"The werewolf was a gentleman who was a helpful influence. He showed me that there were others,who would never fit in. It seemed that once that snout and facial hair and pointed ears appeared, there wasn't really a realistic chance that the guy would ever be able to have a lovely wife and a good home." read more...
So you like the facts? Here's some...
Michael Hurley (aka Elwood Snock, Doc Snock, Hi Fi Snock, the Horrible Horrible Pearly Snock Man or simply The Snock) drew his first picture aged 4. It was a fox. He couldn't write so he asked someone to write the title on the paper for him... "Fierce The Fox".
Years later he started playing guitar cos he "just liked the looks of it".
In the early days before he used to drive a dark green 70's Chevy van with a 4" by 8" wooden beam for a bumper, he would hitch-hike from place to place, living off stolen apples with his traveling companion Rube the Card (aka Robin Remailly).
In fact Hurley's first recording contract came about after hitching with his guitar in hand. He was picked up by Fred Ramsey Jr. who recorded a 3 song demo and played it to Moses Asch at Folkways.
His debut, First Songs was released on Folkways in 1964.
You can listen to previews here, or you can buy the re-issue on CD which now goes by the name of Blueberry Wine, and is replete with artwork created by Hurley. The reissue now looks how Hurley had initially intended.
It was recorded on the same microphone and tape machine used for Leadbelly's Last Sessions.
His second album, Armchair Boogie  was recorded in Hurley's bedroom.
Rube the Card plays some fiddle on album opener Werewolf.
He recorded many versions of Werewolf, but the one on Armchair Boogie is considered to be one of the best.
One time, Rube shot Michael with a .38.
Luckily the bullet only lodged between his skull and his skin.
That was before Rube got caught in a big heist and they put him away for about 10 years.
One of Hurley's many jobs was as an eight track repair man.
He was one of the best eight-track tape repairmen in Richmond.
Michael's fluttering falsetto yodel will often morph into a wolf-like howl.
He has also been known to caw like an old black crow, or scream like a fire engine's siren. Another of his vocal specialties is his a fine impression of a muted trumpet, as heard on Armchair Boogie's closing track...
Unfortunately I haven't got a link for you to buy Armchair Boogie, as it is one of those gems that is still waiting patiently for a re-release on CD. In these situations I always stick the album in my Soulseek folder, so fire it up and see if you can find me, you won't be sorry...
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