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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.

 

 

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

Song Of The Day – Joss Stone – Sideway Shuffle


English: Joss Stone Deutsch: Joss Stone

English: Joss Stone Deutsch: Joss Stone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been a big Joss Stone fan since she was a barefoot 16-year-old phenomenon, singing the blues with the crème of the Louisiana blues players.  Not bad for an out of place Brit.  She has strayed a bit from those first recordings, but is still a force.  Quite the voice.

Sideway Shuffle

Remembering Pete Cosey


Miles Davis

Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pete Cosey, guitarist extraordinaire, passed away on May 30, 2012.  He was 68.  He was a session guitar player at Chess Records until 1973, playing on recordings by Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, among many others.  In 1973, he joined the Miles Davis Band and played with them until 1975.  When the band broke up in 1975, he pretty much disappeared, surfacing from time to time to play on someone’s record.  He resurfaced somewhat in 2001, forming a band, The Children of Agharta.  Check out the clips I have included.  The guy was amazing.

Pete Cosey Jamming

Calypso Frelimo

Remembering Doc Watson


 

English: From Flickr: Doc Watson, 86 years old...

English: From Flickr: Doc Watson, 86 years old, plays to the crowd at another fantastic Sugar Grove Music Fest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

May 29 was a very sad day for me.  Doc Watson passed away.  What a player!!  Nothing to say, just listen.

 

Deep River Blues

 

 

 

Windy and Warm

 

 

 

Sitting On Top Of The World

 

 

 

What a talent, and a connection to the old blues and folk singers of the 20’s, 30’s and beyond.  Greatly missed.

 

Song Of The Day – Remembering Carrie Smith


 

 

English: Jazz Singer Carrie Smith in France Fr...

English: Jazz Singer Carrie Smith in France Français : La chanteuse de Jazz Carrie Smith à Bagneux (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Carrie Smith, a terrific jazz and blues singer was taken from the world of music on May 20.  She was 86.  Her career spanned 50 years and she was still recording as recently as 2002.  In this period she recorded at least 13 albums and appeared with many contemporaries.  Here is a terrific example of her style.

 

Am I Blue

 

 

 

A second song.  This one shows the depth of her classic blues voice.  A terrific band as well.  And check out the tap dancing.

 

 

Song Of The Day – Remembering Donald “Duck” Dunn


 

Photo of musician Donald "Duck" Dunn

Photo of musician Donald “Duck” Dunn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a quick note to acknowledge the passing of a great one, Donald “Duck” Dunn, on May 13.  A member of Booker T & the MG’s, he replaced the original bassist, he is forever connected to Green Onions, even though he was not on the original recording.

He was also notable as a session player for Stax Records, which means he is on about 50 zillion songs recorded there.  He also performed with a multitude of bands, such as CCR, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan and the list goes on and on.    He was also the pipe smoking, wild hair bass player in the Blues Brothers.

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