Monday, December 31, 2007

Weepin' Willie Robinson, Boston blues singer, smokes his last...

Death comes for a musician who lived the blues (Boston Globe)

Weepin' Willie Robinson smoked his last cigarette in bed yesterday morning at a Jamaica Plain rest home. The cigarette sparked a fire that ended the legendary blues man's rich and textured life. Robinson, 81, had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran, a friend of famous entertainers like B.B. King. He had been homeless and then was rediscovered as a treasure who played with the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and Bonnie Raitt and won local music honors. Even when he was homeless on the street, too tired to stand, or losing his memory, Robinson never stopped performing. "He was truly the elder statesman of the [Boston] blues. He was our godfather. He was the most dear man," said Holly Harris, host of "Blues on Sunday" on WBOS radio. - complete article - CD review

Sunday, December 30, 2007

A sad state (or city) of affairs....

Local Motion: Two Empty Rooms Hartford Advocate article on the dirth of good jazz clubs in the Insurance City (in sharp contrast to the plentiful days of the 880 Club in the 1980's).

Saturday, December 29, 2007

More Fabulous Farquahr memories...

Happened upon your site, and thought I’d drop a note.

Back in the day – early 60’s, the McGowans (Frank, Dennis, and Bobby) were very involved in Fife and Drum Corps, performing both with the Connecticut Ancient Mariners (co-founded by my father, Jack MacLearn, and Roy Watrous), and Stoney Creek Corps. Dennis McGowan gave me some of my first bass drum lessons. I saw all three on a regular basis, and later, after I left fife and drum music to pursue guitar, and rock’n roll, I ran into the McGowans in Vermont , where I had moved in the early 70’s. They became a regular feature at a club in Wilmington , VT , where I saw them on several occasions.

Thereafter, I lost track of them, and only just learned of Frank and Dennis’ passing. Both wonderful guys, skilled musicians, and great entertainers. As they say… “those were the days…” - Lachlan MacLearn, Somewhere in New Hampshire

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas cache...

You know the routine. The Flynn/Kennedy/McGowan clan has excellent, eclectic tastes and each Christmas yields lots of tasty music treats. This year was no exception:

  • Basement Tapes, Vol 1 (Bob Dylan & The Band)
  • Gaslight Tapes (Bob Dylan)
  • Fabuloso (Melvern Taylor)
  • Diamonds in the Dark (Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles)
  • Static Age (The Misfits)
  • Uh Huh Her (P.J. Harvey)
  • Goin' Home Tribute to Fats Domino (Various Artists)
  • Frank (Amy Winehouse)
  • Live at the Fillmore-1970 (Neil Young & Crazy Horse)
  • Drill a Hole (Jim White)
  • Dialogue Cantatas - Quasthoff, Röschmann (Thomas Quasthoff, Dorothea Röschmann - Rainer Kussmaul: Berliner Barock Solisten)
  • Revival (John Fogerty)
  • The Scene of the Crime (Bettye LaVette & Drive-by Truckers)
  • We Are the Pipettes (The Pipettes)
  • White Chalk (P.J. Harvey)
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    Merry Christmas, Baby...

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    from the staff, management, researchers, writers, graphics department, publicity, interns and board of directors of johnnykmusic

    ...and from Bruce & the E Street Band:

    Sunday, December 23, 2007

    Yes, we know all about classic Chistmas albums, don't we...

    Holiday albums can become classics fast by John Gerome (AP)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Toby Keith have a couple apiece. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton did one together. The ever-prolific Willie Nelson has at least four of them. Most country stars, and many of their pop counterparts, have a Christmas album or two in their catalogs, and for good reason: The records are relatively easy to make and have the potential for big payoff. "If it's really good, it can go for 20 years," said Bill Kennedy, vice president of sales for Capitol Records Nashville.

    Or longer. Released in 1957, "Elvis' Christmas Album" is the top-selling holiday release of all time with 9 million in sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The single "Blue Christmas" is a Christmas classic, even parodied by Porky Pig. Other Christmas blockbusters are Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album" (8 million), Barbara Streisand's "A Christmas Album" (5 million), and the three classic Johnnykmusic Xmas discs (3.5 million), according to the RIAA. - complete article

    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    Surprise!!! ...It's the Clark Brothers....

    To the surprise of few, the Clark Brothers were anointed The Next Great American Band amongst the three Nashville-based finalists in the LAST episode Friday night on FOX. It was a night we got performances from judges Sheila E (doing a slick, schmaltzy 80's number with her all-chick band) and Johnny Goo Goo Doll (I'm now really wondering if that is his real hair) with his washed-up band. In addition, the show brought back previously eliminated bands The Likes of You, Light of Doom, Dot Dot Dot, Cliff wagner & the Old #7, Tres Bien to join the finalists in a TNGAB family Christmas medley. Curiously missing were the Philly funk band Franklin Bridge (one of my early favorites), the girl-punk band Rocket, Brooklyn-based The Hatch and Detroit rockers The Muggs.

    Denver & the Mile High Orchestra (with front man Danny Ainge) was eliminated first (wow, what a shock!), then performed The Ides of March's Vehicle instead of an original composition, exposing the real flaw of this reality competition. (Wikipedia site has the elimination chart). FINALLY, they lined up Sixwire and the Clark Brothers and announced the winners. (Who should win?) Quite anticlimactic, much like the show itself, a promising concept rendered pretty crappy. And there you have it! Let me wish you a goodnight, and a pleasant tomorrow. Another view- BuddyTV recap

    Previously, on The Next Great American Band:
  • Episode #1 Opening selection show
  • Episode #2 Bob Dylan week
  • Episode #3 Elton John/Bernie Taupin week
  • Episode #4 Billy Joel week
  • Episode #5 Leiber/Stoller week
  • Episode #6 Rolling Stones week
  • Episode #7 Rod Stewart week
    Episode #8 Queen week
    Episode #9 The Finals
  • Friday, December 21, 2007

    Who ARE those guys????....

    Ginny/Chet P raving about the rough-looking, great-sounding band they happened upon last week while meeting friends for a drink at the Pig Out. With a little Googling, I think I found them - Bloodbrother. Seems that they appear monthly at the venue.

    According to their website, "...We have been together as a band for almost 20 years. We are not The Bloodbrothers and we are not Blood Brother Band. We are The BLOODBROTHER band." Okay, I'll make a note. They are - Keith Legere (drums), Conrad "Coyote" Doty (lead guitar), Steve Fishman (bass guitar), Dale Adams (keyboards), Dan MacNamara (keyboards/sax/accordion).

    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    They are the Pipettes....

    Hey everyone, we really wanted to do a Christmas show this year, but it just wasn't possible. Instead we've put together a bandzine, this is an inside view on the people we've met and cherish for being absolutely fantastic and our best friends, it's also an insight into the (many) minds of the Pipettes. We hope you enjoy it, basically. Click here to download the bandzine.

    Lots of love, The Pipettes. X X X X X X X X X X

    Sunday, December 16, 2007

    First Ike, now Hattie...

    Eulogy to Hattie from Johnny Gumbo:

    Hattie, the vagabond parakeet and traveling companion to jgumbo, cashed in her chips on Saturday after a long and memorable life filled with travel and song. Most renowned for her long distant jaunts starting with her trip from her birthplace, Dayton, OH, in 1999 by car to Southington, CT, and, most recently, cross country over 3000 miles from CT to Spokane, WA, in the passenger seat of a rental truck, Miss Hattie was loved and admired by all who knew her. She could break out in song at any time and loved the back and forth banter of a good conversation. Her favorite singing companions were Willie Nelson (loved "On the Road Again") and Jimmy Buffett (favorite - "Why don't we get drunk and screw").

    Farewell, Miss Hattie. May your days be filled with free flight. We will miss you. - JG

    A fav from my soft rock days exits....

    Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies by Nekesa Mumbi Moody, (AP)

    Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

    Fogelberg's music was powerful in its simplicity. He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like "Same Old Lang Syne" — in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays — became classics not only because of his performance, but for the engaging storyline, as well.

    Fogelberg's heydey was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum records fueled by such hits as "The Power of Gold" and "Leader of the Band," a touching tribute he wrote to his father, a bandleader. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972.

    The Soul Express on WHUS...

    Listened in to The Soul Express with Dean Farrell for a bit last night catching his tribute to Ike Turner. If you like vintage, hard-to-find soul/R&B, check it out Saturday evenings from 9-12.

    The playlist:
    1. NIGHT TRAIN - James Brown & The Famous Flames (1962)
    2. THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT - Aretha Franklin (1968)
    3. HE'S GOT THE POWER - The Exciters (1963)
    4. (COME ON BE MY) SWEET DARLIN' - Jimmy "Soul" Clarke (1966)
    5. WHO TOOK THE MERRY OUT OF CHRISTMAS? - The Staple Singers (1970)
    6. MY THING IS A MOVING THING - The T.S.U. Toronadoes (1969)
    7. AIN'T THAT TERRIBLE - Roy Redmond (1967)
    8. DON'T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME - The Temptations (1969)
    9. WALK AWAY - Ann Peebles (1969)
    10. AVE MARIA - Stevie Wonder (1967)

    Ike Turner Tribute, Part 1:*
    11. ROCKET 88 - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951)
    12. I'M TORE UP - Billy Gayles (1956)
    13. A FOOL IN LOVE - Ike & Tina Turner (1960)
    14. IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE - Ike & Tina Turner (1961)
    15. POOR FOOL - Ike & Tina Turner (1961)
    *Ike Turner died on December 12, 2007. He was 76.

    16. GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK - The Isley Brothers (1967)
    17. I'M THE ONE TO DO IT - LaVern Baker (1969)
    18. BOOTY BUTT - Ray Charles (1971)
    19. I'VE GOT DREAMS TO REMEMBER - Otis Redding (1968)
    20. DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? - Gladys Knight & The Pips (1975)
    21. CHRISTMAS IS LOVE - James Brown (1970)
    22. I CAN UNDERSTAND IT - New Birth (1973)
    23. SHAKE SHERRY - The Contours (1962)
    24. THE DAY I FOUND MYSELF - The Honey Cone (1972)
    25. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL - The Dells (1965)
    26. YOU'RE A WONDERFUL ONE - Marvin Gaye (1964)
    27. I'VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG - Frederick Knight (1972)
    28. IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1970)

    Ike Turner Tribute, Part 2:
    29. I'M BLUE - The Ikettes (1962)
    30. GHETTO FUNK - Ike Turner (1969)
    31. BOLD SOUL SISTER - Ike & Tina Turner (1969)
    32. PROUD MARY - Ike & Tina Turner (1971)
    33. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS - Ike & Tina Turner (1973)

    34. HEY SAH-LO-NEY - Mickey Lee Lane (ca. 1964)
    35. HE'S BAD, BAD, BAD - Betty Wright (1968)
    36. NINE-POUND STEEL - Joe Simon (1967)
    37. RAININ' IN MY HEART - Al Green (2003)
    39. BACK STREET - Edwin Starr (1966)
    40. POVERTY - Bobby "Blue" Bland (1966)
    41. SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO - The Supremes (1968)
    42. HEY, WESTERN UNION MAN - Jerry Butler (1968)
    43. THE KNOCKOUT POWER OF LOVE - Bobby Patterson (1969)
    44. LOVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO ME - Janet & The Jays (1967)
    45. MORE THAN I CAN STAND - Bobby Womack (1970)
    46. I DON'T WANT TO DISCUSS IT - Little Richard (ca. 1966)
    47. S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (THE LETTER SONG) - Joe Tex (1966)
    48. DEAR LOVER - Mary Wells (1966)
    Ballad block:
    49. THE MISTLETOE AND ME - Isaac Hayes (1970)
    50. LOVE IS A HURTIN' THING - Lou Rawls (1966)
    51. LOVE IS SO SIMPLE - The Dells (1968)
    52. SIT DOWN AND CRY - Jean Wells (1969)
    53. I WANT A GIRL - The Mad Lads (1966)
    54. CRY TO ME - Betty Harris (1963)
    55. LOVABLE GIRL - James Carr (1967)
    56. ALL I NEED IS TIME - Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
    57. MY CHRISTMAS TREE - The Temptations (1970)
    58. SOUL SERENADE - King Curtis (1964)

    Beat the BILLS!

    Saturday, December 15, 2007

    In appreciation of Ike Turner, RIP...

    No kidding...

    Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

    More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way

    You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone.


    The final four....well, three of them....

    To my surprise this morning, as I started watching The Next Great American Band (taped from last night), I realized that this was the FINALS! Oh well, guess I missed the incredible buildup that swept across America about this show. ANYWAY, to recap, the Final Four are Sixwire, Light of Doom, Clark Brothers, and Denver & the Mile High Orchestra. Host Domenic Bowden explains to us that THE FINALS (do you have goosebumps too?) will consist of the three chosen bands singing three songs each.

    Round 1 (songs chosen by the judges):
    DMHO is the first band selected and performs Earth, Wind & Fire's September selected by Sheila E, who relates that she's personal friends with the members of EW&F. Denver does a good cover version of the song, nothing extraordinary. The Clark Brothers are up next singing Clapton's Change the World, selected by Johnny Goo Goo Doll, and again gave a great, unique performance, the type that separates them from all the other bands in the competition. Then it's time for the elimination and the kids from Light of Doom finally are finally shown the door. Dicko has selected Steely Dan's Reelin' in the Years for Sixwire, who deliver the classic nicely.

    Round 2 (songs selected by FOX, whatever that means):
    This is really, really (have I made my point?) weak, the bands have to endure mediocre selections like Vehicle (Ides of March) for DMHO, Amazed (Lonestar) and the worst, I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan & John Ford Coley). Dreadful. I feel ill.

    Round 3 (songs selected by the bands):
    Last call. DMHO plays The Way You Move Me, an original. It's ok, but this band is caught between being a big band and being hip. It doesn't work. The Clark Brothers choose the gospel song Faith, Faith, Faith that knocked everyone out at the audition, but I'm disappointed (the judges are orgasmic) because I want to hear more from these guys. If there is any justice (not David, on steroids), these guys will win. Sixwire brings the competition to a close with a previously performed original Good To Be Back, kind of their signature song, which they nail.

    So, now we wait until next week to see what happens next. I know it will be a sleepless week for me, how about y'all?

    Previously, on The Next Great American Band:
  • Episode #1 Opening selection show
  • Episode #2 Bob Dylan week
  • Episode #3 Elton John/Bernie Taupin week
  • Episode #4 Billy Joel week
  • Episode #5 Leiber/Stoller week
  • Episode #6 Rolling Stones week
  • Episode #7 Rod Stewart week
    Episode #8 Queen week
  • Friday, December 14, 2007

    I WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am SO excited! What timing! And, as soon as I process my winning ticket per the VERY secret instructions below, I am going to share it with you, my very loyal readers! But PLEASE keep this a secret " avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements." I HATE those unscrupulous elements (and I think you know who you are). Mrs. Jennifer Cantin and I are having lunch next week. It's the least I could do to thank her for this wonderful windfall. Hugs all around!

    Final Results!!!
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    Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away....

    After thoroughly reviewing the Mitchell Report, I noticed certain familiar names deep down that have curiously not been 'outed' in the national media. Perhaps it's because these entertainment giants are untouchable:
  • Johnny Gumbo (hiding behind shades at right)- there were whispers after his extraordinary pool (eight-ball) performance at Ryan's Irish Pub at this year's JazzFest
  • Neil Diamond- First the Caroline Kennedy revelation, now this!
  • Celine Dion- surprising, but the stamina of that broad is superhuman, even if her singing is inhumane.
  • Amy Winehouse- but unknowingly, they were next to the heroin.
  • Noted golfer/soccer goalie Bernie B.- but no proof, he's hightailed it out of town

    OMG, it's Roger Clemens in George's box!!!!!
  • Bad news on the doorstep...

    The Courant's venerable jazz critic reports today that Paul Brown will no longer produce his wonderful Monday Night Jazz Series in Hartford's Bushnell Park. Brown, who wants to focus on playing/teaching, has brought free, outside jazz concerts to Hartford for the past 40 years. He may also be tired of the constant funding grind required to keep the series afloat each summer. Sad. No reports yet whether someone or some organization will try to step in.

    Pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi's Quartet featuring Lew Tabackin on Monday, July 16, 2007
    Rufus Reid on Monday, July 30, 2007

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007

    Who's your daddy?....

    Ike Turner gets the ultimate bitchslap at 76

    Under appreciated as one of the most important musicians to shape early rock 'n roll and vilified for his marital fisticuffs with wife Tina Turner, Ike Turner has died at age 76. Saw him give a fabulous performance in the Blues Tent at the 2005 New Orleans JazzFest, but worried about the wellbeing of his TT stand-in, who screwed up momentarily during one number. When an ambulance passed us as we exited the fairgrounds that day, we wondered if Ike had noted the miscue to her as only he could. - article - All Music Guide - Newsweek

    Email response from Johnny Gumbo in the Great Northwest: From "natural" causes, I presume. Did you read where he was married 14 times? No wonder they kept asking "who's your daddy"!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Again climbing the stairway.....

    "In the days of my youth; I was told what it was to be a man; Now I've reached the age; I've tried to do all those things the best I can; No matter how I try; I find my way to do the same old jam," - article- rave reviews

    Introduction and opening song - Good Times, Bad Times:

    Sunday, December 09, 2007

    Amy, whatcha gonna do?.....

    Winehouse's mother begs her to come home (Reuters)

    The mother of troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse has written a public letter to a British Sunday newspaper pleading with her daughter to come home for help to deal with a series of personal traumas. Last week a distraught Winehouse, who has struggled with drugs and alcohol, was pictured in newspapers (article) wandering the streets of London at dawn in only a bra and jeans. The 24-year-old singer recently cancelled all her remaining planned concerts this year, saying she could not perform while her husband was in custody. - full article

    Saturday, December 08, 2007

    Be careful what you wish for...

    It's late Friday afternoon and snowing, a perfect time to bag the Christmas tree. FIVE MINUTES! A new family record! With the conifer stuffed into the back, The Reet and I slide on over (it's really snowing) to Billy O's English Tavern for a bite to eat, where we meet barkeep Jeff, an acquaintance of GZ's boys (not to be confused with JZ's boyz). Chicken pot pie (packaged, but they will be baking their own pies shortly) and Boddington's for me and a burger/diet coke for the young lady as Jeff relates, with a touch of awe, what a great athlete GZ was in his day. I ask Jeff how he came to know this of the QU hall of famer and he says GZ told him. Not surprised.

    Watched the Celtics destroy injury-riddled Toronto while awaiting G-Man's return from his SHS coaching duties. Upon his return, with the Celts safely in the W column, we renewed our quest to find The Next Great American Band. I started watching this show with high expectations and, though bitterly disappointed with it, I'm going to see it through no matter how bad it gets! G has been on board for the last couple episodes, while Jonathan and The Reet want no part.

    We are down to five bands - Sixwire, The Clark Brothers, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Dot Dot Dot, Light of Doom. Much as I dislike The Dots, it's really time to get these Light of Doom kids off the show. Good, talented kids, but the novelty has run its course. Okay, host Dominic Bowden, who adds little to the show, announces that in addition to covers of Queen (here's the promo), the bands would also be performing original songs. What a concept! Too bad they waited until now (originals were performed in qualifying and the first week, but since then nothing but crappy covers), for bands like Tres Bien and Franklin Bridge would have benefited. But we plod on.

    The Clark Brothers are selected first, showing off the newly-added drummer/bassist per Dicko's suggestion, performing Queen's These are the Days of Our Lives - and nail it. These guys are the most interesting, entertaining band in the competition. It's not only their talent, but their passion and intelligence that separates them from the pack. Their original Homestead, performed in a second round, was uptempo, catchy, but the lyrics (agreeing with Dicko's assessment) were cliched.

    Light of Doom. Shit. We are forced to endure a metal version of We Will Rock You (Freddie must be bummed in his box), then their own A Matter of Time. Not good, the judges kill the poor little bastards. Just make them go away. Please. Next is Sixwire, the most polished group in the competition, doing a great Fat-Bottomed Girls (you make the rockin' world go 'round) and the original Go On that the judges fawned over (Dicko said they found their inner naughty boys, which creeped me out a little). Look, these guys are very good at what they do, I just don't think they do anything unusual. They may win though.

    Who goes, Denver or Dot Dot Dot? Which band gets to practice all week and not get to perform? It's Dot Dot Dot. Hugs all around as DMHO gets to go on, performing Sleeping on the Sidewalk and their own Big White House. I'm feeling guilty about this, but I find them boring now, while the judges, including the extremely annoying Johnny Goo Goo Doll ("it had a little grease on it"), are getting into them more lately.

    Well, we got through another episode. Not sure what lucky composers will be covered next week, but maybe they'll go for something edgy like the Monkees. Or, Great Scott, no covers! Hang in there, it's almost over.

    The Clark Brothers:


    Previously, on The Next Great American Band:
  • Episode #1 Opening selection show
  • Episode #2 Bob Dylan week
  • Episode #3 Elton John/Bernie Taupin week
  • Episode #4 Billy Joel week
  • Episode #5 Leiber/Stoller week
  • Episode #6 Rolling Stones week
  • Episode #7 Rod Stewart week
  • Thursday, December 06, 2007

    Gator got your Grammy....

    The Grammy nominations (110 categories!!!!) have just been announced (complete listing). Below are the two blues (Field 13) categories:

    Category 66- Best Traditional Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental)
  • Pinetop Perkins On The 88's - Live In Chicago Pinetop Perkins [Sagebrush Productions/Vizztone Label Group]
  • Live...And In Concert From San Francisco Otis Rush [Blues Express, Inc.]
  • 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads Kenny Wayne Shepherd Featuring Various Artists [Reprise Records]
  • Old School Koko Taylor [Alligator Records]
  • Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr. & David "Honeyboy" Edwards [The Blue Shoe Project]

    Category 67 Best Contemporary Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental)
  • Into The Blues Joan Armatrading [429 Records]
  • Is It News Doyle Bramhall [Yep Roc Records]
  • The Road To Escondido JJ Cale & Eric Clapton [Reprise Records/Warner Music Group]
  • Truth Robben Ford [Concord Records]
  • The Scene Of The Crime Bettye LaVette [Anti]
  • Wednesday, December 05, 2007

    December in Sawtelleland.....

    Monthly email update from the nerverockers: This is what we’ve got going on the next few days:

  • tonite, wed, feature at billy o’s open mic. Rt 322 near the DQ and truck stop in the Rochambeau (strip) Mall. No cover. Plenty of English food and beverages.
  • Sat 8th: Jitters, rt 10 on the Southington/Plainville line. $5 to get in; tips for us. Coffees/desserts available.
  • Sat/Sun 15+16: J performs in the Nutcracker over at avon old farms school. Email for details.
  • Mon 17th: beatnik 2000 at café nine, state street new haven. This is the star-studded x-mas show although we will be singing no holiday tunes. Sorry. 10pm and free.
  • Next show after that is in april and then another in july.

    We will be finishing up recording our next release (does anyone even care anyway?) in the next few days over at Shandyland Studios. ciao! happy whatever holiday you celebrate.
  • Tuesday, December 04, 2007

    Is it business time for you, baby?...

    From the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords

    Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals.

    Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they've managed to find a manager (whose "other" job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) -- but not much else.

    More Farquahr reflections...

    These comments were recently made to my Fabulous Farquahr post "My eggs don't taste the same without you...":

    From Anonymous - I met Doug and the McGowans back in the early 60's. They were simply known as, "Dougie and the McGowan's" (I think) and would frequently play at the Hofbraus House in New Haven. I worked with Dougie during the day at Dale System - an investigative shopping service in New Haven. We would drive all over the state and Dougie would be in the back seat practicing his songs on his guitar. He was truly talented - he wrote "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)" which was sung by Ral Donner around 1961 and made the top 10. I have many wonderful memories of Dougie, Bobby, Frank and Dennis - The Fabulous Farguahr. Sadly Dennis and Frank are gone and not too long ago Jack, the older brother, passed away. May they all be resting in peace.

    From Frank W. - Frank, Bobby, and Dennis McGowan were good friends (Bobby still is). I got to know them in the old car hobby. We were all partial to Packards from the mid Twenties to the mid Thirties. I also knew Jim Ricker (Buzzard) who was a regular member of the Farquahr. There was another McGowan brother, Jack, who would go with Frank, Bobby and Dennis to the huge old car flea market in Hershey, Pennsylvania, every October. Jack was not otherwise involved in the old cars and he wasn't involved in the band, either. I saw the Fabulous Farquahr perform once and I wish I had seen them more. They were very good and their repertoire was a wonderful mix of good old fashioned, well done folk music and hilarious original material, like "Motel Cloud Nine" which is one of my favorites. Frank gave me a CD of their "From The Top" album and my biggest regret is that I didn't get them to sign it. I think we all often assume our friends will be around forever. Now only Bobby is left. The last time I talked to Bobby he said just the day before he watched the buildings that housed their old car business bulldozed. It's the end of an era.

    Monday, December 03, 2007

    Ice, ice baby...

  • Freefallin' - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been selected to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show - story
  • The Sawtelles will perform at Billy O's English Tavern on Wednesday. Gene and Bonnie, you there?
  • Christine Ohlman (The Beehive Queen) & Rebel Montez at Blackeyed Sally's on Friday night
  • Johnny Gumbo emails that he has found his concert venue in Spokane at Big Easy Concert House. A quick look-see tells us why - on 12/6/07 PFA Ultimate Cage Fighting!
  • Led Zeppelin reunion interview
  • Saturday, December 01, 2007

    Hasta la vista, Tres Bien....what do you mean that doesn't make sense?....

    The tension is unbearable as we count down to The Next Great American Band, with an Australian host and judge. Go figure. So G-man and I tape it while watching the Celts continue their winning ways in Miami, and we can watch this thing in about a half-hour. Sad. Tonight.....Rod Stewart (lookin' mighty hot, at right) songs!

    Right off the bat, we find that Dot Dot Dot will not be eliminated, to my great disappointment, but they deliver a solid effort of Stewart's Young Turks. Danny Ainge-lookalike Denver and his Mile High Orchestra, now called DMHO, follow with Baby Jane. I love that there is a big band in the competition and I'm trying to like these guys, but they haven't delivered anything special after all these weeks, despite trying to funk it up more and more. Sixwire, the most polished band of the bunch, knocks 'em dead with a rousing (annoying Johnny Goo Goo Doll said it was "muscular") Hot Legs. I mention to G that nobody has had the balls, as yet, to tackle Maggie May.

    Down to three and I can't imagine the Clark Brothers not being next. You are correct, Sir. They are my favorite band, three amazing musicians who have consistently taken songs and made them completely their own. Their powerful, understated rendition of You're In My Heart leaves Sheila E so choked up she cannot comment for about two minutes. C'mon, Sheila, suck it UP! Finally, after wiping away the tears, she gushes, "It’s overwhelming what you guys bring here, and this was what my life was about, and that’s why I’m here, and I thank you.” The other judges love them, too. Dicko, in a most surprising moment, suggested that the Clark Brothers consider bringing in additional band members for the remainder of the competition! Seems quite unfair, and unnecessary. But no one else is watching this thing, so who cares?

    Okay, who gets the shaft? Shouldn't be Tres Bien, the clever British Invasion band, but they are no match (in that sea of Middle America voters) against the cute kids from Light of Doom, who then do a servicable Infatuation. Alas, no Maggie May!

    Next week, the music of Celine Dion! Just kidding, it's Queen. I wonder if we will be subjected to We Are the Champions or We Will Rock You or Bohemian Rhapsody? My bet is that the Clark Brothers will do a spectacular You Are My Best Friend. And I bet you just can't wait, can you! If they would just let the bands play originals from this point on, this show would be really worthwhile. - article

    Clark Brothers doing You're In My Heart:

    Sixwire doing Hot Legs:

    Dot Dot Dot doing Young Turks:

    Previously, on The Next Great American Band:
  • Episode #1 Opening selection show
  • Episode #2 Bob Dylan week
  • Episode #3 Elton John/Bernie Taupin week
  • Episode #4 Billy Joel week
  • Episode #5 Leiber/Stoller week
  • Episode #6 Rolling Stones week
  • At Cafe Nine Saturday night...

    I caught The Sawtelles on public access cable (Cox PATV CH15) a couple weeks ago on The Ken Safety Show doing their Bike Paths Across America tour. Pretty funny concept and good music. Venues included Madison's Square Garden, the Hard Rock and the Dog Park, all located along Southington's Rails to Trails path.

    I've been trying unsuccessfully to catch these local musicians (Peter/Julie Riccio) since seeing them at Meriden's Daffodil Festival two years ago. They appear at Cafe Nine on Saturday night (see concert flyer) as part of a tribute to the Byrds' classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. They will be "sawtelle-izing" Life In Prison.