Elizabeth Cotten – Pete Seeger’s ‘Almost’ Nanny

Folk music legend Pete Seeger is someone you probably remember, but did you know that one of his musical influences might have been his ‘almost’ nanny? Although Pete was pretty much on his own by then and housekeeper Elizabeth Cotten wasn’t exactly Mary Poppins, she did take care of his younger step-siblings while attending to … More Elizabeth Cotten – Pete Seeger’s ‘Almost’ Nanny

Saluting Silly Songs – A Puzzle In Purple

I don’t think there’s any doubt that “Purple People Eater” is a song that qualifies for our Saluting Silly Songs feature. In case you don’t remember, it was a huge #1 record for singer/songwriter Sheb Wooley in 1958. But it’s also been sort of misunderstood through the years, because the question arose: was the alien … More Saluting Silly Songs – A Puzzle In Purple

Everly Brothers Helped With Bob Luman’s Big Decision

One of the many rockabilly stars who later embraced country music, Bob Luman had a solid career that included several Top Ten records, including his biggest hits, “Let’s Think About Living” and “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers.” But he almost left music behind for another career — as a professional baseball player — before the Everly … More Everly Brothers Helped With Bob Luman’s Big Decision

Country Catalyst – A Challenge For ‘Pickers’

Today’s edition of Country Catalyst, our periodic attempt to bring new fans to country music, spotlights a song that has been recorded many times, both with and without lyrics. But it’s as an instrumental that it reaches its full impact, making “Sugar Foot Rag” a classic challenge for virtuoso guitarists in its more than sixty … More Country Catalyst – A Challenge For ‘Pickers’

Old And In The Way

In spite of what you might think — especially given the fact that this blog is mostly for and about geezers — the title of this piece does not refer to a pathetic old guy who is feeling a little unappreciated. It is instead about a short-lived 1970s bluegrass band of that name led by … More Old And In The Way