Friday, July 22, 2016


Friday, July 22, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Building Our Own Prison by The Waco Brothers
All You Fascists by Billy Bragg & Wilco
Old Man Trump by Ryan Harvey with Ani DiFranco & Tom Morello
Where's the Money by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Waitress, Waitress by Little Jimmy Dickens
Pretty Little Kitty by Ruby Dee & The Snake Handlers
Booze is Good by Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders
Too Much of Nothing by Bob Dylan & The Band
World's in a Bad Condition by Dave & Phil Alvin

Fruit of the Vine by Nancy Apple
I'm a Ramblin' Man by Waylon Jennings
All American Girl by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Dallas Alice by Doug Sahm
Be Real by The Bottle Rockets
Pool Cue by Two Tons of Steel
I Told Her Lies by Robbie Fulks
Hippie from Mississippi by Chesney Carroll

Elvis is Everywhere by The Pleasure Barons
Secret Mountain by Legendary Shack Shakers
What You Gonna Do, Leroy by Brennen Leigh
If You Got the Culo, I Got the Burro by Kyle Martin
Wasted Mind by Danny Barnes
Wild Heart by Moden Mal

The Pain of Loving You by James Hand
Drunkard's Harmony by Peter Case 
Luther Played Guitar by Stan Ridgway
I've Got a Tender Heart by Merle Haggard
If It Takes a Lifetime by Jason Isbell
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Bastards of the Blues

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
July 22, 2016

Left Lane Cruiser's Skiddley Bow
Decades ago Muddy Waters proclaimed, “The blues had a baby and they named it rock ’n’ roll.” I wonder if Muddy knew that well into the 21st century, the bastard offspring of that unholy union would keep coming.

What follows are recent releases from blues-rock bands that could be classified as “punk blues,” though let’s not get too hung up on labels.

Unlike the blues rockers of the 1960s and ’70s, who worshipped at the altar of Chicago blues stars like Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson, these newer groups are more influenced by the primitive Mississippi Hill Country Fat Possum Records roster of the early to mid-’90s (R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford, Paul “Wine” Jones).

In fact, a friend of mine who caught Lonesome Shack at the Mine Shaft Tavern told me they’re the closest thing to the late Junior Kimbrough he’s heard in years.

* The Switcher by Lonesome Shack. This trio is based in Seattle, but their roots are in New Mexico.

Singer/guitarist Ben Todd spent part of his youth in Silver City and Albuquerque. His mom still lives in Deming. In the early part of this century, he and his girlfriend moved to a trailer in a remote part of Catron County, near Alma, N.M. Todd built a little shed he dubbed “Lonesome Shack” (after a Memphis Minnie song), where he could practice guitar and write songs without driving his girlfriend nuts.

Todd wrote all the songs here except an old gospel shouter called “Safety Zone” (best known in recent years for its version by The Fairfield Four). With Todd’s guitar and vocals out front, Lonesome Shack can get rough and rowdy on songs like “Diamond Man,” “Mushin’ Dog,” and “Chemicals.” But they aren’t as hard-driving as many of their punk blues peers. Lonesome Shack is a little more subtle on slow burners like the spooky “Dirty Traveler” and the almost noirish “Blood.”

Sin, You Sinners! by The Devils. This is an Italian duo — guitar man Gianni Vessella and singer/drummer Erica Toraldo — that plays a hopped-up, explosive, hellfire version of the blues that owes more to crazed punk rock than it does to Hound Dog Taylor. Naming themselves after a classic 1971 Ken Russell movie about a priest who is executed for witchcraft, The Devils perform dressed as a priest and a nun and play songs with titles like “Coitus Interruptus (From a Priest)” — check YouTube for the wild and wonderful video of this one — “Shaking Satan’s Balls,” “Hell’s Gate,” and “Azazel.” No wonder they caught the attention of Reverend Beat-Man of Voodoo Rhythm Records. I believe they attend the same church.

The Devils are relentless. One song is more thunderous than the last. Currently my favorites are “Magic Sam” (I’m assuming this is a tribute to the late Chicago bluesman, who died of a heart attack in 1969 at the age of thirty-two) and, even though it’s barely more than a minute long, “Puppy Nun,” a joyful little rager that opens the album. All in all, Sin, You Sinners! is a blasphemous blast.

* Beck in Black by Left Lane Cruiser. LLC is a leading light of contemporary punk blues, with Freddy “Joe” Evans IV on slide guitar and vocals and, up to a couple of years ago, Brenn “Sausage Paw” Beck on drums. (When I saw them in Austin in 2014, they also had a bass player who made wild noises on a crazy homemade electric instrument fashioned from an old skateboard and a beer bottle.)

This is a strange odds-and-sods album of songs selected by Beck. It’s mostly remastered tracks from the band’s earlier albums, although six of the 14 songs have never been released before.

Among these are “The Pusher,” an anti-hard-drug anthem written by Hoyt Axton and made famous by Steppenwolf back in the late ’60s. Despite being a Steppenwolf fan, I didn’t immediately recognize it until well into the first verse. LLC plays it nice and bluesy. The lyrics are probably more relevant today than they were in 1968.

Another song here with a history is “Chevrolet,” written by Ed and Lonnie Young but based on a 1930 song called “Can I Do It for You?” by Memphis Minnie (her again!) and Kansas Joe and covered by all sorts of acts, from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band (with vocals by Maria Muldaur), Donovan (who renamed it “Hey Gyp [Dig the Slowness]” and took songwriting credits) and, best of all, The Animals. LLC attack the song with their usual crunch and pow, making it a highlight of this collection.

But I like LLC’s original songs, too. Some of my favorites include “Circus” (even though it doesn’t seem to have much to do with circuses), “Amy’s in the Kitchen” (which starts off with a Tom Waits-like percussion and vocals segment before the guitar soars in), and the drum-heavy instrumental “Sausage Paw.”

* Victory Motel Sessions by King Mud. This group is basically a side project for Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy “Joe”
Evans and drummer Van Campbell, who plays with a band called Black Diamond Heavies (like LLC, on the Alive/Natural Sound label). Guitarist Parker Griggs from Radio Moscow (also on Alive/Natural Sound) joins in on a couple of songs, making King Mud something of a punk-blues supergroup.

My favorite Mud songs at the moment are “Smoked All My Bud” (the whole group sounds mean and desperate); the frantic “War Dancers”; and the hard-rocking closing track “Blood River.”

Video time! 

Enjoy some punk blues videos. First some live Lonesome Shack.

A sweet hymn from The Devils

Live Left Lane

All bow to King Mud

And here's some punk blues from 50 years ago!

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs That Herman Taught Us

The common critical view of the British Invasion hitmakers known as Herman's Hermits is that they were lightweight popsters whose greatest ability was making teenage girls scream and wet their pants. They weren't as rough as The Stones or as creative as The Beatles blah blah blah. And they didn't even have a cool dance like Freddie & The Dreamers.

But I've always respected Herman and the boys, mostly for the important work they did digging weird old British Music Hall songs to introduce to a new generation.

Back in the early days of Throwback Thursday, I did a feature on one of those songs, "Two Lovely Black Eyes," written in 1886  by Charles Coborn.

Below are several other old tunes that I never would have known without Herman's Hermits.

And one of these was one of Herman's greatest hits, "I'm Henry VIII, I Am." Below is a 1911 version performed by singer/comedian Harry Champion. It was written circa 1910 by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston.

The Herman's Hermits album that really leaned on English Music Hall delights was the American version of Both Sides of Herman's Hermits. Here's one of my favorites, "My Old Dutch," written and sung by Albert Chevalier. I'm not certain of the recording date of this version, but he wrote it circa 1892.

Here's another hit for the Hermits. "Leaning on the Lamp Post was sung in 1937 by Geoerge Formby in the film Feather Your Nest.

And here's another from Both Sides of Herman's Hermits, "The Future Mrs. 'Awkins," also written by Albert Chevalier, circa 1898. This is a more recent version (1942) by British singer and actor Stanley Holloway.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: You're Nobody til You Been Covered by The Dickies

The Dickies as young men

Here is a Wacky Wednesday salute to some true punk rock survivors and all around funny guys: The Dickies.

This group -- fronted for decades by warbling singer Leonard Graves Phillips and guitarist Stan Lee (no, not that Stan Lee) -- the group, which formed in 1977, is one of the longest-running punk bands from Los Angeles.

They have plenty of original songs, many of which, like "Bowling With Bed Rock Barney," "You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla," and "Manny, Moe & Jack." But some of their most hilarious are their cover songs.

I'll let the band make that argument.

The Dickies wrote and performed the theme song to the movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space and they write an ode to another tacky '80s flick The Toxic Avenger. But probably their first foray into themes from bad sci-fi was their cover of the theme to Gigantor, a 1960s cartoon about a robot.

The Dickies are one of the few punk bands to attempt a Simon & Garfunkel song.

The Dickies tackle this old Broadway tune

The Dickies are hip to Heap, (Uriah, that is)

And most bands that would choose to cover Iron Butterfly would take the easy way out and do "In a Gadda da Vida." Not The Dickies. They chose this obscurity:

But many fans, including me, believe in their hearts that The Dickies never topped this as their greatest cover song:

Tip of the hat to my pal Chuck, who back in the '80s turned me on to The Dickies' album We Aren't the World. I've never recovered.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Sunday, July 17, 2016 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Eve of Destruction by Gregg Turner
Bermuda by Roky Erikson
Garbagehead by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
Cold Line by Nots 
Circus by Left Lane Cruiser
Needle Trade Off by GØGGS
Hang Up by The Cramps
Down the Road by Dead Moon
Zombie Outbreak by Alien Space Kitchen
Favorite War by He Who Cannot Be Named

The Decay of Lying by The Melvins
Drunk Town by The Devils
Possessed by Robert Johnson by Dead Cat Stimpy
Radio X by Horror Deluxe
Hey You by Evil Enc Group
Shut My Mouth by The Oblivians
Rimbaud Diddley by Churchwood
Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins

Musical Tribalist by Wild Billy Chyldish 
Mother's Tin Mustache by Nobody's Children
Jukebox Babe by Alan Vega
Cheree/ Mr. Ray by Suicide
Dillinger by San Antonio Kid
Never Enough Girls by The Sloths
Here He Comes by New Mystery Girl
Blood by Lonesome Shack
Love Me Baby (Cherry July) by Question Mark & The Mysterians
Show Me Some Love by Pierre Omer's Swing Revue
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by The Casinos
Venus by Television
Don't Blame Me by Flat Duo Jets
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Friday, July 15, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Me and Billy the Kid by Joe Ely
Jesus Loves You (But I'm on the Fence) by Trailer Radio
You're the Reason OUr Kids Are Ugly by Cyndi Lauper & Vince Gill
Cracklings by The Gourds
Rock Chalk by Calamity Cubes
All Knocked Up by Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers
Big Lotsa Love by The Bottle Rockets
Cathead Biscuits and Gravy by Nancy Apple & Rob McNurlin

Billy the Kid by Tex Ritter
Heartsick Blues by Luke Winslow King
Love You 'Cause You're Perfect by Al Scorch
Hold Whatcha Got by Jimmy Martin with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
More of You by Chris Stapleton
Billy the Kid by John Hartford
The Creeper by Al Duvall 
Fuck Off by Audrey Auld

Stars in Her Eyes by Hank Williams
Secret Love by Loretta Lynn
Catch Another Train by Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders 
Down on Music Row by Dolly Parton
Dancing With the Ghost of William Bonney by Bone Orchard
Billy the Kid by Ry Cooder

Tomorrow's Taking Baby Away by Dex Romweber
Sweet Home Reservation by Bill Palmer
Oh the Wind and the Rain by J. Michael Combs
Lakes of Ponchartrain by Peter Case
The Cold Hard Truth by George Jones
How Far Down Can I Go by Brennen Leigh
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Two Shows Not to Miss

UPDATED with Lonesome Shack Video

There's a cool band coming to the Mine Shaft Tavern in former ghost town of Madrid, N.M. tonight (Friday July 17).

That's Lonesome Shack, a punk-blues trio (or "haunted boogie blues" as the group calls its sound)  from Seattle. Frontman Ben Todd actually has roots in this Enchanted Land.

The group's publicist told me recently:

Ben's not originally from NM but he moved from Washington to Silver City, NM ('97-'98), then Albuquerque, NM ('98-'2001), and then moved to a rural area in Catron County near Alma,NM ('01-'04) where the Lonesome Shack still stands.  His mom currently lives in Deming, NM. 

Here's Lonesome Shack in action:

Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Mine Shaft tonight.

I didn't give you much advance warning on Lonesome Shack, so here's a show where I'm giving you plenty of warning:

Robbie Fulks in Los Alamos on Friday. Aug. 5.

That's right, one of my favorite songwriters playing for free at Ashley Pond as part of Russ Gordon's wonderful summer concert series.

I reviewed Robbie's latest album, Upland Stories just a couple of months ago, (CLICK  HERE) I'm could be wrong, but this could be the first time he's ever performed in New Mexico.

It should be a  fine show.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


One hundred thirty five years ago tonight Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett went into the home of Pete Maxwell in Ft. Stockton, N.M.where he shot and killed Billy the Kid.

In his stocking feet.

That was the end of Henry McCarty, (or was it William Bonney?) Dead at 21.

But that was just the beginning of the legend of Billy the Kid. Heroic tales of the "Boy Bandit King" spread across the country, spread by biographies, pulp novels and, of course songs.

In some tellings he was a sociopathic killer. In others, a Robin Hood who stood up to the political powers of the day.

I want to say "rest in peace, Billy." But I know he'll never rest in peace.

As Paul Hutton, a history professor at the University of New Mexico told me a few years ago, “Billy can’t be killed. He’s the outlaw of our dreams.”

Here are my favorite Billy songs.

Woody Guthrie sings the classic.

Ry Cooder put a new melody (and song great mandolin) on his version

Bob Dylan, who co-starred in the Sam Peckinpah movie Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, wrote the soundtrack or the film. I'll never forget the time I was visiting the old Lincoln County Courthouse -- where Billy killed two deputies to make his escape -- and this haunting song was playing.

Joe Ely's Billy the Kid isn't tied to any historical version of Billy. I personally don't believe the Kid would really shoot his girlfriend's chihuahua. But it's still a great song.

This is a jazzy little cover of John Hartford's Billy song performed by Riders in the Sky.

And here's Bone Orchard from Taos, N.M. adding to Billy's legend.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Just Some Songs for Some Strippers

This week for Wacky Wednesday I'm just posting a bunch of songs for strippers.

Let's start with one my Mom taught me as a kid.


Actually she just sang the first verse of this saga of Queenie, the cutie of the burlesque show. I thought it was hilarious and she did too.

(That's one of two songs I remember my mom teaching me. The other was a parody making fun of Mary Margaret Truman. ("She lives up in the White House with her father, Harry S") It was sung to to the tune of "The Missouri Waltz.")

A couple of weeks before Mom died, I played her this YouTube of "Strip Polka" on my iPhone, in her nursing home.

She wasn't completely conscious, but she smiled. The nurses thought I was crazy. But it meant something to us. Here's that song ...

This next one was a huge Top 40 radio hit in the early '60s. Probably because it didn't have any lyrics. But oh what pictures it put in my dirty little grade-school mind!

This one's a David Bromberg original about a supernatural carnival "coochie" dancer.

Here is one of the songs that made me love Doug Kershaw.

Here's a live 1977 rendition of Tom Waits' "Pasties and a G String" (with a little West Side Story and "Hernando's Hideaway" thrown in at the end.)

Finally, here is my own contribution to the genre

Monday, July 11, 2016

Start Your Week Off with a New Mekons song

The Mekons have just released a new song and video called "Fear & Beer (Hymn for Brexit)"

They call this sweet little dirge "a hymn for a post factual democracy sung joyously by the disenchanted and forgotten as they tumble teary eyed into the arms of their oppressors."

Beware the Langford trumpet solo!

The song is from an upcoming album (and video and book) called Mekons Existentialism scheduled for release in September.