Archive for March, 2012

R.I.P – Earl Scruggs – An American Treasure

Earl Scruggs at WLYX - 1974

Earl Scruggs at WLYX - 1974 (C)Joe Spake -all rights reserved

I first heard Earl Scruggs playing on TV for Martha White Flour with long time partner Lester Flatt – The Flatt and Scruggs show came on on Saturday evenings in the 1950s and 1960s, I believe. Even though I was too young to really appreciate the music fully, I was glued to the old TV set.  All these years later, that Martha White jingle is still top of mind.

Even though Earl’s progressive Bluegrass style created a milestone in American music, He went on to do some more progressive music with his sons in the Earl Scruggs Review in the mid 1970s.  I met him, interviewed him, and he spent a lot of time with us at WLYX-FM, Southwestern College’s (now Rhodes) Radio Station (picture above). Read the rest of this entry »


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There ain’t no monkeys in my family tree

Monkey in Bali, Indonesia

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am writing a new state song for Tennessee.  The title of this post is is the first line.  I have never written a song before, but somehow I am inspired.  Join me with your lines in the comments of this blog and  and let’s crowd source this thing.

This move comes in the wake of the  Tennessee senate passing a bill which, in part, would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”  The house has already passed their version. It’s being called the Monkey Bill by opponents. Full story via the National Center for Science Education.

Tennessee obviously didn’t learn much from the events and results of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.  I wonder who will be the 2013 replacements for  William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate for the Democrats, who argued for the prosecution, and Clarence Darrow, who represented John Scopes in his defense for mentioning Evolution in a Dayton, TN school.

Here’s some lyrics from a 1931 song  by the Carolina Buddies that might help inspire your lyric contribution for our state song.

From  My Evolution Girl

…..And she says we came from monkeys
Many many years gone by
But I know she’ll need a Saviour
When her time shall come to die……

Don’t believe in false teaching
For the truth to you I’ve told
Don’t believe in evolution
For the devil will get your soul.

So get those creative juices flowing and include your lines in the comments of this post.  Oh and try to work in Inherit the Wind somewhere.

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Sculpture – Canon Center – Downtown Memphis, TN

You have probably seen the shiny metal sculpture at the northeast corner of Poplar and Front.
Next time you are Downtown, explore it from the inside – Amazing!

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