“For What It’s Worth” (Sergio Mendes, 1971)

Here’s an odd little cover of the Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth.” (You know the song; you just might not recognize it by its title.) The singer is Wanda Sá, a Brazilian singer and guitar player who was part of Sergio’s potent international pop band, Brasil ’66, in the late ’60s and early […]

“Tears of a Clown (Ska!)”

What is better than a Smokey Robinson classic from 1967?  Nothing!  So you gotta give The English Beat credit for being bold enough to take a thing of perfection, like “Tears of A Clown,” and record their own bouncy, ska version.  If you like this song, I highly recommend the full album (1980).  It’s an instant […]

Highway 49

This is Jim Suhler and Jason Elmore doing “Highway 49,” a performance we shot at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum.  (Jim on the left, Jason on the right.)  A classic blues vocal by Jason and some great slide work from the both of them.  Big Joe Williams would be proud.