Show #172 – Working Folks

Well in advance of the Labor Day holiday, we thought we’d do a show dedicated to the working folks.  This was inspired by the recent article in the LA Times about the recent struggle facing oil workers in Kern County.  Folks who work and who work in an industry that has its ups and downs very much decided in board rooms.  Without diving into that pool, I’ll just say that a lot of genres of music pay respect to workers.  And we covered them all.  Country to disco.  Rock to pop.  So, here’s a tip of the hat to working folks.

 

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Elvis Costello Welcome to The Working Week My Aim Is True Columbia
Bill Kirchen Working Man Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Proper American Recordings
Ike Reilly Good Work (if You Can Get It) Am I Still The One For You Rock Ridge Music
Lone Justice Working Late Lone Justice Geffen Records
Sam Cooke Chain Gang The Best of Sam Cooke RCA
Johnny Cash I’m Free Of The Chain Gang Now American V: A Hundred Highways American Recordings/Lost Highway
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It Take This Job and Shove It Epic
Thompsonia Pain Reliever Thompsonia Thompson
Thompsonia Rose of My Heart Thompsonia Thompson
Merle Haggard Workin’ Man Blues The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Omnivore
Justin Townes Earle Workin’ for the MTA Harlem River Blues Bloodshot Records
Johnny Cash Oney The Man In Black Sony Music
Devo Working in a Coal Mine Greatest Hits Warner Bros.
Donna Summer She Works Hard for The Money She Works Hard For The Money Mercury
R.E.M. Finest Worksong Document I.R.S./A&M
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman Wichita Lineman Capitol Nashville
Peter Case A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard Hightone Records
The Silhouettes Get a Job American Graffiti MCA
Red Simpson Truck Drivin’ Man Best of Truck Driving Favorites Omnivore
Tom Russell Tulare Dust/They’re Tearing The Labor Camps Down Tulare Dust, a songwriters tribute to merle haggard Hightone Records
Bachman-Turner Overdrive Takin’ Care of Business BTO’s Greatest Island Mercury
Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons Vintage Collections Capitol Nashville
77 El Deora Workin’ Sirens Western Independent Recordings
Randy Newman Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) Forrest Gump Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Sony
Ian & Sylvia Taking Care of Business Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Loverboy Working for the Weekend Get Lucky Columbia
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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Show #171 – Wurn Snell of Colitas

Do you ever listen to a song and imagine the lyrics to be one thing as you hear it only to find out the actual lyrics are something totally different?  Yeah, we don’t either.  However, it happens.  Jimi Hendrix and “scuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “scuse me while I kiss the sky.”  “The girl with colitis goes by” instead of “the girl with kaleidoscope yes” on The Beatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.  You get the idea.  The Eagles “Hotel California’s” line “the warm smell of colitas in the air” could be misinterpreted as “Wurn Snell of Colitas…” as reinterpreted at this link where someone asks what the Eagles mean by “colitas.”

What we were trying to do was pay homage to Glen Frey of the Eagles who passed away recently at the age of 69.  We like the Eagles.  And apparently, so did Buck Owens because he recorded some Eagles songs that are out on the Omnivore Recordings label – Buck Sings Eagles.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Raul Malo Superstar Sinners & Saints Fantasy
Whitey Morgan I Ain’t Drunk Whitey Morgan & The 78s Yep Roc
John Doe & The Sadies The Night Life Country Club Yep Roc Records
Red Meat Pretty Little Lights of Town We Never Close Ranchero Records
Buck Owens Sam’s Place 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Johnny Paycheck Heaven’s Almost As Big As Texas Johnny Paycheck Golden Lane
Merle Haggard and George Jones Yesterday’s Wine Living Legends Sony Music Entertainment
77 El Deora I Just Dodged a Bullet The Crown and Crow’s Confession Western Independent Recording
Derailers Can’t Stop a Train Reverb Deluxe Watermelon
Dave Gleason Some New Someone Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days Well Worn Records
Tim Hus Cattlerack Cadillac Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dave Alvin Here In California West of The West Yep Roc Records
Eleven Hundred Springs Every Time I Get Close to You Country Jam Palo Duro
John Stewart Wheatfield Lady The Complete Phoenix Concerts Bear Family Records
Meat Puppets What To Do II MRI
The Eagles Sad Cafe Greatest Hits 2 Elektra Records
Eagles Try and Love Again Hotel California Elektra Records
Poco You Better Think Twice Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Gene Clark Tried So Hard Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Linda Ronstadt Desperado Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits Elektra
Eagles Take It Easy Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Rhino/Elektra
Buck Owens Peaceful Easy Feeling Buck Sings The Eagles Omnivore Records
Eagles Hotel California Hotel California Elektra Records
Merle Haggard Skid Row The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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