The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #7


Lorrie and Larry Collins

12 comments :

erik hogstrom said...

I love the Collins Kids. Larry Collins grew up to write "Delta Dawn," a song that seems to lodge itself in my brain from time to time. Thanks a lot, Larry!

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

I thought they were just wonderful when I first saw them on Tex Ritters Ranch Party TV show 45 years ago, and I know they are still doing gigs. Coincidentally, they are mentioned as an early influence by the performer whose memoir is my most recent post.

boutté said...

http://www.actionpackedevents.com/Collins%20Kids%206%20by%20Bill%20Holmes.jpg

Christopher said...

cool!...a pleasing picture..

estiv said...

A double-neck Mosrite! If it's still out there, it's probably worth more than a lot of houses are nowadays.

swac said...

I wonder if Joe Maphis was their Mosrite connection?

Mark said...

There's a lot of Joe Maphis and Larry Collins on YouTube. This example is pretty cool. There's two necks on those Mosrite's for a reason!

Tim Lucas said...

Fergit "Delta Dawn." He wrote "Whiste Bait" and "Hot Rod"!

And his sister was as hot as they come.

Christopher said...

miss Lorrie is the purtiest gal what ever helt a Gi'tar!

swac said...

The Collins Kids do Stagger Lee.Gives me chills.

Christopher said...

thats a good 'un..Boy theres a wealth of Collins videos on You Tube..I spent an hour or so going thru a bunch of them the other night..The current clips and interviews are interesting too..very endearing twosome..

Gene Casey said...

Notice, Larry is starting to shoot up! Voice lowering...