Sunday, June 28, 2020


Sunday, June 28, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Bad Boy by The Backbeat Band
Why Don’t You Try My Love by Thee Mighty Caesars
Rebound by The Blasters
Diggin’ My Potatoes by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
The Hunch by Mad Mike & The Maniacs
Secret Rendezvous by The Chocolate Watchband
Cave by Sleeve Cannon

The Snake by Johnny Rivers
Work Song by Oscar Brown, Jr.
Get Up by De Los Muertos
Hombre Secreto by The Plugz
Punk Ass Blues by Simon Stokes & Hammerlock
Long Neck Bottles by Captain Beefheart
Hey Little Girl by The Dead Boys
I Can Move You (If You Can Let Me) by Parliament
My Babe by The Righteous Brothers

Take Me Back to Tulsa by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
24 Hours from Tulsa by Gene Pitney
Tulsa Telephone Book by Calexico
Tulsa County by The Byrds
Tulsa by Wayne Hancock
Oklahoma Bound by Joe West
Almost to Tulsa by Junior Brown
Take Me Back to Tulsa by Pine Valley Cosmonauts with The Meat Purveyors

Jemima Surrender by Howard Tate
Electric Aunt Jemima by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
In a Dirty Cellar by Pirate Love
Crawdaddy Simone by The Syndicats
Cactus by The Pixies
I Loved Her So by Me & Them Guys
Kiss Her Dead by Delaney Davidson
Big Fanny by Big John Hamilton
Done Done the Slop by Ervin Rucker
Ay-Tete-Fe by Clifton Chenier 
Mickey’s Son and Daughter by The BBC Dance Orchestra

America the Beautiful by The Dictators
Shit the Bed by Tex Offenders
Girl Be Steadfast by The Steadfasts
Sadil Come/Tropnalo Oro by 3 Mustaphas 3
Squealin’ Parrot by Vince Edwards
A Thousand Miles Away by The Heartbeats
Dinah Wants Religion by The Fabs
La Bamba by The Plugz
Stand Up by Lee Fields & The Sugarman 3
Don’t You ever Let Nobody Drag Yo’ Spirit Down by Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir with Wilson Pickett & Eric Bibb

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music by John Prime & Amanda Shires
Fool About Me by Paul Burch
Escalera by The Mekons
God and The Devil by Jacques & The Shaky Boys
Misery by Brook Blanche
Can’t You See That I’m Soulful by Eleni Mandell
My True Story by The Jive 5
Kiss Yourself For Me by Doris Allen
Feel Like Going’ Home by Charlie Rich
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Zydeco King

Clifton Chenier, widely recognized as the King of Zydeco, would have been 95 years old today.

Happy birthday Clifton!

Just like Bill Monroe basically invented bluegrass music, using elements of the traditional music of his people woven into a distinct new musical style, Chenier was the mad scientist who created zydeco, a music still thriving today.

Here's his life story according to the National Endowment for the Arts, which in 1984 named Chenier a National Heritage Fellow:

Clifton Chenier was born June 25, 1925, in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. His father, Joseph Chenier, was a local musician who played the accordion at home and at dances known as fais dodos. As a child, Clifton worked on a farm outside Opelousas and was interested in music. He learned the basics of accordion playing from his father, and by the time he was 16 years of age, he was playing the accordion, accompanied by his older brother Cleveland, who played the frottoir (washboard or rub-board) with a metal bottle opener. The frottoir was adapted by early African American Creoles as a rhythm instrument.

Clifton and Cleveland began performing at house dances, where the furniture was often moved aside to make room for the dancers. In time, Clifton shifted from the small diatonic accordion he had learned from his father to the larger and more flexible piano accordion. In time, the percussion in Clifton's bands grew more complex, and he added electric guitars, bass, drums, and saxophone to play larger clubs, dance halls, and juke joints between Houston and New Orleans.

As he matured, Clifton developed his own musical style, one that combined elements of traditional French Creole music with the stylization of rhythm and blues. In 1942, Clifton went to Lake Charles to play in the Clarence Garlow Band. Three years later, he married his wife, Margaret, and in 1946 he moved to Houston to work in the postwar boom.

He soon began performing again at area dances with his brother. In 1954, recording scout J. R. Fulbright, a black recording pioneer, spotted the Chenier brothers and asked them to record for his Elko label, which released a 78 rpm recording of "Louisiana Stomp" and "Clifton's Blues." These two tracks are among the earliest recorded examples of what is now known as zydeco.

In 1955, Clifton signed with Specialty Records, and his first release for that label, "Ay 'Tit Fille" ("Hey Little Girl"), was a rhythm and blues hit throughout the South. Chenier capitalized on its success and took his band, the Zydeco Ramblers, on tour. For the next eight years he recorded with several other regional labels. It wasn't until 1963, however, when he recorded with Arhoolie, a California-based label, that he attained national acclaim. Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records heard Clifton play in Houston, and the next day he recorded "Ay Ai Ai" and "Why Did You Go Last Night?" for Arhoolie at a local studio. The following year Chenier recorded his first album, Louisiana Blues & Zydeco, and quickly became Arhoolie's top-selling artist.

Chenier died in December 1987.

His music is immortal.

Here's his first record, "Louisiana Stomp":

This is a factually correct later tune, "I'm the Zydeco Man":

This is a live clip from the 1977 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

Bless his cotton-pickin' heart:

Finally, this always has been one of my favorites. Besides the great performance, I'm also a big fan of the subject matter:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A New Hillbilly Episode of The Big Enchilada!


Out here in the West, it's not hard to see the faces of cowboy phantoms in the shadows. They're everywhere! Here's a rip-roaring musical salute to the spirit of those shadows, featuring some top-notch country, folk, bluegrass, western-swing and rockabilly sounds. This episode is dedicated to the memory of two musical giants who have ascended in the past few months, John Prine and James "Slim" Hand.

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Tobacco State Swing by Hank Penny)
Devil May Care by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
I Do Believe I've Had Enough by Zephaniah Ohora & The 18 Wheelers
Alabama Baby by The Armstrong Twins
Those Brown Eyes by J. Michael Combs
Social Distancing by Hamell on Trial

(Background Music: Symphony Hall Rag by John Hartford)
Running Around With You by The Tex Offenders
Sixty Days by Bill Tutt
Hubba Hubba Ding Ding by Dave Del Monte & The Cross County Boys
Fool About Me by Paul Burch
My Untrue Cowgirl by The Swift Jewel Cowboys
I Told You I Love You, Now Get Out by Tom Morrell & The Time-Warp Tophands
Take Me Back to Tulsa by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts with The Meat Purveyors

(Background Music: Hometown Stomp by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys )
Here Lies a Good Old Boy by James Hand
Trucks, Tractors and Trains by The Dirt Daubers
Your Side by Brook Blanche
He Was a Friend of Mine by Tom Jones 
When I Get to Heaven by John Prine
(Background Music: Magnificent Seven by Jon Rauhouse)

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Sunday, June 21, 2020


Sunday, June 21, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
9 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
Corn and Grain by The Mekons
I’m Your Man by Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Radio 5 by The Outcrowd
The Crusher by The Novas
Dork at 12 O’Clock by Solex
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show by Bobby Rush
Skinny Legs and All by Joe Tex

Sugar Sugar by Wilson Pickett
Banana Splits by The Dickies
Bucket T by The Trashmen with Deke Dickerson
All Night by Alex Maryol
Time is a Tale by The Royal Flares
Distemper by The Ar-Kaics
This Train by Linda Gail Lewis
I’ve Got a Tender Heart by Eleni Mandell

Star Chambered by X
Dr. Syn by The Stomachmouths
Lizard Hunt by Gas Huffer
Once Upon a Time in Your Mind by Mal Thursday Quintet
Running Around With You by Tex Offenders
Move It by T. Tex Edwards
I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Damn Pandemic by Hamell on Trial

That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine by Gene Autry
Papa Was a Steel-Headed Man by Robbie Fulks
Papa Was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations
Pappa Won't Leave You, Henry by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Daddy, the Swingin' Suburbanite by The Weird-ohs
Drunk Daddy by The Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies
Dad, I'm In Jail by Was (Not Was)

Too Many Bills by Figures of Light
Invisible Friend by The Crypts
Git Back in the Truck by Hickoids
Bob George by Prince
Sexy Ida Part 2 by Ike & Tina Turner
Money (That’s What I Want) by Jerry Lee Lewis

Rusty Cage by Soundgarden
Mephisto and Kevin by Primus
I Never Loved Her by The Starfires
Don’t Drop the Soap by Stan Ridgway
Pretty Polly by Otis Taylor
Somebody’s in Love by Cosmic Rays (with Sun-Ra)
Sycamore Trees by Jimmy Scott
America the Beautiful by Ray Charles
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020


MTV was pretty vapid, even in its 1980s heyday. But one constant bright spot back during the Reagan era was Julie Brown, a comedian and actor.

The first time I ever saw her was a hilarious "man-on-the-street" -- or more accurately "man-on-the-beach" interview segment in which a bikini-clad Julie approached guys saying, "Do you think I'm pretty? Could you give me $20?"

Julie also wrote and recorded hilarious songs that became videos ripe for MTV -- and appropriate for Wacky Wednesday.

Julie as Lady Liberty

Some clarification may be in order here. Back in the 80s, MTV was crawling with Julie Browns. There also was the Welch-born  "Downtown" Julie Brown, who hosted something called club MTV and was known for her catchphrase, "Wubba Wubba Wubba." I'm talking about the one born Julie Ann Brown in Van Nuys, Calif. in 1959, the host of MTV's Just Say Julie.

(And to be sure, this isn't about Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown whose 2018 series blew open the case against pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.)

Here are some of my favorite Julie tunes, starting with this classic, "Trapped in the Body of a White Girl."

"My father's out of Harvard, my brother's out of Yale, well the guy I took home last night just got out of jail."

"Girl Fight Tonight"!

Of course in real life, Julie was a redhead. At least most of the time.

Though this 1984 parody of teenage death songs (you know, "Teen Angel," "Tell Laura I Love Her," "Last Kiss," "Leader of the Pack" etc.) undoubtedly was Julie's best-known song, let's just say it didn't age very well after Columbine and all the other school shootings that have plagued the  country in the past two decades plus.

Still I always chuckle at the line "Stop it, Debbie, you're embarrassing me!"

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Sunday, June 14, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Mystery Writers by Divine Horsemen
Worry by Alex Maryol
Hooky Wooky by Lou Reed
Sock it to Me, Baby by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
James Hand & Me at KSFR
July 7, 2013
A La Carte by James “Red” Holloway


Shadows Where the Magic Was
Mighty Lonesome Man
Devil Ain’t No Quitter

La Carta by Los Mustang
Oooga Booga Baby by 1313 Mockingbird Lane
You Belong to Me by Magic Sam
Apocalypse Girl by Simon Stokes
Bold Marauder by Drywall

Big Trash Day by The Tex Offenders
Strange Words by The Electric Mess
Train of Thought by The Fleshtones
(I’m In With) The Out Crowd by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
Burning Farm by Shonen Knife
Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield by John the Conquerer
She Belongs to Me by Bob Dylan
Gaslight by Hammell on Trial

Eve of Destruction by The Dickies
Indian Rope Man by Richie Havens
Don’t Talk to Me by Hank Haint
Wild Wild Women by Tav Falco
Catfish Blues/I Feel Good, Little Girl by Richard Johnson
Rockin’ Bones by Ronnie Dawson
La Caravan by Babylon Circus
Mean Old World by Sam Cooke

Lightning’s Girl by Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra by Johnny Dowd
Get Down (and Get Stupid) by The Del Gators
The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World by John Schooley
Time Has Come Today by The Angry Samoans
900 Million People Daily by The Seeds
Lift Every Voice and Sing by Shooby Taylor

Jugtown by Neil Hamburger
Fools on the Barstools by Brook Blanche
One Night of Sin by Elvis Presley
He Was a Friend of Mine by Tom Jones
One Love / People Get Ready/ Sermon by The Neville Brothers
Land of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY: He Was a Friend of Mine

Yesterday, my friend Dave pointed me to a brand new video of jug-band guru Jim Kweskin and a young singer named Samoa Wilson singing a moving version of the old song "He Was a Friend of Mine" dedicated to George Floyd, who was killed last month after a Minneapolis police officer held Floyd under his knee for nearly nine minutes.

So I decided to look into the history of this song and was surprised and delighted to learn that I can honestly say this of one of the musicians responsible for reviving this song: 

He was a friend of mine.

I'm talking about the late Rolf Cahn, a longtime Santa Fe resident who, before moving here, was a major force in the folk music scene in San Francisco and Cambridge, Mass. in the 1950s and early '60s 
In 1961, Rolf and his pal Eric Von Schmidt were the first professional musicians to record the song, and the first to call it "He Was a Friend of Mine." It was on their album on Folkways record, which music writer Elijah Ward said "has not been treated well by history but was a seminal source for the folk-blues revivalists of the early 1960s."

Here's Rolf & Eric:

But they didn't write the song. Ward points out that the source was a Texas prison inmate named Smith Casey ("or Smith Cason, or possibly Smith Carson,") who was recorded by John Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1939 at Clemens State Prison Farm in Brazoria, Texas.

Casey called the tune "Shorty George," which Ward says is related to a song by Lead Belly with the same title. (However, Mr. Ledbetter sang, "Shorty George he ain't no friend of mine.")

Here's Casey's song:

After Rolf and Eric recorded it, a young folkie by the name of Bob Dylan recorded it. However, Dylan's version was left off of his first album and didn't see commercial release until Dylan's first "bootleg" box set in 1991.

But Dave Van Ronk released what might be the definitive version on his 1962 album  Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger. As Wald points out, Van Ronk mistakenly credited the song to Bob Dylan.

Here's Van Ronk singing the song at the memorial service for folksinger Phil Ochs in 1976:

In 1964, Bobby Bare took the song to the country:

That same year, British pop singer Petula Clark recorded a French version called "Toi Qui M'As Fait Pleurer" (which translates to "You Who Made Me Cry." Just like Van Ronk mistakenly gave Dylan the songwriter credit, Clark's song credited Bobby Bare as the author. However, the lyrics Petula sang concerned a lost lover, having basically nothing to do with the story Bare, Van Ronk or Casey told.

So just for the hell of it:

The song saw another sharp change when The Byrds recorded it for their 1965 album Turn! Turn! Turn!. They turned it into an emotional lament for the assassinated John F. Kennedy.

Through the ensuing years many musicians have done the song, including  Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson (for the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack), Billy Bob Thornton (who did The Byrds' JFK version), Tom Jones and Cat Power, whose bleak, smokey version is subtly amazing.

But, in light of current events, the version that hit me hardest was the one by Kweskin and Wilson released this week for George Floyd.

"He did not die in vain ..."

If you have to steal away and cry, I won't judge you.

R.I.P. Rolf

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Sunday, June 07, 2020


Sunday, June 7, 2020
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
9 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
Made in Santa Fe by Alex Maryol
Got the Skinny by Gino & The Goons
Hubba Hubba Ding Dong by Dave Del Monte & The Cross Country Boys
Pinch Myself by Lucy & The Rats
Evil One by James Blood Ulmer
Muss I Denn by Marlene Dietrich

Clampdown by The Clash
Summertime by Trixie & The Trainwrecks
Joke’s on Me by Mal Thursday Quartet
Stupid Person by Kult
Let Me Holler by King Khan & The Shrines
Take Me to Our Place by Jonny Manak & The Depressives
Topless Bathing Suit by Kelly Rogers
My Country Too by Kell Robertson

Country at War by X
Pyschodelic Nightmare by Dead Moon
Less Bone More Meat by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
I’m Yo Mudda by Ghost Wolves
Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy by The Kinks
Grease Monkey Go by X-Rays
We Don’t Care by The Molting Vultures
Loretta and The Insect World by Giant Sand
Jim Crow Blues by Odetta

This is a Hamell Show by Hamell on Trial
Hit the Road by Scott H. Biram
Hit the Road Jack by Cat
Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze by Screaming ‘ Jay Hawkins
Crazy Queen by Zvuki Mu
Palisades Park by The Ramones
Keep Moving’ by Freddy Cannon & The Gears
Don’t Touch Me There by The Tubes
Friendly World by The Kittens

Voodoo Woman by Koko Taylor with Mighty Joe Young
A Little Bitch (And a  Little Bitch Better) by ’68 Comeback
I’m Through With White Girls by The Dirtbombs
Ship Sailed at Six by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
In and Out by The Mummies
Bla Bla Bla by Los Cheyenes
Poison by Hundred Year Flood
Come On Up to the House by Oh Lazarus
Ohio River Boat Song by Palace Music

First of the Last Calls by Husker Du
Justified and Ancient by KLF with Tammy Wynette
Yona’s Blues by The Come ’n’ Go
Pallet on the Floor by Amanda Pearcy
I Hate These Songs by Dale Watson
As We Go Wandering by Possessed by Paul James
Empty Bottle by The Calamity Cubes
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Beat the Gong, It's Chuck Barris' Birthday

Barris: Game show giant, CIA assassin, singer/songwriter

Chuck Barris, ascended master of the TV game show would have been 91 today.

Happy birthday, Chuck.

If you recognize his name, it's probably because of his role as host of one of his craziest creations, The Gong Show -- a strange talent show that I loved a zillion times more than American Idol, America's Got Talent and Dancing With the Stars put together. Barris hosted the original version of the show from its debut in 1976 through 1980.

By the time that first gong struck, Barris, who was born in Philadelphia, already had several game shows under his belt, including The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game -- not to mention noble flops like The Family Game, The Game Game and How's Your Mother-in-Law none of which I've ever seen.)

He's also an author. In 1984 he published his own “unauthorized autobiography” titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed he'd worked secretly as a CIA contract assassin during the years he was making his game shows. (Nearly 20 years later it was made into a movie directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell.)

The agency flatly denied that Barris had ever worked for them in any capacity, calling the claim "ridiculous.". A game-show blog (!) called BuzzerBlog, in its 2017 obituary for Barris claims that the late host had confessed as much in a 1984 appearance on the Today Show. I couldn't find any clip of that, but I did find a 2010 interview with the Television Academy Foundation in which Barris is still acting coy about his supposed time with the CIA.

But for the purpose of this music blog, Chuck's music career is what we're celebrating today.

He had a band called The Chuck Barris Syndicate in the '60s. Here's a 1968 tune called  "Donnie."

Here's a much snazzier number from 1980 called "Sometimes It Just Don't Pay To Get Up" credited to Chuck Barris & The Hollywood Cowboys Orchestra.

Barris, however, started out writing songs for others. Here's one from 1962 called "Summertime Guy" by Eddie Rambeau.

But by far the best-known Barris song was an ode to an amusement park that was a major hit for Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon. I like this version by  The Ramones.

So let's strike the gong in memory of Chuck Barris.


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