Sunday, September 15, 2019


Sunday, September 15, 2019
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
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man by Bob Seeger
Someone Else is in Control by The Mystery Lights
Fire Bug by J.D. McPherson
The Joker is What They Call Me by Billy Myles
Let it Come Down by Alien Space Kitchen
Betty vs the NYPD by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Sucka Punch by DiNOLA
Want You Around by Råttanson
CBD by The Toy Trucks
Unaccompanied by Sleeve Cannon
Stole Away by REQD
Double Dirty Mother by Roosevelt Sykes

She's Wild by The Vagoos
Jenny Jenny by The Night Beats
Scarla by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Git Back in the Truck by Hickoids
Mother-in-Law by Ernie K-Doe
Daniel Johnson at The Electric Lounge
Austin, Tx, SXSW 1998

R.I.P. Daniel Johnston
(All songs by Daniel, except where noted)

Frankenstein Conquers the World by DJ and Jad Fair 
Like a Monkey in the Zoo
Psycho Nightmare
Speeding Motorcycle by Yo la Tengo
Scary Monsters by The Electric Ghosts
I am a Baby in My Universe by Kathy McCarty
Devil Town
You Hurt Me
I Save Cigarette Butts by P
King Kong by Tom Waits
Funeral Girl
True Love Will Find You in the End

Ain't Nobody Perfect by The Mighty Hannibal
It's Twilight Time by The Platters
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
September 13, 2019

It was a leisurely Thursday morning in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I’d just finished my breakfast, a crawfish omelet, and had planted myself on a park bench in Jackson Square to catch up on some reading. I was enjoying the sidewalk jazz set up by Café Du Monde across Decatur Street from the park. The band was right in the middle of “(Won’t You Come Home) Bill Bailey” when all of a sudden they were drowned out by a loud, almost surreal calliope playing Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”

This was the second day in a row that I heard mysterious calliope music filling the air on Decatur. I’d heard it the day before, some spooky-sounding tune I didn’t recognize, in the late afternoon upon leaving my hotel. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.

A local friend, who lives right across the Mississippi River at Algiers Point, later explained to me that it was coming from one of the riverboats parked nearby.

Depending on the calliope player, she said, it can actually sound great.

The Mother-in-Law Lounge
But that morning on Jackson Square, I just found it annoying as it interrupted a band I’d been digging on. So I decided to cross the park and walk around some. There, on the street facing St. Louis Cathedral, was another brass band, this one made up of younger guys, and they were even better than the group over by Café Du Monde. And by this time the calliope had subsided.

I wanted to give them a tip but had no small bills, so I went one street over to find a place to break a 20. And, lo and behold, there was yet another sidewalk band — this one with a guy playing a jazzy electric guitar along with the horn blowers and drummer — and they were nearly as good as the kids over by the cathedral.

Just another Thursday morning in August in New Orleans.

Man, I love this town! Great food, voodoo — and music is everywhere. Even the airport is named after Louis Armstrong. Music seems to permeate the streets.

Hoofing it from the French Quarter to Treme, for instance, traffic islands have little shrines featuring brightly colored murals of local music heroes. The walls on some businesses and even some houses feature musical murals.
Bruce Daigrepont and his crawfish squeeze box

My absolute favorite was Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge on Claiborne Avenue.

Part of the building features current owner and jazzman Kermit Ruffins playing his trumpet as well as beloved local weirdo rock group Quintron & Miss Pussycat. That’s right next to a larger mural featuring former owner, the late R&B star Ernie K-Doe, hyphen and all (his big hit was “Mother-in-Law” back in 1961) and his wife Antoinette in full royal-highness regalia.

The first night I was in town, I found a little bar on Bourbon Street called Tropical Isle’s Bayou Club, where an accordion-and-fiddle-driven group called The Cajun Drifters was playing. Led by singer Bruce Daigrepont, who plays a red accordion with a painted-on crawfish, they’ve got a good stompin’ sound that doesn’t drift far from traditional Cajun music.

I liked the Cajun Drifters so much I decided to go back to the Bayou Club my last night in town. Alas, they weren’t playing there the second time around, but another band, T’Canaille, was there.

Led by another singer/accordionist, Lance Caruso, this Cajun group also veers into “swamp pop” (basically R&B-infused Cajun music.)

Weeks after booking this trip, I was excited to learn that my Texas friends and cow-punk pioneers the Hickoids were playing NOLA while I was there. (Guitarist Tom Trusnovic is a Santa Fe boy.) They were at d.b.a., a club on Frenchmen Street, a district full of music clubs.

I’ve seen their show — always rocking, always hilarious, always filthy — a dozen times or more. But
this show was special. Only days before their New Orleans gig, while the band was touring Spain, head Jeff Smith, learned that his older brother Barry had died. Barry’s memorial service was the day before the gig.

So Jeff was the essence of “the show must go on.” It wasn’t easy, but he pulled it off with raunchy grace. (Here’s a little plug: The Hix just released a live album, All the World’s a Dressing Room on Saustex Media that’s a fine representation of their live show.)

Though the Hickoids isn’t a New Orleans band, their opening act, DiNOLA is. Fronted by singer Sue Ford (her husband Jimmy Ford is the drummer) DiNOLA has a hard-edged, sludgy sound has a pre-metal ’70s feel.

I was back on Frenchmen Street the next night to see Kevin Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers at a club called Blue Nile.

Louis Armstrong’s gone, Professor Longhair’s gone, Allen Toussaint’s gone, Fats Domino’s gone, Dr. John’s gone … Now Kermit with his trumpet and raspy voice is arguably New Orleans’ greatest living showman.

Kermit invoked Armstrong on his snazzy version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” then did a fantastic version of the ever-goose-bump-inducing “St. James Infirmary” (his arrangement had more Cab Calloway than Satch) and made the classic “Jock-A-Mo (Iko Iko)” his own.

As the show progressed, Kermit shared the stage with some of his friends, the most memorable being Judy Hill, daughter of Jessie Hill, best known for his 1960 R&B hit “Ooh Poo Pah Doo.” (Unfortunately, Judy didn’t play that song that night.)

I didn’t learn this until later, but Kermit, now in his 50s, started out his career playing for tips with friends in Jackson Square.

That means that one of the young players I saw there could grow up to become the next Kermit Ruffins.

Now for some videos:

Here's the Cajun Drifters at the same place I saw them.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Hickoids

I'm glad DiNOLA didn't die when I was in New Orleans

And here's the mighty Kermit


I've been reading John Waters' latest book, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, which is, as are all things Waters, hilarious. But this Throwback Thursday was inspired by one particular chapter called "I've Got Rhythm," in which Waters expounds upon his wide-ranging musical tastes -- including hillbilly music."

A lot of people today claim country-western music ain't what it used to be, and I kind of agreed until I started listening to the Outlaw Country radio station  on Sirius in my car. God, there were so many beyond-cool hillbilly musical gems before and after Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and Ferlin Huskey that I had never known before. Sure I had hung around redneck bars all my life, but now I felt the weight of my faux-cracker musical ignorance. Suddenly I realized I was an old Caucasian listener who needed to stick his citified ears through the twanging glory hole of country music to have them rearoused.

Waters suggests making an 8-track tape (!) of several hillbilly songs he suggests to beef up your appreciation of hillbilly music old and new "... then play them over and over so they are drilled in your mind like the Catholic catechism."

I don't have the equipment to make an 8-track tape, so I'll just put 'em all in a blog post.

(So no, this is not your typical Throwback Thursday where most the music I babble about is several decades old. But as my favorite filth elder wrote in this chapter, "...retro is a state of mind,not a year."

He starts with this song, "Firebug" by J.D. McPherson. Says Waters, " `Burn it up, burn it down,' J.D. sings, and you can bet if there's a horndog arsonist listening anywhere nearby, he'll come sliding down your pole and ignite on contact."

Waters also suggested one of my favorite tunes by one of my favorite artists, Ray Wylie Hubbard, which he calls "a real mating call for the ill-bred."

This song by Kevin Fowler, "If I Could Make a Livin' Drinkin'," Waters says, "would be the perfect pickup song if you were looking for a date either in the welfare or unemployment office."

Turning now to some older stuff, Waters admires Hank Thompson's "Hangover Tavern." Says the author, "I told you a hangover can sing if you'll just let it."

Finally here's song Waters calls the "saddest, most heartbreaking, most ridiculous but touching down-home narration ...": Hawkshaw Hawkins' "Lonesome 7-7203."

Sunday, September 08, 2019


Sunday, September 8, 2019
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:

(substitute) OPENING THEME: The Holygram's Song (Back from the Shadows Again) by Firesign Theatre
I Wanna Die in New Orleans by Dinola
Whatever by Ty Segall
Wild Honey by Weird Omen
My Life to Live by The Flesh Eaters
Driftwood-40-23 by Hickoids
Wild America by Iggy Pop
Jock-a-Moe (Iko Iko) by Kermot Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers

Jimmy Jones / Space Brother by Alien Space Kitchen
Questions by The Toy Trucks
White Lily by Ghost Wolves
Snack Crack by Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire
Evil Eye by Dead Moon
Raw Meat by Black Lips
Smooth Commander by Left Lane Cruiser
Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo by Jesse Hill

Bad Neighborhood by Daddy Long Legs
One and the Same by The War & Treaty
Dog by The Bottle Rockets
Feel So Good by Shirley & Lee
Dirty Love by Frank Zappa & The Mothers
Rathole Guest by Rattanson
Plant the Seed by Imperial Wax
Big New Prinz by The Fall
Teenage Warning by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble

Stole Away by REQ'D
You Cared Enough to Lie by Eilen Jewell
Dream Killer by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Cry On by Irma Thomas
I Wish I Was in New Orleans by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Just Monkeying Around

Go Ape!

Let's start with Sam the Sham.Dig those crazy go-go girls!

Andres Williams gets all philosophical

Hank Penny on de-evolution

B.B. King has something to sell you

Buck Owens wants to swing -- but not in a tree

We'll stop this show with Big Maybelle.

And if you like this, you might enjoy this classic Wacky Wednesday on Musical Chimps

Monday, September 02, 2019

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: A Buncha Recent Albums

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Aug. 30, 2019

So you kids like the rock ’n’ roll? I sure do. Here are several albums that have been making me happy in recent weeks.

* Lost Weekend by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers (Black & Wyatt): The man born Jack Yarber was a member of the iconic 1990s garage-punk trio out of Memphis known as The Oblivians. They split up about 20 years ago (though they reunite every so often, and in 2013, released a fantastic album called Desperation).

This album is a collection of tracks that, according to the record company, are mainstays in Jack’s live shows. Most of the songs were recorded in his home studio, which means the sound lacks a polished sheen but is rich in immediacy.

My favorites are the sweaty, urgent minor-key rockers like “Lone Ranger of Love” and “Scarla,” the latter driven by a slithering slide guitar. Then there’s “Boy in a Bubble,” (no, not the Paul Simon song), which starts out, “I was born on the 15th floor/New Year’s Eve in the Psycho Ward …”

I also like the sleazo, jazzy “Guido Goes to Memphis.” Starting out with a soulful electric piano part (which reminds me of the old Hugh Masekela hit “Grazing in the Grass”), the tune just screams “Memphis!”

* First Taste by Ty Segall (Drag City): It seems like only yesterday — actually it was early June — Fudge Sandwich, which consisted of wild covers of songs by the likes of John Lennon, Neil Young, Funkadelic, The Grateful Dead, War, and various obscure punk groups.
when I wrote about the prolific Segall’s album.

The ink was barely dry when he released this new one. (And actually, I recently learned that he released a live record, Deforming Lobes, sometime between Fudge City and this one). The kid’s barely over 30, and he’s driven.

Like Segall’s best work, most the songs on First Taste are fuzzed-out guitar attacks. But he also embellishes his sound with tasteful electronics that never overwhelm the rock, a horn section on the five-minute “Self Esteem,” and on at least a couple of songs, mandolin.

Standouts here include the frantic-paced tune called “The Fall” — funny, The Fall never recorded a song called “Ty Segall” — that includes an actual drum solo; the upbeat “I Sing Them,” where you hear that mandolin as well as what sounds like a crazy flute (though I suspect might actually be some electronically altered sound); and the hard-edged “I Worship the Dog,” a profound statement of religious faith.

* Surrealistic Feast by Weird Omen (Dirty Water): I was trying to figure out what made this hopped-up psychedelic French trio sound so unique. Then I learned that instead of a bass, Weird Omen has a baritone sax player — Fred Rollercoaster — who used to play with King Khan & The Shrines. Along with guitarist-singer Sister Ray (thank you, Lou Reed) and drummer Remi Pablo, Weird O is an aural treat.

The accurately titled “Earworm” is a 100-mile-an-hour blast, as is the hypnotic but muscular “Trouble in My Head.” But the fast-and-loud aesthetic isn’t the only trick Weird Omen knows. “The Goat” starts out slinky and bluesy but soon transmutates into some kind of audio Godzilla stomping on your city.

And in the last song, “I Will Write You Poetry,” the band mines the rich vein of doo-wop in their own peculiar way. I take that as an omen for more weirdness to come from this inventive band.

* Lowdown Ways by Daddy Long Legs (Yep Roc): Here’s a blues-stomping trio who rose from the The Vampire, the one they did with R&B maniac T. Valentine) before moving to their current label.
swamps of backwoods Brooklyn, New York, to create an addictive kind-of-rootsy, kind-of punky sound. Led by a long, tall, full-throated singer, guitarist, and harmonica honker named Brian Hurd (originally from St. Louis), DLL recorded three albums on the venerated Norton Records (four if you include

I was afraid that leaving Norton might detract from Daddy Long Legs’ magic.

Naw. They sound as strong as ever.

Like the best lowdown blues, nothing on this album will make you feel low down. Just about every track here is a delight. I never thought I’d hear a blues tune called “Pink Lemonade,” but there’s one on Lowdown Blues, made especially memorable by Murat Aktürk’s tremolo-heavy guitar licks. Other favorites include “Glad Rag Ball” (in which Hurd invites someone “to meet me in the bathroom stall”); and “Célaphine,” in which Hurd’s harmonica sounds like a zydeco accordion.

* Night Beats Play The Sonics’ ‘Boom’ by Night Beats (Heavenly): I was happy to see this new album by this garage/psychedelic band from Seattle — mainly because they released an album earlier this year called Myth of a Man that was disappointing. It probably was Dan Auerbach’s pop-heavy production, or maybe it was the fact that two of the three members of the band had quit, leaving singer Danny Lee Blackwell alone with a bunch of studio musicians.

So this tribute to the fabled Washington State band from the ’60s was a nice step back to the Night Beats’ roots.

Blackwell succeeded in taking the older group’s sound and giving it his own twist. This especially is obvious on “Don’t You Just Know It.” This is a funky old New Orleans R&B classic originally recorded by Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns in 1958. Night Beats mutates it into a mysterioso, minor-key slow-burner.

I’m not claiming this record puts Night Beats in the same stratosphere as The Sonics — who played what I consider to be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll show I’ve ever seen at the Ponderosa Stomp a few years ago. But I have to admire Blackwell for even attempting this.

Video Time!

Hi-Ho it's Jack O

One from Mr. Segall;

Weird Omen gets your goat

Pink Lemonade never tasted better

Night Beats let some good times roll

Monday, August 26, 2019

New Hillbilly Madness from The Big Enchilada


Howdy, friends and neighbors, I come to bring peace to the barnyard with another fine Big Enchilada hillbilly episode including some fire-blazin'. footstompin', goodtime country, bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly and cowpunk sounds. We've fixed the barn up all fancy because the cows are coming home and the chickens are coming to roost. 

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Midnight Ramble by The Stanley Brothers)
Barnyard Medley by Hickoids
You Cared Enough to Lie by Eilen Jewell
Bouncin' Beer Cans Off the Jukebox by Dallas Wayne
Bus Route by Tyler Childers
You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Boogie Barn Dance by Jimmy Bryant

(Background Music: Martha's Tacos by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs)
Thanks to You by Margaret Burke
Shadows Where the Magic Was by James Hand
The Ballad of Li Po by T. Tex Edwards
Wild Cat Boogie by Forest Rye
The Way it Goes by Gillian Welch
Bank Robber by Jesse Dayton
(Background Music: Cumberland Gap by Hylo Brown with Earl Scruggs)

The Barnyard by Rachel Brooke
12-Ounce Can by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Bartender Tell Me by Jim Stringer & The AM Band
Lookout Mountain Girl by David Bromberg
(Background Music: Doubleneck Stomp by John Schooley)

Play it here:

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Sunday, August 25, 2019
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
Good Time Bad Girl by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Cinderella by Night Beats
Chippewa by Benjamin Booker
Monkey David Wine by Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton
Human Lawn Dart by James Leg
I'll Get Lucky by The Plimsouls
V's Cocktail by Fire Bad!
Good Family by REQ'D
It Was I by Skip & Flip
It Ain't the Meat by The Swallows

Hurt Me by Thee Headcoatees
You Can't Buy a Gun by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Thanks to You by Margaret Burke
Bless You by Devil Dogs
You Got the Goods on You by Bobby Rush
Come and Have a Go If You Think You're Hard Enough by The Mekons
I Put a Spell on You by Creedence Clearwater Revival


Rosa, Tomorrow is Sunday by Dennis McGee
In the Summertime by Buckwheat Zydeco
Slow Horses and Fast Women by Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
You'd Be Thinking of Me by Lee & Shirley
Bottom of the Boot by Horace Trehan
All These Things by Art Neville
Judy in Disguise with Glasses by Jello Biafra & The Raunch 'n' Soul Allstars
Eyeball in the Bottom of the Well by Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Don't You Just Know It by Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
You're Gonna Look Just Like a Monkey by Boozoo Chavis
Call the Police by The Oblivians
Annie Mae's Cafe by Stephanie McDee
Cajun Stripper by Doug Kershaw
Goin' Back to New Orleans by Dr. John with The Neville Brothers, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain and more

Lucky Day by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: O Sisters, Let's Go Down

The Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000is one of my favorite movies of all time and contains one of my favorite soundtracks of all times. And one of the most moving songs in that incredible soundtrack is Allison Krauss' version of "Down to the River to Pray," an a capella hymn on which she was backed by the First Baptist Church Choir of Whitehouse, Tennessee and several other singers who were involved in the film.

"River to Pray" was used in the funny, yet moving, baptism scene in O Brother  in which Delamar (Tim Blake Nelson) finds redemption  "The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo."

So where did this song come from?

The first evidence of the hymn is in a book, published in 1867 called  Slave Songs Of The United States, in which it's included under the title "The Good Old Way,"

One little problem: Though it was recorded many times in the 20th Century, I can't find any version before O Brother -- including the lyrics in the 1867 book -- that mentions "the river." It seems that before Alison Krauss, everyone was going down to the VALLEY to pray.

The first known recording of the song was in 1927 by the Price Family Sacred Singers on Okeh Records. I couldn't find a version of that on YouTube or anywhere else.

However, I did find "Moaner Let's Go Down in the Valley" by The Delta Big Four, a gospel group that included Mississippi blues pioneer Charlie Patton, recorded in 1929.

Eleven years later, Lead Belly got his hands on it.

Here's  live version of  Doc Watson's version from the 1960s

Arlo Guthrie did a goopy folk-rock version in the mid 1970s

But it was Alison Krauss who took us to the river in O Brother Where Art Thou.

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Sunday, August 18, 2019
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
Commotion by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Plastic Hamburgers by Fantastic Negrito
Crane's Cafe by TAD
I Never Told You by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
I'm Bigger Than You by The Mummies
Dumb All Over by Frank Zappa
I Think of Demons by Roky Erickson & The Aliens
Leviation  by Sleeve Cannon
Spin Like a Record by The Scaners

Morning Sun by The Molting Vultures
I Smashed a Mirror by Salty Pajamas
Big Booty Judy by Horace Trahan
When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow by Meet Your Death
Axeman of New Orleans by The Tombstones
Ground Control by Boss Hog
Nothing Like a Busch by Polkaholics

Don't You Just Know It by The Sonics
Skinny Minnie by Night Beats
Lone Ranger of Love by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Shake Some Action by The Flamin' Groovies
The Arms by Ty Segall
Bad Dance by Sleater-Kinney
Enter the Void by Alien Space Kitchen
Public Image by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
The Bitch Done Quit Me by King Ivory

Miles to Go by Eilen Jewell
Surrealistic Feast by Weird Omen
Celaphine by Daddy Long Legs
Teen Angel by Sha Na Na
Singing in the Rain by Petty Booka
Love Letters by Dex Romweber Duo with Cat Power
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, August 16, 2019

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: EiIen Jewell and Xoe Fitzgerald

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Aug 16, 2019

I’d been aware of Eilen Jewell for a few years before I realized I actually liked her. She’d struck me as a decent, sweet-voiced songbird. You know the type: a waifish coffeehouse queen. I didn’t mind what I’d heard from her, but I didn’t pay her much mind.

But then I heard her version of “Shakin’ All Over” from her 2009 album Sea of Tears. Yes, that “Shakin’ All Over”! This cute little singer-songwriter from Idaho was setting herself up for brutal comparisons with OG rockabillies Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, not to mention The Who.

And she pulled it off in her own earthy, understated way. It didn’t have the bombast of The Who, but it was obvious the lady had rock ’n’ roll down in her soul. It was then when I started listening seriously to her material, especially her original songs on that album and others, and found it alluring. And I began looking forward to Jewell’s new releases.

And this was before I even realized that she’s a former St. John’s College student who used to busk for tips at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.

Jewell’s impressive previous album, Down Hearted Blues, which consisted of old blues and hillbilly covers, made my 2017 Top 10 list. But her just-released, Gypsy (Signature Sounds) is even better.

The record starts out with a swampy rocker called “Crawl,” that surely makes the ghost of Tony Joe White smile. That’s followed by “Miles to Go,” one of the prettiest songs Jewell has ever done (which is saying a lot). The lilting intro to “Miles to Go” might remind you of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” It’s a sweet, yearning song of surviving life’s blows, even borrowing a line from Jesse Fuller’s “San Francisco Bay Blues”: “Ain’t got a nickel, ain’t got a lousy dime ...”

This theme is explored further in a subsequent harsher, bluesier song, “Hard Times” (“Hard times come no more/Hard times get away from my door/Don’t want to be mad no more/Don’t want to be scared no more … Don’t want to be disgusted no more.”)

A couple of the finest moments on Gypsy are “You Cared Enough to Lie” (written by Idaho country singer Pinto Bennett and the only cover on the album) and her own “These Blues.” Both are credible hardcore honky-tonk shuffles, complete with fiddle by Katrina Nicolayeff and lap steel by Dave Manion, both Potato State pickers. Though Jewell’s never pretended to be an actual country singer, it’s obvious since she did a tasty Loretta Lynn tribute album, Butcher Holler, a few years ago that she truly loves the hillbilly music.

Jewell even tries her hand at protest songs with “79 Cents (The Meow Song),” a funny tune with singalong choruses that deals with sexism and economic disparity, in which she sings, “Don’t complain or they’ll call you insane/People call me left-wing swine.” And there’s a reference to the current commander-in-chief, who’s “grabbin’ us right in the meow.”

This whole album grabs me by the meow,

And I don’t even have a meow.

Also recommended:

* Xoe Live in Madrid by Joe West (Frogville Records). Come, take a seat in my time machine, and let’s travel back to the forgotten time of 2010, when a young (well, he’s younger than me) Santa Fe singer named West released a concept album or rock opera — Xoe Fitzgerald: Time-Traveling Transvestite telling the incredible story of an androgynous alien time-traveler who claimed to be the love child of David Bowie, conceived in New Mexico during the filming of The Man Who Fell to Earth.

In the summer of 1975, a bright light was seen falling into the hills south of Santa Fe, NM. Some claim it was a meteor. Others say that later they found a strange unearthly substance that appeared to be the remains of a flying vehicle. Shortly thereafter, a child was born to a young hippie girl who made her home in the old mining town.

After this spoken-word intro, West moved beyond the country rock in which he’s always excelled to a more glam-rock sound.

But even before West released Time-Traveling Transvestite, he and his band had been telling Xoe’s story in live performances. One of those, recorded in 2007 at the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, New Mexico, has now emerged on CD for the world to rediscover Xoe.

Except for West, the band on the live album is completely different than the one on the first Xoe album. But most of the songs are the same, including “Frank’s Time-Travel Experiment,” the rip-roaring “Xoe’s Favorite Honky Tonk,” “I Got It All” (probably the hardest rocker West has ever done), and the sweet reincarnation tale “Butterfly.”

And both the cover songs from the 2010 album are here: “Laura,” which originally was recorded by The Scissor Sisters, an early-21st-century New York glam-rock band and, best of all, Bowie’s “Heroes.”

Some of the songs, such as “I Wanna Party (Like It’s 1985)” and “The Good-Time Kids,” are missing. I’m assuming they hadn’t been written yet in 2010, although if Xoe were truly a time traveler, that wouldn’t have been a problem.

And there are some recordings on the live album that didn’t make it on the 2010 cut, the best of which is “Black Car,” a tale of paranoia. And there’s “Robots of Rayleen,” which would appear on West’s 2008 children’s album, If the World Was Upside Down.

All in all, I have to say this music is timeless. And that’s how Xoe would have wanted it.

Here are some videos:

Here's the song that made me a fan

And here's the official video of "I Got It All" by Xoe

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: In Praise of Sha Na Na

Amidst all the recent hoopla of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock  I can't help but think of the band that The Dead Milkmen declared to be "the kings of Woodstock": Sha Na Na.

You know it's true deep in your heart!

Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo News' music editor, must have been thinking along the same lines in an article published yesterday (Thanks Sean H. for pointing me there.):

..the kitschy ‘50s revival act, who’d originally formed as an a cappella group at Columbia University in the late 1960s at the height of hippie counterculture, and had only played seven previous gigs, were unlikely breakout stars at Woodstock ’69 — after the virtual unknowns secured a prime slot right before Hendrix’s weekend-closing set.

I've been a long-time fan. When I went on my cross-country hitchhiking trip in the fall of 1973 they were an important part of the soundtrack.

 Somewhere outside of Madison, Wisconsin, I got picked up by three fools from Connecticut in a VW Bus they called Lightnin’. The Lightnin’ boys were like me: out on the road to glimpse Kerouac's vision before things started changing too much. 

We traveled together several days, had a great time, got chased out of South Dakota from a little drugstore town. Back on that first night, traversing southern Minnesota at night, we had dinner at a truck stop and purchased two 8-track tapes: Rock 'n' roll Is Here To Stay by Sha Na Na, and There Goes Rhymin' Simon by Paul Simon. 

And we played those two tapes over and over and over until they let me off in southern Montana.

And just a few years ago I got to interview Bowzer from Sha Na Na for a column I wrote during a session of the Legislature. (He actually joined the group after Woodstock.)

Here are some videos from Sha Na Na's short set at the Aquarian Exposition. (I used to perform this song myself as part of my "Teenage Death Medley" (along with "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Ebony Eyes.")

Nothing can stop the Duke of Earl

This is the clip from the Woodstock movie that made Sha Na Na famous:

And this is the greatest tribute to Sha Na Na

Remember these wise words of wisdom:

You can move to Montana
And listen to Santana
But you still won't be
As cool as Sha Na Na!
Jimi Hendrix offstage at Woodstiock watching Sha Na Na perform
(from YouTube)

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019
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
Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains
Astral Plane by The Modern Lovers
The Green Door by Jim Lowe
I'm Cramped by The Cramps
Can't Slow Down by Alien Space Kitchen
Life on the Dole by The Molting Vultures
Unaccompanied by Sleeve Cannon
China Grove by Hickoids

Into the Valley by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
In A Parallel World by CTMF
Ask the Angels by Patti Smith Group
Cocaine Blues by Wayne Kramer & The Pink Fairies
Radio by Ty Segall
Oiuja Board Lies by L7
Wet Bar by Ross Johnson
Photographer Baron Wolman on Woodstock stage
Some guy named Carlos in the background

Plastic Fantastic Lover by Jefferson Airplane
I Want to Take You Higher by Sly & The Family Stone
Mean Town Blues by Johnny Winter
Can't Turn You Loose by Janis Joplin (vocals by  Cornelius Flowers)
You Just Don't Care by Santana
In Praise of Sha Na Na by The Dead Milkmen

It's Killing Me by DBUK
Fear by Eilen Jewell
Night Time is the Right Time by Bettye LaVette, Andre Williams & Nathaniel Meyer
I Want You To Hurt Like I Do by Randy Newman
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Joe Tex

Today is birthday of one of the greatest soul men of the 20th Century, Joe Tex.

He was born Joseph Arrington, Jr. in Rogers, Texas. There is some dispute about the year of his birth, most sources saying 1933, though a website dedicated to him says that date is "misreported" and that he actually was born in 1935.

He died in 1982, just five days after his birthday,

Tex began his recording career at King Records in 1955. In 1958, he signed with Ace Records.

Here's one he did for Ace that year, an "answer" song to a Coasters hit:

But he didn't get a big hit until 1965, with a gospel-marinated plea for fidelity called Hold On to What You've Got."

Probably my favorite Joe Tex songs comes from 1971

And for the record, nobody except Bobbie Gentry herself did a better version of "Ode to Billy Joe."

Friday, August 02, 2019

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: I Don't Care What They Say, I Won't Stay In a World Without Beatles

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Aug.2, 2019

Thirty-some years ago a woman broke up with me. In her attempt to explain, she said something to the effect of “I’m a Beatles person, and you’re an Elvis person.”

She was half right.

It’s true I believed then, as I do now, in the Holy Scripture that says, “Thou shalt not have any kings before thee except Elvis.” (I forget whether that’s in the Bible or the Constitution.)

But it was totally unfair to question my devotion to the Fab Moptops, whose cosmic significance I was convinced of since about halfway through their performance of “All My Loving” on The Ed Sullivan Show that February night in 1964.

So, even though I normally look down upon sappy nostalgia, I wanted to see the movie Yesterday (directed by Danny Boyle). It has an unusual, if implausible, premise. Basically, some kind of trans-dimensional space warp — or something — strikes the Earth and changes history, leaving a world where certain things no longer exist, including Coca-Cola, cigarettes (gee, that’s too bad), and The Beatles. 

The only person who remembers the band is a young singer/songwriter/guitar picker named Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel). He apparently was spared the shared cultural amnesia by the fact that he was hit by a bus while riding his bike at the exact moment a worldwide power outage occurred.

I hate when that happens.

Jack learns of this weird predicament when, after he gets out of the hospital, he tries to sing the song “Yesterday” to a group of friends. They like the song but think it’s a Malik original. They’ve never heard the song and never heard of The Beatles.

And this leads our hero to a glorious scam. If The Beatles don’t exist and nobody’s heard their songs — and if Apple Corps isn’t around to send cease-and-desist letters — he can record them himself and pass them off as originals.

What could possibly go wrong?
Imagine had Ed Sheeran never existed

Basically, the con job works — at least, at first. Jack cuts some demos that start getting internet buzz. He gets a visit from Ed Sheeran. (He’s apparently a real guy! I Googled him and he’s some kind of musician. Who knew?) 

Jack becomes Ed’s opening act, and Ed, nice guy that he is, sets him up with a big-deal recording contract and a comically cold-blooded, cutthroat manager, Debra Hammer (Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon), who immediately became my favorite character. She’s everything that’s wrong with the music industry boiled down into one horrible individual.

But as Malikmania grows to Beatles-like levels, Jack’s feeling guiltier and guiltier. At one point, after performing the song “Help!” in a rooftop concert (reminiscent of the scene in the Beatles documentary Let It Be), he suffers a mini-breakdown, screaming, “Please help me!”

John Lennon would appreciate this particular song being used for this troubling moment. He wrote it during the early days of The Beatles’ superstar status. “The Beatles thing had just gone beyond comprehension,” Lennon told Playboy in 1980. “I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help.”

The friend who saw Yesterday with me noted that the songs used in the movie overwhelmingly were Paul McCartney tunes. That’s true, and it’s one of my quibbles with the movie. I’m an Elvis person, but I’m also a Lennon person. In general, I prefer John’s songs to Paul’s.

Case in point: When Jack and Ed are having their little backstage songwriting contest — which makes Ed realize what a mighty genius Jack is — which song does Jack choose? “The Long and Winding Road,” which has to be the worst dud The Beatles ever recorded. Producer/murderer Phil Spector, who The Beatles hired to complete Let It Be (the group’s final album), turned a kinda pretty if inconsequential ballad into overwrought orchestral fluff. 

Why wouldn’t Jack choose something magical and crazy like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” or even something simple but devastatingly raw, like “No Reply”? Or something to warp everyone’s head, like “Helter Skelter”?

Some critics have made a valid point that the film’s assumption that Beatles songs would conquer the world and make girls scream in 2019 the way they did in 1964 doesn’t hold water.

Even if Jack did have a cold-eyed, soulless manager like Debra Hammer and a big-time rock star like Ed Sheeran behind him, would today’s youth actually like and buy his music, or would they dismiss it as “dad rock”? The movie itself hints at this problem in an early scene when, after Jack sings “Yesterday,” a friend tells him it’s good, but not as good as Coldplay.

But that line of thinking didn’t distract me much while watching Yesterday, any more than the likelihood of a power outage altering history was a deal-breaker.

One reason I can overlook these flaws is because I saw the story as a metaphor for how younger generations seem to forget fairly recent cultural touchstones that were so important to us oldsters.

How many times have I babbled about some old band — or song, or movie, or TV show, or politician — and a younger friend or colleague just stared blankly? That’s as frustrating for me as it is for Jack Malik when his friends don’t know who Ringo Starr is.

Bonus: Had The Beatles Never Existed We'd Have Never Heard These Covers 

Headcoatees sing "Run For Your Life."

The Breeders play "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

Junior Parker IS the "Taxman."

I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?

Also these videos never would have existed.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Musical World of Lurch

Today would have been the 87th birthday of the late character actor Ted Cassidy, the man who played the Frankenstein-like butler Lurch on television's beloved The Addams Family.

Happy birthday, Ted!

Cassidy died in 1979, but Lurch still lives in the hearts of the true.

Devoted Addams Family fans know that Lurch had vocal talents beyond his trademark growling and catch phrase, "You rang?" He was a rock 'n' roll star ... or might have been.

Here's a scene in which his musical talent is discovered:

Just like The Beatlers, The Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf and so many great talents, Lurch got a spot on Shindig.

And back during his 15 minutes of musical fame, Cassidy showed he had real Red Sovine chops on this country talking song, which was the B-Side of "Do the Lurch."

Finally, on this Wacky Wednesday, here's Lurch doing a wacky Wednesday dance

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The New Big Enchilada is Out of This World!


Greetings citizens of the galaxy and welcome to this month's spacey, racy episode of the Big Enchilada This month we're slipping the surly bonds of Earth and taking a joyride to the stars. That's one small step for podcast, one giant leap for podcastkind.

Shout out to my grandson Gideon Brake who provided the artwork for this episode.

And remember, 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: Outer Space Dixie by One Plus One)
Rocket Ship Rock by Yochanan
Wojny by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
Born Down Deep in the Country by Ali Gator & & His Real Hot Reptile Rockers
Texas Ranger Man by Hickoids
Girl From Outer Space by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

(Background Music: Rockin' in the Orbit by Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra)
I've Got it All by Xoe Fitzgerald
Earn Your Heaven by The Yawpers
Crane's Cafe by TAD
Sweet Thang by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Tweakers from Outer Space by The Royal Hounds

(Background Music: Rocket Boogie 88 by Big Joe Turner)
Outer Space by The Sex Organs
Bee Bop Palooza by Bee Bee Sea
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark by The Night Beats
Ne Dam Te by Ivana Rushaidat & Rakete
Juvenile Delinquent by Ronnie Allen
New Rocket Train Boogie by Edison Rocket Train
(Background Music: War of the Satellites by Man or Astroman?)

Play it here:

Sunday, July 28, 2019


Sunday, July 28, 2019
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
Your Cousin's on Cops by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
Tonight is the Night by The Goon Mat & Lord Bernardo
I Got the Hits by John Spencer
Pooky Poo by Bobby Rush
Red Riding Hood & The Wolf by Bunker Hill with Link Wray
Marble Orchard by Fire Bad!
Wait for Me by Roger Darmawuzan
Gangsters by Kazik & Zdunek Ensemble
Treat Her Right by Los Straitjackets & Mark Lindsay

Back in the USSR by Dead Kennedys
Things We Said Today by The Beatles
Annie Had a Baby by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Penny Instead by Charlie Pickett
The Green Manalishi by The Flesh Eaters
Driftwood 40-23 by The Hickoids
Scarla by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Rat Fink by Ron Haydock & The Boppers

Xoe's Favorite Honky Tonk by Xoe Fitzgerald
Honey Don't You Want a Man Like Me by Frank Zappa
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing by The Persuassions
Zip a Dee Doo Dah by The Mummies
Boob Scotch by Bob Log III
Detroit House Party by Left Lane Cruiser
Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry
Let's Get the Baby High by Dead Milkmen

Give Punk a Chance by Alien Space Kitchen
Built Environment by Nots
Astral Plane by The Modern Lovers
Too Close to Heaven by The Dad Horse Experience
Hard Times by Eilen Jewell
Nothing But Flowers by Talking Heads
Something Broken in the Promised Land by Wayne Kramer
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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