Monday, August 26, 2019

New Hillbilly Madness from The Big Enchilada


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

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Here's the playlist:

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 25, 2019


Sunday, August 25, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Good Time Bad Girl by Jack Oblivian & The Dream Killers
Cinderella by Night Beats
Chippewa by Benjamin Booker
Monkey David Wine by Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton
Human Lawn Dart by James Leg
I'll Get Lucky by The Plimsouls
V's Cocktail by Fire Bad!
Good Family by REQ'D
It Was I by Skip & Flip
It Ain't the Meat by The Swallows

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


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

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

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

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: O Sisters, Let's Go Down

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

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

So where did this song come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Sunday, August 18, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Commotion by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Plastic Hamburgers by Fantastic Negrito
Crane's Cafe by TAD
I Never Told You by Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia
I'm Bigger Than You by The Mummies
Dumb All Over by Frank Zappa
I Think of Demons by Roky Erickson & The Aliens
Leviation  by Sleeve Cannon
Spin Like a Record by The Scaners

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

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

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

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Friday, August 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This whole album grabs me by the meow,

And I don’t even have a meow.

Also recommended:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some videos:

Here's the song that made me a fan

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WACKY WEDNESDAY: In Praise of Sha Na Na

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

You know it's true deep in your heart!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing can stop the Duke of Earl

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

And this is the greatest tribute to Sha Na Na

Remember these wise words of wisdom:

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

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains
Astral Plane by The Modern Lovers
The Green Door by Jim Lowe
I'm Cramped by The Cramps
Can't Slow Down by Alien Space Kitchen
Life on the Dole by The Molting Vultures
Unaccompanied by Sleeve Cannon
China Grove by Hickoids

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

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

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

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Joe Tex

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probably my favorite Joe Tex songs comes from 1971

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

Friday, August 02, 2019

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

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

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

She was half right.

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

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

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

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

I hate when that happens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headcoatees sing "Run For Your Life."

The Breeders play "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

Junior Parker IS the "Taxman."

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

Also these videos never would have existed.


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