Friday, September 30, 2016


Friday, Sept. 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

Swamp Fox by Southern Culture on the Skids

Jump in the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Shot a Bird, Hit Me a Stump by Pete Krebs & Danny Barnes

Hold the Phone by Hank Penny

What a Woman Wants by Rhonda Vincent

Lampshade On by The Dustbowl Revival

Inside View by Dale Watson

Small Bouquet of Roses by Wayne Hancock

Little Community Church House by The Boys from Indiana

Satan's Jeweled Crown by The Louvin Brothers


John D. Loudermilk Tribute

Break my Mind by The Flying Burrito Brothers

I Wish It Were Me by Homer Henderson

Bad News by Johnny Cash

Tobacco Road by Southern Culture on the Skids

Sittin' in the Balcony by Eddie Cochran


Heartaches by the Number by Willie Nelson

Don't Stay Away 'Til Loves Grows Cold by Brennen Leigh

Pigsville by The Waco Brothers


Death Penalty Set

Sing Me Back Home by Merle Haggard

The Green Green Grass of Home by Kelly Hogan

They're Hanging Me Tonight by Marty Robbins

Turn it On, Turn it On, Turn it On by Tom T. Hall

Tom Dooley by Bobby Bare

Karla Faye by Audrey Auld

Sam Hall by Tex Ritter

Me and Rose Connelly by Rachel Brooke

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair by David Bromberg


Lay My Lily Down by Bob Weir

Sweet Mama by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

He Calls That Religion by Maria Muldaur

I Threw Your Picture Away by Miss Leslie & Her Juke Joint Band

What Good Can Drinkin' Do by Martha Fields

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Moon Zappa

Happy birthday to Ms. Moon Unit Zappa, author, actor and the eldest daughter of Frank Zappa.

She turns 48 today.

Fans of Frank Zappa had known of her years before she became a household name in the early 1980s. (Usually she was mentioned in conversations among fans that provoked reactions like "He named his kids what????")

Then in 1982 Moon became famous at the age of 14 because of a wild novelty song called "Valley Girl" in which little Moon ripped to shreds the empty-headed chatter of her San Fernando Valley peers. But to the consternation of Zappa -- and his daughter-- across this glorious land teenage knuckleheads assumed the Zappas were celebrating Valley girl culture, not mercilessly mocking it.

Here's a Solid Gold lip-sync version of the song by Moon with dancing girls (and no Frank.)

But those of us who watched the interviews it was clear that even as a teen, Moon had a similar deadpan, irreverent wit as her dad.

Here they are on Late Night With David Letterman. Letterman basically begins the interview asking "You named your kids what????"

"Valley Girl" wasn't her only song though. Here she is with brother Dweezil on a song she co-wrote with Steve Vai called "My Mother is a Space Cadet."

Moon still has her understated humor and story-telling talent. Here's a recent appearance on Back Fence PDX where she talks about her quest to lose her virginity. It starts out funny, but ends up being a bittersweet, poignant tale.

Moon Zappa at Back Fence PDX: MAINSTAGE from Back Fence PDX on Vimeo.

Finally, here is a Hawaiian (!) parody of "Valley Girl" by a band called Da Mokettes & the Incredible Q Band. It's called "Palolo Valley Girl."

From WFMU's late lamented Beware the Blog:

What better than a novelty record than a novelty record of a novelty record and that is what we have here. Some Hawaiians lead by Will Moku take Frank & Moon Unit Zappa's Valley Girl and infuse it with some local lingo and slap some local geography on it and ta-da Palolo Valley Girl. Did a little digging around and found some info that makes some sense of this record. Will Moku was a popular dejay (real name William Saragosa, died in 2004 at the age of 47) and guitarist. He had a 13 year run at KQMQ, where he came up with Palolo Valley Girls. Surround yourself with enough novelty records and pretty soon you figure out that most of them are done by disc jockeys. And that is really all I have to say.

You can listen when you CLICK HERE

But this only begs the question: Why didn't anyone in New Mexico write a spoof called "Espanola Valley Girls"?

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Big Enchilada Podcast Turns 100


It all started back in 1916 ... (or was it 2008?) with a cheap HP laptop and a dream ... 

I'd recently become a member of the GaragePunk Hideout and a big fan of wild and wondrous podcasts that were an integral part of that online musical community. Having produced two late-night radio shows for more than a decade at KSFR in Santa Fe, I thought I'd try my hand at this newfangled podcast thing. I slapped together my first show -- using an old recording of one of my old Halloween radio shows, I slapped together my first podcast. About a month later I put together an original show. 

And I've been going ever since. Welcome to the 100th Big Enchilada Podcast.


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Mudbuggy by Southern Culture on the Skids)
Elephant Man by Meet Your Death
Mighty Man by James Leg
Melt by The Mystery Lights
Skylab by The Grannies 
Ramona by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers
Brains-a-Flame by Johnny Dowd featuring Anna Coogan

(Background Music: Land O Lakes by Deke Dickerson & The Trashmen)

A set of songs by bands I came to know through producing The Big Enchilada

Prix Zombie Horror Deluxe
Shoot the Freak by Lovestruck
Don't Take Your Bad Trip Out on Me by The Electric Mess
Life on the Dole by The Molting Vultures
Luck by The Manxx
I Ran With a Zombie by The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies

(Background Music: Java Part 1 by The Raunch Hands)
Dead Man's Gun by Thee Oh Sees
God Monster by The Cramps
One Ugly Child by Thee Headcoats
Richard Speck by The Chesterfield Kings
All That Lovin' by Archie & The Bunkers
(Background Music: Mr. Lucy by Henry Mancini)

Play it below:

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
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(at)

Here's the playlist
OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Jesus' Chariot by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Sex House by The Rockin' Guys
Straight, Hard and Long by Meet Your Death
Stone Fruit by The Grannies
32 by The Gospel Truth
Rabble Rouser by The Upper Crust
Ice Queen by J.J. & The Real Jerks
Pablo Picasso by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Monkey with Your Tail by The Cramps
Son of the Devil by D.D. Owen
Ain't You Hungry by James Leg
21 and Counting by The Mystery Lights
Whizz #7 by The Shackles
Jammed Entrance by Thee Oh Sees
Young Miss Larsen by The Color

John D. Loudermilk Mini Memorial
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by The Casinos
Norma by NRBQ
You Call it Joggin' by Mose Allison

Mr. Muggles by Johnny Dowd
Mad Love by The Giant Blue Zeta Puppies
Fire Engine by The Molting Vultures
Ate O Osso by Horror Deluxe
House on Fire by The Electric Mess
Summer Boyfriend by The Manxx
Comb Your Hair by Lovestruck

Comin' Round the Mountain by Hound Dog Taylor
Let's Get Funky by Elvin Bishop
Hound Dog by 68 Comeback
Nightide by Dex Romweber
Take Me for a Little While by Miriam
Innocent When You Dream by Kazik Staszewski
Georgia Lee by Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: New Albums by The Handsome Family and Johnny Dowd

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

Like the best albums by The Handsome Family, their latest one, Unseen, is a literary as well as a musical adventure. With lyrics by Rennie Sparks and melodies and most of the vocals by her husband, Brett Sparks, this record is not just a collection of sweet country tunes. It’s full of amazing stories, unforgettable images, and echoes of ancient myths in contemporary contexts.

Recorded at the couple’s home studio in Albuquerque, Unseen starts out with a modern outlaw ballad called “Gold.” Brett sings:

 Got a tattoo of a snake and a ski mask on my face/But I woke up in a ditch behind the Stop ‘n’ Go/Lying in the weeds with a bullet in my gut, watching dollar bills fly away in the dust.”

The Handsomes don’t give us the full story on how this stick-up went awry. All we know is that this criminal mastermind is dying in some vacant lot and thinking about that girl with dark eyes who somehow led to his demise.

“The Silver Light” is a snapshot of a casino, a “forest of slot machines” with flashing lights, cigarettes, all-you-can-eat buffets, and old men with oxygen tanks dropping quarters in slot machines. That sounds pretty depressing, but the sweet dobro picking of longtime Handsome crony Dave Gutierrez makes it easy to imagine it as a happy saloon singalong.

The New Mexico State Fair should turn “Tiny Tina” into an ad next year. Brett and Rennie sing with childlike innocence about going to the fair; riding the Tilt-A-Whirl; eating chili dogs, funnel cakes, and fried beer; and “shooting water guns at grinning clowns.” But they have one huge regret: For some reason they didn’t go see Tiny Tina, “the world’s smallest horse,” and it only cost a dollar. “Why didn’t I go see that little horse?”

“The Sea Rose” is a sailor legend, similar to that of mermaids or sirens. A mariner hears the call of this sexy mirage beckoning him to join her and marry her in the seaweed. Even more mysterious is “The Red Door,” which sounds like some long-lost song by The Band with the late Richard Manuel channeling New Orleans R&B. It’s about a beautiful woman with implied supernatural origins.

One of the most memorable songs on Unseen is “Back in My Day,” the Sparks’ take on nostalgia. “We had maps that unfolded back in my day/You could drink from the river/We had gods made of clay.”

At first it seems as if they’re making fun of old coots bellyaching about the good old days. But Rennie Sparks would never write something that obvious. Instead, it seems she’s expressing a yearning for the good old days from an invisible world none of the rest of us have ever seen.

The next time I hear some vinyl fetishist yammering about the superiority of LPs and 45s, I’ll be tempted to sing these lines from this song: “And music sounded better. We recorded on rings of ice/And as the songs turned to water we couldn’t help but cry.”

Let the Handsome Family’s songs turn to water in your brain so that strange but beautiful plants can grow inside there.

Also recommended:

* Execute American Folklore by Johnny Dowd. You might not hear any obvious similarities between The Handsome Family and Dowd, but both appeared in a wonderful 2003 documentary by musician Jim White called Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.

Dowd, in fact, was touted as “alternative country” when his first album was released in the late ’90s. The first time I saw him live was at a party for No Depression magazine at the famed Austin honky-tonk the Broken Spoke.

But the only thing that sounds remotely country about Dowd on his last several albums is his Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, drawl.

This new album is much closer to hip-hop or electronica — though commercial radio stations devoted to those formats are no more likely to play this album than is your basic hot new country station. And some songs are infused with Latin touches (what might be described as a Martian mambo) or even metal. Truth be told, Johnny Dowd doesn’t really sound much like anyone but Johnny Dowd.

And I happen to love that sound. Here Dowd himself plays all the instruments — except the instrument named Anna Coogan, who sings background vocals on several songs and lead vocals on one. Dowd mostly speaks rather than sings his lyrics.

There are some doozies on Execute American Folklore. He dedicates the ultra funky “Last Laugh” to his mother, “a union maid if ever there was one.” In the song, however, his mom is a call girl. But the story, laced with Biblical imagery, actually deals with some bitter loser — lots of Dowd protagonists fall into this category — plotting unspecified revenge against those who have wronged him.

“Sexual Revolution” is not about the joy of sex. Dowd recites a tale of a frustrated man whose cheating wife leaves him in a sad world where “pornographic fantasies infect my brain, filling me up with guilt and shame.”

Then in the deceptively upbeat “Whiskey Ate My Brain,” the singer catalogs his physical and mental deterioration. “Cancer ate my liver, God’s an Indian giver … Cocaine ate my nose, I can’t smell the roses.”

Coogan steps out front in “Brains-a-flame,” which sounds like Dowd has been listening to the old Brazilian psychedelic Tropicália band Os Mutantes. She sings about her dream man who “chain-smokes my heart three packs a day/He’s like a bad habit who won’t go away.”

In the closing track, “A World Without Me,” built on the classic “Louie Louie”/”Hang on Sloopy” hook, Dowd muses about the fact that memories of his life will quickly fade.

But the song only makes me fantasize about archaeologists in a future century stumbling across a cache of Dowd albums, prompting them to write surreal theories about life in the early 21st century.

Some videos for yas

Here's "Gold" from The Handsome Family. This one has some nice footage of East Central in Albuquerque.

Another favorite from Unseen

Here's some live Johnny Dowd with his latest band The Sex Robots. (You might want to skip the first 20 seconds or so. Weird buzz before the song starts.) Despite what the YoutTube title says, this is "Whisky Ate My Brain."

Anna Coogan steps out front with "Brains A Flame."

And just for the heck of it, here's the trailer for Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Who Exactly Is Coming 'Round that Mountain?

Here's one of those corny old songs from my childhood that everyone should know.

"She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" was taught in kindergarten. It was sung in cartoons and was the title of an Abbott & Costello movie. Mitch Miller & The Gang invited you to sing along with it. Barney the Dinosaur did his own take on it.

I never paid the song much mind actually. I was never quite sure who the "she" in the song was and why everyone seemed so excited that she was coming. Was this some kind of mail-order bride for some horny cowboy in some Old West town?

But it took a record by Neil Young a just a few years ago to make me realize that there was something much deeper -- much spookier going on here.

The song we know comes from a slave spiritual called "When the Chariot Comes."  In Neil's version on his 2012 Americana album it's titled "Christ's Chariot."

Some of the verses start out:

King Jesus, he'll be driver when she comes ... She'll be loaded with bright Angels when she comes . . . .  She will take us to the portals when she comes . . . .

I like the way that this article in Cracked describes it:

"When the Chariot Comes" and, by extension, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain," are both songs about the Rapture -- the day when Jesus comes back to earth to play favorites. "She" actually refers to the chariot he'll be riding down to bring about the End of Days. ... Christ's big ol' Rapturous Red Flyer. So there you have it: That merry old-timey prospector song your kids are singing out in the yard is actually rejoicing about the imminent death of all humanity.

I couldn't find any old, old versions of "When the Chariot Comes." But here folksinger Roy D. Durrence does this recreation.

Carl Sandburg was the first to publish the song his 1927 book, The American Songbag.
Here's Ramblin' Tommy Scott, an old medicine show singer, playing a nice and lively version of it.

This Famous Studios Screen Songs cartoon below might be the first place I ever heard "Comin' Ruond the Mountain."

The saucy school marm in this version will be "lookin' for a feller" when she comes. "She don't want no city slicker, just a man who holds his liquor."

The actual song -- with the bouncing ball --starts at about the 4:19 mark.

Fast forward to the mid '70s and bluesman Hound Dog Taylor turned it into a hopped-up house-rockin' instrumental


Around that time Funkadelic took it to the funky cosmos, calling out to the Mother Ship.


Finally here's that monstrous version by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Birthday Bill Murray!

Bill Murray is 66 years old today. He was born in Evanston, Ill.

Let's honor him in song with some of his classic bits as Nick the Lounge singer. (His last name changed depending on where he was playing.) Decades after Murray left Saturday Night Live, Nick remains one of the most popular that show ever produced.

Rolling Stone wrote of Nick: "For all his schmaltz, Murray put real heart and soul into this crooner — no matter how miserable the dump where he's singing, he wants to win the audience's love, one rendition of the Star Wars theme at a time."

This clip allegedly is the first Nick sketch ever -- before Saturday Night Live when Murray was part of the Second City comedy troupe.

Nick pays tribute to Italian singer and actor Mario Lanza. (NRBQ does a great version of this song.)

Here's a slightly older Nick (and Paul Schaffer on piano) at an celebrity-infested Indian casino. (From SNL's 25th anniversary.)

But Nick will always be best remembered for his rendition of a certain 1970s science-fiction theme. Did he scare you as much as he scared me?

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 
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(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Mean Evil Child by The Raunch Hands
Jack Pepsi by TAD
The Tasteless Blues by Musk
Ain't You Hungry by James Leg
My Baby Does the Bird by Deke Dickerson & The Trashmen
Amazons and Coyotes by Simon Stokes
Where Wolf by Gino & The Goons
Whiskey and Wimmin by John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat

Jump into the Fire by Psychic TV
Last Laugh by Johnny Dowd
When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow by Meet Your Death
Skylab by The Grannies
CIrcus by Left Lane Cruiser
The Gay Pirate Dance by Ray Stevens
Get the Wow by Shonen Knife

Going South by Dead Moon
Let's Get Funky by Hound Dog Taylor
Flat Foot Flewzy by NRBQ
Standing on the Verge of Getting It On by Funkadelic
I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body) by Parliament 
Little War Child by Oblivians

Shady Grove by Quicksilver Messenger Service
The Thin Man by Archie & The Bunkers
Go Home Girl by Frank Black & Gary U.S. Bonds
Sinnerman by Nina Simone
Smile by Dex Romweber
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, September 16, 2016


Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell with special guest co-host Scott Gullett

101.1 FM

Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Look at That Moon by Carl Mann
I Got Stoned and Missed It by Shel Silverstein 
Love Song of the Dump by Washboard Hank
He's in the Nuthouse. Now by Angry Johnny & GTO
Tiger by the Tail by The Waco Brothers
U.S. Rte. 49 by Paul Burch
Fool's Hall of Fame by Johnny Cash
Long White Line by Sturgill Simpson
Small Bouquet of Roses by Wayne Hancock
Purple Rain by Dwight Yoakam

You Bet I Kissed Him by Myrna Lorrie
Harder Than Your Husband by Frank Zappa featuring Jimmy Carl Black
Lonesome Low by Al Scorch
How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Strange Night by Tony Joe White
Heartache, Meet Mr. Blues by Loretta Lynn
Cool Arrow by The Hickoids
Stranger in Your Mind by Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers

Cherokee Boogie by Hank Williams
Lost Highway by Sabah Habas Mustapha
Your Cheatin' Heart by Pairote
I Saw the Light/ Mother's Best Biscuits by Hank Williams

The Week of Living Dangerously by Steve Earle
Don Houston by Slackeye Slim
Hungry Eyes by Merle Haggard

Blue Skies by Willie Nelson
Little Floater by NRBQ
This Guitar is For Sale by Bobby Bare
Roses by Alice Wallace
The Red Door by The Handsome Family
Boxcar Beep by Joe West
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: All Hail the Andean Princess of Exotica!

So I sat down at my laptop Tuesday morning to Google the meaning of life and I noticed up by the Google logo this picture of a woman in colorful ethnic garb surrounded by musical notes.

I didn't recognize the lady and I couldn't figure out what ethnicity her costume represented, So I couldn't resist clicking on her picture.

And I'm glad I did. I soon learned that this was a South American singer with an amazing
voice, Yma Sumac.

 She was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri Del Castillo in the mountains of Peru on Sept. 13, 1922. According to her official website she "is the only singer known to possess close to a staggering 5 octave voice. While less than a handful of singers have managed to capture Sumac's high notes, none have managed to acquire those notes including Sumac's lowest registers. More amazing, is that Yma Sumac had no formal training! It has been said she is unable to read musical notes!"

Apparently five octaves really draws out the exclamation points!

More from her bio:

Around the age of 9 she could often be seen high atop a mountain in the High Andes singing ancient Peruvian folkloric songs, to a group of rocks, which she pretended was her audience. Entranced by the beautiful birds that sang nearby, she began to imitate them, by incorporating their high pitched sounds into her"repertoire."

At the age of 13 she began appearing on Argentine radio, which led to a recording career. She and her husband, conductor Moises Vivanco, moved to New York. With her group  Inca Taqui Trio she performed on the Arthur Godfrey's television show. According to the Allmusic Guide, the trio "became a fixture on the Borscht Belt circuit and the Catskills."

Sumac was discovered by a talent scout from Capitol Records. In 1950 Yma recorded the album Voice of the Xtabay, considered to be a classic in the sound that later would be known as exotic.

So what did she sound like? Glad you asked.

Here's a song she did in the 1954  Charlton Heston movie called The Secret of the Incas.


She did a mambo album in 1954. Here's a song from that called "Five Bottles Mambo."

Here she performs a song called "Midnight in Moscow" in a 1960 concert in Russia.

This is one from her "psychedelic" album Miracles (1972), which she recorded with bandleader Les Baxter.

She appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1987.

Sumac lived until 2008. She died in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: An International Salute to Hank Williams

Are you getting ready for Hank's birthday?

Yes, there are only three shopping days before what would have been Hank Williams' 93rd birthday. In a world that hadn't gone insane, this would be a national holiday.

Hank's songs are beloved by all true Americans. But even though we claim him as our own, love for Hank Williams does not stop at our borders. Truly, he belongs to the world as the following videos will attest.

Happy birthday Hank!

Juáner Dominguez takes us to the bayou country ... of Spain

Yes, they have Hank in Thailand. Apparently they also have chipmunks. Here's a band called Pairote.

Some Swedish hillbilly sounds on a much-loved Hank song by The Long Gone Smiles Band

In Brazil, The Fabulous Bandits see the Light!

Sabah Habas Mustapha, aka Colin Bass, is an Englishman who was in a wonderful faux Balkan group 3 Mustaphas 3, then in the '90s recorded several albums in Indonesia. Here's his Dangdut cover of "Lost Highway" (written by Leon Payne but made famous by Hank.)

Brace yourself, Bridget, here's a Tuvan band called Ya-Kha doing "Ramblin' Man."

And back to "Jambalya" with a Jakartan hip-hop take on Hank's faux Cajun classic.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 
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(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres 
Low Life Baby by DD Owen
The Wolf by The Bloodhounds
Bollywood Woman by The Above
Bleed Me by The Upper Crust
White Glove Service by The Grannies
Froggy by The A-Bones
Dogjaw (Do Some Things You Say) by James Leg
What Happens When You Turn the Devil Down by The Mystery Lights

Atom Spies by The Fleshtones
Mystic Eyes by Them
Rats in the Gas Tank by Ex-Cult
Glendale Junkyard by GØGGS
Trouble of the World by Dex Romweber
Plastic Plant by Thee Oh Sees
Unease and Deviance by Johnny Dowd
When Death Deals It's Mortal Blow by Meet Your Death
Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers

She Ain't No Child No More by Sharon Jones 
Trouble in the Land by Charles Bradley
Bitch I Love You by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
All the Way Wrong by Wiley & The Checkmates 
What Have You Done by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Baaad News by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Burn it Down by Charles Walker & The Dynamites
I'm a Millionaire by Lee Fields
I'm No Good by Amy Winehouse
Jon E.'s Mood by Jon E. Edwards
Ain't a Sin by Charles Bradley
Lying Lying Lying Woman by Swamp Dogg
This Land is Your Land by Sharon Jones

Moonbeam by King Richard & The Knights

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, September 09, 2016


Friday, Sept. 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
I Gotta Drive by Dale Watson
Slingin' Rhythm by Wayne Hancock
I'm a Nut by Leroy Pullens
Wildwood Flower by Mike Ness
Straight Tears, No Chaser by Paul Burch
Lonesome Road Blues by Martha Fields
Lord, Mr. Ford by Jerry Reed
Blue Collar Dollar by Kevin Gordon
Drinking Problem by Audrey Auld 
Sweet Virginia by The Rolling Stones

The Color of a Cloudy Day by Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
Corn Money by The Defibulators
One More Night Alone by Dan Whitaker & The Sidebenders
Granny's Got the Baby ('Cause Mama's Doin' Time) by Trailer Radio
Loners for Life by Hank 3 
Everybody's Had the Blues by Merle Haggard

Poison by The Waco Brothers
Payphone by Eric Hisaw 
Where Do You Roam by Dex Romweber
I'm Gonna Dress in Black by Eilen Jewell
Cheap Whiskey by Patty Loveless
Europe by Lydia Loveless
What Do I Care by Eddie Spaghetti
Days of '49 by Bob Dylan

Green Willow Valley by The Handsome Family
Hello Stranger by Carolina Chocolate Drops
Tennessee Blues by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight by Rhonda Vincent
Takin' Names by Josh White
Black Jack David by Loretta Lynn
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: The Struggles and Triumps of Miss Sharon Jones

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 

Sept. 9, 2016

Even before soul singer Sharon Jones’ triumph over cancer, her story was one of the most inspiring tales in modern popular music. First, it’s the story of talent and determination overcoming show-biz shallowness. When she auditioned for Sony Records back in the 1980s, some cretinous executive rejected her, telling the young singer she was too black, too fat, too short, and too old. 

That was a setback for certain. She had to work at a series of day jobs — including as a corrections officer at Rikers Island — before she began her recording career. Jones was in her forties when she released her first album, in 2002, on the musician-owned Daptone Records. The fact that she built a respectable career with millions of fans and critically acclaimed work — without the help of a major record label or commercial radio — is heartening in itself.

So it’s only logical that Jones’ battle against cancer would also be an inspirational story — and that’s the main focus of Barbara Kopple’s documentary Miss Sharon Jones!

In 2013, Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This was before the release of her album Give the People What They Want. After a brief montage of music clips and biographical narrative, one of the first scenes of the documentary shows Jones in a barber shop getting her head shaved. After that, she tries on various wigs — one, she jokes, makes her look like Tina Turner, another like Oprah. But that’s about the last time we see her in a wig. During her chemo treatments, she prefers to be defiantly bald.

Not surprisingly, this movie is not always pleasant. We see Jones at her highs — like when she finds out she’s booked for an appearance on Ellen, one of her favorite TV talk shows. And we see her lows, such as the scene where she lashes out at her band, the Dap-Kings, because their Thanksgiving dinner was canceled. 

One of the most moving scenes is an interview in which Jones, full of shame, talks about a low point when she wrongfully accused her loyal, longtime manager Alex Kadvan of being more worried about the money the band was losing than about her health.

But the truth is that Jones’ cancer was a huge financial strain on the Dap-Kings and others who work with her — all of whom depend on performing with Jones to make a living. For starters, the band’s tour was canceled the summer she was diagnosed. Dap-King guitarist Binky Griptite tells how the news of Jones’ condition came right after he and his wife decided to split. All at once he realized he was “divorced, laid off, and my friend had cancer.” And bassist Gabe Roth tells how a couple of banks balked at refinancing his home after they read about Jones’ illness.

After viewing Miss Sharon Jones! the first time, my initial criticism was that Kopple spends too much time in Jones’ chemo clinics and not enough time at concert halls. My knee-jerk reaction as a fan of her music was that I’d much rather watch two hours of Jones and her band doing what they do best, proving that good old-fashioned funk and soul never die, no matter what the musical industrial complex is trying to sell you at the moment.

But watching the documentary a second time softened that reaction somewhat. While I’d still like to have more music in the film, I realized that seeing the energetic, confident Jones at these moments of weakness, exhaustion, and frustration is important in understanding the singer.

Kopple intersperses bits of Jones’ biography into the film. We hear Roth talk about how back in the ’90s, he and Jones themselves remodeled the building that would become Daptone Records, even doing the electrical wiring themselves. 

The film takes us to North Augusta, South Carolina, where Jones was raised, along with nearby Augusta, Georgia, where Jones tours a museum dedicated to another famous musician from the area, James Brown. And Jones talks about growing up in the South during segregation, remembering how a cruel shopkeeper taught a parrot to say racist slurs anytime a black child entered the store.

And there are powerful musical moments in this film. At one point, Kopple literally takes us to church. Jones sings a mighty version of the old hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow” (best known for versions by Ethel Waters and Mahalia Jackson). Jones is winded by the end of the song, but then again, it also has a breathtaking effect for those of us who are listening. Unfortunately, this song is not on the soundtrack album for the movie.

We see Jones backstage at New York’s Beacon Theatre, where she kicked off her comeback tour in February 2014 —a tour that included a sold-out show at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. 

As guitarist Griptite goes through his soul-show spiel announcing her entrance, we see Jones’ stage fright poignantly illustrated by her hand shaking uncontrollably as she grips a paper cup. But only seconds later, she walks onstage and transforms into the superheroine her fans know best, visibly soaking up the applause, the cheers, and the love.

Spoiler alert: Miss Sharon Jones! has a happy ending, in which Jones is cancer-free and the Dap-Kings are again going strong. However, after the film was made, the cancer returned. Jones had to resume chemo treatments last year. Early last month, she was forced to cancel a European tour. 

“Sharon is doing well, but must undergo a medical procedure related to her cancer and the recovery time will conflict with these European dates,” her website says. However, it also says that an American tour scheduled to begin this month will go on.

Miss Sharon Jones! opens Friday, Sept. 9, at The Screen on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive.

Video time!

Here's a song from Give The People What They Want called "Retreat!"

Here's Sharon at South by Southwest in 2010.

And here is the official Trailer for Miss Sharon Jones!


Deep Ellum Dallas, 1959

The Deep Ellum district in downtown Dallas started out as a African-American commercial area in Dallas. In the early part of the last century it was known as a hotbed of blues and jazz. Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lead Belly worked there as street musicians.

And apparently, during an era of segregation, it was a place, where black and white musicians played together before integrated audiences. A 10-minute 1985 documentary by Alan Govenar features folks who were there talking about those times. (The documentary disappeared from YouTube since I first posted this. but you can rent it for 99 cents HERE, and below is a trailer:)

But outside of Dallas, fans of blues, country and rockabilly might best know Deep Ellum from a great American tune that celebrates the neighborhood as a red light district, a place where you can find redheads who "never give a man a chance"; where you have to keep your money in your shoes and where police officers expect $15 bribes. A sinful place where preachers lay their Bibles down and good gals become hardened.

It's been covered by Les Paul, Doc Watson, Harmonica Frank Floyd, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, Rory Gallagher, Hot Rise, The Asylum Street Spankers, And apparently Jimmie Dale Gilmore could see Deep Ellum from a DC-9 at night.

Most versions of the song are called "Deep Elem Blues" or "Deep Elm Blues" (which actually makes sense because "Ellum" came from Elm Street in Dallas. Most the singers who recorded this song were white.

But the song started out as an ode to a wild place in Georgia called Black Bottom. Here's a 1927 version by a group called The Georgia Crackers.

In the early '30s a Texas group called The Shelton Brothers changed the locale of this song to Deep Ellum.

Country singer Hank Thompson did a rocking version in the late '60s.

Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded it in the '50s.

But probably the most popular version in recent decades was done by the unplugged version of The Grateful Dead.

For more deep dives into songs, check out The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's National Beer Lover's Day

I'm not sure who determines such things, but today is National Beer Lovers Day  (Not to be confused with National Beer Day, which is April 7.)

But most of us still have to go to work.

Actually I quit drinking about 13 years ago, but I still indulge in a few beer songs from time to time.

Here are some of my favorites.

Here's Jimmy Witherspoon

"It'll set your head on fire and make your kidneys scream ..."

When is National Pigfoot Lover's Day?

Here's a honky-tonk beer lover's classic from Hank Thompson

Sorry, I have to cut you off ... OK, just una mas cerveza ...

Sunday, September 04, 2016


Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Pills by Chesterfield Kings
Kill Zone by James Arthur's Manhunt
It's Mighty Crazy by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
I Wanna Be Your Busyman by The Fadeaways
Somethin' Else by The Flamin' Groovies
Follow Me Home by The Mystery Lights
I'm Your Man by Muck & The Mires
Yeah! by The Cynics
Obeah Man by Meet Your Death

A Public Execution by Mouse
Wax Dummy by John Spencer Blues Explosion
Wild Snakes by The Thick 'Uns
King's Highway Sulphur City
Juicy Lucy by LoveStruck
Backstreet Girl by Social Distortion
Nest of The Cuckoo Bird by The Cramps
Timothy by The Buoys

Modern Woman by Johnny Dowd
Quick Joey Small by Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus
Head Holes by Lonesome Shack

Plenty Tuff and Union Made by The Waco. Brothers
Working at Working by Wayne Hancock
Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live by The Del-Lords
Don't Look Now by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Working Man by Bo Diddley
Mr. President Have Pity on the Working Man by Randy Newman

Gelatinous Cube by Thee Oh Sees
Alien Agenda by Alien Space Kitchen
Joan of Arc by The Melvins
Baby's Going Underground by Helium
Adios Amigo by Dan Penn & Donnie Fritts
September Song by Lou Reed
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, September 02, 2016


Friday, Sept. 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
Amos Moses by Dale Watson
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) by Jerry Reed
Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll by Janis Martin
Killed THem Both by Wayne Hancock
I Ain't Never by Headcat
I'm Going to Memphis by Paul Burch
Drinkin' Wine and Staring at the Phone by Dave Insley
Tall Tall Trees by Roger Miller
100% Pure Fool by The Derailers
Get a Load of This by R. Cumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders

I Am My Own Grandpa by Asylum Street Spankers
I'm the Only Hell My Mama EverRaised by Johnny Paycheck
The Breeze by Banditos
Marijuana by Reverend Horton Heat
Honey You Had Me Fooled by Defibulators 
Walk Right In by Otis Taylor featuring Guy Davis and Corey Harris
Fishing Blues by Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
Buglight by The Flat Five

Western Trek by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
Strangers by San Antonio Kid
Elvis is Haunting My Bathroom by The Royal Hounds
She Still Comes Around by Jerry Lee Lewis
The Way I Walk by Ruby Dee & The Snake Handlers
Country Singer's Prayer by Buck Owens
Shadow My Baby by Ray Condo & His Richochets
Banjo Lovin' Hound Dog by Johnny Banjo
Hard Times by The Bubbadinos

Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yay by Clothesline Revival
Tell Me a Swamp Story by Tony Joe White
Back in My Day by The Handsome Family
Summer Wages by David Bromberg
Jack O Diamonds by P.W. Long & Reelfoot
Blind Willie McTell by The Band 
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs That Crumb Taught Us

Cartoonist and old-time music enthusiast Robert Crumb turned 73 this week. Last year around this time in honor of his birthday I posted a bunch of songs by Crumb, most of them with his Cheap Suit Serenaders. (Check that out HERE.)

This year I'm posting original -- or at least older -- versions of songs recorded by Crumb & The Cheap Suit Serenaders.

So happy birthday, Mr. Crumb!

Crumb and the band based "Get a Load of This" -- one of their best-known tunes from the early '70s -- on Charley Jordan's "Keep it Clean." Crumb and the lads added some modern references -- "Bowling for Dollars," "pink burritos" etc. -- and, for reasons unclear to me, they changed Coca Cola to R.C. Cola. But you still hear a lot of the original in Crumb's version.

Here is one the better known songs that Crumb and band covered. "Singing in the Bathtub" was written by Herb Magidson and Ned Washington, It first was performed by Winnie Lightner in the 1929 movie Show of Shows. British Music Hall vet Gracie Fields recorded it around the same time, (I think I know now where Singing Sadie got her shtick.)

Here's one Crumb got from this amazing old string band from Texas led by mandolinist Coley Jones.

Crumb picked up this entendre-laden masterpiece from Harry Roy and His Orchestra.


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