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Posted by: S. Peachtree 10.31.2001
MAZEY'S OBITUARY :


NASHVILLE — Mazey Gardens, whose brash songs and rebellious hair styles defined the "outlaw" movement in country music, died yesterday after a long battle with booze and Brill Cream. He was 68.

Gardens' spokeswoman, Staci Peachtree, said Gardens died "pissed off" at his home in Big Mushroom, Virginia.

Gardens, a singer, songwriter and original member of radio station WKOZ's psychedelic traveling show "The Electric Hayride," recorded over 22 albums, none of which ever entered the charts, with the exception of his ballad, "Don’t Invite Me to Your Pity Party," which was covered in the early 80s by punk band Six and a Half Seconds resulting in a stint at number 100 for a split second. But that doesn’t really count.

Gardens had been plagued with alcohol-related health problems, including debilitating water retention from consuming mass amounts of bar-room peanuts and severe gas.

Gardens and his wife, singer Crystal Lake, sold their trailer outside of Nashville more than a year ago and moved to Big Mushroom, because "Mazey just liked the name," explained Lake.

With childhood pal Samuel L. Justice, Woodsy Marbles and the Mexican drumming sensation "Porkchop," Gardens formed The Brick Hit House Band and sang red-neck inspired blue-collar anthems such as "Callin’ in Dead," "Business in the Front and Party in the Back" and "Look Ma, No Class."

Gardens seemed to be always ahead of his time, however, and it was contemporaries, like Waylon Jennings, who profited most from the new brand of outlaw music, and Willie Nelson, who instead became synonymous with silly hair styles.

Gardens' distinctive, authoritative voice was also utilized by the 1980s Easy-Oven Sausage corporation (now Turkey Bacon Bakers) to narrate a series of "breakfast meat" radio spots. "I aimed the narration at people who were hung over," he revealed in a 1987 interview, "and it worked."

Gardens was perhaps best known for his wild facial hair styles, at one point spending over $1,500-a-day on his own private mustachier.

Gardens claims his mother started him on rye bourbon when he was two years old. "It wasn’t her fault," Gardens admitted in an interview in 1994. "In the Appalachian Mountains, rye bourbon is almost the same price as milk. And a little goes a long way"

Gardens and his fourth wife, Crystal Lake, married in 1980. They had one son, Jigger.

AP News, 2001


In Memory of Mazey Gardens
Country Music's Original Outlaw.

outlaw country


Posted by: S. Peachtree 04.20.2015
NEW! "BEHIND THE LEGEND" DOCUMENTUARY


Posted by: S. Peachtree 02.04.2010
MORE RARE MAZEY FOOTAGE:
Listen up, Mullet Heads! A Mazey fan just unearthed this bootleg music video featuring Mazey Gardens performing his Falstaff-suckin', chicken-fuckin' Redneck Rock anthem "Business In The Front / Party In The Back"! After all these years, still sounds pretty damn good, don't it? REMEMBER: We are always on the hunt for more "lost" Mazey footage and recordings, so get "in touch" if y'all "got some"! Heeyah! (Almost forgot! They was a-talkin' about ol' Maze on hi-falutin' commie-radio station NPR!)




Posted by: S. Peachtree 10.01.2005
NEWS FLASH FROM BIG MUSHROOM:

All you wanna-be cowboys can just quit writing to us asking for free Mazey records. We ain't no Price Guide neither, and we don't care what your damn mint-condition Mazey albums are worth! The man is dead, dammit, and quite frankly, we like it that way. So tell all your trucker-hat-wearin' Dukes-of-Hazzard watchin' hipster beer buddies that they gonna have to get in line just like everybody else and wait for the full back catalog to be re-released. In the meantime, download ya some of them MP-Threebies from the links at the right!



Posted by: S. Peachtree 9.27.2005
RARE 70s MAZEY TELEVISION APPEARANCE:
Holy smokes, you bastards are gonna wet your damn jordaches when you see this one! We just unearthed a whole messa old film footage featuring Country Music pioneer Mazey Gardens. Watch this clip of Maze singing "If It Feels Good (Do It)" during his 1971 appearance on ABC's (cancelled) primetime "Half-Hour Country Variety Hour."
We're so damned thrilled we're gonna put together one o'them DVD video documentaries real soon!



Posted by: S. Peachtree 5.13.2004
MORE NEWS FROM BIG MUSHROOM:

And doncha fergit...

Mazey's 1970s outlaw country jukebox hit "Callin' In Dead" has been licensed by his estate for deluxe re-issue by Rudyland Collectables. The limited edition 45 RPM record, part of a series of re-releases, features a hand silk-screened jacket by the folks at Studio18Hundred.



PARTIAL DISCOGRAPHY:
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE MAZEY ALBUMS WE HAVE MISSED.


Outlaw Country Music ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY?*
Ambassador Records 1967
FEATURING:
When Lowlifes Live The Highlife
Livin' In A House Of Cards


Outlaw Country Music: Live From Bellevue LIVE FROM BELLEVUE*
Ambassador Records 1969
FEATURING:
(Don't Believe) The Writing On The Stall


Outlaw Country Music: Dew Drop Inn DEW DROP INN*
Ambassador Records 1970
FEATURING:
Don't Invite Me To Your Pity Party
Are You Breaking My Heart?


Outlaw Country Music: RIP RIP*
Ambassador Records 1972
FEATURING:
Callin' In Dead
Advil & Orange Juice
Go To Hell


Outlaw Country Music: RIPPISS JUG*
Papaya Records 1977
FEATURING:
Pick Up Truck, Pick Me Up
I'd Take A Red-Eye
Jah Countrafari (Dub)


Outlaw Country Music: Still MAzey After All These Years STILL MAZEY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Hillwick Records 1980
FEATURING:
Something I Hadn't Thought Of... In Years
Talk Is Cheap


Outlaw Country Music: RIPFROSTED GLASS
LP Hillwick Records 1982
FEATURING:
Dirt-Poor Millionaire
Folding Chairs


Outlaw Country Music: RIPNEON COWBOY*
Jolt Records 1988
FEATURING:
Business In The Front, Party In The Back
Bad Checks


Outlaw Country Music: Look Ma, No Class LOOK MA, NO CLASS*
Recorded in 2001 ***Never Released***
FEATURING:
Look Ma, No Class


*Albums featuring The Brick Hit House Band. **Complete Discography coming soon.










NOW AVAILABLE:

"CALLIN' IN DEAD"
Limited Edition Jukebox 45
Mazey Gardens
FEATURES:
* Newly Remastered version of "Callin In Dead," From Original Analog Source Tapes
* Deluxe Silk-Screened Sleeve Reproduction
* Copy of Mazey's Obituary
* Cut-Out Jukebox Title Card





►Callin In Dead
MP3 (970 KB) © 1972
Originally released in 1972 as Ambassador Records single 87979

►Something That I Hadn't
Thought Of In Years
MP3 (1.39 MB) © 1980
Mazey's "Countrypolitan" come-back chart-flopper from the 1980 Hillwick album "Still Mazey After All These Years"

►Easy Oven Sausage TV commercials
MP3 (473 KB) © 1984
1984 television commercials for Easy Oven Breakfast Sausage narrated by Mazey Gardens.

Paradise City
MP3 (2.3 MB) © 1989
Never-before-released studio outtake of Mazey doing the Guns N Roses classic.


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