Sittin’ Around, Feelin’ Groovy

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9:33 a.m. It seems as if life is back to normal. For instance, take now. This Is Spinal Tap is on TV. I switched over from The Andy Griffith Show (how’s that for contrast?). The writing of Lightning in a Bottle both strained and inspired me for three months. From the first words of the introduction to the … Continue reading Sittin’ Around, Feelin’ Groovy

You Can Hear the Music Burning Down Copperhead Road

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, January 30, 2017, 6:59 p.m. It was about ten years ago, at Robert’s Western World in Nashville, where I was working on a chapter of a book called True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed, and the subject of the chapter was Jesse Lee Jones, who owned Robert’s. I was sitting by myself, up near the front, taking a few notes … Continue reading You Can Hear the Music Burning Down Copperhead Road

Isn’t Fun the Greatest Thing You Can Have?

My greatest ally is my guitar. Or, my guitars. I keep one leaning against the couch to my left while I type away here. I just got finished playing a few songs to get me ready to write this blog. I played a couple of mine, “Stuck in a Rut” and “Uh, Huh.” Then I played an old country song, “Shutters and Boards,” and a … Continue reading Isn’t Fun the Greatest Thing You Can Have?

‘Nasty Habits,’ a Song

I love to write songs. You can find rough versions of them on my YouTube channel (oddly enough, called “Monte Dutton”), mostly videos from back when I was occasionally playing little gigs at places near NASCAR tracks. This one, “Nasty Habits,” is the first one I’ve written in about six months. I love writing songs, but I only occasionally play them in front of a … Continue reading ‘Nasty Habits,’ a Song