Pitcher of Margaritas For Brunch?

•February 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment


why not? It’s Mardi gras day friends and time to cut loose and shake whatcha mama gave ya and all that. It’s be fair to say we ain’t got a whole lot to add this year. Ain’t quitting nothing for lent neither, c’mon. What we can throw you from our virtual float rather than a bunch of plastic crap is a solid few hours worth of suitable tunes to accompany your revelry. Summat like 3 1/2 hours of solid gold N’awlins jams here from way back when with Satch to right up recent, We gots a big ol’ pot of Jazz, R’n’B, Funk, Brass Bands, soul and hot sauce. Why you got hot sauce in yer bag? Who’d go anyplace that didn’t have it? That’s what I’ma asking. Mixcloud links, download links under ’em if you want to go cruisin’ or such

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Brother Earl on the ones and twos

•February 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Here then friends is the stream of Earl’s recent guest spot on Night Train for you to enjoy over at your leisure. A solid half hour of top tunes old and new, pretty rockin’ too. Here’s a tracklisting as well you lucky, lucky peoples. Having got his mojo back there might be something more substantial mix wise coming soon (said mojo is kinda in need of some maintenance) may even post something on here that ain’t a birthday or whatever. 2015 was a pretty quiet one for the old record club but theres notions of a busier 2016 that have made it out of January intact so, y’know, watch the skies…

you have been listening to…

JD McPherson  –  Mother of Lies
Jimmy Ricks & The Raves  –  Daddy Rollin’ Stone
Little Willie John  –  I’m Shakin’
Holly Golightly  –  Stopped My Heart
Elton Anderson  –  Sick and Tired
Roosevelt Nettles  –  Heartaches And Troubles
Slim Harpo  –  Shake Your Hips
Lester Robertson  –  Boogie Children
Joe Tex  –  Ain’t It A Mess
Dumas King  –  Loose Eel
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages  –  Rock and Roll Baby
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake  –  Zulu As Kono
Big Mama Thornton  –  Wade In The Water


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All Aboard!

•January 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Friends, about now The Night Train radio show is kicking off and this week it features a guest mix from our very own Mumblin’ Brother Earl. If’n you happen to be local to Sheffield you’re in luck – just turn that dial to 93.2 FM and enjoy. I appreciate as most of you probably ain’t but you can do the modern interwebs radio thing over HERE. I expect it’ll be in the second half of the show (11-1 every Thursday) and what it is is a packed half hour of rockin’ tunes old and new- JD McPherson! Holly Golightly! Little Willie John! Slim Harpo! and so on and such like. Don’t fancy staying up past midnight for my nonsense? Never fear, it’ll pitch up sooner or later on the mixcloud just like our mixes do. They updated the thing this very week to include all of January’s shows so far, check them out too, they got guest spots from Soul Jazz Records, Beans On Toast, Variety Social Club and so on. We’re in good company.

Night Train’s a mean wine. I should say that we ain’t drank it in a long while and I hope there ain’t ever the need again.


Happy Birthday Dolly!

•January 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Hell, I hope it ain’t all just birthdays and deaths around here y’know? Still, seems Dolly done beat the current round of the grim reaper’s ill temper. Charmed the son of a gun I shouldn’t wonder. Everybody loves Dolly don’t they? Damn straight. Here friends is a real old an early tune that I surely love, it’s in a different, kinda girl group style. A lost gem. Then of course we should take the opportunity to put up brother Randy’s tune, from ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’

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Happy Birthday Elvis!

•January 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Hey friends, it’s the King’s birthday – all day, all Elvis on the stereo here, hot black coffee in the Elvis mug, peanut butter and ‘nana sandwiches, heads bowed in Presleyterian devotion. Yes sir, yes ma’am. Elvis can truly bring you happiness. I’m kinda ashamed to admit this to y’all but I ain’t really listened to him all that much lately, so much so I didn’t even get out the Christmas records this year. I know. I know what you’re thinkin’, crazy right? How can you have Christmas without the King? Well, seems as the universe has a way of addressing that type of imbalance ‘cos among the gifts under the tree elvis-rpo-300x300this year was a shiny copy of that new “If I Can Dream” recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Tell you the truth, I ain’t been so enamoured of the recent bogus ‘duets’ and remix type of things that keep the mighty money machine a rollin’ for the folks in Memphis and I had flat given this a wide berth and refused to entertain the thing despite Priscilla’s “Elvis would have loved this” pronouncements. But, here it is Christmas and I gots it in my hand. Still waited a few days before I braved it and, well, it ain’t bad friends. I done pushed the unwelcome appearance of Mickey Bubbles from my mind and gave her a try. So here’s a couple of obvious immediate things – they used old vocal takes from Elvis and don’t really seem to have edited them any which means the settings  keep quite closely to the tempo and structure of the original versions. The tracklist is an odd but workable and, when you think on it, kinda obvious mix. There’s a couple of overblown numbers he did in the Vegas years better known by other artists, there’s some selections that are just no brainers for this – the title track, American Trilogy, In The Ghetto all of which work just fine. ‘Steamroller Blues’ is a curious choice as is opener ‘Burning Love’ but the rhythmic kick they need comes from a drummer not any fancy pants orchestratin’ in fact it may even be the original drum track I ain’t looked too much into how it’s been done. Seems as they just put some strings on stuff. ‘How Great Thou Art’ works well, ‘Love Me Tender’ maybe best of all. In a way I got to say I wish they’d made a bit more effort into creating something bolder, which I probably woulda hated. So it goes. Priscilla was probably right, he woulda loved it, probably had some ideas to make it better. Simple truth is – It’s fine, no great shakes, no real crime. You don’t need it, nobody needs it, but they ain’t screwed it up too bad. Another repackage on the pile.

Here’s one they didn’t mess with


Mumblin Earl’s Christmas Cracker

•December 18, 2015 • 4 Comments


You know how I loves some Christmas music, other day I done posted up the old ones there and had a listen. Try and get that seasonal mood kick started ’round here. Well, much as there’s some great tunes (and frankly y’all, some dubious ones) in there it felt like a few old favourites and some new treats were missing. So the other night when I was at the christmas drinks selection a little enthusiastically I got to messing about playing some records. As a result here’s a new mix for everybody to enjoy,  whole c90’s worth I been blastin’ out the tape deck in the truck. This here bunch has about everything from the sweet voice of darling miss Caitlin Rose all the way back to some crackly old blues from Lil’ McClintock. Like I mentioned before, Kinky Freidman’s go at ‘Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis’ pops up, it’s growing on me y’know, Tom hisself is here reading a beautiful piece from Bukowski and in the second half we got a bunch of all out, solid gold, Old Record Club classics, ‘Elephant For Christmas’, ‘Merry Christmas From The Family’, ‘Christmas Tree On Fire’, the demented ‘Even Squeaky Fromme Loves Christmas’ and rounding out with the killer one-two punch of Big Star and Darlene Love. If’n that ain’t Christmas then I don’t know what y’all. So best wishes to you and yours for the holidays, click the big red title if you wanna download it and spread the love or just stream it here. What do you think Nancy wants from Mr. T for Christmas? He might be sayin ” This ain’t the kinda cracker I had in mind”


Do You Hear What I Hear?

Vince Guaraldi Trio  –  Christmas Is Coming
Porter Wagoner  –  Frosty The Snowman
Jack Scott  –  There’s Trouble Brewin’
Caitlin Rose with Keegan DeWitt  –  You Never Come Home For Christmas
Lil McClintock  –  Don’t Think I’m Santa Claus
Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers  –  Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn
Youngsters  –  Christmas in Jail
Kinky Friedman  –  A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets  –  Children Go Where I Send Thee
Violent Femmes  –  Happy New Year Next Year
Esther Phillips  –  Far Away Christmas Blues
Eddie Hazelwood  –  Blue Shadows On A White Christmas Tree
Frontier Ruckus  –  Christmas Eve, Driving Home
Tom Waits  –  Nirvana
Mark Kozelek  –  Do You Hear What I Hear?
Brian Setzer Orchestra  –  Angels We Have Heard on High
Rudi and the Rain Dearz  –  Santa’s New Bag
Hank Thompson  –  I’d Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas
Loretta Lynn  –  I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree
Hank Snow  –  Reindeer boogie
Johnny Cash  –  Little Drummer Boy
Michelle Cody  –  Merry Christmas Elvis
El Vez  –  Santa Claus Is Sometimes Brown
Robert Earl Keen  –  Merry Christmas From The Family
Arthur Lyman  –  Mele Kalikimaka
Los Straightjackets  –  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Holly Golightly  –  Christmas Tree On Fire
Rev. Glen Armstrong  –  Even Squeaky Fromme Loves Christmas
Ramsey Lewis  –  Christmas Blues
Patsy Raye  –  Beatnik’s Wish
Staple Singers  –  Silent Night
Big Star  –  Jesus Christ
Darlene Love  –  Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

The return of Santa’s sackfull of seasonal sing-a-longs, stuffing and stollen smorgasbord

•December 8, 2015 • 1 Comment


Happy freakin’ Holidays y’all! The toilet roll advent tree is rockin’ along now, a lil’ late this year but come on, we had to put in some extra effort to get 24 rolls if you see what I say. It ain’t too late yet for a shiny new christmas mix this year I feel, few newer-ish/new to me tunes kickin about and looking down the list here lot of good old ones missing from these dusty old selection boxes. Truth is friends, ain’t entirely feeling the seasonal vibes yet, couple weeks to go though, so I’d best get some whiskey and cake in my sorry face and get with the damn programme. In the meanwhile, some folks been scrolling back and finding this old post from previous years so I’m slapping it up on the top agin for those what’s taken with the festive feelin’ already to get stuck on into –  a triple whammy of old mixes to make the season bright, click the titles to download ’em, top one is up on the mixcloud, others ain’t – holler if’n you care about that any, and Merry Damn Christmas Y’all!

How Randy & Earl Stole Christmas

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intro/Julian Koster – Silver Bells
Rev. J.M. Gates  – Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail?
Amos Milburn – Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby
Bumble Bee Slim – Christmas and No Santa Claus
Lowell Fulson – Christmas Party Shuffle
Rev. Edward W. Clayborn – The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas
Capt. Elmo McKenzie & The Roosters – Home On Christmas Day
The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas
Thurl Ravenscroft – You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Black Santa
Johnny Dowd – Jingle Bells
J.D. McPherson – Twinkle Little Christmas Lights
Lyle Lovett – The Girl With The Holiday Smile
Aretha Franklin – Over The Rainbow
The Andrews Sisters – I’d Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus
The Dalhart Imperials – Old Man Spivey’s Egg Nog
Jack White Christmas – Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over
C.W. Stoneking – On A Christmas Day
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa
Carla Thomas – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Ramsey Lewis – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Booker T. & The M.G.s – Winter Snow
Imagene Peise –  Silent Night, Spiritualized – Silent Night, Julian Koster – Silent Night

A Randy & Earl Christmas

Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel and a couple of curve balls this one is a sweet little set of festive fun from the out and out silliness of ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus’ to Irma’s stunning and devout version of ‘O Holy Night’ the poetry of Tom Waits and that gorgeous closing piano from Ahmad Jamal. Kinky Friedman done a version of ‘Christmas Card From A Hooker…’ this year. Ain’t no match for Tom’s and that’s a plain fact. Not bad though and probably be on the new xmas mix if I get it together to do it. Expect it for New Year’s maybe, heh.

R&EXmas2008  Huey Smith I Wrote To Santa Claus,
Louis ArmstrongChristmas Night In Harlem,
Lionel HamptonBoogie Woogie Santa Claus,
Keely SmithRudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,
Herb AlpertJingle Bell Rock,
Al HirtSanta Claus Is Comin’ To Town,
Darlene LoveIt’s A Marshmallow World,
The SonicsSanta Claus,
Ike & Tina TurnerMerry Christmas, Baby,
Sister Rosetta TharpeO’ Little Town Of Bethlehem,
Irma ThomasO Holy Night,
Marion WilliamsWhen Was Jesus Born,
Rebirth Brass Band (we come to) Xmas Party,
Dr. JohnMerry Christmas, Baby,
Andre WilliamsPoor Mr Santa,
Rufus ThomasI’ll Be Your Santa,
Marvin GayePurple Snowflakes,
Roland KirkWe Free Kings,
Bill EvansSanta Claus Is Comin’ To Town,
Tom WaitsSilent Night/Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis,
Ahmad JamalSnowfall.

Randy & Earl’s Country Christmas

This one’s a whole bunch of country – there’s heartbreak and drinkin’ and family in there a plenty and a hearty helping of cheese too, ain’t no point in sugar coating that particular christmas plum. I guess that means it ain’t all for everyone but, c’mon y’all, Jesus loved him some country music dont’cha know and it’s his birthday so get yer drunk ass onboard here ‘k?

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Country ChristmasLoretta Lynn
Christmas Times A’ cominJerry Reed
Santa Claus Is from The SouthBenny Martin
Cowboy Santa ClausPrairie Ramblers
A Cowboy’s Christmas SongLeon McAuliffe
Truckin’ Trees For ChristmasRed Simpson
Six Tons Of ToysDave Dudley
honky tonk ChristmasDale Watson
Crazy Little Kitten For ChristmasPaul James
Christmas In SouthgateRy Cooder
Grateful for XmasHayes Carll
Christmas Eve Can Kill youThe Everley Brothers
Daddy’s Drinking Up Our ChristmasCommander Cody
The Empty Xmas StockingLulu Belle & Scotty
Drunk This ChristmasPaul Sanchez
Blue ChristmasMerle Haggard
It’s Christmas Everyday In AlaskaHank Thompson
Santa Looked A Lot Like DaddyBuck Owens & Susan Raye
Shut In At ChristmasCharlie Louvin
Christmas Letter HomeLaura Cantrell
Rudolph The Red Nosed ReindeerWillie Nelson
Carol Of The BellsJohn Fahey
Christmas MorningLyle Lovett



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