Sunday, August 30, 2009

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Sunday, August 30, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Fuego by Los Peyotes
Burn the Flames by Roky Erikson
Burn it Down by The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Cab it Up by The Fall
Push Up Man by The Fleshtones
Fairy Stories by The Black Lips
Love is All Around by Husker Du

The Rooster by The A-Bones
Daddy You Lied to Me by The Del Moroccos
Big Booty Woman by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Daddy Rolling Stone by Andre Williams & The Eldorados
Guess You Wouldn't Know Nothing 'bout That by Wiley & The Checkmates
Do the Wurst by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Natural Man by The Dirtbombs
Certainly All by Eddie Jones
Rockabilly Madman by Screaming Lord Sutch
Cone of Light by The Almighty Defenders

The Body of an American by The Pogues
Division Street by The Polkaholics
Get Naked by The Fuzztones
A House is Not a Motel by Marshmallow Overcoat
Tell Tale Tit by The Roulettes
Samson & Delilah by Edison Rocket Train
Dead End Street by The Monsters
Golden Shower of Hits (Jerks on 45) by The Circle Jerks

Electric Sweat by Mooney Suzuki
Bonyeard (Dick Tracy Theme) by The Blasters
Release the Bats by Birthday Party
Let Loose the Kracken by The Bald Guys
Sick Twist by The Neckbones
Red Head Walking by Beat Happening
Seething Psychosexual Conflict Blues by Figures of Light
Don't Fuck Around With Love by The Blenders
The Bug Jar by The Sadies
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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It's Labor Day season, time to honor the working men and women in this great land. And in particular, let's honor one particular type of worker: the barbecue cook.

This podcast features songs of labor, song of BBQ, plus a few side dishes in between. Artists here include The Waco Brothers, Jimmy Reed, the late great James Luther Dickinson, The Del-Lords The A-Bones, Los Peyotes, The Fuzztones, Mojo Nixon and many more. So come on down to the BBQ.

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(Background Music: Solidarity Forever by Joe Glaser)
Plenty Tuff and Union Made by The Waco Brothers
Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed
Dark as a Dungeon by The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Workin' Man by Hank Williams III
Working Man by Bo Diddley
Red Neck, Blue Collar by James Luther Dickinson
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? by The Del-Lords

(Background Music: Work Song by Five to One Odds)
Mojo Workout by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Fuego by Los Peyotes
Geraldine by The A-Bones
Baby Doll by The Del Moroccos
Headlock on My Johnson by The Fuzztones

(Background Music: Struttin' With Some Barbecue by Louis Armstrong & The Hot 5)
B.B.Q. U.S.A. by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
Texas Overture by Pere Ubu
Goin' on Down to the BBQ by Drywall
(Background Music: Cook Yer Enchiladas by Stephen W. Terrell)



Friday, August 28, 2009

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

Friday, August 28, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia by Merle Haggard
LSD Made a Wreck of Me by T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole
Red Necks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer by Johnny Russell
I've Got a Lot of Living to Do by Cornell Hurd
Over the Cliff by John Langford
Workin' For the Devil by Deano Waco & The Meat Purveyors
End of the Road by Jerry J. Nixon
Aw the Humanity by Rev. Horton Heat
Don't Break My Heart by Tne Del Moroccos
Mennonite Surf Party by Rev. Billy C. Wirtz

Throwin' Away My Money by Wayne Hancock
Drugstore Truck Driving Man by Jason & The Scorchers
Bedevilment by Heavy Trash
Black Slacks by The Hormonauts
Bar-BQ Bob by DM Bob & Country Jem
Blue Railroad Train by The Delmore Brothers
Midnight Train by Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio
I Feel So Good by Scott H. Biram
Hog Wild Too by PeeWee King
Bully of the Town by Joe Maphis

Hot Dog by Buck Owens
Cougar Mama by Quarter Mile Combo
Suits Are Pickin' Up the Bill by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Swingin' From Your Crystal Chandeliers by The Austin Lounge Lizards
Sulpher to Sugarcane by Elvis Costello
Clementine by Ethyl & The Regulars
Invitation to the Blues by Roger Miller

Wind Washed Water by Aimee Hoyt
Holy Roller by Young Edward
Keep it Your Pants by The Misery Jackals
I Love You a Thousand Ways by Lefty Frizzel
Can't You See I'm Soulful by Eleni Mandell
The Selfishness of Man by Buddy & Julie Miller
The Long Way Home by Hot Club of Cowtown
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Thursday, August 27, 2009

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: SHAKE THEM A-BONES

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
August 28, 2009


Longtime — and I mean real longtime — Rolling Stones fans will immediately recognize the cover of the A-Bones’ new album. It’s a spoof of the cover of the Stones’ 1965 LP The Rolling Stones, Now!

This wasn’t considered one of the Stones’ major albums. There was only one hit to speak of and a minor one at that — “Heart of Stone.” Now! mostly consists of old R & B, blues, and first-generation rock tunes — Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” Bo Diddley’s “Mona (I Need You, Baby)” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster,” and Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me.” It was before the Stones started writing anthems or socially significant statements, before they were considered “artists,” before they assumed the mantle of the World’s Greatest Rock Band — when they simply played great rock ’n’ roll.

The A-Bones aren’t one of those neo-Stones bands, like the Chesterfield Kings, and they don’t sound much like Mick and the lads. But on their new record, The A-Bones, Not Now!, they capture some of the spirit of that early album and share the Stones’ love for greasy old blues and R & B. In fact, you could argue that the Bones go for greasier, nastier, and definitely more obscure source material than the Stones did.

A little bit about this band: the A-Bones are a project of singer Billy Miller and drummer/singer Miriam Linna, a couple whose other major project is Norton Records, a label specializing in the raw, the primitive. and the all-around bitchen — whether it’s old Flamin’ Groovies obscurities, vast Charlie Feathers or Hasil Adkins collections, tributes to Sam the Sham, or albums of little-known R & B shouters. Though the A-Bones have appeared backing other artists on various Norton records, Not Now! is their first album in more than a dozen years. Fortunately, they’ve kept their basic sound.

Aided by Lars Espensen on tenor sax, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on guitar and piano, Bruce Bennett on guitar, and a bassist known as Marcus the Carcass, the A-Bones sound like those anonymous bands playing at sinister nightclubs or hopped-up youth dance parties in black-and-white teen exploitation movies. A little dangerous, a little sleazy, but ultimately inviting because they’re so much fun.

The album starts out with a tune called “Geraldine,” which begins with loud ominous voodoo drums and screaming ape calls. Espensen blows some seductive sax riffs and the song settles into a Diddleyesque groove as Miller begins singing.

Not Now! never lets up. There are some frantic instrumentals like “Restless” and “Catnip” and funny Coasters-like romps such as “He Sure Could Hypnotize” and “Jupiter Bulldog.” Linna, who wails like a hillbilly cheerleader in heat, shines on rockers like “The Lover’s Curse” and “Bad Times.”

One of the standouts on this album is a tune that sounds a little bit like folk rock — or at least as close to folk rock as the A-Bones are ever going to get. “Shallow Grave,” written by Andy Shernoff of the Dictators, is about serial killer Charles “Smitty” Schmid, dubbed “the Pied Piper of Tucson” and known for his ability to attract teenage girls. Miller sounds surprisingly tender here, especially for a song that has a line like “one foot stickin’ from a shallow grave in Tucson.”
I know it can’t be easy running a record company, but I hope Miller and Linna don’t take another 15 years to produce the next A-Bones album.

Also recommended:
* Blue Black Hair by The Del Moroccos. This Chicago group can certainly help keep the party going. The Del Moroccos are a little more polished than the A-Bones, and frontwoman Gabrielle Sutton doesn’t sing with quite the same menace as Miriam or Billy. But they’ve got the right idea — rockabilly guitar, honking sax, etc. They sound hungry and horny and they’re lots of fun.

I suspect this group is a hundred times better in person. But that’s not knocking the album. There’s plenty here to love. The band saves the best for the first, a spicy little rocker called “Baby Doll.” It’s the type of tune that the Detroit Cobras do so well. Sutton, come to think of it, has a voice similar to that of the Cobras’ Rachel Nagy.

Most of the songs are obscurities or originals. There are also covers of some recognizable classics like Ronnie Dawson’s “Action Packed” and Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” Though that last one has been done by lots of takers, this version has something of an Angelo Badalamenti vibe. In fact, the slow, reverb-heavy guitar that starts off the song will make the ears of Twin Peaks fans perk up. But even cooler is “El Tren de La Costa,” which has the same melody as “Train Kept a Rollin’ ” but is sung in Spanish.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WHILE YOU'RE WAITING FOR THE NEXT BIG ENCHILADA PODCAST ...


Check out the newly launched podcast from the unstoppable Norton Records, Norton's House of Wax. It's hosted by the lovely Miriam and full of crazy treats from the mighty Norton catalogue.

The debut podcast focuses on the incredible I Still Hate CDs compilation.

Read about it HERE or go right to iTunes to listen and/or subscribe.

Be sure to check out all the fine podcasts on my Fellow Travelers list on The Big Enchilada site. (It's on the right-side column.)

Hopefully the new Big Enchilada podcast will be up by the end of the weekend. Watch this space.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Sunday, August 23, 2009
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@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
A Question of Temperature by The Baloon Farm
He Sure Could Hypnotize by The A-Bones
So Long Silver Lining by New Bomb Turks
Seersucker Suit by J.J. & The Real Jerks
Ether Cocktail by The Derangers
Strychnine by The Fuzztones
The Witch by Los Peyotes
Pyscho by The Sonics
Get on This Plane by The Purple Merkins
Disintegrtation by The Readymen

Cops on Our Tail by The Raveonettes
Gimme Danger by Iggy Pop
Faces by T.C. Atlantic
Thelma & Louise by The Horrorpops
Two Shakes by The Ettes
Have Love Will Travel by Thee Headcoatees
Sheela-Na-Gig by P.J. Harvey
Party Date by Carl Canida

Son of a Gun by The Polkaholics
Who'd Ya Like to Love Ya by Lil Wally
Wasted by Pere Ubu
Voi La Intruder by Gogol Bordello
I Want to See You Bellydance by The Red Elvises
Dream Cloud Chote by Crow Hang
Jimi Hendrix Polka by Brave Combo
Experiment in Terror by Davie Allan & The Arrows

Said the People by Dinosaur Jr.
Jesus Christ for Dinner by The Modey Lemon
Falt Foot Flewzy by NRBQ
Blast Off! by The Monks
Goodnight Irene by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, August 21, 2009

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

Friday, August 21, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

Wedding of the Bugs by Robbie Fulks
Crazy Ex Boyfriend by Rev. Horton Heat
Kitten by The Quarter Mile Combo
Big Dog Little Dog by Harvey Hunt
Betty Ann by Wayne Haas
Rockabilly Hop by Bill Moss
Juvenile Delinquent by Ronnie Allen
Hanky Panky by Jay Brown & The Jets
Good Morning Blues by Ethyl & The Regulars
Cherokee Maiden by Merle Haggard
Your Squaw is on the Warpath by Loretta Lynn
Ashes of Love by Chris Hillman
Footstompin' Friday Night by The Stumbleweeds

Rolly Polly by Asleep at the Wheel with The Dixie Chicks
16 Chicks by J.P McDermott
Cherokee Boogie by BR5-49
That's What Your Love Gets by Heavy Trash
Midnight Train by Johnny Burnett
Club Wig Wam by Ronnie Dawson
Mississippi Muddle by Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys
Raymond Martinez by Kell Robertson
If I Gave Up Smokin' by James Luther Dickinson
Kaw Liga by Hank Williams

NATIVE AMERICAN SET

God and the Devil by Jacques & The Shakey Boys
Millenium Cars by Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians
Redman by Slidin' Clyde Roulette
Indian List by Alex Jacobs
Now That the Buffalo's Gone by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Witchi Tai To by Joy Harjo
Baby of the Sky by Cherokee Rose

Broken Bottle Blues by 100 Damn Guns
Singer of Sad Songs by Waylon Jennings
Don't Go by Hundred Year Flood
Hemingway's Whiskey by Guy Clark
Waitin' on the 103 by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Artesia by Dave Alvin
There Ought to Be a Law Against Sunny California by Terry Allen
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Thursday, August 20, 2009

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: REZ BLUES

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
August 21, 2009


Did the blues spring from the stomp dances of southeastern American Indian tribes — runaway slaves taking refuge in nearby tribal communities and finding kinship in the Indian drums?

I’m not sure what ethnomusicologists would say about that theory, which is suggested by Canadian television producer Elaine Bomberry in the liner notes of the new three-disc compilation Indian Rezervation Blues and More.

But you can’t argue with the spiritual connections alluded to by musician Murray Porter in an interview in one of the bonus video features in the collection. Porter talks about growing up on the Six Nations Reservation in Canada and discovering B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” on late-night radio. “Something about it just grabbed me by the soul,” Porter says. “This is my calling.”

Indian Rezervation Blues isn’t a pure blues collection. In the 48 tracks you’ll hear some country, pop, hip-hop, spoken word, a little Christian rock (that’s The Plateros from Tohajiilee, New Mexico — they worship Jesus, but they also think very highly of Stevie Ray Vaughn), and lots of traditional-sounding Native music.

But the blues permeates the music here, snaking its way through these songs.

I was happy to find several New Mexico artists among the contributors. Besides The Plateros, there are A. Paul Ortega from Mescalero; poet Alex Jacobs; actor/Santa Fe gallerist/ blues harpist Gary Farmer with his band The Troublemakers; and part-time New Mexico resident Joy Harjo.

Here are some of my favorite selections from the compilation.


* “Witchi Tai To” by Joy Harjo. This is a fascinating reworking of a tune I first heard by the old hippie folk duo Brewer & Shipley (who were most famous for the cannabis-themed country-rocker “One Toke Over the Line”). B & S got the song from American Indian sax man Jim Pepper, who adapted it from a peyote chant. Harjo, a poet who plays sax, recorded this for her 2008 album Winding Through the Milky Way. She plays with the melody, turning it to a minor key and adding new lyrics.

* "Trail of Tears” by Wayne Lavallee. Here is bluegrass with a bite, featuring banjo, dobro, and heavy drums. I bet Steve Earle wishes he wrote this song.

* “Kokopelli Blues” by Keith Secola. Secola, whose song “Indian Cars” (which appeared with various titles in various versions) is a Native rock classic, has several songs on this collection. The best is this one, a beatnik jazz jaunt (the melody is a little like “Stray Cat Strut”) about New Agers and others ripping off Indian culture to sell products.

* “God and the Devil” by Jacques & The Shakey Boys. I had to double-check to make sure this group wasn’t from Louisiana. But no, Jacques Nadjiwon is from Canada and has French and Indian blood. This is what Cajun music would have sounded like had the Cajuns stayed in Canada.

* “Bushman’s Blues” by Art Napoleon. This is a happy-sounding fiddle blues number by a Canadian that also has what sounds like Cajun overtones. I also like Napoleon’s “Hunting Chant” on this album. It combines Native chants with guitar.

* “Indian List” by Alex Jacobs. This is a spoken-word piece in which Jacobs recites a number of racial slurs and nicknames for Indians and phrases applied to Natives. He then follows that with a list of names Indians call themselves, some of which are nearly as derogatory as the names on the first list.

* “Chicago” by A. Paul Ortega. Centuries ago, someone wrote a song that came to be known as “The Unfortunate Rake” about a man dying in the street from venereal disease. After this song got to America, it was turned into a cowboy tune called “The Streets of Laredo,” and somehow mutated into “St. James Infirmary,” “Dying Crapshooter Blues,” and other variations. In this song, Ortega transforms the doomed cowboy of Laredo into a dying Indian wrapped in white linen and turns the song into a lament for urban Indians cut off from their roots.

* “Redman” by Slidin’ Clyde Roulette. It’s just a good old stompin’ blues featuring slide guitar and harmonica. It gets extra points because "Slidin’ Clyde Roulette" is one of the coolest stage names I’ve heard in a long time.

* “Stripped Me Naked” by Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers. This is an old John Lee Hooker song adapted by Farmer and his band. When Farmer bellows “That was a mean old judge,” he sounds like he means it.

* “It Was in the Old Times” by Butch Mudbone. This is one of the best tunes that combines traditional chants with bluesy rock.

You lookin’ for trouble? You come to the right place at the Fifth Annual Troublemakers Ball, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at VFW Post 2951, 307 Montezuma Ave., 983-9045. Among the acts playing there are Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers, Joy Harjo with Larry Mitchell, Samantha Crain, Mother Earth Blues Band, and Los Indios. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 629-6580 for information.

Indian radio: This area is fortunate to have some great radio shows specializing in Native music. The oldest one around here is Singing Wire, which airs from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays on KUNM-FM 89.9. KSFR-FM 101 offers Indigenous Foundation from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. And, for you members of the night-owl clan, there's Earthsongs from 1 to 2 a.m. on Tuesdays, also on KSFR.

(Note: In the print version of this story it says Indigenous Foundation is on an incorrect day. Saturday 3 to 5 p.m is correct.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

IN RECOGNITION OF ROBERT NOVAK'S PASSING

Here's an old 1986 Crossfire episode with Novak debating Frank Zappa about that pesky First Amendment. (Actually Novak is far more reasonable than Washington Times columnist John Lofton here)

Thanks, Paul Bonanos.

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TERRY ALLEN ON THE PLAZA TONIGHT!

Terry Allen and AntonHere's the best musical deal of the week. Terry Allen playing free on the Plaza.

Terry and his son Bukka will play as part of the Santa Fe Bandstand series. It's the last week of the series, which I believe is one of the better things the City of Santa Fe does all year.

Also on the bill are singer Terri Hendrix with ace Lubbock steel guitarist Lloyd Maines. (Will Lloyd play with the Allen boys? He's a card-carrying member of Terry's Panhandle Mystery Band.)

The show starts at 6 pm. Be there!

And if you have a few minutes, here's a story I did about Terry about 10 years ago for No Depression.

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SHARON on the Plaza last year
In other local music news, Mary & Mars, a local bluegrass favorite of a few years ago featuring Sharon Gilchrist, Josh Martin and Ben Wright, are doing a couple of reunion shows.

There's a "secret" warm-up show Aug. 19th at the Cowgirl. Then the official gig at the Santa Fe Brewing Company on Aug. 28 with none other than Xoe Fitzgerald (no not suspect he is Joe West) opening.

Maybe if you ask nice, Sharon will sing her wonderful version of "I Say a Little Prayer."

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Finally, I'm humbled at the nice write-up that Michael Kaiser gave my podcast, THE BIG ENCHILADA.

What's humbling is that Kaiser is one of my podcasting role models. His RadiOblivion on the Garagepunk Podcast Network is a true inspiration. (Check it out and Blow Up Your Radio, baby!) I feel like a Little Leaguer who just got a compliment from Mickey Mantle.

By the way, I'm working on my next podcast, which should be up before Labor Day.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Sunday, August 16, 2009
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@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Hobo Babylon by Deadbolt
Big Mouth Mickey by The Guilty Hearts
Amazons and Coyotes by Simon Stokes
Satanic Rites by Los Peyotes
Monk Time by The Monks
Shapeshifter/Saguaro by Lone Monk
Granny Tops 'em at the Hop by The A-Bones
Wildman on the Loose by Mose Allison

Jack Pepsi by TAD
Montana Slim by Andre Williams
Girl Gunslinger by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Everywhere by Nathaniel Mayer
I Don't Want No Funky Chicken by Wiley & The Checkmates
The Third Degree by The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Rootie Tootie Baby by King Salami & The Cumberland Three

JIM DICKINSON TRIBUTE

Monkey Man by Jim Dickinson
Down in Mississippi by Ry Cooder featuring Terry Evans, Bobby Charles & Willie Green Jr.
Killing Him by Amy LaVere
Let Your Light Shine on Me by Mudboy & the Neutrons
High Flyin' Baby by The Flamin' Groovies
A Thousand Forms of Mind by Mudhoney
Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out by Jim Dickinson
Bad Man by T-Model Ford

Boll Weevil by North Mississippi All Stars
Red Neck Blue Collar by James Luther Dickinson
Country Blues by Tarbox Ramblers
Floating Bridge by Sleepy John Estes
I Don't Know by Flat Duo Jets
Spirit in the Dark by Aretha Franklin
Jesus on the Mainline by Tate County Singers, Otha Turner & The Afrosippi Allstars

Friday, August 14, 2009

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

Friday, August 14, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Goode's Field Road by Drive-By Truckers
Waco Express by The Waco Brothers
High Priced Chick by Yuchi & The Hilltone Boys
Let's Have a Party by Wanda Jackson
Gee Whiz Liz by Charles Senns
To' Up from the Floor Up by Ronnie Dawson
Red Chevrolet by The Crew
White Dove by Levon Helm
My Rough and Rowdy Ways by Chris Hillman
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by Gene Pitney

Rollergirl Gail by Misery Jackals
Cook County Jail by Ethyl & The Regulars
Haunted Heels by Big Sandy & The Flyrite Boys
Tourist in Town by Ray Mason
The Way You Can Get by The Gourds
Colorado Girl by Steve Earle
Down to the River by Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler
It Took 4 Beatles to Make One Elvis by Harry Hayward

DAVE ALVIN SET
All Songs by Dave except where noted DAVE ALVIN
Boss of the Blues
Wanda and June
Marie Marie by Los Lobos
What Did the Deep Sea Say?
Out of Control
Closing Time by The Pleasure Barons

Que Sera Sera
So Long, Baby by Jo-El Sonier
So Long, Baby
Don't Look Now
Interstate City
Downey Girl


Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Santa Fe Brewing Company, 37 Fire Place. Tickets are $25 at the door.

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: GUILT COMPLEX

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
August 14, 2009


After the death of his best friend, accordion player Chris Gaffney, who died of liver cancer last year, Dave Alvin disbanded his group The Guilty Men. Asked by the organizers of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco to try “something different” for his performance there last year, Alvin rounded up a bevy of the most respected female performers in contemporary roots music.
DAVE ALVIN
These included steel-guitar player Cindy Cashdollar (who has played with Asleep at the Wheel, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, and others), guitarist Nina Gerber, fiddler and mandolin player Laurie Lewis, fiddler Amy Farris, drummer Lisa Pankratz (who’s played with Cornell Hurd, Sleepy LaBeef, Billy Joe Shaver, etc.), bassist Sarah Brown, and singer Christy McWilson.

Thus was born The Guilty Women.

Apparently the festival performance was successful. The gig led to an album, Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women, and a tour, which is stopping at the Santa Fe Brewing Company on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The album could hardly be considered Alvin’s best. (For the record, I believe that honor belongs to his 1996 live album, Interstate City, followed by his more recent Ashgrove, which was released in 2004.) But there’s lots of good stuff on Guilty Women.

The record kicks off with “Marie Marie,” which is perhaps the best-known song by The Blasters (the group Alvin formed with his brother Phil in 1979). Los Lobos does this tune, too. I’ve seen them perform it with Dave Alvin and, just last month, with Phil at the Hootenanny festival in California. Phil, with the current lineup of The Blasters, sings it in Spanish these days.

But on this album, Dave and the Guilty Women do it Cajun style. (Alvin has said in the past that he wrote it as a Balfa Brothers-meets-Chuck Berry tune.) Even though the Blasters did it as a sweaty early rock ’n’ roller, it works great with swampy fiddles and Cashdollar’s prominent steel.
The band gets to rocking on the next track, “California’s Burning,” with a bullet-train beat by Pankratz and a nasty recurring blues hook (by Gerber, I’m assuming).

Another favorite of mine here is “Boss of the Blues,” another bluesy one. This sounds as if it might be a leftover from Ashgrove. It’s about Alvin and his brother cruising around the streets of L.A. with Big Joe Turner. (The title song of Ashgrove was about Dave and Phil sneaking in to the famous folk and blues club The Ash Grove as underage kids.) In “Boss,” Alvin has the long-departed Big Joe waxing nostalgic about the old days and the old haunts where he’d jam all night long. But by 1972, when he was riding with the worshipful Alvin boys, Turner is horrified by all the “burned-out buildings and abandoned stores” and sadly realizes that “no one around here remembers who the hell I am.”

There’s another autobiographical song about another of Alvin’s musical heroes. “Nana and Jimi” recalls the time when he was 12 and his mom drove him to a Jimi Hendrix concert. It starts out with some acoustic “Foxy Lady” riffs. Mom drives him to the show, parks, and waits outside. “She said, ‘Be careful honey of those crazy people inside,’” Alvin sings. The show is transformative. Even the cops at the door and on the stage seem “cool and strange” to the lad: “I was gonna see Jimi, and nothing’s gonna be the same.” This song reminds me of the look in my son’s eyes after I took him to a Green Day show a few years ago.

Surprisingly, the most moving song on Guilty Women is a tribute to another musician, but not a venerated old blues shouter or hillbilly king. “Downey Girl” is a sweet ode to a singer from Alvin’s hometown of Downey, California — the princess of early 1970s puff-pop, Karen Carpenter.

Alvin has conflicted feelings about Carpenter, who died in 1983 as a result of complications from anorexia. Her “sweet suburban songs” don’t do much for him musically. “I never liked her music, never saw her hangin’ ’round/And I never said nothin’ when people put her down,” Alvin sings. But he realizes he feels a connection. “But now that I’m older I can understand her pain/And I can feel a little pride when people say her name.”

One of the only problems with the album is that there are a few too many slow, folkie tunes. Years ago, Alvin said that there are two types of folk songs: quiet and loud. “I play both,” he bragged.

I like the loud ones better, Dave.

Also, Alvin is guilty of turning too many of his vocal duties over to McWilson. I enjoy what she does with “Weight of the World,” a song she wrote that sounds worthy of Buddy Miller. But she also does another original, “Potter’s Field,” and seems to take the lion’s share of Tim Hardin’s “Don’t Make Promises” and “Que Sera Sera” (yes, the old Doris Day tune). After a while, she starts to sound a little bit like Karen Carpenter.

I have to admit I really like the arrangement of “Que Sera Sera,” especially the piano playing by guest Guilty Woman Marcia Ball, who unfortunately isn’t touring with the band.

Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Santa Fe Brewing Company, 37 Fire Place. Tickets are $23 in advance from the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234, or $25 at the door.
DAVE ALVIN with CHRIS GAFFNEY
* Also worth checking out: Alvin produced and played on a tribute to Chris Gaffney called Man of Somebody’s Dreams. It’s got some good covers of Gaffney tunes by Joe Ely, Los Lobos, Robbie Fulks, Peter Case, Big Sandy with Los Straitjackets, John Doe, James McMurtry, and others. And it’s got the last song Gaffney ever recorded, “The Guitars of My Dead Friends.” Google “Chris Gaffney” and “Yep Roc.” It’ll take you there.

* Big dose of Dave: I’ll play a 30-minute Dave Alvin segment, featuring an overview of his fine career, Friday night on The Santa Fe Opry on KSFR-FM 101.1 and streaming live at ksfr.org. The Opry starts at 10 p.m.; the Alvin set will start shortly after 11 p.m. And don't forget Terrell's Sound World, free-form weirdo radio, same time, same station, on Sunday nights.

Monday, August 10, 2009

NEW MEXICAN NIGHT AT SF BANDSTAND


Here's one I'd better cross-post on my music and politics blogs.

Wednesday night is Santa Fe New Mexican Night at the Santa Fe Bandstand series on the Plaza. My co-worker Robert Nott and I are co-hosting the show, which begins at 6 p.m.

On the program is former Lt. Gov. Roberto Mondragon, who for the record, was the very first person I ever interviewed at the Roundhouse (back in 1980) and one of the very few known New Mexico Democrats not currently running for lieutenant governor.

I guess there's something of a tradition of public officials in this state being musicians. There's New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels, like Taos Mayor Darren Cordova, like Court of Appeals Judge Rod Kennedy. A few years ago I wrote a column about Mondragon leading a whole chorus of politicos singing "De Colores" at a rally for then presidential contender Wesley Clark.
Mondragon and the mariachis then proceeded to sing three or four other tunes. He even got Mayor Larry Delgado to help him out in "The Fiesta Song." Delgado, former Gov. Jerry Apodaca and state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia swayed along with the music, playing The Pips to Mondragon's Gladys Knight.
I'm not sure whether any national television cameras were there, but it would have been a great CNN moment showing a unique side of New Mexico politics.
If you saw the movie The Milagro Beanfield War, you heard Roberto sing "De Colores" at the end of the film.

Also on the program are Mariachi Buenaventura, Santa Fe’s first all female mariachi band and guitarist Antonio Mendoza.

See you on the Plaza Wednesday.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Sunday, August 9, 2009
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@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Fuego by Los Peyotes
Let's Go Trippin' by Dick Dale
Geraldine by The A-Bones
Theme Song by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts
White Dress by Nathaniel Mayer
Mama Get the Hammer by Barrence Whitfield
Some Other Guy by Terry Dee & The Roadrunners
It's a Lie by King Khan
Cuckoo by The Monks
Take it Off by The Genteels

Rob and Steal by Paul "Wine" Jones
Let's Get Funky by Hound Dog Taylor
Pop Pop Pop (Remix) by T-Model Ford
Daddy Rollin' Stone by Andre Williams
Skinny Jimmy by The Del Morocos
My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama by Frank Zappa
Don't Slander Me by Roky Erikson

Woodstock Set (All songs live from Woodstock, August 1969)
The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil by The Jefferson Airplane
Love City by Sly & The Family Stone
Mean Town Blues by Johnny Winter
Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries by Santana
Work Me Lord/Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Saturday, August 08, 2009

SATURDAY AFTERNOON VIDEO BREAK

Here's a Marvel Team-Up from the '60s: Dean Martin with Roger Miller singing "You Got 2 Again." (Thanks Dean Miller for leading me to this.)

Friday, August 07, 2009

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

Friday, August 7, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell


101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Rawhide by Frankie Lane
Ragtime Cowboy Joe by Dan Hicks & His Hotlicks
The Ballad of Paladin by Johnny Western
Back in the Saddle Again by Gene Autry
Cowboy in Flames by The Waco Brothers
That Little Old Wine Drinker Me by Sleepy LaBeef
Rockabilly Blue (Texas 1955) by Johnny Cash
The Waitress Song by Ethyl & The Regulars
My Own Kind of Hat by Merle Haggard

The Creep by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Ain't It a Shame by Scott H. Biram
Play It All Night Long by Drive-By Truckers
Stoned at the Jukebox by Katy Moffatt
I've Always Been Crazy by Waylon Jennings
One Good Gal by Charlie Feathers
El Tren de la Costa by The Del Moroccos

California's Burning by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Slip of the Tongue by The Blasters
Guitar Man by Junior Brown 0
Strip Me Naked by Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers
Where in the Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush? by Rev. Horton Heat
Take Me Back Again by Amber Digby
New Patches by Leona Williams

Mama Says It's Naughty by The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Happy Hicky the Hobo by The Delmore Brothers
Blues Stay Away from Me by The Louvin Brothers Fading Memory by Eilen Jewell
One Part, Two Part by Buddy & Julie Miller with Regina & Ann McCrary
Guitars of Dead Friends by Chris Gaffney
Truly by Hundred Year Flood
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Thursday, August 06, 2009

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: THE MUD, THE MUSIC

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
August 7, 2009



Who can forget the unforgettable sounds of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, held in Bethel, New York, 40 years ago this month? The immortal music of Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Quill, the Keef Hartley Band ...

In honor of (read “to cash in on”) the event, Legacy Recordings, the reissue wing of the Sony/BMG empire, recently released five double-CD sets of some of the music of other artists who performed at Woodstock: Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, and Johnny Winter. Each package is subtitled The Woodstock Experience.

The sets include the artists’ complete Woodstock performance, plus the album each artist had out around the time of Woodstock. Even though I don’t put much stock in phony anniversary nostalgia, I have to say that most of the live recordings on these releases are pretty darn rockin’. The majority of the Woodstock performances are previously unreleased, so it’ll be a new listening experience for those of us who didn’t brave the mud and traffic in 1969.

Besides, it’s still about four months away from the 40th anniversary of Altamont.

Here’s a look at the new Woodstock packages:

* Janis Joplin. Back in 1969, Janis faced a lot of criticism for leaving her good old psychedelic San Francisco blues band Big Brother and The Holding Company to go “solo.” Basically, she traded the hippie slop of her old group to front a much smoother pumped-up soul brigade called the Kozmic Blues Band (Sam Andrew of Big Brother stuck with her through both outfits).

Perhaps because of the backlash, Janis’ album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again, Mama! was underrated at the time. To these ears, it still sounds vital. And the live versions of the Kozmic Blues songs sound even better. Janis kicked off her Woodstock set with a Stax rouser called “Raise Your Hand” that opens with a tasty workout of the horn section.

Heck, Janis even managed to squeeze the ever-lovin’ soul out the sappy Bee Gees tune “To Love Somebody.”

Janis threw in a few Big Brother classics — “Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” and of course, Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain,” on which the horns, especially the sax, add new dimensions without losing any of the intensity of her original guitar-based version.

The one slow point here is a cover of Otis Redding’s “Can’t Turn You Loose” sung by her baritone-sax man, Snooky Flowers. It’s not a bad version. Just kind of generic. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t hear the horn riff of this song without thinking of The Blues Brothers.


* Jefferson Airplane. Unfortunately for the Airplane, its 1969 studio album, Volunteers, was among the group’s weakest. Except for Jorma Kaukonen’s take on the hymn “Good Shepherd,” much of the rest of the album sounded like dated radical polemics or weak country rock (with lyrics such as “Got a revolution, got a revolution” and “We are all outlaws in the eyes of America”).

But then there’s the live show. In concert, the Airplane tore it up. Grace Slick and Marty Balin’s vocals soared, and Jorma’s guitar blazed. Most of it still sounds fresh. At Woodstock, due to weird scheduling problems, the Airplane went on around sunrise. Grace, as seen in the Woodstock movie, aptly dubbed it “morning maniac music.”

The Airplane apparently played longer at Woodstock than the other acts. The live material couldn’t be contained on one CD, so it actually starts on the Volunteers disc.

You know you’re in for a treat when the musicians start off with their intense version of Fred Neil’s “The Other Side of This Life,” one of the group’s most underappreciated tunes. (It has only appeared on their live albums.) Other highlights included Balin’s “Plastic Fantastic Lover” (a song that’s a zillion times better live than on 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow), the apocalyptic “The House at Pooneil Corners,” and a fired-up take on their hit “Somebody to Love.”

The only clunkers here are some of the songs from Volunteers. The worst is “Wooden Ships,” a song Crosby, Stills and Nash also performed at Woodstock.

* Santana. It’s hard to believe that when Santana played Woodstock, the group was virtually unknown. The text on the CD cover of the live set that calls this a “career-making performance” isn’t just hype.

These days “Evil Ways,” “Jingo,” and “Soul Sacrifice” (the Santana song that was in the Woodstock movie) seem like part of our shared musical DNA — especially for those of us who grew up in Santa Fe. But imagine how it sounded to ears unaccustomed to this music back in 1969 — the seamless blend of Mexican sounds, salsa, blues, and psychedelia. It’s still pretty darn amazing.

Carlos Santana has been through countless band changes, but for me, this original one was his best. Santana’s first album (self-titled, with the lion on the cover) came out after Woodstock. Almost all the songs are the same. While the studio album was excellent, the live ones work best for me.

* Sly and The Family Stone. Even though Sly was no stranger to hit records by 1969, his Woodstock show could also be considered a “career-making performance.” Too bad that career came crashing down not long afterward.

At Woodstock, Sly came out blazing with a nearly eight-minute version of “M’Lady” and doesn’t seem to take a breath for 50 minutes or so. Mainly it’s his hits (you saw “I Want to Take You Higher” in the Woodstock movie), including several tunes from his then-current album Stand.

Sly was one of the great funk captains of human history. I still don’t completely understand why he choked.


* Johnny Winter. Being an albino, Johnny is the whitest of all the white bluesmen. But this Texan was full of fire and fury. He was raw, soulful and in fine form at Woodstock.

His live version of “Leland Mississippi Blues” is stinging, while the almost 11-minute stomper “Mean Town Blues” shows his skill on slide guitar.

There are also three tunes featuring his brother Edgar Winter, who would have a successful career in the ’70s.

WILL LOUDON STILL BE IN MISERY?



Back in 1976, Loudon Wainwright III had a song called called "California Prison Blues" in which the chorus began and ended with the line "Squeaky's in prison and I'm in misery." (I sang this tune myself at a couple of gigs back in the day.)

Well guess what, Loudon .... (CLICK HERE)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

eMUSIC AUGUST -- BEATING THE NEW SYSTEM

Last month began the new era at eMusic -- where they got all those albums from Sony -- and, by coincidence, they claim, nearly doubled the price of subscriptions. (See my rant about that HERE.) I found a way to beat the system.

Until this month I was paying $19.99 a month for 90 tracks -- just over 22 cents a track. With eMusic's new pricing scheme, my new plan is $19.99 for 50 tracks. That's about 40 cents a track. Still a great deal compared to most other services (except the delightful Aimee Street, who I'm seeing on the side).

But, taking advantage of some new rules at eMusic, I was actually able to download 169 tracks instead of my allotted 50. That's right, more than three times my limit and 79 more tracks than my former generous limit.

The secret is the new policy regarding full-album prices. Under the new rules, most (but not all) albums cost 12-track credits, whether the albums contains 20 tracks or two. This is bad for jazz and classical fans who have been used to spending just one credit for tracks that might be 10 or 15 minutes long. (And there have been lots of complaints over at the eMusic message boards about this.)

But it's great for fans of anthologies of old-time music -- hillbilly, blues, old jazz, etc. -- which tend to have lots more tracks per album.

And it's especially great for those of us who have "picked at" big anthologies over the past few years. I found several examples of collections in which I'd already bough several tracks. As you'll see below there were several anthologies where I was able to download multiple tracks at little or no expense.

The album-price policy is not consistent. Most are 12 credits per disc, but I found one (The Delmore Brothers) where there's more than two discs worth of music for just 12 credits. (I'm betting some of these will be "fixed" before long. And there's some albums where there's no full-album price, so 20 tracks still cost 20 credits.

I won't be able to get so many bargains next month because I don't have many more incomplete compilations. But I thought this was a good way to make lemonade out of the lemon eMusic threw at us.

So enough economics. Here's my eMusic downloads for the past 30 days:


* Travel in Your Mind by The Seeds. Tommy Trusnovic had this CD a few weeks ago when he helped me out on the Terrell's Sound World Sky Saxon tribute. I was jealous, but happy to find out it was available on eMusic.

This is a collection of rarities and outtakes, including a rehearsal of their biggest hit "Pushin' Too Hard," which as Tom pointed out, is remarkably similar to the final product we all know and love (which also is included here.)

There's a 10-minute version of the smoky psychedelic classic "900 Million People Daily" and other journeys to the center of the mind such as "Chocolate River," the near 8-minute "Fallin'" (featuring a harpist) and of course the raga-rock title track.

On "Daisy Mae" Sky sounds almost rockabilly. Likewise "Pretty Girl" conjures Chuck Berry. But most surprising is "Fallin' Off the Edge," which features what sounds like a pedal steel, anticipates The New Riders of the Purple Sage and other country rockers.


* Elementary Doctor Watson by Doc & Merle Watson. This album, released in 1972, is the very first Doc Watson album I ever owned. Just about every track is filled with happy memories -- "Freight Train Boogie" (one of my favorite Delmore Brothers tunes), "More Pretty Girls Than One," "Worried Blues" captures just about everything I love about hillbilly music. My favorite line in "Three Times Seven" -- "I'm wild and woolly and full of fleas, I'm a no-good son of a gun" pretty much summed up my self image back in those days.

When Willie Nelson sang "I Couldn't Believe it Was True" on Red Headed Stranger a few years later, I already was familiar with the song, thanks to Doc. And when I think of "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad," I hear Doc Watson, not The Grateful Dead (or even Woody Guthrie!)

Indeed, to wax corny, the title of the last track, the lovely "Treasures Untold" sums up how I feel about this record.


* Hillbilly Boogie Best by The Delmore Brothers. As I mentioned in the intro to this post, this album represents one of the greatest eMusic bargains -- 60 tracks for the price of 12.

Alabama brothers Alton and Rabon Delmore started recording in the early 1930s and stayed active until the 1950s.

The title of this album is a little misleading. On several tunes -- "Honey I'm Rambling Away," "Old Mountain Dew," "I Got the Railroad Blues" to name a few examples -- you can hear how they were heading for the boogie, but basically this is an acoustic duo with sweet hillbilly harmonies.

Unfortunately this collection doesn't include "Freight Train Boogie" (it's on this collection). But they do have one of my favorite Delmore train tunes, "Don't You See That Train," though I still like the version by The Delta Sisters best.

Sociologically speaking, the most interesting song here is "Lorena the Slave," a song about a plantation slave who loved a "yellow girl" who also was a slave there. But after seven years, the master sells her, and though the singer prays they'll meet again, she dies before any reunion.

I'm also fond of "That Yodelin' Gal Miss Julie" a song about a 300-pound banjo-plucking charmer.


Psychobilly Box
(Disc 2)
by various artists Here was another good bargain. I got 22 tracks for just two credits. A few months ago I downloaded the first disc. That was 22 tracks, so I just needed to spend two more for the entire second disc.

It was worth soending two track credits, but to be honest, Disc 2 just isn't all that great. As The AllMusic Guide points out, it's pretty obvious that the producers don't really know what psychobilly is. There's some "real" psychobilly here -- The Tallboys, The Meteors, The Frantic Flintstones, The Guana Bats, etc. One of the coolest of these is "Norman Bates," the last song on the album, by The Tailgators.

And some real rockabilly Wanda Jackson doing a decent version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky." There's an interesting live recording of a 19-year-old Elvis singing "That's Alright, Mama" on the old Louisiana Hayride radio show. And a so-so Bill Halley re-recording of "Rock Around The Clock."

But my problem isn't "authenticity." It's some of the weird techno-seance products on this disc that almost seem like desecrations of national treasures. Did the band 13 Cats (featuring ex-Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom) really believe they could improve on Gene Vincent's "Be Bop a Lula" by adding juiced up drums and an irritating horn section ?

And even weirder -- and further away from rockabilly -- is the mash-up of Marilyn Monroe (!) and a band called The Swing Cats on Marilyn's song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." With its production that reminds me of "Stars on 45," this is so tacky I almost like it.

* Man Alive It's The Jumping Jive by Louis Jordan. Best deal yet! Twenty three tracks for FREE! Years ago I downloaded 28 tracks from this album. I visited the album's page on eMusic and saw that I could download the remaining tracks for zero credits.

I already had several of these tracks on an old CD. ("Five Guys Named Moe," "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" and others) But you can't argue with free.

Talk about national treasures, it's hard to get enough of sax-man/shouter Jordan. He spanned so many genres -- jazz, blues, R&B. Jordan even took a stab at calypso with "Run, Joe." And I'm not sure if he was influenced by western swing or he influenced it. Probably both. (He was just three years younger than Bob Wills. Both men died in 1975.)

He made a name for himself in a big city (Philadelphia). Like Cab Calloway, his songs were filled with hipster jive talk. He Like Cab Calloway, his songs were filled with hipster jive talk. He was comfortable dueting with Bing Crosby ("My Baby Said Yes") is on this collection.

But Jordan started out as a country boy, born in Arkansa. You can hear those roots in songs like "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and "Barnyard Boogie" (which features a tasty little steel guitar solo). He even played in a traveling minstrel show. Jordan in many ways was the embodiment of American music

William Henry Harrison
* Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996 by Oscar Brand. Another great deal. Twenty eight tracks for free. Same story as the Louis Jordan collection. Last year I nabbed 15 tracks. Now eMusiclet me have the remaining tracks for free.

I wasn't exactly craving more of these songs. But who knows, some day I'll need "Get on a Raft with Taft" or "Marching With McKinley" for some radio show or podcast.

Actually some of the tunes from especially bitter elections are nice and nasty. This version "Rockabye Baby," rewritten as a campaign song for Martin Van Buren basically accuses his opponent William Henry Harrison as a hopeless drunk who "sits in his cabin drinking bad rum." Meanwhile Harrison's song brags about "log cabin and hard cider."

This album was released during the Clinton administration, so Clinton's the last president to have a song here. Unfortunately it's "Don;t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow." It sounds just as wretched by Oscar Brand as it did by Fleetwood Mac.

Plus :

* "Put Your Cat Clothes On" by Carl Perkins. Perkins was just so cool ...

* The tracks I didn't get last month from How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sunday, August 02, 2009

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Sunday, August 2, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell@ksfr.org

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Johnny Jack by Thee Headcoatees
Sorrow's Forecast by Dead Moon
Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White by The Standells
Psilocybic Mind by Marshmallow Overcoat
Miniskirt Blues by The Cramps with Iggy Pop
Tobacco Road by The Blues Magoos
Cause I Sez So/Personality Crisis by The New York Dolls

I'm a Lonely Man by Nathaniel Mayer
Kitchen Sink Boogie by Hound Dog Taylor
Put Your Cat Clothes On by Carl Perkins
Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats
Plastic Fantastic Lover by Jefferson Airplane
Chocolate River by The Seeds

BILLY LEE RILEY TRIBUTE
All songs by BLR except where noted
Trouble Bound
Hillbilly Monster by James Richard Oliver
Betty and Dupree
Red Hot by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Pearly Lee
Riley's Got a Woman by Dr. Ruth & The Pleasure Seekers
Real Cool Ride by The Hillbilly Hellcats
Wouldn't You Know
Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men by Ebo & The Tomcats
Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll

Alabama's Doomed by Wizzard Sleeve
Feedback Rock by The Stillettos
Stop and Think It Over by Mary Weiss
Gossip, Gossip, Gossip by The A-Bones
Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

R.I.P.BILLY LEE RILEY



He's on a flying saucer to Heaven now.

American music has lost another major one: Rockabilly wildman Billy Lee Riley, who died in a Jonesboro, Ark. after a battle with colon cancer. He was 75.

Riley was best known for his hits "Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll" and "Red Hot."

His obit in the Memphis Commercial Appeal is HERE.

I'll pay proper tribute to Billy tonight on Terrell's Sound World, 10 p.m. to midnight on KSFR, 101.1 FM in Santa Fe and www.ksfr.org on the Web. The show starts at 10 p.m. Mountain Time. We'll commemorate Billy Lee right after the 11th hour.

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