September 7, 2006 Robert Nix
Interview with the Memphis Wake Up Crew at Rock 103http://rock103.com/pages/crew/
D.J.: In the studio with us this morning, The Atlanta Rhythm Section's Robert Nix
[clapping, "All right, Robert!"]
Nix: Good morning guys.
D.J.: How are you?
Nix: Doing good, man. I'm ready to have a Champagne Jam with you guys!
Nix: Let me start this off by saying I've been listening to you hooligans and heathens on the way in and Michael Douglas, "I don't have to do this either."
but I'm glad y'all are having me.
D.J.: Glad to have you here. I've told this story about you guys coming in, I think it was 1977...
Nix: It was at the R & R Convention in Dallas.
D.J.: The Radio and Records Convention
Nix: Was it KLIFT radio? What station?
D.J.: I was Q102.
Robert Nix: O.K., yeah, I remember it.
D.J.: And you guys came in. I was about 11 o'clock in the morning. You came in...
Robert Nix: Yeah, I remember it well...
D.J.: And you were drinking...
Nix: Yeah, oh yeah. We had had the Champagne Jam the night before I think [laughter] and it was still going on!
D.J.: It was brandy if I remember.
Nix: It was Couvasier.
D.J.: Yeah, that's right!
Nix: We gave those to all the disc jockeys. After you, we went all around the country giving those to disc jockeys to quit playing the song that you played...
Yeah, a little confusion there with the record company.
D.J.: I know I've told this story a number of times but if you haven't heard it, the gist of it is, back in '77 somebody somewhere discovered that if you sped up, somehow they figured this out, that if you sped up "Imaginary Lover", it sounded just like Stevie Nicks.
D.J.: And these guys come in for this interview. The whole radio world is in Dallas and half these people are at the hotel with their radios turned on listening to this interview, and so I said,"Have you heard about this?"
They said,"Yeah, we heard about it."
"You wanna hear it?"
"Yeah, lets hear it."
So I put it on and you guys...
Nix: We tried to squelch that thing.
D.J.: I don't remember if it was you...
Nix: It was me.
D.J.: You said,"What are you doing to our music?"
Nix: It was me. It started off with a little piss but it ended up great. What can I tell you. There was a guy in New York that did this thing. Took a 45 single and sped it up to 78 and he played it and it sounded exactly like Stevie Nicks. It was eerie.
D.J.: I have a little sample. Would you like to hear it?
Nix: I'd love to.
[laughter] I'd love it now.
[ play sped up version of "Imaginary Lover", voices heard over the recording "You be the judge", "Spooky!", "Spooky!"]
Nix: Isn't that incredible! Wow, I'm telling you!
D.J.: It's amazing!
Nix: I should have married her and she'd be Stevie Nicks Nix!
D.J: "What'd ya do to our song, man?"
["What a wee-atch!" "She's a wee-atch!"]
female D.J.: Could you sing like her if you just sing fast?
"Let me get my vice grips out!"
Nix: That's great!
D.J.: It's just weird how much it sounds like Stevie Nicks. Did you ever talk to her about it?
Nix: I talked to Mic Fleetwood about in and Mic, I think he gotta little pissed about it because he thought she was out doing demos with other bands or something...
[laughter] They had just gotten everything together about them. They were up and down all the time. So ROLLING STONE actually did an article on all this. It was great, man.
But, thanks to you and people like you, the P.R. ended up being great for us so we went on a little "Imaginary Lover" Tour and went around to radio stations giving Dom Perignon and Courvasier to everybody. I'm sorry I didn't bring you guys any this morning.
D.J.: That's all right.
Nix: I think Hal had it all last night.
D.J.: Oh, you know it! He did!
Robert Nix: I wanna tell you about those McCormicks. They all look just alike. Every one of them. You can tell. Must be some kind of inbreeding or what!
D.J.: You got that right!
You know you and I have another connection and I happened to see this guy. He comes by here and he's still promoting records, Noble Womble.
Nix: Oh God! Noble "Large Time" Womble!
Nix: I wrote that song...
I got that title from Noble when I was in The Candymen with Roy Orbison and we were playing in Shreveport, LA. He was in the Air Force and he used to come in and say,"Hey man! LET'S HAVE A LARGE TIME
So I took that title and wrote the song "Large Time" which was on The Champagne Jam album.
D.J. : Right.
Nix: And Noble Womble ended up in Dallas. He worked as a promotion guy. I could tell you some Noble stories but we're not going there. They'd be Super X rated.
female D.J. : Oh he's told us one!
D.J. : He'd end up in one of those secret prisons Bush's got!
Nix: If you see Noble, please have him get in touch with me.
D.J. : I will. I'll give him your contact information.
Nix: Alright, man!
D.J. : He doesn't look...
He used to look like a big mountain man with the big beard and the long hair. Now he doesn't look anything like how he used to.
Nix: He had a funny way of getting records played you know...
D.J. : I've told this story about when he crapped in the guy's trash can.
Nix: He did that. He did it. Naw, he did it on his desk too and took the 45 and set it on it and the next day it was on the air!
[laughter] That's LARGE TIME!
D.J. : Noble was a wild man.
Nix: Oh yeah!
D.J. : And still is in his own way.
Nix: Boy, I'd love to see him.
D.J. : So you're working with an artist down Southhaven.
Nix: Alison Heafner. www.alisonheafner.biz/
She's from Batesville.
She's a home-grown girl and she's one of the best singer/songwriters I've ever seen. She's got the....
She articulates like Carly Simon or somebody and writes stories like William Faulkner and sings like Tina or Janis so she's an incredible live artist and she's going to be doing some shows with us also and DEEP SOUTH http://www.myspace.com/deepsouthbandhttp://deepsouthlive.com/
D.J. : You guys gonna be playing around here anytime soon?
Nix: We play here November 4, I just found out, at the Gibson.
D.J. : Oh great!
Nix: So you guys got a bunk on the bus. All of you!
D.J. : We're done! We're done! That'll be good. That's family stuff!
Nix: I'm sure Hal will have a hundred people..
D.J. : You know he will. I'll tell you right now, we're prolific!
other D.J. : Oh Hal's in the band? Hal McCormick?
D.J. : I didn't know that.
Nix: He also plays with Alison in a band called Bloodsugar and that's how he got the gig with us. I saw him play and everything and Alison said,"Y'all need to get him with y'all."
He's one of the finest guitar players in the world. In the world.
D.J. : He is. I agree.
Nix: I'm telling you man!
D.J. : Do you know who taught him to play?
D.J. : He got past me pretty quick...
D.J. : The few chords I showed him he did. One day he asked me if he wanted to play the guitar so I said, "I'll show you."
other D.J. : Let me guess. You showed him how to play either "From the Beginning" by...
D.J. : No, no, it was more basic that that. It was like the G, C, D thing...
other D.J. : Oh "Horse With No Name"
D. J.: And he was using bar chords before I was...
He was moving and going.
Nix: He's something else and we got another guy in the band, Chris Hicks from The Marshall Tucker Band. Incredible. I call them "bookend" guitar players. We got Hal on one side and Chris on the other and it just goes and goes and goes. He lifts us old guys up...
D.J. : Well he has too. Big mule. That's strong.
Nix: Well, we're doing like 30 hits we wrote and/or produced or played on, you know, so it's a great group, man.
D.J. : Well you're founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd....
Nix: We got Artimus
I play drums. We have "bookend" drummers too. And then we have Jimmy Hall http://www.jimmyhall.net/http://www.ktb.net/~insync/wet_willie.html
from Wet Willie, Hank Jr. and Jeff Beck Group, you know on vocals, lead vocals...
On keys, Dean Daughtry
from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. We cover all those songs.
Hey Dean, this goes out to you, good buddy.
Dean had surgery yesterday down in Huntsville and I think they're listening by way of Internet.
D.J. : I like this! It says, "A SOUTHERN ROCK REBELUTION!"
other D.J. : Rebelution. That's good.
Nix: Alison came up with that. Alison Heafner down in Batesville, y'all!
D.J. : She's a wordsmith.
Nix: She's a wordsmith from the word "Go!"
I'm telling you. So we're writing good songs together. Hal's writing stuff with us also.
D.J. : Do you have recordings yet?
Nix: Yeah, I got some stuff over there.
female D.J. : You brought something for us?
Nix: Yeah. I got Alison's stuff. I got DEEP SOUTH.
D.J. : Could you do Alison's stuff acapella right now?
D.J. : Can you do it Stevie Nicks style?
Nix: It's a little early. I need some Courvasier.
[Disc jockeys unsuccessfully try to call Noble Womble]
Nix: Rodney Justo
from the Candymen who played with Roy, he and Large Time were big buddies, man. I was gonna tell a short story about a thing they did in Shreveport at the Whiskey A Go-Go when we played there. Oh these guys!
You know, back then all the girls had the bouffant hairdos and everything. Well Noble Womble and Rodney Justo took these candles off the tables and they'd go around and dump 'em out in their hair. And it was just a mess, man, and the girls would come in with their sugar daddies with their minks on and everything. They got wax on their minks and they'd say, "Put some more on!" Nuts! Nuts! Nuts!
D.J. : Took candlewax and dumped it on 'em...
Nix: Yeah, all over them. Large Time started that. It got to be a ritual there.
D.J. : Well, things have calmed down in the record and radio business a lot since those days. Back in '77, it was anything goes. Today we're just worried about our prostates.
other D.J. : Which are in no good condition! I can tell ya!
Nix: Sounds like a Viagra commercial.
D.J. : Nobody jogs anymore because your prostate will just fall out...
other D.J. : Well it's an awesome project you're involved in and it's called DEEP SOUTH.
Jimmy Hall, Artimus Pyle, Robert Nix, Hal McCormick, Chris Hicks and Dean Daughtry.
Founding and former members of Skynyrd, Wet Willie, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Marshall Tucker Band.
All together in a Southern Rock Rebelution.
Nix: You got it!
female D.J. : You're gonna play here in November.
Nix: November 4th. I believe we're playing the Gibson.
D.J. : Excellent. Let us know man.
Nix: I certainly will. You guys gotta bunk on the bus! All of you!
D.J. : A bunk on the bus, baby!
Nix: Everybody but Large Time though. We're gonna bar him from the city.
One more thing I wanna add. Joe Boogie who plays keys with is also from Memphis. Hal calls him a "Memphomaniac." The McCormicks got names for everything.
D.J. : Robert Nix, thanks for being with us this morning.Hey y'all:
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