Saturday, September 03, 2005

Somebody with the evacuees here in Tuscaloosa contacted my boss, Lee Pake, yesterday. Lee agreed to let them have five houses for evacuees but they never called back. Lee was wondering who would sign some sort of lease to take legal responsibility .
Archie Bird was also contacted by some of the same people yesterday and he agreed to let them have two houses but nobody has called him back.
Here are the addresses:

1910 and 1920 Ridgehaven on Canyon Lake- go out Highway 11 and turn left at the Parade Station between Cottondale and I-20/59

2722 26th Street: located off 30th Avenue near Kaulton. Ready to move into. Downed tree near front yard. Power on. Water can be turned on illegally. Central air. Three bedrooms.Stove and refrigerator

26O7 21st Street: located down from the jail off 26th Avenue. probably still needs carpet work.Stove and refrigerator. Central air. Power on. Water can be turned on illegally. Could be a four bedroom.

1932 30th Avenue: 1932 30th Avenue: located a block south of Floyd's on 30th Avenue. Lots of trash in the yard. Pretty sure it's ready to move into. Not sure about power. Central air. 3 bedrooms.

#6 Short 24th Ave. E.: just behind the Union Hall off Paper Mill Road [25th Avenue E.]. two bedroom. not sure about power. Tenant just moved out.

10315 Jones Road.: Northport just off Charlie Shirley Road by The Brown Bag. Tenant just moved out, needs cleaning and carpet. I have a lot of new carpet and used rugs.

I also know of some shacks and other places people could be housed.

Let me know how we can get house keys to these people.

Robert Register

Friday, September 02, 2005


DEEP SOUTH: Hal McCormick [Uprisin], Jeff Carlisi [.38 Special], Artimus Pyle [Lynyrd Skynyrd], Ed King [Lynyrd Skynyrd], Robert Nix [Candymen, Atlanta Rhythm Section], Jeff Adams [Bloodsugar], Jimmy Hall [Wet Willie] and Dean Daughtry [Candymen, Atlanta Rhythm Section]

DEEP SOUTH courtesy of Excalibur Photography
Jimmy Hall on Sax with drummer Bob Nix in background

right click on podcast 12 and follow directions

There is no music on this podcast. It's basically a 24 minute concert review by Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold interspersed with live recording from the Mercy Lounge on the night DEEP SOUTH'S first concert. The playlist Brian and Mike give includes:

open up with CHAMPAGNE JAM
SIMPLE MAN[crowd pleaser]
KEEP ON SMILING [crowd pleaser with a Jimmy Hall revival sermon as an intro: " How many times you been knocked down in this life ain't important. It's how many times you get up is what's important" [or something to that effect]

Brian and Mike agreed that the 20 minutes of the crowd screaming unsuccessfully for an oncore set a concert record but the band members coming out to sign autographs made up for it.{Robert Nix: Ya'll should take lessons in autograph signing from Billy Joe Royal. He got $5 a pop at the DIRTY BIRD back in June and the line went on forever. Unfortunately for Billy Joe, I broke in line and got the one below for free thanks to Jimmy Dean!}

Brian and Mike also made a prediction that DEEP SOUTH would sign with country label because in this day & age, SOUTHERN ROCK = COUNTRY MUSIC!

P.S. I haven't been able to party with any of the evacuees yet, however, I met my first one this morning and gave him three baseball gloves for his 11 year old son and showed him where the Riverside boat landing was located along with a great place to go creek banking within walking distance of the evacuee shelter. That put a smile on his face.

"robert register"
Re: Rockin' Rodney Comes Through For EL ABSURDIO!
Fri, 2 Sep 2005 12:44:54 -0500

Ka$h !
Buddy Buie does not know this but the first time I saw him at The Old Dutch in Panama City I realized that I wanted to be just like him....

The cat that makes the deals....books the the vision to the band...and made it happen....

Buddy should have a statue bigger than The Bowl Weavel ....where ever that thang is !
John D. Wyker aka SAILCAT
Pass it On !

"robert register"
Re: Promise Me One Thing: Go Out & Find Some Katrina Evacuees & Start A PARTEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
Fri, 2 Sep 2005 08:20:07 -0400

That record was cut during the period of time that was the year between the time The Candymen broke up and ARS started.
I was back in Tampa but my thoughts would be
J.R.Cobb (guitar)
Barry Bailey (guitar)
Paul Goddard (Bass)
Robet Nix (drums)
and if there were keyboards Dean Daughtry.
Of course logical thought would be Hey that's ARS !
Exactly......that's how ARS came to be.
It was Buddy"s (how do you pluralize that?)brainchild that he could create a band from what he considered the top musicians in the south, and that we could make a living doing record sessions while working on our own music.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I just got off the phone with Miz Agnes who owns WOOF radio in Dothan . Her daughter, Jeannie, evacuated to Baton Rouge where two of her daughters attend LSU. Jeannie's already back home in Mandeville now. Her former in-laws who live in Covington have also returned to their homes.

Mandeville got hit by wind but no flood from Ponchartrain. Of course the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway [U.S. 90] going to New Orleans was destroyed. All of the trees in Jeannie's neighborhood are gone but her house is O.K. and she's back in town.

3000 are homeless in Bayou La Batre. I haven't heard from Collette or Greg but I did see a reporter on TV across the street from their house on Alabama 188 showing the flooding at the bridge so it ain't good.

From what I understand, we've got about 600 evacuees in town right now & they are in a gypsy mode, not knowing where they're heading next. My boss's wife, Penny, works for the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education and she registered all the kids for school today, even if their parents said they were leaving town. The ones who stay for this football/Labor Day weekend will enroll their children in school on Tuesday, September 6.

A lot of people have asked about how they can help. I haven't talked to Jeannie yet but she is an elementary school librarian in Mandeville. The Mandeville Elementary School website is down right now I'll talk to her between now and Tuesday and try to figure out what the kids need in Mandeville.

Penny will keep me informed about the progress of the evacuees' children in our Tuscaloosa City Schools. We hope to welcome these students to class on Tuesday. I'll let ya'll know what's happening.

Please don't focus on what is going on in New Orleans!!

What is really important is finding these people a new home and welcoming them into our community.

Unfortunately, I happen to know what I am talking about when it comes to death and destruction. Days after a disaster, people will be sitting around moaning and groaning like they are living through some unending funeral. They don't even think about how an ice chest filled with cold beer, a bar-b-que grill tuned up with some meat&veggies and a transister radio with fresh batteries blasting out some rock 'n roll can help a clean-up or a relocation.

If people need anything, they need a GOOD PARTY!!!!!

EL ABSURDIO continues to have questions about the ARS discography so some of ya'll{LIKE BUDDY, ROCKIN' RODNEY, NIX & OLE OX} take a few moments of your prescious time and please respond to his important inquiries. One day you'll understand how important The Webs, Wilbur Walton Jr. & The James Gang, The Candymen, The Classics IV, Mylon Lefevre, ARS and Beaver Teeth really are!

Thu, 1 Sep 2005 03:13:41 EDT
Re: EL ABSURDIO Has Wired & Inspired Some Old Rockers To Tell It All!

greetings roberto, thanks for the quick response. i don't know if i would have called my question important in light of everything going on around the gulf coast but give my thanks to buddy and rodney for the info. i'll keep my eyes open for the "3 coins" record. perhaps one more (multiple part) question? do the guys remember who played on the sessions? was this the beginning of ars? obviously j.r. is playing - his guitar is very distinct. was dean, robert, barry or paul there? was it an early studio one session? i appreciate your time. thanks to everyone, jim.

p.s. on a side note. a good friend of mine played american bandstand back in the 60's (remember "wild weekend" and the rockin' rebels?). he tells the exact same story as rodney about having to sign the check back over to dick clark. maybe i'll take him to lunch........

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I just tried to call Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre & Mandeville. NO LUCK!
My buddy, Peyton, tried to call Hattiesburg, Picayune & Slidell today. NO LUCK!
I have had one email returned but this one is going out to all of ya'll down on the coast so let us hear from ya.
Folks wanna know how they can help so GIT IN TOUCH!!!!
Thank the Lloyd for EL ABSURDIO!

The boy got Rodney The Rocker and Buddy to respond with some superb information for all the folks in "Cuba, Alabama"!

B'ham's J.R. Cobb & Dothan's Buddy Buie back in the day

J.R. Cobb & Buddy Buie in 2005
From: "Buddy Buie"
Subject: Re: Everyone In "Cuba, Alabama" Is Praying For All Our Dear Friends From The Bayou To Mandeville!
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 10:34:33 -0500
To: "robert register"

When J.R. and I were having success writing four hits in a row for the
Classics IV, Carl Engleman,vice president of Capitol Records,
got this bright idea that we should make a record. "Don't Tell the
Folks in Memphis"
and "Puddin" were the results of this brain storm.
It goes without saying that it was not a hit. I don't even have a copy.
That was the end of my singing career.
I hope that answers Jim' s question.
Rock On
Buddy Buie

And here's some great stuff on the same subject by Rodney "The Rocker" Justo

From: "rodney"
To: "robert register"
Subject: Re: Everyone In "Cuba, Alabama" Is Praying For All Our Dear Friends From The Bayou To Mandeville!
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 20:37:47 -0400

In about '69 or '70 record companies had too much money so they were looking for anything that might make them even MORE money.
As a result of this,remember Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb were one of the top songwriting duos in the country,they got a deal as recording artists with I think either Capitol or Liberty Records.
Of course. I heard the record but have only a faint recollection of what it sounded like.
I think that Buddy sang it.
An even cooler record to have, would be 3 Coins in the Fountain sung Ray Charles style by the aforementioned Buddy Buie,which I have somewhere on tape.
Actually I think my brother has it.
And finally we have Rockin' Rodney's version of what happened with Dick Clark on American Bandstand....time to hear from Big Bob & Ole Ox on this subject!
American Bandstand - Brenton Wood / The Candymen
Episode Number 1803
First Aired December 2, 1967
Guest Stars: Brenton Wood (as Himself) The Candymen (as Themselves)
Synopsis--Brenton Wood – "Gimme Little Sign" (and possibly "Baby You Got It")--The Candymen – "Georgia Pines"

From: "rodney"
To: "robert register"
Subject: Re: Wednesday , August 17, DEEP SOUTH Gonna Cut Up The Juice & Turn The Damn Thang Loose!
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 22:07:39 -0400

Sorry I took so long to respond about American Bandstand but here are some things that come to mind about our appearance.
1)Dick Clark was very nice to us and came into our dressing room whiLe we were getting made up and asked us if there was anything that we thought would be interesting for him to bring up.We had recently come back from England where we used The Beatles equipment to record a song called HOPE,which had been produced by Graham Nash.
We were on tour with Orbison and didn't want to have to unload, and then load, all of our equipment, so Graham called Paul Mc Cartney to see if it was OK if we used their stuff.By the way their equipment was there because they were recording Sergeant Pepper at the time so that's what we decided we would talk about.
Let's face it.....give me a better time to name drop and impress the folks back home.
Any way, when we finished Georgia Pines ,Dick Clark comes up to me to ask me about there being a "rumor" that we used The Beatles to record I explained that they were recording Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts CUB BLAND. I think that the guys started wondering how I had been designated the official spokesman for the band.

2-We also mentioned to Dick in the dressing room how he reminded us of a popular dick jockey/promoter from Birmingham named Dave Roddy who we all liked a lot.He promoted shows at the Oporto Armory where for some reason we always sounded great and we probably played there once every 6 weeks.Dick knew who he was

3-The technicians were on strike at ABC which was the network that carried American Bandstand, and after Dick introduced us and we started to lip synch the song, the tape stopped and we had to start over.This time he sat in the audience to introduce us.While we were waiting to get started Dick sat next to a girl and started talking to her and her name happened to be Candy which gave him a "coincidence" to use in his intro.

4- Here's the worst part-----as if you got paid a lot to do the show ,(I think Union scale was about $365.00 for the act and since we were a band we had to split it 5 ways) you actually had to sign the check back over to either ABC, or Dick Clark Productions so you don't even get paid scale.
Oh by the way it's also the best part........because I was also in another Union (in addition to The American Federation of Musicians I was a member of the Americam Federation of Television and Radio Artists) I got paid about $400.00 which I didn't have to sign over......Sorry Robert and Dean. I'll buy you guys lunch next time I see you.Robert, since I haven't seen you in about 10 or 12 years lunch will probably cost about $400.00 by that time, so, we'll be even.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Everyone in "Cuba, Alabama" is praying for all our dear friends from Bayou La Batre to Mandeville right now. The following poem has helped me as long as I've known about it so I send it out as an inspiration TO YOU!
After Rudyard's poem, Buddy, Big Bob, Ole OX & Rockin' Rodney will encounter an important question from EL ABSURDO.
Ya'll be good and BEHAVE!!!!

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Sent : Monday, August 29, 2005 3:31 AM
To :
Subject : question from blog reader

greetings roberto,
i came across your web site today while doing a search and i wound up spending most of the day at the computer going through your site. terrific and fascinating reading. i have been an ars, classics iv, candymen, southern music fan for years and it's good to see that robert nix hasn't fallen of the face of the earth and is actually still playing! great to read the rememberances from rodney justo and all of the other great musicians and singers that i love but never got a chance to hear play live.
any way on to my question. i recently picked up a 45 on capital records by buie and cobb. the songs are "don't tell the folks in memphis" b/w "puddin' " you obviously are an authority on buddy buie's music{say what!: ed.}. i have never seen or heard of this 45 listed in any ars discography. do you have any info on this record? who are the backing musicians? is that buddy singing on the a-side? (the b side is an instrumental much in the classics iv vein). any info would be appreciated. thanks and look forward to hearing from you.
jim monica