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Posted on December 31, 2012 with 1 comment

Happy New Year to You. I hope and pray that this year brings great good things to you and yours, and lots of love and good cheer throughout.
Here, as we're in the midst of several Woody Guthrie tributes and studies and I'm in the process of learning a handful of new Woody songs, myself, I thought I'd post this wonderful photo of Woody's resolutions from 1942.
My ex used to joke about how many Woody tributes there are, but hey-- there's a reason for that. His songs are still relevant and his spirit, and his family, and the festival in his name, are all living on and on and there's an extended family created by this man and these songs of his that is remarkable to me.
It's also amazing that he wrote so many different kinds of songs about so many different things-- political songs, dust-bowl ballads, kids songs, down-and-out blues tunes, patriotic songs about the land that unite us, songs about dams, and boats, and flights, and love, and even crazy nonsensical tunes.
Even if I were to learn [...]
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but i'm still,..... willin'

Posted on October 18, 2012 with 1 comment

So, it's dusk, and I'm just East of Memphis, driving back from Nahsville...
Rockin' out to John Hiatt's latest, Mystic Pinball, re-living the fantastic show he and his band had put on the previous night, I suddenly gather that there are flashing red lights behind me.
I pull over.
I have no idea how long they've been following...
I wait.
The guy walks around the truck and I roll down my window.
His badge says, DEA Special Agent Johnson.
He tells me, "You were weaving."
"I was what?!"
"You were weaving."
He asks me to get out of the ride....
He wants to know what I do for a living, where I'm coming from, where I'm going, what I've been doing.
I swear to him I'm not carrying anything illicit.
... a musician, singer-songwriter, caught weaving between Nashville and Memphis....
He seems not to believe me.
It's nightime now.  And for the next hour, he searches every bag, every case, every sack in the vehicle. Looking. For something. He opens my guitar case. Nothing. [...]
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Dear Senator Inhofe

Posted on September 3, 2012 with 1 comment
to hear the rough draft of a new song (copyright 2012, Okie Turtle Music),                                                          click on the above text: "Dear Senator Inhofe" and wait a moment for it to load


Posted on August 29, 2012 with 2 comments
Hurricaine Isaac has been sitting over New Orleans and they say the price of gas will go up.  I wonder how BP is doing out there.... how nice it was of them to air public service announcements about how much they're doing to help out after their big oil spill several years ago--  encouraging vacationing on the Gulf Coast.  I'm sitting in my garden hoping to see that the beets and the carrots and the peas that I just planted have come up, when i hear a commotion.  It's a couple of dove that fly up onto the fence, their feathers are ruffled, they seem bothered and they're saying something.  A moment later, I see the ground move about a foot from where I'm sitting.  It's a snake!  It's s about four feet long and an inch and a half in diameter and it's slithering in between the tomatoes and the basil and the peppers and the onions.  I get a closer look and there in the middle of the bed is a little baby dove.  It looks up at me with its big black [...]
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Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Posted on June 1, 2012 with 0 comments
Admittedly, up until now, when I'd hear the phrase, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, I would think of that great album by The Byrds, minus David Crosby, whom I love, but with Gram Parsons, whom I also love.
Alas, it's been over thirty years since that album was released.
My first and only rodeo experience was when I was about six years old.  I'd go out to Coyle, Oklahoma to see my grandma, and my best friend out there, Cindy Downey and her family took us to the rodeo.  They lived right across the road of that old Highway 33 and they had horses and cattle, and maybe they had someone in the rodeo.  It was a great experience  although I can't really remember the Sweethearts....
So, last weekend, I went to see the movie, Cowgirls N' Angels. It's the poignant tale of a young girl who sneaks off to join the rodeo in search of her long lost rodeo-dad, and along the way she becomes a Sweetheart of the Rodeo.  A new release, filmed in Oklahoma, Cowgirls N' Angels has two of [...]
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