From The Archive September 15 2021 – Delta Legends – “She’s Gone”

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear Delta Legends busking at the Fall Ball.

On September 30, 2017, John Shepherd, Jeremy Burnett, and I took a short ride over to the Fall Ball, outside of Olive Branch, Mississippi. We had been playing in downtown Jonesboro and at the Craighead Forest Bandshell and we were about to graduate to the festival stage.

We arrived in the morning and set up to do some busking near the food court. We played from 10:00 to noon interacting with the audience, as buskers do, and I recorded the set. Three of my originals that we played that morning ended up on our “Two Woman Blues” album.

Later that day we hit the main stage running and played a sizzling one hour set. I also recorded that and both shows are available on the Live Music Archive. Visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com for links.

It was great to hook up behend a big PA with a sound guy making us sound good but we sounded pretty good busking too and truth be told, it was a lot more fun.

John Shepherd and Jeremy Burnett are from Wynne, Arkansas, and you all know me. Here we are now, Delta Legends, doing a funny song that I wrote called, “She’s Gone”.

Links

Two Woman Blues
archive.org/details/DeltaLegends-TwoWomanBlues

Delta Legends Live at The Fall Ball on 2017-09-30
archive.org/details/hl2017-09-30

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Kerri Powers, No Sinner, Fit and The Conniptions, and Travellin’ Blue Kings. 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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From The Archive August 29, 2021 – Common Time – “Footprints”

Thanks Marty, today on From The Archives Of Something Blue we’re featuring Common Time playing a Wayne Shorter standard at New Jazz In Jonesboro.

In 2018 we restarted New Jazz In Jonesboro, held monthly during the school year, in the Round Room of the Jonesboro Public Library. Each month NJHB would play as well as a guest act. We heard a lot of great music at these shows and continued them through 2019 until we were unfortunately shut down by the pandemic.

On October 13, 2018, the guest band was Common Time featuring Josh Carter on sax; Al Clevenger, piano; Spencer Rawlins, bass; and Chris Issom, drums. They were a working band who played fast and tight and I was always looking for an opportunity to present and record them. They were all ASU jazz students and Josh Carter also worked at the Public Library. I don’t know what it is about the library but over the years they sure have had a lot of great jazz musicians working there.

I want to thank KASU and the public library for supporting these events.

They came, they played, they conquered. And NJHB didn’t do too bad either, recording the Knocking Boots album featuring many of the same musicians. This week on Something Blue we’ll be featuring more recordings made at New Jazz In Jonesboro, but right now, were going to hear Common Time play the Wayne Shorter classic, “Footprints”.

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Common Time, Joseph Curtis, Whitley Newman, and NJHB. 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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Newjazz

Something Blue – NewJazz – August 24, 2019 (replayed on September 4, 2021)

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Common Time, Joseph Curtis, Whitley Newman, and NJHB. 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.

Recorded at New Jazz In Jonesboro
Jonesboro Public Library
Fall of 2018
Joseph Curtis, September 1, 2018
Common Time, October 13, 2018
NJHB, October 13, 2018, November 10, 2018
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Something Blue

Something Blue – Something Blue – August 28, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Mountain Goats, Alejandro Escavedo, and Keller Williams. 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.

Alejandro Escovedo Live at Caravan Music Club on 2019-03-13
archive.org/details/ae2019-03-13

Mountain Goats Live at Saturn on 2021-08-08
archive.org/details/mountaingoats2021-08-08.flac16

Keller Williams Live at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park on 2021-08-14
archive.org/details/kw2021-08-14
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From The Archive August 22, 2021 – CJ Hoover – “Better Together”

Thanks Marty, on this weeks From The Archives Of Something Blue I’ve got a Jack Johnson song recorded at the Craighead Forest Bandshell.

I met CJ Hoover singing in Astate Delta Vox. Every week I would walk from the music department to KASU to deliver Something Blue. And right there, on the benches behind the Communications Building, I would see CJ Hoover playing acoustic guitar entertaining the students as they passed. Kind of like busking without asking for tips. So I sat down and listened and I thought, “He’s pretty good”. I invited him to play at the Craighead Forest Bandshell.

On May 18, 2014, he entertained us with a set of contemporary rock songs. CJ, like just about everybody, is younger than me, so unlike everyone else in the audience I hadn’t heard a lot of the songs he was playing. I had heard Jack Johnson though, and I played him on Something Blue, because Jack Johnson is taper friendly and many of his shows are up on the Live Music Archive.

Now here’s CJ Hoover performing solo with acoustic guitar, playing a Jack Johnson song, “Better Together”, recorded at the Craighead Forest Bandshell on May 18, 2014.
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Autumn

Something Blue – Autumn – August 21, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Azul and Midori, Ahmad Jamal, and Barry Harris. 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.

Azul and Midori – December 2, 2016 – recording session in the fine arts recital hall

Ahmad Jamal – Blue Moon

Barry Harris – Live in New York
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From The Archive August 15, 2021 – Azul and Midori – “Song For My Father”

Thanks Marty, on this weeks From The Archives Of Something Blue I’ve got a jazz standard recorded right here on the ASU campus.

ASU jazz students are the best. They play at my recitals and help me with my original compositions. So, I try to return the favor when I can and when Azul and Midori asked if I could record them in the Fine Arts Recital Hall I was pleased to help.

This wasn’t a recital. They just reserved an unscheduled time slot and took advantage of the hall’s acoustics. Playing at the session were Kevin Tinker, trumpet; Alex Ditto, guitar; Spencer Rawlins, bass; and Chris Issom, drums. I’ve enjoyed playing music with all of these musicians in ASU small groups and side projects. In fact, Kevin Tinker played in my band, Bebop Beatniks, for years and we still get to play with him sometimes.

So we all showed up. They played. I recorded. The rest is history.

Now here’s Azul and Midori playing a Horace Silver standard, “Song For My Father”, recorded right here at ASU on December 2, 2016.
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Things

Something Blue – Things – August 14, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Jon Langford, Todd Sheaffer, Althea Grace, and The Way Down Wanderers. 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.

Todd Sheaffer Live at The Walpack Inn, Layton, NJ on 2021-08-01
archive.org/details/tsheaffer2021-08-01

Jon Langford Live at private backyard, New York City on 2021-08-01
archive.org/details/jlangford2021-08-01.flac24

Althea Grace Live at The Landing on 2021-07-30
archive.org/details/ag2021-07-30.nak.flac16

The Way Down Wanderers Live at The Landing on 2021-07-30
archive.org/details/wdw2021-07-30.nak.flac16
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From The Archive August 8, 2021 – John Spencer – “Dusty Old Arkansas Home”

Thanks Marty, on this weeks From The Archives Of Something Blue I’ve got a bluegrass band that turns out to be just one person.

I met John Spencer at Blues Fest and soon John and Tommy, The Spencer Brothers, were regular performers featuring Tommy singing old time country music mixed with some of John’s originals. They also played at several KASU events and were regulars in the audience at all of the KASU live music concerts.

One day John told me that he and Tom Turner had written some songs and he would like to record them at my studio. John was raised outside of Paragould and Tom Turner was raised down the road from me at Burnt Hill.

We started work recording and soon fell into a weekly schedule with John recording a song or two every session. Sometimes we had guest musicians and sometimes it was just me and John. The songs included protest music, folk songs, sea shanties, and calypso.

We still had a bluegrass number left to record. The bluegrass was a little bit different than what we had been doing because John played all the instruments, upright bass, guitar, banjo, and mandolin, as well as singing. In the end we had a song that sounded like it was recorded by a tight bluegrass band. You would never know by listening that it was the product of multiple overdubs.

And that’s the story behind “Dusty Old Arkansas Home”, written by John Spencer and Tom Turner and recorded at HairyLarryLand in 2011 with John Spencer singing and playing all the instruments.
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Nightingale

Something Blue – Nightingale – August 7, 2021

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring God Street Wine and Sky Burrow Tales. 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.

God Street Wine Live at The Gathering at Chaffee’s Music Festival on 2021-07-23
archive.org/details/gsw2021-07-23

Sky Burrow Tales Live at Central Garden on 2021-07-23
archive.org/details/sbt2021-07-23.sbd
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