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Recent Songs #87 :: Too Far Gone

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Bert Jansch – Baby Blue
Nico Gomez and His Afro Percussion Inc. – El Condor Pasa
Gal Costa – Baby
Bobby Lee – I Was Born A Loser
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – What’s Your Name
Alton Ellis – I Can’t Stop Now
Desmond Dekker – Shing A Ling
Darondo – Didn’t I
The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Neil Young – Too Far Gone

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Recent Songs #86 :: Love Is Overtaking Me

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Fotheringay – Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Big Star – Morpha Too
Judy Dyble – Both Sides Now
Arthur Russell – Love Is Overtaking Me
Chris Smither – A Short Song For Susan
Erma Franklin – Piece Of My Heart
George Jackson – Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
Skeeter Davis & NRBQ – Things To You
Harry Nilsson – I Will Take You There
Elyse Weinberg – Grease Paint Smile

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Recent Songs #85 :: Loud, Loud, Loud

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The Five Stairsteps – Dear Prudence
Nancy Sinatra – Lightning’s Girl
Honeybus – She Sold The Blackpool Rock
Aphrodite’s Child – Loud, Loud, Loud
Julie London – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Eric Burdon & War – Magic Mountain
John J. Francis – Play Mumma Play
Heron – Goodbye

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Recent Songs #84 :: Take Care Of All My Children

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Tom Waits – Take Care of All My Children
Kid Clayton – Corrine, Corrina(intro)
Ernie K-Doe – T’aint it the Truth
Jerry Jackson – Shrimp Boats
Irma Thomas – It’s Rainin’
Little Richard – Freedom Blues
Swamp Dogg – Synthetic World
Baby Dodds Trio – Salee Dame
Eddie Bo – Ta Ne Ne Na
The Prolifics – Keep On Raining Rain
Tom Waits – Grapefruit Moon (Early Version)

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Louisiana Tales VI :: When My Dreamboat Comes Home

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Much like other R&B and pop music from the ’50s and ’60s, dreams and their dreamers ruled Louisiana’s musical landscape in the mid-twentieth century. Stirring dreams, dreams triggered by emotional unrest and heartache—typically finding form in a man or woman who beguiles the singer—were the meat of these wistful songs.

This mix caters to that trend and is ushered in by the lost-love longing of teen heart-throb and Baton Rouge native, Jimmy Clanton. Later, Lloyd Price bellows about wild aspirations and heavy dreams, setting precedent for New Orleans flavor that lingers with the timeless sounds of Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, and Tami Lynn. Swamp Pop melodies echo in Charles Mann’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Dreams to Remember,” which plays into a closer with a slow rhythm and hypnotic spoken-and-sung verses that echo a Creole lullaby.

Imagine the men and women from last month, who sang lonesome, tear-speckled tunes about heartbreak and crying. Now imagine these are the same folks, only a month down the line. They aren’t totally recovered, but they are a little bit better. Sure, the loneliness remains but some of these dreams are downright hopeful. It can be said that one of the steps of overcoming Louisiana-style grief is “Soulful Acceptance,” and here we have just that.

Just A Dream — Jimmy Clanton
Heavy Dreams — Lloyd Price
When My Dreamboat Comes Home — Fats Domino
Living In A Dream — Kenny Tibbs and The Jokers
Lost Dreams — The Dukes
Dream Myself A Sweetheart — Clarence “Frogman” Henry
World Of Dreams — Tami Lynn
Dreams to Remember — Charles Mann
Lee’s Dream — Shirley and Lee

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Recent Songs #83 :: Please Be With Me

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Mickey Newbury – Winter Winds Blow
Vernon Wray – Sycamore Tree
Ray Stinnett – Honey Suckle Rose
Tom T. Hall – I Love
Jim Pulte – Cry, Sing & Laugh
Cowboy – Please Be With Me
Johnny Paycheck – Old Violin
The Holy Modal Rounders – Love Is the Closest Thing
Lazarus – Circuit Rider

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Recent Songs #82 :: I Shall Be Released

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Veclav Neckar – Suzanne
Nina Simone – I Shall Be Released
Michael Chapman You Say
Marie Laforet – Viens, Viens
NRBQ – Hymn No. 5
Sylvia Robbins – I Can’t Tell You
Kevin Ayers – May I
Marie Laforet – Fais-Moi L’amour Comme A Une Autre
Bridget St. John – I Don’t Know If I Can Take It

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Recent Songs #81 :: Reach Out (I’ll Be There)

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Chairmen of the Board – All We Need Is Understanding
Derrick Harriott – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
Miriam Makeba – Hauteng
Desmond Dekker – It’s Not Easy
Mohawks – Let It Be
Marvin Gaye – I Wish I Liked You
Charles Perrywell – You’re Lonesome Now
The Four Puzzles – Especially For You
Willy DeVille – Ruler of My Heart
Sam & Dave – Sleep Good Tonight

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Recent Songs #80 :: Look In My Eyes

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Chase Webster – Moody River
Chuck Jackson – Blowin’ in the Wind
Eddie Giles – That’s How Strong My Love Is
The Premiers – Shawnee
Ena Baga – Can’t Buy Me Love
Los Iberos – Fantastic Girl
Otis Blackwell – Let Your Daddy Hold You
Big Maybelle – Old Love Never Dies
The Chantels – Look In My Eyes
The Dells – Whiter Shade of Pale

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Recent Songs #79 :: Lullabys, Legends and Lies

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Lonnie Mack – The Man In Me
Junior Parker – The Inner Light
Everly Brothers – Hard, Hard Year
Daniel Moore – May 16, 1975
Sugluk – Ajuinnarasuarsunga
Neil Young – Birds (unreleased)
Sid Selvidge – Miss The Mississippi and You
Henson Cargill – Wildflower
Leon Ashley – Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)
Bobby Bare – Lullabys, Legends and Lies

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Louisiana Tales V :: Loan Me a Handkerchief

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When studying Louisiana’s spot on a map of the United States, it isn’t difficult to gather that South Louisiana falls as one of the southernmost points of this fine country. Some would call this area part of the Deep South. It’s also not a stretch to posit that Louisiana has birthed some of the deepest of deep soul. Heartbroken, busted up, and broke-down aren’t words that make casual appearances down here. New Orleans R&B and swamp pop music are pointed just as sharply towards the men and women left hungover and alone the next morning as those who party at dancehalls the night before.

What I’ve done with this month’s mix is gather a handful of songs by Louisiana musicians about heartbreak, loss, and a certain shame that walks hand-in-hand with the empty feeling of loneliness. Present are New Orleans greats like Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, and Danny White as well as Swamp Pop heroes like Bobby Charles and Johnnie Allan. Where Fats, Irma, and Aaron deliver soul masterpieces of the tender variety, Danny keeps it real with a show of true grittiness. Simply put, Danny White’s vocals in “Loan Me A Handkerchief” sound like pure weeping set to a drum beat and backed by a tight horn section. It may sound unappealing, but it’s easily one of the best things I’ve ever heard. Next, Bobby Mitchell and Lloyd Price lighten the load while ushering in the Creole crooning of Billy Tircuit and the teary anthems and rolling pianos of Bobby Charles and Johnnie Allan.
 
This mix may be filled to the brim with teary-eyed songs about heartbreak and misery, but it is far from a sad mix. These songs chronicle the worst parts of the singers’ lives, all the while showing that sometimes sadness is the truest inspiration for great music.

Loan Me A Handkerchief — Danny White
I Gotta Sit Down and Cry — Bobby Marchan
I’ll Fiddle While You Cry — Bobby Mitchell and The Toppers
Boo Hoo — Lloyd Price
Crying — Billy Tircuit
Big Boys Cry — Bobby Charles
Crying Over You — Johnnie Allan
Cry On — Irma Thomas
Counting Teardrops — James K-Nine
I’ve Got a Right to Cry — Fats Domino
Don’t Cry — Aaron Neville

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Recent Songs #78 :: Try Love

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The People’s Choice – Run To Me
The Ventures – Happy Together
Porgy & The Monarchs – Congratulations
Bobbettes – Um Bow Wow
Bobby Williams – Try Love
Les Surfs – Si J’vais un Marteau
Cosmic Ray – Somebody’s In Love
Ruby Johnson – Here I Go Again
Dinah Lee – Don’t You Know Yokomo?
Della Reese – My World Is Empty Without You

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Recent Songs #77 :: Are You Leaving For The Country?

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Davey Graham – I’m A Freeborn Man
Malvina Reynolds – The New Restaurant
Karen Dalton – Are You Leaving For The Country?
Michael Hurley – Gon’ to Florida
Mike Cooper – Goodtimes
Jim Ford – Big Mouth, USA (demo)
Marion Williams – Turn, Turn, Turn
Fotheringay – Wild Mountain Thyme
Medicine Head – Home’s Oddessey
Ted Hawkins – I Got What I Wanted

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Recent Songs #76 :: Love Me, Please Love Me

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Johnny Adams – Salt of the Earth
Humble Pie – Cold Lady
JJ Cale – Magnolia
Rob Franken Organization – Mother Nature’s Son
Michel Polnareff – Love Me Please Love Me
PP Arnold – First Cut Is The Deepest
Charles Smith – Tell Him That You’re Mine
Lula Reed – It’s Easy Child
Barbara Mason – Moon River

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Recent Songs #75 :: Like a Coat from the Cold

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Michael Nesmith – Texas Morning
Townes Van Zandt – Loretta (demo)
Billy Joe Shaver – Willy
Mickey Newbury – Sunshine
Kinky Freedman – Sold American (live)
Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament
Willie Nelson – Texas In My Soul
Doug Sahm – Wallflower
Townes Van Zandt – To Live Is To Fly (demo)
Guy Clark – Like A Coat From The Cold

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Louisiana Tales IV :: Fatback, Louisiana USA

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Whenever I find myself chatting with an outsider to Louisiana, the topics of Louisiana music and LSU sports tend to make an appearance (though I know nothing of the latter). But—inevitably—every conversation turns toward Louisiana cuisine. Sample questions from the outsider include: Are jambalaya and étouffée really as spicy as they say? and Are crawfish worth the effort? … perhaps something like Do you honestly enjoy food that makes you eyes water and nose run? (The response to all the above is Yes!)

This month, I want to drop the first in a group of themed mixes that will only get livelier and more specific in the months to come. Like my other Louisiana mixes, this one highlights locations around the state and slightly beyond. Champion Jack Dupree, Dave Bartholomew, and Professor Longhair usher in that familiar New Orleans sound with clanging percussion, rolling piano, and the boastful cries of R&B masters in tunes about shrimp, crawfish, and chitlins.

Follow that up with more modern New Orleans narratives by Kermit Ruffins, accompanied by a crowd of candy-obsessed kids, and Cyril Neville rattling off a list of Crescent City cuisine that he deems comparable to his girl’s love.

Outsiders like Mike Sanchez, blues titan B.B. King, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Amru Sani sing about the shufflin’ parties that showcase the best of Louisiana cooking, as well as the inevitable weight gain caused by the spicy temptations.

To close the set, Ohioan pop singer Teresa Brewer delivers an upbeat version of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” that will knock your socks off.

I hope that this mix encapsulates, to some degree at least, the universal fascination with Louisiana food, providing a soundtrack for one of the most beloved pieces of the Louisiana puzzle.

Crawfish — Mike Sanchez
Fatback Louisiana, USA — Tennessee Ernie Ford
Shrimp and Gumbo — Dave Bartholomew
Tabasco — Amru Sani & Enoch Light
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner — Kermit Ruffins
New Orleans Cookin’ — Cyril Neville
Crawfish Fiesta — Professor Longhair
Saturday Night Fish Fry — B.B. King
Cooking Catfish — Roy Perkins
Chittlins & Rice — Champion Jack Dupree
Alligator Meat — Joe Swift & Johnny Otis Band
Jambalaya — Teresa Brewer

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Recent Songs #74 :: If You Want To Sing Out, Sing

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Willie Walker – You Name It I’ve Had It
Rotary Connection – Like a Rolling Stone
Bobbettes – Zoomy
Keith & Enid – Worried Over You
Ken Parker – How Strong
Rita Chao & The Quests – How To Catch A Girl
Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers – It Isn’t Nice
The Velvetones – Penalty of Love
Terry Callier – Johnny Be Gay If You Can
Jan & Lorraine – Number 33
Cat Stevens – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing
Bob Dylan – I Want You (live)

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Recent Songs #73 :: Miles to Go

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Roshell Anderson – A Snake in Green Grass
The Sharpees – My Girl Jean
Rico Rodriquez & Dandy Livingstone – I’m Your Puppet
Bessie Jones with The Georgia Island Singers – Diamond Joe
Vince Martin & Fred Neil – I’m A Drifter
Nina Simone – Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And Out
Mack Sigis Porter – Miles to Go
Heron – Sally Goodin/Little Boy
John Bassette – Colorado

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Recent Songs #72 :: Snowblind Friend

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Hoyt Axton – Snowblind Friend
Chris Darrow – Song for Steven
Carole King – Cryin’ in the Rain (demo)
Michael Hurley – Knockando
Chris Smither – Lonesome Georgia Brown
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Bob Martin – Deer Island Prison
F.J. McMahon – The Learned Man
Joe South- Coming Down All Alone

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Recent Songs #71 :: Let ‘Em In

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Wings – Let ‘Em In
Ron Geesin – Let It Be
Los Iberos – Back in Time
Gloria Benavides – Estas Botas Son Para Caminar
The Valentino’s – It’s All Over Now
Nino Ferrer – Pour Oublier Qu’on S’Est Aime
Ginny Satin – Hey Lover
Ito Yukari – Johnny Get Angry
Vladimir Cosma – Pavane Enfantine
Gershon Kingsley – Sound of Silence

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Louisiana Tales III :: They’re Tryin’ to Wash Us Away

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This month I’m going to change things up a little bit. Rather than focusing on songs by Louisiana artists or targeting specific areas of Louisiana, I’ve featured outside artists as they set eyes on our state (often with romance in mind). These songs chronicle Louisiana’s place in the past, the present, and the future. Here are songs of lost and budding love, escape and redemption … spanning from the shores of the Pontchartrain to Cajun country.

First we dive into Chuck Berry’s “Oh Louisiana,” off his blues-driven 1971 album, San Francisco Dues, a deep groove about the pestering memory of the home he left for California. After deflated success and failed romance, he has found himself desiring nothing more than to return to the simple life, Cajun cuisine, and Creole magic. Next, the talents of The Band are hit up for a Louisiana- and Acadia-based one-two punch. First they join forces with Emmylou Harris on the stage for 1978’s The Last Waltz to perform “Evangeline,” a song about a woman mourning a lost love; it gently sways through its verses like Spanish moss hanging from a weeping willow. The Band takes the reins again with “Acadian Driftwood” off their 1975 albumNorthern Lights – Southern Cross. “Acadian Driftwood” tells the story of The Great Upheaval and expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia from 1755—1764, which led to their exile in South Louisiana and the evolution (through mispronunciations) of the word “Acadian” to “Cajun.”

Violins usher in the next song as Randy Newman sings about the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927. “Louisiana 1927” reflects on the damage and high water in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. With a chorus like “They’re trying to wash us away,” Hurricane Katrina victims couldn’t help but relate to Newman’s words in August 2005.

The love-struck voices of King Creole stars Elvis and Carolyn Jones are followed by the slow-moving anthem that is “I Love You” by Jerry Jeff Walker, kicking into the “love letter” portion of the mix. Jerry Jeff sings to his true love, assuring that what may seem broken and in need of repair can and will be fixed in Louisiana. Then Johnny Cash dips in and takes the perspective of a young lover who watched his betrothed slip through his fingers; now he visits her place of departure, hoping to find his “Dorraine of Ponchartrain.”

The mix settles in New Orleans for the last three songs. First, Tom Waits staggers in with the streetlight serenade of “I Wish I Was in New Orleans” from 1976’s Small Change. Waits’ passionate growl expresses a longing for the city, only to be matched by the sincere ballad about the strength of post-Katrina New Orleans in Steve Earle’s “This City.”

Finally, Randy Newman clasps another link in this mix’s chain of nostalgic and romantic songs with one about his birth and early childhood in New Orleans. Along with all the other artists on this mix, Newman sets out to make Louisiana his own. Whether through meditations on the past or aspirations for the future, each song shares Louisiana, not just as subject, but the reason for singing.

Chuck Berry – Oh Louisiana
The Band featuring Emmylou Harris – Evangeline
The Band – Acadian Driftwood
Randy Newman – Louisiana 1927
Jerry Jeff Walker – I Love You
Johnny Cash – Dorraine of Ponchartrain
Tom Waits – I Wish I Was In New Orleans
Steve Earle – This City
Randy Newman – Dixie Flyer

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Recent Songs #70 :: Not Now, I’ll Tell You When

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Billy Stewart – Strange Feeling
The Bad Habits – Night Owl
Eddie Bo – From This Day On
Millionares – The Rains Came
Lee Moses – Diana from NYC
Jackson Five – Big Boy
Shirley & Alfred – Kid Games and Nursery Rhymes
Ben E. King – Not Now, I’ll Tell You When
Billy Vera – The Bible Salesman
Garnett Mimms – I’ll Take Good Care of You
Allen Toussaint – Poor Boy Got To Move
Fuller Brothers – Let Me Love You

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Recent Songs #69 :: It Won’t Hurt (Half as Much)

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Honeybus – Jug of Water
Goblin – Edda
John Cale – You Know More Than I Know
David Bowie – Across the Universe
Marie Laforet – Tant Qu’il Y Aura Des Chevaux
Them – It Won’t Hurt Half as Much
Bridget St. John – Last Goodnight

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Recent Songs #68 :: Love’s Been Good To Me

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Wilmer & The Dukes – I’m Free
Ernie Djohan – I’m a Tiger
Jimmy Conwell – Let It All Out
Doc Paulin – We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City
Pete Seeger – Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep
Abner Jay – I Wanna Job
Tom Tumbleweed – Tumbling Down
Ike Turner – She Makes My Blood Run Cold
Nina Simone – Love’s Been Good To Me
Zerben R. Hicks & The Dynamics – Lights Out

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Recent Songs #67 :: How Can I Forget?

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Benny Latimore – I’m A Believer
Sound Dimension – Time Is Tight
Los Iberos – Bajo el Alamo
Jimmy Holiday – How Can I Forget
Sunny Crypt – Francis Bebey
Ennio Morricone – Guerra E Pace, Pollo E Brace
Marion Williams – I Pity The Poor Immigrant
Roy C. – Gone Gone
Eddie & Ernie – I’m Going For Myself

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Recent Songs #66 :: Too Young, Too Much, Too Soon

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Honeybus – The Right To Choose
Hal Vincent – Let It Be
Nicky Thomas – Lola
Bobby Smith & The Spinners – Too Young, Too Much, Too Soon
The Mystics – Hushabye
Solomon Burke – Time is a Thief
The Debs – Slooppy’s Gonna Hang On
Southwest F.O.B. – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Louis Armstrong – Give Peace A Chance

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Louisiana Tales II :: Let’s Live

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This follow-up to last month’s mix, which spanned South Louisiana from east to west, takes root in the Crescent City, chronicling New Orleans’ incarnations of R&B, jazz, and funk. I could easily spend every month focusing on the colorful musical heritage of New Orleans, and I assure you there will be more to come in the future. But for now, dig on this soulful mixture of old favorites and new discoveries, which I feel privileged to share with an appreciative audience.

What better way to kick-start the mix than with the on-air ramblings of legendary New Orleans soul staple, Ernie K. Doe on his energetic and prophetic WWOZ radio show. Follow that with his anthem of independence “I Cried My Last Tear” and The Showmen’s squeaky clean “It Will Stand” and you’ll get a feel for the R&B we’ll run through in this mix. Both songs offer examples of the confessional, healing, and steadfast powers of soul music in The Big Easy.

Next take the hyperbolic hatchet and groove with Jessie Hill to “Chip Chop.” I’m not exactly sure what “Chip Chop” refers to, but I think I can safely assume it’s some sort of dance move. Hill chips and chops and hips and hops to a snare-dominated, tambourine- peppered rhythm-and-blues anthem, insisting that chopping of his woman’s head (figuratively?) will make her his girl.

I try not to let the mental image of decapitation linger too long by transitioning to an inspirational tune from Aaron Neville called “Let’s Live.” In a song that gushes with romanticism, weaving through sentimental string accompaniment, Neville encourages the listener to drop everything—all the petty issues tying you down—and let love guide the rest of your life. Deep gets a lot deeper when “I Wish Someone Would Care” creeps in. The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, offers up a deep dish of loneliness in this one.

Next we dip into New Orleans’ jazz side. Louis Armstrong growls one out with “Down By The Riverside;” Oscar “Papa” Celestin haunts our imagination with tales of voodoo sprinkled in snake dust and black magic in “Marie Laveau;” and Baby Dodds offers up his early jazz fused with ragtime, Dixieland, and some French thrown in with “Creole Blues.”

We return to soul, in a serious way, with Tony Owens’ deep cut, “I Got Soul,” a slow moving groove that bleeds into the effortlessly jaunty and carefree “I Got Loaded” by Little Bob and the Lollipops, itemizing a laundry list of beverages consumed last night and the wine to be consumed tonight.

A very somber topic triggers a song by Huey “Piano” Smith identical to “Rockin’ Pneumonia,” save for words, about New Orleans’ second line tradition, small parades made up of local music appreciators and culture admirers who feel the groove so deep they just have to be a part of it.

The hoodoo and mysticism of Dr. John comes next in his cover of Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Blow Wind Blow” off 1972’s Dr. John’s Gumbo, which travels through this realm with piano rolls and a lyrical wispiness not unlike the redemptive wind in its title. This cut is followed by a beautiful track, “Indian Love Song,” that blends folk elements with blues and traditional Mardi Gras Indian lore. New Orleans master guitarist, Carl Leblanc, repeats classic Indian terminology, creating an atmospheric scene where you can’t help but imagine the marching, chanting, and feuding tribes in a romantic light, in which the battle over “Two-Way-Pocky-Way” is less about a death-match and more about a union of tradition and culture. Usually as I near the end of a mix, I like to slow things down while also weaving the elements of the mix together. I think this quiet little masterpiece does just that.

To end, I chose a deep cut by Allen Toussaint titled “Go Back Home.” It isn’t a stretch to assume that both the physical and emotional location of New Orleans is the “home” Toussaint sings of. New Orleans is where his love is. The city of New Orleans, one of such musical and cultural originality, one that beautifully intertwines art in all its forms, is the place that has that “warm, sweet, and tender touch.”

Ernie K. Doe – I Cried My Last Tear
The Showmen – It Will Stand
Jessie Hill – Chip Chop
Aaron Neville – Let’s Live
Irma Thomas – I Wish Someone Would Care
Louis Armstrong – Down By The Riverside
Oscar “Papa” Celestin – Marie Laveau
Baby Dodds – Creole Blues
Tony Owens – I Got Soul
Little Bob and the Lollipops – I Got Loaded
Huey “Piano” Smith – The Second Line
Dr. John – Blow Wind Blow
Carl LeBlanc – Indian Love Song
Allen Toussaint – Go Back Home

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Recent Songs #65 :: If The Sun Stopped Shining

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Townes Van Zandt – No Place To Fall
Santa Fe – I’m Leaving
Blaze Foley – For Anything Less
Harpers Bizarre – Witchi Tai To
Chubby Checker – If The Sun Stopped Shining
Jack Kerouac – On The Road
Chis Darrow – Keep On Trying
Kinky Friedman – Sold American
Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham – The Dark End Of The Street

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Recent Songs #64 :: Heart Full Of Love

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Bobby Lu Cure – Send My Love To Me
The Wallace Brothers – The Line Between Love and Hate
Prince La La – Gettin’ Married Soon
The Ohio Untouchables – I’m Tired
Tiny Watkins – Sad Soldier’s Story
The Invincibles – Heart Full of Love
The Sim Twins – It’s A Sad Thing
Reggie Hall – Please, Please Phone
Willy DeVille – Ruler of My Heart
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Bessie Banks – Go Now

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Recent Songs #63 :: Chills and Fever

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Boyce & Hart – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Wanda – De Locomotion
Yuya Uchida and The Flowers – Piece of My Heart
Tom Scott – She Is Leaving
Godfrey Daniels – Purple Haze
Jet Harris and Tony Meehan – Chills and Fever
Jan Moore- Play It Cool
The Flamingo Group – Purple Angels
Supaphorn – Lua Chen See
Shang Shang Typhoon – Let It Be

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Recent Songs #62 :: Peaceful, Easy Feeling

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Esther Phillips – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
JJ Light – While The World Turns To Stone
Rio Grande – Dog Song
Don Rich & The Buckaroos – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Doug Sahm – Give Back The Key To My Heart
Unicorn – Ooh Mother
Mickey Newbury – I Don’t Think Much About Her No More
Carole King – He’s A Bad Boy
Judee Sill – I’m Over
Kate Wolf – Peaceful, Easy Feeling

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Louisiana Tales I :: I’m Coming Home

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Two New Orleans R&B giants usher in the mix with Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Don’t You Know Yockomo” and Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come The Girls.” These two songs, followed by the classic Mardi Gras anthem “Indian Red” by Baby Dodds, provide a quick lesson on New Orleans’ soul and jazz offerings.

But I’ll get back to that in future installments because now it’s time to travel further west across the state to where the Balfa Brothers’ coupling of Cajun-French rhythmic shouts and whining fiddle meet the accordion magic and rhapsodic, soulful voice of Clifton Chenier. In “I Am Coming Home” Chenier serves up a song that, although it’s  probably avoided this comparison all the years of its life, could easily be categorized as the deepest of deep soul.

Next we linger in Acadiana, diving right into “Opelousas Sostan,” a song that should make an obligatory appearance in every Louisiana mixtape. Rufus Jagneaux taps into a sound here that I’ve always felt sounded like a Kinks song. The jangly guitar and interjecting harmonica, combined with some of the catchiest lyrics ever, make this Cajun tour de force an all-time favorite.

Catchiness segues to charm with Rayne’s Johnnie Allan and his haunting, yet sunny, “You Got Me Whistlin’,” followed by Avoyelles Parish native Blind Uncle Gaspard whose whistling tune “Natchitoches” is less sunny and more haunting.

The last set of songs comes from my hometown, Lake Charles, all cut in or around Eddie Shuler’s Goldband studio, just north of Interstate 10. First off are two fiddlin’ barroom numbers called “The Lake Charles Shuffle” by Harry Choates and The Rayne-bos and Schuler’s own Reveliers with “Jambalaya Boogie.” The next two selections dip into Goldband’s countrified recordings. Larry Hart’s “I’m Just A Mender” modestly describes an early understanding of the “friend-zone” while “Too Late Now” finds Al Ferrier letting out a lonesome moan in the honky-tonk vein of Hank Williams, accompanied by a toothless piano and a twangy guitar.

Rockin’ Sidney closes out the mix with a noodling guitar and a moody accordion in his slow-moving anthem “No Future,” which describes an enjoyable affair that reveals immediate fruits but shows no wherewithal.

Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Don’t You Know Yockomo
Ernie K-doe – Here Come The Girls
Baby Dodds Trio Indian Red
The Balfa Brothers – La Danse du Mardi Gras
Clifton Chenier – I Am Coming Home
Rufus Jagneaux – Opelousas Sostan
Johnnie Allan – You’ve Got Me Whistlin’
Blind Uncle Gaspard – Natchitoches
Harry Choates and The Rayne-bo Ramblers – Lake Charles Shuffle
Eddie Shuler and The All Star Reveliers – Jambalaya Boogie
Larry Hart – I’m Just A Mender
Al Ferrier – Too Late Now
Rockin Sidney – No Future

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Recent Songs #61 :: I’m Only Sleeping

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Funkadelic – Can You Get To That?
George Martin & His Orchestra – I’m Only Sleeping
Mouth and MacNeal – Hey, You Love
Los Yorsys – Los Sonidos Del Silencio
Jupiter’s Children – This Is All I Ask
Norma Tanega – Jubilation
Eva – Ou Vont Les Fleurs
Marie Laforet – La Bague Au Doigt
Sodsai Chaengki – The Boat That I Row
Nouvelle Vague – Blister In The Sun
Les Chaussettes Noires – Noel de l’an Dernier

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Recent Songs #60 :: Someday We’ll Be Together

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Raymond Lewis – Smooth Operator
Little Stevie Wonder – Lonesome Road
Bo Diddley – Crackin’ Up
The Bobbettes – Look at the Stars
Phil Flowers – Satan’s Little Baby
Julie Dassin – Aiko Aiko
Dorothy Berry – You’re So Fine
Noriel Vilela – 16 Toneladas
Oliver Morgan – Roll Call
Johnny Copeland – It’s Me
Mattie Moultrie – That’ s How Strong My Love Is
Johnnie & Jackie – Someday We’ll Be Together

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Recent Songs #59 :: Peace In The End

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Bert Jansch – Back Home
Fotheringay – Peace In The End
The Weavers – Greensleeves
Terry Callier – Promenade in Green
Chris Smither – Every Mother’s Son
Ronnie Von – Meu Pranto A Deslizar
Sister Irene O’Conner – Light
The Kinks – I Go To Sleep
Trader Horne – The Mixed Up Kind

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Recent Songs #58 :: Wear Your Love Like Heaven

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The Ventures – Peace Train
Sonny – Laugh At Me
Eartha Kitt – Wear Your Love Like Heaven
The Blue Rocks – Pantoteina Oi Dyo Mazi
Andrew Oldham Orchestra – The Last Time
The Playboys Of Edinburg – Look At Me Girl
Dion – I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound
Medicine Head – Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Joan Armatrading – Woncha Come on Home

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Recent Songs #57 :: Birchbark Letter

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Ferre – Ring Ring I’ve Got to Sing
Melton Constable – River Lane
The Jet Blacks – Chapeuzinho Vermelho
F. J. McMahon – Five Year Kansas Blues
Moondog – I’m This, I’m That
Jim Sullivan – Lonesome Picker
Dale Hawkins – Grandma’s House
Willy Mitchell & The Desert River Band – Birchbark Letter
Lonnie Mack – Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

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Recent Songs #56 :: Some Other Drum

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Pete Dello and Friends – On A Time Said Silvie
The Shangris-las – Sophisticated Boom Boom
Tommy Burk & The Counts – Stormy Weather
The Barbarians – Moulty
The Rolling Stones – Hear It
The Music Man – Some Other Drum
Dana Gillespie – Foolish Seasons
Jack Cain and Roy Kral – Lady Madonna
Ruby Johnson – I’ll Run Your Hurt Away
Cliff Richard – Evergreen Tree
Ennio Sangiusto – Chariot
Tracey Dey – I Won’t Tell
Dee Dee Warwick – Yours Until Tomorrow

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Recent Songs #55 :: You Will Be Freed By Me

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Rainman – You Will Be Freed By Me
Marie Laforet – Mon Pays Est Ici
Gabor Szabo & The California Dreamers – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Ken Nordine – Yellow
Tomorrow’s Children – Bang Bang
Anonymous Children of Today – Love and Peace
Pearls Before Swine – I Shall Not Care
Pete Moore Orchestra – For What It’s Worth
Los Iberos – Nightime
Let It Be For Children

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Recent Songs #54 :: I Wanna Holler

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The Rocky Fellers – Killer Joe
Gary “U.S.” Bonds – I Wanna Holler
Eskew Reeder – Laid Off
The Jay Cees – Just Say The Word
Zilla Mayes -Love You Still
Hoagy Lands – Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
Shirley Ellis – Did You Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife?
Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – The Hamburger Song
The Village Choir -The Cat Walk
The Fabulous Denos – Bad Girl
Eddie Floyd – I’ll Be Home

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