More Western Swing

The home page of the Western Swing Society describes western swing as “a division of the American phenomenon known as jazz [fusing] elements of musical roots…including blues, Dixieland, ragtime, big band, country, pop, and breakdowns.” That kind of explains why we revisit this genre so often here on Deeper Roots. What it has most in common with jazz is the use of improvisation; what it does try to do is to take things one step further: make it dance-able. The foot-tapping rhythm and the encouragement of participation drew audiences far and wide from the north, south, east and west. This week show meanders through some fun sounds including tracks Hank Penny, Milton Brown, Ocie Stockard, and (of course) Bob Wills. We’ll have some tribute songs and old standards for you on Sonoma County community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Adolph Hofner Alamo Rag Southern Belle [Disc 1] Amazon
3Milton Brown Hesitation Blues Country & Western, Vol.2 [Disc 2] Amazon
4Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies My Galveston Gal The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – The Eyes of Texas [Disc 1] Amazon
5Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies Somebody Stole My Gal Daddy of Western Swing, Vol. 3 : Easy Ridin' Papa Amazon
6Ocie Stockard You Turned Me Down You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
7Ocie Stockard & His Wanderers Bass Man Jive Western Swing: Hot Hillbilly Jazz & Blues – 1935-1947 Amazon
8The Sunshine Boys Gonna Get Tight (1939) The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Tobacco State Swing [Disc 3] Amazon
9Louise Massey & The Westerners Billy Boy (1940) The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Tobacco State Swing [Disc 3] Amazon
10Sons Of The West Sally's Got a Wooden Leg The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
11The Hi-Flyers Watcha Gonna Do The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
12Johnny Cash W. Lee O Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys) Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town & Water From The Wells Of Home Amazon
13The Light Crust Doughboys Good Gracious Gracie (1940) The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Tobacco State Swing [Disc 3] Amazon
14W. Lee & His Hillbilly Boys Please Pass The Biscuits Pappy Western Swing Chronicles Vol. 4 1933-1938 Amazon
15W. Lee & His Hillbilly Boys Old Yazoo Western Swing Chronicles Vol. 4 1933-1938 Amazon
16Hank Penny And His Radio Cowboys Chill Tonic (Instrumental) Okeh Western Swing Amazon
17Hank Penny Wildcat Mama Western Swing 40 Bootstompers From The Golden Age [Disc 2] Amazon
18Hank Penny Cowboy's Swing King Of Hillbilly Bebop [Disc 1] Amazon
19Don Churchill & The Texas Mavericks One Year Ago Tonight The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
20Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) Legends of Country Music Disc 2 Amazon
21Bob Wills Cherokee Maiden Columbia Historic Edition Amazon
22Bob Wills Right or Wrong Columbia Historic Edition Amazon
23Adolph Hofner Let's Count The Stars You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
24Ted Daffan's Texans Too Far Gone Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon
25Zeke Clements Oklahoma Blues The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
26Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang Feat. Tex Williams I Found a New Baby Shame On You Amazon
27Spade Cooley You Better Do It Now Spadella! The Essential Spade Cooley Amazon
28Tommy Duncan You Put Me On My Feet Texas Moon Amazon
29Slim Harbert & His Boys Around The Corner At Smokey Joe's You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
30Leon Rusk Air Mail Special On The Fly Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 3] It Ain't Far To The Bar) Amazon
31Leon Selph She's Gone Away You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
32Ted Daffan's Texans Worried Mind Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 2] Tulsa Twist) Amazon
33W. Lee O'Daniel O'Daniel radio show sign off Western Swing Chronicles Vol. 4 1933-1938 Amazon
34Bill Nettles & His Dixie Blue Boys She Selling What She Used To Give Away Kings Of Western Swing, Vol. 2 Amazon

Moon Baby

A laid back Friday morning in store as we celebrate a century of America’s music with classics from every corner. Dave Stroud hosts with a potpourri of doo wop, gospel, rock, R&B, soul, and country wrapped up just for Deeper Roots listeners out there. We’ll be hearing from Johnny Cash, The Ravens, Mike Farris, (more than one) Bo Diddley, and The Neville Brothers as we watch the trees turn their late summer umber under warm Sonoma County September skies. Tune in for the very best, including The Living Sisters and The Andrews Sisters, side by side, this one time. Only on Community Radio because all other $$$ stations fail to play with heart.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bo Diddley Moon Baby Bo Diddley Is A Lover Amazon
3Johnny Cash I'm Ragged But I'm Right Life Amazon
4Mike Farris Tennessee Girl Silver & Stone Amazon
5Bruce Springsteen Old Dan Tucker We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [DualDisc] Disc 1 Amazon
6Bruce Springsteen I Ain't Got No Home Folkways: A Vision Shared-A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly Amazon
7Eddie Money Two Tickets to Paradise Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money Amazon
8Mudcrutch Shady Grove Mudcrutch Amazon
9David Lindley and Wally Ingram Pay Bo Diddley Twango Bango Deluxe Amazon
10Bo Diddley Crackin' Up Go Bo Diddley Amazon
11John Fogerty Blue Moon Nights Blue Moon Swamp Amazon
12John Hiatt Dust Down a Country Road Walk On Amazon
13Johnny Cash W. Lee O Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys) Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town & Water From The Wells Of Home Amazon
14The Light Crust Doughboys Loud Mouth The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Playboy Stomp [Disc 2] Amazon
15Little Jimmy Dickens Me And My Big Loud Mouth Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
16Sister Emily Bram Each Day Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
17Brother Joe May Working On A Building The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon
18Ruthie Foster Death Came A'Knockin' Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
19The Neville Brothers A Change Is Gonna Come Yellow Moon Amazon
20Ry Cooder Waitin' For Some Girl I, Flathead Amazon
21Dan Penn I'm Living Good The Fame Recordings Amazon
22The Redcaps Just For You The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 1 Amazon
23The Ravens Careless Love The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 2- Birdland Amazon
24The Flamingos Ko Ko Mo The Best Of The Flamingos Amazon
25The Cadillacs Betty My Love For Collectors Only (Disc 1) Amazon
26Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five w/ Ella Fitzgerald Stone Cold Dead In The Market Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five / 1944 – 1946 Amazon
27The Andrews Sisters Rum And Coca-Cola 20th Century Masters: Millenni Amazon
28The Living Sisters (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am Love to Live Amazon
29Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man [Stereo Version][*][Version] I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Amazon
30Solomon Burke Take Me (Just As I Am) King Solomon / I Wish I Knew Amazon
31The Ink Spots When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 1 Amazon
32Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit She Don't Love Nobody The Rose of England Amazon
33Hank Thompson The King Of Western Swing The Best Of Hank Thompson 1966-1979 Amazon

Deeper Memphis Minnie

Well, it’s about time. For being one of the premier blues women of the 20th century, we’ve been remiss in our coverage here on Deeper Roots. You can, however, check out our blog post Memphis Minnie on the Ice Box to prepare you for the music we’ve got for you this coming Friday.  Not only will we share some classic tunes from Minnie and Kansas City Joe McCoy but we’ll be pairing much of them with contemporary covers including some special ones: the Alabama Shakes, Maria Muldaur, Precious Bryant, and Eilen Jewell (just to name a few). The article mentioned above is a well worn first hand observation of a Memphis Minnie performance published in the Chicago Defender in 1942, written by Langston Hughes. We’ve got enough to fill the room…and the airwaves, this coming Friday morning so here’s hoping you can drop in.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Memphis Minnie Pig Meat On The Line [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
3Alabama Shakes Killer Diller Blues American Epic: The Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
4Memphis Minnie Killer Diller Blues [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
5Maria Muldaur, Del Rey, Steve James Crazy Cryin' Blues ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
6Memphis Minnie Crazy Cryin' Blues Queen Of Country Blues Amazon
7Magic Slim, Billy Branch & James Cotton When The Levee Breaks, Pt. 1 Whole Lotta Blues: Songs Of Led Zeppelin Amazon
8Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie When the Levee Breaks People Take Warning [Disc 2] Man Vs. Nature Amazon
9Rory Block When You Love Me ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
10Eilen Jewell Nothing In Rambling Down Hearted Blues Amazon
11Precious Bryant Black Rat Swing Fool Me Good Amazon
12Precious Bryant My Chauffeur The Truth Amazon
13Maria Muldaur, Del Rey Lookin' The World Over ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
14Clifton Chenier Me And My Chauffeur King Of The Bayous Amazon
15Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Roly Salley Me And My Chauffeur Blues ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
16Memphis Minnie What's The Matter With The Mill Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
17Ben Winship What's The Matter With the Well Toolshed Amazon
18Phoebe Snow, David Bromberg In My Girlish Days ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
19Doug Quattlebaum You Is One Black Rat The Bluesville Years Volume 10: Country Roads, Country Days Amazon
20Lucinda Williams Nothing In Rambling [Live] Passionate Kisses [EP] Amazon
21Memphis Minnie with Little Joe & His Band Me and My Chauffeur Blues Electric BluesPart 1: Beginnings 1939-1954 Amazon
22Johnny Shines Bumble Bee Blues Traditional Delta Blues Amazon
23Whispering Smith Looking the World Over Swamp Blues Amazon
24Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
25Memphis Minnie New Dirty Dozen Queen Of Country Blues Amazon
26Memphis Minnie If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home) Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
27Memphis Minnie Ice Man (Come On Up) Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
28Maria Muldaur I'm Goin' Back Home Richland Woman Blues Amazon
29Big Mama Thornton/Muddy Waters Blues Band Looking the World Over With the Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966 Amazon
30Tampa Red Bumble Bee Blues Guitar Wizards (1926-1935) Amazon
31Ruthie Foster, Steve Freund, Tanya Richardson, Samantha Banks Keep Your Big Mouth Closed ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon