Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lightnin Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Terry - Last Night Blues

What a feast of images! The scenes in this documentary not only show the raw, rural, and rockin' roots of American Blues music, but it also challenges many of our preconceived notions of race and culture.

From the 1970 film, The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins talkin' 'bout "The Blues"

"Drinkin' Woman" from The Complete Aladdin Recordings

Drinkin' Woman (Lightnin' Hopkins)
by BikesOnTheWall

Bukka White and Howlin' Wolf - Blues at Newport

Dock Boggs - Country Blues

Dock Boggs - Country Blues (1966)

Doc and Merle Watson doing it justice out in California...

Doc & Merle Watson_Country Blues_Marin Co. Bluegrass Festival, 1974
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Justin Townes Earle

Long Live the Troubadours!!

Watching and listening to JT Earle, it's as if the ghost of Hank Williams - in addition to his Dad and namesake (Townes Van Zandt) - simultaneously occupy and haunt his soul. This guy is the real deal, for sure!

Justin Townes Earle - 2010-01-28 - Barley's Taproom, Knoxville, TN

Boy Keep Movin' by BikesOnTheWall

Get the full show HERE

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Redneck Mother"

Originally written by Ray Willie Hubbard (and based on a "true" story)... There's no better anthem for the so-called "Cosmic Cowboys" that originated in the southwestern U.S. during the late 1960s.

Here's a version done by the legendary New Riders of the Purple Sage...

Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother (NRPS) by BikesOnTheWall

Ray Willie spinnin' a yarn with Jerry Jeff Walker on the song's origins...

It really just can't get much better than Willie's 4th of July Picnic and the "Lost Gonzo Band" (1974)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scott H Biram, "Judgement Day"

Hell Fire and Hillbilly Angst!! Scott H. Biram brings the heat!! Check him out

The Jim Sullivan Story

This album would be good even if there wasn't such a wild story behind it. Read more and order the LP, CD, or download the mp3 from Light In The Attic Records.

A Few Tracks:

Jerome by BikesOnTheWall

Highways by BikesOnTheWall

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Just when you thought the American Labor movement was a historical relic or little more than just another political lobby, Wisconsin workers have shown the power of average Americans standing up to powerful forces determined to throw them under the bus for the sake of profit. This is NOT a political blog, but there's no denying the role that folk songs have played in bringing about social justice!

The Almanac Singers - Roll The Union On

Pete Seeger - Which Side Are You On?