Ricky Cool is a veteran... who adores veteran music. He's a walking encyclopedia of US roots music, and he's no slouch about the UK music scene over the past 50 years. In this episode, l get schooled about harmonica playing, and we get a fascinating look at what it meant to be in bands struggling to get ahead through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and on into this century. Things are - different - now. The latest incarnation is a very slick and entertaining operation, which harks back over 50 years to the mid-60s days of ska and organ groove. Be warned: there's one teeny little bit of louche behaviour described. A swear word. But it's not sweary.
Ricky Cool's website for history and gig updates
Historic music links in the podcast
Muddy Waters wiki (McKinley Morganfield)Howling Wolf wiki (Chester Burnett)Howling Wolf - Smokestack LightningBarrett Strong wikiTommy Tucker - Hi Heel SneakersSonny Boy Willamson - Bring It On Home Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Long Way From Home Jesse Fuller - San Francisco Bay Blues Tiny Bradshaw - Train Kept A Rollin'Nappy Brown - Don't Be AngryBob Wills and His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose Louis Jordan - Caldonia Roy Milton and His Solid Senders - Hop Skip and Jump
UK Folk (and associated) links
Dave Cartwright wikiBill Caddick - John O'Dreams LiveThe Destroyers feat Mick Howson - Kalinka Nic Jones - Canadee-i-o Diz Dizley - It had To Be You
The Lives in Music series celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. But they all have stories. The intro and outro music in this series comes from the great bass player Mike Hatton, who you can hear interviewed in series 1, here. 'Everything Changes' is included in his excellent 2019 album 'Bassic Salvation'.
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