Roger Hawkins – Muscle Shoals drummer – has died at 75. One of the Swampers he played with almost anyone you could think of. Whenever he was asked his secret he would say that he was a better listener than he was a player. That’s not a bad way for anyone to be!
I’ve never taken much notice of conspiracy theories but ………
I had my first Covid vaccination yesterday afternoon.
This morning I got an email from
I haven’t bought any gates so I was a bit puzzled
Congratulations on having your first Covid vaccination and participating in our VACC-TRAK programme.
Here is your first monitoring report.
1. You should get up earlier
2. The roast lamb you had yesterday was very popular with your taste receptors. Please send us the recipe.
3. These are trying times for everyone but there is no need for that sort of language.
Yours observantly VACC-TRAK
Should I be worried?
Jim Weatherly has died. The man who wrote the best song ever. If you have any doubts about that claim have a proper listen to his words and then put them in the context of:- That drum fill intro; the riff with the horns underneath; the sultry way that Gladys sings ‘L.A.’ And that’s just the first 15 seconds. It continues with the incisive interjections of the Pips, sumptuous string arrangements and delightful dynamics. There’s also the guessing game of where exactly the “Woo Woo” comes in and finally a properly funky outdo. Of course it’s all about the production and the performance but without Jim Weatherly there wouldn’t have been the best song ever. Well done Jim. R.I.P.
Don Bryant has a new album. Buy it! This is from a year ago. I think he’s about 77 or 78. The band (The Bo-Keys) are tremendous. It is a thing of joy and wonder. Only one question – how do I get there?
Bit of a long shot but does anyone know of a musical instrument repairer who is operating during the lockdown? Specifically I’m looking for someone who repairs keyboards. Mine is damaged – I think beyond repair – and I can’t make an insurance claim without a repair estimate or something to say it cant be done. I’m hoping someone can do that from photographs of the damage. I know you’ll want to know the sad story. I arranged a ‘street band’s to play and sing a couple of uplifting songs after the clapping for carers last night. It was a great success with almost everyone in the street joining in. While I was packing everything away the keyboard fell of its stand on to the kerb. Quite a lot of keys are smashed and there are other dents and deformities. For those of you who know about these things it’s a Nord Stage. I am bereft! Any help in finding a repairer would be much appreciated.
Hen and Chicken, Bristol
I posted on a Blogger Takeover thread about Geraint Watkins most recent album ‘Rush of Blood’ – a wonderful thing, full of invention and romance. This gig, with a small and hugely talented band, was an absolute delight. Singing and piano playing from Geraint of the highest quality featuring new and old original material and impeccably reworked covers. The band playing only whats needed and nothing more. And he’s very funny!
The band are not in the first flush of youth and neither were the audience!
It made me think..
Anybody who hasn’t heard Geraint’s music really should. Try the videos on his facebook page.
Reggie Young has died
I hope you’re doing what I’m doing now. Watching Aretha’s funeral streaming on YouTube. It’s been going on for hours It’s emotionally powerful It’s religiously powerful It’s politically powerful Extraordinary people celebrating an extraordinary woman.
Boz Scaggs new album Out Of The Blues is very good I think. Mind you I’ve only listened to it once.
Probably been on here before but I don’t think I’d heard it before tonight. Randy Newman and Valerie Carter sing Sailin’Shoes. Better than the original?
So we take it for granted that Irma Thomas is a great singer. (See Jorrox’s post below). The question is – which of these two albums is best? Simply Grand – great songs and extraordinary accompanying fro exceptional pianists. Crystal clear production from Scott Billington. Or My Hearts in Memphis – of course good songs and Dan Penn production – superb horns and that Memphis bottom end. In my mind the second one edges it – she’s so comfortable in that context. The ending of Zero Willpower says it all. If you haven’t heard either of these – why not?
The big question is – what is the best version of Old Shep? On YouTube:- Elvis is schmaltzy Johnny Cash leaves out the bit with the gun Rambling Jack Elliott rambles around the tune. It has to be Red Foley. Any other contenders?
Jon Cleary’s new album. Can’t manage to compose a review or post clips. Just buy it. It’s rhythm-tastic.