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

Radio Free Gunslinger #16:
American History and Practical Math

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'American History and Practical Math,' is John Henry Faulk

The Content

First Sequence:
David Essex - Gonna Make You a Star
Tiger B. Smith - Tiger Rock
Bubbles - Hazy Hazy (Crazy Crazy)
The Move - When Alice Comes Back to the Farm
T-Rex - Diamond Meadows

Second Sequence:
Porter Wagoner - The Carroll County Accident
John D. Loudermilk - The Bully of the Beach
George Kent - The Baltimore Incident
Bobby Bare - They Covered Up the Old Swimming Hole
Tom T. Hall - Ballad of Forty Dollars

Third Sequence:
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Memphis
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Back in the U.S.A.
Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadors - Thirty Days
Phil Ochs - School Days
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen (demo)

Fourth Sequence:
Bonnie Owens & Merle Haggard - Just Between the Two of Us
David Houston & Tammy Wynette - It's All Over
George Jones & Gene Pitney - Mocking Bird Hill
Buck Owens & Rose Maddox - Loose Talk
Anita Carter & Hank Williams - I Can't Help It (if I'm Still In Love With You)

Slint - Good Morning, Captain


Victor said...

Thanks for posting this. I live in Austin but had not heard of this guy. Another bit of history to absorb. (Did you know that he was the narrator in the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre?)

Oh, and great music too.

swac said...

I always thought the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was John Laroquette?

Victor said...

You're thinking of the 2003 remake. Faulk was dead by then. Go back 30 years before that.

swac said...

I think we're both right. IMDb shows Faulk as "The Storyteller" in the 1974 version, while Larroquette was the uncredited "Narrator (voice)".