Saturday, December 14, 2013

Johnny Cash - Christmas Songs and Memories.

I  heard my first Johnny Cash recording while I was still in the cradle. His music was always a part of life.

My Mom and Dad were huge fans. Mom loved the entire Carter Family, but Dad didn't like the women singing, he called it caterwauling. Mom and I saw Johnny once at Panther Hall in Ft Worth. I was just a tiny eight year old and I remember he was very large and tall. He reminded me of John Wayne, no one would bother you with him around.

My family enjoyed gathering with guitars and tambourines for sing-a-longs and we did it often. My great-aunts would imitate the Carter Sisters with their high pitched off-key voices, (the great-aunts, not the Carters) but it was all in good fun.

Everyone would sing, but Mom was the true talent, her voice was rich and pure, similar to Dottie West or Patty Page. She would sing The Tennessee Waltz and everyone would stop what they where doing to listen. Men melted. Here I go off on a tangent as usual, but who cares. I still miss my Mom terribly. Is this really the third Christmas with out her?

Since it is the Christmas season, I have added a couple of holiday favorites below that. I hope you enjoy.

An early Christmas duet with Johnny and June.

This is the complete 1977 Christmas Show

This one is a sad one. Get the tissues.

For Mama

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Glen Hansard - Drive All Night

I have fallen for this Irish songwriter. His name is Glen Hansard. I wish I knew him personally.

Glen Hansard is vocalist and guitarist of the Irish group The Frames and also one half of the duo The Swell Season, but it is his solo work that has me all a twitter. Glen Hansard has a magical way with words and his voice is strong and soothing at the same time. I sat listening in my easy chair.. I was perfectly satisfied to listen all afternoon. I listened and watched the rain fall.

This is his new four-song LP "Drive All Night" It was released yesterday on Anti-Records.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to Little Kids Rock.
You can order here:  Drive All Night

Please enjoy the full album stream;
Glen Hansard
‘Drive All Night’
01. Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)
02. Pennies In The Fountain
03. Renata
04. Step Out Of The Shadows

Glen Hansard Music

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Devil Makes Three - Fun has just Begun (+playlist)

I have been listening to this folk-punk band from California and I like them. It would be nice to be high on a mountain with these folk...pickin' and a grinnin'. I hope you enjoy the playlist.

Fun Has Just Begun + Playlist 

Click below to order on CD or Vinyl:

"I'm A Stranger" 
"The Devil Makes Three"

Find them here:


The Devil Makes

Friday, September 27, 2013

Butthole Surfers, Pepper and a Memory

This is one of those songs that takes me back to a specific time in life. It takes me back to the nineties and Deep Ellum in Dallas. It was my favorite place to hit the clubs and restaurants. My favorite club was Trees and my favorite restaurant was The Green Room. The Green Room didn't have a sign out front, just a green light, I liked that, it felt like a secret club. Pepper reminds me of a particular night and a killer party at a million dollar plus home hidden away in the very industrial Deep Ellum. The house looked like an auto garage from the outside, but behind the doors it was lavishly decorated...very opulent. There were bowls of cocaine, a full bar and a tub full of big fat joints. I won't drop names, not that I don't want to, but it is one of those, 'What happens in Dallas, stays in Dallas" things, but it was a hellaciously good wrap party and I heard Pepper from "Electriclarryland" (first listen) blaring as I entered the door. It is a good memory...well, what I can remember of it anyways.

(I do so hate the cover art for Electriclarryland, it hurts my ear)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Johnny Marr - Say Demesne from The Messenger (2013)

I will return soon, in the meantime,  please relish this outstanding song from Johnny Marrs new solo LP.

 Release Feb. 25, 2013 Order: Vinyl Audio CD