GIven to me by Ronnie Van Zant 1973

Episode 1 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – There are very few moments in anyone’s life that are so depressing as it was the morning of October 21, 1977. Elvis had just died but he was pretty much over the hill. Ronnie and his band had just scratched the surface and were headed for unbelievable greatness and a time of fantastic creativity. Then gone.

For our Season Two theme music, we have chosen a current artist, Audra Brown of Memphis, TN. Growing up in a southern rock influenced home, when she was 6, her favorite song was The Needle and the Spoon by Lynyrd Skynyrd. She eventually became a Drive-By Truckers mega fan, singing on stage with them several times and with Patterson Hood solo. Her CD, The Cody Sessions, was made with Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars and rocks, punks, grunges it’s way thru 7 brilliant songs. Support her here:

Episode 2 – Blue Light Specials

Things were changing and the introduction of these huge stores and malls and plazas and what not really affected the small town feel. Heck, our downtown went to Hell.

Episode 3 – Beer Women Clubs

Music was ignited in my soul and fortunately for me, West Tennessee was made up of Beer, women and clubs. Lots of em. And they all went together to create mayhem. As I say, most of those things are illegal today.

Episode 4 – Robert Biesiot “Bob”

When I went to the big city, I had no idea the kind of characters that I would meet. Bob scared me at first because he was so different but what I learned is the old southern lesson, Dont Judge A Book By What’s On The Outside.

Episode 5 – The Roadtrip

Remember, I have said repeatedly that DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME or anywhere for that matter. WE knew that these things were dangerous. We were just too young and too stupid to listen to ourselves.

Episode 6 – Jamie Fry “Big Boy”

The recipe that is so famous is printed above. There is just a bit of finesse in getting your oven the perfect temperature and waiting just long enough before you cut it. Big Boy was such a great man and a man is often measured by how he treats those that he has no reason to treat good and that is how I saw him. Kind. Generous. Always with a smile!