Trying to do our part in keeping the February blues at bay...
Joe and Audrey Allison, "He'll Have to Go" performed by Rockin' Shirley.
"(Jim)Reeves recorded what became one of country music's biggest hits ever after listening to a version recorded by singer Billy Brown. The song, written by Joe and Audrey Allison, was inspired after the couple was having difficulty communicating by telephone. Audrey had a soft voice and was unable to speak up so her husband could adequately hear her, so Joe would have his wife place the receiver closer to her mouth.
When Brown's version failed to become a hit, Reeves recorded his. It was promptly released to country radio ... as the B-side of the intended hit, "In a Mansion Stands My Love." However, "Mansion" failed to catch on, and disc jockeys began playing the B-side instead. It wasn't long before the song became a huge country and pop hit; several rhythm and blues radio stations played the song, too." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He%27ll_Have_to_Go
Canned Heat , "Going Up the Country" performed by Arden with backup from James
"Going Up the Country" (also Goin' Up the Country) is a song by the American blues-rock group Canned Heat. Called a "rural hippie anthem",[1
Canned Heat, who were early blues enthusiasts, based "Going Up the Country" on "Bull Doze Blues", recorded in 1928 by Texas bluesman Henry Thomas. Thomas was from the songster tradition and had a unique sound, sometimes accompanying himself on quills, an early Afro-American wind instrument similar to panpipes. He recorded "Bull Doze Blues" in Chicago on June 13, 1928, for Vocalion Records (no. 1230).
For "Going Up the Country", Canned Heat's Wilson used Thomas' melody on the quills and his basic rhythm, but arranged it for a rock setting and rewrote the lyrics. In addition to the bass and drum rhythm section, Henry Vestine supplied a "light electric rhythm guitar" and multi-instrumentalist Jim Horn reproduced Thomas' quill parts on the flute.
Taj Mahal and James Rachell, She Caught the Katy: performed by James.. as people were packing up and heading home... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Caught_the_Katy
"She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule To Ride)" is a blues standard written by Taj Mahal and James Rachell. The song was first recorded for Taj Mahal's 1968 album The Natch'l Blues, and is one of Mahal's most famous tunes.
The "Katy" refers to the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Caught_the_Katy
Kris Kristofferson, "For the Good Times" performed by Robin...
"For the Good Times" is a song penned by Kris Kristofferson that appeared on his debut album Kristofferson. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico; an early recording of the song was by Bill Nash on Smash Records.
In 1970, Ray Price recorded a version of the song which topped the U.S. country music charts and was awarded "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. "For the Good Times" was Price's fifth #1 single and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country chart. "For the Good Times" crossed over onto the pop chart peaking at number eleven, becoming Ray Price's only release to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Originally Price's label, Columbia Records, released the song as the "B" side of the single, but switched to promoting "For the Good Times" after Wayne Newton recorded his own version of the tune. The flip side, "Grazin' in Greener Pastures," did receive credit on the country music chart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Good_Times_(song)
Featuring the usual suspects:
Arden, vocals and acoustic lead guitar,
Don D on electronic drums
Gillie, acoustic guitar and vocals
James on bass and vocals
Robin, rhythem & lead guitar & vocals
Roy, plugged in flute & blues harp
Shirley, acoustic guitar & vocals
Suzan, vocals and tambourine
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