Hosty Duo's Golden Country Hits
All songs were written by Michael Hosty for Hosstone Music ASCAP 2003
Cleveland County Cage, Wrote You a Letter, Save some Love and Truck Stop Shower Stall were recorded live in person at Nita's Hideaway in Pheonix, AZ by a fellow named Alan
Johnny Cash, Molokai Cowboy, Applesauce, The General part I, The Generel Part II and Tiki Lounge we all recorded at Hosstone Studio's in Norman, OK.
Destination Hawaii was recorded at Wookn Pa Nub studio by Cory Roberts in Norman, OK
Que Haya, Guitar-O and Gunfighter were recorded in Norman, Oklahoma at Trent Bell's Studio.
The Story of the Album
To make space in the musical shed for new songs, you got to clear out the old. Most of these songs were never released but have been played over the past several years in smokey bars, near dumpsters, drunken fraternity parties, art galleries, weddings, and into the clear night air following trials of smoke out into the parking lot.
The Ford E-150 van that carried these songs battered from the blacktop hums these songs as it sits in the cold, the rain and drives the heat of the highways in search of the next 60 dollar show a tank of gas and maybe if its lucky the waiting shelter of a grove of trees.
We should start with the song that more or less broke up the band, The General and the only sequel song better than the original the General Part II. These two classics were recorded off the top of my head while someone is doing the dishes in the background.
During the recording sessions for the now defunct country super group Ten Pound Hammer, tracks were being laid down and songs were being mixed to the delight of the band. On one of these fateful days I had the idea to bring in a four track recorded at home with some experimentation in mind. See, if I could record the songs at home and then bring them to the studio I would save some time and money on the recording process. With four track in hand I entered the studio armed with a couple of songs I had recorded spontaneously at home.
During the transfer from the little four track recorded to the giant tape machine all in the tiny studio were amazed at the ability of the Hi Fi german tape machine to beef up the home made recording. Tic Tac, Chief Engineer Bell, ol Eric Harmon, and myself were all laughing at the song as well as how well the experiment was going when Col. Buck Steven's showed up late to the session, walking in the door. Hearing the song seemed to wipe the smile form his face, turning smile to stone.
The Col. sat in the corner as the Epic saga about the Catfish play on. The more we laughed at the song, the redder the face of the Col. got. Tears began to well up in the drooping eyes until I asked the Col. what in tar nation was the matter.
"I didn't really kill that fish" I said, thinking the emotions garnered from the heart wrenching tale of my limited angling experience were bringing the Col. down.
"I thought we each were going to have the same amount of songs on the record?" he said in a timid and trembling voice. Mighty Col. was having what appeared to be a breakdown, as each bar of the home recording lumbered on.
"This is just an experiment." I answered, "Who wants to listen to a fifteen minute song about a fish anyway?" We all laughed and the Col. exhumed a half hearted gasp of air but it was clear that the Col. wanted to command.
But the flood gate of the Col's fragile eggshell Ego had been opened and the Col. would soon resort to tac tics nor before seen by the likes of Cluff and Tic Tac that ultimately lead to the Col. throwing accusations and a beer bottle tantrum on the stage , storming out the door under a babbling of third grade mockery and into the lore of 309 White Street, Norman,O.K.
Gunfighter is also from the fabled Ten Pound hammer sessions and is dedicated to the Clint Eastwood in all of us. What I really wanted was a DVD video to accompany the song I had always envisioned during the Western Porno trumpet solo a couple making love in a late 1800's whore house, when right at the moment when the fellow consummates their union the door is kicked open by a jealous lover and he is simultaneously shot with a shot gun blast, bleeding over his love, slumping over her body. Just a thought.
The final song from the ill fated ten Pound hammer sessions is Que Haya, which is a reminding about a lost love in ol Mexico by a gringo who doesn't quite have a grasp of the language. With accordion played by Ryan Jones, the song also features the debut of my first guitar captured on tape. the TakaHaru Special was purchased for 100 dollars at Larsen music in 1979 by my mom. It finally made it to tape after only 20 plus years.
The live tracks included on the album were recorded by a fellow named Alan from Phoenix, Arizona at Nit's Hideaway a seedy musical dive located near an Adult Novelty shop a breakfast joint and miles of searing hot blacktop. my wife had just flown in from Oklahoma, and i was so juiced up i think I played the craziest guitar I have ever played in my life. Included in this group is Cleveland County Cage, a little song about small towns, weed and the police. A theme around many small towns. Also in the Truck stop Shower Stall which was inspired during a trek to omaha nebraska with the group Hosty and the Silvertones. i think the song speaks for itself.
Wrote you a Letter and Save Some Love are a couple of rag time tunes that feature the rock steady tic Tac on the percussion and the bass mate II on the bass, which is my right foot. these two ragtime tunes also bear the scars of the kazoo which was taped to a Microphone to give us the Budget Saxophone sound making trained musicians cringe at the thought they took years to master the sax a phone while someone in the crowd that mentioned to me, "The sax player was off tonight. i couldn't see him but he was a little off."
Guitar-O starts the album off, which is fitting seeing how it in of the first tunes recorded at bell labs, where the Heater album burnone and all of the Hosty Trio albums were recorded. Guitar-O is an ill fated western super hero who can destroy villages with a mere stoke of his wrist on the strings of the guitar, A Pre 20th Century Esteban, if you will. On the bass is Norman Legend, and bassist for Cinderbiscuits, Paul Schiavo who has since left the Sooner state for greener pastures in the big city of New York.
Destination Hawaii was recorded in May of 1995 at Wookn Pa Nub studio in norman by Cory Robert's after a night of drinkn at Cafe 66 on main Street norman that left me in the back alley underneath a power grid serving station near a steaming dumpster heaving my innards out much in the fashion of a Sea cucumber. it was also my first attempt at Electronica, utilizing a Casio keyboard drum machine. Not to forget the debut of "little Roy' the ragged lap steel that bears the signatures of Dale Watson, Lemmy from Moterhead and Nashville Pussy. i had finally learned how to play the thing halfway. The hangover didn't;t help me keeping in tune.
Also on the record are a few tracks recorded in the ol Hosty house with the aid of the a for mentioned four track recorder. These include Johnny Cash, Applesauce, Molokai Cowboy and Tiki Lounge.
Johnny Cash is a truckn song. There are miles of highway and miles of truck stop floor space where travelers can get anything from cb's to Marty Robbins tapes, tire hammers, lights, greasy meals, ingredients for roadside meth production and chains. Truckn always takes you away but always brings you home. Sometimes the love we leave behind is better left as the memory's fondness fades into the blacktop.
Applesauce is an ode to a gal I met at a summer outing near an above ground pool party in Logan county Oklahoma. She was a hulk of a woman who had designed her own BMX/motocross course which i took ride on. After dumping the bike and scarring my leg she remedied the situation by having me dunk my leg in the chlorinated above ground swimming hole. I bear the scars to this day. Oh yeah.....she had no teeth.
Tiki Lounge is dedicated to Dave, Bill and John whose backyard Tiki party inspired the song. The song also feature Alex Mackie on the bass the original Hosty Trio up right bass player featured on the 1996 recording Volume. He and tic Tac had formed a Hip hop ensemble where the rhyme section was referred to as the Reactor Core.........Alex also was famed for impromptu UFC battles on off nights where there were no holds barred and a 12 pack time limit. The only escape was to tap out..............Uncle....i wimper.
Molokai Cowboy is dedicated to my lovely wife who bought me a ukulele for a wedding gift. I had no idea how to play it, but one night a revelation that soon Hawaiian Cowboy songs were on the comeback, Mel Bay imparted the knowledge of the ukulele.