Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 6/18/18

6/18/18: Storyville “A Good Day for The Blues”  I’m really happy to share this one with you today, because I want everybody to know about a great band called “Storyville.” Specifically, I want you to know about one of the best vocalists on the planet: a guy by the name of Malford Milligan. If we were in Texas, virtually every music fan in the vicinity would be well acquainted with Malford Milligan. He’s an absolute legend in Austin, which is well-known as one of the music capitals of the country, and Milligan is an eight-time award winner as “Best...

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The Music in My Head – 6/15/17

6/15/18: James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” I hadn’t heard the music in my head today in quite some time. Or thought about it, to be honest. But back in 2004, you couldn’t help but think about it! It was everywhere! Coming out of car radios, restaurant speakers, packed on playlists, the works. James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” was a song you just couldn’t get away from – even if you tried. Which was fine by me! I actually liked the song quite a bit. Well, I did. Until I heard it about a million times, and got a little burned out...

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The Music in My Head – 6/14/18

6/14/18: Eddy Grant “Electric Avenue”  I’ve always thought “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant was a happy song. I mean, it certainly sounds like it! I had never paid any particular attention to the words before, but when I woke with hearing it this morning I decided it was finally time to look up the lyrics. You know, just to be able to sing along and maybe even see what some of the words might mean. But, boy… this song is actually anything but happy! First of all, Eddy Grant is a British-Guyanese musician who’s gotten pretty famous from just...

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The Music in My Head – 6/13/18

6/13/18: The Isley Brothers “Summer Breeze”  The Isley Brothers started out as a vocal trio way back in 1954 – over 60 years ago! They were really brothers, too! Originally from Cincinatti, Ohio, the band grew as younger members of the family were added, and they became a full-fledged band. Eventually, these guys ended up being one of the longest-running, most influential acts in all of music history! Like all things, the band started small, but things really took off for the Isleys when they moved to New York City. The Isley Brothers’ first single came out in 1959,...

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The Music in My Head – 6/12/18

6/12/18: The Byrds “My Back Pages”  Byrds were singing this mornig — yes, Byrds, not birds — in my head. These Byrds didn’t fly without a little help, because I’m talking about the Californian rock band that was enormously popular back in the ’60s! The Byrds sounded different from anything we’d heard before, and for a short while there they were right up there in the rarefied air occupied by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and even The Beach Boys when it came to popularity. Suffice to say, these guys ushered in a whole new trend in music —...

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The Music in My Head – 6/11/18

6/11/18: Michael Jackson “Black or White”  Michael Jackson was singing — and dancing — in my head today! “Black or White” has always been one of my favorites from him, for a whole bunch of reasons. It’s got some wide-ranging musical influences on display, and what you end up with is a fusion of dance music, hip hop and rock n’ roll that ends up being an anthem about diversity and racial harmony as only the King of Pop could deliver it! I guess that pulling people together, working as one to overcome the divides we’ve created between ourselves,...

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The Music in My Head – 6/8/18

6/8/18: The Rolling Stones “She’s a Rainbow”  It’s been referred to as “the prettiest and most uncharacteristic song that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ever wrote for The Rolling Stones.” That’s true, too. These guys don’t usually do songs like this. It is a really nice tune, though… and if you watch the video and listen to the lyrics, on both counts you’ll find “She’s A Rainbow” is quite colorful and well-done. It’s already out of their comfort zone, especially when you consider that it’s off their 1967 album titled “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” The Rolling Stones tend to...

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The Music in My Head – 6/7/18

6/7/18: Van Morrison “Tupelo Honey” I don’t know but I’ve been told Van the Man is rather cantankerous.  He may not be pleasant to be around (and again, I don’t know that for a fact) but he can sure make some sweet music and I could listen to it all day.  So could millions of other fans.  One of Van’s sweetest songs was reverberating in my head when I woke up this morning at precisely 4:44 AM, and that’s the song I am honored to share with you today.  It’s Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey,” 7 minutes of musical bliss...

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The Music in My Head – 6/6/18

6/6/18: Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” How ‘bout a little Bruno Mars music today? Honestly, this is one of the most rousing songs I’ve ever heard, and one of the best videos I’ve ever seen, too… but “Don’t Believe Me, Just Watch!” “UPTOWN FUNK” has been playing off and on in my head since last weekend when I found out that it was recorded at a small recording house in Memphis called ROYAL STUDIOS! It’s on Willie Mitchell Boulevard, the home of HI Records and the HI rhythm section. This place is one of the best producers of soul music...

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The Music in My Head – 6/5/18

6/5/18: Elvis Presley “Burning Love” In our trip to Memphis this past weekend, we took a tour of Sun Studios, Sam Phillips’ legendary Memphis recording house where Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and so many others got their start. As you might expect, there’s more focus on Elvin than any other artist, even down to the display of the microphone Elvis used when he had his first sessions there. So, Elvis has been on my mind a lot lately. We didn’t just visit Sun Studios, either – we stayed at the famous Peabody...

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