GOVERNMENT CHEESE – THE LATE SHOW – Release date: April 1st, 2015
Photograph by Alan Messer www.alanmesser.com
Design by Keith Brogdon
IN THE AUTUMN OF 2013 I called up Scott Willis and asked if he would be interested in getting together and writing some new Government Cheese music. It had been a while since we’d done such a thing. I mean, like decades. He answered in the affirmative, without hesitation. Now, since writing new Cheese music would have been pointless without a Government Cheese to play it, we went around the horn to see if we were all aboard for such an endeavor. It was five immediate yays, no nays, no abstaining. We were off and running. Many songs were written; and a couple of reunion gigs were played in order to raise the funds needed to record said magnum opus, which you shall soon hold lovingly in your hands*. We wanted to do it right, we enlisted the best producer we could imagine having, changed our guitar strings, washed behind our ears – and if you have half the fun listening as we did making it, our dreams will have come true. We hope to see your smiling face at our next reunion show, and I feel – thirty years after our first show in that cold frat house basement – it’s a fairly safe bet anymore that there will always be a next one.
* ”The Late Show” – Government Cheese’s first album in 23 years. Available April 1st, 2015
Thursday at 1:30 AM will mark exactly 52 years since I made my debut on the world stage at a strapping ten pounds and one ounce. I’ll mark this auspicious occasion with a show tomorrow (Wednesday) the 19th in Lexington, KY, and then my birthday show Thursday the 20th in Bowling Green, KY.
Lexington Wedneday (9 PM at Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade Alley) will be a solo acoustic experience, whereas Bowling Green Thursday (9 PM at Tidball’s, 522 Morris Alley) will be a full band rock and roll jihad featuring Lisa Oliver Gray, Mark Robinson, Daniel Seymour and Brad Pemberton.
Next week, on Friday the 28th, I’ll be working off the turkey drowsiness in my hometown Madisonville, KY (8 PM at the Green Dragon, 26 West Center Street), and Saturday the 29th in my adopted hometown Nashville (9 PM at the Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike) with Marshall Chapman, Will Kimbrough, and Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member Matraca Berg.
The Government Cheese record is mastered now and we are comisserating about such things as the cover art and a Government Cheese website. I am also voicing a Cheese Chronicles audiobook, which is a longtime bucket-list item for me. I’m recording a chapter a day. How I market it when I’m done is up in the air, but I’ll figure it out.
That’s all the news that is news. Welcome to the holiday season. Keep calm and shop local.
Click on this link and watch Tommy with special guest Lisa Oliver Gray perform live from Tommy’s living room. Admission fee is whatever you want to pay! $1 or $100, whatever you want. Requests will be taken, tips accepted, comments answered. Showtime is 8:30 PM Central Time. That’s 9:30 on the east coast and 6:30 on the west coast. Hope to see you tuning in.
I will be doing a live webshow on Concert Window, which starts at 9:30pm EST on November 13. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! I’ll be taking requests and answering your questions. You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/10437-tommy-womack. The webshow will not be available after the live broadcast. I hope you can join me!
- Tommy Womack
I’m disgusted. But I voted. I’m not one of those who subscribes to the notion that both parties are equally bad. In fact I despise that cop-out. I concur with Bill Maher that the democrats are lame but the republicans are nuts. The system is broken and choked with big money and everybody knows it. Everybody hates all the incumbents except their own incumbent so the cycle perpetuates itself. Being a history buff, I’m 85% convinced that things haven’t been this polarized since 1860, certainly not in my lifetime or the lives of my parents. I don’t have a dog in the fight, I don’t think. What can they do to me? I’ll be 52 in three weeks, I’m white, they can’t send me to fight, I’ve made MYSELF unemployable. I’m immune. The world my son’s going to inherit is what worries me. I wish Barack Obama made friends more easily, I wish Mitch McConnell weren’t such a Machiavellian squid, I wish Bill Clinton could run again, I wish Ted Cruz weren’t such a dangerous idiot, I wish it was 1967 again. The music was cooler, I was 5 and had to go to bed when Dean Martin came on TV because he was naughty, the middle class was strong and Lyndon Johnson could get things done. Trickle-down? Eat me. I’ve been seeing that movie for 30-odd years. It doesn’t work. Too many Christians give Jesus a bad name and a lot of Muslims don’t impress me with their people skills either. Climate change is real and every scientist knows it, everyone who’s ever cracked open a National Geographic knows it, everybody knows it who doesn’t have their head so far up their butt they can taste their own gall bladder. It’s the most important issue we all face and a whole host of politicians think it’s some pollyanna codswallop that a liberal Chicken Little thought up. I care if the senate tips to the right; I care because it’s my job as a citizen to care. Like I said, they can’t hurt me: I’ll keep schleppping around from town to town playing my guitar for peanuts and ego cookies and I’ll be fine. Women’s reproductive rights? That affects my nieces and my women friends. The so-called War on Terror? That affects my nieces, nephews and my son. The shrinking middle class? That affects most everybody reading this, such as it is that I have very few Facebook friends who are millionaires. I’m just disgusted, and I think a whole lot of politicians with their hearts in the right place are disgusted too, but the fight is so fixed that they can’t do anything more about than I can. This country needs another great man. Or woman. A Lincoln, a Roosevelt. Somebody. Speaking of Lincoln, allow me to paraphrase him, “I neither expect the country to go this way or that way, but I do expect that it will cease to be divided.” How ugly that reunification, or complete disintegration, will be is anybody’s guess right now. I don’t think anybody knows. I asked a Vanderbilt political science professor I used to work for what he thinks about the polarized congress, and has it ever been this bad, and he gave me a senile non-answer; so if HE doesn’t know, I doubt anybody else does. But I do believe that somewhere down the line, we will cease to be divided. Will Kimbrough said to me once, “Things change when they have to.” He’s smarter than I am, so I’ll take his remarks with a grain of faith. I don’t know what else to do right now. Maybe make some cinnamon rolls.
Coming up a week from this Thursday 11/13/14 at 8:30 P.M. Central Time. Tommy Womack with Lisa Oliver-Gray live in concert on the web. Make some popcorn, fluff up your pillow and watch me from the comfort of your home. Admission fee is whatever the heck you want to pay! Click on the link to reserve your digital seat on Concert Window.