Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.
One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched, she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed”, a cover, and “something blue”, a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title. The rest is history.
‘Something’ in Music 228
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Tight Rope” written and recorded by American singer-songwriter and musician Leon Russell. The song was the opening track on his 1972 vinyl titled simply Carney. The single climbed to number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit number five in Canada.
Our “something new” this edition is “Down For The Rebound.” The song is by American rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer Christel South now professionally known as Empress Kush. She is already known for such previous singles as “I Just Wanna F*** Elon Musk”, “Coke Dick”, and “The Rona.”
In an e-communique Kush briefly discussed the cut. She noted: “It’s just me writing and performing and my producer Darren Vegas making the beats. A note of interest — Darren was the head producer at Death Row Records.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song Razor Wire written by Texas-based singer-songwriter Heather Little which she has been performing live since at least 2016.
This honest, unabashed cover is by the East Texas Troubadour known as Stefan Prigmore. He includes the song on his upcoming album titled Everything Is At Least Both set to drop on November 11th, 2022. According to a recent email, it is his “second full-length studio project.” (Check out a full review here!)
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Little Girl Blues” recorded by Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit. The song was written by Cyril Neville. This cover cut first appeared on Benoit’s 2005 release titled Fever For The Bayou.
Benoit, on lead vocals and guitar, is often backed by such other artists as Carl Dufrene (bass), Jimmy Carpenter (saxophone), Daryll White (drums), Cyril Neville (percussion and vocals), and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (tambourine and vocals). If you would like to hear more of Benoit’s music and are in the area, you’re in luck! Benoit is currently on the road.
Here is his current calendar for remaining dates in October:
Oct 19 (Tues) RAMS HEAD ON STAGE Annapolis MD
Oct 20 (Wed) RAMS HEAD ON STAGE Annapolis MD
Oct 21 (Thur) THE BIRCHMERE Alexandria VA
Oct 22 (Fri) ELEVATION 27 Virginia Bch VA
Oct 24 (Sun) PARAMOUNT BRISTOL Bristol TN
Oct 26 (Tues) SELLERSVILLE THEATER Sellersville PA
Oct 28 (Thur) COHOES MUSIC HALL Cohoes PA
Oct 29 (Fri) INFINITY MUSIC HALL Hartford CT
Oct 30 (Sat) CENTER FOR THE ARTS Natick MA
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your bride photos too!