"That Weemus Sound"
In August of 2008 WEEMUS STUDIO moved to Sparks, Georgia
This is what our first blog from Sparks says.
This site is a knowledge base for all things Weemus. It is about Weemus Studio, the home and founder
of Wackabilly music. The Weemus Sound has roots splaying the alternative Americana gospel clappings
of Col. Lonnie Fain and His Smilin' Mighty Jesus Singers to the raucous alternative punkjabs of Baby Weemus,
its influences heard in the synoptic majesty of compositions by Elijah Cole and the woozy warblings of
Baby Jean Peek doing an April Stevens tune. Miss April was the original, sparking catalyst for Weemus Studio.
Her legendary hit "Baby Weemus" (1963) is still heard through the corridors of the studio.
"I had listened to 'Baby Weemus' for twenty years in preparation for this gig," chortles the Colonel,
owner and founder,"and this place is like a shrine to her
perseverance and overwhelming and immortal sizzle."
Ralph Bailey is the resident crooner, staff announcer and administrative assistant at Weemus.
He speaks of the Colonel, and it's with steroids blazing Ralph's face lights up, almost igniting the cigarette he's been carrying
for over an hour. "I thought my days at Weemus were finished. I came into the soundstage with Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Frankie Laine and Raymond Scott albums under my arm and he doesn't say a word," he jumps as if we were going to shoot at him,
"I turn to walk out and he grabs me and drags me out in the lobby with this euphoria about how 'Cry of the Wild Goose'
and 'How Lovely Cooks the Meat' had been running through his head. I was shocked, you know, knowing his rep.
I do know we both are crazy about Ziggy Lane." Scroaty Odum, rebellious aging R&B and Blues singer who works
part-time as one of the studio's twenty-three security guards, has just signed with Weemus. He is rumored
to be the force behind the new drive to boost the 'billy' in Wackabilly.
"He has been in the studio for months preparing his premiere CD, "Here's Scroaty Odum."
As they try-out new styles, we follow Weemus Studio with new release info and reveals on the history of this noble breed -
THAT WEEMUS SOUND!
"The Colonel and The Cam"
Renovation and Total Renewal of WEEMUS STUDIO began in Earnest on August 31, 2012 with the purchase of an HD Panasonic video camera.
It actually began in Hlydergaard when, two days earlier, Col. Lonnie Fain, founder and then director of Weemus Studio, attempted to make a comprehensive
list of all the materials needed to complete an up-to-date, well-furnished and durable functioning studio by writing on a special stone of granite he had
picked up at Mt. Arabia, Georgia, in 1959.
The Colonel did not know he was having a panic attack. His mind was focused on fumbling through his pants pocket,
after a minute writhing on the floor grasping his 7 Uses, the only thing he carried in his left pocket.
He began using the small blunt knife to carve the list into stone.
1959 - 1979
During a Christmas party given for The Colonel after kicking off his second campaign for Lt. Governor in 1984, he was approached by the husband of
one of the volunteers working at the campaign office in Atlanta. "I'm giving all my favorite politicians and businessmen
one of these this Christmas," all The Colonel could think was that this man, who was about an inch shorter than himself,
exactly the height of Paul Simon who The Colonel had met through Atlanta City Counselman James Bond.
He almost blurted out to the guy that he could see himself in his bald head, maybe he should hire him to be his mirror. He actually wanted to say this,
after just two of The Colonel's many Jim Beam and Coke doubles of the evening. Two months later the man was hit by a drunk driver
and The Colonel had a particularly prolific set of anxiety attacks that concluded with a permanent attachment to the gift the dead man had given him.
He fished the gift out of his dresser srawer and ripped through the already tattered red packaging. It was a pale blue cardboard box, four inches
by one-and-a-half inches with a large red number seven on each side. The top and bottom flaps has the words, "SEVEN USES". It would not be long
before The Colonel would find many more uses for this utensil. . . .
TO BE CONTINUED
THE SEVEN USES
Large sharp knife
Small Blunt Knife