Monday, August 18, 2014

New Big Enchilada Podcast: Another Fine Showcase of American Hillbilly Music


Welcome to the latest Big Enchilada podcast, Varmint Symphony. It's a hillbilly spectacular featuring raw animal country, rockabilly, bluesgrass, blues, country swing, cowpunk and other sounds to tickle your innards .Have fun, but don't let the possums get in your underwear drawer.


Here's the playlist
(Background Music: Greasy String by The West Virginia Coon Hunters)
Animal Hoedown by Harry Hayward
Johnny Law by Wayne Hancock
Someone Like You by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Can't Pretend by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
When That Helicopter Comes by The Handsome Family
Carve Dat Possum by Harry C. Brown & The Peerless Quartet

(Background Music: White Heat by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
Devil Ain't No Quitter by James Hand
Sucker for a Cheap Guitar by Ronnie Dawson
The Pequot Dance Floor by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Him No Mo' by Crumb Catcher
Big T by Dale Watson
Where Do Ya Want It by Whitey Morgan & The 78s
Long in the Tooth by Billy Joe Shaver

(Background Music: Fiesta Alegre by Flaco Jimenez y Max Baca)
The Weasel, Bean, Frog and Dog by Splitlip Rayfield
21 Days in Jail by Magic Sam
Truckin' Little Woman by Dave & Phil Alvin
Big Bad Wolf by Clinton O'Neal & The Country Drifters
Set Up Another Drink by Carl Phillips
Coffee Grinder Blues by Asylum Street Spankers

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


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Sunday, August 17, 2014 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist below;
OPENING THEME: Let it Out, Let it All Hang Out by The Hombres
God is a Bullet by Concrete Blonde
Go-Go Girls by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Just a Little Bit of You by The A-Bones
On My Way to Houston by Powell St. John & The Aliens
Living in Squalor by Chump
Stukas Over Disneyland by The Dickies
Devil Drag Strip by The Fumes
Staring Down by New Mystery Girl
Skinny Mama by Floyd Jones

Stuff They Call Money by Dave & Phil Alvin
Buzz Buzz Buzz by The Blasters
21 Days in Jail by Magic Sam
Black Cadillac by Figures of Light
Sharknado by The Barbaraellatones 
Linda's Gone by The Black Angels
Epopeya by Doctor Simio
Cockroach Crawl by the Del-Gators

Everybody Got a Little Devil in Their Soul by Bobby Patterson
Big Bad John by Big John Hamilton 
Escape by Night by King Shark
Stop Breakin' Down Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
One More Try by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Ain't No Sunshine by Freddie King
Maybe Your Baby by The Dirtbombs
Your Love Belongs Under a Rock by Bobby Patterson

All Tomorrow's Parties by Frontier Circus
Black Girls by Violent Femmes
I Dig Black Girls by Charlie Whitehead
Saved by The Mighty Clouds of Joy
That's Life by Big Maybelle
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, August 15, 2014


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Friday, August 15, 2014 
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM 
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell 
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist below:
OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens 
Sick Rick by Misery Jackals
Monroe by Howlin' Brothers
Highway Cafe by Kinky Friedman
Lug Nut Larry by Dale Watson
The King's Shilling by Del McCoury
Jezebelle by Steve Train & His Bad Habits
Side by Side Doublewides by The Hickoids
The Spasm by Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah

Just Let Go/ It Ain't All Flowers by Sturgill Simpson
Yankee Taste by Jayke Orvis
Highway 41 by Husky Burnette
Gotta Get to Heaven by Scott H. Biram
Baby Let Me Follow You Down by Bob Dylan & The Band
Can You Blame the Colored Man by South Memphis String Band
The Cockfight by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
I Wear the Scars by James Hand

Dave & Phil Alvin set
How You Want it Done by Dave & Phil
Never No More Blues by The Blasters
Collins Cave by Phil Alvin
So Long Baby by Jo-el Sonnier
Goodbye Again by Dave Alvin with Rosie Flores
Just a Dream by Dave & Phil
House aren't Stomp/Crawdad Hole by Big Bill Broonzy
Long White Cadillac by Janis Martin
Big Bill Blues by Dave & Phil

A Girl Named Johnny Cash by Harry Hayward
Checkers and Chess by Billy Joe Shaver
Down to Seeds and Stems Again by Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
One Last Look by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies
Epitaph (Black and Blue) by Kris Kristofferson 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: More Soul ... And a Little Reggae Too

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
August 14, 2014

Singer Bobby Patterson just released a new album, I Got More Soul!, the latest in a career that goes back decades. It’s a fun and, yes, soulful album by a veteran performer with deep roots in 1960s soul.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of this guy. I hadn’t heard of him either until I stumbled into his 70th birthday celebration a few months ago. It was during South by Southwest in Austin, and Patterson, a Dallas native, was opening for Barrence Whitfield & The Savages at a joint called C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.

And yes, I was impressed. I just hope I have as much fun on my 70th birthday as Patterson appeared to be having on his. I’ve looked forward to this album since that night.

So what’s Patterson’s story? Don’t ask me. Ask him. In the song “Poet,” Patterson sings, “I wrote songs for Fontella Bass/Oh, she talked a lot of sass/I wrote songs for Albert King/made his guitar sing, yeah/Wrote a song for Chuck Jackson/Knew I’d step up the action/I’m a songwriter, I’m a poet.” 

“Poet” is one of two cover songs on the album. Obviously Patterson felt qualified to add a verse of his own to a tune written and recorded by Sly Stone, but what he adds to the song is true for the most part. 

Though Patterson started out as a performer, most of his success in the music biz was behind the scenes. He did write or co-write songs for Bass, Jackson, and King (although King probably deserves the credit for making his guitar sing on the song “That’s What the Blues Is All About”), not to mention for Little Johnny Taylor.

Patterson’s career as a recording artist goes back to the 1960s, though he never had a national hit himself. Critics weren’t always kind to him, either. “If there is such a thing as an average 1960s soul singer, Bobby Patterson is it,” the All Music Guide wrote in a review of Taking Care of Business, a Patterson compilation of his ’60s works released in the mid-1990s.
Bobby turns 70 in Austin

So for more than 20 years beginning in 1972, Patterson concentrated on being a producer, promoter, and songwriter. Then in the mid-1990s, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, with his side project group Golden Smog, recorded a country-rock version of an old Patterson song called “She Don’t Have to See You (To See Through You).” 

Though Golden Smog never rose above cult status, this recording apparently stirred something in Patterson, whose name was misspelled in the CD credits. He began to record again, releasing an album with the hopeful title of Second Coming in 1996, followed by I’d Rather Eat Soup two years later. But except for reissues and retrospectives, that was the last new material from Patterson until now. So I guess that makes I Got More Soul! Patterson’s second “second coming.”

The album came about thanks to a guitar player named Zach Ernst, who used to play with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. In recent years, he has been playing with The Relatives, a Texas gospel group that was founded in the early 1970s. The Relatives sing background on Patterson’s “Everybody’s Got a Little Devil in Their Soul,” originally recorded in the early ’70s by a lady named Tommie Young. It’s one of the highlights of I Got More Soul!

Most the songs here are upbeat and funky. Some of them, like the bouncy Solomon Burke-influenced “I Feel the Same Way,” evoke the classic soul era of the ’60s. Then there’s the harder-edged “Can You Feel Me,” which would sound at home on a latter-period Isley Brothers record. Patterson also has a knack for slow-dance soul ballads like “I Know How It Feels” and “Let Me Heal It.”

I suspect it’s Ernst who introduced Patterson to “Your Love Belongs Under a Rock,” a song by Detroit’s garage/soul/rock giants The Dirtbombs. Patterson makes it sound like a long-lost Stax/Volt hit.

The album ends with a sweet, slow tune called “The Entertainer Part 1” (there’s no part two, at least not here), on which Patterson raps and brags: “If you’re walkin’ on the dirt and the dirt ain’t walkin’ on you, well I’ll entertain you … I don’t care if you’re in the hood or in the trunk/Ain’t no way you can get away from my funk … I got something for everyone who woke up on the right side of the wrong bed with a mad head and no bread. Ha ha! It’s called soul.”

Call it what you want. Bobby Patterson is the mad soul scientist we never knew we had.

Also recommended:

 * Crucial Time by King Shark. Alphanso Henclewood has been living in landlocked Northern New Mexico for nearly 15 years, but he was born in the Greenwich Farm neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, an area dominated by the fishing industry. 

But Greenwich Farm has also produced a lot of reggae musicians — most notably Earl “Chinna” Smith. And it’s where Henclewood was crowned “King Shark” and where he returns from time to time to record music. While Shark over the years has released his own songs on compilation albums from his Pecos-based Montego Records label (two volumes of King Shark and All Star Friends), Crucial Time is his first solo album, though he’s backed by some of his all-star friends, including guitarist Smith.

These songs recall the reggae I loved back in the heady days of the ’70s. One of the outstanding tunes is the harrowing “Escape by Night,” a history lesson in a minor key that deals with escaping from a slave ship. “Palm Me Corner” is set in modern times. It’s about being hassled by police just for hanging out on a street corner. (“I’m not a bad boy,” the singer protests, “I don’t fire no guns!”) 

But the vibe of this album isn’t all political. Shark also sings songs of love such as “Marry Me,” “She Will Be Mine,” and two versions of a tune called “Pure Light.” He sings, “Oh yes, you beautiful woman, I want you to understand, tonight is the night you will be mine.”

Besides releasing his own album, Shark also produced Burning Fire, a new album by longtime Jamaican singer Prince Alla (born Keith Blake), and released it on Montego Records. 

Alla has been a reggae recording artist since the ’70s and has contributed songs to King Shark compilations. My favorite song on the album is “Mortimor,” which is about an old Rasta man who follows the instructions of a little bird, packs up his Bible and his last pound of herb, and sails away in his boat to Africa.

King Shark also recently became a DJ. He’s got a reggae show on KTAO-FM 101.9 Solar Radio from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. You can listen online at 

And the king also is promoting reggae concerts in Taos. He's got Israel Vibration, a trio from Jamaica coming for an outdoor show at KTAO Solar Center on August 24. Tickets are $25 in advance.

Here are some videos

Bobby Patterson live in 2013

And here's a short interview with King Shark

And here's King Shark interviewing Prince Alla

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sneak Peak: New Gospel Album from James Hand

James "Slim" Hand that country singer from Waco, Texas who amazed and delighted New Mexico folks at a Santa Fe Bandstand show last year, has a new gospel album set for release in October.

I've been lucky enough to hear an advance version of Stormclouds in Heaven, so I can tell you, it's a pure country gem.

Like any good country gospel albums, there are plenty of upbeat foot-stompin' "Praise Jesus!" songs on this album including "Lord Above," "My Savior as My Guide," "Why Oh Why," and the wry, "Devil Ain't No Quitter," a spiritual descendant of Bob Wills' "The Devil Ain't Lazy."

But this is a James Hand album, so even though it's full of the light of God, and amazing grace, you know you're going to have those clouds of fear and doubt alluded to in the title. As he sings in the title song, "Why do I stand at twilight and watch the setting sun / so afraid to face the light I want to turn and run ..."
James Hand and me at KSFR studios last year

And in "Tomorrow When," the singer wonders, "Where on Earth can Heaven be? / Where's that shing stair? /Just as near or far from me as it was on my last prayer."

Indeed, few singers around today capture the struggle between faith and hopelessness, fear and salvation as well as James Hand. In the post-Johnny Cash era, it's hard to find country gospel  this powerful.

Two of the songs here have previously appeared on Hand's old Rounder albums: "If I Live Long Enough to Heal" (from Shadow on the Ground) and, one of my favorite Hand songs of all time, "Men Like Me Can Fly" (from Shadow on the Ground).

And here's some incentive for ordering in advance: The special-bonus-James-Hand-fanatics edition of the CD will have two bonus songs,  "Darlin' of her Her Daddy's Eye" and "Lullaby Trail." These will be available only for the first 250 people who order online at . (It'll be shipped prior to the official release date for those who order by Aug 31st.)

Here's the first video from Stormclouds in Heaven. "I Wear the Scars," subtitled "Bobby's Song"  was written for a Viet Nam vet friend of Hand's who died last year.