Ironing Board Sam - Non Support (That's What the Judge Say)
I first heard of Ironing Board Sam (born Sam Moore - no relation to the Stax soul legend) via a videotape of the obscure Nashville R&B TV show "Night Train." On the two episodes Sam performs a rocking blues called "Song of Joy" and covers Ray Charles' "Sticks and Stones." He's a singular presence on the show, with his lantern jaw, dark shades and greasy pompadour, playing his electric piano with its ironing board legs, but he oozes soul and both are great performances. This Blues Access article tells his story and I'll defer to it for details about this very unique artist.
Ironing Board Sam's 45s are pretty darn hard to find, and only a few tunes have been comped at present, mainly the funky "Man of the Street" and "Original Funky Bell Bottoms." Today's selection was originally released on the tiny Lamga label in Los Angeles but was picked up for national release by Atlantic. "Non Support" is a great piece of funky blues featuring a muscular rhythm and good singing by Sam.