Friday, February 12, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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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

World's in Bad Condition by Dave & Phil Alvin

I Want to Huga Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Ramblin' Man by Dick Dale

Amarillo Highway by Terry Allen

Baby He's a Wolf by Werly Fairburn

New Deal of Love by Hank Thompson

The Girl I Sawed in Half by Paul Burch

Drinkin' Bout You by Alex Culbreth & The Dead Country Stars

Ya'll Motherfuckers Need Jesus by The Goddamn Gallows

 

Alabama at Night by Robbie Fulks

Rollin' on Rubber Wheels by Louie Setzer

Set Up Two Glasses Joe by Ernest Tubb

Hotel San Jose by Jimmy & The Mustangs

The Love-in by Ben Colder

Every Night About This Time by Rachel Brooke

Family Tree by Wheeler Walker, Jr.

Evangeline by Emmylou Harris & The Band

The Shiek of Araby by Jim Kweskin Jug Band

 

Dan Hicks Memorial Set

(All songs by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks except where noted)

 

I Feel Like Singing

Ragtime Cowboy Joe

O'Reilly at the Bar by Maryanne Price & Floyd Domino

That Ain't Right (with Gibby Haynes)

Hummin' to Myself (with Maria Muldaur)

The Diplomat by Maria Muldaur

Mama I'm an Outlaw by Dan Hicks

Hell I'd Go by Dan Hicks & The Accoustic Warriors

The Buzzard Was His Friend

Beedle Um Bum (with Jim Kweskin)

See You in My Dreams

 

Weakness in a Man by Waylon Jennins

The Bloody Bucket by Grey DeIsle

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs Kweskin Taught Us


The recent death of Dan Hicks got me thinking of one of Hicks' big influences, Jim Kweskin.

I was in junior high the first timeThe Jonathan Winters Show, which I never missed. This was about the same time I'd become a devotee of Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band and the early Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, so discovering Kweskin was a huge revelation. I don't even remember the songs Kweskin played on Winters that night. I just remember their joyful noise -- and how sexy singer Maria D'Amato was.
I ever saw the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. It was on

The music of Kweskin and his band -- which included Maria's then husband Geoff Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith and harmonica blower/cult leader Mel Lyman --  was a personal gateway to all sorts of old blues, jazz, hillbilly, Tin Pan Alley and, yes, jug band sounds. They showed that music that even predated my grandparents could still be wild, mysterious, and a lot of fun.

I've already done entire features on some Kweskin favorites such as Beedle Um Bum and Sheik of Araby. But here are some other original, or at least earlier versions of songs from the Kweskin song bag.

Let's start off with a jug-band tune from The Dixieland Jug Blowers, with a song Kweskin would use as a title song for his 1967 album, Garden of Joy.



This 1920s favorite by a lady named Vaughn De Leath is another Kweskin classic



Speaking of ukleles, here's a version of "Never Swat a Fly" recorded by Billy "Uke" Carpenter more than 30 years before Kweskin and crew .



Another exotic tune, "Borneo," performed by the Frank Trumbauer Orchestra with Scrappy Lambert on vocals.



I heard "Blues in the Bottle done by The Lovin' Spoonful before I heard Kweskin's version. But Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers did it before either of them. (And Hunt was from Terrell, Texas!)



Finally, here's one for Dan Hicks.




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Durante (and the old Schnozzola too!)



One hundred twenty-three years ago today Jimmy Durante, the gravel-voiced star of Vaudeville, radio and television and movies, was born in New York City.

This son of talian immigrants was known as a comedian whose trademarks were his beat-up hat and his huge bulbous nose (which he called "the Schnozzola").

But before his career as a comic and an actor, Durante was a musician. According to his bio on the Red Hot Jazz site:

Before Jimmy Durante became one of the most famous and lovable entertainers of the Twentieth Century, he was a hot piano player and bandleader, Durante was greatly influenced by Scott Joplin and had his first success in show business as a Ragtime piano player starting around 1911. He was billed as "Ragtime Jimmy" and played in New York City and Coney Island. 

Playing ragtime piano on Coney Island n 1911. Even if I knew nothing else about him, that alone would make me love Jimmy Durante.

He died in 1980, but his ghost still haunts strange corners of YouTube, So let's honor Jimmy on this Wacky Wednesday with some of his wackier tunes.

In 1934, appearing in the movie Palooka, Durante first performed what would become his signature song, "Inka Dinka Doo"



Three decades later, Durante would perform the song on TV with a strange novelty artist of the mid '60s called Mrs. Miller.



Also in the '60s Durante weighed in on the flying saucer phenomenon



He dabbled in patriotic children's music



And he dueted with Louis Armstrong



So goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, and happy birthday, Ragtime Jimmy, wherever you are."

Sunday, February 07, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Shake Your Hips by Billy Boy Arnold

Clear Night for Love by The Rockin' Guys

He Looks Like a Psycho by The Electric Mess

Hey Little Girl by The Dead Boys

All by Myself by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Your Haunted Head by Concrete Blonde

Outrun the Law by The Thingz

Heathen Child by Grinderman

 

Bowie Medley by The Cherry Drops

It Ain't Easy by Javier Escovedo

I Want Answers by The Fleshtones

New Orleans by The Plimsouls with The Fleshtones

Laredo (A Small Dark Something) by Jon Dee Graham

He's Doin' It by The Gories

Poor Poor Pitiful Me by Warren Zevon

 

Advance Romance by Frank Zappa

Pablo Picasso by Jonathan Richman

Mama Guitar by The Oblivians

I Can Only Give You Everything by King Mud

Mammer Jammer by Don & Dewy

Disease by Dead Cat Stimpy

 

Matamoros by Afghan Whigs

Sand by OP8

Deep Dark Vanishing Train by Mark Lanegan Band

Don't Call Me Mark Chapman by Julian Cope

It's Not My Time to Go by Dan Hick & The Hot Licks

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, February 05, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Worried Man Blues by George Jones

Artificial Flowers by Cornell Hurd Band

Step Right This Way (Baby I'm You Man) by DM Bob & The Deficits

Let's Waste Another Evening by Josh Lederman y Los Diablos

Where's the Dress by Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley

Little Ramona Gone Hillbilly Nuts by BR5-49

We Always Fight When We Drink Gin by Austin Lounge Lizards

Miller's Cave by Bobby Bare

Get Me Out of Jail by Danny Barnes

 

Oh Susana by Taj Mahall

Railroad Bill by Greg Brown

Aunt Peg's New Old Man by Robbie Fulks

Little Maggie by Red Allen

Corn Likker by Buck Owens

Watching the River Go By by John Hartford

 

Waco Brothers set

Lucky Fool / Oooh Las Vegas by The Waco Brothers

Sin City by The Mekons

New Country by Dollar Store

The Fame of Lofty Deeds by Jon Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Girl at the End of the Bar / Orphan Song/ Folsom Prison Blues by The Waco Brothers

 

Pretty Boy Floyd by The Byrds

New Lee Highway Blues by David Bromberg

Take Me With You by Freakwater

Gentle on My Mind by Kathy Mattea and Tom O'Brien

I Can't Help it if I'm Still in Love With You by The Holmes Brothers

Cold Trail Blues by Peter Case

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Viva Los Waco Brothers!

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
February 5, 2016


It’s been so long since The Waco Brothers released an album of new material I was beginning to wonder whether the standard-bearers of Bloodshot Records’ “insurgent country” were going the way of the Branch Davidians — without the spectacular finale.

After all, since 2005’s Freedom and Weep, the only albums the group has released are a live record (Waco Express: Live & Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago) in 2008 and a collaboration with alternative country singer Paul Burch (The Great Chicago Fire) in 2012.

But now the good folks at Bloodshot have given us a double shot of Wacomania. In December came a limited-edition live album called Cabaret Showtime, and set for release later this month is Going Down in History, that long-awaited album of all-new material.

For the uninitiated, The Waco Brothers came to be in the early ’90s, forming in Chicago, where Jon Langford of The Mekons had settled. Most of his current bandmates — including fellow Brits Tracy Dear and Alan “Sprockets” Doughty plus Wisconsin native Dean Schlabowske (aka Deano Waco) — have been in the Waco Brothers since the beginning.

At first they were basically a Langford side project, gigging in Chicago and covering lots of classic country songs (“for free beer,” or so the legend goes).

Langford’s love for country music is sincere. As a Mekon, he helped facilitate the shotgun wedding of punk rock and country music with albums such as Fear and Whiskey and Honky Tonkin’, back in the 1980s.

With The Wacos, he rocked the country far harder than The Mekons ever did while somehow remaining truer to the source material. And then Langford, Schlabowske, and the others started writing all these great songs especially for The Waco Brothers. (Their original tunes are officially credited to the band, so it’s hard to determine who actually wrote what.) And when Chicago’s Bloodshot Records was born in 1994, The Wacos were a natural match. They rightfully remain the label’s flagship band.

The first thing I noticed about Going Down in History is that the band is continuing the path of its last few studio albums, jettisoning many of its overt country touches. Steel guitarist Mark Durante has been gone for years now (and that’s a loss). And to be honest, unlike their earliest albums — To the Last Dead Cowboy and, especially, Cowboy in Flames, which whomped me over the head right off the bat, — it took a few listens for the new one to grow on me. But grow it did. The raw, muscular-but-melodic, roots-informed rock in the end is just hard to resist.

The opening cut, “DIYBYOB,” sung by Schlabowske, contains a clever twist on an old sea dog adage: “Sailors take warning, red eyes in the morning/You can’t kill us, we’re already dead.” There’s a vague reference to national politics, which Deano instantly backs away from (“Move along, there’s nothing here to see”), while the refrain seems to speak of a failed relationship (“DIYBYOB, there’s nothing left ’tween you and me”).

But by the last verse of the song, the singer proudly clings to the punk-rock ethos that still propels him: “On the day after the music died/Can’t take all the credit, but we tried/You can’t cut the power, you can’t turn out the lights/We’ll keep the party goin’ through the night.”

“We Know It” starts off with some foreboding, bluesy noodling but quickly turns into a hard-charging, almost paranoid rant by Langford: “We know it when we see it/We know it when it calls/We know it can’t be good for us/We know we want it all.”

One of the chief delights by Langford here is “Building Our Own Prison,” which takes a souped-up Bo Diddley beat and makes it more chaotic, while Langford sings about “big boxes” ringing the town, donating his shopping list to science, and nailing “my body to the temple door.”

The Wacos do two cover songs on Going Down in History. One is The Small Faces’ “All or Nothing,” which sounds as close to a soul ballad as you’re ever likely to hear from the band. (They dedicate this to Faces’ keyboard man Ian McLagan, a friend of the band, who died in 2014.)

And they end the album with a rocking version of Jon Dee Graham’s “The Orphan’s Song.” At the end of the song they playfully alter the refrain, turning “I will be your brother for the night” into “I’ll be your Waco Brother for tonight.”

Sounds like a deal.

As for Cabaret Showtime, this is a lighter-hearted affair on which The Wacos romp through some of the great country tunes that inspired the group all those years ago: Buck Owens’ “Tiger by the Tail,” Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Wanted Man” (which was actually written by Bob Dylan), and Gram Parsons’ “Ooh Las Vegas” are all here. There’s even a country version of bluesman Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do” (which is called “You Got Me Running” here).

My personal favorite on this album is a fairly obscure George Jones song, “Girl at the End of the Bar.” Langford practically spits the lyrics (“She had so many hard knocks/She don’t play the jukebox/She’s lived all those sad songs firsthand”) just before he plays probably the prettiest guitar solos I’ve ever heard him play.

But it’s not all hillbilly hijinks on Cabaret. There are not one but two Waco-ized T. Rex covers (“Debora” and a garagey “20th Century Boy”). And — believe it or not — The Waco Brothers play Pink Floyd! It’s an instrumental called “Interstellar Overdrive,” which appeared on Floyd’s 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

So no, this album isn’t for country purists. But purists have never been The Wacos’ top demographic target.

Pre-order Going Down in History and buy Cabaret Showtime at www.bloodshotrecords.com.



Enjoy some old Waco videos

Here is a semi-unplugged version of a Wacos classic. (I've never seen Langford perform while sitting down before)



And here the lads celebrate "The Death of Country Music"

Thursday, February 04, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy 75th, USO

Seventy five years ago today, the United Service Organization was founded by a Quaker woman
Yvonne DeCarlo live in San Pedro
(in her wild, sexy pre-Lily Munster days)
named Mary Ingraham in a response to a request by President Franklin Roosevelt for a program to provide moral support and entertainment for armed services members. (The U.S. would not get directly involved in World War II for another 10 months, but the distant drums of war were getting louder.)

Although the organization was -- and still is -- involved in many activities to help the folks who serve in the military, it's most famous for its Camp Shows -- sending singers, dancers and comedians to entertain the troops at domestic military facilities as well as in war zones.

So today we salute the USO with some videos of some of those performances.

Here's a singer named Frances Lanford (no relation to The Mekons' Jon Langford) singing  "I'll Be Seeing You" on the Solomon Islands in 1944. That's Bob Hope introducing her.



Speaking of Bob Hope, in this clip he introduces four singers -- Dick Powell, Yvonne DeCarlo (yikes! She doesn't look monstrous at all here), Dale Evans (without Roy Rogers) and Danny Kaye. They're playing for sailors wose aircraft carrier is being repaired at the San Pedro shipyards during WWII.



This video features footage of the great Al Jolson performing at USO. The audio however is a radio performance of a song called "There'll Never Be Another War." The video begins with Jolson pitching war stamps. He starts singing about a minute and 20 seconds in.



I guess Jolson was wrong about there never being another war.

Jumping ahead to Viet Nam, here's Bob Hope introducing a "canary" named Jan Daley in Long Binh, Viet Nam. (This would have had to have been 1970 or later because she's singing the theme from Love Story.) Here Ms. Daley mercilessly teases some poor soldier (who doesn't seem to be complaining)


Happy birthday, USO.



Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's 16th Amendment Day!

One hundred and three years ago today, the states of Delaware, Wyoming and my beloved New Mexico voted to ratify the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the one that gives the federal government authority to impose a personal income tax on its citizens.

Delaware is recognized as the 36th state to ratify -- the one that put it it over the top. I don't know whether Delaware did it before us due to their earlier time zone or whether our state Senate got preoccupied introducing guests in the gallery or the House got detoured by some memorial honoring the city of Pie Town.

Whatever the reason, Delaware got the credit. Or blame if you really hate taxes.

Here are a few songs by American artists honoring the 16th Amendment.

We'll start with bluesman Robert Cray's "1040 Blues'.



Next up is The Man in Black with "After Taxes."



Johnny Paycheck sings about his friends at the Internal Revenue Service.




Here's an assault on taxes from the left -- and a funky one at that -- by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings



But here's a different kind of message about taxes. In 1942, as the U.S. was fighting World War II, the IRS commissioned Irving Berlin to write a little reminder that paying taxes is patriotic. Here in his song "I Paid My Income Tax Today," comedian Danny Kaye sings lyrics like:

See those bombers in the sky?
Rockefeller helped to build ’em, so did I
I paid my income tax today

Bombs away ...





Sunday, January 31, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Puzzlin' Evidence by Talking Heads

Oblivion by Mudhoney

Slow Death by Flamin' Groovies

Sea of Blasphemy by Black Lips

Get Sick by Scratch Buffalo

Violent Shiver by Benjamin Booker

Down the Road by Dead Moon

Heartbreak Hotel by Roky Erikson

Take it Easy, Greasy by Bobby Charles

Hollywood Harlot For Miniature Golf by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors Of America

 

Highway 666 by Left Wing Fascists

Uranium Rock by The Cramps

That's Your Problem by Mal Thursday & The Cheetahs

Hotdog (Watch Me Eat) by Detroit Cobras

I Want a Hotdog for My Roll by Butterbeans & Susie

Little Sally Tease by The Standells

Baby Don't Tear My Clothes by The Raunch Hands

TV Eye by The Stooges

 

Paul Kanter and Signe Anderson Memorial set

All Songs by Jefferson Airplane

The Other Side of This Life

Chauffeur Blues

The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil

Blues From an Airplane

 

I Just Wanna Make Love to You by Wild Billy Chyldish & CTMF

You Never Had it Better by Electric Prunes

Circles by Ty Segall

The Mystery Trend by Julian Cope

Where the Wild Roses Grow by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Jozo by Sondogo

Tomorrow Night by Tom Jones

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, January 29, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, January 29, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Cocaine Blues by Johnny Cash

Rainy Day Woman by Waylon Jennings

Hot Dang by Dale Watson

Whatever Happened to Jesus (and Maybellene) by Terry Allen

What the People Want by Freakwater

Cold by Legendary Shack Shakers

The Sinner by Anthony Leon & The Chain

Run Back to Him by Brent Hoodenpyle

Receiver by Waco Brothers

 

Cherry Bomb by Jimmy & The Mustangs

Busted by Two Tons of Fire

11 Months and 29 Days by Johnny Paycheck

Back Street Affair by Brennen Leigh & Jesse Dayton

Beatin' My Head by Jayke Orvis

Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy by Bill Hearne

Never No More by The Satellites

High Cotton by Bobby Osborne

 

Dyin' Crapshooter Blues by David Bromberg

Fuck Work by Asylum Street Spankers

Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine by John Prine & Mac Wiseman

Manifold by Charlie Parr

Maybe Mexico by Jerry Jeff Walker

America is a Hard Religion by Robbie Fulks

Lovesick Blues by Artie Hill & The Long Gone Daddies

Wasted Mind by Danny Barnes

 

Life Sentence Blues by Rachel Brooke

Hank Williams' Ghost by Darrell Scott

I'm Coming Home by Cynthia Becker

You'll Never Be Mine Again by Levon Helm

Drinkin' Thing by Gary Stewart

Feel Like Goin' Home by Charlie Rich

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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