Saturday, May 06, 2006


Inside FURTHER, October,'05

Lance Miccio is working on the History Channel's special on the hippies plus another number entitled GONZO UTOPIA. Check out the production photos at Hear The Latest Ad For Happy Trailers HD at this website address

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7 Dudley Cinema at the Sponto Gallery presents a night of trippy nostalgia with films by and about psych drug culture. Gonzo Utopia (2006) is Lance Miccio’s psychedelic journey with hippie icons Wavy Gravy, Paul Krassner, Peter Coyote and more. Or see How to Operate Your Brain, (1994) Timothy Leary’s phantasmagorical guide to expanding consciousness; Why Not?, a new Leary doc; Reputations: Timothy Leary (2000) presents a comprehensive BBC documentary on the counter-culture icon and author of 33 books. Dragnet’s The Prophet (’68, 20m), joins Friday and Gannon as they discover that faux Leary-Brother William’s Temple of the Expanded Mind is mainly concerned with legalizing marijuana and LSD. In L.A.? Impossible! At 7 p.m. is Psychic Driving (2006) John Albanis’ gritty noir based on actual accounts of gov’t funded mind-control experiments. Plus: Venetian graphic goddess SuZi Zimmermann’s colorfully stimulating shorts (films, not trousers): True Happiness, Smoking is Beautyful & Hommage á Fischinger. 7 Dudley Ave., Venice. (310) 306-7330. Free. 8 p.m.
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Interview With Lance Miccio Before The Premiere of GONZO UTOPIA

DJ: Indie 103.1
Introduce yourself, sir.

Lance: Lance Miccio from Happy Trailers HD in Venice, California.

DJ: It's kinduv a cool thing. You actually made a movie about hippies!

Lance: Yeah, GONZO UTOPIA.
In the spirit of Hunter Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson.

DJ: Yeah.

Lance: I'm a journalist and I travel around and do lots of interviews with some counterculture people. I did something for HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE.
Went out to Amsterdam.
Started doing interviews with some of these icons as a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson and in the vein of GONZO Journalism.
I involved myself in the story.
So it started to build up and I started getting more and more and it led on quite an adventure.
Guys like Peter Coyote and Ken Babbs and Country Joe and Wavy Gravy and Paul Krassner and Mountain Girl.
All these icons were very, you know, open to interviews with me and very honest and I basically stuck in the vein of what Hunter Thompson was about: GONZO Journalism, LSD, marijuana...

DJ: And that screening's tomorrow night?

Lance: It's at 7 Dudley Cinema at 7 P.M. and it's also a tribute to Timothy Leary so there's a bunch of other counter culture films that are there.

DJ: Well, thanks for coming in today,man. Good luck to you!

Lance: Yeah,man. I really appreciate it.
I love your station.

Friday, May 05, 2006

DOTHAN'S WOOF-FM 99.7 4/25/06 Interview With Buddy Buie

[play recording of "Spooky"]

DJ: 99.7!

Buddy: How do I get closer to Amy?

DJ: WOOF-FM at 8:16- 16 minutes after 8.
All right. He's here. Buddy Buie is here.
Buddy, how are you, sir?

Buddy: Good morning! Good morning! How are you?

DJ: Great!

Buddy: Thanks for having me!

DJ: Thank you for stopping by! You hung out with Phil Paramore on WOOF-AM THE BALL for a little while.
Did you have to wrestle Phil to the ground by chance?

Buddy: Naw, uh uh.
I'm afraid he'd whip me.

DJ: Yeah. Buddy, it's great to have you here. Everybody likes to claim you as a Wiregrass native, right here from these parts but you actually live in Eufaula now days, right?

Buddy: Well, actually I live...
I have an Abbeville address. I live on Thomas Mill Creek.

DJ: Right.

Buddy: Which is, you know, ten miles south of Eufaula and ten miles from Abbeville.

DJ: That's gotta be a strain and a struggle to live right there on the lake like that for you Buddy!

Buddy: I tell you it's wonderful! The crappie have been biting. They've 'bout stopped. Bream are coming in good and catfish, bass...

DJ: That was gonna be my next question. You are actually spending some time on the water?

Buddy: Yeah, matter of fact, yes, I am!
I sure am! I fish off my dock a lot because...
We keep trees around the dock.
I do go out and look for 'em some.

DJ: We always heard tales back in the day that when you were hanging out with the Atlanta Rhythm Section...
you were the manager and producer which is probably the coolest part of being with the band! You didn't actually have to be up on stage but you were organizing the events. Getting everything set up. But the tales were you always hung out on Lake Eufaula back in the day and did a lot of talking, songwriting, picking and grinning up there.

Buddy: For the Rhythm Section, we started writing there in '72 and I had written there before that, Classics IV stuff.
Most of the hits were written at the Lake, yeah!

DJ: That's what I was gonna ask!

Buddy: I live now about a quarter mile away from where we wrote all the songs.

DJ: We're gonna play "So Into You" and that's one of the bigger songs for the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Buddy: Sure was!

DJ: But as a writer, do you take opportunities to sit down and write or does it just happen when maybe, when you're in the middle of the water or riding down the road and just come to you?

Buddy: No. Over the years...
Now I was a professional songwriter.
So we just did it, you know!
Like we would go to the Lake to write for a week or two weeks sometimes.

DJ: Right.

Buddy: That's what we were there for!
When we started, we'd have a blank page.
You just gotta write!
It's like writing a book!
I mean, you gotta write on it everyday, you know.

DJ: Right.

Buddy: Then you get inspirations.
The reason I'm here this morning, other than to say hello to you guys, is about a song we wrote called "The Day Bear Bryant Died".

DJ: We're gonna play that in a little while.

Buddy: Great!

DJ: And I'm assuming that's one you wrote as well.

Buddy: Yeah. Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and I wrote it together.

DJ: Cool.
Set us up for "So Into You".
Give us an idea about what it took to write that tune.

Buddy: Let me see. "So Into You"?
That one's a catch phrase at the time.
"I'm So Into This"
"I'm So Into That"

DJ: Right! Right!

Buddy: So I had the idea of it and I showed Robert Nix and Dean Daughtry.
Dean had a keyboard upstairs and we were upstairs in the old studio in Atlanta
and I started to tell him about my idea and I was just kinda singing a little melody and he picked up on it.
Then Robert Nix got involved and we finished the song and it was a big hit for the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

DJ: Let's roll with it right now!
20 minutes past 8!
One of the biggest ever for the Atlanta Rhythm Section!
"So Into You" !
99.7 WOOF FM!!!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

ashamed of the area's past.>
Dick, those words stuck with me.

For more ways than one, a lot of people I have no use for have the
same opinion as you do.

Like the people on the State
of Alabama Board of Education who eliminated Alabama
History as a graduation requirement in Alabama's
public schools so for the first time in my lifetime,

seniors graduating from Alabama's high schools in
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 AND 2006
had no Alabama History in
the ninth grade and like my son in the 11th
grade this year who will never have the opportunity of
taking Alabama History in high school.

But I kept thinking about "being ashamed of the
area's past"
and I tried to blow it off but I just
couldn't forget what you wrote and I was kinda in
denial because I said things to myself like,

" Yeah,I'm ashamed of
Alabama's past because my ancestors
didn't kick the Indians asses in 1804 instead of 1814
or that my people didn't kill ENOUGH Yankees during the
War Between the States."

But I was still bothered by
what you wrote and last night I remembered a moment
when I was ashamed of Alabama's past.

When I came up
to enroll at Bama in the fall of '68, I got in a lot
of trouble right off the bat. I beat the shit out of a
guy from my high school named "Stud" who had also
enrolled at the University of Alabama. Man, they
threatened to kick me out of school and take away my
2-S deferment until they found out that "Stud" really
did need the bloody royal ass whipping I had

Anyway, I got to know all the dorm
directors because they were the ones I was dealing
with because of the fight.

One of the dorm directors
was David Carroll and I knew him from Boy Scouts down
in Dothan. He and I became really good friends at Bama
and we ate together in the Friedman Hall cafeteria.

Well one night we come into the dining room and
they're serving us tossed salad, baked potatoes andSTEAK!
I looked behind me in the serving line and
there was Dr. Frank Rose, the President of The
University of Alabama.

When I sat down, he sat down
right across the table from me because he wanted to
eat with David.

I don't know whether you remember Dr.
Rose but he could suck the oxygen out of the room. He

We asked him what he was doing there
and he said he wanted to talk to us in the TV room
after we finished eating. We asked what he was gonna
talk about and he said he was gonna quit the
University and he wanted us to be the first to know.

We were in shock!

We asked him why he was quitting and
he said something like this,

" All my life I have been
able to raise money but I can't raise money for the
University anymore in Montgomery because I am being
shunned by the Wallace crowd."

"But Dr. Rose," somebody said," Wallace ain't the
governor. Brewer is." to which Rose replied,

still runs Montgomery and he will be re-elected in
1970 and he will not support this university as long
as I am the President."

"Why,Dr. Rose?"

"Because I integrated the University of Alabama
without any violence and by all accounts integration
of this institution is a resounding success!"

Yeah,Dick, I know how you feel.
I know what it feels like to be ashamed of
Alabama's past.

Thanks for reminding me.

"The Day Bear Bryant Died" Causes AUBIES To Become UNHINGED!!!!

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May 3 (23 hours ago)
From the WOOF April 25 Phil Paramore interview with Buddy Buie:

Phil: Well, you know, I guess Coach Dye being so beloved at that time. He had just snapped a long nine game losing streak to Alabama yet had the consumate respect for Coach Bryant. He basically had gotten to where he was in the coaching profession because of Coach Bryant's tutelage and his influence and help with him in his career and he sort of imparted the message to the Auburn family, "Look, there's nothing good about this. We have lost a true legend and a guy who has been a major influence on me and I, in turn, have tried to impart that wisdom on this program and I'm building a foundation off what I learned from him so let's all be aware."This guy was our most bitter rival and ,as you know, Coach Bryant's staunchest axioms was,"Beat your opponent, help him up and respect him when the game is over."

To which my Aubie associate screamed at the top of his lungs,"Y'ALL AIN'T GONNA BE HAPPY UNTIL YOU GO DIG HIM UP AND PROP HIS ASS UP NEXT TO A GOALPOST!"

We're getting to them, tee hee!


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

April 25th 2006 Phil Paramore Interview with Buddy Buie on Dothan's WOOF AM

Phil: promised, right now a very special guest in the studio with us and indeed a pleasure and an honor to welcome Dothan's own Buddy Buie here into the studio. Many of you are very well aware of his musical background and I won't go through it with you but I gotta start with some boyhood friends by the name of Bobby Goldsboro and John Rainey Adkins. They late became affiliated with Roy Orbison. Those guys becoming the crux of The Candymen and Buddy Buie managed Roy Orbison on tour as well. Later became affiliated with Bill Lowery and The Classics IV, the rest of it is history as you know, the megahits "Spooky", "Stormy", "Traces" and "Every Day With You Girl". Still alive today! Among the greatest hits still played in this country as well as his claim to fame, forming The Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1970, went on to produce several million sellers, went on to play at the White House and since that time, he's become involved with many modern day artists through publishing or producing albums including Travis Tritt, Wynona Judd, Gloria Estafan and many, many others and the heals of penning a story about a man who carries an awful lot of weight with all of us in the state of Alabama, the late "Bear" Bryant.
It's a pleasure to have Buddy Buie with us this morning in the studio. Welcome in my friend. Good morning to you!

Buddy: Glad to be here. I listen to you. I read your column and it's a pleasure to be here to talk about the great Bear Bryant and just to say,"Hello!"
We have some mutual friends. I wonder if old Fred Moody's listening. You think he is?

Phil: I don't know if the former Boomer's proprietor is up and stirring yet or not but we're rolling tape on this so we'll feed it down his throat a little later on!


Let's talk a little bit about this song,"The Day Bear Bryant Died."
The first time I heard it, I have to tell you, I just sat there with my mouth open, couldn't help but hearken back to that era when he died. Oh, by the way, just a little background information.
I was a senior at Auburn. I was a sports columnist for the student newspaper at that time and actually got to write the Auburn perspective of Coach Bryant's death and the neatest thing to be the school that he wanted to beat the most. Yet on that day it was almost as if a pall fell over even the Auburn campus. The grief and the respect that this state had was really, I think shown in the outpouring of emotions as the funeral procession wound through near Birmingham. It was a gripping time in this state, wasn't it?

Buddy: It certainly was a gripping time for me. I was up in Atlanta at Lake Lanier outside Atlanta. We were writing songs for an upcoming Atlanta Rhythm Section album and the procession...
Bear had died. This was in January of '83. Bear had just died and ,matter of fact, this was the day of the funeral procession and Keith Jackson with those dulcet tones, I mean, My Goodness! It gripped us.
Usually I tell...
Everytime someone asks me to tell this story, I'll say,"I wanna explain something to you. It's a myth that songwriters write from pure emotion. Like you see a sunrise and write,"Oh,What A Beautiful Sunrise!"
It doesn't work that way. You get an idea and you form it but this one wasn't written that way. This was written from pure emotion. We just put away...
We had an upcoming deadline to cut a record but we started this song there because that brought tears to our eyes and like you said, you know, one of the lines in this song is "The nation cried!
Friend and foe alike!"
I'm glad you alluded to that. I know you being an Auburn man, that interests me.
It'd be like Shug Jordan. You know I had that same feeling with Shug.

Phil: Well, you know, I guess Coach Dye being so beloved at that time. He had just snapped a long nine game losing streak to Alabama yet had the consumate respect for Coach Bryant. He basically had gotten to where he was in the coaching profession because of Coach Bryant's tutelage and his influence and help with him in hhis career and he sort of imparted the message to the Auburn family, "Look, there's nothing good about this. We have lost a true legend and a guy who has been a major influence on me and I, in turn, have tried to impart that wisdom on this program and I building a foundation off what I learned from him so let's all be aware."
This guy was our most bitter rival and as you know Coach Bryant's staunchest axioms was,"Beat your opponent, help him up and respect him when the game is over."

Buddy: Yeah, I just read the book, THE LAST COACH and I...

Phil: Wonderful book!

Buddy: Wonderful book, yeah. To finish my story, Harrison Parrish,one of the cofounders of Movie Gallery, I think you might know Harrison.

Phil: Absolutely! Does business with us now.

Buddy: Harrison was at my house and we were having dinner and I just played this song for him. I said,"I want you to hear something."
I knew he was a Sigma Nu at Alabama. I played it for him and he said,"Man! You need to do something with that!"
He said,"Didja just write it?"
I said," No we wrote it twenty years ago."
He said,"Well, have done anything with it?"
I said,"I never thought it was commercial to the extent, you know, I'm used to writing songs that have to be kinda universal and somebody in Missouri would not appreciate a song about the day Bear Bryant died.

Phil: Right.

Buddy: And so, not having any commercial aspirations...
It gets kinda...
As a songwriter, Ronnie Hammond and loved the song. We thought it was one of our best songs. We really did but knew the limitations commercially ahead so we just kinda forgot about it and then when Harrison heard it, he said,"My Lord! You gotta do something with that!"...
so he introduced me to some people at the university and right now we're at the end of negotiation with the university. Proceeds of this will benefit the Bryant Museum and it will be sold at all the ballgames and with Crimson Tide Sports Network...
Let me emphasize, I'm giving you advance information because as you know with any deal, it could fall apart but this looks like where we are gonna be going and my dream is for it to become an anthem for the Bama Nation!
and hopefully the other people, like the Auburn fans here.
Generally, if you've got anything about Alabama, the Auburn fans not gonna like it. In general, anything about Auburn, an Alabama fan's not gonna like it.That's just the way this state is!
By the way, you know my brother, Jerry...

Phil: Of course, yeah.

Buddy: Well, he's put three kids through Auburn. He graduated from Auburn and his wife graduated from Auburn so, you know, our family is a....
I was always a Bama fan growing up but I've learned to respect Auburn except when they play Alabama. He and I just watch it from different parts of the state. We have that agreement.

Phil: We're gonna talk a little more about the atmosphere surrounding the rivalry and also a little more on Bear Bryant, his influence on the state as a whole. If you weren't old enough to be around back then like we were back then many people don't really understand what a tremendous shadow he cast upon this state. In fact, it has been said by some that George Wallace admitted publically that the only guy he feared in the political arena was if Bear Bryant ever tossed his hat in...
I tell you what we're gonna do folks. We're gonna play this song in its entirety.
It runs about four, four and a half minutes.
"The Day Bear Bryant Died"
Then we'll go out to break and then we'll come back. If you could stay around with us we'll visit some more when we come back from the break.

Buddy: I'll be glad to.

Phil: Here it is, as authored by Buddy Buie, "The Day Bear Bryant Died"

Monday, May 01, 2006

Warner’s and Mo Osten had assigned Russ Shaw as our promotion agent and we met Russ that first day. Russ was obviously a talented promotion man, because Warner’s had also assigned to him Jimi Hendrix. Of course by that time in June of 1968 Jimi was a huge star, and had already released his first two albums Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love. That summer of 1968, Russ called us and told us to get dressed, that we were going up to meet Jimi Hendrix. Russ was gearing us up to be the opening act for Jimi’s new tour. We drove up to a palatial home in Benedict Canyon above Hollywood, and after getting cleared at the gate, went inside. We stood there in the living room looking around and on the wall was a group promo picture signed by the Beatles. It was the very recognizable picture with them in the gray collarless jackets, Paul with a cigarette in his hand. We found out that the house belonged to the guy that owned Cadillac Steel, and that he leased the house to many of the stars when they were in town. Pretty soon Jimi came out, dressed in a red bathrobe and looking pretty sleepy. Jimi was a very calm, laid back guy, very normal considering his stardom. I felt really calm around him, although the earlier anticipation of meeting him had initially made me a little nervous. After all of the introductions and shaking hands, he asked “Where you guys from?” Then, very quickly, he said “No, let me guess. Just talk a little.” So we chatted a bit and he said “You’re from Alabama.” Well, we couldn’t believe he knew, and all anxiously answered, “Yeah, how’d you know?” He said, “Just keep on talking.” So we chatted some more and he said, “You’re from Montgomery, right?” Well that was almost spooky, and someone said “How did you know that?” He started telling us that he’d been stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia when he was in the Army and used to come up to Montgomery and jam with B.B. King at the Lakos and Elks Clubs, two very popular black clubs in Montgomery. He went on to say that South Alabamians had a completely different accent than North Alabamians. We didn’t even know that! So we sat there talking and he reached over and grabbed an acoustic guitar. He said “I bet you’ve never seen this.” He turned the guitar over and showed us where he’d broken the guitar body right behind the neck, so that when he put the guitar in his lap, like playing a dobro, he could push down on the top of the body and the whole neck would de-tune. He asked if anyone had a lighter, and I had this old Zippo, so I gave it to him. He started playing some slide blues that had the most incredible sound, nothing like I’d ever heard. There was the slide sound, but then he would push down the body and the whole thing would de-tune, producing a very dark, bluesy sound that is beyond description.
Rusty remembers, “Also, I think a few days before, I heard a few songs on the radio from his new album, Electric Ladyland. I think he was there for his west coast tour to promote the new album. The only conversation I took part in & remember was about All Along the Watchtower (a B. Dylan song). I told him it was a masterpiece, so many different guitar styles in one song...he said, “Thanks man, it wasn't easy.” It is still one of my most favorite guitar songs of all time.”
We just hung around for a while, and met some of his roadies. They were all English cats, and they were consuming mass quantities of tallboys, cans of beer. We had a beer and then left.
Bobby Dupree of The Rockin' Gibraltars

Jimi Hendrix performing at the Memorial Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, May 7, 1969
courtesy of WTBC
Ok here is the story.
On May 7th I went to the Hendrix concert at Memorial Coliseum (now
Coleman Coliseum) with my room mate Hoagy (Guy Huthnance) and his
girlfriend who's name time has swallowed. She was the key to this story. Fat
Mattress, Noel Redding's group, opened the show. At the break we all went
to the bathroom. Hoagy's date was a very attractive person and the head
of the University Program Council had the hots for her. During the
break she ran into him and he said " why don't you come with me after the
show. We are taking Hendrix to the Citizen's club for a party." She
said, no thanks and then came and told us what was going on. I had run into
Pete Kinnear and told him of our plans to go to the Citizens Club to
party with Hendrix. The four of us crammed into my Triump Spitfire and
went to the club. This was the old Citizens Club that burned 20+ years
ago and was later moved to a new location. I had been there several times
before with other mixed race bands that I had played with and felt
comfortable being there. When we got there, we were the only white folks
there, but that was OK. We waited and enjoyed the soul band that was
playing there. About 30 minutes later, when we were beginning to doubt that
they would show, here came the entourage. I stood up and shook
Hendrix's hand and told him how much I enjoyed the show. They all sat down at
the table next to us. The British guys from Fat Mattress were seated
next to me and we partied with them that night since Hendrix was
immediately surrounded by groupies. They were a little nervous about being in a
all black club in the south, but loosened up enough to get up and play.
They played a few songs and then left the stage. After their set, I
went to pee and Noel Redding came in. We had a nice chit-chat about music
while we both emptied our bladders. The rest of the night was spent
drinking beers and talking music with new friends. End of story.
Bruce Hopper of THE OMEN & THEIR LOVE

Boy,Howdy! Do I ever have memories of that show!!!!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Subject :
B'ham News Published Baumhower's White BBQ Sauce Recipe

Seeing as how you liked this stuff, I thought I'd pass it on...

Baumhower's White BBQ Sauce

1 pint Kraft heavy-duty mayonaise
3 ounces apple cider vinegar
3 ounces lime juice
1 dash Liquid Smoke
half tablespoon black pepper
Kosher salt, to taste (about a quarter ounce)
Ground red pepper, to taste (about a half tablespoon
Granulated garlic, to taste (about a half ounce)
Quarter cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl.
Mix thoroughly with a wire whip.
Pour into covered storage container.