This week, enjoy…
Glen Campbell – I’m Not Gonna Miss You
The World Famous Headliners – Too Fast for You
Patsy Cline – She’s Got You
Jerry Jeff Walker – Pissin’ In the Wind
Reba McEntire – How Blue
John Hiatt - Terms of My Surrender
Johnny Paycheck - Take This Job and Shove It
Jonell Mosser - Trust Yourself
The Wild Feathers – Left My Woman
Shawn Camp - Fallin’ Never Felt So Good
Monty Python - Lumberjack Song
Anne McCue – I Want You Back
Tom Mason - Talk Like a Pirate
Bobby Bare – 500 Miles Away from Home
B. B. King – How Blue Can You Get?
Patty Griffin – Rain
This week, enjoy…
Howlin’ Wolf – 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy
Loretta Lynn – You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
Bob Dylan – The Night We Called It A Day
The Kinks – Holloway Jail
Matraca Berg – You And Tequila
Collin Wade Monk – Better Than This
Patrick Sweany – Them Shoes
Irene Kelley – Feels Like Home
Otis Gibbs – The Darker Side Of Me
James McMurtry – Childish Things
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Redemption Song
Amelia White – Broke But Not Broken
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – Where the Hell’s My Money?
The Jack Silverman Ordeal – Huggy Bear’s Revenge
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