Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 6/9/17

6/9/17: The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” Thank goodness it’s Friday, and the weekend is almost here! The first thought I had this morning when I opened my eyes was “one more day, and then it’s time for the weekend!” I’m sure a lot of you were thinking along the same lines. Almost immediately, a familiar song started running through my head. It’s appropriate, with the fairly obvious title of “Friday On My Mind,” by a great Australian band called The Easybeats! They hit it big in 1966 with this song, which went all the way to #1 in Austrailia,...

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The Music in My Head – 6/8/17

6/8/17: Heart “Barracuda”  Let’s talk about women who rock! I once saw a special exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle called “Women Who Rock!” that was on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It prominently featured rockers like Grace Slick, Pat Benetar, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and, of course, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart! The Wilson Sisters can definitely rock, and we’ve discussed them here before, but songs like “Barracuda” are always worth coming back to. I can’t get them out of my head, and based on the amount of radio...

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The Music in My Head – 6/7/17

6/7/17: Joni Mitchell “California” I have no idea how this song got in my head. I haven’t even thought about Joni Mitchell in some time, much less listened to any of her music. Nevertheless, somehow there she was, helping me to channel the song “California” when I got my day started bright and early. Or, rather, dark and early. Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer/songwriter who came along in the late 60s. She represented a great and unique combination of jazz and folk music, and sang in this light, light, almost ethereal voice. These days, she’s 73 years old…...

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The Music in My Head – 6/6/17

6/6/17: John Sebastian & The Lovin’ Spoonful “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” I woke up with the Lovin’ Spoonful playing in my head this morning. It wasn’t “Summer In The City,” though… or “Daydream” or “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” It wasn’t even “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” or “Do You Believe in Magic?” I do dig on all those upbeat tunes, for sure, but it was one of John Sebastian’s more mellow tunes that I couldn’t shake off this morning. It was “Darlin’ Be Home Soon,” and I’ve always loved this song. It starts...

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The Music in My Head – 6/5/17

6/5/17: Humble Pie “30 Days In The Hole” Ever heard of Humble Pie? It was one of the first so-called “super-groups” that took members of established bands and put them together to try and make something really special out of a pool of pre-existing talent. Super-groups have been formed out of everything from casual jam sessions to charity organizations, but the trend really took off in the late 60s and early 70s with outfits like Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This particular super-group consisted of Steve Marriott, lead singer of Small Faces, fostering a relationship with Peter...

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The Music in My Head – 6/2/17

6/2/17: The Coastal Cohorts “I Can Hear the River” I’m excited about today’s “Music in My Head,” and not just for the usual reasons! Today, we’re going to be playing a song you may not have heard before! Don Dixon grew up in South Carolina, and a love of music from a young age led him to begin playing the guitar around age 13. He attended the University of North Carolina, and during his freshman year he connected with some other first-year students and put together a band. That band was called “Arrogance,” and was absolutely legendary in this...

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The Music in My Head – 6/1/17

6/1/17: The James Gang “Funk #49” He’s been called “Average Joe,” but he ain’t no average rock n’ roll guitar player! Joe Walsh is in my head today – more specifically a song he did with the James Gang long before he became a card-carrying member of The Eagles. Joe’s also been called the “Clown Prince of Rock” from time to time, and he’s certainly kind of a crazy guy. He likes to play with his fame and fortune, and it’s no secret that he enjoys the rock n’ roll lifestyle. It’s rumored that he’s destroyed his fair share of...

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The Music in My Head – 5/31/17

5/31/17: Delaney & Bonnie “Only You Know and I Know” I hear the music of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett in my head a lot. Delaney and Bonnie were an incredibly talented and fun-loving husband-and-wife musical duo as famous for the friends they attracted to join them on stage as for their own music and accomplishments! For starters, there’s Duane and Gregg Allman, Leon Russel, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Gram Parsons and King Curtis. To really put the icing on the cake, George Harrison loved Delaney, Bonnie, and their music enough to help guide them through the complex process of recording...

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The Music in My Head – 5/30/17

  5/26/17: Storyville “Good Day For The Blues” Today, the music playing in my head is by a band out of Austin, Texas. They’re not really all that well known, but… man, oh man, these guys are good. Rock, blues, or soul – however you want to categorize them, it’s Storyville! After a jam session at famous blues joint Antone’s, five independent Texas musicians came together to form this locally-sourced supergroup! Storyville featured an awesome lead singer by the name of Malford Milligan. He’s appeared on “The Voice” in 2013 as a contestant, but wasn’t picked by any of the...

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The Music in My Head – 5/26/17 -“Ron’s Top 10 Live Performances” – #1

5/26/17: The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”  Well, we’re up to #1 today on my list of personal favorite live rock performances. If you’d like to check out numbers two through ten, you can find ‘em all on chapelboro.com, right under “The Music in My Head” when you hover over “Town Square.” I really struggled with this list. Not because it’s hard to find great live music to listen to, of course. There’s just so much music that I love, so many artists I never get tired of hearing. When it came down to the last few, it started getting particularly...

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