Monday, April 21, 2014

Something's Fishy at The Big Enchilada!!!!!!


The catfish are jumpin' and the hillbillies are high here at the Big Enchilada. We're going down to the fishin' hole .Enjoy this new crop of musical hillbilly madness

(Background Music: Buster's Crawdad Song by The Tune Wranglers)
Catfish and Collard Greens by Junior Brown
Crackhead Lullabye by Red Eye Gravy
Get That Fiddle Fired Up by Hezekiah Goode
My Love Give Me Love by Steve Train & His Bad Habits
Everybody Loves My Baby by Dave Van Ronk & The Ragtime Jug Stompers

(Background Music: Blue Guitars by The Light Crust Doughboys)
Dixie Fried by The Howlin' Brothers
Apache Tears by Los Dugans
Prison Town by Kern Richards
I Drink to Remember by Dale Watson
I Like Drinkin' by The Beaumonts
Please Ask That Clown to Stop Crying by Neil Hamburger

(Background Music: Texas Playboy Rag by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts)
Catfish Boogie by Wayne Raney
Whisper in the Dark by The Pine Hill Haints
Soy Muriendo by Possessed by Paul James
Take Your Pony by A Pony Named Olga
Gotta Shake That Thing by Leon Redbone
(Background Music: For Lovers Only by Southern Culture on The Skids)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


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Friday, April 18, 2014


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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: John the Conquerer's Rockin' Trickster Blues

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
April 18, 2014

You might think that the name of the band John the Conqueror, whose new album The Good Life I've been enjoying lately, sounds familiar. 
As a matter of fact, anyone who has ever heard Muddy Waters or the endless supply of lesser mortals sing "Hoochie Coochie Man" has heard the phrase "High John the Conquerer" (or, sometimes, "Conqueroo"). 
But unless you're somewhat acquainted with the ways of the hoodoo, you might not realize what exactly that is.
So before we get into the music, let's have a little lesson in culture. 
There's a reason Muddy mentioned High John in the same breath as his black cat bone and his mojo in that song. Here's what Papa Jim, a San Antonio mail-order voodoo merchant (and, according to some of his old catalogs, "a true man of God"), has to say on his website about the "Hi John the Conqueror" root:
* The most famous of all Voodoo roots. Carry with you at all times to help remove and conquer all obstacles in your path.
* Carry in a green bag for good luck, money drawing and power over others. Anoint daily with John the Conqueror Oil.
* Attract a specific lover by carrying this root and a lock of hair from the one you desire in a Red Flannel bag anointed with Attraction Oil.
* A fantastic good luck charm when kept in your pocket while gambling.
* Carry in your pocket to offset moods of depression and confusion.
That last line has to be for the benefit of the Food and Drug Administration.
So who was High John, for whom this root is named? Zora Neale Hurston wrote that he was an archetypal trickster found in myth and folklore. According to an essay in Hurston's collection The Sanctified Church, John started out as "a whisper, a will to hope, a wish to find something worthy of laughter and song. " 
However, he soon became "a man in full, and had come to live and work on the plantations, and all the slave folks knew him in the flesh. ... Old Massa couldn’t know, of course, but High John de Conquer was there walking his plantation like a natural man. He was treading the sweat-flavored clods of the plantation, crushing out his drum tunes, and giving out secret laughter."
Like Jimmy Dean said, "It's hard to get the best of a man named John."
So it's a whisper, a man, a root, a magic charm, and now a Jimi Hendrix-influenced, blues-soaked rock 'n' soul band from Philadelphia, whose members are young enough to be Muddy's grandchildren and have roots in Mississippi. That's a strong claim to stake, but deep in the grooves of The Good Life, I hear some real potential — not to mention some good drum tunes and secret laughter.
The band is fronted by a singer, guitarist, and songwriter named Pierre Moore. Along with drummer Michael Gardner, he moved from Oxford, Mississippi — first to Atlanta, where they were in an " Afro-punk" group called The Slack Republic — before moving to to the City of Brotherly Love. They hooked up with bassist Ryan Lynn to form John the Conqueror. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2011.
For the new record, J the C added the bassist's brother, Steve Lynn, on keyboards on some tracks. But that's not the biggest change I hear in their basic blues-rock attack. 
Moore's songs are stronger than they were on the first album. In an interview with That Music, Moore said that every song here comes from "a personal story of ours." And just about every story is interesting.
He writes what he knows, and he seems to know a lot about drinking, drugging, sex, and being a troublesome kid. In the stories he tells, Moore often presents himself as a modern variation on the trickster/hero archetype, perhaps a contemporary Hoochie Coochie Man. He doesn’t actually tell tales of voodoo, though in his guitar you can here echoes of Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile.”
On “Golden Rule” Moore sings about being an unruly kid testing the boundaries of his strict mother. “I picked up a cigarette butt and my butt got the belt,” he recalls. Mama warns, “I brought you in this world, and I’ll sho’ 'nuff take you out/if I ever see another cigarette hangin’ out your mouth.” But that’s not the only time he faces the wrath of Mama. One day she leaves work early: “She opened up my door and found a naked girl in my room,” he sings.
That’s not the only naked girl we encounter on this album. 
In “She Said,” a song about cocaine, Moore sings, “just met this girl and I not know why she’s naked lyin’ on my floor.” And on the cautionary tale “Daddy’s Little Girl,” it’s not his mama that Moore has to worry about. “When you mess with Daddy’s little girl you’re gonna see/Just how crazy that man can be.” It’s a slow-moving, minor-key song with Moore’s stinging guitar and Gardner’s drums building the tension throughout.
There’s even more youthful debauchery in “Mississippi Drinkin’.” Moore sings that he and his his friends were boozing it up in some field. “It seemed like a good idea until our downtown party went downhill.” One dumb kid pulls a gun out of his pocket, but luckily he doesn’t hit anyone when he shoots it. Later, Moore and cronies are drinking in some juke joints. “Well, it’s cheap enough I ended up wearing nothin’ but my boots.”
Moore wrote all the songs but one — a cool, rocking cover of Randy Newman's "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield." This might be the best Newman cover since Joe Cocker bellowed out "You Can Leave Your Hat On" all those decades ago.
I can’t guarantee that this incarnation of John the Conqueror will bring you luck in gambling or romance, but I can see how it would be a darn good soundtrack when you’re setting out to do those things. 
Video Time:
Here's J the C doing a live version of "She Said"

Sunday, April 13, 2014


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 OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Albuquerque Freakout by Holy Wave
Do the Vibrate by The Black Lips
Run Through the Jungle by Link Wray
Move Your Arse by A Pony Named Olga
Bomba na Parliament by Kult
Godzilla's a Punk by The 99ers

Prince Minsky's Lament by Chuck E. Weiss
I'll Be Back by Question Mark & The Mysterians 
Waking Up. To You by John the Conqueror
Contraption/Soul Desert by Thee Oh Sees
Make You Wild by Lynx Lynx
She's Lookin' Good by Jack Mack & The Heart Attack
Champagne Halloween by St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Sit with the Guru by Strawberry Alarm Clock

Joe Bonner by The Gluey Brothers
Funky Old Man by Bobby Rush
Switched to Drinkin' Gin by Mojo JuJu
Double Old Soul by Busy McCarroll
Blues from Phyllis by Flamin' Groovies
Baby I Know What It's Like to Be Alone by Dex Romweber Duo

Distant Fingers by Patti Smith
Hare Krishna Mantra by The Radha Krsna Temple
Hard Krsna by Husker Du
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing by The Persuasions 
Afflicted by Charles Brimmer 
We Belong Together by Rickie Lee Jones
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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