Sunday, October 04, 2015


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Sunday, October 4, 2015
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10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad

Sinner Man by Esquerita

Drug Train by Social Distortion

Teeny Bopper Teeny Bopper by The Count Five

Vendidi Fumar by Churchwood

Dancing Fool by Butthole Surfers

Girl from Al-Qaeda by The Jack & Gene Show


Is That Religion? by Cab Calloway

Reefer Man by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Tumblin' Dice by Johnny Copeland

Ain't No Easy Way by Nancy Sinatra with Jon Spencer

Do the Get Down by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

It's The Truth, Ruth by The Big Bopper

As You Go Down by Holly Golightly

96 Tears by Aretha Franklin


Down on Me by Big Brother & The Holding Company

Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U (Blues for Jimi and Janis) by John Lee Hooker

Ball and Chain by Big Brother & The Holding Company

Get It While You Can by Howard Tate


Elephant Gun by Beirut

Wicked Waters by Benjamin Booker

High Noon Blues by The Night Beats

Crawl by The Cynics

Not of This World by The Plimsouls

Prayer for New Mexico by Ronnie Gene

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, October 02, 2015


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Friday, October 2, 2015
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10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Beedle Um Bum Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions

Mud by Legendary Shack Shakers

Lower 48 by The Gourds

Mama Hated Diesels by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose by Little Jimmy Dickins

Cheatin' Again by Whitey Morgan

What's a Simple Man to Do by Steve Earle

Hell Naw by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Pretty Girl by Miss Leslie


The Burden by Terry Allen

You Can Be My Baby by The Backsliders

Pray I Won't Wake Up by Honky Tonk Hustlas

She's in the Graveyard Now by Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band

In the Jailhouse Now by Webb Pierce

What I Used to Do All Night by Reverend Billy C. Wirtz

Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy by Bill Hearne


Apartment 34 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Building Chryslers by The Bottle Rockets

Lubbock in the Springtime by The Beaumonts

Sleep With a Stranger by Nikki Lane

I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised by Johnny Paycheck

Dark In My Heart by DM Bob & The Deficits

Wild American by Kris Kristofferson

This Train by Linda Gail Lewis


All Dressed for Trial by Peter Case

Now That the Buffalo's Gone by Buffy Sainte-Marie

Four Old Brokes by Joe Ely

Everybody's Talking About the Same Thing by Floyd Domino & Maryann Price

Let it Roll by Dinosaur Truckers

Worried Mind by Eilen Jewell

Same God by The Calamity Cubes

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Saluting a Jug Band Giant

from the April 1930 edition of What’s on the Air, a publication of WHAS radio in Louisville, Ky.
Earl McDonald is the banjo man in the middle.
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Most people haven't heard of him, but American music owes a lot to an African American banjo player from Kentucky named Earl McDonald.

As a teenager circa 1900, (no that's not a typo), McDonald was a fan of what might have been the very first jug band in the known universe, The Cy Anderson Jug Band, which featured early jug pioneer B.D. Tite. 

The Anderson band, based in Louisville, knocked around for about nine years, playing "riverboats, carnivals, parties and venues throughout the Midwest and upper South" according to Don Kent's liner notes for the wonderful Yazoo jug band collection Ruckus Juice & Chitlins

But by 1909, a homesick Anderson decided to move back to Virginia. But McDonald was ready to fill the void. Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band got a gig playing the Kentucky Derby. According to the Jug Band Hall of Fame:

By 1914, he was travelling with his band to performances in New York and Chicago. Earl McDonald led the Ballard Chefs' weekly performances on Louisville's WHAS radio for three years (1929-1932). Public response exceeded expectations, enhancing the popularity of jug band music throughout the eastern half of the United States. Earl McDonald's voice and the rhythm of his jug blowing enlivened the recordings of more than 40 tunes with a half-dozen bands from 1924 to 1931.

McDonald played with the  Original Louisville Jug Band as well as the Ballard Chefs and The Old Southern Jug Band. And in 1924 with a group that eventally became known as The Dixieland Jug Blowers -- which was a merger of McDonald's Original band and one led by his former musical partner Clifford Hayes -- he made the first known jug band recording backing singer Sara Martin on "Blue Devil Blues."

I wasn't able to find any information and what happened to McDonald. He was doing his Ballard Chefs radio gig as late as 1932. Tat's about the time the bottom was falling out of the recording industry, especially for "race" records and "hillbilly" records. I'm not even sure when McDonald died. 

But he sure left some fun tunes behind. Enjoy some now.

Here's my favorite Earl McDonald song, "She's in the Graveyard Now," a variation of "In the Jailhouse Now."

And here's another classic

And here is another McDonald, Hayes and Martin collaboration from 1924

And what the heck, here are a bunch of songs from McDonald and his bands

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Blasphemy Day

Today, in case you didn't know, is International Blasphemy Rights Day.

And my boss still wants me to go to work.

But this is serious. This little-known holiday is a tradition that goes back all the way to 2009. It originated with the Center for Inquiry's Campaign for Free Expression. According to the group's website, the day was created "to show solidarity with those who challenge oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution."

Blasphemy Rights Day is observed every September 30, the website says, "to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which angered religious believers around the world, many of whom expressed their disapproval with violent protests, riots, and in some cases, murder."

Yes in many parts of the world you can be jailed, executed or disappeared just by expressing ideas the ruling religion deems blasphemous.

Places ruled by Islamic fundamentalists is one example. And just a few years ago, Pussy Riot showed that blasphemy there can land you in prison.

So I'm proud to be an American, to live in a land where you can blaspheme til you're blue and, even though you'll probably piss off a lot of believers, and maybe even get beat up by righteously outraged, usually your life and liberty won't be threatened.

In honor of the day here are three of my favorite examples of good old American blasphemy.

And, no, John Lennon's "Imagine" isn't one of them. First of all, he technically wasn't an American. But most of all , to commit a kind of blasphemy myself, the song just sucks. So many times I've heard it sung or quoted so solemnly by self-righteous hippies, I'd rather listen to Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." 

Actually, I'd rather listen to these tunes.

Let's start with Cab Calloway. Back in the mid '60s, when I was in grade school in Oklahoma City, I saw Cab Calloway in person. He played with a small combo during the half time at a Harlem Globetrotters game. I had no idea who he was, but my grandmother, who took me to the game, was hep to that Hi-Di-Ho jive. I loved it, but I was stunned when Cab sang "It Ain't Necessarily So," a song from Porgy & Bess.It basically twisted my youthful Okie head off.

I didn't come from a religious family. We were not churchgoers. My grandmother used to delight in pointing out contradictions in the Bible. The extent of my grandfather's religious teachings was that Jesus loved the little children.

But in conservative Oklahoma most of my friends did go to church, and religion seemed to be everywhere. So when this crazy dude in a zoot suit sang "the things you are liable to read in the Bible, it ain't necessarily so ..." and poked fun at various Bible stories, it opened my eyes. And when Calloway went into his crazy scat singing, it sounded like wild demonic chants beckoning the listeners to follow him into an exciting and probably dangerous new world.

Here's a version of an older Calloway blaspheming away.

Sometimes I think Randy Newman in his prime was the closest thing to Mark Twain that My Generation ever had. That was because of wickedly subversive songs like this.

And here is Robbie Fulks exploring similar terrain. To me he never sounded like he was mocking any religious ideas with this song. He's always sung it with a certain sadness in his voice. And the melody is so pretty, it sounds like the Devil himself wrote it to lead good Christians to the fires.

So have a blasph on Blasphemy Day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Devine, Bovine New Hillbilly Episode of The Big Enchilada Podcast


It's a new hillbilly episode of the Big Enchilada and we're bringing it all back home (on the range) featuring backwoods moans from Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, The Fabulous Alvin Brothers, Legendary Shack Shakers, Audrey Auld and a special set by New Mexico musicians including Slackeye Slim, Imperial Rooster, Mose McCormack and more. Let the music moooooove you!


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Cowbell Polka by Spade Cooley)
Let's Jump a Train by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Caca de Vaca by Joe "King" Carrasco & The Crowns
Jump in the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Marijuana, the Devil's Flower by Mr. Sunshine
Pappa's on the Housetop by Dave & Phil Alvin
Fuck Off by Audrey Auld
(Background Music: Buckaroo by The Byrds)

New Mexico set
April by The Imperial Rooster
It Wasn't You by Slackeye Slim
$2,000 Navajo Rug by Joe West & The Sinners
Hillbilly Town by Mose McCormack
Falling Off the World by Chipper Thompson
Looking for Someone to Kill by Kell Robertson

(Background Music: Osage City by Milo de Venus)
My Favorite Record by Asylum Street Spankers
Christ Almighty by Legendary Shack Shakers
Slippin' and Slidin' and Fightin' by Joey Delton
Hotrod Shotgun Boogie by Tillman Franks & His Rainbow Boys
If I Could Only Win Your Love by Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
Cow Cow Boogie by Wayne Hancock

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Sunday, September 27, 2015


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Sunday, September 27, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
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OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

New Blue Mercedes by Drywall

American Wedding by Gogol Bordello

The Lowlife by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes

Hanged Man by Churchwood

Love Comes in Spurts by Richard Hell & The Voidoids

In Your Grave by King Khan & The Shrines

Happy Hodaddy by The Astronauts

Dames, Booze, Chains and Boots by The Cramps

Bad Little Woman by The Shadows of Night


Empty Space by Holly Golightly

House of the Rising Sun by Nina Simone

Psychedelic Afro Shop by Orlando Julius

Oya Ka Jojo by Les Volcans de La Capitol


96 Tears by Big Maybelle

Too Many Bills, Not Enough Thrills by Figures of Light

52 Girls by The B52s

Here's a Heart by Lyres with Stiv Bators

Run Shithead, Run by Mudhoney

Black September by Dead Moon

Icecream for Crow by Captain Beefheart

Pornography Part 1 by Mike Edison & The Rocket Train Delta Science Arkestra


Hold My Hips by Dengue Fever

Get Get It by Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales

Black Isn't Black by The Black Angels

Blackheart Man by Bunny Wailer

The Blues Don't Knock by Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band

That Feel by Tom Waits with Keith Richards

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


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Friday, September 25, 2015


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Friday, September 25, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Two Hoops and a Holler by Jean Shepard

Hillbilly Truckdrivin' Man by Bill Kirchen

Big Lotsa Love by The Bottle Rockets

Marijuana the Devil's Flower by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Marijuana the Devil Flower by Johnny Price

Cold by Legendary Shack Shakers

In New Orleans (Rising Sun Blues) by Dave & Phil Alvin

2 Drinks on an Empty Stomach by Lonesome Bob

Love Bug Crawl by Jimmy Edwards

Insane by Katie Lee


Pistol Packin' Mama by Red Allen & Frank Wakefield

Alcohol and Pills by Fred Eaglesmith

Still Sober After All These Beers by The Banditos

You're the Reason by Nancy Apple

Mona Lisa by James Hand

From Hell to Paradise by The Mavericks

The Ballad of Maverick by Geoege Thorogood & The Destroyers

3 Coyotes Howlin' by Joe Ely


I Want Some Lovin' Baby by Jimmy & Duane

Daddy Was a Preacher But Mama Was a Go Go Girl by Southern Culture on the Skids

Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun by Dave Dudley

Drinking Problem by Audrey Auld

Funky Tonk by Moby Grape

I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water by Buck Owens

Invisible Stripes by Eddie Noak

Boys Will Be Boys by The Gear Daddies

Pot Roast and Kisses by Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

He Calls That Religion by Maria Muldaur

Gone Back to Whorin' by Roger Alan Wade


Whispering Pines by Johnny Horton

Funny Face by Kate Campbell

The Selfishness in Man by George Jones

Am I That Easy to Forget by Bobby Bare

I Know You Are There by The Handsome Family

Come Fly Away by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Double Shot of Holly Golightly

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
September 25, 2015

The original Holly Golightly was created by Truman Capote. She was the protagonist of his 1958 novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Capote described her as “an American geisha.”

But the Holly Golightly I’m writing about is neither a geisha nor an American — though for the past several years she’s been living in the U.S. of A. This Holly Golightly is a singer who comes from England. And, yes, that is her real name, at least two-thirds of her real name. She was born Holly Golightly Smith in 1966. Her mother reportedly was reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s around the time of Holly’s birth and liked the name.

This Holly Golightly happens to be one of the most underrated rock ’n’ roll singers currently plying the trade. And she’s got not one but two new albums – Slowtown Now!, a solo album, and Coulda Shoulda Woulda, under the banner of Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs. Both are solid musical delights full of tasty tunes and Golightly’s wicked wit and attitude.

A little Holly history: In the early ’90s, Golightly’s boyfriend was the drummer of Thee Headcoats, which was the musical vehicle of British garage poet/rock crank Billy Childish. She became an original member of Thee Headcoatees, a garage-rock girl group originally formed to back the boys, but which grew into a force of its own, recording several albums full of spunk and fire.

Golightly remained a member of the band until around 1999. But a few years before that, she started recording her own solo albums. Golightly moved to the U.S. not long after she shifted musical gears in 2007 and began recording bare-boned funky-clunky country bluesy records with her partner “Lawyer Dave” Drake under the name Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs. While a few steps removed from Thee Headcoatees’ garage sound, those rootsy albums represent some of her finest work. All of her albums since then have been Brokeoffs albums, until Slowtown Now!

For Slowtown, her first solo album in 11 years, Golightly went back to London to record. And she recorded it for her old label Damaged Goods (which has released a major chunk of Childish’s catalog) with an actual band assembled for the album, featuring a couple of guitarists, a drummer, and a standup bassist. The overall sound draws from the various influences that have propelled Golightly — rockabilly, ’60s girl-group sounds, blues, smoky jazz, and more.

It starts off with a slow-burning swamp-a-billy tune called “Seven Wonders” with a seductive voodoo beat and sweet, grating guitar. This is followed by “Fool Fool Fool (Look in the Mirror),” featuring a retro fuzz-guitar hook. The only tune here that’s not a Golightly original, this song was done in the mid-’60s by a Chicago soul singer named Barbara Acklin (who probably is best known for co-writing The Chi-Lite’s hit “Have You Seen Her”). With its soft trombone and sexy, understated vocals by Golightly, “Frozen in Time” could almost pass as an old Burt Bacharach production, something you might hear in an Austin Powers movie soundtrack.

Golightly hasn’t forgotten how to rock. The sassy “As You Go Down” (featuring some fine bass from Matt Radford) is rooted in rockabilly and, of all the songs here, probably sounds closest to her pre-Brokeoffs albums. That’s followed by the downright garagey “You Stopped My Heart” with some more snazzy fuzztone guitar. “Forevermore” reminded me of the recent Deke Dickerson/Los Straitjackets collaboration (Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits) because the melody is so similar to the old surf hit “Apache.”

While there is so much to admire on Slowtown Now!, both in the performance and the production, between Golighty’s new albums, I have to say I like the raucous new Brokeoffs’ effort the best.

Coulda Shoulda Woulda, which is scheduled for release on Oct. 16, is a big sloppy homemade American mess. Of course, I mean that in the best possible way. From the opening cut, “Heaven Buy and Buy,” a rocking faux-gospel indictment of religious hypocrisy (including an invitation to the devil to perform an obscene act), this album is packed with crazy fun.

The rootsy tango “Apartment 34” is a character sketch of some bad white-trash neighbors who “do their cooking in the bathtub” and have a thing for old Camaros; “Lonesome Grave” is a spooky, fire-and-brimstone fiddle-and-banjo workout; “Little Mule” has some nice nasty guitar hooks; “Karate” is a funky dance song, though fans of Thee Headcoatees will surely see the link to “My Boyfriend’s Learning Karate”; and “Jump in the River” is Lawyer Dave’s big moment, taking Leadbelly’s great notion and turning it into a sardonic declaration of salvation.

Holly and Dave always come up with great cockeyed cover songs. Their best remains Mac Davis’ “Hard to Be Humble” (from their 2012 album Sunday Run Me Over). But in the same demented stratosphere is this album’s “Marijuana, the Devil’s Flower,” a vintage country-western anti-drug song by someone called Mr. Sunshine. The chorus goes “Marijuana, the devil’s flower, if you use it, You’ll be a slave/Marijuana’s gonna bring you sorrow/It will send you to your grave.”

(By the way, there were at least two country songs with a similar title. Another, which I found on a volume of the fabulous Twisted Tales From the Vinyl Wastelands series, was “Marijuana, the Devil Flower” by a Johnny Cash copycat named Johnny Price.)

Coulda Shoulda Woulda ends with a Christmas song — actually, an anti-Christmas song — called “Christmas Is a Lie.” This won’t be played at any big stores while you do your Yuletide shopping. But it would be cool if it were.

God bless us every one, Holly Golightly!


Here's an official one from Slowtown Now!

And here is a live Brokeoffs classic from a few years ago

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A House in New Orleans

The House of the Rising Sun
There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.

And it's a bed and breakfast in Algiers Point.

No kidding. And according to the website of The Rising Sun, owners Kevin Herridge and Wendy Portier, who have operated the business since 1999, aren't shy about promoting their B&B with the famous song that started out as a lament about a whore house ... unless it was a lament about some correctional facility.

Herridge and Portier acknowledge that their business is not the original House of the Rising Sun. And it probably hasn't been the ruin of many a poor girl. (Or boy.)

"There is a house on St. Louis Street ... in the French Quarter, whose owners claim to be the original House of the Rising Sun brothel, purportedly ran by a Madam named Marianne LeSoleil LEVANT (French for Rising Sun) between 1862 and 1874." the site says.

Also there was a Rising Sun Hotel on Conti Street, but it burned down in 18. But various other businesses called "Rising Sun" in the French Quarter subsequently rose and fell in the 1800s. There's a good chance that none of these were the "real" House of the Rising Sun. It easily could be a fictitious place.

"Rising Sun has been performed by a huge variety of folk, blues, hillbilly, rock 'n' roll and who knows-what-else artists for more than 80 years, and undoubtedly longer. Here are a few:

Like most people my age, I came to the song via the huge hit by The Animals in 1964. Just a couple of years before, Bob Dylan sang an acoustic version on his first album. He'd learned it from Dave Van Ronk.

Alan Lomax recorded a young girl named Georgia Turner in eastern Kentucky singing it in 1937.

Only problem is, Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster recorded a commercial version three years before.

Nina Simone did an wild gospel-fired version. (An earlier version of this post mistakenly said this version is on her 1962 Nina at the Village Gate album. It's not.)

In 1970 a Detroit band had a hit with a psychedelic version.

The most recent version to grab my attention is a jaunty little number called "In New Orleans (Rising Sun Blues)" on Dave & Phil Alvin's new album Lost Time.

So if you want to spend some time in sin and misery, check out my Spotify playlist below. It includes versions from Joan Baez to Jello Biafra, not to mention covers by Billy Lee Riley, Lead Belly, Roy Acuff, a garage-rock version by The Barbarians, a doo-wop take by Jerry Lawson, some funky Chambers Brothers, and more Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Ain't got that much for you this Wacky Wednesday.

Except a bunch of musical chimps.

Let's start with a 1940s newsreel from Castle Films.

Then there is this classic early TV ad for Red Rose Tea starring The Marquis Chimps


This Post cereal commercial isn't nearly as cool as "Red Rose Tea." But it's still chimps.

In the '70s, Lancelot Link & The Evolution Revolution was the hippest chimp band going.

But let's go back to an earlier era of tlevision when the Nairobi Trio played The Ernie Kovacs Show. Technically, they were gorillas, but I think they fit in here.