When and Where Wednesday ~ 1986 At The Crossroads

This has to be my favorite Ralph Macchio movie and he never played a lick!

But this movie had some awesome Blues. I remember going to the show with a pint of 100% proof southern comfort in my jean jacket. Not that you had to be a little boozed to enjoy blues, hell I got high off the music. The southern comfort was just a chaser.

I enjoyed every single note that was played contained in the movie score. Obviously written about Robert Johnson’s so-called pack with the devil for the ability to play a mean guitar and blues.

Though I’m like this opening line to this scene ” I don’t believe in any of this shit anyway ” and I don’t.

In this particular “HEAD CUTTIN’ DUEL” it was Steve Vai, Ry Cooder and Bill Kanegiser playing with Cooder & Kanegiser playing Macchio’s Eugene Martone guitar part. Vai played Jack Butler and frankly I didn’t care for his heavy metal playing in the movie. The duel was supposed to be about BLUES and the ability to express it through a guitar. Not just the ability to pluck the notes out as fast as humanly possible.

Only thing to me that didn’t actually fit into this scene. The soul wasn’t sold out just to be able to play the guitar, as the story goes it was to be able to play the Blues. A combination of Writing, Singing and Playing it.

But ” I don’t believe in any of this shit anyway “. LOL

Hell it was a Faustian myth and nothing more. Johnson had the talent so he didn’t need any deal to display it.

Actor Joe Seneca ( born Joel McGhee ) who played Willie Brown co-wrote and played the Harp on “WILLIE BROWN BLUES”. He died 10 years after the movie’s release from asthma. Seneca was 77 years old.

Arlen Roth coached Macchio for the part.

Ry Cooder produced the whole Original Movie Sound Track for Crossroads.

•”CROSS ROADS”
Performed by Terry Evans and Ry Cooder
Written by Robert Johnson

•”TURKISH MARCH”
Arranged for guitar and Performed by Bill Kanengiser (as William Kanengiser)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

•”HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME”
Performed by Amy Madigan
Written by Fred Burch and Don Hill (as Donald Hill)

•”IF I LOSE”
Performed by Amy Madigan
Written by Ralph Stanley

•”COTTON NEEDS PICKIN'”
Performed by The Wonders
Written by Richard ‘Shubby’ Holmes (as Richard Holmes), Otis Taylor, John Price and Frank Frost

•”MAINTENANCE MAN”
Performed by The Wonders
Written by John Price and Frank Frost

•”WILLIE BROWN BLUES”
Performed by Joe Seneca, John ‘Juke’ Logan (harmonica), The Wonders and Ry Cooder (guitar)
Written by Joe Seneca and Ry Cooder

•”FEELIN’ BAD BLUES”
Written and Performed by Ry Cooder

•”BUTLER’S BAG”
Written and Performed by Steve Vai and Ry Cooder

•”HEAD CUTTIN’ DUEL”
Written and Performed by Steve Vai and Ry Cooder

•”EUGENE’S TRICK BAG”
Written and Performed by Steve Vai
Reprise of Turkish March arranged by Bill Kanengiser (as William Kanengiser)

•”WALKIN’ BLUES”
Written by Sonny Terry and Ry Cooder
Performed by Sonny Terry (harmonica) and Ry Cooder (guitar)

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Out of all these songs it was Ry Cooder’s “FEELIN’ BAD BLUES” that hit home ( played for another scene ). Hit your Heart, Hit your Soul and made you feel the pain through what came out of that guitar. No words necessary. And I’m going to save that one for another blog in the future.

This Video plays The Movies Show Down.

“HEAD CUTTIN’ DUEL”

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