Sometimes it only takes one word for you to know exactly what you are gonna get.
It reminds me of a story…
I went to see a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band with my buddy Half once. In between sets one of the band members was standing near us at the bar, and Half struck up a conversation with him that went something like this:
Half: When ya’ll gonna play “Lodi”?
The Guy: We don’t play “Lodi”.
Half: *with full contempt* If you don’t play “Lodi” you ain’t no damn CCR tribute band!
I’m resting my mind fingers to get ready for a barrage of posts beginning tomorrow night. As soon as a winner is declared I’m gonna turn it on, turn it up, and turn it loose.
For now, enjoy this Dwight Yoakam video from 1990. It features something for everyone: Dwight Yoakam for the ladies, and an El Camino for the guys. I think Sharon Stone is in there too. They dated for a while, right?
This is a sad day for me.Â Jerry Reed was the first musician I really connected with as a kid.Â I wore the Live From Exit-In album out.Â I mean, son, I Wore. It. Out.
When I was a kid I liked him because he was funny and charismatic, and I loved him as Snowman in Smoky and the Bandit.Â But when I got older and started playing guitar I became a true fan.Â The guy was a real genius, and a lot of people don’t really know just how great a musician he was and how many great songs he wrote (“Guitar Man”–Elvis, “Thing Called Love”–Johnny Cash).
And I’ll tell you folks about the way I feel
Too lazy to work and too scared to steal
B’sides pickin’ and singin’s all I ever done that’s ever been worth a damn!
Son!Â Thank you Jerry Reed for being you all of those years.Â East Bound and Down!!!
This article says free online radio, specifically Pandora, may be in trouble.Â I really hope this isn’t the case.Â I’ve found so much cool new music on Pandora recently, and it’s great to hear old favorites there too.Â I would think with the number of people using it they could become make some nice coin.Â Even though it’s free for listeners, they have ads and also let you buy music through iTunes and Amazon, which they get commissions for.Â Â According to the article, it’s the heavy web legislation that’s giving them a problem:
Last year, an obscure federal panel ordered a doubling of the per-song performance royalty that Web radio stations pay to performers and record companies.
Traditional radio, by contrast, pays no such fee. Satellite radio pays a fee but at a less onerous rate, at least by some measures.
Let’s hope they’re able to stick it out.Â Pandora is the best thing to come along for music on the web since Napster in the late 90s.
A few years ago one of my friends was waiting on his wife to get ready for a Christmas party we were both attending and, undoubtedly, enjoying a few cool beverages. He passed the time by putting together a mix CD for me. I never told anybody about all the beautiful love songs he included on it and how touched I was by it, but I’ve played the CD full of badass country songs he also made for me that night for anyone who will listen.
I was just joking about the CD full of love songs.
He put a couple of John Prine songs on the badass country CD. Newscoma posted a video of one of these songs because it makes her happy. Here’s the other one…
You know all those songs you “bought” through Yahoo!?Â Turns out you were just renting.
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer’s operating system.
Oh wait, there’s a fix.Â You can burn all of your songs to CDs and re-rip them DRM-free.Â It doesn’t really matter to them that reason you bought an electronic copy was to avoid the CD…thanks for being such a great customer!
Backing up your music to an audio CD will allow you to copy the music back to your computer again if the license keys for your original music files cannot be retrieved.
I strongly recommend Amazon for buying music–totally DRM free.Â You can copy and move it around as much as you want.Â Once you pay for a file it is yours.