Saturday, June 17, 2017

Catching Up: The June 16 Episode of Easy Ed's Variety Hour + Lots of News!

Hi, folks.

It's been a while since my last post so I've got some catching up to do. First off, if you missed last night's broadcast you can download the always-free archive MP3 right here. In the same place you will find almost three years' worth of archived episodes. Hope you enjoy them! 

The song list from last night's show is at the bottom of this post.

This show features brand new rockers by the Wheelgrinders from Vancouver, the Retrobaits from England, and Oklahoman T.J. Mayes; selections from two excellent recent collections on the Be Sharp Record label,The Florida Box and the Michigan Box; and songs by Deke Dickerson, Doug Sahm and the Pharoahs, Charlie Gracie, the Clovers, Big Mama Thornton, the Kaisers, and lots more.

I'm a big fan of The England Shake-Up, an excellent rockabilly weekender that takes place every September in Sturbridge, MA. Year 5 is coming up, and the band list is incredible--check out that line up. Easy Ed's Record Hop will be there spinning platters! See the link for hotel and ticket information. This is a super-fun event.

I am arranging a November show in the Boston area for Deke Dickerson (with Jittery Jack and Miss Amy also on the bill). Stay tuned for details. And speaking of the Kaisers: They have an exciting 25th anniversary show coming up on June 24 (with the Embrooks opening). It's at the 100 club in London, so I don't think I'll be able to make it (sadly), but I hope to find a copy of their soon-to-be-issued reissue of "Wishing Street" on LP. I've worn out my CD over the years, and it will be great to have the songs on record (although I would prefer a set of 45s to an LP--fingers crossed). The Kaisers put out lots of music in a short amount of time. It's all fantastic, must-have stuff.

Worcester's Fearless Leaders have some Kaisers tunes in their repertoire, and lots more fast-past rock 'n' roll songs played just the way I like! I'm excited to be hosting a show next month at the Midway with those guys, The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers, and Roy Sludge (plus Easy Ed's Record Hop). This show is part of a two-week series celebrating the Midway's 30th anniversary. It takes a special kind of fortitude to keep a rock 'n' roll venue going for so long in Boston (especially in recent years, where greedy developers try to replace everything cool with a granite counter top). Cheers to the Midway! Happy Birthday, and rock on.

This Wednesday (June 16) I will be spinning a set or two with Forrest Plassman at Brass Union in Somerville, MA. Since the abrupt closing of River Gods last July, Brass Union is the new home for Primitive Sounds, my rock 'n' roll/rockabilly/rhythm and blues DJ night--which is one of the longest running DJ nights in Boston (I'm proud to say!) We spin at Brass Union the second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. There's no cover and the food and drinks are top notch. Check us out!

Thanks for listening (and reading). Have a great weekend, folks!

--Easy Ed

Here are the songs from last night's show (June 16, 2017):

Florian Monday & His Mondos “Rip It, Rip It Up” from Various: Rip It Up on Buffalo Bop — Realm Records 1964

Eddie Cash and The Cashiers “Doin' Alright” from n/a on Peak 45 — Peak Records 1958

Al Hendrix “Rhonda Lee” from Various: That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 13 on Bear Family Records — ABC-Paramount 1958

The Orbitunes “Down to a “T”” from n/a on Hog Maw Records 45

The Caps “Redheaded Flea” from n/a on Get Hip 45 — Background/ambient

Chan Romero “My Little Ruby” from n/a on Del-Fi 45 — Del-Fi Records 1959

Jackie Cannon “Proof of Your Love” from n/a on Chan 45 — Chan Records 1961

Doug Sahm & the Pharoahs “Crazy Daisy” from Various: San Antonio Rock: The Harlem Recordings, 1957-1961 on Norton Records — Warrior Records 1959

Ben Hewitt “President's Walk” from You Got Me Shook on Bear Family Records — Background/ambient

Deke Dickerson “Look at That Moon” from Various: This Is Ecco-Fonic! on Ecco-Fonic Records

The Everly Brothers “This Little Girl of Mine” from n/a on Cadence 45 — Cadence Records 1957

Alton and Jimmy “No More Crying the Blues” from Various: Rock Boppin' Baby: Sun Rockabilly, Vol. 3 on AVI — Sun Records in 1959

Kieron McDonald “Go Go Girl” from Shake That Thing on Tagalong Records —

The Explosions “Teisha” from n/a on Decca 45 — Background/ambient

The Retrobaits “Hey Mr. Bottle” from Preview from forthcoming release.

The Johnny Burnette Trio “Honey Hush” from The Johnny Burnette Trio: Rockbilly Boogie on Bear Family Records — Coral Records 1956

Johnny Redd “Rockin’ Peg” from Various: The Florida Box on Be Sharp Records — Carellen Records 1961

Bobby Smith “Bevy Mae” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Fox Records 1960

Bob and His Neptunes “Night Street” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Background/ambient

Charlie Gracie “Crazy Girl” from n/a on Cameo 45 — Cameo Records 1958

Marti Brom “Voodoo Voodoo” from Wise to You! on Goofin' Records —

Joe Melson “Dance” from n/a on Hickory 45 — Hickory Records 1962

Junior Wells “Cha Cha In Blue” from Various: The Best of Profile Records on Profile Records — Background/ambient

Al Hirt “I'm Movin' on” from Honey In the Horn on RCA Victor — Background/ambient

The Clovers “Hey Doll Baby” from n/a on Atlantic 45 — Atlantic Records 1956

The Penguins “Ookey-Ook” from n/a on Dootone 45 — Dootone Records 1955

Carmen Taylor “No More, No Less” from n/a on Guyden 45 — Guyden Records 1954

The Five Jades “Rock and Roll Molly” from Rock and Roll Molly — Duke Records 1958

Jackie Wilson “Please Stick Around” from Jackie Sings the Blues on Brunswick Records — Brunswick Records 1960

Alvin "Red" Tyler and The Gyros “Double Whammy” from Simply "Red" on Westside Records — Background/ambient

The Du-Droppers “Bambalam” from Boot 'Em Up on Acrobat Music — RCA Victor 1953 (Unreleased?)

Big Mama Thornton “Just Like a Dog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree” from n/a on Peacock 45 (reissue) — Peacock Records 1961

Elmore James “Shake Your Moneymaker” from Elmore James: 20 Greatest Hits on Blue City — Fire Records 1961

The Fabulous Silver Tones “Hey, Sally Mae (Remastered)” from Hey, Sally Mae (Remastered) - Single on Bacci Bros Records

Jimmy Nolen “Strollin' With Nolen” from Various: Honky Tonk! The King & Federal R&B Instrumentals on Ace Records — Background/ambient

Dickie Thompson “Thirteen Women and Only One Man in Town” from n/a on Herald 45 — Herald Records 1954

Emmett Lord “n/a” from n/a on Liberty 45 — Liberty Records 1962

The Starjays “My Wild Girl” from Bang! It's the Starjays on Rhythm Bomb Records —  See them in Sept at the New England Shake-Up!

The T-Bones
“Hole in the Wall” from Various: '60s Rockin' Greats on Master Classics Records — Background/ambient

Thunder Rocks “Warpath” from Various: Rock It, Vol. 1 on Enviken Records — Sabre Records 1960

Carl Cherry “The Itch” from Various: Rock and Roll Riot on Buffalo Bop — Tene Records 1959

The Sentinals “Justine” from ? — Who knows? I hate downloads! (Great song though.)

Sammy & the Holly Rebs “Sally Mae” from Various: Greasy Rock 'n' Roll, Vols. 7 and 8 on Blakey Holdings — Reb Records (need date)

The Kaisers “The Kaiser Stomp” from In Step With The Kaisers on Imperial Wireless

The Blue Echoes
“Rebel Train” from Various: The Michigan Box on Be Sharp Records — Background/ambient

Eddie Clendening “Hot Shot” from Eddie Clendening Is Knockin' at Your Heart on Ventrella Records

Chuck Brooks “Spinning My Wheels” from Various: Hot Rod Gang on Buffalo Bop — Dub International 1958

T.J. Mayes “Rise Up Shine Down” from Dig It Up! on Wild Records

The Tupelo Wildcats “Dateless Night” from Various: Jump Cats It's Wild, Vol. 1 on Tail Records

The Tune Rockers “Green Mosquito” from Various: The Roots of the Cramp on Garage Masters Records — Background/ambient

The Wheelgrinders “Torque-Flite Baby” from Torque-Flite Baby on The Wheelgrinders