Today’s song of the day comes from “The Father of the Blues”, WC Handy, who died on this date in 1958. He didn’t create the blues – instead he took the regional form of Delta blues and brought it to a national audience with his blues based compositions. Though this song might be considered a blues song, it’s also entered the pantheon of jazz standards. As Landman and I have embarked on our New Orleans and swing jazz listening experiment, I’ve really come to appreciate this tune a lot more. –Heatwave
Chuck Berry: 10/18/1926 – 3/18/2017. If you have picked up a guitar since 1955, whether you are aware of it or not, you were influenced by this man. When someone wants to know what rock & roll sounds like, just play this for them. Part of rock & roll’s definition is Chuck Berry, and part of Chuck Berry‘s definition is rock & roll. Music will miss you, Chuck. Maybe in 100 years, you’ll be rolling over in your grave, digging some new sort of rhythm and blues the way Beethoven did. –Landman
This week’s song of the week is Long Gone Lonesome Blues by Hank Williams. My Dad who passed a way 5 years ago to this day was a big Hank Williams fan and used to sing and yodel this song. It’s what inspired me to learn to yodel after he passed away. So this one goes out you Dad. –Heatwave
I’m still on my New Orleans kick, and this is one of my favorite drum breaks by the legendary Zutty Singleton. He influenced just about every jazz drummer in his day, and he greatly influences me to this day! –Landman
I honor of Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras happening yesterday and Fats Domino celebrating his 89th birthday on Sunday, our song of the week is New Orleans native Fats doing his version of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Here’s hoping Fats gets to celebrate many more birthdays and Mardi Gras!
So we’ve decided to listen to nothing but old swing and New Orleans jazz for a while to improve our feel and improvisational skills. Here’s one of the swing genre’s best offerings. Gene Krupa is one of my biggest influences and favorite drummers of all-time. There are much longer versions of the song, but this is him at his best in a nice short & sweet version. –Landman
Some of you may know that Landman and I first started playing music together way back in 2007. Then in early 2008, Landman had the idea to really dig into our influences’ influences and we went on a musical journey of exploration into early blues, folk, country and rock & roll. One of the first discoveries that really knocked me off my feet was Howlin’ Wolf. So in celebration of Valentine’s Day this week, here’s a little love song, Howlin’ Wolf style. –Heatwave
Welcome as we introduce a new series, Song of the Week! We’ll post a song each week that inspires, influences, or moves us in some way so that you may see what makes Heatwave & Landman tick! Here’s Landman to start us off:
In memory of Carl Wilson, who died on 2/6/98, here’s one of the greatest pop love songs of all-time, with his wonderful lead vocal. He also sang lead on Good Vibrations, a song that changed the future of pop music forever. The Beach Boys have a major influence on us, and they will always be a treasured part of American music. — Mark “Landman” Larson
Here it is! “Cold Winds Will Blow” is the second single off our debut album, “Introducing… Heatwave & Landman”. See video page for credits.
Album available January 20 with a release show at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge in Minneapolis. Tickets available HERE or via our Facebook event page:
Introducing Heatwave & Landman – Minneapolis Album Release Party