Here we are and another Sunday and another programme. This one starts quietly, a bit of jazz, JJ Cale and Aretha, goes down south to Tex Mex country, resurfaces with the loud type of Blues – new-ish Little Ed and old-ish Leadbelly, then some saxophone honkers and screamers, finishing with a wacky one.
Lets see – now this was a more normal Crossraods programme. Starting with some of the great rock and rollers – Bobby Dylan, Robbie Robertson, the not as famous as they should be Blasters, some blues,Â mainly from Chicago, someÂ African stuff – where the Blues really came from, back to a classic rock run from Steely Dan, Ry and Tom Waits and finish with the lovely Rosana. Not a lot of plays for her but she is a crossroads favourite – should be heard much more – lovely songs, good backing- I only wish I knew what she was talking about.
Oh goody a new toy, well if you don’t know the I Went To The Crossroads programme, get set.
On 18th OctoberÂ I did a reggae special for Black history Month, although nearly all the programme’s music orginates in some way from the blues (except the latin stuff and even thenÂ I bet it does).
So I played old stuff like The Congo’s Soddam and Gomorah and Stepping Razor byÂ Peter Tosh. With very old stuff like Toots and the Maytals and the Heptones.Â I try (fail you may say) to get the programmes to flowÂ old to new, slow to fast, quiet to loud so everything seems like a logical procession.