Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues for Peace
This award winning blues, spoken word, and jazz recording by highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran Sarge Lintecum is a classic! Sarge joins with some of the finest musicians in Arizona to produce this awesome recording. The result; if you close your eyes, you're there! Vietnam Combat Veteran Sarge Lintecum did three tours of duty in Vietnam, 1966-'67-'68. His first tour was eleven months in the jungle/hospital with the 101st Airborne Paratroopers as a combat infantryman. During that time he advanced to Squad Leader. Sarge came down with malaria three times, jungle-rot, immersion-foot, two varieties of internal parasites, a shrapnel wound in his leg, exposure to Agent Orange, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which Sarge says is the 'Vietnam Blues'. Sarge received the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct medal, a three tour Vietnam Service Medal, Parachute Jump Wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a Valorous Unit Emblem, a Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross With Palm Unit Citation Badge, and five Over-Seas Bars. Poet Sarge Lintecum is a leading slam poet (performance art poet) in Arizona, and slam master, having hosted The Mary McCann Poetry Slam for over three years. He has been an organizer and national competing member of the Phoenix Slam Poetry Team from 1992, when he competed that year in Boston, to 1996. At the 1994 Annual National Slam Poetry Competition in Asheville, North Carolina Sarge won the Slam Haiku competition making him the 1994 National Slam Haiku Champion of the USA, and inspiring him to write his 160 page book, 'Sarge's Little Book of Haiku'. This book was Sarge's second book of poetry, preceded by 'The Vietnam Blues and Other Really Radical Writings' (50 pages) and Sarge's third book, 'Vietnam Vet Will Work For Food' (30 pages) will touch your heart. Songwriter Sarge's blues music, spoken word, and jazz recording, 'Vietnam Blues-Combat Tested Blues . . . For Peace', (on CD and cassette), on which Sarge sings, plays harmonica, and wrote the songs and poems has received five Honorable Mention Certificates in Billboard Magazine's National Song Contest. Musician Sarge, a fine harmonica player, has been endorsed by Lee Oskar, of WAR fame, and owner of the Lee Oskar Harmonica Company. Lee Oskar has come to Phoenix on four occasions to do benefit concerts that Sarge and his wife and business partner, Leslie Nan Lintecum, conceived of and organized. Press Quotes: ' Here and there you will hear jungle noises and sound effects of the war, plus harmonica and deep feeling. ...it tries to accomplish that difficult task of bringing humor and/or release to a touchy, often unwanted subject. I like it. ' Ben Ohmart, Music Dish, August 9, 1999 'This is great stuff with much depth and substance, with excellent potential for a sequel.' J.J. Terre, Music Voice Magazine, June 2, 1995 '... The deeply personal Vietnam Blues is a surprisingly entertaining collection of blues songs.' Dean Rhodes, The Arizona Republic, January 16, 1992 'Vietnam Blues is one man's powerful message and a positive catalyst for healing and change.' Lee Oskar, Lee Oskar Harmonica Company, August 7, 1992 'Sarge Lintecum's Vietnam combat experience fuels his traditional Blues Rock and spoken word pieces. His tales cover a wide spectrum -- including praising the contributions of American women.' Nick Dedina, LISTEN.COM (Online music reviews), December 14, 1999 '... his lighthearted attitude and enthusiasm make his performances and his new cassette a winner.' Robert Baird, New Times, December 18, 1991 '... immaculately recorded and produced by Clarke Rigsby ...' Douglas McDaniel, Where It's Hot, December 3, 1991 'There is plenty of humor on this album, proving how far Lintecum has traveled since his days as a tripwire vet.' Betty Webb, The Tribune, December 1, 1991 'I've recorded with many artists; it was my pleasure to record on Sarge's album. It should do a million copies.' Chico Chism, Cher-Kee Records, U.S.A., Big Bear Records, England, August, 1, 1992. Sarge Lintecum #1 Sarge's song, 'Sister Soldier' has been used in the film, 'In The Shadow Of The Blade' as seen on the Discovery Military Channel. #2 Sarge is the 1994 'Slam' (Performance art) Haiku Champion of the United States #3 Sarge is a member of the Arizona Commission on the Arts Residency Roster and is available for 10 and 20 day workshops at schools in the Southwestern United States. Grants are available to cover 50% of Sarge's fee #4 Sarge has been included in a new book titled, 'Battle Notes: The Music of the Vietanm War' and by Lee Andresen. Sarge was also asked to write an endorsement which is the first words in the book.