Trés Le Parque New Year!

Happy New Year, fellow Parquers

The wrap on season one of ‘Nothin’ But The Blues’ in late 2017 segued, almost seamlessly, into a major revamp of the playlist for #thegist.net.au – a little Internetville radio station/streaming platform, just down the road apiece from the Trés Le Parque.

Deciding that ‘Rock’ music, in spite of it being commercially marginalised these days, remains life-affirming in it’s potency – and still worthy of our respect, we began shaping the format to best reflect it’s current state, it’s classic period and the vitality of it’s heritage.

Conveniently, with both Gideon Rhyme and Ms. Alexa Reason enjoying their well-earned vacations in more exotic locales on the internet, I was able to delve, without interruption, into the cavernous Trés Le Parque music library.

The result is what I believe to be a Rock music format which, for it’s audience, is comprehensive, broad-ranging, occasionally challenging, 100% real – and above all, entertaining. So, sure, we play hits but at #thegist.net.au you’ll also hear those deeper album cuts you may not have played in years. And there’s new Rock music too, from acts you may not yet be familiar with.

We figure that, like us, you didn’t just lose interest in your favourite music once your local Rock station went to the crossroads – and traded it’s soul to the devil of commercial expediency.

Of course, you could always try one of those new-fangled algorithm-driven platforms. I mean, they’re okay – if you wanna forego any sense of humanity in your preferred mojo filter.

At #thegist.net.au our MO is simply this: To provide a 100% FREE, 24/7 platform dedicated to the exposure of Real Rock Music.

If you’re a dedicated Rock Music enthusiast, I encorerage you to get on to #thegist.net.au, anytime – and let the music do the rest.

Fresh tracks are consistently being added to the mix, along with the odd Live music event.

And what do we want for such a selfless expression of  sheer dedication?

No more than the hearts and minds – and ears of Rock fans, disenfranchised for too long by their local terrestrial radio.

Share us with a friend. Send us a message. Listen.

http://thegist.net.au  …..#WeDoTheRock

Cheers,

Brandon.

Nothin’ But The Blues: Radio Video

A video version of – a radio show?

The 21st century presents a brave new world for innovative radio content.

Radio managers looking for content outside the old paradigm have the entire internet at their disposal.

So, we opened the Trés Le Parque. And made a Blues show.

Blues lovers are everywhere. They live in many countries. They speak many languages. They occupy every social demographic. Nothin’ But The Blues is for those people.

Nothin’ But The Blues is heard across Australia each week on the Internet Rock Radio Station: thegist.net.au

PLAYLIST:

“I’m A Guitar King”  –  Dion

“Give Me Back My Wig”  –  Hound Dog Taylor And The Houserockers

“Short Haired Woman”  –  Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Hair Dressin’ Women”  –  Big Maybelle

“I Love My Guitar”  –  Steve James & Del Rey

“Just My Guitar And Me”  –  Bernard Allison

“Lucille”  –  B.B. King

“How Blue Can You Get”  –  B.B. King

“Nobody Loves Me But My Mother”  –  B.B. King

“Don’t Answer The Door”  –  B.B. King

“Born To Play Guitar”  –  Buddy Guy

“The Real Guitar Rag”  –  Steve James & Del Rey

 

Above is a video version of NBTB Episode #8.

The audio version is available further down the page – among the other editions.

We might just as easily have made it a Rock show – or one to include an even broader sampling of the past 100 years of popular music. But we chose to start at the roots. The foundation on which much of what followed, was built.

And yes, we just happen to have a deep affection for The Blues.

As always, thanks for listening… or, viewing.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective

 

Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.19

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PLAYLIST:

“Highway 49” –  Howlin’ Wolf

“Further On Up The Road” –  Eric Clapton

“51 Phantom”  –  North Mississippi Allstars

“Highway 51”  –  Curtis Jones

“Out On The Road”  –  Jimmy Rogers

“61 Highway”  –  Mississippi Fred McDowell

“The Highway Is Like A Woman”  –  Percy Mayfield

“Highway 99”  –  Lowell Fulson

“Route 90”  –  Johnny Winter

“Down The Highway”  –  George Thorogood

“Highway 13”  –  John Lee Hooker

“Walking The Blues”  –  Willie Dixon And The Allstars

 

This time on Nothin’ But The Blues we’ve got the key to the highway.

We’ve devoted the entire edition to the Big Road Blues.

Drinking coffee, in a booth at the ‘Trés Le Parque Blues Lounge & Grill’, we were talking about the chunk of ageing bitumen from Route 66 which a friend had brought back for me from a road trip. Who knows who might have travelled over that piece of tarmac.

Eventually, we began discussing an edition of Nothin’ But The Blues paying tribute to all those great Highways employed by Blues itinerants across the decades, on the route of their journey to the next gig. The next juke joint. The next house party or levee camp.

Those roads also provided the means for a large chunk of the population mostly, from the rural south, to move to a land of opportunity in the north. (And sometimes, to move back again, if things didn’t work out.)

As well, The Blues is littered with tales of transients living out on the road through some personal misfortune – or as a freewheelin’ alternative to being rooted to one city or town.

We decided an edition about Highways was a worthy case to pursue – but we didn’t want to chase down the usual suspects. So, the obvious remains absent. We eschewed any idea of defaulting to songs like “Key To The Highway” (as much as we love Big Bill), “Route 66” (as much as we love Chuck) or “Highway 61 Revisited” (as much as we love Bob.)

Instead, we took the road less travelled approach, which led us to cats like Curtis Jones, Percy Mayfield, Willie Dixon – along with a new release from George Thorogood (sans The Destroyers).

But yeah, I get what you mean, how could we possibly fit all those Highways, Roads, bitumen, gypsies and vagabonds – and walking shoes – into a single hour of hard travellin’ Blues radio?

Press the Play button above for the answers.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective

Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.18

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PLAYLIST:

“Black Coffee” –  Peggy Lee

“Cigarettes”  –  Slim Harpo

“Cigarette Blues”  –  Little Toby Walker

“Ashes In My Ashtray”  –  Michael Burks

“Down In Louisiana”  –  Bobby Rush

“Louisiana Blues”  –  Muddy Waters

“Louisiana Blues”  –  Clifton Chenier

“Sun Risin’ Blues”  –  Big Joe Turner

“When The Sun Comes Out”  –  Charles Brown

“Time For The Sun To Rise”  –  Earl King

“Forty Cups Of Coffee”  –  Danny Overbea

“Burnt Toast And Black Coffee”  –  Mike Pedicin

“Coffee House Blues” –  Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Black Coffee”  –  Guy Davis (with Fabrizio Poggi)

 

Black coffee and cigarettes. For someone under the influence of the Blues, those things can often be considered as a suitable substitute for food.

Fair enough, I’ll agree, cigarettes are a bane of modern society – and a habit best to be discouraged. But without a consistent supply of black coffee, this Cultural Detective Agency, for a start, would struggle to maintain it’s enviable standard of professional efficiency. When it comes to Java, I drink a lot of it. Black. No sugar. And always strong.

It seemed like coffee would make a logical thread to follow. We soon found that coffee and cigarettes – are the typical default for someone with the Blues – even for a woman left lonely, amidst a jungle of suburban sprawl.

And yeah, there’s bound to be someone who’ll argue that a singer like Peggy Lee has no place in a Blues show. But honestly, can you listen to a song like “Black Coffee” and say that it isn’t a Blues? There are many versions of that song, including those by Bobby Darin and Julie London. Bobby’s take of the song was good, but it takes on an entirely different shape when sung by a woman. (If we’d chosen Julie London over Peggy Lee, however, then there would be a valid point of contention.)

Likewise, there’s bound to be someone who’ll suggest that we’re actively promoting a deadly habit simply by touching on the subject of cigarettes. But that would be wrong, too. History doesn’t change when someone finds it unsavoury.

I’m a detective. Evidence and facts are the currencies I deal in. And in the Blues, the evidence is not always pretty. Life is just the same.

In future editions, we’ll look at subjects like drugs and slavery. Just like coffee, cigarettes, drunkenness and cruelty, these things too, are integral in the history of the Blues.

Also in this edition, we’ll dip into the rich cultural diversity of Louisiana Blues. And we’ll take time to appreciate another sunrise, no matter what it may signify for the day ahead.

And yeah, I understand the confusion. How can we possibly fit all those cups ’n’ coffee beans, cigarettes and smokers, the dawning of a new day – and – the great state of Louisiana, into a single hour of entertaining Blues radio?

Pour yourself another cup of mud – and press the Play button above to find out.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective

 

Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.17

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PLAYLIST:

“Why You So Mean To Me?” –  Albert King

“Living With The Blues”  –  Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

“Shacked Up With The Blues”  –  The Tommy Shreve Band

“Living In The House Of Blues”  –  Luther Allison

“The Sky Is Crying”  –  Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble

“Cold Front Woman”  –  James Harman

“I Can’t Be Satisfied”  –  Muddy Waters

“Satisfied”  –  Guy Davis

“Trouble, Then Satisfaction”  –  Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

“Mean Case Of The Blues”  –  Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater

“Mean Husband Blues” –  Guitar Shorty

“Mean Blues  –  Floyd Lee Band”

Have you checked out the Nothin’ But The Blues Video yet? It was fun watching it all come together as a project – and we hope you enjoy it as well.

Meanwhile, the shows keep piling up, now with the 17th edition of Nothin’ But The Blues.

If you check the comments section on any polarising story posted on the net you’ll see people exercising their right to be just, plain mean.

So it figures, that a certain number of people with the Blues – may have got them – as the direct result of someone being mean. We went looking for evidence in support of that theory – and found plenty of it.

Some people, it seems, can experience the Blues to such an extent, it feels as if they’re literally living with the Blues – like an unwelcome houseguest. Of course, depending on your perspective, the experience of living with the Blues can either be utterly debilitating or, strangely liberating.

Also in this edition, we’ll take shelter with the onset of some bad weather, with a sudden, heavy downpour, followed by an incoming cold front.

And protected from the elements, we’ll have time to reflect on the meaning of  satisfaction, in relation to the Blues. Turns out, it’s not unlike what the ‘carrot on a stick’ represents to the donkey. Satisfaction is something you hope for – but which always remains, just beyond reach. And where satisfaction is achieved, it comes at a cost.

And just how can we possibly fit all that meanness and bad weather into a single hour of satisfying Blues radio?

Press the Play button above – to find out.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective

 

Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.16

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PLAYLIST:

“I’m A Business Man”  –  Carey Bell

“John The Revelator”  –  Son House

“Blow Gabriel”  –  Bessie Jones with The Georgia Island Singers

“The Thunderer”  –  Dion

“The Hurt”  –  Colin Linden

“It Hurts Me Too”  –  Tampa Red

“You Hurt Me”  –  Little Willie John

“Hurt Like Mine”  –  The Black Keys

“My Baby Is Sweeter”  –  John Hammond

“Sugar Sugar Woman”  –  Jimmy Reed

“Sugar Sweet”  –  Freddie King

“Chimney Sweep”  –  Dutch Tilders

“Baker Man Blues”  –  Rick Estrin And The Nightcats

“Garbage Man”  –  Bernard Allison

 

While your ardent Cultural Detective has been otherwise engaged in mortal combat with a common cold and thus wounded, in no fit state to submit his reports, other developments have been underway here at the Parque. (Sorry, no spoilers.)

Before we get into what you’ll find in this edition, I first want to thank the handful of Blues enthusiasts who have taken the time to listen – and chosen to follow the further adventures of – Nothin’ But The Blues.

Humbly, I offer a welcome to you all – including: shakyjoe  – hotfox63 – and kirilson – who were among the first to visit us at Trés Le Parque. Thanks for the support, folks.

In this edition, we approach the subject of Work. (Don’t worry, it’s from a safe distance.) Of course, being The Blues, not even something as simple as Work is going to be straightforward. In The Blues, Work can allude to any number of things. But usually, just one. We arrive at that one thing from the perspective of the Business Man – the Chimney Sweep – the Baker – and the Garbage Man.

In the Blues, you’re never too far from a double entendre. Likewise, you’re never too far from the church house. So, this time, we’re checking out some of the more Saintly personalities who come up for special consideration in the Blues. On our list are, John The Revelator – Saint Gabriel – and Saint Jerome.

And, if that sounds a little too dry and academic – we’ll tempt your tastebuds with some Sweet Blues, from Jimmy Reed – John Hammond – and Freddie King.

However, there can be no Sweet without it’s bitter opposite.

Also in this edition (and with apologies to the memory of Timi Yuro) we go in search of  the big Hurt.

If the Blues is about a good man (or woman) feeling bad, there’s more than enough Hurt to to go around. To help us understand the depth of this feeling, we’ll hear some painful confessions from The Black Keys – Colin Linden – Little Willie John – and Tampa Red.

And sure, I understand your confusion. How can we possibly fit all that pain and hurt – along with so much sugar and other, similarly sweet things – a variety of sanctified personages – and a fair chunk of the everyday workforce – into a single hour of richly entertaining Blues radio?

Press the Play button above and all these things will become as clear as a brand new day. It’s Nothin’ But The Blues, people.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective

 

Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.15

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PLAYLIST:

I’m A King Bee” –  Muddy Waters

“Spider In My Stew”  –  Magic Slim & The Teardrops

“Two Bugs And A Roach”  –  Earl Hooker

“Hey Bartender, There’s A Big Bug In My Beer”  –  Warner Williams & Eddie Pennington

“My Barkin’ Bulldog Blues”  –  Brownie McGhee 

“My Dog Is Mean”  –  Memphis Slim 

“Let Me Play With Your Poodle”  –  Tampa Red

“Lucy Mae Blues”  –  Frankie Lee Sims

“Katy Mae Blues”  –  Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Hattie Mae”  –  Zac Harmon

“Heaven’s Got The Blues”  –  Mighty Mo’ Rodgers

“Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down”  –  R.L. Burnside

“Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Wants To Die)” –  Albert King

“My Dog” –  Elvin Bishop

 

Timing really is everything.

The day after recording this edition, I was caught off-guard, by an old nemesis. I swear, didn’t see it coming. I felt cornered. Defenceless.

Where a ‘Hard-boiled Detective’ may be injured by a piece of shrapnel or, a stray bullet, this ‘Cultural Detective’ was felled by a simple, ignoble and contemptible, common cold. It’s a long bow, for sure, but I think Einstein, would see the relativity. Unhelpfully, Alexa is calling it, ‘man flu’. Terrific.

It does, however, afford a convenient transition into the subject of Bugs – co-incidentally something you’ll hear about in this edition of Nothin’ But The Blues.

Actually, over the course of four varying styles of Blues, it includes Insects (as a metaphor for prodigious libidinous gifts) – Bugs (as a metaphor for infectious disease) – Spiders (as the unwelcome Garni du Jour found in the stew) – and Bugs as, well, Bugs.

Similarly, we look at some revealing Blues about, Dogs. Like almost any other subject, Dogs, too, can allow for some thinly-veiled metaphor for sexual proclivity. We have two fine examples, in the form of a poodle and a bulldog. Meanwhile, Memphis Slim contemplates a little detective work of his own, after noticing his mean dog’s abnormally passive behaviour towards his best friend.

It’s a long way from charting the family tree but in the Blues, you’ll find a great recurrence of ‘double-barrel’ names like, Anna Lee and Fannie Mae. We figured it was a common thread worth following and sticking just to the names ending in ‘Mae’, we dusted off a couple of classics from Frankie Lee Sims and Lightnin’ Hopkins as well as evidence that the tradition is continuing into the current century, with a much more recent ‘double-name’ song from Mississippi’s, Zac Harmon.

In an earlier edition of Nothin’ But The Blues, we ventured North, in search of the Blues. In this edition, we’re heading straight up. The destination is Heaven – but instead of seeing angels or cherub’s playing harps, the Blues will contemplate Heaven through a much different lens. An example of this comes from Mighty Mo’ Rodgers, waking from a terrible dream the world had become so corrupt that, the distress of looking down on it all, had given Heaven a case of the Blues.

And yeah, I see what you mean, how can we possibly fit all those insects and bugs, dogs, and women with double-barrel names – not to mention, heaven itself into a single hour of enjoyably elucidating Blues radio?

Press the Play button above for answers to these questions.

Bug spray, not required.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective