Don't You Ever Grow Old
'Tampastan' began working on this CD over 2 Decades ago... Primarily a Compulsive Lyricist, Stan pens a Lyric-a-Day on average. This has resulted in a Stack about 5 feet wide and about 2 Feet High, propped against the Living Room Sofa... As with the Thousand Monkeys at The Thousand Typewriters, eventually 'Shakespeare' pours Out... Or in this Case, 10 Songs that Western Swing Legend Gene Allen hand-picked from over 100 Demos Stan Made Over the Years. Stan collects Early Electric FANS...has over 1000 of 'em, Third Largest Collection on the Planet ('Began Collectin' 'em when my Wife mentioned I'd spent $30K on Recordings back in the '80's and only made $26 for the Decade...I quit Writing 'Cold Turkey' 1989-1999...then wrote over 1000 Songs in 3 years. I've known Gene over a Decade..we both have Flea Market Booths at Webster, Florida, and I bought LOTS of Fans from him, long before we each found out the Other had MUSIC Roots!') Back to the 10 Songs: These Gene Arranged/Produced & Stan Recorded in Branson, MO, in March (Coming down with Miserable Colds..Branson's LOTS Colder than Florida, they learned the Hard Way) & had to return in April to Recut several Vocals half a Bottle of Jim Beam couldn't cure durin' the March Session. 'DON'T YOU EVER GROW OLD' had pretty Shredded Vocals on that Cut...but it sounded Better thataway...and only got ON the CD 'cuz Gene's Son, 'Jr.' heard it on a Cassette of Songs Stan Wrote/Other Collaborators Sang. Jr. went into the Taurus parked Outside & Sulked 'till Gene Listened to it... Gene did...finally...and the CD Got it's Title Cut, Very Last Minute! Lotsa Other Great Annecdotes on Each of the Tracks...(Check out Janet Fisher's new 'MUSIC HORROR STORIES' Book & you'll find Stan and 'PIG-OUT' in Chapter 7...) Stan's currently writing Material for a Comedy on Osama Bin Laden ('A MARTYR BORN EACH MINUTE'..'DARK CAVE BLUES'...) and Gettin' Ready to Cut a CHRISTMAS CD with Gene Allen Producing again, this August-September ('GRANNY WANTS A HARLEY FOR CHRISTMAS'...'HIS HERE CHRISTMAS WE'RE GONNA GO FER BROKE'...) so Hopefully, you'll Like what you Hear HERE enough to Buy It ('Thank-You..Thank-You..Thank-You! My Wife is ON Me Again for spendin' so much in the Studios again!') 'It ain' CHEAP hirin' Mickey Gilley's Piano Man, Mel Tillis' Pedal Steel Guy, and Janie Fricke's Background Singers...but that's who you're hearin' behind me on this Freshman CD...Gene didn't Skimp on the Production...& I'm glad he Didn't! Can't WAIT to do the Christmas CD! (Several Fiddlers played FREE just to be on a Gene Allen Production...Whee!) Mike Arlidge SMOKES on Lead Guitar on the Rock Numbers.. Try This...You'll Like SOMETHING here... Gene has GREAT Taste in Song Selection!'