Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 7/19/17

7/19/17: The Byrds “Turn, Turn, Turn” I had some Byrds flying around in my head this morning! An incredible band out of California, where a lot of incredible bands seem to come from, The Byrds hit the national spotlight in the mid-‘60s with their unique variety of West Coast country rock. The thing that stood out to me when I first heard them was the sound of a 12-string Rickenbacker guitar… it was unlike anything I’d heard before! The Byrds were right up there on the charts with The Beatles, The Stones and The Beach Boys for a short...

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The Music in My Head – 7/18/17

7/18/17: Bonnie Raitt “Love Me Like a Man” I woke up this morning with Bonnie Raitt in my head, which isn’t unusual. I love Bonnie Raitt! She’s known primarily as a blues artist, and she’s done a whole lot to help expose other blues musicians to a larger audience, particularly those who’ve been around for a while without getting mainstream recognition. Bonnie, of course, isn’t lacking in the “mainstream recognition” department. She’s had some widespread hits, like “Nick of Time,” “Something to Talk About,” and an old favorite that’s certainly in the running for saddest song of all time:...

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The Music in My Head – 7/14/17

7/14/17: Keb Mo “A Better Man” “Playing for Change” is a great musical project. It’s meant to bring people from all over the county, and all over the world, together. It’s an initiative meant to inspire people, with the hope to bring peace to the world through an exceptionally powerful force: music. Music can make you appreciate other people, their cultures, their beliefs. Music can open floodgates of emotion and memory, and ease communication where there may be barriers in place. The people behind “Playing for Change” have gone out and gotten some big-name artists to participate, along with...

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The Music in My Head – 7/13/17

7/13/17: The B-52’s “Love Shack” If you’re going to party, you’ve gotta have some good party music! The song floating around my brain today is certainly party music! It’s “Love Shack,” by the B-52’s! It’s an energetic, bouncy, good-time tune by a New Wave band out of Athens, Georgia… another great campus town not unlike our own Chapel Hill. Some people interpret the song in ways that are a little risqué, but I think the B-52’s were just trying to have a good time, and they certainly pulled that off! You can hear it in the recording… the studio...

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The Music in My Head – 7/12/17

7/12/17: Jackie Wilson “I Get the Sweetest Feeling”  Mister Excitement himself, Jackie Wilson, was right there with me when I opened my eyes to start the day. He was one of the most dynamic performers to ever take the stage – an incredible voice spanning four octaves, some big-time dance movies and an incredibly long line of hit records on the R&B and pop charts back in the ‘60s. Jackie started out with Billy Ward and the Dominoes, but we went solo in 1957. For Wilson, the best was yet to come, since after he went solo he started...

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The Music in My Head – 7/11/17

7/11/17: The Rolling Stones “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”  These things are random, sometimes. The music in my head occasionally is triggered by a memory, or maybe I heard it around somewhere. There’s always music floating around in my head, and this morning it was a great old rock n’ roll tune from the Stones, though it might not be one you’d expect. Back in 1989, the Rolling Stones recorded an album called “Steel Wheels.” One of the song on there, “Between and Rock and a Hard Place,” stood out to me. It’s hard to tell exactly...

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The Music in My Head – 7/10/17

7/10/17: Donovan Leitch “Hurdy Gurdy Man” I heard the voice of Donovan P. Leitch in my head this morning. In case you don’t know, that’s “Donovan,” the mononymous Scottish icon who took part of the “British Invasion” as an icon of folk/jazz/rock/psychedelia in the 60s. He’s a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter – these days he’s a music producer, working behind the scenes to help other musicians find the sound they’re looking for. He first became enormously popular in the UK through performances on a program called “Ready, Steady, Go!” and eventually became quite popular Stateside as well, with...

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The Music in My Head – 7/7/17

7/7/17: The Carpenters “Superstar” Last night, I stayed up late. I got caught up in this TV show on REELZ about The Carpenters. Speifically, it was about Karen Carpenter. I think it was called “The Karen Carpenter Story,” or something else on-the-nose, and it was obviously about the sibling duo who had a long succession of hit records during the 70s and early 80s. I wouldn’t really call it rock n’ roll, but they were on the radio constantly, sharing stations with the legends from the time. The Carpenters recorded 11 albums and released 31 singles – most of...

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The Music in My Head – 7/6/17

7/6/17: Eric Bibb “Five Miles Above” I don’t want to bring anybody down today, but the particular song playing in my head this morning has lot of sentimental value to me. I remember driving to Greensboro to attend a funeral for a young man who left us all too soon. I believe this was in about 2003, when Stephen Gates passed on. He was a bright young reporter for WCHL and the Tar Heel Sports Network. Driving home from Greensboro he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while outside of his car changing a flat tire.  He was only...

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The Music in My Head – 7/5/17

7/5/17: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” I really enjoyed my 4th of July. I spent part of my day emceeing the entertainment stage at Carrboro Town Hall with some great music. I was thinking how great it was that such a diverse group of people could get together and enjoy themselves listening to music underneath that huge shade tree in front of Carrboro’s town hall. Later in the night, I got to be a part of the big ol’ Town of Chapel Hill 4th of July Fireworks show. Close to 25,000 people, all united and celebrating Independence Day together...

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