Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Blues Brothers Movie/The Blues Brothers Part 2

Blues Brothers Movie Poster

Mrs. Tarantino: Are you the police?
Elwood: No, ma'am. We're musicians.

Part 1 Of A Series Of 4
The Blues Brothers:

The story of Blues Brothers early days entertained us on our last stop on Route 66 in Chicago, Illinois. Today we move forward in the story of the group and look at the famous 1980 film and take a look at that car chase I mentioned in our last post.

In early 1979, a second John Landis film with John Belushi, 1941, was closing production. Belushi was ready for a new project, as he was also in his last season with Saturday Night Live. Big stars can get pet projects made and Belushi was given a green light to begin producing a movie based on the characters.

John Belushi wanted to work with John Landis again. Aykroyd had written a screenplay and gave it to Landis. Akroyd had never written a screenplay before and it was excessive by Hollywood's standards. It was over 300 pages long, when most scripts are closer to 120 pages. It was typical of the excess involved with the production.

John Landis said that the script was too long. He began chopping away, bringing it down to a reasonable length. Several scenes of back story were removed. Finally Landis had a script of manageable size to work with.Wikipedia summarizes the plot:
The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his brother Elwood, who take on "a mission from God" to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up. To do so, they must reunite their R&B band and organize a performance to earn $5,000 needed to pay the orphanage's property tax bill. Along the way, they are targeted by a destructive "mystery woman", Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band—all while being relentlessly pursued by the police.

The concept of the film was unusual and many involved weren't sure if they were making a musical, a comedy, or a car chase movie. It was all of those things. In the course of rounding up the band members, audiences are treated to several Blues Brothers songs as well as cameo performances by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker.

As much as this movie was about music at seemed to be about the car chase. As parody artists, Landis, Akroyd and Belushi carried the parody of the chase to scene over the top. Again, excess.

The chase begins when Elwood is pulled over after running a yellow light, the police finds he has a suspended license and he tries to drive away and lose them, the follow and chaos ensues. For most of the movie the Brothers were being chased. The car chase scenes were remarkably impressive in scale with a lot of vehicles involved in imaginative crashes.

The Bluesmobile was the non-human co-star of the movie. It was a 1973 Dodge Monaco, Actually it was 13 of them, purchased from the LAPD at auction. They were repainted to look like the same beat up Mount Prospect police car and they were each individually customized for performance. Some were modified for speed and others for cornering or jumping. One was even rigged to fall apart on command.

A closed mall was rented and raced through with much destruction in at the beginning of their ever expanding epic chase.

Destroyed mall
Chasing Through The Mall (Wikipedia)

Illinois Nazis begin chasing the Blues Brothers later in the movie. In a memorable scene the Nazi leader's Pinto station wagon went of the edge of a very high overpass that was under construction. To shoot the scene a Pinto station wagon was filmed as fell after being dropped from a helicopter from over 100 feet in the air. This  required special clearance from the FAA.

Chicago and places in the greater area were mentioned and prominently featured in the movie. Akroyd commented in an interview that the city was one of the main characters of the film. It was the largest production in the cities history with 3.5 million being spent for the city to cordon of large chunks of downtown on Sundays during the summer of 1979. The result were car chase scenes the downtown Chicago with two 100+mph runs under the El train and an impressive number of destroyed police cars.

Production began to run over budget and behind schedule almost from the beginning. The budget was 17.5 million dollars, but when it was done 27.5 million had been spent. Obviously the cost of all of those cars and permits for road closures and FAA clearance were going to add up. Not to mention the amount of crew involved. The star blues musicians that made cameos also had expenses and record label clearances that required entertainment lawyers and contracts.

The biggest expense, not so much directly, but indirectly came from 1970's Hollywood culture and its obsession with cocaine. During the filming of The Blues Brothers it was everywhere, They had set up a bar for the cast to use during filming and reportedly the bartenders could get anything needed in the way of intoxicants and cocaine was the drug of choice. The white powder was even included in concealed lines in the films budget.

A Costly Kick (Flickr User Valerie Everett/CC)
Belushi in particular was quite strung out through the filming, His binges would often cause delays , further driving up the expenses on the production. He was becoming so unreliable that Landis would beg visitors to the set not to share any drugs with Belushi. The trouble was Belushi was in many ways one of the biggest stars in the late 1970's drug culture and everyone wanted to be able to brag that they had "turned on" Belushi. Near the end of the filming an intervention by Aykroyd and Belushi's wife was held and Belushi cleaned up enough to finish production.

Troubles kept coming though, Just before they were to film their big concert scene at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, John fell off a skateboard seriously injuring his knee. That was a big problem since his character danced intensely and even did cartwheels as part of his act. One of Los Angeles top orthopedic surgeons was called in and his leg was numbed up enough to film the scene as intended,

Filming was finally over. but still the film had challenges. it was long. It clocked in at 2 and a half hours with an intermission. After viewing an initial screening, the Universal executive Lew Wasserman who had approved the project demanded the film be shortened. With Wasserman already furious at the production delays and extensive budget over runs, there was no argument.

Racism reared it's ugly head when Ted Mann, owner of Mann Theaters, the largest theater chain in the Western United States decided that he would only show the film in theaters in black dominated areas, Mann had concerns that Belushi might be dropping in popularity as Belushi's last film 1941 was not tremendously successful. His also had the racist reasoning that whites would not be drawn to a film featuring aging black musicians and he was concerned that blacks would drive in to white neighborhoods to see the film if it was shown there.

History shows that Mann was acting like a moron. The Blues Brothers was released in 594 theaters on June 20, 1980. It took second in box office gross that week, being beat only by the Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. At the end of the year it was the 10th most successful film of 1980. Grossing over 150 millions dollars in domestic and international releases it is the 9th highest grossing musical and the 10th highest grossing comedy of all time.  Mann was quite wrong about the films demand.

Other facts about the film include that it was the first American film do better overseas than in the United States. Maybe that had something to do with Mann's obstructive distribution? There have been a lot films based on Saturday Night Live sketches over the years. The Blues Brothers is the second most successful one, only Wayne's World did better,

A record at the time, 103 cars were destroyed making thew movie.  The current record is 300 cars used up in The Matrix Reloaded. Ray Ban glasses experienced a huge surge in sales that they attribute to the the success of the film.

To this day the film is still popular. Frequently shown on syndicated TV, it is also a popular midnight movie cult film. In one theater in Australia fans act out scenes from the film at its showings a la Rocky Horror Picture Show. At Halloween, Blues Brothers costumes are a perennial favorite.

Halloween Party Goers
The Blues Brothers Are Frequent Halloween Party Guests  (Flickr User Isaac Wedin/CC)
The chase scenes in the movie have become a cliche for excess in movie destruction. YouTube reveals fan recreations in Lego and and video gaming formats.

After the success of film and it's soundtrack, the group hit the road in a promotional tour. This led to another Universal Amphitheater concert that would be released under the title Made In America. The track Who's Making Love from that album would peak at number 39 in the charts.

Belushi took some down time while his wife collaborated with family friend Tino Insana to write the book Blues Brothers Private, which expanded upon the story of the the Blues brothers as depicted in the movie.

A greatest hits record was released in 1981 with hits from their first three albums. It should have been a time to regroup and begin a second (or third) stage to the bands career. It was a time when some great changes were about to occur.

Sadly, those changes were not to come from creative achievement. On .March 5, 1982 John Belushi finally partied too hard. He was found dead from an overdosing on speedballs, a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine.

Jake Blues was no more. The story of the Blues Brothers did not end there, however. It continued on and that will be the subject of the next post in this series.

Playlist Additions

The obvious addition here is the Soundtrack to the film. It was the first album the duo recorded in the studio and for some reason it did not do as well their live albums, The cameos are included and that alone makes it worth the price of admission.  As I considered video playlist additions I realized that many songs in the film were not included in the soundtrack album. Also, the soundtrack album does not match the order in which the songs appeared in the movie. In the video playlist I used the musical numbers from the film in order.

Album: The Blues Brothers Soundtrack Various Artists

  • She Caught The Katy The Blues Brothers 4:10
  • Peter Gunn Theme The Blues Brothers 3:4
  • Gimme Some Lovin' The Blues Brothers 3:08
  • Shake A Tail Feather Ray Charles 2:51
  • Everybody Needs Somebody To Love The Blues Brothers 3:22
  • The Old Landmark James Brown 2:59
  • Think Aretha Franklin 3:17
  • Theme From Rawhide The Blues Brothers 2:39
  • Minnie The Moocher Cab Calloway 3:24
  • Sweet Home Chicago The Blues Brothers 7:51
  • Jailhouse Rock The Blues Brothers 3:20

Signing Off and Coming Attractions

We have not finished the story of the Blues Brothers and Chicago continues to be a bottomless vein of musical lore. Luckily we have been putting some miles in on the other routes. Speaking of putting on some miles, do you have a favorite line or chase scene from the movie? I know that "We're on a mission from God" has been heard many times in my life,

Next Week: Its back to Highway 101 in California, where we approach the end of our visit to Old Town San Diego
Two Weeks: A drive North on Interstate 95 in Florida brings us to Vero Beach and a major stop on the Spring Training trail.
Three Weeks: Our Route 66 trip remains stalled in Chicago, Illinois where we will see what happened to the Blues Brothers after the death of John Belushi.

Mileage Stats

Route 66: 0 Miles/1 State/1012 Tracks/303 Videos/41 Posts
Highway 101: 22 Miles/2 Countries/1 State/614 Tracks/319 Videos/29 Posts
Interstate 95: 123 Miles/1 State/87 Tracks/139 Videos/14 Posts

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    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    Tradition Field and Port St. Lucie/West Palm Beach to Jacksonville: Spring Training Part 4

    (Flickr User Corn Farmer/CC)
    Tradition Field
    Our journey up Interstate 95 in Florida continues as  we return to our series on Spring Training ball parks. Port St Lucie has a New Urbanist neighborhood development that celebrates the feel of small town America. The name of that development is Tradition. It is the home of Tradition Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets.

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    Tradition Field was built in 1998. It was originally named Thomas J Wright stadium for one of its builders, who was also a key backer in bringing Major League Baseball to Port St Lucie. In 2004 Care Communities,LLC bid on the naming rights to change the name to Tradition Field capitalizing on the Tradition name that they were using for their new planned community. These days stadiums names are to be bought and sold and in 2010 the stadium was renamed Digital Domain Park. The name held for two years until 2012 when the agreement expired and the Mets decided to revert the name of the field back to Tradition Field where it remains today.

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    A 2012 renovation upgraded the park. It seats 7,160 and it continues to draw Mets fans every spring.

    From Tradition Field we pull back to look at what else Port St. Lucie has to offer.

    Nature Attacks
    (Flickr User kakela/CC)
    Nature can be a bit cruel to Port St Lucie. The city is on the hurricane battered Atlantic Coast of Florida and has been hit by in 2004 Hurricane Jeanne, the 12th largest Atlantic hurricane in history touched down here. Winds of up to 120mph battered the community. YouTube gives us an eyewitness view.

    If being battered by hurricanes isn't enough of a problem, the maybe toxic algae is more your style of disaster, Sadly the St. Lucie River has been the site of toxic algae blooms. Releases of carp have helped to reduce the problem.

    Still the city is loved by many of its residents, and it DOES look like a nice place overall. Here are a couple of clips proclaiming its virtues such as the scenery of its river and the cleanliness of its air.

    Port St Lucie MudJam
    Looking into its annual events, its seemed the biggest thing I could find in Port St. Lucie is the Saint Lucie MudJam. Its a weekend of mud, monster trucks, bikini's and beer. Over a 500 acre mud bog, four wheelers run and race all weekend long with concerts into the night. Looks like a pretty wild time of classic redneck fun if you are into that kind of thing.

    Playlist Additions

    Baseball at Tradition Field is how the New York Mets and many other vacationing New Yorkers spend the Spring in Port St. Lucie. Our playlist additions begin with a themed medley of Spring songs.
    • Spring Song Tabby 'n Things: The World's Greatest Mediocrity Tabby Andriello 3:22 LINK
    • Spring Is Here Standard Coltrane John Coltrane 6:57
    • Spring Is Here Indian Summer Dave Brubeck 3:58
    • Spring Welcome to the Club: The Essential Chess Recordings   Little Milton 3:56

    Out of respect for the havoc Mother Nature has delivered to Port St. Lucie, we have several Hurricane songs in another themed medley.
    • Hurricane  Levon Helm   4:04
    • Hurricane  Bacon Fat 5:00
    • Hurricane Dub Ska Town    The Mad Lighters 3:22
    • Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season A1A  Jimmy Buffett 4:23

    We continue with themed medleys dedicated to trucks, and beer in celebration of the MudJam.
    • I Am A Truck Musical Adventure In Make-Believe Casper The Friendly Ghost 3:19
    • Laugh Truck The Misled Children Meet Odean Pope The Misled Children 4:05
    • Monster Truck Free Rock: Music From Capitol Records Plastilina Mosh 4:19
    • Work Or Beer Satyricon... The Album Crazy 8s 3:12
    • Beer Reel Big Fish 3:32
    • Titties And Beer Baby Snakes      Frank Zappa 6:14
    • Beer             Spanker Madness Asylum Street Spankers 3:25

    The MudJam seems to be as much about bikinis as it is about truck so our playlist additions close this week with a set of varied interpretations of the novelty classic Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
    • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini \Brian Hyland 2:22
    • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Bobby Vinton 2:24
    • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Sing American Hits In Italian     The Gaylords 2:20
    • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology Devo 2:11

    Signing Off And Coming Attractions

    I hope you have been enjoying these visits to the Spring Training ballparks of Florida. I will admit, it has been a bit of a challenging subject as I am really only the most casual of baseball fans.  As we head North we will start to come upon some music stories, rest assured. In the meantime, have YOU ever gone to a Spring Training game? If so, where was it and was it a good experience? Let us know about it in the comments. Its makes the world a better place when people leave comments.

    Next Week: Chicago, Illinois the start of Route 66 and the also the home of the Blues Brothers.
    Two Weeks: More Old Town in San DiegoCalifornia where we are following the route of old Highway 101.
    Three Weeks: Back to Florida and Interstate 95 we move North from Port St. Lucie and head to a historical site on the Spring Training trail.

    Mileage Stats

    Route 66: 0 Miles/1 State/985 Tracks/262 Videos/39 Posts

    Highway 101: 22 Miles/2 Countries/1 State/594 Tracks/301 Videos/28 Posts

    Interstate 95: 123 Miles/1 State/87 Tracks/139 Videos/14 Posts

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      Saturday, January 10, 2015

      Old Town Civic Life/Old Town San Diego Pt.5

      In our earlier posts in this series we have taken a look at some of the historic homes in Old Town San Diego, California. It is the businesses and civic institutions that make a community into a town or a city., There are several museums around Old Town dedicated to civic life and business. Let's explore.

      The San Diego Union Building

      Next door to the Casa de Pedrorena is the home of San Diego's first newspaper, The San Diego Union. It was built in 1851 and made out of pre-assembled pieces that were shipped into San Diego from the East Coast. It is now a museum dedicated to the early days of the press in San Diego. Typesetting and printing equipment show how much work it took to put out the news in the early city.

      The San Diego Union Printing Office
      The San Diego Union Printing Office
      (Flickr User J. Stephen Conn/CC)
      The San Diego Union Printing Office Interior
      Freedom of the Press
      (Flickr User Adam Jones/CC)
      Mason Street School
      Most towns of any size have a schoolhouse. Old Town San Diego was no exception. The Mason Street School was a small one room schoolhouse built in 1865 that served as the towns schoolhouse until 1872
      This building has been around a bit though. When the school moved to a bigger 4 room building the schoolhouse was moved about a half a mile away and used as a private home until somewhere around 1918.

      The little schoolhouse then was converted to a restaurant called the Old Town Tamale Factory which served up presumably tasty meals until the late 1940's.

      After the restaurant shut down, the building sat idle until being acquired by the State of California, who Moved it again, this time into the developing Old Town area where it was opened as a museum on July 1, 1955.

      San Diego's Oldest Schoolhouse
      (FlickrUser Jim MooreCC)
      Come Inside, Class Is About To Start
      (Flickr User Ming-yen Hsu/CC)
      Children be Seated!
      (Flickr User Bonnie Dean/CC)
      Seeley Stables and The Black Hawk Livery

      Before cars and highways and Old Highway Notes, and before the railroads were built into San Diego in the 1890's, travel would be challenging. To go to Washington D.C. you could sail South all the way around the tip of South America then head North up the Atlantic Coast. Or you could go half way, to Panama cross the isthmus to the Atlantic Ocean and the continue North on different ship. Or you could go overland.

      Overland travel in mid 19th century San Diego often meant travel by stagecoach. Albert L. Seeley was a man who helped address that need in Southern California. It 1868, he was granted a charter for a weekly mail route between San Diego and Los Angeles. Within a year Seeley and partened with another San Diego merchant, Charles Wright. The Seeley and Wright Stage Line had increased the run to at three days a week. It was a two day trip with an overnight stay in San Juan Capistrano. Their service meant you cold leave San Diego at 5am in the morning and arrive in Los Angeles at 4pm the next afternoon.

      The Seeley Stables were constructed in 1869 to house his horses and equipment. his business was successful for 8 years, until the Southern Pacific began service from Los Angeles to Anaheim in 1876. He was not the only stagecoach operator in San Diego and the competition combined with railroads impact squeezed him out of business in 1877. By 1920 the stables were demolished. But in 1977 the State of California realized the importance of depicting early transportation in the area and rebuilt the stable to serve a s museum of ,id 19th century overland travel. Today the Museum housed inside features stage coaches, horse tack, farm wagons and other displays.

      Behind the stables is the Black Hawk Livery, a reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop that would have naturally worked with such a horse based operation as a stagecoach line. The reproduced livery offer live demonstrations of the type of smithing that would have been performed here when the stable were active.

      Seeley Stables
      Seeley Stables
      (Flickr User eefeewahfah/CC)
      Concord Stagecoach
      A Concord Stagecoach featured in the Museum
      (Flickr User Jasperdo/CC)
      Historic Wagon
      A Private Wagon of The Era 
      (Flickr User Jasperdo/CC)
      Freight Wagon
      The Big Rigs of the 1800's 
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      Black Hawk Livery
      Black Hawk Livery 
      (Flickr User Gary J. Wood/CC)
      The Blacksmith Worked Hard For His Pay 
      (Flickr User Dmytro Kochetov/CC)
      The Colorado House and Wells Fargo San Diego History Museum

      The Colorado House was built as hotel in 1850 by Cave Johnson Coots. Coots was Tennessee native and west Point graduate who came West to serve in the frontier. During the Mexican American War he was in California stationed at  Los Angeles, San Luis Rey, and San Diego from 1848 to 1851 

      While stationed in San Diego, Coot began building his hotel. a two story building it had a first floor veranda and a typical Western false box front. Coots became involved in civic affairs serving on the first Grand Jury in 1850. he would later serve as county judge in 1854.

      During the Colorado House's construction Coots must have fallen in love. In 1951 he was married to Ysidora Bandini, daughter of his friend Juan Bandini, One of the generous wedding gifts the couple received was land. A tract of 2219 acres was deeded to the newlyweds. The couple would move to their new rancho in 1853. 

      Throwing himself into his work developing the Rancho, Coots' interest in the Colorado house waned,  From 1854 to 1866 he leased out the subdivided building to provide office space for the San Diego Herald, a surgeon, jeweler, hairdresser and other businesses. 
      Colorado House
      The Wells Fargo San Diego History Museum is in the Colorado House
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      In 1866, Coots faced legal troubles and was charged with but ultimately found not guilty of the murder of an Indian worker on his Rancho. He would go on to gain land from three other ranchos, becoming on of the richest men in early Southern California.

      That same year he sold the Colorado House to Joseph Mannasse and Marcus Schiller. In 1872 it was destroyed by fire. Adding to Old Town San Diego, the building was reconstructed in 1992 where it now houses the Wells Fargo San Diego History Museum

      Wells Fargo Wagon
      TheWells Fargo Wagon Connected The West 
      (Flickr User Prayitno / Thank you for (4 millions +) views/CC)
      Wells Fargo played a crucial role in early California being a leader in banking, shipping, and travel. There famous stagecoaches crisscrossed the young state of California. Its banks provided assaying services to miners in the gold fields. Secure transport of money and passendgers connected the far flung state to the Eastern United States and it commerce.

      The museum touches on those early days with t he recreation of an early bank and assay office, with displays of gold rush era mining and banking equipment as well as a large gold nugget n display and one of its iconic stagecoaches.

      The San Diego County Sheriffs Museum

      San Diego County Sheriffs Patch

      Any city draws crime. It is the job of law enforcement to protect the peace. For over 150 years the San Diego Sheriffs Department has served that function. In celebration of that history, they too have a historical museum in Old Town San Diego.

      From their website:
      The Sheriff's Museum consists of 6800 square feet of exhibit space, covering the entire history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department from its inception in 1850 through today.

      The Museum contains cars, motorcycles, real life jail cells from various eras, and replica Sheriff's offices from the 1850's, 1940's and present.

      Children will love the Museum - they can sit on a real life motorcycle and use the siren, pick up a bullet proof vest, play with handcuffs, and sit in a real Sheriff's Car!

      Adults will appreciate the rich history of the department reflected throughout the Museum.  Ask the docent to take a picture of your entire family - locked in a jail cell!

      1966 Dodge Polera Squad Car
      1966 Dodge Polera Squad Car

      Playlist Additions

      This week we have two songs from each of the following themes:
      • Newspaper
      • School
      • Stables
      • Horse
      • Wagons
      • Blacksmith
      • Bank
      • Bank Robbers  
      • Law Enforcement
      • Jail
      Newspaper starts us off with The News from jam band supergroup called Comotion. The group contains members from String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, David Grisman Quartet, Aquarium, Rescue Unit, and the Anger-Marshall Band. Sadly, I could not find it available for download.  The CD is available in my Amazon store. All the fancy finger picking in The News leads to a old time country hit from Arthus Smith playing Jimmy Brown, The Newsboy.
      • The News Head West Comotion 4:27
      • Jimmy Brown, The Newsboy 200 Years Of American Heritage In Song Arthur Smith 1:41

      School follows as we mix in some pub rock with Rockpile and Teacher, Teacher. Cat Stevens mellows us out a bit with his nostalgic Old Schoolyard.
      • Teacher Teacher Seconds Of Pleasure Rockpile 2:35
      • Old Schoolyard On The Road To Find Out Cat Stevens 2:44

      Stables are the next theme in the civic life of Old Town San Diego. I was a little surprised to find a few stable songs in my collection.Livery Stable Blues perfectly fits the Seeley Stables. I have several versions of this dixieland classic, I went with a version from the house band in Disneyland's New Orleans Square, the Side Street Strutters. If you want a copy for yourself, you have to go to Disneyland, sorry. Keeping in the jazz vein, we follow with Stablemates by Stan Getz and Kenny Barron. Unfortunately, I could not find videos for either song to share.
      • Livery Stable Blues You Ask For It     The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band 3:46
      • Stablemates People Time Stan Getz & Kenny Barron 8:49
      Horses are what a stable exists for. So we have a couple of horse songs. Flatt & Scruggs break it down bluegrass style with Six White Horses. Then we have Oregon's own Misty River with a story of little girl longing in Black Pony.
      • Six White Horses Flatt & Scruggs 1948-59 Flatt & Scruggs 2:44
      • Black Pony Misty River - Live At The Backgate Stage Misty River 3:37

      Wagons and Stagecoaches are why Seeley needed horses and a stable, Our first wagon song is Brett Ratliff's cover of a Grandpa Jones novelty song called Wish I'd Stayed In the Wagonyard about a farmer who comes into town, leaves his wagon at the wagonyard and proceeds to get drunk and in trouble, Another classic wagon song also is a tribute to Wells Fargo, so it just had to make the list.Wells Fargo Wagon from Merediths Wilson's The Music Man is our next addition. My version is from the Original Broadway Cast.
      • Wish I'd Stayed In The Wagonyard Cold Icy Mountain  Brett Ratliff 2:38
      • Wells Fargo Wagon The Music Man Original Broadway Soundtrack Eddie Hodges with Cast Of 'The Music Man' 2:13

      Blacksmith songs were in short supply, so I went with his tools to represent the blacksmith shop. Anvil Chorus by Glen Miller and his Orchestra really bangs it out, while a Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy for the Monroe Brothers.

      • Anvil Chorus The Best of the Lost Recordings & the Secret Broadcasts Glenn Miller 4:05
      • Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 The Monroe Brothers 2:14

      Bank songs are more common than blacksmith songs, and frequently they are not pro bank, as you might imagine. Our first song was featured in the Route 66 playlist on this blog. It is by Early Chicago bluesman Big Bill Broonzy and it's the Bankers Blues. A more modern spin on the same idea comes to us from Beck with Canceled Check.

      • Banker's Blues Bill Broonzy-01-75 Big Bill Broonzy 2:32 Download Here
      • Canceled Check Mutations Beck 3:14

      Bank Robbers show up when there is a bank. Our playlist gets an unlikely cover  by Hot Tuna as they play the Clash's Bank Robber. Bringing it back to my hometown, Portland's Freak Mountain Ramblers bring their country fried hippy rock sound to a fairly faithful cover of a Jeffery Fredericks and The Clamtones song from 1970's hippy Portland, Robbin' Banks.
      • Bank Robber Live At Sweetwater Hot Tuna 4:30
      • Robbin Banks III Freak Mountain Ramblers 4:17

      Law Enforcement becomes a requirement when you have a crime. Our first law enforcement song is an old time country song from Big Dave McLean, Police and High Sheriff. Cops from the well played The Beau Hunks Play The Original Little Rascals Music pairs nicely as an old time jazz number.
      • Police And High Sheriff 35 Years Of Stony Plain Big Dave McLean 1:13
      • Cops The Beau Hunks Play The Original Little Rascals Music The Beau Hunks 0:37

      Jail. They have one at the Sheriff Museum and you can take pictures there. Nice place to visit, but you would not want to stay there. To close out this weeks playlist additions, we have a bluegrass jailhouse lament, Jailer Jailer, by Peter Rowan. You might remember Peter Rowan as one of the legendary hippy bluegrass band Old And In The Way or as one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Our last song this week is by a fictitious group, the Soggy Bottom Boys. From the film O Brother Where Art Thou comes the  Soggy Bottom Boys big hit, an old country classic, Man Of Constant Sorrow.
      • Jailer Jailer Legacy Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band 3:38
      • In The Jailhouse Now O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Soggy Bottom Boys  3:35

      Signing Off and Coming Attractions

      I hope you have been enjoying our tour of Old Town. We have just one more thing to see then we will hit the road again. I'd like to hear your opinions about the playlist. Do you prefer individual videos or video playlists? Let me know in the comments please,

      Next Week: Our drive North on Interstate 95 in Florida continues. There are more Spring Training baseball fields to see along this stretch of the highway. We will hit one, and see what else Port St Lucie has to offer.
      Two Weeks: The story of the Blues Brothers continues to dominate our look at the city of Chicago, Illinois at the start of Route 66.
      Three Weeks: Before we continue North on Highway 101 through San Diego, California we will conclude our visit to Old Town. Their is one more house to see and it has quite a story tied to it. 

      Mileage Stats

      Route 66: 0 Miles/1 State/1001 Tracks/270 Videos/40 Posts
      Highway 101: 22 Miles/2 Countries/1 State/614 Tracks/319 Videos/29 Posts
      Interstate 95: 123 Miles/1 State/87 Tracks/139 Videos/14 Posts

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