August 5, 2014 – 4:46 am

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San Jose 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Saddle Rack, San Jose, CA; July 19, 1982. Excellent “The Fat Fry” pre-broadcast.

Singer-songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton is probably one of those who songs are more well-known than him. Joy To The World and Never Been To Spain (Three Dog Night); The Pusher and Snowblind Friend (Steppenwolf); No-No Song (Ringo Starr) and Greenback Dollar (Kingston Trio) are the more notable ones. [Even earlier, Hoyt’s mother, Mae Boren Axton, had co-written Heartbreak Hotel, which Elvis Presley made famous.]

On TV, Hoyt appeared on Bonanza; WKRP In Cincinnati; The Bionic Woman; Dukes Of Hazzard; McCloud and even I Dream of Jeannie. His movies included The Black Stallion; Heart Like A Wheel and Gremlins. Hoyt died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana, on October 26, 1999, at the age of 61, after suffering a severe heart attack two weeks earlier. File this under folk/country, Americana or even Alternate Country.

Thanks to grner1 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

grner1 noted: “You’ve gotta hear this one! Great performance and sound-quality from 15 ips 1/2 track production soundboard reels - lightly circulated and never previously on Dime.”

15 ips 1/2 track production reels > Ampex AG-440 > Apple Macintosh with Digidesign Audiomedia III sound card > Pro Tools (minor “nip and tuck” edits, normalization and tracking - no equalization or noise reduction) > xACT (Flac level 8 files, tagged with sector boundaries verified).

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. intro 0:54 (1.5MB)
Track 102. Roanoke 2:03 (3.4MB)
Track 103. Will The Circle Be Unbroken? 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 104. The Bluebird 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 105. Della And The Dealer 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 106. Wild Bull Rider 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 107. Boney Fingers 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 108. Evangelina 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 109. No No Song 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 110. talk 0:59 (1.7MB)
Track 111. Jealous Man 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 112. Pancho And Lefty 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 113. Joy To The World 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 114. talk 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 115. The Devil 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 116. An Old Greyhound 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 117. Flash Of Fire 3:00 (5.0MB)
Track 118. talk [with intro of his 16 year old daughter April] 0:27 (760k)
Track 119. It’s All Gone I Don’t Care [with Hoyt and April Axton on vocals] 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 120. talk 1:10 (2.0MB)
Track 121. Two More Bottles of Wine [Jana Lee Dare lead vocal] 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 122. The Bottle Let Me Down [Theresa Tate lead vocal] 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 123. Wild About My Lovin’ [Mark Dawson lead vocal] 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 124. Orange Blossom Special [Dennis Fetchid fiddle] 6:03 (10.2MB)
71 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. band intros 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 202. Rusty Old Halo 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 203. talk 0:48 (1.3MB)
Track 204. Maybelline 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 205. talk and tuning 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 206. Snowblind Friend 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 207. Geronimo’s Cadillac 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 208. Little White Moon 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 209. talk 1:40 (2.8MB)
Track 210. When The Morning Comes 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 211. Lion In The Winter 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 212. talk 0:34 (956k)
Track 213. Battle of New Orleans 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 214. Everybody Goin’ On The Road 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 215. talk and tuning 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 216. When It All Comes Down 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 217. Never Been To Spain 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 218. talk 0:23 (648k)
Track 219. Lightning Bar Blues 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 220. final thanks and applause 0:28 (788k)
54 mins

Hoyt Axton with:
Donna Axton - piano
Keith Rojet - bass
Rhys Clark - drums
Hank Barrio - lead guitar
Dennis Fetchet - fiddle
Mark Dawson - harmonica
Jana Lee Dare and Theresa Tate - vocals

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  1. 18 Responses to “HOYT AXTON - SAN JOSE 1982”

  2. some great tracks here.didn`t the infamous kathy[cathy?] smith sing back up for hoyt at one time?

    By sluggo on Aug 5, 2014

  3. After Lightfoot and The Band, around 1976 Smith became a backup singer for Hoyt Axton, who was struggling with cocaine addiction at the time.[16] She sang on his song “Fearless” (1976) and co-wrote “Flash of Fire” with Axton (1976).[17]

    from wiki..

    By sluggo on Aug 5, 2014

  4. ‘Work your fingers to the bone,what do U get? Boney Fingers!!! Thanx for this,didn’t know about the song writing legacy either. Cheers

    By BLUEFOOD on Aug 5, 2014

  5. Not bad… Thanx!

    By Timmy on Aug 5, 2014

  6. excellent show, bigO, thanks.

    By barth on Aug 7, 2014

  7. Hoyt and his Mom are two of my heros. So many hits, so much passion. Many thanks for the great recording.

    By James Peterson on Aug 14, 2014

  8. Never heard such a powerful gentle folksinger in the sixties. Thanks for the huge amount of music. Like to hear some early live folk songs if available. Thank You.

    By John Mitchell on Aug 19, 2014

  9. upcoming austin city limits on pbs include -

    aug 19th -
    Jason Isbell / Neko Case
    ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

    aug 30th -
    Kacey Musgraves / Dale Watson
    Texas country reigns on tonight’s Austin City Limits with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

    9-6 -
    Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
    Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to the ACL, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

    9-13 -
    The Head and the Heart / Gomez
    Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the ACL stage with the Head and the Heart and Gomez. Seattle‘s the Head and the Heart performs tunes from its self-titled debut LP. British veterans Gomez follow with their eclectic modern rock. Originally aired January 7, 2012.

    9-20 -
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    ACL presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits. The PHJB presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Originally aired October 29, 2011.

    By darth on Aug 20, 2014

  10. darth why don`y you just scan the entire tv guide and post it dummy.

    By dart no h on Aug 20, 2014

  11. 8/20
    darthTV presents: people desperately in need of attention, featuring darth.

    By darthTVGuide on Aug 20, 2014

  12. what i offered isnt in the tv guide. and its a heads up for ppl who are interested in live performances. youre welcome. no need to thank me.

    By darth on Aug 21, 2014

  13. Darth, why don’t you start your own blog instead of jerking off all over this one? Or don’t you have the ambition to actually do something of your own?

    By darthTVguidinglight on Aug 21, 2014

  14. Maybe because Darthie doesn’t know how to do a blog and he likes to parade his “knowledge” and brag about himself to others. Kinda sad, really, how much a loser Darth actually is.

    By Moe on Aug 21, 2014

  15. To Country-Western fans, Hoyt was known as a “storyteller” like Tom T. Hall. Here’s a tip for young songwriters: if you can’t think of what to write about, think of someone you know whose story is something others might care about. And not someone famous.

    By Job Hunter on Aug 22, 2014

  16. The best definition of a loser is someone who takes potshots at people who haven’t personally attacked them in the first place.

    By Happy Camper on Aug 22, 2014

  17. hey Happy, ever notice how much Darth clutters the comments of this site with irrelevant, windy posts? Most of us would welcome his absence. His typorrhea must make up 50% of all the comments here. If he posted 1/10th as much, and kept it on topic, he wouldn’t catch nearly the flak he does.

    By darthTVguidinglight on Aug 23, 2014

  18. dTVgl… sure agreed, just like anybody who tells “more than we need to know”. But still, why not just ignore it? Like Pete Townsend sez: “let’s forget you/better still”. Darth isn’t begging for a fight when he overstates, he’s just blabbing. So what’s the crime? But to waste time trash-talking him shows how much power his blabbing intimidates people. It’s ain’t he that needs the therapy.

    The best solution would be for users to simply be able to delete comments the don’t like from their own feed, like in Facebook.

    By Happy Camper on Aug 24, 2014

  19. some would rather instigate and harass and provoke and attack. happy - i dont think he really got the point of your postings. most of my postings are on topic. admittedly not all but i like posting about music. and sometimes i feel like talking about something that isnt currently a topic yet. every now and then it becomes a topic the next day or two days later. but i couldnt know that ahead of time. when i do post on point there is always someone or a few ppl who have a problem with something i say anyway. it doesnt matter. no matter what i do there will always be someone. as i have said before.. he who chisels himself to suit others will soon whittle himself away.

    By darth on Aug 24, 2014

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