Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dys-fun-ctional Christmas

Not always is Christmas happy and merry. Conflicts with the law, broken relationships, loneliness or simply dysfunctional families can put a burden on these holy Holidays. Good part about it is, that they also inspire songwriters to tell about it. It's basically a reality show wrapped in the soothing sounds of Christmas music. So in this third part of a "Honky Tonk Christmas" let's put the fun back into dysfunctional (my Saloon ornament is hanging) and listen to some tunes, that aren't your standards accompanying "Silent Night," "Oh Tannenbaum" or more secular ditties like "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty The Snowman," "White Christmas," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow." "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" or even "Feliz Navidad." First in my list of a half dozen not so PC-friendly, dysfunctional songs is an over 25-year old classic done by Irish punkers The Pogues together with Kirsty MacColl (who passed away in 2000) called "Fairytale Of New York." Even though the song only reached #2 in the British Charts during it's initial release in 1987, it's this season (2013) most downloaded Christmas song in the UK.  Though the protagonist of the song is in the drunk tank on Christmas Eve to sober up, he sees quite a rosy future with his loved one. And what you may have realized is that my definition of Honky Tonk music is quite wide and yes it includes Tom Waits. According to Wikipedia - even though the quote can't be traced anymore - he was quoted about "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minnepolis" as follows: "I was in Minneapolis - it was 200 degrees below zero - I know - you think I'm bullshitting, no, I swear to God, I was wearing just a bra and a slip and a kind of dead squirrel around my neck - he was colder than I was. The police cars would go by and they'd wave... Merry Xmas, Merry Xmas, Merry Xmas - anyway - I got caught in the middle of a pimp war between 2 kids in Chinchilla coats, they couldn't have been more than 13 years old - they're throwing knives and forks and spoons out into the street - it was deep - so I grabbed a ladle - and Dinah Washington was singing "Our Day Will Come" and I knew that was it." I can't say it much better, besides mentioning, that we are all looking for Valentine's day coming up. I knew that John Prine had a song called "Christmas In Prison" of his 1994 Holiday album "A John Prine Christmas" but after re-listening to the whole album, I decided to use a the only (at least that I know of) song that cynically compares a broken up relationship with a decaying Christmas tree and how bittersweet it is to wish the former lover "All The Best." Definitely a Christmas song, no department store would use as elevator music. Alcohol also can be (is) a specific Christmas problem and leads to a crossroad of possibilities: - a) drinking out of joy and celebrating (for some reason the most kids in the US are born roughly nine months after the Holidays - http://www.labnol.org/internet/most-popular-birthday-months/21283/ - longer, darker nights may be playing a role too) - b) others may indulge due to dysfunctional relationships, insane family ties and trying to cope with that in a buzzed or even drunk state of mind - c) and finally all the people who are alone and don't have anybody to celebrate the festivities with In 1973, John Denver released "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas," a song written by husband and then-wife team, Bill Danoff and Mary "Taffy" Nivert. The couple was quite successful and had other hits with "Take Me Home, Country Roads - Denver," "Boulder To Birmingham - Emmylou Harris" and their self-recorded, as the Starland Vocal Band, #1 hit "Afternoon Delight." Twenty years later, Alan Jackson spiffed that little ditty a bit up, made it with a shuffle beat a lot more giddy and the steel guitar replacing the dobro made it more jukebox friendly. Alan Jackson - Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk On Christmas John Rich, Jimmy Fallon - Drunk On Christmas Boxcar Willie - Hee Haw Honey How can I pass up lyrics like "I need some Christmas spirit, and by spirit I mean booze; I'm getting drunk, drunk, drunk on Christmas." This song was written by Late Night TV host Jimmy Fallon and a writer of the show, Gerard Bradford and premiered three years ago, with special guest John Rich (Big & Rich) sitting in with Fallon and back-up band, The Roots.
"Hee Haw" Host Roy Clark With Some Of The Honeys
Lecil Travis Martin aka Boxcar Willie, even though only remotely popular in the United States was a superstar overseas and is believed to have sold more than 100 million albums. His carnal wish was infused by the beautiful Southern ladies in the TV show "Hee Haw" and Hugh Hefner's playboy bunnies - and yes that simply is all he wanted under his Christmas tree. One of my all-time favorite dysfunctional Christmas songs is "Merry Christmas From The  Family" penned by Texan Robert Earl Keen. With a sharp wit, he describes the Christmas needs and family relationships as it would be part of a reality show. The parents are getting drunk, the sister shows up with a new Mexican boyfriend, who woos everybody with "Feliz Navidad," brother Ken who arrives with wife #3 brings his five kids out of two earlier relationships. And it's Turkey, football and more booze - trips to the convenient store to restock with cigarettes, diapers, tampons and whatever you need in the 24/7 world that America is. And with this - I can only wish everybody of you - Merry Christmas Y'All . This blog was orginally published here.

Dys-fun-ctional Christmas

Not always is Christmas happy and merry.



Conflicts with the law, broken relationships, loneliness or simply dysfunctional families can put a burden on these holy Holidays.

Good part about it is, that they also inspire songwriters to tell about it. It's basically a reality show wrapped in the soothing sounds of Christmas music. So in this third part of a "Honky Tonk Christmas" let's put the fun back into dysfunctional (my Saloon ornament is hanging) and listen to some tunes, that aren't your standards accompanying "Silent Night," "Oh Tannenbaum" or more secular ditties like "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty The Snowman," "White Christmas," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow." "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" or even "Feliz Navidad."



First in my list of a half dozen not so PC-friendly, dysfunctional songs is an over 25-year old classic done by Irish punkers The Pogues together with Kirsty MacColl (who passed away in 2000) called "Fairytale Of New York." Even though the song only reached #2 in the British Charts during it's initial release in 1987, it's this season (2013) most downloaded Christmas song in the UK.  Though the protagonist of the song is in the drunk tank on Christmas Eve to sober up, he sees quite a rosy future with his loved one.









And what you may have realized is that my definition of Honky Tonk music is quite wide and yes it includes Tom Waits. According to Wikipedia - even though the quote can't be traced anymore - he was quoted about "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minnepolis" as follows:

"I was in Minneapolis - it was 200 degrees below zero - I know - you think I'm bullshitting, no, I swear to God, I was wearing just a bra and a slip and a kind of dead squirrel around my neck - he was colder than I was. The police cars would go by and they'd wave... Merry Xmas, Merry Xmas, Merry Xmas - anyway - I got caught in the middle of a pimp war between 2 kids in Chinchilla coats, they couldn't have been more than 13 years old - they're throwing knives and forks and spoons out into the street - it was deep - so I grabbed a ladle - and Dinah Washington was singing "Our Day Will Come" and I knew that was it."

I can't say it much better, besides mentioning, that we are all looking for Valentine's day coming up.












I knew that John Prine had a song called "Christmas In Prison" of his 1994 Holiday album "A John Prine Christmas" but after re-listening to the whole album, I decided to use a the only (at least that I know of) song that cynically compares a broken up relationship with a decaying Christmas tree and how bittersweet it is to wish the former lover
"All The Best." Definitely a Christmas song, no department store would use as elevator music.



Alcohol also can be (is) a specific Christmas problem and leads to a crossroad of possibilities:

- a) drinking out of joy and celebrating (for some reason the most kids in the US are born roughly nine months after the Holidays - http://www.labnol.org/internet/most-popular-birthday-months/21283/ - longer, darker nights may be playing a role too)

- b) others may indulge due to dysfunctional relationships, insane family ties and trying to cope with that in a buzzed or even drunk state of mind

- c) and finally all the people who are alone and don't have anybody to celebrate the festivities with



In 1973, John Denver released "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas," a song written by husband and then-wife team, Bill Danoff and Mary "Taffy" Nivert. The couple was quite successful and had other hits with "Take Me Home, Country Roads - Denver," "Boulder To Birmingham - Emmylou Harris" and their self-recorded, as the Starland Vocal Band, #1 hit "Afternoon Delight."

Twenty years later, Alan Jackson spiffed that little ditty a bit up, made it with a shuffle beat a lot more giddy and the steel guitar replacing the dobro made it more jukebox friendly.



Alan Jackson - Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk On Christmas




John Rich, Jimmy Fallon - Drunk On Christmas





Boxcar Willie - Hee Haw Honey




How can I pass up lyrics like "I need some Christmas spirit, and by spirit I mean booze; I'm getting drunk, drunk, drunk on Christmas." This song was written by Late Night TV host Jimmy Fallon and a writer of the show, Gerard Bradford and premiered three years ago, with special guest John Rich (Big & Rich) sitting in with Fallon and back-up band, The Roots.



"Hee Haw" Host Roy Clark With Some Of The Honeys
Lecil Travis Martin aka Boxcar Willie, even though only remotely popular in the United States was a superstar overseas and is believed to have sold more than 100 million albums. His carnal wish was infused by the beautiful Southern ladies in the TV show "Hee Haw" and Hugh Hefner's playboy bunnies - and yes that simply is all he wanted under his Christmas tree.



One of my all-time favorite

dysfunctional Christmas songs is "Merry Christmas From The  Family" penned by Texan Robert Earl Keen. With a sharp wit, he describes the Christmas needs and family relationships as it would be part of a reality show. The parents are getting drunk, the sister shows up with a new Mexican boyfriend, who woos everybody with "Feliz Navidad," brother Ken who arrives with wife #3 brings his five kids out of two earlier relationships. And it's Turkey, football and more booze - trips to the convenient store to restock with cigarettes, diapers, tampons and whatever you need in the 24/7 world that America is.



And with this - I can only wish everybody of you - Merry Christmas Y'All



.

This blog was orginally published here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jaida Dreyer caught her mommy in flagranti

Earlier this year I stumbled upon the music of Jaida Dreyer. A single - (unfortunately) with no chart success - had me listening closer. "Half Broke Horses" had me in awe - and her debut album on Byron Gallimore's produced Streamsound record "I'm Jaida Dreyer" (still working on a blog for that album) even though partly overproduced, had me listening in closely. That girl can pen a song and his closely associated to the new-bred of women's songwriter with intelligent material like Kacey Musgrave and Brandy Clark.

Researching the young lady from Canada (who partly lived in the United States) I stumbled upon a quite cool version of the old Christmas standard "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" which I wanna share in my Honky Tonk blog - too bad they can make Christmas singles like this, but then tbey (Nashville) just release generic, boring stuff during the year. But judge for yourself - this little ditty has me dancing in no-snow, mostly balmy Texas through all of December.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ray Price - Honky Tonk Hero

We all knew it would happen. The pancreatic cancer was back and Ray refused to go through another strain of chemo and decided to die peacefully in hospice care in his Texas house in Mount Pleasant. A rushed statement by his son made him die premature, but this afternoon 4:43pm he did pass away. I'm sure there will be many (better and extensive) obituaries covering his six decades in the music scene. I thought I will just remember him with some anecdotes, trivia and personal experiences.
Ray Price single handedly changed country music a decade before Willie and Waylon started their outlaw waves in the music business. After being a disciple (actually room mate) of Hank Williams, his early albums were pure Hank influenced, songs right on the edge between sin and salvation. With the emergence of Rock'n'Roll, Ray changed the old solemn sounds with his signature hard driving, jazz-influenced 4/4 shuffle into a highly dance-able Honky Tonk sound which up to this day still exists in every "true" Texas jukebox. Just listen to "Home In San Antone" from his album "San Antonio Rose" - you may have to do that several times to get actually get the different layers - first just listen to the tight rhythm work of the drums and the bass, add the "classic" fiddlin' by Tommy Jackson, then indulge in the mastery of Jimmy Day on the steel guitar and then give a listen to Ray vocal acrobatics. Piece the pieces together and the sum is way bigger than it's parts. And please be warned this stuff is addictive.
Yes I'm bluntly honest - some of his next invention, the cosmopolitan Nashville sound turned me off, all the strings were layered so thick and smooth, that at the time it was barely listenable to. I did change my mind in retrospect. And the BS (yes that stands also for a musician) crap that Nashville is now releasing, elevates these tunes like gems in a field of burnt coal pieces. When he was introduced into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 I was there at the Grand Ole Opry working the event for several European radio stations and will never forget his quip "Well It's About Time." And right he was, having changed the sound of country music twice. In substance he was the Tony Bennett of Country Music, where George Jones was Frank Sinatra. In 2000 Ray made a trip to SXSW (music fair) to perform a free concert at Waterloo Park. Despite a cold front who dropped the balmy afternoon temperatures 30 degrees into the 40s, there were more than a thousand attending and enjoying that show (which also featured the Derailers and Hank Williams III). Still remember dancing on the lawn of the park - mostly to stay warm - when someone poked me in the back - they were some old friends of mine, members of BR5-49 who also attended the music fair and came out that night to check out and pay tribute to the Cherokee Cowboy. 
This is from later years, but pretty much sums up the experience at Waterloo Park - two Kris Kristofferson penned hits for Price - "Help Me Make Through The Night" / "For The Good Times" By 2007 I was struggling, living out of my car - but Ray announced two concerts in Austin, together with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Asleep At The Wheel as part of the "Last Of The Breed"-Tour. Sure glad I was able to work "parking" these two magical nights and seeing that show twice. After the show we all rushed to Poodie's (Willie's former road manager's place - RIP) to see who would show up for the after party, some of the Cherokee Cowboys did, but it never became that much wished for Jam-Session for all the musicians involved. Nevertheless Ray stole the show these two nights. A year later he returned with "Time" actually touching some of the old shuffle themes who made him so famous. "You Just Don't Love Me Anymore" became an instant favorite. A must have for every true Honky Tonk fan is Ray Price's 10 CD box by Bear Family which chronicles the years from 1950 - 1966.

Ray Price - Honky Tonk Hero

We all knew it would happen. The pancreatic cancer was back and Ray refused to go through another strain of chemo and decided to die peacefully in hospice care in his Texas house in Mount Pleasant. A rushed statement by his son made him die premature, but this afternoon 4:43pm he did pass away.

I'm sure there will be many (better and extensive) obituaries covering his six decades in the music scene. I thought I will just remember him with some anecdotes, trivia and personal experiences.

Ray Price single handedly changed country music a decade before Willie and Waylon started their outlaw waves in the music business. After being a disciple (actually room mate) of Hank Williams, his early albums were pure Hank influenced, songs right on the edge between sin and salvation. With the emergence of Rock'n'Roll, Ray changed the old solemn sounds with his signature hard driving, jazz-influenced 4/4 shuffle into a highly dance-able Honky Tonk sound which up to this day still exists in every "true" Texas jukebox. Just listen to "Home In San Antone" from his album "San Antonio Rose" - you may have to do that several times to get actually get the different layers - first just listen to the tight rhythm work of the drums and the bass, add the "classic" fiddlin' by Tommy Jackson, then indulge in the mastery of Jimmy Day on the steel guitar and then give a listen to Ray vocal acrobatics. Piece the pieces together and the sum is way bigger than it's parts. And please be warned this stuff is addictive.



Yes I'm bluntly honest - some of his next invention, the cosmopolitan Nashville sound turned me off, all the strings were layered so thick and smooth, that at the time it was barely listenable to. I did change my mind in retrospect. And the BS (yes that stands also for a musician) crap that Nashville is now releasing, elevates these tunes like gems in a field of burnt coal pieces.
When he was introduced into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 I was there at the Grand Ole Opry working the event for several European radio stations and will never forget his quip "Well It's About Time." And right he was, having changed the sound of country music twice. In substance he was the Tony Bennett of Country Music, where George Jones was Frank Sinatra.

In 2000 Ray made a trip to SXSW (music fair) to perform a free concert at Waterloo Park. Despite a cold front who dropped the balmy afternoon temperatures 30 degrees into the 40s, there were more than a thousand attending and enjoying that show (which also featured the Derailers and Hank Williams III).
Still remember dancing on the lawn of the park - mostly to stay warm - when someone poked me in the back - they were some old friends of mine, members of BR5-49 who also attended the music fair and came out that night to check out and pay tribute to the Cherokee Cowboy. 
This is from later years, but pretty much sums up the experience at Waterloo Park - two Kris Kristofferson penned hits for Price - "Help Me Make Through The Night" / "For The Good Times"



By 2007 I was struggling, living out of my car - but Ray announced two concerts in Austin, together with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Asleep At The Wheel as part of the "Last Of The Breed"-Tour. Sure glad I was able to work "parking" these two magical nights and seeing that show twice.
After the show we all rushed to Poodie's (Willie's former road manager's place - RIP) to see who would show up for the after party, some of the Cherokee Cowboys did, but it never became that much wished for Jam-Session for all the musicians involved. Nevertheless Ray stole the show these two nights.
A year later he returned with "Time" actually touching some of the old shuffle themes who made him so famous. "You Just Don't Love Me Anymore" became an instant favorite.




A must have for every true Honky Tonk fan is Ray Price's 10 CD box by Bear Family which chronicles the years from 1950 - 1966.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Cavaliere" Berlusconi ousted of Italian Senate

Update - 11/27/2013

The Italian senate has decided to oust ex Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from
the senate. With this measure the "Cavaliere" will loose his parliamentary immunity and will have to serve a year of community service. Berlusconi was originally sentenced to four years because of tax evasion, some amnesty rules waived three years of this sentence and hard time was commuted to either house arrest or community service because of his old age, The 77-year old right wing populist, called it a "coup d'etat" and a "sad day of sorrow for the Italian democracy."
The trial because of the "Bunga Bunga" nights in Milan, where he is accused of having sex with a minor is still pending.

Original blog: 1/15/2011

Twelve years ago, the US finally seemed to get over Monica-Gate; then president Bill Clinton got acquitted by the Senate and was able to finish his second term. Sexual scandals and politics always lead to "Monkey Business", just ask Gary Hart and Donna Rice.

Now the "scimmie" are running free in Italy. The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is investigated on suspicion of "extortion" and "child prostitution". No, it was not an intern, but a Moroccan belly dancer,  Karima El Mahrough, who uses the stage name Ruby and has now become Ruby Rubacuori (Steal Hearts). To understand some of the Italian passion(e), let's visit with Umberto Tozzi. He ruled the airwaves in summer of '77, his song "Ti Amo" ("I Love You") was a chart topper for seven months.



When Umberto hails "ma tremo davanti al tuo seno", "but I tremble before your breast" then, oh yeah "that's amore". I mean in the land of calcio (soccer) Ruby is at least a couple of goals ahead of  Monica. And soccer headlines, should be on the front of "Il Corriere Della Sera" or "La Repubblica" (leading Italian newspapers), Antonio Cassano just started playing for AC Milan (Berlusconi's club). But no, il Cavaliere or Cav (Knight) - he received this honor in 1977 - dominates the Italian media. Only in the family owned papers "Il Giornale" (owned by his brother Paolo) and "Il Foglio" (owned by his soon to be ex-wife, Veronica Lario) does he get some slack. The first one talks of a "coup d'etat" from the left and the other appeals that  "L’uomo e l’amico lo conosciamo, non è Barbablù ma un padre di famiglia e un italiano giocoso e ardito". (The man is a friend we know, he is not a Bluebeard, but a family father and a playful and bold Italian). Barbablù is actually based on the old French/Breton folktale "Les Contes de ma mère l'Oie" which were published in 1697. The "Stories of my mother, the Goose", tell about the fictional (maybe based on serial killer Gilles de Rais) character Bluebeard, who kills and then keeps the dead bodies of his former wives. In 1950 Italian director Carlo Bragaglia made a comedy out of this old tale, called "Le sei mogli di Barbablù". One of Italy's funniest comedians at that time, Totò Esposito tries to save his love and frees the six wives of Bluebeard, one of them is a very young Sophia Loren, we see kept behind glass.



In the pending divorce procedures, Veronica is asking for $ 5.6 millions alimony per month. Not just pocket change, even if you own almost $10 billions according to Forbes. This divorce is over another indiscretion, this one named, Noemi Letizia. "Papi", that's what she calls him, showed up for her 18th birthday and showered her with gifts.



But Ruby and earlier Noemi aren't the only problems for the septuagenarian, according to "La Stampa" there were eight (8) other beauties involved in the hot party nights in his private villa outside of Milan. 
http://multimedia.lastampa.it/multimedia/in-italia/lstp/12780/

According to witnesses, gigolo Silvio called the steamy encounters, "Bunga Bunga"-nights, a term he adopted from his friend, Libyan head-of-state, Muammar al-Gaddafi. It describes a sex rite, basically an anal mass or gang rape of tribal enemies. So no wonder an Italian opposition leader came up with posters, showing the evolution of Silvio into Muammar...


So by now everything in Italy is "bunga bunga", even when the strikers from Juve shoot some goals. "Bunga Bunga" may become the most overused expression this year, it definitely entered the Italian lexicons, and may enter the global ones too.


T
he Italian comic and pop band Elio e le Storie Tese (often abbreviated as EelST) - a heavily Frank Zappa influenced combo - even changed the words to Shakira's soccer World Cup anthem "Waka Waka" and appeared on State Television Rai 3.
Cavaliere Silvio calls the whole scandal just "mud throwing and theories", with no proven facts, and that sounds familiar to the statements 12 years ago...
So while he's tryin' to keep the mud of his Teflon coat, an Italian jury just revoked his immunity in some (not related) corruption cases, the whole of Italy is in awe with Ruby. Maybe the British rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, should re-release their #1 hit (GB & IRL, US #14) hit from 2007.
The Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby, Ruby, Ruby




Saturday, November 23, 2013

Willie Nelson's band tour bus in accident - 3 family members hospitalized


Willie Nelson's band tour bus (he was on another bus), was involved in an accident earlier this morning in Sulphur Springs (TX) on icy roads on IH-30. 

Three family members had to be hospitalized, drummer Paul English broke a foot, but no life-threatening injuries. More tour dates these year have been suspended. A new year's eve concert still stands as planned as of now. 

Sources: KOKE-FM, @willienelson @mihaelcorcoran

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2013-06-03 - Dexter Gordon (USA) - "Major 7ths"

In a Jazz mood late into last night, actually way past "Round Midnight" - needed a  tenor sax fixin', but couldn't immediately find one of my all time favs, Sonny Rollins' 1957 "Way Out West" an album I played almost nonstop when it was re-issued in 1988. 

But the switch was easy, too easy actually and I got lost in a ten hour listening and movie journey.... as there was "Long Tall" Dexter (due to his towering height) Gordon, who not only influenced Rollins as well as among others, Stan Getz and John Coltrane (who later returned the favor). 
Dexter Gordon, who would have turned 90 in February (* 2/27/23), started to play professionally - just as a teenager - first as a sideman in big bands, like Chico Hamilton, Buddy Collette and between 1940 and 1943 as a member of Lionel Hampton's band, sharing the saxophone section with Illinois Jacquet and Marshall Royal and therefore hardly ever soloing. 



Although still playing in other big bands in the coming years, with Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson and then Billy Eckstine (with a terrific duel with Eugene Ammons on "Blowing The Blues" away), he also started to record under his own name, in smaller combos, so for instance as a twenty year old alongside Nat King Cole and Harry 'Sweets' Edison


After moving to New York - he was originally from Los Angeles - he performed and recorded with Charlie Parker (in Sir Charles Thompson And His All-Stars) and after returning to the west coast with fellow tenorman Wardell Gray (see the "Chase" below)  and under his own name. "Long Tall Dexter" is from a recording session in 1946 with among others Bud Powell on piano. 



"The Chase"


After some run-ins with the law because of drug problems and spending some time in jail in the 50ies, he signed with renowned Jazz label, Blue Note in 1961 and released the debut for that label "Doin' Allright" with Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Horace Parlan (piano) and others. He was able to reestablish himself and to celebrate the first of three comebacks during his career. 


A year later, Gordon decided to move to Europe. Over the next 15 years, he was splitting time between Paris and Copenhagen and became almost forgotten in his homeland. 
(More about Dexter Gordon - in the next blog - 2013-06-04 - Dexter Gordon (USA) - "11ths & 13ths")

Sunday, June 2, 2013

2013-06-02 - Bracken Hale (USA) - Hangover Sundays

"Similia similibus curantur" or better, paraphrased in modern English - "The Hair Of The Dog That Bit Me." offers hangover cures since the medieval ages, after a night of indulging to much alcohol. If you are suffering from a Honky Tonk hangover on Sundays, well now you have the possibility to cure that, either with or without alcohol, by listening to the music of Bracken Hale.

©Winker Withaneye - used by permission
Oklahoma born/Austin based Bracken toured as a sideman for over a decade with people like Gary P. Nunn, Chris Wall, Danni Leigh and Chaparral and  honed his own craft as a singer/songwriter during this time. 
All of the thirteen songs appearing on his self-titled debut album (iTunes, Amazon, his webstore) are originals. As another Texas legend, Tommy Alverson said: "The CD is great from front to back. Love it!"
There is no overexposure here, intelligently produced by fellow musician Eric Hisaw, these are simple songs dripping with nice nostalgic Fender twangs and tones, keeping your boots scootin' the floor. 
The following video shows Bracken doing "Over Fort Worth" at PoodiePalooza @ Poodie's Hilltop in Spicewood, honoring the late owner and former Willie Nelson manager, Poodie Locke. 




"Over Fort Worth" is probably the strongest song of the whole collection and I could really see King George adding another number-one-hit (his 61st) to his collection, if he wouldn't be retiring and would record it - that song has "early Strait" written all over it. 
Not that the other songs aren't worth mentioning, just listen in the widget below; "Nothing Worth Having" and "Colder" are from that debut album as well. 
A second album is soon to be released and I hope that "Should've Cried For Me" which is offered here in a Live version will be on that second album. 



While waiting on that new album, go see Bracken play every Sunday in June (2013) from 4-7 pm @ Giddy Ups in South Austin and from 8-11pm @ Poodie's in Spicewood. Now you don't have an excuse for not having a cure for a solid Honky Tonk hangover on Sundays. See you at one of the shows!

Source: http://www.reverbnation.com/brackenhale - http://brackenhale.com/ - youtube - wikipedia - Winker Withaneye (photography)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

2013-06-01 - Drømmere & Drankere (N) & Ida Jenshus (N)

Always on the outlook to find more inspiring music, my journey often takes me around the world. First to start this blog, I would like to share two Norwegian artists, I stumbled upon recently, both deeply rooted in Americana music.

Drømmere & Drankere (Dreamers & Drunks) describe their mix as 60% Country, 10% Cajun, 9% nostalgic pop, 6% Irish Folk music, 15% Rock'n' Roll and 3% psychodelic. That this adds up to over a 100% speaks for the band, who seems to simply have fun since the late Eighties, playing their kind of "roots" music with their own motto: "Ikke så verst når du blir vant til dem - (Not so bad once you get used to them)"
I wish I would understand more of the lyrics of this "train bound to hell" song, called "17th of December 2009," written by main writer and lead-singer Dag Tufte of their second album "Båten Blir Til Mens Du Ror - (Boats Are, Till Men Do Row)" You can contact the band either through their website (see above, their facebook-page) or purchase an album directly at amazon.com



Here is another track, that can be downloaded from their website, the title track, that promises that life in itself will be better: 






Ida Jenshus is a sensation in Norway, just 20 years old she sang an Emmylou Harris cover "Boulder To Birmingham" on national TV, won a talent contest and was immediately signed to a major label.


The rest is history, all of her three albums so far won Norwegian Grammys (Spellemann-Award) in the Country category as best albums of the year, the title track of her last album, "Someone To Love" was last years most played song on the popular state-owned NRK P1 program chain and she was chosen to open for the Eagles at the prestigious "Norwegian Wood" music festival. The now 26-old hails from the small town Steinkjer, about an hour north of Trondheim, the city she now calls home. I was immediately smitten by her voice, when I heard her do the title song of her debut album "Color Of The Sun," an album comprised of all original songs.  
The following video, recorded by national TV broadcaster NRK in the "office" presents the young singer/songwriter with four strong songs: "Not For Love Anymore," "Marie (What Happened To The Music?)," "Someone To Love" and the somber and very poignant "Loneliest Time Of The Year." 

In "Marie..." she actually blasts music realtiy shows as detrimental to the songwriters own creativity. 

All we never hear are Marie's own songs 
The reason she is playing 
Seems to be long gone 
If we don't support her 
Would that set her free 
We're still voting 
For this stuff on TV 


Ida Jenshus - Live At The Office from MusicNorway on Vimeo


Unfortunately her international distribution system is not where it's supposed to be, her debut album is available through amazon and itunes, latter actually having her newest album as well, but both missing out on the middle album "No Guarantees." Unfortunately the Norwegian internet distributor Platekompaniet does not sell its wares abroad. I guess - make that blog viral, so she becomes available everywhere. 


Friday, May 24, 2013

Strip Mall Porn 2

Marketplace Austin Westgatte


Marketplace Austin Westgate
Strip Mall Porn

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Strip Mall Porn 2



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Strip Mall Porn 1


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Yellow Moon


Oh, yellow moon, yellow moon
Why you keep peeping in my window?
Do you know something
Do you know something that I don't know?









Yellow Moon


Oh, yellow moon, yellow moon
Why you keep peeping in my window?
Do you know something
Do you know something that I don't know?









Thursday, May 23, 2013

Eric Paslay - Emerging Artist - Proven Songwriter


Quite by accident, on a music-infused night, I stumbled to meet and hear an unannounced Eric Paslay at the Saxon Pub in Austin. 
(For more on that great night, visit my blog "On Any Given Night.")

It was only one song, he sang - but that little ditty captured my interest. Sitting in with Texas music stalwart, Walt Wilkins and his band The Mystiqueros, Eric offered us a slice of "Country Side Of Heaven." Obviously the video was taken with a phone, the sound quality somehow questionable, but the only video I  could find of that song. Additionally Paslay will be playing the Grand Ole Opry on 5/24/13 - check him out if you have a chance.

Eric Paslay - "Country Side Of Heaven" - +Grand Ole Opry


Checking him out on his website and on facebook I quickly learned that the 30-year old Texan (born in Abilene) is one of the emerging artists, signed to EMI since 2011 and as a proven songwriter, could already celebrate three #1 hits he co-penned: "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" for Jake Owen, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" for the +Eli Young Band  and "Angel Eyes" for +Love and Theft 

"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" is a co-write with hit-writer +Will Hoge and was recorded by Hoge on his own album "The Wreckage." Both writers were nominated for a Grammy (Best Country Song) and Academy Of Country Music Award (Song of the Year). In the following acoustic video you are able to see Paslay doing "Less Than Whole" and him and Will Hoge singing their hit composition.

Eric Paslay - "Less Than Whole"
Eric Paslay/Will Hoge - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" +3rd & Lindsley


Jake Owen - "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"


After his first single as an artist, "Never Really Wanted" barely cracked the charts and peaked at #48 in 2011, Paslay and his record company EMI, tried to come up with a similiar feel good song, as the Jake Owen #1 hit (a co-wrote with Dylan Altman and Terry Sawchuk). Altman, a co-writer with the same publishing company Cal IV, was also his co-writer on that second single "If The Fish Don't Bite." 
The single, which was considered the possible breakthrough record for Eric by several critics, was released in March of 2012 and stalled at #58 - too bad, the song really sounds like a fun summer hit, but listen by yourself. 




Maybe single number three, may do the charm, his newest single, "Friday Night," a co-write with +Rose Falcon  and Rob Crosby is now available on itunes and currently (May 2013) moving up the Country Airplay Charts, sitting at #47.
The song was previously recorded as an album track by +Lady Antebellum for their album "Own The Night."

I wanna be your Friday night sweet ride
Summertime sunshine barefoot in the moonlight
I wanna be your jackpot hot spot
Wide open road in a candy apple rag top
I wanna set you free
I wanna take you high
I wanna be, wanna be your Friday night

Eric Paslay - "Friday Night" - acoustic


I'm not sure, if "Friday Night" will be the one song that will establish Eric Paslay as the newest artist, giving him mainstream radio-airplay. After three single releases going nowhere he may be dropped by EMI. 
But I don't worry about his success as a songwriter, with over 150 songs penned, I'm sure his name will show up in the charts again. 
A recent collaboration with Sheryl Crow and Amy Grant on her just released (May 2013) album "How Mercy Looks From Here" on his self-written song "Deep As It Is Wide" may just do this and help him further to gain the needed attention of radio programmers. 

Amy Grant, Sheryl Crow & Eric Paslay - "Deep As It Is Wide" +Ryman Auditorium




Sources: www.ericpaslay.com - www.facebook.com/ericpaslay - Cal IV - youtube - wikipedia - billboard.com -

Sunday, April 28, 2013

People Are Crazy - Billy Currington Out


Photo: Savannah-Chatham Police


Billy Currington was ousted as a pre-race artist for the May, 18th Sprint All-Star Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC), after his recent arrest on charges of making "terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person." He will be replaced by "Long Black Train" singer, Josh Turner. "Due to Currington's recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the Nascar Sprint All-Star Race," track president and general manager Marcus Smith said in a news release.

Currington turned himself into the Savannah-Chatham Police and was booked into Chatham county jail on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest a day earlier. He was released after posting $27'700 bond. He could face upto 10 years in prison for the two felony charges against him.

The charges against Currington were filed after an April, 15th incident, after he allegedly chased a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek of Tybee island and threated to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents.

The boat captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, and his two passengers told police Currington was holding a camera when he became outraged. The police seized four digital video files, 27 photos and a memory card at Currington's home, after obtaining a search warrant.
In an affidavit, Savannah-Chatham County Police detective Alycia Smith wrote: "They were in fear of this man and a possible attack against Mr. Ferrelle, and possibly everyone there, as his behaviour was 'out of control' as described by all three persons."

Currington who denied "each and every allegation" from Ferrelle, tweeted two days after the incident to his over 200'000 followers on Twitter.
Currington's tweet
He also thanked his fans for their support but refused to comment because of the ongoing legal investigation. Inhabitants of Currington's estate have called the police before because of invasion of their privacy stemming from incidents where boats were driving to close to their boat dock, according to several newspaper reports.

Entertainment journalist Jimmy Carter tweeted that the charges against Currington were way out of proportion and "outrageous"...


According to a 2007 article in The Tennessean the singer admitted then, that he sometimes struggled to control his anger as a result of suffering childhood abuse while growing up in Rincon, north of Savannah. "When he comes out, he comes out very quickly and it goes away very quickly," the 39-year old singer told the newspaper. "And in those instances, that rage can destroy relationships, whether it's with a girlfriend or a business partner or a fan. It doesn't  take long to screw it all up."
Ft Walton Beach show 4/27 - Source Twitter

The show cancellation by the Charlotte Motor Speedway may be described as premature, as the fans are sticking with Currington and he was able to enjoy sold-out shows in Louisiana and Fort Walton Beach. He documented the last one in a Twitter picture, he posted earlier this morning (4/28).

Billy Currington is best known for the 2009, Bobby Braddock/Troy Jones penned number-one-hit "People Are Crazy."



Sources: wire reports, AP, savannahnow.com, @billycurrington @askjimmycarter

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mindy McCready commits suicide



Country star, Mindy McCready is dead, after committing suicide earlier tonight (Sunday, 2/17/13). Stacy McCloud, an entertainment reporter with Nashville TV-outlet WZTV, Fox-17 confirmed in a tweet the apparent suicide of the troubled country singer. She was 37 years old. Besides her parents and siblings, the singer is survived by her two children, six year old Zander and ten month year old Zayne.

Roughly a month earlier, her boyfriend and "soul mate," music-producer David Wilson also died of apparently - even though the Sheriff investigation in his death is still on-going - committing suicide.



Born (November 30, 1975 as Malinda Gayle McCready) and raised in southern Florida, Mindy moved to Nashville when she was 18 years old and was able to secure a recording contract within a year. McCready broke into the country music scene in April of 1996 with her first top ten hit, the title-track of her double-platinum debut  "Ten Thousand Angels." Off the same album came her only #1 hit "Guys Do It All The Time" in July of the same year. A follow-up album "If I Don't Stay The Night" was still certified gold, and Mindy was able to celebrate another top ten hit - "A Girl's Gotta Do (What A Girl's Gotta Do)." After the singles of her third album for BNA - "I'm Not So Tough" - failed to crack the upper ranks of the charts, she left the label.
Three years later, in 2002, she published a self-titled album for Capitol records, which yielded her last two singles - "Scream" and "Maybe, Maybe Not" that hit the country music charts,



And even though the hits stalled for McCready, she kept herself continuously in the headlines, although in the tabloids. In 2004 she pleaded guilty to various drug charges, a year later she ended up in the hospital after being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, who was charged  was attempted homicide. Probation violations put her into jail, several overdoses, traffic violations, suicide attempts and a rumored decade long affair with baseball great Roger Clemens kept the name afloat.
Three years ago, she appeared in a reality TV series "Celebrity Rehab 3," other TV talk shows and released her last album "I'm Still Here" on the Canadian (but US distributed) imprint Linus Entertainment. The album got mixed reviews, most reviewers heralding the McCready co-written title track as a statement of the singer's soberness.



vividceleb.com
Unfortunately her roller-coaster ride continued, another overdose got her again into the hospital, a porn video of hers, titled "Baseball Mistress" spilled some interesting beans about her relationship with Clemens. Besides a much publicized custody fight with her family about her firstborn Zander, Mindy also started to see music producer David Wilson and in April of last year bore his child Zayne.

Earlier this year Wilson died off a gunshot wound in their boathouse in Arkansas. Even though apparently self-inflicted, the Cleburne County Sheriff's office kept the investigation open. Drowned in tears, McCready - while not a suspect - called in an interview with NBC's Today show (1/29/13), the investigation a witch hunt and  denied her involvement in the death of her "soul mate" and "life partner."


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Sources: youtube, NBC Today Show, twitter, vividceleb.com, WZTV, various biographies

Friday, January 25, 2013

Blake Shelton: Alte Scheisser und bloede Esel

Update (1.2.2013) 10am

Noch hat sich der Sturm im Wasserglass nicht ganz beruhigt, aber er koennte... lesen Sie weiter...

http://www.facebook.com/BoycottBlakeShelton?fref=ts

Die Boykott-Seite gegen Blake Shelton hat mittlerweile ueber 1250 Mitglieder und waechst immer noch regelmaessig. Wie Sie auf der Seite sehen koennen, hat sich auch Ruhmeshalle-Mitglied Jean Shepard zu Wort gemeldet, und Shelton als "Bullshiter" (Kuhscheisser) bezeichnet.

Willie Nelson hat seine gegenwaertige Tournee, er spielte unter anderem auch an der Amtseinfuehrung von US-Praesident Barack Obama,  nun in "Old Farts and Jackass Tour" (Alte Scheisser und bloede Esel) umbenannt. Als selbsternannter Mitleiter der "Old Farts"-Partei nahm er am Anlass, ganz in schwarz, eingedecckt vom Mode-Designer Levi Strauss, teil. Mit einem lustigen Seitenhieb - es ist nicht klar ob Beyonce an den Feierlich-keiten ab Band sang - proklamierte er auch, dass seine Musik kein "Willlie Vanillie" ist und dass er vor dem US-Kongress bezeugen kann, dass Country-Musik hier iin guten Haenden ist. Mehr dazu auf seiner Webseite - www.willienelson.com

Und seit gestern Abend zirkuliert auch eine Twitter-Photo von Shelton Gattin, Miranda Lambert, die ihren Ehemann mit Ray Price auf seinem Bus abgeknipst hat. Miranda und Blake besuchten Ray bevor seiner Show im Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma und begruben das Kriegsbeil. Betitelt hat sie das Bild mit "Country-Musik verbindet uns. Wir sind eine Familie. Fuer immer und immer. Heute abend war es eine Feier von Freunden und Helden."

Als naechstes auf der Liste fuer Blake - sich mit Willie Nelson und Jean Shepard zu versoehnen. Gluecklich fuehlen kann sich Blake, dass das urpsruengliche Video (siehe unten) wegen "Urheberrechten" aus dem Verkehr gezogen wurde.

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Update (25.1.2013 2:11pm)

Auch Dale Watson liess von sich hoeren und zwar von seiner gegenwaertigen Europa-Tour, aus Antwerpen, Belgien lud er den folgenden Clip fuer Flake Shelton hoch:



Die Facebook - Fanpage fuer Miranda und Blake Shelton musste heute morgen geschlosssen werden, da sich zu viele Leute negative auf der Pinnwand gegen Blake geaeussert haben.

Die untenstehende Seite, braucht all Eure "Likes", nur mit einem Boykott wird BS wohl etwas Anstand lernen. In 24 Stunden haben sich schon ueber 500 Leute zum boykottieren von Blake eingefunden.

http://www.facebook.com/BoycottBlakeShelton

--------------------------------------------Unten folgt der Original Blog:------------------

Obwohl er dem Unterhal-tungs-Magazin US Weekly versprochen hatte, dass einer seiner Neujahrsvorsaetze weniger Kontroverse in den Sozialen Medien sein wird -(nach dem Motto - halt die Schnauze und beweg die Finger nicht) - hat es Blake Shelton (kaum sind wir vier Wochen im neuen Jahr) erneut fertiggebracht in einen grossen Scheisshaufen zu treten. Dieses Mal allerdings in eher traditionelleren Medien, gegenueber dem Fernsehsender GAC (Great American Country) meinte Blake Shelten in einem Biografie-Segment "Backstory":

"Als 'Male Vocalist of the Year' (bester Saenger des Jahres) bin ich eine der Personen, die nun entscheidet wie und ob sich Country-Musik weiterentwickelt. Um zu Ueberleben, muss sich die Musik weiter evolvieren. Niemand will sich die Musik der Grosselteren anhoeren. Und mir ist es gleich, wie viele der "alten Scheisser" in Nashville meine Musik als "Nicht"-Country bezeichnen. Diese bloeden Esel kaufen eh keine Musik mehr. Die Jugendlichen kaufen immer noch CDs und die wollen nicht das kaufen, was fuer die Alten hier war."

Der Original-O-Ton findet sich nach 14 Minuten 25 Sekunden



Und natuerlich, nachdem er sich letztes Jahr zuerst ueber die Schwulen, mit einem abgeaenderten Shania Twain Song lustig gemacht hat und dann Tierliebhaber mit der Bemerkung, dass er eben ne Schildkroete ueberfahren hat, vergrault hat - reisst er den Mund erneut auf, obwohl er gar nicht beim Zahnarzt ist.

Dieses Mal, so scheint es, hat er allerdings die Rechnung ohne den Wirt gemacht. Er hat hier nicht nur eine Minderheit beleidigt, sondern die grosse Mehrheit der US Country-Musik Liebhaber, die schon laengst die Nase mit dem Pop-Country-Sound aus Nashville gestrichen voll haben.

Sich gar nicht gefreut, hat sich der 87jaehrige, zweifache Grammy-Gewinner und Country-Musik-Ruhmeshalle-Mitglied Ray Price. Nachdem er die Aussagen von BS im Facebook-Forum "Saving Country Music" sah, begann er auf seiner eigenen Facebook-Seite zu kommentieren. Die Karriere von Shelton bezeichnete er im uebertragenen Sinne als ein Strohfeuer und wunderte sich laut, wo Sheltons Errungenschaften in 63 Jahren wohl sein werden. Mit "Dummheit regiert" schloss er seinen Kommentar und zeichnete das ganze am Schluss mit "Chef der alten Scheisser und bloeden Esel"

Auch Country-Musik Komoediant Ray Stevens meldete sich dank seines Publizisten zu Wort und wunderte sich, wie Shelton wohl mit "Alte Scheisser und bloeder Esel" den Titel seiner naechsten, ach so geheimen Single herausfinden konnte. Er versprach den Song auf Vinyl, 8-Track im naechsten "Tower Records" Laden zu veroeffentlichen. Damit sprach Stevens auf die guten, alten Zeiten an, Vinyl und 8-Track-Kassetten und die frueher legendaere aber heute bankrotte Plattenladen-Kette "Towers" sind fast vollstaendig verschwunden.


Blake meldete sich am Nachmittag (24.1.) endlich auf seinem Twitter-Account @blakeshelton zu Wort, aber wie Ihr den zusammengesetzten Nachrichten entnhemen koennt, ohne grosses Einfuehlungsvermoegen.

  Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music”..And probably some other things from that same interview on GAC Backstory.. I hate that I upset him.. The truth is my statement was and STILL Is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY… The way Mr. Price did along hid journey as a main stream country artist.. Pushing the boundaries with his records. “For The Goodtimes” Perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music.. It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better(as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended.. I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and it’s future AND past is important to me. I’ll put my Lo(v)e and respect and knowledge About it up against anybody out there… ANYBODY…

Der wichtigste Satz in seiner Entschuldigung ist wohl "...wie wir als neue Generation der Country-Musik Artisten die Musik immer wieder neuerfinden muessen, um sie populaer zu behalten."

Da mag er zum Teil recht haben, Musik hat sich immer entwickelt, was er allerdings hier auch zugibt, ist dass sich die Artisten heute anpassen muessen, wenn sie am Radio gespielt werden wollen. Wenn wir dies mit einem Waylon Jennings vergleichen, dann war es damals genau das Gegenteil. Man setzte sich damals mit der eigenen Kreativitaet vom Radio ab, ob man nun gespielt wurde oder nicht und behielt so, aber auch die Kontrolle ueber die eigenen Schoepfungen.

Zum Zweiten - Blakes Aussagen verletzen nicht nur, sondern es sind auch glattweg alles Luegen - es sind gerade die "Alten Scheisser und bloeden Esel", die sich neue Alben leisten koennen und sie nicht einfach vom Internet piratenmaessig runterladen. Aber dieses Segement kauft die Musik derjenigen Artisten, die sie moegen.

Und die Zahlen sprechen fuer sich, die Hoerer schauen sich anderswo rum, um ihre Musik hoeren zu koennen, erneut sind die Werbeeinnahmen bei kommerziellen Radios letztes Jahr (trotz Olympiade und Wahlkampf) gesunken. Leute hoeren sich vermehrt oeffentlich-rechtliches, Satelliten- und Spezial-Radios ueber die traditionellen Wellen an. Im texanischen Austin wurde die Radiostation KOKE-FM der 70er Jahre, die die ganze Country-Musik-"Outlaw"-Szene populaer machte, wieder aus der Asche gehoben und etablierte sich sofort im neuen (alten) Markt. Auch Internet-Radiostationen wie Gaylon Kings "TexasPrideRadio" der unter der Woche taeglich drei Stunden klassische Musik anbietet, werden von den Zuhoerern mehr und mehr gewaelt. Und dann gibt es noch all die "selbst"-programmierten Radiostationen fuers Smartphone, iPad und den Computer.

Zum Abschluss hab ich Ray Prices "You Don't Love Me Anymore" von seinem 2002er Album "Time" angefuegt. John Morthland schrieb damals in seiner Review zum Album, "... hoert sich nicht nostalgisch an, sondern als eloquenter Ausweis eines gekonnten Meisters, der weiss, dass er halt immer noch was zu bieten hat..."

 

OriginalBlog (english): http://countrymusicinthenews.blogspot.com/2013/01/more-bs-bullshit-from-blake-shelton.html
Quellen: GAC / Backstory (youtube) http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/blake-shelton-calls-classic-country-fans-old-farts-jackasses http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ray-Price/368389809921178 https://twitter.com/blakeshelton www.kokefm.com www.texasprideradio.com