Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 3/23/17

3/23/17: B.B. King “The Thrill is Gone” This morning I woke up with Lucille whispering in my ear. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. I’m a happily married man, after all. It was Lucille, the famous guitar of the incomparable B.B. King, and it was the “King of the Blues” that I was hearing when I started my day. I’ve always referred to him as the “Big, Bad Boss of the Blues,” but it makes no difference. The man is probably the most influential blues musician who ever lived, or at least one of ‘em. He’s revered by fans...

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The Music in My Head – 3/22/17

3/22/17: The Chambers Brothers “Time Has Come Today” I’ve got a good one for you today! The truth is, these guys are in my head a lot. It’s nothing unusual, the Chambers Brothers started out singing in church, as so many artists do. They grew up in Mississippi, but somehow ended up in California circa 1954 and started making a name for themselves playing gospel and folk music. After a trip to New York City and experience playing as part of the flourishing folk scene of the time, the Chambers Brothers finally started to hit it big. When I...

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The Music in My Head – 3/21/17

3/21/17: Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild” I must have been dreaming about riding a motorcycle, because I woke up this morning with “Born to Be Wild” stuck in my head! Steppenwolf was (and is!) a Canadian/American rock group who was really big-time from the late 60’s to early 70’s. John Kay, the lead singer, founded the group as “The Sparrows” but the name was eventually changed to the one we all know. After all these years, John Kay is still out there performing, although he’s the only original member of the band. These guys were catapulted to fame...

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The Music in My Head – 3/20/17

3/20/17: The Pretenders “Middle of the Road” Well, I went go a great concert last night at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. It was the Stevie Nicks/Pretenders tour, so of course the music in my head this morning was destined to be from that show, and I already played “Gold Dust Woman” for you. So, even though that was a highlight of the show, there is another song resonating in my head today. It’s “Middle of the Road,” by Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders. They rocked the house last night, I’m telling you. You know, Chrissie grew up in...

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The Music in My Head – 3/17/17

3/17/17: Bruddah Iz “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” You know how much I love rock n’ roll, right? Well, this ain’t rock n’ roll. Israel Ka’ano’I Kamaka wiwo’ole, better known as “Iz” or “Bruddah Iz” was a Hawaiian musician, all-around entertainer and sovereignty artist. It’s his music that’s in my head today. Iz always had a big smile on his face, especially when he sang. He is absolutely revered in the Islands, and is a larger-than-life icon. Known for taking Hawaiian music back to traditional roots in a time when most songs associated with island life were being produced somewhere...

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The Music in My Head – 3/16/17

3/16/17: KC & The Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” Remember KC & The Sunshine Band? Those guys were absolutely dominant back in the days of disco! So many big hit records, full of party music. It was always difficult to stand still when you heard KC and the band hit a strong groove. The singer and leader of the band, Harry Wayne Casey (otherwise known as KC), founded the band in Hialeah, Florida while working at a record store. The band was based in Florida, where it gets the “Sunshine,” but KC owned a house right here in Chapel...

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The Music in My Head – 3/15/17

3/15/17: Creedence Clearwater Revivial “Someday Never Comes” Creedence Clearwater Revival always sounded like they were from Louisiana. The band kept that swamp rock sound tightly woven into their music, but John Fogerty and his bandmates were actually from California. It doesn’t get much further from the bayou than that, but what an amazing string of records they put out together as CCR! So much of their music is still playing on radio stations and in headphones today, thanks to their timeless classic-rock sound. Take a deep breath before you try and read out all these hit songs: “Proud Mary,”...

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The Music in My Head – 3/14/17

3/14/17: Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone” Robert Allen Zimmerman was in my head this morning. You know, Bob Dylan! This American singer/songwriter is a 75-year-old icon, and has influenced the music and culture of the United States for more than half a century. He started out with strictly folk music, although the sound was certainly different. Dylan’s always been different, though. Some of his early songs, like “Blowing in the Wind” and “The Times, They Are a-Changin’” have stayed in our collective consciousness since we first heard them, and have helped to define the sound of folk as we...

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The Music in My Head – 3/13/17

3/13/17: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” Kenny Rogers is a country music superstar with a string of hit records a mile long. “The Gambler,” for example. Thanks to that memorable song, everybody knows that you’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em. Not to mention knowing when to walk away, and when to run. Before his days as a country icon, Kenny had a rock n’ roll band called “The First Edition.” After a while, since he was the lead...

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The Music in My Head – 3/10/17

3/10/17: Eddie Money “Two Tickets to Paradise”  If I were to say to you that I’m a big Edward Mahoney fan, it probably wouldn’t mean much, would it? The man we know and love as Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney. Son of a large Catholic family in Brooklyn (a place I’ve had on my mind this week, since it’s the location of the ACC Tournament!) His grandfather, father, and older brother were all officers in the NYPD, and Eddie was more or less expected to have the same career. He started the training program, but his heart just...

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