Muscle Shoals to Music Row

S3 E10 | FULL EPISODE

Chuck Mead

Kansas native Chuck Mead is described as a country singer with a rock 'n' roll heart. The songwriter, producer, music director, musicologist is also the architect behind the rebirth of Lower Broadway and the Global Neo Traditional Country music movement. But all you really need to know is that he gives a heck of a performance in this recording from FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals.

AIRED: May 30, 2019 | 0:56:47
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♪ Muscle Shoals to Music Row

(bright music)

[Announcer] The Sam Phillips Music Organization

invites you to come along as we present new

and hit music right from the source.

♪ Muscle Shoals

♪ Music Row yeah

[Announcer] Bringing you live performances

by the best artists and songwriters

from Muscle Shoals, Music Row and around the world.

And now from Studio A in the legendary Fame Studios,

it's Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live.

Ladies and gentlemen, to another evening of music

from the legendary Fame Studios, Studio A,

here on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals.

We are in Fame Studios for another

Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live.

I am your host, M. Fletcher Brown.

We've got a great show for you tonight.

A returning champion to Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live.

For the first time, here in our new digs at Fame Studios.

All the way from Lawrence, Kansas.

He's made a home in Nashville, Tennessee.

You may remember him.

He rose to prominence in the 90s with a band called BR549.

He was instrumental in bringing the very famous

for the Sun Records story.

The million dollar quartet to life onstage.

And he was part of the Sun Records television show on CMT.

Please welcome Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live,

once again Chuck Mead.

(audience cheering)

("One Long Saturday Night" by Chuck Mead)

♪ Well down in the valley of the fever ♪

♪ In the hills of Tennessee

♪ We're sifting through that asphalt barnyard ♪

♪ Just a looking for that bebop beat ♪

♪ 'Cause we sleep all day

♪ We play all night

♪ Man it ain't no lie

♪ We can't tell what day it is

♪ And just seems like one long Saturday night ♪

♪ Well it's something in the water ♪

♪ Or something in the air

♪ Or something to them effigies ♪

♪ On that street down there

♪ 'Cause we sleep all day

♪ We play all night

♪ Man it ain't no lie

♪ We can't tell what day it is

♪ It just seems like one long Saturday night ♪

♪ Well you know I ain't got nothing ♪

♪ That 13 bucks won't buy

♪ But when I get me a little money baby ♪

♪ I'm gonna take me a little ride ♪

♪ Six more months of nighttime

♪ I'll take six months more

♪ I'll keep taking whatever it takes ♪

♪ 'Til I can't take no more

♪ 'Cause that lonesome ghost is calling me ♪

♪ One day I'll have to fight

♪ Until then I'll just keep on running ♪

♪ Through my one long Saturday night ♪

Ladies and gentlemen, Carco Clave,

and his magic steel guitar.

♪ Well you know I ain't got nothing ♪

♪ That 13 bucks won't buy

♪ But when I get me a little money baby ♪

♪ I'm gonna take me a little ride ♪

♪ Down in the valley of the fever ♪

♪ In the hills of Tennessee

♪ We're sifting through that asphalt barnyard ♪

♪ Just a looking for that bebop beat ♪

♪ 'Cause we sleep all day

♪ We play all night

♪ Man it ain't no lie

♪ We can't tell what day it is

♪ It just seems like one long Saturday night ♪

♪ It seems like one long Saturday night ♪

♪ Yeah, it seems like one long Saturday night ♪

♪ Oh come here

("No Train to Memphis" by Chuck Mead)

♪ Lightning struck at midnight with the thunder and the rain ♪

♪ My sleep was interrupted by the rhythm of a train ♪

♪ I asked of the conductor where this old train was bound ♪

♪ He punched my ticket then he whispered Memphis Town ♪

♪ But there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ You've got to take the highway when you go ♪

♪ Well them rusty tracks from Nashville ♪

♪ Lay beside that stretch of road ♪

♪ But there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ Well I pinched myself and crossed my heart ♪

♪ To see if it was real

♪ Or was I just imagining the grinding of the wheels ♪

♪ I swore I heard a whistle and that clickity clack ♪

♪ As I rode that phantom streamline on a west bound track ♪

♪ 'Cause there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ You've got to take the highway when you go ♪

♪ Well them rusty tracks from Nashville ♪

♪ Lay beside that stretch of road ♪

♪ But there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ Well we cruised in through the delta ♪

♪ Like we woke up from a dream

♪ I felt a bit confused 'cause I was blinded by the steam ♪

♪ Well I said I come from Nashville ♪

♪ And I just got off that train ♪

♪ Well that driver looked at me ♪

♪ As if he thought I was insane ♪

♪ 'Cause there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ You've got to take the highway when you go ♪

♪ Well them rusty tracks from Nashville ♪

♪ Lay beside that stretch of road ♪

♪ But there ain't no train to Memphis anymore ♪

♪ Oh

♪ Oh yeah

(bright music)

All right here it goes.

It's certainly nice to be back

on Music Row to Muscle Shoals.

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for inviting us down here.

It's an honor to be playing here at the Fame Studio.

Technically, I am recording here right.

♪ Well I spent all day loading widgets down at the warehouse ♪

♪ And I spend all night trying to be better than I am ♪

♪ Lately I been lonely

♪ Toting a heavy load

♪ Thinking how it's never enough to do the best that I can ♪

♪ See ya

♪ Wouldn't wanna be ya

♪ Life's getting tougher

♪ And I don't know if I'm that strong ♪

♪ So long

♪ I got to be moving on

♪ Oh

♪ I'm not the man for the job

♪ Now I can't drink no more of your cold red Kool-Aid ♪

♪ And your meager bonuses can only take a man so far ♪

♪ Sometimes though I wonder

♪ If it's worth all the sweat and fury ♪

♪ I guess it all depends on how high you set the bar ♪

♪ See ya

♪ Wouldn't wanna be ya

♪ Oh life's getting tougher

♪ And I don't know if I'm that strong ♪

♪ So long

♪ I got to be moving on

♪ Oh

♪ I'm not the man for the job

♪ Oh

♪ I'm not the man for the job

♪ Oh

♪ I'm not the man for the job

Thank you very much.

Ladies and gentlemen, a nice round of applause.

All the way from Santa Barbara, California

via Nashville, Tennessee, Mister Carco Clave

on the pedal steel guitar, electric mandolin.

Harmonica.

And harmonica, yeah.

All right.

We'll do this song that I wrote for my wife's birthday.

How 'bout that?

How sweet, right?

It's a true story.

♪ I met her accidentally

♪ Beneath the prairie sky

♪ Every single thing she did was perfect without trying ♪

♪ She was used to living

♪ Solitary life

♪ But we pulled in together like two band aids in the night ♪

♪ She gave herself

♪ Then I knew there's no one else I ever would surrender to ♪

♪ Now she's my Reno County girl ♪

♪ She don't need nobody

♪ To promise her the world

♪ You can't make a fool out of my Reno County girl ♪

♪ But her daddy never liked me

♪ He's filled with jealousy

♪ He could never understand just what she saw in me ♪

♪ She climbed in

♪ We took a ride

♪ We were loaded with loving as we crossed that line ♪

♪ Me and my Reno County girl

♪ Oh I

♪ I'm the kind that likes ramble around ♪

♪ Oh I

♪ Can't stand the thought that I ever did let her down ♪

♪ Now she sits on a porch swing ♪

♪ By herself at night

♪ Thinks of everyone she loves and keeps 'em extra tight ♪

♪ 'Cause she remembers dark times ♪

♪ So dark she can't breathe

♪ But she suffers through it all with country dignity ♪

♪ She don't mind to be alone

♪ She knows I'm always gonna be coming home ♪

♪ Back to my Reno County girl

♪ Yeah she's my Reno County girl ♪

(audience cheering)

Ladies and gentlemen, all the way from Apopka, Florida.

On beard drums and derby hat, Mister Martin Lynds.

Come on let's hear it.

(audience cheering)

♪ Oh the devil and me ♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Don't have no secrets

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We're best friends

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Don't need no reason

♪ But I know the Devil and me's gonna do me in ♪

♪ Well, early in the morning

♪ Late in the evening

♪ There ain't no telling when I'll come undone ♪

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ I feel a tap on my left shoulder ♪

♪ They say their gonna take me from here to kingdom come ♪

♪ Oh now the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Don't have no secrets

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We're best friends

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Don't need no reason

♪ But I know the Devil and me's gonna do me in ♪

♪ Well I don't know where it got started ♪

♪ But I gotta feeling I know where it will end ♪

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We're looking for trouble

♪ But I know the Devil and me's gonna do me in ♪

♪ Now, you can't know good

♪ Unless you know evil

♪ You can't tell the truth unless you've heard a lie ♪

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ I can't sit still unless I'm moving ♪

♪ Well, they say the Devil's gonna catch me by and by ♪

♪ And now the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Don't have no secrets

♪ Oh the Devil and me ♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We're best friends

♪ Oh oh oh

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We don't get lonely

♪ But I know the Devil and me's gonna do me in ♪

♪ Well I don't know where it got started ♪

♪ But I gotta feeling I know where it will end ♪

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ Oh the Devil and me

♪ We're looking for trouble

♪ But I know the Devil and me's gonna do me in ♪

(audience cheering)

("Girl on the Billboard")

♪ Now who's that girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel and a picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Here I'm in my Jimmy hauling freight ♪

♪ From Chicago to Saint Louis

♪ Lord I see her every day

♪ Well a double clutching weasel like me ♪

♪ Can never ever get a girl to wanna ♪

♪ Even look at him that way

♪ Like a girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ Oh that girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Well I bet it wouldn't take her very long to be gone ♪

♪ If someone would pull a dirty trick ♪

♪ And took that towel away

♪ I slowed my Jimmy down to 20

♪ That's how many wrecks I see along there every day ♪

♪ Caused by the girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ Doggone that girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Well I guess I'm getting bored ♪

♪ 'Cause I rather kiss and hold her ♪

♪ Than have to look at her everyday ♪

♪ 4:45 cup and drinking any time ♪

♪ Shimmy shimmy as I wake up

♪ The artist that painted that display ♪

♪ Of the girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ I love that girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Ole sleepy headed painter said the girl wasn't real ♪

♪ I should get the on my way

♪ On Route 66 from Chicago to Saint Louis ♪

♪ You'll find tiny pieces of my heart ♪

♪ Scattered every which a way

♪ Shattered by the girl wearing nothing but a smile ♪

♪ And a towel in the picture on the billboard ♪

♪ In the field near the big old highway ♪

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do

I know you're all curious about the guy

playing the doghouse bass.

He is a curiosity, ladies and gentlemen.

We were driving along I70 out in Kansas.

Don't you say anything yet.

Well I don't know what you--

We were driving down on I70 in the middle of Kansas

and we stopped at the New Romney truck stop.

Anybody been there?

It's pretty popular.

Anyway, it was raining.

Torrential rain, prairie rain sideways,

and there's this fella standing on the side

by the TA truck stop.

The New Romney one.

He had a bass with him.

And we felt so sorry for him.

We took him into the van and we made him the bass player.

Ladies and gentleman, please welcome all the way

from Ethel, Louisiana.

Give a big round of applause to Buford T. Icenogle.

Come on let's hear it.

Now you can say hello to the folks.

Hi.

Hi y'all doing tonight?

♪ Well when I woke up this morning ♪

♪ There was a note upon my door ♪

♪ It said don't make me no coffee honey ♪

♪ 'Cause I won't be there no more ♪

♪ And that's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

♪ Well she didn't leave no address ♪

♪ And she didn't say goodbye

♪ All she said is if you get blue ♪

♪ Honey hang your little head and cry ♪

♪ That's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

♪ Carco

♪ Well now my gal is short and stubby ♪

♪ And she strong as she can be

♪ If that little ole gal of mine never get ahold of me ♪

♪ That's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

♪ Jonah got a long in the belly of the whale ♪

♪ Daniel in the lion's den

♪ But I know a guy that didn't try to get along ♪

♪ And he won't get a chance again ♪

♪ That's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

♪ Well I went down to the bank this morning ♪

♪ And the teller said with a grin ♪

♪ I feel so sorry for you Chuck ♪

♪ But your wife has done been

♪ And that's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

♪ When I woke up this morning

♪ There was a note above my door ♪

♪ It said don't make me no coffee honey ♪

♪ 'Cause I won't be there no more ♪

♪ That's all she wrote

♪ Dear John

♪ I sent your saddle home

Nice.

(audience cheering)

Steady.

So, we recorded a record last summer in Memphis

at the Saint Phillips studio in Memphis

and it comes out June 28th.

So, save up your money.

Anyway, we're gonna do a couple

of songs off of that record now.

Carco, you know what we're doing?

Well I never heard that before.

Oh wow.

♪ Well it hits a little close to home ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ With the things you said and the book I read ♪

♪ Strike a familiar tone

♪ Yeah it hits a little close to home mama ♪

♪ A message from the great unknown ♪

♪ Well I know that song where it all goes wrong ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ Well I thought I wore a great disguise ♪

♪ But boy was I surprised

♪ When you looked at me like you could see ♪

♪ Through my well constructed lie ♪

♪ And in from the other room

♪ I heard of Hank Williams too

♪ When he sang that part about a cheating heart ♪

♪ He was talking 'bout me and you ♪

♪ And it hits a little close to home ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ With the things you said and the book I read ♪

♪ Strike a familiar tone

♪ Yeah it hits a little close to home mama ♪

♪ Cuts right through the bone

♪ Well you know that song where it all goes wrong ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ Well you may have to let it be ♪

♪ And answer telepathically

♪ It's a sign you saw

♪ Some unwritten law

♪ That explains it all perfectly ♪

♪ But it always makes me sit and squirm ♪

♪ I feel my stomach churn

♪ When the truth they tell comes and rings my bell ♪

♪ I hear it everywhere I turn

♪ And it hits a little close to home ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ Like the things you said in the book I read ♪

♪ Strike a familiar tone

♪ Yeah it hits a little close to home mama ♪

♪ Cuts right to the bone

♪ Well you know that song where it all goes wrong ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ Yeah you know that song where it all goes wrong ♪

♪ Hits a little close to home

♪ Well you know that song where it all goes wrong ♪

♪ Hits a little close

♪ Hits a little close

♪ Hits a little close to home

(audience cheering)

We made it.

No dead air, Buford.

This is radio.

One, two, three.

♪ Mama worked down at the bird six nights a week ♪

♪ And the bikers and the businessmen ♪

♪ They marveled at her mystique ♪

♪ They laid down that money just to watch her mom physique ♪

♪ Daddy played drums and a love for rock roll band ♪

♪ He pulled up in his 84 customized van ♪

♪ And made his tips watching mama ♪

♪ Shake it to the jig house band ♪

♪ Well now that they got married ♪

♪ Mama she retired

♪ Daddy got a job on a pole hanging telephone wires ♪

♪ They got everything their little hearts desired ♪

♪ Yeah daddy worked the poles so mama wouldn't have to ♪

♪ There is no doubt that all their love was true ♪

♪ Oh to make it through you gotta do what you gotta do ♪

♪ So daddy worked the poles so mama wouldn't have to ♪

♪ Well now daddy spent 18 years in the snow and rain ♪

♪ When he came home, mama dance while the radio played ♪

♪ I never heard either one of them once complain ♪

♪ Well when I had to go to college ♪

♪ And whole things got real tight ♪

♪ Mama started thinking 'bout

♪ Those wild and lucrative nights ♪

♪ She'd get three times the money ♪

♪ Just to show it all through the lights ♪

♪ So she explained it all to daddy ♪

♪ And they formed a burlesque troop ♪

♪ Now he plays drums in a $1000 shark skin suit ♪

♪ And I'm Summa Cum Laude

♪ 'Cause mama still got the moves ♪

♪ Now mama works the pole so daddy doesn't have to ♪

♪ Oh there is no doubt that all their love is true ♪

♪ Wanna make it through you gotta do what you gotta do ♪

♪ Mama works the pole so daddy doesn't have to ♪

♪ All right

♪ Oh daddy worked the pole so mama wouldn't have to ♪

(audience cheering)

All right.

How 'bout a nice shuffle for the folks?

Ladies and gentlemen, a little Texas shuffle

for all you dancers in here.

The dance floor is packed here at Fame.

In case you're not watching it on TV.

Carco, are you ready?

Okay here we go.

Two, three, four, one.

(bright music)

♪ We'll tap into your misery

♪ Pour open that wine

♪ Let it flow endlessly

♪ And mix it with mine

♪ Just follow your emptiness

♪ With the fruit of the pine

♪ Tap into your misery

♪ The 100 proof kind

♪ Life's full of heartaches

♪ Life's full of pain

♪ You feel like you're drowning ♪

♪ In buckets of rain

♪ So pour me a long one

♪ And I'll pour out my heart

♪ That song on the jukebox

♪ Will help the healing start

♪ We'll tap into your misery

♪ Pour open that wine

♪ Let it flow endlessly

♪ And mix it with mine

♪ Just swallow your emptiness

♪ With the fruit of the vine

♪ Tap into your misery

♪ The 100 proof kind

♪ We all need a shoulder

♪ That we can lean on

♪ Tell me your troubles

♪ Until the bottle's gone

♪ Then we'll order another

♪ And we'll pass it around

♪ We'll take all that hurting

♪ And wash it right down

♪ We'll tap into your misery

♪ Pour open that wine

♪ Let it flow endlessly

♪ And mix it with mine

♪ Just swallow your emptiness

♪ With the fruit of the vine

♪ We'll tap into your misery

♪ The 100 proof kind

Nice.

(audience cheering)

Pretty hillbilly.

Well that wasn't really hillbilly.

That was more honky tonk.

We can go straight up hillbilly on 'em.

Yeah.

You wanna do it?

Hell yeah.

"When I Come Home From Honky Tonk"

is the name of this song, ladies and gentlemen

and we want you to all get up

and sing your names real loud.

So you can be I'm on the radio.

All right.

All right here we go.

"When I Come Home From Honky Tonk".

One, two, three.

("When I Come Home From Honky Tonk" by Chuck Mead)

Yeah, I know it's something like that.

♪ Well, I smoked and drank another night away ♪

♪ I hit it pretty hard again yesterday ♪

♪ But I was only waiting up to hear you say ♪

♪ You'd better watch out where you're walking ♪

♪ So I tip toe around everywhere I go ♪

♪ Home from the place where the good times roll ♪

♪ Holding my shoes standing at the back door ♪

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

♪ Well, I was thrown in the back of a Country Squire ♪

♪ I hit my head on an amplifier ♪

♪ Sleeping on the bass and the spare tire ♪

♪ I can feel that highway rocking ♪

♪ So I'm waiting on the end of another spree ♪

♪ I hope you're waiting right there for me ♪

♪ Save a little bit of your love for me ♪

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home

♪ When I come home from honky tonking ♪

All right.

(audience cheering)

That was so hillbilly you could smell the mule dung.

Can I say that on the radio?

Am I allowed?

[Man] You can say mule.

Oh good, good.

Good thanks.

Thanks.

("On a Slow Train Through Arkansas" by Chuck Mead)

My grandpa on my ma side.

He and my uncle taught me how to play guitar long time ago.

They were musicians and I played in their bands

so they can keep track of me on Friday and Saturday nights.

You know?

He worked on the Missouri Pacific Railroad though

for his straight gig.

For a long time he used to talk about

this book he had when he was a kid

called "On a Slow Train Through Arkansas".

It was just a bunch of corny railroad jokes you know,

but he really loved them.

So I found him a really cool copy one year for Christmas

and he loved it but then I made up a song

all about all those jokes in there.

Well not all of 'em.

That would be too long boring of a song,

but this one goes up to J.C. Wynes.

Give him a big round of applause 'cause he will hear you.

♪ On a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ It's the slowest track you ever saw ♪

♪ Well you know that it's a crime ♪

♪ That this train can't make any better time ♪

♪ It's a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ Where the brake man flashes number six ♪

♪ As the cars pull along out in the sticks ♪

♪ Well you know this thing ain't never hit no cow ♪

♪ But it could never catch up with them anyhow ♪

♪ It's a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ Well there ain't no shortage of homemade alcohol ♪

♪ On a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ Well the train got passengers on this train ♪

♪ And the first class people kindly remain ♪

♪ The second class walk through the bramble bush ♪

♪ But third class folks have to get out and bus ♪

♪ That slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ I'm a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ It's the speeding speed of two across ♪

♪ If it's the end and it ain't right ♪

♪ There's a good chance you might never arrive ♪

♪ On that slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ Well I know it's true 'cause I heard from my grandpa ♪

♪ He rode that slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ It's a slow train through Arkansas ♪

♪ On a slow train through Arkansas ♪

(audience cheering)

Oh dead air.

Somebody say something.

[Audience Member] I like that song.

Oh thanks, man.

The rest of 'em were not very good, right?

That's all right I get it.

But thank you very much.

And J.C. Wynes thanks you somewhere.

The last record.

Well, you never say your last record.

My latest record that came out a few years back

was this record I wrote all these songs

about weird stuff that happens in Kansas

'cause that's where I'm from originally

and one of the songs is something happened in 1959

in a place called Holcomb, Kansas way out western,

south central western Kansas, where this family was murdered

and it was you know it was just a farmer.

Nobody could figure out why anybody

would wanna kill these people.

They were nice people.

And what had happened was that some guy

that had worked for him at some point

was in prison with these other guys

and said that he had this safe full of money at the house.

So these guys get out of prison and they go rob him

and course there's no money.

But they kill all of them.

And it was such a disturbing story at the time

that Truman Capote wrote a book

about it called "In Cold Blood".

Are there any readers out there?

Got a reader?

There's a few readers.

That's good.

They made a movie about it, too, starring Robert Blake,

and so we all know that's typecasting now.

But with that said so it's a murder ballad.

Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to hear one of those?

We don't wanna bum everybody out,

so we kind of put it to a rock a Billy beat.

We hope you don't mind all right.

♪ Got in a little trouble

♪ 1959

♪ When they let me out of prison ♪

♪ I didn't have a dime

♪ I went to see my old cellmate ♪

♪ He had a brand new plan

♪ That would lead us to riches

♪ And the promised land

♪ Well my daddy disowned me

♪ And my mama's dead

♪ But the voices still call me

♪ From inside my head

♪ On a dark road in Kansas

♪ Me and my best friend

♪ Blowing through the prairie

♪ In an evil wind

♪ I said blowing

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing through the prairie

♪ Well it was an old farmer

♪ He had a big fat safe

♪ We were gonna take it

♪ And then leave that place

♪ Wasn't gonna be no witness

♪ My buddy said to me

♪ As we went rolling down the highway ♪

♪ To our destiny

♪ Well we made it to the farm house ♪

♪ It was like a dream

♪ Wasn't long that we saw that

♪ Just the family

♪ I couldn't take it any longer ♪

♪ I had to make it in

♪ Shotgun echo

♪ Across that evil wind

♪ Oh

♪ So we headed for the border

♪ Down to Mexico

♪ $45

♪ And a radio

♪ But the hookers and tequila

♪ All ran out soon

♪ And our little joyride

♪ Turned into a bad honeymoon

♪ Well we made it up to Vegas

♪ Hitching all the way

♪ Well the law they caught us

♪ And they locked us away

♪ Now they lead me to the gallows ♪

♪ Beside my best friend

♪ We'll be swinging in a corner ♪

♪ In an evil wind

♪ I said blowing

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing through the prairie in an evil wind ♪

♪ Blowing through the prairie in ♪

(audience cheering)

Don't worry, ladies and gentlemen,

I think we only have time for a couple more songs.

Is that right?

It's getting close to the hour.

No one's saying anything.

Oh, we just keep going?

All right well we'll do this song.

We'll do this song that my old band BR549 is famous for.

I guess.

If you could call it that.

Do you know this one?

I've heard of it, yeah.

But we need everybody to sing along.

Can you do that?

The words are simple.

Go head start.

Every time I say hey ho a lina, you say hey ho a lina.

("Cherokee Boogie" by BR549)

Can you do that?

Okay.

So.

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

Eh, that was kind of you know.

Do they have Quaalude out there or something?

One more time.

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

Okay, that'll do.

♪ Well, a Cherokee chief as he dances along ♪

♪ Does an Indian boogie to a white man's song ♪

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

♪ Well, he dances over here and he dances over there ♪

♪ And he dances on a rock and a hill ♪

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

♪ Oh well he dances on the hill and he dances on the rock ♪

♪ But he keep on shaking that tomahawk ♪

♪ And now hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

♪ Well, he sings to the hills and he sings to the clouds ♪

♪ And he keep on singing so big and proud ♪

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

♪ He's a Cherokee chief as you might know ♪

♪ Keep on sitting singing nuven-yo ♪

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

♪ Well, a Cherokee chief as he dances along ♪

♪ Does an Indian boogie to a white man's song ♪

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Hey ho a lina

♪ Singing hey ho a lina

♪ Wup wup a witten a yeah

Nice.

Thank you very much.

[Fletcher] Ladies and gentlemen,

that is Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys.

(audience cheering)

I am your host M. Fletcher Brown.

Thank you for being here at the legendary Fame Studios.

Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Studio A.

We'll see you need time on another

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