This week I talk about the iconic southern rock anthem Sweet Home Alabama and the “feud” with Neil Young. I also spend some time discussing the Governor of Alabama, George Wallace. The co-authors of Sweet Home Alabama tell vastly different stories about the controversial lines about Governor Wallace in the song.
Well I heard mister Young sing about her Well, I heard ole Neil put her down Well, I hope Neil Young will remember A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow
In Birmingham they love the governor (boo, boo, boo) Now we all did what we could do Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth
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In this week’s episode I talk about Neil Young’s song, Southern Man . I discuss the 3 iterations of the Ku Klux Klan. I discuss the book, The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan, and the movie, The Birth of a Nation, that brought the Klan back from extinction. The we go positive with Daryl Davis and discuss the Black Lives Matter movement.
I saw cotton and I saw black. Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back?
Southern man, better keep your head. Don’t forget what your good book said. Southern change gonna come at last. Now your crosses are burning fast. Southern man.
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This week I talk about The Bottle Rockets song Wave That Flag. I talk about the three flags of the Confederate States of America. Then I discuss heritage versus hate. This should be fun.
This podcast does have some cuss words. If this offends you, please don’t listen.
Feedback from the trailer
Played with Uncle Tupelo on March 16-20, 1992.
The Bottle Rockets are Brian Henneman, Mark Ortmann, Tom Parr, and Tom Ray.
Wave That Flag is off an album named Bottle Rockets and the Brooklyn Side
Look, here comes another one, 4-wheel drive. Look there in the window, man, Saints alive! That good ol' boy’s waving The stars & bars. It’s a red, white & blue flag. It ain’t ours.
Wave that flag hoss, wave it high Do you know what it means? Do you know why? Maybe being a Rebel ain’t no big deal. But if somebody owned your ass How would you feel?
Three flags of the CSA
Second - The Stainless Banner
Third - The Blood-Stained Banner
What most people think is the flag of the CSA…
Confederate Battle Flag - Army of Northern Virginia
Heritage vs. hate
In the inaugural episode of The Liner Project, I talk about my love of music and history and why I even started this thing. I discuss my musicial influences like the following:
I discuss my lifelong love of history and the influence that one great teacher like Bob Depro can have on a person.
The Liner Project is going to run in seasons of 10 shows. They will release bi-weekly and each show will have homework that points to the next episode. Send your homework answers to Ronnie at any of the places linked below. If you get it right, you will have a chance to receive a homemade surprise from my wife and I.
Homework for this week:
And lastly some thanks and credits like real liner notes:
My wife, Shawna Lutes, for designing the logo and being there for me for 20 years. She inspires me to want to do more.
My great friends, Scott Willsey and Vic Hudson, for helping (and by helping I mean doing) with the website and editing. Added to these two I would like to add Clay Daly for their friendship and pushing me to do this show.
See you in a couple of weeks where we will learn about flags. Thanks for listening.