08/10/2014 Soulful Sunday

  Sam Moore and Dave Prater represent the true meaning of 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… Tall Cotton Productions ..I am posting almost an hour of some mighty fine R&B Soul for you to listen to as for the next few weeks till the start of September we will be posting,TALL COTTON PRODUCTIONS in NEW YORK”,… Skip advertisement in beginning of each cut SORRY Sam Moore and Dave Prater 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 Brother’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.

Thanks to Wikipedia, Google, Tracy’s web site, & )o( br toad Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records,Tall Cotton Productions, blsfilm llc.. Barry Shankman*)O(*.

 

 

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08/08/2014 Blues Friday

 “Blues You Can’t Lose” Mr. Willie Dixon
 Blues Friday just a thank you to everyone who enjoys our Blues Friday and Soulful Sunday. This week will be the last week of Blues Friday and Soulful Sunday till the Beginning of September. Due to Production Projects travel and video shoots we just are not going to have the time I am going to miss these great Music Blogs as much if not more than you.. I will be blogging about the Studio and the progress that TALL COTTON PRODUCTIONS is making as we move forward Blues Friday today we are going to talk about the professional sound of the Blues Mr. Willie Dixon.. Voice of Memphis Music.. Cotton Row Music Records.. & Tall Cotton Productions “Blues you can’t Lose” Willie was one of the professional Blues musicians who helped make the transitions from Delta Chicago Blues to the money making songwriting Blues musician. Enjoy this as it is one of the first as he started that movement )O( .Rock & Roll hall of Fame,Tall Cotton Productions, Voice of Memphis Music, Cotton Row Music & Records, Blsfilm LLC, br toad & Barry Shankman

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Tall Cotton Productions 08/03/2014 Soulful Sunday

 Bringing you that Memphis, Austin, Muscle shoals Soul sound.. Voice of Memphis Music “MAR-KEYS” Wayne Jackson’s first day in the studio all Cotton Productions

Released on London but definitely the Memphis Sound cut at Stax..in 1961.. this was Wayne Jackson’s first day in the studio and from this came a huge Southern Soul hit Last Night“.. Soul Sunday bringing the sound of the south to all of us who grew up enjoying the boiling B3 the hard hitting snare great horns Steve ‘s Guitar work and more.. Stay tuned as Tall Cotton Productions start to delve into the origins of Memphis Soul as we start off with the beginning of the sound and move into undiscovered NEW artist Not only will we be offering American Roots Blues Jazz and historical based music we will be moving towards the new Memphis Austin Soul.. close your eyes and remember sitting behind the wheel with your date on a Saturday Night.. Thanks to Wikipedia, Google, Tracy’s website, & )o( br toad Voice of Memphis Music & Tall Cotton Productions, Br toad, blsfilm llc.. Barry Shankman*)O(*

 

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08/01/2014 Blues Friday

 

 Blues Friday Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records. Bringing us Mr Lightnin Hopkins COMING STRONG, “Cause you got something I lack”… “That Black Cadillac” Lightnin’ Hopkins giving us a solid guitar chugging like a locomotive going up a grade working hard and steady and giving it all it’s got on Blues Friday.. “ I sure enough need you to come back you got something I lack”,” That Black Cadillac”.. it sure can get down the road.. Enjoy Lightnin’s solid licks and the roll-en snare the bass in buried in the sound which brings us to the Blues which was usually a guitar , snare, kick and a hi hat.. Voice of Memphis Music..Cotton Row Music Records

. it has that chugging Railway soul )o( .Rock & Roll hall of Fame, Voice of Memphis Music, Cotton Row Music & Records, Blsfilm LLC, br toad & Barry Shankman

 

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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
http://www.hotelutah.com/event/552971-saul-conrad-bob-frank-san-francisco/

Saul Conrad
Bob Frank (w/ recent reissue on Light in the Attic records!)
plus TBA
Tue, August 12, 2014
8:00 pm
$8.00
This event is 21 and over

Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/

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
 Cotton Row Music & Records
Rock & Roll Back Story
Inc. (501-c-3)

https://www.cottonrowmusicrecords.com/

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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

Thanks to Wikipedia, Google, Tracy’s web site, & )o( br toad Voice of Memphis Music & Cotton Row Music & Records, Br toad, blsfilm llc.. Barry Shankman*)O(*

 

 

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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. 
Researched through Goggle, Wikipedia, Trax, Voice of Memphis Music , Cotton Row Music & Records..*)o(* br toad

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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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