Vocal: Gerry Moss
12/31/1969
Composed by: RG Ford

Story

"Crosscut Saw" is a bawdy blues song from the early days of the Delta blues. The song was first released in 1941 by Mississippi bluesman Tommy McClennan and has since been interpreted by many blues artists. "Crosscut Saw" was an early hit for Albert King,   The lyrics are rife with double-entendre.  In the early days of the blues, it was common for unrecorded or unpublished songs to be in the repertoire of many artists.  Such songs were passed around and developed over time without regard to ownership.

Vocal duet: Gerry Moss & CJ Nicolai.
11/30/-0001
Composed by: Jimmy Reed

Story

Mathis James "Jimmy" Reed (September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976) was an American blues musician and songwriter, notable for bringing his distinctive style of blues to mainstream audiences. Reed was a major player in the field of electric blues, as opposed to the more acoustic-based sound of many of his contemporaries. His lazy, slack-jawed singing, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns were one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds in the 1950s and 1960s, and had a significant impact on many rock and roll artists who followed, such as Elvis PresleyBilly Gibbons and the Rolling Stones.

Vocal: Gerry Moss
Ananymous/Traditional

Story

"Black Angel Blues", also known as "Sweet Black Angel" or "Sweet Little Angel", is a blues standard that has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists.  The song was first recorded in 1930 by Lucille Bogan, one of the classic female blues singers.  Tampa Red recorded an updated version of the song, substituting a lyric and calling it "Sweet Little Angel" for Victor Records.  in 1953, Earl Hooker recorded it as "Sweet Angel."  In 1956, B.B. King recorded "Sweet Little Angel" (RPM Records).  King's version, which included a horn section, was a stylistic shift for the song and it became a hit, reaching number eight on the Billboard R&B chart. In 1957, he re-recorded "Sweet Little Angel" for his first album Singin' the Blues. Both versions prominently feature B.B. King's guitar work, with his note-bends "sounding almost like a lap steel in places.

Gerry Moss with Red Barn Ramblers
World Famous Headliners

Story

World Famous Headliners is a group of veteran musicians who make great music and have great fun doing it.  Check them out on YouTube.  Click the link to go to their Face Book page.  

Vocal: Gerry Moss
Composed by: Tom Waits

Story

"Heartattack and Vine" is a song from the Tom Waits album by the same name. The song takes its name from Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood. It refers to locations and details of Los Angeles (Cahuenga is a street and the local bus system was formerly known as the RTD).

Vocal: Gerry Moss
12/31/1969
Composed by: Willie Dixon

Story

Willie Dixon was a Chicago blues artist, perhaps best known for his songwriting. He wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs and his work has been recorded by some of the best-known blues musicians of his era, including Muddy WatersHowlin' WolfLittle Walter, and Buddy Guy. Later, some of his songs were popularized by rock groups, such as The Rolling StonesThe DoorsCream, and Led Zeppelin. "Dixon's combination of simple but effective rhythms and melodies with punchy cliché-free lyrics" continue to be interpreted and recorded by newer performers.

Vocal: Gerry Moss
11/30/-0001
Composed by: Keb' Mo'

Lyrics

Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore, October 3, 1951) is a three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician. He is a singerguitarist, and songwriter, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee with his wifeRobbie Brooks Moore. He has been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America." His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop. The moniker "Keb Mo" was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard

Vocal: Gerry Moss
Composed by: Rufus Thomas

Story

"Walkin' the Dog" is a Rufus Thomas song. It was released on his 1963 album Walking the Dog. It was his signature hit and also his biggest, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 n December 1963 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. The lyrics make frequent references to children's nursery rhymes. The song was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1964. 

Red Barn Ramblers
Composed by: Rosco Gordon

Story

"Just a Little Bit" is an R&B-style blues song recorded by Rosco Gordon in 1959. It was a hit in both the R&B and pop charts. Called "one of the standards of contemporary blues." "Just a Little Bit" has been recorded by a variety of artists, including Little Milton and Roy Head who also had record chart successes with the song.

Red Barn Ramblers
Traditional / Blind Willie Johnson

Story

"John the Revelator" is a traditional gospel blues call and response song.[1] It has been called "one of the most powerful songs in all of pre-war acoustic music ... [which] has been hugely influential to blues performers".[2] American gospel-blues musician Blind Willie Johnson recorded "John the Revelator" in 1930 and subsequently a variety of artists have recorded their renditions of the song, often with variations in the verses and music. The song's title refers to the Apostle John, the author of the Book of Revelation, and quotes several passages from the Bible in the tradition of African-American spirituals.

Instrumental by: Red Barn Ramblers
Composed by: John Zawinul

Story

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" is a song written by Joe Zawinul in 1966 for Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and his album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'. The song is the title track of the album and became a surprise[1] hit, reaching #11 on the Billboard charts in Feb. 1967. The song has been re-recorded numerous times, most notably by The Buckinghams who reached # 5 in August 1967, adding lyrics to the tune. It was also recorded by the Mauds in 1967, with lyrics by Curtis Mayfield. It has now become a jazz standard performed by both beginner and advanced jazz musicians.

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