Tuesday, June 29, 2010



I just got the word that the Supreme Commander and President for Life of Voodoo Rhythm Records will be doing a show at Little Wing on St. Michael's Drive on July 15.

As was the case last year, Delaney Davidson will be with him. I just reviewed Delaney's album Self Decapitation a couple of weeks ago.

Here's my review of Beat-Man's show last year. CLICK HERE

Be there on July 15!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Sunday, June 27, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Inside Job by Mudhoney
Sally Sensation by The Molting Vultures
Nobody But Me by The Lyres
Modern Man by The Shrunken Heads
Get Off the Phone by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Gizzard Boogie by The Divetones
Combination of the Two by Big Brother & The Holding Company

Let's Dress Up the Naked Truth by New Bomb Turks
Down The Road Apiece by The Shades
The Future is Now (andIt Stinks) by J.J. & The Real Jerks
Blow Job by The Fleshtones
Blue Green Olga by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Pornography Part 1 by Mike Edison
Bend Over I'll Drive by The Cramps

PLIMSOULS 3-16-06Colors of Night by Peter Case
Hush Hush by The Plimsouls
Old Blue Car by Peter Case
Hanging On The Telephone The Nerves

Cry in the Night by Q 65
She's Wicked by The Fuzztones
Edith by Buick MacKane
Do the Milkshake by The Oblivions

900 Million People Daily by The Seeds
Space Ship by Sky Saxon
Lonely Boy by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Death Blues by The Dead Brothers
Little Red Rooster by Sam Cooke
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

NEW BIG ENCHILADA! The Combination Plate Murders!


Greetings citizens of Podland. This month The Big Enchilada features songs about two of my favorite obsessions: crime and Mexican food. You'll hear dangerous musical treats from the likes of The Gories, The Monsters, The Fleshtones with Tony Truant, Joe "King" Carrasco, Scott H. Biram, The Leaving Trains, The Goblins. There's hot steaming platters from old masters like Bobby Hatfield and Freddy Fender, plus new treats from some of my GaragePunk Hideout cronies like Lovestruck, The Geargrinders and The Jackets. Enjoy!

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(Background Music: Serial Killer from Los Peyotes)
Comb Your Hair by Lovestuck
Out of My Head by The Jackets
D'accord Tony D'accord by The Fleshtones with Tony Truant
Bongo-Beatin' Beatnik by Joe Hall & The Corvettes
Thunderbird ESQ by The Gories
Blues for Joe by The Monsters

(Background Music: Taco Wagon by Man or Astroman?)
Hot Tamales by Bobby Hatfield
Guacamole by Freddy Fender featuring Augie Meyers
Pink Burrito by R. Crumb & The Cheap Suit Serenaders
Mucho Burritos by The Come n' Go
Cucaracha Taco by Joe "King" Carrasco
Chili Mac by The Moroccos
Hot Tamale Baby by Clifton Chenier

(Background Music: Hot Tamale Pete by Bob Skyles & His Sky Rockets)
Blood, Sweat and Murder by Scott H. Biram
Shoot You Dead by The Geargrinders
Crime in the Streets by Shrunken Heads
Gonna Murder My Baby by Pat Hare
Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains
Police Are Just Doing Their Jobs by The Goblins
(Background Music: Martha's Tacos by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs)

Friday, June 25, 2010


Friday, June 25, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Cover of the Rolling Stone by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Seven Nights to Rock by Moon Mullican
Kitten by Quarter Mile Combo
Alarm Clock Boogie by Billy Briggs
If I'm Gonna Sink I Might as Well Go to the Bottom by Neko Case
Whoa Boy by Red Smith
11 Months and 29 Days by Dave Alvin
Water Baby Boogie by Joe Maphis
The Silver Tongued Devil and I by Kris Kristofferson

Billings Bop by Halden Wolford & The Hi-Beams
Hep Cat Baby by Eddie Arnold
I Guess I'm Crazy by Tommy Collins
Rhythm and Booze by Corky Jones
Thirty Days in the Workhouse by Peter Case
Miss Maebelle by Richard Johnston
Twang Town Blues by Jason & The Scorchers
Guns, Guitars and Women by Kell Robertson
Wine-O Boogie by Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys


Bandy the Rodeo Clown by Moe Bandy
Bad Brahma Bull by Rex Allen
Amarillo by Morning by Chris LeDoux
All Around Cowboy by Marty Robbins
Bull Rider by Johnny Cash
Just a Rodeo Cowboy by Vincent Craig
Pappa Was a Rodeo by Kelly Hogan
Big Dwarf Rodeo by The Rev. Horton Heat

Nancy Jean by Bobby Fuller
Wild Side of Life/Honkey Tonk Angels by Wanda Jackson
I'm Feelin' Bad by Ray Condo & The Ricochets
Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues by David Bromberg
Before the Next Teardrop Falls by Freddy Fender
Down From Dover by Sally Timms
Truckstop Cafe by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, June 24, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
June 25, 2010

After a dozen or so years in limbo, Jason & The Scorchers are back with a rocking album called Halcyon Times.

The band might qualify for the description “institution.” Or maybe the group might just belong in an institution for carrying this flame for so long.

Singer Jason Ringenberg, guitarist Warner E. Hodges and the original Scorchers started out in the early ’80s, combining country tunes with punk/metal fury. They might not have been the first to do that, but I believe they were the best and definitely the most influential.

They broke up by the end of the ’80s, but re-formed in the mid-’90s — just in time to join in the fun of the alt-country movement, playing on bills with bands they had clearly influenced. They might have been senior statesmen of the genre, but they rocked harder than just about any other band on the scene.

But by 1998, the Scorchers were scorched out. They called it quits with a double-fun, double-disc live set, Midnight Roads and Stages Seen, released at the height of the alt-country era.

Ringenberg didn’t exactly disappear. He did some solo albums. Some were politically tinged, like 2004’s Empire Builders (which has a great version of Merle Haggard’s “Rainbow Stew”), and he did some children’s records under his alter ego "Farmer Jason."

But now, armed with a new rhythm section, we have Jason & The Scorchers version 3.0. “I have to confess that the primary reason I committed to do this record was to shut Warner up about it,” Ringenberg writes in the liner notes.Jason & The Scorchers, SXSW 1997

As an old Scorchers fan, (to the left is a snapshop I took first time I saw them -- Liberty Lunch, Austin, 1997) I’m glad the band made Halcyon Times. It’s hardly an essential album, but it’s got some good songs and very few duds. I bet all the songs would sound better live, but that’s the case with all of this group’s albums.

Halcyon Tmes starts off with a high-voltage character portrait — “Moonshine Guy,” which is about a backwoodsman who lives with a dog, a jug, and a television set he blew up “because it wouldn’t play his favorite song.” It’s done as a medley with a original tune called “Releasing Celtic Prisoners.”

Even better is “Twang Town Blues,” a slow-burning tale of sleaze and betrayal in Music City, U.S.A. Ringenberg speaks the lyrics of the verses. The ghost of the Man in Black hovers over the chorus: “Last night he dreamed of Johnny, that he was still alive/Tonight he’ll kill a six pack, just to watch it die.”

Also worthy is “Beat on the Mountain,” co-written by Ringenberg and Baltimore songwriter Arty Hill. It’s the story of a third-generation coal miner who feels trapped. “Nowadays the union rep still don’t know my name/the days of scrip are over, but the dust rolls just the same.”

The major throwaway is “Better Than This,” featuring Hodges on vocals. Let’s just say that, as a singer, he’s a wonderful guitarist. But that’s not the trouble here. The song sounds like generic cock rock.

Another tune with a different singer fares better. “When Did It Get So Easy (to Lie to Me)” is sung by Scorcher pal Dan Baird of The Georgia Satellites and, more recently, The Yayhoos. The song, an acoustic blues stomp, doesn’t sound much like a Scorchers tune, but it’s pretty cool..

Also recommended:
Cornell Hurd
* A Bad Year for Love by The Cornell Hurd Band. The concept of a bad year couldn’t have been far from Cornell Hurd’s mind. In August 2008, his longtime rubboard man Danny Roy Young died of cancer. Then six months later, guitarist Paul Skelton (who also played with Wayne Hancock, among others) died, another cancer victim.

This record includes some tracks with Skelton and/or Young. They are both listed in the credits, along with the usual small army of pickers, pounders, and singers.

The album starts off with an original song called “Respect for the Dead” — if that’s a tribute to his fallen bandmates, it’s a subtle one. The “dead” in the title refers to the narrator, who has had his heart ripped out by the woman he’s singing to. “It will come back to haunt you if you dance on my grave/You’ve got to show some respect for the dead.” The title song is also about a romantic breakup: “ ’86 might have a been a good year for wine, but it sure was a bad year for love.”
Actually, there are some songs dedicated to the departed, all of which are instrumentals. “Cold Rain,” the liner notes explain, was originally titled “Rubboards and Roses” and was written for Young. New rubboarder Bear Eagle plays it here.

That tune and five other instrumentals, the liner notes say, make up the Paul Skelton Suite. Among them is “White Sands (Home of the Radar Men)”, a breezy little swing tune that sounds like it could be from a ’60s soundtrack. My favorites of the suite are “Thunderbird Highway,” a party rocker, and “My Very Last Dream,” which is sad and wistful.

As usual, Hurd includes some fine honky-tonk covers. He and the band do a nice job on the Roger Miller classic “Invitation to the Blues,” which includes a Skelton solo. And there’s “I Got Wine on My Mind,” an obscure Johnny Paycheck lament about being a hopeless sot. Hurd goes back to an obscure ’50s rocker (by a group called The Bell Notes) for “I’ve Had It.”

But Hurd’s own songs are the backbone of the album. His “I’m Gonna Drive” has a classic country feel with just a hint of rockabilly.

Let’s hope he keeps on driving and that this year will be a better one for good old Cornell.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Sunday, June 20 , 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Cryin' in the Beer of a Drunk Man by New Bomb Turks
Sun Is Shining by The Dirtbombs
Ghostrider by The Gories
Little Miss Contary by Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire
Firewater by The A-Bones
One Day I Will Kill You by Deadbolt
Hog Heaven by Shrunken Heads
Psycho Over Europe by The Monsters
Not Your Saint by The Fast Takers
Quarter to Four by Mad Mike & The Maniacs

That Man In Your Bed by The Hormonauts
Funnel of Love by The Fall
Won't Cook Fish by The Immortal Lee County Killers
All My Lovin' by The Almighty Defenders
We're Sinking by Mark Sultan
Whiskey Wagon by Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
Sally Sensation by The Molting Vultures
I Need Somebody by Manby's Head
Dram Shopper by The Scrams
Charley Aikens by The Sidewinders

Swamp Woman/Lies/Yolanda by Johnny Dowd
Look Out by Peter Case
No Reason To Complain by The Alarm Clocks
How Can I Make Her Mine by The Lyres
Atom Spies by The Fleshtones

Ju Ju Hand by Handsome Dick Manitoba
I Think We're Alone Now by Tommy James & The Shondells
Demon Stomp by The Things
Coal Black Mattie by Richard Johnston
Who Do You Love by Quicksilver Messenger Service
Take It Slow by Strangers Family Band
Vikings by The Black Angels
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, June 18, 2010


Friday, June 18, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Ice Cold Water by Ray Condo & The Hardrock Goners
Hesitation Boogie by Hardrock Gunter
Good BBQ by The Riptones
My Way Of Rockin' by Wild Bob Burgos
Violet and Jeffrey Lee by The Sadies
Tulsa County Blue by The Byrds
The Crawdad Song by Jerry Lee Lewis
Ain't Got Time For the Blues by Bill Kirchen with Maria Muldaur
Big Game Hunter by Andy Anderson
Your Mind is On Vacation by Asleep at the Wheel

Down the Bar From Me by Kell Robertson
Hard Travelin' by Simon Stokes
Don't Buy a Skinned Rabbit by Blonde Boy Grunt & The Groans
Gamblin' Man by Cliff Carlisle
I Fought the Law by Bobby Fuller
I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) by Jim Atkins
Born Bred Corn Fed by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Dirty Dozen by Delaney Davidson
Drunkards Dream by The Dead Brothers

Who Built the Moon by Shinyribs
Pieces of the Past by Jon Langford & Skull Orchard with Andre Williams
Beat on the Mountain by Jason & The Scorchers
Down in the Bowery by Alejandro Escovedo
Hobos Are My Heros by Legendary Shack Shakers
Voodoo Queen Marie by the Du-Tells
Marie LaVeau by Bobby Bare

Fever by Fishtank Ensemble
The Fat Doctor/Rattlesnake Jig by Bayou Seco
Sunbonnet Sue by The Fort Worth Doughboys
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights/Volver Volver by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs with Chris Gaffney
It's a Mystery to Me by Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys
You Cared Enough to Lie by Reckless Kelly
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
June 18, 2010

Two-bit hustlers living in shame. Men with broken hearts and bitter dreams. Dark secrets, ugly schemes, and soiled pleasures. Welcome to the world of Johnny Dowd.

The singing moving-company operator is back with another warped little masterpiece, a 13-song album called Wake Up the Snakes, which, unfortunately, is destined to be appreciated mostly by the scattered cult that reveres him. I’m proud to be part of that. Care for some Kool-Aid?

Quick recap for the uninitiated: Dowd is a Grandma Moses-like latecomer to showbiz. Living in Ithaca, New York (but with roots in Fort Worth, Memphis, and Pauls Valley, Oklahoma), he didn’t release his first album until he was 50 years old. That was 1997’s Wrong Side of Memphis.

Like the title of one of his early albums (which was lifted from a Hank Williams song), this CD is full of pictures from life’s other side. For reasons I’m not sure of, Dowd is frequently classified as “alternative country.”

True, he rose out of alt country circles. The first time I saw him play was at a No Depression magazine party at South by Southwest in Austin. And it’s true, he has that Pauls Valley drawl, and he has covered a couple of Hank songs.

But I don’t think Hank done it that way. With keyboards that zigzag between “96 Tears” and Fright Night With Seymour and background vocals by Kim Sherwood-Caso, who sounds like a torch singer from the dark dimension, Dowd doesn’t easily fit into any category.

Wake Up the Snakes is a classic Dowd album. It starts off with “Yolanda,” which has a slow, smoky, almost Latin beat, with keyboardist Michael Stark sounding as close to original Santana organ-man Gregg Rolie as you’re going to hear on a Dowd record. Dowd recites — almost whispers — the story of a guy whose girlfriend tries to involve him in a plot to kill her own father. He balks, but she goes through with the evil deed. You can almost taste his regret that he didn't help her.

“Lies” is built on the classic ’50s grease- ballad chord pattern. Dowd sings verses (“Do you think I’m pathetic and easy to ignore?/Does it bother you when I pace up and down the floor?”), while Sherwood-Caso comes in crooning sweetly on the chorus (“Lies, I told you nothing but lies/Everything I said/Was a lie”).

There are some bitchen garagey rockers like “Howling Wolf Blues,” “Fat Joey Brown” (where did that weird trombone come from?), and “Swamp Woman.” On the last, Dowd praises his woman: “Lord God a mighty, my baby is hot!” goes the refrain, even though he later observes, “She’s got the moral perspective of an alley cat.”

“Words of Love” is another Santana-influenced tune — and a solo spotlight for Sherwood-Caso — while “Hello Happiness” is a sinister bossa nova with Dowd and Sherwood-Caso trading lines like a damaged version of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

Meanwhile, “Demons and Goats” lives up to its name — it’s pure evil. So is “Voices,” which starts with the line, “I wish the voices in my head would shut up.”

The one big misfire here is the song “Mary Lou,” about a father who sexually abuses his daughter. The subject matter seems like a good one for Dowd; he sings from the perspective of the father, who realizes that he will “burn in hell” for his sins.

But what bothers me is the name of the daughter/victim: Jessie Mae Hemphill. Didn’t Dowd realize that this was the name of a great Mississippi blueswoman? Or is this Hemphill’s actual story? I honestly don’t know.

That quibble aside, it’s always an adventure to explore darkened corridors with Johnny Dowd.

Also recommended:
* Self-Decapitation by Delaney Davidson and 5th Sin-Phonie by The Dead Brothers. New Zealand native Davidson used to play guitar with the Swiss “funeral” band The Dead Brothers, and his solo album reminds me of his old group.

Traces of Salvation Army marching bands and dark blues permeate Davidson’s album, as they do the latest Dead Brothers outing.

Self-Decapitation begins with “Around the World,” which recalls a little of the old faux-Dixieland hit from the early ’60s “Midnight in Moscow.” As on that earlier song (made famous by the long-forgotten British group called Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen), you can hear influences of American blues, early jazz, and Eastern European/Gypsy sounds on “Around the World.” And you can hear them loud and clear on “Back in Hell” and “Ladies Man,” which features a pretty amazing Gypsy-jazz guitar solo.

Davidson does a credible version of “In the Pines,” a close cousin of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” He does it as an industrial-edged blues tune with an acoustic guitar and altered vocals yielding to overamped guitar and crazy-loud drums.

My favorite here, though, is the delightfully filthy “Dirty Dozen,” a foul-mouthed country-blues stomp that reminds me why I love this music in the first place.

The Dead Brothers are in top form, too, on this, their fifth album. Starting out with an old-timey Appalachian-sounding fiddle-and-banjo tune called “Drunkards Walk,” the bros go into a Tom Waits-y stomp titled “Death Blues.”

The one song I don’t like is one called “Teenage Kicks.” Somehow it reminds me of a chamber quartet doing Ruben and the Jets.

But they make up for it with “Drunkards Dream,” which sounds as if Bertolt Brecht started a bluegrass band, and a cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” an ode to the old vampire that evokes fond memories of Alejandro Escovedo’s pseudo-baroque take on The Stooges’ “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


This could be some fun.
There's music featuring a zydeco band called Dikki Du & His Zydeco Krewe plus local favorites Felix y Los Gatos. (If you missed them at Thirsty Ear, here's your chance.)

Also, there's movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which many locals believe is a documentary.

It's all taking place at the Railyard Park and it's all free. Check the Web site.

Monday, June 14, 2010



My snapshots of this year's Thirsty Ear Festival are HERE

Sunday marked an end of an era for the Thirsty Ear Festival. Mike Koster, Thirsty Ear Supreme Commander and President for Life, will soon be moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where assumedly he will become a monk in the Temple of Bob Wills. He says he'll still be bringing shows to Santa -Fe and there will be some kind of Thirsty ear Festival -- but not at Eaves Ranch, the movie set that has served as a the festival home nearly every year since 1999.

Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the last show of the night -- Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women. I'm sure they were great, as they were last year at Santa Fe Brewing Company.

The rest of the day was fairly low key. I liked a couple of his songs, but I'm not a huge Hayes Carll fan and J.T. & The Clouds frankly was boring.

For me the highlight was Savor, a Cuban street music band currently based in Santa Fe, led by the charismatic Victor Alvarez.

Basically the band consists of an electric mandolin (played by Victor), an electric bass and four guys on percussion. It's almost magical the way it works. Savor opened up the day on the main stage -- which I missed, but played a seconf set inside the "hotel." Everyone I talked to said this set was far superior. I hope to catch these guys around Santa Fe sometime.
Alex Maryol
It also was good to see Alex Maryol and his trio (Willie Magee on bass, Andy Primm on drums.) Alex played the first Thirsty Ear when he was still a teenager back in 1999 -- and I bet he's played a majority of the festivals since then. It seemed somehow appropriate that he was here for the closing of this chapter.

Alex recently told me he's got a new album coming out so look out for it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Sunday, June 13 , 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Dogfood by Iggy Pop
Come On Stomp! by Thee Vicars
Death of an Angel by The Kingsmen
The Birdog by King Salami & the Cumberland 3
Cheap Thrills by Ruben & The Jets
Palenque by Felix y Los Gatos
Thunderbird ESQ by The Gories
A Different Kind of Ugly by The Sons of Hercules
This Town Makes Me Feel So Lonely by Muck & the Mires
Red Rose Tea by The Marquis Chimps
Demolition Girl by The Jackets

Yolanda by Johnny Dowd
Rock 'n Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains
Jaguar by Thee Milkshakes
Cutlass by The Goblins
Day Of The Triffids by The Monsters
Hooky by J.J. & The Real Jerks
Coming Back Alive by The Stomachmouths
Jungle Fever by Charlie Feathers

Oil by Felecia Ford & King Shark
Ain't Got No Dough by Peter Case
Time Won't Let Me by The Plimsouls
Slow Death by The Flamin' Groovies
Daddy Wants A Cold Beer by The A-Bones
Beat Party by Ritchie & The Squires
Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love In) by The Chocolate Watchband
Ode to Billy Joe/ Hip Hug Her by Wiley & The Checkmates

The Shaggy Hound by Richard Johnston
Rainin' In My Heart by The Pretty Things
Cut That Out by Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Blue Berry Blue by Die Zorros
Everybody Thinks You're an Angel by Mose Allison
CouCou by Fishtank Ensemble
Milky White Way by The Trumpeteers
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


Thirsty Ear Collage

Lots of great music on the first day of this year's Thirsty Ear Festival at eaves Ranch. For those willing to withstand the wind and the dust (I still can't believe that nobody took the opportunity to sing some Woody Guthrie Dustbowl songs) it was a great time, as usual. And heck, Eaves Ranch is supposed to look like a dusty old western town. This year it was just dustier.

It was a bittersweet fun with the word that this will be the last Thirsty Ear to be held at Eaves Ranch -- where it's been held almost every year since 1999 (In 2001 it was at Bonanza Creek movie ranch and in 2004 it wasn't held at all). At this point I'm not quite sure what the future of the festival is. But it's been a great run.

All my snapshots from this year's festival can be found HERE.

Here's my favorite music from Day 1:

RICHARD JOHNSTON & PETER WILLIAMSAlthough he's not that well-known, Richard Johnston was one of the true highlights of the first day. This was his second Thirsty Ear appearance, the first being back in 2007.

For those unfamiliar, Johnston is a Memphis street musician, who earns a living giving performances on Beale Street. Usually he plays as a one-man band playing guitar or one of his home-made diddley bows with his bands and drums with his feet. He had a couple of his homemade cigar-box contraptions with him Saturday. "You don't have to spend $2,500 on a guitar to have a lot of fun," he said.

But he also expanded his one-man band show saturday with the addition of Santa Fe's own Peter Williams on bass for several songs. With Peter, Johnston sounded a lot like The Black Keys.

I bought a copy of Johnston's Official Bootleg #1. The album, recorded several years ago, is good, but it doesn't come anywhere close to his live performances.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL As much as I loved Johnston, I think my favorite performance Saturday was Asleep at the Wheel.

I'd only seen them once before -- at Club West circa 1984. Some of the current members of the band might not have even been born at that point. But if anything, this band is even tighter than the old days, Eddie Rivers, who also has played with Wayne Hancock, is a monster on steel guitar -- and he doubles on sax. Jason Roberts is a great fiddler and singer, and singer Elizabeth McQueen is a delight. But deserving the most credit is frontman/founding member/western-swing visionary Ray Benson. He's the glue that holds it all together.

While I loved all the classic western-swing songs they did, ("Oh You Pretty Woman" is the one that got stuck in my head) I've got to say that Wheel's version of "Hot Rod Lincoln" Saturday nearly rivaled Commander Cody's and Bill Kirchen's versions.
Felix y Los Gatos was the last band I saw at last year's Thirsty Ear Festival, so I guess it's appropriate that they were the first I saw this year.

Last year the rain forced the Cats to abandon the outside main stage and play inside the hotel. But this year they were able to reclaim the main stage. And they did it like pros.

For those who've never seen them, Felix and the boys, who call Albuquerque home, play a mean mixture of ranchero, zydeco, country, blues and rock. Mostly they do originals, though they did sneak in a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" as well as their version of "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." While Felix's version of this zydeco classic is a lot of fun, I have to admit I was relieved that this year that they didn't make it last 45 minutes like they did last year.

The Thirsty Ear Festival continues today with performances by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women, Hayes Carll, Darrell Scott, Alex Maryol and more.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More Info on "Billy Richardson's Last Ride"

Thanks to John Rucker for finding the lyrics to "Bill Richardson's Last Ride," a song performed by Grandpa Jones that I played on The Santa Fe Opry last night and downloaded from eMusic recently.

As you can see, the song has nothing to do with the governor of New Mexico -- although political foes of the current governor might find metaphorical significance in the fact the song, originally recorded by Vernon Dalhart in 1926, is about a train wreck.

Rucker also found this page with more information on the song.

Here's those lyrics, (which came from this page.) :


Through the west wood Virginia mountain comes the morning mail,
Number three was westbound, the fastest on the rail,
Pulled right into Hinton, the junction along the line,
The Baldwin mounted engine made the run on time.

Billy Richardson's son at Hinton was called to make the run,
Pulled the fastest mail train from there to Huntington.
Fireman 'ported on duty just along the line,
Reading them train orders, left Hinton right on time.

Billy said, "Dear fireman, how happy I would be,
If I could die while pulling a train like number three."
Wanted to die on duty in his engine cab so free,
While pulling eastbound number four or westbound number three.

Fireman said, "Billy, you know you're old and gray,
Your name is on the pension list, you should retire some day."
Billy said, "Dear fireman, the truth I'm tellin' you,
I'll die right in my engine cab and nothing else will do."

Pulling down the river came westbound number three,
Sterning through the cotton hills*, and danger could it be.
His head-end struck a mail train while pulling down the line,
He'll never pull his train again through Huntington town on time.
He pulled the fastest time freight, he pulled the U.S. mail,
He pulled the fast excursion to the music of the rail.
He lost his life on duty in his engine cab so free,
While pulling in Montgomery on westbound number three.

Now ladies if your husband is a railroad engineer,
You know he's in lots of danger and death is ever near.
You know he loves you dearly when he is by your side,
Remember while it's his next run might be his farewell ride.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Friday, June 11, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Billy Richardson's Last Ride by Grandpa Jones
Red Red Robin by Rosie Flores
Hot 'N' Cold by Ray Condo & The Hardrock Goners
Mona Lee by Jason & The Scorchers
Country Woman by The Cals
Dig What You're Puttin' Down by Peter Case
Humpty Dumpty Heart Hank Thompson
Rainy Day Woman by Waylon Jennings
A White T-Shirt And A Pink Carnation by The A-Bones
Don't Let the Stars Get In You Eyeballs by Homer & Jethro

Bad Times (Are Comin' Round Again) by The Waco Brothers
Sure Feels Like Rain by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Please Big Mama by Rudy Gray
Wine Wine Wine by Bobby Fuller
A Living Hell by The Bottle Rockets
A Date With Her Memory by Cornell Hurd
Don't She Look Like a Rodeo Queen? by Kris Hollis Key
Second Fiddle to sn Old Guitar by Jean Shepherd
Dodging A Gal From Dodge City by Spike Jones

Thirsty Ear Festival Set
(Thirsty Ear is Saturday & Sunday at Eaves Ranch)
Richard Johnston
Zydeco Tonight by Felix y Los Gatos
Chicken & Gravy by Richard Johnston with Jessie Mae Hemphill
Rolly Poly by Asleep at the Wheel with The Dixie Chicks
Molly and Tenbrooks by Sam Bush
Hank Williams' Ghost by Darrell Scott
Wanda & Duane by Dave Alvin

Bad Luck Everywhere You Go by C.W. Stoneking
When Dorey's Behind the Door by Al Duvall
Room to Room by Terry Allen with Lucinda Williams
New Mexico by Johnny Cash
Let Her Go God Bless Her by The Louvin Brothers
More And More by Webb Pierce
Snake Walk by Clothesline Revival
Be My Love by NRBQ
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Check out the news release from Soleri's Consanti Foundation below:

Also today the state Cultural Properties Review Committee passed a resolution asking Santa Fe Indian School to reconsider its decision to demolish Paolo Soleri Amphitheater. The City Council passed a similar resolution on Wednesday.

Please check out my story in Saturday's New Mexican.

Consanti Foundation on Paolo Soleri Theater

Thursday, June 10, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
June 11, 2010

King Shark is back. And he’s got lots of fine reggae music for Santa Fe.

Shark, aka Alphanso Henclewood, was born 52 years ago in the Greenwich Farms neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica. It’s an area populated mainly by people who make their living in the fishing industry. But it has also produced way more than its share of musicians — the most notable probably being Earl “Chinna” Smith, a guitarist whose résumé includes work with Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, and King Shark.
Moving from New York, Shark first came to Santa Fe about 10 years ago. (The love of a woman first brought him here, he said in a recent interview.) It was here in Santa Fe that he set up his company, Montego Records. In 2000 he released a compilation, King Shark and All Star Friends, which was recorded in Jamaica and featured tracks by artists including Prince Alla, Vicious Irie, Charlie Chaplin (a Jamaican), Michael Prophet, and Shark.

He left Santa Fe for several years. “I went to Texas,” he said. Dallas, to be exact. But earlier this year, he returned, settling down in the Pecos area. And he’s been busy.

Shark recently completed Rasta Life, a 56-minute film about the music of his homeland. He produced and directed, while Eduardo Griego edited the documentary. Opening with Chinna Smith playing bluesy jazz licks on an acoustic guitar, the film mainly consists of singers he knows doing what they do best — singing. These include artists like King Alla, Earl Zero, Pretty Rebel, Lucani, Peter Ridkind, and Ernest Wilson.

While there is some studio footage, most of these performances are spontaneous (or at least spontaneous-feeling) a capella performances. It’s lots of fun, even though those of us not fluent in Jamaican English have a hard time following some of the dialogue. The music is easy to follow, however, and that’s what really counts. This movie will be available to the public soon.

Another new treat from King Shark was a CD he gave me full of songs mostly by the musicians appearing on Rasta Life. (Among these is a new one by King Shark himself, “She’ll Be Mine,” performed in the “lover’s rock” style.)

Many of these tracks are available to download from the Montego Records website. Warning: this site is a little difficult to navigate. If there’s a way to search by artist, I haven’t figured it out yet. But the music’s good and reasonably priced — 89 cents for MP3s, $1.38 for higher-quality WAV versions of the songs.

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Speaking of websites, last month Shark launched a new one, RastaLives.com. Though much of it is still under construction, several articles are up, and it has loads of biographies of the King’s musical pals.

And King Shark has been recording some music here too. Recently he’s been recording at Frogville Studios with Felecia Ford of Hundred Year Flood. (Full disclosure: I helped direct Shark and Ford to each other when King told me he was looking for a strong female vocalist.) Ford told me last week that she was doing vocals on “The Oil,” a song about the BP oil spill that she co-wrote with Frogville Records tycoon John Treadwell. The background music was recorded previously by King Shark, back in Jamaica.

So if Santa Fe ever becomes internationally famous as a reggae capitol, King Shark will surely be behind it.

Some other recommended international treats for your ears:
* Trans-Continental Hustle by Gogol Bordello. Eugene Hütz, the Ukrainian gypsy punk rocker behind this roving band, recently moved from New York City to Brazil. That’s why there’s suddenly a huge carnivale influence in the already multinational blend of sounds that is Gogol Bordello. The good news is that it works. Hütz and crew might be maniacal when they perform, but he’s smart enough to be subtle about adding new sounds.

Another new factor in the Gogol record is the addition of Rick Rubin as producer. That made a lot of Gogol fans worry: will the next Gogol album sound more like Slayer or Neil Diamond?

Fortunately, it sounds like neither. If anything, the acoustic instruments, especially Hütz’s guitar, seem a little more prominent than in past recordings. But there are still enough crazed rockers to keep old fans happy. In fact, in “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher),” Gogol’s rhythm section has a little Slayer in it when it goes to the chorus.

My only beef here is that none of the 12 tracks instantly grabs you by the throat the way “American Wedding” did on Gogol’s previous album, Super Taranta!, or the way “Not a Crime” did on 2005’s Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike. None of the new tracks would put a damper on a Bordello show, but none of them, at least so far, seem like an obvious contender to become a Gogol classic.

* Woman in Sin by Fishtank Ensemble. I love Little Willie John. And I enjoy an occasional Transylvanian folk tune and Kurdish fiddle stomp.

Well, here’s a group that happily plays all of the above. This Oakland-based band is led by singer/fiddler/saw-player Ursula Knudson and her husband, Fabrice Martinez, who also plays viand violin tromba, a stringed instrument that amplifies its sound through a metal resonator and metal horns. Martinez is a native of France who traveled with a real-life gypsy caravan through Europe.

Sometimes Fishtank sounds like an acoustic Gogol Bordello. Sometimes they sound more like the Hot Club of Cowtown. And every so often, such as in the 1920s-flavored “CouCou,” Knudson’s voice reminds me of Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Knudson sings a passable “Fever.” But my favorite is the six-minute “Kolo Suite,” a medley of traditional Serbian tunes with a Transylvanian finale that’ll make the vampires boogie.

This record is good, but I’ll bet Fishtank Ensemble is even better live. And they’re coming our way. The band is scheduled to play the Albuquerque Folk Festival at noon June 19 at Expo New Mexico (real people still call it the state fairgrounds).

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Two of my favorite American icons are coming together ... at last.

Elvis Presley and Mr. Potatohead!

The first of the Elvis potato heads will be released for Elvis Tribute Week in August. The toy will be in a jumpsuit. A second version — with the likeness dressed in black leather — will be on the market for Christmas.

That's a hunka hunka burnin' spud!

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* Humpty Dumpty LSD by The Butthole Surfers. Here they are, in all their Butthole splendor.

This is a 2002 collection of Surfer rarities and obscurities, culled from long-forgotten compilations and dusty recording studio shelves.

Most of the tracks here should remind Butthole Surfer fans why we love them in the first place. Crazy noise, psychedelic guitars, industrial strength percussion. It's New Year's Eve in the Nuthouse. They're coming to take you away, ha ha!

"One Hundred Million People Dead" is a living nightmare with a funky bass line. "I Love You Peggy" probably sent Peggy running. "I Hate My Job" is raw punk-rock and probably makes both Sid Vicious and Johnny Paycheck smile from Beyond. The opening piano chords banging in "Hetero Skeleton" recalls Frank Zappa's "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny."

Listen close and you can hear Daniel Johnston on "All Day," though he's buried in the thick mix. And there's a 13th Floor Elevators Cover, "Earthquake," that originally appeared on a Roky Erikson tribute album, Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye.

* Psychotic Beat! by Thee Vicars. After listening to The Butthole Surfers, Thee Vicars doesn't really sound all that psychotic.

But this is a pretty decent little British garage band. You can easily detect their influences -- The Kinks and The Standells among them. And singer Mike Whitaker sounds like The Troggs' Reg Presley with a sinus condition.

Here's something cool: Thee Vicars are playing the Eysines Goes Soul Festival this month in France with The Standells, The Zombies and Charles Walker & The Dynamites. My kinda show!

* Dangerous Magical Noise by The Dirtbombs. This is the third album from Detroit's premier rock 'n' soul band. It kicks off with a high-charged tune called "Start the Party" ... and the party never ends. To use my podcast pal Michael Kaiser's favorite word, every one of these tunes is a pounder.

Highlights here include "Motor City Baby," (which has a little T Rex in it), "I'm Through With White Girls," and "Stuck in Thee Garage," a nod at being pigeonholed in the genre game.

Displaying the group's wide array of influences, this version of Dangerous Magical Noise includes a cover of a Robin Hitchcock song ("Executioner of Love") and a Brian Eno tune, "King's Lead."

Just about all the reviews of this album I've read stresses that coming right after the soul-soaked Ultraglide in Black, (the first Dirtbombs album I ever heard), this was supposed to be a hard rocker. But the thing is I find such such distinctions useless. Frontman Mick Collins has soul in his voice that comes through on just about every song. But he's rocker at heart -- and that was true on Ultraglide as well.


13 songs from (Not)Your Standard Spike Jones Collection. Sometimes the only music that makes any sense to me at all is that of Spike Jones. I was hooked as soon as I heard the first pistol fired in "Cocktails for Two."

With perfect comic timing (and impeccable musicianship) Jones skewered the classics as well as the hot hits of his era. Descriptions of his stage shows sounds like Vaudeville gone berserk -- jugglers, midgets, honking horns, bells, whistles, farting trombones, crazy homemade instruments (a toilet seat with strings), and usually a beautiful blonde playing harp.

Jones became famous for his anti-Hitler song "Def Fuhrer's Face" back in 1942. One of the tracks I downloaded here was directed toward another member of the Axis -- "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap." (Yes, politically incorrect, but hey, we were at war and they did bomb us ...)

I downloaded a few cockeyed cowboy songs here like "Dodging a Gal From Dodge City," "Barstool Cowboy, " and "Big Bad Bill" (from the Badlands), And there's a fine little polka full of slide whistles and horn honks, called "City Slicker Polka."

But I think my favorites here are American chestnuts like "Hi Neighbor" and "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye." Jones makes them even chestnuttier.

This is a gigantic collection - 88 songs. I already had a bunch of them from the Rhino box set that was released in the '90s. But there's still plenty I don't have, so this'll be a musical well on eMusic I'll be drawing from in months to come.

* "Billy Richardson's Last Ride" by Grandpa Jones. I just wish I'd found this before I wrote that column suggesting theme songs for our governor's presidential campaign.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Memories of Paolo Soleri Amphitheater

The first time I went there was for my high school baccalaureate service in 1971. I was a amazed by the architecture. It seemed like a theater The Flintstones would frequent.

I first met Roger Miller there, backstage after a Michael Martin Murphey concert in the summer of 1980. Murphey had called Roger out on stage to do a couple of songs. Roger was barely able to strum one chord before the rain started pouring down and the show had to be called off.

That's where I interviewed B.B. King. Several others too, but I remember B.B. most of all because he was, and still is, the nicest "big star" I've ever interviewed.

That's where Frank Zappa dedicated an entire show to Paul Bardake, who at the time was attorney general of New Mexico. I called Bardake the next day and learned that his dad was Zappa's high school English teacher -- one of the few teachers Zappa actually got along with.

That's where I was stiffed for an interview with the late reggae star Peter Tosh after waiting several hours there one afternoon in the summer of 1981. (I finally had to leave because I'd booked studio time in Albuquerque. I was in the middle of recording Picnic Time for Potatoheads.)

I've seen a lot of great music there: Santana, Elvis Costello, Robert Cray, John Prine, David Bromberg, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Byrne, several Native Roots & Rhythms shows. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but last summer I dropped off my son there to see Atmosphere.

And now they're going to tear it down.

A news release from Santa Fe Indian School (that I've only seen on Facebook, thanks, Rima!) says:

"The decision was not made lightly," said Everett Chavez, SFIS superintendent. "Thousands of people have been a part of the Paolo Soleri’s history, but unfortunately we cannot support it any longer."

Chavez cited safety and annual maintenance costs as the primary reasons for closing the amphitheatre housed on the SFIS campus. The SFIS utilizes the amphitheatre only twice a year to host its annual 8th grade promotion and 12th grade senior graduation events. It is used less frequently for other entertainment events primarily because of competition from other concert venues and local casinos. He also called elements that go along with some Paolo Soleri events "unsavory" and not in keeping with the school’s mission as an educational institution."

All I can say is that it's a goddamn shame.

A goddamn shame.

Sunday, June 06, 2010


Sunday, June 6, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Thunder in the Sky by The Dirtbombs
It'll Chew You Up and Spit You Out by Concrete Blonde
Love is All Around by Husker Du
Hitchhiking by Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
Comb Your Hair by LoveStruck
Scream by Los Peyotes
Flea Market Rock by The Scrams
Eve of Destruction by The Dickies
Police Call by Drywall
Let It Rain by Pierced Arrows

New Old Blue Car by Peter Case
Feeling Strange by The Plimsouls
Falling Back On Me by Muck & The Mires
Fire on the Moon by The Bell Rays
Fever by The Monsters 2:34
Wrestling With Satan by Lightning Beatman
Dig That Grave! by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
Bongo Beatin' Beatnik by Joe Hall & The Corvettes
You Broke My Mood Ring by Rootboy Slim & The Sex Change Band

Hello Happiness by Johnny Dowd
Sports Car by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Nightride by Legendary Shack Shakers
i Love You Peggy by Butthole Surfers
Keep in Touch by The Canadian Rogues
Mountain Oysters by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with The Bill Doggett Trio
Rockin' is Our Bizness by The Treniers
Muck Muck (Alternate Take) by Yochanan
I'm a Demon by Roky Erikson

Universes Collide by Gogol Bordello
King of the New York Streets by Dion
Hi Neighbor by Spike Jones
In a Holler Over There by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Oh Me Oh My by Pretty Rebel
Grindin' Man by Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Good Old World by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, June 04, 2010


Friday, June 4, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

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

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Guacamole by Freddy Fender with Augie Meyers
Moonshine Guy/Releasing Celtic Prisoners by Jason & The Scorchers
Friday & Saturday Night by Wayne Hancock
Boss of the Blues by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Bobwire Betty by Ronnie Dawson
Gonna Catch a Wild One by Kris Hollis Key
Roly Poly The Last Mile Ramblers
Word to the Wise by Bill Kirchen with Dan Hicks
Pal-Yat-Chi by Spike Jones with Homer & Jethro

House Rent Jump by Peter Case
Parallel Bars by Robbie Fulks
Saturday Night Fish Fry by Asleep at the Wheel
Invitation to the Blues by Cornell Hurd
If One Won't Another Will The Carter Family
Come Back When You're Younger by Old Dogs
Party by The Collins Kids
Pink Burrito by R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders

Ft. Wayne Zoo by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Hills of Hell by Legendary Shack Shakers
Clarksdale by Alex Maryol
Cootie Catcher by Clothesline Revival
Done Got Old by Richard Johnston
Big River by The Waco Brothers
Two Left Feet by Holly Golighty & The Brokeoffs
Steeplechase Bound by Al Duvall

My Pretty Quadroon by Jerry Lee Lewis
Me and Billy the Kid by Joe Ely
Downhome Country Blues by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Three Times Seven by Doc and Merle Watson
Rio Grande by Felix y Los Gatos
My Walking Stick by Leon Redbone
Red River Valley by Johnny Bond
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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



I've been enjoying the new Peter Case album Wig the past few days. It's good rocking blues slop and Case sounds like he's having more fun on a record than he has in years.

I'll be reviewing it in the near future, but I wanted to let everyone know that Case will be playing in Los Alamos on July 2 at the Ski Hill.

Also, the nice folks at Yep Roc sent out the code for this handy dandy player below with some of the songs from Wig for you to enjoy, gentle readers. Happy Friday.


And yes folks, it's still on THE PLAZA!

2010 Santa Fe Bandstand Schedule

July 5th to August 19th
AFTERNOONS: Mondays and Wednesdays Noon—1:30
EVENINGS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6---8:30 pm

Trio Jalapeno de Antonia Apodaca Northern NM Traditional
6 pm
The Clan Tynker Family Circus Juggling and magic
Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce Southern songstress Roots Rock & Soul
6 pm
Busy McCarroll and the Ambassadors of Pleasure Power Jazz Pop noir
Eliza Gilkyson Renowned songwriter returns to Santa Fe
Wed. July 7 Noontime
The Kenny Skywolf Band Santa Fe’s own true R&B artist
6 pm
City of Santa Fe All Stars City Employee Talent Revue
6 pm
Matthew Andre Original groove music
TradiSon All the way from Havana, Cuba

Mon. July 12 Noontime
Don Lovato & Chris Abeyta Latin smooth jazz
Gumbo Project w/ Jimmy Russell Voodoo Funk & soul
Papa Grows Funk New Orleans premier music experience
6 pm
Dave Wayne's The Things That Are Heard Funky 21st century jazz-rock
Le Chat Lunatique Gypsy Jazz
Wed. July 14 Noontime
Laurianne Fiorentino Powerful Earthie-Indie Music
Round Mountain Enchanting mix of Middle Eastern, Balkan, Celtic and folk
Nacha Mendez Latin inspired rhythms with passionate exuberance
Aguabendita Latin Pop Brazilian Fusion
White Buffalo Georgie Angel and friends tear it up
Sister Morales Latin country rock from San Antonio

Mon. July 19 Noontime
Fiddlin’ Doc Gonzales Classic country swing
6 pm
Freebo Legendary bass player and award winning songwriter
Billy D & The HooDoos Bluzrok
6 pm
Santa Fe Concert Band & La Casa Sena Singers
Some Enchantment Evening-- A Broadway Spectacular
The Pleasure Pilots Vintage R&B and Swing music
Wed July 21 Noontime
Birds of Feather Soulful Spiritual Harmonies
The Bus Tapes Folk & Roll
Rumbatronix Latin Electronica
Lumbre Del Sol Chicano Soul
6 pm
Triple Firrre Ten year old Triplets who Rock
Alex Maryol Band Original rock ‘n roll and blues music

Mon. July 26 Noontime
Curry Springer & Primm Classic Rock
6 pm
The Rattlerz Classic Country & Blues & old time Rock N Roll
Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess Rock n Roll with a powerful frontwoman
Iyah Reggae soul
Azadeh Middle Eastern Dance Troupe
Y. Que Latino Rock World fusion
Wed. July 28 Noontime
Love Buzzards Old-Timey, Gospel & Blues
Eagle Star Father/daughter country-folk duo \
Trio Cafe Con Leche Mexican music grandma loves
6 pm
Quetzal Guerrero Soulful Latin R&B
Sol Fire Pop Rock with a Latin edge
The Rifters Southwestern Americana
Hot Club of Cowtown Hot Jazz/western Swing trio

Mon. August 2 Noontime
Jocelyn Celaya Radical Classical guitar
Robert Sequoia Romantic & passionate guitar
The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers
Soulman Sam & The Soul Explosion Rhythm & Blues
Boris and the Saltlicks Roots Rock with a dirty soul and a poet's tongue
Po Girl Eclectic Canadian band returns
Wed. August 4 Noontime
Ride That Pony! Don & Victoria Armstrong & Pals
Manzanares Nuevo Flamenco meets Latin rock
Los Tropicales Latin jazz from Las Vegas NM
6 pm
2bers Hip hop with Jazz, Reggae, Folk and Soul
3HC Holy Faith Breakdancing Crew
Albuquerque Blues Connection Blame it on the Blues

Mon. August 9 Noontime
Holy Water and Whiskey Traditional, folk, bluegrass, gospel
6 pm
Kim & the Caballeros Big ol’ twangy Country-Western
South by Southwest Hot Country and Swing
Rubixzu Home Grown hip hop & reggae
3HC Holy Faith Breakdancing Crew
La Junta Latin funkadelic reggae hip hop
Wed. August 11 Noontime
Kumusha Women's marimba ensemble
Legacy of Santa Fe Local Variety Band
Los Wise Guys Golden oldies and Beatle covers
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The Strange Rock Blues roots
Ken Valdez Latin rock and Blues

Atomic Grass Traditional bluegrass
Eric Carlson & the Mystery Ship Post-modern old-time blue mountain folk
Welcome to Bohemia. Ron “Dadou” Romanovsky & Friends
The Saltanah Dancers Joyful enchanting belly dance
Nationbeat Brazilian/Americana fusion band
Tues August 17 6pm
Gary Farmer & the Troublemakers Troubled Blues that rocks the boat
Native Roots Native Reggae
Wed. August 18 Noontime
Indige Femme International Indigenous World Beat Folk
Savor Cuban Dance music
Southern Scratch Waila—Native dance music from the Sonoran Desert
Micki Free American Horse W/ Special Guest Shea Power Rock
Keith Secola Native Rebel music
Casper and the Mighty 602 Band Hopi/Dine Roots Reggae


Josh Peyton continues to preach his rocking, righteous slide-guitar gospel on The Wages, the latest musical sermon by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

This big damn band is actually a trio from rural Indiana. As locals who saw the group at the Santa Fe Brewing Company early this year know, it’s a family band — or a “fam damily” to play upon a previous album title — featuring The Rev. on vocals and slide; his wife, Breezy, on the rub board; and cousin Aaron Persinger on drums.

Even though they’re a bunch of yam dankies, the Peyton clan could pass for Mississippi Hill Country. Their basic slide/drums/washboard sound has classic Fat Possum written all over it. They play acoustic instruments, but nobody can say they aren’t high-voltage.

The burly, bearded Peyton is proud of his rural heritage. “Born Bred Corn Fed,” the opening song, celebrates a traditional way of life. “Buy a melon from a roadside stand/Honor system, leave a dollar in the can/Somebody dies, you bring their family a pie/Fire Department’s Got a Friday night Fish Fry.”

But The Wages isn’t all about country sunshine and waving fields of grain. Far from it. There’s no honor system in “Lick Creek Road,” in which Peyton sings, “Don’t answer the door without a pistol anymore.” Even more explicit is “In a Holler Over There” — not far from his own home, the singer sees starving children, meth labs, and failing farms.

Indeed, the recession permeates several songs here. “Just Gettin’ By” is one of them. And in “Everything’s Raising” (“but the wages” completes the refrain), Peyton castigates bankers, big corporations, and congressmen.

Yet despite all this seriousness and hard times, The Wages can’t be seen as a downer. There are loads of good times and plain goofiness.

Peyton is a fine storyteller. He proved that on the last album with the hilarious “Your Cousin’s on Cops,” a reportedly true account of watching TV and realizing that the poor, dumb redneck being handcuffed by officers on the television show was a relative.

There’s some similar fun on this album, especially in “Fort Wayne Zoo,” which begins with the line, “My brother stole a chicken from the Fort Wayne Zoo.” You have to wonder what kind of crappy zoo has chickens, but as you contemplate that, Peyton starts singing, “There’s a lot of crazy women living in Fort Wayne.”
Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
“Two Bottles of Wine” is a 90-mph drunken stomp. Guest accordion player Jason Webley gives the song a Cajun feel. It starts off with someone evoking The Ramones by shouting “1-2-3-4!”

The album ends with “Miss Sarah,” a sweet farewell to a woman who was queen of her own kitchen. “We’ll miss ya, Miss Sarah. Who’ll make the biscuits?” It’s a song you can imagine Doc Watson or Mississippi John Hurt singing, a low-key coda to a wild trip through the boonies.

Also recommended:

* Agri-dustrial by Legendary Shack Shakers. Here’s another band with one foot planted firmly in American roots music and another planted in punk-rock craziness.

“Agri-dustrial” is a pretty apt description e basic Shack Shakers sound. It’s rootsy but with a hard-rocking edge.

The singer and frontman, Col. J.D. Wilkes (I’m not sure which branch of the military he served in), plays a mean harmonica and occasional banjo and Jew’s harp, while co-conspirator Duane Denison, formerly of punk-noise patriarchs The Jesus Lizard, makes some crazy noise on his guitar. The rhythm section is grounded in metal as well as in cowpunk.

Like Rev. Peyton’s album, this new effort by the Shack Shakers takes a look at rural living, though Agri-dustrial deals mainly with the South.
If there’s a concept here, it’s a horror story. That should be obvious by some of the song titles — “Two Tickets to Hell,” “The Hills of Hell,” and so on. And it’s apparent that the title character of “God Fearing Man” has plenty to fear. “The Hills of Hell” is especially unsettling when Wilkes, his voice electronically distorted, reads from Kentucky Book of the Dead, relating stories of crucifixions and bodies stashed in the corpses of horses.

Wilkes sings like a crazed prophet in the ominous “Greasy Creek”: “What was spoken light will be tested at night/Where the White Thing sings, the state bird bites/While you’re diggin’ up tiny extra rows of teeth/Behold the fascist Killmachine.”

The spookiest number is “The Lost Cause,” a jittery waltz featuring what sounds like a player piano from some dusty Old West saloon. Wilkes sings of a battalion of undead Confederate soldiers. But actually it’s not a ghost story; it’s a rebuking of the weird undercurrent of Confederate revisionism and glorification that’s surfaced lately with some Southern politicians.

“A company of skeletons in rags/March home under tattered white flags/Dusty Bibles and deep empty pockets/Dark dreams and deeper eye sockets/We ain’t right in the head and our women lay dead/We’re the losers who chose The Lost Cause.”

That’s what I love about the South.


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