Billy Lee Riley - Blue Collar Blues (CD, Album)
Good job guys. This was an atypical Lazy Ike show to review; Lazy Ike and company were definitely out of their element last night. Maybe this helps them deserve the moniker "the Daredevils. To their credit, Album) did a great job at Mainstreet, a difficult task when the audience is giving back a mixture of near indifference and well, indifference.
Opening up with an original song called "Long, Tall Shadows" that starts and finishes with the Hamm's beer theme as bookends to mid-song a rip-off of "Ghost Riders in the Sky," I immediately wondered if the band hadn't tailored their set list to try and grab the attention of the less than sophisticated crowd.
Huff's voice, even on the set opener, made me think of an audio morphing of the voices of Johnny Cash and Elvis. In a singer less reverent and aware of the tradition of which he is a part, this vocal styling might come off as an affectation, but in Huff's case it is most definitely a tribute. If this isn't apparent live, it is most definitely apparent in his recordings. A handful of dancers took the stage during Lazy Ike's second number, an up tempo rockabilly cover called "Need Some Lovin'".
In contrast to the talented Lee's Liquor Lounge dancers, what the Mainstreet dancers lack in terms of skill, they make up for in lack of soul.
I mention this only because the atmosphere kept imposing itself on the show; and I couldn't help but feel like I was lost in the Hal Ketchum song "Small Town Saturday Night. How handy. It was originally performed by June's sister, but the signature mariachi -style horn arrangement was provided by Cash. Vivian Liberto claimed a different version of the origins of "Ring of Fire".
In JuneCash's camper caught fire during a fishing trip with his nephew Damon Fielder in Los Padres National Forest in California, triggering a forest fire that burned several hundred acres and nearly caused his death. Although Cash cultivated a romantic outlaw image, he never served a prison sentence.
Despite landing in jail seven times for misdemeanorshe stayed only one night on each stay. On May 11,he was arrested in Starkville, Mississippifor trespassing late at night onto private property to pick flowers. The officers suspected he was smuggling heroin from Mexico, but found instead Dexedrine capsules amphetamines and Equanil sedatives or tranquilizers tablets that the singer had hidden inside his guitar case.
Because the pills were prescription drugs rather than illegal narcotics, he received a suspended sentence. In this period of the mids, Cash released a number of concept albums. His Bitter Tears was devoted to spoken word and songs addressing the plight of Native Americans and mistreatment by the government.
While initially reaching charts, this album met with resistance from some fans and radio stations, which rejected its controversial take on social issues.
Ina book was published about it, leading to a re-recording of the songs by contemporary artists and the making of a documentary film about Cash's efforts with the album. His Sings the Ballads of the True West Billy Lee Riley - Blue Collar Blues (CD an experimental double record, mixing authentic frontier songs with Cash's spoken narration.
Reaching a low with his severe drug addiction and destructive behavior, Cash was divorced from his first wife and had performances cancelled, but he continued to find success. Cash was last arrested in in Walker County, Georgiaafter police found he was carrying a bag of prescription pills and was in a car accident. Cash attempted to bribe a local deputy, who turned the money down. The singer was jailed for the night in LaFayette, Georgia. Sheriff Ralph Jones released him after giving him a long talk, warning him about the danger of his behavior and wasted potential.
Cash credited that experience with helping him turn around and save his life. The couple married a week later on March 1 in Franklin, Kentucky. She had agreed to marry Cash after he had "cleaned up. Cash's journey included rediscovery of his Christian faith. According to Marshall Grant, though, Cash did not completely stop using amphetamines in Cash did not end all drug use untilstaying drug-free for a period of seven years.
Cash began using amphetamines again in Byhe was deeply addicted again and became a patient at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage for treatment. He stayed off drugs for several years, but relapsed. Several months later, his son followed him into this facility for treatment. Cash began performing concerts at prisons in the late s. Both live albums reached number one on Billboard country album music and the latter crossed over to reach the top of the Billboard pop album chart.
InCash became an international hit when he eclipsed even The Beatles by selling 6. The Folsom Prison record was introduced by a rendition of his "Folsom Prison Blues" while the San Quentin record included the crossover hit single " A Boy Named Sue ", a Shel Silverstein -penned novelty song that reached number one on the country charts and number two on the U.
Columbia Music, the label for which Cash was recording then, was opposed to putting the song on his next album, considering it "too radical for the public". The film's DVD was released on August 21, Cash wrote three of the songs himself and one with the help of Johnny Hortonbut the majority of the protest songs were written by folk artist Peter La Farge son of activist and Pulitzer prizewinner Oliver La Fargewhom Cash met in New York in the s and whom he admired for his activism.
Cash faced resistance and was even urged by an editor of a country music magazine to leave the Country Music Association : "You and your crowd are just too intelligent to associate with plain country folks, country artists, and country DJs. In reaction, on August 22,Cash posted a letter as an advertisement in Billboardcalling the record industry cowardly: "D. I had to fight back when I realized that so many stations are afraid of Ira Hayes. Just one question: WHY??? Ira Hayes is strong medicine So is Rochester, Harlem, Birmingham and Vietnam.
Later, on The Johnny Cash Showhe continued telling stories of Native-American plight, both in song and through short films, such as the history of the Trail of Tears. Inin response to his activism, the singer was adopted by the Seneca Nation's Turtle Clan. He also played at the D-Q University in the s. Johnny Cash used his stardom and economic status to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the Native American people. Many non-Native Americans stayed away from singing about these things.
InCash recorded a reading of John G. Burnett's80th-birthday essay  on Cherokee removal for the Historical Landmarks Association Nashville. The Statler Brothers opened for him in every episode; the Carter Family and rockabilly legend Carl Perkins were also part of the regular show entourage. Pollardand Lauren Hutton. Cash had first met with Dylan in the mids and became neighbors in the late s in Woodstock, New York.
Cash was enthusiastic about reintroducing the reclusive Dylan to his audience. Cash sang a duet with Dylan, " Girl from the North Country ", on Dylan's country album Nashville Skyline and also wrote the album's Grammy -winning liner notes. Another artist who received a major career boost from The Johnny Cash Show was Kris Kristoffersonwho was beginning to make a name for himself as a singer-songwriter.
During a live performance of Kristofferson's " Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down ", Cash refused to change the lyrics to suit network executives, singing the song with its references to marijuana intact:. On a Sunday morning sidewalk I'm wishin', Lord, that I was stoned.
The closing program of The Johnny Cash Show was a gospel music special. By the early s, Cash had established his public image as "The Man in Black". He regularly performed in entirely black suits with a long, black, knee-length coat. This outfit stood in contrast to the rhinestone suits and cowboy boots worn by most of the major country acts of his day.
Cash said he wore all black on behalf of the poor and hungry, the "prisoner who has long paid for his crime", and those who have been betrayed by age or drugs. Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don't see much reason to change my position The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we're not making many moves to make things right.
There's still plenty of darkness to carry off. Initially, he and his band had worn black shirts because that was the only matching color they had among their various outfits. He wore other colors on stage early in his career, but Billy Lee Riley - Blue Collar Blues (CD claimed to like wearing black both on and off stage. He stated that political reasons aside, he simply liked black as his on-stage color. In the mids, Cash's popularity and number of hit songs began to decline.
He made commercials for Amoco and STPan unpopular enterprise at the time of the s energy crisis. Inhe made commercials for Lionel Trainsfor which he also wrote the music. A second, Cash: The Autobiographyappeared in It was released in Cash viewed the film as a statement of his personal faith rather than a means of proselytizing.
Cash and June Carter Cash appeared several times on the Billy Graham Crusade TV specials, and Cash continued to include gospel and religious songs on many of his albums, though Columbia declined to release A Believer Sings the Trutha gospel double-LP Cash recorded in and which ended up being released on an independent label even with Cash still under contract to Columbia. He continued to appear on television, hosting Christmas specials on CBS in the late s and early s.
Later television appearances included a starring role in an episode of Columboentitled "Swan Song". In the s, Johnny and June appeared in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in recurring roles. He was friendly with every US president, starting with Album) Nixon.
He was closest to Jimmy Carterwith whom he became close friends and who was a distant cousin of his wife, June. When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in Richard Nixon's office requested that he play " Okie from Muskogee " a satirical Merle Haggard song about people who despised hippies, young drug users and Vietnam war protesters"Welfare Cadillac" a Guy Drake song which chastises the integrity of welfare recipientsand "A Boy Named Sue".
Cash declined to play the first two and instead selected other songs, including "The Ballad of Ira Hayes " and his own compositions, " What Is Truth " and "Man in Black". Cash wrote that the reasons for denying Nixon's song choices were not knowing them and having fairly short notice to rehearse them, rather than any political reason.
Johnny Cash was the grand marshal of the United States Bicentennial parade. InCash became the Country Music Hall of Fame 's youngest living inductee at age 48, but during the s, his records failed to make a major impact on the country charts, although he continued to tour successfully.
In the mids, he recorded and toured with Waylon JenningsWillie Nelsonand Kris Kristofferson as The Highwaymenmaking three hit albums, which were released beginning with the originally titled Highwayman infollowed by Highwaymen 2 inand concluding with Highwaymen — The Road Goes On Forever in During that period, Cash appeared in a number of television films.
Inhe starred in The Pride of Jesse Hallamwinning fine reviews for a film that called attention to adult illiteracy. Inhe appeared as a heroic sheriff in Murder in Coweta CountyBilly Lee Riley - Blue Collar Blues (CD on a real-life Georgia murder case, which co-starred Andy Griffith as his nemesis. Cash relapsed into addiction after being administered painkillers for a serious abdominal injury in caused by an incident in which he was kicked and wounded by an Ostrich on his farm.
At a hospital visit inthis time to watch over Waylon Jennings who was recovering from a heart attackJennings suggested that Cash have himself checked into the hospital for his own heart condition. Doctors recommended preventive heart surgery, and Cash underwent double bypass surgery in the same hospital.
Both recovered, although Cash refused to use any prescription painkillers, fearing a relapse into dependency. Cash later claimed that during his operation, he had what is called a " near-death experience ". InCash released a self-parody recording titled "Chicken in Black" about Cash's brain being transplanted into a chicken and Cash receiving a bank robber's brain in return. Biographer Robert Hilburn, in his book Johnny Cash: The Lifedisputes the claim made that Cash chose to record an intentionally poor song in protest of Columbia's treatment of him.
On the contrary, Hilburn writes, it was Columbia that presented Cash with the song, which Cash — who had previously scored major chart hits with comedic material such as "A Boy Named Sue" and "One Piece at a Time" — accepted enthusiastically, performing the song live on stage and filming a comedic music video Billy Lee Riley - Blue Collar Blues (CD which he dresses up in a superhero-like bank-robber costume.
According to Hilburn, Cash's enthusiasm for the song waned after Waylon Jennings told Cash he looked "like a buffoon" in the music video which was showcased during Cash's Christmas TV specialand Cash subsequently demanded that Columbia withdraw the music video from broadcast and recall the single from stores—interrupting its bona fide chart success—and termed the venture "a fiasco. Between andhe recorded several sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill who also produced "Chicken in Black"which were shelved; they would be released by Columbia's sister label, Legacy Recordingsin as Out Among the Stars.
InCash returned to Sun Studios in Memphis to team up with Roy OrbisonJerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to create the album Class of '55 ; according to Hilburn, Columbia still had Cash under contract at the time, so special arrangements had to be made to allow him to participate. Posted by Testify at pm 2 comments:. I am excited to report that a modified version of this piece will be appearing in the October issue of His Vintage Life magazine.
On piano that day, an as yet little known, Jerry Lee Lewis but at the microphone, singing with a devilish conviction that belies the songs nonsense lyrics was Billy Lee Riley! It is a story as labyrinthine and surprising as any in the history of American roots music. At one point things got so bad the family were reduced to living in a tent for a year.
Those days we couldn't listen to blues on radio, no one played it. Discharged in he married the following year and moved to Memphis in Clement took the tapes to Sam Phillips,founder of Sun records and forever known as the man who discovered Elvis, to have an acetate master made.
Sam liked Trouble Bound enough to want to release it as a Sun record conditional on the country sounding Think Before You Go being replaced with a more rocking tune. Riley obliged by penning Rock With Me Baby. A lot. I saw the orders; there were orders for a lot of records.
So in a disgruntled Riley left Sun for the first time and recorded a single on Brunswick. Despite interest from RCA he was persuaded to return to Sun for another couple of releases before leaving again in There then followed a bewildering array of independent releases, some under his own name, others under an equally bewildering array of pseudonyms.
Riley moved back to the south in In Riley recorded Happy Man for Atlantic records. Both singles were recorded for Sun International in Florida and both are appealling stabs at country soul. Sick of it all Riley quit the music business in For a while. Coaxed out of self imposed exile to play the Memphis in May festival Riley was once again seduced by the siren call of music.
And then Bob Dylan came a-calling. Curiously, earlier in his career. Some consolation, perhaps, for a career typified by missed opportunities and poor timing. Further reading here and here. Listen here. Posted by Testify at pm No comments:. Tuesday, August 15, Good Morning Captain Home to Jim Dickinson, the revered producer and professional redneck whose work spans the story of Southern music from Sun Records to Big The old motel's neon Al Green's voice is a beautiful musical instrument.
Al Green's singing can create pictures, can loll in clover and tease birds. That man can sing Hole: Pretty on the Inside Caroline. But Beale Legendary blues and soul artist steps out with younger talent on his 13th album for Malaco Curtis Mayfield is a full-scale genius. First with the Impressions, and afterwards with his solo stuff, he defined, then redefined, the sound of black America.
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