Friday, December 30, 2016


Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
I Ain't Gonna Hang Around by Southern Culture on the Skids
Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed by Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys
Kentucky Blues by David Bromberg
Big White Pickup by Jim Terr
Commandment 7 by Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Train Wreckers by Scott H. Biram
I Ain't Drunk by Whitey Morgan & The 78s
Fishin' Forever by Mose McCormack
New Year's Eve at the Gates of Hell by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Wild Wild Lover by Legendary Shack Shakers
Ain't No Bars in Heaven by T. Tex Edwards & The Swingin' Kornflake Killers
Man Up by Nikki Lane
Fruit of the Vine by Nancy Apple
Wrong Side of His Heart by Rosie Flores
Dirty House Blues by Wayne Hancock
The Girl I Sawed in Half by Paul Burch
Mean Mean Woman by Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers
Woody Guthrie's New Year's Flood by Stan Ridgway

I Do What I Can to Get By by The Supersuckers
Pills I Took by Hank III
Four Years of Chances by Margo Price
Sea Stories by Sturgill SImpson
Nobody to Blame by Chris Stapleton
Rusty Cage by Johnny Cash
Blue Ridge Cabin Home by John McEuen
Whiskey Trail by Los Lobos
Ain't Doing Nobody No Good by Tony Joe White

Hearts and Bones by Paul Simon
Fare Thee Well Carolina Gals by Robbie Fulks
'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered by Mac Wiseman & Allison Krauss
Trouble in Mind by Merle Haggard
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: These Are People Who Died

2016 was a terrible bummer of a year in so many ways. If only for the number of great musicians who passed on, this would be one of the cruelest years I can remember.

Here are some songs from my favorites who breathed their last in 2016. Rest in peace all of you

(Caution: It might take a bit for this page to load. Be patient. And hope that none of our favorites croak by the time you reach the end ...)

Long John Hunter
(January 4)

Red Simpson
(January 8)

David Bowie
(January 10)

Blowfly (Clarence Reid)
(January 17)

Dan Hicks.
(Feb. 6)
I guess it was his time to go. But I miss him.

Steve Young
(March 17)

Merle Haggard
(April 6)
Hey, Hag. It was fun.

(April 21)

Lonnie Mack
(April 21)
Yes, the great Memphis blues/rock guitarist died the same day as Prince. (John Eskow at Counterpunch had some observations about that.) Here's a clip from a 1980s local Cleveland TV show featuring Lonnie playing with host Scott Newell

Billy Paul
(April 24)
Soulman Billy was something of a one-hit wonder. But what a hit!

Candye Kane
(May 6)

Guy Clark
(May 17)

Ralph Stanley
(June 23)

Scotty Moore
(June 28)
He was best known for being Elvis Presley's guitarist in the '50s. This is an Elvis song from a Scotty Moore solo record.

Alan Vega
(July 16)

Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural, Jr.)
(Sept. 24)

Jean Shepard
(Sept, 25)

Oscar Brand
(September 30)

Bobby Vee
(Oct. 24)
Lord, Mr. Ford, this is one of those crazy Scopitone videos!

Leonard Cohen
(Nov. 7)

Leon Russell
(Nov. 13)

Billy Miller
(Nov. 14)

Mose Allison
(Nov. 15)

Sharon Jones
(Nov. 18)

Keith Emerson (March 11) & Greg Lake (Dec.7)

OK, I'm not a big prog-rock, but losing two thirds of ELP in one year is a big deal. Plus I always loved this song. I saw them do it live on the Brain Salad Surgery tour in the mid '70s and it's still the loudest damned concert I ever saw.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: New Year's Songs from Around the World

Holy Zozobra, Batman! It's traditional New Year scarecrow burning time in Ecuador.

New Year's Eve is only three days away.. And around the world there's a lot more ways to sing about it than "Auld Lang Syne."

Here's a quick spin around the globe to hear a sampling of New Year songs.

Let's start out with a New Year song by a group that might prompt Sting to ask, "Do the Russians love their crappy boy bands too?"

Let's go to Korea for some equally obnoxious but more polished sounds. It's K-Pop group UNIQ's "Happy New Year."

Here's a New Year's Eve drum party in Morocco

And finally, here's one I actually like. It's Mongolian underground rock star and yoga instructor Sunderia and her band playing "The New Year Waltz."

Sunday, December 25, 2016

It's a Johnny Dowd Christmas!

There's no Terrell's Sound World tonight, but to make up for it, here are THREE Christmas songs from the unstopable Johnny Dowd!

(Thanks and Merry Xmas to T. Tex Edwards, whose tweet just a few minutes ago inspired this post. Now I'm waiting for the T. Tex Christmas album ...)

Friday, December 23, 2016


Friday, Dec. 23, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Alone and Forsaken by Social Distortion
Excitable Boy by John McEuen
Red Wine by Scott H. Biram
U.S. Rte. 49 by Paul Burch
Mule Train by Ronnie Dawson
Don't Fiddle With a Cowboy Hat by Sons of the San Joquin
Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad by Wanda Jackson
Jack's Red Cheetah by Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band
Little But I'm Loud by Rosie Flores

Broke Broom Blues / Long Walk by Mose McCormack
I'll Sail My Ship Alone by Johnny Bush
Six Bullets for Christmas by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Bless Your Heart by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Pay Day Blues by Dan Hicks & His Hotlicks
Lord Be My Airbag by Jim Terr
Blue Christmas Lights by Chris & Herb
Stutterin' Cindy by Charlie Feathers

American is a Hard Religion by Robbie Fulks
Hard Times by Martha Fields
Dirt by Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Crawdad Song by Washboard Hank
I'm Ready If You're Willing by Mimi Roman
Crazy Arms by Jerry Lee Lewis
Keep it Between the Lines by Sturgill Simpson
Wreck of a Man by Arty Hill
Christmas Ball Blues by Leon Redbone

Waitin' on my Sweetie Pie by NRBQ
Worried Mind by Eilen Jewell
Goin' Back South by CW Stoneking
I'll Walk Out by Miss Leslie
Sawadi by Terry Allen
I'm Just a Country Boy by Don Williams
Nothing But a Child by Steve Earle with Maria McKee
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: The Best Albums of 2016

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Dec. 23, 2016

These are my favorite albums of the year:

* Meridian Rising by Paul Burch. On this song-cycle biography of ascended country-music master Jimmie Rodgers, Burch tells the story of Rodgers’ life from the Singing Brakeman’s point of view, as he toured the country like a Depression-era rock star, picking, drinking, womanizing, and eventually dying. Burch juxtaposes the sweet sunny South of romantic myth against its oppressive historical reality. “Let me tell you all about the place I’m from/Where the police tip their hats while they’re swinging their clubs.” It’s not an overtly political album, but Burch makes some biting commentary on social inequality with songs like “Poor Don’t Vote.”

* Meet Your Death (self-titled). This band is something of an Austin punk-blues supergroup fronted by harp-man Walter Daniels — a veteran of bands including Big Foot Chester and Jack O’ Fire (a band who, years ago, covered a Blind Willie McTell song called “Meet Your Death”) — and slide guitarist John Schooley, who I know best from his three albums on the Voodoo Rhythm label, under the name “John Schooley and his one-man band.” The standouts on this outstanding record are “Elephant Man” (that one comes from a nasty old gutter blues song) and “Obeah Man,” a Caribbean-rooted invocation to the ruling hoodoo deities of rock ’n’ roll.

* Hex City by Churchwood. If you’re a fan of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Pere Ubu, The Fall, The Butthole Surfers, or Jonathan Swift, get yourself acquainted with Churchwood. Every track on their fourth album is filled with incredible blues, funk, and sometimes even metal riffs, with unpredictable time signatures and lyrics that sound like a cryptic code that, for the illuminated, could open the secrets of reality. The band’s basic lineup on this album is fortified on some songs by a horn section (The Money Shot Brass) and female vocalists called The Nicotine Choir. Hex City is a dangerous adventure. And the adventure only deepens with every listen.

Blood on the Keys by James Leg. If you need more of that blues-driven, rump-bumpin’, holy-
roller-shoutin’, swampy rock ‘n’ roll, a keyboard player called James Leg just might be your man. A former member of Black Diamond Heavies and Immortal Lee County Killers, Leg has a voice that falls somewhere between Beefheart and Jim “Dandy” Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas. And he can even do a credible version of a Blaze Foley song, “Should’ve Been Home With You.”

Changes by Charles Bradley. Like the late Sharon Jones, her Daptone label-mate Bradley’s music career didn’t take off until relatively late in life — Jones was in her forties when she put out her first solo album, Bradley was in his sixties. But this guy, known as the Screaming Eagle of Soul, sinks his talons into a song and won’t let go. Changes opens with a monologue by Bradley, who introduces himself as “a brother that came from the hard licks of life. That knows America is my home … America represents love for all the Americans in the world” before breaking into a soulful chorus of “God Bless America.” But his patriotism isn’t the blind kind. In “Change For the World,” he sings, “If we’re not careful, we’ll be back segregated … Stop hiding behind religion/Hate is poison in the blood.” The album is all this plus a sweaty, emotional cover of a Black Sabbath song — the title track, “Changes.”

The Mystery Lights (self-titled). Speaking of Daptone, the New York neo-soul label is branching out with an imprint (Wick) specializing in neo-garage rock. The first release is by this basic loud-fast-and-snotty, fuzz ’n’ Farfisa group that also loves to take sonic excursions into psychedelia. These guys obviously have spent some time listening to old records by The Seeds and new ones by Thee Oh Sees — and maybe even some early Country Joe & the Fish. Nobody's going to mistake singer Mike Brandon for Charles Bradley but this white-boy soul is a rocking delight.

* Upland Stories by Robbie Fulks. Once again, Fulks has graced this troubled land with a powerful acoustic album. Some of these songs were inspired by James Agee, who documented the lives of Depression-era Southern sharecroppers in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941). For instance, the opening song, “Alabama at Night,” is about Agee’s trip to the South in 1936. More pointed is the stark, hard-bitten “America Is a Hard Religion.” Fulks, who first became known for his funny, sardonic tunes, has some lighter moments here, too. “Aunt Peg’s New Old Man” is a celebration of an elderly relative finding a new beau. “Katy Kay” is a devilish hillbilly love song.

* Cosmetic by Nots. This is the most urgent-sounding music I’ve heard in a long time. Though it’s not always easy to understand the lyrics, it’s impossible to escape the intensity of the sound. Fronted by singer Natalie Hoffmann, this is basically a guitar group — except they’ve got a keyboard player, Alexandra Eastburn, whose fearsome synthesized blips, bloops, wiggles, and squiggles remind me of Allen Ravenstine, the keyboard maniac of early Pere Ubu. The five-and-a-half-minute title song begins with a slow distorted blues riff, then, about three minutes in, the pace suddenly takes off and becomes a frenzied race to the finish

* Tumbling Heights by The Come N’ Go. This Swiss band cut its proverbial teeth in the crazed world of garage-punk. On this, their fourth album for Voodoo Rhythm Records, The Come N’ Go prove they can play it fast and furious. But on some songs they show a folkie sensibility, while on others, they go psychedelic on us. They’re still working hard to get our butts shaking — but they also seem interested in getting our minds expanding.

* Johnny & Bo by The Dustaphonics. This London-based band, featuring the guitar of the French-born Yvan Serrano-Fontova and the full-throttle vocals of Hayley Red, combines surf music, punk, and R&B (and a few echoes of ska, soundtrack music, and exotica) into a unique hopped-up sound. The names in the title refer to Ramone and Diddley, who are in Serrano-Fontova’s and Red’s personal pantheon of music heroes. They also pay tribute to the late Tura Satana, the star of Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, who collaborated with Serrano-Fontova on some music projects.

Hey, I lucked out this year. I found songs from all these albums on Spotify, so I put 'em in this playlist:

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Forgotten Christmas Songs

A couple or three years ago I was at KSFR doing what was then my annual Christmas Special -- I'd been doing it for probably more than 15 years by then -- when a weird revelation came over me and chilled me to the bone.

God damn, I'm sick of these fucking songs!

Even the parodies, the punk-rock versions and the anti-Christmas novelties started rubbing me the wrong way.

That's one reason that I decided to break tradition this year and not do a Christmas show for the Big Enchilada Podcast. Instead I did THIS.

The trouble with most Christmas songs is that everyone has heard them so many times you just want to scream.

At least I do.

Hopefully by next year I'll be sick of being sick of Christmas music and get back into the spirit instead of acting like a sour old bastard.

So for this Throwback Thursday before Christmas, here are a few old old songs, some from the dawn of the recording industry, that hopefully nobody is sick of.

Back in 1904, Albert C. Campbell and James F. Harrison sang about a town drunk's Christmas redemption. "Old Jim's Christmas Hymn."

Australian-born singer Billy Williams protested Santa Claus' cruel injustices in 1913 with "Why Don't Santa Claus Bring Something to Me?"

 A few years after his big hit "The Wreck of the Old 97," classically-trained Texas musician Vernon Dalhart recorded this obscure little Christmas tune in  1928.

And finally, here's a jumpiin' little 1934 instrumental by Raymond Scott, "Christmas Night in Harlem."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Chistmas in The Key of Z

Outsider musicians love Christmas too! It's time for some of the most twisted carols you may ever hear.

Not hip to the concept of outsider music? Fear not. Irwin Chusid, author of Songs in the Key of Z, the Bible of this "genre," will enlighten you:

Outsider musicians are often termed "bad" or "inept" by listeners who judge them by the standards of mainstream popular music. Yet despite dodgy rhythms and a lack of conventional tunefulness, these often self-taught artists radiate an abundance of earnestness and passion. And believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality...

Most of the artists below appear in Chusid's book and or the fabulous Songs in the Key of Z CD compilations,

Here's an outside artist you probably have heard of, the late, great Tiny Tim, (especially if you read Wacky Wednesday very much.)

Wesley Willis will get you in the holiday mood

Here's some Yuletide cheer with Wild Man Fischer

Daniel Johnston making spirits bright

B.J. Snowden is a one-woman Christmas Party with Fred Schneider of the B52s

Finally, I'm not sure what this is ....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What, No Christmas Special?


Previously, since 2008, I've produced a Christmas podcast for the Big Enchilada. But this year, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Call me Scrooge or call me Grinch, I just couldn't do it. So instead I'm giving you an hour of crazed rock 'n' roll, including some songs from some of my favorite albums of 2016. (And if you really need some Christmas music right now, you can find all my Christmas specials HERE)


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Hungarian Dance #5 by The Red Elvises)
You're Humbuggin; Me by Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater & Los Straitjackers
Marie Ann by Mojo Brothers
A Short Leash by CrumbSnatchers
Walking the Streets by Oh! Gunquit
Now That You're Gone by Mystic Braves
Hammer I Miss You by Nikola Tesla & Thee Coils

(Background Music: Harlem Nocturne by Twin Guns)
Today Sometimes by The Come 'N Go
Cold Line by Nots
Baby What's Wrong by The Cynics
Candlelight by The Mystery Lights
Got the Skinny by Gino & The Goons
Young Trash by Ex-Cult
What's the News by Motor City Crush

(Background Music: Horror Face by Terrorsurfs)
Electrik Fool by Troy Gregory & The Glow in the Dark Monsters
Talk About Her by The Revox
Barongan by Arrington de Dionyso with Gal Lazer Shiloach
One More Time by He Who Cannot Be Named
Little Drummer Boy by Dengue Fever
(Background Music: Holiness Dance by Rev. Louis Overstreet)

Play it below:

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016
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
When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow by Meet Your Death
Justine by The Righteous Brothers
Nasty Girl, Nasty Boy by The Cavemen
Human Lawn Dart by James Leg
Walking the Streets by Oh! Gunquit
Walking on My Grave by Dead Moon
Slippin' Sideways by Dywall
Eggnog by The Rockin' Guys
Sock it to Me, Santa by King Salami & The Cumberland 3

Changes by Charles Bradley
Window Shopping by Sharon Jones
Got the Skinny by Gino & The Goons
Born Bad by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Fluorescent Sunset by Nots
Saturday Midnight Bop by Jerry J. Nixon
Dreams on Screen by The Dustaphonics
Christmas Song by Gregg Turner
Don't Believe in Christmas by The Sonics

Track 3 by Arrington de Dionyso with Gal Lazer Shiloach
Revolution Part 1 by Butthole Surfers
Melt by The Mystery Lights
The Sights and Sounfs of De Los Muertos by De Los Muertos
The Thin Man by Archie & The Bunkers
I Have Always Been Here Before by Hickoids
Yakov the Polka Reindeer by The Polkaholics
Chickasaw Fire by Churchwood
You're Humbuggin' Me by Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater with Los Straitjackets
Ponytail and a Black Cadillac by King Automatic

Getting Ready For Christmas Day by Paul Simon
Little Drummer Boy by Dengue Fever
Chokin' Kind by Z.Z. Hill
Surrealchemist by Stereolab
Star of Wonder by The Roches
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, December 16, 2016


Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy by Buck Owens
SLC by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Run Mississippi by Rhonda Vincent
18 Wheels a Hummin' Home Sweet Home by Mac Wiseman
Walking Backwards by Pork Chop Party
Stutterin' Cindy by Charlie Feathers
Bowling Alley Baby by Reach Around Rodeo Clowns
Boots and Spurs by Kyle Martin
It's Movin' Day by Charlie Poole
Your Father's Country Music by Jim Terr

Little Bells by Rosie Flores
Be Careful If You Can't Be Good by Ray Condo & The Ricochets
Out of My Mind by Nikki Lane
Honky Tonk Girl by Hank Thompson
Christmas Time With You by Jesse Dayton
Born to Love One Woman by Don Johnston
Aunt Peg's New Old Man by Robbie Fulks
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now by Ry Cooder

String's Mountain Dew by Stringbean
The Great Joe Bob by Terry Allen
All Night Lady by Johnny Paycheck
Wall of Stone by Tommy Hill
Killed Them Both by Wayne Hancock
Another Clown by Mose McCormack
What Good Can Drinkin' Do by Martha Fields
How Can I Still Be Patriotic (When They've Taken Away My Right to Cry) by Neil Hamburger

Poor Don't Vote by Paul Burch
I'd Rather Be Gone by Merle Haggard
Ramblin' Woman by Hazel & Alice
Someday by Blaze Foley
Never Cold Again by The Imperial Rooster
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 15, 2016


Sixty three years ago this month, Hugh Hefner published the first issue of Playboy magazine. It featured full-color nude photos of Marilyn Monroe.

People bought it for the articles.

But in addition to playing an important role in the Sexual Revolution, Hefner also was responsible for bringing some great music to television. In 1959 he launched a syndicated show called Playboy's PenthouseThough the set was made to look like Hefner's own swinging pad, it actually was a studio at Chicago's WBKB.

Here's a clip featuring Ella Fitzgerald.

Here's something cool: It's June Christy singing "Something Cool" at Hef's request.

Playboy's Penthouse only lasted two years. But by the end of the '60s, Hefner began hosting a second syndicated TV show. This one was called Playboy After Dark. (By then there was a rival magazine called Penthouse, So Playboy's Penthouse would have sounded like "Time's Newsweek.")  Hef hosted with his then girlfriend Barbie Benton by his side. I forget which Albuquerque station carried it, but I saw many episodes on late Saturday nights.

The second show was in color -- just like Marilyn Monroe. And while there were some guests like Buddy Rich and Sammy Davis, Jr. However, this show was far more rock 'n' roll oriented when it came to musical guests.

Here's a show with Ike & Tina Turner. (Dig Ike's hair!) And right after the 13 minute mark, the Ragin' Cajun, Doug Kershaw, comes out to play some fiddle with Ike & Tina on "Honky Tonk Women."

And here are a couple of songs by Canned Heat -- and an interview with Bob "The Bear" Hite talking about his vast collection of 78s.

The theme song for both shows was by Cy Coleman, (who also co-wrote the song "Witchcraft.")

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

It's been almost exactly a year since I've done a blog post about Spike Jones.

"Well," like the old Wolf Brand Chili commercials used to say, "friend, that's too long."

Today, Dec. 14, is the birthday of Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones, a son of a railroad man who grew up to be unique musician and comic genius. He would have been 105 years old today.

Let's start out at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hard to believe this one's timely again -- (even though it's timeless). This is for those so-called "Alt-White" morons

Headin' for the country ...

Decades before Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention wore dresses for the cover of We're Only In It For The Money ...

Finally, here's one for the season ...

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Livin' with Mum & Dad by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Don't Look Down by Lovestruck
Bursting Love by The Bloody Tomahawks
Mad Man by Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre
This Situation by Lucy & The Rats
Second Chance by Grandpa Death Experience
Marie Ann by Mojo Brothers
Losing My Mind by MFC Chicken
War Going On by Sulphur City
The Striker by Giant Robots
They Took You Away by Gregg Turner

Mencerminkan Mahkota Kotor by Arrington de Dionyso
Casino by Old Time Relijun
Laptop Dog by The Fall
The Splurge by James Chance & The Distortions
Teddy Bear by The Residents
A Poison Tree by Movie Star Junkies

Tura Satana Tribute Song by The Dustaphonics
Faster Pussycat by The Cramps
The Moon and Sixpence by Archie & The Bunkers
Fly Like a Rat by Quintron & Miss Pussycat
I Started a Joke by The Dirtbombs
Annie May by The Mobbs
Stupid Old Sun by The Fleshtones
Tammy by The Dean Ween Group

Get Yo Shit! by Black Lewis & The Honey Bears
Sag by Churchwood
Rita by Gaunga Dyns
I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts by X
Not Raving But Drowning by Julian Cope
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, December 09, 2016


Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Damn the Damage by Reverse Cowgirls
Crazy Mixed Emotions by Rosie Flores
It's Gravity by T. Tex Edwards
Crazy Blues by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper)
Swampblood by Legendary Shack Shakers
I Crossed the Line by Jim Stringer
Holy Ghost Rock 'n' Roller by Jesse Dayton
I'm Mad by The Reverend Horton Heat
Kentucky Borderline by Rhonda Vincent
How Lew Sin Ate by Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band

I Wanna Be Sedated by Two Tons of Steel
New Deal of Love by Hank Thompson
An Incident Off St. Kitts by The Mekons & Robbie Fulkss
Red Brick Wall by The Waco Brothers
They Took the Stars Out of Heaven by Floyd Tillman & Johnny Bush
I Love You So Much It Hurts by Merle Haggard
Slippin' Around by Ernest Tubb
Each Night at Nine by Floyd Tillman & Willie Nelson
Driving Nails in My Coffin by New Duncan Imperials

Travelin' Mood by John McEuen
Voodoo Voodoo by Marti Brom
Inside View by Dale Watson
Heavy on the Lonesome by Miss Leslie & The Juke Jointers
99 Years to Go by The Wray Brothers
Bobbin' Bonnie by Eddie Bond
Polka de Nalgas by The Imperial Rooster
Boogie Woogie Country Girl by Sleepy LaBeef
Let's Bounce by The Supersuckers
Beer Cans Down the Trans Can by Washboard Hank
Downward Mobility by Southern Culture on the Skids

Katy Kay by Robbie Fulks
Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine by Wayne Hancock
Men With Broken Hearts by Hank Williams
The Bad Wind by Tony Joe White
You Make the Blues Feel Like a Sunny Day by Michael Hearne & Shake Russell
Getting to Know You by NRBQ
Empty Bottle by The Calamity Cubes
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: I Love That Dirty Water

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Dec. 9, 2016

The recent passing of Norton Records co-founder Billy Miller set me to thinking about how much I appreciate great independent record labels. I assume Norton will remain a national treasure under the direction of Miller’s talented and visionary widow Miriam Linna.

But Miller’s death also makes me appreciate other great labels as well. Loyal readers of this column have seen me sing the praises of Norton, as well as others like BloodshotSaustexVoodoo Rhythm, and Off Label.

Another one that deserves to be high on that list — especially for us fans of garage-punk and modern rock ’n’ soul — is Dirty Water Records. It's a British company named after The Standells’ major 1966 hit and an offshoot of the Dirty Water Club in London, which operated for more than a decade out of a venue called The Boston and still produces occasional live music events at various London spots.

I’ve written in the past about Dirty Water recording artists like King Salami &The Cumberland 3, Los Peyotes, and Hollywood Sinners. Here’s a look at several recent Dirty Water releases.

* Johnny & Bo by The Dustaphonics. Next only to King Salami, this band is probably the most exciting Dirty Water act in the label’s 12-year history. Featuring the guitar of the French-born Yvan Serrano-Fontova and the full-throttle vocals of Hayley Red, The Dustaphonics combine surf music, punk, and R&B (and a few echoes of ska, soundtrack music, and exotica) into a unique hopped-up sound.

The Johnny and Bo in the title refer to Ramone and Diddley, who are in Serrano-Fontova’s and Red’s personal pantheon of music heroes. The title song, complete with the famous Bo beat and a reverb-heavy guitar, has a refrain combining “Hey, Bo Diddley” and The Ramones’ signature “Gabba gabba hey.”

There’s also a high-spirited tribute song celebrating the late Tura Satana, the star of Russ Meyer‘s sex-sational 1965 classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Before her death in 2011, Satana collaborated with Serrano-Fontova on some music projects, including co-writing an early Dustaphonics song, “Burlesque Queen.” Here’s a DJ tip: Play this alongside The Cramps’ version of “Faster Pussycat.”

Other highlights here are a sped-up cover of The Specials’ 1979 ska-revival hit “Gangsters,” a tune called “Listen to the Showman Twang” (featuring Red calling out idols including Dick Dale, The Ventures, Mickey Baker, Magic Sam, and The Trashmen), and not one but two versions of a song called “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” — one with a horn section and one without.

I’m just confused as to why they’re called The Dustaphonics. There ain’t nothing dusty about these sounds.

* Goin’ Chicken Crazy by MFC Chicken. This band leans heavily on soul and R&B, as filtered
through 1960s Northwestern U.S. bands like The Sonics and The Wailers. Led by sax man/singer Spencer Evoy and guitarist Alberto Ziol, this album sounds like a party that has no intention of ever ending. That’s probably most evident in the songs “Hooch Party,” “Blackout Drunk,” and the Chicken’s raucous cover of The Toppers’ 1954 novelty, “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box.”

The group celebrates simple joys like having a new pair of socks, roast potatoes, and even hair-care products.

“I Ain’t Crying (That’s Just Pomade in My Eyes)” pokes fun at the retro culture that often surrounds music like this. “When my girl up and left me, she took my good pomade/Now I’m left with the cheap stuff, the kind that ain’t well made.”

There are so many chicken songs here — “Goin’ Chicken Crazy,” “Chicken in a Hurry,” “Big Cluckin’ Mistake” — I couldn’t help but be reminded of Hasil Adkins’ album (on Norton Records) Poultry in Motion.

* Dirty Rock ’n’ Roll by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons. This is a high-energy, big-personality English trio, led by singer Puss Johnson, whose voice is a joyful experience that reminds me of KatieJane Garside of Daisy Chainsaw. (Remember “Love Your Money”?)

Even so, some songs on this album deal with gruesome themes. There’s the opening song “Burying the Bodies.” Then in “Hell Bent,” Puss sings of making boots out of a victim’s skin (and shrinking his head and grinding his bones), while the near-metallic “Souvenir” contains romantic lyrics such as, “They’ll find you in a ditch somewhere/bound and broken with no hair/I kept it as a souvenir.”

My favorite songs here are “Why Do You Hate Me,” “Hideous” (a rocking tirade against fashion-obsessed, celebrity-worshiping conformists), and best of all, “Still Livin’ With Mum and Dad,” an ode to eternal youth. “Hey why don’t you come over/and play on my Game Cube/We can listen to punk rock, baby, and make out in my room.”

And there’s even a song about the cat’s mortal enemy: “Dirty Li’l Dog.”

* Mystery Lover by Archie & The Bunkers. This band mostly just rants against hippies and
and demands their wives stifle themselves. Not really. Actually I’m a little puzzled about why this group — a pair of teenage (!) brothers from Cleveland — chose this name. But I don’t care if they call themselves Herman’s Hermits — these youngsters have created some amazing music here. With Cullen O’Connor on organ and Emmett O’Connor on drums (and both contributing vocals), these youngsters rock hard beyond their years.

The omnipresent organ gives the sound a spooky feel that reminds me of Mr. Quintron, the New Orleans keyboardist whom I first came to love through his collaboration with The Oblivians.

Alas, this is only a six-song EP. One of the songs is a cover of “Sunglasses After Dark,” first done by rockabilly Dwight Pullen and later by The Cramps.

For the sake of all us  dingbats and meatheads, I hope these guys have a long future in music and stay true to these roots. can find out more at.

Now let's enjoy some videos, shall we?

First The Dustaphonics ...

Let's go Chicken Crazy with MFC Chicken

Let's grab a little Pussycat

Finally, here's Archie & The Bunkers

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Floyd Tillman

Some super songs in Super-Sensitive Sound

Today is the birthday of one of country music's greatest songwriters, Floyd Tillman.

He would have been 102.

He was born in Ryan, Oklahoma, but raised in Post, Texas, According to his official website, "Floyd was drawn to playing music by the fact that two of his brothers were earning $5 a night playing dances at a local skating rink.

"Floyd developed his own style of performing at an early age.  He was always just a little off from the beat of the other musicians.  He would rather sing his own compositions than the common hits of the day."

After years of recording hits and relentless touring, Tillman slowed down on his performing in the early 1950's, his website says, Quoting the artist: "It was a daily rat race. I was sleeping in my car-a bus was out of the question, too expensive-and making $200-$500 a night, more money than I could pay taxes on, and I got tired of it.  I told the band they could go on and keep playin' but I was going to retire.  That kind of life can get to you."

Tillman was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1971.  And in 1984, Willie Nelson inducted him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tillman died in 2003 at the age of 88.

Here are some of his greatest songs.

Here's Tillman himself singing "I Love You So Much It Hurts Me" in 1948

"They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" was Tillman's first single  in 1944, Here's a 1946 cover by a singer called Boots Faye

According to his website, "Each Night At Nine," a 1944 hit by Tillman, "captured the feelings of lonely servicemen so well that both Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose played it heavily to encourage desertion." Here's a version by one of Tillman's greatest interpreters, Ernest Tubb

Jerry Lee Lewis covers Tillman's "Slippin' Around," known as one of country music's first cheating songs.

Rockabilly star Eddie Bond is one of many to cover Tillman's "This Cold War With You,"

Here's a fairly recent version one of Tillman's most-loved songs, "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" performed by Rhonda Vincent

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Shotgun Boogie!

Yep, just some songs about the shotgun.

First a hit by Tennessee Ernie Ford

Here's the Park Avenue Hillbilly, Miss Dorothy Shay, whose mother was frightened by a shotgun, they say ...

Some "Shotgun Blues" from the original Sonny Boy Williamson

I just recently became aware of this bitchen soul record by Roy C called "Shotgun Wedding."

And what set me off on this rampage of shotgun songs? This little clip by The Reverend Peyton, of course.

Sunday, December 04, 2016


Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Lightning's Girl by Nancy Sinatra
You Let the Dead In by Churchwood
Baby Let Me Bang Your Box by MFC Chicken
Cheap Thrills by Ruben & The Jets
Don't You Just Know It by The Sonics
Action Packed by The Del Moroccos
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
Better to Be Lucky Than Good by The Electric Mess
Cold Line by Nots

Campanas del Mission by De Los Muertos
We Go On by The Come 'N Go
Losing My Mind by Alien Space Kitchen
Don't Lie to Me by Mojo Brothers
Forming by The Germs
Nomads of The Lost by Oh! Gunquit
Zip Code by Deadbolt
Gangsters by The Dustaphonics
Tucson Girls by Gregg Turner

Why Do You Hate Me by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Persona Non Grata by The Upper Crust
49 Guitars and One Girl by Pere Ubu
White Glove Service by The Grannies
The Flesh is Weak by James Chance & The Contortions
I Would Die For You by The Rockin' Guys
Sunglasses After Dark by Archie & The Bunkers
I'm Alright by Mose Allison

Hound Dog by 68 Comeback
I'm Gonna Have Fun by Jack Lee
Satisfy You by The Seeds
Give  It Back by Sharon Jones
Harry Hippie by Bobby Womack
At the Crossroads by Hickoids
Lili Marleen by Zuch Kazik
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, December 02, 2016


Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Back from the Shadows Again by Firesign Theatre

The Bottle Never Let Me Down by Dale Watson

Apartment 34 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Who's Gonna Take Your Garbage Out by Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Saginaw, Michigan by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show

Gentlemen by The Handsome Family

Little Pig by Robert Gordon

I Cry, Then I Drink, Then I Cry by Cornell Hurd


Highway Queen by Nikki Lane

Lonesome Road Blues by Martha Fields

Midnight Caller by Southern Culture on the Skids

Just Like Geronimo by The Dashboard Saviors

Dolores by T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole

Bad Times Are Coming Round Again by The Waco Brothers

You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor) by Rhonda Vincent

My Turn to Howl by Penny Jo Pullus


Ain't No Top 40 Song by Terry Allen

I'm a Ramblin' Man by Waylon Jennings

Dirty House Blues by Wayne Hancock

Please Baby Please by Dwight Yoakam

Crawdad Song by Washboard Hank

Jason Fleming by Roger Miller

Milk Shakin' Mama by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Too Many Rivers by Webb Wilder

Buffalo Hunter by J. Michael Combs


Over the Mountain by John Hartford

Good Love Shouldn't Feel So Bad by Kris Kristofferson

Opportunity to Cry by Tom Jones

Cold Hard Truth by George Jones

To Get Through This Day by Miss Leslie

Fishing Blues by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Bizarre Saga of Hanging Johnny

A strange character introduces himself: "They call me Hanging Johnny ... But I never hung nobody ..."

But after that little disclaimer Johnny begins bragging about all the people he has hanged. His mother, his brother, his sister Nancy, a robber, a police officer, a friar, his own mates and skippers ..." Different versions include different victims.

It's no wonder this morbid little sea chanty delights me so.

Indeed, "Hanging Johnny" is a classic sea chanty. It's a halyard chanty, a call and response sung by crew members engaged in a long, tedious task like setting the sails on a ship.

According to the liner notes of a 1967 EP titled Chicken on a Raft by a folk group called The Young Tradition:

"Hanging Johnny" is a good example of a shanty that was ready made for stringing out, a trick used by the shantyman for lengthening a song to suit the job in hand. Anyone could be a candidate for Hanging Johnny's rope until he had enough verses to finish the job. 

On her folk ballad site The Contemplator, Lesley Nelson-Burns writes:

There is speculation that "Hanging Johnny" may refer to the eighteenth century hangman, Jack Ketch. In fact "Jack Ketch" was a term used to refer to all hangman, named after a Jack Ketch who was the executioner at Tyburn from 1663-1686.

However, a web page about "Hanging Johnny" in the Traditional Ballad Index on the California State University, Fresno website says:

According to most sources, the "hanging" in this song does not refer to execution. Great Lakes sailor Carl Joys said it referred to the young sailors who went aloft to swing out the halyards when a sail was hoisted. Another account says it referred to a sailor who held a rope lashed to other sailors. If this "hanger" let them go in a bad sea, they would be washed overboard and lost.

I guess that would explain Johnny's claim that he never hung nobody.

Part of "Hanging Johnny" was featured in a scene from the 1962 movie version of Herman Melville's Billy Budd. (UPDATE 6-18-20: I had a clip of the song from the movie, but it's no longer on YouTube. If it somejhow reappers, please let me know!)

Here is a version recorded by ethnographer Sidney Robertson Cowell in  Belvedere, Calif.  Performing are a bunch of sailors -- Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie.

This one's from a 1979 Smithsonian Folkways album Sea Songs: Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X Seamen's Institute sing of Cape Horn sailing at the Seattle Chantey Festival

But my favorite is a more recent take on "Hanging Johnny" by Stan Ridgway, which appeared on Hal Wilner's 2006 various artist compilation Rogue's Gallery.

Don't forget to hang, boys, hang.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Tiny Tim Died 20 Years Ago Today

I'm not sure whether Budweiser was sponsoring Tiny
On Nov. 30, 1996 Herbert Butros Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, performed his final gig at a benefit concert at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

He hadn't been feeling well that day. And he'd suffered a heart attack a few weeks before at a ukulele festival in Massachusetts.  So after performing an abbreviated version of his hit novelty song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." His wife, Susan Khaury, told The Associated Press that she'd gone up to the stage to help him back to their table.

It was then when he collapsed.

"He went out with a big bang. Very theatrical," Miss Sue told the wire service. "That was his way, to collapse in front of hundreds of people."

The singer died at a Minneapolis hospital later that night.

So in honor of a true entertainer, here are some videos of Tiny singing some songs he's not normally known for.

On this one he sings "Earth Angel" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970 with a group called The Enchanted Forest.

Here's a "duet" with himself on Australian TV. (Sorry, but I don't recognize the song. If you know it, please tell me in the comments section.)

This is a clip from You Are What You Eat, a film by Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary.) The female singer here is Eleanor Barooshian, aka Chelsea Lee, who later was in a girl group called The Cake, (which is a story in itself.) Allegedly The off-camera band on this song is none other than The Band.)

For the last quarter century of his career, Tiny Tim was considered an "outsider" musician. In that light, seeing him perform on national TV with Bing Crosby seems almost like Frank Sinatra sharing the stage with The Shaggs. But here he is with Der Bingle -- and a nice cameo by Bobbie Gentry toward the end.

Tiny has been featured in Wacky Wednesday a couple of times before:

* Songs Tiny Taught Us
* Take the Skinheads Through the Tulips

Rest in Peace, Tiny!


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