WRECK: Yodel = Courage [PLAYLIST]
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Pyscho-audiographic Dérives #107: Yodel = Courage
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Friday 16 August [24:00 - 3:45]
Plan du Mont > True Tone 
Meta-Alpinus > Rocket 
D'Mölleri Bödelt Eis / Stets in Truure Zeit > Christina Lauterburg 
In Tirool > Olga Lowina 
Erika's Alpentraum > Christina Lauterburg [3a]
Echo Lied > Olga Lowina 
Zauerli > Erika Stucky 
On the Swing > Shelley Hirsch & David Weinstein 
Balkanization > Neil B. Rodnick 
Hech-Obä > Ruedy Rymann 
D'Meisterlosig > Astrid Schuler 
Kufsteiner Lied > Dino Laval 
Jeu-de-Quilles > True Tone 
Bi de Hinderschachelüte > Ds Schützechörli Kirchbärg 
Timber > Coldcut 
Dr Sunnähälbler > Toni Büeler 
Spaced Cowboy > Sly & the Family Stone 
Hillbilly Leprauchan > Ethel Delaney 
Jeu-de-Quilles > True Tone 
Cowboy Sweetheart > Ethel Delaney 
Them Yodel Yellers > Mason Williams 
Yodel Ploughboy > Ned Tucker with Orchestra 
Swiss on Rye > Ethel Delaney 
5 O'Clock World > The Vogues 
Verchamp (Vaches et Génisses) > Les Sonnailles 
Silvesterchlaus 3 > Buel-Bänkli Schuppel 
Nurse's Song [Blake] > Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky 
Silvesterchlaus 5 > Buel-Bänkli Schuppel 
Blue Yodel > Jack Collom 
La Youtze > Montferrine 
Dirty Hangover Blues > W. Lee O'Daniel 
Hill-Billy Willy > Alice Babs 
Whoopi Ti Yi > Elton Britt 
Cattle Call > Elvis Presley 
Nothin' To Do > Rex Allen 
Cowboy Buckaroos > Mason Williams 
Yodelin' Hillbilly > Wilf Carter 
Britches > Elvis Presley 
Yodelin' Cowboy > Hank Snow 
Yodelin' Fool > Wylie & the Wild West 
Alp Schwellaui Klöntal > True Tone 
Hum Allah Hum > Leon Thomas & Pharoah Sanders 
See That My Grave is Kept Clean > Diamanda Galas 
Heimetvogel > Christina Lauterburg 
Yodeling Ghost > Bing Crosby vs Andrews Sisters 
Big Chief Yodel > Big Chief Redbird 
Sy Leer My Om te Yodel > Bles Bridges 
Yodel-ee Yodel-ay > Bobbejan Schoepen 
Ik Ga Naar Tiroler Land > De Migras 
Rosalien > Jodel Jerry 
Lovesick Blues > Slim Whitman 
Freight Train > Tex Morton 
Ik Voel Me Rijk Als 'n Koning > Jodel Jerry 
Yodelin' in the Valley > Mason Williams 
Ik Kom Uit de Alpen > Bob Vrieling 
Big Rock Candy Mountain > Eastside Dave & the Mountain Folk Band 
Tennessee Houn' Dog > Marvin Rainwater 
In the Hills of Tennessee > John Lilly 
Chime Bells > Wylie & the Wild West 
Yodel Fiddle Blues > Mississippi Sheiks 
California Hippy Murders > Red River Dave 
If I Could Learn to Yodel > Patsy Montana 
Waiting For a Train > Wylie & the Wild West 
Swiss Dreams > Slim Clark 
Dream Lullaby > Wilf Carter 
 "Les Sonnailles" on CSR <www.csr-records.ch>. The magical
enchanting sound of cowbells in Alpine pastures. More than 60 minutes
of it. [see below]
 "Rotex" is the solo project of ROCKET/FREUDENTAL member Robert
Steng <bobrocket@...>, ROTEX is (experimental electronic,
trashmetal)... on this CD he takes the piss out of yodeling and puts
it right back in. Plunderphonically yuutzing! Steng on yodeling:
"Both of us are big fans of the mountains, especially the Alps, where
we go hiking and climbing. ... We want to point out the differences
to the 'urban' student scenes in Hamburg and Berlin, so we started to
use samples of traditional South German music and the Alps, looking
for the real cool things that the country brings! I mean, yodelling
is unusual sound."
 "Echo der Zeit" on CSR <www.csr-records.ch>. A great label
producing an under-regarded mad yodeler in the vein of Shelley Hirsch
from a snowy peak. Inspired reinvention of ethno-über-music combining
real yodeling with hints of other-worldly musics splintered and
melted into a mix worthy of Hector Zazou.
 "Liedjes Uit de Alpen" on Fontana. Olga Helena Lowina van
Puttenmusters [1924 - 1994] "I have an iron throat, I don't need a
microphone, and I have the stamina to sing for hours." She was indeed
one of those sturdy Wagnerian operatic looking belters, in full
Tirolean costume who deep into her 60s was still able to amaze people
with her vocalizing prowess, an untutored singing voice of crystal.
But it wasn't all prowess and volume... She came to prominence after
World War II when there was a strange fascination on the flat lands
with everything mountainous, exotic snow-covered peaks, the alps, the
Tirol. It was an exotic other world for Dutch people. And OL took the
post war generation there when they could ill-afford a real vacation.
She met her manager, and soon-to-be husband, Lou Marti, who
recognized her talent. I am reminded a little of the image Yma Sumac,
mysterious Peruvian [or Brooklyn-born?] princess who also managed to
create an odd terra infirma from her exotic vocalizations which
characterized and painted a kind of imaginary world beyond our own.
 Bubbles & Bones by Erika Stucky on Traumton Records [CD4454-2],
2001. Erika Stucky on vocals, accordion, melodica and some mighty
experimental jazz vocals and even some yodels. Ray Anderson: trombone
/ sousaphone / vocals; Art Baron: trombone / melodica/stove-pipe
cornetto; José Davila: tuba; Dino Saluzzi: accordion; George Gruntz:
piano. This American Swiss singer straddles two cultures and many
musical styles with a cool and clever delivery. She comes on like Ann
Magnuson and Judy Tenuta with a mammoth avant jazz voice [with hints
of Meredith Monk]. She has a gift for levity and is a vocal gymnastic
treat, going hi & lo, going scat and totally vampy campy. At times I
think of Bobby McFerrin but she also has a gift for irreverent
phrasing of questionable pop/rock classics such as "You Are My
Sunshine" "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and "Roxanne" by the Police.
Her humor is pointed like Loudon Wainwright and grungy like Mojo
Nixon. And somehow her big-city scorn and her scowly swingin' scat is
sweetened by the earnestness and care her Swiss roots bring to the
 "Imaginary Landscapes" on Elektra. This compilation includes part
of a long piece called "Pomp and Circumstances" She is in full
yodeling flair up here combining and morphing the zeitgeist at will.
New Yorker Shelley Hirsch is most known for her kinetic multiple
personality panoply of voices that seem to emerge from her mouth as
if by some temporary self-induced psychotic state. It is
improvisation of the highest art order but also, dare I say,
incredibly moving [bio-melodrama] and entertaining. She is a bit of a
shaman in her ability to shift into new guises, voices, dreams, and
personalities. She makes imperceptible legato slides from style to
genre to questionable mental states. She has a command of cabaret,
Borscht Belt routines, a grip on opera, 40s swingin' pop, jazz, rock,
Broadway musicals, as well as post-Dada forays into the abstract
frontier of language as pure sound experiments. She moves from East
New York denizen to operatic diva at the blink of an eye.
 "Imaginary Landscapes" on Elektra This is a Balkan [Bulgarian /
Yugoslavian village music] yodel fed through a computer music
performance system. The yodels stutter, cascade, waft in and out.
Transforming the vocals into a shimmer of audio mirrors.
 "Rössli 7: Alper Liedli & Jüüzli" on CSR <www.csr-records.ch>.
The two collections of traditional yodels on Rio 6 Starkä Tubak
Alpler-Liedli und Jüüzli [CD 91752] and Rössli 7 Starkä Tubak
Älpler-Liedli und Jüüzli [CD 91742] are a must if you want to hear
real roots-style yodeling and the Swiss style accordion [a small
non-chromatic thing made of wood]. Rio 6 is a fairly complete
collection of the recent repertoire of the Pragelchörlis from the
canton of Muotathal, here interpreted by Toni Büehler and others.
 "Kufsteiner Lied" by various artists on Europa. With among others
alfons Zitz. The title song is one of those standard pop songs
[austrian] that everyone around there covers.
 "Ds Schützechörli Kirchbärg Singt u Jutzt" on TBM
<Paul.Buergi@...> is local Emmentaler region yodeling from an
official yodel club complete with uniforms and a strict and yet
lovely interpretation of yodeling. The yodeling has a melancholy
forlorn sound to it which can be quite moving. The rules and
regulations that mark official jodel clubs means they fit into a
scheme of dress, manner, song structure, arrangement of chorus on
stage in a manner befitting the arcane rules that govern cricket or
the Catholic Church. I met archivist-yodeler Paul Buergi in Burgdorf
and got an incredible tour of the archives, the msueum, the beer and
cheese of the region. Thanx Paul!
 "Let Us Play!" by Coldcut & Hexstatic on Ninja Tune includes
"Timber," a great piece of creative sampling commentary with
accompanying CD-Rom, a pro-rain forest effort complete with sampled
chainsaws serving as back beats and plaintive pygmy yodels as the
forelorn voices of a disappearing habitat.
 "There's a Riot Goin' On" on Epic. "Spaced Cowboy" is the first
of a series of funk/rock/soul/rap yodels [de la soul to the fugees!]
that can only be termed a strange cross-pollinated aberrant hybrid.
But this really, really kicks. It's a real yodel from one of the
greatest rock legends from the 60s.
 "Turning Back Time" <yodel@...>. Ethel Delaney has
been the "Swiss Miss Yodeler" for as long as anyone can remember but
she can still muster a yodel of formidable octave breadth if called
upon. With the rerelease of vintage Delaney material on this CD
[August 2000] we get a good sample of the glory of a yodeler who
could yodel so well that it outshines her own singing to the point
where you can't wait for the next yodel refrain. "Time" is the result
of remastering and digital transferring of 26 cuts that were
originally recorded between 1963 and the early 1980s and taken from
both album and single releases. It includes the novelty oddity
"Hillbilly Leprechauns," complete with some insane yodeling and
munchkin voices that could have been a hayseed version of something
by Lucia Pamela or Nina Hagen even!
 "Them Poems" by Mason Williams on Vee Jay, 1964 [CD 2000].
Williams is quite the eccentric and eclectic musician perhaps like
other eccentrics like Morgan Fisher, John Trubee, and the like, he
never got his full and just due. Although he probably still cleans up
on residuals for that pop hit, "Classical Gas." Here he does some
very funny blues oriented pop poems as eccentric as anything ever
wrote and recorded. I remember hearing "Them Toad Suckers" once and
it left a really deep indelible impression on me. This disc also
includes a piece called "Them Yodel Yellers". Which has a woop burp
swallowed yodel. If there is one strange record that will impress
anyone who just walked in off a comic strip it will be this.
Excellent sing-along material.
 "The Yodelling Ploughboy" on Parlophone 78, rerecorded for me by
friend Toni. This is 1930s English countryside yodeling. I know
 "Five O'Clock World" by the Vogues is a great mid-60s vocal
group single which combines the feel of the urban work day with a
pretty nice yodel. It describes the rut of a 9 to 5-er who is rescued
by thoughts of his baby's arms wide open, willing to accept him at
the end of a day work and drudgery. It was used as the theme song to
the "Drew Carey Show" for several seasons.
 "Am Alte Silveschter z ' Urnasch" on CSR. These field recordings
by Cyrill Schäpler record the strange Appenzeller pagan holiday in
January when men dress as strange evil or good spirits. The masks
remind you of something from the Middle Ages or mid-Africa.
Incredibly haunting material.
 Holy Soul Jelly Roll - Songs And Poems (1949-1993) by Allen
Ginsberg and others, produced by Hal Willner on Rhino/WordBeat (4
CDs) [R2 71693], 1994. William Blake's "Nurse's Song (Innocence)"
combines Ginsberg's singing with mad-beat poet / life partner, Peter
Orlovsky's wonderful yodeling as Ginsberg repeats the final line -
"and all the hills echo-ed" - over and over until it becomes a chant
 "Blue Yodel, Blue Heron" by Colorado poet from the
Boulder/Naropa 'region'. This is great mythical story-telling with
yodeling, political commentary, a great [Burl Ives] voice that
rambles gently and patiently through a mythical tale of a blue heron.
Highly recommended. Available thru: Baksun Books, 1838 Pine St.,
boulder, CO 80302.
 "Montferrine: Musique de Romandie et des Alpes" on VDE
<www.vdegallo.ch> Is updated folk music from the French sections of
Switzerland using native instruments like the Hackbrett.. Really
 Don't know a thing about this disc - yet! It was included on a
series of CD-Rs made on request by Ronald of the Jonges v/d Vlakte.
 "Mittsommernacht" by Alice Babs on Bear Family [BCD 15809 AH].
What a wild persona and career that went far and wide. Includes some
of the more incredible "perversions" of yodeling and thus, was a
truly adventurous vocalist. Includes "Jodel-Boogie," "Jodel-Jockel,"
Alice Babs is a strange creature indeed, like some half-sister of
Yma Sumac. At age 15 she broke through with a hit song,
"Joddlarflickan (The Yodeling Girl)" in 1939. But then she fell under
the spell of jazz all in her native Sweden during wartime. She became
very popular with her swinging jazz vocal on a succession of hits.
She was denounced by some sectors of prim society as "vulgar" because
her untamed jazz stylings promoted promiscuity.
 "Ridin' With Elton" on Soundies. Britt [July 7, 1917 - June 23,
1972] is regarded as one of the most pure and high yodeling cowboys.
He came to prominence when scouts noted his yodeling prowess during
the depths of the Depression in the early 1930s. I listened to some
of his yodeling and timed his breath. At the end of "" he holds a
note for a full minute. Yodeler Liz Masterson claims he held a note
for some 64 beats by her own count. Britt was a mere post-teen when
he hit it big at age 20. Born as half-Irish, half Cherokee Indian in
1913 in Oklahoma's Osage Hills he quickly learned music from his
champion fiddling dad and singing from his mom, a native of the Ozark
Mountains. He picked up a guitar and learned songs from spinning them
over and over again on the old Victorola He worked with the group,
the Beverly Hillbillies and eventually went solo. He had a prolific
career on ARC, Decca, Variety and Victor putting out some 670 records
and 50 albums! His yodeling hits include "Patent Leather Shoes,"
"Chime Bells," "Lorelei," and Maybe I'll Cry Over You. A patriotic
hit during WWII with "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving
Somewhere" got him an invite as first country star to go to the White
House. But that should not hinder your listening pleasure. He is one
of the all-time greats!
 This is from some documentary and it shows Elvis really fucking
with the old standard made famous by Eddie Arnold. It is because he
cannot yodel that he ends up just making fun of it - or was he just
zonked out of his head.
 Mason Williams <www.masonwilliams-online.com> has done some
unusual yodel songs like 1968's "Cowboy Buckaroos," which is sort of
broadside humor in the realm of Riders in the Sky. "because yodeling
was a part of the country western music in the movies." This was
before he himself could yodel. Back then it was "just an element in a
song" he was writing at the time. It appeared on an LP and was not
released as single. He has, over the years performed it "a lot."
 Rex Allen narrated a lot of Disney nature specials like Old
Yeller and other Disney production features. He did some very nice
western hollywood cowboy albums in the '40s, but went Vegas.
 "Cowboy Songs" on Bear Family. Carter [aka Montana Slim] sounds
a little bit like alpine style Leon Thomas scat yodeler As folklore
mixed with mythology and a bit of embroidered biography has it,
Canadian yodeler, Wilf Carter, as a youngster in his native
Guysborough, Nova Scotia spotted a poster announcing the local
performance of "The Yodeling Fool." After sneaking in to see this
most vocal of human freaks, he decided then and there to begin
practicing to become a yodeler. He is one of the big influences on
western style yodeling.
 "Flaming Star" is a 20th Century Fox film directed by Don
Siegel. It stars Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Dolores del Rio, among
others. It includes one casual yodel song called "Britches" which
although on the soundtrack did not make it onto the film version.
the yodeling done here is as casual as something Sinatra on downs
would have tossed off with a kind of casual blasé charm.
"Beware of a gal in britches
Never trust no gal in britches
If you had a sense of this here horse
You would have known it by now of course
Who wears the britches is the boss
That's a gal, that's a gal in britches"
 Hank Snow, the Yodeling Ranger" from Nova Scotia died in 1999.
There was no one who tried to fill Jimmie Rodger's shoes like Snow
tried. He sold lots of records. He rivaled Wilf Carter and Gene Autry
 "Total Yodel!" on Rounder <www.rounder.com> Wylie Gustafson is
considered by many to be the best hope for a resurging interest in
genuine rootsy country, Sheldon Williams III not withstanding,
although thus far, Sheldon's yodels are mere vocal speed bumps ala
his grandfather Hank Sr., compared to Wylie's mountain soaring
yodels. However, Wylie has, for better or worse, not been allowed to
live the life of an ordinary country singer. Wylie and his band, the
Wild West, have become prominent figures in the 5th generation
reinvention of country music. Their music is steeped in old-time
country dancehall music. The Wild West consists of Ray Doyle on
guitar and mandolin; Dave Reynolds on drums; T. Scot Wilburn guitar,
fiddle, and steel guitar; and Duane Becker on various steel guitars.
He does his own formidable yodels as well as those of his heroes
Britt and Rodgers. Recommended.
 "['s Fahr Glüüt]" on CSR is another in this series of incredibly
enchanting soundscape CDs which are intoxicatingly representative
sonic portraits of certain aspects of Swiss [vanshing] culture. "True
Tone" volumes 1-5 including: ['s Glüüt vols. 1-2], ['s Fahr Glüüt],
[Les Sonailles] [CD 91522, 91532, 91482, 91492] is a series of
ambient recordings of, yes, the pastoral / pastaural Swiss scenery.
What do the Alps, the pastures, the rolling hills sound like? They
are alive and filled with the atmospherically pregnant sounds of
intoxicating cow bells of the herds grazing the steep rolling
 "The Best of Pharoah Sanders" on Impulse vinyl. "Creator" was
recorded in 1969 with lyrics by Amosis LEONtopolis THOMAS. Jazz
vocals often showcase Pygmy yodeling's influence on "western"-style
singers. Leon Thomas, for instance, sings a unique madcapped style of
scat singing which utilizes the opening at the top of his larynx
allowing his voice to veer off into yodeling which hearkens back to
Pygmy yodeling. It is most evident on saxophonist Pharoah Sanders'
"Creator Has A Master Plan" and "Shukuru." Musicologist Ashenafi
Kebede goes so far as to suggest that the Pygmy "performance styles
remind us of contemporary European avant garde music at its best."
I'm not arguing.
 "The Singer" on Mute / Elekra. This is not yodeling not singing
not exactly primal scream, not the soundtrack to a horror film not a
jackal making love
 "Echo: 'S hät deheim en Vogel Xunge" on Narrenschiff
<sternaeburo@...> Lauterburg is that inspiring dovetail where
punk, experiment, and tradition converge. She is original and
inspiring yet she covers ground in search of roots lost to the
countryside. She sings in the Swiss-German dialect which, when I was
recently there doing research for my yodel book, I found awfully
musical and beautiful as well as inscrutable - impossible for my mind
to comprehend with my latent German [haven't really exercised it for
20+ years]. She sings traditional songs with unique and refreshing
 Amazing stuff! Bing yodels so do andrews Sisters. Yodeling
infected EVERY genre and style! More about this in my book! The
Andrews Sisters actually had a 1948 hit with a nother yodel number
Toolie Oolie Oolie.
 I know shamefully little [i.e., NOTHINg] about this presumably
american Indian country yodeler.
 South African yodeler whose bio and discography have eluded the
 The Belgian Jimmie Rodgers?
 "Weer in Tirol" [In Tyrol Again] on Bovem Negram 1979 vinyl.
What Weird Al Yankovic was to pop, de Migras are to yodeling,
enjoyable and funny parodies of this already much maligned genre. But
at its worst, yodeling could use a little humor to set it straight
again and the Migras were just the shit-detectors to do the trick
like Firesign Theatre rejects in lederhosen!
 "Cowboys en Meisjes" on Telstar/Parade vinyl <hoesbv@...>.
This is a collection of Dutch cowboy music. Some of it eerily
'genuine' sounding. I am STILL on the trail of ANYthing about Jodel
Jerry who is a really fine jodeler. JJ is a mysterious 'star' of a
former era. Difficult to get a hold of and a surprisingly interesting
songwriter and yodeler.
 Slim whitman is that anomalous talented guy who screws it all up
by making lots of bad aesthetic decisions. This guy had a sweet yodel
but ended up at the bad end of the late night tv telemarketing of
Vegas-Elvas meets Wayne Newton syndrome.
 Not in response to Moon Unit's hit about Valley girls, Williams
here did a great [but sadly unreleased] novelty song with wonderful
lyrics and a great conceit, using a young Valley girl who has never
yodeled before do the yodeling.
 Like I said, JJ has not answered my inquiries and he remains
someone who pops up on a lot of strange compilations from Dutch
cowboy to post punk to pirate radio hits and he's a really good
 Wonderful bartitone ersatz cowboy yodeler.
 "Prikkebeen" on Telestar Favoriet vinyl <hoesbv@...>. BV on
the cover in classic kitsch cowboy garb [see Blazing Saddles!],
well-groomed white horse looking into the camera lens, shiny saddle,
shiny boots. He looks a little like a Belgian Liberace or Gene
Wilder. Here singing a song by the more famous and prolific Belgian
yodeling cowboy, Bobbejaan Schoepen.
 "Mountain Folk" on Mountain Laurel, 1999. He got smitten by
yodeling some 25 years ago when he first heard bluegrass masters - in
particular, a certain singer who went by the name of "Uncle Fudd" -
yodeling at festivals. Although his earliest memories go back to Snow
White & the 7 Dwarves, he was also influenced by the yodeling of Roy
Rogers, Slim Clark, and Patsy Montana. Although his particular style
of yodeling has the joyous electric Ozark jug band of the Ozark
Mountain Daredevils. He continues to practice his yodeling "in a dark
room so as not to take myself too seriously...The kids bust on me...
when they've had enough yodeling for one day." And combined with his
enthusiasm for outdoor sports, for hiking in the mountains and the
revitalizing effects of mountain air, he exudes a kind of new-age
syncretic emotionality. These preoccupations of physical interaction
with the mountains, spiritual connectiveness, and yodeling find their
 Marvin Rainwater's star rose on the launching pad of Arthur
Godfrey's talent scout show in 1955. I think he was half Cherokee,
half white and half something else! Four years as a regular on Red
Foley's Ozark Jubilee as well as shows such as Ed Sullivan, Dick
Clark, Porter Wagoner and Sunday Night at the Palladium in London
mean he was something. He looks like something out of a Jack London
story, rugged and real. Very cool yodeling.
 "Broken Moon" is a self-produced CD that contains a riveting
version of "In the Hills of Tennessee" a song made famous by Jimmie
Rodgers. John Lilly <jflilly@...> has certainly come a long way
since his impressionable days as a tour guide at the Country Music
Hall of Fame and waiter in a Nashville Mexican restaurant who spent
his free time hawking his songs. These days, his talent does not go
unrewarded nor unhearalded but he is proof of that old tautological
music world equation of talent does not equal remuneration. "I am
essentially a traditional folk or country music artist," notes Lilly,
"today we're using the term Americana. Like most Americana artists,
my music has roots in traditional country, and branches out to
include my own songwriting and some related musical styles such as
blues, folk, bluegrass, and old-time." John has essentially lived the
sound and played the life - for more than 25 years now - singing,
yodeling, promoting and writing about old time music. In the
mid-1980's, he became a member of the New Southern Ramblers and the
Green Grass Cloggers [on a 1985 Rounder LP] dance troupe as a
musician, singer, and dancer.
 "American Yodeling: 1911-1946" on the formidable German Trikont
label <http://www.trikont.de/english/e_trikont.html>. Christoph
Wagner's liner notes are astute and lively. I have learned much from
this guy. This cut is a blues number by a black string band who had a
fairly good-sized hit with "Sittin' on top of the World" which became
a hit many years later for that blues bulldozer, Cream. I think Bob
wills or Louis Armstrong had a hit with that but it may just be me
over-exposing blindspots here.
 Red River Dave died in January of 2002 at the age of 87. He was
born David McEnery and was a tireless Folk balladeer for some 60
years concentrating on contemporary events of seeming historical
import for his inspiration. McEnery started seriously singing on
local San Antonio radio stations when he was just a young teen. He
was later hired by a Virginia radio station as a singing cowboy. He
formed the fairly renowned Swift Cowboys and made numerous records
for the Decca, Savoy and other record labels. He also appeared in
some Hollywood westerns including 1944's Swing in the Saddle, which
featured a cameo by Nat "King" Cole.. His most notorious song [to
DJs at alternative radio stations] was a yodel song called "The
California Hippie Murders" wherein he intertwines a sinister yodel in
between the gruesome tale of the Charles Manson Murders of Sharon
Tate and in the song he seems to come down hard on hippies as many a
'straight' singer did in that time. This has all the makings of wacky
retrospective kitsch value novelty song. And it will certainly appear
on many a crazed roots of R&R compilation - now that he's dead - and
all the while he was a serious chronicling troubador.
 Patsy Montana is one of the best and also among the most
popular. She is famous for a sweet, nostalgic take on cowgirls. She
had the look, the costumes and a kind of innocent sound. Her yodeling
was superb. But at times it seems this was a woman out of real time
or something, like she had arrived from another century. This is
excellent stuff. Loads of reissues and any cowboy compilation has her
on it no doubt.
 "Cowboy Songs: Vol. 2" on Palace. Cover illo: a silhouette of a
cowboy on his horse either rolling a cigarette or blowing into a
harmonica or sneezing into his hands... The man I bought this from at
this flea market outside Lancaster was so heavy that he never budged
from his reinforced beach lounge chair. I wondered who set him up in
 Blind guitarist Riley Puckett was the first important country
singing star, first to record a yodel with "Rock All Our Babies To
Sleep" (they say at first session '24), [but I seem to have
evidence of much earlier recordings. Well, anyway, like Emmett Miller
he seems to be a massively under-regarded American treasure. Famous
in his time and country's first influential guitarist; he made some
80 traditional string band records with the very important Gid
Tanner's Skillet Lickers. Puckett had a rich deep voice that pushed
the band to fame.
Much of what you see here is material - rough and under-hewn - from
the pastiche of inclusionist mania I will call a yodeling book
[Routledge, 2003]. From Pygmies to Nazis, from Aussies to Hawaiians
Soon some great contemporary yodeling from Austria/Germany = Zabine,
Edelschwartz [heavy metal yodeling] and Hubert von Goisern and others.
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3am Magazine <http://www.3ammagazine.com> under the title
"Radiophotogram: Visual Radio". Also posted is a depth-of-focus
interview with Judy Nylon. To appear soon: excerpts from my
scandal-delicious paris novel, PARIS SEX TETE, a review of the spoken
word works of Roberto Valenza
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music reviews, 3am is a dream publication for the young, literary and
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publishing behemoth." o Bill Broun, The Times (Monday April 30 2001).
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