|The Gin Bottle Four|
The new Ryan Adams’ album is out today, and I mean it’s great (and cheap) and has the best cover I’ve seen all year. Tracks will be up on Friday for it – just think Ryan Adams meets Bill Anderson, and you’ve got it. Also the Dylan documentary, No Direction Home, was premiered (of sorts) on PBS last night and it’s really amazing. Not only does it have some really great live footage of Dylan, it has some really good footage of the rest of the folk revivalists making a damn fool of themselves covering Sippie Wallace songs and blowing into jugs.
Today we have two really awesome and fun instrumental tracks from Lonnie Johnson as part of Blind Willie Dunn’s Gin Bottle Four. The group was a supergroup of sorts featuring: Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang (Willie Dunn) on guitar, King Oliver on cornet, J.C Johnson on piano and Hoagy Carmichael (did he do any solo work?) on misc percussion. The group recorded two very lively blues instrumental sides, features unusual percussion work from Carmichael and some really great guitar work from Lang and Johnson. Some parts from the songs sound like typical blues fare, but at the same time the solos and the percussion give it an almost otherworldly feel to the sides – as they play the lines between blues and jazz.
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