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3 Chords & the Truth
The revolution will not be televised. It's on the Internet.
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Location: Omaha, NE
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I'M THE MIGHTY FAVOG, and welcome to Revolution 21 . . . and its freeform show, 3 CHORDS & THE TRUTH. 3 Chords & the Truth is g...


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September 19, 2020 11:42 AM PDT
Winter is coming.

I mean that in every sense of the phrase.

As if 2020 weren't awful enough -- as if the mortal threats facing the United States weren't piling up to the extreme -- now there's just one more thing. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, God rest her soul, and now we face perhaps the bloodiest (perhaps literally) Supreme Court confirmation battle we've ever seen.

This latest "one more damn thing" comes amid a catastrophic pandemic, an intractable culture war, a cold civil war that already was threatening to go hot . . . and a brutal presidential election in which one of the candidates is a budding authoritarian dictator. To tell you the truth, this is looking like one thing too many for our divided and traumatized country to take.

I am not an optimist by nature. Usually, I count on expecting the worst, then being pleasantly surprised.

I fear the glass half empty is about to catch up with me . . . and with us all.

Yet, the Big Show must go on. I hope, as fine a country as Canada is, the future address won't end up being (fill in the blank), by God, Ontario. Or Manitoba. Whichever.

That assumes, however, that Canada would let Americans in. That's a big assumption, because it won't let us in now.

Because the 'rona . . . and because Typhoid Yankee.

Still, we do what we can do for as long as we can do it. In this case, that would be 3 Chords & the Truth and playing great, eclectic music while trying not to make you as depressed as I am right now.

By the way, this week's edition of the show is particularly tasty. It will either take your mind off things, or perhaps you can be depressed to a bitchin' beat.

Don't think twice, it's all right. On the other hand, you can't be too strong as the city drops into the night.

C'est tout.

It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.

September 12, 2020 04:29 PM PDT
Do you ever think that living in the United States is like watching a TV with really bad reception?

The picture keeps going to random pixels , the sound keeps going out, and you know that pretty soon everything will just go to black, waiting for the "NO SIGNAL" thingy to pop up on the screen.

I mean . . . I meeeeeeeean, do you ever feel the need to watch the network news with a fifth of bourbon?

Do you ever think that this crap's too ugly to stand?

Well, Bucky, we have something here that might help what ails you -- a magic elixir called 3 Chords & the Truth.

BEST OF ALL, it's absolutely free, you don't have to brave a virus-threatening trip to the store, and it contains absolutely no alcohol. (It's excellent as a mixer, however.)

And it's right here, just a click away.

The pictures it will summon in your head are amazingly better than the ones on your television screen. It's not only the Big Show, it's the much better show. The music dancing in your ears ain't half bad, either.

That's all there is to say about that. So. . . .

It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
September 05, 2020 01:18 PM PDT
It all started at a 10-watt radio station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- a young man behind the microphone with little ambition and less talent. . . .

And 43 years later, well . . . it is what it is, 3 Chords & the Truth.

I kid. Sort of.

But what did start four decades ago at WBRH radio at Baton Rouge Magnet High School does live on today, on the Internet, in the form of the Big Show. Unsurprisingly, you'll hear a lot of what I was playing then on the program now -- because my generation did have the best music.

The occasion for all this ruminating is a landmark edition of the podcast. This is No. 500.

Five. Hundred. Shows.

FOR A YEAR or so, Revolution 21 was the home of the brilliantly named Revolution 21 Podcast. On Jan. 11, 2008, that became 3 Chords & the Truth, and we've been plowing ahead ever since -- always eclectic, always adventurous and always trying to surprise you.

Well, at least a little now and again.

Being this is the 500th episode of the Big Show, we'll celebrate by giving you bonus podcast this week. You'll get a half hour more of the best music you'll find online -- lagniappe for just being here and sharing in No. 500.

Did I mention this is the 500th program? It is, you know.

I'll shut up now so you can enjoy in just a second.

It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.

August 29, 2020 11:45 AM PDT
This edition of the Big Show comes at the end of a week that began with seven shots in the back. Then it saw two protesters shot dead in the middle of the night by a teenage vigilante, then had a hurricane and Nuremberg for Dummies -- because the other mayhem wasn't enough to satisfy fate. I need a drink, and you need the music. Because the crazy never, ever ends. Otis! Take us away! (And if you want to know what that's all about, listen to the show.) It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
August 22, 2020 01:09 AM PDT
The stupid, it burns! So consider 3 Chords & the Truth as your personal fire extinguisher and burn cream. Extinguish flames before applying to skin. I mean, really. Some days, it's just hard to roll out of bed, because the stupid -- and the ugly and mean -- is so strong in this country. And then there's the virus, so you're smart if you don't venture too far beyond your bed. Y'know? Well, you just have to keep on keeping on, keeping the ugly reality in mind but also hoping for the best. The Big Show is a big part of my keeping at it . . . despite everything. (Don't make me think I shoulda stayed in bed! I do like to sleep.) That said, the music is typically great, your host is typically somewhat adequate, etc., and so on. And I spend one set of music pretty much showing off. If you're a music geek, you'll appreciate it. If not, you'll probably still appreciate it. That's pretty much it. Brevity is the soul of wit -- or something. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
August 15, 2020 02:32 PM PDT
The Big Show, we are proud to announce, is sanitary. Sanitation has been achieved. Being sanitary is important these days -- there's the 'rona goin' round. And we have a very sanitary lineup of music on 3 Chords & the Truth this week. Except for that one thing. And maybe that other one. We do the best we can; it's a filthy world out there. Ask the president . . . but don't get too close. He's not sanitary. Is this enough for you, Skipper? Sometimes, it gets hard to think of new ways to describe the Big Show. Still, I must write something -- and this is it. So, is this enough for you, bucko? Well, it better be. After all, the proof is in the listening, not in my blathering. And remember to stay away from Donald Trump. Not sanitary . . . or anything else that fittin'. That is all. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
August 08, 2020 10:53 AM PDT
Where do you run to when there's nowhere to run? Excellent question, if I do say so myself. Well, this week on 3 Chords & the Truth, we're escaping somewhere deep into the music. When you feel like you can't take another damn thing, it's good to have a bunch of rockabilly queued up and then go from there. WHICH IS exactly what we're doing this week on the Big Show. It's the next thing to having a time machine and heading back to a world that was COVID-free, where Trumpism sounded like something having to do with bridge . . . and where you (meaning me) sported fewer pounds and more hair. I guess that sort of sums up this week's show. Alas. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
August 01, 2020 01:48 PM PDT
This edition of 3 Chords & the Truth starts out by cleaning up -- or fervently hoping we'll have the opportunity to pick up, sweep up, mop up and wash up after this fine mess we've made for ourselves in these Benighted States of America. This comes after your Mighty Favog was forced into a week away from the turntables and the microphone, because the doctor was afraid he'd contracted COVID-19 despite his paranoia about catching the Trump virus. The test was negative, but because the test ain't the greatest, there was a week confined to the bedroom and away from the studio. Here's hoping to make up for lost time here on the Big Show. And despite everything . . . we persist. Our backs are against the wall. Yet, we persist. We will persist. And we'll persist to a hell of a soundtrack, right here on this here program. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
July 18, 2020 05:44 PM PDT
“Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you." -- Flannery O'Connor That goes double in these times of fascists, cranks, the plague and a radically deviant conception of "freedom" and "liberty." If 3 Chords & the Truth has to turn into some sort of Resistance podcast, so be it. This thing -- meaning America -- has gotten out of hand, and we'll be lucky to live through it. We'll have to hope and pray that we get lucky. While we're waiting to see, the Big Show will have some great music to salve your soul just a bit. Push back like hell, my friends. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
July 11, 2020 09:40 PM PDT
It's the same old song. Second verse, same as the first. And here we are in Coronavirusland -- right back where we started in March. In March. Apart from "We live in f***ed-up times in a f***ed-up country," I really don't know what to say. Rather, I don't know what to say that's any different from what other rational believers in science are saying right now. We here at 3 Chords & the Truth got nothin' . . . except the music. And the music is exceptionally good. One hopes it's so good that it'll make you feel a little bit better for a while. I would say "make you forget," but that's a bit of a stretch -- even for the Big Show. But that's just the same old song, isn't it? It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
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