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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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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