Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 1/18/17

1/18/17: Bonnie Raitt “Thing Called Love” She’s an amazing slide player and a fantastic vocalist, as well. She’s been around a long time, and has a lot of love for the blues. In fact, she’s done a great job getting exposure for some Old Blues musicians most people have never heard of. She’s performed with a lot of ‘em too, and done what she could to help put them in the spotlight. The album “Nick of Time” has a particular song, “Thing Called Love.” It’s not Bonnie’s song, it was written by John Hyatt, a prolific singer/songwriter. When you...

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The Music in My Head – 1/17/17

1/17/17: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” Back in the day, it was called “Blue-Eyed Soul.” One of the best examples was a duo known as the Righteous Brothers, made up of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. Their contrasting vocal ranges made for some great harmonies, with Medley bringing home baritone and Hatfield handling the higher tenor range. Mr. Hatfield is no longer with us, but Mr. Medley can still sing. It was this song, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” that was playing in my brain when I got out of bed today. Ain’t that righteous, brother?...

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The Music in My Head – 1/16/17

1/16/17: Sam Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come” The late, great Sam Cooke heard a tune that Bob Dylan wrote, called “Blowing in the Wind.” The song resonated with Cooke, and the questions presented needed asking. Cooke took it upon himself to expand upon the social message, and it wasn’t long until he produced “A Change is Gonna Come,” which is the music in my head this morning. Inspired by his experiences and adopted as an anthem of the Civil Rights movement, it’s a quintessential anthem for good folks everywhere keeping the faith and working towards a better world.  ...

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The Music in My Head – 1/13/17

1/13/17: Stevie Wonder “Love’s in Need of Love Today” There was a two-hour show on ABC last night to celebrate the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The show was amazing, with a star-studded lineup that included some great musical performances from Gladys Knight, John Legend, Usher, and so many more. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama were in the audience, clearly enjoying themselves. I kept thinking “what a cool First Family!” and the whole show just continued to blow me away. Near the end, Stevie Wonder came on stage and did a song from...

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The Music in My Head – 1/12/16

1/12/17: Fleetwood Mac “Sara”  Nobody’s going to be surprised when I say I’m a big fan of Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks, in particular. This particular song just kind of floats along, getting into a nice mellow groove and staying there. There’s a heartbreaking story behind it, too… but I don’t want to get into that. Why Stevie wrote it is a downer, but “Sara” by Fleetwood Mac is the music in my head today.   The Music in My Head with Ron Stutts is presented by the all new School of Rock Chapel Hill. School of Rock is opening this...

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The Music in My Head – 1/11/17

1/11/17: Buddy Guy & John Mayer “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”  I woke up this morning with the Otis Redding song “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” playing in my head. As my morning went on, it morphed into another version of the tune that I had just discovered several months ago. Otis Redding started to bleed over into the interpretation by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy and the extraordinary John Mayer. It’s one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard, but I could listen to it all day. The Music in My Head with Ron Stutts is presented by the all...

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The Music in My Head – 1/10/17

1/10/17: Rod Stewart “Angel” Jimi Hendrix wrote and recorded “Angel” months before he died in 1970. It’s a song that has been covered and re-recorded by many artists including Fiona Apple, the Jeff Healey Band, and Rod Stewart. I’m a big Jimi Hendrix fan, and Rod Stewart’s version on “Never a Dull Moment” (which rocketed to #1 in the UK and here in the States, too!) shines through with all the loose rock n’ roll characteristic of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, who you can find these days playing alongside Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones. Focus on the guitar,...

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The Music in My Head – 1/9/17

1/9/17: War. “Low Rider” This is one of those random songs that I have no idea about.  I mean, it’s a great song… but I don’t know why it keeps playing in my head.  Today. It’s War… a group that was made famous by Eric Burdon of the Animals.  He sang with ‘em for a while. The Music in My Head with Ron Stutts is presented by the all new School of Rock Chapel Hill. School of Rock is opening this spring at the old 501 Diner location. Now pre-enrolling for all programs and summer camps at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com or 919-338-1011. Ask...

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The Music in My Head – 1/6/17

1/6/17: Jackson Browne. “Load Out/Stay” I never really get tired of this, although he’s done a lot of other great music, as well.  The quintessential California singer-songwriter, Jackson Browne wrote a song in appreciation of his road crew — the guys who stack it up and tear it down… and he said “Just be sure you got it all set to go, before you come for my piano,” and then he paired that with a song that would be the last in the concert:  “Stay” an old tune from Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs… and now?  They just go Together....

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The Music in My Head – 1/5/17

1/5/17: ZZ Top. “La Grange” Sometimes, I have no idea how this music gets stuck in my head.  This morning, I know why.  I heard this song on a television ad last night for motorcycle insurance.  It’s that little ol’ blues and boogie band from Texas… Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard. Ironically, the drummer, Frank Beard, is the only one without one.  This is “LaGrange.”  Haw, haw, haw, haw.   The Music in My Head with Ron Stutts is presented by the all new School of Rock Chapel Hill. School of Rock is opening this spring at the...

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