Wherein I dispense with my usual long-winded historical diatribes and randomly list three songs for your dining and dancing pleasure. You might consider this a “three-peat” as I’ve featured all these artists at one time or another. Purely by coincidence, all three are known for great slide guitar players (although none on the first tune.
From their 1998 album Let it Roll, the title track which just cooks relentlessly. For my money you can’t beat car/sex analogies:
Oh she’s like a smooth stretch of highway
Oh she’s like a cool summer breeze
If my motor’s runnin’ right, we might lose control tonight
Got the shape I love to squeeze, looks that bring me to my knees
Oh please, let it roll tonight
“Get Rhythm” was originally the B-side of Johnny Cash’s 1956 “I Walk The Line” on Sun Records. (There’s a hell of a single, eh?) I once heard NRBQ do this tune live opening for, I think, George Thorogood. Ry Cooder liked it so much he named an album after it.
Interestingly, Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks plays keyboards on this album and the late actor Harry Dean Stanton does vocals on one tune. Go figure.
This tune is way closer to early rock and roll than it to country. There was something in the air at Sun.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ry Cooder, “Get Rhythm.”
A while back I wrote about the great Los Lobos. (Who, BTW, I subsequently saw live but never posted about. Need to see them again as I’d had bad day as I recall.)
Anyway, one of the tunes I featured was “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes” which was co-written by Lobos’ Cesar Rosas and the ubiquitous T-Bone Burnett.
Bonnie Raitt and her band tore into this one a few years back on her Dig in Deep album. She lays in some fairly scorching slide on this one: