In this occasional feature, I put three songs together more or less as a mini-set. Typically there’s no real relationship between the songs other then unintentionally. As is my wont, they’re all a little bit bluesy. Hope you like ’em. Or at least, some of them….
I kept hearing a song on the radio and digging it but never really knew who performed it. Turns out it was a band with the unlikely name Big Head Todd and the Monsters. (Pictured above.) These guys have been around since the ’80’s and I confess to knowing little about them.
I find it interesting that while they’re not a blues band per se, they recorded an album called 100 Years of Robert Johnson along with luminaries such as B.B. King and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. (Any band that can or does play the blues gets an immediate thumbs up from yours truly.)
Anyway, from their 1997 album, Beautiful World, here’s “Please Don’t Tell Her.”
In what can only be deemed a tremendous oversight, I believe I have yet to feature a ZZ Top song. Either you like these guys or you don’t. I do. I love these three “little ol’ boys from Texas.” But I will save all my gushing and historical analysis for my eventual post about them. For now, just dig “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings:”
Does Robbie Robertson need any introduction at all? Chief songwriter for The Band, one of the most lauded rock ensembles ever. (And yes, there will be a series on these guys once the Music Enthusiast gets off his arse and starts writing it.) This song, “Somewhere down the Crazy River,” is from his eponymous 1987 album.
About this song, Wikipedia shares this little tidbit: [Famed producer) Daniel Lanois commented, “Robbie was describing what it was like to hang out in Arkansas with Levon Helm … He was telling me about the hot nights and fishing with dynamite (what?!), and was asking someone for directions for someplace somewhere down the crazy river. … That was the birth of [the song]. It’s kind of like a guy with a deep voice telling you about steaming nights in Arkansas.”
And, in my humble opinion, a very cool tune:
Side note: I’ve been digging the blog What I Like is Sounds and so, added it to a place of honor in my blogroll. All I ask of a woman is that she like good music. And any gal that likes AC/DC is onto something. 😀