Perhaps it’s a lingering librarian obsession within me. A way to catalog and shelve that playlist in my head. Or maybe it’s because I can’t think of anything else to write about. Either way, here’s an annotated edition of the playlist from my January 29, 2018 Life Out of Tunes radio show.
- Ernest Tubb – Walking the Floor Over You. This tune was floating around in my head for many years as I reminisced about running playbacks of The Ernest Tubb Show in a previous blog post. One thing missing from the radio broadcast was a visual of Tubb flipping over his guitar at the end of the show and displaying the word THANKS in big block letters stuck to the back of it. My No Left Turns bandmate and cousin Mike, whose dad was a country music fan, would do the same thing with his electric guitar at our gigs.
- Chris Rea – The Road To Hell (Pts. 1 & 2). Not only have I been a Chris Rea fan since the 1980s, but I have two friends, also Chris Rea fans, who would agree that we, as a country, are traveling down that road. This one was for you, Mike and Brad.
- The Flock – I Am the Tall Tree. I always liked the Flock from Chicago. I missed their performance at the Pop House, a teen club in my hometown, around 1966-67. I have it on good authority they closed their show with, “We’re gonna play one more song, then get the flock outta here.”
- Umphrey’s McGee – Forks. I confess to enjoying jam bands. The Grateful Dead have always been among my favorites. UM elevates it with scorching, jazz-infused solos and time signature changes accompanied by smart lyrics.
- First Friday – Maryanne. A blast from my past, circa 1969-70. While students at ND, these guys were talented enough to record an album. I bought the LP new at that time and played it so often, the grooves wore out. A favorite at parties both on and off campus, First Friday disbanded upon graduation. Members of Umphrey’s McGee are ND alums too, separated from First Friday by three decades. This must be where I say, “Go Irish!”
- The Rums & Coke – Glad All Over. Growing up in Wisconsin during the 60s, I knew many “garage bands.” but had never heard of this one until researching a recent post to Wisconsin Garage Bands 1960s, a Facebook page I admin. A five-piece, all-girl band from south of Milwaukee, the Rums & Coke were popular in southeastern Wisconsin. They recorded this Dave Clark Five song across the border in Chicago and released it as a single in 1966.
- Roxanne & Dan Keding – Little Drummer. Originally from Chicago, this talented folk duo moved to Wisconsin, near the town where I was working and where we became friends. I was invited to join them and four other musicians for a one-off fundraising gig, performing together as a 50/60s rock ‘n’ roll revival band, Heavy Chevy & the Circuit Riders. That aside, the Kedings recorded an album of traditional folk songs, From Far & Near, in 1980. It was followed by an album of children’s songs, In Came That Rooster, in 1981. I had both albums. They split up and eventually I split, leaving both LPs behind. I regretted it (leaving the records, that is) until I found From Far & Near at a used record store in Asheville, NC, 850 miles from where it originated! From far and near indeed! An old Irish folk song about love at first sight, I selected this track for Frank, my Irish friend.
- The Clientele – Lunar Days. If you caught a glimpse of either the super-moon or the lunar eclipse last night, you’ll understand why I spun this tune.
- Van Morrison – Moondance. See #8. “Can I just have one more moondance with you?”
- The Broadcast – Battle Cry. Threw in something from a great Asheville band featuring an equally great vocalist.
- Hot Tuna – Water Song. Sylvia (the one with whom I moondance) and I heard Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy (a.k.a. Hot Tuna) shred this guitar instrumental in concert a couple years ago.
Hope you enjoyed reading the stories behind each song on this week’s playlist! If you missed it, you can still listen to this Life Out of Tunes show through Monday, February 5, 2018 by following the link: https://www.ashevillefm.org/show/life-out-of-tunes/ and clicking on the “Play Archive” button. Peace!