Kansas City Frank Melrose
Posted in 1920s,Piano Blues on 04.26.07

I’ve really been enjoying the Tiger Administration Page for WordPress, created by the guys over at Orderedlist. It’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate than the standard administration page – and it looks really nice too.

Kansas City Frank Melrose, also known as Broadway Rastus, recorded a couple of sides for Paramount in the late 20s. Funnily enough, the two sides Melrose was first known for were the alternative unissused takes of his songs, the song presented here today are the ones actually released in the Winter of 1929. Whoopee Stomp is a simple dance number with Melrose’s playful piano in a duet with Tommy Taylor’s drums – it’s quiet breezy and makes you want to stomp yr feet and pray that winter is finally over.

Kansas City Frank Melrose – Whoopee Stomp

Stormy Night Blues
Posted in 1920s,Female Blues on 04.17.07

I moved the logo over to the left side of the page last night, hopefully that will help those with lower resolution monitors – and those with higher resolution monitors get a nice wave of bees. We’ll mess around with color shades with the type tonight and see if we can get to a more readable shade for everyone.

Fannie May Goosby has stolen my heart. I don’t normally go for the higher, dramatic voices. She nails it. She’s sweet and succinct and doesn’t drag her vaudeville career into many of her recorded songs (and the few vaudeville style duets she did do aren’t so bad either). Fannie also wrote most of her own songs, a rarity in female blues and they show her to be a clever and smart writer along with her solid singing its a shame she did not become as popular as Lucille Bogan who was recorded at the same session in Atlanta in 1923.

Fannie May Goosby – All Alone Blues (1923)
Fannie May Goosby – Stormy Night Blues (1928)

Pep Talk
Posted in 1940s,Gospel on 04.16.07

I like the design. More than I like that Black Lips song. I will be working on a fixed or selectable resolution for those under 1280×1024. The idea behind the design was a 78 album sleeve – orange and brown (colors that also invoke honey and age) with a pre-war style design for both the bee’s and the logo. Edith Johnson’s cover for Honey Dripper Blues is the foundation from which the idea sparked and I think we accomplished the task of modernizing that style in a very respectful manner.

These tracks were recorded by Fisk University on the Mooreheed Plantation in Mississippi. The church and congregation were lead by Rev. McGhee although he doesn’ appear to be the vocal focus on any of the tracks. It is rumored that he might be the same as F.W McGhee ,but it is hard to tell from these tracks. These track feature an incredible energy – the foot stomps dominate the mix and the vocals mimic that rhythm in shape note fashion. Really incredible track for those tax day blues.

Rev. McGhee and The Church of God in Christ – No Condemnation
Rev. McGhee and The Church of God in Christ – Testimony (One Day Lord I’ll Give Up This World For You) (1941)
Rev. McGhee and The Church of God in Christ – Jesus Is My Everything (1941)

Posted in Honey on 04.15.07

I’m uploading the new wordpress as well as our new, wonderful layout so the site may be up and down for the next hour or so. 5: 11 EST.

Done. Let me know if you like it! The Blogroll is down until I weed out the billion of dead links on the old link sidebar.

Men Don’t Forget Your Wives
Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey on 04.09.07

Rev. Edward Clayborn is often dismissed as being a one-dimensional guitar player and lyricist, which isn’t without merit. However, that one plodding driving bass line that underscores most of his recorded work is really good. Granted he isn’t as diverse lyrically as Rev. Gary Davis or Blind Willie Johnson, but he is good at what he does – translating Bible scripture into easily understandable music lyrics that never feel preachy or didactic.

Rev. Edward W. Clayborn – Men Don’t Forget Your Wives For Your Sweetheart

I Liked The Black Lips Song (Here Is A Stagolee Track)
Posted in Contemporary,Honey,Soul on 04.04.07


New Stagolee track from the (awesome) soundtrack to Tarantino’s Death Proof, that also features Joe Tex and Eddie Floyd. The track is a pretty close telling of the story by Pacific Gas and Electric. I hadn’t heard of this 70s soul/funk band before Thomas sent me this track – but it is so awesome, I’m ordering their albums today.

Pacific Gas & Electric – Staggolee