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Playlist for January 18, 2009 from 12:05AM - 3:00AM

Current New Orleans Time: Fri, 3:57pm

Playlist Date & Time: 1/18/2009 12:05AM - 3:00AM

Program: Blues in the Night with Jamie Dell'Apa

Special Show Blog Post: Washington Week In Preview

Washington Week In Preview

 

To listen to this show go to:

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select the photo of the White House 

Two big Washington, D.C. events are the musical motivation for this show: (1) DC resident, Link Wray, was celebrated with Link Wray Day today, January 15th, and (2) Barack Obama's DC music listening days begin next Tuesday, January 20th. The audio ghost of Link Wray is very much alive in DC and on WWOZ airwaves tonight.

Obama joins a long line of DC immigrants who'll wonder if there is any passionate music in a sterile, proper town where emotions are always in check. Surprisingly, DC has such a rich musical heritage that we'll focus on the narrowest slice imaginable - roots guitarists with pyrotechnic skills. Musician like: Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Bobby Radcliffe, Bobby Parker, Bill Kirchen, Roy Clark, Nils Lofgren, Bo Diddley and, of course, Link Wray. As always, my playlist has the songs, commentary, related video links and LINKS TO THE ARCHIVED AUDIO that you can stream anytime. Tonight has another bonus, if you send me an e-mail I'll return it with the perfect missing song from tonight's show - a completely indecent, Inauguration Ball song by The Clovers (Rotten _______ Ball).

If we have time, we'll also wander around DC with: Jimmy Rodgers, Billy Stewart, Tim Buckley, Pearl Bailey', Ruth Brown, The Orioles, The Clovers, Patsy Cline, Peter Tork (yeah that Peter Tork of the Monkees), Nighthawks, Jelly Roll Morton, (who took up a long residence in DC), Duke Ellington, Root Boy Slim, Eve Cassiday, Chuck Brown, and Mary Chapin Carpenter (singing "Down at the Twist and Shout" - about a club in a VFW Hall that booked Louisiana and other roots musicians.

 

Thanks to everyone's favorite Army entomologist and zydeco dance instructor, Ben Pagac of Annapolis, MD for making this theme work. He gets another traditional three wishes from the WWOZ genies. Hopefully the new wishes will undo the terrible damages caused by his last round of human-genie misunderstandings. (Although he reports jogging with four goat legs is much easier than two human legs).

 

Also thanks to George Ingmire for covering my show last week. I'm a big fan of George's great radio programs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Playlist Tracks

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Saturday Night
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Link is to the Mary Chapin Carpenter video of "Down at the Twist and Shout" an homage to the Bethesda American Legion Hall that Mark Gretschal turned into a Washington D.C. outpost for Louisiana music. Every weekend the hall would fill with roots music lovers who define themselves by their music indulgence. We danced and listened ourselves into self actualization. It was a scene that got me through the rigors of school and work and, more importantly, the Twist and Shout became my artistic touchstone for why life is so wonderful. Thank you Mark and everyone who made that scene so moving. I can't watch this video without getting a tear for the joy and sorrow represented by those faces in the crowd.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Down at the Twist and Shout

A Wikipedia link to the "Music of Washington, D.C." for those who doubt that so much music could came out of this town. Gotta show this to the new guy in D.C. so he'll know what to keep his daughters away from.
Three Stooges, George Bush and Rocket J. Squirrel
Mr. Know It All etc

"Our response to Katrina was fine, our helicopter 'drivers' picked 30,000 people off roofs." from the Deluder's final press conference of last week. Well everyone down here is pretty pissed over the W.(orst) press conference of last week where he claimed credit for a good federal response to Katrina. Most of us were transported off roofs by Louisiana Fish and Game and private boats. Makes sense as boats are much more effective rescue craft than helicopters and locals understood the situation and reacted to local conditions much better than the feds (especially under a uniquely dysfunctional administration). But the real post-Katrina problem was the vast majority of people (a minority were on roofs) in a flooded city with little or no government (including security) or commercial functions. For those like the Deluder who view small or no government as a utopia, we've got plenty of fixer-upper and occasionally water-front houses for sale down here in paradise. Link is to former Times Pic editor and one of my favorite Katrina book authors, Jed Horne. Miss you Jed
The Aztex
I Said Move
Greasy Rock and Roll

Batman dialog
Link Wray and his Wray Men
Rawhide
Link Wray and his Wray Men
Batman

Link to a Wray tribute site including the announcement of "Link Wray Day" last Thursday.
Link Wray
Run Chicken Run
Mr. Guitar
Robert Gordon With Link Wray
Flying Saucers Rock and Roll
Fresh Fish Special Plus

Link is to Link (and Robert Gordon).
Robert Gordon With Link Wray
Twenty Flight Rock

Link and Robert again.
Link Wray
Bo Diddley
Mr. Guitar
Bo Diddley
You Can't Judge a Book
The Chess Story
Chess
Bo Diddley
Gunslinger
The Chess Story
Chess
Bo Diddley
Hush Your Mouth
Link Wray and his Wray Men
Twenty Flight Rock
Link Wray
Batman
Mr. Guitar
Ruth Brown
Teardrops From My Eyes
1950's R&B Hits

Live in black and white - your Queen, Ms. Brown.
Bo Diddley with Billy Stewart
Billy's Heartache

I've always loved the irony that Washingtonian Billy Stewart's music was adopted by Mexican-American culture. The irony is, compared with the southwest US, Washington is almost estranged from Mexican culture. For instance, when I first moved into the hispanic section of D.C. I couldn't believe that the only Cinco de Mayo celebrations were in chain restaurants outside of my section of town until it was pointed out to me that the capital city is always the home of refugees. At that time, twenty-five years ago, the refugees were Central American (El Salvador/Nicaragua).
Billy Stewart
Summertime
The R&B Box

Stewart under a huge cowboy hat performing his biggest hit.
Danny Gatton
Black Slacks
The Humbler

Original by the youngsters on Nat King Cole. BRRrrrrr, Black Slacks.
Danny Gatton
Fingers on Fire
Stakes His Claim

Gatton in his Prince Georges County finery tuning a trash tune into gold. Such technique from Gatton.
Danny Gatton
Ubangi Stomp
Humbler: Live

Gatton's solo on Sleepwalk.
Danny Gatton
Cruisin
The Humbler: Live

First of four videos with Gatton interview. More links on the related video at youtube.
Roy Clark
Spooky Movies

Roy is second only to Snooks in playing Maaguena.
Slickee Boys
The Brain That Refused to Die
Somewhat of an Anthology

The Washington weekend tradition for those of us who didn't go to the Twist and Shout / Tornado Alley roots music clubs was to go to the beach. Obama don't let your girls grow up to be Washingtonians.
Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band
Boogie Til You Puke
Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band
Root Boy Slim
Mood Ring
Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band
Patsy Cline
Gotta Lot of Rhythm
Hot Boppin Girls
Blue Cat
Root Boy Slim
Boogie Til You Puke
Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band

Link is to Root Boy Slim talking about one of his Yale, DKE fraternity brothers who also followed him to Washington, D.C. but never came close to making as impressive a mark on the world as Root Boy. Like Root Boy's fraternity brother, Root also spent time at the White House with the impressive boast that he was the first to get over the White House fence since the War of 1812. Root's guitarist - Ernie Lancaster.
Slickee Boys
Down the Line
Somewhat of an Anthology
Roy Buchanan
Mule Train Stomp
Link Wray
Raw Hide
Loud, Fast, Out of Control

Link performing Rumble
Bill Kirchen
The Finger
Hot Rod Lincoln, Live!
Roy Buchanan
Whiskers
Link Wray and the Wray Men
Mashed Potato Party
Mr. Guitar
Link Wray and the Wray Men
Mary Ann
Bo Diddley
She's Alright
Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
Watusi Bounce
Slickee Boys
Down the Line

The Slickee Boys might be New Orleans' equivalent of an edgier Vince Vance and the Valients. The summer fun in DC is the weekend exodus to the Chesapeake Bay for the non-stop jellyfish sting festival. Celebrated in this Slickee Boys classic "When I Go To The Beach" Obama don't let your girls grow up to be ... Washingtonians?
Billy Stewart
Sitting in the Park
Chess Story
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers
Woody Woodpecker
Greatest Hits; Back It On Up
Bobby Parker
Movin Up
Blues Costume Party
Bill Kirchen
Swing Fever
Hot Rod Lincoln; Live!
Duke Ellington
Kissing Bug
Black Brown and Beige
Pearl Bailey and Moms Mabley
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama
Bill Kirchen
Hot Rod Lincoln
Hot Rod Lincoln, Live!
Danny Gatton
Sweet Georgia Brown
Humbler, Live
Ruth Brown
This Little Girl's Gonna Rock
Hot Boppin Girls 3
Danny Gatton
Walkin' With Danny
Slickee Boys
The Brain That Refused to Die
Elizabeth Cotton
Freight Train
Smithsonian Collection
Folkways
The Orioles
Crying In The Chapel
The R&B Box
The Clovers
Your Cash Aint Nothing But Trash
Vocal Groups Classic Doo Wop
Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style
Bull Moose Jackson
Greatest Hits
King
Ting-A-Ling
The Clovers
Vocal Groups Classic Doo Wop
Bull Moose Jackson
I Wanna Hug Ya
Greatest Hits
The Clovers
Down in the Alley
Vocal Groups Classic Doo Wop
Ruth Brown
(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
The R&B Box: 30 Years of R&B
Roy Buchanan
Whiskers

Buchanan in 1985
Roy Buchanan
Mule Train Stomp
Greasy Rock and Roll

More Roy Buchanan - audio only
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