Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tuesday Is (Lowdown) Blues Day!

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - She's Crazy 'Bout Entertainers

Blues singer / harmonica player Jerry McCain has been doing his eccentric blues thing for the last fifty years, leaving behind great recordings featuring his fine harmonica playing and humorous lyrics for labels such as Excello (where he did the rockin' and rollin' "My Next Door Neighbor" and "Tryin' to Please"), Rex, OKeh, Jewel and Ichiban. "My Next Door Neighbor" will be featured in a future post, as its glory must be shared (the Excello 45 is a nice swampy thing, but the homemade demo, comped on Norton's Wildass Obscuros CD, is a fast and furious piece with a proto-metal feel). Today's selection was a Jewel single from around 1966 or '67. "She's Crazy 'Bout Entertainers" is a lowdown blues that starts with a nice horn fanfare (the only appearance of horns on the record until the end) and then McCain's tale of his woman's relationships with soul singers, whom he name checks.

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