Sunday, February 26, 2017


Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
There's No Business Like Show Business by Ethel Merman
Movies are a Mother to Me by Loudon Wainwright III
New Age by The Velvet Underground
Act Naturally by Ringo Starr with Buck Owens
Western Movies by The Olympics
Celluloid Heroes by The Kinks
Beloved Movie Star by Stan Ridgway

Run Through the Jungle by Link Wray
Bad America by The Gun Club
Double Kross by Grandpa Death Experience
Jumpers by Sleater-Kinney
Gawker Delay by The Hentchmen
Stutterin' Sue by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Treat Her Right by Los Straitjackets starring Markm Lindsay

Can't Get Your Lovin' by The Count 5
Get Straight by Lynx Lynx
Everything's Gonna Be the Same by Weird Omen
Baby What's Wrong by The Cynics
The Torture Never Stops by Frank Zappa
Love Enchanted by Daniel Johnston
Maroon by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Trying Hard Not to Know by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Pledging My Love by Swamp Dogg
Light My Fire by Jackie Wilson
The Comedians by Roy Orbison
The House Where Nobody Lives by King Ernest
Take it With Me by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, February 24, 2017


Friday, Feb. 24 , 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
A Hangover Ago by Dale Watson & Ray Benson
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere  by The Byrds
You Can Have the Crown by Sturgill Simpson
First and Last Blues by Big Sandy & The Flyright Boys
Lay You Down by Nikki Lane
I Ain't Givin' Up Notin' by Ben Hewitt
Tennessee Women's Prison by Wanda Jackson
Medication by The Saucer Men
Can't Hardly Stand it by Charlie Feathers
Crazy Blues by J.P. Richardson

The Nail by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Detour by Cyndi Lauper with Emmylou Harris
Shakin' the Blues by Gail Davies & Robbie Fulks
I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised by Johnny Paycheck
Someone to Give My Love to by Big Al Anderson
Possum Ran Over My Grave by Jesse Dayton
My Gal by Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Tub Gut Stomp and Red-Eyed Soul by Shinyribs

I Don't Care by Webb Pierce
There Stands the Glass by Ted Hawkins
Heebie Jeebie Blues Number by Webb Pierce & Willie Nelson
Back Street Affair by Webb Pierce

Wouldya Wanna / 13 Roses by Beth Lee & The Breakups
Parachute by Chris Stapleton
Working on  Building by The Meat Purveyors
Mental Cruely by John Prine & Kacey Musgraves

(Out on the Street) Junk is Still King by Gary Heffern
Do They Dream of Hell in Heaven by Terry Allen
True Religion by Scott H. Biram
Let Your Light Shine by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Old Man Souls by Possessed by Paul James
Waltz Across Texas by Leon Russell
She Was No Good for Me by Waylon Jennings
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Black Joe Lewis, King Salami & Sleater-Kinney

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Feb. 24, 2017

Black Joe Lewis is back with a funky vengeance. More than three years had passed since his previous album, the underrated Electric Slave, when the Austin-based rock ’n’ souler and his band the Honeybears this month released a groove-infused collection of tunes called Backlash.

It had been so long since the last one, I was beginning to wonder whether Lewis — who just a few years ago was driving a delivery truck for a seafood business — had gone back to the fish biz. Fortunately not.

The first difference between this record and his last one that Black Joe fans are bound to notice is that while Electric Slave leaned heavy on hard rock and blues, Backlash shows the band’s funkier side. His horn section, which always been present, is more prominent than ever. In fact, I’m not the first to notice certain similarities between the Honeybears and the Dap-Kings, the late Sharon Jones’ band. In fact, Lewis’ song “Sexual Tension” would have made for a wonderful duet between Jones and neo-soul giant Lee Fields. “Nature’s Natural” could almost pass as a Charles Bradley tune, while the slow-burning “Wasted” is a minor-key howl from the dark night of the soul. A flute that appears about halfway through the song adds a jazzy touch.

But don’t think that anyone’s trying to hide Lewis’ rock chops. There are plenty of guitar-centric rockers here, such as “Prison” (in which Lewis shouts, “I don’t mind being locked up!”). Likewise, “Shadow People” and the frantic “Freakin’ Out” show that Lewis and crew haven’t turned their backs on those punk influences that marked their early work.

And speaking of freaking out, Lewis flirts with psychedelia with the spacey six-minute album closer, “Maroon,” featuring a tasty trumpet solo and some fine guitar from Lewis. But the most impressive song here is the other six-minute song on the album, “Lips of a Loser.” In this one, the horns interweave with ’70s-style strings to dominate the first half of the track. But then, Lewis comes in with a fiery guitar solo that’s downright jaw-dropping.

It’s heartening to know that musicians like these are out there blurring lines between musical borders and making good-time music that thrills.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are scheduled to play The Launchpad in Albuquerque on March 29.

Also recommended:

*  Goin’ Back to Wurstville by King Salami & The Cumberland 3. In terms of the wurst, these guys are the best. This hopped-up, high-energy London-based band has been around for more than a decade, but despite my overly optimistic prediction a few years ago when reviewing their previous album, they never really have made a huge splash in the good old U.S.A. That’s our loss, my fellow Americans. With Salami and the Cumberlands’ seamless bend of garage-rock, ’50s and ’60s R&B, and occasionally a little instrumental surf music, few bands match their sound in terms of pure fun.

Wurstville is only their third actual album in all these years — the previous ones being Cooking Up a Party in 2013 and Fourteen Blazin’ Bangers in 2010. But between albums, Salami and the boys are a singles-producing machine.

 And just like the days of yesteryear in rock ’n’ roll history, most of the songs from the singles end up on the albums. Some of the best songs on Wurstville are in that category, including “Tiger in My Tank” (a hard thumper that sounds like some missing Fleshtones song). “Camel Hop,” with its appropriately tacky faux Mideastern guitar riffs, is only slightly less politically incorrect than the tacky pseudo-Japanese guitar riff and gong in the instrumental “King Ghidorah.”

And speaking of politically incorrect, my favorite Wurstville song at the moment is “She Was a Mau Mau.” The title character sounds more related to the cartoonish cannibals of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Feast of the Mau Mau” than the actual anti-colonialist Kenyan rebels from the 1950s. And despite the historical inaccuracies, this is a crazy little stomper complete with jungle noises and an irresistibly nasty guitar hook.

*  Live in Paris by Sleater-Kinney. One of the most successful and satisfying rock ’n’ roll comeback stories in recent years was the 2015 return of Sleater-Kinney. Their album, No Cities to Love was nothing short of a triumph, and their show in Albuquerque that year was even better. And, judging from this new album, their concert in Paris was dadgum good as well.

To be honest, I was hoping that the group’s follow-up to No Cities would have been a studio album of new material. These troubled times demand intelligent and exciting music. But I guess the comeback reunion wasn’t a permanent thing. Oh well, no complaints here. I guess this is the next best thing.

The song selection leans heavy on No Cities, kicking off with a fully charged version of “Price Tag” and equally strong versions of the bouncy but intense “A New Wave,” “Surface Envy,” and the title song. They perform several tracks from The Woods, the group’s last album before the decade-long hiatus, and there also are some classic S-K tunes like “Dig Me Out,” “Start Together,” and  “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.”

But there is only  one tune, “Oh!,” from my favorite Sleater-Kinney album, 2002’s One Beat. I wish they would have  done “Step Aside,” the best song from that album, instead.

But that’s just the grousing of a picky critic. Those who are already fans will appreciate this live album. And newcomers will have a useful starting point.

Let's have some videos:

Here's "PTP" from Black Joe Lewis' new one.

Here's a video I shot myself in 2011

Have a slice of Salami

And here's Sleater-Kinney in Paris

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Twenty six years ago tomorrow, (Feb. 24), country singer left this life at the age of 69. But his songs still haunt us today.

Born in West Monroe, Louisiana, he became one of the greatest honky-tonk singers of the 1950s.

He also knew the value of building his image. As his bio at the Country Music Hall of Fame says, "he is perhaps as well remembered today for his silver-dollar studded autos and guitar-shaped swimming pools as for his great music."

But let's not forget Webb's music -- his high-pitched voice that that just radiated heartarche.

We'll start with one of his classics, or as Webb would say, one of the songs "that the people request most."

This one is another unforgettable love song by Webb.

Here's an early '70s performance by Webb with his daughter Debbie, (who died in 2012)

This one's one of my favorites.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Come Back Richard Simmons!

One of the stranger celebrity sagas of  recent years is the "disappearance" or sudden recluse status status of the flamboyant exercise mogul, talk-show stalwart Richard Simmons. In his star-spangled gym shorts, he used to seem to be everywhere, hawking his Deal-a-Meal cards, his Sweatin' to the Oldies videos, his over-the-top personality. 

He was a punchline for countless comics. And a saint to the thousands he helped lose weight and get into shape.

Then suddenly, in early 2014, Richard seemed to drop off the face of the Earth. He stopped showing up to his exercise classes at his Slimmons Studio in Beverly Hills. His TV and radio appearances completely dried up. There were grim speculations that Richard had become some sort of slave to his own housekeeper. That he was transitioning into a woman.

In March 2016 he broke his public silence in a phone interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show saying, "No one is holding me in my house as a hostage. You know, I do what I want to do as I've always done so people should sort of just believe what I have to say because like I'm Richard Simmons!"

Eight months later, he closed Slimmons, which had been open for 40 years. "Truly, you don’t need me to tell you what to do anymore," he wrote in a rambling, emotional Facebook post. "You know. It’s within you. It’s in your heart and it’s been there all along. So get up and get moving!"

Filmmaker and former Daily Show producer Dan Taberski, a friend of Richard's -- who frequently took his classes at Slimmons -- recently began a podcast called Missing Richard Simmons. The first episode is already up. And like Richard himself, it's weird and touching. (Update: Looks like Episode Two also was posted today.)

Though he's never been known as a musician, Richard frequently had a song in his heart. Here are a few he's left us. I hope we hear him singing, and sweating and dealing some meals and being his sweet obnoxious self again sometime soon.

First there's this:

Here is one of Richard's classic Letterman appearances

And finally, here's this inspirational ballad.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Shout Bamalama by Benjamin Booker
It'll Chew You Up and Spit You Out by Concrete Blonde
They're Gonna Get You by Count Five
Love My Lover by The Fleshtones
She Was a Mau Mau by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
It's Lame by Figures of Light
All These Times by Lynx Lynx
Mammer-Jammer by Don & Dewy
What Now My Love by Stan Ridgway

Room 213 by Dead Moon
One Kind Favor by Canned Heat
Weedeye by Churchwood
Sexual Tension by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Rock the Casbah by Richard Cheese
Surface Envy by Sleater-Kinney
Wang Dang Doodle by PJ Harvey
Sit With the Guru by The Strawberry Alarm Clock

Something Weird by Stomachmouths
Stranger by Weird Omens
Smoke 2 Much by Grandpa Death Experience
Certain Appeal by London Souls
Building Models by Skull Control
Drove Up From Pedro by Mike Watt
Silly Putty by Primus

Rag Doll by The Four Seasons
To The Other Woman, I'm the Other Woman by Sandra Phillips
A Man Needs a Woman (A Woman Needs a Man) by ZZ Hill
Walking on a Tightrope by William Bell
Don't Fuck Around With Love by Bernadette Seacrest and Kris Dale
I Can't Stop Loving You by Laura St. Jude
Mysteries of Love by Julee Cruise
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, February 17, 2017


Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Big Mouth by Nikki Lane
Drunk Dialer by Miss Leslie
Quit Feelin' Sorry for You by Bill Kirchen
Hurtin' on the Bottle by Margot Price
I Want to Be Loved by Sleepy LaBeef
The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World by John Schooley
Righteous Ways by Scott H. Biram
Flora by Peter, Paul & Mary

Only a Dream by Beth Lee
Talking to the Dead by Stephanie Hatfield
Who's Gonna Take Your Garbage Out by John Prine with Iris DeMent
My Own Kind of Hat by Rosie Flores
Wild Girl by Katy Moffat
When My Baby Left Me by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Trouble, Trouble by Shinyribs
You Don't Know My Mind by Roy Moss
You Don't Love Me by Hasil Adkins

The Ballad of Dale & Ray by Dale Watson & Ray Benson
Route 23 by Wayne Hancock
The Road Goes on Forever by Joe Ely
So Long Baby, Goodbye by The Blasters
Blood Red and Goin' Down by Tanya Tucker
Hog Tied Over You by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs with Candy Kane
I Ain't Gonna Hang Around by Southern Culture on the Skids
Wrong Honky Tonk by Phoebe Legere
Lonesome Hobo by Del McCoury
The Way it Goes by Gillian Welch

Why Me by Kris Kristofferson
It Is No Secret What God Can Do by Elvis Presley
Women of the Night by Ringo Starr
Barely Human by Robbie Fulks
When Two Worlds Collide by Roger Miller
Miracle of Five by Eleni Mandell
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: I Killed a Man For Flora ...

It's no wonder I love murder ballads so much. Back when I was growing up in the early '60s, they were everywhere -- at least those wonderful folk songs faux folk songs that were sweeping the country and pop charts back then -- "Tom Dooley" by The Kingston Trio, "El Paso" by Marty Robins, "Miller's Cave" by Bobby Bare ...

But there was one brilliant murder ballad I discovered by myself without the help of Top 40 radio. It was on the 1963 Peter, Paul & Mary album, Moving, the track right before "Puff the Magic Dragon."


It was a fast-paced, minor-key tune about som hapless loser who catches his true love, the Lily of the West, with some funky dude. So the enraged cuckold pulls out a knife and kills this "man of low degree."

The confession:

I stepped up my rival, my dagger in my hand/ I seized him by the collar, and I ordered him to stand / All in my desperation, I stabbed him in his breast / I killed a man for Flora, the Lily of the West!

I was 10 years old when I came across this song. It was about the coolest thing I'd ever heard.

Take a listen yourself.

I didn't know it at the time, but "Flora," often called "Lily of the West had been kicking around the folk revival for a few years. Joan Baez did one of the first recorded versions two years earlier.

But it goes back at last more than a hundred years before that. According to The Traditional Ballad Index compiled by California State University at Fresno folklore program, Flora goes back to at least to 1839.

Sometimes the two-timing temptress was called Mary or Molly. Before the tragic protagonist came from Louisville, he came from England. Some believe the song is Irish in origin.

But other than the details, the basic story remains the same. The guy gets starry-eyed over a beautiful dame, finds her in the company of some other jerk, who he kills. He's tried for murder, goes to prison and yet he still loves the gorgeous Flora.

Here are some other notable versions, starting with a rag-tag take from the early '70s by Bob Dylan.

Fast forward to 1995 and The Chieftains, with Mark Knopfler on vocals, does a slowed down version of the song with a much different melody.

If that melody sounds familiar you might have heard it in another old folk song caleld "Lakes of Pontchartrain." Here's a version of that by Peter Case

Interestingly, a few years after The Chieftains recorded "Lily of the West" with Knopfler, they did a version with Roseanne Cash using the melody I first heard by Peter, Paul & Mary.

You can find that on the Spotify playlist below

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Ditties for Dahmer

Twenty five years ago today a jury in Milwaukee, Wisc. found Jeffrey Dahmer sane and guilty of murdering 15 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

This led to a life sentence for each of those killings.

But Dahmer is infamous not only for murder and rape, but for his habit of  torturing, and dismembering his victims, having sex with their corpses and even eating their body parts.

From The Crime Museum website:

He began killing around one person each week by the summer of 1991. Dahmer was using the idea that he could turn his victims into “zombies” to have youthful submissive sexual partners. He used many different techniques, such as drilling holes into their skull and injecting hydrochloric acid or boiling water into their brains. Soon, residents of Oxford Apartments complex began noticing awful smells coming from Dahmer’s apartment, as well as loud noises from falling objects. Although most serial killers stick with one racial background, Dahmer killed a variety of people from different racial backgrounds.

... Further investigation of the home lead to a severed head in the refrigerator, three more severed heads in the apartment, multiple photographs of victims and human remains and more human remains in his refrigerator. It was later assumed that he practiced necrophilia and cannibalism. A total of seven skulls were found in his apartment as well as a human heart in the freezer. An altar was also constructed with candles and human skulls in his closet.

Yep. All the prefect ingredients for a good pop song!

Dahmer, who was murdered in prison in 1994, inspired a few songs. Here are a few of them

First, as an appetizer, (sorry) here's this brief ditty from Dahmer's fellow Wisconsinites, The Violent Femmes:

Here is one from the mighty Dead Moon, immortalize the apartment where about half of Dahmer's killings occurred.

Most of Dahmer's "tribute" songs come from the genre of death metal. I'm not sure why.

Pearl Jam even took a whack at Dahmer. But for reasons I'm not quite sure of, they changed his first name to "Frank."

Dirty Frank Dahmer, he's a gourmet cook / Got a recipe for Anglo-Saxon soup ...I got a cupboard full of fleshy fresh ingredients / Very careful, at the same time quite expedient ...

Bon appetit

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sunday, Feb. 12,  2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Valentine by Concrete Blonde
Geraldine by The A-Bones
Lost All Day by Dinosaur Jr.
That's Life by James Chance & The Distortions
Excercise Man by Dean Ween Group
I Want What You Got by The Plimsouls
Nosebleed Boogie by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
A Request for Closeness by by Gregg Turner

You Did Wrong by Reigning Sound
Call the Police by The Oblivians
Modern Girl by Sleater-Kinney
Outer Space by The Sex Organs
New Kind of Kick by The Cramps
I Am Not Sexy by Hang on the Box
Everybody is In Love With You by Lynx Lynx
The Savage Beat by The Dictators
Cupid by Sam Cooke

S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Land of The Freak by King Khan & The Shrines
Rock 'n' Soul Music by Country Joe & The Fish
Big Booty Woman by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Like a River by St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Everybody Free by Alex Maiorano and The Black Tales
Wonderful Girl by Jack Mack & The Heart Attack

Flowers in My Hair Demons in My Head by The Mystery Lights
Big Black Mariah by John Hammond
Infected by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angels
Star Dream Girl by David Lynch
Should Have Been Home WIth You by James Leg
Tomorrow Night by Lonnie Johnson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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