Wednesday, June 30, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: A Musical Salute to the Corvette


On this day, June 30, in 1953, the very first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. This new American sports car was a major success. Though some generations of the 'Vette have been badged "Sting Ray" or "Stingray," Corvettes are still being made today -- which means the Corvette is a few months older than me!

The new car quickly won a place in pop culture. It was the car in which Martin Milner and George Maharis drove around the country in the tv show Route 66 in the early 1960s. (Chevrolet, of course, was a sponsor.)

And the Corvette inspired many songs in American music. Let's hear some, shall we?

The earliest song about Corvettes I've come across was from 1958, "Corvette" by The Corvettes (not to be confused with the all-girl pop-punk band, Nikki & The Corvettes):

In 1963 Chevrolet decided to call the second generation of Corvettes the "Sting Ray." The Beach Boys celebrated this the same year with "Shut Down," which was about a drag race between "my fuel injected Stingray" and a "Superstock Dodge."

I'm pretty sure that Chevrolet would have been less enthusiastic about this tragic 1964 teenage death song by Beach Boys pals Jan & Dean about about another teenage drag race involving a Sting Ray. (Two years later, Jan Berry would crash his Sting Ray into a parked car on Whittier Boulevard not far from the actual Dead Man's Curve in Los Angeles. He lived, but suffered severe head injuries.)

In the 1980s, George Jones sang the praises of the Corvette -- or was it a long-lost girlfriend?) with "The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"

But the best-known song about a Corvette has to be that one by Prince:

Sunday, June 27, 2021


Sunday, June 27, 2021
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
Thunder on the Mountain by Wanda Jackson
Primitive by The Groupies
Wild Man by The Shadows of Knight
Walkin' the Dog by The Sonics
White Hat by Joe "King" Carrasco
Oo Poo Pa Doo by Paul Revere & The Raiders
Cock in My Pocket by Iggy & The Stooges
The Desert's Flame by The William Loveday Intention
I Wanna Holler (But the Town's Too Small) by Gary U.S. Bonds

Don't Cry Alone by Bloodshot Bill
Whistle Bait by Larry Collins
Society by The Routes
Wild Little Rider by The Bloodhounds
Town of Horseheads by Count Vaseline
Lost Dead Island by Laino & The Broken Seeds
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
The Snake by Reverend Tom Frost

The Definitive Tom Jones Medley by The Pleasure Barons
Popstar by Tom Jones
Look in The Mirror by Gregg Turner
Lizard Hunt by Gas Huffer
Frog Went a Courtin' by Flat Duo Jets
Marie by Mitch Webb & Los Swindles
Poor Gary from the Gallows by Harvey McLaughlin

It's Your Voodoo Working by Charles Sheffield
Night Driver by Southern Culture on the Skids
Gardens by San Antonio Kid
Tears on My Pillow by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
You Only Live Twice by Nancy Sinatra
As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
I'll Take Care of You by Bobby "Blue" Bland
Where or When by Dion & The Belmonts
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday Ramblin' Tommy!


Ramblin' Tommy and his little pal Luke McLuke

Happy birthday to a proto-rockabilly (he was more 'billy than rock), radio and television star, comedian, ventriloquist and honest-to-God snake oil peddler.

His name was Tommy Lee Scott, though to fans of hillbilly music know him better as Ramblin' Tommy Scott. Born on June 24, 1917, Tommy lived to the age of 96. He might have made it 100 had he not been fatally injured in a car wreck a little less than eight years ago. 

According to his obituary at, Scott:

... began his career on local radio in Georgia in 1933. When a medicine-show wagon stopped in Toccoa in 1936, Scott jumped aboard. It was a show that had been launched in 1890 by “Doc” M.F. Chamberlain. When Chamberlain retired, he turned the enterprise and its medicinal formulas over to Scott.

Using music and comedy, Scott sold the liniment Snake Oil, the tonic Vim Herb and the laxatives Herb-O-Lac and Man-O-Ree for decades.

Tommy Scott moved to North Carolina in 1938 to perform on WPTF radio in Raleigh. On WWVA in Wheeling, WV he was billed as“Rambling Scotty” when he fronted Charlie Monroe’s band The Kentucky Pardners. He moved to WSM and its Grand Ole Opry in 1940.

Back in Georgia, Scott became a country TV pioneer with the production of The Ramblin’ Tommy Scott Show in 1948. He later had the syndicated television series Smokey Mountain Jamboree.
In 1949, Scott starred in the movie Trail of the Hawk. Other films he appeared in include Mountain Capers, Hillbilly Harmony and Southern Hayride.

Scott worked ventriloquism into his act, with the help of his wooden partner Luke McLuke, and, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame, did a brief stint as a ventriloquist at the Grand Ole Opry.

He organized his own traveling musical medicine show,  playing songs and selling his dubious medications.  “Doc Scott’s Last Real Old Time Medicine Show” included such stars as Carolina Cotton (the "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell"), future Hee-Haw star Stringbean and bluegrass great Curley Seckler.

And, while this is nothing to celebrate, in his early years Scott did blackface comedy, including a stint with Stringbean in an act called "Stringbean & Peanut."

Here are a few of Ramblin' Tommy's songs that will make you feel better than a heaping dose of Herb-O-Lac.

Let's start out with the classic "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain":

I first heard "Tennessee" performed by New Mexico's own Last Mile Ramblers in the early '70s:

Now here's some rockabilly, a song called "Rockin' and Rollin'":

Now for a spooky little number called "Graveyard:"

Finally here's Luke McLuke:

Happy birthday, hillbilly medicine man!

Sunday, June 20, 2021


Sunday, June 20, 2021
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
Outer Space by The Sex Organs
Pink Lemonade by Daddy Long Legs
Nuthin' to Me by Suzi Moon
I Don't Need That Kind of Lovin' by Reigning Sound
A Different Kind of Ugly by The Sons of Hercules
Born to Lose by Social Distortion
The Man of Your Dreams by Johnny Dowd
Stay Out of It by Kathy Freeman
Smash Shit Up by Dropkick Murphys
Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson!

Rio Grande by Brian Wilson
"Cassius" Love vs. "Sonny" Wilson by The Beach Boys
There's No Other Like My Baby by The Beach Boys
Love and Mercy by Brian Wilson

Vagina by Busy McCarroll

Beatnik Daddy by Barbara Evans 
The Beat Generation by Mamie Van Doren
Beatnik Bill by Richard Pine
Benny the Beatnik by The Untouchables
Kookie's Mad Pad by Edd "Kookie" Byrnes
Teenage Beatnik by Louis Nye
Beat Generation by The Beat Farmers
Bird Brain by Allen Ginsberg

Jason Fleming by The Sadies with Neko Case 
Child of the Moon by The Fleshtones

Freddy's Dead by Fishbone
Ballin' on a Budget by KevBev
The Old Rugged Cross by Homer Henderson
Great Mistake by Rachel Brooke
Gray Funnel Line by Peter Case
In Germany Before the War by Randy Newman
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WACKY WEDNESDAY: The Mad Daddio World of Pseudo Beatnik Cool


Yes, I know that the Beat Movement of the 1950s and early '60s produced lots of important art, literature, poetry and music, from Ginsberg to Kerouac to Charlie Parker. True American giants, all.

But I'm also enamored by the weird pseudo "culture" of phony beatniks, the dumb-ass beat stereotypes personified by Maynard G. Krebs, portrayed by Bob Denver on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. While Maynard became the face of the Beats to mainstream America (i.e. The Squares), there also was a spate of "beatnik" novelty songs that parodied the slang, the bongos, the espresso and the non-conformity of the beatniks.

So enough squak, Dad, let's dig some crazy music!

You might have never heard this 1959 single, but punk-rock pioneer Richard Hell did and used it to create a punk-rock classic. "The Beat Generation" is by Bob McFadden and Dor. "Dor," (which is "Rod" spelled backwards) actually was poet Rod McKuen in his pre-Listen to the Warm days. 

Here's a lady named Barbara Evans who has a "Beatnik Daddy":

Sex bomb Mamie Van Doren did this put-down song in 1959. She also starred in a 1959 movie of the same name, which also had appearances by Louis Armstrong and Vampira!).

Even Perry Como, who was as far from hip as humanly possible, got in on the phony beatnik action:

In 1960, a band called The Untouchables told the musical tale of Benny the Beatnik:

Another legendary pseudo beatnik was Bill, as immortalized in 1962 by Richard Pine

It's a little early for Christmas, but I'd slide down the chimney for Patsy Raye:

Edd Byrnes' character "Kookie" from the tv series 77 Sunset Strip wasn't really a beatnik. But after 1959's "Kooky's Mad Pad," I bet Bob Denver and the Dobie Gillis braintrust wishes they would have cashed in with some Mayard G. Krebs records:

Sunday, June 13, 2021


Sunday, June 13, 2021
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
Hey Little Girl by The Dead Boys
Negro Gato - Ao Vivo by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Crooked Cop by The Ghost Wolves
We're All Water by Yoko Ono
Well by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
She Walks With the Dead by Deadbolt
Satan's Just Waitin' by Big Al Anderson

Rock 'n' Roll by The Mekons 
Delilah by Jon Langford & Sally Timms
Samson & Delilah by Tom Jones
City Slang by Sonic's Rendevous Band
Alex Trebek by The Fleshtones
Starvation Dance by The Hickoids
Paul Is Dead by Yo La Tengo

Decadence by Nots
Ticket by The Night Beats
Devil's Tritone by The Devils
The Poontango by Mojo Nixon
Five Guys Named Named Dick by Mystic Shake
Singin' the Blues Around Booze/ Spells & Magic by Laino & The Bad Seeds
Stay Down by Detrot Cobras
Walking Talking People by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
Bring It Back by Reverend Beat-Man
Moving and Shaking by Reigning Sound
Lydia the Tattooed Lady by The Dead Milkmen

Se Puedes de Quemar by Rolando Bruno y Su Orquestra Midi
Know You Better by Black Pumas
Yeah Lord! Jesus is Able by Reverend Louis Overstreet
Dolores by T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole
Fading Memory by Eilen Jewell
Can't You See That I'm Soulful by Eleni Mandell
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Make Music Day Santa Fe


Members of Busy McCarroll's Thunderstorm Singing/Songwriting Class 
Turquoise Trail Elementary Charter School.

Busy McCarroll’s involvement in the international summer solstice musical event known as Make Music Day began more than 20 years ago.

“I first heard about the event in the 90’s when Nathalie Bonnard-Grenet, who’s from France, called me to ask me to play at this global music event that started in France and happened on Summer Solstice,” the longtime Santa Fe musician said recently. Bonnard-Grenet, she said, asked her to play in front of a local Starbucks. Several other local musicians were asked to play at other Santa Fe spots that day as well.

It wasn’t exactly a red-letter day in the singer’s career.

Performing in front of the coffee shop with local cellist Michael Kott, McCarroll recalled, “We had to pay for a buskers license which cost $35, we didn’t get paid and made about $5 in tips.”

That’s a gig that most musicians trying to make a living in Santa Fe can relate to.

But that would not be the end of Make Music Day in this town. In 2012, Bruce Adams, former owner of The Santa Fean magazine, and Mary Bonney brought Make Music back to Santa. Adams and Bonney produced the event for two years. In 2014 they asked The Santa Fe Music Alliance to take over.

McCarroll, who later became president of the Music Alliance, took charge of the event that year, which was a big outdoor show at the Santa Fe Railyard. Nobody can question her dedication to the cause.

One year McCarroll even suffered sun stroke while trying to manage the stage during a particularly scorching Make Music Day. She still has vivid memories of sitting inside the nearby Violet Crown theater, with ice on her neck, directing the show via text messages to Music Alliance vice president Amado Abeyta, family members and other volunteers outside.

A big Railyard blowout, featuring several bands playing on the outdoor stage, was the format of Santa Fe’s Make Music Day for the next several years. Performers included a who’s who of local bands, all of whom were paid to perform.

And then came the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which caused last year’s local Make Music events to be cancelled.

But now Make Music Day is returning to Santa Fe on Monday, June 21 for a mostly virtual event – with a few live performances at venues including Santa Fe Brewing Company and The Candyman. All events are free and open to the public.

Besides the Santa Fe Music Alliance, organizations and businesses behind this year’s local celebration include the city of Santa Fe’s Arts and Culture Department, the New Mexico Music Commission Foundation, The Candyman Strings and Things, Amp Concerts, and Kludgit Sound. Sponsors include local radio stations KSWV, KBAC and KSFR and The Santa Fean.

It’s no coincidence that the woman who first contacted McCarroll about Make Music Day back in the ‘90s was French. The event has origins in France’s national government. In October 1981, French Minister of Culture Jack Lang appointed Maurice Fleuret, a composer and music journalist, as director of music and dance.

In response to a national study that showed that half of France’s young people played a musical instrument, Fleuret created a national festival, called “FĂȘte de la Musique,” dedicated to give all sorts of musicians – all ages, all genres, all skill levels, professional and amateur – the opportunity to perform.

“We needed an event that would allow us to measure what place music occupied in individual and collective life,” Fleuret said in 1983. “A spectacular movement of awareness, a spontaneous impetus to alert public opinion and perhaps also … the political class. This is why the Ministry of Culture had the idea of organizing a FĂȘte de la Musique in 1982. A non-directive celebration, which brings together all French people for whom music matters.”

It wasn’t one big show on one big stage. Rather there were hundreds of performances “everywhere in the streets, squares, kiosks, courtyards, gardens, stations, squares …” according to the French Ministry of Culture’s website.

And within a few years the idea spread to other countries, including the U.S.

On summer solstice two years ago, according to the Make Music Day website 85 North American cities organized 5,383 free concerts at 1,862 locations on this continent and more than 1000 cities worldwide.

Abeyta, a local musician and KSWV radio host, who has been involved for several years with Make Music Day — both as a performer and stage manager — said recently that it’s a relief to see live performance on Santa Fe’s horizon once again.

“The effect of the pandemic on musicians and the whole artistic community has been awful,” Abeyta said. “You see prominent local musicians out busking or working construction, doing things they shouldn’t have to do just to survive. I’m really thankful to be able to do something musical again.” (Abeyta, in sunglasses playing in his band Sol Fire  with his brother Buddy Abeyta at a previous Make Music Day in photo at left.)

Among the early acts to sign up for this year’s show, according to Cindy Cook — a member of the local Make Music Santa Fe planning committee and co-owner of The Candyman Strings & Things — are Marc & Paula’s Roadside Distraction, Half Pint & The Growlers, singer-songwriter Lucy Barna, singer-composer Lisa B. Friedland, longtime local troubadour Michael J. Roth and rocker David Wheeler.

On the classical music side, Cook said The Santa Fe Youth Symphony as well as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival will be doing video performances.

One of the day’s local live events, Cook said, will be a socially-distanced drum circle taking place on the covered porch of The Candyman, 851 St. Michael’s Drive, between noon and 5 p.m. “We’ll be giving away a free set of drum sticks, courtesy of Pro-Mark, to participants while supplies last,” she said. The store also will provide instruments for those who want to join the circle but don’t have their own drums or percussion instruments.

The Hohner company provided 100 free harmonicas for community members who would like to participate in Make Music Santa Fe. Cook said anyone who wants one of those harmonicas is encouraged to stop by The Candyman prior to June 21st. And for those wanting to learn how to actually play their new instruments, the store will provide free harmonica lessons from one of the city’s best-known harp-blowers, longtime Santa Fe musician and radio host “Harmonica Mike” Handler. Those lessons may be viewed online or taken in-person on Make Music Day.

Free ukulele books, courtesy of Alfred Publishing, are also available for pick up at The Candyman before June 21st. The store will provide free in-person or online video ukulele lessons. “For those that choose in-person lessons, if they don’t have a ukulele, they may borrow one of theirs,” Cook said.

Meanwhile, during his KSWV show on June 21 (11 a.m. – noon), Abeyta will play tunes from local musicians. Musicians who want to be included in this should drop their CDs at the Candyman before Friday, June 18, when the CDs will be delivered to the radio station.

McCarroll said she recently heard someone describe Make Music Day as a “musical holiday.” Indeed, that phrase captures the spirit of the event both locally and internationally. It always falls on solstice, June 21, which means that, like this year, most of the time it falls on a weekday. But even for those who have to work should think about taking a little music break, or two that day and catch some music either in person or online.

Musicians wanting to take part in Santa Fe’s Make Music Day can sign up at Registration closes on June 20.

Businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to feature their outdoor spaces as concert and musical activity locations.

Santa Fe musicians with prerecorded videos can sign up at and provide links where their videos may be viewed. Videos may also be posted using the hashtag “#makemusicsantafe.”

The Sunstroke Sessions: Busy, far left, conquers the heat and joins 
Eliza & Tony Gilkyson -- with Susan Hyde Holmes on bass
onstage at 2015 Make Music Day

Sunday, June 06, 2021


Sunday, June 6, 2021
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
Too Cool to Dance by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
A Self Inflicted Wound by The William Loveday Intention
Hide Another Round by Dinosaur Jr.
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver by Primus
The Lucky Ones by Mudhoney
Psychotic Sweetheart by The Gears
KFC Called the Cops on Me by MFC Chicken
13th Floor City by Deguritieni

I'm Not a Man by Suzi Moon
Murdered Out by Kim Gordon
Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding by Dropkick Murpheys
Burn the Flames by Roky Erikson
Whiskey Drinkin' Woman by Joecephus & The George Jones Massacre with J.D. Pinkus & Luther Dickinson 
Lost Dead Island by Laino & The Broken Seeds
Weaver Wear by Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Just Say When by Reigning Sound

Big Zombie by The Mekons
Bees of The Invisible by Churchwood
Chimelong by Danger Cutterhead
The Fall by Ty Segall
Oswald Defence Lawyer by The Fall
Groove's Too Shallow by Jessica Lee Wilkes
This Cat's in the Doghouse by Rosie Flores
Trust No One by Kim Lenz
What Now My Love by Stan Ridgway

Wildebeest by The Handsome Family
Loser by Dave McMurray, Bettye Lavette & Bob Weir
I'm Growing Old by Tom Jones
Thank You for Hearing Me by Sinead O'Connor
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Thursday, June 03, 2021

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy Birthday, Memphis Minnie


On this day in 1897 a girl named Lizzie Douglas was born. She went on to become one of the most influential blues singers of the early 20th Century under the name "Memphis Minnie."

And not only did she sing, she played a mean guitar as well.

She sang about being “born in Louisiana, raised in Algiers” (a town just across from New Orleans), but that was poetic license. She was actually born in Mississippi, raised in Walls, a small farming community in DeSoto County south of Memphis, according to US Census data uncovered by Dr. Bill Ellis. She learned music early on, getting a guitar for Christmas at the age of 8. She was a wild child, running away from home for the last time at 13, heading for the bright lights of Beale Street, where, as “Kid” Douglas, she quickly made a name for herself with the jug bands and string groups that played on the street and at Memphis’ Church Park. Life was hard for a homeless kid and she grew up fast, earning a reputation for toughness, both personally and musically.

In the early 1920s, the most popular blues performers were Bessie Smith and the other classic blues singers - bejeweled women standing in front of jazz bands singing Tin Pan Alley blues. By contrast, Minnie’s style was far more raw and personal, and it endured long after that first blues craze.

She moved to Chicago in the 30s, and there bested Big Bill Broonzy in a guitar "cutting contest." It was Broonzy's 40th birthday, June 26, 1933. According to this post on the American Blues Scene site:

The prize for the contest was a bottle of gin… and a bottle of whiskey.   The club was packed, standing room only, anticipating the contest.  The booze was flowing freely and everyone was excited.  The crowd buzzed.  Judges picked for the contest were Sleepy John Estes, Richard Jones, and of course, the man in the middle of Chicago blues during that time, Tampa Red.  ...

Tampa Red called Broonzy to the stage.  As soon as he walked up there, it is rumored the crowd cheered for 10 minutes before he even started a song.  He played two songs: “Just a Dream”, one of his personal best, and followed it with “Make my Getaway.”  The crowd roared.  He had done all he could.  Memphis Minnie was up next.  Tampa Red called her to the stage.  Instead of cheers, she was greeted by an eager crowd, who whispered and hushed each other into silence.  She also played two numbers: “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” and “Looking the World Over.”  However, as she finished her first song, the crowd cheered for over 20 minutes. ...

Memphis Minnie had won, just as Broonzy feared.  Estes and Jones approached Minnie, and lifted her onto their shoulders, carrying her around the club.  Big Bill got the last laugh, though.  While the crowd – and Minnie – were busy celebrating the victory, he snatched the bottle of whiskey and drank the whole thing.

Minnie, who had been in poor health for years, died in Memphis following a stroke in  in 1973. She was buried in her home town of Walls, Miss.

One of Minnie's first recordings in 1930 was "Meningitis Blues," a track on which she was accompanied by The Memphis Jug Band.

Perhaps Minnie's best-known songs was "Me and My Chauffeur Blues." 

On this song, "When the Levee Breaks" actually features Minnie's husband Kansas City Joe on vocals. But she wrote the song and plays guitar on it. Led Zeppelin would later seriously mutate this tune.

Here's some "Drunken Barrelhouse Blues":

And here's a little Hoodoo:


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