Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-24-14

May 24, 2014

Saturday morning jazz: 1) Johnny Hodges: “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” 2) Oliver Nelson: “Passion Flower” 3) Ahmad Jamal Trio: “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” 4) Jimmy Ponder: “A Tribute to a Rose” 5) Kenny Burrell: “Soul Lament” 6) Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano: “La Vie en Rose” 7) Kenny […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-23-14

May 23, 2014

Friday night blues: 1) Byther Smith: “I Wish My Mother Was Here” 2) Dwight Edwards: “So Many Tears” 3) Sonny Lowe: “Red is Making Me Blue” 4) J.B. Hutto:”Soul Lover” 5) Jimmy Walker and Erwin Helfer: “Goin’ Back to Texas” 6) Guitar Shorty: “Get Busy” 7) Boo Boo Davis: “Why Ya Wanna Do It” 8) […]

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Hello Saferide: Introducing … Hello Saferide

May 23, 2014

I’m really sorry it’s taken me almost a decade after the release of Annika Norlin’s “Introducing … Hello Saferide” to find the album, particularly the song “My Best Friend.” The music’s sweet and catchy. The lyrics are like a diary of an everywoman’s most personal thoughts. Oh, and they’re wickedly funny at times. It’s alsmost […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-22-14

May 22, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Drive-By Truckers: “Bulldozers and Dirt” 2) Billy Bragg: “Handyman Blues” 3) John Fullbright: “Daydreamer” 4) Sons of Fathers: “The Country” 5) Steve Earle: “Waitin’ on the Sky” 6) Cat Power: “Willie” 7) Sarah Borges: “Mind on Me” 8) Holly Palmer: “Different Languages” 9) Volebeats: “Everytime” 10) Centro-Matic: “Mercedes Blast”

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Chicago Blues Festival preview: Dorothy Moore

May 21, 2014

I suspect that Dorothy Moore’s performance at the Chicago Blues Festival in a few weeks will be one of the highlights of the weekend. Mostly, like almost everyone else, I’m looking forward to hearing her sing “Misty Blue,” which I think is one of the great soul songs ever recorded. I’m also partial to “The […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-21-14

May 21, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) The Jam: “And Your Bird Can Sing” 2) The Mary Janes: “She Flies Away” 3) Rory Gallagher: “At the Bottom” 4) The V-Roys: “Fade Away 5) Leon Russell: “Shootout at the Plantation” 6) Scott Miller & The Commonwealth: “Eight Miles Per Gallon” 7) Gina Sicilia: “Crazy ’bout You baby” 8) Corinne West […]

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Time to plan a trip

May 20, 2014

It’s been 40 years this month since I last visited Paris. And nothing puts me in the mood for a trip to France like listening to Francis Lemarque and drinking some wine on a beautiful spring evening. Time to start planning next summer’s vacation.

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-20-14

May 20, 2014

Tuesday morning blues: 1) Kenny Neal: “Tell Me Why” 2) Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson: “Woman Don’t Lie” 3) Lester Davenport: “Slow Down Baby” 4) Johnny Moore: “Misery” 5) Gatemouth Moore: “Goin’ Down Slow” 6) Willie Kent: “Can’t Get No Grindin’” 7) Lurrie Bell: “Way Down in the Hole” 8) Sammy Price: “Trouble Blues” 9) John […]

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Ruby Boots: Ruby Boots

May 19, 2014

I decided to check out Ruby Boots because I saw she toured with The Stray Sisters, Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn of The Waifs. I’m glad I did. There’s a wistful twang in Ruby Boots’ voice as she sings “Solitude,” a song from her new self-titled EP. Still, it exudes confidence, almost giddiness, as she […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-19-14

May 19, 2014

1) Bill Kirchen: “Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods” 2) Gene Taylor: “Seven Night to Rock” 3) Roddie Romero: “In a State of Louisiana” 4) Lucero: “She’s Just That Kind of Girl” 5) Neil Young: “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” 6) Terrance Simien: “Come Back Home” 7) Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers: “Elevator Operator” […]

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Blitz the Ambassador: ‘Afropolitan Dreams’

May 18, 2014

Listening to Blitz the Ambassador’s new album, “Afropolitan Dreams,” reminds me of the first time I ever heard Gil Scott-Heron. Hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador, who’s originally from Ghana, fights for immigrants, the poor, the disenfranchised with his songs. His raps are sometimes frenetic, sometimes gentle, but like Gil Scott-Heron’s, his messages are always fierce. […]

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