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Mississippi Fred McDowell “Jesus on the Mainline”

May 4, 2020

Mississippi Fred McDowell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fred McDowell (January 12, 1906 – July 3, 1972),[1] known by his stage name Mississippi Fred McDowell, was an American hill country blues singer and guitar player.

McDowell was born in Rossville, Tennessee. His parents were farmers, but both died while Fred was in his youth. He took up the guitar at the age of 14 and was soon playing for tips at dances around Rossville. Seeking a change from plowing fields, he moved to Memphis in 1926, where he worked in the Buck-Eye feed mill, which processed cotton into oil and other products.[5] In 1928, he moved to Mississippi to pick cotton.[5] He finally settled in Como Mississippi, in 1940 or 1941 (or maybe the late 1950s), where he worked as a full-time farmer for many years while continuing to play music on weekends at dances and picnics.

After decades of playing for small local gatherings, McDowell was recorded in 1959 by roving folklore musicologist Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins on their Southern Journey field-recording trip.[6] With interest in blues and folk music rising in the United States at the time, McDowell’s field recordings for Lomax caught the attention of blues aficionados and record producers, and within a couple of years, he had finally become a professional musician and recording artist in his own right. His LPs proved quite popular, and he performed at festivals and clubs all over the world.[7]

McDowell continued to perform blues in the north Mississippi style much as he had for decades, sometimes on electric guitar rather than acoustic guitar. He was particularly renowned for his mastery of slide guitar, a style he said he first learned using a pocketknife for a slide and later a polished beef rib bone. He ultimately settled on the clearer sound he got from a glass slide, which he wore on his ring finger.[8]While he famously declared, “I do not play no rock and roll,” he was not averse to associating with younger rock musicians. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique[7] and was reportedly flattered by The Rolling Stones‘ rather straightforward version of his “You Gotta Move” on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers.[citation needed] In 1965 he toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festival, together with Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Roosevelt Sykes and others.[9]

McDowell’s 1969 album I Do Not Play No Rock ‘n’ Roll, recorded in Jackson, Mississippi, and released by Malaco Records, was his first featuring electric guitar. It contains parts of an interview in which he discusses the origins of the blues and the nature of love. His live albumLive at the Mayfair Hotel (1995), was from a concert he gave in 1969. Tracks included versions of Bukka White‘s “Shake ‘Em On Down,” Willie Dixon‘s “My Babe,” Mance Lipscomb‘s “Evil Hearted Woman,” plus McDowell’s self-penned “Kokomo Blues.” AllMusic noted that the album “may be the best single CD in McDowell’s output, and certainly his best concert release”.[10] McDowell’s final album,[11] Live in New York (Oblivion Records), was a concert performance from November 1971 at the Village Gaslight (also known as The Gaslight Cafe), in Greenwich Village, New York.

McDowell died of cancer in 1972, aged 66, and was buried at Hammond Hill Baptist Church, between Como and Senatobia, Mississippi. On August 6, 1993, a memorial was placed on his grave by the Mount Zion Memorial Fund. The ceremony was presided over by the blues promoter Dick Waterman, and the memorial with McDowell’s portrait on it was paid for by Bonnie Raitt. The memorial stone was a replacement for an inaccurate and damaged marker (McDowell’s name was misspelled). The original stone was subsequently donated by McDowell’s family to the Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. McDowell was a Freemason and was associated with Prince Hall Freemasonry; he was buried in Masonic regalia.[12]

2020 Hindsight

December 29, 2019

                                                2020 Hindsight

 

With 2020 hindsight we look back on 20’s of the past to seek reassurance for the one upcoming–

 

1120- Walcher of Malvern, Prior of Great Malvern Priory in Worcestershire, England, drawing from his knowledge of Arabic astronomy, measures the Earth using the degrees, minutes and seconds of latitude and longitude.

1220–Genghis Khan overruns Islamic Asia laying waste to scores of civilizations and insuring himself a place in the genome of half the population of the earth–

on the other hand, Trial by Ordeal was (supposedly) abolished in England.

1320–Dante‘s Quaestio de Aqua et Terra,  a discussion of how a land and water planet like ours fits into Aristotle’s concentric elemental circles is published to mixed reviews, yet shows hints of The Divine Comedy yet to come.

1420–The long-lasting and last Imperial Dynasty of China the Qing (1420-1912) comes to power, puts the finishing touches on The Forbidden City, changing all the new bi-lingual nameplates to emphasize Harmony instead of Supremacy.

1520–Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Strait of Magellan by sailing through the treacherous, barely navigable snake of water between Chile & Tierra del Fuego, to the Pacific Ocean. While Portuguese, the always flexible Magellan claimed the strait and everything to the north for Spain.

1620–Bad year for mothers as Johannes Kepler’s is arrested for witchcraft while  French king Louis XIII defeats his mother, Marie de’ Medici, at the Battle of Les Ponts-de-Ce, Poitou.

1720–Johathan Swift begins “Gulliver’s Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships,” a satire of human nature and travelers’ tales.

Swift said he wrote Gulliver’s Travels “to vex the world rather than divert it”.

1820–The Venus de Milo is discovered on April 8, 1820 by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas, inside a buried niche within the ancient city ruins of Milos, in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

She was initially to be sold to the French, who like this kind of thing, when the Turks claimed birthright to the statue. The French intervened in Greece to stop the sale to Turkey and shipped her to Paris, where she still resides, leaving the Turkish Sultan the small consolation of executing the Greek ambassador. And the arms? Well, good thing they were lost if the reconstruction by art historian Adolf Furtwangler is anywhere near the truth.

1920–OK, the rise of Hitler and Prohibition, but the National Football League is established at a meeting at the Canton, Ohio, Hupmobile showroom between  representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, Rock Island Independents, Decatur Staleys, Chicago Cardinals, Columbus Panhandles & Detroit Heralds.

The vision is complete when, in 1921,  the Indian Packing Company of Green Bay joins the league with Curly Lambeau’s Green Bay Packers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whad’ya Know Holiday Office Partay–Now With Karaoke!

December 3, 2019

     You heard me right–Christmas & Chanukah Charaoke!

You’ll be rocking around the Christmas Tree and Messin’ around the Menorah, Saturday, December 7th, starting at 10 am at A House of A Singin’ Fool’s Own, 1215 Drake St, Madison–BDTP–

If you can’t make it you can kall-in your karaoke at (608) 257-2616–

Happy Merry Y’all!!

 

Return of the All-Time Classic Quiz Show!

November 11, 2019

Not this one . . .

 

This one!

The Whad’ya Know PopUp Quiz!

You cannot buy it for $64,000 1958 dollars!

Scandal-free! Yes, we all but give you the answers but

what’s wrong with that?

Ruled not gambling by US Supreme Court!

Saturday, November 16, 10 am Central on

Whad’ya Know Podcast facebook.com/whadyaknow.net/

Call in early & often at (608) 257-2616 Lyle is standing by–

Post-Apocalyptic Crow has Last Word in ‘Hollow Kingdom’

October 30, 2019

This Saturday, November 2, Kira Jane Buxton joins us with ‘Hollow Kingdom,’ a first-crow account of life after the apocalypse told by domesticated American crow S.T.–Shit Turd, if you don’t please–with wisdom about the mofos of the world imparted by his not-so-dearly departed step-dad Big Jim–

 

 

‘Hollow Kingdom,’ “a humorous, big-hearted and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse,”

is the best-selling first novel for Kira Jane Buxton, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and McSweeney’s.

You can fly with the crows and over the mofos on the Whad’ya Know Podcast livecast https://www.facebook.com/whadyaknow.net/  this Saturday, November 2 at 10 AM Central–

and grab the podcast later that day on Whad’ya Know Podcast @iTunes.

Finally an apocalypse you can chuckle your way through!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whad’ya Know Testifyin’

October 10, 2019

Hi, the former Michael Feldman here, answering the question I get asked most “What ever happened to you?”

Not Much/ Not!–You?

For one thing I’ve discovered I can perfectly reproduce any Beatles solo (except Paul’s) when singing to my dog Bella.

And, no, she does not howl, but wags her little tail for more. Or maybe for a treat for sitting through it.

And for another (thing) I awoke one morning to find myself transformed into a podcaster, just like Gregor Samsa , should podcasters and cockroaches turn out to be in the same genus.

Podcasting!

Which I used to think was just playing to a middle-aged guy on a treadmill (in more than one sense) who will listen to pretty much anything to assuage the pain and blot out the cacophony of Millennial treadmills like tanks advancing.

Fact is I was wrong–turns out there are several middle-aged guys and 1 or 2 hot yoga ladies also needing my assuagence.

In fact, during our 3 so-far-year-run the Whad’ya Know Podcast, now with Lyle Anderson, raconte- & carilloneur ,

has been listened to over 600,000 times!

So, OK, probably by the same few inveterate or invertebrate Whad’ya Know obsessives (God Love ’em!).

Thanks to our medium-well demographic, I’m happy to say we have zoomed to the top of the eye charts!

Still, like yelling in the wilderness when there is no boy nor wolf, should we only rely on word of mouth we will be talking to ourselves, which is a little too much like podcasting for my taste.

That’s why we’re asking for your help–no, not donations–that’s for Patreon.com, for as little as $3/month–but by telling someone you know who you suspect may have been still sitting on their hands these past few years about the Whad’ya Know Podcast, and asking–nay, imploring them to tell their theirs, and and theirs theirs, until we, together, through the strength of our shared belief and sheer numbers will shine, like the Bard’s candle, “a good dead in a naughty world.”

Whad’ya Know Podcast–Spread the Word and That It’s Free; Spread the Word and Be Like Me

You say you slid down the hill into the catfish pond? Who do you call?

July 29, 2019

Whad’ya Know!

At least if you’re leg up & laid out like Greg from Wellsville, KS, for the small consolation of the Whad’ya Know Quiz:

 

 

Whad’ya Know. We can help.

Nearly every Saturday at 10 am, around midnight in Seoul on Whad’ya Know Podcast, Facebook

Put this number in your phone right now–(608) 257-2616–in case you get catfished–

Commander in Cheat–This Saturday, June 1 on Whad’ya Know Podcast

May 28, 2019

Donald Trump loves golf. He loves to play it, buy it, build it, and operate it.

He owns 14 courses around the world and runs another five, all of which he insists are the best on the planet.

He also claims he’s a 3 handicap, never loses, and has won an astonishing 18 club championships.*

How much of that is true?

None says acclaimed sportswriter Rick Reilly in Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump

Rick joins us Saturday, June 1, live on the Whad’ya Know Podcast  http://www.facebook.com/whadyaknow.net/

Tee time is 10 am Central, around midnight in Seoul–

*about those 18 club championships? check it out:

 

 

April on Whad’ya Know Podcast

March 26, 2019

April is the Coolest Month on Whad’ya Know!

 

We’ll start the month on April 6 by learning to speak Dreyer’s English, despite it being utterly correct and spot on (on?)

clarity and style. You may want to stop talking altogether if Dreyer has anything to say about it.

Or maybe, thanks to your new usage,  you’ll get a raise.

 

Still have dreams about your Organic Chemistry final? It just so happens Matt Bowman is living his dream job teaching

organic down the street at UW , where his students not only get it–they kinda dig it.  Or whatever kids do these days.

Go organic with the most popular science teacher since Walter White on April 13.

 

And on April 27Matt Damon–in your dreams–but here at A House of A Guy’s Own we’ll be doing doughnuts with UW

Space Botanist Simon Gilroy (not pictured) the real Martian captured by the University of Wisconsin and made to create

gardens suitable for Mars use for future residents of the Red Planet–and not screw it up like Matt Did.

 

You can find the Facebook livecasts of Whad’ya Know, http://www.facebook.com/whadyaknow.net/ , at 10 am CDT, around

midnight in Seoul,

and look for the Whad’ya Know Podcast on iTunes  and Soundcloud.com 

 

 

 

Whad’ya Know for The Year of the Pig

February 4, 2019

Hear Ye, Hear Ye:  The State of the Feldman

 

Ms Speaker, the rest of you.

Wasn’t 2018 a great year? And the President says they will keep getting greater for the foreseeable future, or 2 years, whichever comes first.

The Whad’ya Know beat went on, miss you Sonny, in 2018, as it did in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, ellipse, ellipse, ellipse, and so on. So forth would be overdoing it.

2019 is no exception, except for it being the Year of the Pig making me a little uneasy as you might expect, or it could be whatever this is right here which bothers me at night.

Without further adieu- Whad’ya Know for the Year of the Pig–

 

February 9           Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune cinematiste & man about town will (hopefully) tell us why The Favourite is a musical comedy, or at least what’s with the rub my leg & pass me a bunny thing–

February 16         Car Guy Tom Appel, who spends every morning cruising Chicago looking for classic if not in the good sense cars, will ostensibly tell us what’s burning rubber on the floor at the Chicago Auto Show–

February 23         Another Mother of All Quizzes! Pretty much says it all, with prizes every bit as fabulous as they ever were–call in at (608) 257-2616.

March 2                —–no show—–

March 9                In “Never Home Alone,”  biologist Rob Dunn, guides us through the more than 200,000 species living in our house, including some hot microbes who commute between home and sea floor vents–

March 16              A team of trolls working from Savushkina St, St. Petersburg, slipped Rob Sears enough material to piece together “Vladimir Putin: Life Coach,” ‘tips from the world’s most powerful man which will allow you to take control of your life and the lives of those around you’–

March 23             Helen Schulman’s not-so-fictional multiverse in “Come With Me” is built around an algorithm that allows people to play ‘sliding-door’ with virtual reality scenarios from their pasts–

March 30              —–no show—–

April, May & June: TBA  (hey, I gotta do it all!)

Join us at A House of A Guy’s Own, 1215 Drake St, Madison, where we wing it at 10:00 am Central Time. Showing up entitles you to a donut & a damn good cup o’Java.

Or watch the casing being stuffed here: facebook.com/whadyaknow.net/

Look for Whad’ya Know Podcast on @iTunes  and Soundcloud.com