Sunday, August 19, 2018


Sunday, August , 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet by The Blues Magoos
Don't Break My Laws by Thee Mighty Caesars
Nadine by Harlan T. Bobo
Mr. Rain by The Velvet Underground
Mama Get the Hammer by Barrence Whitfield
Leave Me Alone by Esquirita

Lizard Man by Mean Motor Scooter
Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock
Out There Aways by The Waco Brothers
Yodelin' Bayonne Blues by Trixie & The Trainwrecks
When I Was Young by Eric Burdon & The Animals
Gangsters by The Dustaphonics
Macorina by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Frankenstein's Den by Mighty El Dukes

Spirit in the Dark by Aretha Franklin / Spirit in the Dark by Aretha with Ray Charles
Ma Juju Girl by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Tip My Canoe by Dengue Fever
I Will Marry You by Pan Ron
Strange Uncle by Gogol Bordello
I Surrender! by The Fleshtones

Sad and Dreamy by Alejandro Escovedo
Take This Pain by Stevie Tombstone
Down on the Street by The Stooges
The Gypsy by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Shades and Hues by Shooter Jennings
Who Cares by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

All background music during my yacks tonight was by The Fireballs of Raton, N.M. who are playing a free show on the Santa Fe Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 28

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Love Letter to Ketty Lester

I was just a kid -- third grade I think -- just discovering the joys of early '60s AM radio when my young soul was captivated by a husky voice singing over a haunting piano.

"Love letters straight from your heart / Keep us so near when we're apart ..."

It was a singer named Ketty (for years I thought it was "Kitty") Lester and the song, definitely her greatest hit, was "Love Letters."

Born Revoyda Frierson in Hope, Arkansas (take note Bill Clinton fans) on this day in 1934, Lester began recording in the late 1950s. In 1962 she released a single "I'm a Fool to Want You." However DJs preferred the flip side, which, you guessed it, came straight from Ketty's heart.

And they were right.

"Love Letters" was written in the 1940s by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. An instrumental version appeared in a 1945 movie called Love Letters and was nominated for a best-song Oscar. A rather schmaltzy version of the song, with lyrics, was recorded by a singer named Dick Haymes in 1945.  Here's what it sounded like:

Tony Bennett recorded the song, with a jazzy guitar, in 1955

Fast forward to this century for my second-favorite version of "Love Letters" by Tom Jones, backed by guitarist Jeff Beck. I'm not sure who's on piano. This is from a 2003 PBS documentary series,
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues.

Going back to the early 1970s, John Lennon paid tribute to Lester by capturing the piano part from "Love Letters" on his song "God."

And in the '80s David Lynch via Dennis Hopper, paid tribute -- in his own peculiar way -- in Blue Velvet. "Don't be a good neighbor to her. I'll send you a love letter, straight from my heart, fucker ..."

O.K. Ketty, show 'em how it's done!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's Feast Day for Santa Muerte

Today, August 15 is the Feast of Santa Muerte.

Fans of Breaking Bad have at least a passing familiarity with the cult of Santa Muerte. Here's what the New York Times had to say in 2017 about this religious movement:

To her followers, Santa Muerte is a powerful healer, a bringer of prosperity, an agent of vengeance. Some ask her for green cards, lovers, health, protection against violent drug cartels or immigration agents. Some ask her to punish their rivals. They call her the Pretty Girl, the White Girl, the Godmother, the Bony Lady and dozens of other names, including Santisima Muerte, most holy death.

Little celebrated before 2001, and rejected by the Vatican, she has garnered a following of 10 million to 12 million devotees in Mexico and beyond — the fastest-growing religious movement in the Americas, said R. Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.” Her following includes drug lords, hard-working families, prisoners and members of sexual minorities.

In honor of her fewast day falling on Wacky Wednesday, here are some songs about death.

Let's start with this Louis Jordan classic:

The Dubliners go to Finnegan's wake:

Tom T. Hall wrote one of the funniest songs about funerals:

Here's Oingo Boingo's take on the subject:

And Elvis Costello had death on his mind back in 1989

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Sunday, August 12, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics
The Wasp by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
C by Thee Oh Sees
Where Were You? by The Mekons
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Get Off the Road by R. Lewis Band
Mujeres Gato en la Luna by Los Eskeletos
Black Metal by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Happy and Bleeding by PJ Harvey

Riot City by Archie & The Bunkers
I'm the Slime by Frank Zappa
Look in the Mirror by Gregg Turner
TJ by Hickoids
Anything Goes at a Rooster Show by The Imperial Rooster
Rimbaud Diddley by Churchwood
Into Yer Shtik by Mudhoney

The Band Drinks for Free by The Fleshtones
The Brother I Never Had by Miss Ludella Black
I Don't Understand Her Anymore by The Masonics
She Cracked by The Modern Lovers
See That Girl by Lynx Lynx
Tina Louise by The Dirtbombs
Bearded and Bored by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts
Boom Boom by Tony Joe White
Zig Zag Wanderer by Captain Beefheart
The Stain of Music by Negativland

Mule Skinner by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Action Reaction by Ramblin' Deano
Wreck on the Highway by Stevie Tombstone
That's Why They Call It Temptation by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
Hiawatha by Laurie Anderson
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, August 10, 2018


Los Hickoids @ Antones

Lotsa good music in and around Santa Fe this week.

Tonight, barring some last-minute work emergency, I'm heading out to The Mineshaft Taven in Madrid where The Hickoids are playing tonight. 

Opening the show, which is scheduled to starts at 9 p.m., is the pride of Espanola, The Imperial Rooster.

The Rooster Crows

Then Saturday night, former Angry Samoan Gregg Turner and his band will play at Duel Brewing, 1228 Parkway Dr (off Rufina) in Santa Fe.

Turner, Sarah, Krissi

This show starts at 7 p.m. I'll be there. 



Thursday, August 09, 2018

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: New Albums by The Fleshtomes and Miss Ludella Black

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
August 10, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of The Fleshtones, that dandy, beyond bitchen little band from New York that’s been grinding out no-frills, back-to-basics rock ’n’ roll — they’ve dubbed it “Super Rock” — for more than 40 years. (Their first gig was at CBGB in 1976.) However, truth is, I have not been super-impressed by the Super Rock on the last few Fleshtones albums. Though all of their works in recent years have some great tunes, I thought the group didn’t quite earn their beer on The Band Drinks for Free (2016) and that they were spinning their wheels on Wheel of Talent (2014). Brooklyn Sound Solution (2011), which featured Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye, was good, but it had too many instrumentals.

But I had a feeling about their new one, Budget Buster, which was released earlier this year. And, by Jiminy Cricket, I was right — it’s a winner. It’s not a “regular” studio album — it’s a compilation of outtakes, B-sides, and other oddities culled from the past 10 years or so — but to these jaded old ears, this is the best album since 2008’s Take a Good Look, my favorite Fleshtones record of all time.

For the sake of the uninitiated, The Fleshtones is the brainchild of Peter Zaremba (vocals, keyboards, harmonica) and Keith Streng (vocals, guitar), a couple of Queens boys who created a hopped-up hybrid of garage rock, punk, New Wave, and soul. They’re the only original members, though drummer Bill Milhizer has been with them since the early ’80s and bassist Ken Fox has been a Fleshtone since the early ’90s. But despite Zaremba’s stint hosting The Cutting Edge, an alt-rock show on MTV, for more than four years in the ’80s, The Fleshtones’ Super Rock never achieved super success. Oh well. That just means that the music they make is done out of joy and love, not because of some marketing plan.

Budget Buster is full of memorable songs. The opening track, a cover of Little Richard’s “Dancing All Around the World,” which was recorded in Spain, is pure good rocking fun. “Ama Como un Hombre” is a Spanish-language version of “Love Like a Man” from The Band Drinks for Free, with the same addictive little organ hook as on the English version of the song, which was written by Alvin Lee and first recorded nearly 50 years ago by Ten Years After.

There’s plenty of tasty wah-wah guitar (Mr. Streng, I presume) on “Touch and Go,” while “Everywhere Is Nowhere” features vocals by the big-haired — and even bigger-voiced — Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids.

Viva Fleshtones!
The closest The Fleshtones come to political commentary is on “End of My Neighborhood,” which strikes the same anti-gentrification stance as the title song from Take a Good Look. It’s a hard-driving rocker with a hook straight out of The Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul.” (At their best, The Fleshtones do sound like an American Yardbirds.)

“Dominique LaboubĂ©e” is an urgent-sounding ode to the late singer of the French punk band called Dogs. And another strong tune is “The Band Drinks For Free,” which I assume was originally meant as the title track of their 2016 album. I’m not sure why it would have become an outtake. It’s better than many songs on that album.

In Sweat, his 2007 biography of the band, author Joe Bonomo called The Fleshtones “America’s Garage Band.” I just wish that more Americans — and people from other countries, for that matter — appreciated them as such.

Also recommended:

* Till You Lie in Your Grave by Miss Ludella Black. For nearly all of the 1990s, Miss Black was a member of Thee Headcoatees, an all-female British garage-punk band created by the mad genius Billy Childish as a women’s auxiliary for his band Thee Headcoats. Thee Headcoatees sang shoulda-been hits like “My Boyfriend’s Learning Karate,” “Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey),” and “Melvin.” One of Black’s bandmates was Holly Golightly, whose latest album, Clippety Clop, was reviewed in this column just a few weeks ago.

Backed by a powerful little combo called The Masonics — whose 2017 album, Obermann Rides Again, is worth seeking out — Black’s music is retro without being cloying, emulating the girl group sound of the early ’60s, but with a harder-edged punk-rock sensibility.

While I love the rockers here like “Am I Going Insane” (which features a sly vocal nod to The Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack”), “A Creature Called Doubt,” and the slightly country-flavored “Cruel Anniversary,” my favorite song on the album at the moment is a slow, strange one called “The Brother I Never Had.” Here Black longs for a relative who never existed. “When I was a little girl, I yearned for a brother/The brother who’d be there to watch over me.”

Black also covers a Beatles song, “Wait,” a relatively obscure tune from Rubber Soul. I like this one more than the other recent Beatles cover I’ve heard, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which is on The Melvins’ latest album, Pinkus Abortion Technician.

Have some videos:

First, The Fleshtones, with a live version of "Dancing All Over the World"

Here's an "official" Fleshtones video

And here's Miss Ludella with the title track of her new album.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 88 Years of Betty Boop

On Aug. 9, 1930, America's cartoon sweetheart made her debut in a cartoon feature called Dizzy Dishes.

Although she would become one of the sexiest cartoon characters of that era -- or any era -- Betty actually started out as a dog.

From Mental Floss:

"...she was designed to be an object of lust for Bimbo, a dog character who was currently the lead in many of Max Fleischer's Talkartoons. Because she was created for Bimbo, she was originally an anthropomorphic poodle character, but she still had her Betty charms.

"The character was based on the looks of singer Helen Kane, best known for her song "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and actress Clara Bow, who was the inspiration for Betty's Brooklyn accent. As Betty proved to be more and more popular, she evolved into a full human by 1932, her floppy ears turned into hoop earrings and her poodle nose was morphed into a cute button nose."

According to The New York Times in 1996:

“Gertrude Stein and Jean-Paul Sartre were said to be big fans of the scantily clad gamine, whose sex appeal and sassy attitude got her into racy situations with legions of lecherous suitors. That is, until 1934, when the Government imposed controls on American movie content, altering Ms. Boop’s wardrobe and toning down her adventures.”

The Betty Boop Youtube channel has collected some of the many songs Betty sang in these videos below. Happy birthday, Betty!

For more Betty on this blog, check out this Halloween post from a few years ago.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Magic of Root Boy Slim

This Wacky Wednesday we celebrate the life and music of Foster MacKenzie III, better known to the world as Root Boy Slim.

If you're not familiar with Root, who died in 1993, read this profile in the Orlando Weekly.

Then boogey til you puke ... (This video is from Mr. Mike's Mondo Video)

Another favorite, "Mood Ring."

"They beat me silly with a rubber hose ..."

Root Boy dared to be fat

Sunday, August 05, 2018


Sunday, August , 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Miniskirt Blues by The Flower Children
Dead Moon Walking by Nekromantix
54/40 or Fight by Dead Moon
Underground Railroad by The Weeds
Don't Be Afraid to Pogo by The Gears
Over! Over! by The Fall
Mood Ring by Root Boy Slim
All Girl Band by Jean Caffeine

Every Little Bit of You by Miss Ludella Black
Stewball by Holly Golightly& The Brokeoffs
MELVIN by Thee Headcoatees
Ama Como Un Hombre by The Fleshtones
Teenage Head by The Flamin' Groovies
It's a Lie by King Khan
Spiders by Harlan T. Bobo
Artificial Flowers by Bobby Darin

Gentle Annie by Knickerbocker Four
Work With Me Annie by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Little Annie Fanny by The Kingsmen
The Working Man's Friend by Hickoids
Stuck in Thee Garage by The Dirtbombs
Love Me Two Times by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
You Are On Top by Reverend Beat-Man
Waste of Time by The Cynics
Blues Blues Blues by Hayden Thompson
Booze Party by Three Aces and a Joker
Sharkskin Suit by Wayne Kramer

The Wolf is at Your Door by Howlin' Wolf
Cheree by Suicide
We Three by Patti Smith
Round Midnight by Amy Winehouse
You're a Dog and Don't Talk to Me by Michael Hurley
Did We Fail by the Dead Brothers
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs the Sun Sessions Taught Us

Elvis Presley was more than a great performer. With his earliest recordings he showed that he was a gifted currator of American songs.

On this Throwback Thursday let's look at original -- or in some cases, just earlier -- versions of some of the songs -- country songs, R&B songs, pop tunes -- that make up various versions of Elvis' Sun Sessions.

First of all, hats off to Adam Aguirre of  the Route 66 show on KUNM, who inspired this post by recently playing these first two songs on a recent Saturday night.

First let's start with Ernest Tubb

Elvis apparently loved bluegrass. He rocked this Bill Monroe classic.

Speaking of a blue moon, this tune, written by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart was first recorded by Connee Boswell in 1935. I've always liked this early '50s version by Billie Holiday.

Probably my favorite Sun Sessions song is "Tryin' to Get to You." I didn't realize until recently that this song originally was receorded by The Eagles. (No, no those Eagles!)

"My Happiness" goes back to the late '40s, recorded by The Marlin Sisters

We all know Elvis loved the blues. Here's one, by Kokomo Arnold, that Elvis used to get real gone for a change.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Famous Musicians' Birthdays Today

It's the Oneth of the month! Aug. 1 is the birtday of several iconic musicians. Here is some music from some of them.

First, Suzi Gardner of L7 turns 58 today. Here she is singing one of my favorite L7 songs, "Andres."

Chuck D of Public Enemy also turns 58 today. Here's a PE video from a couple of years ago called "No Sympathy from The Devil."

Jim Carroll would have been 69 today, but nine years ago he became a person who died.

And on this day in 1779, one-hit wonder Francis Scott Key was born. Here are James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from Metalica doing Key's big song.

Also, happy birthday to:
Jerry Garcia
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Robert Cray
Tommy Brolin

Monday, July 30, 2018

Enjoy the Latest Big Enchilada Podcast Episode


A phony demon is better than no demon at all. And now it's time for good old fashioned demonic rock 'n' roll with bitchen sounds that even the angels can cherish. There's even an entire set of songs that musicians have submitted to Radio Mutation.

Remind your loved ones that The Big Enchilada is officially listed in the iTunes store. So go subscribe, if you haven't already (and gimme a good rating and review if you're so inclined.) Thanks. 


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Wooly Bully by Charlie & His Go-Go Boys)
Flowers in My Hair, Demons in My Head by The Mystery Lights
I Never Told You by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Dominique Laboubee by The Fleshtones
Am I Going Insane by Miss Ludella Black & The Masonics
Big Boss Man by Tony Joe White
Little Demon by The Amazing Crowns

(Background Music: Hijacked by West Hell 5)
Standing on the Corner by Mal Thursday Quintet 
Fried Pork by Craterface
Sally Can't Wait by Hey Honcho & The Aftermaths
Risky Ricky by Rougemont
Loser Leave Town by The Mighty Jabronis
The Love Witch by Thee Girl Fridays

(Background Music: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend by Marilyn Monroe vs. Swing Cats)
Bullet by The Darts
Dando Vueltas by Los Eskeletos
About Alice by The Legendary Tigerman
Most Guys by Roger Arvidson
Demons are a Girl's Best Friend by Nekromantix

Play it below:

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Sunday, July 29, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

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

Mekonville Grand Finale  "Were Were You?"
The Glory that was Mekonville
Mini-Mekonville Set
Memphis Egypt by The Mekons
Shoes by Striplight
The Curse by Chivalrous Amoekons

Mototcycle Boy by The Legendary Tigerman
Sweet Lenore by Leather Girls
8:05 by Moby Grape
Everywhere is Nowhere by The Fleshtones with Mary Huff
Viva la Figa by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
I Shouted by Bee Bee Sea
His Latest Flame by '68 Comeback

It's Fun by Lynx Lynx
Slowly Losing My Mind by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Am I Going Insane? by Miss Ludella Black & The Masonics
Your Dangerous Mind by The Masonics
Fever of the New Zealot by The Bonnevilles
It's a Gas by The Hombres

The Slow Drag Under by Benjamin Booker
I Want You by Hollywood Sinners
1880 0r So by Television
This is Hi-Fi by Mission of Burma
Frying Pan by Salty Pajamas
Bring It by Barbarellatones
Charlottesville by Jesse Dayton
Who Cares by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
South Street by The Orlons

Killer Diller Blues by Alabama Shakes
Old by Bettye LaVette
Awful Dreams by Tony Joe White
Moonbeam by King Richard & The Knights
Singing in the Rain by Petty Booka
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: It's George Clinton's Birthday ... (at least ONE George Clinton ...)

Vice President George Clinton: "We want the funk!"
On this date in 1739, George Clinton, the 4th vice president of the U.S. was born in Little Brittain, New York.

According to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Clinton, who had been governor of New York was "elected Vice President of the United States in 1804 as a Republican and served four years under President Thomas Jefferson; reelected in 1808 and served under President James Madison ..."

Clinton laid low after leaving the vice presidency. But more than 150 years, George Clinton reemerged as the leader of the two funkiest bands in the history of the cosmos.

Funny how things work out ...

Here's some classic George Clinton music ...

And this one, "Cosmic Slop" in which Clinton and Funkadelic look like a weird cross between the Sun Ra Arkestra and The Warriors

Getting jazzy and snazzy with "Mr. Wiggles."

And what do you know, Clinton is still at it. He released an album with Parliament called Medicaid Fraud Dog earlier thjis year. Here's a tune from that:

George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars in Santa Fe August, 2007.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Keep on Mashin'!

It's been  two and a half years since I did a Wacky Wednesday on musical mash-ups.

Let's start with one I saw on Facebook a few days ago, rekindling my interest in mash-ups: The Metalica Macarena

James Brown meets Led Zeppelin

The Clerkenwell Kid's Antique Beat, Electro-Swing, bootleg mashup remix of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and The Real Tuesday Weld's "Going Gaga"

Aerosmith goes bluegrass

Nirvana gets Rick-rolled!

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Sunday, July 22, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
I Surrender by The Fleshtones
The Cutting Edge by Archie & The Bunkers
Before I Die by The Sloths
Shrunken Head by Deadbolt
This Dog is the King of the Losers by Bee Bee Sea
Beautiful Gardens by The Cramps
You're Humbuggin' Me by Ronnie Dawson
Second Fiddle by Bill Hearne

Black Metal by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
Cuidad Muerto by Los Eskeletos
Poor and Broke by Trixie & The Trainwrecks
Bad She Gone Voodoo by Chief Fuzzer
Dirty Photographs by The Bonnevilles
Guts is Enough by The Devils
Fiesta Nuclear by Hollywood Sinners
Honeymooners by The Scuzzballs
Stealin' Stealin' by Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Bartholomew by The Silent Comedy
Oh Sinnerman by Black Diamond Heavies
I Came Back to Bitch by L7
Cry to Me by Solomon Burke
Pushin' Too Hard by The Standells
Bloody Hammer by Roky Erickson & The Aliens
Cold Studded Stunner by The Trouble Boys
Napoleon's Index Finger by The Common Cold
C'Mon a My House by The Satellites
Boogie Woogie Country Girl by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

Eminence Gris Gris by Churchwood
Rude by Dinosaur Jr.
Ghost Train by The Dead Brothers
Lonesome Friends of Science by John Prine
Circus of Life by Kinky Friedman
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: The Fabulous 70s

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
July 20, 2018

Let us now praise the fabulous seventies. No, I’m not talking about the 1970s, the decade. I’m talking about a bunch of new albums by country/folk/roots artists who are septuagenarians — Kinky Friedman (73), John Prine (71), and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (73), the latter of whom just released a duet record with a younger musical partner, Dave Alvin, a mere lad of 62. While none of these works reach the heights of the music that made us love these guys in the first place, all three albums are worthwhile and welcome efforts that deserve some time in your eardrums.

Cover by Jon Langford
* Downey to Lubbock by Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore. This is the first time Gilmore and Alvin have made a record together, but the Downey/Lubbock collection goes back decades. Back in the early ’80s, Alvin’s old band The Blasters toured with Joe Ely, who, along with Gilmore and Butch Hancock, was in The Flatlanders, Lubbock’s greatest act since Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Ely played on the same bill with The Blasters in 1982 at the Golden Inn.

Ten of the 12 songs here are covers, including those written by Woody Guthrie (a haunting “Deportee [Plane Wreck at Los Gatos],” sung by Gilmore); Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins (a nice and rowdy “Buddy Brown’s Blues”); Lloyd Price (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”); Brownie McGhee (“Walk On”); and not one, but two from the vast songbook of The Memphis Jug Band (“Stealin’ Stealin’ ” and “K.C. Moan”).

Tracks from more recent artists abound. For instance, the Mexican-flavored tune called “The Gardens” is a sad number about violence in the barrio written by Alvin’s late sideman and crony Chris Gaffney. It’s a highlight of the album, as is the late Steve Young’s “Silverlake,” a lilting bittersweet blues.

Alvin wrote two new tunes for this album, including the title cut as well as “Billy the Kid and Geronimo.” This is about a fictional meeting between the two at some bar in Lordsburg. “Billy The Kid said, ‘We’re just the same./We’re cursed and we’re damned as they whisper our names’ … /Geronimo said, ‘No, We’re not the same, for the harm I have done, I feel great shame/I fought for my family, my tribe and my land/But we’ll pay the same price for the blood on our hands.’ ”

I could have done without the new version of the old Youngbloods hippie peace ’n’ love anthem, “Get Together.” (I thought it was sappy back in the late ’60s. It’s no better now.) But that doesn’t stop me from being happy that Gilmore and Alvin got together for Downey to Lubbock.

* The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine. As has been true throughout his career, Prine’s goofy grin is practically audible in many of the songs on his new album — his first collection of new original songs in 13 years.

And he has a lot to grin about. For instance, the awkwardly titled “Egg and Daughter Night, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone).” Here Prine sings, “If they knew what you were thinkin’/They’d run you out of Lincoln/Just blame it on that ole’ crazy bone.”

“Lonesome Friends of Science” is a strange bird as far as songs go — even by Prine standards. I listened to it a couple of times and practically pulled out what’s left of my hair trying to figure out where I’d heard it before. Then it finally hit me that this is a sardonic, almost surreal rewrite of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty.” The melody is subtly similar to “Pancho,” as are a few lyrical turns. But Prine’s song is full of sublime nonsense. He laments the loss of planet status for Pluto, and sings about the Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama: “Venus left him long ago/For a guy named Mars from Idaho …” And in the chorus, Prine sings, “The lonesome friends of science say/‘The world will end most any day’/Well, if it does, then that’s okay/’Cause I don’t live here anyway …”

In the final song, “When I Get to Heaven,” Prine sings with glee about the possibility of going to heaven. Speaking, not singing the verses, he says, “Then God as my witness, I’m gettin’ back into show business/I’m gonna open up a nightclub called The Tree of Forgiveness/And forgive everybody ever done me any harm ...”

Personally, I’m not a big believer in heaven. But albums like these make this earthly plane just a little more heavenly.

* Circus of Life by Kinky Friedman. Kinky has built a career on the outrageous, politically incorrect, funny, and raucous songs he recorded in the mid-1970s, tunes like “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” “The Ballad of Charles Whitman,” and “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed.” So it may be surprising that this — Kinky’s first album of new original songs in more than 40 years — is dominated by slow, somber, and quiet tunes.

So if it’s the cigar-chomping, wisecracking Friedman you’re looking for, this ain’t the album for you. In fact, my initial reaction was this wasn’t the album for me. But after a couple of listens, these songs by the aging, more reflective Friedman started to grow on me. The title song is not about an actual circus. It’s about old people coming to grips with their lives of regret and desperation. Then there is “Jesus in Pajamas.” You might think this would be one of Kinky’s twisted religious parables. Instead, it’s about a destitute man at a Denny’s in Dallas.

While I’ll always remember Kinky for his funny stuff, Circus of Life is a sweet glimpse at another, deeper side of the artist.

Alright ...How about some videos?

Here are the wild blue Blaster and the old Flatlander ...

"The lonesome friends of science say/`The world will end most any day' ..."

Here's Kinky's "Circus"

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs for the Governors

Gov. Pat Neff
Today 21 state governors are coming to Santa Fe for a meeting of the National Governors Association.

In honor of that here's a Throwback Thursday salute to a couple of governors from the past century -- Gov. Pat Neff of Texas and Gov. O.K. Allen of Louisiana,

These are the two governors who were honored with songs by singer Hudie Ledbetter, best known as Lead Belly, And both were known for freeing the singer after he'd flattered them in song.

Neff was governor of Texas while Leadbelly was serving time in the prison at Sugar Land for killing a relative.

According to their book The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (by Charles K. Wolfe and Kip Lornell, published in1999), Neff had regularly brought guests to the prison on Sunday picnics to hear Ledbetter sing. At the time of the pardon, Leadbetter had already served his minimum of seven years.

Ironically, Neff had run on a promise to be more strict on pardoning criminals.

The song "Gov. Pat Neff" sounds s if it might have been an existing tune onto which Lead Belly tacked on a verse about the governor. "Had the Governor Neff like you got me, I'd a-wake up in the mornin', I'd set you free," he sang. Judge for yourself:

By the 1930s, Ledbetter was in prison again, this time in Louisiana. With the help of famed folklorists John and Alan Lomax, Lead Belly once again worked his magic on a sitting governor, one Oscar K. Allen.

This time the appeal to the governor was front and center of the song: "In nineteen hundred and thirty two / Honorable Governor O.K. Allen, I'm pleading to you./ I left my wife wringing her hands and crying / `Honorable Governor O.K. Allen, save that man of mine.' "

Allen released him in 1934.

Speaking of Louisiana governors and music, surely the finest singer and songwriter to ever become chief executive of a state was Louisiana's Jimmy Davis. He's most beloved for his song "You Are My Sunshine." But I like his dirtier tunes even more.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Like Pulling Teeth

I have to go to the dentist today.

To commemorate that, here are some toothpaste jingles from my youth:

I always wondered where the yellow went.

This one is super snazzy!

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Sunday, July 15, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Repo Man by Those Darlins
Baby You Crazy by Nick Curran & The Lowlifes
One Bad Stud by The Blasters
Saddle Up a Buzz Buzz by the Cramps
I'm Out Nine by Dead Moon
Rama Lama Drama by Hollywood Sinners
The Man Whose Head Expanded by The Fall
Get Out of My Brain by Legendary Shack Shakers
Ain't Got No Sweet Thing by Ponty Bone
Slowly Losing My Mind by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

When the Levee Breaks by James Leg with Left Lane Cruiser
Sweet Loaf by Butthole Surfers
Saturday Midnight Bop by Jerry J. Nixon
Here It Comes by Phil Hayes & The Trees
The White Wolf is Back in Town by Reverend Beat-Man
Fuck the Bomb ... Stop the Drugs by Swamp Dogg
Heartbreak Hotel by Tony Joe White

Fat Angel by Jefferson Airplane
Jettisoned by Thee Oh Sees
Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely by Husker Du
Tunic (Song for Karen) by Sonic Youtha
Steve by Pere Ubu

Kung Fu by Frank Zappa
O'Malley's Bar by Nick Cave
A Few Good Years by Buddy Guy

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Swamp Dogg!

Seventy six years ago today, July 12, 1942, Jerry Williams, Jr. was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He grew up to be a songwriter, record producer and recording artist. In fact, at the age of 12 in 1954, Williams recorded his first song,  "HTD Blues (Hardsick Troublesome Downout Blues)", for a label called Mechanic Records. In 1966, under the name "Little Jerry Williams," he had an actual minor hit,  "Baby You're My Everything."

But by 1970, Williams transformed into something weird and wonderful: Swamp Dogg. As the artist later explained.

I became Swamp Dogg in 1970 in order to have an alter-ego and someone to occupy the body while the search party was out looking for Jerry Williams, who was mentally missing in action due to certain pressures, mal-treatments and failure to get paid royalties on over fifty single records ...  Commencing in 1970, I sung about sex, niggers, love, rednecks, war, peace, dead flies, home wreckers, Sly Stone, my daughters, politics, revolution and blood transfusions (just to name a few), and never got out of character. Recording in Alabama and sincerely singing/writing about items that interested me, gave birth to the name Swamp Dogg.

So happy birthday, Mr. Dogg. Here are some of my favorite Swamp Dogg tunes:

The first time I saw him perform live -- at a South by Southwest in the late 1990s, his best song was a heart-wrenching take on this John Prine tune.

The next time I saw him was at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans in 2013. In the best tune of his set, Swamp Dogg proved you can even find soul in a Bee Gees song. As I wrote at the time:

At the end of the song, he stepped off the stage and walked out into the audience shaking hands while repeatedly singing the refrain, "I've just got to get a message to you / Hold on, hold on ..." Sometimes he'd complete the chorus, "One more hour and my life will be through ..." After several minutes of this I almost started to believe that he was going to take that whole hour.

This one, "Born Blue" is from Swamp Dogg's first album, Total Destruction to Your Mind. Here he asks the important question, "Why wasn't I born with orange skin and green hair like the rest of the people in the world?"

And speaking of the Ponderosa Stomp, here are a couple of songs from Swamp Dogg's set,  "Total Destruction To Your Mind" followed by "Synthetic World."

Swamp Dogg signs my CD at the Ponderosa Stomp Record Show Thursday
Swamp Dogg autographs my CD at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, October, 2013

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Punk Goes the Country

Today for Wacky Wednesday, let's hear a few country acts covering punk songs. We'll start with the late Ralph Stanley doing a Velvet Underground classic.

Here's a Texas country-rock band called Two Tons of Steel covering The Ramones.

Sturgill Simpson sings Nirvana.

And finally, here's Dwight Yoakam playing one of The Clash's better-known songs. And that banjo you hear is by none other than Dr. Stanley. May the country/punk circle be unbroken!

Sunday, July 08, 2018


Sunday, July 8, 2018
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Elephant Man by Meet Your Death
Fire Walk With Me by Archie & The Bunkers
Bum a Ride by Oblivians
Rock 'n' Roll by Lou Reed
Mighty Man by James Leg
Love by Country Joe & The Fish
Don't Think Twice by Mike Ness
Snakepit Breakdown by Lydia Lunch Retrovirus
Crazy Crazy Mama by Roky Erikson

Chunk of Steel by Hollywood Sinners
Out of time by Yamantaka Sonic Titan
No Good Town by Trixie & The Trainwrecks
Drunk by Mark Steiner & His Problems
Conception of the Blues by The Goon Mat & Lord Bernardo
Cool Town Woman by Tony Joe White
Don't Tell Jesus by The Devils

Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church) / Cheepnis / The Idiot Bastard Son / Orgy Orgy by Frank Zappa & The Mothers (From The Roxy Performances)

Second Cousin by The Flamin' Groovies
Too Much Wine by Leo "Bud" Welch
Will It Go Round in Circles by Billy Preston
Little Red Rooster by Sam Cooke
That's Why They Call it Temptation by Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis
But I Love You by Reverend Beat-Man featuring Nicole Izobel Garcia
Answering Machine by The Replacements
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, July 06, 2018

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: A Whole Lotta Zappa

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
 July 6, 2018

Here’s a true treat for all the Frank-o-philes out there: A new box set called The Roxy Performances features seven action-packed compact discs that include six full concerts plus a bunch of studio tracks (recorded at Ike Turner’s Bolic Sound Studios), rehearsal takes and sound checks by Frank Zappa & The Mothers in those golden days of December, 1973.

What a mighty time! Richard Nixon was preparing for his final Christmas in the White House. Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president, replacing Spiro T. Agnew, who was convicted in a kickback scam earlier in the year. The spacecraft  Pioneer 10 took the first close-up images of the planet Jupiter. The Exorcist debuted in movie theaters that month.

And Zappa played the Roxy, a Hollywood Club that had just opened less than three months before.

Arguably (and Zappa fans do love to argue) Daddy Frank was at the height of his creative powers during this area . And the Roxy-era Mothers were complete monsters. Keyboard man George Duke, the incredible Ruth Underwood on marimba, xylophone, vibraphone and percussion and singer/sax man Napoleon Murphy Brock are among Zappa’s most valuable players and their playing on these tracks only cement their positions. Duke and Brock had roots in jazz and funk while Underwood was classically trained. In this version of The Mothers, they helped create a complex musical backdrop complimenting Zappa’s wilder musical visions -- but not stepping on his trademark low-brow dirty jokes that helped draw in the masses.

By my count, this is the fourth Zappa product based on those ‘73 Roxy gigs. There was  Zappa’s 1974 album Roxy and Elsewhere (which featured most live material from those shows (and other non-Roxy tracks), much of which over-dubbed and remixed by perfectionist Zappa. Then four years ago there was a single-disc compilation, Roxy by Proxy, culled from those shows. Then in 2015 the Zappa Family Trust released a DVD featuring video from the Roxy shows. This package included an audio disc full of Roxy recordings.

Despite the sheer size of The Roxy Performances, this is a reasonably priced box set. It’s about $43 on Amazon, which ain’t bad.

The new collection includes multiple versions of “Penguin in Bondage,” “Cheepnis” (I’m just a sucker for a tune that starts off “Ate a hotdog, tasted real good …”), “Village of the Sun,” “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing,” and "Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church)." And then there’s “Pygmy Twylyte” There are six versions ranging in length from four to 20 minutes. Also there are versions of various songs from other Zappa albums of the era, such as Overnight Sensation (“I’m the Slime,” “Montana”), Apostrophe (“Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” “Cosmic Debris”) and One Size Fits All (“Inca Roads.”)

And there are older songs too, such as “The Dog Breath Variations” from Uncle Meat and “The Idiot Bastard Son,” which first appeared on Zappa’s 1968 classic We’re Only in For the Money. (“His father’s a Nazi in Congress today / His mother’s a hooker somewhere in L.A.” …”)

The melody of this song reappears during a Roxy rehearsal but with new lyrics directed at the then commander-in-chief and leader of the free world. Zappa re-titled it “That Arrogant Dick Nixon.” This song isn’t nearly as powerful as the original “Idiot Bastard” -- which probably is why Zappa never put it on an album during his lifetime.

But it’s interesting hearing him play around with his old songs. And there’s a twisted, mutated take on “Louie Louie” called “Orgy Orgy” showing that despite Zappa’s advanced musical chops, he never drifted too far away from the garage.

My only quibble about The Roxy Performances is that in addition to all the fantastic music there is an overabundance of the musicians tuning up, noodling and screwing around. I can’t help think that even the most zealous Zappa completist wouldn’t object to just a little judicious editing to snip out the dead air, which mostly takes place at the outset of the four concerts. But I can live with this collection as is. Zappa was a giant -- a musical madman, a hilarious comic, an acid-tongued social commentator.

Come back Frank! America still needs you.

Also recommended:

* Late Blossom Blues: The Journey of Leo “Bud” Welch. In 2014 a new gospel and blues star emerged. Leo “Bud” Welch of Bruce, Miss. released his very first album, Sabougla Voices, a collection of 10 stinging gospel songs. Welch was a mere lad of 81 at the time. He quickly followed that up with an almost as powerful  blues record called I Don’t Prefer No Blues and began touring. (He played Taos Mesa Brewing in early 2015.)

Late Blossom Blues, released on DVD earlier this year, is a documentary directed by Wolfgang Almer and Stefan Wolner, telling the story of Welch’s short but satisfying musical career.

Welch’s devoted manager Vencie Varnado helps tell the story. Varnado recalled he was only 12 when he first heard Welch play -- at a gig for which “nobody showed up.” After Varnado got out of the Army, he rediscovered Welch, who by that point had stopped playing blues and had taken his music to the church.

He recorded some live footage of the old man and pitched Welch to Fat Possum Records, the company that introduced the world to Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and T-Model Ford. Some record company flunky told him “Well we don’t do blues anymore …” Varnado, however insisted on emailing a video clip to the company. And, he says, only minutes after pressing “send,” Fat Possum honcho Bruce Watson called him and within days Welch was in the studio.

There is plenty of impressive performance footage from festivals as well as Mississippi juke joints and plenty of scenes of Welch being crotchety and loveable. And over the end credits there is a video of a much younger Welch in church with a gospel band singing a righteous version of “Praise His Name,” the first song on  Sabougla Voices.

Welch died last December, after the documentary was already making the film festival circuit. He wasn’t able to take advantage of Late Blossom Blues. But hopefully the movie will lead more people to his music.

Video time:

Here's the trailer for The Roxy Performances:

Here's "Inca Roads"

Here's the trailer for the Leo Welch doc

And here's a live version of "Girl in the Holler."

Thursday, July 05, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Smiley Lewis

One hundred and five years ago on this date a child named Overton Amos Lemons was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, near Lake Charles. His mother died when he was a teenager. Young Overton jumped a freight train that took him to New Orleans. There he transformed into Smiley Lewis and became one of that city's most respected blues singers.

"Depending on the situation, Smiley possessed a voice that could shake the shot glasses off a South Rampart Street bar or lullaby a baby to sleep," s 1993 profile in Offbeat said. "One of New Orleans’ most prolific artists, between 1947 and 1965 Lewis recorded some of the most enjoyable and consistent R&B put on wax."

The article quoted famed New Orleans record producer Dave Bartholomew, (who wrote and produced many of Lewis’ best songs: "Smiley had one of the best voices we had around,” Bartholomew said “But it didn’t pay."

Offbeat explained: "Despite recording the original and superior versions of such classics as `Blue Monday,' 'I Hear You Knocking' and 'One Night,' and leaving an enviable body of work, the times and the quirks of the record business held his career back."

Basically, Lewis' problems was that his songs kept getting covered by more famous artists like Fats Domino.

Here are a few Smiley songs that should have been hits. Let's start with his record with which he introduced himself to anyone with ears to hear, "Here Comes Smiley."

This ne is called "Lillie Mae," which was his mother's name.

Here's a smooth R&B ballad, "Someday You'll Want Me."

And here's a song that Elvis Presley later made famous.


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