Saturday, August 16, 2008

Anything I can do to help; let me know.

Kinda funny you were talking about the organist.
This magazine out of London called CLASSIC ROCK has a section for opinion columns called BAD WISDOM: The truth, the whole truth, nuthin' but the truth

This month's editorial is called MAKING A STIFF DECISION: The biggest headache faced by any rock fan, says HENRY YATES, is choosing a song for your wedding dance. Choosing one for your funeral is dead hard too.

[this kinda hits close to home with me because I had a friend who, against his last wishes, was buried without the Skynyrd song SIMPLE MAN being played at his funeral.]

Here's the opening paragraphs that reminded me of you:

Choosing a song for your wedding dance is much more difficult that choosing the person you dance it with. It's like walking up to a jukebox and being told you're only allowed one track- it has to define your character and essence, and you'd better get it right because everyone's listening.

Choosing a song for your funeral is just as tough, but with the added pressure that you get buried or burnt at the end of it. I take long enough at the jukebox when I've got a quid and five choices; is it any wonder that I struggled with the wedding, or that I'm already shitting myself about the funeral?

Probably one of the best ways to get to know me is to look at my son,Christopher.

He's got a myspace account that pretty much sums him up.

To see Christopher's art accepted by everyone around here this week has been fabulous.

Talkin' 'bout being a proud papa...
THIS IS FIRST ROCK CONCERT POSTER Christopher ever designed!
With the help of Kevin Pake @
my boy has created a masterpiece of PSYCHEDELIC FOLK ART!!!!


image courtesy of

Here's SHRAPNEL PETALS performing in the living room of Christopher's 1846 log cabin

Another way to satisfy any curiosity you might have is to look at the photographs I've posted on my space.
I've got 319 images posted @ & 202 more @

I got this photo comment this week from this cat who I knew back when he turned 21.


15 Aug 2008 17:53
And I thought I'd already seen every filthy beaver in Alabama...

Craig is a sport!

Hope I get to see ya NEXT time you're in T-town!



Thought I'd share this photo my sister recently found
from summer of 1952.

Left to right: Jim Hodges, age 2, David Morris, age 1
(and lead vocalist even back then), Vicki Hodges, age
3 1/2, and the ever stoic bass player Doug Morris, age
3 1/2. My baby sister Joy is not in the photo and was
about 4 months old then, and David & Doug's sister Joy
would not be born for a few more years.

Hopefully the censors won't take offense to the fact
that the photo was taken on a Sunday at play rather
that at pray.

Later, Jim

image courtesy of

Hey y'all~

Kelvin pointed out to me this week that THE CRICHTON LEPRECHAUN video on YouTube is approaching almost 7 million views!

Aired on Mobile's NBC WPMT-TV Channel 15 on March 14, 2006, this short clip filmed on Le Cren Street near Bay Shore Avenue in suburban Mobile has captured the imagination of the planet.
More than one person has commented that THE CRICHTON LEPRECHAUN is the
What a wonderful cultural phenomona to be credited to the good people of the Crichton community of Mobile!

This myspace site
is dedicated to the rap song "I WANNA KNOW WHERE DAH GOLD AT"
& the music video of I WANNA KNOW WHERE DAH GOLD AT
has over 1,300,000 views.

The most comprehensive BAMA LEPRECHAUN music archive is on the GIMME THE GOLDS myspace site


image courtesy of
Crichton's Alice Sellers' Words Are Now THE CATCH PHRASE OF THE CENTURY!

image courtesy of

image courtesy of

YouTube is now saturated with music videos inspired by THE ALABAMA LEPRECHAUN!

There's the old school remix:

Here's a crazy remix:

Here's the screwed & chopped version

Here's BLOODY: A YouTube REMIX


Here's the Whistle Tip/LEPRECHAUN remix

These Remixes Have Made Crichton's Derek Fletcher a STAR!


How wonderful that people all over the world can see that there's never a dull moment in Alabama as long as we have leprechaun's in our trees and folks like the ones in Crichton on our sidewalks!

Mental Health professionals from all four corners of the Earth can NOW study TOURETTE'S GUY Vs. DA' MOBILE ALABAMA LEPRECHAUN

Read the thousands of comments on these videos.

Imagine the future cross cultural links that will spread the leprechaun message worldwide!

In honor of the ALABAMA LEPRECHAUN becoming a world-wide cultural icon, I am going to transcribe both Mobile NBC Channel 15's Brian Johnson's hilarious report which started the ball rolling along with Channel 5's clip.

Brian Johnson's March 2006 report on NBC's WPMT 15 News:

Female Channel 15 News Anchor: Well, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, crowds are coming by the dozens to get an up-close view of what some say is a piece of Irish folklore.

Male Channel 15 News Anchor: Some people in the Crichton area of Mobile say a leprechaun has taken up residence in their neighborhood... a leprechaun.
WPMT's Brian Johnson has more:

Brian Johnson: Curiosity leads to large crowds in Mobile's Crichton community. Many of you bring binoculars, camcorders, even camera phones to take pictures.

Derek Fletcher: To me it look like a leprechaun to me. All ya gotta do is look up in the tree. Who all seen the leprechaun, let me hear ya say, "Yayyyyyyy!!"


Brian Johnson: Eyewitnesses say the leprechaun only comes out at night. If you shine a light in its direction, it suddenly disappears.
This amateur sketch resembles what many of you say the leprechaun looks like.
Others find it hard to believe and have come up with their own theories and explanations for the image.

Crichton resident: My theory is it's casting a shadow from the other limb...


Concerned Citizen: We're gonna get down to the bottom of this. Yes, he's still down there. Don't be afraid. DON'T BE AFRAID, MAN!

Brian Johnson: This guy helping to direct traffic says he's prepared for his encounter with the leprechaun. He's suited up from head to toe.

Concerned citizen: This wards off spells right here. This is a special leprechaun flute which has been passed down through thousands of years ago from my great-great grandfather who was Irish.
I just came to help out.

Brian Johnson: Others just came to get lucky in hopes that a pot of gold may be buried under this tree.

Enterprising Crichton Citizen: I gonna rent a backhoe and uproot that tree!
I Want Dah GOLD!
I Want Dah GOLD!

Brian Johnson: This is Brian Johnson NBC 15 News.

Female News Anchor: People will do anything for a pot of gold...ANYTHING!

Male News Anchor: You know what I like. I like the amateur sketch of the leprechaun.

Female: Yeah.

Male: It looks like somebody got a really good look at it and got that good drawing.

Female: Who did that? I want to know who sketched that.

Male: I don't know...maybe Brian sketched that...

Female: Doodled it.


Here's Channel 5's report:

Reporter: The crowds started gathering around sunset.

Old gray headed woman: It's there. It's right up there. It's a face. A face...the eyes...the nose...the mouth. It's just a face and right now he's not happy.
I'm not kidding you.
That's smiling face...last night it look just like a little leprech...

Reporter: The people who see the leprechaun say you can see it better at night and that's when the crowds really start coming out."

Female Crichton resident: Now step back some of y'all and you see it. If you just look. You see it?
Can you see it? Y'all see it? Looks like he's smiling right now.

Male Crichton resident: I wanna see it. If it's here, I wanna see it. When it sposed to pop up?

Another male resident: Actually my brother came in from Atlanta last Sunday night and we was standing out...standing around... and he look and he say,"Y'all not gonna believe this but it looks like a man is up in that tree and I said,"Man, you crazy!"

Reporter: Pretty soon there were more people creating traffic jams. All to see what has became known as "THE LEPRECHAUN".

Local girl: And he was smiling.

Reporter: He was smiling, huh?

Girl: And then one mo', I thought he tipped his hat.

Reporter: What do you think about all the crowds? What's it been like the last couple of nights s far as the crowds?

Male Crichton resident: Look like Mardi Gras. All we need is a float.

Reporter: People say they've seen the leprechaun and some people say they haven't but one thing's for sure: Nobody's found a pot of gold yet.

Reporting from Mobile, Steve Alexander, News 5.

Even Wikipedia has a page on THE CRICHTON LEPRECHAUN
filled with international links from all over the Internet

Now don't ever say a light-skinned person never made you smile!

& speaking of smiling, according to Robert Nix & Alison Heafner
we'll put a smile on Wayne Perkins' face
if all the citizens of ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA sign the petition to induct Wayne into THE ALABAMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

We gotten 245 signatures so far so please take a few moments and help Wayne get the recognition he deserves.

Sonny Edwards
& Wayne Perkins / Guitar Slingers (photo by Dick Cooper)

Listen to Wayne Perkins pick @

Talkin' 'bout being a proud papa...
THIS IS FIRST ROCK CONCERT POSTER my son Christopher ever designed!
With the help of Kevin Pake @
my boy has created a masterpiece of PSYCHEDELIC FOLK ART!!!!


image courtesy of

Here's SHRAPNEL PETALS performing in the living room of Christopher's 1846 log cabin

Friday, August 15, 2008

Roberto at his Best,
Hey, Hey, Hey,

I just wanted to thank you again, rr,
for having us all play at Cowboys, and for compensating us even though you took a beating on the door and had ABSOLUTELY NO HELP FROM THE

Oh well,I better hush lest I get censored again!

But I'm sure all the bands involved appreciate you and all the FREE "PUBLISTY"

I told Wilbur about your transcription of the entire radio interview w/ him & Buie and he told me while he was up there you recited one of Bear Bryants' speeches verbatim!!


My cousin called a while back saying he had a partner who wanted to book a show w/ Willie Nelson or some comparable act at the Panama City Civic Center but I never heard back from him.

That might be worth looking into!

Thanks again and lemme know what

Piano Dave

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Give them what they want. Give them their money's worth.
-- skypilotclub motto

Here's something from an old article the day Pigpen was laid to rest. It was in a '73 Rolling Stone, April 12th.

The article reads,

A long time friend of the group, in going through the apartment on Saturday, discovered a tape cassette McKernan had recorded in the last week of his life. On the tape he plays slow, gospel/blues piano and sings in an eerie, frail voice. One of the songs is extraordinary for the way the lyrics and phrasing shift in and out of stanza form, and the melody likewise seems to be making its own way independent of any repeating pattern.

"It's hard to say," suggests the discoverer of the tape, "who the song is addressed to. Some places I'm sure are directed to individuals in the Dead family. Some of it clearly, maybe all of it on some level, is to everybody." The imagery of the lyrics is separation and departure:

My poor heart can't stand no more
Just can't keep from talkin'
If you gonna walk out that door,
start walkin'

I'll get back somehow
Maybe not tomorrow,
but someday
I know someday I'll find someone
Who can ease my pain like you once

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hey y'all~

ARS got some good publicity in a UK mag called CLASSIC ROCK

They published an article called 40 GREATEST SOUTHERN ROCK SONGS EVER & #9 is by ARS.

Here's what the Brits have to say:


Actually from Doraville in Georgia (which is near Atlanta). ARS were another fine southern band who rarely troubled the UK. LARGE TIME, the opening track from seventh album CHAMPAGNE JAM, shied away from their radio friendly sheen to pack a serious Confederate punch, referencing their southern credentials in its lyrics
'We played Macon, Georgia with Lynyrd Skynyrd, it was a rock 'n roll hoedown/ Van Zant let that Free Bird fly, don't you know he wasn't foolin' around'.

Called Buie & told him about it. He love it.

The cover story is called THE CURSE OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD ~ A Southern Ghost Story.
A couple of citizens of ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA are quoted by the author Jaan Uhelszki.

Excerpts from the article:

The oft-told, star-crossed saga of Lynyrd Skynyrd has been portrayed as the convergence of opportunity, preparedness, talent and luck. What were the chances of Dylan associate, Blues Project founder and producer extraordinaire Al Kooper walking into an Atlanta dive in the summer of 1972 and spotting the band?

Kooper had just persuaded MCA Records to bankroll his Sounds Of The South label in an effort to compete with Phil Walden's Capricorn Records (home of the Allman Brothers). He was bowled over by Skynyrd's professionalism, arrangements, guitar work and mostly by short and stocky lead singer Van Zant, who showed up in a black T-shirt and droopy jeans.

"At first he annoyed me, because he was a mic stand twirler," says Kooper from his home in Boston. "The drum major of Lynyrd Skynyrd, but instead of a baton he had a microphone stand that was, by the way, lightweight aluminum-it only looked like it was heavy. That just got me. Plus I was amused because he left his shoes on the side of the stage. But looks didn't really matter to me. The music was incredible. How can you not respond to the first time you hear I AIN'T THE ONE or FREE BIRD?"

Later on in the article they describe Skynyrd's showcase at Richard's on Sunday, July 29, 1973:

Introduced by Al Kooper as "the American Rolling Stones", Skynyrd proceeded to sing about how the former Blues Project founder had discovered them. Van Zant stood in one spot barely moving, his bare feet squarely planted on the stage as he spat out the words to the band's creation myth. 'SEVEN YEARS OF HARD LUCK COMIN' DOWN ON ME/ FROM A MOTORBOAT, YES, UP IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE/ I WORKED IN EVERY JOINT YOU CAN NAME, YES, EVERY HONKY TONK/ THEY ALL COME TO SEE YANKEE SLICKER SAYING, BABY, YOU'RE WHAT I WANT.'

Not only is Citizen Al in this article but also ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA resident, Jeff Carlisi:

"Ronnie's meaness, they all have it," remembers Jeff Carlisi, a neighbour of the Van Zants, and bandmate of Ronnie's younger brother, Donnie Van Zant, in .38 Special. "He grew up in Shantytown [the rough and tumble West Side of Jacksonville]. Violence was just part of the culture there. If you didn't fight for it, somebody would take it from you."

another Carlisi quote from the same article:

"I remember once Ronnie stuck a wooden coat hanger down his pants at a bar to fight to defend the honour of one of the girl singers. He turned to me and said, 'Are you with me?' I didn't have a choice but to come along," said Jeff Carlisi.

Craig Reed best described the crash on the night of October 20, 1977:

"They were human vultures," recalls road manager Craig Reed. "All the money that was in my pockets was taken. We had been playing poker right before the crash, and I was winning big. I had a couple of grand that was taken. All my T-shirts were taken, all my jewellery, a skull and crossbones coke spoon. Silver bullets from GIMME BACK MY BULLETS. All gone. They went through our suitcases. They took anything that said 'LYNYRD SKYNYRD'. They even went out and took the side of the plane that was painted 'LYNYRD SKYNYRD'."

HERE'S THE KOOPER INSERT which includes a shot of Kooper in sunglasses with the caption AL KOOPER: the man who found SKYNYRD


A chance meeting with Al Kooper in Georgia gave LYNYRD SKYNYRD their big break


I first came upon the band for the first time at a tough bar in downtown Atlanta.

They were performing for a week and I was in town producing an album for somebody. Every night, we would frequent this club, as they treated us quite nicely there. The first night they played I was instantly taken in by the quality of their material. By the third night I asked if I could sit in on a song. As they had no keyboard player in their genesis, I sat in on guitar. As I slipped on one of their excess guitars, I asked "What song? What key?" "MEAN WOMAN BLUES, " Ronnie Van Zant instructed, " In C#". Boy, that made me laugh out loud. It was their defence in case a sitting-in guitarist was not very good and only knew a few chords. After starting playing guitar as age 12, I had no problem in C#.

It took me three months of hounding their manager to sign them. Toward the end of the three months, Ronnie called me at home late one night. "Al, I'm sorry to call so late, but we are in deep trouble here. Someone broke into our van tonight and stole all our instruments and amps. Without those, we cannot put food on our families tables or pay our rents or get any gigs. I was hoping you could lend us $5000..." I quickly replied, "All I need is the address you want me to send it to, Ronnie and you'll have it in two days..."

After a moment of silence he said, "Al, you just bought yourself a band for $5000. Thanks from all of us!" By the next week, their contracts were signed and they were back on the road.

In between recording the first album and its release, they were back playing at that bar I discovered them in. It was a very tough place. I saw someone shot dead outside there one night, there were numerous bar fights as common events there. There were two floors; on the first floor the bands played surrounded by numerous bars; on the second floor, there more bar locations and many pool tables. During a break, I was sitting at a table talking to some people upstairs, and Allen and Gary pulled me out of my seat and dragged me to the bar. The two of them then lifted me up and deposited me behind the bar and told me to sit down out of sight. Within 30 seconds, there was a huge bar fight involving our favourite band.

They were just looking out for their producer, who grew up in Northeast USA, where such fighting was replaced by drag-racing and quizzes about the B-sides of records. I was obviously not the hand-to-hand combat model, as usually raised in the South. I will always recall that gesture as a sign of true friendship early on from them.

My hair didn't even get mussed!

Mitch Goodson & The Capers Making Their Magic!


Wilbur With Strange Gangers Frank Tanton, David Adkins, Larry Coe & Jimmy Dean

(notice Jim Lancaster of Playground Recording Studio on the left taking a picture)
left to right~ Richard Burke, Frank Tanton, David Adkins, Lamar Miller, Wilbur, Larry Coe, Jimmy Dean

left to right~ Richard Burke, Lamar Miller, Frank Tanton, David Adkins, Larry Coe, Wilbur, Jimmy Dean

Here's the end of the first half hour of Wilbur's interview with Tiger Jack on WTBC back in July:

Tiger Jack: A little refresher on Buddy Buie. Buddy is a legendary songwriter in his own right. He wrote GEORGIA PINES with John Rainey Adkins, one of the better guitar players I ever heard. John Rainey was a good one. I understand he passed several years ago but he could play, man. Anyway, Buddy wrote Georgia Pines and he wrote SPOOKY for the Classics IV and produced them and later was the binding force behind the ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION.

Wilbur: & Traces, don't forget TRACES.

Tiger Jack: That's a good song. Did you write that Buddy?

Buie: Yep- myself and J.R. Cobb and Emory Gordy.

Tiger Jack: That's a good song!

Wilbur: I like that next to GEORGIA PINES.

Tiger Jack: Next to GEORGIA PINES...

Buie: & nothing I'd like better to do, since Wilbur has started his new career; coming back- I'd like to try to set down and write a song. He's writing so good for himself he probably wouldn't even look at my songs now.

Tiger Jack: I bet he would.


Buddy: I'd like to write Lips a song, "Lips", that's my nickname for him. We'll take him down...
Wouldn't that be fun. Go back down to old Findley's studio. Play at Playground.

Wilbur: I want to talk about Playground after a while.

Tiger Jack: Well, go ahead. Let's talk about it now.

Buddy Buie: Tell 'em about it. Tell 'em about Playground.

Wilbur Walton Jr.: It's just a wonderful place.

Tiger: Is that in Dothan?

Wilbur: No, it's in Valparaiso which is away from the beach.

Buddy: In Florida.

Wilbur: But it's real close- about ten miles frm the beach around Ft. Walton and there was a man named Finley Duncan that Buddy knows. I met him a couple of times. He had that studio there back in the Sixties and Seventies and I think what Finley did, if I'm not mistaken, he also had a jukebox...

Buie: Jukebox company.

Wilbur: He did a lot of recording to put in his own jukeboxes and about a year ago Jim Lancaster bought that studio. He and his wife, Jill. They have really fixed it up
& the atmosphere in that town is just wonderful!
It's open skies.
Your not...
You know if you to a big city studio, it's pretty frantic.
This is laid back.
So nice.
I wanted to get a plug in for Jim & his studio.

Buie: That'd be good. Go down there and cut a record with as many of the old guys that's left.

Wilbur: Well, Buddy, you've still got songs you've written that have never been recorded that are real good and I know one of 'em but I don't think I'm a troubadore anymore but it's a real good country song. Aren't you doing a song with J.R. called ADDICTION for Rascal Flatts?

Buie: Uh huh, we're working on it. Matter of fact, we're very close to getting them recorded.

Wilbur Walton Jr. : You don't need to quit singing or writing songs.

Buddy Buie: Yeah, I agree with that...

Wilbur: You don't reach a certain age where you can't do it anymore... I hope.

Buddy Buie: You know, you have a...
You're the one who quit for 30 years!

Wilbur: I didn't quit.
Nobody knew I didn't quit.


Tiger Jack: Everybody thought you did.

Big Dave: It's kinda like my radio career...

Wilbur: If anybody thought about it all they probably said, "He quit." I doubt anybody thought about it but I never thought about quitting.

Tiger Jack: See that all gets back to the unavailability of places where you can play nowadays.

Wilbur: Oh yeah! That's got a lot to do with it. It's like I told you a minute ago, I like these songs I did on this CD which is the reason I'm up here but one of the reasons I did 'em was not just 'cause I liked the songs,
but I wanted to sing.
Where you gonna sing?
I can't go to the beach, go to the OLD DUTCH and get a band together and play for college kids.


Tiger Jack: He could get some old college folks like us.

Wilbur: Four hours a night?
I'd rather paint the building.



Wilbur: I'd rather paint the building than play in a place for four hours a night. Like you used to have to do in them clubs, four or five hours a night.

Buie: We could start back and just like the old days. I'll get on the telephone and call Tuscaloosa.
Call all the colleges and book you in colleges.
You play colleges again.

Wilbur: Do they have one hour parties up here now?

Tiger Jack: You think that's all you could last!
Hey Buddy, we got to take a break and we're gonna let you go. We appreciate you calling in this morning and were gonna have Johnny Wyker on here with Wilbur in a minute.
You remember Johnny.

Buie: Great, oh great, I was gonna ask where he was.

Tiger Jack: Well, I guess he's still in the Shoals. We'll find out here in a minute but he's gonna visit us. Good luck with your rehab and hope everything goes well.

Buddy Buie: Thank you, pal. Y'all have a good time.

EVERYONE IN THE STUDIO: See ya, Buddy. Thanks a lot.

Tiger Jack: We'll be right back with Wilbur Walton in five minutes I guess after the news.

Big Dave: We'll take a break for ARN. You guys relax. We've got more on the Morning Show on TalkRadio 12.30 WTBC and your also listening to WVUA Television.



Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thank you, Robert.

I appreciate you sharing this with me.
Hope things are going well for you.



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