2005/06/29

FIDDLIN' FRENCHIE BURKE, ALICIA SVIGALS, NORMAN EDMONDS, THE DALRIADA BROTHERS

Fiddlesticks.


FIDDLIN' FRENCHIE BURKE

Cajun Memories (2002)
Devil's Dream
This tune is as old as the hills, & one of those that I have yet to hear a bad version of.

ALICIA SVIGALS

Fidl: Klezmer Violin (1997)
Romanian Fantasy No. 1
Svigals is in the Klezmatics, but this tune is from her solo album.

NORMAN EDMONDS

Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads & Breakdowns (1959)
Bonaparte's Retreat
The compilation this is from was one of those Lomax recordings from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This particular song is a very short, instrumental version, I believe, of what would be the popular country tune by the same name (best done, I feel, by Johnny Horton). Originally, it was an Irish reel, if I am not mistaken.

THE DALRIADA BROTHERS

Farewell to Ireland (1991)
Tripping Up the Stairs
Irish music on fiddle. I love the tunes I have found by this group, but haven't found much information on them.


Hey! You! I'm calling you out! Drop some tunes! Throw down! You know who you are!

2005/06/16

MUNGO JERRY, JIMMIE DAVIS

It is now summer pretty much anywhere you head in the more reasonable latitudes of the northern hemisphere. Some time last year, my good friend Scott idly asked about a song he had long enjoyed but never tracked down, & I, in a moment of pure coincidence, happened to know exactly the song, which I had on my computer. That song was the only hit song Mungo Jerry ever had, a crazy little tune called "In the Summertime."

Now, I've never heard anything else by Mungo Jerry, but I damned well should. This song is about the perfect summer time music. It's hilarious (& sexist, but we'll let that slide), light, even a little danceable, if you don't mind lookin' foolish (who does these days?), but mostly, this is a song for singing along.


MUNGO JERRY

In the Summertime (1970)
"In the Summertime"
"We love everybody but we do as we please!"


A while back, I promised if I ever got a copy of the original "You Are My Sunshine," I would post it. Well, here it is! Coincidentally, also perfect summer listening.


JIMMIE DAVIS

In the Summertime (1970)
"You Are My Sunshine"
One of these days, I'll find his resignation speech, too

2005/06/07

15 Minutes of Filth & Depravity

Without further ado, I present to you: Jelly Roll Morton's, Make Me A Pallet On The Floor. There is a LOT I could say about this track, but half the fun of this song is not knowing what you are getting into until it's too late. So if you want to spoil the spontaneousness click here. Otherwise, listen to the song then click the "the review" link below.


Jelly Roll Morton

Anamule Dance (1938)
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
the review

2005/06/01

Liza Jane

Damn me, I had the post all typed up and hit the little red x and lost it. The gist of it was: there is this story about a girl named, Liza Jane. I knew about the Huey Smith version, then discovered there was also a Bob Wills version, then discovered there must be 100s of versions, a couple of which I had lying around. So here they are.


Pete Harris

Black Texicans: Balladeers & Songsters of the Texas Frontier (193?)
Square Dancer Corner


Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie

American Roots: A History of American Folk Music (194?)
Liza Jane


Bob Wills & His Texas Playoys

Collected 78s (1942)
Goodbye, Liza Jane


Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

Having a Good Time (1959)
Little Liza Jane