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Merle Haggard “I Am What I Am”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#154 in the Series) is Merle Haggard, I Am What I Am.

I was REAL late coming to the Merle Haggard appreciation society.  I’ve loved traditional country for many years.  But for some reason Merle slid though the cracks for me.

That changed due to his classic song, Sing Me Back Home.  About five years ago I started noticing all these artist I really respected had covered it. The Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, Heartfield, Gram Parsons and Keith Richards together, The Everly Brothers, etc etc. I had to look in on it.  Then I started checking out all these old albums and wow.  I sure missed quite a bit.

Instead of featuring one of those classics albums, I’m going to go right to the end of the list. His most current. I Am What I Am was one of my favorite albums of 2009.

There are absolutely some wonderful songs on this album.  I’m going to attach two videos.  I challenge you to listen to them and tell me they are not a couple of great songs.  Merle fans know this already.  The challenge is more aimed at those that are thinking, What the hell is he doing!

This also gives me a chance to bitch at country radio. They didn’t touch this work. But they continue to pollute the airways to lazy pop music that they pawn off as country just because as an afterthought a fiddle or pedal steel was added.

Merle hasn’t won a country award since 1982.  He hasn’t had a #1 hit since 1987.  Thanks country radio.

Give these two a listen. I’ve Seen It Go Away and Pretty When It’s New.


Grateful Dead “Terrapin Station”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#126 in the Series) is Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station.

You hardly ever hear people mention this album when they talk about the Dead, well maybe a little but it doesn’t get it due.

Side one of Terrapin Station five songs.  The most known songs being Estimated Prophet and two cover tunes, Dancing in the Streets, and Samson and Delilah.

What Terrapin Station is known for is the full sided title track that is side two.

The sixteen plus minute song, and one that was performed in it’s entirety many times by the band.

It’s broken into six parts.

  • Lady With a Fan

  • Terrapin Station

  • Terrapin

  • Terrapin Transit

  • At a Siding

  • Terrapin Flyer

  • Refrain

The 1977 Arista release was produced by Keith Olsen.  It was one of the few times that the Grateful Dead used an outside producer.  Keith also produced bands like Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Ozzie Osbourne.  So he was quite the interesting choice to say the least.

On an personal note regarding Terrapin Station. Sonor drums had just released a new drum line right before the recording sessions began.  The first two kits were ordered by The Dead’s Mickey Hart and a good friend of mine, Shadowfax drummer, Stuart Nevitt.

Stu’s kit arrived first.  Mickey Hart wanted to use these drums on the album so he borrowed Stu’s to do the sessions.  Well, at least I thought it was cool.

Terrapin Station peaked at #28 and was certified gold in 1987.


Bobby & The Midnites “Bobby & The Midnites”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the self titled album by ‘Bobby and The Midnites.”

Are you familiar with this one? You should be.
Talk about a great grouping of musicians.

Bobby is Bob Weir ( guitar, vocals) of the Grateful Dead.
This was one of his many side projects.

Released in 1981, the rest of the band features one of the greatest drummers that ever put wood to skin, Billy Cobham. Bass duties were held by another heavy weight, Alphonso Johnson. Bobby Cochran on guitar and vocals. Keyboards? Brent Mydland of the Dead.

Even with the jazz influences, this was still a rock and roll record.
Tons of great tracks, including ‘Too Many Losers, Book of Rules’ and ‘Haze.’