With every donation to the Mazey Gardens Trust Fund, you'll receive
a commemerative beer koozy as a token of our appreciation.
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
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, "Dont 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 doesnt 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 wasnt 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
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.
Posted by: S. Peachtree 04.20.2015 NEW! "BEHIND THE LEGEND" DOCUMENTUARY
Posted by: S. Peachtree 02.04.2010 MORE RARE
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!)
by: S. Peachtree 10.01.2005 NEWS FLASH FROM BIG MUSHROOM:
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:
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."
so damned thrilled we're gonna put together one o'them DVD video
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.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE MAZEY ALBUMS WE HAVE MISSED.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY?*
Ambassador Records 1967
When Lowlifes Live The Highlife
Livin' In A House Of Cards
LIVE FROM BELLEVUE*
Ambassador Records 1969
(Don't Believe) The Writing On The Stall
DEW DROP INN*
Ambassador Records 1970
Don't Invite Me To Your Pity Party
Are You Breaking My Heart?
Ambassador Records 1972
Callin' In Dead
Advil & Orange Juice
Go To Hell
Papaya Records 1977
Pick Up Truck, Pick Me Up
I'd Take A Red-Eye
Jah Countrafari (Dub)
STILL MAZEY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Hillwick Records 1980
Something I Hadn't Thought Of... In Years
Talk Is Cheap
Jolt Records 1988
Business In The Front, Party In The Back
LOOK MA, NO CLASS*
Recorded in 2001 ***Never Released***
Look Ma, No Class
*Albums featuring The Brick Hit House Band.
**Complete Discography coming soon.
Limited Edition Jukebox 45 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