Today’s mix contains some forgotten music by some musicians I’ve mentioned recently. The mix started of with the song “Long Afternoons” by Paul Seibel from the album Woodsmoke and Oranges. I always loved this song, years after this album Jerry Jeff did a nice cover on his 1977 A Man Must Carry On album and rerecorded it on the Gypsy Songman album. Here’s Jerry Jeff performing it in 2009
Sidemen on this album included the incomparable David Bromberg, fiddler extraordinare Richard Greene who’s band Seatrain pioneered the use of violin in rock, and Weldon Myrick (Area Code 615) on pedal steel guitar.
Song # 2 – Tufano and Giammarese’s self titled album Tufano and Giammarese an album I picked up after we saw them perform at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr. Dennis Tufano and Carl Giammarese were founding members of The Buckinghams of “Kind of a Drag” fame, which I didn’t know at the time! The track that I listened to was “Communicate” probably my favorite track on the album. The album was produced by the legendary producer Lou Adler and features Carole King on two tracks and Jim Gordon on drums. Gordon played with a who’s who of music during the 60’s and 70’s including Delaney and Bonnie, Traffic, The Byrds, Souther, Hillman and Furay. I think I counted at least 16 albums that are in my collection that he played on. In 1983 suffering from acute paranoid schizophrenia he brutally murdered his mother. He was unable to use the insanity plea and was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The other week, I listened to Seals and Crofts Year of Sunday, this week song # 3 is a track off of their first album Down Home “Cotton Mouth” This album has a country type feel on some tracks. Sidemen on this album include: Paul Harris on piano, who like Gordon played with just about everybody including Stephen Still’s Band Manassas, which is an album that I love! Also on the album was Harvey Brooks another busy sideman who I remember from both The Electric Flag and the Super Session album which features Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. The side of the album that Bloomfield was around for is one of my favorites and will undoubtedly be talked about in the future.
Song # 4 comes from Boz Scaggs’ solo debut Boz Scaggs “Loan Me a Dime” a 12:48 blues track which is worth every minute of it. This album was recorded in Muscle Shoals studio and features the Swampers led by Duane Allman!
Song # 5 comes from the album The Earl Scruggs Revue featuring of course Earl Scruggs. The track I listened to was Josh Graves song “Come on Train”. Graves is one of the all time greatest sidemen being a member of Flatt and Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys from 1955 to 1969 when Flatt and Scruggs split he played with Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass from 1969-1971 and in 1971 he joined the Earl Scruggs Revue. Graves is credited with bringing the dobro to bluegrass and influencing future greats like Jerry Douglas.
Song # 6 was “Southwestern Pilgrimage” from Michael Martin Murphey’s Michael Murphey album. This is a great song. The album was produced by the legendary producer Bob Johnston, who worked with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, New Riders of the Purple Sage and others.
…….Songs 7 thru 10 – tomorrow -NCAA Tournament now!