Travelin’ Music from out on Texas Highway 61

When I was out west earlier this month, an old running buddy — let’s call him Marv — and I grabbed daughter Elly and revisited one of our early haunts, a little blues joint outside Vancouver, WA known as the Cascade Tavern. That night, we were treated to the musical stylings of Bug Henderson, who had been booked into the Portland Blues Festival that weekend until the promoter pulled the gig on him at the last minute.

Bugs was not a happy man about that cancellation — in fact, he put an awful lot of feeling that night into a song about how hard it is to make a living with his “starvation box” of a guitar. But since he was in town anyway, he ended up at the Cascade. His loss was our gain, because he’s quite a picker.

Here he is playing Dylan’s “Highway 61,” Texas blues style. Enjoy your evening folks.

224 comments Add your comment

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

THANK YOU, DADDY JAY! FRIDAY CANDY! :-)

jewcowboy

July 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

I must be on my way…but in honor of Sunday night’s premiere and the return of my favorite show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPY7icwcKJ4

Good evening all…I’m off to have some Manhattan’s with some friends. I may even have a cigarette….

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Jay, we need some Howlin’ Woof sometime.

stands for decibels

July 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

we need some Howlin’ Woof sometime.

But we just covered Karen Handel in the last thread!

Soothsayer

July 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Mick

July 23rd, 2010
4:04 pm

One area where racism loses – music..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg

Soothsayer

July 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

Mick: there was a special on PBS about Stax records with (among others)Booker T & the MGs. What a great show! I wish they would show it again.

Soothsayer

July 23rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm

in fact, he put an awful lot of feeling that night into a song about how hard it is to make a living with his “starvation box” of a guitar.

Do you happen to remember the name of the tune? I’d like to hear it, if I can find it.

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

Mick

July 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

@@

July 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

I’ll just SLIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE Elmore into the mix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKo80b-QfK0

Matti

July 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Repost: Edited for my use of 1960’s mixed drink terminology:

Black Texas Highway from a local legend:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIcTgsnxF_A

jewcowboy,

I’ll take a Stinger, please!

Matti

July 23rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Oops. Sorry for duplicating. I was told I was moderated.

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Hillbilly, I believe its title was Starvation Box.

@@

July 23rd, 2010
4:38 pm

Oh lawdy! Byll’s a Howling Wolf fan?

“Anytime u think’n evil u think’n ’bout da blues.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ou-6A3MKow

Jefferson

July 23rd, 2010
4:41 pm

Sounds like of Son House singin’ the blues…

http://s0.ilike.com/play#Son+House:Grinnin‘+In+Your+Face:249203:s38179929.10402491.17970660.0.2.11%2Cstd_92212c4cfe3a412dacb92996d79fbfe9

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
4:42 pm

@@
You never cease to surprise me!

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
4:47 pm

Okay, it’s Friday and they’re here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZYgLpIJQV4

Soothsayer

July 23rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
4:53 pm

A certain English rock band lifted this song, without proper credit, and later got sued for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=1n7pfNNP2EM&feature=related

Mick

July 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Geez, Sooth, I was practically crying just listening to the strings on that one….

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
4:58 pm

Going back and licking my calf over on that 4:53.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=1n7pfNNP2EM&feature=related

Soothsayer

July 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Jay, most beautiful voice on Earth! Hands down!

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
5:02 pm

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Sooth, I’m a big fan, but Patsy Cline, kd lang, Emmylou, Peggy Lee are all up there too, and that’s without even going into folks such as Aretha, Mahalia and others.

popeye

July 23rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Jay .. If I’m not mistaken the Cascade is right over the Interstate bridge ( coming from Portland) and thereafter a short distance maybe a mile or two. Another good blues joint is a hole in the wall in North Portland called the Mock Crest Tavern.

Something slow and bluesy………….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP5ftcSIUjc

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Popeye if you know all that, then I KNOW you’re familiar with the late, great Paul DeLay.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Longtime journalist ( and uber liberal mush mouth) Daniel Schorr dies at age 93

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is crossing another one off the enemies list

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

Queen – ‘Another One Bites the Dust’

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

@@

July 23rd, 2010
5:14 pm

@@
You never cease to surprise me!

josef:

What….you thought the only blues I knew about were of the postpartum variety?

That’s ’cause you’re gay.

BADA BING

July 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

That Booker T was really something. Inventing peanut butter, and of course his work with the M.G.s.

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Not to mention the White Eagle.

popeye

July 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

It’s been awhile Jay since i’ve been home, but I think he was a blues icon in Portland. Probably after I was long gone…but, I looked him up, and he died at the same hospital as my father, and where my son was born!

Paul DeLay playing at the Waterfront in Portland!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFYvGPexRgs

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
5:20 pm

And for y’all who accuse me of being a drama queen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yqgqd4nkoc&feature=related

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
5:24 pm

I wouldn’t argue about any of the ladies Jay mentioned but I’d add this one to the list. She’s a West Virginian, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=GApMRmySoe8&feature=channel

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

Blues done RIGHT…

Traveling riverside blues..LED ZEP

Asked sweet mama, Let me be her kid
She said, “You might get hurt if you don’t keep it hid”

Well I know my baby, If I see her in the dark
I said I know my rider, If I see her in the dark

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

@@
Gay boys get the blues, too, y’know…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0t_d0G827o

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

@@

July 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

He was a great blues harp player, and lived hard, as those pictures suggest. He was big in Portland for years until Uncle Sam forced him to do eight to ten in the federal pen on cocaine peddling charges. His band stuck together in his absence — played as the No DeLay Band — and was waiting for him upon his release.

He picked up his career from there. As I understand it, he died of cancer — a day or two after being diagnosed. I’m guessing he thought he felt bad, but it didn’t feel that much different than he always did. bad.

A blues song in its own right.

popeye

July 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Jay … We talking the White Eagle Saloon?

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm

yes sir. spent too many nights there, and not enough.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
5:32 pm

Thanks RW

Don’t know why I’m having problems the last couple weeks posting links. Maybe I ain’t livin’ right.

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Here’s a great DeLay cut, when he was still in better voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSvdnmhLkss&NR=1

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:36 pm

And Hillbilly, that url didn’t take for some reason.

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
5:36 pm

Hillbilly D,

I don’t think the problem is on your end since the whole URL is showing up here. The post right below this one is FUBAR until you get rid of Jay’s part of it. You just keep feeding me the half links and I’ll sign on as Hillbilly’s Helper.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 23rd, 2010
5:39 pm

RW

Thanks. It’s getting bean time, so maybe I’ll come back later and give it another shot.

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
5:40 pm

Thanks for the assist, RW, that was good.

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
5:46 pm

You’re both welcome.

I just looked at the page source and the automatic coding is cutting Hillbilly’s URL off in the middle, but since it isn’t happening when others post the same way there might be a browser/web page mismatch.

Just for the heck of it I’ll drop one of his to see if it works without me coding it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=GApMRmySoe8&feature=channel

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

Some major health insurance companies have stopped issuing certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, state officials said Friday.

Terrific, the dummycrats “help” and children die.

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Well then! It’s that # in Hillbilly’s URL that’s causing the problem. The ones that work seem to have a ? in that spot.

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
5:53 pm

@@
Thanks…that’s about me tonight!

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
5:53 pm

Another great bluesy riff by LED ZEP

The best musicians, the best arrangements, the best songs, the best shows, the best band EVER

Irrefutable proof america, nay, the world, has declined..1970’s LED ZEP 2010 Justin Bieber, Bebo, Beaver, whatever the hell.

Led Zeppelin- Hey Hey What Can I Do

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHcc86xnfc&feature=related
..

In the bars, with the men who play guitars
Singin’, drinkin’ and rememberin’ the times
My little lover does a midnight shift
She followed around all the time
I guess there’s just one thing a-left for me to do
Gonna pack my bags and move on my way
Cause I got a worried mind
Sharin’ what I thought was mine
Gonna leave her where the guitars play

I got a woman, she won’t be true, no no
I got a woman, wanna ball all day
I got a woman, stay drunk all the time
I got a little woman and she won’t be true

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
6:01 pm

wyldByl

In case you’re still here…thinking about you….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vziUC1IT0wo&feature=related

all in good fun!

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

This one is for Josef, but others can take a peek. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlbgqmxXNY

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

Hillbilly D,

When you pop back in I guess you’re posting things from your own Youtube channel and the problem is the format of the URL. That (#) sign tells Wordpress to stop coding. If Youtube lets you have any control you need to replace the (#) with (?)

Here’s some people talking about a similar issue.

godless heathen

July 23rd, 2010
6:30 pm

Starvation Box, I like.

Like the difference between a banjo and a pizza?

You can feed a family with a pizza.

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:35 pm

Not much going on here this evening? A shame….Well, should anyone stop by, check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=hyqClwGu_Sk&feature=related

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

eyes
THANKS! That was n-i-i-i–ce…especially that sax at the end…much appreciated

And Ruth Brown! Oh, my, yes! Back in high school one of my best friends mama was a very proper mother of the church and in her house you didn’t even dare say “darn,” but she loved Ruth Brown and turned me on to her…we had a drag queen there in town he would bring the house down during her stuff…

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 23rd, 2010
6:40 pm

Bloomberg Mulling Charging For Garbage Pickup
Forget Your Taxes, Mayor Considering Additional ‘Pay As You Throw’ Fee To Help Cash-Strapped New York City

You are lucky this blog is in Fatlanta, kookman, cause in New York City you would owe for all that you sling around, just sayin…

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:42 pm

Josef,

Glad you enjoyed. I had a girlfriend in grad school who had some very eccentric tastes in music. She dusted off an old vinyl recording of “If I Can’t Sell It” in a record store. It may not have been Ruth Brown, but I sure do remember that tune.

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:45 pm

This one is for Andy. He did not request it. But I know wants to hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wHHpDlGY_U

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
6:46 pm

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:49 pm

And because it is a dead man’s party in here tonight, here is something to wake the dead. The lead singer and my singing brother used to be singing waiters once upon a time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
6:51 pm

Thanks Josef. I understand they used to live about half a block from here, back in the day. Natalie Merchant’s voice has that Southern slide to it, even thought she grew up in upstate New York. It reminds me of my older daughter Elly’s voice, to tell you the truth.

We all want candy, even if we don’t like sweets.

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
6:52 pm

Here’s the one eyes tried at 6:35

http://bit.ly/coLWOi

Jay

July 23rd, 2010
6:54 pm

and eyes, that selection for Andy …. I’d pay a dollar to see his face, and 20 dollars to watch if he sat through the whole thing.

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
6:57 pm

RW,

Thanks!

Jay,

I’d buy a ticket for that, too.

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:00 pm

Welcome, Jay, and I did not know that, but now that you bring it up, she does have that je ne sais quois Southern women singers have…

BTW
I did sit through the whole of the post to Andy…I really liked the vocals on them…also two of my favorites, even if one of them does get a bad rep…

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 23rd, 2010
7:01 pm

For Obama and Shirley Sherrod…They had a bad week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UupyFSJeQI

SOUTHERN ATL

July 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

RW-(the original)

July 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

Any of these Youtube URL’s with a # sign in them are going to cause a problem. You either need to code the link yourself or go to a url shortener to change the url if you want to be able to drop it and let Wordpress takeover.

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Check out how “hipl” the host was in introducing CCNY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QsSc95pPPY

Normal

July 23rd, 2010
7:09 pm

Jefferson Airplane and Papa John Creach. White boy guitar meet black man fiddle…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgy6AVkZmeo

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
7:17 pm

josef (and all of you other “eggheads” out there:

I found this extremely interesting ………….. Hummmmmm !

“Out of the supercharged intellectual world, three jarring theories of the twentieth century emerged: Einstein’s relativity, Heisenberg’s uncertainty and Kurt Godel’s incompleteness.”

“Godel (one of the most significant mathematicians of all time) decided to become a U.S. citizen in 1947. He took his preparation for the exam very seriously, studied the Constitution carefully, and (as might be expected by the formulator of the incompleteness theory) found what he believed to be a logical flaw. There was an internal inconsistency, he insisted, that would allow the entire government to degenerate into tyranny.”

“Einstein” by Walter Isaacson

“He rather excitedly told me in looking at the Constitution to his distress he had found some inner constradictions and that he could show in a perfectly legal manner it would be possible for somebody to become a dictator and set up a Fascist regime, never intended by those who drew up the Constitution.”

O. Morganstern, Memorandum, September 13, 1971

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Checking out for awhile, but here is a song for today by an earlier Jefferson Airplane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uokp0aEiT-A

BTW, anyone here hip to what a Jefferson Airplane was? ;-)

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:19 pm

laissez
@ 7:01

Thass funny!

Southern ATL
@ 7:02

That was a great choice,,,thanks…and the video well, for lack of a better word, was sweet…made me happy…thanks again

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
7:21 pm

Scout,

The boogie man is gonna get ya.

By the way, do you know a poster here with the handle “barking frog”?

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:25 pm

Scout
Interesting, indeed…an interpretation of the document coming from an unexpected source…

Normal

July 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

Bruno

July 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

“Out of the supercharged intellectual world, three jarring theories of the twentieth century emerged: Einstein’s relativity, Heisenberg’s uncertainty and Kurt Godel’s incompleteness.”

Though not as well known as Einstein’s Special Relativity or even Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Godel Incompleteness Theorem shook the foundations of both mathematics and philosophy by proving that any system of propositions is (1) Incomplete (i.e. there will always be true statements that are unprovable within the system) and (2) Inconsistent (i.e. there will always be contradictory statements within the system).

IMO, this is the message that Jesus brought to us 2000 years earlier by elevating the “spirit” of the Law over the “letter” of the Law. The Sadduces and Pharisees of his time thought that it was enough to follow the “letter” of the Law.

Bruno

July 23rd, 2010
7:33 pm

josef–I appreciate your earlier shout, and want to dedicate this song to you. Here’s the original version of “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers, and Harvey Fuqua. Several years later, Diana Ross and the Supremes made it a huge hit, but I kinda like the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU_sFZWUK_g

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

theyeshavit:

1) Be prepared …………. !!!

2) No and I haven’t figured him/her out yet. Why do you ask?

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
7:51 pm

josef:

I remember as a young agent years ago we were issued a “Constitutional Law” manual. You know, all the case law we needed to know about suspect rights, probable cause, search warrants, etc., etc. Kind of a quick reference guide.

Anyway, I put it on top my G-ride one day and drove off and lost it. About two weeks later, this guy from Great Britain (he kept it long enough to read it all) called me and said he had found it. I went to pick it up and he admitted reading it and said, “how do you guys ever get anything done. This is crazy”.

Just sayin ………………..

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

Peeking in….

Scout, mentioned very early this morning that he had been stationed at Wakkanai AB, the very same place I was at, and around the same time. He mentioned 1966-67. I was there from 1967-1969.

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

bruno
that 7:33 was a really nice version

Bud Wiser

July 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

I wonder when Obozo is going to make nice with Sherrod?

They could throw down a few bottle of Thunderbird and call it the Wino Racists Summit of course R. Emmanuel, Jesse and Al would have to get a call.

Maybe they could all get drunk on that cheap wine and pull up some real music instead of this obscure crap Bookman seems to find every week.

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
7:54 pm

josef:

This is dull. I’m going to stir it up a little, go eat and come back ………………. :o

Christians, Jews, Buddists, Shintoists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Atheists and even Satanists are by and large living peacefully among each other around the world …………. but the Muslims, oh, those Muslims!

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Bud None The Wiser,

This one’s for you. Prost! Bottoms up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lfLYQg-bYs

josef nix

July 23rd, 2010
7:58 pm

Bruno

July 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

“here is a song for today by an earlier Jefferson Airplane”

Back at ya with an early Jefferson Starship song, eyes. Some great guitar work by Jorma:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1khaG80Qgk&feature=related

theyeshaveit

July 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

Nostalgia and the thinking man’s treacher.

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=hziG-cLZW1Y&feature=related

Bruno

July 23rd, 2010
8:02 pm

josef @ 7:42–Thanks for the encouragement, and great advice. Right now I’m trying to get back to the basics, I think it’s my only hope.