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Otis Lee Crenshaw

This evening, I went to see Otis Lee Crenshaw (aka Rich Hall's white-trash country singer persona). I saw him a few years ago, and enjoyed his show then; this one was just as good. This time he was supported musically by two members of some outfit called The Gadflys, including Phil "The Great Muldavio" Moriarty who's also in the Black Sea Gentlemen. Anyway, the routine was quite amusing, with Crenshaw performing a number of songs, improvising with the audience (this show's version of Big Joe was about a printing worker named Winston) and cantankerously ranting about his romantic life, Texas and the poor state of country music today:
What the fuck is wrong with country music? Jesus Christ, the biggest selling song is Toby Keith... You look at one of them fuckers like Garth Brooks with his 14-acre field of felt around his head... he's about as country as a fuckin' bag of wet mice. This man with his bullshit country metaphors, he's 4 foot 3 with friends in low places, yes I believe you do you fucking midget, you're in a low place you prick. "The road is like a woman sometimes..."; what the fuck is that? Who needs to hear that, what is he saying? She's been laid over six or seven counties?... Shania Twain, "that don't impress me much". First of all you're Canadian. Anything would impress you and you know it... Look at Patsy Cline, now that was true country music. Every song she sang was about psychotic breakdowns.

There are 2 comments on "Otis Lee Crenshaw":

Posted by: John Tue Apr 22 04:17:16 2003

OK, I have a question. I had Comedy Central and was listening to a promo piece while in another room. They play a bit from Otis Lee Crenshaw's act. It was a joke about a Digital billboard in Times Square that showed the current number of murders. He said that people would shoot someone just to see the number change.

Now, I know I've heard that joke before. I think it was Bill Hicks, but I'm not sure. I wouldn't want to cry theft if it wasn't true. I just have a funny feeling about it.

Posted by: John Wed Apr 23 02:49:44 2003

As Hank Wangford (gaenocologist Sam Hutt's country persona) used to say: "I've suffered for my music. Now it's your turn."