Deep Fried and Sanctified is the second album by American blues musician, comedian, and writer Reverend Billy C. Wirtz. This is an album that was crude and irreverently hilarious with great bluesy performances was released March 1993 on the Hightone Records label. Among the great songs on this nine track album is Tennie Weenie Meanie, Inbred, Beep Tone Blues, Your Greens Gives Me The Blues and my favorite track off this album, Roberta. This album is well written, recorded, and produced. Whether your thing is a comedy or the blues, you will want to add this album to your record library.
Dust Bowl: American Stories is an upcoming release by American Roots Singer/Songwriter Grant Maloy Smith on the Suburban Cowboy Records label. This album is a mix of bluegrass, country and Americana. This album brings one back to the music of the hills with Grant’s rich voice and great instrumentation. Included on this twelve track album are such great songs as Isht A Lhampko (Have Strength), Me Time, All The Long Way, I Come From America, Daddy If I Have To Go and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. I feel you need to add this to your music library. I was very impressed with his promotional idea sending the CD with a small vial with real Oklahoma Dust. It will be released on June 1, 2017 on Amazon, Itunes and www.grant-maloy-smith.com/DustBowl where if you order directly from Grant, he will sign the CD.
Christmas with T. Graham Brown is a Christmas album by country superstar T. Graham Brown released October 2015 on the Mansion Records label. I have been a fan of his since 1986 when he had his hit I Tell It Like It Used To Be. His voice is as powerful as it was back in the 80’s. I looked to find out he is only two months younger than me.My favorite cuts off this eleven track album are I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Run Run Rudolph, Away in a Manger and one that really made me laugh Santa Claus Is Coming In A UFO. This album was very well performed and produced. This is a great add to your Christmas library.
Since it is Thanksgiving and no new music reviews, I thought I would review what I call my favorite Thanksgiving album. Alice’s Restaurant is the debut album by Arlo Guthrie released in September 1967 by Reprise Records. It features one of his most famous songs, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree“, Imagine it has been almost 50 years since this song was released and I still love this song. At 18 minutes and 20 seconds you still can’t get bored with song because it kept you laughing. The title track has everything Thanksgiving, Jail, The Draft and more. Not long ago I also got the CD of this album which was the revisited version. On this one it is 22 minutes and 21 seconds long which he adds about the Nixon Tapes. It is so funny. There are other great songs on this album; my favorite of these other tracks is The Motorcycle Song. I highly recommend this album if you want to listen to something that will make you laugh and may your day more happy.
My review of Country Funnies released April 10, 2001 on Double Day Records, a compilation of classic country humorous songs. This 20 track CD includes such great classics as Take This Job and Shove it by Johnny Paycheck, The Streak by Ray Stevens, Dang Me by Roger Miller, Pu’ Folks by Bill Anderson, and much more. This is great collection to add to your library.
My review of Golden Classics, a collection of songs that Ray Stevens previously recorded for Barnaby and Monument Records from 1968 to 1971. This 20 track album contains such great tracks as Shriner’s Convention, The Streak, Ahab the Arab, Jeremiah Peabody, Gitarzan and much more. I have been a fan of Ray Stevens since I was a kid, his songs always gave me a good laugh and the song Misty is a great song to tap your feet. I highly recommend adding this collection to your music library.