Pickin’ And Grinnin’

Thank you for providing the promotional material for today's featured artist, Junior.

Thank you for providing the promotional material for today’s featured artist, Junior.

Bwahahaha, it’s Monday the 13th!  And….. well, OK, nobody is really shaking in their boots when the 13th falls on a Monday.  In fact, the only thing you have to fear today is yet another infectious earworm straight outta the moth infested tampon boxes of the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  This week, DJ Scratchy’s gonna be using her ones and twos for a little boot scootin’ action.  Let’s see if the Sponkies can figure out how to properly do a line dance…

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If you thought that old time country music was too twangy, and more modern country music was too shitty…. well, a little known country band from the 90’s called BR5-49 might be more up your alley.  Named after the famous Junior Samples phone number in the long running hick show Hee Haw, hey combined honky tonk, rockabilly and a liberal dose of silliness to forge a career that barely got them noticed in their heyday and certainly not remembered by anyone today.  I don’t know what they did wrong…

I don't think the 90's were ready for BR5-49.... or even the 60's for that matter.

I don’t think the 90’s were ready for BR5-49…. or even the 60’s for that matter.

Lucky for them, their debut single became an unlikely staple of the batting practice music at Busch Stadium in the late 90’s which is the only reason I know this little two and a half minute piece of total awesomeness exists.  Let’s give it up for the best of BR5-49… “Cherokee Boogie!”

Gotta love the Falco-esque fish out of water theme of the video.  Every non-hardnosed musical act should try playing in a biker bar at least once…

Especially this clown... and without any bodyguards.

Especially this clown… and without any bodyguards.

BR5-49’s cover of the not-so-politically correct song Moon Mullican and Johnny Horton made famous decades earlier barely made a dent on the US Country charts when it was released in 1996, only reaching #44.  I’m not sure what Nashville fans were listening to at the time, but they sure as hell were missing out on a little old school retro goodness.  BR5-49 should have been to country music what The Stray Cats were to mainstream rock and roll in the early 80’s.

We're all about that upright bass.

We’re all about that upright bass.

Nevertheless, I hope I got you to appreciate a fun little foot stomper that you very likely had never heard before.  And if not…. well, I’ll always be back to throw another earworm on the fishing hook to dangle in front of you next Monday.


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24 Responses to Pickin’ And Grinnin’

  1. oooh how could I forget this song!!!!! thanks for digging so deep in the treasure chest of music, it’s on my playlist for the car now :o) the keyboard guy rocks, I like him!!!!

  2. Thank you for my “something new” I learned today. Had never heard of this band (loved the Stray Cats tho). Quite the bubbly country tune there for sure.

    • I’m not a country fan by any stretch, but then again, most of it doesn’t sound like this! This band and the Stray Cats were both good at combining retro and modern music with a whole lot of fun!

  3. Holly says:

    Country music on a Monday? To quote my 90s buddy Ren, “I could keeeel you!”

    • Boy, if you don’t like this one, you’ll probably hate the other country song on my list (though it should be a long while before I spend that bullet… assuming you don’t keeeeel me first)…

      • Holly says:

        Maybe it’s the fact that you brought up Hee Haw at the same time, which brings is its own set of earworm issues

        (“Where, oh where, are you tonight?
        Why did you leave me here all alone?
        I searched the world o’er and thought I found true love,
        You met another and ptttth you were gone!”)

  4. Trisha says:

    This is a fun little foot stomper for Monday! It sounds slightly familiar but I don’t think I never knew who did it because the name BR5-49 rings no bells whatsoever. If I had heard it with no introduction I would have assumed it was from the rockabilly era and not the 90’s!

    • I never knew who they were either, and have not come across them in any context outside of this song before. But I’m glad they were around long enough to make this… I always pick this one when I go to YouTube to listen to some happy music….

  5. I had never heard this one either…….but I just HAVE to wonder (as I often do) where/how they came up with the name……somebody’s apartment number? License plate number? Prisoner number?


  6. Is there a story behind that band’s name? Just an interesting choice … were they all born in May 1949? That would make them Booming Rockers …

  7. Great guitar sound and I never heard but have now. Fun Monday on a Tuesday morn. 😀

  8. Wow. That is too f__ing fun. Seriously that is fun. Thanks for delightful music lesson today.

  9. draliman says:

    The advert that popped up over the video for me was “4 stages to a heart attack”. Hey, the song wasn’t that bad. In fact, it was pretty good! I shall dream of young ladies in little cowboy outfits line dancing tonight 🙂

  10. Thom says:

    Would you believe this is in my iPod? I have a couple by them. Best. Band. Name. Ever.

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