Musical Map

It's night time in the Big City
a cab driver curses under his breath
roasted chickens hang in the window of a Chinese restaurant

The Singers and Songs

  • I've Been Everywhere
    "This is one o f those songs that starts off with a prelude; so don't be concerned, the body of the song will start in just a moment."
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    "Sometimes when you're in the basement, looking at a box of records to buy, you come across a name on a label and you just have to own it. That's the way I felt when I first saw this one...Here's a song that should be the state song for Louisiana."
  • El Paso
    "A vivid western saga laden with drama, violence, and romance, a song of rare beauty and elegance. Talkin' about a woman who is as different from other women as cognac is from corn liquor. But, as Marty Robbins would know, you get the same kind of headache from either one."
  • Kansas City
    "You all know this song, and it always sounds good."
  • Sol K. Bright and his Hollywaiians
    Hawaiian Cowboy
  • Stars Fell on Alabama
    "One of the top pre-Bop trombonists."
  • Tom Waits
    Jersey Girl
  • Knoxville Girl
    "Hillbilly music had no shortage of lust, murder, and mayhem; of course it didn't have as many samples from Herbie Hancock records." (Bob's response to email questioning a comparison between 'Hillbilly music' and 'Gangsta Rap.')
  • Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
  • Louisiana
    "Had one of the most distinctive voices in R & B, and he was shockingly handsome...Percy's records have never been equaled."
  • Tin Ear Tanner
    I Used to Work in Chicago
  • Baltimore Fire
  • ZZ Top
    My Head's in Mississippi
    "I'm all outta breath just listening to that!"
  • Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
    Take Me Back To Tulsa
    "Here on Theme Time Radio Hour we believe you can never play too much Bob Wills. We're gonna prove it by playin' another one of his records."

The Other People and Players

  • Angel Gabriel
  • Nero
  • Wilbert Harrison
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Sam Donaldson
  • Sandra Day O'Conner
  • Vikki Carr
  • Grady Martin
  • Mitch Miller
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Toots Washington
  • "A man who would put live chickens on a hot plate and tell people there were dancing. A man as hard as his arteries or, as Cleopatra would have said, "I'd like two sons by that man." "
  • Marlon Brando
  • Ray Charles
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Byron de la Beckwith
  • Medgar Evers
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Fritz Moot
  • Walter Payton
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • Leanne Rimes
  • Hank Aaron
  • Jack Nicholson
    "He does more acting with one eyebrow than anybody else does with their entire body."
  • Elvis Presley
    "Cleaned up that naughty 'One Night' and hit big with it" “the swivel hipped rockabilly cat”

The Other Songs and Albums

  • Herbie Hancock sample
  • At The Club
  • Two Years of Torture
  • Please Send Me Someone to Love
  • Polynesian Love Song

The Guests

  • Billy Gibbons
    (Bob ran into him at a taco wagon)

The Movies and TV Shows

The Places

  • Arkansas River
  • Baltimore
    Lotta drama happens in Baltimore, you can see it on Homicide or The Wire.
  • LaFleur's Bluff
  • Menlo Park
  • New Jersey
    Has the highest population density in the United States, and the most car thefts. But on the plus side, it has the most diners. I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but it has the most shopping malls in one area.
  • Huntsville, AL
    The Rocket Capital of the World
  • Westfield, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Arizona
  • Ottawa
  • Tulsa
  • Bourbon Street
  • Witchita
  • Winslow
  • Buffalo
  • Fargo
  • Reno
  • Honolulu
  • Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • The Grand Ole Opry

Record Labels

  • Beltone Records
  • Star Talent Records

Well we got to go again, here on Theme Time Radio Hour. I'm gonna gas up the car, throw my bags in the trunk, get my Trip-Tic from AAA, and head out and visit a few more of these fine cities. We'll be back again next week with more Them Time Radio Hour. I'll see ya on the highway.