From The Archives Of Something Blue May 29, 2022

From The Archives Of Something Blue May 29, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents Mike McLeod playing “A Hard One”.

01. DJ Hairy Larry Presents Mike McLeod
02. Something Blue – Wolves – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, this week we’re featuring a song written by an Arkansas songwriter and recorded at HairyLarryLand.

Mike McLeod, from Imboden, Arkansas, was a regular performer at the Craighead Forest Bandshell. He was always popular with the audience singing in the style of Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet. He would also get everyone to sing along on “Cover Of The Rolling Stone”.

Sandwiched in between his popular covers he would play original songs and public domain material. So I approached him about recording an album at HairyLarryLand and he was definitely up for it.

We recorded the album in one session with Mike playing harmonica on a rack and acoustic guitar while he sang seven songs. There’s something about playing songs for a live audience to develop performance chops that makes life easier in the studio. These songs were all recorded “live in the studio”, exactly like a live performance with no edits or overdubs.

We called the album “Going Home” and there’s a link to it on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.

I am featuring some edgier songwriters on Something Blue this week so I picked a song with a strong lyric to play for you today.

Now, recorded at HairyLarryLand on October 24, 2009, here’s Mike McLeod singing his original song, “A Hard One”.

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Waiting

Something Blue – Waiting – May 28, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring John Hamilton, Shugga Shane, Don Coenen, and Nathan Pope. 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.

Nathan Pope – Waiting There For Me
www.nathanpopemusic.com/

John Michael Hamilton – Deja Vu Blues
www.johnwritessongs.com/

Betty Padgett – Ridin With The Blues
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0N4DFrY6oAN7yAIA4p6Txg

Don “Cannonball” Coenen
www.reverbnation.com/oldsteppenwolfguy

The Shugga Shane Band – Live At Blues Fest September 20, 2009
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From The Archives Of Something Blue May 22, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents The Shugga Shane Band playing “I Don’t Want To Be”.

01. DJ Hairy Larry Presents The Shugga Shane Band
02. Something Blue – Waiting – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear some blues rock recorded at Blues Fest.

Shugga Shane, Jay Shepherd, and Charles Jones played many times at the Craighead Forest Bandshell, first as The Shugga Shane Band and then as Three Minute Genius. They were always crowd pleasers playing songs the audience knew and loved. On September 20, 2009, they also featured a guest vocalist, Maja.

These fine musicians not only play great they also know how to entertain an audience. And they’re so photogenic. You can find the link to the whole concert and photos of the show at the Something Blue website, sbblues.com.

On Something Blue this week we’ll feature some more songs from this show including one sung by Maja.

Ok now, here’s The Shugga Shane Band recorded at Blues Fest on September 20, 2009, doing “I Don’t Want to Be”.

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Alright

Something Blue – Alright – May 21, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Mark Turner and Sun Ra. 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.

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Media Dreams (Expanded)
sunramusic.bandcamp.com/album/media-dreams-expanded

Mark Turner – Return From The Stars

Mark Turner


www.ecmrecords.com/catalogue/1637149136
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From The Archives Of Something Blue May 15, 2022

Thanks Marty, today we’re hearing a song I wrote, recorded right here in Northeast Arkansas.

On April 6, 2013, NJHB played their fourth performance at TheArts@311 in downtown Jonesboro. NJHB performances are more like an event then a rehearsed band with a different set of musicians at every show playing all original songs often with new charts put up on the music stands for their first performance.

At the show we had guest star, Chris “Stinger” Stevens, on guitar. Also playing were Mike “Zif” Lovell – guitar, Carl Abraham – drums, and Hairy Larry – piano, all from the Jonesboro area except for Chris who travelled in for the show.

On that night we had no bass and no horns but we soldiered on and played our show with half a band.

When listening to the recordings I loved the sound, especially the guitar work by Stevens and Lovell. So I mixed the songs to what is called a stub and then I wrote overdub scripts for bass and sax. Two of my friends agreed to come to my studio to play the overdubs and so I got Corey Emerson on bass and Cody Ballard on tenor sax.

So this song was recorded at TheArts@311 and at HairyLarryLand. Corey and Cody are such excellent musicians that they nailed everything first take. If you listen carefully sometimes it sounds like the guitars are answering the sax when, of course, the sax was recorded after the guitars.

So now, from the NJHB “Stinger” album here’s a song I wrote called “Mosaic”.

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Aspect

Something Blue – Aspect – May 14, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Ominous Seapods, John Popper, and Umphrey’s McGee. 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.

John Popper Live at Juniper at The Vanderbilt on 2022-05-05
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Ominous Seapods Live at Club Toast on 1996-05-04
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Umphrey’s McGee Live at Centennial Olympic Park – Atlanta, GA on 2022-04-28
archive.org/details/um2022-04-28.ca14.flac16/

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From The Archives Of Something Blue May 8, 2022

From The Archives Of Something Blue May 8, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents Big Red and The Soul Benders playing “They Call Me Big Mama”.

01. DJ Hairy Larry Presents Big Red and The Soul Benders
02. Something Blue – Aspect – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’ll hear Big Red sing a Big Mama Thorton song at KASU Bluesday Tuesday in Newport.

I met Kelly and Mike jamming at Blues Fest and at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. They put together a fantastic blues act called Big Red and The Soul Benders so I was happy to hear I would get to record them at Bluesday Tuesday in Newport, Arkansas. When I was setting up my microphones I got another surprise. They had brought Jawbone from Jawbone and Jolene to play harmonica. Jawbone and Jolene had also played at Blues Fest several times so it was great to hear him again. It’s a small blues world in Arkansas.

Step forward a few years and I was down at The Biscuit and my friend Black Oak Slim invited me to take a walk. We went down to Cherry Street and he took me into a club on the corner. And there was Kelly and Mike, it was their club and they had a piano picker playing music. When he took a break they invited me to play. I borrowed a guitar and did the best I could.

I was sad to hear several years later that their club had burned down.

Kelly, aka Big Red, knows what the job of a blueswoman is. Sure, you have to sing. But more importantly you have to reach your audience and entertain. Here’s Big Red and The Soul Benders recorded live at KASU Bluesday Tuesday on May 11, 2010, singing the Big Mama Thornton song, “They Call Me Big Mama”.

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Walker

Something Blue – Walker – May 7, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, GoGo Penguin, and Jazz Alliance. 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.

Dave Holland – Another Land

Dave Holland

GoGo Penguin – Ascent-Badeep
gogopenguin.co.uk/

Jazz Alliance – Partly Cloudy
archive.org/details/partly_cloudy/

Kevin Eubanks – The Dancing Sea
www.kevineubanks.com/
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From The Archives Of Something Blue May 1, 2022

DJ Hairy Larry presents Jazz Alliance playing “Blues In A Hurry”.

01. DJ Hairy Larry Presents Jazz Alliance
02. Something Blue – Walker – 29 second spot

Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear some original jazz recorded right here in Jonesboro.

It was Jazz Alliance that brought me back to ASU to complete my music education. I was attending their shows at The Edge Coffeehouse and one night I was talking to Janie Overall and she told me about the Silver Scholar program in Arkansas where the state pays the tuition of students over 60. I had taken percussion in the eighties including Marimba lessons and I just loved working with the mallets. So I talked to Mr. Collison and signed up for lessons. I also signed up for jazz improv lessons with Dr. Horton, Director of Jazz Studies at ASU. And from there I went on to composition, theory, performance, conducting, all of the great things you learn in music school.

While all of this was going on I recorded a Jazz Alliance album, “Partly Cloudy”. Featuring Ron Horton, trumpet, Craig Collison, percussion; Dave Eckert and Derek Doyle, bass; and Mike Overall, drums; the album was recorded at live concerts over a period of months. It was worth the effort, the album is a gem featuring songs written by Ron Horton. It memorializes the band with a permanent record of the music they made.

I also want to give a shout out to my friend and teacher, Craig Collison who just retired from his position as Director of Percussion at ASU. He brought me back to ASU and then last December I graduated and this Spring he retired.

I have been playing with drummers that he taught for the last 12 years and I have to say they are all excellent musicians. The skill of the student is a tribute to the teacher.

So now, from their “Partly Cloudy” album here’s Jazz Alliance playing the Ron Horton song, “Blues In A Hurry”, recorded at Gracie’s Place in Jonesboro, Arkansas on May 14, 2010.

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Human

Something Blue – Human – April 30, 2022

This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring DJ Logic and The Special Purpose. 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.

DJ Logic Live at Sony Hall on 2022-04-21
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The Special Purpose Live at Nectar on 2005-11-21
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