Most of you know I spent a good chunk of my life in Austin, TX, before moving back to Colorado, in 2015. While in the Lone Star State, I filled my ears with Robert Earl Keen, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Bob Schneider, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, etc... I won't lie, I do miss being around that wealth of music (and good Mexican food).
Of course, you can't call yourself a true resident of A-Town
without genuflecting to one musical name in particular, Willie Nelson.
In Austin, the man walks on Town Lake. A street is named after him, a
statue has been erected, and no doubt, when he passes, the city will
lower flags at half staff.
So, imagine my
shock when I discovered a Colorado-related Willie Nelson LP. An album
so bizarre, you'd swear it was made aboard his beloved bus, while
enjoying the braided one's favorite ground herb. I literally have no
clue how the idea for this recording was even conceived.
Released on the Soundmark label, out of Denver, Willie Nelson Family Album is credited as coming from the brain matter of The Sandpiper Agency, out of Durango. Willie Nelson voices a portion of the disc, with a
biographical account of his life and career - through spoken
word and song.
Darn it, so much for being a better blogger (blush). Yeah, yeah...
The album starts off with an intro from an unknown narrator, which segues into the same intro heard on his 1971 album, Yesterday's Wine - give a listen.
Let Me Be a Man
Summer of Roses
Funny How Time Slips Away
I've Got a Wonderful Future Behind Me
Stay Away from Lonely Places
Remember the Good Times
Me and Paul
My Own Particular Way
Pick Up The Tempo
Heaven and Hell
to the mystery is the large NOT FOR SALE - FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY
across the back cover. So how many of these albums were pressed, and who
received them? A quick Google search finds nada on "The Sandpiper
Agency" of Durango, so that was a dead end.
The liner notes on the back offer absolutely no explanation:
This album is designed to guide the listener through the Willie Nelson Family Album
in Willie's own words and music. The album is presented in four
segments: Willie's early life in Texas, his first years in Nashville as a
songwriter, the later years in Music City USA, when his music and
singing first became popular and his decision to move back to Texas,
with a whole new sound.
As Patsy might say, "Crazy."
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Pike's Peak Records Proudly Present "Mr. Music" Ray Charles
LP 1920 (1971)
Can't find a thing on this musician. Zilch, zero, nada. As always, dear reader, if you can't assist, please drop me a line. Apparently there was, believe it or not, another "Mr. Music," in Colorado Springs, the clarinetist Ed Nuccio.
2016 obituary for Mr. Nuccio:
Professional clarinetist Ed Nuccio was famous for nurturing children, teens and adults in their pursuit of music, so much so that he earned the moniker "Mr. Music."The longtime band director, educator and founder of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs died April 12 from cancer. He was 80 years old. Nuccio arrived in Colorado Springs in 1958 to play with the Air Force Academy Band where he earned an Airman of the Year award in 1959. He performed with Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in bands for Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dean Martin and others who played in concert at The Broadmoor.
Released, in 1971, on the Pike's Peak (apostrophe noted) label, this disc isn't on the same Pikes Peak label, of which Pueblo polka duo Frankie and Connie Bregar appear. Again, any help would be great.
Damn fine instrumental album, with lots of spacey keyboards - really diggin' that cover of "Caravan" (audio below).
Sweet Georgia Brown
St. Louis Blues
San Antonio Rose
Steel Guitar Rag
Caravan (listen to sample)
No acknowledgements or credits for the other musicians on this disc (who the heck is that fantastic guitarist?). Liner notes on the back:
From the majestic snowcapped rockies has emerged a fresh sound - the sound of Mr. Music, Ray Charles, who has appeared in person and thrilled audiences at most of the smart, plush nightclubs from coast to coast! The Hammond organ, always a lush, pleasing sound, seems to take on a new depth and dimension under the talented fingers of Mr. Music.