Jumpin’ Into Summer

So here’s a new Stagger mix to see you through these sunny days – lots of summery tunes and some Record Store Day gems from Bobbie Gentry, Eli Paperboy Reed and Joe Higgs. And new tunes from Steven Adams and The Left Outsides too…

Not only that but I’ve finally updated the gig list (on the right), and there’s more to be announced.

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  1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Well, Alright Now (feat. High & Mighty Brass Band)
  2. Little Richard – Poor Dog (Who Can’t Wag His Own Tail)
  3. Lively Ones – Pipeline
  4. Tommy Ridgley – Jam Up Twist
  5. Billy Hawks – Whip It On Me
  6. Jackie Mittoo And Soul Vendors – Napoleon Solo
  7. Little Milton – Ain’t No Big Deal
  8. Robert Thomas – Salvation
  9. Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  10. Bobbie Gentry – Nikki Hoeky / Barefootin’
  11. Dirtbombs – Ode to a Black Man
  12. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw – Honey Time
  13. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Let’s Go Trippin’
  14. Brian Diamond & The Cutters – Big Bad Wolf
  15. Violent Femmes – I Hear The Rain
  16. Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters
  17. Johnny Price – Marijuana, the Devil Flower
  18. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  19. Johnny Colon – Boogaloo Blues
  20. Little Caesar & the Ark Angels – Ghost Of Mary Meade Part 2
  21. Jimmy Cliff – Synthetic World
  22. Alton Ellis – I’m Just A Guy
  23. Byron Lee & The Ska Kings – Watermelon Man Ska
  24. Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch It To The Horse
  25. Shirley – Big Boss Man
  26. Rita Pavone – Datemi Un Martelle
  27. Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth
  28. Angelic Choir – Wade In The Water
  29. Joe Higgs – Invitation To Jamaica
  30. Bob Fryfogle – Six Feet Under
  31. Steven Adams – A Joke
  32. Thin White Rope – Film Theme
  33. Left Outsides – The Ballad of Elm Tree Hill
  34. Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Kentucky
  35. Ola Belle Reed – I’ve Endured
  36. Harriet McClintock – Gin The Cotton



Jumpin’ #6

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After a really special second instalment of Riddim down at Ernest – thanks for coming if you did – it’s already time to start thinking about the sixth Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee. Rob Heron (Soul Finger) will be our special guest for the evening, a year after his last appearance, and it promises to be a banger.



Happy New Year!


Well, folks, that was magnificent. One of the most fun New Year’s Eves I’ve ever had, a total roadblock and fantastic tunes all night. Thanks so much for coming if you did, and big love to Rob Heron, Jelly Jells, Giovanni Spatuzzi, Alex Johnson, Neil and Elise Hopper and Kathryn & Mark & the Cobalt Crew. Bloody marvellous. See you next year…


A Little Christmas Jumpin’

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Here’s a little Christmas gift – the best thing about it being there are almost no bloody Christmas songs on it (The Staple Singers got through the filter because IT’S THE BLOODY STAPLE SINGERS AND THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT).

So when the turkey is just a hollowed-out carcass that the dog is eyeing greedily, everyone has fallen out and you’re drunk out of your tiny mind on snowballs and sherry, stick this mix on. Have a dance, have another drink and by the time it slips into the slow, melancholy, quiet section at the end, you’ll be collapsing into a carb-fuelled slumber anyhow.

There’s a couple of tracks from the newish Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been blowing my tiny mind, and something from the imminent new Stick In The Wheel album. Otherwise it’s the usual blend of tunes that I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

  1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Mad
  2. Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Elvis Presley – Crawfish
  4. Ann Sexton – It’s All Over Bar The Shouting
  5. The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?
  6. Hollie Cook – Superstar
  7. Joe Tex & U Black – Rub-A-Dub Evening
  8. Huey Piano Smith – Little Liza Jane
  9. Lito Barrientos – Cumbia En Do Menor
  10. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  11. The Coasters -Three Cool Cats
  12. The MarKeys – Last Night
  13. Earl Harrison – Humphrey Stomp
  14. Elsie Wheat – Tippin’
  15. James Hunter Six– Light Of My Life
  16. The Megatons – Shimmy Shimmy Pt 1
  17. Nick & The Jaguars -Ichi-bon #1
  18. The Liverbirds – He’s About A Mover
  19. Aretha Franklin – Niki Hoeky
  20. Bobbie Gentry – Thunder In The Afternoon
  21. PP Arnold – Brand New Day
  22. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – One Hundred Fire
  23. Art Neville – Bo Diddley
  24. Howlin’ Wolf – Dorothy Mae
  25. Chubby Checker – Misirlou
  26. Prince Jazzbo – Penny Reel
  27. Johnny Clarke – Poor Marcus
  28. The Como Mamas – Out Of The Wilderness
  29. Sister Goldia Haynes Choir – The Truth Is In The Gospel
  30. Stick In The Wheel – Over & Over
  31. Uncle Tupelo – Acuff-Rose
  32. Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man
  33. The Famous Times – The Blue Man
  34. Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito #1
  35. Mary Gauthier – I Drink
  36. The Deslondes – She’d Better Be Lonely
  37. Howe Gelb – Impossible Thing
  38. Moondog – All Is Loneliness
  39. Sonny Sharrock – Who Does She Hope To Be?



Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee 18

It’s been a sad few weeks for all sorts of reasons – losing people like Muhammad Ali, Bernie Worrell and Ralph Stanley, and then *that* vote. But hey. it’s also summer. So this edition of Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee tries to keep on the sunny side whilst acknowledging the dark side.

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There’s two tracks from Daniel Romano‘s remarkable new album Mosey and new tracks as well from new albums by Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Peter J Smyth, The Felice Brothers, Eli Paperboy Reed, Steve Gunn and Dexys.

There’s a tune from my current obsession Stick In The Wheel, and a cut from Quantic‘s new reggae project. In fact, there’s quite a lot of reggae because summer.

You can stream the mix here and download it here.

(do let me know if the download doesn’t work, its a new approach)
  1. Love – Maybe The People Would Be The Times
  2. Laurel Aitken – Voodoo Woman
  3. Daniel Romano – Valerie Leon
  4. Felice Brothers – Aerosol Ball
  5. Roy Redmond – Ain’t That Terrible
  6. Coasters – Young Blood
  7. Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Chicano Studies
  8. Funkadelic – You And Your Folks
  9. Stanley Brothers – If I Lose
  10. Cassius Clay – Stand By Me
  11. Dennis Alcapone – Cassius Clay
  12. Quantic, Flowering Inferno – A Life Worth Living
  13. Eli Paperboy Reed – Cut Ya Down
  14. Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band – Boxcar Date
  15. Jimmy Robins – I Can’t Please You
  16. Alder Ray Mathis – Take Me Baby
  17. Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing (Wrongtom Remix)
  18. Buddy Miles – Down By The River
  19. Hugh Masekela – Strawberries
  20. Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
  21. Brentford Set – Armagideon Time (Version)
  22. George Faith – To Be A Lover (Disco Mix)
  23. Althea & Donna – The West
  24. Sonny Sharrock – Blind Willy
  25. Steve Gunn – Heavy Sails
  26. Peter J Smyth – Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
  27. Stick In The Wheel – Me N Becky
  28. Folk Uke – Motherfucker Got Fucked Up
  29. Shovels & Rope – Fish Assassin
  30. Faye Adams – Shake A Hand
  31. Daniel Romano – One Hundred Regrets Avenue
  32. Dexys – I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
  33. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – People Ain’t No Good




Some Forthcoming Stagger Lee Gigs

Things are looking quite busy in the coming weeks, kicking off with two Tea Pad Presents gigs next weekend.

On July 2nd, Narc Fest 2016 takes over the Ouseburn and this year the Tea Pad are hosting a stage at the Cumberland. 7pm – late, free entry. I’ll be joining Rob Heron on the decks.

And then the very next day, the Tea Pad have their fourth annual Sunshine Medicine Show, another great line-up and again it’s free. 3pm-9pm this one, also at the Cumberland and also free.


Then on the weekend of July 16th / 17th it’s time for the annual SummerTyne Americana down at the Sage. There’s the usual Jumpin’ Hot Stage outside and I’ll be spinning tunes between the bands. Always a great couple of days…


The following weekend I’ll be over in Lancashire for another visit to The Perfumed Garden at Beatherder Festival. Always an oasis of good taste and comparative calm away from the taps aff kids, all ripped to the tits on blood-boiling rave drugs.

I’ll be playing at 4.30 on the Saturday afternoon and while I’m still not sure what kind of set I’ll be playing, it’ll probably involve some soul and some reggae.


Further away, I’ll be playing some tunes at the third Narc In The Park at the new Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park on August 20th. And then on September 24th I’ll be hosting a one-off Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee night down at Ernest in Ouseburn (it’ll serve as a sort of belated birthday do too). More details nearer the time.




Welcome To The New Site

Various factors – webhosts being sharks, me being lazy and disorganised – mean the old Stagger Lee blog is no more. And this is only just creaking into life. But content will be added in due course – mixes, DJ slots and the like. Stuff that dreams are made on.

Watch this space.