Ken Mottet's blog

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    Jan 08
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    Jan 11
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The last of the Nudie-suited country legends has left the building. At the age of 94 (just two weeks after his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry) Little Jimmy Dickens has passed away.

He was only four-foot eleven but he cut a wide swath of music in the fifties and sixties. His band the Country Boys had an explosive twin-guitar sound. And he entertained us for more than fifty years.

This week on the Feed Store along with telling the usual stories of my days in Fairfield, I'll be playing the songs that made Little Jimmy Dickens the country star that he was.

So long, Tater. 

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    Jan 04
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    Jan 08
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Here's hoping that Santy Claus and Baby New Year have both been very very good to you. The Jolly Man put a lot of really nice things under the tree for me(including the Batman box set--source of all my childhood weirdness). And NYE we had a real rock and roll party in Chicago with our friends from Austin, Texas the Bellfuries. Along the way I have been blessed with a fistful of family stories and memories---fuel for The Feed Store. Hope y'all can come along for the ride. Thursdays at 10AM CST and Sundays at Noon CST. 

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    Dec 25
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    Dec 28
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Christmas brings out the kid in all of us. Christmas sparks a million wonderful memories. Wonderful memories are the backbone of The Feed Store.

Dial it up Christmas Day at 10 am or Sunday at noon and (god willing and the cricks don't rise) I'll be spinning yarns about the holiday as it happened in the Mottet farmhouse.

I hope it makes you all warm and fuzzy.

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    Dec 18
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    Dec 21
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DALE WATSON

When I like something a whole lot, I tend to talk about it on The Feed Store. And when it comes to country music all I need to talk about is Mr. Dale Watson.

Dale is one of the best damn musicians to ever come out of Texas. And my wife and I have been seeing him perform in Chicago for nearly twenty years at this point. We sincerely love him, his band and his music. Well holy cow, he'll be close to Fairfield real soon.

On Saturday January 10 he'll be appearing at the Five Flags Theatre in Dubuque. If you truly love traditional country music (like Hank the First, Merle, Lefty and Buck) Dale is the man for you.

And if you go to the show, tell him Ken sent you.

I have been on vacation from my day job for the last week. And it has been a gas and a half. Living my life. Having a ball. Gathering stories for The Feed Store. During my time away from work, I've had the plumbers out to the house, patched the screens on my cabana, flushed my water heater, emcee-d a show, seen the David Bowie exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary art and seen shows by Styx and Nick Lowe. I really can't complain about the little life I lead. 

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    Nov 27
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    Nov 30
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Tis the week of Thanksgiving. Time for the Airing of Grievances...no wait...the giving of thanks.

This week on The Feed Store I'm playing a whole mess o' songs that represent a whole mess o' things that make my life worth living. And just about topmost on that list is the music and the men of Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys.

This little band from California has been slugging it out for 25 years, making records and touring the country and the world. And every single time Robert Williams (aka Big Sandy) steps on stage in front of me I just go ape! I feel like a giant crumb because I did not spread the word in time. They played in Cedar Rapids November 15. They were that close to Fairfield and I didn't tell anyone.

Foo.

In my youth of many many moons ago, one of the coolest stores on the square was Harrison's. It was a department store. It was a dime store. It had a massive toy department in the basement. It sold record albums and hamsters. It was where I saw the Batman utility belt hanging on display back in 1966 when Batmania was sweeping this country front to back. Harrison's logo was emblazoned on its paper bags and on its storefront. Harrison's is long gone. But the logo lives on...in Indianola...on the front of another long gone Harrison's. And thank you Richard Hadley for the photo.

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    Nov 09
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    Nov 13
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KRUU's Ken Mottet

 

This might sound fairly pompous. Shoot, this statement IS very pompous. I like listening to The Feed Store.

"Obviously," you say. Not necessarily so. When asked, many a Hollywood celebrity film star type will tell you that he or she does not watch his or her own films after they are completed. They say it gives them the heeby jeebies. That can be true. Some folks like to record it an move on.

But I still find myself drawn to my computer at my home in Chicago on Sundays at noon central time when I can listen to The Feed Store. And most of the time I enjoy what I hear. Hooray for me. Hooray for me.

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    Oct 25
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Deke Dickerson is a Deke Dickerson & FEED STORE host Ken Mottettrue legend in American rockabilly music. In one band or another(the Untamed Youth, the Dave and Deke Combo, the Ecco-Phonics) Deke has been crisscrossing the United States and the globe for several decades. And everywhere he goes he is as entertaining as hell. He has just joined forces with the greatest masked instrumental band in history, Los Straitjackets, for a brand new record on the Yep Roc label. It's "Los Straitjackets and Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits!!!!" All your favorite surf style instrumental...now with words for singing. Selections from this killer new disc will be heard soon on "The Feed Store."

 

I love being on the radio. I really love being on the radio in Fairfield.

And I was first on the radio in Fairfield in about 1977 at KMCD.

Unfortunately no audio tapes of that time still exist (if you have any, contact me immediately).

The best I can offer is a dramatic recreation of a moment on KMCD from that time coming very, very soon on an episode of The Feed Store. It will shock, stun and amaze you. No, really.

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