The Joint Was… Jumpin’

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Dunno about you, but I think Jumpin’ #5 might have been the best yet? A packed house full of lovely people, big on dancing and low on drunken idiocy (DJs excepted). Fine tunes from yr man Alex Johnson and just a generally brilliant night. So thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ is on February 24th  but before that there’s obviously Midnite Train at Cobalt on New Year’s Eve. See you there!

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See You All In Soulville!

Seems like ages since the last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee but we’re back on November 25th with a stack of new tunes.

Joining us again is Alex Johnson, who absolutely killed it last time, and we’re sure this will be a big one.

Expect soul and rocksteady and rhythm & blues and funk and garage and surf and rockabilly and gospel and more and tunes like this…

So join us down at Ernest in a couple of weeks and let’s have a blast!

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Hi folks. Time for a new Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee mix. No theme for this one – mostly just stuff I’ve bought lately but also a heartfelt adios to two absolute giants, Harry Dean Stanton and Fats Domino

A handful of tunes from recent or upcoming albums from The Frightnrs, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Micah P Hinson and The Band Of Holy Joy. And a bit more reggae than usual because I’ve pickled up some gems lately.

By the way (because a couple of people asked me) these mixes aren’t really supposed to be representative of what gets played at Jumpin’ nights: the first 2/3rds or so is, but I tend to end each mix with some slower, quieter tracks, which isn’t how things go when I play out. Come find out at the next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee down at Ernest on November 25th…

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  1. Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame
  2. Thee Midniters – I Found A Peanut
  3. Dee Clark – 24 Boyfriends
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy – The Curse
  5. Sugar Pie Desanto – A Little Taste Of Soul
  6. Jamo Thomas – I Spy For The FBI
  7. The Fantastic Johnny C – Boogaloo Down Broadway
  8. The Routers – Amoeba
  9. Pat Patterson – Rat-A-Ma-Cue
  10. Popcorn Wylie – Hanky Panky
  11. Ann Leonardo – Travelling Stranger
  12. Derrick Morgan – Belly Woman
  13. The Groovers – You’ve Got To Cry
  14. The Imperials – Always With Me
  15. Willie Hightower – Nobody But You
  16. Inez Foxx – He’s The One You Love
  17. The Larks – The Jerk
  18. Los Apson – Satisfaccion
  19. Los Young Beats – Baby, Please Don’t Go
  20. WITCH – Mashed Potato
  21. Carol Fran – Knock Knock
  22. Jeff Barry – I’ll Still Love You
  23. Nino Tempo – Sister James
  24. Buddy Miles – Them Changes
  25. Marsha Hunt – Keep The Customer Satisfied
  26. Johnny Osbourne – Love Is Universal
  27. The Scientist – Dangerous Match One
  28. The Frightnrs – Hey Brother (Version)
  29. Little Walter – My Babe
  30. John Lee Hooker – Doin’ The Shout
  31. Sheryl Cormier With Blackie Forestier & The Cajun Aces – Sheryl’s Special
  32. Lucinda Williams – 2 Kool 2 Be 4Gotten
  33. Howe Gelb – Terribly So
  34. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Meadow
  35. The Band Of Holy Joy –   A Revivalist Impulse
  36. Micah P Hinson – The Great Void
  37. Anne & Anice Peters – Rock Your Baby
  38. Slim Smith – Please Go
  39. Lalo Schifrin – Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  40. Harry Dean Stanton – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  41. Fats Domino – Goodbye

 

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Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #22

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Feels like ages since I did one of these – summer is hectic I guess – but hopefully this will make up for it.

There’s all manner of soul stompers, roots rockers, country shitkickers and rockabilly riots, with new(ish) tracks from The Cactus Blossoms, The Strange Blue Dreams and Jon Langford’s new Four Lost Souls project, alongside sounds from Egypt and Ethiopia and Italy and Jamaica. There’s a Frightnrs track again, because I won’t stop till you ALL embrace them.

Here’s what’s included:

  1. The Gories – Thunderbird Esq
  2. The Mekons – The Curse
  3. Billy Ball & The Upsetters – Popcorn ’69
  4. The Upsetters – Popcorn
  5. The Swinging Medallions – Here It Comes Again
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Live)
  7. The Phantom – Love Me
  8. Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps – Race With The Devil
  9. Jimmy Witherspoon – Hey Mrs Jones
  10. Ronnie Love – Chills & Fever
  11. The James Hunter Six – (Baby) Hold On
  12. Earl Grant – Hide Nor Hair
  13. The Off Beats – Have Love Will Travel
  14. Don Fardon – I’m Alive
  15. Mulatu Astatke – Yegele Tezeta
  16. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band – Ramadan In Space Time
  17. The Como Mamas – 99 And  A Half Won’t Do
  18. Papa Celestin – Old Time Religion
  19. Jon Langford & Four Lost Souls – Natchez Trace
  20. The Cactus Blossoms – Mississippi
  21. The Strange Blue Dreams – Ballad Of The Sun & Moon
  22. Althea – Down Town Thing
  23. The Frightnrs – Till Then
  24. The Slackers – Minha Menina
  25. Eddie Ray – Wait A Minute
  26. Eloise – You Shoulda Treated Me Right
  27. Edoardo Vianello – Guarda Come Dondolo
  28. Mina – Un Anno D’Amore
  29. The Trojans – Lumpi
  30. The Top Cats – Tear The Place Down
  31. Bobbie Gentry – Seasons Come, Seasons Go
  32. Roy Orbison – Blue Bayou
  33. Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands (live)
  34. Candi Staton – When Hearts Grow Cold
  35. Texas Gladden – Cold Mountains
  36. Jelly Roll Morton – Alabama Bound
  37. Joan Shelley – Go Wild
  38. Big Star – Thirteen
  39. The Broken Family Band – Wherever You Go

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Jumpin’ Into Autumn

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How’s your summer working out? I’ve just got back from 10 days in the Pyrenees and managed to only buy two records – a Jimmy Witherspoon EP and a Jacques Dutronc compilation; the rest of my money went on rum and cheese, pretty much…

Anyway, there’s a few things coming up you might want to know about. both my own nights and some random slots here and there. Here’s the list…

September 1stBilly Bootleggers (10pm-2am, FREE)

September 9thThe Tea Pad Sunshine Medicine Show 2017 with Rob Heron & The Tea Pad, House Of The Black Gardenia and Howlin’ Rick & The Rocketeers @ The Cumberland Arms (2-7pm, FREE)

then onto an after party at…

September 9thDat Bar (9pm – 2am, FREE)

October 6thSoul Finger #6 @ The Cumberland Arms, 8pm – 1am, £3 – I think)

November 25thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm-2am FREE)
more details to follow but I can confirm that after July’s debacle, Alex Johnson will be special guest again. Heaven help us!

December 31stWATCH THIS SPACE!

January 20thRiddim @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
A second instalment of the very occasional reggae night, with Rob Heron and possibly a special guest from THAT LONDON!

February 24thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
Again, more details to follow but we should have Rob Heron back for this one…

here’s that Jimmy Witherspoon tune I bought…

 

Thanks For Jumpin’

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Well that was splendid, wasn’t it?

I’ve been running clubs long enough now to know that any night in the middle of the summer when there’s loads of other events on is bound to start slowly, but I must admit I was a bit anxious early on. But – oh my days! – it got busy. Thanks so much for coming if you did, it was probably the maddest Jumpin’ yet and me and my special guest selector Alex Johnson were pretty overwhelmed* by it all.

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I’ve NO idea what I played – maybe Alex can remember his set. I know that at the end we were playing back-to-back and trying to mess each other up a bit, but in reality it just meant we reached for the most dancefloor-friendly tunes we had. I was gutted we didn’t finish with The Monster Mash (yes, I did have it with me) but Alex’s (Reach Out) I’ll Be There seemed like a pretty banging final tune.

I’d like to thank Alex for being a perfect guest; Rosie and Kathryn and the Ernest crew for letting us do it and coping admirably; Polly and Toni and Kirsten for being staunch; everyone who came. All that stuff. And tramadol and Patron Xo Café for getting me through it.

Till next time…

 

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Hey folks. Had a burst of excellent new releases come my way lately and figured that was a good excuse for a new Jumpin’ mix – number 21!

There’s tracks from new or imminent albums by Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Deslondes (two tracks because it’s that good), Bonnie Prince Billy, Pokey LaFarge, Rhiannon Giddens, Sir Jac’s Bantamacs, Chain & The Gang and The Unthanks, as well as something from the new Dengue Fever reissues.

And the usual mix of soul, country, blues, garage and more.

  1. Barry Adamson – The Big Bamboozle
  2. Eldridge Holmes – Popcorn Children
  3. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
  4. The Jackson 5 – Little Bitty Pretty One
  5. Mose Allison – Parchman Farm
  6. Hunx & His Punx – You Don’t Like Rock’N’Roll
  7. Chain & The Gang – Free Will
  8. The Deslondes – Hurricane Shakedown
  9. Eli Paperboy Reed – Bad Girl
  10. Pokey LaFarge – Riot In The Street
  11. Dengue Fever – Tip My Canoe
  12. Omar Kay – Turkish Coffee
  13. Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
  14. Big Youth – All Nations Bow
  15. Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
  16. The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
  17. The Como Mamas – Count Your Blessings
  18. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Moanin’
  19. James Carr – Who’s Been Warming My Oven
  20. The Five Stairsteps – Playgirl’s Love
  21. Eddie Carlton – It Will Be Done
  22. Margie Joseph – I Can’t Move No Mountain
  23. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
  24. Kokomo Arnold – Milk Cow Blues
  25. Lefty Frizzell – Shine, Shave, Shower (It’s Saturday)
  26. Sir Jac’s Bantamacs – One Cup Of Coffee
  27. The Dirt Daubers – Trucks, Tractors & Trains
  28. Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie
  29. The Deslondes – She Better Be Lonely
  30. Bonnie Prince Billy – Leonard
  31. Micah P Hinson – Beneath The Rose
  32. Rhiannon Giddens – The Angels Laid Him Away
  33. Blind Willie McTell – The Dyin’ Crapshooter’s Blues
  34. Jerry Jeff Walker – Desperados Waiting For The Train
  35. Guy Clark – Dublin Blues
  36. Cian Nugent – Lucy
  37. The Unthanks – What Can A Song Do To You?
(NB – I did try labelling the tracks in the mix but it crashed, sorry!)

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Things Are Jumpin’ All Over

First off, thanks if you came down to the Riddim On The Terrace afternoon at the Cumberland yesterday. The sun was blazing, it was packed, it was a brilliant afternoon.

Thanks to Rob Heron, Rory Smith and Pete Pearson for joining in…

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There’s Soul Finger #5 at the Cumberland Arms on July 7th and then I’m going to be back on the Cumberland Arms Terrace on July 9th for Jumpin’ On The Terrace. From 2pm to 7pm I’ll be playing soul, reggae, rhythm & blues, country and whatever the hell else I fancy, probably with a guest selector or two as well. It’s free, it’s family friendly, there’ll be food and the Cumby always has good beer.

On July 22nd I’ll be DJing on the Jumpin’ Hot Stage at SummerTyne Americana down at the Sage and then hotfooting it over the Tyne for Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #4 at Ernest. No guest confirmed yet, but it’ll be 9pm – 2am, and FREE! And then I’ll be back at the Jumpin’ Hot stage on the Sunday.

We’re hoping to fit in another Riddim On The Terrace before the summer is over, and more Riddim! nights at Ernest too. And Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest will keep being roughly every three months.

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