Rome wasn’t built in a day….

Sometimes I just need a little dose of Nick Lowe. He’s one of just a handful of performers I can honestly say I’ve been listening to for 35 years.

Check out these beautiful, sparse performances. Damned near perfect (at least in my tiny little brain).

I remember like it was yesterday, going to Massey Hall back in the late 70s to see Mink DeVille followed by Nick Lowe and Rockpile and Elvis and the Attractions. That still stands up for me as one of the top music shows I’ve ever seen. Later I tired of Elvis but Nick Lowe has captivated my attention through the years.

Remember “I knew the bride when she used to rock ‘n’ roll?”

As for Mink DeVille, what can I say?

As a side note, I do believe that is Paul James on guitar on this performance of Spanish Stroll. Mr. James has a special place in our hearts – The Paul James Band rocked our wedding when Tuffy P and I got hitched back in the day.


I’ve got a paper in my shoe….

Here’s the late Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds….just because we need more accordion music around this joint.

Forked Deer

I came across this version of Forked Deer (that’s pronounced fork-kid) tonight surfing around on YouTube. I really like the relaxed pace on this one – a lot of versions of this tune seem to be played at lightning speed. The fiddler here is Joe Sites.

I’ve been listening to various versions of this one because I’m trying to learn it on clawhammer.

The Rattlesnake Song

Here’s Cathy Barton and Dave Para. I had a chance to hear them play quite a bit at Midwest Banjo Camp last June. They sound great together, and I really enjoy Cathy’s banjo style on that wonderful old Ode resinator banjo of hers.

Rolling Stone from Texas

As a friend of mine once said, “I like both kinds of music, Country AND Western”. Somewhere along the way the music powerbrokers tried to nudge the western part of it into the ditch, but it’s still out there.

I mentioned Don Walser in my last post – he was known as the Pavarotti of the Plains – and I realized there may be some visitors out there who haven’t experienced Mr. Walser and his amazing vocal skills. I believe it was my friend East Texas Red who first suggested I listen to this guy quite a few years ago.  I’ll give you just a taste – there is some great material out there on CD. Here’s Rolling Stone from Texas…

A Fool Such as I (2 ways)

A Fool Such as I is a country tune written by Bill Trader in 1952. It was a hit for Hank Snow the following year. Here’s Hank and the Rainbow Ranch Boys. This tune has been very well recorded, and why not. It’s fabulous! Lefty Frizzel played it. So did the Pavarotti of the Plains, Don Walser. Handsome Ned played it. Even Bob Dylan recorded this one. Here’s Hank Snow and the Rainbow Ranch Boys.

Now for a a much different take on this tune, listen to Dean Martin. Very cool.