Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jukebox Heroes: Elvis Presley

This will be a periodic feature that highlights what 45's artists have on their jukebox.  Stay tuned for more in the future.  This entry highlights some of the 45's on Elvis' jukebox from Graceland.  The above picture is actually a jukebox located at Sun Studios in Memphis.  Elvis' personal jukebox at Graceland was a great collection of Rock, Soul, Blues and R&B.  Vee-Tone Records put out 3 volumes of CD's highlighting the music found there:

Here's a small sampling of those 45's:

-Arthur Crudup- Mean Old Frisco Blues/ Rock Me Mama
-Bill Haley- Razzle Dazzle/ Two Hound Dogs
-Bill Justus- Raunchy/ The Midnight Man
-Bo Diddley- I'm Bad/ Who Do You Love?
-Booker T & The MG's- Green Onions/ Behave Yourself
-Carl Perkins- Dixie Fried/ I'm Sorry, I'm Not Sorry
-Chuck Berry- Too Much Monkey Business/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man
-Chuck Willis- CC Rider/ Ease The Pain
-Dale Hawkins- Susie Q/ Don't Treat Me This Way
-Dean Martin- Bumming Around/ Houston
-Fats Domino- Valley Of Tears/ It's You That I Love
-Gene Vincent- Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Woman Love
-Isley Brothers- Twist & Shout/ The Spanish Twist
-James Brown- Papa's Got A Brand New Bag part 1/ part 2
-Jerry Lee Lewis- Breathless/ Down The Line
-Jimmy Reed- Too Much/ I'll Change My Style
-Joe Turner- Lipstick, Powder & Paint/ Rock A While
-John Lee Hooker- Tupelo/ Dusty Road
-Johnny Taylor- Disco Lady/ You're The Best In The World
-Jr. Walker & The All-Stars- Shotgun/ Hot Cha
-Larry Williams- Bony Maronie/ You Bug Me, Baby
-Little Richard- Good Golly Miss Molly/ Hey Hey Hey Hey
-Little Walter- My Babe/ Thunderbird
-Lonnie Mack- Memphis/ Down In The Dumps
-Mickey & Silvia- Love Is Strange/ I'm Going Home
-Nancy Sinatra- These Boots Are Made For Walking/ The City Never Sleeps At Night
-Piano Red- Rock, Baby/ Wild Fire
-Ray Charles- I've Got A Woman/ Come Back
-Ricky Nelson- Believe What You Say/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
-Roy Orbison- Mean Woman Blues/ Blue Bayou
-Sam Cooke- A Change Is Gonna Come/ Shake
-Slim Harpo- Scratch My Back/ I'm Gonna Miss You
-The Coasters- Yakety Yak/ Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
-The Drifters- Fools Fall In Love/ It Was A Tear
-The Platters- The Great Pretender/ I'm Just A Dancing Partner
-The Spiders- Witchcraft/ Is It True
-Warren Smith- Ubangi Stomp/ Black Jack David

This gives a bit of an insight to the artists and styles that inspired his sound.  He covered many of these as well.  Check out the Vee-Tone link for the complete list and order your CD's today!

John Lee Hooker- "Tupelo"

Gene Vincent- "Woman Love"

Warren Smith- "Ubangi Stomp"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Looking to add some Johnny Cash music to your collection?  How about his entire album collection for Columbia Records?!!  59 albums plus 2 wonderful compilations.  One is a 2 CD compilation of single sides that did not originally appear on albums and the other is a 28 track compilation of songs recorded during his Sun Records days.  Here's a complete list of what you get on this compilation releasing October 30th:

The Fabulous Johnny Cash
Hymns By Johnny Cash
Songs Of Our Soil
Now There Was A Song!
Ride This Train
Hymns From The Heart
The Sound Of Johnny Cash
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash
The Christmas Spirit
Keep On The Sunny Side
The Carter Family with special guest Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line
Bitter Tears: Johnny Cash Sings Ballads Of The American Indian
Orange Blossom Special
Johnny Cash Sings The Ballads Of The True West
Everybody Loves A Nut
Happiness Is You
Carryin' On With Johnny Cash And June Carter
From Sea To Shining Sea
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
The Holy Land
Johnny Cash At San Quentin
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
The Johnny Cash Show
I Walk The Line -Original Soundtrack Recording
Little Fauss And Big Halsey -Original Soundtrack Recording
Man In Black
A Thing Called Love
Johnny Cash: America A 200-Year Salute In Story And Song
Christmas -The Johnny Cash Family
Any Old Wind That Blows
The Gospel Road (2 Disc)
Johnny Cash And His Woman
Johnny Cash pa Osteraker
Ragged Old Flag
The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me
The Johnny Cash Children's Album
Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories
John R. Cash
Look At Them Beans
Strawberry Cake
One Piece At A Time
The Last Gunfighter Ballad
The Rambler
I Would Like To See You Again
Gone Girl
Rockabilly Blues
Classic Christmas
The Baron
The Survivors -Johnny Cash Jerry Lee Lewis Carl Perkins
The Adventures Of Johnny Cash
Johnny 99
Koncert V Praze In Prague Live
Highwayman -Waylon Jennings Willie Nelson Johnny Cash Kris Kristofferson
Highwayman 2 -Waylon Jennings Willie Nelson Kris Kristofferson Johnny Cash
At Madison Square Garden
Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar
The Singles, Plus (2 Discs)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Beach Boys at Royal Albert Hall 1970

Great vintage shot of The Beach Boys backstage at the Royal Albert Hall with Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret Countess Of Snowdon.  Also, you can see the program cover.  The Beach Boys return there on September 27th for a sold out show 42 years apart!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New live DVD/ Blu-ray coming from The Beach Boys

If you missed the opportunity to see The Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary Celebration tour, you are in luck.  On August 28th, The Beach Boys will release Doin' It Again which will include live songs, interview footage and unseen vintage footage together in one package.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jimmy Sutton: Chicago's Vintage Revivalist!

If you happen to catch JD McPherson (read his interview HERE) on tour, you will no doubt pay attention to the stylish man playing the upright bass.  Jimmy Sutton is not only JD's musical collaborator, he also produced the Signs & Signifiers album that originally came out on his own Hi-Style Records before Rounder re-released it a couple of months back.  Growing up in Chicago allowed him to dig into the musical roots so firmly planted there.  I caught up with Jimmy while he, JD and the band were heading to their next high energy gig.

Are you travelling on the road right now?
We just did a radio sponsored show in Louisville yesterday.  It’s a radio station (WFPK) that has been playing us a whole bunch.  It’s really interesting to be our first time in a market to have a crowd there and know the words to the songs.  It’s something I’ve not really experienced before.

With all of the increased exposure, I imagine the shows are getting bigger.
One of the best instances of this was in Minnesota.  There’s a station up there called The Current (KCMP).  The first time we played this club called The Fine Line and there were 550 or so people there.  First time in the market and they knew all the words to the songs.  It was a great time.  It was amazing to see that.

That must give you guys some added energy!
Yeah, you know we were making some waves before we got released on Rounder.  But, the Rounder machine along with the PR machine is great to see that in motion.  Before the record was released, back in October we were invited to go in back in Iceland for Iceland Airwaves.  Iceland is a population of what...300,000 people?  Our single “North Side Gal” was #1 there for like 2 days.  We got knocked out by Adele (laughs).  Anyway, we played this Iceland Airwaves festival.  It was a club packed with 450-500 people.  There was not 1 Rockabilly guy in there.  It was just all young indie rock people who knew all the words to the songs.  They were just partying and having a good time.

I read that The Ramones were a big musical influence
on you.
Yeah, absolutely!  The Ramones and late 70’s punk rock, new wave and early 80’s music were definitely a big influence.  Count Basie!   My father used to listen to big band on old time radio shows around the house…didn’t really play records much, it was always the radio.  Maybe those 2 things influenced me heavily.

Doesn’t it seem like it’s not too hard to go from Punk to Rockabilly…or vice versa?
Yeah, they really go hand in hand don’t they?  It’s got that energy!

What got you interested in rockabilly and other vintage styles?
Going back to the punk rock thing, in the late 70’s and early 80’s all the cat bands were happening…Stray Cats, The Polecats…bands like The Blasters, Robert Gordon…that was the thing at that time.  I started a rockabilly band at 15.  The guitar player and singer was 13.  We were called The Rockin’ Blue Notes.  We played a lot of house parties and college parties.  I grew up around the University Of Chicago on the south side of Chicago.  We did what we could but then that kind of fizzled.  Fast forward a little bit, then I had a band called The Rebel Rousers that did all the rockabilly hits.  A lot of the guys that would check us out, I would ask them to make us mix cassette tapes.  This one guy John Park he put on a lot of Jump Blues on there too…stuff like Louis Prima, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Smiley Lewis…and it would flip flop between hardcore rockabilly and rhythm and blues.  I noticed a difference and I gravitated towards jump blues and all that rhythm and blues stuff. I started digging some more.  At the same time, I had this band called the Moondogs who started getting into more Jump Blues stuff.  It was a little sexier to me.  Then I started a band called The Mighty Blue Kings.  That was my band I really wanted to have a heart for, a jump band and getting my ya-ya’s out.  It did really well.  We got pretty successful.  We ended up selling 100,000 copies of our own self-released CD.  We eventually got signed to Sony.  Too many internal problems kind of made that band fizzle too.  I always gravitated toward blues.  Even the blues side of rockabilly.  I really dig like Joe Clay, Sonny Fisher and even Elvis.  The early Elvis stuff is really heavily blues.  It’s real heavy
rhythm.  The high school bop stuff doesn’t quite move me as much (laughs).

Being in Chicago, did you feel inspired by the classic Chess stuff recorded there?
Well, maybe not so much Chess Records but I tell you what was an influence on me was going to the Checkerboard Lounge all the time because they wouldn’t card us.  I lived like a block from where Bronzeville started.  We would always pile into a Volkswagen Bug or something.  It was about 12 of us.  We would go to the Checkerboard Lounge and see Junior Wells or Lefty Dizz playing.  I really dug it but at the time I didn’t really know how much it was influencing me.  I guess it did.  The attitude and the style rubbed off on me.

Willie Dixon was another influence of yours.
Yeah, his bass playing…just listening to his style.  Unfortunately, I never saw him once which is a shame.  He was right in my back yard.  I grew up in the same neighborhood.  It’s crazy I never saw him when I was younger.  He was and still is a big influence on my playing.

Tell me about how Hi-Style came about.
You know what Hi-Style was, it was a fanzine that my ex-wife had started with another Chicago couple back in ’94.  It was a fanzine but they did it legitimately under a company name.  They came up with Hi-Style as something to kind of describe furniture, architecture and music.  It was the whole culture.  The name of the company was Hi-Style Enterprises.  When it came time for my band, Jimmy
Sutton’s Four Charms to put out a CD, the entity was there.  Her fanzine was not around anymore but we owned the company.  We just said, “why don’t we just do it as Hi-Style”.  It wasn’t a serious thing.  It was just a name to release the CD under.  I did 2 of them.  I did another one with the Del Moroccos.  As soon as I started building a studio in my attic, it was always in my mind that I would put more emphasis in the label when I finished the studio.   It was kind of being inspired by a one man operation in the 50’s like Chess, Sun, Excello.  I wanted the studio almost as if it was 1960 or 1961 and I was going to build a studio in my garage and release 45’s.  It’s what the studio was modeled after.
 It was the type of equipment I had acquired back then.

The projects you’ve done really have a vintage warm sound similar to how those labels you mentioned had a uniform “feel” to them.
When I listen to them as a whole, I can definitely see a progression and learning what I wanted out of music and to produce and how to get certain things out of musicians, and how to articulate and put things into a package.  I think with JD McPherson, I finally reached it.  We’re still not satisfied but we’re pretty proud of that album.

I do radio promotions and one of my favorite things to do is just talk with programmers about music they love. It was programmer friend that emailed me about JD in the first place and I was hooked but a little bummed that was just NOW finding out about it.
It was still a bit underground.  The United States is a big country and not everybody is going to find out about it.  When the “North Side Gal” video came out October 18, 2010 that video flew around to a lot of desks in the industry.   A lot of people were sending it to each other saying “man, have you checked this out?”  That was a pretty big surprise and we’re pretty proud of that.

The response to the “North Side Gal” video has been huge!
Both JD and I wanted to create a record that was about everything we dig about old rhythm & blues and black rock & roll but we wanted to create something that was timeless.  We weren’t trying to hard especially lyrically too.  We just didn’t want to lie.  It’s why the video turned out the way it did.  It might have been Hubert Sumlin that said that to me…”just don’t lie”.  I don’t remember what it was in reference to but it stuck with me when he said that.

So you are a touring bass player, record producer and record label guy. Is it hard wearing all those hats?
I tell you the toughest part is the record label guy.  That’s a lot of work.  That’s why you’re not seeing too much on that end.  My eyes are floating around for a partner.  That’s a big hat to wear.  Playing and performing is my #1 love.  I have to be true to that.  I had to wear many hats.  I had to relinquish and gave away many of those which I was happy (laughs).  Now maybe I can get back into putting on those hats once and a while.   I would love to produce some more and put stuff out on Hi-Style.

Do you have any highlights of playing with other artists the past couple of years?
We’ve been asked to do many tours but unfortunately our schedules have never allowed us to.  We’ve been mostly headlining.  We’ve been at festivals with Los Lobos, The Black Crowes and Jimmy Vaughan.  We played right before Jimmy Vaughan in Belgium.  That was pretty fantastic.  Oh, we played right before the Paladins the spring before last at a blues festival in Belgium.  I had a head start there in the Benelux area…Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.  When I put out the record, I only had so much of a budget.  I hired a promotions company to work it out there.  I also
released “North Side Gal” with a flip side of “Wolf Teeth” on a small German label on 45.  They’ve their teeth in deep with the rockabilly scene.  It’s kind of underground but it’s still very big and organized.  That was kind of my marketing plan (laughs).  It worked.
Jimmy and I outside of Nashville, TN's
3rd & Lindsley after the band played
to a sold out crowd!

What’s coming up?
We just gave Rounder a B-side that we just recorded and they’re going to put that on with “North Side Gal”.  They’re going to be releasing a 45 of it.  I think it will be an online thing.

Hi-Style studios

Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms- "Up Jumped The Devil"

Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms- "Red Hot Mama"

w/ JD McPherson- "Stutterin Cindy" (Charlie Feathers cover)

Friday, August 3, 2012

United Record Pressing plant Nashville, TN

One of the great attractions in Nashville, TN is the United Record Pressing plant.  They give tours on Tuesdays at 2pm and Fridays at 11am.  If you're a vinyl lover, a music fan or just simply interested in how things are made, this is a fun and inexpensive tour to do ($5).  United Record Pressing began in Nashville in 1949 when it was known as Southern Plastics.  One of their clients was Vee Jay Records out of Chicago.  Vee Jay first released The Beatles in America before the band signed to Capitol.  Those Vee Jay singles of The Beatles were pressed at this plant!  The plant continues to crank out both major label and indie releases.  Jack White's Third Man Records is just down the street and uses URP for their vinyl pressing needs.

For more information, go to their website-

This room has hosted (and continues
to do so) many parties and video
shoots over the years.

Raw vinyl before it's melted

Labels before they are applied
to the vinyl

Example of a "tri-color" single
before and after

Vinyl "patty" being pressed into shape

Finished 12" vinyl after it's been

Vinyl after excess is trimmed off

Wanda Jackson- "Thunder On The Mountain" (filmed upstairs at United Record Pressing)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

King Mob release new single "I Was There" (Olympix edit) to celebrate summer of sport.

King Mob, the belting new English beat combo whose debut album, ‘Force 9’ was highly acclaimed on release in November 2011, have released new single ‘I Was There (Olympix Edit)’ on SPV Records, available now in digital format on iTunes and Amazon.

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‘I was There’, an irresistible anthem with a swamp–blues feel and a seductive see-saw guitar line, (taken from ‘Force 9’), has been edited and condensed into a punchy, radio-friendly 3 and a half minutes single in celebration of our Summer Of Sport. Sport is a burning thing and King Mob are all about sweat, energy and intense performance under pressure. ‘I Was There’ is a celebration of the life wave set to a driving beat and is already proving a powerful emotional soundtrack for the summer of Sport on key Sporting media outlets BBC Sport, SkySPORTS, ESPN and talkSPORT to name but a few, as well as on rotation at Olympic Stadia and sports venues nationwide.

King Mob, who draw on the ‘Spirit of ‘69’ – but not in a retrospective way – bring the raw power and spirit of that golden age of music into a contemporary setting to create thrilling, visceral, timeless rock’n’roll music.

King Mob, comprised of guitar legend Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, Elton John, John Cale, Paul McCartney), Martin Chambers – drums (Pretenders), Stephen W Parsons aka Snips – vocals (film composer and vocalist of cult 70’s band Sharks), hot new guitar talent Sixteen, plus new exciting young Japanese bass player Toshi Ogawa.

Catch them live at the following dates:

· 25th August RHYTHM FESTIVAL in Bedford.

For further information, videos and track samples head to the official website and Facebook page: