Saturday Matinee – Ghost Theme Park, Are You Popular?, Ray Charles & Tommy Emmanuel

The second or third Happiest Place on Earth.

Japanese theme park Nara Dreamland was built in 1961 but was permanently closed in 2006 due to declining attendance. At one time this place was filled with laughter; now it’s just spooky. This is what it looks like after years of neglect. [via].

“Are You Popular?” I wish I’d seen this 1947 PSA when I was in High School. All my dates could have been spatulas and 2x4s.

Ray Charles performs at an elementary school in London in a 1964 film “Ballad In Blue” [via].

Tommy Emmanuel is amazing. No formal training, can’t read or write music, yet his sound is incredible with an unmistakable Chet Atkins influence. He reminds me of Leo Kottke.

Have a great weekend, folks. There’s more to come.

Saturday Matinee – Subconscious Herd Mentality, THE Rope Trick, Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds (plus Flight 93 Trailer)

Herd mentality experiment [via].
That explains a lot.

This is THE rope trick [via]. Now let’s rock and roll.

Kim Wilson has always amazed me. One of the best blues harp players around, Wilson doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, IMO. I’m no slouch on a Hohner chromatic with a Ham Radio bullet mic, but I sure as hell can’t pull off what he does.

Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds (featuring Jimmy Vaughan) jam with Stevie Ray Vaughan in a tribute to Ray Charles‘ classic “What’d I Say” circa 1984.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember to put your Flag out on Sunday if only for the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

Saturday Matinee – USS Hartford Breaks The Ice, Remi Gaillard & Ray Charles

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 10, 2016)
USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces in the Arctic Circle near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. Servicemembers and civilians assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab clear ice from the hatches to allow for surface access. ICEX is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region [via].

Remi Gaillard’s Blind Man [via].

Ray Charles was the best. Have a great weekend, folks. We’ll be back here tomorrow, rain or shine.

Saturday Matinee – Rodent Gravitron, Tedeschi & Vaughan, and Ray Charles

2 Gerbils 1 Wheel is the rodent equivalent of The Gravitron. [via]

“Let The Good Times Roll” – Susan Tedeschi with Jimmie Vaughan & Double Trouble, from Austin City Limits, 12 January 1998.

Crispness is clumping and the geezer’s getting fat. Here’s Ray Charles singing Mel Tormé‘s 1944 classic “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).”

“Tiny tots with a nose full of snots” is my favorite line in that song. Although it’s been said that Barney loves Fred, Merry Christmas To You.

Saturday Matinee: Rays

The Ray Beats had a great album, “Guitar Beat.”  Get it.

The Rays: Silhouettes, 1957.  Another great Chess Records group.

Ray Price. His Cherokee Cowboys included the likes of Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, and Johnny Paycheck, so quit snickerin’ y’all.


Okay. This kinda stuff is obnoxious and completely unnecessary in Bunk’s opinion.  Sort of like taking your favorite beer, wine, champagne, brandy, whiskey, bourbon,  gin and tequila, dumping it all in a plastic trash can, and declaring the resulting cacaphony great.

But there ARE some greats on that stage, including  Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King, Little Richard (who tells everyone to go home), Bo Diddley, Fats Domino (?), and Jerry Lee Lewis (whose microphone should have been left turned off).

Who else did I miss in that awesome lineup?

Saturday Matinee: Tammet, Clarke & Dawe, Bob & Ray, The Bobs, The Rays, The Silhouettes, and RAY CHARLES

Daniel Tammet is amazing.

Clarke and Dawe.  Full story can be found here.

Here’s Bob and Ray.  Google them for more classic straight faced funnies.

The Bobs’ A capellaness is only mildly annoying and somewhat entertaining.

The Rays, with “Silhouettes on the Shade.”

The Silhouettes’ “Get A [lipsinch] Job.”

The Late Great Ray Charles:  “Shake A Tail Feather!” from the movie “The Blues Brothers.” (Watch for Steve Cropper & Duck Dunn, with Matt “Guitar” Murphy.)

[Related posts: Cropper & Dunn be here and here.  More Blues Brothers here.]

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