Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 4/29/15

JustALickOriginalHump Day is just two days away from May 1st. Temperatures in the Northeast are starting to feel like Spring and we’ll have many days in the 70s next week. Sooner than later it’s going to get hot and we’ll be looking for something to keep us cool.

If you’re feeling over-heated, ladies, you might want to call the “Ice Cream Man” and get a few licks, if you know what I mean. John Brim is your Ice Cream Man and he’d love to deliver anything you want. If you feel like spinning up some of your own ice cream, Roosevelt Sykes has some milk for your can. That sounds dirty. He may love your “Ice Cream Freezer” but he’s a wee bit particular when it comes to flavors. He leaves strawberry and vanilla to others and goes straight for the black walnut. You know you want him to taste your black walnut, don’t you? One thing you should know ladies, is that if these words are to be believed, it seems his ice cream melts a little too fast:

She say, ‘Now, daddy can you jus hold back and stick around? ‘
I’ll say, I b’lieve you spoke jus a little too late pretty mama
I gotta let that flavor come runnin’ down

He must really love to lick the black walnut though because the woman invites him back:

She said, ‘Now, you done uses my freezer
‘Look like you gettin’ ready to leave’
She said, ‘But you’re still welcome to my can
When you have more cream to freeze’

Since you can’t eat ice cream all the time, you need to keep it cold. As luck would have it, Whistling Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs have just what you need to put in your box. Hey! we’re talking about ice here, and they have the “Coldest Stuff In Town.” They will fill your icebox anytime you need it. And with all this ice cream you’ve been making, you will be a regular stop, especially on Hump Day! Thanks for tuning in and stay frosty my little Biscuiteers.

 

John Brim Ice Cream Man

Roosevelt Sykes Ice Cream Freezer

 

Whistlin’ Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs The Coldest Stuff in Town

 

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For April 24, 2015

It’s another week closer to summer even though it felt like winter here in the Northeast. there was snow in the air yesterday, but it was raining in my heart. I want to find Jack Frost and put the Double-Eyed Whammy on that little son of a sea monster. If anything can warm our winter crushed hearts it a week with a ton of new releases.

The new releases this week range from vintage British Blues to modern blue-eyed soul. there’s Delta blues via Netherlands, Acoustic porch rockin’, and plenty more. I can’t wait to hear Debbie Davies’ new platter. I always look forward to her new music. The most tantalizing this week though is the John Mayall archival release which includes the founding members of Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. remember when Fleetwood Mac was a blues band? Me either, it was before my time. But I have the records to prove it!  That great band grew out of the Bluesbreakers and now we have a great opportunity to hear how it all went down.

Have a great weekend and pick up some blues and roots new releases while you’re out there looking for Spring. To those readers having beautiful weather and plenty of warmth, we shall live vicariously through you so make sure you have some hot new blues for us to enjoy. Have a great weekend everyone!

John Mayall

John Mayall Live In ’67

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies Love Spin

Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson Day Into Night

Nighthawks

Nighthawks Back Porch Party

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus Blue Healer

James Harman

James Harman Bonetime

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland Live Texas Trio

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz Is It Still Good To Ya?

Deb Ryder

Deb Ryder Let It Rain

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blue

Hump Day Is Tax Day!

It’s Hump Day Biscuiteers but this week it happens to fall on Tax Day. We’re dedicating this week’s edition to tax time blues.

Naturally we have some Hump Day related good humor in two of these songs. The Dixon Brothers speculated what might happen if the government put “Sales Tax On The Women” and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson decries paying luxury tax on his dates with ladies. 

Here are a pair of stanzas from “Sales Tax On The Women”

“That’s the way it goes, Uncle Sam knows
He’s just torturin’ me and my pals
We would die with the blues without any shoes
If you put the sales tax on the gals

Well, I don’t mean any harm when I step out at night
Happy times with the ladies I’ve spent
Sales taxes on the kisses just wouldn’t be right
In my pockets I would never have a cent”

Vinson took the approach of comparing women to meat, which were apparently two luxuries he could not do without:

“No I don’t wanna bite, that meat’s too hot for me
No I don’t wanna bite, that meat’s too hot for me
I used to get it for two dollars, way back in nineteen fifty three

Well I went to see my baby, she said daddy just relax
I went to see my baby, she said daddy just relax
But that night when I was leavin’, I paid ten dollars luxury tax”

Something tells me his baby got the ten dollars and not his Uncle Sam.

We haven’t always paid income tax to the Federal Government. In 1913, Congress added federal income taxes to the constitution by passing the 16th Amendment. In 1862, Congress created the first income tax in order to pay for the Civil War. That law was repealed in 1872. In 1894, Congress created a flat income tax which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. It was gone within a year. In the early days of the Blues, sales tax was also a new concept. The Great Depression spurred state governments to add sales taxes to bring in revenue. Two dozen states started collecting sales tax in the 1930s. “Sales Tax” by Mississippi Sheiks explores this new concept. At the beginning of the song, there’s a little dialogue which sets up the song. It may not be that clear on the recording so here it is:

‘Hey Walter, we need some cigarettes
Lets go ahead and get a pack’
‘Okay’

Storekeeper Spoken:
‘Hello boys, what can I do for you?’

‘I’ll have a pack of cigarettes’

‘Alright, here you are’

‘Be 3 cents more, though’

(both spoken)
‘What’s that for?’

‘Sales tax, haven’t you ever heard of sales tax?’

‘I sho’ haven’t’
‘What’s gonna happen next, man?’
‘You know they gotta law here they call ‘sale tax’.

‘Sale tax, what is that for?’

‘that’s 3 cent tax on ev’ra thing that’s sold
They say that’s the government rule’

‘The governments rule?’
‘Well, there’s a-lotsa things sold that the government
Knows anything about.’

‘An I’ll just sing a little song about these sales tax.’

We’d be remiss if we did a Tax Day feature without Robert Cray’s “1040 Blues” and we have a rare live version of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble doing The Beatles’ “Taxman.” And when you’re done paying all those taxes, you just might end up like Albert Collins: “Broke.” Let’s all just hope they don’t put sales tax on the women!

JB Lenoir Tax Paying Blues

Mississippi Sheiks Sales Tax

Dixon Brothers Sales Tax On The Women

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Luxury Tax Blues

Robert Cray 1040 Blues

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Taxman

Albert Collins Broke

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For April 14, 2015

Recently, the record industry decided to give new release day worldwide consistency and they went with Friday. So, sometime soon all new releases will be available and in your greedy little hands a few days earlier, or a few days later depending on your point of view. It hasn’t happened yet, so until then we’ll keep putting up our list of bluesy new releases on Tuesdays.

Tuesday April 14, 2015 brings us a mishmash of blues related releases. Slam Allen delivers a stellar album, Feel These Blues. Sherwood Fleming brings you Blues Blues Blues, and classic rocker Randy Bachman serves up some Heavy Blues. Somehow this reminds me of the joke wherein you add the words “in bed” to any fortune cookie fortune. Maybe we should add “blues” to every album title. Beth Hart’s new album can be Better Than Home Blues, and the probable Albert King bootleg out today will become the Dylanesque title The Purple Carriage St Charles, IL 02-02-74 Blues. By now you’ve probably figured out that having Blues in the title of your album irritates me a little. I can’t really pinpoint why. Maybe it’s cheesy marketing, maybe it’s a throwback to the 30s and race records where blues songs all had blues in the title so people knew what style they were getting. I don’t know. Just stop. I’ve got the Blues In The Title Of Your Album Blues.

Two reissue/archival new releases this week are of particular interest. Omnivore Recordings has remastered James Luther Dickinson’s Beale Street Saturday Night project. For more info on this interesting historical document click here. The other is Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker Carnegie Hall 1971. This one is available on both CD and limited edition green vinyl and features liner notes by Dave Thompson with a brand new interview with Canned Heat drummer Adolfo Fito de la Parra.

Slam Allen

Slam Allen Feel These Blues

Sherwood Fleming

Sherwood Fleming Blues Blues Blues

Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker

Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker Carnegie Hall 1971

Beth Hart

Beth Hart Better Than Home

Beale Street Saturday Night

James Luther Dickinson Beale Street Saturday Night

Bachman

Bachman Heavy Blues

Albert King

Albert King The Purple Carriage St Charles, IL 02-02-74

Hump Day! Risque Tunes For Your Midweek Blues 4/8/15

This week’s Hump Day installment is a throwback to last Wednesday which was April Fools Day. I was sick as a dog last week and in the midst of fighting a fever so I didn’t get to post it.

Anyway, we’re exploring all the fools in the land of Blues. Since it was Muddy Waters’ 102nd birthday recently and his son Mud Morganfield, along with Kim Wilson, made a great tribute record called For Pops, we have their version of “Still A Fool.” There may be two trains runnin’ but this fool doesn’t know which way to go. Is he cheating? Is she steppin’ out? We may never know, but I’m betting on both. Maybe they’re the two trains running in opposite directions from each other.

Next we have Son Seals. Every guy in the bar knows his woman is anything but faithful. Poor Son has been fooled and fooled again.eventually she’ll shoot him in the face. Too soon? Another Chicago blues man is being played the fool in Linsey Alexander’s “Too Old To Be A New Fool.” Chicago must be full of fickle women. All these fools are in Chicago getting the runaround from woman after woman. Even our last entry, from Mr. Buddy Guy, is a Chicago Blues legend but maybe he’s wising up and doing some fooling of his own. Who’s been foolin’ you baby?

So, as April fools us here in the Northeast into thinking it’s still winter, hopefully some April Fools Blues will warm you up, wherever you are. Don’t get fooled while you’re foolin’ around on Hump Day.

Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson Still A Fool

Son Seals I Think You’re Fooling Me
https://youtu.be/l1NSj8sbPrg

Linsey Alexander Too Old To Be A New Fool

Buddy Guy Who’s Been Foolin’ You

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases From March 2015

March was a fairly quite month for new releases. Hopefully April will see more Blues music coming out as we head into festival season for 2015. What did arrive in March was fairly interesting though. Joe Bonamassa released a live tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Danielle Nicole (aka Danielle Schnebelen from Trampled Underfoot) put out an EP featuring her first solo recordings, and Ian Siegal delivered The Picnic Sessions featuring impromptu jams with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, and Jimbo Mathus.

Other artists who had new releases in March include Innes Sibun, Papaslide, Robben Ford, Doug MacLeod, JJ Grey & Mofro, and James Day & The Fish Fry. If you’re an artist and you put out a new album recently or you have one coming out soon, let us know and we’ll be sure to include you in our round up!

As always, we try to keep you up to date on the new releases, even if there aren’t many on a weekly basis. Once the new releases start rolling in we’ll be back to our weekly schedule instead of these monthly updates.

Innes Sibun

Innes Sibun Blues Transfusion

Papaslide

Papaslide The Deepest Pain

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks

Robben Ford

Robben Ford Into the Sun

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole Danielle Nicole EP

Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod Exactly Like This

Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions

JJ Grey & Mofro

JJ Grey & Mofro Ol’ Glory

James Day & The Fish Fry

James Day & The Fish Fry Southland