There’s nothing quite like an El Camino with an eight-track stereo

Elizabeth Cook, a woman with some rather odd ties to Georgia and Atlanta, opens tonight at the Variety for the very funny, witty Todd Snider.

Most of Snider’s material isn’t suitable for posting on this blog, but go look him up — you’ll enjoy the sense of humor.

But back to Cook. She grew up in Florida, the daughter of a moonshiner and welder who learned the latter craft serving time at the federal penitentiary here in Atlanta, just a few miles from where she’ll be playing tonight. She’s a graduate of Georgia Southern, with degrees in accounting and computer information systems. I’ve seen her refer to herself as a math geek who took calculus classes in college for fun, and because she thought they’d be an easy “A”.

Here she is, a hard-to-categorize musician performing her ode to another classic American eccentricity, the El Camino:

– Jay Bookman

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Logical Dude

January 4th, 2013
3:47 pm

Logical Dude

January 4th, 2013
3:48 pm

And I get Friday Firsties again. :)
It’s what I get for working all day and taking a moment to refresh and see a new blog instead of getting caught up in discussions of who will or will not be a dog in the fiscal cliff / country debt / gotta do something debates.

stands for decibels

January 4th, 2013
3:49 pm

Our own Godless Heathen is going to this show, apparently. Perhaps he’ll check in with a capsule review later.

Jm

January 4th, 2013
3:51 pm

In honor of Sandy Hook

Jack Johnson: cookie jar

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=AbQqkqQMWgw

josef

January 4th, 2013
3:53 pm

Okay, if you say so…but at least it’s FNM…that’s a good thing…

stands for decibels

January 4th, 2013
3:57 pm

An El Camino? Bill Clinton used to own one.

Speaking to a group of GM employees, Clinton joked, “It had astro-turf in the back. I don’t want to tell you what the astro-turf was for.”

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:02 pm

stands for decibels

January 4th, 2013
4:02 pm

Off topic, but not overtly political anyway–I’ve thought of Tarantino as kind of a one-joke bore, but this piece by Amanda Marcotte has me thinking I might want to see Django after all.

Quentin Tarantino has probably watched every implausible, silly Western that American audiences have eaten up for decades, and he’s now making a movie that lays down a challenge: Can you suspend your disbelief for a former slave character as well as you can for the fantastical versions of former Confederates, outlaws, and gunslingers we’ve all watched before? If you can watch a movie like “Gone With the Wind” that whitewashes history, why not watch one that does so for the good guys, for once?

(I seem to recall a few of the regulars here have seen the film already, figured they might find this take somewhat interesting, anyway.)

/drive-by

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
4:03 pm

One of the funkier cats to do a killer car song…

Hey now mama
Where’d you stay last night
Your hair’s all down,
Your clothes don’t fit you right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJvyPXPssg

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
4:05 pm

Pretty.

Dreadful voice.

skipper

January 4th, 2013
4:05 pm

I kid you not….my ex ‘bro-in-law had one in high-school……8-track and all!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgia

January 4th, 2013
4:06 pm

By the way, I’m listening to the video with bose headphones I got at best buy for 134 bucks. makes all the difference in the world. worth every penny.

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:12 pm

more eight track memories…it was drug related…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgcYfKw0_TI

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:16 pm

K’CHAK
@ 4:05

I second that emotion…

getalife

January 4th, 2013
4:16 pm

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 4th, 2013
4:18 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
4:21 pm

Common Sense isn’t very Common

How was your holiday visit to N.C.? (Was it you that was coming down here?)

TBS

January 4th, 2013
4:21 pm

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:22 pm

and one more here….eight track playing all your favorite sounds…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSQAlfyaKyc

getalife

January 4th, 2013
4:24 pm

Browncoat

January 4th, 2013
4:26 pm

Uhhh, she’s not very good.

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 4th, 2013
4:29 pm

Kam

It was great, but too short (had to get back for work).

New Years here it snowed like hell here.

But while there I was able to partake of some real NC homebrew :-)

Kick ass and tasted of plums LOL

barking frog

January 4th, 2013
4:30 pm

Nunna Yobinnes

January 4th, 2013
4:31 pm

“Should you stop beating your wife?”

Should you stop wetting your bed?

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:32 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
4:33 pm

But while there I was able to partake of some real NC homebrew

Damn, lucky dog!

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
4:35 pm

Here I’m freezin’ my tookus off and jonix links that awesome War song. That’s not right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM0T9fumD5k

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 4th, 2013
4:36 pm

cruising in the 67 camaro and listening to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7ZGEF3SpSw

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 4th, 2013
4:38 pm

Kam

still have some left for my next visit or I can order more LOL

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
4:41 pm

My buddy in high school had a reel to reel player and had hours of Buffalo Springfield music.

Such an innocent time…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YdRP-9BOiE

td

January 4th, 2013
4:41 pm

Nothing like riding in a rag top cad with a beautiful woman and totally young and in love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV0rQnQW3sI

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:44 pm

ZamVet

Well, i WAS dredging up eight track memories… :-)

But back atcha on the Janis, and, yeah I loved them all, but this one, somehow is my eight track memory…all of us piled into Funky Fedora on the way to NOLA…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTHRg_iSWzM

and then on a happier note… making sure we patted Fedora’s dash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORGaACYbAk0

Soothsayer

January 4th, 2013
4:45 pm

She can change the oil in my El Camino. Singing? No so much.

Them damned El Caminos didn’t have no back seat! Unless of course you count the bed of the pickup.

Now, if you’re looking for some real singing, try this.

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 4th, 2013
4:46 pm

Kam

If I wasn’t careful this coulda happened (not saying it didn’t mind you) :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDIrJkNE4Jk&list=AL94UKMTqg-9AZ56u9b8waCISjmUICeSBp

TaxPayer

January 4th, 2013
4:51 pm

josef

January 4th, 2013
4:52 pm

ZamVet

Reel to reel…story behind that Essex earlier and why I said it was drug related…had a bud back in the dayl, super-super genius, got all kinds of scholarships to Ivy League,..he went, realized, he said, that no matter what he did, he’s still be a colored boy from Mississippi in their eyes. He came home, put “Rock On” on reel-to-reel, and sat on the front porch smoking his joint and listening to it over and over and over…then one day he just got up and went…never knew where, but wherever, “rock on…”

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
4:58 pm

She just has one of those little girl voices. With a twang.

jonix, great story. Hope the cat found his way to wherever he was going…

From the 8-track era…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Nq48sHF8M

Soothsayer

January 4th, 2013
4:59 pm

Tax @ 4:51: WOW! She can sing! Please accept my apologies!

Soothsayer

January 4th, 2013
5:01 pm

How long before she’s doing the intro to Monday Night Football?

DebbieDoRight - Cons can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics and common-sense gun laws all at the same time.

January 4th, 2013
5:05 pm

I thought this was funny when I read it! Not music I know, but…….you gotta laugh sometimes to stop from crying!

Trent Arsenault of Fremont has fathered 14 children since he began donating sperm in 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the man to stop giving away his sperm, or face charges.

Arsenault contends he’s being targeted by the FDA because he has a Web site that promotes himself and his willingness to donate his sperm.

“What the FDA is doing infringes on reproductive rights. The government is reaching into the bedroom,” Arsenault said. “There’s no precedence for my case. Whatever happens to me kind of sets the future up for all the other people in these situations — the couples plus the donors.”

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/12/19/Sperm-donor-feeling-heat-from-feds/UPI-53151324330263/#ixzz2H2yJ8JJx

getalife

January 4th, 2013
5:10 pm

Hagel is nominated for defense.

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:12 pm

ZamVet

I heard, but don’t know, that he went to Alaska and drove a truck during the building of the pipeline…I’d like to think that’s what happened…

Jay

January 4th, 2013
5:14 pm

Sooth, ideally I would have posted that song linked by Taxpayer, but the lyrics made that impossible.

Yes, she can sing.

getalife

January 4th, 2013
5:15 pm

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:15 pm

DDR

Well, well, well…ain’t that a b*tch…!

Bon'Quisha

January 4th, 2013
5:21 pm

Cool lyrics, musical range not so much. Afraid I’d have a tough time sitting through an entire concert.

Brad Steel

January 4th, 2013
5:21 pm

great choice, jay. real country and so much better than the nauseating crap that passes as country. her life story is fascinating too (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126832559)

love this one, ‘heroine addict sister’. apparently true story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFArKWnFWIg

Jay

January 4th, 2013
5:24 pm

“Hagel is nominated for defense.”

I wish I’d been there when they broke the news to Bibi.

Atlanta Mom

January 4th, 2013
5:24 pm

So, can we expect to see you at the Variety tonight Jay?

Jay

January 4th, 2013
5:25 pm

ATLMom, you might. My girl has been feeling under the weather, though, so we’ll see how she’s feeling when she gets home.

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:32 pm

BIG DADDY

Bibi, hell, I wish I’d've been a fly on the wall when the Log Cabin boys got the word…them’s gonna be some po’d que*ns…Brother Barack better get some evolving ready! :-)

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:38 pm

Not to mention, they “aggressive!” :-)

getalife

January 4th, 2013
5:40 pm

Bibi going to win his election?

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:49 pm

getalife

Reuters seems to think so…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
5:53 pm

For Kyle, who’s leaving an open thread all weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF9GBR3B0LE

josef

January 4th, 2013
5:59 pm

K’CHAK

:-)

He’s gonna regret that….

Dunwoody Granny

January 4th, 2013
6:03 pm

TD@4:41:

Back in the El Camino days, one of my friends had an MGB, British racing green, a car that made you step up to the curb when you got out. We were teenage girls, our hair came down to about 5 or 6 inches above the hem of our hotpants, and we were just too special tooling around in that cute little car with her blond hair and my dark hair streaming out behind us! Yeah, totally young.

Now my hair isn’t even dark any more. Sigh.

getalife

January 4th, 2013
6:03 pm

josef,

Good for Bibi.

I read Senator Kirk said when he died from his stroke, he saw two angels fighting for his life.

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
6:15 pm

Kam & jo,

Yep, Dave or one of the other miscreants will screw it up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvRmBUEwtZg

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
6:20 pm

Brother AmVet

The over/under for shut down has already been set for 10:00 pm tonight.

getalife

January 4th, 2013
6:27 pm

“So don’t screw it up!”

Kyle scolds them like children.

Sad.

josef

January 4th, 2013
6:28 pm

getalife

Not to go to political of a Friday, but I’m looking forward to this confirmation hearings…whee doggies, left and right both gonna be doing some fancy footwork and talking out of both sides of their mouths!

:-)

josef

January 4th, 2013
6:32 pm

DUNWOODY GRANNY

At least you’ve still got hair… :-)

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
6:32 pm

For sister Dusty, who is crying out to be…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBElipPiMuM

Briley Parkway

January 4th, 2013
6:36 pm

Love me some Elizabeth Cook! For any of you who subscribe to Sirius XM, she hosts a show called “Apron Strings” on the Outlaw Country channel…good stuff!

Jay

January 4th, 2013
6:39 pm

And you, Senator Josef? Would you vote to confirm?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
6:40 pm

josef

January 4th, 2013
6:41 pm

BIG DADDY

Nope. I sure wouldn’t. I’m too aggressive…

Soothsayer

January 4th, 2013
6:43 pm

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 4th, 2013
6:46 pm

It’s good to see that at least ONE out of TEN THOUSAND kids make something out of their lives……after the federalies kidnap(or murder) their respective Fathers ……………for victimless crimes.
(the odds are worse for brown or black chillen).
.
Anyhoo…………………glamorize it all ya want…Decent and freedom-loving people are sickened.

.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaEJzoaYZk

stands for decibels

January 4th, 2013
6:51 pm

About 8-tracks–I never “got” them. Oh, I happened to have a player as part of my crappy all-in-one home stereo on which I played all my vinyl, back in the day, but I figured when I got a car if it was going to have any kind of a tape player, that’d be a cassette. Never understood the appeal of the format.

That said, occasionally I’d find a marked-down album as an 8-track, and once in a while due to the formatting you’d find a surprise on it. That was the case of this one Rod Stewart solo album, which had this amazing version of “What Made Milwaukee Famous”, that you oughta hear if you haven’t.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmHTpvc691A

getalife

January 4th, 2013
6:51 pm

The Pentagon wants him.

He will be squirming but that is karma.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=328WhjAXpcs

getalife

January 4th, 2013
6:53 pm

8 track to cassette to cd to mp3 to Pandora.

josef

January 4th, 2013
6:56 pm

Ken

January 4th, 2013
7:01 pm

Bill Clinton had a 1970 El Camino with astro turff in hte back. Here is is quote: Speaking to a group of GM employees, Clinton joked, “It had astro-turf in the back. I don’t want to tell you what the astro-turf was for.”. LOL

Towncrier

January 4th, 2013
7:11 pm

“Here she is, a hard-to-categorize musician performing her ode to another classic American eccentricity, the El Camino”

Pretty odd, a little reminiscent of the B-52s. She’s not going to make anyone’s top 10 list, I don’t think. What is in this Georgia water, anyway?

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
7:21 pm

If you white boys could dance, you migthta liked the El Camino song.

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
7:32 pm

and if you are a real man, you put a camper top on that Camino.

Harry Reed

January 4th, 2013
7:37 pm

Obama is the worst President in American History but he may be the smartest…. but it looks like the Obama voters are the dumbest!!

josef

January 4th, 2013
7:40 pm

okay, moonbat, give us an eight track memory….

josef

January 4th, 2013
7:43 pm

And coming in at 79 tonight, Harry Reed, t*rd in the punchbowl… :-)

liberal hack

January 4th, 2013
7:56 pm

getalife might like this one, I really do! I can’t wait for the new album from this group.

btw, this is a track from it!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tmbv9ePGQo

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
8:03 pm

josef, what is an 8-track?

J/k

Ive heard a few, I’ll be back later.

Duty calls.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 4th, 2013
8:03 pm

Obama is the worst President in American History…

And Romney still couldn’t defeat him! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l3_gwIOTGI

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 4th, 2013
8:07 pm

Well, back when I was alot younger, in my very early 30s, I bought my first new car, a 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix with all the doo-dads, including an 8-track player. So I next went to buy a 8-track tape, and it turned out to be The Best of Bread. Some of you may not recall Bread, but they were all over the radio in their day. One of the founders quit over a feud about royalties. Seems like everything a member named David Gates wrote turned out to be a hit and he got the writer’s royalty. Here’s one of my favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_4fBH_7dk

By the way, anybody know why the more beer you drink the better it tastes? Looks like it’s going to be another night of dodging the cops on my way home from Billy Bob’s.

Mustang Sallie

January 4th, 2013
8:14 pm

getalife

January 4th, 2013
8:18 pm

liberal hack,

This is from their latest album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBcADQziQWY

josef

January 4th, 2013
8:35 pm

Looks like Missus Jay came home feeling better and they went out. Hope so. Big Daddy could use a little cheering up…

Tom Middleton

January 4th, 2013
8:37 pm

Well, if we’re going to be talking about back when cars were real cars, here’s Mr. Chuck Berry with his “No Money Down.” Great stuff, sir, even after all these years… :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK_ZP6dN6sU

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
8:38 pm

Jackie

January 4th, 2013
8:44 pm

The House Repubs who voted against the aid for the Sandy victims should be throughly embarrassed to EVER ask/vote for money for their district.

Jackie

January 4th, 2013
8:49 pm

Tom Middleton

January 4th, 2013
8:50 pm

Oh and one more. Take it, Ms. Chapman…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orv_F2HV4gk

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
8:50 pm

ok, jo,

I think this might have been my first 8 track.

All warm and fuzzy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLZDye9gVCw

Tom Middleton

January 4th, 2013
9:01 pm

Eight tracks? You mean eight – CLICK – tracks? :)

Recon 0311 2533

January 4th, 2013
9:06 pm

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
9:12 pm

Enter your comments here

JamVet

January 4th, 2013
9:15 pm

And Turd Bowl Del leaves us a big steaming pile.

Get some diapers, old man…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZtJqDIom5Q

Jerome Horwitz

January 4th, 2013
9:15 pm

moonbat betty

January 4th, 2013
9:16 pm

I was lucky enough to play with real to real.

and Quadraphonic stereo, man.

I had a real to real with the Quadraphonic sound.

Dig it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVg-w7BjeCY