Platter Playlists

Month: September, 2014

Soulful Shade of Blue

Brook Benton – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright Miriam Makeba – Oxgam Bob Lind – Fennario Tom Paxton – Last Thing On My Mind The Beach Boys – Little Bird Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soulful Shade Of Blue Matthews Southern Comfort – Tell Me Why Richard & Linda Thompson – Down Where The Drunkards Roll Tom […]

Day 218: Bob Dylan – Percy’s Song (take 2)

Here’s one by the man himself. A little dusty but a rare and intimate acoustic gem. listen

Day 217: Sandy Denny – Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Few can cover Dylan like Sandy Denny and her Fairport family. Beautiful vocals, timeless lyrics. listen

Country Roads Magazine Mix :: There’s A Will, There’s A Way

I am grateful to Country Roads Magazine and Alex V. Cook for covering Platter Playlists for their October issue. As a supplement to the article, I present this new mix of Louisiana-based R&B and Funk. Enjoy. Paul Danny White – The Twitch Art Neville – Arabian Love Song Huey “Piano” Smith – Free, Single and […]

Day 216: The Byrds – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Take the 45 of the early Byrds cover of this Dylan song and slow it down to 33rpm and you’d have something close to this subtle masterpiece. listen Early-Byrds version Also, check out my Byrds mix up on MixCloud here.

Day 215: Joe South – Coming Down All Alone

And now some late-period Joe South off his 1972 record. listen

Maison Dufrene I Available Now On MixCloud

Jim Ford – Under Construction Doris Troy – What’cha Gunna Do About It Eddy Giles – Losin’ Boy Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um Joe Tex – I Believe I’m Gunna Make It Percy Mayfield – Louisiana Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Free, Single and Disengaged Lee Dorsey – Little Baby Ernie K-doe […]

Day 214: The Everly Brothers – Breakdown

Late-period Phil and Don covering Kris and sounding a lot like Gram. listen

Day 213 : Lee Hazlewood – House Safe For Tigers

Can’t love this track enough. Although it’s not one of the dozens of workhorse Hazlewood cuts, this is one of the songs that first made me a believer, through it’s beautiful reissue on Light in the Attic. listen

Day 212: Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark

So here is Woody’s daughter. This is one of the few songs she recorded and it sounds like a hauntingly beautiful Belle & Sebastian or Yo La Tengo song… from 1967. listen

Day 211: Big Star – September Gurls (rehearsal 1974)

I desperately wanted to include this song in my September Platter Cuts but in the spirit of Platter Playlists I couldn’t include the album cut so I dug a little deeper and pulled out this version, from Norton Records. listen

February ’14 Platter Cuts Mix Up Now on MixCloud

Matthews Southern Comfort – Road to Ronderlin Elyse Weinberg – Houses Fairport Convention – Book Song John Phillips – April Anne/ Eddie Floyd – I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad The Drapels – Wondering John Cale – Gideon’s Bible Bert Jansch – One for Jo Michael Hurley – Eyes, Eyes Jim Ford – Point of No […]

Day 210: Ernie K-Doe – There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Check out my piece on Cosimo Matassa for Aquarium Drunkard. listen

Day 209: Clarence Henry – Troubles, Troubles

I first heard this stomping’ b-side on Treme. A show about people with a whole lot of troubles. listen

Day 208: Tommy Ridgley – The Girl From Kooka-Monga

Another New Orleans gent singing about falling for a foreign beauty. But don’t dismiss it. Ridgley is a force of nature. They don’t call him the “King of the Stroll” for nothing. listen

Day 207: Art Neville – Arabian Love Call

From a member of New Orleans’ first family of funk comes this nonsensical masterpiece with an insanely catchy wordless chorus. listen

Day 206: Irma Thomas – Wish Someone Would Care

Starting off this week of New Orleans tunes with some deep soul from the Queen of  New Orleans R&B. I came across this record in Rayne, Lousiana a few weeks back. When I was living in Philadelphia, the local record shop wanted $75 for this one and it was strictly a “wall record.” Down here […]

March ’14 Platter Cuts Mix up on Mixcloud

Percy Mayfield – Louisiana Spyder Turner – Stand By Me Duane & Gregg Allman – Morning Dew Cherokee – Funky Business Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew Roger Miller – Meanwhile Back In Abeline Tanya Tucker – What’s Your Mama’s Name? Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn Jerry Jeff Walker – Night Rider’s Lament Rodriguez – […]

Day 205: James Talley – Give My Love To Marie

Admittedly I am discovering this guy with y’all. All of his stuff I’ve heard is great but his slow songs are killer. listen

Day 204: Phosphorescent – Can I Sleep In Your Arms?

In the spirit of yesterday’s record, Phosphorescent released a tribute to Willie resulting in one of the most cherished cover records in my collection. listen

Day 203: Willie Nelson – Look What Thoughts Will Do

In this Lefty Frizzell cover, Willie successfully emulates the tone of his idol in this song about mentally jumping the gun in a relationship and the cost at which it comes. listen

Day 202: Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constant

The ex-Monkee who’s sort of the Godfather of alternative country and nobody knows it. listen

September ’14 :: Platter Cuts Mix :: Coming Down All Alone

Big Star – September Gurls (rehearsal) Lonnie Mack – Florida Michael Nesmith – Harmony Constant Willie Nelson – Look What Thoughts Will Do Phosphorescent – Can I Sleep In Your Arms? James Talley – Give My Love To Marie Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark Lee Hazelwood – House Safe For Tigers The Everly Brothers […]

Day 201: Lonnie Mack – Florida

Lonnie Mack’s simple statement on racism in the south. Kind of heavy-handed but backed with a horn section that’s catchy as hell. listen

September ’14 :: Carolina In My Mind

Chuck Berry – Oh Louisiana James Taylor – Jelly Man Kelly Melanie – Carolina In My Mind Mike Cooper – The Singing Tree Mother Earth – Living With The Animals Area Code 615 – Just Like A Woman Loudon Wainwright III – Motel Blues Ramsey Lewis – Cry Baby Cry Amanaz – Khala My Friend […]