Warren Luening passed away on March 18, 2012 at the age of 70. He was an outstanding trumpet player who was always in demand as a studio player. His career spanned many famous icons, meaning you likely have heard him play, without knowing him. He played with Lawrence Welk for several years. He was the soloist on soundtracks such as King Kong (2005), The River and That Thing You Do. He also played in the orchestras for the Emmys, the Oscars and Dancing With The Stars. Enjoy.
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This week on Twitter Thursday, I will introduce you to Michele Van Kleef. A native of Portland, Oregon, Michele has recently released her début solo album titled “After All”. It is available on iTunes at this link.
This song is off the album
This song is also from the album and is a live acoustic version of her song Snow.
Michele is a good singer songwriter. I wish her every success with her album. If you wish to follow her on Twitter she is at @Michelevankleef
A bit of a slow week, made up for by a release by a band who I have enjoyed over the past few years.
That band is Yukon Blonde, out of Kelowna, BC and the album is “Tiger Talk”. These guys have a bright future and I see them as a potential break out band in the next year or two. This indie-rock band has a distinct style with some interesting guitar riffs.
I like them enough to post a second tune. This one was recorded live at CBC.
The other release is an EP by singer-songwriter “Grey Kingdom”. They have a definite folk feel to their music. The EP is titled The Weeping Suns and has 4 songs. This tune is performed live.
My international release of the week is by The Shins. They hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico and have been playing and releasing albums since 1992. What attracted me to this album “Port of Morrow” was a tune called “Simple Song”. I have heard this during my commute and it is quickly growing on me. Enjoy a potential Top 10 of 2012.
- Talent Tuesday – New Canadian Releases – March 13, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Eddie King, Chicago blues guitar player passed away on March 14, 2012. He was 73. He played with many of the greats, including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He is best known as both a solo artist and as the backing guitar player for Koko Taylor. He played with Koko for 20 years. The video attached is Eddie with his band “The Swamp Bees”. There is a short interview then some very good live blues.
Eddie King and the Swamp Bees
Tonight we take a look at the life and the music of Peetie Wheatstraw. Born 1n 1902, his real name was William Bunch. There is some confusion on where he was from, some saying Tennessee, while others, noting his body was returned to Arkansas. In his career, he recorded 161 songs. This was a huge volume of work in an era that saw an almost complete shutdown of blues recordings due to the great depression. His skills with the piano were without peer in his time. He also played guitar, and was a very popular singer. He was based in St Louis and seldom left, other than to record.
He had wide influence over others of the time and after. The great Robert Johnson basically reworked many of Peetie’s songs, using the vocal and lyrical styles of his songs. His influence can also be noticed in such piano players as Jerry Lee Lewis.
Tragically, Peetie died in a horrific car crash on his birthday in 1941, at the age of 41. The vehicle he was in hit a freight train. The people in the car with him died instantly and he passed away a few hours later of massive head trauma.
The music remains, and we will start with his classic “Police Station Blues”.
“Police Station Blues”
Some say that the song below by Robert Johnson is a reworking of Police Station Blues. Take a listen, the similarities are definitely there.
Hellhound On My Trail
This song was used on the soundtrack of Mafia II.
You can hear what influenced Jerry Lee Lewis very clearly in this tune.
- Let’s Explore The Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
Another interesting set, from movie music to classic rock, some surprisingly good stuff.
“Listen to the Radio”
An interesting new wavish rock song from 1984 by the band with the sick name. They released 3 albums in the 80′s and the early 90′s and broke up in 1992.
2. David Foster
“St. Elmo’s Fire Theme”
One of Canada’s major exports, David Foster, composed this song as the theme song from St Elmo’s Fire in 1985. The song was originally written for Rick Hansen‘s “Man in Motion” tour of the world for spinal research.
“I Hate Everything About You”
Three Days Grace make another appearance in the list with their classic song “I Hate Everything About You”. They definitely let loose their angst in this one.
4. Corey Hart
“In Your Soul”
A classic from Corey Hart. He doesn’t wear his sunglasses in the night shots, if you were wondering. Nice tune with some good sax lines in it.
The Doughboys were an alt-rock group in the 80′s and 90′s. Good tune, typical of the time. Can’t help but say that this song could have been released yesterday.
- Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 15 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Michael Hossack, drummer for the Doobie Brothers, passed away on March 12 at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1946, started playing at a young age. After returning from Vietnam in 1969, he joined a band called Mourning Reign and moved to California. He did a blind audition with the Doobie Brothers who were experimenting with dual drummers. He passed and joined the band in 1971. He quit in 1975. he played with a few other groups, rejoining the Doobies in 1987. In 2010 he was diagnosed with cancer and took a leave of absence from the band, never rejoining them. A big loss to music community.
What A Fool Believes
Listen To The Music
- Michael Hossack of The Doobie Brothers 1946 – 2012 (wcbsfm.radio.com)
- Michael Hossack of The Doobie Brothers 1946 – 2012 (fresh1027.radio.com)
Today I will be looking at a Canadian artist, Zaccheri Gray. He hails from Revelstoke, BC, which, coincidentally, is one of my favourite towns, and pursues his career in Vancouver. I haven’t found much on YouTube, but did find this cover of Paula Abdul’s Straight Up. Not bad, changed it up some and made it work.
His home page has several tunes to listen to and his music his available at iTunes. Myspace also has a selection of his music here. If you wish to follow him on Twitter he is at @
zaccherigray . Very likeable pop style music, check him out.
- Darrelle London – Twitter Thursday (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
First up, we will take a quick look at Brigitte M. A French-Canadian star out of Quebec, Brigitte M released “From Metal To Crystal”. The song attached is an interesting take of “I Was Made For Loving You”.
“I Was Made For Loving You”
Our second release this evening is a unique project from Maritimer, Joel Plaskett. The album “Scrappy Happiness” is the culmination of 10 weeks of recording and releasing one new song per week. I have been an avid listener of CBC Radio Drive for the past couple of months to catch the newest release. This song is my favourite (so far).
Our 3rd band is out Vancouver. Chains of Love are an Alternative band with some fire. Nice live song. The album is called “Strange Grey Days” and this song is from it.
“Lies, Lies, Lies”
I saved the best for last. Johnny Reid has released his latest “Fire It Up”. It is country, but very good country. This is his 7th album and is the followup to his wildly successful double platinum “A Place Called Love”.
“Fire It Up”
My international pick for the week in by Janiva Magness. She just released “Stronger For It”. She is one of the finer blues singers around and has honed her craft for almost 30 years. Listen, then buy this album.
“I Won’t Cry”
- Talent Tuesday New Canadian Releases – March 6, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Bo Carter was born in 1892 and passed on in 1964. He was first known as a member of the Mississippi Sheiks with his brothers, and ended up as a very successful solo artist. His playlist was, simply, bawdy. Some of the songs. “Please Warm My Wiener”, “My Pencil Won’t Write No More” and “Banana In Your Fruit Basket”. Classic names for any song. He is also responsible for the first recording of “Corrine. Corrina” so he was not just a vaudeville sideshow. He recorded 110 sides in the 1930′s, making him both prolific and important. In fact, some say he was the most important artist of the era. His guitar playing still has influence on the stars of today. Enough of the man, let’s dig into the music.
Lets begin with bawdy songs.
“Please Warm My Wiener”
“My Pencil Won’t Write No More”
Now to some his more “contemporary” songs and some covers. The first is a cover of All Around Man by Rory Gallagher. If you have 10 minutes to spare, listen to the greatest guitar player – EVER, do a version that absolutely scintillates (ooo big word).
All Around Man
The next three songs show a classic song and how modern artists have made it, well, better, yet true to the original. The progression shows how these guys had and have, such a huge influence over modern music.
Corrine, Corrina – Bo Carter
If you have another 10 minutes, this version of Corrine Corrina is great.
Leon Russell and JJ Cale
- Let’s Explore The Blues – Mississippi Sheiks (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
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Well, it was a rainy day... and this song felt fitting :)
A great set today. We have a band that will increase my perv quota, featuring one of the best singers you will ever hear, some current alt music, the expected classic rock and a some East Coast shanty song.
” Mass Romantic”
The New Pornographers are am indie band out of Vancouver, BC. They feature the superb vocals of Alt-country superstar Neko Case. This song is off their first album of the same name from 2000.
Toronto based Metric released this song in 2007. the band won Canada’s Juno award in 2010 as top Alternative Band. They have been together since 1998 and have been very influential in Canada for several years.
Formed in Toronto in 1968, Lighthouse is an all time great feel good band. This song was a huge hit for them in 1972. Their sound was very mature for the day, reminiscent of Chicago. The version I have added is a live version recorded in 2010.
Martha and the Muffins have been together since 1977 and are still playing and touring. Echo Beach was their only major hit, and it dominated the charts in 1980, reaching top 5 in Canada and the UK and top 40 in the USA.
5. Stan Rogers
East coast Celtic classic by Stan Rogers, who passed away in 1983, a victim of a fire on board an Air Canada plane in Cincinnati.
Blues guitar phenom, Bugs Henderson passed away on March 8. He was 68. You can catch his biography here. He was a quality player as shown by the videos I have attached. Give him your thoughts today.
Rocket In My Pocket
This week we will look at Toronto singer-songwriter Darrelle London. For those that enjoy Darrelle’s music (and i guaranty that a few of you will) , her twitter handle is @darrellelondon.
The first tune I have selected is titled Bad, and is an interesting song in the style of Hayley Sales or Eliza Doolittle. Very catchy tune.
This next song “Works Out Fine” showcases her skills in songwriting. A very stripped down tune, just her and the piano, and some quirkiness.
Work Out Fine
I very much enjoyed Darrelle’s music. Please check out her home page.
Tenor saxophonist James (Red) Holloway passed away on February 25, 2012. He was 84. Red was a long time collaborator of Etta James as well as an in demand sideman for many others. The list is extensive. Besides Etta James, he played with George Benson, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Sonny Rollins, Aretha Franklin and many, many others He also found the time to record 17 albums as band leader, the last in 2009. An amazing talent who will be missed greatly. Here is a sampling of his talent, now his legacy.
The Very Thought Of You
This song features Etta James doing the vocals. The saxophone is all Red Holloway. Sublime!
Cool song with Red on sax and doing the vocals.
A busy week so let’s get to it.
First up we have veteran Vancouver punk band, The Evaporators. They have been kicking around the music scene since 1986. “Busy Doing Nothing” is their 6th release and first since 2007. They are joined on the album by The Cribs, Kate Nash, Franz Ferdinand and Fuad & the Feztones.
Hate Being Late
Next we have the anxiously awaited (by me) album by Said The Whale.
Canada’s Juno award winner in 2011 for New Group have released “Little Mountain”. This is their 3 album to go along with 9 EPs. The band is based in Vancouver.
Our 3rd album is from Calgary alternative band The Ramblin Ambassadors. Have to plug the hometown boys. Check out the dancers, really loving the tune they are.
The last Canadian release for the week country singer, Gord Bamford.
He released his 5th album with my new favourite drinking song “Is It Friday Yet”. My blogging buddy EG may want to use this as his Friday theme song, no need to thank me.
The featured international album is the new release by Andrew Bird, “Break It Yourself”.
Andrew is an intriguing musician as shown by this live version of “Desperation Breeds”.
- Talent Tuesday – Canadian Releases – February 28, 2012 (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
The Mississippi Sheiks were a country blues group (who could play anything) that recorded in the 1930′s. Their style was a combination of guitar and fiddle. The group consisted mainly of the Chatmon family, namely Armenter (aka Bo Carter), Lonnie and Sam Chatmon. The other key member was Walter Vinson. Their first recording was cut in 1930. In that year, they recorded what may be their most famous song, “Sitting On Top Of The World“. The version here is the original.
“Sitting On Top Of The World”
Here is a version by Howlin’ Wolf.
And by Cream, a live version from 2005.
The group continued to record and tour until 1936. Their legacy consisted of 70 odd recordings. They broke up and headed back home to Mississippi to again be farmers. Walter recorded 3 songs in 1961 and Sam did a few more records in the 1960′s during the blues revival and legacy projects. Their music has been redone by many of the giants. Enjoy the next few selections by a wide gamut of artists. I especially liked the Rory Gallagher tune, man he could play.
Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down – Bruce Cockburn
Kind Treatment – John Hammond
Tribute done by Rory Gallagher
- Let’s Explore The Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
A day late, but better late than never. I think the set lists are getting better as we move up the ladder.
If you like your music metallic with a touch of big time screaming, then this song is made for you. Released in 2008, Protest the Hero cuts loose in all directions.
A great song from 1987, Spirit of the West, and this song in particular, have always been part of personal soundtrack.
This Winnipeg band, formed in 1997 released this song, which became an inst-rant classic. Love this song.
Another entry from the great Daniel Lanois.
A further entry from 5440. This piece of Canadian classic rock history still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I heard. Great song by a great sounding band.