American Jukebox Playlist for 19/5/14

 Our  musical road trip across America this week took us from Seattle to New Orleans to Oklahoma to L.A.- and of course as always, a few stops in Mississippi, which is, after all, the birthplace of American music! In particular, I featured native son Jimbo Mathus, who will be touring around Europe on the bill with Ian Siegal, including two dates in Scotland, coming up in November. We heard the cut “Shady Dealing” off his album Confederate Buddha and we’ll be hearing more from Jimbo in the lead up to his concert tour.


I’ll be away for the next two weeks, but join me again Monday June 9 at 10 pm for American Jukebox!

1. Long Hot Summer Night- Jimi Hendrix
2. Run for the Roses- Jerry Garcia
3. Sunbonnet Sue- Bob Wills
4. Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open-Dolly Parton
5. Bald Head-Professor Longhair
6. Red Beans Cookin- Jazz Cats
7. That’s All- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
8. Love Minus Zero/No Limit-Leon Russell
9. If I Lose-Ricky Skaggs
10. The Devil’s Paintbrush Road-The Wailin’ Jennys
11. Wildwood Flower-David Grisman/Tony Rice
12. You Ain’t Goin Nowhere-Maria Muldaur
13. Home to Dixie-Kingfish
14. Down Home Girl- Old Crow Medicine Show
15. Highway 49-Howlin Wolf with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Bill Wyman
16. Voodoo Woman- Koko Taylor with Mighty Joe Young
17. Crosscut Saw-Albert King
18. Mama Don’t Allow- Washboard Sam
19. Going up the Country- Canned Heat
20. No Kinda Dancer- Robert Earl Keen
21. Dixieland- Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
22. High on a Mountain Top-Loretta Lynn
23. Shady Dealing- Jimbo Mathus
24. Brown Eyed Handsome Man- Buddy Holly
25. Mercy Mercy Me- Marvin Gaye
26. Love Street- The Doors
27. Once Had Love- Blondie
28. Clean Up Woman-Betty Wright
29. Luz de mi Vida-Los Lobos
30. Second that emotion-Smokey Robinson
31. Rollin and Tumblin- RL Burnside
32. Higher Ground- Stevie Wonder
33. Up for the Down Stroke- Parliament


A Bolt from the Blue

It’s bluebell season here in Scotland, when the forests grow a carpet of luminescent azure.

Ancient coppiced woodlands carpeted with bluebells

The only phenomena to which I can compare it is the bluebonnet show in my second home state of Texas each spring. But, like everything in Texas, that show is on a much bigger scale, with the cerulean wildflowers spreading over huge swathes of countryside, dotted pink with Indian Paintbrush. Here, the bluebells are more subtle- hidden in ancient woodlands, usually along the banks of a burn or spring- but no less breathtaking.

Every waterfall in Scotland is enveloped in a shawl of bluebells
Every waterfall in Scotland is enveloped in a shawl of bluebells

The ferns are just coming out and haven’t taken over yet, and the effect among the bluebells is one of a fairy cottage garden. No wonder bluebells are associated with the fairies!

My happy place among the bluebells

This is my second spring in Scotland, and the bluebell show is even more spectacular than last year, I suppose due to our mild, wet winter. Every day, sometimes more than once, I stroll down to a series of small waterfalls and sit amongst the profusion of bells- my happy place. Photographs don’t really capture the experience- the flowers are nestled among the greenery, and are best appreciated while knee deep in them.

Bluebells among the dandelions and pinks along the roadside
Bluebells among the dandelions and pinks along the roadside

True Blue: Unusual bluebell facts (according to The Woodland Trust)

  1.   In the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows
  2.  The Victorians used the starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves
  3.  Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books
  4.  According to folklore, hearing a bluebell ring is a sign of impending death!
  5.  Legend also says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments
  6.  Bees can ‘steal’ nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower.
Bluebells at Dunollie House, Oban, Scotland
Bluebells at Dunollie House, Oban, Scotland

American Jukebox Playlist for May 13, 2014


Our musical journey across America this week took us from my home state, Mississippi to California to Hawaii, and even across the pond to here in Scotland, where a traditional Appalachian song gets a Highland treatment. Here is the playlist for 14/5/14, kicking things off with one of my favourite all time songs, Return of the Grievous Angel by Graham Parsons, with Emmylou Harris on backing vocals…

Oh, but i remembered something you once told me
And i’ll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads i went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you…

1. Graham Parsons- Return of the Grievous Angel

2. Willie Nelson-On the Road Again
3. Taj Mahal- Creole Belle
4. Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band-Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
5. Steve Miller Band-Take the Money and Run
6. Tom Petty-Wildflowers
7. Ray Charles-Unchain my Heart
8. Etta James- At Last
9. John Lee Hooker-Boom Boom
10. Super Chikan-El Camino
11. Buck Owens- Act Naturally
12. Jimmie Rodgers- Blue Yodel
13. Bonnie Raitt- Right Down the Line
14. JJ Cale- They call me the Breeze
15. Melanie- Brand New Key
16. Delmore Brothers- Mountain Dew
17. Loretta Lynn- Mad Mrs. Leroy Brown
18. Levon Helm-The Weight
19. Hot Club of Cowtown-Deed I do
20. New Riders of the Purple Sage-Kick in the Head
21. Doc Watson- Rollin in my sweet baby’s arms
22. Lyn Collins- Think
23. Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady
24. Isley Brothers- It’s your Thing
25. Corey Harris- Downhome Sophisticate
26. Les Paul- How High the Moon
27. Flaco Jiménez- Juarez
28. Hank Williams- Jambalaya
29. The King’s Road- Lazy John
30. Bessie Smith-Sinful Blues
31. The Kings Road- Lazy John
32. Bruce Springsteen- Atlantic City
33. Harry Nillsson- Coconut
34. Barry White-Shaft
35. Ike and Tina Turner-Nutbush City Limits
36. Steppenwolf- Magic Carpet Ride 

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