountain Girl (Duane Eddy & Jimmy Delbridge)
16 Hugh Masekela: I Wasn't Made For These Times
17 King Curtis: Ridin' Thumb
18 Jack Nitzsche: Marie
19 Dick Dale & The Del-Tones: Those Memories Of You
20 Lonnie Mack: Where There's A Will There's A Way
21 Mickey Baker: Love Me Baby
22 Link Wray: Fallin' Rain
23 Doc Severinsen: Okefenokee
24 Cliffie Stone Orch., voc Speedy West & Billy Strange: Barracuda
25 Stuff Smith: Here Comes The Man With The Jive
26 NRBQ, voc Tom Ardolino: 1-2-3
27 Jimmy Page: She Just Satisfies
28 Jeff Beck: Hi Ho Silver Lining
29 Jerry Cole: Come On Over To My Place
30 Hal Blaine: Bang Bang Rhythm
31 Dr. Feelgood: Paradise (voc Wilco Johnson -- Lee Brilleaux refused to sing this one!)
32 Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns: You're Down With Me
33 Wingie Manone (pic above) & His Orch.: Stop The War (The Cats Are Killin')
34 Ike Turner: Takin' Back My Name
35 Jimmy Nolen: Let's Try Again
36 Koko Taylor with Willie Dixon: Insane Asylum
37 Lionel Hampton: What's Happening, Baby
38 Moondog: All Is Loneliness
39 Oscar Peterson Trio: Calypso Blues
40 Charles Mingus: Eat That Chicken
41 Travis Wammack: There's A UFO Up There
42 The Sex Pistols (voc Steve Jones): Silly Thing
43 Hugh Masekela: Mace And Grenades


Nick Tosches Month

Read 'em all!

Did That Really Happen? Solomon Burke Plays Country!

By Ken Eppstein 5/2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nick Tosches Month

Lyrics by Nick Tosches.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I'm In Love With Your Knees

By Nick Tosches and Austin Thomas.

Nick Tosches Month

Here's a great essay written by Joe Bonomo about our hero.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Two Pizzaburgers Please!

Joe Houston & a Half Ton Of Glamor, Jet Magazine, 1955.

Joe Houston  -  Two Pizzaburgers Please

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nick Tosches Month

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nick Tosches Month

Super Heavy Blues Express

Forty-two years ago today in downtown Atlanta, the Super Heavy Blues Express came to town.  And what a truly astonishing line-up -  Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Al Hibbler, with Jelly Roll as an added attraction.

Via the pages of Atlanta's radical underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird and the Georgia State University Library Archives.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Lovely Jewel Brynner

Singer Jewel Brynner (yes, her name was a nod to chrome-domed actor Yul Brynner) is shown here in early 1959, performing at Pittsburgh's Hi-Top Lounge with Wee Walkin' Willie.  Via the Jet archives.  Photo by Clarence Pennywell Jr.

Fast Freight

Happy birthday, Ritchie ("Arvee Allens") Valens

I Like Peanut Butter

The Four Blazers - Peanut Butter

Nick Touches On Fool's Paradise With Rex

September 3, 2011

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Nick Tosches On The Hound's Show

June 29, 1991

July 11, 1992

Also see the Hound blog for more insight and inspiration.

The Devil In George Jones

This richly illuminating profile of George Jones comes to us from Nick Tosches, and was published by Texas Monthly back in 1994. It's highly recommended reading and a mighty fine way to spend an hour or two Nick Tosches Month.

Image via Tommy Bishop.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Six Days On The Road

From 1961, here is the rarely heard original version of Six Days On The Road by Paul Davis, made into a timeless country truck-driving classic when Dave Dudley recorded it in 1963.  Thanks to YouTuber Mattys45s for sharing it.

The tune was co-written by Carl Montgomery (brother of singer Melba Montgomery) and Earl Green, who also co-wrote another indispensable trucker classic, the Willis Brothers ' Give Me Forty Acres.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bobby Marchan

By Ken Eppstein  2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ichiban's #1 Song Of All Time

Our team of experts has concluded that Ernie K Doe's "Mother-In-Law" is the greatest song ever recorded.  Written by Allen Toussaint and featuring Benny Spellman's perfect back-up singing, it sounds fresh and inspiring after repeated listenings.  Thanks for the magic.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nick Tosches Month