Archive for July, 2010


Shady Groove Podcast #6

Our weekly podcast from Shady Groove……
Podcast #6: Levon Helm – Tennesse Jed ++ Link Wray – La De Da ++ John Prine – Illegal Smile ++ Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell ++ The Rolling Stones – Sweet Virginia ++ Cake – Rock n Roll Lifestyle ++ Leon Russell – Out in the Woods ++ Bob Marley and the Wailers – Who is Mr. Brown ++ The Black Keys – Everlasting Light ++ The Wood Brothers – Luckiest Man ++ Beck – Strange Apparition ++ Backyard Tire Fire – Get Wise ++ The Gourds – Hooky Junk

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One of the Most Underrated Artists of Rock History

Leon Russell is the unsung hero of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. The ultimate session man, he has played on, produced, wrote, or somehow had a hand in many of the most important albums in rock and roll history. From the time he lied about his age at 14 to land a gig in Tulsa, playing behind Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, to touring in support of Jerry Lee Lewis, to the production and session playing on many groundbreaking albums by Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Ventures, Wayne Newton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis and many records with Herb Albert, he has been most influential. He can also be heard in the background playing piano on many songs of the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” album, as well as playing on many of Phil Spector’s monumental records. His friendship with Eric Clapton and George Harrison let to them both playing on his debut solo album. Russell was also a major figure on the legendary “Concert for Bangladesh”.

The dude was everywhere. According to acclaimed producer, Jack Nitzsche, Leon was always there “for the solos and the fancy stuff.” He has since extensively toured with Willie Nelson and produced early Tom Petty records. But I think what makes this man so cool is his refusal to ever be pinned down to a single genre of music. While others played it safe for the sake of their careers, Leon became known as the perennial rock “ChameLeon”, as fans would call it. They loved it, and critics were confused by it. He has dabbled in country, rock, bluegrass, gospel, circus, jazz, etc…the man is a musical genius.

My first introduction to Leon was off of a vinyl copy of his 1971 album, “Carney”. On first listen, Russell immediately evokes notions of the eccentric swamp rock of Dr. John. Without a doubt, I was hooked.

Leon is the rock and roll legend that you either love or never have heard of. Probably one of the most underrated names in rock history…..
Going camping this weekend and I can’t stop listening to this one (link at the top of page)….


Check it out! Podcast #5

This week’s podcast from Shady Groove took a page from Bob Dylan’s book. Much like his Theme-Time Radio on SiriusXM, we entertained the idea of having a theme. The theme this week was Animals and Insects. Enjoy!…

Podcast #5: The Yardbirds – Too Much Monkey Business ++ The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man ++ Toots and the Maytals – Monkey Man ++ The John Butler Trio – Zebra ++ The Kinks – Apeman ++ Dire Straits – Lions ++ The Gourds – Lion’s Mane ++ Howlin Wolf – The Red Rooster ++ Pink Floyd – Pigs on the Wing ++ The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Little Wing ++ The Doors – Dead Cats, Dead Rats > Break on Through ++ David Bowie – Diamond Dogs ++ Levon Helm – Kingfish ++ Sublime – Badfish ++ The Gourds – Ants on the Melon

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Shady Groove Podcast #4: Heat Wave

Our weekly podcast from Shady Groove……

Podcast #4: The Wailers – Simmer Down ++ Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop ++ Joe Pug – Hymn #101 ++ The Rolling Stones – Country Honk ++ Delroy Wilson & Inner Circle – Cool Operator ++ Sharon Jones and the DapKings – Mama Don’t Like My Man ++ Ray Charles – Hard Times ++ Van Morrison – Moonshine Whiskey ++ The Wood Brothers – Chocolate on my Tongue ++ The Gourds – Flavor on the Tongue ++ Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town) ++ The Duke Spirit – 007 ++ Dr. John – Right Place Wrong Time ++ Jacob Miller & Inner Circle – Some Guys Have All the Luck ++ The Black Keys – The Only One

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Podcast #3

By the way, also has a podcast. There has been three so far. Check back frequently for more.

Download Shady Groove Podcast #3: Copa Mundial