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Southern Rockin’ At the Handlebar Dec. 28: Garfeel Ruff Reunion

Posted in Interviews, Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on December 17, 2009

Garfeel Ruff record promo photo. L-R, Rickey Godffrey, Ronnie Godfrey, Al Pearson, Buddy Strong, Frank Wilkie (courtesy F.L. Wilkie)

Woo woo! Greenville, S.C. you better make room for the mighty large talent that’s heading your way. These guys are the soul of the  south. They  put the rock in southern rock, and they are coming together to pound it ‘til you bleed.

Then, just when you’re ready to call  Uncle, they’ll jump to a soul-bending  bluesier groove that leaves you lusting for more. For one night only, the Handlebar is hosting the jam of jams, the fourth annual 2009 Homecoming Jam featuring  the Upstate’s finest in southern rock, soul blues, funky country AND the first reunion in almost ten years of S.C.’s favorite sons, Garfeel Ruff.

The line-up for the Dec. 28th event includes a who’s who in S.C. music:

Marshall Tucker Band will be well represented with former MTB bass player  Tim Lawter; Ronald Radford, MTB guitarist (1993-1995); bassist Frank Wilkie, who took on the heavy task of replacing Tommy Caldwell after his untimely death in 1980; Tony Heatherly ; and Ronnie Godfrey, MTB keyboard player (1981-1984).

Donnie Winters, with brother Dennis formed the ultimate Southern rockin’ Winters Brothers Band during the seventies. On his own, he leans toward Americana, but who knows what he’ll bring to the stage of the Handlebar?

Greenville-based Marvin King and 13-year-old son Marcus (Marcus King & the Blues Revival) will showcase dual lead guitar work to shout out a message of rockin’ revival.  Yeah!

Word has it, Michael Buffalo Smith will also be joining in the jam. A blogger (gritz.net), author (“Carolina Dreams: The Musical Legacy of Upstate South Carolina”), stage and commercial actor and musician, this MTB historian has shared the stage with  the Charlie Daniels Band,  Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Southern Rock Allstars and more.

Other musicians slated to appear include Scotty Hawkins (Reba McIntyre, Brooks & Dunn, One-Eyed Jack); and Mark McMakin (Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, Hard Rain).

All this is well worth the price of admission and your time, but add Garfeel Ruff to the mix, and it’s a no-brainer. Get your tickets now!

Garfeel Ruff Comes Home

Early Garfeel Ruff (courtesy F.L. Wilkie)

If you were anywhere near the Upstate in the late 70s, you already know how huge Garfeel Ruff was and now the band members are as excited as their fans to be coming home.

During a telephone interview with Frank Wilkie, I can hear the excitement and anticipation as he talks about the reunion.

“Garfeel Ruff has always been my heart, my passion,” says Franklin Wilkie. “We were really influenced by George Martin [longtime record producer for the Beatles], and intent on achieving certain goals musically. Unlike other bands, we had definite sound parts. Not that we never jammed, we did,  but we were practice fanatics. We worked on vocals for hours.We worked everything out and you could hear the effort that went into it. I think this reunion is way overdue.”

Ronnie Godfrey, lead vocalist and keyboard player for Garfeel Ruff said, “We were just very, very good!  We played the hell out of our music; we practiced all of the time and worked our asses off to get what we wanted and boy did we ever become a great band!!

“It’s really going to be great to see the guys, rock some and have some fellowship!  Of course my man Scotty Hawkins will be there to take the great Alan Pearson’s place on drums and it’s just a chance to groove with some extended family and, of course, my woommate Rickey.  I know Al will be there in spirit as well.  I miss him so much!

“I was just 22 when we started and 27 when we broke up.  I was married with a small child and subsequently got divorced during that period and I think I probably grew up, as much as any musician can grow up, during that time.  I learned that attitudes are more important than facts and it’s not what happens to you in life, it’s how it affects you!  I also learned something that I kind of already knew.  If you figure out what you want, visualize it, dream about it and think about it all the time, you can make it happen!!!

Self-titled LP released in 1979 on Capitol Records.

“Over the 30 years or so since we broke up, we have played together in all kinds of combinations and in all kinds of situations!  In 1980, we decided to make the “Born To Play” record.  There were some songs which were left over from the five years we were together and we just wanted to do it.  In 1986, I believe, we did a big reunion concert in Spartanburg and the police crashed the thing and started, for some reason, to arrest people.  The church makes sure the cops and politicians stay stupid up there in Spartanburg.  The Pharisees run the town!”

Ronnie Godfrey isn’t known for his reticence.

Buddy Strong, who played guitar during the Garfeel Ruff days is a successful engineer today. He owns Southeastern Studios in Easley, S.C. Although he hasn’t played live since the last Garfeel Ruff reunion, he often plays guitar parts on Studio projects including  MTB’s latest record, The Next Adventure and Ear Candy, Chocolate Thunder’s CD, which was produced by Frank Wilkie and recorded at Southeastern.

“It’s going to be fun,” he tells me. “The other guys in the band are all monster players. I love it.”

When I ask Buddy what he felt the reason for Garfeel Ruff’s great appeal during its five-year run, he echoes what the others have told me, “We treated it like a job. We worked constantly. We would record our live shows and then listen to see how we could improve. We worked hard!”

Rickey Godfrey, 2009

Guitarist Rickey Godfrey is grinning from ear to ear when he tells me, “I’m very excited about playing with the guys. We’ve remained good friends, all of us, and having one of the best drummers in the United States, Scotty Hawkins, playing with us, makes it even better.

“Our plan at the homecoming jam is to not only feature the band, but feature us as writers, so, we plan on doing five Garfield Ruff favorites, doing one song apiece written by each individual member.

“All of us are a lot more mature than we were back then, and we are better listeners, and certainly better musicians. I know, myself, as a guitar player, that I’m a much better player and musician than I was back then. Now, when I play, I think a lot more about what I shouldn’t do, rather than what I should do.

“I’m a lot calmer person, too, and I think all of us are more flexible as people.

“It’s also gonna be a pleasure to hear some other really great musicians at the jam. Marvin King, and Ronald Radford, for instance, are two of the best guitarists I know … with unusual talent.”

“The only sad thing I suppose is that we wish Alan Pearson were alive to be there with us, it’s amazing to me that’s it’s been almost 14 years since he died, but Scotty was groomed by Al on how to play drums and be a good musician. As a kid of eight or nine years old, Scotty used to come out  and hear us all the time, so he really looked up to Alan.”

“I’m a little nervous. Buddy Strong and myself haven’t played guitars together in over 20 years, except for a 30 minute show we did in Spartanburg in 2001; so, both of us are gonna have a private rehearsal together.”

Old habits die hard.

Additional Interview Q & A

Looking back, what were some highlights of Garfeel Ruff’s career?

Ronnie Godfrey (courtesy Ronnie Godfrey)

Ronnie Godfrey: One of the highlights for me is one that wouldn’t stand out in anybody’s memory much.  It was in Warm Springs, Georgia or maybe Millageville, Georgia; I’m not sure, Rickey might remember. Original music had been our constant mantra for years; our goal was fixed and firm; to play nothing but original music one day as soon as we could get a following.  Anyway, that night, we had this ritual where we would as we called it, “Stack hands!”  We would put our ten hands in a clench and just feel each other’s energy before we would play.  On this night, for some reason, somebody said, “Let’s play our own stuff from now on” and from that moment on, we stopped playing copy music!  By the way, that night was one of the best we ever had together!

How has your music changed/grown?

Ronnie Godfrey: Garfeel Ruff was an incredible experience for me and I will always treasure it but it was only one of many wonderful things which have happened in my career.  After the ruff thing I had the pleasure of playing with MTB; I played in 43 states in some of the best venues in the world; made three records for Warner Brothers and, for the three years I was there, I experienced the joy that comes from making good money, playing great music, doing what I love and being extremely fulfilled!  Then I moved to Nashville and, in many ways, my career began again all over again!  I have had the pleasure of writing with, singing with, and playing with and producing some of the most talented, hard-working, successful people in the world and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!  In 2006, we finished the “Virgil” record, Standin’ in A Circle!  This record pretty much defines me as an artist.  I had the vision years ago but it took the right players and the right time for it to happen and, if you want to know Ronnie Godfrey, IT’S ALL IN THAT RECORD!  I’m not a band musician any more; I never will be again.  I am fully comfortable with myself as an artist/writer/singer/producer   now; I don’t feel like I have anything really to prove to anybody and I’m going to spend the rest of my days composing, playing, singing, producing and making records and I am basically at peace as an artist; more than at any other time in my life!

What were your strengths then and what are they now?

Ronnie Godfrey: My strengths come from being the oldest child.  From a very early age, because my Mother had to work the third shift and would sleep during the day, my sister and I had to keep things up and running and take care of our younger brothers.  This made me kind of a control freak at times but it also made me a natural-born leader.  I, in many ways, was the musical organizer of the band; yes, it’s true that we voted on many things, everybody had in-put and the band certainly had some type a personalities but I think I brought an aggressive, visionary and organizational talent which helped.  I was also born with a gift for music which was cultivated by some serious training at The Cedar Springs School For The Blind where I took voice, clarinet and piano lessons for 10 years before I started my professional career.  Now, I’m pretty much the same; I have learned to accept things as they are much better than I did when I was younger and I hope, I emphasize hope I am aging gracefully!

What dates/events were pivotal in the Garfeel Ruff saga?

Ronnie Godfrey: Rickey is better at dates than me but I’ll do my best to be as accurate as possible.  We consider the start of the band happening on December 15, 1974.  In August of 74 or thereabouts, we recorded four songs for Bill Lowery in Atlanta.  This was very important because, though we had already been in the studio and had some stuff on tape, this session helped to validate our sound and our band approach!  I want to say it was June of ’76 when we opened for MTB in Wheeling West Virginia.  What a concert that was; IT WAS A THRILL FOR ALL OF US!

In December of 1976, Roger Blare (sound man) joined the band and everything went up a notch in our sound!  In February of 1978, we show-cased at Hooley’s Underground in Spartanburg for the suits at Capitol Records.  Four or five of these guys showed up; one came all the way from London I think and heard the band.  Afterwards, we went up to their room and visited; they seemed really blown away and they gave us a record deal! In April, I think, of ’78, we actually signed.  In June and July of 78, we went to Muscle Shoals Alabama and recorded our first attempt at a record.  That’s when we scored the movie The Hitter as well.  In November of ’78, we made the actual record in Vermont.  In March, I think, of ’79, the record was released.  In August of 79, the band broke up.

Can you tell me something about your songwriting?

Ronnie Godfrey: I started trying to write when I was about 13.  I had a crush on a girl at school who was much older than me and I wrote her a poem which I eventually put music to and I knew from that time on that I would write.  About that time, I heard a song called “Solitary Man,” written and performed by the great Neil Diamond and I fell in love.  I just started making stuff up and, by the time I was 18, I was writing songs that even I liked.  This went on with some success till I moved to Nashville.  That was when I really started to grow as a writer!  I co-wrote a song which is Ty Herndon’s first disc called “Hat Full Of Rain,” which was certified gold in 1996.  I learned how to write for the market a little better and, just recently, I think I wrote the best song I’ve ever written so, as far as I’m concerned, I’m still growing and the next mountain on the horizon is the one I want to climb!  I have always looked at writing as therapy.  I have written many personal songs; things only I would probably ever perform, that have given me so much peace and self-fulfillment, I would recommend that anybody who is having a personal issue should just sit down and write it out; you don’t have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to but IT’S A GREAT WAY TO GET IT OUT!

If You Want To Go

2009 Homecoming Jam & Garfeel Ruff Reunion

What: Fourth annual year-end jam and concert, organized by bass player Mark McMakin,   featuring some of the S.C. Upstate’s finest in southern rock: ex-Marshall Tucker players Frank Wilkie, Tim Lawter, Tony Heatherly, Ronnie Godfrey and Ronald Radford; Donnie Winters; Marvin King and 13-year-old-son, guitar wizard Marcus King; and the long-awaited Garfeel Ruff reunion – Rickey Godfrey, Ronnie Godfrey, Frank Wilkie, Buddy Strong and sitting in for the late Alan Pearson, Scottie Hawkins (How fitting, huh?).

When: Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Handlebar, 304 E. Stone Avenue, Greenville, S.C.

How Much: $11  ($2 extra at the door under if you’re under 21)

Information: MySpace.com/ MarkMcMakin; 864-233-6173

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CD Picks: Stocking Stuffers

Posted in CD Picks by darielb on December 2, 2009
Normally around this time of year, I write a piece about my favorite CDs, but this year I thought I’d change it just a little. So here are some stocking stuffer ideas from other folks who listen to a lot of music!
Donald Jordan
Guitarist (Craig Woolard Band, formerly with the Embers):
Robert Cray Live From Across The Pond (Vanguard, 2006), because he lets his soul just pour out onto the stage. When he takes his guitar solos you can hear him moaning faintly into the vocal mic. I have seen him many times and if someone has never had the chance to, it is just like being there. It doesn’t sound polished or produced ; it sounds just like Robert does live, which is pure soulful bliss!!
“Orianthi, who was supposed to play guitar with Michael Jackson on his  new tour can kick your ass. She has a new release, Believe (Geffen Records, 2009) that came out a couple of weeks ago. Her new single is kind of pop music, I don’t know yet how the rest of the album sounds but I’m gonna get it. I do have some of her earlier, hard-to- get stuff and it is bluesy in nature and the girl can really play a guitar….. period.”
Michael Buffalo Smith
Musician, author, blogger
(www.gritz.net):
I have been loving Billy Bob Thornton’s band The Boxmasters and their whole Modbilly album. (Vanguard, 2009). They covered Michael Nesmith’s “Joanne” and it is great. Listen to The Tommy Talton Band’s Live Notes from Athens (Hittin the Note, 2009). Talton was in the band Cowboy in the 70s and is a killer singer, songwriter and guitarist. I love all music by Paul Thorn, including his latest Long Way From Tupelo (Perpetual Obscurity, 2008). And the new Kris Kristofferson is one I play every day. Closer to the Bone (New West, 2009). Very good…..
Dave Harrison
Blues podcast host
(www.bluzndablood.com):
A listener from Australia sent me a copy by Kevin Borich Express called Heartstarter (Self-produced, 2002) … It’s a heavier blues rock CD that also has a boogie John Lee Hooker groove when its not head banging blues.
I’m also listening to a CD that I was sent for possible use for the show from The King Bees called Stingin & Swingin it’s a good CD of a band that has been cranking the blues out for a long time! But I also have two other faves that I stumbled upon at a local music store that sells used CDs. It breaks my heart to see folks get rid of music like this but when you can pick up great blues CDs for $4 each, what a steal!
I picked up a Bryan Lee Greatest Hits CD (Justin Time Records 2003). Great stuff! Finally I stumbled on a Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee CD for $4 called But Not Together (Tomato Music, 2003). Great stuff! Real raw blues delivered the good old fashioned way! Not cleaned up and sanitized… Just great blues!
Michele Seidman
Musician (Michele & the Midnight Blues)
Organizer, National Women in Blues):
Lately I have been playing the Tommy Castro CD Soul Shaker (Blind Pig, 2005) over and over. Even through I love my blues women, this CD has been speaking to me lately and when I had a recent harsh medical procedure, I played it in my MP3 player to try and ignore the pain. Music can be magical.
Tammy Brackett
Moonstruck Productions music publicity
Blogger (alunatunes.wordpress.com):
There is a band from Charlotte, N.C. called Transmission Fields that I am really liking. Only heard stuff online but it is ethereal and cool and hip all at the same time  (myspace.com/transmissionfields). Their CD was released Nov. 24 and is called Words, Numbers and Phonetic Sounds.
Jason “Lefty” Williams
Atlanta, Ga. guitarist/vocalist
(www.lefty-music.com):
Inspiration Information by Shuggie Otis [originally released 1974 (Epic), rereleased 2001 (Luaka Bop) ] cause it’s awesome and funky. The kid was like 13 when he wrote and recorded all of that stuff.
Mary Sack
Artist management
(marysackmanagement.googlepages.com):
Self-titled Among The Oak & The Ash (Verve Forecast, 2010). This very cool band project from Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr sounds as great live as it does on this record. Brilliant concept of contemporizing traditional PD tunes with a twist. Bonus high energy track: “Big Mouth Strikes Again.”
From Hail The Size,  I Can’t Die In L.A.(Good Drummer Music, 2009) Hail The Size is the L.A.-based songwriting team of Charles Ezell and drummer, Matt North. This is the second record I’ve heard from these fellas and it’s a creeper record. Upon the first listen, the groove is good and perhaps two or three of the well-crafted tunes really stand out. Upon re-listening to those, the rest of the album creeps back in and somehow it all makes great sense and is great fun. Apparently this album was meant for film/tv licensing – but dang, if it doesn’t get me moving through my workday and on the highway. Somewhat infectious.
Robert Erickson
Norwegian music lover and supporter:
Have been listening to many different CDs the last few weeks,and the ones I’ve listened the most to,are:
Delbert McClinton & Dick50 Acquired Taste (New West, deluxe edition).This CD is in our car,so we listen to it every day. Delbert’s been my favorite artist since the early 90s,and even though it took some time to get used to his new album, I now love it! It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Delbert wins another Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album next year; at least he should get a nomination! A Delbert album is always a mix of many musical styles, and that’s one of many reasons you never get tired of listening to his records. Acquired Taste is filled with blues, country, soul, rock and jazz, and is an album I highly recommend!
Wayne Toups & Zydecajun Live 2009 (Swallow Records). Bought this CD a few weeks ago, and really like it! I always get in a good mood when I listen to Wayne Toups, and hearing him live definitely puts the smile on my face! Wayne Toups’ music makes you want to dance, and is filled with Cajun, Zydeco, blues, R&B and a dash of country. Party music from A-Z!
Tommy Castro, Hard Believer (Alligator Records). Have been a fan of Tommy for about ten years,and Hard Believer is his best album so far, in my opinion. Tommy’s a very soulful vocalist, one hell of a guitar player, and is great live! I love horns, and that’s one of many reasons why I like Tommy Castro. Great horn arrangements by Keith Crossan (sax) and Tom Poole (trumpet) on this CD!
Watermelon Slim, Escape From the Chicken Coop (Northern Blues Music, 2009).Heard Watermelon Slim first time three years ago,and have been a fan since! I had already heard rumors about this CD in July 2008, so I bought it straight after it had been released. Watermelon Slim was backed by Delbert McClinton’s great band, Dick 50,   on this album, and ace songwriter Gary Nicholson played on it too, so I knew before I bought it that it would be something special! One of my favorite country albums it has become!
Jonell Mosser Trust Yourself (Better Angels). Jonell Mosser is definitely among my favorite female artists,and her latest album is great! Jonell really puts her heart and soul into her music, and that’s one of many reasons why she’s so special. Will have the pleasure of seeing Jonell live on the Delbert & Friends Sandy Beaches Cruise 16 in Jan. 2010, and I simply can’t wait!
Tommy Womack
Singer/songwriter
(Daddy, previously Government Cheese and the bis-quits); author:
Beck, Guero. The second record he did with the Dust Brothers, the first being the brilliant Odelay.  One thing about Beck that I love is, if you don’t like how a song sounds, give it 15 seconds and it’ll change.

Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same: Expanded Reissue.  This beats the pants off the original double LP. Some of the tracks that appeared on that LP are different takes, and the unreleased stuff is superb.  Jimmy Page wanks all over the place, but it’s wanking of the first order. I can see why people pegged them as devil worshippers.  Jimmy’s guitar playing sounds way more like Satan than anything Charlie Daniels ever dug up in Georgia.

Bill Lauderbach
Songwriter
(www.billlauderbach.com):
I’m listening to David Gerald. Great blues artist from Detroit. His CD Hell and Back (self-produced 2009) is amazing. Also listening to a lot of Jason Mraz.
Rickey Godfrey,
Guitarist/singer/songwriter
(www.myspace.com/therickeygodfreyband):
I like the new Levon Helm CD, Electric Dirt (Vanguard 2009).  I was really impressed with the Buddy and Julie Miller CD Written in Chalk (New West 2009). Randall Bramblett’s The Future Is Now (New West, 2008) I think a lot of artistically. Fortunately, too, I hear a lot of  rock & roll that my daughter, Heather, has turned me onto like Panic At the Disco’s first CD, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (Decaydance 2005). Nickelback’s  All the Right Reasons (Roadrunner 2005) and Pappa Roach’s Getting Away With Murder (Geffen 2004). I love The Fray’s album, Over MyHead ( Cable Car) (Bmg Int’l, 2007), especially the title track. What a great communicator that singer is! My daughter also turned me on to the group, Paramore. I think their lead singer, Hayley Williams, is one of the best female singers I’ve heard in a long time.
Kyle Deibler
President, Phoenix Blues Society
(myspace.com/thephoenixbluessociety):
I’ll give you three to think about.  The first is Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters disc, Living in the Light (Stony Plain, 2009).  Ronnie is just a fantastic guitarist and always puts out great music.   Much of the disc is instrumental and it is a joy to listen to.  Two others that have caught my ear recently are more obscure.  The first is Woodbrain’s disc, Swimming in Turpentine (Yellow Dog, 2009) and Tom Rigney – Back Porch Blues (Parhelion, self-produced, 2008). Woodbrain is a band out of Portland and is receiving rave reviews for a very fresh and new approach to blues.  Definitely not a traditional approach at all.  Tom Rigney is a violinist and we rarely get to hear that in the blues.  A very enjoyable acoustic disc and one that a lot of folks are finding hard to resist.
Lan Nichols,
Producer & host/ WHQR 91.3FM
Co-director/Cape Fear Blues Festival
Board of directors/Cape Fear Blues Society:
I have the unique position of hearing a lot of music from my work at Public Radio, booking performers for the Cape Fear Blues Festival and just wearing out my music collection at home.  These choices are a reflection of that.
The Bo-Keys, The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog, 2004) – Sprouting from a 1998 recording session backing the legendary Sir Mack Rice, this 21st century soul-jazz instrumental project is steeped in the Memphis/Stax tradition.  Sports an awesome rhythm section and powerful horn arrangements.
Etta James, The Chess Box (MCA/Chess, 2008) – This re-mastered collection is focused on Etta’s finest work at Chicago’s legendary rhythm & blues label, Chess Records.  It also features previously unreleased material among the 72 tracks on this three-CD set.  You’ll melt when you hear “I’d Rather Go Blind.”
Ottmar Liebert, Nouveau Flamenco (Higher Octave) – This groundbreaking 1990 CD has been re-released with extra tracks showcasing Liebert’s deft guitar work and the flourishes of jazz, pop and world music that frame his later efforts.  Passionate Latin beats and melodies for neither purists nor the faint-of-heart.
Phil Berkowitz, All Night Party (Dirty Cat, 2009) – A San Francisco harp player who has a love for everything from Louis Jordan to Billy Boy Arnold, Berkowitz is all about variety on this new release.  Firmly based in the blues, this CD has a little bit of swing and a whole lot of shuffle goin’ for it.
Dwight Yoakam, Reprise Please Baby! (Rhino, 2002) – An unparalleled, four-disc retrospective of one of country music’s most enigmatic figures, Yoakam blends the aura of Hank Williams with the rhinestone flair of Buck Owens, and marries it seamlessly with blues, twang and rockabilly.  Irresistible and infectious.
Mary Anne McLaurin-Norwood
Blues promoter (LiveBluesWorld.com):
Blue Mother Tupelo – Love Live – Five songs  From the Road (2007), independent release, each CD is “assembled with love” by Micol. Or something like that. They are home burned discs, sold at shows and through their website (I think). They have several CDs out there and just released a new one. If you don’t know BMT, you will LOVE them. If you know who they are, you already love them.
Chris Huff
Self-professed geek, blogger
(www.piratejournalism.com)
Okay, so I don’t listen to CDs anymore, it’s all downloaded to iTunes and into my iPod, but as the man says, “It’s still rock and roll to me.”

You might think that a geek like me is listening to the new Star Trek sound track or some obscure folk singer, but I am stranger than any geek you’ve ever met. I’m listening to Tom Waits.

I just downloaded Tom Waits new live album, Glitter and Doom Live (Anti 2009). Recorded from performances across the U.S. and Europe during the 2008 tour, it is Waits at his best.

Why Tom Waits? (And if you don’t know Tom, you are missing out. For the more main stream of you out there, he did the “tango” version of “Roxanne” in Moulin Rouge and “A Little Bit of Poison” for Shrek.) Because, there is nobody else who takes the most hedonistic parts of rock, old time blues and weirdness, twists them together, and produces a style that defies classification and makes you want to hobo across America with a guitar or move to New Orleans and sing about all your ex-lovers on street corner.

Neal “Soul Dog” Furr
Internet Radio Host, Way Down South

All Christmas right now on my Internet show – one particular CD is a compilation from the Ace US label (1999) called Please Come Home for Christmas. Great tracks from Willie Clayton, Charles Brown, Ronnie Lovejoy, Huey Smith etc…..great soul holiday grooves!! SouL Dog
If you’ve got some faves you want to add, please leave a comment! THANKS!
© 2009 Dariel Bendin. Author Dariel Bendin can be reached on the Internet at Facebook.com, Twitter.com/darielb, Live Blues World.com and MySpace.com/culturejunkie.