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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Album Review
The Frank and Woody Show
"Wrapped Up In The Fun Of It"
1979 Tucson AZ

“Loose on Tucson”
I wish I had a nickle for every beer I drunk,
Or a green crispy dollar for every time that some punk
Said you sure look funny in that big cowboy hat,
And I slapped him around for smart-talkin like that.

We started running around in the night,
Checking the bars and getting’ in fights,
It wasn’t intended to be quite that way,
But it’s so doggone sweltering hot in the day.

And we’ll be loose on Tucson again,
Tearing up the town like we did way back when.
We were inseperable, the closest of friends,
We’ll be loose on Tucson again.

Well, they are about to be “Loose on Tucson”, again, after twenty-some years and before you know it, the reunion will be here! After multiple listenings, this CD is like a comfy friend, you know just what to expect and it makes ya smile to hear the stories over and over again.

Beer, smoke and women that just ain’t good for ya, windmills as metaphors, and joggers getting mowed down on the road, (accidentally, of course), defines the songs of the 1979 release of “Wrapped Up In The Fun Of It” by “The Frank and Woody Show”.

First up on the CD is “Sometimes I Think”; your basic good natured banjo pickin’ and poking-fun-at-love song. The pedal steel guitar sounds like water trickling in a thirsty desert on “Windmill”. A honking sax mashes out the fills on “You Really Ain’t Good Lookin’ (But You’re Always Looking Good) and “Send the Fool Away”.

In spite of his admission that he hasn’t got any silky shorts or tennis shoes, “One Less Jogger On The Road” finds Woody Janda in fine form with his original brand of humorous lyrics that paints a picture in your mind:
The only time I run is when the cops are chasing me down the alleyway,
and buddy that gets old,
I ain’t no track star so I duck in the bar…
and there’s one less jogger on the road.

Woody was the principle song writer for “TFAWS”, but there is a can’t-miss rendition of the Shel Silverstein and Kris Kristofferson “Your Times Comin’” that showcases the timing and harmonies that TFAWS pull off with ease.

Throughout the CD, the fiddle evokes a feeling of cowboys with walrus mustaches and hats clapped down on sweaty heads, giving the disparaging eye to fancy schmancy cityfolk. And honey, there ain’t a drum machine in sight.

Now, I gotta tell ya a little story. I don’t like baseball much, but one time I went up to Phoenix to see Diamondbacks game, and when they opened up the roof, started the Las Vegas production, and I was beset with graphics, cartoons and the wall to wall music production, I got overwhelmed by all the hooplah. But, yup, I ended up having a good ole time. The problem? I don’t remember a damn thing about the baseball game. I don’t know who we were playing, or who won. Drank a lot of beer, but that wasn’t why I had no memory of the game itself. The game became secondary to the experience.

That aint gonna happen here on this CD. “Wrapped Up in the Fun of It” is some good ole boy music at its 70’s finest. You ain’t gonna find no slick, overproduced Las Vegas schmooze-ola here to distract you from the game.

Listening to this CD, at times I’d say, hmmm, that sounds a little Marshall Tuckerish, or I’d get a peaceful easy feelin’ of The Eagles, then I had to remind myself that these guys were doing this type of music before those guys. It’s simple and true music, with a touch of innocence that only can come from the nonstop stimulations of youth, before the consequences rear their ugly heads.

I wasn’t in Tucson in the 70’s, but I still felt hometown proud listening to this CD, knowing "The Frank and Woody Show" fellas were on the crest of a wave, redefining the genre of country music, and they didn't know it. They were just having fun. To me, that is the sweetest thing about it all. They might have dreamed of making millions and being famous, but that wasn't what kept them playing. Here in 2003, that is downright refreshing.

If you want a slice of TFAWS pie, you can gnaw on a big piece of “Wrapped Up In The Fun Of It” and it’ll nurture your memories, whether you were in Tucson during the heyday or not.

Elaine

Integrity Incorporated
5732 East Mabel Street Tucson, AZ 85712 520-409-9900 IntegrityInc@aol.com

PRESS RELEASE

“The Frank and Woody Show” Reunion
September 12, 2003
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

El Casino Ballroom
437 East 26th Street
Tucson, Arizona 85713

Back in the swinging seventies, the wild and woolly territory of Tucson was hometown to several bands that redefined country music. The dedicated foot stompin’ folks that were in need of all night dancing, sweet harmonies complete with just-lost-my-girl ballads (coupled with the raunchiest lyrics in town) knew that the Oxbow or The Pawnbroker was the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.

There, “The Frank and Woody Show” tore up the floorboards and presented the broken heart as just another boot-scootin’ rite of passage to this mysterious thing we call life, with the lament of a pedal steel guitar and fine fiddling as background.

It’s been a good twenty something years, but…they’re back, and ready to dole out their original brand of country swing that started the whole movement, in a reunion at El Casino ballroom that promises hours and hours of them sweet ole songs you remember best, for your dancin’ pleasure.

Local bluegrass sensations Morton, O’Connor and Davies start the show at 9:00. The original members of “The Frank and Woody Show” take the stage at 10:00 p.m. for three hours of the music that redefined country music, as we know it.

Visit www.thefrankandwoodyshow.blogspot.com for a review of their two CD’s, and words from the boys themselves as they reassemble in Tucson and practice for the big night. Frank Manhardt and Woody Janda promise you the most fun of your life since you twirled in a “squaw skirt” with ironed hair and baby blue eyeshadow, or duded up in one of those mother of pearl snap shirts and oiled-up cowboy boots.

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Thank you for helping to make our reunion a success, and we hope to see you there!

good news for the masses!
the organization for the reunion is rolling right along. yesterday it was announced that the opening band for "the frank and woody show" reunion will be none other than the local bluegrass gods "morton, o'connor and davies", otherwise knows as "the mod squad".
greg morton is a guitar flatpicker with a fireplace mantle full of awards for his talents. he recently returned home from the telluride bluegrass festival, fulla piss and vinegar and is raring to go, on september 12.
brian davies is not only tucsons most musical dentist, he also whips around his stand up bass and sings sweet harmonies with liquid bravado, i never saw aman smile so much.
original "frank and woody show" member and multi-instrumental force of nature, tim o'connor, rounds out "the mod squad" with banjo, mandolin, saxaphone and of course fiddle playin', and you havent heard anything until he does his "big mamu" with accordion backup by kevin schramm.
we are all hoping kevin will take the stage with the mod squad for a song or two at 9:00, and then hold on to your panties. following a solid hour of "the mod squad" is three hours of "the frank and woody show".

upcoming hooplah....
frank and woody are scheduled to appear on kxci, 91.3 FM here in tucson on kristi lloyds show "Live at 5", for a short set to give you a taste of what's to come at the reunion. when i have the date, ill put it right here!

TFAWS will be on tv..."harrigan after hours" is a late night local music television show here in tucson, which is available streaming on the net. when the date is firm on this, ill let you know how to view it.

"theebyss.tv" will feature an interview with Frank, again, instructions for viewing will appear when dates are set.

keep an eye on the entertainment section of "the tucson citizen". reporter chuck graham is sending out a photographer and interviewing the boys for an article with before and after pictures.

looks like you can catch some of "damn the luck" and "wrapped up in the fun of it", both "frank and woody show" CD's recorded back in the late 70's, upcoming on kxci. you can call kxci to make your musical requests at 623-1000.

thats it for the moment...im still working on that second cd review, will have it posted by saturday august 2 at the latest! watch out for posters and flyers coming to an eye level vertical surface near you!
peace...
elaine

Sunday, July 13, 2003

album review...
the frank and woody show
"damn the luck"
1978 tucson, arizona
in 1978 I was a junior in high school in indianapolis, indiana (damn the luck!) and did not get to participate in the heydey of the frank and woody show happening 2000 miles away in tucson arizona, but now at 42 years old, giving this cd a listen, i am taken back to the "feelings" of the time. nostalgia nudges my heart for the days when my biggest saturday night concern would be what i was gonna wear to attract that certain cowboy fella to notice me at the local bar. i can just bet id be twirlin in the front of the mirror to see if my skirt was going to swing just right, puttin a gloss on my boots, hell, i probably would have ironed my hair back then before heading out to the pawnbroker or the oxbow bar. im the kind of girl whod get there at 7:00 so i could be sure to get a table at the front, supper be damned, as it would get in the way of my beer buzz later. and i am mortally sure id have on that sky blue eyeshadow!
it says alot about this cd that i could get taken back to such a place, because ive never been that kinda girl. in 1978, id wake up and listen to pink floyd or led zepplin while getting ready for school, but all the same, im somehow transported to an alternative memory of who id been if id been old enough and in tucson during the 70's.
"damn the luck" is full of hard dancing original country tunes, western-edged and guitar twanging foot stompers with fiddle and pedal steel reeling through the wrap-around rhythms and downright pretty harmonies, with a lovely ballad or two thrown in (so you could hold your girl close and catch your breath while you sway.) gotta watch those lyrics though, what sounds like a sweet lovesong may just be a cowboys lament over his baby bein run over by a car! ive always loved a clever turn of words; "damn the luck" is one of those sadly hilarious songs of love lost in an unfair turn of events. (i can just imagine woody singing it, maybe even as the tears slide down into his bushy mustache, the pedal steel echoing his mournful song, as the audience sings the chorus with the whole band at the top of their lungs.)
most of the lyrics are written by woody janda; characteristic of the genre, each song is a story in itself; a fella tryin to keep his feet under him after hes had too much to drink, life being just like a rodeo, a couple with no dough for a movie making small talk instead, hard livin in a small town, lookin for a girl to make it all alright, and hopin that tomorrow will bring better luck for a fella used to a hard time from life, but the observations are made wryly, and with good humor. there isnt anything so sad going on here that another beer wouldnt fix it all up, and hey, would ya like to dance?
Now most of us are all grown up, with kids of our own, (and we probably are just hopin that they arent doing the things we did), but man oh man, listening to this good ole boy drinkin cowboy music takes me back to a time when it was okay to stay up too late, call in sick for work, and be what we would now clearly call "irresponsible". There was more to it than that though. We were hopping with energy, having fun, playing hard and breaking hearts, impulsive, our futures were alive with possibilities and one or two of us probably thought we were immortal. We know better now, but there isnt a thing wrong with revisiting that bittersweet place in our minds where memories live. Giving a listen to "damn the luck", from the frank and woody show will take you right back there, and get you primed for the reunion show on september 12th, 2003 at the el casino ballroom, in tucson, arizona.
next time, ill review "the frank and woody show"'s cd from 1979, called "wrapped up in the fun of it". stay tuned!
album review...
the frank and woody show
"damn the luck"
1978 tucson, arizona
in 1978 I was a junior in high school in indianapolis indiana (damn the luck!) and did not get to participate in the heydey of the frank and woody show happening 2000 miles away in tucson arizona, but now at 42 years old, giving this cd a listen, i am taken back to the "feelings" of the time. nostalgia nudges my heart for the days when my biggest saturday night concern was what i was gonna wear to attract that certain cowboy fella to notice me at the local dance. i can see id be twirlin in the front of the mirror to see if my skirt was going to swing just right, puttin a gloss on my boots, hell, i probably would have ironed my hair back then before heading out to the pawnbroker or the oxbow bar. im the kind of girl whod get there at 7:00 so i could be sure to get a table at the front, supper be damned, as it would get in the way of my beer buzz later. and i am mortally sure id have on that sky blue eyeshadow!
it says alot about this cd that i could get taken back to such a place, because ive never been that kinda girl. in 1978, id wake up and listen to pink floyd or led zepplin while getting ready for school, but all the same, im somehow transported to an alternative memory of who id been if id been old enough and in tucson during the 70's.
"damn the luck" is full of hard dancing original country tunes, western-edged and guitar twanging foot stompers with fiddle and pedal steel reeling through the wrap-around rhythms and downright pretty harmonies, with a lovely ballad or two thrown in so you could hold your girl close and catch your breath while you sway. gotta watch those lyrics though, what sounds like a sweet lovesong may just be a cowboys lament over his baby bein run over by a car! ive always loved a clever turn of words; "damn the luck" is one of those sadly hilarious songs of love lost in an unfair turn of events. (i can just see woody signing it, the tears running down under his signature sunglasses into his bushy mustache, the pedal steel echoing his mournful song, as the audience sings the chorus with the whole band at the top of their lungs.)
most of the lyrics are written by woody janda; characteristic of the genre, each song is a story in itself; a fella tryin to keep his feet under him after hes had too much to drink, life is just like a rodeo, a couple with no dough for a movie making small talk instead, hard livin in a small town, lookin for a girl to make it all alright, and hope that tomorrow will bring better luck for a fella used to a hard time from life, but the observations are made wryly, and with good humor. there isnt anything so sad going on here that another beer wouldnt fix it all up, and hey, would ya like to dance?
Now most of us are all grown up, with kids of our own, (and we probably are just hopin that they arent doing the things we did), but man oh man, listening to this good ole boy drinkin cowboy music takes me back to a time when it was okay to stay up too late, call in sick for work, and be what we would now clearly call "irresponsible". There was more to it than that though. We were hopping with energy, having fun, playing hard and breaking hearts, impulsive, our futures were alive with possibilities and one or two of us probably thought we were immortal. We know better now, but there isnt a thing wrong with revisiting that bittersweet place in our minds where memories live. Giving a listen to "damn the luck", from the frank and woody show will take you right back there, and get you primed for the reunion show on september 12th, 2003 at the el casino ballroom, in tucson, arizona.
next time, ill review "the frank and woody show"'s cd from 1979, called "wrapped up in the fun of it". stay tuned!

Saturday, July 12, 2003

hello again from the world of frank and woody!
time for me to tell you about...me!
my name is elaine higginbotham, my friends call me ellie may. my wonderful man is kevin schramm, who is a world class musician here in tucson with "the mollys", and "the last call girls."he also plays with a wonderful bluegrass jammin' band called "the mod squad". that band features the fine fiddle playin of a former member of "the frank and woody show", by the name of tim o'connor. his wife, barb, told me that there was gonna be a reunion of a former band he used to play in back in the 70's and i said, well, how can i help? and here i am!
as i interview the band members and help with the reunion, ill be letting you know a newcomers view of their music, and keep you posted on upcoming publicity. ill encourage you to pass the word along, let others know about this site, and keep coming back!thanks for stopping in! we are in the midst of a tucson monsoon, complete with lightning, hail and thunder that has my cats crawlin on their tummies meowing pitifully, so ill be back when the storm has dissapated. if you ever need more info, or want to contact me, please write to integrityinc@aol.com.


welcome to the blogsite for "the frank and woody show"!
the frank and woody show was a country edged rockin' extravaganza in tucson arizona back in the 70's, when sex, drugs, and rock and roll were a way of life, when girls wore squaw skirts and twirled in country swing wall to wall sound, when a bootstompin' man could hit the dance floor at 9 p.m. and not stop until 1 a.m., and then do it all again the next night. ahhhh....those were the days!
last christmas, frank produced two cds for the fun of it, of those 70's recordings of the frank and woody show, and sent them out to his old band mates, and before you could say "reunion", the idea was conceived. frank has been hard at work organizing, arranging and contacting the right folks, and the reunion is a GO.
Join the band with its original members at the el casino ballroom in tucson arizona on september 12, 2003 at 9:00 p.m.

In the meantime, tune in here at thefrankandwoodyshow.blogspot.com!

Here you can be part of the pre-reunion fun, get up to the minute information, blogged interviews and personal words and memories of the band members, their friends, family and fans, notice of upcoming television and radio interviews and more, so you can share in our excitement and preparations for the big event!
stay tuned!

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