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David Frizzell - 2001
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Like other acts, such as Montgomery Gentry, David admits, "There’s a lot of songs we only sing once, while making the album. I’ve always hated that! The record label picks the singles, and you don’t sing the rest of them enough to remember all the words! On this current album there’s 12 songs on there, and I wrote 10 of them, so on this album it’s easier to remember them. I’ve sung ‘Gonna Hire a Wino’ so many times that I’ve got it down pat! The older you get the less time you’ve got! I used to have time to play a lot of golf. When I was working out in Bakersfield with Buck Owens it was mandatory. When you worked with him, you played golf! The last several years I just haven’t had time."

David’s been doing a lot with his time. In addition to his touring schedule, he’s writing 5 children’s books with music, and has 2 novels in the works!

"The most important thing is that I’m enthusiastic about the music again. There used to be a time I wouldn’t walk across the street to cut an album. I must’ve been involved in putting this album out at a time when people are starving for what I represent. It was released on April 17th. The first single is ‘You’ve been robbed by Jesse James’. We’ve got the number one pick on Billboard. More people are accepting Independent record labels and giving us a try on the merit of the music, and letting the songs speak for themselves. The Internet has opened up a whole new market. We tour all over the country, and all I’m hearing is complaints. Somebody said they were told, "We can’t play David Frizzell’s new album because it isn’t on a major label." So they ask me, "What do we do?" I said, "Ask them if they ever played ‘Wino’ or ‘You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma", because those were both on Independent record labels. "

"I’ve found that the average person out there doesn’t care if it’s on a major label. They just know if they like it, they’re going to buy it. This new CD is really taking up a lot of time now. I’ve been holding the touring off for a few months working on the album, and the biography of my brother, Lefty. It’s going to be the size of a novel. It seems to be taking me as long to write it, as it did for him to live it. But we’ve sold the movie rights to it, so it’s kind of taken priority over everything else. It’s extremely time consuming. The place we live here is too. The grass keeps growing!"

I was up at David’s a few years ago for ‘Lefty Frizzell Days’ and the ranch was packed with fans from around the globe. The event has grown so much that he’s had to take it off-site. "I’m doing it in Oklahoma this year. This will be the 3rd year I’ve done it away from here. We’ve still got the same place here. I quit doing them here because it is our home. It’s a big thing to invite 10-12,000 people to your house. This year we’re doing the ‘Frizzell Festival’ in Oct. Same thing, different name."

David regrets not having more time for his ranch. "I see a few deer every once in a while. I should have some horses to eat the hay out there. I used to raise horses when I lived in California. I had a ranch out there. I still miss California."

A lot of his touring schedule is made up of playing casino’s, but is David a gambling man? "No, I’m not much of a gambler. I cut my teeth in Vegas, and Reno, when I was working with Buck Owens. I just never got into the gambling, which I’m proud of. I was one of the only ones that could walk away from any of those places with my money. Most of the people would work, and leave their money there. My wife loves to play the slot machines. Especially the Elvis Presley machines. If there’s an Elvis machine she’ll be there, and I’ll be screaming just as loud as her, if she hits one."

Regarding Peggy Rains, his new duet partner, David has nothing but the kindest words. "Peggy Rains is from Prior Oklahoma. She’s just one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life. I got to know her about 3 years ago. I did a show in one of the little opry houses in Oak Grove, Oklahoma. I got up and was doing a sound check, and I said, "If in anybody out there know the Shelly West part of this song ‘Oklahoma’ come on up here. Boy, she just ran to the stage! Our voices match very nicely. I think she did a great job on the album. She brings the honesty and down home feeling to it. Lefty did that so well, he was the best lyricist and phraser. He got more emotion out of one word then a lot of people do in a whole sentence. He just had it all together."

But, David won’t get the play the part of his brother in the movie. "They’re looking for someone younger. The movie will be based from the time he’s about 17 to 25. The main part of his life was during 1950-53." Will David have any of his songs in the movie? "I don’t know. I’ve had songs in two Clint Eastwood movies, ‘Any Which Way You Can’ and ‘Honky Tonk Man", so we’ll have to wait and see."

There have been a lot of great moments in David’s life. "The biggest moment I had ever had in my life was from 1955-60. I was touring with my brother Lefty. What a school, what a teacher! He helped me get on Columbia records. We were doing the ‘Disc Jockey’ convention, now it’s called CRS. Columbia Records was doing a convention down there. Everybody from the label was there from Mitch Miller and Lefty Frizzell, to Johnny Cash and Johnny Horton. And here was little David Frizzell. It was just a few days of unbelievable time for me. When we first got to the hotel, me and Lefty were getting ready for the show, and he went out on the balcony. He said, "David, come here quick!" There was a blimp that was going past the hotel, and it had everybody’s name flashing on it. I almost fell off the balcony waiting for my name! That let’s you know you’re finally in the business!"

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Buck Owens’ Mother Owens’ Banana Pudding
1 cup sugar 
3 tbls. Flour 
˝ tsp. Salt 
2 eggs 
2˝ cups of milk 
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 small box vanilla wafers 
4 large bananas, sliced

Combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add eggs to milk, and then add this mixture to the sugar-flour mixture and blend. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add vanilla, and remove from heat. Line bottom of bowl or pan with vanilla wafers. Pour part of the cooked custard over these two layers. Repeat another set of layers of wafers, bananas, custard, ending with custard mixture, and sprinkle with wafer crumbs.

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