After reading about the recent Twitter war involving song “stealing” between Jason Isbell and Dierks Bentley (You can read about it here in detail) it just sounded all too familiar.  About this time last year Dierks released a single that sounds very similar to a Matt King tune.  It was actually brought to my attention from a big Matt King fan.  Not sure if Matt King knows about it but I am sure he would cringe if he heard the song.  The same way Jason Isbell had to when he heard Dierks Bentley’s “Home” sounding eerily similar to his own “In a Razor Town”. The odd thing about this coincidence is the Dierks song seems to take pieces from 2 of Matt’s songs.  Even the intro to the song with the creepy stuff is so similar.  Just listen to the first 10 second of each and you can already see a similarity.

Check it out and see for yourself:

I present to you exhibit “A”:  Matt King “Hardluck Road”

I present to you exhibit “B”:  Dierks Bentley “Up on The Ridge”


Now  for exhibit “C”.  After you have listened to both check out Matt King’s “Shanty Town”.  The lyrics are spoken the same way, the beat is the same and the chorus is similar.

You be the judge but I hear it.  I just had to say something after hearing the Jason Isbell and Dierks Bentley Twitter Feud.  What’s going on over at Dierks’ camp?  I don’t know who the credited writers of “Up on The Ridge” because I didn’t look them up, but I can tell you this much they without a doubt have heard Mr. King’s songs.  He has been playing them around Nashville for almost 10 years.

How many other songs are created in this fashion?  The art/craft is all these guys have.



Taxes  Shmackes:

C.W Hardin you are my sworn enemy, you beat me in badminton in the 2005 Nashville Mixed Doubles badminton extravaganza I will use every post I write to regain a little bit of the masculinity that you took from me that day.  I’ve been drinking bull hormones and I demand that you give me a rematch.

Mr. Hardin posted some insane article about a disgruntled conservative, but he should have thought about being a disgruntled conservative when his fair haired child doubled the national debt.  How “conservative” is that?  Well I guess he was anti- abortion, anti-gay marriage, and xenophobic so that’s “conservative” enough, right?  I think the conservative movement is destroying America, and you need to think a little deeper about shit if you want to help fix America.

These Tea party protesters drive me nuts, they’re so confident in their position that the government is trying to take a away their liberty by taxing them because they don’t like the current president for some reason.  I won’t offer any conjecture on why they don’t like the president I think Maureen Dowd nailed it, but this is not the BLOG for that.  For all the anger of the tea party movement, they lack and sense of an actual ideology.  They’re anti government and want to lower taxes, which sounds an awful lot like the ideology of George W. Bush.  I know the Tea Party people like to think that they’re some special sort of political party that is in some way different from the Republicans, but from what you hear on the Glen Beck show there’s really not a policy difference.

The deficit seems to be a major sticking point for them, so if they espouse the same policy decisions as George W. Bush and you are upset about the national debt what are your chances of getting a smaller debt and being happy?  Well, if you look at the facts, not too good:

Take a look at the National Debt figures under Bush, from Treasury Direct (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm)

Date Dollar Amount
09/30/2009 11,909,829,003,511.75
09/30/2008 10,024,724,896,912.49
09/30/2007 9,007,653,372,262.48
09/30/2006 8,506,973,899,215.23
09/30/2005 7,932,709,661,723.50
09/30/2004 7,379,052,696,330.32
09/30/2003 6,783,231,062,743.62
09/30/2002 6,228,235,965,597.16
09/30/2001 5,807,463,412,200.06
09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86

So from 5 Trillion to 10 trillion, the looks a lot like it doubled under Bush, but actually it’s a little bit more than doubling.  Now Obama wants to add 10% to that and he’s got a movement of idiots on his tail.  Where were these people in 2003 before we went into Iraq to look for non-existant WMDs and spend a bunch of coin?  So if you’re so concerned about the national debt, why govern like someone who just doubled the debt?  That’s not logical to me but maybe I’m missing something.

Now let’s look at government spending during the first great depression:


So Bush spent a bunch of money on bullshit, let’s say CDs, clothes and jet skis, while Obama is trying to spend some money to get us out of a depression which is more like paying for college, so why all the populist rage?



Enter the Void – dir. by Gaspar Noe

I am a fan of Noe’s. Pushing multiple envelopes constantly, doing things within the medium of film that few attempt. IRREVERSIBLE’ and I STAND ALONE are powerful films. i have always found Noe’s work to be blunt, in a manner of speaking. most superfluous material is stripped away. his cinematography is dizzying, literally. and he does not shy away from the graphic. visceral films, always. leave you thinking.
ETV is an experience in the same vein. the story is interesting and well told, flowing. but visually…this is in a league of its own. this may be what dying/being dead looks like. there are sequences that are just works of art, pure and simple.the flying over cityscapes, the club sequences, flashbacks, all of it. and the visuals mesh with the philosophical ruminations quite well. absorbing, beautiful stuff.
if you can track this down (ETV has been making the indie-theatre circuit for a few months now) i highly recommend it. WARNING: the film contains countless scenes with stroboscopic effects, avoid if you are prone to seizures.

Enjoy the weekend


it’s been a bit. nothing much happens in eight months though, eh? life, death, bowling… weddings, plane rides, drinks, maybe some softball or jet skiing…maybe you saw a race car parked in front of a trailer in bradley county, or took trips to the grocery. regardless, hope you’ve been well.

great novel by matt bondurant. tells the story of a small family of moonshiners. thoroughly enjoyed it. stark, cold, interesting characters. set in appalachia. bondurant has a unique voice, made me think of faulkner, fitzgerald, and The Foxfire Guides simultaneously. last i heard, j. hillcoat and nick cave were working on a film adaptation. anyone who has seen The Proposition should feel a slight tingling in his/her loins.

THE NATIONAL – lemonworld
off of the album High Violet
good fun if you enjoy that sort of fun

the state. nice place, bit unique. desert-to-mountain transition. the mormon church/temple/tobacco outlet was a site.

MATT KING – graveyard shift
congrats all around. ronny did well.

enjoy your day


Bill Withers…..amazing.  No one plays funk like this anymore.  You have to have at least 10 inches of limp junk in your pants to play music like this.  Check out James Gadson on the drums.  My next post will be dedicated to this man.


Don’t make ’em like they used to, eh? Find below clips and trailers from some of my favorite terrible movies. Everyone holds certain trash near and dear, so feel free to comment back and share the crap-tacular, cheesy gems from your childhood.

Pocket Ninjas

Pay close attention to the facial expressions throughout, multiple balloon fight scenes, and the poor girl in lycra that falls for the old “dollar bill blowing down the sidewalk” gag for a good minute or two. And rollerblades.


Truck Turner

Isaac Hayes, as Isaac Hayes, as a bounty hunter… or “skip chaser’. I’d never heard the phrase before….learn something new every day….


What do you do when you have funding for a teen romance but all the good settings and plot devices have been used? Throw the kids on BMX bikes and rip-off Dirty Dancing…and throw in the Illinois Nazi guy from Blues Brothers for good measure.

Howard the Duck
Even as a wee lad I remember thinking ‘How could the Star Wars guy make this?’ But now I know that ducks drink Budweiser, enjoy fornicating with humans, and that Tim Robbins is better in this than he was in Shawshank Redemption. So, my sincere thanks again Mr. Lucas.

Enjoy the weekend,



Last Fri night/Sat morning we played a gig at the legendary John. T. Floores Country Store in Helotes, TX. After a long night of entertaining and driving at approximately 3:30am on the way home on the lonely highway I noticed a large tour bus up ahead.  As we neared it I saw this image:    I immediately recognized it as Willie Nelson’s tour bus.  It made me feel proud that Ol’ Willie is still out there hittin the road and doing his thing after all these years.  We got a big thumbs up from the driver as we stopped beside them at a light.  They noticed our little “tour” van and saw that we were working hard as well.  Anyway, it made me think of Willie and Waylon’s friendship and then I ran across these awesome pics on the web.  Enjoy.


I do not have cable. If it wasn’t for Hulu I would know as much about current cable programming as a geriatric, though I do watch Andy Griffith and M*A*S*H whenever possible. But an internet connection I have, and I know people that watch things and they tell me about them. This arrangement works for me.
Anyway, a new show on FX came across my radar screen recently. Archer. Archer is hilarious. The show follows a secret agent that works for his mother, and it’s animated. It makes me laugh out loud when I am alone, which I try not to do very often. See below:

Look for Archer on Hulu here

Enjoy your week.



The Grateful DeadYeah you read that right I am talking about The Greateful Dead and Business in the same sentence.  I recently started studying the ways of the Google business model much more closely.  The basic premise is that they have continually given away quality services that would/should cost billions of dollars to the customer for free.  In turn they make their money on customer loyalty (sort of).  Anyway, The Grateful Dead’s model is not that far off from the same.  I found this article today explaining the whole gist behind the business of the band and found it really interesting.

The article is Here:

Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead

by Joshua Green



Another cinema experience I recommend.
C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) is a French film directed by Remy Belvaux. Its available from Criterion in a great remastered version; the cover art is something. It’s somewhat difficult to track down though, but certainly worth it.
I saw this years ago, and thought of it a few days back. Rewatching, I kept thinking about how films made over a decade ago (1992 in the case of this film) can be relevant years after. Quasi-documentary, completely original, horrifying, hilarious; this is one with several layers. A film crew follows a man around (serial killer) and things happen. Dinner parties. A train ride. Discussions covering cinema, music, and the ballast ratio required to keep a midget’s corpse submerged in a body of water. I won’t say anything else.
Interesting idea when you think about our obsession with ‘reality’ television, graphic video on the news, etc.’ What the hell is wrong with us, why are you entertained by this?’ oozes from this flick, which makes the viewer the consummate ironic character. I almost feel like the audience isn’t supposed to “enjoy” this film. Instead it is something to be analyzed, both on its own and in context (philosophical, cultural, political, etc etc etc). Entertainment value is derived from the pleasure resulting from mental exercise. In the US a majority of our films lack any intellectual requirement. Watching Transformers 2, everything is put right out there for you. There is little (intentional) subtext or mental engagement, just scantily-clad women and explosions. Both great things, but come on. I suppose if you don’t enjoy thinking this might not be the best post for you. In fact, go away.