Tag Archives: Mobile

October 18: Dewey’s Tune

Railroad Man October 18, 1900: My grandfather’s birthday.  It was just a few months after legendary  railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in a train wreck and later immortalized  in song.  My grandfather, George Dewey Pittman, became a railroad man, … Continue reading

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Southerners and Irishmen, revisited (song link included)

As the Bayou Band and I get ready to play our annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse in Nashville on March 17, this song and its story come to mind. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about how … Continue reading

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Southerners and Irishmen, revisited w/Free song download

As the Bayou Band and I get ready to play our annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse in Nashville on March 17, this song and its story come to mind. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about how … Continue reading

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Postcards from a poet

Someone said he had borrowed the suit he was wearing from his brother. The distinguished but declining poet from New Orleans was the special guest at a poetry series in Mobile called Second Saturdays at the Lumber Yard Café. He … Continue reading

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Phone call from Hank

“Hello?” I said when I picked up the telephone receiver. “Is this Les Kerr?” drawled the voice I heard. “Yes, it is,” I said. “This is Hank Snow.” Stunned, I took a deep breath and said, “Hello, Mr. Snow. I’m … Continue reading

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Southerners and Irishmen, revisited (audio link included)

Songwriters are often asked where they get song ideas.  I hope you’ll enjoy this story behind my song, Southerners and Irishmen. When I lived in Mobile, Alabama in the 1980s, I developed a near-addiction fondness for coffee with chicory, readily available in … Continue reading

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Perfect face for radio

Between 1978 and 1985, I worked for five radio stations in four Gulf Coast cities as a news director in the waning days of radio news departments. My fellow radio warriors and I covered everything from school board and city … Continue reading

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