You’d recognize them for making rhythm and blues with a flavor of Garage and for picking the finest cover songs from the sixties to make their own blend of music. the first two albums of The Detroit Cobras were an ode to musicians like Mickey Lee Lane, Otis Redding and Davis & Jones And The Fenders. We are looking back at the second album of the Detroit Cobras ” Life, Love and Leaving”, released 1 May 2001
“This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians”. Hailin’ from Los Angeles L.A. Witch mixes a wall of sound with poetic soundscapes. Guitar rage meets Charles Bukowski. You’ll love their songs for the heavy and dreamy parts, and because of the different influences from blues to punk.
L.A. Witch mixing Blues and Garage Rock, the best of both worlds
The best example of this talent is hearable in “untitled” which groove brings you to the lonesome Delta and on the other hand, the reverb drenched guitar also creates some burlesque nightclub vibe in your living room, car or any place you can listen to this music.
They had a huge hit with “Stay” Just a little bit longer, but Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs recorded several cool soul songs during the 50s and 60s. The last few days a listened to a uptempo song called “Being Without You”.
Performing under different names
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performed under several names. Back in the day a whole lot of musicians did it. I alway guess the reason behind it. Williams and the Zodiacs started as the (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to the Gladiolas in 1957 and the Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on the Zodiacs in 1959.
Hit single “Being Without You”
“Being Without You” was recorded on a vinyl 7″ single in the US in June 1966. The up-tempo rhythms, swinging horns, and tight lyrics make songs enjoyable for many hours. I also like the fact “Being Without You” is completely different than “stay” which is remarkable for the slow but intense rhythm and vocals.
Elvis Presley died today 40 years ago. He’s a cultural icon of the 20th century and often referred to as the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Elvis Presley LP’s are still today everywhere. Besides his singing career, he was also quite an actor.
Fighting-scene Elvis movie Loving You
I always enjoy the fighting scene in the 1957 movie Loving You. Elvis referred to as “Side Burns” is being challenged to sing one of his songs. After a while, they convince the King to sing one of his hits. As a fee, Elvis wants a new pair of seat covers in his car. Then the fights starts!
Well, the swinging rhythms and virtuous harmonica might indicate this is a happy song, but Sonny Boy Williamson’s II “Your Funeral, My Trial”, is a gangsta rap kind of song. It was recorded on his debut album Down and Out Blues and released on Checker records in 1959.
King of the Harmonica
Sonny Boy Williamson has always been a mysterious figure. That gives in some way a romantic side to his story. We are not sure when he was born and also his birth name is uncertain. But we do know that Williamson was one hell of a harmonica player. Multiple songs show his gifted talent and dedication to this instrument. His hit song “Nine Below Zero” is a perfect example of why they called him the king of the Harmonica.
“Please come home to your daddy, and explain yourself to me
Because I and you are man and wife, tryin’ to start a family
I’m beggin’ you baby, cut out that off the wall jive
If you can’t treat me no better, it gotta be your funeral and my trial”