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His half-assed advice and old-time music blog

 

I don't post the entire song. Unless I have rights to distribute, I cut to around two minutes.

 

MARCH 2010

 

03-1-10... Johnnie Lee Wills joined his brother Bob in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1934, playing tenor banjo on KVOO radio, thus becoming one of the six original Texas Playboys... as in... Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. For the next eight years the band grew in number, and exploded in popularity nationwide, but the onset of WWII saw many members joining the armed forces.

Bob took off for California and started a new band in 1942, while Johnnie Lee Wills stayed in Tulsa, switched instruments to fiddle and changed the band's name to Johnnie Lee Wills and All the Boys. What didn't change was the style and quality of music. Swing, western-style, and for the next 25 years they played dances at the Cain's Ballroom and broadcast six days a week on KVOO, making theirs the longest-running live broadcast in the nation at the time. Here's a prime example of the western swing sound, driven by some very talented musicians. Coyote Blues

 

03-3-10... This song here's been a chart-topper many times over. First recorded by George Jones in 1955, it rose to #4 on Billboard and became his first top-ten single. Later that year came this version, a duet by Red Sovine and Webb Pierce. Released end of December, it reached #1 first part of 1956, but don't feel bad for George. He co-wrote it along with Darrel Edwards, and assuming they set themselves up for many years of collecting royalties, they've done quite well with it. In years since it's hit the charts for big names like Hank Locklin and Charlie Pride, and is considered one of country music's classics, a lament of the spurned lover who simply cannot let go. Why Baby Why

 

03-5-10... Here comes a bona-fide, truck driver classic, and it's no mystery as to why. Those guys are always horny. Sadly, though, most of them today sport guts so huge and hanging over their crotches, I'm not sure how they find their hose so it can be finagled into relieving their pressure. That's what happens when conglomerates take over all the truck stops. Once a guaranteed stopping place for travelers of any ilk to get a healthy meal in a good, sit-down restaurant, now the conglomerate truck stops offer walk-up fast-food counters of the same variety to be found on any street in any town big or small. No wonder truck-driver bellies look like beach balls.

What does this have to do with a truck driving song? Not much. Just listen to the lyrics and reminisce over the good old days. From 1965, it's Del Reeves singing about Girl on a Billboard.

 

03-8-10... Aren't Mondays a drag? Seems to be the most difficult day to get the brain kick-started, and the attitude that starts the week trends throughout the week. So, since I know my brain has a desire to set me up for a sour mood, I rely on music to detour myself around a bad week. No radio. Something in between songs will piss me off... news, undoubtedly. Music alone will keep me happy, even if it's not necessarily uplifting music. Once I get past Monday with my spirits up, the rest the week follows suit.

Did I say something about a detour? Spade Cooley sings about one, and hopefully it will put you on the right track for your Monday. Detour

 

03-10-10... True faith is something not to be taken for granted. Right, Waylon Jennings? Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line

 

03-12-10... I wonder how many men and women who are far away from home can relate to this song. Far too many, and some are where they are for mistaken purpose, now freely admitted by one whose book is #1 seller on Amazon. Anyhow, this song by Mel Tillis is from a different war and different time, but the message is timeless for any soldier away from homeland. Stateside

 

03-15-10... Let's keep it simple on a Monday, shall we? It's all about the music, which is far from simple, because it's old-time bluegrass from Sonny and Bobby, the Osborne Brothers. Roll Muddy River

 

03-17-10... Does this guy think he's God or something? Hmm... well, oddly enough, perhaps he is. From 1960, Stuart Hamblen sings Remember Me.

 

03-19-10... Oops! Well, this is late, but still officially Friday, depending on where you live. I mentioned awhile back how Johnny Horton was so much more than The Battle of New Orleans, and of how he was a major star on the Louisiana Hayride and was long ago inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In other words, the man could sing rock, country and honky tonk styles long before he hit it SUPER big with his themed songs. His personal life was fascinating as well, including some creepy parallels and connections with Hank Williams. Rather than me filling several pages with his bio, I'll direct you to the Johnny Horton page at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame site, and highly suggest you find out all there is to know about this talented and interesting man. Meanwhile, you should have no trouble figuring out why Dwight Yoakam covered this 1956 Johnny Horton classic. Honky Tonk Man

 

03-22-10... Born to Run ... No, not the Springsteen variety, but the Emmylou Harris. A song in no way related to the other, but nonetheless a fine one.

 

03-24-10... Here's some tips for sure-fire methods of making yours a rotten day: Get excited over every trifling occurrence. Never relax... you don't want your body to recuperate. Never exercise... all it does is promote circulation. Read up on all the latest ailments and diseases. Be sure to discuss yours at length. Wear them with pride. Pay no mind to what you eat. After all, your stomach's just a garbage dump.

On the flip side, get up in time to watch the sunrise. Think about how vast the universe is and marvel at the wonders of nature all around you. Listen to a good song with a catchy melody, foot-tapping beat, clever lyrics, and a kick-ass steel guitar break. Here's one by Conway Twitty. That Kind of Girl

 

03-26-10... Now, folks, I'm telling you up front that this month will be the last for Jasper's Corn Pone... at least for quite some time. Might bring it back months down the road, but for now, there's stuff going on that requires more of my time and sacrifices have to be made. I figure there's 14 months times an average of 13 song samples per month, plus at least half that many entries of advice pone, so more than enough in the archives to keep a visitor occupied. Besides, little of it is anchored to time, so what's posted in 2009 and this year should be valid forever. I will finish this month and the first Friday of April to end the week.

Awhile back I posted a song by Tommy Collins and probably mentioned some of the famous names who cut their chops in Tommy's bands: Buck Owens, Ferlin Husky, Glenn Campbell, Merle Haggard, Floyd Cramer, and many more.

Tommy was born in Oklahoma, 1930, his real name Leonard Sipes. He was a guitarist, vocalist and prolific songwriter, many of his songs cut by the aforementioned and others, once their own careers were off and running. Tommy made his name in and around Bakersfield, California. His first signing with a major label was with Capitol records in 1953, and his first recording session produced the song I'll sample for you, along with the other one I played earlier, You Better Not Do That.

At the height of his career in 1957, he inexplicably decided to join a theologicial seminary in Oakland, CA and studied to become an ordained minister. After six years as a pastor, he decided returning to music was his true calling, and he again signed with Capitol Records to record songs he'd written those in-between years. Not religious music, still country, and he again hit the charts. A couple years later, he signed with Columbia and continued writing music at an astounding pace, all the way up until his death in 2000. Although Tommy Collins is not necessarily a household name, his music has been and still is recorded by megastars. Buck Owens recorded an entire album of nothing but Tommy Collins songs. Merle Haggard recorded a collection of them, and he wrote a tribute to his good friend Leonard Sipes, called simply, Leonard.

Here's today's selection from the Tommy Collins library. I Always Get a Souvenir

 

03-29-10... It seems rather absurd to say any one Hank Williams song could be my favorite. After all, how many bad ones are there? I'll just say that, for its rhythm, its melody, Hank's soulful voice and his true-to-life lyrics, this might be a top-ten for me. Long Gone Daddy Blues

 

03-31-10... Cast the burden doesn't mean to toss your responsibilities over to someone else. It's useful, purposeful meaning is to insist upon your own peace of mind... to not give in to worry and anxiety over any issue. That's what Charlie Rich is trying to do with his particular issue. There Won't Be Any More

 

04-02-10... As I sign off Jasper's Corn Pone for a hiatus either temporary or permanent, I will do my best to leave behind something of use. This suggestion is by far the most difficult to accept and implement into daily living. Believe me, I struggle with it constantly, what with the things heard and seen in all media of actions and words perplexing and vexing. But, if we can remember as individuals that our thoughts control our universe, we can plow through all the negative information which bombards us every day. We can remember that all of us are tiny threads of one garment, tiny sparks from one great fire, and then we can hope and pray that those who seem so hell-bent on creating chaos will snap out of it and understand their road is leading them to their own mental destruction. All we can do is help ourselves. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

The Statler Brothers - Elizabeth

Me - Come Into My Heart

 

 

 

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