COTTON ROW MUSIC & RECORDS,” ARTIST ,BOB FRANK” appearing at the Utah in San Francisco

 Bob Frank associated with Cotton Row Music & Records & Voice of Memphis Music

Saul Conrad
Bob Frank (w/ recent reissue on Light in the Attic records!)
plus TBA
Tue, August 12, 2014
8:00 pm
This event is 21 and over

Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

Has A video production & GIG taking place in San Francisco on August 12th
If you are in the area please come out to the show and be a part of the video as well as enjoy some fantastic American Music written by one of our most prolific writers Bob Frank
Originally released in 1972 on Vanguard Records, Bob Frank’s self titled debut album took elements of Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Ian Tyson and filtered it through a pot-smoked haze infused with Frank’s long-time friend, Memphis guru Jim Dickinson. Dickinson and Frank shared a mutual admiration that ran so deep that on Dickinson’s own 1972 debut album Dixie Fried (released on Atlantic Records) he recorded one of Bob’s songs, ‘Wild Bill Jones.’ Despite the Dickinson/Memphis connection, Bob Frank’s only LP for Vanguard has remained a forgotten, hard to find vinyl relic. Until now….

Carefully re-mastered from the original tapes, historical maverick (and noted expert on the Memphis scene) Alec Palao recently interviewed Frank in detail and assembled a lengthy essay for the CD and LP liner notes that detail Frank’s personal and musical journey.

As Dickinson once deadpanned, “Bob went to Vietnam and Nashville. I don’t know which was worse.” It was also an itinerant period, when Frank spent many a stoned evening staggering alone through the mid-south urban gothic landscape of church steps and sleaze bars, with his guitar glued to his arm, if not an actual extension of it. Songs would emerge from dreams or drunken visions. But this was not artless acid folk, but a series of picaresque, well-sketched vignettes delivered in a clearly-enunciated vernacular, and all very much in Frank’s own style.

Cotton Row Music & Records is Busy Planting the Seeds

Good Afternoon!

I am happy to report that Cotton Row Music & Records now has a solid administrative and publicity team in place, and we are moving forward on the production of vinyl, video and more! Our unsung folk hero Bob Frank has an upcoming gig in the Golden Gate city on August 12, and videographer extrordinairé Jeffry Haas will be on hand to capture this show for those who are unable to attend in person. Stay tuned for details on how you can download and watch what is sure to be a memorable show in this historic music city.

Another film project we have on the books: The Making of the Blues Choir LP!

As you know, this is the groundbreaking work of another of our talented artists, Fingers DelRey. Jeffry Haas will be at the helm of this project as well, and we thank him for his continued commitment to crafting moving imagery that suits the distinctive sounds of our diverse roster of professional musicians.

A big thank you goes out to all the people working hard to help the Cotton Row Music & Records vision spring to life: Barbara, Stacy, Terrye, Tyler, Amber, our wonderful artists and all of the behind the scenes players—you rock! As you can imagine, it takes a herculean effort to manage production in several studios concurrently, but it sure is a lot of fun. We plan to be in full swing and ready to take on the world by August 18!

Personally, this has been a challenging week of hospital tests and travel clearances, but it looks like I’m on the mend, so thank you for your support.

Have a great day and much love from the old man planting the seeds,

)o( Barry Shankman
Voice of Memphis Music
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07/27/2014 Soulful Sunday

 This little lady has a voice so strong and soulful that I just had to add her to our Sunday blog’s and post Ms. Tracy Nelson singing one of her very best, “Down So Low” Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records… )o(b

Nelson was born and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. There she first learned about R&B music from WLAC radio inNashville. In her teens, Nelson sang folk music in coffeehouses and with a group called The Fuller’s Wood Singers and was lead singer in a band called The Fabulous Imitations.

In 1964, Nelson recorded an acoustic blues album released on Prestige Records, “Deep Are the Roots“. It featured blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite among her backup band. In Chicago, where the album was recorded, Nelson met and learned from artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Otis Spann.

Nelson moved to San Francisco in 1966, where she became part of the music scene there. Her band Mother Earthplayed the Fillmore Auditorium, sharing bills with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It was during this period that Nelson wrote and recorded, with Mother Earth on the album Living with the Animals, her signature song “Down So Low“, later covered by Linda Ronstadt, Etta James,and Diamanda Galás.

In the late 1960s Nelson relocated to Nashville, where she and Mother Earth recorded the album Make A Joyful Noise and the solo effort Tracy Nelson Country. The latter features Nelson’s cover of the country classic “Blue, Blue Day”. Nelson made a total of six albums with Mother Earth for the Mercury, Reprise, and Columbia labels. She has continued to record as a solo artist, for Atlantic and other labels. In 1974, her duet with Willie Nelson, “After the Fire is Gone“, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her 1975 release “Sweet Soul Music” on the MCA label included Leon Pendarvis and Richard Tee on keyboards and the Sweet Inspirations, and featured covers of Don Nix‘s “Same Old Blues” and Bob Dylan‘s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight“.

After a lengthy hiatus from recording in the 1980s, Nelson released several albums on the independent Rounder Records label in the 1990s. Her 1998 collaboration with label-mates Marcia Ball and Irma ThomasSing It” garnered a second Grammy nomination. During this comeback period she performed on American music television programs such as Sunday Night and Austin City Limits.

Since the early 2000s, Nelson has recorded for various independent record labels. She released her first in concert album “Live From Cell Block D” in 2004. Other projects include a collaboration with blues-rock veteransNick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Corky Siegel and Sam Lay. Billed as the Chicago Blues Reunion, the group toured major cities in 2005 and 2006.

In 2007, Tracy released You’ll Never Be a Stranger at My Door, her first pure country effort since her 1969 album, Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country. Stranger included her covers of Johnny Cash‘s “I Still Miss Someone“, Jim Reeves‘s “Four Walls“; the Everly Brothers‘ “I Wonder If I Care as Much” and a song based on a poem of her own composition, “Salt of the Earth”.

In 2013, Nelson was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the ‘Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)’ category

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Rare picture of Tracy, Eric Burdon & Jimi Hendrix





07/25/2014 Blues Friday


Blues Friday Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records Bringing you Robert Johnson playing “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” This Song contains the only guitar solo Robert Johnson ever recorded. A very good example for his amazing talent. He plays rhythm and lead guitar on one instrument and at the same time. Here we have both takes which remain to that day.

Voice of Memphis Music, Cotton Row Music & Records enjoy Robert’s guitar work..

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07/20/2014 Soulful Sunday

 Soulful Sunday Bringing you Sam & Dave Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records

Sam Moore and Dave Prater , are indeed Soulful Sunday ..So please please please, “Hold On I’m Comin“, Stax had so many great artist here is just a touch of SAM & DAVE.. not only did they help drive the Memphis sound and Stax they brought that Southern Soul all over America till the popularity made them international stars )O( Enjoy this several song upload of STAX sounds and listen understand what was going on in the political arena and how Soul music helped advance the movement.. Voice of Memphis Music…Cotton Row Music & Records.. Skip advertisement in beginning of each cut SORRY )O( both experienced gospel music singers, having performed individually with groups the Sensational Hummingbirds and The Melionaires. They met in The King of Hearts Club in Miami in 1961, where they were discovered by regional producer Henry Stone, who signed them to Roulette Records. After modest success at Roulette,they were signed by Jerry Wexler to Atlantic Records in 1964, then being ‘loaned‘ out to Stax Records to produce, record and release their records.

The duo’s November 1965 single, “You Don’t Know Like I Know,” started a series of ten straight top twenty Billboard R&B hits that included “Hold On! I’m Comin'” (1966), “You Got Me Hummin’“(1966), “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” (1967), “Soul Man” (1967), and “I Thank You” (1968). Most of their hits were penned by Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter. In most recordings, they were also backed by Hayes on piano with Booker T and the MGs and The Memphis Horns. The ending of their association with the Stax record label and their frequently volatile relationship contributed to their first break-up in 1970.

Sam & Dave performed throughout most of the 1970s through 1981, and enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity due to The Blues Brothers’s 1979 recording of “Soul Man“. Their last performance together was on December 31, 1981, at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. On 9 April 1988, Prater died in a car crash in Sycamore, Georgia. 
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07/18/2014 Blues Friday


 Bringing you the Real Thing a Southern Chain Gang singing while they slave away on laying

train track Lightning – Long John.. Voice of Memphis Music ,, Cotton Row Music & Records


This is a song that you should actually spend a minute listening to the rhythm pattern and the syncopation.. to understand how it helped in re-leaving the day to day grind yet and the same time make the work pass by faster and the gang work in unison.. This is indeed Southern Music at it’s finest
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CHAIN GANG on hill




07/13/2014 ​Soulful Sunday

​ Soulful Sunday once again and we are going to a pair of great vocalist and a song that crossed all social racial lines it even ran 4:08.. the boy‘s singing ? The Righteous Brothers.. and the song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin‘”… Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records


The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They recorded from 1963 through 1975 and continued to perform until Hatfield’s death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed “blue-eyed soul“.

Medley and Hatfield both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinctive duet sound and also to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful baritone, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring tenor.

They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group calledThe Paramours, which featured John Wimber (a founder of the Vineyard Movement) on keyboards. At the end of one particular performance, a U.S. Marine in the audience shouted, “That was righteous, brothers!“, prompting the pair to adopt the name when they embarked on a career as a duo.

Their first major hit single was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’“, their first release on the Philles label in 1965.Produced by Phil Spector, the record is often cited as one of the peak expressions of Spector’s Wall of Sound productiontechniques. It was one of the most successful pop singles of its time, despite exceeding the then standard length for radio play. Indeed, according to BMI, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” remains the most played song in radio history, estimated to have been broadcast more than eight million times. Spector used Cher (of Sonny & Cher fame) as a backing singer on this recordings

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Phil the master of control at a beautiful Western Electric Tube Console as always “IN CHARGE”

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07/11/2014 Blues Friday

 Sonny Boy Williamson “Bring it on Home

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Williamson was born near JacksonTennessee in 1914. His original recordings were considered to be in the country blues style, but he soon demonstrated skill at making harmonica a lead instrument for the blues, and popularized it for the first time in a more urban blues setting. He has been called “The father of modern blues harp”. While in his teens he joined Yank Rachell and Sleepy John Estes playing with them in Tennessee and Arkansas, and in 1934 settled in Chicago.


Sonny first recorded for Bluebird Records in 1937 and his first recording, “Good Morning, School Girl“, became a standard. He was hugely popular among black audiences throughout the southern United States as well as in the midwestern industrial cities such as Detroit and his home base in Chicago, and his name was synonymous with the blues harmonica for the next decade. Other well-known recordings of his include “Sugar Mama Blues“, “Shake the Boogie“, “You Better Cut That Out“, “Sloppy Drunk“, “Early in the Morning” and “Stop Breaking Down” and “Hoodoo Hoodoo” aka “Hoodoo Man Blues“. In 1947 “Shake the Boogie” made #4 on BillboardRace Records chart. Williamson’s style influenced a large number of blues harmonica performers, including Billy Boy ArnoldJunior WellsSonny TerryLittle Walter, and Snooky Pryor among many others. He was the most widely heard and influential blues harmonica player of his generation. His music was also influential on many of his non-harmonica playing contemporaries and successors, including Muddy Waters (who had played guitar with Williamson in the mid-1940s) and Jimmy Rogers (whose first recording in 1946 was as a harmonica player, performing an uncanny imitation of Williamson’s style); Rogers later recorded Williamson’s songs “My Little Machine” and “Sloppy Drunk” on Chess Records, and Waters recorded “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” in September 1963 for his Chess Folk Singer LP and again in the 1970s when he moved to Johnny Winter‘s Blue Sky label on CBS.

He was popular enough that by the 1940s, another blues harp player, Aleck/Alex “Rice” Miller, from Mississippi, began also using the name Sonny Boy Williamson. John Lee is said to have objected to this, though no legal action took place, possibly due to the fact that Miller did not release any records during Williamson’s lifetime, and that Williamson played mainly around theChicago area, while Miller seldom ventured beyond the Mississippi Delta region until after Williamson’s death. In 1942, John Lee allegedly confronted Miller, but according to Miller’s friend and guitarist Robert Lockwood, “Big Sonny Boy [Miller] chased Little Sonny Boy [Williamson] away from there. He couldn’t play with Rice. Rice Miller could play Sonny Boy’s stuff better than he could play it!

Williamson recorded prolifically both as a bandleader and a sideman over the entire course of his career, mainly for the Bluebird record label. Before Bluebird moved to Chicago, where it eventually became part of RCA Records, many early sessions took place at the Leland Tower, a hotel in Aurora, Illinois. The top-floor nightclub at the Leland, known as “The Sky Club“, was used for live big band broadcasts on a local radio station, was utilized during off-hours as a recording studio for Williamson’s early sessions, as well as those of other Bluebird artists.

Williamson’s final recording session took place in Chicago in December 1947, backing Big Joe Williams. On June 1, 1948, John Lee Williamson was killed in a robbery on Chicago’s South Side, as he walked home from a performance at The Plantation Club at 31st St. and Giles Ave., a tavern just a block and a half away from his home at 3226 S. Giles. Williamson’s final words are reported to have been “Lord have mercy“.

His legacy has been somewhat overshadowed in the post-war blues era by the popularity of the musician who appropriated his name, Rice Miller, who after Williamson’s death went on to record many popular blues songs for Chicago’s Checker Records label and others, and toured Europe several times during the ‘blues revival’ in the early 1960s.

Williamson is buried at the former site of The Blairs Chapel Church, southwest of Jackson, Tennessee. In 1991, a red granite marker was purchased by fans and family to mark the site of his burial. A Tennessee historical marker, also placed in 1991, indicates the place of his birth and describes his influence on blues music. The historical marker is located south of Jackson on TN Highway 18, at the corner of Caldwell Road.
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07/06/2014 Soulful Sunday

Soulful Sunday another chance to hear the origins of sound and music that came before many of you..

Otis took us to new heights and made our music just touch our soul… What a thrill “ Otis Redding – “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay“ it was to hear him see him and work with OTIS..Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer-songwriterrecord producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in popular music and a major artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of 1960s and helped exemplify the Stax sound.

Born and raised in Georgia, United States, Redding left school at 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard‘s backing band, the Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins‘ band, the Pinetoppers, and toured the Southern United States as driver and musician. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine“, in 1962. Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later.

Initially popular mainly with African Americans, Redding later reached the broader American popular music audience. He and his group first played small gigs in the South, then debuted in the western United States at LA’s popular Whisky a Go Go. They later performed in Paris, London and other European cities.

After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival Redding wrote and recorded the iconic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts after his death in a plane crash. The Dock of the Bay became the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Redding’s premature death devastated Stax. Already on the verge of bankruptcy, the label soon discovered that Atlantic Records owned the rights to his entire catalogue.

Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the honorific nickname King of Soul. In addition to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Respect” and “Try a Little Tenderness” are among his best-known songs.
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06/29/2014 Soulful Sunday

This Soulful Sunday has been a day of reflection on all those great artist and friends we have lost. I dedicate this Soulful Sunday to one of the best Guitarist and songwriters I have ever produced and worked with MR Maboon Teenie Hodges. Voice of Memphis Music,, Cotton Row Music & Records

One tune that Will constantly live on is one Teenie co wrote with Al Green Love and Happiness

Teenie Hodges RIP 06/22/2014
My friend and great guitarist Mr. “Teenie Hodges
Mabon Lewis “Teenie” Hodges (June 3, 1946 – June 22, 2014) was a Memphis, Tennessee musician, best known for his work as rhythm and lead guitarist and songwriter on many of Al Green’s popular soul hits, and those of other artists such as Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, on Hi Records in the 1970s. Born in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges began playing guitar at age 12 in his father’s band, the Germantown Blue Dots, before joining his brothers Leroy and Charles in their group, the Impalas. He was encouraged by local band leader and record producer Willie Mitchell. Mitchell used Hodges as a central component of the Hi Rhythm Section, which also included Leroy, Charles, drummer Al Jackson, and pianist Archie Turner, Mitchell’s stepson.When Jackson left in 1966, Hodges recruited Howard Grimes to replace him.Two of his compositions “Take Me to the River” and “Love and Happiness,” both co-written with Green, have been covered by numerous other international artists, including Al Jarreau, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Talking Heads, O.V. Wright, David Sanborn, Toots & the Maytals, Canned Heat, Foghat, Levon Helm, Syl Johnson, Annie Lennox, Delbert McClinton, Mitch Ryder, Tom Jones, Graham Central Station, Living Colour, blues artist Willie Cobbs, Denise LaSalle, and others. He also co-wrote several other popular hits with songwriters like Isaac Hayes, Willie Mitchell, and Al Green, including “I Take What I Want,” “Oh Me, Oh My,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and “Full of Fire“.

Hodges continued to record and tour as guitarist in the Hi Rhythm Section, often with major soul acts like Syl Johnson and O.V. Wright. The Hodges brothers, with Grimes, recorded the 1976 LP On the Loose, as Hi Rhythm, and in 1994 issued Perfect Gentlemen. They also recorded comeback albums with both Syl Johnson and Al Green. In 2005 Teenie Hodges recorded with Cat Power on her successful album The Greatest.[3] He has also recorded with Alvin “Youngblood” Hart.He had eight children: Valencia Hodges, Reginald Hodges, Shonte Stokes, Sheila Hodges, Cherie Hodges, Tabitha Gary, Inga Black, and Mabon L. Hodges II. His nephew is rapper/actor Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Teenie was the uncle of jazz musician Anthony Lofton.In March 2014, Hodges was taken to a Dallas hospital for pneumonia, following an appearance at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival. He died there on June 22, 2014, from complications of emphysema. He was 68

A dear dear Friend and great Guitarist.. whom I spent many a day in the studio just he and I recording laughing talking and enjoying MEMPHIS.. “RIP Mabon Teenie Hodges” Mabon “Teenie” Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original. Below is just one of the many singles I produced on Teenie and played with him.  In Later life he spent more time enjoying his fame but his life caught up to him in TEXAS recently an d he made it Back to MEMPHIS and friends & Family but has now gone on to play other venues.. I am crying while I type this I think for myself more than those who I have lost over these last few years.. Life was so great starving in LA and living at the TROP.. Having the privilege and honor to work with greats like Teenie and other just fine fine tasteful players.. Teenie, you definitely were one of a kind and I will miss you and continue to love you.. every time I hear your intro on “Love and Happiness” or “Take me to the river” I will remember you and how lucky I was to be able to call you a friend and to have had that opportunity to work with you.. TRAVEL WELL>> feel no pain and Play so when it is late and quiet on the mountain the guitar that I am hearing is yours- with grace and style you gave us a signature sound that no one but you had.*)O(* I WILL MISS YOU and promise never to forget you or the great times and memories I had being with you and working together.. LOVE & HAPPINESS.. MY friend and brother in arms.

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