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Sunday Jazz – Madeleine Peyroux


The great Madeleine Peyroux has a new album in the shops now.

“Standing On The Rooftop” is weighted more towards her continually developing songwriting skills yet still has three of her typically inspirational cover versions.

Perhaps the most startling is her take on Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain”, previously turned into a typical Stones R&B cover, however, Madeleine strips it back down to sound like it should totally tortured!



To buy the music of Madeleine Peyroux click HERE

July 3, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Releases, Video | , , | Leave a comment


It is hard to believe that Bonnie has been gone two years today, time flies by even when you are not having fun.

“My Bonnie” – The Beatles with Tony Sheridan

On her way to Houston for a life way too short.

June 19, 2011 Posted by | Old Music, The Dugs | , , | Leave a comment

Liver Birds

The Liver bird (pronounced /ˈlaɪvərbɜrd/, thereby rhyming with “diver” rather than matching the pronunciation of Liverpool) is the symbol of the city of Liverpool,

The above picture is of the two birds that top the clock towers on the Royal Liver Building, at Liverpool’s Pier Head, overlooking the River Mersey. The building, now headquarters to the Royal Liver Assurance, is probably the best-known in the city.

Each tower is topped by a metal sculpture of a cormorant-like liver bird, designed by Carl Bernard Bartels and constructed by the Bromsgrove Guild.

The Liver Birds is a British situation comedy, set in Liverpool, Merseyside, which aired on BBC1 from 1969 to 1978, and again in 1996.

It was created by Carla Lane and Myra Taylor. The two Liverpool housewives had met at a local writers club and decided to pool their talents. Having been invited to London by Michael Mills (BBC Head of Comedy) and asked to write about two women sharing a flat, Mills brought in sitcom expert Sydney Lotterby to work with the writing team. Lotterby had previously worked with Eric Sykes, Sheila Hancock and on The Likely Lads.

Carla Lane in fact wrote most of the episodes, Taylor co-writing only the first two series. The pilot was shown as an episode of Comedy Playhouse, the BBC’s breeding ground for sitcoms, in April 1969.

Finally there was The Liverbirds group who were a British all-female beat group, based in Liverpool, active between 1963 and 1968. The hard-rocking quartet (consisting of vocalist-guitarist Valerie Gell, guitarist-vocalist Pamela Birch, bassist-vocalist Mary McGlory and drummer Sylvia Saunders) was one of the very few female bands on the Merseybeat scene.

Indeed, they were one of the few self-contained all-woman rock and roll bands anywhere in the world at the time.

They achieved more commercial success in Germany than in their native land. Early in their career, they followed in the footsteps of fellow Liverpudlians such as The Beatles and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and made their way to Hamburg, Germany.

Here they are with a cover of a Chuck Berry classic.

“Talking About You” – The Liverbirds

The Liverbirds were one of the top attractions at Hamburg’s Star-Club and they released two albums and several singles. One of those singles, a cover of Bo Diddley‘s “Diddley Daddy” rose as high as #5 on the German charts.

They originally broke up in 1968, after a tour to Japan though they last played together in 1998.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Humour, Old Music, Television, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – Kangaroo Boxer

Worth watching if only to see the refereee/trainer getting what he deserves!

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

John Lennon 30 Years Gone

John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment on the night of 8 December 1980.

The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Mark Chapman was convicted of Lennon’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.

I remember waking up the next morning to the following BBC News Broadcast

“Working Class Hero” – John Lennon

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” – The Beatles

“How?” – John Lennon

How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?
How can I go forward when I don’t know which way to turn?
How can I go forward into something I’m not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

How can I have feeling when I don’t know if it’s a feeling?
How can I feel something if I just don’t know how to feel?
How can I have feelings when my feelings have always been denied?
Oh no, oh no

You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

How can I give love when I don’t know what it is I’m giving?
How can I give love when I just don’t know how to give?
How can I give love when love is something I ain’t never had?
Oh no, oh no

You know life can be long
You’ve got to be so strong
And the world she is tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

How can we go forward when we don’t know which way we’re facing?
How can we go forward when we don’t know which way to turn?
How can we go forward into something we’re not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

To buy the music of John Lennon click HERE

December 8, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Cassandra Wilson

On November 22nd Cassandra Wilson will release her 9th album for Blue Note Records.

“Silver Pony” follows her successful format of mixing traditional blues and jazz covers with covers of other contemporary writers with some original material thrown in as well.

One of the tracks on the album is an all time favourite song of mine which you can enjoy below.

“St James Infirmary” – Cassandra Wilson.

Wilson, whose in possession of a remarkable, husky-tinged vibrato, will be touring worldwide in support of the release which features special guests saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (“Silver Moon”) and R&B singer-songwriter John Legend (“Watch The Sunrise”).

What makes the album special is that it is a unique hybrid live/studio album. Silver Pony moves seamlessly between live recordings from a European tour and studio recordings laid down at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios.

Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated — “There were certain things young ladies just didn’t do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I’m so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of Silver Pony and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson’s work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don’t really know what’s coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.”

Silver Pony was produced by Cassandra Wilson and John Fischbach (owner of Piety Street Recording Studios) and features Cassandra on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on “Silver Moon” and “Watch The Sunrise” features both vocals and piano by John Legend.

A complete track listing is as follows:

1. Lover Come Back To Me 6:51 (Hammerstein/Romberg)
2. St. James Infirmary 7:12 (Traditional)
3. A Night in Seville 3:00 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
4. Silver Moon 6:41 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
5. Pony Blues 9:32 (Patton)
6. If It’s Magic 4:34 (Wonder)
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights 4:58 (Roth)
8. Silver Pony 0:36 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
9. A Day in the Life of a Fool 7:35 (Bonfa/Sigman)
10. Blackbird 6:43 (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Sunrise 3:32 (Laird/Jones/Stephens)

Review from

To buy the music of Cassandra Wilson click HERE

Here are a few of her past covers.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monday Mash Up

Pure dead brilliant!!!

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Mash Up, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Jungle Blues

C.W. Stoneking has perhaps released one of the most original “retro” albums in a long time, originally released in 2008 it has recently been relaunched after it went out of print.

I know that sounds like a major contradiction but somehow it captures the mood of the album which is a must for fans of Tom Waits.

Though he is only thirty-four he sounds twice that age and on Jungle Blues he takes a stride deeper into the Dr John habited delta bayou than he instigated on his debut album King Hokum, the cover of which depicts him in a mash up of styles….much like his music!

Although Australian, Jungle Blues reflects his experiences in Trinidad, West Africa and New Orleans, as much the soundtrack to Steamboat Willie and the steam rising off the mosquito-infested swamps. It’s intoxicating hearing this man with the voice of a weary tramp (Tom Waits fans please note) and a backing band of voodoo marionettes working their black magic.  

“Real” blues fans may find trouble with the lack of authenticity, Australia remains a long way from the Mississippi Delta and swamplands and to some listeners his attempts to replicate a bygone era may quickly slip into cliché and pastiche.

Bluesmen are nothing without a verifiable history of the down on luck lifestyle, no-hope, down and out blues., ask Mr Clapton who produced the best music of his career when things weren’t so rosy in his garden.

Notwithstanding the above  listening to the sinister calypso ‘Love Me Or Die’, the carnivale jazz of the title track and the grainy samba of ‘Brave Son Of America’ helps to address the authenticity issues and if you close your eyes and forget the videos you can be transported right back to the cotton fields and beyond.

It’s been pouring with rain here in Ballater for the last 48 hours so the title at least of this track is somewhat appropriate.

“Household Blues” – C.W. Stoneking

Hmm mm mmm…
All across this bad-luck land, a story keeps botherin’ me,
concernin the woman and the man, and this inequality,
Men goes out drinkin all night long
Come in and think it ain’t nothin wrong
I’m bound to bust and it ain’t no lie,
And that’s why you hear me cry….
Said I got them Housebound Blues,
Got them housebound blues,
You ask what’s the matter, what’s the matter with me,
I’m gonna tell you partner so it’s plain to see,
I’m so tired,
Lord it’s more than one woman can bear,
Washin’ dishes, changin diapers, sweepin the floor,
While you puttin on your clothes, walkin out that door,
Housebound Blues,
While you out singin, drinkin your booze,
You bring some money, think you done alright,
Lay down snorin, keep me up all night.
Oh I tell you Willie I had enough of you,
I had it up to here. You just a big pain in my butt.
Housebound Blues,
Oh, got them Housebound Blues
Now that’s it Willie. I had it, I had it up to here. It’s over,
Oh, got them Housebound Blues

‘Jungle Blues’. Inspired in part by Stoneking’s amazing experience as a survivor of a shipwreck off Africa’s West Coast. ‘Jungle Blues’ is once again available on King Hokum Records/Shock.

For more information click HERE

Visit the official website HERE

To buy the music of C.W. Stoneking click HERE

Bonus Track:- Here is his cover version of The Beatles “Maggie Mae” from the recent MOJO Special Edition “Let It Be Revisited”

“Maggie Mae” – C.W. Stoneking

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Blues, New Music, Video | , , | 5 Comments

50 Today

Yes it is hard to believe but I am 50 today, a true Old Spice man.

One tries to forget the fact that you have reached 50 but the reality hits home when amongst the cards through the mail arrives an invite from the NHS for bowel cancer screening “You are now 50 blah blah blah”

Thanks very much!

Still waiting on this great present click HERE

Happy Days when I turned 40!

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Family, Humour, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Bonnie – One Year Gone


“My Bonnie” – Tony Sheridan with The Beatles

Bonnie & Blue

See also HERE and HERE

June 19, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, The Dugs | , , | Leave a comment

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