Monday, June 18, 2018

BANG: The Bert Berns Story review

I've looked at thousands of 45's over the years while digging around record stores in various cities.  Those yellow-labeled BANG records releases always stood out like a bright beacon and who could resist that great logo!  It's many years later and I'm finally learning the whole story behind the man that started it...Bert Berns.  He defied the odds even at an early age by battling and surviving rheumatic fever although the damage to his heart did lead to his early passing at only 38 years old.  The story in between though is one to behold.

My life tends to be surrounded by music so it's no surprise the books I read or documentaries I watch usually revolve around that topic.  A mark of a great documentary or book is one I take notes of things to look up and discover (or re-discover) later.  The amount of songs I didn't realize Bert wrote and produced is staggering.  Immediately, I was making mental notes of songs to look up by The Jarmels, The Exciters, Garnet Mimms, The Drifters, Solomon Burke, Freddie Scott, Erma Franklin (and yes I still prefer her original version of "Piece Of My Heart"), The Isley Brothers and so many more.  I realized how important his music was to the British bands looking for top American material with The Beatles covering "Twist & Shout", The Rolling Stones covering "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", The Animals covering "Baby Let Me Take You Home", etc.

At the center of it all was Bert's emotional and gut-wrenching lyrics often disguised in a pop/rock/r&b radio hit.  The honest pain of the lyrics brought out the performance of a lifetime from the artists singing them.  He could speak to the musicians on a musician level and a singer on an emotional performance level and get the best out of all of them.  His songs defined an era that seemed to pass when he did. 

This documentary opened my eyes to the magnitude of importance his songs, production work and record labels had in music history.  The impact is still felt today.  This is a story that I'm so glad has been told.  Not enough has been said about Bert's impact and hopefully that will change now.  Rent or purchase a copy of BANG and be prepared to be knocked out!  The best advice I could give is to keep a notepad handy to write down all of the songs you'll want to research afterwards!

Sun-sational show! Hour of Sun Studio tunes with Connor Rocket co-host/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 06-18-18

Connor Rocket co-hosts our Sun-sational show to kick off summer sun fun! Summer officially starts June 21st and we thought we'd also focus on some of the great Sun Studio recordings to give double meaning to the "Sun" fun!  All the songs this hour were recorded at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, TN.  We'll hear from B.B. King, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Rich, Dale Watson, Elvis Presley, The Prisonaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chris Isaak, Sonny Burgess, Johnny Cash, Joe Hill Louis, Margo Price, Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Jake Calypso, Roy Orbison and Rufus Thomas!

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey
Intro Music Bed:  Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

B.B. King- "B.B.'s Boogie" (1950)
Howlin' Wolf- "Howlin' Wolf Boogie" (1951)
Joe Hill Louis- "Dorothy Mae" (1952)
The Prisonaires- "Just Walkin' In The Rain" (1953)
Rufus Thomas- "Bear Cat" (1953)
Elvis Presley- "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" (1954)
Johnny Cash- "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" (1957)
Carl Perkins- "Caldonia" (1956)
Jerry Lee Lewis- "Lovin' Up A Storm" (1959)
Roy Orbison- "I Like Love" (1957)
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison (Class Of '55)- 
"Waymore's Blues" (1985)
Charlie Feathers- "Peepin' Eyes" (1955)
Billy Lee Riley- "I Want You Baby" (1957)
Sonny Burgess- "We Wanna Boogie" (1956)
Charlie Rich- "Everything I Do Is Wrong" (1959)
Chris Isaak- "Live It Up" (2011)
Dale Watson- "You Can't Undo The Wrong" (2012)
Margo Price- "About To Find Out" (2016)
Jake Calypso & His Red-Hot- "Trouble Bound" (2015)

Outro Music Bed: Jerry Lee Lewis- "High School Confidential"

JD McPherson on Sun Sessions

Dale Watson on Sun Sessions

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 06-11-18

We've got a TON of NEW tunes hitting the show this week from John Lindberg Trio, Jesse Dayton, Lily Locksmith, The Delta Bombers, Patrick Sweany, Babe Miller, Hot Boogie Chillun, Joshua Hedley and Charley Crockett.  Our Heavy Hitter Triple Threat segment this week is about Little Richard with covers from Jerry Lee Lewis and The Everly Brothers plus we board the Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine and head back 40 years ago to 1978 to hear tracks from Johnny Cash, Dave Edmunds, Robert Gordon (with Link Wray), Carl Perkins and Matchbox!

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey

Intro Music Bed:  Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

Jesse Dayton- "May Have To Do It (Don't Have To Like It)"
Scotty McKay- "Evenin' Time"
Elvis Presley- "Power Of My Love" (takes 2 & 3)
The Delta Bombers- "Take These Chains From My Heart"
Lily Locksmith- "You Gotta Try"

Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine- 1978:
Johnny Cash- "I Will Rock & Roll With You"
Dave Edmunds- "Never Been In Love"
Carl Perkins- "Kaw Liga"
Robert Gordon- "Twenty Flight Rock"
Matchbox- "Circle Rock"

Patrick Sweany- "Up and Down"
Babe Miller- "Queen Of Kuwait"

Heavy Hitter Triple Threat:
Little Richard- "Rip It Up"
Jerry Lee Lewis- "Long Tall Sally"
The Everly Brothers- "Lucille"

Hot Boogie Chillun- "The One"
Joshua Hedley- "Let Them Talk"
John Lindberg Trio- "Promised Land"
Charley Crockett- "Goin' Back To Texas"

Outro Music Bed:  Joel Paterson- "Mable's Rock"

Monday, June 4, 2018

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 06-04-18

Great to spin new tracks from Kid Ramos, Guana Batz, Motel Mirrors, Jeremy & The Harlequins and Ray Black & The Flying Carpets this hour!  Plus, we hear rockers from Brian Setzer, Scotty Baker, BR549, Chet Atkins with The Carter Sisters, Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise, Lily Locksmith, The Sirocco Bros. and our instru-Mental Breakdown with Reverend Horton Heat and Sultans Of Jungle!  We also begin a new segment called "Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine" and this time we go back to the week ending June 6, 1956 to hear tunes from Bill Haley & His Comets, Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps and Elvis Presley!

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey
Intro Music Bed:  Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

Guana Batz- "No Way Back"
Brian Setzer- "'59"
Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise- "Bedhead"
Joakim Tinderholt & His Band- "Jungle Bo"
Lily Locksmith- "No Use But O' Well"
Laura Lee Perkins- "Don't Wait Up"
Chet Atkins with The Carter Sisters- "It's My Lazy Day"
Motel Mirrors- "Paper Doll"

instru-Mental Breakdown:
Reverend Horton Heat- "The Happy Camper"
Sultans Of Jungle- "Spy From Shanghai"

Ray Black & The Flying Carpets- "Rolling Stone"
The Sirocco Brothers- "Chicken Bone"

Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine (week ending June 6, 1956):
Bill Haley & His Comets- "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy"
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps- "Be Bop A Lula"
Elvis Presley- "Heartbreak Hotel"

Kid Ramos- "Heartbeat"
BR549- "A1 On The Jukebox"
Jeremy & The Harlequins- "California Rock"
Scotty Baker- "Lady Killer"

Outro Music Bed: Chuck Berry- "Chuckwalk"