Thursday, May 28, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Gary Stewart


Honky-tonk crooner Gary Stewart, one of the strongest new voices on country radio in the mid 1970s, would have been 75 today. 

Happy birthday, Gary!

Born in Kentucky, Stewart's family moved to Florida when he was a teen. He started playing in country and rock 'n' roll bands and writing songs. 

Stewart had a high, soulful voice with a tremolo that couldn't help but pierce your heart. It's on full display in his best known for two songs, both sung from the perspective of a cuckolded alcoholic.

The first, from late 1973, was called "Drinkin' Thing."



A few months later, he followed this with a song with an only-in-country-music title: "She's Acting Single, (I'm Drinking Doubles)."



Stewart didn't write these. They were penned by Wayne Carson, who also wrote The Box Tops' "The Letter" as well as "Always on My Mind," recorded by both Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley.

But Stewart had his first taste of national success through his songwriting.

He was playing a gig at the Wagon Wheel saloon in Okeechobee, Florida, where he had a chance meeting with one of his honky-tonk heroes 

"And there in Okeechobee, in walks Mel Tillis, Stewart said in a 1992 interview with the Phoenix New Times. "He took me aside and said, `You're good, son. But the key to getting there is writing.'"

So with his bandmate -- and police officer -- Bill Eldridge, Stewart wrote several hits for country stars. starting with Stonewall Jackson, who recorded their "Poor Red Georgia Dirt" in 1965.



In 1969, Cal Smith recorded Steart and Eldridge's "You Can't Housebreak a Tomcat."



But after Stewart's mid-70s success, things started going downhill for Stewart. He broke his leg in a car wreck in 1980. He told the New Times, "The damned doctor set the damn thing about 60 degrees out of whack. It didn't heal right, so the new doctor had to saw the damn thing in half and reset it. ... Now my one leg is a half-inch shorter than the other, and it always hurts like hell."

He already was fond of drugs. But his chronic pain increased his chronic consumption of painkillers.

According to a 2017 story in Oxford American:

His consumption of uppers, Quaaludes, and prescription painkillers became even more prodigious, and bleaker. He was hospitalized for overdoses at least three times. After a few ill-conceived duds in the early 1980s, RCA dropped him in 1983. 

Stewart's only son committed suicide in 1988, which devastated the singer,

But by the end of the decade he began recording agin for the (late lamented) independent label Hightone. He did three albums for the company between 1988 and 1993.

On Nov. 26, 2003, Mary Lou, Stewart's wife of 43 years died of pneumonia. Just weeks later, Stewart ended his own life.

In closing, here's "Ten Years of This," a song that Stewart co-wrote with Wayne Carson. According to the Oxford American, Bob Dylan told Stewart "he couldn’t stop playing it, over and over again. "



Sunday, May 24, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

UPDATED: ADDED THE THIRD HOUR TO MIXCLOUD. 
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Sunday, May 24, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Lost on Xandu by Lenny Kaye & The Fleshtones
Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) by The Ranconteurs
Obeah Man by Meet Your Death
You Can’t Judge a Book by Bo Diddley
Nervous Breakdown by Destination Lonely
Zombie Cop by Mean Motor Scooter
I Am Gonna Unmask the Batman by Lacy Gibson

Strange Life by X
She Only Loves My ’32 by Elvis From Outer Space
Norman Bates by The Tailgators
Fireflyby Southern Culture on the Skids
In a Young Man’s Mind by The Mooney Suzuki
Magic Potion by The Open Mind
I Kissed a Ghoul by Nekromantix
White Lightnin’ by The Big Bopper
Hope You Don’t Mind by Johnny Dowd
OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

LITTLE RICHARD TRIBUTE SET

Heebie Jeebies by Little Richard
Long Tall Sally by Wanda Jackson
Tutti-Fruitti by MC 5
JennyTake a Ride by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
I’m Just a Lonely Guy by Little Richard
Slipping’ and Sliding’ by The Band
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! by The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There by Jerry Lee Lewis with Little Richard
Good Golly Miss Molly by The Sonics
Lucille by NRBQ
Rip It Up by Elvis Presley
Elvis is Dead by Living Colour
Groovy Little Suzie by Little Richard

Piece of Crap by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
She’s Wild by The Vagoos
We’re a Bad Trip by Mondo Topless
I Am Well and Missing You by Women of the Night
Soteria by TAD
Boogie the Church Down by Juke Joint Pimps
Highway Junkie by The Yayoos

Peppermint Man by Dick Dale
Clever Way to Crawl by Persian Claws
Tear the Club Up by The Dirtbombs
Rooster Blues by James Luther Dickinson
Fucked Up World by Jimbo Mathus
Charlottesville by Jesse Dayton
Mr. Hitler by Billy Childish & The Blackhands
They Saved Hitler’s Cock by The Angry Samoans
Hitler Song by Lead Belly
Der Fueher’s Face by Spike Jones
Nazi Punks Fuck Off by Eugene Chadbourne

Cherry Bomb by Joan Jett & L7
No Place in Space by The Scaners
How Can I Make Her Mine by Lyres
Gotta Get Fired by The Sloths
Blue Jean Vincent by Havana 3 AM
A Real Indication by Thought Gang
Booze Farm by Boris McCutcheon & The Salt Licks
They Crowned an Idiot King by Swamp Dogg
Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark by Robbie Fulks
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Very Magical Big Enchilada

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: A Matterapat by Dr. Lonnie Smith)
Say These Magic Words by The Cave Girls
Lost on Xandu by Lenny Kaye & The Fleshtones
Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) by The Ranconteurs
She Only Loves My '32 by Elvis from Outta Space
Magic Potion from The Open Mind
One Way by Johnny Dowd

(Background Music: Lonely Road to Damascus by Milt Rogers & His Orchestra)
Black Magic by Mark Sultan
Norman Bates by The Tailgators
Three-Time Loser by Linda Hopkins
Yona's Blues by The Come N' Go
Kill That Guy by The Von Zippers
99th Floor by Mal Thursday
A Good Problem by He Who Cannot Be Named

(Background Music: The Moocher by The Lancers)
Magical Colors by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Tarzan by Artie Wilson
Lay Down and Die by The Gooeys
You Belong to Me by Magic Sam
White Lighter by Women of the Night
(Background Music: Sewer Surfing by The Vagoos)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy World Bee Day!


Bee-kini girls with machine guns

What's the buzz? It's World Bee Day! And it's a honey of a holiday.

From the United Nations website.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. 

 The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

To celebrate this festive occasion, here are some of my favorite songs about these insect allies.

Let's start with Lavern Baker.



Fats Domino, according to a legend I just made up, used to look for wild honeys on Blueberry Hill.



Perhaps the greatest bee song in human or insect history is this classic by The Hollywood Flames



Slim Harpo was King



Speaking of kings, even Elvis got stung



This is how Muddy Waters celebrated World Bee Day



Here's Big Al puttin' the Hirt on 'em. (It's called "The Green Hornet Theme" here, but true fans know it's really "Flight of the Bumble Bee.")



Speaking of hornets, before there were Murder Hornets, there were African Killer Bees!




Sunday, May 17, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Updated



Sunday, May 17, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Psycho Train by Sinister Six
White Sand by Boss Hog
Loaded Gun by C.C. Adcock
I Got Fever by X
After the Money’s Gone by The Electric Mess
Tumblin’ Down by Weird Omen
Diamond Eyes by The Black Angels

An Ugly Death by Jay Reatard
Who Shot the Druggies by Lynx Lynx
I Wanna Go by Los Mockers
Dad, Why Did My Friends Explode? By Deadbolt
American Travelust by Charlie Pickett
New Orleans by The Plimsouls with The Fleshtones
Truly Ruly by Hasil Adkins
I Need a Man by Barbara Pittman

UPDATED: Due to some technical failure the lat two hours of Sound World did not air Sunday night.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jamel Reacts


As usual for a Throwback Thursday post, this one features a bunch of videos with great old songs. But this time, neither the music itself isn't nor the story behind the songs isn't the actual point.

This is about a young man -- well, younger than me -- who has become something of a YouTube sensation for his reactions to various music videos, a Los Angeles native named Jamel Griffin, known to his YouTube fans as Jamel aka Jamal. He has a friendly smile, a curious spirit and an enthusiasm for music that's outage contagious.

He's not a music scholar, nor is he a celebrity scenester. You won't learn much about the history of a song or a band by watching his videos. He doesn't dispense deep critical insights. Nor will you pick up any news or gossip about any of the musicians in the videos. Jamel, in doing this project, seems to be giving himself an education by watching all kinds of music videos for the first time -- and we get to see his reactions.

And he says more with his big smile and a simple "Oooo ooo" or "Man!" in acknowledging a tasty guitar solo or poignant lyric than most of us critics can with hundreds of words.

Jamel's videos remind me of one of my favorite moments from the popular podcast Dolly Parton's America last year. In one episode, host Jad Abumrad and his producer delight in hearing the Loretta Lynn song “Fist City” for the first time. They're just amazed at Loretta's song. How could a woman get away with singing those lyrics in the 1960s? Some jaded old cynics may think, how can these kids be making this show about a country music giant when they aren't even familiar with "Fist City"? However, the unfettered joy of their discovery took me back to my wayward youth when I first discovered the song.

And that's how it is with Jamel. His videos that I've seen capture how a song affects his soul.

This is the first Jamel aka Jamal video I ever stumbled upon, Primus' crazy "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver."



While it seems the lion's share of the videos he reacts to are by classic rock bands, Jamel also has done a lot of country videos as well. Here he looks at Patsy Cline.



And here he looks at Charlie Pride, performing his biggest hit. When Charlie walks out to the stage, after being introduced by Marty Stuart, Jamel shouts, "Country!" as if he didn't realize that indeed Charlie Pride is a country music star. And the fact that African-Americans can succeed and excel in a style of music that typically isn't associated with Black people seriously touches him. "Music unites!" he declares.



Jamel is truly moved by Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto." He talks about how it reminds him of his own difficult childhood in South Central Los Angeles.



And he seems absolutely devastated by the raw pain that Johnny Cash expressed so clearly on his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."



Unlike most of his reaction videos, in which he considers songs he's never heard before, in this recent one, he pays tribute to Little Richard. It's obvious the late rock 'n' roll titan still amazes and excites Jamel -- as he does all of us who loved him.




Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CHICKEN SHACK PLAYLIST

Updated with Mixcloud link





Tuesday, May 12, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays Mountain Time
Substitute Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

The Music Stopped by Keely Smith
I Don’t Worry About a Thing by Mose Allison
Grandma Plays the Numbers by Wynonie Harris
King Size Papa by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
She Felt Too Good by Jimmy McCracklin
Shout Bamalama by Otis Redding
Chicken Shack by Amos Milburn

Mr. Kicks by Oscar Brown, Jr.
Cheese and Crackers by Roscoe Gordon
The Blues is My Business by Etta James
Arabian Love Call by Art Neville
Good Lovin’ by Larry Hanna
I Don’t Want No Funky Chicken by Wiley & The Checkmates

Big Boy Pete by Don & Dewey
The Scratch Part 1 by Ty Turrell
I Got Framed by Harry “The Hipster” Gibson
Wine O Wine by The Gators
Papa Did the Chicken by Little Sammy

RIP Little Richard
Little Richard Tribute   
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Send Me Some Lovin’
Why Don’t You Love Me

Black Beard by The Universals
Holy Cow by Kermit Ruffins
A Chicken Ain’t Nothing But a Bird by Louis Jordan

Little Bad Wolf by The Tra-Velles
She’s Got a Wobble When She Walks by Sugar Boy Crawford
Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
O’Reilly at the Bar by Floyd Domino & MaryAnn Price
Pull My Daisy by David Amram

Chills and Fever by Ronnie Loe
Voodoo by The Combinations
Death Letter Blues by Cassandra Wilson
Smoky Joe’s Cafe by Swamp Dogg

I just uploaded Hour 2 to Mixcloud

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

Updated with Mixcloud link!



Sunday, May 10, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

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

Here's my playlist :

Astral by The Rockin’ Guys
She Doesn’t Laugh at My Jokes by Jonathan Richman
Scratch My Back by Jan Panter
Baby, Scratch My Back by Slim Harpo
Shake Your Hips by The Rolling Stones
Arrested for Driving While Blind by ZZ Top
If I Had a Hammer by Wolfmoon
All Around the World by Little Richard

Daddy Rockin’ Strong by The Dirtbombs
Funky Hot Grits by Rufus Thomas
Ministry of Love by The Artakees
Too Much Love by Harlan T. Bobo
You Left the Water Running by Otis Redding
Free by X
Wicked Sensitive Crew by Dropkick Murphys
Gallant Men by Sen. Everett Dirksen

I Couldn’t Say No by MFC Chicken
Prissy Missy by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
The Girl Can’t Dance by Bunker Hill (with Link Wray)
Heartbreak Hotel by Link Wray
I Couldn't Spell !!*@! by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
You Want It by Thee Shams
The Model by King Automatic
21 & Counting by The Mystery Lights
Trash Talk by Reigning Sound

Stop Breaking Down by Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
Let’s Go For a Ride by TAD
Tales of Terror by Mudhoney
Voodoo Rhythm by The Meteors
I See the Light by Reverend Beat-Man
Strange Words by The Electric Mess
Problem Child by J.D. Hangover
Dieter Caught My Bus by Wet Blankets
Crazy People by The Boswell Sisters

NEO-SWING SET 

The Call of the Jitterbug by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Zip Gun Bop by Royal Crown Revue
Wrong Lake to Catch a Fish by The Love Dogs
White Trash Toodle-oo by The Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies
Since I Don’t Have You by Brian Setzer Orchestra
Secret Agent Holiday by Alien Fashion Show
We the Cats Shall Hep You by Joe Jackson
Old Man Mose by Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue

I Say Hang Him by Mini Mekons & Robbie Fulks
White Trash Girl by Candye Kane
My Boyfriend Hates Surf Music by The 99ers
The Ledge by Camper Van Beethoven
I Wanna Know by Lenny Kaye
Dreaming My Dreams With You by Waylon Jennings
The Cross by Prince
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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UPDATE 5-12-20

I just uploaded the second hour of this show to Mixcloud

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Feel Like You've Been Buried Alive?


After nearly two months of COVID quarantine, I've heard (mainly read on social media) several people complaining that they feel like they've been "buried alive" by social distancing. A little overdramatic, but who am I to judge?

But that feeling of being "buried alive" is one that many a popular music composer has expressed through the past few decades. In fact, it's become one of the most overused metaphors in American music.

But again, who am I to judge?

Below is a small sampling of songs called "Buried Alive," some pretty cool, some pretty wretched. Don't whine if I left out your favorite. Start your own blog!

The first "Buried Alive" song I ever was aware of, an instrumental called "Buried Alive in the Blues" on Janis Joplin's posthumous album Pearl. (This also became the title of a biography of Janis by her sister Laura Joplin.)



If you look through YouTube, Spotify or the AllMusic Guide you'll see the title "Buried Alive" has mainly been used by metal bands. Here's a version by Black Sabbath. It originally appeared on their Dehumanizer album in 1992.



The band Avenged Sevenfold (a "Southern California metal combo that began by freely incorporating emo and post-hardcore, but later developed a classic hard rock feel" according to AllMusic) also recorded a happy little tune called "Buried Alive" in 2010.



Speaking of classic rock, Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones did this "Buried Alive" on his 1979 solo album Gimme Some Neck.



Billy Idol apparently thought it was a nice day for being buried alive.



Originally performed on a Drake album, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar also told of being buried alive.



The Dropkick Murphys took the concept to Celt rock.



And Pierced Arrows, the band Fred & Toody Cole formed after Dead Moon, gave the concept a good Fred & Toody treatment.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, May 3 , 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
May Day by Jack Hardy
Party Out of Bounds by B52s
Bloody Mary by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
It’s Trash by The Cavemen
Sookie Sookie by Roy Thompson
Vital Juices by Funkadelic
Bikini Girls with Machine Guns by The Cramps
Karate Monkey by The Woogles

Alphabetland by X
Feel All Right by The Oblivians
Call the Police by Stephanie McDee
Police Call by Drywall
7 an 7 Is by The Ramones
Ain’t Got No Home by Clarence “Frogman” Henry
Get Out of the Car by Richard Berry
Baldhead by Professor Longhair

Justine by Don & Dewy
40 Birds by King Khan & The Shrines
That’s Neat, That’s Nice by NRBQ
Bad Boy by Larry Williams
Jesus Christ Twist by Reverend Beat-Man
Get Off by Prince
Devil May Care by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Journey to the Center of the Mind by The Amboy Dukes
Give Booze a Chance by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Mustang Ranch by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Shake a Tail Feather by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Livin’ in Chaos by The Sonics
Pablo Picasso by Jonathan Richman
Didn’t It Rain by Asylum Street Spankers
Siki Siki Baba by Kocani Orkestar

Memphis, Egypt by The Sadies with Jon Langford
Come Back Bird by Manby’s Head
Last Call by The Electric Mess
The Lover’s Curse by The A-Bones
Reel You In by Sin City
It’s Lame by Figures of Light
Girl (You Captivate Me) by Question Mark & The Mysterians
96 Tears by Big Maybelle
Ain’t Hit a Shame by Big Rock & Tadpole

Medication by The Gregg Turner Band
The Void by Mean Motor Scooter
American Music by Violent Femmes
Time Fades Away by Alien Space Kitchen
The Bridge That Wouldn’t Burn by Kinky Friedman
Dreaming’ and Working’ by Hoth Brothers
Georgia Lee by Tom Waits

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Gary Stewart

Honky-tonk crooner Gary Stewart, one of the strongest new voices on country radio in the mid 1970s, would have been 75 today.  Happ...