Monday, September 24, 2012

RIK'S RADIO SHOW - hour 1 (9-22-2012)

This is Hour One of "Americana Backroads" for Saturday, September 22, 2012. Featuring new Bob Dylan "Tempest" album, and many other musical morsels of grit and grandeur. No animals were harmed in the preparation or execution of this broadcast. NOTE - The 1st 5 minutes or so includes stuff you might want to zip past .. (weather, underwriters, weather, Unzipping the Weekend, Montana Medicine Show)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Soon-Ah Will Be Done

We used to sing this song in the choir back at Olentangy High School, in the late sixties. It's an old spiritual that was composed by William L. Dawson, an African-American composer, choir director and professor (see the Wikipedia article about him, and the William L. Dawson website).

There are two versions below.

Version 1


Rik James: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, backup vocal
Rob Britt: Backup vocal, lead guitar, drum pad

Arranged by Rik James
Produced by Rob Britt at the Geezecave

Recorded at the Geezecave in October 2011 and September 2012

Version 2

(Re-mix of Lead Vocal, Hammond Organ)


Rik James: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, backup vocal
Rob Britt: Backup vocal, lead guitar, drum pad, Midi Hammond Organ

Arranged by Rik James
Produced by Rob Britt at the Geezecave

Recorded at the Geezecave in October 2011 and September 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ry Cooder on Tavis Smiley: Election Special

Ry Cooder's New Album, "Election Special". I bought a copy of this, as it sounded good, and I like Ry Cooder so much. Here's a link to more info on the album at the Nonesuch Records website.

Watch Guitarist Ry Cooder on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday on Democracy Now!

Here's a news story from Democracy Now!, recommended by Rik, commemorating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. [Update: I just watched it, and I recommend it too! Nora Guthrie (Woody's daughter) has a lot of interesting stuff to say...)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wow! Riff-o-palooza

Rik recommended this awe/jealousy inspiring "tour de force"... 
The complete list of 100 riffs is at the bottom of the page, here (click to view).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Levon Helm - an RS funeral report

...buried next to Rick, Montana night drive with

RICK DANKO "Stage Fright" (Live at Dylan's Cafe, 12-8-1987, Washington, D.C.) Rolling Stone... April 24, 2012

Tonight we were driving home from Kelly Canyon, a lovely night, crescent moon just popping up on the horizon. Deer dancing across the road in the meadow. And I had popped in this live CD in the stereo, a 2-disc set of Rick Danko, playing solo. The title of the disc is "Live At Dylan's Cafe." Recorded in late 1987, a lonley solo show in Washington, DC. (The titles pop up in my media player all are Japanese characters!)

Makes me lonesome for The Band, of course. Rick plays guitar really well, though, and being a bass player, the song tracks right along the bass lines. And in my head, getting into his head, I feel the rest of The Band. Maybe you will, too, when you listen to this sample track. As a band, no other band grabbed me so completely as The Band. Each part that each member played. I guess they were lucky, really. Lucky to have had that time, and that feeling. And some whole bunch of us got to hear it and experience it, or at least what we could by listening and watching them. And it makes me reflect on my Geezer pals, and any of my other fellow friends who are musicians and fans.

Hope you like the article. I like the quotes.

I like the picture of the funeral band.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Louis Armstrong Gems

I'm reading "Pops" by Terry Teachout, a biography of Louis Armstrong (Click for NY Times Review). As I go, I've been exploring the songs and other materials recommended by Teachout, and other items I came across on Youtube. Some of them have video, and some are just the music with a picture or two. Here are some of my favorites.

Weather Bird

One of Teachout's 30 Key recordings by Armstrong.

Ain't Misbehavin'

This is one of my favorites. He first did it in the 20's. Teachout talks about his friendship with Fats Waller, and how they worked together.

Black and Blue

Black and Blue was written by Fats Waller, and performed by Armstrong here in 1929. Teachout says the song was "commissioned" by New York gangster Dutch Shultz, who wanted a song to be sung by a black woman in a revue he was funding. It was supposed to be funny. Armstrong made it his own.

West End Blues

West End Blues is really something. One of the first of his classics. The first few seconds take your breath away.


Here's a video from 1933 of Armstrong doing "Dinah" (a Fats Waller tune) It really swings. Armstrong's singing, playing and overall presentation just blow me away. Dig it.

Mack the Knife

There are lots of these Armstrong gems on Youtube. In 1955, the "Allstars" played with Louis in London. Here they are playing Mack the Knife. The shots of the audience are worth the price of admission...


You Can't Take that Away From Me

Another one that really got me was Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald doing the "They Can't Take That
 Away From Me"