Category Archives: Blues

Song Of The Day – Jake Bugg – “Lightning Bolt”


Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg (Photo credit: wfuv)

This is Jake Bugg’s second appearance on the Song Of The Day, as I highlighted Two Fingers last year.  Today’s featured tune is Lightning Bolt and it continues his string of bluesy rock success.  This young Englishman was all of 18 when he recorded this song.  Amazing raw talent as both a songwriter and player.  The video is Jake performing live on Late Night.   Not as good as the recorded version, possibly a bit nervous.

Song Of The Day – John Hiatt – “Cry Love”


English: John Hiatt performing at South by Sou...

English: John Hiatt performing at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2010. Photo by Ron Baker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Thought I’d drop in with a song.  Summer hit Calgary, had to push away.  Heard this on CBC the other day.  Classic John Hiatt, but then what isn’t.

 

 

Remembering JJ Cale


English: J.J. Cale playing the blues

English: J.J. Cale playing the blues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nothing to say.  Great artist. JJ Cale passes away on July 26.

 

 

 

 

Random Songs From My Phone – Stevie Ray Vaughn – Little Wing


English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott...

English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott Newton Weselex Depository Rights Reserved. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good evening all.  Lots happened in the last month, and I’ll expand on that all over the next few days.  In the meantime, I just needed to drop in and let you know I am still kicking.  That trip to Alaska in a short while is going to be very therapeutic.  My song of the day is a random shuffle off my phone and boy, did I hit  it big time.  Love this song  Little Wing, the classic Hendrix tune as interpreted by one the great Texas blues-men of all time, Stevie ray Vaughn.  As an added bonus, I have added a Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer renditions of the tune. Enjoy, and we shall talk soon.

Stevie Ray Vaughn‘s cover

John Mayer’s cover

And the original

Song Of The Day – Jimmie Vaughn – “Dirty Girl”


Jimmie Vaughan performing at the Crossroads Gu...

Jimmie Vaughan performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

So tell me, what do you do when you are driving 1100 km, over 2 days, in the rain and in the car for 14 hours.  If you’re me, you hit the radio and look for songs to Shazam for your blog.  I think I found some.  The first road tune I heard was a classic blues tune by former Fabulous Thunderbird, Jimmie Vaughn.  The song. “Dirty Girl”.  One of the Texas roadhouse blues guitar players that were spawned in the 70’s, Jimmy is a great player, very great.  Seems to run in the Vaughn family.

 

 

Random Songs From My Phone – The Commitments – “Mustang Sally”


The Commitments (film)

The Commitments (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category.  I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day.  This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).

 

I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series.  The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland.  It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability.  Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect.  The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack.  The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“.  The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.

 

 

 

 

Song Of The Day – Jamie N. Commons – “Rumble and Sway”


Jamie N. Commons

Jamie N. Commons (Photo credit: wfuv)

 

A quick post to let you know I am still around.  Life does trump all from time to time, and recent weeks are one of those trump times.  Enjoy this cut, a CBC2 find once again, Jamie N. Commons performing the tune “Rumble and Sway, live on Conan.  Could be a big one.

 

 

 

Song Of The Day – Caro Emerald – “Absolutely Me”


English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoe...

English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoetermeer Stadhuisplein, Netherlands. September 19th, year 2008, time 14:20:55 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is a small milestone in that it is the first time I have devoted a Song Of The Day post to an artist that I have already given one to.  Caro Emerald is really leaving a mark on my music psyche. The song,  Absolutely Me, which is off her outstanding album “Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor”.  Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, great song.  Like it so much I put up the recorded version and a live version..

 

Song Of The Day – Roxanne Potvin – “A Love That’s Simple”


Cover of "Way It Feels"

Cover of Way It Feels

 

Regina born Roxanne Potvin, is a singer songwriter in the vein of Bonnie Raitt.  In other words, excellent.  She recorded this song with John Hiatt way back in 2006.  It is on her second album “Tee Way It Feels”.  The version I have placed here is live and, unfortunately, no John Hiatt.

 

Roxanne Potvin Home

 

Roxanne Potvin on iTunes

 

Roxanne Potvin on CBC

 

 

Remembering Johnnie Bassett


2006 Great Lakes Folk Festival

2006 Great Lakes Folk Festival (Photo credit: CedarBendDrive)

Blues great Johnnie Bassett died on August 4, 2012 at the age of 76.  He was a much in demand electric blues guitarist and a singer-songwriter.  In addition to his session work, he toured with such notables as Tina Turner and Little Willie John.  In session, he played with the Miracles and others.  Here is one of his own compositions played live with the band, Hideaway.

Party My Blues Away

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