|Dear Wild Oats
Some time back
I submitted a CD that I produced of some friends of mine from Mississippi.
I wasn't looking
for a deal from you guys or anything, I just wanted a professional opinion
from someone on
a label that I respected. I sent the CD " Long Way From Tupelo" by the
In a few days I received an e-mail from some guys in your organization,
who were very kind and insightful on the album, and gave me the hope to
keep on trying. They
didn't reject or
put down the album in any way, and they even commented that there were
honky-tonk guitar-drven boogie tunes that aren't heard on commercial
and that that was a shame. I want to thank those gentlemen and the Wild
Oats Records organization
for taking the time to listen and to be human beings in a cut-
that doesn't seem to care about real roots music. (Hank the third
to be the only
outlaw out there anymore.) Thanks again for being so cool.
- Larry Lollar
shucks, thanks for the kind words. It's a pretty sad state of affairs when
beings" becomes rare enough to mention, but we know what you mean. We're
willing to listen, and we actually answer just about every e-mail that
philosophy is that while we can't do much about the current state of the
can at least do our part by acting like... well, human beings. Good luck
Dear Oat Central,
I enjoyed your
letters page, there were some good points made and a lot of laughs. I don't
have anything clever
to add except to say I listened to most of the music samples on your
site and was totally
impressed by the quality of everything. Good for you! It's refreshing
to see there are
companies out there who still care. Enjoy those three-hour lunches!
- Matt Cogan
We were going to come up with one of our usual smart-ass responses, but
think of anything. (OK, we could've asked if you knew the limerick that
once was a gal from Eugene/..."). As for the three-hour lunches, they're
to enjoy. If you're ever in Nashville at lunchtime, give us a call !
Dear Oat Crew,
I've visited your
site maybe three or four times since I found it a couple months ago. It's
of the best things
on the web, y'all are cool and I love your sense of humor. Until today
I never heard any
of your label's music, 'cos my Real Player was f*cked up and I don't know
how to fix computer
things. But yesterday my friend fixed it for me, and I listened to some
your clips. GREAT
!!!! Especially loved Steve Haggard's "Ghost Town" and that song by the
King Of Crock !
Also Gig Michaels, Gail and the Tricksters, Mark Brine and Diesel. I'll
buying some CDs
from y'all soon. If your artists ever play here in Richmond, please tell
- Melissa Rowe
appreciate the kind words... and we look forward to your CD purchases !
try very hard to put out really good, original music, and are always glad
to it. And we'll definitely keep you posted on any Oat shows in Richmond.
A day of infamy
begins today... That's because I shipped you a bottle of the "Bald Head
Diva Gourmet Steak Sauce" along with my publicity materials and CDs. Please
tell the Wild Oats secretaries not to throw the package into the
Oats trash can. Be sure to use my sauce with some good meat that doesn't
have the dreaded hoof and nose disease!
- Jimmie R. Vestal
Pickin' oranges and my Telecaster in Florida!
from the oatfields, and thanks for the sauce and the CDs. We'll be keeping
an eye out
the package. (Here at Oat Central, we're always glad to accept
gifts !) Amazingly, we
to every tape and CD that gets sent in... nothing goes into the famous
Oats trash can
being heard first. And as for the steak sauce, we grill 12 months a year
here, so it
be long before your sauce finds its way onto a slab o' beef.
Dear Team Oat,
I just wanted to
say hi and tell you that I love Wild Oats Records more than I love
itself ! Is that
good enough to win me the free CD contest ? Really, I think it's great
that there's a
renegade record label like Wild Oats. Music has gotten so corporate
and boring these
days. Not just country, which is terrible and isn't really country
rock, too. It seems like everything is pretty blah. So it was
find your site,
which isn't only funny but has some great music on it. Thanks !
- Josie Mayfield
you do win the free CD contest for April. Congratulations !! The CD that
-- Steve Haggard's Make Your Move -- is on its way to scenic
Slidell as we
this. As we often say, we love hearing good things about Wild
when they're not totally sincere. So even if you don't really love
our label more
life itself, it makes us happy just to have you say it. And as for your
the boring, corporate, "blah"music that is infecting the airwaves these
wholeheartedly agree. Best wishes from Oat Central !!
so much for e-mailing us. I did click on your link and enjoyed all I read.
I will have
say that I think the Rockabilly Hall of Fame is a somewhat dubious honor.
I am a member,
when first inducted into same was pleased. I have since changed my
mind, however, as the
of members has grown to to include people who are not doing "Rockabilly"
be in any Hall of Fame. Just needed to state my feelings, sorry
if I step on anyone's toes.
enjoyed reading about your artists, and particularly enjoyed reading the
and agree with all of them as to the state of today's "Top 40 Country",
I quote) "a) isn't country; and b) sucks." Some artists, however,
matter which stations play them. Nashville has the honor, I think, to be
home to one
my all-time favorite artists, although he receives little attention: Victor
plan to visit your website often. Keep up your wonderful work of
being "a lone
in the Nashville wilderness."
- Ronnie Dawson
from Nashville, and thanks for writing. One of the great things about our
us has been hearing from so many kindred spirits, and from artists
(like you) whose
we really like. We agree with you about the Rockabilly Hall of Fame,
but are none-
happy to see under-appreciated artists like Andy Starr get recognized by
at any time. As for the lamentable state of modern so-called country, the
that there are so many really good artists out there, including the ones
will never get heard in the bubblegum wasteland that is country radio these
life, and the real artists will still be around, doing what they
do so well, when the
swill has been forgotten. Thanks for your vote of confidence, and we look
hearing some more great music from Ronnie Dawson in the near future ! (Editor's
both Ronnie Dawson and Frank "Andy" Starr have passed away since this letter
back in 2002.)
wanted to say that from time to time you send me updates on your goings
on, and you
me over to your page. Well, I finally wandered
on over, having just finished a four-
recording session. What happy chance guided me in my tour of your
pages. You have
GREAT approach and an equally great page going here. We may
be hundreds of miles
but our hearts are in the same place. But be warned,
fellow Capitalist Dog, my
is keen on "world domination," too. So down the road,
I foresee a FINAL CONFLICT
the Oat Gang and the Dawson Boys. May the better group of nuts win.
- Jim Dawson
New York, NY
for your e-mail, and for the kind words. While we appreciate
the praise, and admire
talents -- for those not familiar with his music, Jim Dawson is a
we aren't too concerned that you'll seriously threaten our
bid for world domination. We
it only fair to warn you: Wild Oats already has tactical nuclear
weapons; a spy network
is so effective that we are able to find out the lunch special at Granite
Falls the night
and effective control of Vanuatu, Kyrgyzstan, the French
province of Languedoc,
couple of small towns in northern Minnesota, and one and a half acres in
do take over, however, you will be able to avoid destruction
by the usual means of paying
i.e., buying us lunch.
need your opinion about a medical problem I've been having. Three times
down the street, listening to our local country station playing some
of the current
(Lonestar, Chely Wright, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and the
rest), I've had to pull
to the curb, open the door and start vomiting uncontrollably.
Do you think that I need
see a doctor ? I feel fine most of the time, it only happens when
I listen to country radio.
don't normally give medical advice -- we did pretend to be doctors once,
story -- but in your case we'll make a rare exception.
Your reaction sounds
normal to us, kind of like a dog instinctively throwing up something
for it. We think that if you just listen to music that is less horrible,
you'll be fine.
it's my imagination, but it seems like most of the country music coming
out on the
major labels a) ain't country; and b) sucks. What do you think ?
It must drive you
some of the other really good independents, like Hightone and Dead Reckoning,
the music that you put out can't get played on the big country stations.
Your last Steve
CD was better than 99% of the fake-country that gets played these
days, but you
hear it on the radio. Will things ever change, or will mainstream country
worse and worse ?
- Pissed Off
good news is that there's no way that mainstream country can get much worse.
is that there's no reason to think that the majors will suddenly start
putting out anything
To answer your beautifully and succinctly put questions: most of
it ain't country,
most of it sucks. Glad you like what we're doing, and thanks for the kind
words about Steve
Wild Oats Records Letter Page,
you only put my letter on the letters page if I say good things about Wild
Oats ? How
if I wanted to say something negative ? I don't, of course,
'cause I like what you're
But I was just wondering. Anyway, keep up the good work !
- James P. Smith
question ! No one has ever written us a negative letter -- word has probably
about the Wild Oats Minister of Retaliation, and his particularly nasty
and gruesome method of dealing with crticism -- so it's hard to say.
We'd probably print it if it was well- written or witty; and we'd definitely
print it if we were slipped a few bucks. Greetings to
can I say ? I love your website !!! It's so nice to see people having
a good time in the
business and not just trying to impress everybody. And the music is a really
The Wild Oats artists fit right in with the kind of music I really like:
Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Jason & The Scorchers, Wanda
Jackson, Bob Dylan, BR-549, and people like that. I'd love to visit Oat
Central when I visit Nashville later this year.
- Shannon Medeiros
that you like the website. Yes, we do know how to have a good time. Having
a good time is
important part of the Wild Oats philosophy. (Come to think of it,
having a good time is the
Wild Oats philosophy.) We're happy to be included with the great artists
for visiting Oat Central, it's very, very difficult to get a security clearance
to enter our
halls. We live in constant fear of having our framed Joe Camel poster stolen,
crazed visitor destroying our prized collection of nude photos of United