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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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-17-14

May 17, 2014

1) Morrissey: “The Boy Racer” 2) ZZ Top: “Arrested for Driving While Blind” 3) Beck: “Rental Car” 4) Flamin’ Groovies: “Teenage Confidential” 5) Argent: “Hold Your Head Up” 6) Jack Oblivion: “Let Me Be Your Chauffeur” 7) Peter Case: “Round Trip Stranger Blues” 8) Roky Erickson: “It’s a Cold Night for Alligators” 9) Green on […]

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Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean: ‘Catfish Blues’

May 17, 2014

There’s nothing flashy about Terry “Harmonica” Bean. When I saw Bean at last year’s Chicago Blues Festival, he didn’t wail on his guitar and he didn’t try to dazzle anyone with flashy harmonica runs. Don’t mistake that for simplicity, though. His fingers danced on his guitar strings, adding gentle flourishes that enveloped his warm vocals. […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-16-14

May 16, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Levon Helm: “Poor Old Dirt Farmer” 2) Randall Bramblett: “John the Baptist” 3) James McMurtry: “Fast as I Can” 4) K Phillips: “Not My Baby Anymore” 5) Jake La Botz: “Jagged Little Kisses of Death” 6) Drew Kennedy: “Vapor Trails” 7) J.B. Beverley: “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” 8) Kelly Willis and […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-15-14

May 15, 2014

Thursday night blues: 1) Dennis Gruenling: “Dirty Deal” 2) James Cotton: “Fore Day Blues” 3) Harmonica Hinds: “Take Your Time” 4) Otis Rush: “Trouble, Trouble” 5) Eddie Bo: “I’ll Do Anything” 6) Guitar Slim Jr.: “Daddy’s Good Reputation” 7) Johnny Copeland: “Down on Bended Knee” 8) Mem Shannon: “Why I Sing the Blues” 9) Eddie […]

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Johnny Rawls: ‘Remembering O.V.’

May 14, 2014

I’ve seen blues and soul man Johnny Rawls in concert at least a dozen times and I own just about all of his albums. I’ve never been disappointed. But I’ve never been moved by Rawls’ work like I am when I listen to “Remembering O.V.,” an album released last year that honors Rawls’ late mentor […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-14-14

May 14, 2014

Wednesday night jazz: 1) Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis: “Mo’ Better Blues” 2) Harry “Sweets” Edison: “These Foolish Things” 3) Frank Morgan: “The Nearness of You” 4) Phil Ranelin: “Naptown After Noon” 5) Marcus Belgrave: “Glue Fingers” 6) Odean Pope: “Little Miss Lady” 7) Miles Davis: “Sid’s Ahead” 8) James Carter: “Rapid Shave” 9) Bobby […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-13-14

May 13, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) The Band: “Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)” 2) Kelly Willis: “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away” 3) Guy Clark: “Hellbent on a Heartache” 4) John Hiatt: “My Old Friend” 5) Lilly Hiatt: “People Don’t Change” 6) Amelia White: “Get Your Cowboy On” 7) Chris Gaffney: “See the Big Man Cry” 8) Calvin […]

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