Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Other Johnny Mathis

I first heard Country Johnny Mathis on a short lived LP called Hillbilly Music…Thank God, Vol. 1. It was on an obscure collection of never-weres and should-a-beens that popster Marshall Crenshaw compiled for reasons that are as lost to my … Continue reading

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Bakersfield and that Sound – Part 4: Tommy Collins (Again)

The Bakersfield Sound and a primer on how to play it, sing it and write it is in the Tommy Collins’ beauty Put Me In Irons, Lock Me Up (And Throw Away The Key). I’ve written in an earlier blog … Continue reading

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For Shel

All the readers keep complaining, my posts go on and on, so in honor of Shel Silverstein’s birthday I’ve written a blog entry twenty-six words long.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Jim Henson would have been 75 years old today. I remember when he died, it was so quick and shocking and being not so far beyond my own childhood something I found myself desperately wishing hadn’t happened. Much of my … Continue reading

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Take These Chains From My Heart

Ol’ Hank stepped into a recording studio for the very last time today in 1952. With him came a bonafide Drifting Cowboy, Don Helms on steel guitar, and a mix of Nashville session players including Farris Coursey, Tommy Jackson, Eddie … Continue reading

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Whoopi-ti-yi-yay

The terrific song Back in the Saddle was released today in 1939. It would become Gene Autry’s theme song over his long career and I imagine a day has not gone by that someone somewhere hasn’t at least sung the … Continue reading

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Walkin’ the Floor / Road Songs

Today marks the anniversary of Gram Parsons death. Below is the link to the KBCS radio archive where the curious will find yesterday’s big show (9/18/2011). The first hour spotlights Gram’s influences, the second hour spotlights Gram’s legacy. The third hour … Continue reading

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