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Reckless Kelly "Save Me From Myself"

The rain and flooding has been nothing short of beastly in Oklahoma and Texas, and now Wyoming. Our hearts go out to all the folks impacted, who have lost their homes, businesses and even more, who have lost family and friends. The sheer destruction and the years it will take to rebuild are simply impossible to get one’s head wrapped around. Thank goodness the weather folks say it should be a calmer pattern. If there is any good news out of all of this, it is watching friends and neighbors roll up their sleeves and help out. You can from afar, too. Please donate whatever you can to relief efforts at The Red Cross. This week, Sun Radio in Austin will be raising awareness and encouraging donations to a variety of nonprofit organizations.

I am ever amazed at the willingness of musicians to help out. This year, 100% of the revenue generated from Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam tickets purchased using the code ‘TXFLOOD’ went towards flood relief and recovery efforts. BTW, The Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam took place a week ago at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. It is such a fun day, when musicians don baseball uniforms and get some serious playing in, and then the audience was serenaded by the likes of Jack Ingram, Charlie Robison, Uncle Lucius, Cody Canada & The Departed, and Shinyribs. There was an especially cinematic moment when Kevin Russell of Shinyribs took on Spike, the Round Rock Express Team Mascot.

Reckless Kelly is heading up to NYC to play a Sunday night show at Midtown Live on June 14th with Chris Berardo Trio opening. Today Music Fog brings you Willy and Cody Braun and and Jay Nazz, Reckless Kelly "Save Me From Myself" filmed at Threadgill’s WHQ during SXSW12.

-Jessie Scott


Billy Burnette "My Love Will Not Change"

I don't know if is it my age or the province of the times we live in, but I find myself saying "I love you" more often to more folks lately. Of course that is influenced by the frequency of people passing who made a huge impact on the culture. And so we said goodbye to BB King last week. His impact on American Music; The Blues, and Rock & Roll is incalculable.

The first time I saw BB King was at The Fillmore East in New York eons ago, and I cherish that I was later able to spend time in the Delta, and to visit his hometown of Indianola. The Mississippi Delta flattens you with its insistent sunshine and relentless expanse. Driving Highway 61 even today makes you understand just how good and just how determined you had to be to rise above it. BB did just that, and then sustained his success with grace for decades.

During our tenure at XM Radio, Music Fogger Jim McBean got to spend hours at BB's house to record him for the Bluesville Channel. Here is BB talking about an experience that informed his behavior for life.

Of course BB made his way from Mississippi to Memphis in 1947. I want to remind you about the book The Mojo Triangle, which frames American music through the geography of the area from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans.

The seeds were being sown for Rock and Roll. Memphis’ Johnny and Dorsey Burnette would emerge with Paul Burlison as the Rock & Roll Trio, and Dorsey’s son Billy Burnette would carry on the tradition. Music Fog caught up with Billy, accompanied by Kenny Vaughan, Dave Roe, and Jimmy Lester at AmericanaFest 2011 from the studios of Marathon Recorders. I love this song. It is a co-write with Shawn Camp, and appears on two of Billy’s albums, Rock & Roll With It, and Memphis in Manhattan. Here is the Music Fog version of “My Love Will Not Change.”

- Jessie Scott