Something for Music Fanatics

This is Southbound. I think guy up front is Bill Horn. The music is “Little Martha,” written by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. It’s one of my favorite instrumental pieces, and this is far and away the best live cover I’ve ever seen.

I’m putting the finishing touches on a couple of posts, including the next installment of my Twitter series. It will be all me here tomorrow, but I’m planning a comics double feature from @quaintjeremy on Wednesday, and I’ll have the final installment of the Twitter series on Thursday.

The list-posts I mentioned over the weekend may have to wait a week. Honestly, I have more content for this week already than I expected, which is a tribute to just how awesome our contributors are. I just don’t see how to fit lists in this week. But listy posts are coming soon. They’re too good an idea not to try.

I hope everyone else had as good a Monday as I did. Thanks, readers and contributors, for making this such an awesome day.

We’re Back in Business

We go back to mostly-everyday blogging here tomorrow with a Batman post from Jeremy. We’ll also have a post on Thursday, and another round of Feminist Friday discussion this weekend for anyone who’d like to join in.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, I’m planning to use the weekend to get far enough ahead to pick up where I left off with Mississippi’s multitude of inequality problems.

Once I write and schedule my last A to Z post, probably early week-after-next, I plan to start researching Gollum and think about a timeline for continuing the Tolkien series beginning in May.

Just so you know, both our traffic and our Facebook engagement was through the roof yesterday, and our personal, private network has given us a lot of vocal support.

I’ve set up an admin account for Sourcerer, for a couple of reasons:

  1. I’m following nearly 500 blogs with my personal WordPress account. I don’t want to unfollow a lot of people. That feed is very valuable, for several reasons. However, there are about 50 blogs I need to follow more closely, and they’re getting lost in the crowd. So, I’ll be following a those of you who engage with me regularly as Sourcerer. No one else has access to this account, so, if you get a comment from Sourcerer, you can be sure it’s from me.
  2. I load and publish posts from contributors with bylines, and sometimes it’s confusing to have that posted by “Gene’O.” So, to eliminate confusion, I’ll post contributions and updates from this account, and reserve the personal account for my own creative and analytical work.

We’re getting back to what we do best now – writing smart, funny things about pop culture, talking about inequality even when it makes people uncomfortable, and building relationships with other bloggers of good will.

Full moderation is still on. It will remain on until I have time to re-visit our comments policy (it’s on the about page).


Townes Himself

Singing “Pancho and Lefty”, and cracking jokes about it being a hit.

I’ve been looking for a video of him singing this song that was good enough to share for years. Found it today. That’s all I have to say about. This is a case of the work speaking for itself.


This song was on every jukebox in every dive south of the Mason-Dixon line and east of El Paso for a long time. It lasted into the late 90s.

I suggest listening while you read what I have to say about it.

  • The woman in this story is one of my favorite characters in all of creative literature.
  • This is a very Catholic song. I am not up enough on Ray Charles to know what his beliefs are, but we can talk about Catholic undertones, and overtones, and subtext all day long with it.
  • Ray really outdoes himself in the last minute,and I wish I’d seen him live just once.
  • It is not a real tragedy, because everyone involved knows exactly what they are doing.
  • “If they take me back to Texas, they won’t take me back alive” is just awesome.
  • This is so old, Willie said “phonograph record.” How cool is that?

Posted for my friends My Wild Surmise, Peace, Love, & Great Country Music, and Alva.