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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
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This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month and six days later, on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of 'DOG BITE High Gravity Lager' (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Sunday, April 12, 2015

'SCARY MALES AND THEIR MALENESS' (Or, 'THE DREAM OF EVERY STRONG WOMAN')

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Well, I guess 'FAT BOY' just ain't gonna come out to play...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwwY9y6O3hw

So, first...

The BONUS MATERIAL:

Years ago, my dear friend the ~Flyin’ Aardvark~ presented me with a really cool gift: The 4-episode, 2-DVD boxed set titled AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC. If you haven’t seen it, you oughta. In episode #3 called 'The Times They Are A-Changin’, there’s a great interview segment with singer Bonnie Raitt in which she says of Howlin’ Wolf:

“I’ve never gotten over seeing Howlin’ Wolf and I never will. I listen to his records and it makes me feel the same feeling of eighteen: Oh my God, this is what men are about? And I haven’t really gone there yet and I’m just, you know-- ...to watch him and listen to his voice – there’s nobody that can live up to the promise of that much scary maleness.

“And he just laid it on; he’s sweaty, he’s out of control, he’s playin’ it like he’s-- he’s workin’ you like he’s-- ...I’m a pretty powerful person and I was in his power. And the dream of every strong woman is to be overcome by a strong guy, and that guy gets me. From the moment I watched him, I said I’m – take me!, take me!, take me! – and I’ll be in love with him for the rest of my life”.
~ Bonnie Raitt

One of the very first Blues albums I ever purchased, circa 1983...



STMcC still loves him some Howlin' Cat Dog Wolf!

[From the STMcC archive; 2006, May 21]


Don't listen to the so-called Blues purists! 'THE LONDON HOWLIN' WOLF SESSIONS' will rock your socks off. And if you go barefooted, then you'd better hang onto your hat!

I remember when the eponymous 'Van Halen' album was released in 1978 and some writer for a music magazine reviewed it and criticized the song 'You Really Got Me' for being spunkless. "Spunkless"? There's a lot of things one might say about that song, but "spunkless" damn sure ain't one of them.

Similarly, this Howlin' Wolf album has been frequently denigrated by Blues fans who like to appear highbrow and above the "adulterated" late-period Blues that found White wannabes collaborating with the genuine Black articles. It doesn't seem to matter to these people that the songs here are so hot they're smokin'!

In the very early 1980s when I was first considering buying this album (in the vinyl form), I saw a review in which the writer said that the tepid playing from the famous English Rock instrumentalists backing Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett, 1910-1976) on this recording suggested that the young White boys were intimidated by the huge, old, Black Bluesman (Wolf was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and seventy-five pounds). I nearly passed on this record because of that asinine comment. (Yeah, the playing is "tepid"... just like Van Halen’s 'You Really Got Me' is "spunkless"!)

Fortunately, curiosity got the best of me, I purchased the "licorice pizza" (now in the CD format), and I've been happily rockin' out to this bad boy for about twenty-one years now. And although I am well-educated in The Blues (I was probably drinking heavily late at night to Robert Johnson's, 'King Of The Delta Blues Singers' before you were born) this is still one of my most frequently spun Blues sets - and when I do spin it, I crank it up LOUD because it scares the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons off of my front porch!

Sure, Wolf was old and ill when these tracks were cut (1970), but can you find one young White or Black contemporary rebel singer who sounds even half as ferocious as the Wolf does here? Don't bother answering - that was a rhetorical question because "NO" is the obvious reply.

From the opening track, 'ROCKIN' DADDY', with its thick rhythm, Eric Clapton's fiery guitar licks, and the Wolf singing enticements to a woman (trying his best not to scare her off), it's clear that this quasi-Blues/Rock amalgamation is going to kick rump. And boy does it ever!




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1LCKlFNRM8

"YES, THEY CALL ME 'THE ROCKER'; I CAN REALLY ROCK YOU ALL NIGHT LONG. I CAN LET YOU DOWN EASY WHEN I THINK YOUR MONEY'S GONE."

'Rockin' Daddy' moves right into the slightly slower, but no less rhythmically chunky and no less ferocious, 'I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS'. The one-two punch of the piano and horns is enough to frighten the fainthearted, and that's without even mentioning the menace in Wolf's deep howl and the "sexual" tension throughout.

"WELL, THE DOGS ALL HOWLIN' ALL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THAT'S A TRUE SIGN THINGS AIN'T NO GOOD... PLAY IT ON! GO 'HEAD AND HOWL UNDER THE MOONLIGHT, 'CAUSE I GOT MY BABY BY MY SIDE; BOYS, SHE THE SWEETEST THING YOU EVER SEEN. YOUR DOGS IS HOWLIN', AND THE HOUNDS. --PLAY!!!-- LISTEN, BABY, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LOVED BY A MAN THEY CALL THE WOLF?"

"I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU, BABY. AND YOU'D BETTER BE WORRIED ABOUT ME!"

"I'M GONNA LEAVE YOU, WOMAN, BEFORE I COMMIT A CRIME."

The dialogue between Wolf and the White Rockers before they launch into 'THE RED ROOSTER' is classic: Trying to get Wolf to play the acoustic guitar on the track, Clapton feigns an inability to grasp his part unless he can visually follow the Wolf's fingering. After some cajoling, Wolf - indisputably the alpha in this pack - puts an end to the discussion when he emphatically says, "Alright, let's get on it!" And do they EVER! And borrowing from the Wolf's command, I've been continually using that phrase, "Alright, let's get on it", for the last twenty-one years.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMDmSglfc0


"SOME FOLKS BUILT LIKE THIS; SOME FOLKS BUILT LIKE THAT. BUT THE WAY I'M BUILT, DON'TCHA CALL ME FAT. BECAUSE I'M BUILT FOR COMFORT; I AIN'T BUILT FOR SPEED. BUT I GOT EVERYTHING, OH, A GOOD GIRL NEEDS."

"WE GONNA PITCH A WANG DANG DOODLE ALL NIGHT LONG. LET ME HOWL TO YA: WA-OOO! WA-OOO! WA-OOO! ALL NIGHT-- WA-OOO!"

If you're already a Blues enthusiast, there's no reason for you not to own the Wolf's early, rawest material found on the "Twofer", 'Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' In The Moonlight'. That collection includes his standards, 'Spoonful'; 'Smokestack Lightnin''; 'Evil'; and 'Goin' Down Slow'. But if you're coming straight from the Rock genre, then 'THE LONDON HOWLIN' WOLF SESSIONS' is a perfect place for you to be introduced to this mountain of a man and one of the true giants in Blues.

Either way, this album should be kept within reach of everyone who wants a surefire way to answer the door when the proselytizers show up on the porch. At the first knock on your door, crank up the Wolf and then watch how fast they skedaddle. One time, two women dropped their 'Watchtower' pamphlets on my porch and outran their undergarments - left 'em right there in an indecorous heap on my stoop. And I had one Mormon man bolt so fast that his toupee was still hanging in midair when I opened the door!

No doubt about it, ya simply MUST have this Wolf album in yer collection. "ALRIGHT, LET'S GET ON IT!"

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

POSTSCRIPT LINK:
I loves me some Howlin’ Wolf! Wolf is not only my all-time favorite Bluesman, but he’s a person I admire for the many good personal qualities he possessed. (The story of his relationship with his devoutly religious Mother and that episode when he last saw her alive is truly heartbreaking. HEARTBREAKING! THAT is the Blues in real life!)

Muddy was genuinely GREAT; Wolf was the best.



STMcC on this 8th birthday, Monkee-ing around on the guitar & wishin' he was Howlin' Wolf

If you haven’t read enough words yet about The Wolf, and you wish to read mo’ stuffs I’ve written ‘bout Wolf (not to mention a small excerpt from my unproduced screenplay), click the link below:

AW-WOOO! WEREWOLVES OF MISSISSIPPI

~ Stephen T. McCarthy
'Loyal American Underground'

31 comments:

  1. I was probably drinking heavily late at night to Robert Johnson's, 'King Of The Delta Blues Singers' before you were born

    You're not that old, my friend! Nor are your readers that young!



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    1. LC ~
      Yeah, I'm old enuf.

      But you need to take into consideration that the review above was originally written for, and posted on, BigBitch.com: [From the STMcC archive; 2006, May 21]

      So, I fully expected that many, if not most, of the readers would be pretty young.

      The "readers" of THIS blog were not even in my mind when I composed that because... the start of my FIRST blog was still 2 years into the future when I composed the above review and typed, wrote, and thought-up-all-them-letters-in-a-row.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
      And the deer and the antelope play
      Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
      And the skies are not cloudy all day

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  2. Al Bondigas here. That was a fun piece to read. Gotta hand it to you, your writing can be exceptional. Who's the angry kid in the picture? That's it. That's my rulin.

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    1. THANKS, JUDGE AL ~

      >>... Who's the angry kid in the picture?

      Hmmm... That's a tough call... To my eyes, there are three kids in that picture, and not one of them looks less than "angry".

      Based on what I know about each o' them, I'm gonna say that...

      The Bonehead on the far left is about to go to her room to cry and pout because she didn't get any birthday gifts on her big brother's birthday.

      Thirty minutes after the photographer said, "Say cheese!" the Judge Punk on the far right is going to beat up the "birthday boy" and take away his plastic electric guitar and his brand new 'MONKEES' album and make them his own.

      The Birthday Boy ("Mr. Intense Boy" in the center), however, won't even care about having been beaten up by his younger brother, and having his guitar and record album stolen, because... all he wanted for his birthday was a painting by Vincent Van Gogh and the absinthe that goghs with it.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. Love Howling Wolf's music, he was one of the first blues guys I heard, when a friend loaned me his reel to reel to copy some of his brothers' blues collection. I was at art school at the time and had just discovered Billie Holiday. He doesn't scare the women off, you crazy? Well maybe some women. . .I enjoyed listening to these bits,thanks for the blues interlude.

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    1. D.G. ~
      You're very welcome. You know the motto of my blog: "I aim to please... if all attempts to antagonize have failed."

      Whoo-Hooo! The videos actually played for ya this time, eh? Great news. Maybe the Great Canuck in the sky has opened his eye.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  4. "SOME FOLKS BUILT LIKE THIS; SOME FOLKS BUILT LIKE THAT. BUT THE WAY I'M BUILT, DON'TCHA CALL ME FAT. BECAUSE I'M BUILT FOR COMFORT; I AIN'T BUILT FOR SPEED. BUT I GOT EVERYTHING, OH, A GOOD GIRL NEEDS."

    Wait a minute...that is my answering machine message. All that's missing is "...at the sound of the tone, leave a message."

    I love a lot of the old blues singers and songstresses. Billie Holiday, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, B.B.King, and me. I've sung the blues, too - the normal human blues-around-the-house blues.

    But I never sings me some blues over yer blog. :-)

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    1. CHERDO ~

      >>... I've sung the blues, too - the normal human blues-around-the-house blues.

      Those be some o' the most mournful kinds o' blues.

      Thanks for coming by, listening and commenting. And I couldn't help but notice that both YOU and D.G. Hudson happened to mention Billie Holiday. Does this perchance mean that y'all clicked on the link "AW-WOOO! WEREWOLVES OF MISSISSIPPI" and read the excerpt from my old screenplay, 'bout the Black Venice Beach singer gal who idolizes Billie Holiday?

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. DG Here: Well yes, I did go and read that bit, and I want to know - where did they go. . .? On my way to California, and further north, I crossed the Mississippi, but didn't hang around to see if there were any werewolves. . .

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    3. Howdy, DG ~
      Ha! Gotcha, huh?
      I don't know what it does to werewolves or women, but... we know what curiosity did to the cat, right?
      [:-)}

      Well, strange coincidence that I titled that blog bit 'AW-WOOO! WEREWOLVES OF MISSISSIPPI' because... well, you know the Warren Zevon song 'WEREWOLVES OF LONDON', right?

      In 2011, I learned that the song had been written by Warren and a couple of his friends in 10 or 15 minutes. The PLACE where 'Werewolves Of London' was written, coincidentally, also happens to be the same "nice, peaceful" PLACE where Billie Clayton takes Billy Withers to "settle his mind". (I wrote the screenplay in, like, 1990 or so, and had no idea then that this was the BIRTHPLACE of 'Werewolves Of London'.)

      Click HERE, then scroll down to the photos.

      By the way, this being a screenplay, and every story needing plenty o' conflict, the picnic scene at the "nice, peaceful" place ends with Billie and Billy being chased by a mob of people (and one goose).

      And... thanks for your curiosity. (I hope ya has 9 lives!:-)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  5. Hi Stephen.
    I never did figure out who 'Fat Boy' was /is. Strange first video you've posted. Bonnis Raitt appears to be a stong woman. Saw her in concert and really blew me away. I also remeber reading this quote from somewhere, but don't remember the source. At the time I didn't know who she was referring to - revelation of that came later.

    [..."the dream of every strong woman is to be overcome by a strong guy..."] I'm not sure I even understand this statement. In fact I'm not sure I could define a stong guy. I'm reading a book called, *The Way of the Wild Heart* - a map for the maculine journey - authored by John Eldredge. It's non-fiction, and provides some understanding to the best path of men.

    Maybe it was on Mike Spain's blog, recently, where I heard other Robert Johnson music. It was nice 'cause it went back to to some old, old stuff. I've always liked 'Rockin' Daddy,' and 'The Red Rooster.' When I saw Grateful Dead, they played a version of the Red Rooster, but it wasn't as good as Howlin' Wolf.

    Oh-my-goodness, in your birthday photo, is that a poster of the Monkees on the wall? I'll close and say: good read - and the music suits the mood tonight... low key with a touch of pep.

    I'll return to read in-depth on you post, "Werewolves of Mississippi"...only had time time to skim it.

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    1. DIXIE POLKA ~
      >>... [..."the dream of every strong woman is to be overcome by a strong guy..."] I'm not sure I even understand this statement.

      I understand it.

      The author you mentioned, JOHN ELDREDGE, wrote my all-time favorite book about JESUS CHRIST (outside of The Bible, of course). It's titled 'BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW', and it's a book I would recommend to EVERYONE (and even purchased quite a few copies from a number of friends right after I finished reading it for the first time).

      When you finish 'THE WAY OF THE WILD HEART', please let me know what you thought of it.

      In the background of the photo, that's a copy of the debut Monkees album propped up, not a Monkees poster (although I may have had one of those, too).

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. Well, the joke is on me. I had a friend read your blog and tell me what I was missing. Seems I missed a whole lot. I even missed the title. I'm sure that would have explained something if I'd have paid more attention.

      Too bad I was only focused on hearing the videos. Ha! Maybe next time.

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    3. Would this friend of yours also happen to be a friend of mine?

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    4. >>..."Would this friend of yours also happen to be a friend of mine?"

      I would say, no, because you don't know each other. He doesn't blog, or write. but he does know music. He has Howlin' Wolf's music, and so I asked him to put all of this in perspective for me.

      He laughed, and said the said thing you did. >> ..."I understand it." [From your previous comment.]

      Basically it seems this post was a correlation between music and sex. I simply missed it. It's never been a focus for me. Enough said.

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    5. Uh... no.

      I'm sure we're not yakking about the same thing because... I have no idea what you mean.

      I thought we were yakking about my blog bit with the songs 'CLEANING WINDOWS' and 'FAT BOY' on it. At least, THAT'S what I had in mind.

      But now... you've got me totally lost. At any rate, I can't even remember the last time I drew a correlation "between music and sex".

      Wait! Yes, I can. Earlier today I dropped a reference to Steve Miller's song about "shaking the peach tree". ...But that had nuttin' to do with Howlin' Wolf.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    6. ~ D-FensDogG,
      I didn't understand to begin with... it's no big deal. Thanks for responding. Best wishes on your BOTB post!

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    7. dp ~
      Well, if curiosity really gets the best o' ya, I will give you the one essential clue that unravels the whole thing:

      Go back and click every link provided within the blog bit. (See, apparently no one really clicks links insided a blog bit, and that's why NO ONE figured this out without my help first.)

      Just start clicking links. You'll find that all but two of the links are "fakes" - they look like links, but they're really just blue words. However, there are two (count 'em: 2) real links in there. One link doesn't help to unravel "the rest of the story". The second link takes you somewhere else where you will find what you're looking for - or some of it, anyway.

      When you get to that place and begin to gain some understanding, you'll find there's another link there (in the form of a big sentence) that takes you to yet another place, where the actual "beginning" of "the rest of the story" can be found.

      So, off you go... (if you're so inclined).

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  6. got me the strangest woman
    believe me this trick's no cinch
    but I really get her going
    when I whip out my big 10 inch

    record of a band that plays the blues
    well a band that plays its blues
    she just love my big 10 inch
    record of her favorite blues

    Hello and good morning, good buddy Stephen!

    It is I/me, triple S - Shecky Shady Shaft aka "The New Kid On the Block," - friend, foe and stranger-danger rolled into one - here with all my scary male maleness to add my two cents to the bluesy discourse. (That's about all my comment will be worth, I guarantee it.)

    First of all, please excuse my ignorance on day one, but I have a couple of questions. I was under the impression that you published Battle of the Bands on the 1st and 15th of the month. Did you pull a Cherdo on us and accidentally publish on the wrong date? Secondly, I thought a Battle of the Bands implies that two different music acts will compete against each other by performing the same songs. Do you have a second post coming tomorrow featuring the other contender - Debby Boone? I can't wait to hear Deb's low-down, nitty-gritty, snake-in-the-grass interpretation of "Rockin' Daddy" and "Red Rooster." Let the battle begin. "Let's get on it!"

    I'm pleased to know you dig the blues. As a lifelong record collector, I dabbled in traditional country and city blues genres but was by no means an avid fan or completist. I especially enjoyed the risqué themes and lyrics in many blues songs which included Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record," a provocative platter that I once owned.

    I thoroughly enjoyed these cuts of the legendary blues man Howlin' Wolf in London backed by Clapton and other British blues musicians of a younger generation. I think the marriage of old school blues and modern guitar rock is one made in heaven and makes the genre palatable to a wider audience.

    Thank you, Stephen, and have a great week ahead!

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    1. Welcome to my digs, SHECKY SHADY SHAFT!

      I see you drove in listening to Aerosmith while riding in Bull Moose Jackson's Cadillac. Nice work if you can get it, Brother!

      >>... "The New Kid On the Block," - friend, foe and stranger-danger rolled into one

      That's how I likes it. All sorta scary 'n' stuffs but... not TOO scary.

      Happily, no Debby Boone coming to this blog tomorrow... or the next day... or ANY day. This is a very strict 'NO DEBBY BOONE ZONE'. Zero Tolerance for Boone (and that goes for her old man Boone, too!)

      >>... Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record," a provocative platter that I once owned.

      I first learned of him via my Ma, who was a Bull Moose Jackson fan also, and owned some of his recordings but not the risque ones (to my knowledge).

      Here on this blog, I post those 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' you mentioned on the 1st of each month (the voting ends on the 7th) and a new BATTLE begins on the 15th of each month (with the voting ending and the results being announced on the 21st).

      Sometimes, during the in-between weeks, while we're waiting for the next BATTLE to begin, I will post music-related blog bits just so it doesn't get deathly quiet over here.

      >>... Thank you, Stephen, and have a great week ahead!

      No, THANK YOU, ShecShaSha! And YOU be the one to have a great week ahead.

      Yak later, muh pal.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  7. I'd heard of Howlin' Wolf since the late 60's but I'm not sure whether I'd heard any of his stuff or not. Probably have, but just didn't listen to it in depth or never owned any of his albums. Classic blues for sure.

    Jehovah's Witness swarm all around the area where I live, but never seem to come in the gates of our community. Sometimes they'll call on the phone to share a Bible verse though. Around here most of the JW's seem to be Spanish speaking and mostly proselytize at the bus stops.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. BOIDMAN ~
      It's always good to keep some Howlin' Wolf handy for WHEREVER and WHENEVER Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses strike! Don't get caught unprepared, Brother, because that can cost you two hours of your life. You know how many beers can be consumed in two hours? Don't let that loss be yours, man!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  8. I think I bought this album for my brother many moons ago. His favourite is blues. That piece was great. BTW the little kid on the right looks like he wants to bop the kid in the middle-he looks pissed and has some drive in him to let the kid in the middle know. Are you the kid in the middle or the kid on the far right?

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    1. BIRGIT ~
      Please tell your Bro that I says he has good taste in tunes!

      I'm really glad to find that these videos played for you (and D.G. Hudson, too). Maybe our "STMcC / CANADIAN CONNECTION TROUBLES" be over now? One can hope, eh?

      I'm the kid in the middle, about to get bopped and lose all his birthday presents. Fortunately though, I had some 80-proof bourbon hidden under my mattress, so... 15 minutes later, I wasn't going to miss the birthday presents at all. Me, and Jim Beam and Playboy's Miss August was all the party and gifts I'd need.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. Yes let's hope no more connection issues. I listened to the Van Morrison song in your next post just fine. You only have Miss August? No other months??

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    3. I'm a one-gal guy. Faithful like an old Wyoming "guy"ser.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  9. 'Scary males and their maleness'...sign me up. Although, come to think of it, I've recently been told that I kinda, sorta, scare some males meself. Ah, don't be a scared of me, I'm not bad...I'm just drawn that way. It was the red hair, wasn't it?

    Anyway...some great tunes there and by josh, by jolly, you sure does got a way with words, fine sir. Maybe you outta think about writin' sumthin.

    I been spending the morning slavin away at the computer listening to 'The Best of Django Rhinehart' on an illicict Spotify connection, Shhh, don't tell nobody. Next I just may need to put this here recommended album in and see what the whole thing sounds like. I like me some 'blues'. Especially 'Scary male, maleness blues'.

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    1. FAE ~
      It's ALWAYS the red hair. You know that.

      >>... you sure does got a way with words, fine sir. Maybe you outta think about writin' sumthin.

      Why thank ya, good lady!
      But... I was under the impression that I HAD written sumthin'. Namely, this blog bit.

      An illicit Spotify account? That's a crime, Sister! I understand it's a misdefelonor. I won't turn you in THIS TIME, but you'd better straighten up and fly right!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  10. I love your review style! I am trying to find the time to get my own music site up and running -again. A friend and I run the place pretty much on our own - after a bunch of people expressed interest, I got the blog going and everyone but myself and my friend bailed. Time is so not my friend these days.

    And I definitely need to be listening to more Howlin' Wolf.

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  11. You look awfully cute on your eighth birthday, but I hope you were kidding about the drinking part. Sadly, I know more about Andy, Barney, Gomer, and the Darling's music, then I do about Howlin' Wolf. Though I really appreciate your interesting intro, Stephen!

    Julie

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