Monthly Archives: October 2007

Halloween Mix


Happy Halloween, Trick or Treaters!

To celebrate the “season”, here’s a skeery little music compilation….

Monster Mash, Boris Pickett & The Cryptkickers

Witchy Woman, The Eagles

Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

Evil Woman, ELO

The Addams Family Theme

Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon

Witchcraft, Frank Sinatra

Bad Moon A Risin’, CCR

SuperFreak, Rick James

Little Red Riding Hood, Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs

Spooky, Atlanta Rhythm Section

Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band

Ghost Riders in the Sky, Johnny Cash

Marie LeVeaux, Bobby Bare

That Old Black Magic, Ella Fitzgerald


Posted by on October 30, 2007 in halloween, holidays


The King of Twang…R.I.P.


Sorry, Shrew, but this just has to happen. On Monday, October 29th, Porter Wagoner passed away at the age of 80, from lung cancer. A fixture on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years, Wagoner ushered Country Music into homes each week through the Porter Wagoner Show. His humble manner and audacious “Nudie” suits became synonymous with stereotypical Country Music stars.

Earlier this year, Porter Wagoner released a new CD, Wagonmaster, to critical acclaim. He also opened for the White Stripes’ Madison Square Garden concert in NYC. Here’s a clip from Letterman:

Albert Irvin, with Marty Stuart


TODAY’S TRIVIA: Fellow Nudie Suit aficionado, Marty Stuart, produced Wagonmaster. In typical Country Music fashion, Marty was Johnny Cash’s ex-son-in-law.


Likely Porter Wagoner’s most famous affiliation was with Dolly Parton. They were duet partners for several years until Dolly left Porter’s employ to pursue a solo career – a move that would cost her $3 million a few years later. They still remained friends and held mutual admiration for each other.


Run That By Me One More Time, with Dolly Parton


Porter Wagoner was an original. He never wavered from who he was and was proud to be a Country & Western icon. He embraced his fame, even when he was parodied and scoffed at. He was a mentor and teacher to younger singers and was a bit of a rebel concerning the music industry.


In 2006, he ended up signing with the ANTI- label, part of Epiteph Records, notably not located in Nashville, but L.A. Appears even “icons” aren’t immune to the music industry’s shackles. Here’s a quote from Wagoner on why he stopped recording in the 80’s:

“I stopped making records because I didn’t like the way they were wanting me to record. When RCA dropped me from the label, I didn’t really care about making records for another label because I didn’t have any say in what they would release and how they would make the records and so forth.”

A true legend, Wagoner’s impact on Country Music is significant and long-lasting. He will be missed.


I’ll Fly Away



Posted by on October 29, 2007 in Country


Emerging Artist: Reina Boone


Thanks to the few of you who actually listened and responded to my previous post. The artist is Reina Boone, is a Southern California singer/songwriter who recently chucked her day job to pursue her dream.

For me, Reina Boone is reminiscent of Feist and the similar reaction elicited by this group, when first exposed to her offerings. She went on to score a hit with 1-2-3-4 and a nice little gig with Apple, so there’s hope yet for Reina Boone.

Reina is utilizing all the tools available to her to independently promote her music. She’s playing open mics and everywhere else she can. She uses MySpace and blogs for dialogue and critiques of her music. She understands the power of “word of mouth” among the music community. She gets the importance of getting on the radar screen of college student/music aficionados and the “channels” they utilize to find out about new music.

She’s non-traditional and eclectic….not afraid to go the road less traveled….For instance, she records in the back of a van.

She’s gaining some traction and is playing pretty regular around lower California. This article from gives some great information on Reina and her quest to be a self sufficient musician. Her 5 song Sampler evokes the sounds of Tracey Chapman, Cat Power and the great Grace Potter. Her husky voice is soothing in a Sara Mclachlan sort of way. I hear a bit of Sheryl Crow mixed with K.T. Tunstall.

Bottom line is, I like all of those gals — and I like Reina Boone.

My favorite among the samples is Sandman and it now gets regular rotation on my iPod. The quality is really quite good, considering that it was recorded independently, in the back of a van. I also like the acoustical nature of the music, particularly in Moment Defined. Los Trancos provides a great message in “stay true to your heart” and is another favorite among this quintet.

I like the music. I also like Reina’s moxy, initiative, and tenacity. While her music is still raw and could use a little polish, it’s good. Very good. I do think she appeals to a younger crowd but her style is very much what is appealing to the younger, college crowd. As with anything, the more you do something, the better you get and I think we’ve got a lot yet to see of Reina Boone.

I encourage you to go to her MySpace page and explore her music and her story.


Posted by on October 27, 2007 in acoustic, Emerging Artists


Let Me Hear It


Please, even if you usually just lurk…give me an opinion, a review, a comment, on the following tunes.

Danke Shoen


Posted by on October 26, 2007 in acoustic, rate a record, Reviews


Memphis in the Meantime

Until I’m readily available again….a reminder provided by an old friend.

The difference between Memphis and Nashville.

Chris Smither

John Hiatt



Posted by on October 25, 2007 in Memphis


Memphis on My Mind


Of the cities I’ve lived in, Memphis was my favorite. It’s just too far from “home” and from the water, but a great city. It’s on my mind.

Walkin’ in Memphis, Marc Cohn

I loved Memphis in May, The Pyramid, Mud Island, and The Redbirds. The people are inviting, genuine and eclectic. The skyline is dynamic and downtown has seen a pretty amazing transformation.

Memphis Skyline, Rufus Wainwright

Memphis’ musical history started with W.C. Handy, “King of the Blues”, and was elevated to new heights by Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips. Via Sun Records, Memphis produced Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and “The King” himself.

Memphis, TN, Chuck Berry & John Lennon

Memphis continues to be a “crossroads” from East to West, North to South, where music, good food, and great people meet.

I’ve Been to Memphis, Lyle Lovett

While different from Nashville in the type of music produced, Memphis is a “music” city….just a little more nitty gritty.

Music Makin’ Mama from Memphis, Hank Snow

A storied and turbulent history produces a spirit of perseverance there…an air of survival. It’s truly a Gateway to the Deep South.

My Heart’s in Memphis, Irma Thomas

From B.B. King to Stax superstars, Memphis has produced music that has shaped musical history with its wondrous “soul”.

Memphis Soul Stew, King Curtis

With fond remembrance of a great old, new city….I kinda feel this way:

Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Bob Dylan

Is everything old, new again?


Posted by on October 24, 2007 in Memphis, that's life


For Lex

 Lex David Trahan (1964-1983)

 Rest in Peace, dear friend.

  My Old Friend, Tim McGraw

My old friend, I recall
The times we had hanging on my wall
I wouldn’t trade them for gold
Cause they laugh and they cry me
Somehow sanctify me
They’re woven in the stories I have told
And tell again

My old friend, I apologize
For the years that have passed
Since the last time you and I
Dusted off those memories
But the running and the races
The people and the places
There’s always somewhere else I had to be
Time gets thin, my old friend

Don’t know why, don’t know why
Don’t know why, don’t know why

My old friend, this song’s for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live on long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We’ll meet again, my old friend

Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye

My old friend, my old friend
Goodbye, goodbye


Posted by on October 24, 2007 in memorials, through the years