Friday, February 26, 2016
THE WEEKEND MIX: When All Else Fails...COVERS
This mix isn't a complete act of desperation to get something up last minute. I had been listening to a few live performances from the New Orleans Jazz Fest, getting nostalgic for those "first times." Like, the first time I saw Allen Toussaint in the flesh. Or, the first time I discovered (through a friend) the great Jon Cleary. And there was that day, the very first time I stepped foot onto the Fairgrounds, not knowing what was ahead of me. Suddenly, I was twenty feet from a whole lotta horns and a great drummer, and was listening to something I recognized but couldn't quite place. And when I did finally realize what song was being played, I fell forever in love with New Orleans. The song was Black Sabbath's "The Wizard" and the band was Bonerama. And that's where it began and where we begin today.
(The pic is Craig Klein and Mark Mullins of Bonerama taken on that very same day in 1999, maybe even during "The Wizard." I do stuff like that.)
I thought I'd continue with more live covers from Jazz Fest, but changed course, when sound quality started to become an issue. So, it's just covers. That's okay. We like covers, right?
Some you may have heard before, probably because I repeat myself occasionally. But go in again. There are some great ones here, including a few faves like Cyril Neville's take on Dylan and Los Lobos getting gritty with Queen. Hell, I like them all.
Original artists in parenthesis after title.
The Wizard (Black Sabbath)- Bonerama
I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)- JD McPherson
Baby, I Love You (The Ronettes)- Jason Falkner
It's A Shame (The Spinners)- Raphael Saadiq
Girls It Ain't Easy (Honey Cone)-Ken Stringfellow
Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Queen)- Los Lobos
It Don't Matter To Me- (Bread)- Matthew Sweet
Kings Lead Hat (Brian Eno)- The Dirtbombs
My Girl (The Temptations)- John Hiatt & Loudon Wainwright III
Bus Stop (The Hollies)- Fountains Of Wayne
I Want You (Bob Dylan)- Cyril Neville
Harvest (Neil Young)- Rufus Wainwright & Chris Stills
Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)- Richie Havens
Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)- Phil Flowers' Flower Shop