Loud Music is a $40 Fine

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December 6, 2006

Small Frame, Big Voice

Vickie CarricoThere’s a link on right side of this page to a singer named Vickie Carrico. That takes you to Vickie’s MySpace page where you can hear some of the cuts from her new CD “Never Been Hurt”.

Vickie might be a little over five feet tall. But she’s got the voice of a giant. She can belt out a song like no one I’ve ever heard.

I was first introduced to her music in the mid 80’s by my then-business partner. Her (my business partner) husband was a singer and song writer who’d worked some with Vickie. They took me to a show where Vickie was playing, and I was just blown away. Over the next few years, every time she and her band played in Nashville, I was there (mostly at the Bluebird Cafe). I also saw her sing backup with several performers. Of the folks I saw her sing backup for, probably the best one was a guy named Steve Davis. He had a song called “Take Time To Know Her” cut by Percy Sledge in 1968. He’s also had a handful of songs cut by Joe Cocker.

Anyway, I fell out of touch with Vickie in the early 90’s. I think she left Nashville for a while. Four or five years ago, she was playing at the same venue as Webb Wilder, the now defunct Trafalgar Square (a four story building downtown that had a different club on each level). The group she was with is called Kentucky Thunder (not the Ricky Skaggs backup band), which is fronted by Vickie and three other women (who all come from Kentucky, I believe). We alternated between the floor Webb was on and the one Vickie was on.

I hadn’t seen Kentucky Thunder play since probably 2003, even though I’d been watching the venues for their name. About a year ago, I did a web search on her name, and came up with an email address. Sure enough, it was her. I emailed her to find out what she was up to. Early this year, I discovered she had a MySpace page, and lo and behold, had four songs on it from her soon-to-be-released CD.

She’d had a record deal in ’88 or ’89, and recorded an album that was produced by Nigel Olson (she was even nice enough to bring by a rough mix of it on cassette when I was in the hospital in ’89). But that never went anywhere. Back then, she played rock and roll.

On the new release, she’s changed styles to a more blues oriented sound. We’ve seen her play a couple of times since the CD was released, and will be going to a new club to see her tomorrow night. This will be her last show this year, since she’ll be singing backup for Brenda Lee the rest of the month.

If you like blues, by all means stop by the Rutledge at 410 4th Avenuue South in Nashville tomorrow night. The doors open at 7 and Vickie goes on at 8.

UPDATE: Just got back from the show, and it was great as usual. Had never been to the Rutledge before, but I’m very impressed. The sound system is state of the art.

November 28, 2006

Not your father’s NASCAR

About 7 or 8 years ago, while I was still a BIG NASCAR fan, I created a web site called Racindeals. I didn’t intend to start a racing web site, but I was so amazed that that domain name was available, I had to register it. About 6 months after I registered it, I finally got the site going. Looking back on it, it was a precursor to blogging; anytime I had something I wanted to say about racing I posted it.

I guess it was in late 2003 that I finally got burned out on NASCAR. I’d been following it weekly since the early 90’s, and had been doing the web for the various owners of the speedway at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds since 1996 (that was one of the first tracks in the country to have a web site). With all of that, and some other things, I just felt it was time to get away from it. I turned ownership of the site over to a lady who’d been contributing articles to the site (Nancy Osterhoudt), and she’s still running it today. I also gave up working on the speedway’s web site; they’d gotten their fourth new owner in about 6 or 7 years, and I no longer wanted to spend my Saturday nights at the track.
Anyway, I didn’t completely get out of racing. I still watch it occasionally, but not to the extent I did when I was really into it. I make a point of watching the restrictor plate races, since those are typically the most exciting. This last season I probably watched 5 Nextel Cup races flag to flag, and maybe 3 or 4 Busch races flag to flag. I tried to watch more Truck races, but since they’re still the red-headed step child of NASCAR, they’re relegated to airing on Speed TV.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Speed TV has just hired Melissa Rivers to “work the yellow carpet” as the drivers arrive for the Nextel Cup awards banquet this weekend.

NASCAR has truly hit the big time. They no longer need the so-called “Joe Six-pack” to buy tickets (they priced him and is family out long ago). NASCAR’s market is now the big cities.  With one city having a bigger population than the state of Tennessee, it’s no wonder they’re abandoning the fans that helped them get as big as they are.

Look at the changes NASCAR has made in the last few years: the points system, provisionals, car of tomorrow, etc. And with their insistence on running races on Saturday night, they’re continuing to eat their seed corn. Tracks that run on Saturday nights see attendance decline, so they try other things to get the fans back. But the car counts go down, and eventually instead of the main feature being stock car racing, they’re racing buses or whatever just to stay open.

NASCAR may not have killed the goose that’s laying the golden egg, but they’ve got the ax hovering over its neck.

November 25, 2006

The Last of the Full Grown Men

Webb Wilder LogoWe went to Knoxville last Saturday night to take part in Webb Fest 2006. Basically, it was a special show for Webb Wilder’s fans who post on his message board at www.webbwilder.com. If you don’t know who Webb Wilder is, go check out his web site or his MySpace site.

I first saw Webb (and his band, the Beatnecks) play at the Exit/In here in Nashville in 1988 or so. I was impressed enough that when I saw a CD by the band in a local Tower records, I bought it. That CD was called “It Came From Nashville”.

Later I saw Webb on a local late night comedy show on Channell 4. He sung a song about Elvis Presley (called Blue Yodel #9) that was really funny. Some how I didn’t really keep up with the band, and it wasn’t until the Doo Dad album came out that I started getting interested in his music again. I took Brenda to the show where they debuted his video compilation “Corn Flicks” (which includes two Webb Wilder, Private Eye shorts) and got to see him play with Al Kooper.

After that, I discovered that he’d released an album called Hybrid Vigor that I’d missed, so I got that one. He came out with a couple more (“Acres of Suede” and “Town and Country”) that I also got. I listened to them a while, but didn’t really keep up with his career.

Then one day in 1999 or 2000, I was listening to WKDF in the car one evening. I was astonished to hear Webb was the DJ. That got me interested in dusting off his CD’s again. I’ll bet I played “Acres of Suede” 50 times in a row. I saw where he was playing at a little club called The Sutler, and decided to go. Brenda was sick, so I was on my own. The band outnumbered the audience. But they put on a heck of a show.

After that, Webb started playing more often in Nashville, and Brenda and I went to as many shows as we could (and still do). We’ve seen Webb play at numerous places in Nashville. We’ve also travelled to Chicago, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Huntsville, Alabama. We were at the taping of his new DVD “Tough It Out” in Birmimgham. That was a great show.

Last Saturday night, Webb Fest 2006 happened. Steve Mimms, the director of the Webb Wilder Private Eye shorts, was there. He gave the audience a preview of the new unfinished Webb Wilder movie, Scattergun. It featured Webb’s longtime drummer Jimmy Lester and his producer/co-writer, RS Field. I’m looking forward to the final release next year.

So, if you haven’t heard anything by Webb, go to Amazon or Webb’s MySpace site and preview some tracks. There’s not enough music like this being made. As Webb might say “Pick up on it.”

Oh, in case anyone is wondering, the title of this blog comes from one of Webb’s songs.

November 24, 2006

Post Thanksgiving Post

Here I am on my lunch break at work. There’s nothing going on today. It boggles my mind that they’d go to the expense of having the office open today with maybe 5% of the workforce here.

Anyway, all I’m doing is rebuilding a computer (i.e. wiping the hard drive and reinstalling everything). Sometimes when you can’t diagnose a problem within a reasonable time frame, wiping and reinstalling everything makes the most sense. Why spend 6 or 8 hours trying to diagnose a problem when you can spend half that rebuilding the OS and apps?

I’m still experimenting with the look and feel of the blog. I found out about “Widgets” last night and spent way too much time playing with those and widget-ready themes. I should have been submitting the new press release for Fine Art Touch. We’ve started offering hand-painted reproductions of fine art works, and we’re pretty excited about it.

Guess the next thing I need to do is start adding some links to places I go to. Looks like I need to research what a “blogroll” is all about.

November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving day

Happy Thanksgiving. Since I have to work on Friday, we didn’t get a chance to go to my mom’s house to eat Thanksgiving “dinner” (from what I hear, her Thanksgiving meal was actually ready around 8 am this morning). Instead, we went to a cafeteria that was jam packed with turkey eaters. Had to wait in line around 20 minutes.

After getting back, I decided to play a little online poker at Doyle’s Room. I ended up winning the 8-handed sit-and-go tournament I entered. FYI, I never bluff; if I bet, I’ve got the best hand.

So I’m still getting all this blog stuff set up and experimenting with things to see what happens when I do stuff. So this entry is part test, part blog post. I haven’t really told anyone I have a blog yet, since this is still more for my use in getting acclimated. So if you’re reading this, how about commenting and letting me know how you found the place.

November 22, 2006

First blog post

This is me, testing this newfangled blog thing. Not sure where I’ll take this place, but it should be interesting.