Retrospective 008: Big Chief Specials

Presenting a selection of shows from the RFA vaults with a focus on New Orleans Mardi Gras, and the sounds of the mighty mighty Big Chief.

Two shows by John Sinclair, and a show by DJ Soul Lucille in between, 3 hours of authentic rump shaking funk, uplifting street soul, unique spirituals and pure party jams. Buckle up, light up, switch off the TV and relax, come into the sweet and loverly vibrations.

–Steve Fly


GO GET YOUR BIG CHIEF

I was at Unified Indian Practice at the Handa Wanda club at 2nd & Dryades on the evening of Sunday, January 27, 2008, when I decided to whip out my compact Olympus 320M digital recorder and take down the proceedings, which were centered on Big Chief Little Bo of the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Roddy of the Black Eagles, and assorted Indian singers who took over the mike from time to time in front of the massive drum choir on the stage behind them. I recorded again the next Sunday, when it was “Two More Days” until Mardi Gras, and then chopped the results down to an hour’s worth of Wild Indian music recorded in context just before Carnival Day.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

GO GET YOUR BIG CHIEF

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 191

Handa Wanda’s, New Orleans, January 27 > February 3, 2008 [20-0809]

Big Chief Roddy & Big Chief Little Bo: Indian Red w/ Intro

Big Chief Little Bo: Two More Days > Indians Here Dey Come >

Big Chief Little Bo > Big Chief Roddy: Shotgun Joe

Wild Magnolias: Oo Na Nay >

Big Chief Little Bo: Got to Go Downtown >

Big Chief Roddy: Early in the Morning

Wild Magnolias: Indians Here Dey Come > Go Get Your Big Chief

Big Chief Roddy: Shoo Fly > No No No No No

Big Chief White Cloud: Indian Red

Big Chief Peppy: Golden Arrows

Wild Magnolias: Indian Red

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Music tracks recorded “live” by Khalid Hafiz at Handa Wanda’s, New Orleans for WWOZ-FM and by John Sinclair

Produced, edited & assembled by John Sinclair on City of New Orleans, AMTRAK, February 20-21 > Chicago, February 21 > Detroit, February 27 > Amsterdam, March 12, 2008

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Tom Morgan & Hild Creed, Big Chief Bo Dollis & Big Queen Rita of the Wild Magnolias, Glenn Gaines Jr, & Khalid Hafiz in New Orleans

© 2008, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


 

BIG CHIEF

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by The Flirtations, Barbara & The Browns, The JB’s & Fred Wesley, The Counts, The Temptations, Fatback Band, Billy Vera, Wendell Harrison, Was (Not Was), Fela Kuti, and Mandrill.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BIG CHIEF

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 131

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, February 6, 2018 [18080]

The Flirtations: Once I Had Love

Barbara & The Browns: Watch Dog

The JB’s & Fred Wesley: Funky & Some

The Counts: At The Fair

The Temptations: Power

Fatback Band: Wicky Wacky

Billy Vera: Big Chief

Wendell Harrison: Love Juice

Was (Not Was): Wheel Me Out

Fela Kuti: 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free

Mandrill: Bust Loose

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.


Episode 23 is another Mardi Gras Indian Special on the Blues & Roots show, aired on Super Sunday morning 1998 with selections by the Golden Eagles, the Wild Magnolias, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Roger & The Gypsies, the Flaming Arrows, Snooks Eaglin, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John with Guardians of the Flame, and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, plus blues from Willie Mabon and Muddy Waters to start off the show.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BIG CHIEF

BLUES & ROOTS 23

John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, Super Sunday 1998 [JSBR-0023]

Little Walter: Juke

Willie Mabon: Seventh Son

Muddy Waters: Trouble No More

Golden Eagles: Indian Red

Wild Magnolias: Oops Upside Your Head

Professor Longhair: Big Chief

Dr. John: Mama Roux

Roger & The Gypsies: Pass The Hatchet

Wild Magnolias: New Suit

Flaming Arrows: Sew Sew Sew

Snooks Eaglin: Big Chief

Wild Tchoupitoulas: Big Chief Got A Golden Crown

Wild Magnolias: Golden Crown

Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John with Guardians Of The Flame: Hu Ta Nay

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Big Chief

Golden Eagles: Indian Red

Little Walter: Lights Out

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

© 1998, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Retrospective 006: Still Kicking / Tonight’s The Viper

In celebration of the vote to legalize Marijuana in the state of Michigan, here are two shows to help celebrate the good news and relax into the music.

Still Kicking by John Sinclair features cuts from his latest album on Funky D Records: https://funkydrecords.com/album/912130/still-kickin

Tonight’s the viper, delivering an hour of cannabis tunes and features John Sinclair with the Planet D Nonet. Stay tuned.

–Steve Fly


STILL KICKING

 

Episode 768 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor, and I’m playing another round of music tonight by Guitar Johnny Nicholas from his 2-disc set called Too Many Bad Habits featuring cuts with Big Walter Horton, Boogie Woogie Red and Johnny Shines, plus two rough mixes from my new Funky D Records album, a cut from the Thelonious Monk concert I did with the Planet D Nonet at the Scarab Club last October, several cuts from a great release on Mighty Joe Young called Blues From The North Side of Chicago, and a closing little salute to Sun Ra by the Planet D Nonet that I’m sending down to David Kunian in New Orleans.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

STILL KICKING

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 768

Cass Corridor, Detroit, July 26, 2018 [18421]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Blues Walk

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: West Wind

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Blues Came Fallin’ Down

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Hootie Blues

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: Move On Down The Line

John Sinclair: Still Kicking

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: round about midnigh

John Sinclair: Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness

Mighty Joe Young: Cruisin’ Down Highway 99

Mighty Joe Young: That’s All Right

Mighty Joe Young: I Can’t Quit You Baby

Mighty Joe Young: Wise Fool’s Express

Planet D Nonet: A Call For All Demons

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Johnny Nicholas, Tino Gross, RJ Spangler, & Leni Sinclair

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


TONIGHT’S THE VIPER

 

Steve The Fly with a program of super tokes from Kermit Ruffins, John Sinclair & the Planet D Nonet, Louis Armstrong, New Birth Brass Band, Howling Diablos, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars, the Wild Magnolias, Mezz Mezzrow, Rozetta Howard, John Sinclair & Steve The Fly, and Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

TONIGHT’S THE VIPER

FLY BY NIGHT 275

Steve The Fly, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 23, 2014 [18464]

Kermit Ruffins: If You’re A Viper

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: If You’se A Viper

Louis Armstrong: Hep Cats Ball

New Birth Brass Band: Smoke That Fire

Kermit Ruffins: Light Up

Howlin’ Diablos: Reefer Man

Jimmy Witherspoon: Ain’t Nobody’s Business

John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars: Ain’t Nobody’s Business

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: Sendin’ the Vipers

Wild Magnolias: Smoke my Peace Pipe

Mezz Mezzrow: Sendin’ the Vipers

Rozetta Howard: If You’re A Viper:

John Sinclair & Steve The Fly: Relaxin’ With Lee

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: Chant of the Weed

Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents: Weed Head Woman

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Produced by Steve “The Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2014, 2018 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.

Retrospective 004: Warm The Pot / Big City Funk

Today, we present two show selections, on a upbeat funk tip. Warm The Pot by DJ Soul Lucille, and Big City Funk, by DJ Linda Lexy will lay down the beat you need.

Two shows jam packed with funk from all corners, from New Orleans, To Michigan, New York To L.A, mixes beaming out from Florence, Italy and Detroit, these shows highlight the international culture under a groove. Keepin’ the funk alive.

–Steve Fly


WARM THE POT

 

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Fontella Bass, Bobby Byrd, Chuck Jackson, Willard Burton & The Pacifiers, Leon Thomas, The Dramatics, Pat Lundy, Love Committee, Rebirth Brass Band, the Wild Magnolias, Rasputin’s Stash, Milton Wright, Gil Scott-Heron, O.V. Wright, The O’Jays, and Robert Parker.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WARM THE POT

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 119

Lucille DJ, controradio-fm, Florence, Italy, November 15, 2017 [DLSL-0119]

Fontella Bass: Its Hard To Get Back In

Bobby Byrd: Never Get Enough

Chuck Jackson: I Keep Forgetting

Willard Burton & The Pacifiers: Warm The Pot

Leon Thomas: Bags’ Groove

The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

Pat Lundy: Work Song

Love Committee: Just As Long As I Got You

Rebirth Brass Band: Buck

Wild Magnolias & Rebirth Brass Band: Oops Upside Your Head

Rasputin’s Stash: What’s On Your Mind

Milton Wright: Friends And Buddies

Gil Scott-Heron: Gun

O.V. Wright: I Don’t Know Why

The O’Jays: Put Your Hands Together

Robert Parker: Hip-Hugging

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Lucille DJ for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Lucille DJ at controradio-fm, Firenze

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Lucille Mancini. Used with permission.


BIG CITY FUNK

Episode 4 of the Party Train show with Linda Lexy features music by Tino Gross, Ray Charles, The Sultans, The Valentinos, Little Ann, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Intensions, Sly Stone, The Meters, The Commodores, Lee Fields Sugarman & Co., The Howling Diablos, Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army, Pam Kellum, the Royal Blackbirds, the Staples Singers, Spearhead, and Longneck Strangler.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
BIG CITY FUNK
PARTY TRAIN 04
Linda Lexy, Funky D Studios, Detroit, May 3, 2016 [LLPT-0004]

[01] Linda Lexy Opening Comments & ID
[02] Opening Theme: Tino Gross: Little Soul Sister >
[03] Ray Charles: Hit The Road Jack
[04] The Sultans: Lemon Squeezing Daddy
[05] The Valentinos: What About Me
[06] Little Ann: Possession
[07] Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Ain't That A Bitch
[08] Intensions: I Don't Get Down Like That
[09] Sly Stone: I Get High On You
[10] The Meters: Just Kissed My Baby
[11] Commodores: High On Sunshine
[12] Lee Fields & Sugarman & Co:.Stand Up
[13] Howling Diablos: Good Good Vibes
[14] Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Army: Big City Funk
[15] Pam Kellum: What You See You Can't Get
[16] Royal Blackbirds: I'm Goin’
[17] Staples Singers: Oh La De Da
[18] Spearhead: Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Hosted by Linda Lexy for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced by Linda Lexy & Tino Gross at Funky D Studios, Detroit
Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2017 Linda Lexy. Used with permission.