Sunday, July 28, 2013

After midnight, he's gonna let it all hang out...

R.I.P. J J Cale, dead at 74 (story)

JJ Cale: Why Neil Young Called Him ‘The Best Electric Guitar Player I Ever Heard’ (article)

(Per Wikipedia) - Cale was born on December 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. Along with a number of other young Tulsa musicians, Cale moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where he first worked as a studio engineer. Finding little success as a recording artist, he later returned to Tulsa and was considering giving up the music business until Clapton recorded Cale's "After Midnight" in 1970. His first album, Naturally, established his style, described by Los Angeles Times writer Richard Cromelin as a "unique hybrid of blues, folk and jazz, marked by relaxed grooves and Cale's fluid guitar and laconic vocals. His early use of drum machines and his unconventional mixes lend a distinctive and timeless quality to his work and set him apart from the pack of Americana roots-music purists." In 2013 Neil Young remarked that of all the musicians he had ever heard, J.J. Cale and Jimi Hendrix were the two best electric guitar players. (more)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A quick five for The Hump...

  1. Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters at Mohegan Sun Arena
  2. Walk a comfortable eighteen holes at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY or settle for a quick nine at Southington CC with post-round drinks at the Back Nine Tavern.
  3. Sext with NY mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner.  Mr. Weiner and you can exchange sexy messages/naughty images under his sexy moniker, Carlos Danger.
  4. The Sam Vinci Orchestra at Southington Music on the Green
  5. Watch the Yankees drill new Texas Ranger acquisition, Matt Garza while writing a thank you note to Ryan Braun for his heartfelt apology for being such a dirtbag.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just a stranger on the bus trying to make His way home...

Joan Osborne singing Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den on Friday Night
(per Wikipedia) -Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues and country. She is best known for her song "One of Us". She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Osborne is currently a member of Trigger Hippy, along with Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac, Jackie Greene, and Nick Govrik. Her album Bring It On Home was released on March 27, 2012. It is a collection of vintage blues and soul covers, and it received a 2013 Grammy Awards nomination for Best Blues Album. In September 2012, Osborne was featured in a campaign called ″30 Songs / 30 Days″ to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.

(this is a June 23rd version of her singing Tupelo Honey)

Monday, July 15, 2013

July Sawtelles...

been awhile. today if it stops raining you can find us at the west river water fest, new haven. 1:30p

later on today we'll be up at luthier's co-op easthampton ma w/lys guillorn and the grimm generation. free show, 7pm

sunday, tomorrow, we'll be at klekolo, court st m'town 4p for the "take back the park" event put on by mike arafeh. music all day today and tomorrow!

next sat 20th is our annual sawtelles b'day show at neverending books, state st new haven 7p. J will be drumming for zoo front and big al howard will be making an appearance at the show as well. we're super excited for this lineup. free all ages and there'll be some sort of junk to eat. feel free to bring what it is you drink as well as any tasty tidbits you'd like to share.

fri 26th we'll be at the west end farmers' market, cor of farmington ave and so. whitney, htfd. 4p.

sat 27th we'll be at MCC on Main, manchester CC. 6 people/5 bands and we're in 3 of them. Julie Beman's Dress-Ups and Tonebanks also playing! so you get them and then small doses of poptelles, schoolsafetypatrol and sawtelles. there might be some group action happening if we can do some rehearsal time.

tues 30th we're back at the newtown farmers' market, at the fairfield hills campus. the town hall is right across the street from the market.

go to for more specific info.

happy summer y'all! P+J

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hoping for the best for the troubled, very sick Randy Travis...

On July 7, 2013, Randy Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy. His condition is classified as critical.

Top 10 Randy Travis songs.

Hard livin' country boy stuff (Wikipedia)
On August 7, 2012, police in Grayson County, Texas responded to a call that an unclothed man was lying in the road. Police reported that they arrived to find Travis unclothed and smelling of alcohol. Police say that Travis crashed his car in a construction zone, and that when they attempted to apprehend him, Travis threatened the lives of the officers. Travis was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated and retaliation against law enforcement officials. He posted bail in the amount of $21,500. Earlier in the same evening, just prior to the DUI arrest, Travis allegedly walked into a Tiger Mart convenience store naked, demanding cigarettes from the cashier, who in turn called the authorities. According to the store clerk, Travis left the store upon realizing he did not have any money to pay for the cigarettes.

Travis's troubles continued, as on August 24, 2012, police in Plano, Texas, cited him for simple assault after responding to an early morning call stating that two men were fighting outside an unnamed church. Both men were reportedly taken to the hospital following the incident, with one witness stating that Travis appeared to be "extremely intoxicated".

On August 25, 2012, a pickup truck registered to Travis was found wrecked and abandoned in a field in Frisco, Texas.  On January 31, 2013, Travis pleaded guilty to his August accident and received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence

Sunday, July 07, 2013

John Mayer tour opening set list...

"Queen of California"
"Something Like Olivia"
"Waiting on the World to Change"
"Paper Doll"
"I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)"
"Waiting on the Day"
"Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad"
"Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"
"Free Fallin'"
"Half of My Heart"
"Born and Raised"
"Dear Marie"
"If I Ever Get Around to Living"
"The Age of Worry"
"Speak For Me"
"Who Says"
"A Face to Call Home"

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy Birthday, America!...

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all gone to look for America"

The "I've got mine" mentality.  Amazing how some things have changed so little since 1960!

Cashman & West's ode to the decaying American city

And, of course, there is...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Muggy Tuesday morning trail mix...

Fake Fur (Calexico) The Black Light
Budo (Miles Davis) Birth of the Cool
Letter From Home (Eddie Jefferson) Letter From Home
Johnny Cool Man (Low Cut Connie) Get Out the Lotion
Autumn Serenade (John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
I'm Down to My Last Cigarette (k.d. lang) Shadowland
Lonesome When You Go (Mary Lou Lord) Live City Sounds
I Believe (Stevie Wonder) Talking Book
Love Needs a Heart (Jackson Browne) Running on Empty
It's So Easy (Paul Mccartney) Rave On Buddy Holly
Just Like a Woman (Richie Havens) Mixed Bag
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (Dinah Washington) The Swingin' Miss D
Someday We'll Meet Again (The Royals) A Million Dollars Worth of Doo Wop