DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Joe Lee Combo Playing Don’t Get Around Much Anymore



DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Joe Lee Combo Playing Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-02-18

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a jazz standard recorded live at Blues Fest.

Joe Lee was there at the beginning of Blues Fest in 1991 and he continued playing at Blues Fest for many years. There was this one time in 1998 when he brought Kenny Caldwell to play with him and I got to record some very fine jazz indeed.

Kenny Caldwell played with the Bill Black Combo. I only met him once, that day at Blues Fest, but some of my friends, Joy Sanford and Richard Murray, played in his band for his regular gig at the Holiday Inn. He was a jazz master guitarist, as good as anyone.

So getting to record him with Joe Lee was fantastic. Joe Lee was born in Inverness, Mississippi, but he spent most of his life in the Jonesboro area. He played with Mose Allison in Mississippi, was a top session man in Memphis, and then produced and recorded records at Fernwood working with Scotty Moore and Bill Black.

In Jonesboro he played with the Joe Lee Combo, the Mellow Express, and the Jonesboro Jazz Society Big Band. He released many records on his Alley label including national and regional hits. He ran Papa Joe’s record store where I first met him.

Starting in the nineties I was fortunate to get to work with him both playing music with him and recording his bands. He was my friend and mentor and I miss him still.

So now, here’s the Joe Lee Combo, featuring Kenny Caldwell on guitar, recorded live at Blues Fest, September 5, 1998, playing a Duke Ellington song, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”.

Joe Lee Combo Live At Blues Fest September 5, 1998
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Genteel

Something Blue – Genteel – February 17, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Tony Williams, Vincent Holden, and Frank Zappa. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

The Tony Williams Lifetime – Believe It

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Frank Zappa – Make A Jazz Noise Here

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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Vincent Holden Playing Tomorrow Night



DJ Hairy Larry Presents Vincent Holden Playing Tomorrow Night
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-02-11

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear some blues fusion recorded at HairyLarryLand.

I’ve been jamming with Vincent Holden for years, at the Craighead Forest Bandshell, The Arts@311, Fireman’s Campground in Helena, Arkansas, and at HairyLarryLand. He’s a fantastic blues guitarist with deep Arkansas Roots, originally from West Helena but now living in Jonesboro.

I set up a recording session with him after I added the new studio onto the back of my house. I wanted to do all originals and what do you know, he had been writing some songs. We got together on October 7, 2019, for a very productive session. I called on Luke Reed to play drums and I’m on bass.

I met Luke Reed at Blues Alley and he asked if he could play. Well we were all about jamming so I got him up on stage behind my kit. He immediately knocked everyone out with his dance band drumming, a real powerhouse. I called on him later to drum on my “Lil Sonny Boy Hisself” album and then he brought his family band to Blues Fest. They used to play at the Dixie Dance so that goes back a ways. He’s been knocking out the beat in Northeast Arkansas for his whole life.

And what can I say about Hairy Larry. Living in Arkansas for 55 years Hairy Larry is a well known front man, side man, producer, and promoter. He even has a radio show somewhere.

After we recorded the band tracks I added lyrics and harmonica to a few of the songs including the title track, “Taste Of Mud”. I call the style blues fusion. Jazz fusion is a blend of rock and jazz. Vincent’s songs incorporate a lot of jazz into his blues.

So now, recorded at HairyLarryLand on October 7, 2019, here’s Vincent Holden playing his own song, “Tomorrow Night”.

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Raw

Something Blue – Raw – February 10, 2023


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring All Mighty Senators and Gordon Stone. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

All Mighty Senators Live at the funk box on 2004-09-24
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Gordon Stone Band Live at Higher Ground on 1999-01-30
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Kyle Tims Playing Texas Flood



DJ Hairy Larry Presents Kyle Tims Playing Texas Flood
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-02-04

Thanks Marty. All the songs featured on From The Archives Of Something Blue have Arkansas Roots. The song we’ll hear today has quadruple roots.

Kyle Tims played for us many times at Blues Fest. I love all his shows but the ones I connect to most were played by his blues rock power trio. Playing with Kyle were James Salger, bass, and Johnny Churchwell, drums, all from Northeast Arkansas.

I was talking to Sonny Burgess, Doug Greeno, and Larry Donn, and they told me that Kyle’s father, Tommy Tims, was a rockabilly drummer back in the day. So that’s a double connection.

The song “Texas Flood” was a big hit for Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Texas bluesman. But the song was written by an Arkansas bluesman, Larry Davis, and the guitar parts that everybody loves to hear Stevie play were first played by an Arkansas guitarist, Fenton Robinson. That’s the quadruple connection.

The original hit on “Texas Flood” was recorded in 1958. Stevie Ray recorded it in 1983, 15 years later. I made this recording at Blues Fest 98, another 15 years later. I’ll include links to all three versions at the Something Blue website, sbblues.com.

So now, recorded for Something Blue at Blues Fest on September 5, 1998, here’s Kyle Tims playing “Texas Flood”.

Larry Davis “Texas Flood”

Stevie Ray Vaughan “Texas Flood”

Kyle Tims “Texas Flood”
Kyle Tims Live At Blues Fest 1998-09-05
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Kyle Tims Playing Texas Flood
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And that’s Kyle Tims playing “Texas Flood” at Blues Fest 98. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear All Mighty Senators and Gordon Stone.

DJ Hairy Larry With Gordon Stone Band Playing Monkey Wrench
Something Blue – Raw – 29 second spot

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring All Mighty Senators and Gordon Stone. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

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Star

Something Blue – Star – February 3, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Bob Reynolds, Christian Peterman, The Sextet, and Steve Lawson. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

In a Natural State by The Sextet
thesextet.bandcamp.com/album/in-a-natural-state

FingerPainting by Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman
music.stevelawson.net/album/fingerpainting

Bob Reynolds-Live at the Jazz Corner
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Christian Petermann-Various Music
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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Recital Band Playing Elphonium



DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Recital Band Playing Elphonium
From the Archives Of Something Blue 2024-01-28

Thanks Marty, today I’m going to read a fantasy story that I wrote. With a musical background that I wrote.

One of the best things about being a music composition student is getting other music students to help with composition recitals. When you write a piece with six parts, many of them on expensive instruments, it’s not easy to arrange to have the piece read. Unless you’re in a music department filled with excellent musicians who love to play and help each other out on recitals as a matter of course.

On “Elphonium” you will hear Caitlyn Lyerly – flute, Al Clevenger – vibes, Josh Huffstutler – marimbas, Gabe Waters – bass, Chris Isom – drums, and Hairy Larry reading spoken word. These students are all from Northeast Arkansas or Southeast Missouri and they were all in the ASU jazz program. So here’s a big shout out to these students and all the other students who helped with my recitals over the years. And years and years. Yes, I was in the music department for almost 20 years.

Now about that story.

I originally published “Elphonium” on my website, SFF Short Stories and then as a minizine. I was inspired by a piece of art by indrikoff at Deviant Art. I will post links to the story, the minizine and the art at the Something Blue website, sbblues.com.

The story is about a king who went riding with his jester and his groom into a magic forest where they were ensorcelled by music played by elves on the Elphonium.

After I wrote the music for Elphonium I wanted to be sure that the spoken word part was short enough to fit in the space provided for it in the score. So Vivian and I went over every sentence deleting every unecessary word and random thought that wasn’t required by the story. They say that 90% of writing is rewriting. Most rewriting is taking out the stuff you don’t really need.

On the day of the recital I had prepared a slideshow of public domain artwork by Arthur Rackham, a famous fantasy artist who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

So the artwork is public domain except for Elphonium which was used with permission. The story and the music were written by me and I have licensed them Creative Commons Attribution so others can use and build on this work just like I used the art of Arthur Rachham. And thanks to Indrikoff for giving me permission to use his fantastic drawing of a magic horn.

The entire recital was released as an album.

So now, recorded at the ASU Bandroom on November 30, 2018, here’s my piece, the title track of my album “Elphonium”

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Recital Band Playing Elphonium
From the Archives Of Something Blue 2024-01-28
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Hairy Larry Live at ASU Bandroom on 2018-11-30
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Something Blue Archives – List Of Concerts
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Elphonium on SFF Short Stories
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Elphonium Minizine
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Elphonium Artwork
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Early

Something Blue – Early – January 27, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Moore’s Code and Keith Jarrett. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Moore’s Code – Moore’s Code
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Keith Jarrett – At The Blue Note

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DJ Hairy Larry Presents Moores Code Playing Funky Palisades


Tim, Cody, Kevin, Clinton

DJ Hairy Larry Presents Moores Code Playing Funky Palisades
From The Archives Of Something Blue 2024-01-21

Thanks Marty. Today we’re going to hear from an old friend who brought his band to KASU Jazz Thursday.

I met Tim Moore jamming with Jazz Alliance when he was still in high school. He took two years in the Jazz Department at ASU and I worked with him on a variety of different projects. When he started the band, Caprice, I was there recording their recitals for Something Blue. And when Caprice decided to record an album they asked me to record it for them. The songs on that album, written by Tim and his brother, Brandon Moore, have been popular on KASU since it was released.

In 2014 Tim got in touch with me about bringing his band, Moore’s Code, to Jonesboro, so I booked them into Jazz Thursday. They played a great show and everyone had a good time.

Some of the musicians playing with him that night were ASU students, Alex Ditto, guitar; Cody Ballard and Clinton Curtis, sax; Kevin Tinker, trumpet; Addison Boling, drums; and Matt Bounds, bass.

Recently Tim got in touch with me about his new album, “Moore’s Code”, eleven original songs recorded with a polished studio treatment. I’ll be featuring three songs from the new album on Something Blue this week. The album is available on Bandcamp. I’ll include a link on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Today we’re going to hear one of the songs I recorded at Jazz Thursday in 2014 with that polished live treatment. Here’s Moore’s Code, recorded on May 15, 2014, playing “Funky Palisades”.

Moore’s Code album
moorescode.bandcamp.com/album/moores-code-2

Internet Archive – Something Blue Archives
Moores Code – Jazz Thursday 2014-05-15
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Tunnel

Something Blue – Tunnel – January 20, 2024


This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Sunna Gunnlaugs, Bob Reynolds, and Jeffrey Scott Lawrence. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 PM CST, at kasu.org.

Sunna Gunnlaugs – At House Of Sweden, At The Lily Pad, At Vonarsular
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Sunna Gunnlaugs – Home

Bob Reynolds, Quartet
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Jeffrey Scott Lawrence – Blues For Erica
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