Monday, June 30, 2008
Ira Tucker, 1925-2008
It's no secret that some of the wildest American music ever recorded is pre-rock'n'roll gospel. Few such acts were more popular- or more influential- than the Dixie Hummingbirds. The steps from "The Final Edition" to "Good Golly Miss Molly" to "Like a Rolling Stone" are very small. Ira Tucker joined the Dixie Hummingbirds in the 1930s. He died last week at 83. Although this compilation lacks liner notes and session information, it's loaded with essential music. (Tip via BGO.)
The revived Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival afforded me an opportunity to catch Marquise Knox over the weekend. Lazy Lester sat in. My words and images are here.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of James DeRigne. I first encountered James when he owned the Record Cabinet, a small shop specializing in European prog rock and jazz.
Kansas City Click: Look for contest winner "C" at the Ingrid Michaelson show Tuesday at the Beaumont Club.