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Jay Bruder’s  big Washington music retrospective set, “R&B in D.C. 1940-1960” has been released by Bear Family Records and is available from their website.  It’s been reviewed in the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine.  .


Sunday January 23

Tonight on The Home Town Special we move out with Sammy Masters and his ‘Pink Cadillac.’ We are never short of car songs, so Faron Warmer and Curtis Gordon help us along. The same goes for rockabilly and we hear from Sandy Starr and Buck Griffin, two guys who were equally inclined towards country and rock’n’roll -the result was always interesting. We hear some early tracks by Jim and Jesse who were working as The Virginia Trio in 1953. I think we have seen enough winter weather that it’s time to break out two northern classics, ‘Nikolina’ and ‘The Drifting Vistling Snow,’ by The Iverson Brothers, Ernest and Clarence, performing as Slim Jim & The Vagabond Kid. Carmen Taylor puts her sophisticated twist on R&B and then we slip back into some Bluebird blues with Washboard Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Big Joe Williams. John Chatman was better known as Memphis Slim and we will get to know him better on some fine blues tracks out of Chicago. Roosevelt Sykes bemoans the rising prices of 1945 and that leads to some jelly roll themed sides before the women take over with Terry Timmons, Big Sheba, Connie Allen, and Lillian Leach all showing us what they can do. Lazy Bill Lucas and Early Dranes give us their odd take on the blues and then its time to sign off. I hope you hear something you enjoy!

A special thank you is due to Dan Shipp and Nancy Lisi who maintain the bluegrasscountry.org webpage and social media sites respectively.

Thank you for your donations to bluegrasscountry.org

Jay Bruder

Pink CadillacSammy Masters4 Star 1695Nov1956
Cruisin’ CentralFaron WarmerJo-Ree 500circa1962
Draggin’Curtis GordonMercury 70861May1956
Round And RoundAndy StarrMGM 12364Oct1956
Jessie LeeBuck GriffinMGM K12597Nov1957
She’s A Going JessieAndy StarrM-G-M 12315Aug1956
Let Me Travel AloneVirginia TrioKentucky 509circa1953
On The Jerusalem RoadVirginia TrioKentucky 515circa1953
NikolinaSlim Jim & The Vagabond KidSoma LP-1225early1960s
The Drifting Vistling SnowSlim Jim & The Vagabond KidSoma LP-1225early1960s
Ooh ICarmen Taylor and the BolerosAtlantic 1041Oct1954
Lovin’ DaddyCarmen TaylorAtlantic 1002Aug1953
Let Me Go LoverCarmen Taylor Kelly Owens OrchGuyden 100Dec1954
G BluesRobert HillBluebird B-6795Oct1936
This Time Is My TimeWashboard Sam, Joshua AltheimerBluebird B-8270May1939
More BluesBlue Bill rn George ClarkBluebird B-6795Aug1936
Elevator WomanSonny Boy WilliamsonBluebird 34-0744Jan1942
Vitamin AJoe WilliamsBluebird 34-0739Nov1945
Got My Ticket Ready   Wes Ponder copyStarlight HarmonizersLloyds 1005circa1949
I Hear The Preaching Of The EldersSouthern SonsBluebird 34-0734Aug1945
Shine On Harvest MoonChet Atkins and his other guitarRCA Victor 47-6199Jul1955
Sassy MaeMemphis SlimUnited 176May1954
Country GirlMemphis Slim and the HouserockersSwingmaster 1010Dec1949
Wish Me WellMemphis SlimUnited 176May1954
High Price BluesRoosevelt SykesBluebird B-34-0737Oct1945
Baker Shop BoogieWillie NixSun 179Mar1953
Biscuit Baking WomanBig Ed and his Combo, Eddie BurnsChecker 790Jan1954
I Ate The Wrong PartLittle Temple and His 88 r.n. Gus JenkinsSpecialty 475Sep1953
He’s The Best In The BusinessTerry TimmonsRCA Victor 47-5227Apr1953
Soft Soapin’ MamaBig Sheba w Dale Scott OrchDerby 745Aug1950
Your Daddy’s Doggin AroundConnie Allen w Todd Rhodes OrchKing 4509Dec1951
You’re Gone – NOILillian Leach and the MellowsCeleste – Relic LPJun1956
Sweetie BabyCharlie WhiteWinley 216Mar1957
Haig ‘N HaigAl Haig Quartette vocal Terry SwopeJade 701circa1949
What More Can I AskAustin Powell and The James QuintetAtlantic 968Jun1952
I Had A DreamLazy Bill LucasChance 1148Oct1953
I’m Looking For A WomanLittle Hudson Showers Lazy Bill LucasJOB 1015Jan1953
Calling All CowsBlues RockersExcello 2062Sep1955
Let’s RollJ. B. LenoreJOB 112Oct1951
Mama Talk To Your DaughterJ. B. LenoreParrot 809Jan1955
Getting Out of TownSonny Boy Williamson [No. 2]Trumpet  129Jan1951

Sunday January 16

Tonight on The Home Town Special, Charlie Feathers tells us to “Get With It” and that’s what we do for two solid hours. Feathers was a near contemporary of Elvis Presley at Sun in Memphis, but Feathers couldn’t seem to get a hit. We hear four of his wild rocking sides. Bluegrass Country still has copies of the great book and CD package called “The Early Days of Bluegrass.” I’ll play a few fine selections from it. Don’t come around asking where to get it after they are all sold out!  Sonny Til and The Orioles laid the foundation for the R&B vocal group tradition in Baltimore  in the late 1940s. I’ll play their first record and put a personal touch on the backstory to “Barbra Lee.” More boogies kick off the second hour. The “Jockey Jack Boogie” takes us on a swing through the local racetrack with Big Boy Groves reminding us “You Can’t Beat The Horses.” Don Robey out of Houston was an unlikely record man, but he built an entertainment empire in the 1950s. We’ll hear from some of his better known talent including Jimmy McCracklin, Big Walter Price, and Big Mama Thornton. Big Mama had a thing with dogs, and that leads us on a canine quest with titles such as “Barking Up The Wrong Tree,’ “Hot Dog” and “Go Away Hound Dog.” Who else could follow, but Hound Dog Taylor. We’ll finish out with some old time R&B bands and girls singers extraordinaire including Annisteen Allen, Big Maybelle, Rose Marie McCoy, and Washington’s own Baby Dee.  I hope you hear something you enjoy!

Thank you for your donations to bluegrasscountry.org

Jay Bruder

Get With ItCharlie FeathersMeteor 5032Jun1956
One Hand LooseCharlie FeathersKing 4997Dec1956
Why Don’t YouCharlie FeathersKay 1001Jun1958
Stuttering CindyCharlie FeathersPhilwood 223Oct1968
Gonna Lay Down My Old GuitarByron Parker and His HillbilliesDe Luxe 5017Sep1946
Lint Head StompPhebel WrightEssex1113early1950s
Single Girl Married GirlDave Woolum and Noah CraaseExcellent 224circa1954
Single Girl Married GirlCarter FamilyVictor 20937Aug1927
Black and Blue BluesBlind Alfred ReedVictor V-40290Dec1929
The Day I Jumped Out of Uncle Harvey’s PlaneRoger MillerColumbia LP32499circa1973
It’s Too Soon To KnowOriolesIt’s A Natural 5000Oct1948
Tell Me SoOriolesJubilee 5005Apr1949
Barbra LeeOriolesNatural 5000Oct1948
I’m Still In Love With YouT-Bone WalkerComet 51Sep1948
I’ll Always Be In Love YouCharles BrownAladdin 3091May1951
Inspiration BluesT-Bone WalkerComet 51Sep1948
Paul and SilasRed AllenKentucky 591circa1953
Road of ShameDave Woolum and Noah CraaseStarday SEP-125circa1960
RosettaBrother BonesTempo 4566circa1950
Truck Driver’s BoogieJim Boyd and his Men of the WestRCA Victor 21-0152Nov1949
Rock That BoogieLittle Jimmy Smith Los Angeles CAAcorn 301Sep1950
Jockey Jack BoogieJohnny Wick and his Swinging OzarksUnited 116Apr1954
You Can’t Beat The HorsesBig Boy GrovesVita 120Mar1956
Broken ArrowCheck BerryChess 1737Sep1959
She Felt Too GoodJimmy McCracklinPeacock 1615Apr1953
Gambling WomanBig Walter PricePeacock 1651Mar1956
Just Like A Dog, Barkin’ Up The Wrong TreeWillie Mae ‘Big Mama’ ThorntonPeacock 1681Nov1957
Barking Up The Wrong TreeDon WoodyDecca 9-30277Apr1957
Go Away Hound DogCliff JohnsonColumbia 4-40865Mar1957
Hot DogPico Pete aka Buck Owens ?Jet 100Oct1956
Hate That BearBristow HopperKo-Mat 2000Nov1960
ChristineHound Dog TaylorC. J. 626c.1962
Alley MusicHound Dog TaylorFirma 626circa1962
A Pretty Girl A Cadillac And Some MoneyBuddy Johnson, Ricky HarperMercury 70421Jul1954
Let It RollAnnisteen Allen w Lucky MillinderDecca 24182Oct1947
Gabbin’ BluesBig Maybelle with Rosemarie McCoyOKeh 6931Jan1953
Down HereRose Marie McCoyCat 111Jan1955
TroublesJoan ShawCoral 65095Jul1952
I Like To RideBaby Dee Bill Campbell Harlem BandSouthern 126Sep1946
Ridin With RustyRusty Bryant Club Carolyn BandDot 15376Jun1955