Zero , Northwest Florida: 12/02/2007 - 12/09/2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Hey y'all:


How 'bout doing Dothan a favor & vote for their video...

From DOTHAN from myspace.com...

http://www.myspace.com/dothanevents



Please blog on your Zero site! (And any others!)


Help Dothan get a grant for new playground equipment!

Dothan is in the running for a $25,000 grant for new playground equipment! You can help by voting for the Play-Dothan video. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Register to vote here http://kaboom.shycast.com/accounts/registration/

2. Confirm your registration by clicking on the link in the e-mail Kaboom will send you.

3. Go to http://kaboom.shycast.com/contestant/18/ and vote for Dothan’s video!
[ed. note: this damn thing is worth the 3 minutes just to have the opportunity to listen to
THE DOTHAN KAZOO SYMPHONY!]

It’s that easy! But we need everyone’s help to get enough votes, so please spread the word to your co-workers, family and friends.

Please vote before 12/20/07 for it to count!

Thank you for your support of Dothan’s parks and recreation programs!


image of the Rec Center courtesy of Ray Hutto

Bama Queen http://myspace.com/fiddledeedeeme
talked to Dean Daughtry's sister, Teresa, last night.
Their brother, David Daughtry, is very ill right now so we need to remember the Daughtry family in our thoughts and prayers this week.

The History Channel was hitting on all eight this afternoon.
Watching Forrest Gump again really got me going...

Jimmy Carl Black http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carl_Black
called me Forrest Gump when he met me back about '95 when he played drums for Eugene Chadbourne at The Chukker. In fact, he autographed his "in drag" photo on the cover of The Mother's of Invention's WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY,
"To my good friend in Alabama, FORREST GUMP- Jimmy Carl Black http://www.jimmycarlblack.com/"

image courtesy of http://www.musicdirect.com

image courtesy of http://picnic.ciao.com

From http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE0DA143FF93BA35752C0A963958260
The film's allure relies entirely on Tom Hanks, an actor so appealing he makes stupidity seem an attractive option. With his low I.Q., Forrest Gump at first appears to be an idiot savant; instead he is a 20th-century American Candide, an innocent for whom everything turns out all right. The Gumpism "Stupid is as stupid does" sounds awfully convincing when it comes from a guy who survives Vietnam, becomes a shrimp tycoon and makes another bundle of money investing in Apple computers.

As he floats through decades of United States history, Gump embodies the American dream: he is an uneducated, self-made millionaire. Gump does have a kind heart. The film's bedrock belief, and most pleasant fantasy, is that simple virtue brings earthly rewards. As Gump stumbles into successes that wilier characters could never approach, his success is always tied to his lack of intellect.

Gump continues to stand the test of time as a superb film.
Between ads for Lipitor & Dr. Frank's Pain Spray for Dogs, the History Channel had a couple of talking heads calling the story of Ginnie & Forrest an allegory for America's Baby Boomers.
They talked about how the Ginnie & Forrest were continually having to come to terms with their situation and how Ginnie & Forrest represent two great strains in American life. Ginnie represents "The Innocence Despoiled Strain" & Forrest represents "The Innocence Strain".
Their love story shows how those two strains can come together to make something better.

Kinda sounds like the story of ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA don't it!

I feel asleep during the Nostradomus show and didn't wake up until 45 minutes into Tom Brokaw's 1968 documentary. They're gonna replay it tonight so there will be plenty of opportunities to see 1968 http://www.history.com/states.do?parentId=1968

This was one of the most powerful documentaries I have ever seen. The archival footage, the music & the interviews with the survivors of 1968 are riveting. I experienced a flood of emotions watching the Chicago Convention Riots images accompanied by The Stones' STREET FIGHTING MAN or the footage of Bobby Kennedy's funeral train accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel singing BOOKENDS:

Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Prison your memories
They're all that's left you

The History Channel ran about 10 ads during each break and one of the most sophisticated ads targeted our crowd. The ad pushed a website called http://boomertowne.com
which is supposedly completely oriented to our bunch.
What a disappointment...
It's a complete waste of time unless you like Levitra ads and an online dating service that asks the burning question:
DATING AFTER 50: Have The Rules Changed?

Whut a drag...

Anywayzzzzzzzzzz...
Bruce Springsteen probably said the most profound thing in the documentary when he summed everything up by saying that the events of 1968
"made room for outsiders & their ideas".
Amen, bro' man!

Lee
bought a $3 stack of 45s for me at a garage sale yesterday & ,boy howdy, there are some gems in that stack.

Examples:

Tommy Roe's SHEILA produced by Felton Jarvis on ABC Paramount in the original sleeve which pitches other ABC Paramount artists Fats Domino, the Appalachians, Frank Fontaine, Steve Alaimo, John Coltrane, The Tams, The Willis Sisters, Rosco Gordon, B.B. King, Tommy Sands, Tommy Roe, Ray Charles and The Impressions.

Jackie Wilson and Count Basie performing Sam Cooke's CHAIN GANG & FUNKY BROADWAY on Brunswick inside the original sleeve which pushes other Jackie Wilson albums & singles.

RIVER DEEP- MOUNTAIN HIGH by The Supremes & the Four Tops in the original Motown sleeve.

A really clean Atlantic 45 of Percy Sledge's TAKE TIME TO KNOW HER produced by Quin Ivy & Marlin Green with a flip side of IT'S ALL WRONG BUT IT'S ALRIGHT composed by Marlin Green and Eddie Hinton.

A Mala Records 45 of CRY LIKE A BABY(Penn-Oldham) by The Box Tops produced by Dan Penn.

An Etta James' Cadet 45 arranged & produced by "Rick Hall & staff" with Etta singing I WORSHIP THE GROUND YOU WALK ON (D. Penn & L. Oldham) & I GOT YOU BABE (S. Bono)

There's a whole lot more in this little collection including Johnny Rivers singing THESE ARE NOT MY PEOPLE ( Joe South- Lowery Music Co., Inc.), BACKFIELD IN MOTION by Mel and Tim on the Bamboo label, WATCHING SCOTTY GROW sung by Bobby Goldsboro, Dusty Springfield's WISHIN' AND HOPIN', CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION by Tommy James and the Shondells,
and lots more...


Robert

Well I have seen a couple of your blog sites and have
read a good portion of your Cotton Kingdom excerpts. I
am pleased to see you still speak with the same
exuberance and sarcasm you used to.

Craig


Craig:

Great to hear from you. I guess it's been about 5 years since we last saw each other in Gorgas.[I always felt that your sales office trailer was kinda my own... I considered it my safe house- IT'S ALL YOUR F***KIN' FAULT 'CAUSE YOU GAVE ME FULL ACCESS!]

So you axe me whut happenin' wid me:
Huh!
I walk in the rain & don't get wet.
I work in 90 degrees heat & don't eban sweat.
I'm teasing tan &
pleasing in the pants.

I got the sweetest thang in all dah land!

I'm teasing tan &
sweet in the pants!

ANYWAYZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
..

I hope we live until 2013. The summer of 2013 will be an auspicious season for ALABAMA.
2013 [a little over 5 years away] will be the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of The Emancipation Proclamation, Chancellorsville, The New York Draft Riots, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga [all kinds of Alabama connections in this battle] & Chattanooga.

2013 will also commemorate the Bicentennial of THE CREEK INDIAN WAR which ended at Horseshoe Bend in March of 1814.

In terms of intellectual pursuits, my best advice is to share what you learn with the public but make the pursuit personal.

Craig, you cannot imagine how satisfying it was to look on the Internet & find my Grandpa Register's Grandpa's [John Young (J.Y.) Register]
widow's relief application he sent in to the Confederate government
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/al/coffee/military/civilwar/mt41.txt

About all I've learned is that it's best to just go ahead & pay for it.
Don't negotiate & don't accept promises.
MAN, YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE CARTEL!
JUST GO AHEAD & PAY BEFORE YOU EVEN GET IT.

My son, Christopher, is now 19 & he's been living out on his own for over a year now. I worry about him all the time but evahthang been kewl so far.
Rite now he's all pumped up about this rumor that ZEP is gonna play Bonnaroo.

Man, keep in touch.
Cats like us don't keep a lot of company.

Best,
rr

I propose at 3:02 A.M.
on December 7, 2007

that THE POSSUM
be designated as

THE STATE OF
ALABAMA'ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

OFFICIAL opossum MASCOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To: robertoreg@hotmail.com
Subject: ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 00:49:21 -0600



ROBERTO,

O.K,
I'VE GOT SOME GETCHIN' UP TO DO!

THE ROY ORBISON/ WALKER BROS./YARDBIRDS TOUR WAS A F---ING GAS!~!!

WE (THE CANDYMEN) CAUGHT A FLIGHT TO SAN FRANCISCO IN FEB.
IT WAS 38 DEGREES.
WE MET ROY ORBISON IN SAN FRANCISCO THAT NIGHT AND CAUGHT A FLIGHT ON THE GREATEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD, QUANTUS
FOR SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA.
WE STOPPED IN HAWAII TO REFUEL, THEN STOPPED IN THE FIJI ISLANDS TO REFUEL, THEN FLEW ON TO SYDNEY.

IT WAS A 17 HOUR FLIGHT &
ALL IN ALL AND THE BEST FLIGHT I'VE EVER BEEN ON!

WE LANDED IN SYDNEY AND IT WAS 100 DEGREES.

THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF FANS THERE TO MEET US.
THE SECURITY PEOPLE TOOK US OUT THROUGH A GATE WHERE NO ONE WAS SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT.
STILL WE WERE ATTACKED BY HUNDREDS OF FANS.
THEY RUSHED US INTO LIMOS AND WE WERE ABOUT TO TAKE OFF WHEN WE NOTICED DEAN DAUGHTRY HAD GOTTEN INTO THE WRONG CAR AND WAS BEING ATTACKED BY CRAZY FANATICS.

ROY SAID ," STOP THE CAR, THEY'RE GOING TO KILL MY KEYBOARD PLAYER".

ANYHOW,
WE RETRIEVED DEAN AND HEADED FOR TYHE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN SYDNEY. WE FINALLY GOT CHECKED INTO OUR ROOMS. DEAN WAS MY ROOM MATE ON THIS TOUR.

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WE WERE WIPED TOTALLY OUT.

WE GOT INTO OUR BEDS , TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WERE ATTACKED BY A BUNCH OF GIRLS GONE WILD!!!

NEEDLESS TO SAY WE DIDN'T SLEEP AT ALL OUR FIRST NIGHT IN SYDNEY!!!!!

YES ROY GAVE JIMMY PAGE PERMISSION TO USE THE TITLE 'COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN'!

IT WAS A MAJOR HIT BY ROY IN AUSTRALIA.

I SANG HARMONY WITH HIM LIVE.

JIMMY LOVED OUR BAND, THE CANDYMEN.

HE HUNG OUT WITH US THE WHOLE TOUR.
WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS, INCLUDING HIS FUTURE IN THE MUSIC BIZ.

HE WAS NOT HAPPY AT ALL PLAYING WITH THE YARDBIRDS.

I WILL LEAVE FOR NOW BUT WILL CONTINUE THIS COVERSATION LATER.

TRUST ME IT WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT..............................
ROBERT NIX.............

Thursday, December 06, 2007

HEY Y'ALL:

I received the Winter newsletter from the Alabama Blues Project http://alabamablues.org/
tonight
& they announced that the Tuscaloosa premiere of the movie HONEYDRIPPER
http://honeydripper-movie.com/
will be held at the Bama Theatre on February 4 and will be introduced by the producer Mary Renzi http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/Maggie_Renzi/188475#fullBio
& director John Sayles http://www.johnsaylesretro.com/

[Sayles got my attention when he directed LONE STAR which is the only movie I've ever seen which mentioned the Seminole Negroes who ended up migrating to the Texas/Mexican border after they were forced to leave Florida for Oklahoma.
Some of these men joined the U.S. Army as Indian Scouts & two won THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR.http://www.medalofhonor.com/IndianScouts.htm]

Every scene of this movie was shot in Alabama & it has an all-star cast which includes Danny Glover, Mary Steenbergen, Charles S. Dutton, Keb Mo' & Stacy Keach.

There are three great youtube clips related to the movie on the Net right now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlcamZUs4SQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7j1M-Rf9-Y&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVHr6RalZwc&feature=related


I love, Love, LOVE
everything I've learned about this movie so far & it's success may very well be tied to OUR SUCCESS in ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA!


Gary Clark Jr., the star of HONEYDRIPPER

image courtesy of http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/movies/02ande.html

Please take a few moments out of your busy day & click on the above link so you can read the article about HONEYDRIPPER which was published in this past Sunday's New York Times.

The thing that caught my eye in the article was the way that the makers of HONEYDRIPPERS are self-distributing the movie.

& guess who else is mentioned in this article as a movie director who is self-distributing his latest movie: GUS VAN SANT! (many of you may remember that Mr. Van Sant is set to shoot the movie version of THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST next year & we hope to bring that production to Alabama to shoot some scenes here)

Here's the HONEYDRIPPER portion of the Alabama Blues Project's Newsletter:



Monday, February 4 - Honeydripper Film Debut and ABP Benefit
including a reception featuring Alabama blues musicians Henderson Huggins,
Stephan Hundley and Carroline Shines. It's Blue Monday at the Bama Theater!
Q & A with director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi

In 2006, the ABP was very excited to hear that director John Sayles (Lone Star, Eight Men Out, Matewan) and producer Maggie Renzi had chosen Alabama as the location of their new film, Honeydripper. The blues and the deep south are the themes of this thought-provoking movie, which includes lots of great music. Featured musicians include Keb' Mo', Dr. Mable John, Eddie Shaw and Jerry Portnoy among many others.


Dr. Mable John as Bertha Mae

Keb' Mo' as Possum

The ABP is thankful that more and more people are realizing that Alabama has a rich blues culture and now Honeydripper can only help to spread the word. The film was shot in the southern Alabama towns of Greenville, Georgiana, Anniston and Midway in the late summer and early fall of 2006. It is interesting to note that part of Greenville's blues history includes being the home of 1920/30s blues harmonica player and recording artist Ed Bell, who was also known as “Barefoot Bill.”

We were very happy to be asked to assist in finding possible musician extras for the film and Tuscaloosa-based veteran keyboard player Henderson Huggins and young Birmingham based drummer Stephan Hudley got parts!


Stephan Hundley Performs at the
ABP Summertime Blues Camp

Henderson Huggins
Photo by Dan Lopez / Tuscaloosa Magazine

As part of Black History Month celebrations, on Monday, February 4th, 2008, Tuscaloosa’s beautiful and historic Bama Theater will be hosting the Tuscaloosa Honeydripper premier and the proceeds of the evening will go to benefit the Alabama Blues Project! A reception will be held prior to the screening and a blues band will entertain, including Henderson Huggins, Stephan Hundley and Carroline Shines, plus guest spots by some of our best blues camp students! The very big attraction of the evening is that the film's director, the great John Sayles and the talented producer Maggie Renzi will be present for a panel Q and A session with the public!

Honeydripper takes us back to the genesis of rock 'n' roll - namely the '50s rural blues of the Deep South. The story depicts a second chance for an aging bluesman, a kickoff to a young guitar turk's career and the rise of rock 'n' roll itself.

The movie features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DeCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas. Featured musicians include Keb' Mo', Dr. Mable John, Eddie Shaw and Jerry Portnoy among many others. The music supervisor was Tim Bernett, with original music composed by Mason Daring.

The film's setting is the 1950 rural town of Harmony, Alabama, during cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis (Danny Glover). Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint and away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way. After laying off his regular talent, blues singer Bertha Mae (Mable John), Tyrone announces to his sidekick Maceo that he has hired a famous electric guitar player, Guitar Sam, for a special one-night-only gig: pack 'em in and save the club.

On the day of the show, the train arrives and Guitar Sam is nowhere to be found. Tyrone is forced to take action. He makes a deal with Sheriff Pugh to release Sonny, a kid who hopped off a freight car in Harmony and turned up in the club claiming he could play the guitar as well as any Guitar Sam.

Tyrone cleans Sonny up and launches a scheme to pass off the young guitar picker as Guitar Sam just long enough to cut the lights and run off with the cash box. When Sonny takes the stage and launches into his first scalding electric licks, Tyrone will learn if it's lights out for the Honeydripper or if his luck has changed: he might just be another man saved by rock 'n' roll.

Honeydripper grew out of Sayles' fascination with the genesis of rock 'n' roll. "There was no single moment when R&B, blues, gospel, jazz and country all came together to create this thing called rock 'n' roll," he said, "but a big change came with the advent of the electric guitar. Before that, piano ruled. Suddenly a poor boy like Sonny (played by Gary Clark, Jr.) could travel around with a portable, cheap, high-volume electric guitar and peel the paint off the walls."

The Honeydripper All-Star Band, made up of musicians who took part in the film, has been touring major blues festivals since early summer. The band consists of Gary Clark Jr. on guitar, Stax Records veteran Dr. Mable John on vocals, Henderson Huggins on keyboard, Howlin' Wolf/Muddy Waters band alumnus Eddie Shaw on saxophone and Arthur Lee Williams on harmonica. The band will continue to tour in support of the movie through the rest of this year and into the spring.

The movie also contains music by legendary blues/R&B artists Memphis Slim, Lil Green, Hank Williams and Barrence Whitefield. The soundtrack recording will appear on a label to be announced shortly.

Honeydripper is John Sayles' 16th feature film and the 13th produced by longtime collaborator Maggie Renzi. It was shot in the southern Alabama towns of Greenville, Georgiana, Anniston and Midway in the late summer and early fall of 2006.

Press release
Source: conqueroo / Cary Baker

All Photos Above are Compliments of the Honeydripper Official Web Site



I heard from Greg Haynes today & he wants us to push his deluxe edition of THE HEEEY BABY DAYS OF BEACH MUSIC http://heybabydays.com
along with the 17 CD's of old time beach party music released by Repete Records.
Greg sent me a promotional picture but I couldn't get it to load onto myspace so that'll have to wait.

Roberto Thanks,

Attached is the PDF of the pig card. Do you need it in another format? We also still have the regular book ( without the extra CDs available) … but not many as Books A Million just placed a sizable order. Check out the titles on some of the additional CD. Ripete is going to release additional HBDBM CDs soon ( within the next 30 days) that include more James Gang, Rockin’ Gibraltars, Bleus and Tyn Tymes. Thanks for all your help. I’ll send you a set of the CDS so that you can hear some of the great cuts that you may not have ever heard. FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTH !

Thanks,

Greg


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I remember Robert Mims. Many years ago I bought an old Wurlitzer Electric Piano from him at his Mom's house in Cowerts.
I remember the The Mar-Teks well... They were one of the great bands that I used listen to at the Dothan Rec. Center weekend dances back in the '60's... The first time I saw The Mar-Teks, Willie Akridge was playing Keyboards, and Jim Hartley was the Lead Vocalist... Little did I know at the time, I would wind up marrying Jim's little sister Cindy... My good friend Charlie Roberts was the Bass player and is still to this day, one of the best guitar players around this town...
Its really good to hear from Mr. Mims...
Frank Tanton

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hey y'all:

How easily we forget...

Thanksgiving caused me to completely focus upon just how blessed I have been in 2007 but yesterday I had the blues and I was cussing 2007 for all it was worth.

I was facing a critical Section 8 inspection on Peanut Hill (a.k.a. Peanut Hell).
I'd already had the fridge, stove & water heater stolen by the crackheads. I'd turned the next door neighbor over to the police as in pointing to him in front of a police officer & saying, "That man installed a new water heater this morning & ours got stolen last night."
Oh, he pleaded his case real good when I did that.
I didn't want the damned raggedy ass water heater anyway so we let it slide.
(Me & the neighbor have a little misunderstanding but we working it out.He's helping me with "Neighborhood Watch" now. Even though he stole our water heater, I made a believer out of him.)
The crackheads prance around like they own the alleys on Peanut Hill begging money & selling who knows what (Can you say, "The AIDS", boys & girls?)
which pisses me off to no end-
plus, to make it even mo' worser,
yesterday morning, the first person I talked to was a fellow shell-shocked maintenance man who had to clean up the mess Friday afternoon at 3 P.M. (All the cat said to me was, "It was a bad Friday." I didn't wanna hear any more)
from Avery Morgan Jones III getting blown away by a bullet through the eyeball inside his house ONE BLOCK BEHIND THE BP STATION ON THE STRIP AT 1419 6TH STREET.
I lived at 1519 8th Street (two blocks away) for 6 years & in the almost 40 years I've lived in this town, I've never known of anyone to get murdered in that neighborhood south of the Strip.(I know we've had two murders on Reid St. north of the Strip, one of which is still unsolved & my main witness in that grisly crime recently died in Atlanta but my suspected killer still lives nearby.)

I just had a black cloud over me yesterday morning so Christopher bugged me a little about why I had my panties in a wad.

I said,"I'm just sick of being pushed around, being exploited, being ripped off, being lied to and being betrayed by all these cold blooded reptilian people!
I'M HURT, SON!"

"You ain't hurt." he replied.

"Why ain't I hurt? I know if I hurt!"

Christopher then proceeded to describe to me in exquisite detail why I WAS NOT HURT.

Whew! The boy was right.

Thank you son for putting the mirror up to your Old Man's face.
I needed it.

We got wonderful news from BAMA QUEEN http://www.myspace.com/fiddledeedeeme
in Dothan this morning!

John Rainey Adkins
http://www.myspace.com/adkinsjohnrainey
has a new grandson, Slade Rainey Reiley!


Our ole partner, Ken Babbs (a.k.a. The Intrepid Traveler, Kapn Skyp)
'bout got blown away by that storm that hit Oregon.
Read about his excellent response to a bad situation @ http://skypilotclub.com

Now if you really wanna see a SHOW
watch the 10 minute video of the WELCOMING PARTY in Pasadena, Texas,
for Quanell X & his "new" black panther party.
THIS IS A HOOT!
I wish the people around Jena, Louisiana & Durham, North Carolina
had the courage to run Sharpton and his cockroaches out of town like these Texans did to Quanell & his ilk.
(I had a woman from Henry County tell me the other day that she found out that a woman she'd known for years was a first cousin of Sharpton's & THE WOMAN HAD NEVER MENTIONED THE FACT TO HER. I don't think I'd told it either. Being kin to Al Sharpton is plenty reason to keep family secrets.)
Sharpton's mother lives in Dothan & if she had any sense, she'd tell her son to stay away but he'll probably be hanging around South Appletree Street handing out frozen turkeys come Kritmuh.

http://www.blogsofwar.com/2007/12/03/video-quanell-x-and-the-new-black-panther-party-confronted-by-joe-horn-supporters/


Tom Brokaw is gonna have a special on 1968 on
THE HISTORY CHANNEL SUNDAY NIGHT.

image courtesy of http://www.cablemediasales.com/images/prog/sml/hist_4911.jpg

check it out
http://www.history.com/states.do?parentId=1968


image courtesy of http://www.key-z.com

Y'all know I've been reading THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID TEST AGAIN & here's the part where Kesey meets Owsley http://thebear.org
( There's a great article about Owsley in the ROLLING STONES' 40TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER OF LOVE ISSUE)

From page 211:

Little by little, Owsley's history seeped out. He was 30 years old, although he looked younger, and he had a huge sonorous name: Augustus Owsley Stanly III. His grandfather was a United States Senator from Kentucky. Owsley apparantly had had a somewhat hungup time as a boy, going from prep school to prep school and then to public high school, dropping out of that, but getting into the University of Virginia School of Engineering, apparantly because of his flair for sciences, then dropping out of that. He finally wound up enrolling in the University of California, in Berkley, where he hooked up with a hip, good-looking chemistry major named Melissa. They dropped out of the University and Owsley set up his first acid factory at 1647 Virginia Street, Berkley. He was doing a huge business when he got raided on February 21, 1965. He got off, however, because there was so law against making, taking, or having LSD in California until October 1966. He moved his operation to Los Angeles, 2205 Lafler Road, called himself the Baer Research Group, and paid out $20,000 in $100 bills to the Cycle Chemical Corporation for 500 grams of lysergic acid monohydrate, the basic material in LSD, which he could convert into 1.5 million doses of LSD at from $1 to $2 apiece wholesale. He bought another 300 grams from International Chemical and Nuclear Corporation. His first big shipment arrived March 30, 1965.

He had a flair, this Owsley. By and by he had turned out several million doses of LSD, in capsules and tablets. They had various whimsical emblems on them, to indicate the strength. The most famous, among the heads, were the "Owsley blues"- with a picture of Batman on them, 500 micrograms worth of Super-hero inside your skull. The heads rapped over Owsley blues like old juice heads drawling over that famous onetime brand from Owsley's Virginia home territory, Fairfax County Bourbon, bottled in bond. Owsley makes righteous acid, said the heads. Personally he wasn't winning any popularity contests with the heads or the cops, either. He is, like, arrogant; he is a wiseacre; but the arrogant little wiseacre makes righteous acid.

In fact, Owsley's acid was famous internationally. When the acid scene spread to England in late 1966 and 1967, the hippest intelligence one could pass around was that one was in possession of "Owsley acid." In the acid world, this was bottled-in-bond; certified; guaranteed; and high status. It was in this head world that the...
Beatles first took LSD. Now, just to get ahead of the story a bit- after Owsley hooked up with Kesey and the Pranksters, he began a musical group called the Greatful Dead. Through the Dead's experience with the Pranksters was born the sound known as "acid rock." And it was that sound that the Beatles picked up on, after they started taking acid, to do a famous series of acid-rock record albums, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band. Early in 1967 the Beatles got a fabulous idea. They got hold of a huge school bus and piled into it with thirty-nine friends and drove and wove across the British countryside, zonked out of their gourds. They were going to...
make a movie. Not an ordinary movie, but a totally spontaneous movie, using hand-held cameras, shooting the experience as it happened- off the top of the head!-
cavorting, rapping on, soaring in the moment, visionary chaos-
a daydream! a black art! a chaos! They finished up with miles and miles of film, a monster, a veritable morass of it, all shaky and out of focus- blissful Zonk!- which they saw as a total breakthrough in terms of expression but also as a commercial display- shown on British TV it was- that might be appreciated even outside the esoteric world of the heads-


The Movie


- called Magical Mystery Tour. And...the great banner rippled on the Prankster gate in the nighttime in ripples and intergalactic billows of great howling owsley electro-mad-chemical
synchronicity...

The Merry Pranksters
Welcome the Beatles



"NORTH TO MADHATTAN"
THE MERRY BAND OF PRANKSTERS LOOK FOR A KOOL PLACE #2
Item #V32
Episode 2 is a little more than an hour, and it's pretty good. Not beatifically clumsy and surprisingly inspired like episode 1, but still pretty good. For one thing it's Cassady's best driving footage-- two cameras on him and words finally fitted accurately to his whirring lips. His face is healthy and tight and his rap righteous, and his spirit is flying. And his mind? Terrific. Vintage Speed Limit.
But it's more than his mind. His mind is like his healthy face, and it's more than that. More, even, than his spirit. It's, aww... wait, I got it! Here's a sample of what I mean:

In episode 1 when Cassady first comes driving over the bridge to our place in La Honda, you hear him before you see him, jabbering over the exhausted vehicle and the scratchy old radio-- talking us stuff that you can't make out until he turns off the car and the radio. And as soon as the song stops you realize it was Love Potion No. 9. A charming little entrance for Neal at the Wheel-- The 1960's Acid Anthem.

Then in this 2nd episode he resumes this theme, driving the freeway and slipping into the subject just as the stuff begins to buzz through our brains. It's a wonderful frill of words-- "Strict!" he says. "It's strict! Strict, uh, as they say in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'-- it's strict-nine...strict-uh-nine...nine... Look! Sign! ....says it's nine miles to exit nine... nine... number nine..."

Then he begins singing in that low vaudevillian voice he used when he wanted to make a profound pronouncement but didn't want anybody to get real serious or hung up or brought down-- "And we mixed up a bottle of-- Love Potion No. 9 doop de doodle doodle dee...."

Now, I know that isn't exactly gospel. Of course not. It's just... Cassady behind the wheel, driving and jerking, spewing words on the world....

But it makes you think.

--Kesey

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Monday, December 03, 2007



I had forgotten about this picture. It was a publicity
shot taken in 1967 somewhere around Dothan.

The members of the band (l to r): Jimmy Watford
(vocals), Stanley Jones (drums), Jimmy Johnson (lead
guitar), Charlie Roberts (bass), and Robert Mims
(keyboard).
-Robert Mims

Attached is another picture of The Mar-Teks taken in
Dothan at the National Peanut Festival. We were the
backup band for the "headliners", Billy Joe Royal,
Tommy McLain and Ronnie Dove.

We had just released our 1st record: "If I'm Gonna Be
Your Man" / "Don't Take It Out On Me".....which, by
the was was cut in Muscle Shoals.

The band members in the attached picture are: (l-r):
Robert Mims, Charlie Roberts, Stanley Jones (hidden on
drums), Jimmy Watford and Jimmy Johnson.

As a "side-bar", the photographer for all pictures was
the current U.S. Representative from Alabama, Terry
Everett.
http://wwwc.house.gov/everett/
- Robert Mims

You may not remember me. My name is Robert Mims and we corresponded a while back when you were writing about the bands and musicians of Dothan. I was the keyboard player for The Mar-Teks in 1967-68.

At any rate, the reason for my writing......I have finally gotten around to burning the songs The Mar-Teks recorded while we were together. As a way of saying "Thanks" for bringing back memories every time I read your blog, I would like to send you a copy CD. If you will furnish me with your mailing address, I'll be happy to send you a copy.

When you get it, please overlook the quality of the recording. I had to take the songs from old 45's......You also have to overlook the "quality" of the music. We had to go with the "limited talents" we had at the time.

A fellow Alabamian from Dothan,

Robert Mims

I remember Robert Mims. Many years ago I bought an old Wurlitzer Electric Piano from him at his Mom's house in Cowerts.
I remember the The Mar-Teks well... They were one of the great bands that I used listen to at the Dothan Rec. Center weekend dances back in the '60's... The first time I saw The Mar-Teks, Willie Akridge was playing Keyboards, and Jim Hartley was the Lead Vocalist... Little did I know at the time, I would wind up marrying Jim's little sister Cindy... My good friend Charlie Roberts was the Bass player and is still to this day, one of the best guitar players around this town...
Its really good to hear from Mr. Mims...
Frank Tanton


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Sunday, December 02, 2007


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ZYGONE
It's better to be coming down than to have never been high at all.
-- Mal Function
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Give them what they want. Give them their money's worth.
-- skypilotclub motto
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2007
FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST,
GREAT GAWDAMIGHTY, FREE AT LAST

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Here's a kewl quote:

Lerone Bennett Jr., in BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER, has described what freedom meant to many blacks:

Negro soldiers and civilians had something to cheer about. With the defeat of Lee and the surrender of Joseph Johnston, the freedom of words, of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, became a freedom involving concrete realities.

To the ex-slaves, freedom was a serious thing.

Freedom was getting married before a preacher and signing a paper and knowing that it was for always and not until the next cotton crop.

Freedom was Bibles, freedom was churches, freedom was gin.

Freedom was two names.

A man sat for awhile and decided on a name and if he didn't like it, he could change it tomorrow.

Freedom was getting up when you wanted to and lying down when the spirit hit you.

Freedom was doing nothing too.

How was a man to know he was free if he couldn't sit still and watch the sun and pull on his pipe when he didn't want to do anything else?

Freedom was all this and more, but mostly it was books and legs:
an opportunity to learn and the right to pick up & go.

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Buddy Buie

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Buddy Buie is a songwriter, producer, and publisher. He is most commonly associated with Roy Orbison, The Classics IV and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Buddy was born in the small town of Dothan, Alabama and moved on to pay his dues in New York City. Eventually he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent most of his career. However, nearly all the songs written by Buie and his co-writers were conceived in Eufaula, Alabama on Thomas Mill Creek where Buddy had a small fishing trailer (Eufaula is only a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and a 1-hour drive from Dothan, making it a convenient location).

He is most well-known as a prolific song-writer, with 340 songs registered in the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) catalog. In fact, Buie's "Traces" (performed by The Classics IV) was at one point the 34th Most Performed Song in BMI History.

Buddy Buie is a member of both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (1984) and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (1997).

Buddy Buie's contemporary work includes Rock Bottom for Wynonna Judd and Mr. Midnight for Garth Brooks. Notable artists that have covered his songs include Gloria Estefan ("Traces"), Travis Tritt ("Back Up Against the Wall" and "Homesick"), David Sanborn ("Spooky"), and Carlos Santana ("Stormy"). Most recently John Legend used "Stormy" as the backing track on the single "Save Room", earning Buie a writer's credit.

Buie's music has also been used in films, most notably "Lost in Translation" ("So into You") and "Just like Heaven" ("Spooky"). "So Into You" was also recently featured in a commercial for Texas Pete hot sauce.

In 2003, Buddy left Atlanta and retired to Eufaula, just miles from the birthplace of the songs that built his career.

ROCK BOTTOM

(J.R. Cobb/Buddy Buie)

When you hit rock bottom
You've got two ways to go
Straight up and sideways
I have seen my share of hard times
And I'm letting you know
Straight up is my way

Things are tough all over
But I've got good news
When you get down to nothing
You've got nothing to lose
I was born naked
But I'm glory bound
And a dead end street is just a place to turn around

When the sky is the limit up on easy street
Rock bottom ain't no place to be
Rock bottom ain't no place for me no no

When the law of the jungle is the law of the land
Good luck staying alive
I keep a clenched fist under this hat in my hand
Cause only the strong survive

Things are tough all over
But I've got good news
When you get down to nothing
You've got nothing to lose
Anyway rock bottom is good solid ground
And a dead end street is just a place to turn around

When the sky is the limit up on easy street
Rock bottom ain't no place to be
Rock bottom ain't no place for me no no

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

BMI Catalog Listing

BMI Top 50 Performed Songs of All Time


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