Monday, May 30, 2016

Blues, Food and Mules to haul it your way Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Blues Moon Radio for Tuesday May 31, 2016
Food and mule-themed shows
 
 
We knew we'd "cooked" too many Blues-food-themed songs last week; so we put them in cold storage for this week... things are heating up and many of these wonderful tunes were suggested by listeners... so once again, we welcome you to sit down, strap on your bib and get ravenous!
 
We'll also feature some songs about mules. Most of us are trained to think of mules as stubborn, balky creatures. However, mules are very hard workers and are one of the keys to this country's development, especially in the West and in any agrarian-based community. Mules are a mix of a horse and donkey (and depending on whether the donkey is the sire or not, you get a different type of mule). Mules combine the best of both breeds of equine, and sometimes the worst of both - but that's rare and can probably be attributed to its human not knowing how to treat it.
 
A horse is a very willing creature and will work itself to death to please its human(s). A mule won't. A mule knows when you have piled that last straw atop a wagon, or plowed one too many furrows and will not take one more step that puts its life/health at risk.
 
A mule will sit down and refuse to budge when it knows it is being asked to do too much for its survival.



"Let's sit down and talk this out, shall we, fellas?"
So, because I admire much about a mule - especially that aspect of self-preservation, and because I have the tendencies of a horse (meaning I let people pile more and more "To-Do's" on me until I drop) I am learning to sit down when there's too much plopped atop my wagon.

I often hear about jobs where they make their people work harder and harder; thus, over the years it just becomes impossible to meet expectations. Sometimes you just have to employ self-protection, so this portion of the show is for you folks... and it is called: "Ain't plowin' the Lower 40."

Go mules!
 
But first, we'll treat you right and "feed" you the way we should! Here are more great food-themed songs to treat our listeners to:

 
Here are our mule songs - and I'm having a real gee-haw moment (I wonder if that's where the term yee-haw came from? Gee is right and haw is left for a mule team... hmmm?).
 
 
 
Finally, in the "warming oven" ... for June 7 - even more food treats!:
 



Thank you for tuning in...
Now: I'm hopping on my mule and galloping off to eat! I'm starving!
See you Tuesday for some super tasty "licks" on Blues Moon Radio!
Lickin' our chops,
Clair DeLune and Rocky Dawg, Blues Defender

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, the UU Coffeehouse and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic

Monday, May 23, 2016

Blues and Food on Blues Moon Radio Tuesdays, May 24 and 31, 2016

 
 
Blues Moon Radio for Tuesdays May 24 - 31, 2016
Food-themed shows
Many of these wonderful tunes were suggested by listeners, among those who made suggestions/requests are some of the most respected Bluesmen on the circuit today... so, sit down, strap on your bib and remember, when I tell you the moon is made of green cheese, you just grab your crackers and stand in line! My co-host Rocky avers that he prefers Pigmeat to crackers.
 

 
Forgive us as we take a moment out to pay tribute to the ever lovely and classic Lucille and to great Mamas everywhere - we are making up for the fact that we simply did not have time in advance of Mother's Day:
 
 
More great food-themed songs to treat our listeners to:

 
and, in the "warming oven" ... for May 31st or beyond:

Thank you for tuning in... n
Now: I'm off to the kitchen! I'm starving!
See you next week on Blues Moon Radio!
Lickin' our chops,
Clair DeLune and Rocky Dawg, Blues Defender

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, the UU Coffeehouse and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blues Moon Radio for May 17, 2016

Tonight's show features some stormy weather and shameful behavior. Yes. Shameful.

That makes the blues "The Blues!"

We will kick off the show with one of my favorite Blues characters:


Wynonie Harris – Stormy Night Blues: 
Mr. Blues, as he was known… a Nebraska native whose early influences in the Midwest included Jimmy Rushing and Big Joe Turner (a true-blues shouter’s Blues Shouter). His first NYC break came from Lucky Millender who hired him. He went on to influence many, including Elvis Presley… Harris was known for his sly, Playboy ways, in addition to his singing and dancing skills, and was extremely smooth and very popular with women.
 
The rest of the show will come from the list, below, and we'll cherry pick some goodies from past weeks that we didn't have time to play.
 
Cuts 10 and 11 fall into our new genre addition of Garage band music from the 60s - not Blues, but a fun departure - for kicks! Enjoy... I think you will!
 On an Americana note... so sorry we lost Guy Clark today - his bride of 40 years predeceased him and I'm sure awaited his arrival with open arms.
#Mean2016

Thanks as always for tuning in each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at www.wusc.sc.edu
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender!

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, the UU Coffeehouse and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic

Blues Moon Radio May 10, 2016



Here are playlists we pulled from last week... for Blues Moon Radio on May 10, 2016 (not all songs were played on the show):

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book talk and signing in Ridgeway, SC Saturday, May 7th for South Carolina Blues

No Blues Moon Radio show tonight, but - good news!
Clair DeLune has been invited to do a book talk and signing in Ridgeway, SC Saturday, May 7th for South Carolina Blues - with Blues deLuxe band - early afternoon...

http://ridgewaysc.org/events/105/10th-annual-arts-on-the-ridge

Art, food, music, literature, vintage goods and fun in Ridgeway, S.C.

Books are $22 plus $2 sales tax... cash or checks. Makes a great gift for anyone who loves either music, or history or South Carolina... or any combination - Mother's Day is Sunday, and Father's Day is around the corner...

UPDATE w/photos:
The event was lovely and I so appreciated Cheryl Hartness and the Mayor of Ridgeway's invitations... great band, Blues Deluxe, great show, great weather and lots of books went home with new owners! I hope y'all enjoy them and thank you for supporting the Blues!





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tribute to Lonnie Mack and Prince on tonight's Blues Moon Radio April 26, 2016


I was stunned and heartbroken to learn about Lonnie Mack's death.


Lonnie Mack at Rising Sun
Photo by Russell House
 used with permission (CC30)
 
I had a personal experience with him. After listening to his records in awe from the age of four, I flew across country and saw him play three decades ago in San Francisco. Long interesting story about how it transpired that I'll save for my memoirs, but the short chat we had that evening after he performed made it golden for me in the city of the Golden Gate Bridge.

It stuck with me how kind and patient he was -- taking the time to speak with me for half an hour. He seemed genuinely surprised and pleased that a young girl would be such a fan for so long.

It was in a club called Wolfgang's, and I spied Bill Graham, whose middle name was Wolfgang, so I surmised it was his club. Graham was also surprised I recognized him and picked him out of the crowd - but I wanted to compliment him for all he had done for music, too.

Both were gracious, both pioneers, both off-the-charts innovators.

Both are gone.

So we pay tribute to Lonnie Mack, as well as Prince, who died the same day and who was a musician's musician as well as having multitudes of fans. We don't play top 40 hits (of the last 40 years) on our station, so we'll feature Slam Allen's cover of Purple Rain as we tip our "raspberry berets."

We also welcome Tish Hinojosa to Columbia this Saturday evening, sponsored by the fine folks at the UU Coffeehouse. Contact them at UUCoffeehouse on Facebook for tickets and information.

On the fourth week of the month, we always feature our artist of the millennium, Drink Small, the Blues Doctor. Tonight's cut is from a very early, very obscure, LP that I had been hunting for years. Glad to share some of these long-unplayed cuts with Drink Small fans!

We did not finish all we had from last week, so we'll sprinkle some of those cuts atop the following menu:


As always, thank you so much for taking time to tune in!
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender...

As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, the UU Coffeehouse and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blues 123 and ABC on Blues Moon Radio for April 19, 2016

Tonight we'll kick off Blues Moon Radio at 6 p.m. EDT/USA with a couple of topical songs...
... we'll go from 1-2-3 and A-Z in Blues songs - only two of which have ever been played on the show before!

We'll fill in the rest of the show starting with Tish Hinojosa, who will be at the UU Coffeehouse (check their FB page) on April 30th... then finish up with great early garage rock to fit in with my latest exploration and interviews with early roots rockers.

Thanks to our guest host, Kevin Oliver, who filled in for me last week when I was out of town speaking about my book, South Carolina Blues, to the Opining Women... a bright and savvy group. If you'd like me to come speak to your group about roots music history, please e-mail bluesmoonradio [at] gmail dot com. Thanks!

Here are the playlists I'll be pulling from:





As always we thank our underwriters, who help bring great music to the Midlands, because we could not imagine our show without their input and support:  Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, the UU Coffeehouse and California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards in Leesville near Lake Murray.

You can link to these orgs by clicking on the visuals...

www.papajazz.com
http://uucoffeehouse.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CalRepublic