Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 8/14/18

8/14/18: Aretha Franklin “Ain’t No Way” I’ve been thinking a lot about Aretha Franklin lately. There have been numerous reports of Aretha being gravely ill at her home, surrounded by family and friends. Some reports say she’s under hospice care. She’s 76 years old, and has been suffering from various health problems for years. It’s been reported that she’s saying goodbye to loved ones. I don’t know what the real story is, but it doesn’t sound promising, and I suppose we’ll all eventually find out. Aretha Franklin is the undisputed “Queen of Soul.” Nobody else even comes close. She...

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The Music in My Head – 8/13/18

8/13/18: Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights”  I don’t know exactly what put it there but Gary Clark, Jr.’s guitar was in my head first thing this morning. Specifically, it was the opening riff from “Bright Lights.” I’ll get back to the song in just a moment. Gary Clark, Jr. is an American blues musician, originally from Austin, Texas, the home of so many great players. His music is a combination of rock, blues, and soul. Clark is an incredible guitar player and a strong vocalist. He can actually play a variety of instruments, but it’s his work on guitar...

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The Music in My Head – 8/10/18

8/10/18: Rufus “Tell Me Something Good” People were chanting her name when she became a solo superstar, but the incredibly talented Chaka Khan got her start as part of a group! That’s where the song in my head today comes from: the era when the one-and-only Chaka Khan wasn’t a household name just yet – even though it didn’t take her too long to get there. “Rufus” was the name of the band, and they were a high-flying funk outfit straight from Chicago. They’re mostly known today for launching Khan’s career, but that story leaves out how Rufus was...

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The Music in My Head – 8/9/18

8/9/18: Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride”  The music in my head today begins with a little guitar distortion before it takes you on a magic carpet ride – and like everything else Steppenwolf did, it sort of makes you feel like riding right out of town on a motorcycle! That’s how it makes me feel, anyway! There’s some cool lyrics at play here: “I like to dream right between the sound machine, on a cloud of sound I drift in the night, any place it goes is right. Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here. Well, you...

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The Music in My Head – 8/8/18

8/8/18: Paul Rodgers & Free “All Right Now”  I had a familiar guitar riff in my head first thing this morning! It’s a song that rock really hard, too… no apologies, no hesitations – just good-time rock and roll! It’s Paul Rodgers & Free with “All Right Now!” I’ve written about Paul Rodgers before, because I happen to think he’s one of the best rock singers on the planet. Most people know him as the vocalist for Bad Company, but he was fronting Free before Bad Company ever existed. Back in 1968, a group of guys got together and...

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The Music in My Head – 8/7/18

8/7/18: Tommy James & The Shondells “Crimson & Clover” I listened to some Tommy James & The Shondells music over the weekend, and there’s one song I just can’t get out of my mind. I’ll play it in just a minute. This came came out of a small town in Michigan…and no, it didn’t have anything to do with Motown Records. Tommy started out in a group calld, The Echos, way back in 1959. Even though he was just 12 years old, he was the group’s lead singer. He went on from there and formed his own band, and eventually,...

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The Music in My Head – 8/6/18

8/6/18: Mark Lindsay “Arizona” Paul Revere & The Raiders were a hit-making machine back in the 60’s. And the group had a charismatic front man by the name of MARK LINDSAY. He was so talented, that he eventually took over all the songwriting and composing duties for the band. There was a guy named Paul Revere (actual name) who headed up the band, and it was first called The Downbeats. They decided to take advantage of Paul’s name. Changed the name to Paul Revere & The Raiders and started dressing in Revolutionary War costumes. This band recorded “Louie, Louie,”...

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The Music in My Head – 8/2/18

8/2/18: Rod Stewart “Angel” This song’s been in my head a lot. The original version by Jimi Hendrix, and the cover by Rod Stewart with that raucous band, The Faces, backing him up. This morning, the first voice I heard was that of Rockin’ Rod Stewart, but the real reason I like his take on the song so much is Ronnie Wood’s guitar. Wood was the lead guitar player for Faces, and, of course, now he can be found onstage right next to Keith Richards with The Rolling Stones. There’s just something about the sound of this song that...

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The Music in My Head – 8/1/18

8/1/18: Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”  I hear the music of the guy I call The Marvelous Marvin Gaye a lot, whether it’s on the radio, at home in my car or in my head. I hear it a lot in TV shows and movies, too. It seems like he’s just about everywhere! But there’s one song from Marvelous Marvin that I’ve been thinking of since last night, and it’s probably one you already know. I don’t know what started it playing up there, but I love Marvin Gaye, so there’s no problem as far as...

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The Music in My Head: 7/31/18

7/31/18: Daryl Hall & John Oates “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” “YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING” is an absolute classic song, recorded originally by The Righteous Brothers! Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield spent 38 hours in the studio, singing that song over and over and over again, until they got it right—in the eyes of Phil Spector, the musical madman, known for the famous “Wall of Sound.” The Wrecking Crew provided the instrumentation, and it was a huge success, although the Righteous Brothers didn’t think it would go over very well, since it was slow and longer than most...

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