Here's one that's new to me, a radio broadcast of Hollywood Fats live in Monterey, 1980. You need to deal with the annoyance of Zippyshare, but it's worth it.
Andrew is a somewhat recent addition to the Bay Area blues scene. We are very glad to have another excellent drummer here.
I saw Mitch Kashmar in Portland recently with our own AC Porter. That was a bunch of good blues, for sure. I've driven past the venue for years, and would have never...
New songs: No particular songs, but maybe look at some New Orleans stuff; Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Professor Longhair, Snooks Eaglin. They have some different beats, and even their swings have a different feel. Lots of "hooky" songs. Also, Jimmy McCracklin. I used to play "The Walk" for...
"Which upright did you get?"
I got a 1943 Chubby Jackson Kay, converted from a 5-string. I got it from Kedar Roy, so you might have heard it on a west coast blues recording. Kedar is into King Mortone basses these days.
Yep, I'm doing fine in San Jose. I grew up next to a creek, and I swore under a blasted oak at midnight to never buy a house anywhere near a creek. Some friends of mine had to evacuate and got flooded. What was normally a little ol' urban creek turned into a river, really quickly. The...
The only hollow body that I have that squeals has micro-phonic pickups. Nasty. My other hollow bodies don't squeal, they roar, which is truly feedback. Heck, I can feel it; it's like wrestling a German shepherd.
I have the Goya classical guitar that my Dad bought in 1962. I started playing it in 1964. I learned all the solos on the Beano album on it. Well, most of them anyway.
In other news, today I bought an upright bass from Kedar, a 1943 Chubby Jackson Kay. Damn, those notes are far apart.
" I think I had become aware of him via Tom Mazzolini's "Blues By The Bay Show" on KPFA."
Har. To pile on the coincidences, the first time I heard Hollywood Fats, which opened a rather huge door for me, was on Tom's show. You know that situation when you're driving and you reach your...
Here's our little ol' basement jam last weekend. Gary Smith was just... damn. He got us all working. Curious, do ya'll know who Gary Smith is? He had a band out of San Jose way back when in the 70s with some Mike Watson guy on guitar.
"The original Mahavishnu Orchestra in '73, Chicago Auditorium."
I saw that band too, with the same opening. The only trouble was that the nearby yacht harbor broadcast an annoying BEEP every 18 seconds, which came out quite loud and clear from the PA.
I dunno, music is not like food, where you can acquire a taste. At least, that's my experience. I've never had the experience of thinking "meh" or even "yuck" about music, and then learning to like it. I either respond, or I am repelled, and that's that. I have absolutely no motivation to "get,"...