Friday, December 02, 2016


Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
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

Back from the Shadows Again by Firesign Theatre

The Bottle Never Let Me Down by Dale Watson

Apartment 34 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Who's Gonna Take Your Garbage Out by Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Saginaw, Michigan by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show

Gentlemen by The Handsome Family

Little Pig by Robert Gordon

I Cry, Then I Drink, Then I Cry by Cornell Hurd


Highway Queen by Nikki Lane

Lonesome Road Blues by Martha Fields

Midnight Caller by Southern Culture on the Skids

Just Like Geronimo by The Dashboard Saviors

Dolores by T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole

Bad Times Are Coming Round Again by The Waco Brothers

You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor) by Rhonda Vincent

My Turn to Howl by Penny Jo Pullus


Ain't No Top 40 Song by Terry Allen

I'm a Ramblin' Man by Waylon Jennings

Dirty House Blues by Wayne Hancock

Please Baby Please by Dwight Yoakam

Crawdad Song by Washboard Hank

Jason Fleming by Roger Miller

Milk Shakin' Mama by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Too Many Rivers by Webb Wilder

Buffalo Hunter by J. Michael Combs


Over the Mountain by John Hartford

Good Love Shouldn't Feel So Bad by Kris Kristofferson

Opportunity to Cry by Tom Jones

Cold Hard Truth by George Jones

To Get Through This Day by Miss Leslie

Fishing Blues by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Bizarre Saga of Hanging Johnny

A strange character introduces himself: "They call me Hanging Johnny ... But I never hung nobody ..."

But after that little disclaimer Johnny begins bragging about all the people he has hanged. His mother, his brother, his sister Nancy, a robber, a police officer, a friar, his own mates and skippers ..." Different versions include different victims.

It's no wonder this morbid little sea chanty delights me so.

Indeed, "Hanging Johnny" is a classic sea chanty. It's a halyard chanty, a call and response sung by crew members engaged in a long, tedious task like setting the sails on a ship.

According to the liner notes of a 1967 EP titled Chicken on a Raft by a folk group called The Young Tradition:

"Hanging Johnny" is a good example of a shanty that was ready made for stringing out, a trick used by the shantyman for lengthening a song to suit the job in hand. Anyone could be a candidate for Hanging Johnny's rope until he had enough verses to finish the job. 

On her folk ballad site The Contemplator, Lesley Nelson-Burns writes:

There is speculation that "Hanging Johnny" may refer to the eighteenth century hangman, Jack Ketch. In fact "Jack Ketch" was a term used to refer to all hangman, named after a Jack Ketch who was the executioner at Tyburn from 1663-1686.

However, a web page about "Hanging Johnny" in the Traditional Ballad Index on the California State University, Fresno website says:

According to most sources, the "hanging" in this song does not refer to execution. Great Lakes sailor Carl Joys said it referred to the young sailors who went aloft to swing out the halyards when a sail was hoisted. Another account says it referred to a sailor who held a rope lashed to other sailors. If this "hanger" let them go in a bad sea, they would be washed overboard and lost.

I guess that would explain Johnny's claim that he never hung nobody.

Part of "Hanging Johnny" was featured in a scene from the 1962 movie version of Herman Melville's Billy Budd.

Here is a version recorded by ethnographer Sidney Robertson Cowell in  Belvedere, Calif.  Performing are a bunch of sailors -- Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie.

This one's from a 1979 Smithsonian Folkways album Sea Songs: Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X Seamen's Institute sing of Cape Horn sailing at the Seattle Chantey Festival

But my favorite is a more recent take on "Hanging Johnny" by Stan Ridgway, which appeared on Hal Wilner's 2006 various artist compilation Rogue's Gallery.

Don't forget to hang, boys, hang.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Tiny Tim Died 20 Years Ago Today

I'm not sure whether Budweiser was sponsoring Tiny
On Nov. 30, 1996 Herbert Butros Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, performed his final gig at a benefit concert at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

He hadn't been feeling well that day. And he'd suffered a heart attack a few weeks before at a ukulele festival in Massachusetts.  So after performing an abbreviated version of his hit novelty song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." His wife, Susan Khaury, told The Associated Press that she'd gone up to the stage to help him back to their table.

It was then when he collapsed.

"He went out with a big bang. Very theatrical," Miss Sue told the wire service. "That was his way, to collapse in front of hundreds of people."

The singer died at a Minneapolis hospital later that night.

So in honor of a true entertainer, here are some videos of Tiny singing some songs he's not normally known for.

On this one he sings "Earth Angel" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970 with a group called The Enchanted Forest.

Here's a "duet" with himself on Australian TV. (Sorry, but I don't recognize the song. If you know it, please tell me in the comments section.)

This is a clip from You Are What You Eat, a film by Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary.) The female singer here is Eleanor Barooshian, aka Chelsea Lee, who later was in a girl group called The Cake, (which is a story in itself.) Allegedly The off-camera band on this song is none other than The Band.)

For the last quarter century of his career, Tiny Tim was considered an "outsider" musician. In that light, seeing him perform on national TV with Bing Crosby seems almost like Frank Sinatra sharing the stage with The Shaggs. But here he is with Der Bingle -- and a nice cameo by Bobbie Gentry toward the end.

Tiny has been featured in Wacky Wednesday a couple of times before:

* Songs Tiny Taught Us
* Take the Skinheads Through the Tulips

Rest in Peace, Tiny!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Latest Big Enchilada Podcast is Served!


Welcome to this month's Big Enchilada, where we're all just dancing at Doom's Doorway. To quote the ascended master Warren Zevon, "Get up and dance or I'll kill ya!" This show includes a tribute to Billy Miller, who died this month, and the fabulous Norton Records.


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Cigány Körtánc / Gypsy Round Dance by Balogh Kálmán & the Hungarian Gypsy Cimbalom Band)
The Gasser by The Fleshtones
Latent Psychosis by Dow Jones & The Industrials
One Big White Nightmare by Churchwood
Get Up by De Los Muertos
Kremlin Dogs by Gregg Turner

R.I.P. Billy Miller, 1954-2016

(Background Music: The Birds by The Motivations)
No More Hot Dogs by Hasil Adkins
The Monkey by The Great Gaylord
It's a Lie by King Khan
You'll Be Mine by Daddy Long Legs
Burn Baby Burn by Stud Cole
Which End is Up by Miriam
Lula Baby by The A-Bones
(Background Music: Talisman #2 by Monarcs)
(For my previous Norton set, check out Big Enchilada 54)

Dead in a Motel Room by Hickoids
Hideous by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Kiss Her Dead by Delaney Davidson
Trouble of the World by Dex Romweber 
(Background Music: I'm in the Mood for Love by Man Chou-Po Orchestra)

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Sunday, November 27, 2016


Sunday, No. 27, 2016 

KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM

(This show was prerecorded. It originally aired Sept. 2, 2012) 
OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Dive by L7
Mr. Big Hat by The McCool Whips
Suicide Cat by Pong
Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell by Iggy & The Stooges
Nobody to Love by The 13th Floor Elevators
Maelstrom by Rocket From the Crypt
Four O'Clocker by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
I Pity the Man by The Hickoids
Draggin' the Line by Tommy James & The Shondells

(Russian title) by Pussy Riot
Hang On by Pussy Galore
Cuckoo by The Monks
Milkshake and Honey by Sleater-Kinney
Tiger Lillian by Kevin Coyne
Hot Rod Baby by Elvis From Outer Space
Somebodu Knockin' by T-Model Ford
Women and Wimmen by John Lee Hooker

Nancy Sinatra Tribute Set   

Nancy Sinatra by The Bottle Rockets

How Does That Grab You by Empress of Furrs
Summer Wine by Rick Shea & Patty Booker
Some Velvet Morning by Firewater
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer
Lightnin's Girl by Lydia Lunch
You Only Live Twice by Nancy Sinatra

Prisoner of The Tiki Room by Mojo Nixon
The Trip by Donovan
Done Got Old by Robert Belfour
No Chance by Houndog
Between the Ditches by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Long Black Veil by The Walkabouts
The Port of Amsterdam by David Bowie

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: New Releases from Churchwood and Hickoids

In the not-so-distant past, every now and then I would encounter a special sort of reader who seemed to love to play what I call “stump the critic.” This is the sort of guy — and it would always be a guy — who would go down some list in his head of obscure bands and singers until he got to ones to which I wasn’t hip.

These days I wouldn’t last long in such a game. It’s true that I don’t like a large percentage of the new crap that’s out there. But it’s also possible that there’s another factor at work. Maybe I’ve become more musically conservative in my advanced years and more cynical about what constitutes musical innovation.

But one thing I can say for myself: I was a fan of Churchwood before most people outside of Austin, which means I’m far cooler than most of those “stump the critic” twits. And Churchwood, as they prove once again with their recently released fourth album, Hex City, is a band that all true rock ’n’ roll fans should seek out.


Churchwood is fronted by singer Joe Doerr, an English professor by day, and guitarist Bill Anderson, who I only recently realized used to play with the acoustic country/punk group The Meat Purveyors, who were always one of the highlights of Bloodshot Records’ annual South by Southwest party at the Yard Dog Art Gallery. Anderson and Doerr have been co-conspirators for decades in various Austin bands.

Some critics — and in fact their own record company, Saustex — have called them an avant-garde blues band. There’s a lot of truth in that. You can certainly hear the influence of Captain Beefheart — who put the sounds of Howlin’ Wolf through a Dadaist meat grinder — in Churchwood’s musical magic.
Churchwwod live in Austin 2015

But the band goes well beyond the Captain’s brand of blues. You also can hear echoes of Beefheart’s pal Frank Zappa in Churchwood’s knack for suddenly changing time signatures in the middle of a song. I’ve compared them to Pere Ubu.

And a current weird musical fantasy of mine is producing a split album that would have Churchwood doing songs by The Fall on one side and The Fall covering Churchwood tunes on the other.

On this album, the band’s basic lineup — which includes guitarist Billysteve Korpi, Adam Kahan on bass, and drummer Julien Peterson — is fortified on some songs by a horn section (The Money Shot Brass) and a pair of female vocalists called The Nicotine Choir.

Every track is filled with incredible blues, funk, and sometimes even metal riffs, as if the Dap-Kings were in a vicious battle with the Butthole Surfers while Doerr plays the role of oracle, unleashing barrages of verse.

By the title, you might suspect “One Big White Nightmare” is about the 2016 election. But what I hear is Doerr standing on the sidelines of some pending apocalypse laughing insanely while shooting arrows of flaming literary imagery: “Haiku: seventeen syllables/frame about a doubt with a grim conclusion/yahoo: all the Houyhnhnms in the world/are getting rounded and ridden into mass delusion …”

(Houyhnhnms? That should get a Swift response.)

Desperately fleeing from some crazy unnamed trouble is a theme that runs through more than one song on Hex City. On the low and slow “Hallelujah” (no, not the song by Leonard Cohen, peace be upon him), Doerr sings, “Yeah, we slithered out of Dodge in a ’60 El Camino/and we parked beneath a sycamore tree/the radio was playing ‘Found My Love in Portofino’ when you entered all the terms of my plea. …”

A few songs later, on “Chickasaw Fire,” he rapidly recites, “payin’ no attention ’cause I’m jailhouse broke/I drive a stolen Cadillac and into the smoke/of a Chickasaw fire. …”

Hex City itself is a dangerous adventure. And the adventure only deepens with every listen.

Also recommended:

* The Out of Towners by Hickoids. This is a bittersweet EP by these venerated Austin cowpunks and Saustex Records flagship band. It’s a happy occasion because this is the first Hickoids release since 2013’s Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit. But it’s also sad because the six tracks on this CD are the last recordings by the late Davy Jones, the lanky goofball guitarist known for his sweet smile, tacky plaid suits, colorful paint-flecked boots, and cowboy hats.

Jones -- a founding Hickoids member along with Saustex commander Jeff Smith -- died of lung cancer a year ago. In fact, this column is being published on Nov. 25, the first anniversary of Davy’s death.

The Out of Towners is a collection of covers of songs written by some of the band’s favorite songwriters from Texas. It kicks off with a sweet-sounding version of “I Have Always Been Here Before” by the Lone Star State’s favorite psychedelic ranger, Roky Erickson, and includes a blistering take on Willie Nelson’s hit “Night Life” and a more reverent cover of Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads,” a song best known for the line “you just can’t live in Texas if you ain’t got a whole lot of soul.”
The late great Davy Jones

There’s a slow, soulful song by Santa Fe resident Terry Allen called “I Just Left Myself Today,” (“I didn’t float, I didn’t fly, I did not transcend. No I just walked out on me again”) from his classic Lubbock on Everything album. And there’s “Dead in a Motel Room,” a dark rocker by the Dicks, an old Austin punk rock band that included Jones. This one has a harmonica solo by Walter Daniels of Big Foot Chester and Meet Your Death.

One of my favorite tunes here is “Cans,” which was written by Rich Minus, who is better known for writing “Laredo Rose,” which was recorded by the Texas Tornados. Minus died earlier this year at the age of seventy-five. “Cans” is the story of a homeless man. I don’t think this band has ever sounded prettier.

Here are some Videos for yas

First some Churchwood. I found some from their recent CD release party at the Hole in the Wall in Austin.

And here is America's beloved Hickoids. Smitty is woefully under-miked here, but this clip captures a big chunk of the Hickoids spirit.

And here's an old favorite tune recorded at the Davy Jones memorial in April.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Come on Let's Turkey Trot!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every Thanksgiving while counting my blessings and stuffing my face, I think of Little Eva and "The Turkey Trot," her follow-up to her big hit "The Loco-Motion."

Here she is singing on Shindig in 1965, backed up by The Shindogs and The Blossoms.

I was always fascinated with the line "My grandmother taught this dance to me. She did it at the turn of the century.

It's quite possible if Little Eva's grandmother was of dancing age in the early 1900s, she indeed was doing the Turkey Trot. It was a dance craze fueled by the rise of ragtime music.

According to an NPR History Department story last year:

Dances that drew partners close together — along with touching and embracing and all that stuff — became flashpoints for public outrage. They were badmouthed and banned from coast to coast.

Fears that party-goers might do the Bunny Hug or Turkey Trot may have even led to the cancellation of the official inaugural ball of newly elected President Woodrow Wilson in the spring of 1913.

... In the summer of 1909, a bellboy in San Francisco, according to the local Chronicle, was arrested for doing the Turkey Trot at a dance hall. "I can't dance any other way," he told the judge.

If indeed Little Eva's grandmother was Turkey Trotting back in that time, here are some of the songs she would have been dancing to.

Here's a variation by Arthur Pryor, combining the Turkery Trot with another popular "animal dance" of the era, The Grizzly.

And going back even further, this is a wax cylinder recording from 1908 by the American Symphony Orchestra.

Happy Turkey Day. Hope you don't get the trots.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Airplane Glue Rock 'n' Roll

Some of the sweetest memories of my pre-teen years involve being lost in an airplane-glue haze building models. I loved the Aurora monster kits, -- and I once won a prize from a local hobby shop for my Mummy model.

But even more, I loved the Revell models from the Big Daddy Roth universe --- Mr. Gasser, Rat Fiunk, Drag Nut, etc. -- and their rivals, The Weird-ohs from the Hawk Model Company and their beach-loving cousins, The Silly Surfers.

One cool thing about both the Big Daddy Roth models and the Hawk models is that both had music to go along with them. In fact, the Roth-spawned Mr. Gasser & The Weird-ohs had three albums to their credit in the mid '60s.

Even as a kid I noticed that Gasser's band sounded a lot like The Weird-ohs (and The Silly Surfers.) That's because both fake groups were fronted an L.A, studio cat named Gary Usher.

By the time he got around to these bands Usher already had co-written songs with Brian Wilson including "In My Room." (Usher also was the brains behind The Hondells, who had a hit with the Wilson-penned "Little Honda." )

Let's hear some songs by these bands, starting with Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos, singing the title song of their first album, "Hot Rod Hootenanny."

As a kid, one of my favorite Gasser tunes was "The Ballad of Eefin Fink: "He's the hero of the story. But he's the villain too. So naturally the question is "Who?"

Back in the mid '60s I had a split LP of The Weird-ohs and The Silly Surfers. Here's a shoulda-been Weird-ohs hit called "Huey's Hut Rod."

Meanwhile, the best Silly Surfers tune was "Hodad Makin' the Scene With a Six Pack."

Back in the '90s, I thought I might be the last man alive who remembered this stuff. Then Pearl Jam went and covered this Silly Surfers classic

The Sadies

And 10 years ago, the Canadian group, The Sadies did a credible job in conjuring the airplane-glue rock spirit when they provided the soundtrack to the Big Daddy Roth documentary "Tales of the Rat Fink."

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Sunday, Nov. 20, 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
Volver Volver by Los Lobos (for Craig Mack)
(Interview: Brian Hardgroove & Surf by Southwest)
La Bajada /. Walk Don't Run by Surf by Southwest
Everything by Public Enemy with Gerald Albright & Sheila Brody
Dogs by Churchwood
Bad Man by The Oblivians

Taste the Truth by The Mobbs
Stone Fruit by The Grannies
Who's Producing You by Ty Segall
Luci Baines by The A-Bones
What's the Matter Now by The Raunch Hands
Beaver Patrol by The Wild Knights
New Structures by Nots
Huggin' the Line by James Leg
Lili Marleen by Zuch Kazik

R.I.P. Sharon Jones
Got a Thing on My Mind / The Game Gets Old by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Wild About That Thing by Sharon Jones with Alvin Youngblood Hart
Up Above My Head by Sharon Jones with Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith
Oh Jim by Lou Reed with Sharon Jones
Money by Sharon Jones &The Dap-Kings

Compared to What by Les McCann & Eddie Harris
Listen to the Showman Twang by The Dustaphonics
Cans by Hickoids
Ever Since the World Ended by Mose Allison
Substitute CLOSING THEME: Lucky Day by Tom Waits

Here's a track by Surf by Southwest:

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Friday, November 18, 2016


Friday, Nov. 18, 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
High Priced Chick by Yuichi & The Hilltone Boys
Closing Time by The Pleasure Barons
Pass the Bottle by Black-Eyed Vermillion
White Folks' Blood by House of Freaks
Sweet Thang by Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson
Walk on Out of My Mind by Waylon Jennings
Pamela Brown by Leo Kottke
Honky Tonk Has-been by Cornell Hurd
Corn and Coffee by Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo

Parchman Farm by Ray Condo & His Richochets
Pearly Lee by Billy Lee Riley
Not For Long by Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers
Catch Another Train by Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders
California Blues by Martha Fields
When Sinatra Played Juarez by Tom Russell
I Used to Love Her by Washboard Hank
Get A Load of This by R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders

Slingin' Rhythm by Wayne Hancock 
A Fool Such as I by Marti Brom
Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man by Johnny Cash & June Carter
I Paid Dearly by Kim Lenz
Bad Times are Comin' Round Again by The Waco Brothers
Mudflap Girl by The Misery Jackals
Bannana Puddin' by Southern Culture on the Skids
I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye by Willie Nelson
Mississippi Hippie by WIld Bill Cooksy

Choices by George Jones
You've Been a Good Ole Wagon by David Bromberg
Statue of Jesus by The Gear Daddies
Deep in the Heart of Texas by Dale Watson
That's What I Like by Terry Fell
Feel Like Going Home by Charlie Rich
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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