The Cowsills vs The Partridge Family

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I've been having a good time listening to all the Cowsills albums from their heyday, discovering interesting cuts on all of them. You can hear a little creative arc as they start out doing Beatles/Mamas & Papas-style pop, then blossom with a couple of albums of more elaborately produced sunshine pop, and ultimately go for a more organic sound on their last two albums before their initial split. There's even a couple of prog-like cuts on their II x II album. The group had started playing their own instrumental tracks in '69 with the "Hair" single, which effected or at least correlated with this shift.

The Partridge Family are a bit of a blindspot for me; "I Think I Love You" and of course the theme song are the only things that really stick. I've heard all the hit singles, which sound pleasant enough, mostly, but they don't resonate. Is there such a thing as a Partridge deep cut? I guess it's worth pointing out that David Cassidy and Shirley Jones are the only ones of the actors that really sing on the records (and of course their instrumentation is a studio group). Still they've got things going for them - obviously the good looks of Keith and Laurie, and Cassidy's warm voice and charisma as a front man. Gotta say, Susan Cowsill is a WAY better tambourine player than the little girl in the Partridge Family.

Josefa, Monday, 28 August 2017 15:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Cowsills' shelved album from 1978 is top shelf stuff.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 28 August 2017 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't think I ever heard of the Cowsills as a kid, but we had all the Partridge LPs. So...

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 August 2017 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

You don't remember the "Hair" single or "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" from AM radio?

Josefa, Monday, 28 August 2017 17:20 (one year ago) Permalink

nope

might've heard em but they left no impression

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 August 2017 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I love the song 'Some Good Years' from their comeback album 'Global', recorded 1990 but released later (I think). The dated production doesn't hold it back at all for me. This is the sort of nostalgic song that The Beach Boys should have been producing on their later albums. Arguably even has a touch of Big Star about it, albeit with somewhat different recording technology available...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ5w7H0mpTc

PaulTMA, Monday, 28 August 2017 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

You don't remember the "Hair" single or "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" from AM radio?

I don’t remember hearing these on NYC oldies radio either. Only became familiar with them decades later.

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:10 (one month ago) Permalink

This blew my mind first time I saw it. Not a lip sync.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcfW_ufyReM

timellison, Monday, 27 August 2018 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Dang! Barry was still around for that show.

xxp

Josefa, Monday, 27 August 2018 00:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah that was really sad about him.

I met Susan once, when the Continental Drifters were playing, but have nothing really to report.

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Wait I had that YouTube problem of it c+ping the prior video. I meant to post this first
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt_yKPNORLM

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

With regard to the thread question
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGmQr4hA2Oc

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:37 (one month ago) Permalink

But wait, on "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" it's interesting how closely they duplicate the vocals of the original record in that live version... even though it's a different lead singer (Bob instead of Bill) and Susan is I assume doing the backing vocals that her mom did on the original.

Josefa, Monday, 27 August 2018 00:38 (one month ago) Permalink

People overlook the Cowsills "Hair" as one of the high points of 1960s US culture

Josefa, Monday, 27 August 2018 00:48 (one month ago) Permalink

their creepy christian apocalypse single is pretty compelling. also if you overlook susan completely blowing the lyrics this performance of "when i'm 64" is pretty great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsMTqyiGl88

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:53 (one month ago) Permalink

oh, also, their one-off single backing waddy wachtel in '74 is good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh2KTuHuAxo

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 27 August 2018 00:56 (one month ago) Permalink

People overlook the Cowsills "Hair" as one of the high points of 1960s US culture

Like I said, I missed it at the time, but totally dug it when I finally got around to it. Just read that that was the first time it was only them playing on the recording.

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:03 (one month ago) Permalink

But yeah, it does feel like a slept on top of the Zeitgeist ziggurat moment.

Thanks for that Bridey Murphy single, rushomancy. Just found some background on it here:
http://bapresley.com/silverthreads/music/bands/brideymurphy.html

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:12 (one month ago) Permalink

But wait, on "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" it's interesting how closely they duplicate the vocals of the original record in that live version... even though it's a different lead singer (Bob instead of Bill) and Susan is I assume doing the backing vocals that her mom did on the original.

I listened to something else from that and now assume it’s not quite live, that they redid and added vocals before and after the fact when needed.

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

I kind of like them in competent-plus cover band mode (unless they recorded these tunes on the first go round and I am unaware of it)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHzRUViOpNA

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Speaking of The Continental Drifters, did not know that John Cowsill was married to Vicki Peterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZuXkGKed7I

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:42 (one month ago) Permalink

I did know that he played drums with Mike Love’s Beach Boys though, having heard an interview with him on WFMU once. He seems to have an affinity for songs that end with “-in’”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8URMr-5mfU

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Will refrain from posting any more videos for the time being. Feel like the Cowsills own this thread, the Partridge Family was an okay comedy show with a musical setting in which the music was usually not that good.

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Fully agree.

re "Hair," it was also their last single before the dad fired lead singer Bill Cowsill from the band - or Bill quit after some kind of confrontation depending on the story, which precipitated their commercial decline and ultimate demise. This is all recounted in the 2011 documentary Family Band which is strongly recommended.

Josefa, Monday, 27 August 2018 02:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Will check it out, thanks

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 August 2018 02:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Susan performs a song she wrote with Barry when he visited her from The Great Beyond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-ypoT1QTs

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 05:13 (one month ago) Permalink

This may look cheesy but Bob tells some really good stories and turns in some good performances, abetted by audience backing vlocals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzRiGeZ3zZc

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 06:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Ha, this is wonderful.

Didn't know the same guy wrote "Indian Lake" and "I Think I Love You."

Josefa, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 21:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, me neither.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Okay, finally watched Family Band. Wow.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, found some raw footage for it here: http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/the-cowsills.560328/page-7
, along with some stuff that didn’t make the final cut.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, Family Band doc is so good!
It’s a bit meandering & clearly a passion project BUT it’s such a sad & fascinating story. I had very little knowledge of their story at all aside from the songs I knew. Total eyeopener, and gave me a better appreciation for their talent.

I ~super~ love ‘The Rain, The Park & Other Things’ <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 6 September 2018 04:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't know that there's a song that better sums up the 1960s zeitgeist than that (though I personally only remember the early '70s onward). But that song is heartbreaking even when Bob Cowsill performs it alone.

He's right when he says no one can tell the Cowsills' voices apart - they're just so similar.

Josefa, Thursday, 6 September 2018 04:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I think I can tell when John is singing on some later stuff, but yeah, otherwise it is difficult. Speaking of whom, here is an interesting interview with him from a Beach Boys site: http://bapresley.com/silverthreads/links/johnbbb.html

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 10:10 (one month ago) Permalink

One of the things that slowly led me back to them, along with trying to comprehend how John ended up in The Beach Boys and Susan ended up in The Continental Drifters and married to Peter Holsapple at the time, was this Tropicalia version of “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9uzHcN4DSs
which I still find slightly charming, although not a patch on the pants of the original of course.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 11:54 (one month ago) Permalink

the rain the park and other things youtube upthread made my day, i need to make a SUNSHINE AS FUCK tshirt.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 6 September 2018 16:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah the, um, Peel Session feel on that one is great.

BTW, just listened to an a cappella version of that they put out this year and can safely recommend it to you guys as well.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:53 (one month ago) Permalink

not a patch on the pants of the original

Come on! "I love the flower" forever.

timellison, Thursday, 6 September 2018 23:37 (one month ago) Permalink

So in that video of "The Rain, The Park and Other Things" from the Billy Benefit concert it seems to me that Bob's twin brother Richard is playing conga, which the comments seem to confirm, along with the fact that the audio was sweetened after the fact.

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 02:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Might try to go see them in December.

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 02:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah what was that part from the documentary, Richard was a promising drummer but the dad nixed the idea of him joining the group for some reason?

Josefa, Saturday, 8 September 2018 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

They say he was the one who was most like the dad so the dad singled him out that much extra.

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 02:55 (one month ago) Permalink

FYI, the woman who directed Family Band has posted a lot of outtakes/raw footage on YouTube.

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 02:58 (one month ago) Permalink

And here's an interesting two-part interview with John that's not from to the documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9xaNslwvSM

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 03:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Last record has some beauts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr4UKpKYpx0

velko, Saturday, 8 September 2018 04:01 (one month ago) Permalink

That album is good and very obscure, but then the whole run of We Can Fly, Captain Sad & His Ship of Fools, II x II, and On My Side is great. Can't vouch for the "in concert" LP from 1969, and the first album from '67 with "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things" has kind of a beginners' feel to it, so it's a bit lesser than the others.

Josefa, Saturday, 8 September 2018 06:53 (one month ago) Permalink

In Concert is lots of covers plus the studio version of “Hair,” no?

Cruel Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 September 2018 10:40 (one month ago) Permalink

man i'm just a sucker for the mellotron every time, already a great song but when the chamberlin showed up on "can you love" really pushed it over the top!

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Still need to check out their own (Psycho Sisters) album, And need to dig up Susan's solo album--was good, but don't remember particulars, just an impression of her standing by a river, singing her ass off (but not in a showboat way).

dow, Monday, 10 September 2018 04:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for adding all that stuff, dow. Isn’t Bill Mumy also a member of The Psycho Sisters?

Been listening to Susan’s solo album called Lighthouse which is pretty good and has a song called “River of Love” which is a tribute to Barry and was written by him, I think, performed by the four remaining Cowsills. There is a nice video of it made by the director of Family Band which starts with three of them on the mic waiting for John who is in another room either warming up or practicing for a gig by playing a Beach Boys song.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 09:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah, actually it is not John singing and playing The Beach Boys, maybe someone else on piano, perhaps it is Jackson Browne, as someone claims in the comments section, and then Paul Cowsill is singing it in imitation of John imitating Blondie Chaplin imitating Carl Wilson, in an attempt to summon John
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xva13taqpJY

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 10:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Sorry about being a bit gaga at gogo about posting videos but it’s just that there are so many videos of them on YouTube if I find one I am particularly interested it I am putting it here so I can find it again.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 10:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Or maybe it is him playing piano. In any case it is an amusing illustration of the Cowsill dynamic.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 10:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks! Had forgotten about that thread.

dow, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Sure.

Some good stuff on the RIP Billy Cowsill thread too.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 19:02 (one month ago) Permalink

So that video of TRTP&OT in front of the houses and barns is from one of their 2/10 Ed Sullivan appearances.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 22:33 (one month ago) Permalink

And that mic problem at the beginning is the reason Bud got mad and then in response Ed & Co cancelled all the remaining performances except one. So yes, that is a live performance, not lip-synced.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 23:32 (one month ago) Permalink

And if you watch it a couple of times you can start to see each Cowsill sing their various parts. Way cool.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 23:38 (one month ago) Permalink

There seem to have two nights of that Taste of Rhode Island 2000 show in which all seven siblings are on stage. For instance in one of them Barry is playing a violin Beatle bass on "Hair,"in the other it's something else, looks sort of like a Rickenbacker but probably not. Most of the bass is actually played by a guy named Robby Scharf, who plays in Bob's band.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:38 (one month ago) Permalink

From what I understand, that Ed Sullivan clip is of the rehearsal. The volume problem was really bad when they went live.

timellison, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Makes sense. I hear the problem went on for twenty seconds so sounds right.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Would love to see the performance the second time they were on - they did "We Can Fly."

timellison, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

The audio for that seems to be available through the major streaming services, although I can't quite seem to click all the way through yet.

So the thing I posted upthread which shows up on Youtube as Taste of Rhode Island is from the first night, and the earlier set, before the inexperienced singer RIchard Cowsill loses his voice, which shows up simply as TORI, is this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFg-leBxM54

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah, not available in US

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, Bill sounds fantastic. Is that Dick singing backup behind them by Barry?

timellison, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh sorry, I see you mentioned that that is indeed him...

timellison, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I think the other set is a bit better but watch them both if you have time.

Can't stream Sullivan version of "We Can Fly" but I think it may be worth the 99 cents to buy it.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm listening to the clip on iTunes and it sounds like the Sullivan house band or something!

timellison, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

This Billy Cowsill Everly Brother's pastiche is pretty sweet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL5Xe_550EDVBX4qjBJfQROlNCz5LKvnOI&time_continue=117&v=_RWKPl0vZgo

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Everly Brothers (extra apostrophe ugh)
Here is simpler link, "Love's A Hurtin' Thing"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RWKPl0vZgo

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Although that full playlist is interesting

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:33 (one month ago) Permalink

This is like a bottomless well. Just found yet another video of Billy singing incredibly well, starting with “Blue Bayou” then “Devil Woman” and I don’t know what comes next.
RIP Billy Cowsill

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Ahem. Sorry. Meant to post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXxZYUOiJTs

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:10 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s presumably just some brunch gig but still

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:33 (one month ago) Permalink

That striped strung-out Sunday sound

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Billy sings Bob (not his brother):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QUNo_eRppk

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Billy sings Merle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNQo4sComus

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Billy sings Hank:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGhFOMxqWCs

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to what he does with his voice in some of this stuff, quite convincing imitations of various country styles, has made me go back to the earliest MGM stuff and listen with new ears. Even if he is singing in a more pop-rock style, one can hear or imagine hearing a certain melancholy in his voice that translated well when he went country.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

I was a friend of Billy Cowsill over the last ten years of his life, and even was honoured to sing one of his Blue Shadows songs at his memorial wake here in Calgary, which was attended by 850 people. Billy was beloved here. In 1997 a group of his Calgary pals rescued Billy from Vancouver, where he had sunk into drug and alcohol dependency after the breakup of the Blue Shadows. They paid for him to get into rehab for an extended period (that brunch gig JR and the Bs linked to above was early on in the process when Billy started leaving the facility for the occasional afternoon gig, just to keep his chops up) and set him up in an apartment afterward. Billy took on a trio of younger local musicians to do mostly early 60s covers and called it the Co-Dependents. He stayed sober, mentored a lot of younger musicians, played extensively in hospital wards, seniors homes and long term care facilities and attended community college. Unfortunately the long term damage he'd done to his body led to his early death in 2006. I miss him a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_QgvUS-wfY&frags=pl%2Cwn

Ρεμπετολογια, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks so much for that. Think I read that when he passed he was working on a psychology degree.

Also, were you trying to post a video? There is an embed but it is not showing up properly.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Okay. Couldn’t see it in zing but do see it in Chrome.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:44 (one month ago) Permalink

"love's a hurtin' thing" is good and all but unfortunately gloria ann taylor recorded the definitive song with that title

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Near the end of this clip he is singing and playing on another Arthur Alexander song.
https://youtu.be/ErjqWzROMaM

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 September 2018 01:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Really dig Billy’s song “Vagabond”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHKTSt4RZp8

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Billy used to love telling the story about how he first recorded Vagabond as a demo in an NYC studio one night in 1972. His own guitar wasn't staying in tune so the engineer pulled a Gibson Everly Bros Flattop out from a closet, that had been left in the studio by the daytime occupant (recording "Sometime in New York City"), John Lennon. He couldn't believe he was playing Lennon's axe. Later in the Blue Shadows he wrote a song about the experience called "Johnny's Guitar".

Ρεμπετολογια, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 04:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks. Love these Billy stories you are providing.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Just found the first Blue Shadows album on Spotify. Still kind of amazed at what a convincing country and rockabilly singer he became. Maybe I am a bit of fool on that point but the fool is the last one to know.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Two notes on songwriting credits:

  • Interesting that “You’re Not the Same Girl” was written by another guy in Blue Northern, Ray O’Toole, not Billy, but it ended up in the Cowsills repertoire.
  • Guy who wrote “Covered Wagon,” Danny O’Keefe, also wrote “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.” (cf recent Elvis poll) Still don’t know anything else about him.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Just found this great live performance of “Deliver Me” with the Blue Shadows.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E47DEbOiYTo

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, just noticed the latest Super Hits poll

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Miranda Lambert, er, covered "Covered Wagon" on her last album.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:55 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Blue Shadows album really holds up

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 03:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Like how the harmonies lean a little more towards the Louvins than most

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 03:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Was referring to the first album. Here is the title track of the second album, which I just came across and enjoyed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqtXWrB4xm4

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 03:41 (one week ago) Permalink


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