It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To! And Have Some Bacon Fat!
Make sure you stay up late and join us this week on Time For The Blues (7/7/13). Henry and I have been cooking up some great new sounds for you and we’ve even included a side of Bacon Fat! Actually, several sides. This late 60's west coast group featured a young harp whiz Rod Piazza! We'll also check out the Rounder Records story!
You see, we’re celebrating my birthday this week. Just never you mind how old I am Poindexter, just concentrate on the music. See, in an unrelated story, we got a wonderful surprise with a nice package of new CDs. And man, did we get some great ones that you’ll be hearing very soon.
We’ve got a little taste for you this week though, as we feature a few sides with the legendary George “Harmonica” Smith with the aforementioned group called Bacon Fat (check the sample below). Okay, not a great name, but they have a great sound. We’ve even got one featuring the amazing Rod Piazza joining in, although Smith must have been on a coffee break since he doesn’t play on that number. (We really can't be sure, because Rod Piazza's early playing was influenced by George, and the liner notes aren't that specific.)
A couple more things about George “Harmonica” Smith--noted for his harp viruosity, he also had a really great voice! We featured perhaps his best LP "Blues with a Feeling: A Tribute to Little Walter" from 1968 on one of our first shows and we love to bring him back often! We don't feel he received the recognition he should have! By the way, our favorite George story (we reiterate, "story") is the one where he was recording for Modern Records in the 50's and was dropped for their new "sensation"--the Teen Queens! Talk about no respect, Rodney!
Since it is the celebration of my natal day, I got to pick a couple of tunes so we’ll get a shot from The Mannish Boys, and one from the unlikely trio of Delbert McClinton, John Prine, and Lyle Lovett. Just take a second and imagine what that one sounds like…
Henry’s delivered on the presents with some tasty selections from The Rounder Records Story, a fantastic four CD set from the 40 plus years of their history (and it's comfortably priced, as well!). How about songs from Wilson Pickett, the too-long neglected NRBQ, and one of my favorite singers, Johnny Adams crooning a Doc Pomus tune? While we’re at it, a belated birthday for you Doc!
We’ve also got a hot little number from The Tedeschi Trucks Band – look for even more just down the road. And we say goodbye to a great blues singer, Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away on June 23.
Top to bottom, it’s a great show. It may be my birthday, but we’re bringing the presents to you! So catch that nap and stay up late with us. All the cool kids are doing it, so come join our party. Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 a.m.
If you have a bunch of blues LPs or CDs since the early 70's, then you must have one on the Rounder label--tell us your fave Rounder Record!