Tuesday, April 13, 2010

LUTHER IS JOHNNY'S FRIEND


Obviously Johnny Cash is great, but so are his side men. I'm especially fond of Luther, because he looks guilty about something.

I don't know what he did, but you can tell he's worried that Johnny's gonna make him pay for it after the show.

Sidemen are as fun for me to study as the stars themselves are. A star needs good sidemen.

19 comments:

Marius de Moraes said...

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By the way, thanks for everything. I try to remember your cartoon principles everyday at my work!

Jeff Overturf said...

Luther Perkins was one of the greats, for sure.

You're right, the side men and just the ensemble on stage interacting is a very intersting study. Especially in this kind of early footage. Not so polished as to jsut stand and pose, these are road warriors weary from the road and their relationships with each other plays out before the audience.

I love the look of kinescopes by the way. Makes it seem more real than film. And God knows, wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more real than video tape.

Ben W said...

Ha, the definition of shifty-eyed. I never noticed that before.

ZackWallenfang.com said...

Wow, he looks an awful lot like Stew from Strangers With Candy!

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2008/06/pasquesistew023.jpg

Matt Jordan said...

Home of the Blues is one of my favorites! And, yeah, Luther looks shifty.

Niki said...

I laughed when I saw him! He looks like he's wanting for a mob hit man to show up!

aj said...

if you ever happen upon alabama check out the Hank Williams museum

Pee Foot said...

We were just a plain ol' hillbilly band with a plain ol' country style, we never played the kind of songs that'd drive anybody wild. Played a railroad song with a stomping beat, we played a blues song, kinda slow and sweet.

But the thing that knocked them off of their feet was, ooh-wee, when Luther played the boogie woogie, Luther played the boogie woogie, Luther played the boogie woogie, Luther played the boogie in the strangest kind of way!

Play it strange!

RooniMan said...

Johnny Cash FTW.

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C said...

Maye he's just nervous because Cash sang about shooting men in Reno just to watch them die!

martinus said...

Bill Monroe and The bluegrass boys are also great to watch. They have this eerie and creepy perfection.

TedM said...

What do you think of Elvis Presley's side man through the years?

AtomicTiki said...

Now that's some music that everyone can enjoy.

Dulcet tones from shifty bandsmen

HemlockMan said...

Damn! Jimmy Dean was a smartass! I don't remember him being that way at all when he was teamed up with Rowlf!

HemlockMan said...

I was heartbroken when I found out Johnny Cash plagiarized FOLSOM PRISON BLUES. Alas.

Pete Emslie said...

It looked like Jimmy Dean was a little tipsy in that intro. Maybe his pure pork sausages had fermented or something.

akira said...

that's awesome, a couple real characters! John, do you have any opinions on Johnny's last records? he seemed to me an artist/entertainer who kept his integrity to the end (well aside from some of his acting work maybe)..

Bill Field said...

My Dad shared a tent in the USAF in Tripoli with Johnny Cash. My Dad worked early, Johnny, late- so they often heckled each other, my Dad would always get up in the middle of the night pleading with JC to quit playing that damn guitar!