Category Archives: Oldtime

The Griesly Bride

The creeps and crawls of Halloween are always fun. If you didn’t hear Walkin’ the Floor this past Sunday it was three hours of wonderfully spooky country music. You can check it out here. I didn’t get to one song … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Tall Trees: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

Prologue Some musicians you come to late. They are fully formed, have found their voice, their place, their history writ. Some you catch out of the corner of your eye when they’re still swirling around in the heat and dust … Continue reading

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Unraveling Mystery Train

Elvis Presley recorded his last master session today at Sun Records in Memphis back in 1955. He recorded three songs with Bill Black, Scotty Moore and Johnny Bernero: I Forgot to Remember to Forget, Trying to Get to You, and … Continue reading

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If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

So there I was, disheveled, a day past unshaven and holding on to the bear. My head hurt. My brain hurt. My damn left shoulder hurt. In my younger days all that would have been the tells of a fine … Continue reading

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Daddy, Oh 1940s Daddy

In 1949 a 6 foot 7 1/2 inch Texas singer named Bill Lister recorded an odd little “daddy” themed song with Oklahoma singer and pal Del Dunbar. They sing it in close harmony, just the two of them with guitars … Continue reading

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No One Here But Us Lone Pilgrims

I make a poor mystic as I believe more in coincidence than fate and absurdity rather than retribution. So, I can’t say I was drawn through the contours of the lines in my palms to this song, but I will … Continue reading

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Doc Watson: Sittin’ On Top of the World

I remember the first time I really heard Doc Watson. It was the winter of 1994 and I was living in the snowy Sandia mountains just east of Albuquerque. I was vaguely aware of him before that in sort of … Continue reading

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