Show #13- “Thirteen and More Bad Luck”
If You Can’t Be Good (Be Lucky)
This is a great tune to start off the show. Sure, it isn?t exactly about bad luck but it sure sets the tone!
“Radney Foster is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our time. His voice is so unique, sexy and engaging.” – Sara Evans
Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter, then found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd, and finally embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting. -Steve Huey, Rovi
Overall, Foster has charted thirteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” (#10, 1992) and “Nobody Wins” (#2, 1993). In addition, he has written singles for other country artists, including, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram.- Wikipedia
Here’s a jazzy, sassy little number from the early 1960’s. It’s also the first of the two versions of basically the same song played back to back. The fact that I had a crush on Ann-Margret has nothing to do with it! All her pics are great but the one with Elvis is classic!
Actress, singer, and dancer Ann-Margret excelled in two areas of entertainment during a career that was still going strong in its fifth decade: as a movie star, she appeared in more than 50 feature films and as a stage entertainer she performed as a headlining act in showrooms and theaters around the world. ?William Ruhlmann, AllMusic.com
Ann-Margret will be receiving the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment at the 2011 Freedom Gala at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California on Feb. 26, 2011.
Quite a contrast to the previous version (done by Ann-Margret). This guy could really play! As with many other great musicians, he left us too soon.
He was also called “the world’s greatest unknown guitarist”. His most common nickname was “The Humbler”, owing to his ability to “humble” or out-play anyone willing to go up against him in “head-cutting” jam sessions.- Wikipedia
Gatton’s reputation among his peers was cemented with feature articles in Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, Guitar World, and Musician. Gatton was constantly hailed as one of the biggest talents in contemporary music. A 1989 issue of Guitar Player claimed Gatton to be “the world’s greatest unknown guitarist.”
Talkin’ Bobby Dale’s Hard Luck Blues
Always a treat to feature this artist on the shows. Love the horns on this tune. It’s a great
combination of country and soul- it definitely lives up to the album’s title!
“Dayton is a star waiting to happen.”
— The Houston Chronicle
“More hooks than your grandad’s tackle box.”
— The Chicago Tribune
“It’s been ten years, when Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam emerged, since country music launched a new artist this powerful.”– MOJO London, England
One doesn’t necessarily think of country and soul as two complementary styles, but anyone with a long memory will know that country — at its outset — worked hand in hand with the blues. So Jesse Dayton‘s idea of combining Southern fiddles and B-3 organ on a dozen songs isn’t all that radical after all?For anyone interested in a soulful country album that never seems alternative, but likewise wouldn’t be confused with contemporary Nashville, Country Soul Brother will fit the bill. ?Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. AllMusic.com
Hard Luck Love
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
She is for sure one of my favorite female singers these days! Makes you wonder how she would have done in the Country Strong flick!
‘A lot of talented female singer-songwriters have emerged from the Northwest over the past few years…and Zoe Muth belongs right up there with the best of them. When Zoe sings, she most reminds me of Kitty Wells and Iris DeMent – she’s a bit smoother than those two, but that catch in her voice just tears me up. Easily my favorite debut album so far this year from a truly special singer and songwriter’
– Don Slack, KEXP 90.3FM, Seattle.
From the first line of You Only Believe Me When I’m Lying to the closing line of Never Be Fooled Again, this is absolutely spine-tingling stuff. Not only does she sing like a hillbilly angel, but she writes instant classics.
Even if it was officially released in 2009, anyone who plans on beating Muth out of an awful lot of Best of 2010 lists, including mine, has really got their work cut out for them.
– John Conquest, Editor, 3rd Coast Music Magazine
‘Our own Emmylou’
– Seattle Weekly
Born Under a Bad Sign
Sure, we could have played the top-40 version of this song by Cream. But hey, you can hear that version on most classic rock or oldies stations. Besides, we like to slow it down and get nice and sultry at ptsroadhouse!
“A voice of extraordinary range and quality.”… L.A. Weekly
“An original issue … she’s got it all.” L.A. Jazz Scene
“A voice that is nothing short of astonishing”… O.C. Register
As a vocalist, her original sense of humor and “casual hipness” (Jazz Now) combine with her interpretive abilities to give her an artistic range that is “stylish and sultry” (O.C. Register) as well as “simply fun and irresistible.” (L.A. Weekly)
Hard Luck Story
What a great album. If you’re gonna start an Americana collection, this would be a great place to start. Or if you were stranded on an island with your ipod, this would be a “must-have”!
Thirteen Years in Prison
Big Leon Brooks
Well, if we’re talkin’ about bad luck, this tune sure works! It’s great to feature some of the lesser-know blues masters.
When Big Leon Brooks reappeared on the Chicago blues scene in 1976, it marked the return to action of one of the finest harmonica players from the 1950s blues era. Leon had given up on music for almost 20 years, but he had not been forgotten by the musicians who used to work with him in the South and West Side taverns. And his harmonica playing, still lively and strong, didn’t go unappreciated by the local cult of younger fans and musicians.
Leon was born on the Rabbit Foot farm near Sunflower on November 19, 1933, and started playing harmonica with some stern encouragement from his grandmother: “She gave me some money to buy some clothes and I spent it all on harmonicas. At the time harmonicas cost like 25 cents, and I spent the whole five dollars, so she gave me a lickin?. She told me that I had to learn how to play, and every time I hit a bad note she’d bop me! I never really had nobody to teach me a lesson. I learnt this all by listenin’ at the radio.”
“Only thing I’m hopin’,” he reflected, realizing the end was near, “is that my music will enlighten some young person to play music, to be conscientious to the blues like I was when I was a kid. And I hope that my music leave a mark on the world. So they could say, “Well, old Leon was a good harmonica player. He was a good musician. I want to leave it with y’all, man”
-Written by Jim O’Neal
Bad Habit Blues
Jimmy “T-99” Nelson
Two great blues trailblazers back to back! Check out the great smile on the bottom pic!
With a recording career that spanned over 50 years, Jimmy “T99” Nelson became a distinguished elder statesman of American music.
From 1951 through 1961, Jimmy Nelson and the Peter Rabbit Trio released eight singles with the Bihari Brothers’ Modern/RPM label. The biggest of these was the classic “T-99 Blues” (which refers to old Texas Highway #99), which debuted in June 1951. It stayed on the national R&B charts for twenty-one weeks and reached #1. In 1952, Nelson had another RPM hit with “Meet Me With Your Black Dress On.” -Wikipedia
Dale Watson and his All-Stars
Keepin’ it real- keepin’ it country! On my bucket list- see Dale Watson and his Lone Stars up close and live!
Taking you all the way back to the 60’s. Here’s another artist who was way ahead of her time!
She is considered to be one of the first “blue-eyed” soul stylists of the rock era and the first white female artist to sing at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
She knew there were plenty of small labels in LA willing to sign her and let her sing what and how she wanted. Liberty headquarters was located on Sunset Blvd, within a mile or two of Rosemary’s home so she made an appointment to see Al Bennett, Liberty’s VP at the time. With Sonny waiting for her across the street at IHOP (a popular pancake house), Rosemary sat waiting for three days to confront the record executive. Finally, on Friday June 16, 1961, when the secretary left to go to the ladies room, she saw her chance and burst into his office. Distraught at seeing him sitting around playing cards with some other Liberty management, she delivered her ultimatum. The surprised executive called her bluff and asked to hear her sing. She complied by singing a few bars of “Hurt” which she and Sonny had spent innumerable hours working on. Duly impressed, Al called for Clyde Otis, one of the first black record executives who had worked with Rosemary’s idol Dinah Washington and directed Brook Benton’s career, to hear her. Sonny was dispatched from the pancake house to play piano. Although Clyde was initially skeptical that a white girl could sing with soul, he was astounded by what he heard.
Realizing they had a hit in the making, a recording date was set for early next week. At the session they recorded the two ballads “Hurt” and “I Apologize” in addition to “I’m confessin (that I love you) (originally slated as a follow-up to “Hurt”) and “A Little Bird Told Me” an upbeat song with a James Burton-like guitar riff in the middle. “I Apologize” was selected for the “B” side to “Hurt” which was an unfortunate choice as it turned out to be a hit at his own right. The single was issued by the end of the week and sold at least 100,000 copies in LA alone. On July 22 Rosemary traveled to Philadelphia to perform the song on American Bandstand and two days later “Hurt” entered the Billboard Top 100 chart. The “little girl with the big voice?”was born.
From the biography “The original White Soul Diva-The life and music of Timi Yuro” by Kathleen C. Richardson. (awaiting publication)
Bad Luck Boogie
Skyla Burrell Blues Band
Just had to play this one on a show about bad luck! Seeing this band perform live also goes on my bucket list!
“With a female vocalist whose voice jumps out and grabs you by the blues, The Skyla Burrell blues band is the real deal in a solid package that stays true to the real meaning of their genre.”
– St. Croix Music Magazine
Women blues-guitar players such as Bonnie Raitt, and more recently Susan Tedeschi, have paved the way for artists like Skyla. Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can.”
– Music Monthly Magazine
“One of the most smokin’ blues bands in the US”
– Digital Cafe Tour
Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts
This band has put out some top shelf, vintage western swing and traditional country over the years. Cool stuff from the Bloodshot Records folks.
Kelly’s voice is so versatile it can wrap itself around any song, in any style, be it torchy jazz, country weepers, soul-fueled bump and grinders or long-lost pop nuggets, and transform them into something all her own.-http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/
Well, if Elmore Leonard of all people thinks they’re cool, it’s pretty much good enough for me!
Reclusive by choice, the band moved from L.A. to Western Massachusetts to write and woodshed. They began playing the occasional show while recording in their cellar. When best selling author Elmore Leonard (“Get Shorty”, “Jackie Brown”, “Out of Sight”) walked in the Troubadour in L.A. one night looking for inspiration for his sequel to “Get Shorty”, he discovered The Stone Coyotes. They became the model for Chili Palmer’s next adventure, “Be Cool”. Leonard said, ” It was music I could understand- straight ahead rock and roll with a twang. And there are good stories going on in the songs.”- http://www.stonecoyotes.com
“The Stone Coyotes are a family trio. But don’t expect lace curtains, casseroles or Partridge Family kitsch. With songwriter Barbara Keith on electric guitar and vocals, husband Doug Tibbles on drums, and stepson John Tibbles on bass, this band rocks ! and they mean it.”- ELLA MAGAZINE
“You can’t enter lightly into an association with The Stone Coyotes. Casual music fans need not apply. If rock and roll is important to you, this music will move your soul! The most honest rock band in the business. Anthems, ballads, and battle cries. Bass, guitar, and drums. It’s as simple as that.” – THE UNION NEWS
A legend. Great pics and neat quotes.
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
“So, I learn from my mistakes. It’s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there’s no gain. I found that to be true in my life. You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that’s part of it: knowing that you’re not shut out forever, and that there’s a goal you still can reach.”
“Because you’re mine/ I walk the line.”
Hard Luck Ace
Lacy J. Dalton
Have always loved her stuff. More country-soul! Anyone else out there feel like she didn’t get the credit she deserved?
Eclectic and bluesy, Lacy J. Dalton was one of the most distinctive female country singers of the ’80s, landing a few hits on the strength of her gritty, nuanced vocals.
Lacy is involved deeply in the work of preserving and protecting America’s Wild Horses with her non-profit Nevada corporation, “The Let ’em Run Foundation“. “Let ’em Run” recently received a large donation from the Silver Spur Awards in Hollywood. That show is put on by the “Reel Cowboys“, an organization of famous stuntmen and Western movie actors like James Garner, Hugh O?Brien, Harry Carey Jr., Dan Haggerty and many more. –http://www.lacyjdalton.com
She’s one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt”. From the first time Lacy J Dalton caught the public’s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of Country Music. “Steve Huey, AllMusic.com
Bad Luck and Trouble
Another legend. Of course, Blueberry Hill was great but he put out lots of other really cool, easy blues.
The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other black rock & roll star of the 1950s.
Domino‘s first single, “The Fat Man” (1949), is one of the dozens of tracks that have been consistently singled out as a candidate for the first rock & roll record. As far as Fats was concerned, he was just playing what he’d already been doing in New Orleans for years, and would continue to play and sing in pretty much the same fashion even after his music was dubbed “rock & roll.” -Richie Unterberger, AllMusic.com
“On and off the stage, he’s a true man who belongs to the public,” said the late Roy Montrell, his longtime guitarist. “Everything he does, he does it with his public in mind.”
He’s still a man of the people, judging from the way the world waited on pins and needles when word filtered out that he was missing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Antoine Domino, Jr.’s home from the day of his birth on February 26, 1928, was one of the epicenters of Katrina’s wrath. When photos of Domino’s rescue from his flooded home finally hit media outlets, the planet breathed a collective sigh of relief.
That’s how beloved a figure Fats Domino remains, not only in his native Crescent City, where he’s a virtual deity, but everywhere. As one of the irreplaceable rock ‘n?’roll pioneers of the 1950s, he deserves no less. –
Thirteen Miles (From the Tennessee Line)
I mean, c’mon? He co-wrote “Wolverton Mountain” and “Ring of Fire”? Get out!
“Wolverton Mountain,” authored by Kilgore and his fellow Louisianan Claude King, became one of the biggest hits of Kilgore‘s songwriting career in King‘s hands, holding the number one country spot for nine weeks in the early ’60s, riding that chart for six months and becoming a Top Ten pop hit as well. In 1962, he also co-wrote “Ring of Fire” with June Carter, which became a major country and pop hit for Johnny Cash. Kilgore even followed Cash‘s path into the august surroundings of Carnegie Hall in New York for a concert and became a major draw in Las Vegas, while his albums, including There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills and Merle Kilgore, kept selling for Starday. – Bruce Eder, AllMusic.com
Better Luck Is a Barroom Away
Starline Rhythm Boys
What a cool name and what a cool album cover!
This CD is as smooth as having a vanilla milkshake on a nice Saturday afternoon, on the front porch, while watching the girls go by.”
– Wayne Hancock
“The trio croons old-fashioned country songs with pining vocals and retro NashBakersfield feel to them. Fans of retro sounds in the country-rockabilly vein are sure to gravitate to the Starline boys’ rhythm. Bar stool optional.”
– Dirty Linen
The Happy-Go-Lucky Guitar
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