Another giant leaves the stage …

You had a good run, Merle, and you packed a lot of hard living into those 79 years.

I could pick any number of songs from the Haggard songbook as a way to honor his passing this week, but here’s one of my personal favorites. It showcases his voice nicely, and I love the rhythm of it, the Bob Wills, Texas-swing lilt of it. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

Here you go, Jay, the next to last in my spiritual installment on this your blog. Like most of the others, it was written a little while back as something very much relevant to who I've been all along toward who I should become.

Thank you, kind sir, and please stay tuned, for the last will be soon enough to follow, probably within the next couple of weeks or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VMvWza_ERo

DontTaseMeBro
DontTaseMeBro

Mama Tried.  In the long run I don't think Mama did too bad.  

YouLibs
YouLibs

I wish y'all could have all been with us in Hartwell tonight. For decades I've thought Randall Bramblett is the most talented artist who never became a giant rocstar and I still feel that way.


His front man tonight was Nick Johnson. Remember that name.


Randall said this song is about the bar where I started my brief bartending career many years ago.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhMBLPT_0sI+-

JKToole
JKToole

@YouLibs Stick to blogging about politics. You obviously know very little about the bass guitar :-) and even less about Athens, GA music.

YouLibs
YouLibs

By the way, the bass player is Michael Steele who may very well be the best bass player ever to come out of Athens and the drummer is Seth Hendershot who owns Hendershot's in the Bttleworks in Athens, a great venue.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@JKToole @YouLibs


Well, let's see, Mr. Toole.


Except for a couple of years in Atlanta and a couple of years in New Orleans back in the eighties, I've lived continuously in Athens since 1973. I have been involved in the music scene here all of that time.


I've known Michael Steele for almost thirty years now, and he's a pro's pro.


Randall followed his best friend, Davis Causey, to Athens after he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. He had been accepted into Harvard Divinity School, but once he got a high lottery number in the draft he decided to pursue his dream to make his mark on the world as a musician.


He had starting playing in high school in a band called King David and the Slaves in Jessup. Like me and Duane and Gregg and so many others, he came to his love of rhythm and blues through listening to WLAC on a transisitor radio back in the sixties.


By the time I returned from a little excursion to Southeast Asia, Randall and Davis had found their way to Macon to work at Capricorn. Randall's first love is keys, but a young man from Alabama by the name of Chuck Leavel pretty much had keys covered, so he was hired to play tenor saxophone, his second love. Randall joined Tommy Talton and Scott Boyer in Cowboy and at the same time became the leader of the horn section at the Capricorn Studios.


After the first split of the Allman Brothers Band, Jaimoe and bass player Lamar Williams formed a fusion jazz group with Chuck Leavell called SeaLevel (C. Leavell, get it?). Randall and Davis were asked to come on board, mostly for their song-writing skills, the next year.


He has been included, I believe, on all of Gregg Allman's solo projects; most if not all.


Since then Randall has toured three times with Steve Winwood and Traffic. He has worked with Bonnie Raitt (she included one of his songs on her new release), Atlanta Rhythm Section, Widespread Panic, Vigilantes of Love, among others.


When he was looking for a bass player a couple of years ago he could have hired John Straw, or Greg Veal, or pretty much anybody from the entire region 'cause he's a lot of fun to play music with. He chose to hire Michael Steele.


Should I let him know that he knows nothing about the bass or Athens music?

JKToole
JKToole

@YouLibs Your love, knowledge and appreciation of Randall is heartfelt and commendable. However, my comments - somewhat in jest - had nothing to do with Randall. Your attempt to twist my words into some kind of indictment of Randall's talent is disingenuous. I consider him a consummate entertainer and often overlooked member of the Athens music community. Mr. Steele is a fine musician.

However, opinions (especially regarding music) are just that: opinions. To make such a blanket statement regarding such is subjective at best and uninformed at worst. In my opinion, Randall might be a better bass player than Mr. Steele. Jon Mills most certainly is, in my opinion.

"Relax, Francis."

YouLibs
YouLibs

@JKToole @YouLibs


I'm gonna double down:


Michael may be the best bass player out of Athens.


Randall is without question the best musician out of Jessup, I don't think that's a matter of opinion.


I've always enjoyed your rare comments here and I can assure you I'm always pretty relaxed unless I'm driving on 316.


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YouLibs
YouLibs

@JKToole @YouLibs


BUT, I have to ask you, where did I twist your words into an indictment of anyone?


Where did I even use your words?

honested
honested

@~moonbat_betty~ 

I really liked the title song until I went to work for a guy who insisted on having a 'Big Hat Country' station on the radio, loud, all day long.

The song was in such heavy rotation that my fondness quickly diminished.

Of course, avoiding such situations in the future might have been a factor suggesting going into business for myself.

JDinMarietta
JDinMarietta

WOW!! In 20 years of reading the AJC this is the FIRST TIME that Jay Bookman has written about something other than the GOP and how bad they are. There is a first time for everything and I guess even liberals get tired of hearing the same old shi^ from Mr. Bookman

Caius
Caius

Yeah,  the swing .........................

honested
honested

@JamVet 

Ignorance Is Strength!


Make your local republiklan party strong!

honested
honested

@Wascatlady 

At least Ricky Skaggs is still with us...

And he was SMOKIN at the Center Stage last Sunday!

JDinMarietta
JDinMarietta

@JamVet Nice diversion tactic. First of all the media is 110% liberal bias. Merle wouldn't utter this BS so go back to Move.org

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@JDinMarietta @JamVet Are you one of those persecuted cons that has no idea what you are talking about? Poor baby! Try paying attention to what you leaders are lying about! Think! I know it hurts....

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@JamVet

He also had this to say:

"I've got to be honest," he says. "I met President Obama and he was a nice fellow, but I'm not going to vote for him, and I'm not going to vote for Romney. So, that leaves me without many options. I don't see much that I like in either of them. It's a tough world and I don't think either of them is capable of representing this country right now."

[snip]

Haggard, who has had high-powered political figures courting him since the Nixon era, thinks candidates these days are too timid to speak about the matters that affect America in the most dramatic fashion.

"There are many things that present a bigger problem for this country than the Middle East right now," he says. "Neither [Obama nor Romney] wants to address them. They're purposely staying away from the economy, for example, and it leaves me kind of empty. I don't have a good prognosis for the country over the next couple of years."

http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/merle-haggard-tells-it-like-it-is-6426742

TBS
TBS

With one passin' glance I could tell she was young for her age

Yeah, she got to looking better as she got down closer to the stage
And as she sipped on her wine I knew just the kind she would be
And somehow I knew she was here to the bad things to me



Where does one get a GD hat like Merle is wearing in this clip?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zaoz9RyMCE&nohtml5=False

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

As I had promised King/Kolob in the last thread, I would share Nina Simone's song, "Mississippi Goddam" on FNM.  Here it is.  The scenes you are about to observe are not history to me; they were part of my life and my formative years before I headed to NYC with my first husband and lifelong best friend.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tst6Fuw2Sfo

TBS
TBS

RIP Merle

Not a Merle tune but I'm sure he would appreciate this one.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=919bwqzrFWA




No, there will never be another
Red-Headed Stranger
A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues
The Okie from Muskogee
Or Hello Darling
Lord, I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes?

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Bruce cancels NC show over discriminatory law. Come play the Governors mansion Boss. The Four Seasons has your room ready.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@JeffreyEav obviously The Boss can sing better than he can think.

All his cancellation did was punish his fans.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@JohnnyReb And his fans will take it out on the politicians who voted for the law.  Seems like that's how it's supposed to work in politics.