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Ahrzetta, Chunky, and the Dark Eyes, my latest release is a series of stories, some true, some imagined, that have found their way into song in my travels.
1. Zoot, Zoot Wilson was a friend of mine in VT. He was a fine musician, and loved the Southern grooves. He was a person who lived life to it's fullest. A real character. I'm not sure he ever said 'Give me a Dime and a bottle of wine", but he sure as hell could've!
2. Easy Back is my new Orleans reclamation fantasy, relating (as many New Orleanians do) to the city as a Lover as well as home. In spring when the wind off the Big River wafts the smell of the magnolia into your senses, and you hear the music of a brass band coming from who knows where, you know there's no where else in the world you could truly call home.
3. Dark Eyes is the story of a friend of mine, Augie, who played on Royal St. in NOLa with a street band called "The Big Mess". Aug had a bit of a relationship with the Vodka of the song title. They danced from early in the morning to the wee hours, and he seldom took the lead.
4. Chunky I originally wrote it for Jay Monque'd, (Infamous NOLa harp player and character extraordinaire), but he recorded " My L'il Whiz Bang (also my tune) instead. Full-figured girls could use a champion!
5. Ahrzetta is the story of a boy who meets a girl and falls in love..... and then he meets her family! The story of a disfunctional relationship taken to the extreme! The gal must have some extra talent for the brother to hang!
6. Cajun Country is a musical voyage into the Cajun, Zydeco swampland. One of my friends in New Orleans said it should be picked up by the Louisiana travel bureau for their radio ads.
7. I Ain't Got the Blues came from seeing Charles Brown sing "One For My Baby" in concert once. We've all been there. Pining over a lost love, or reflecting on how, if we'd been a bit more perceptive, perhaps things may have gone differently in our lives.
The blues come in many forms, and experience teaches us in odd ways that at the time might seem detrimental, but later are benevolant.
Love is sometimes just a deep breath away.
8. Here's Johnny came from seeing Paul Asbell and the Unknown Blues Band back up Paul Butterfield at the Deaf School in Santa Fe, circa 1987. Paul Asbell's band Kilamenjaro (same personnel as UBB) opened the show, and I heard the words (in my head) to Paul's song as they played it! As I was listening to Kilamenjaro, a friend came to say "Paul wants to see you backstage"
which to me seemed odd, for I was listening to "Paul" right at that moment.
The request had come from Bobby Keys, a mutual friend of Paul Butterfield and myself.
Mr. Butterfield had just come from a concert in Santa Cuz,CA, where he had taked a 10 ft. fall off the stage, was severely beaten up, and was in need of pain medication.
Sadly, I met the great Blues icon at the end of his life. He passed away soon after that.
9. Walkin' til I Die is an old (40+) song of mine that I dusted off to show off the talent of Dave "Fuller Brush Man" Fuller on harmonica.
Mr. Fuller is a great friend, and a consummate performer on the "Mississippi Saxophone". He always "tears it up"!
10. Meet Me In Memphis was written on my move to Santa Fe driving an overloaded van and outrunning a nasty driving storm.
The underlying theme of this tune is no matter how hard things seem at the time, things gona bes " All right, All right, All right Yeah!"
11. Magnolia Motel was written in 90 mile per hour 5 lane rush hour traffic going from Slidell into New Orleans in the spring of the year after Katrina. I'd driven through the destruction in Mississippi, and at one point seen a broken sign that said "Magnolia Motel", and the song came to me. I was writing madly in the heavy traffic. I always keep a writing pad close. I saw the original the other day. Penmanship wasn't half bad!
12. Hitch Hooker is a true story. I was recording a demo at Studio D in Sausalito,CA, and my friend Terry (studio owner) let me use his vintage '55 Chevy convertible to go to the Sausalito Cellars for wine and beer. When I left the store with the booty, there, sitting in the passenger seat was.. You guessed it! Apparently the working girls hitch hike the Mercedes and BMW drivers coming home across the Golden Gate Bridge, and carry big handbags with credit card readers for renumeration.
America, land of opportunity!
13. Price of a Beer is a classic truck driver on layover story in the old time country music tradition that I so love. My sweet little Chihuahua Cha Cha, who lost her life to Coyotes during the making of this CD, can be heard singing in the closing moments of this song.
14. Thieves in the Night was a song I wrote from some snippets of poems a friend of mine, Miss Flora Davis sent me. She said they were inspired by seeing Stevie Ray Vaughn play one evening. I added the theme and the last two verses.
15. Rosabella Believe is Harry Houdini's afterlife code which he and his long time partner, Bess came up with to let whichever partner pre-deceased communicate with the still living. (their code, my song)
Think of the song coming thru an old-time radio.