Archive for ‘Mike’s Monday Muse’

June 14, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Barbara Lynn

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Before crushing it left-handed, she tells a great story about Mick Jagger calling her to get permission to cover this song on their Rolling Stones, Now! record. Barbara Lynn, Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, has written, sang and played lead guitar on most of her songs during her incredible 60-year career. She’s so damn good and cool she toured with Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, etc. and has been sampled by Moby and Lil’ Wayne.

June 7, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Three former Drive-By Trucker bandmates swapping tunes and stories recorded live at the Shoals Theatre in Florence, AL in 2014. This 4LP box set was just released on vinyl last week.

June 1, 2021

Mike’s Tuesday Muse

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people. Yesterday was a holiday though, so enjoy the rare, elusive and exquisite Mike’s Tuesday Muse.

“We start every performance since Lou Reed’s passing with a little feedback if you don’t mind. This is in memory of Lou, alright?” I don’t fucking mind at all.

May 10, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Ted Taylor

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Ted Taylor was an overlooked R&B musician born in Oklahoma in 1934. His music has been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris and others. As far as I can tell this amazing song, “Cummins Prison Farm,” did not appear on the original 1972 album, Taylor Made, but came out on the 2007 reissue.

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May 3, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Green On Red

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

I see this happy vision of Alejandro and Javier Escovedo buying Dan Stuart and Chuck Prophet beers at the Continental Club every time I hear this song. Green On Red‘s “Gas Food Lodging” was released in 1985 on Engima Records and it is a roots rock classic. “Live At Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, April 11​,​1985 – Archive 3” became available through Green On Red’s bandcamp site in early April.

April 26, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Toots & The Maytals

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

File under tunes I can never get sick of. This is my favorite song on what I think is the greatest reggae (Toots literally created that word and of course trailblazed the genre) album ever made, Funky Kingston. RIP and thanks Toots.

April 19, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Jenny Mae

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Jenny Mae was an influential indie rock musician from Ohio who released two albums on Anyway Records in the 90s. I recommend you buy “There’s A Bar Around The Corner…Asshole” immediately. Magnet Magazine called her tunes dreamy pop nuggets. She shared a stage with the likes of Neko Case and Palace Brothers and in 1993, put out a 7″ split with Guided By Voices. Adored by friends and fans, Jenny Mae sadly lost her battle with addiction in 2017 before the age of 50.

April 12, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Fernando

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Dave Harding of Richmond Fontaine: “First time I saw Fernando perform was in the spring of 1995 at Satyricon in Portland. He was on a bill with Richmond Fontaine, Jim Boyer & Bingo, and Palace Brothers. He was playing acoustic guitar, singing dark expressionist folk songs full of death and foreboding and had a huge stage presence. He was accompanied by a long-haired hippy-looking guy shredding it on a Telecaster. That amazing guitar player was Dan Eccles and he would eventually join Richmond Fontaine as our lead guitarist. Richmond Fontaine and Fernando ended up being label mates on Cravedog so we played a lot of shows together and had many great adventures. Fernando sings like a man possessed, throwing himself into every lyric and note played by his band. I always remember thinking they were like Dylan & The Band circa 65-66 when they performed live. They had that much power, and were so in sync with each other. I have moved to Copenhagen and have seen my friend Fernando play a few solo shows here since then. It’s amazing what he can do with just his guitar and voice. He is fearless, sometimes bringing the songs down to a whisper, holding the audience in his palm. This song, “Beautiful,” has such a gorgeous melody and the lyrics just hit home. Richmond Fontaine sometimes covered it and I sang lead on it. The song is basically two chords repeated over and over, which is a good trick if you can pull it off and hard to do. But Fernando did it, of course.”

April 5, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Muddy Waters

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Alan Lomax first recorded Muddy Waters in Stovall, Mississippi in 1941-1942. In 1943 Muddy went to Chicago to pursue a music career and I Can’t Be Satisfied was released in 1948 on Aristocrat (Chess) Records. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and so many other rich white rock bands have been ripping off Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Leadbelly, Ma Rainey and so many other amazing black musicians for decades. We all got to go along for the ride.   

March 29, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Sunny War

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Sunny War is a blues and folk artist creating songs inspired by her experiences from living on the streets and coming together as a community. She made her most recent record, Simple Syrup, in Venice Beach and founded a Food Not Bombs chapter in LA during the pandemic.

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