Lou Whitney, who played bass on and produced “Trouble Ain’t Over”, is a guy that should get way more recognition than he does.
So, I was real glad to see this Universal Audio interview with Grammy winning (for The Raconteurs album, “Consolers of the Lonely”) engineer, Vance Powell, in which Vance mentions Lou…
Then in ’90, another opportunity came up in a roundabout way. I got asked to go to work at a club in Springfield, Missouri. A bunch of really cool music came out of the area. The other person I always want to mention–because he’s so brilliant–is a guy there who owned a studio by the name of Lou Whitney. Lou is well known for doing the first Del-Lords record. He worked on the first Roscoe’s Gang record with Eric Amble. He’s just a real roots-rock genius. Back in the early ’80s and ’90s, he was really doing some cool stuff. And still does, still has a studio there. So I went to work at this club, and my goal was to work at the club and get a gig in Lou’s studio. Within about a year I had actually done that. I’d gone to work for Lou, sort of being his second. We toured with Dave Alvin, did a Scott Kempner record, and we made a whole bunch of records at his place. With Lou it was the same thing: He just gave me the keys, and said, “Come and go as you please. I’ll pay you five bucks an hour.” Actually, I think maybe he paid me ten. Either way it didn’t matter. I was getting to make records. It was awesome.
Congratulations Vance and very cool that you take the chance to recognize the dudes on the way up.
“Reds” by The Morells. Filmed at the infamous Reds in Springfield, MO. Check out the youthful Lou Whitney and the always stellar guitar work of D. Clinton Thompson.
Lou says;”We we’re part of the great roots rock scare of the early 80′s”.
As always, support local dining establishments then, click pause on the music player located in the side bar to your left before playing the YouTube.
*****SPECIAL BONUS LOU WHITNEY FOOTAGE*****
This group called ACORN is in the news a lot today. Here in Missouri, McCain is showing a slight lead in the polls. This is from Yahoo News.
Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.
“I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy,” Davis said. “We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all.”
Years ago, I remember hearing that there was a group in Springfield that was picking up drunks off of the street and taking them to register. I saw a van stop to pick up some guys that were huddled under an overpass. A couple of hours later, I saw the same guys waiting for the bus outside of the Cat and Fiddle Lounge which was a notorious, happy hour at 10:00 A.M., sort of bar. The guys all looked pretty happy.