Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, March 30, 2006 ]


Best Of The Box

As promised, here are a few tracks from records I've spotlighted in the "On the box right now" segment of each entry. Since I've already discussed these records, more or less, I'll refrain from further explanation here, but I'll be happy to entertain any questions/comments/complaints about what, who or why.

Here 'tis:

Hank Williams III - "Pills I Took"

Millie Jackson - "Phuck U Symphony" (live)

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show - "You Ain't Got The Right"

Finally, here's one from this entry:
Brother D and the Collective Entry - "How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?"

On the box right now: Various Artists, BIG APPLE RAPPIN': NEW YORK CITY HIP-HOP 1979-1982. A great compilation, from Soul Jazz Records, of compelling early hip-hop from the culture's ground zero. And you don't stop...


Dove With Claws [4:47 PM]

[ Sunday, March 26, 2006 ]


We tip our hat again

Just before Buck Owens left us, we also lost the legendary Texan songwriter Cindy Walker, who wrote classics for decades of country stars. Walker is not only a classic example of the tunesmith whose abilities transcend the false boundaries of genre, but - particularly poignant in country - Walker is a classic example of the female songwriter who, like so many of her sisters throughout style and history, has yet to recieve the adulation and respect that seem obvious for her male counterparts. (In a bit of historical reclamation, and sadly coincidental irony, Willie Nelson just released a graceful collection of Walker's songs.)

So, among literally dozens of others, here are four of country's best male singers tackling the work of one of their most talented associates, of either gender. Let us now praise this famous woman, who tonight rides the range with the saints and angels. (For those of you who remember her stunning acceptance speech when she recieved the CMA's Lifetime Achievement Award, I imagine she's wearing her blue cotton dress.)

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys - "Cherokee Maiden"

Hank Snow - "In The Misty Moonlight"

Jerry Lee Lewis - "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again"

Ray Charles - "You Don't Know Me"

On the box right now: Dr. Hook, ESSENTIAL. By the way, assuming nobody dies in the next couple days, I will make good on my promise to post a "Best of the Box" series in the next couple days.


Dove With Claws [8:31 PM]