The 1937 Flood Watch
The 1937 Flood Watch Podcast
Coming Back to Brother Ray's Blues
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Coming Back to Brother Ray's Blues

#352 / May 17 Podcast
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Rehearsal is always important, of course, but sometimes leaving a song alone for a while also has interesting effects.

For instance, it’s been probably a year or more since the Ray Charles classic “Hard Times (Who Knows Better Than I)” has made an appearance at a Flood rehearsal. It’s a great tune, but for some reason it just didn’t come to mind for while.

However, the song hasn’t been stagnating, as it turns out. When the tune finally did roll around again at last week’s gathering, it had been percolating in everyone’s memory. That was obvious, because all kind of exciting new ideas came out as the solos went around the room.

About the Song

As reported earlier, in 1961 Atlanta Records commemorated Ray Charles’s near-decade of dedication to that label with the release of an album called The Genius Sings The Blues.

It was a welcome compilation of some of Brother Ray’s earlier singles, plus some previously unreleased stuff, like this perfect Ray Charles composition.

“Hard Times” had the distinction of being the A-side of the only single released to promote that album. It also is the standout number in the entire collection. The tune has gone on to be covered by everybody from David Clayton-Thomas to Eric Clapton. Here’s The Flood’s 2024 rendition of it.

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The 1937 Flood Watch
The 1937 Flood Watch Podcast
Each week The 1937 Flood, West Virginia's most eclectic string band, offers a free tune from a recent rehearsal, show or jam session. Music styles range from blues and jazz to folk, hokum, ballad and old-time. All the podcasts, dating back to 2008, are archived on our website; you and use the archive for free at:
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