Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 1/12/18

1/12/18: Bad Company “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”  I’ve got a real rocker for you today! It’s from Bad Company, the well-known English supergroup. Straight-ahead, hard rockin’, blow-you-away, foot-stompin’ rock n’ roll all the way, baby! Back in 1973, Paul Rodgers was the lead singer for a band called Free. Remember “All Right Now”? That was them. When those guys broke up, Rodgers and the drummer, Simon Kirke, got together with Mick Ralphs – the guitar player for Mott The Hoople. Then, that group was joined by Boz Burrell, the bass player for King Crimson! The fully-formed supergroup was even...

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The Music in My Head – 1/11/18

1/11/18: The Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'” I awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock. I hit the snooze button, and immediately Keith Richard’s guitar kicked in with the opening riff of a Stones song. Right away, I knew I was listening to “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” which is one of the great tunes from the Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers!” It’s one of those songs that incorporates elements of rock and blues and jazz, and it sounds like the guys were just having fun playing it! It’s definitely Keith with the opening licks,...

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The Music in My Head – 1/10/18

1/10/18: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “Turn the Page”  I love this guy, and I’ve even been accused of looking like him! His music is consistently incredible, he’s a master storytelling and gifted singer/songwriter and all around rock n’ roll musician. I’m talking about Bob Seger, of course! Seger is from the Detroit area, and started out way back in the day with a band called Bob Seger and The Last Heard, later The Bob Seger System. By the early ‘70s, he dropped the “system” party but was still finding success, if only mostly as a regional...

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The Music in My Head – 1/9/18

1/9/18: The Tubes “She’s A Beauty”  The Tubes were a rock band out of San Francisco, and they were a big-time group back in the early days of MTV. Fitting, that it was the Tubes that were big on the tube. I woke up with one of their songs in my head this morning, and I can’t seem to get it out! “She’s A Beauty” was a certified Top 10 smash hit in 1983, and the video saw a whole lot of play on MTV. Fee Waybill, the singer in the band, co-wrote the song along with producer David...

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The Music in My Head – 1/8/18

1/8/18: Brick “Dazz” Now, I’ve never been a big disco fan, but every once in a while I’ll run across a song that catches my attention. One of those is a delightful combination of disco and jazz that I woke up with pounding away in my brain this morning! Back in the ‘70s there was a group that formed down in Atlanta, two bands came together and started sharing the stage. A disco group and a jazz band started collaborating, and the result was BRICK! Their biggest hit was called “Dazz,” as in “disco jazz.” They had plenty of...

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The Music in My Head – 1/5/18

1/5/18: Badfinger “Baby Blue” I’m guessing you’ve probably never heard of an English band called The Iveys. They were the first group to sign with the Beatles’ Apple Records, back in 1968. Of course, Apple Records is a well-known name, even if “Apple” is more synonymous with computers and phones, these days. In fact, Chapel Hill music legend James Taylor was the first U.S. artist to have an album released on the Apple label – but I digress. The Iveys changed their name soon after signing to one I’m sure you’ll recognize: Badfinger. Badfinger is mostly known as Pete...

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The Music in My Head – 1/4/18

1/4/18: Aerosmith “Back in the Saddle” Yesterday, I was thinking about coming back to work after spending some time away. There’s a phrase for that, getting “back in the saddle,” and thinking about those four words is what got this song stuck in my head! Imagine waking up with the sound of Steven Tyler screeching in your ear, “I’m BACK!” That’s what happened to me this morning. But man, does this song rock! It’s got everything from tambourines to bullwhip sounds, and a riff originally composed by Joe Perry on a six-string bass really pulls it all together. Aerosmith,...

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The Music in My Head – 12/22/17

12/22/17: The Temptations “Silent Night”  This song has certainly been in my head a lot lately, along with all the other random songs that appear there from time to time. This one isn’t exactly random, though. ‘Tis the season, after all, and all I could hear in my head after my alarm clock went off this morning was a tune I hadn’t played on the air yet this holiday season. I’m glad I saved it for today, my last show before Christmas! I think everybody knows by now how much I love The Temptations. I consider them to be...

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The Music in My Head – 12/21/17

12/21/17: The Flirtations “Nothing But A Heartache”  Some people would probably call this “an oldie but a goodie.” That’s not something I say, but if we’re talking in terms of clichés people use when talking about music, I think I’d call this the product of an excellent “one-hit wonder!” I’ve got no idea why this song took up residence in my brain this morning, because I haven’t heard it in a long time. Must be some kind of long-repressed memory that triggered it, maybe something I heard in a dream. Regardless of where it came from in my head,...

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The Music in My Head – 12/20/17

12/20/17: Sammy Hagar “I Cant Drive 55”   I know how this one got into my head….A couple of days ago, I got behind a car creeping along at 20 miles per hour on Weaver Dairy Road…..This was all the way from Timberlyne over to Erwin Road.  20 miles per hour!!!!  And there’s no way to get around it.  So frustrating…..and I had this song pop into my head…..by The Red Rocker, SAMMY HAGAR!     By the time I got to that roundabout just before you get to Erwin, I was singing out loud, “I CAN’T DRIVE 55!”  I mean, take...

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