Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Musicians Musician pt.2 STEELY DAN


Steely Dan
incredible in so many ways, Steely Dan is an ever evolving musical and intellectual entity that journeys to the deepest dark corners of the hobo jungle thru the madness and tranquility of endless worlds..
breaking music genre standards, adding intellectuality into the pop
commercial industry fusing jazz with rock and rhythms of the world
changing for no one at no time, never going out of style for these hip
illegitimate children of the Beat Generation. One such as William S.Burroughs novel NAKED LUNCH from which a womans toy
is nicknamed her Steely Dan, and hence their name.
They've evolved from the 70's and are still well respected by musicians and music fanatics worlwide. Every one of their albums were masterpieces in their own right.
Each album is a phenomenal piece of audio engineering and musical compositions that brought out each and every musical instrument/arrangement.
Steely Dan was/is founded by two core members,
Donald Fagan and Walter Becker from the NYC area. Both happened to enjoy playing rock but studied jazz composition which often made their songs a little more difficult to play and coincendetally less commercial..... Their lyrical themes are often mysterious and cryptic, adding to the jazzy sound that they were trying to create.......... for a more in depth history of the band and its lineups click HERE
They set out to L.A. in 1971 with a friend/producer Gary Katz. who just happened to get a staff producer of ABC records.
Photo courtesy of Michael Dobo
Their first albums CANT BUY A THRILL (1972') and
COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY (1973), both hit the streets with a hard rock edge yet melodic
jazzy sound that was soon to prevail as KATY LIED and PRETZEL LOGIC. (74'-75') Their sound was maturing and evolving with incredible, serious and flawless masterpieces like 'Dr. Wu',
'Your Gold Teeth pt.2', 'Kid Charlemagne' and 'The Fez' (a funky little tune about safe sex!)
only getting the listener ready for their ultimate peak with AJA IN 1977 which proves to be their jazziest album yet that features more giants of the jazz world including Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Tom Scott to execute their increasingly complex songs. 1978 "AJA" wins a Grammy award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In July 1978, Fagen and Becker release the title track to the movie "FM" and it reaches #22 on the singles charts

After such an incredible array of works leading up to AJA, they put out GAUCHO in 1980 (which featured a new on the scene Mark Knoppler of DIRE STRAITS) which seemed the end of Steely Dan much to the dismay of the musical aficionados world. That is until 20 years laterwhen they stunned the music industry with a come back album TWO AGAINST NATURE that once again amazed their listening audience, sounding like there was never a break in their musical world. Following theend of the 2000 tour, in December Steely Dan was it was announced that they were finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the ceremonies scheduled for March '01. In February '01 they stunned many (though not most fans) by winning 4 Grammy awards for "Two Against Nature" -- including the top honor for "Album of the Year".Their last album was in 2003 called EVERYTHING MUST GO Recently Steely Dan played with the infamous NPR (National Public Radio) show PIANO JAZZ hosted by a Marianne McPartland McPartland in/around 1994 and the bootleg cd of it floated around amongst the hardcore Dan fans, but the session was recently released this year. (2005) The song selection is not a usual Dan set as they chat about their roots with Marianne and play old jazz standards by greats such as Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael with a few Dan standards of their own thrown into the mix... This is a McPartland release, not a Steely Dan release. But it is an authorized McPartland issue and hence its inclusion here.
To me, its a must have for any avid jazz/Steely Dan fan.
soooooooo......what lies ahead for THE DAN?!?!?..........only time will tell.......

My back to the wall A victim of laughing chance
This is for me The essence of true romance
Sharing the things we know and love
With those of my kind Libations Sensations
That stagger the mind
I crawl like a viper Through these suburban streets
Make love to these women Languid and bittersweet
I'll rise when the sun goes down
Cover every game in town
A world of my own I'll make it my home sweet home
-DEACON BLUES

Sunday, October 09, 2005

happy 65th birthday John Lennon




On the birthday of one of the most inspirational and influential men in all of music and art. I couldnt help but put on my new Alternate Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band on and reminisce about all the things that this man has done and given to the world. Born on October 9, 1940, John Winston Lennon would have been 65 today had he not been shot to death outside of his home in New York City by an assassin that was reportedly a deranged fan, yet political motives were always close at hand.... nearly three hundred pages, John Lennon's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file reveals that he was under "constant surveillance." His apartment was watched, he was followed, and his phone was tapped. The FBI did not keep a particularly low profile around the ex-Beatle, apparently attempting to harass him into silence or at least drive him nuts, similar to the tactic they had used on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just a few short, but eventful years earlier. In late 1972, when the "surveillance" was at its peak, John Lennon told humorist Paul Krassner (and guitarist for Jefferson Airplane) , "Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident." . for an article on the assasination go HERE
His later music often had political motives behind it and he could have truly led a country into 'revolution' if he wanted to.

The Oscar/Hammerstein of pop music, Lennon and McCartney paved the way down the long and winding road(s) of music into such vast directions that were not yet realized or fathomed by the casual listener. There is no doubt that the 'early' Beatles songs/albums (pre 65) had a greater impact on the general public and pop music, but for me it was after The Beatles were turned onto Marijuana by Bob Dylan in late 64' and then LSD in 1965 that their music endeavors had changed directions to later create the masterpieces Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club Band, The White Album, and Abbey Road....their creative processes quietly left the conventional realm for the abstract. Songs like Rain, Tomorrow Never Knows, Got To Get You Into My Life,Revolution #9 (rock and roll meets avant garde) and Its All Too Much brought out subliminal and hidden meanings to unsuspecting listeners.
In early 1968, The Beatles rid themselves of drugs (tepporarily) for the meditation trip with the Maharishi in India. Perhaps the most significant part of this shortlived 'trip' was the introduction of Indian music to western pop and George Harrisons and John Lennons spiritual transformations into the world of Krishna. They also helped turn the world on to mantras and motives of Krishna spirituality in a HUGE way. Beatle George Harrison donated a 23-acre property just outside London to the group. (The estate, in the town of Watford, is now known as Bhaktivedanta Manor and has been expanded to 80 acres.) John Lennon hosted the guru for two weeks at his ansion in Tittenhurst, England.

The Beatles constanly pushed boundries in their music and art and even cencorship boundries, first with their album cover 'Yesterday and Today' with the Beatles, dressed in butchers' smocks, adorned with slabs of raw red meat, glass eyeballs, false teeth, and nude, decapitated dolls, posing with sickly, sadistic leers on their faces. and later Lennons first solo album (after the demise of The Beatles in 69') Two Virgins with new wife Yoko Ono standing naked on the front. I believe the album was sold with a paper bag over it. (to rid the public of the shame and humility that comes so often while looking at the naked body?) even today with the internet, it is still censored on many websites. John continued to put out great albums for 10 years after The Beatles and was coming home from the recording studio when he was shot. He also painted alot and his exhibits still show up in cities across the globe. He is dearly missed and will forever be remembered in his music and his art. heres to you John-cheers!
Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream,It is not dying, it is not dying..Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void,It is shining, it is shining.Yet you may see the meaning of within It is being, it is being. Love is all and love is everyone ...It is knowing, it is knowing. And ignorance and hate mourn the dead....It is believing, it is believing But listen to the colour of your dreams It is not leaving, it is not leaving...So play the game "existence" to the end,Of the beginning, of the beginning - Tomorrow Never Knows

Sunday, October 02, 2005

bob dylan no direction home


Bob Dylan, the man, the myth, the writer,
folk singer, the rocker, the poet, the beat,
the prose, the hero...........
this single man has done more for music than
one can fathom. In celebration of the release of
his new documentary No Direction Home,
I must share my recollections and inspirations
from the depths of this fellow
musician/singer/songwriter. First off, the new
documentary, which was produced by Martin Scorsese
is great (he did The Bands Last Waltz, Gangs of New York
and Goodfellas) Many of the video clips of Dylan and
The Band on his 1966 European tour were from the
bootleg video EAT THIS DOCUMENT.
This is the classic tour with all of the Europeans
booing him and The Band, calling him a 'sellout'
and even 'JUDAS!" In which he responds "how could you!?"

Perhaps it was because i grew up in a time where heavy metal music flourished and rock music was almost scoffed and folk music was never even considered....perhaps it was the pathological anti-authoritarian in me that caused me fall into his music like the snake to the snake charmer. Though i deeply respected his earlier solo acoustic albums, (probably because i learned to play music on an acoustic guitar) it was his 65-75 albums that were the most powerful. Highway 61, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline (w/the late Johnny Cash), Blood On The Tracks and Desire to me was his best decade of musical directions and meanderings. The 1975 Rolling Thunder Review tour (represented on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5) was an extremely powerful tour with a kalidascope of acts such as Joan Baez, Rambling Jack Elliot, Mick Ronson (played with Bowie and The Stones) and a wonderful Scarlet Riviera on electric violin....even Beat poet Allen Ginsberg joined the circus (Allen was also in his old black and white video Subteranean Homesick Blues (to me this is the first RAP song, think about it!) No Direction Home is a wonderful piece of work spanning from his early pilgrimage from North Dakota to NYC searching out Woody Guthrie, to his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, to when he plugged in in 1965 to his tour with The Band in 1966 where shortly after his arrival back in the United States, he get into a bad motorcycle accident. It also contains footage from a previous document called Dont Look Back.

Ever since Bob Dylan turned The Beatles on to marijuana, the music world was never the same. Both Dylan and The Beatles were to change the face of music and bring about bold new beginnings to rock and roll. Weather or not you like Dylans love/hate vocals, one cannot deny the power of his songwriting and lyrics and he will still remain one the most covered musicians in society.
Old lady judges watch people in pairs, limited in sex, they dare to push fake morals, insult and stare, while money doesn't talk, it swears obscenity, who really cares propaganda, all is phony. While them that defend what they cannot see with a killer's pride, security It blows their minds most bitterly for them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyardsFalse gods, I scuff at pettiness which plays so rough walk upside-down inside handcuffs kick my legs to crash it off say okay, I have had enough what else can you show me?And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine but it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Gathering Of The Vibes

GATHERING OF THE VIBES
for the lowdown of this years vibes
click here

ahhhh my dirty hippie utopia.... this is THE hippest jamband music festival in the north east of the USA. I would live here at Indian Lookout Point just outside of Albany NY if i could. I have seen and met more great bands and musicians here than anywhere else. The communal family scene here is magical. 'strangers meeting strangers, just to shake their hand' Ive been going since Phil & Friends played in 2002. when the festival is not going on, the website has a large online community disscusion board.

from left to right: tony trishka, vassar clemmons, sam bush, peter rowan and bryn bright.

tony was bela flecks banjo teacher
sam is a pioneer of fusion jazz/rock/bluegrass
peter played with the father of bluegrass...a mr. bill monroe
vassar and peter played in a band with jerry garcia and david grisman called Old & In The Way.



This is a picture i took of vassar backstage at vibes 04'.
He was such a genuine soul and wonderful violinist.
Vassar gave in to his battle with cancer and died
in his home in Tennessee on August 16th 2005





Del McCoury and the boys.......
Ronnie McCoury -mandolin
Rob McCoury- banjo
Jason Carter-fiddle







Jamie Mansfield from
Jazz Mandolin Project







Railroad Earth
these guys are awesome...an up and coming band soon to be BIG if they keep up the good work!







New Orleans Radiators

vibes 04'

vibes 04' saturday night all star funk jam with New Orleans George Porter on Bass and vocals (from The Meters) w/ Deep Bannana Blackout horns.

Bob Weir and Ratdog headlined on Friday night and former Grateful Deads' singer Donna Godchaux-MacKay showed up to help on a couple of numbers.....It was afterall a Jerry Garcia tribute weekend to commemorate 10 years since the passing of his death....and what a tribute!!! many of jerrys compadres and fellow musicians showed up to celebrate the fat man and his musical directions.

David Nelson and Dark Star Orchestra during the jerry tribute.

"Never had such a good time in my life
before
I'd like to have it one time
more
One good ride from start to
end
I'd like to take that ride again. Again!"

















Sunday, September 18, 2005

when the going gets weird, the weird turns pro....


hmmmm....my own website eh? no telling what kind of random acts of kindness
and senseless acts of beauty that might emerge from the depths of my mind.......
this is dedicated to all of lifes teachers, whomever they might be,
but especially the musicians and journalist/writers whos words and sounds
have changed the lives of countless people.

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.
Some kind of high powered mutant never even
considered for mass production.
Too weird to live, and too rare to die."
-Hunter S. Thompson

" it never got weird enough for me."


click here for an article of Dr. Thompsons suicide

"No More Games. No More bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt."



"Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs - unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times." -Dr. H.S.Thompson




Photo:
Jack Keroauc and William S. Burroughs......pioneers of the Beatnik writing which is often compared to jazz improvisations and meters.

"Great things are not accomplished by those
who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. "

"If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime. "- Jack Keroauc

List of Essentials: Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy Submissive to everything, open, listening Try never get drunk outside yr own house Be in love with yr life Something that you feel will find its own form Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind Blow as deep as you want to blow Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind The unspeakable visions of the individual No time for poetry but exactly what is Visionary tics shivering in the chest In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition Like Proust be an old teahead of time Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye Write in recollection and amazement for yourself Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea Accept loss forever Believe in the holy contour of life Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind Dont think of words when you stop but to see pictures better Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it Bookmovie is th movie in words, the visual American form In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better You're a Genius all the time Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven -J.Kerouac

Allen Ginsberg was one of the first people to challenge censorship and freedom of speech and press with his epic poem HOWL......for the full poem, click here > Ginsberg for a detailed report of the 1959 court hearings go to http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/life/fall1998/degrazia/




from left to right: Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac,David Amram, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso (with back to camera)


The prosecutor in the Howl case was Ralph McIntosh, whose earlier targets included nudist magazines and Howard Hughes' sensual Jane Russell movie The Outlaw. But Allen's poem took McIntosh beyond his depth. He could not understand the poem, except for the dirty words, and neither literary critic Mark Schorer, the defense's main witness, nor Judge Horn, who tried the case without a jury, would help him out.
RALPH McINTOSH: I presume you understand the whole thing, is that right? MARK SCHORER: I hope so. It's not always easy to know that one understands exactly what a contemporary poet is saying . . . RALPH McINTOSH: Do you understand what "angel headed hipsters burning for the ancient connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night" means? MARK SCHORER: Sir, you can't translate poetry into prose. That's why it's poetry. RALPH McINTOSH: In other words, you don't have to understand the words. MARK SCHORER: You don't understand the individual words taken out of their context. You can no more translate it back into logical prose English than you can say what a surrealistic painting means in words, because it's not prose . . . I can't possibly translate, nor, I am sure, can anyone in this room translate the opening part of this into rational prose. RALPH McINTOSH: Your Honor, frankly I have only got a batch of law degrees. I don't know anything about literature. But I would like to find out what this is all about. It's like this modern painting nowadays, surrealism or whatever they call it, where they have a monkey come in and do some finger painting.
When McIntosh tried to get Schorer to admit that some of the "obscene" terms Allen used could "have been worded some other way," Judge Horn intervened: "It is obvious that the author could have used another term but that's up to the author to decide." Judge Horn was not prepared to let policemen or prosecutors mess around with Allen's artistic freedom, nor to let an expert witness be browbeaten. Other defense witnesses also racked up points on Allen's side...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

the music never stopped.....The Grateful Dead



"They're a band beyond description
Like Jehovah's favorite choir.
People joinin' hand in hand
While the music plays the band.
Lord, they're setting us on fire.
"


GRATEFUL DEAD

Well for me this is where it all began as a young lad. My first experience seeing these guys at RFK stadium in 1990 (with a very beutiful and talented Edie Brickell opening the set!)
forever transformed the way i saw and heard music forever. They turned me onto realms of music that was foreign to my naive white suburbean brain. Jazz improvisations, bluegrass, african and new orleans rythms, disonance, melodic synchopations, lyrical revelations and the AWARENESS of vibrations both negative and positive........that along with the vast variety of colors, sounds, 'tastes no tounge can know' and pleasant herbs, aromas and essential oils that tantalize the olfactory senses...its like an orgy of the senses.
It would lead me well on my way of the bohemian lifestyle of spontaneous improvisation and travels to where ever my feet would lead me on.
But slowly the demise of the band was evident..
especially in the late 80's and 90's
The crowds of so called peace loving hippies grew unruly
and UNKIND kids everywhere were creating violence
like crashing the gates, stomping cops to get into shows, people selling out their own kind to the feds,
trashing the environment etc.etc. (a far cry from the
peace and love and Acid Tests of the early 60's)

'one way or another this darkness has got to give'
and it did, but it was in the form of the Fat Man dying.
(aka Jerry Garcia, singer,lead guitarist,banjo, pedal steel)

it was the straw that broke the camels back ...

what to do? where to go?

it seems that the inevitable was at hand... all the older heads (myself included) joined the rat race with a late start...trying just to get by with a conciousness that was/is less than the 'norm'.

The Grateful Dead were not only pioneers of their sound, but also pioneers of the recording industry and the now known 'jamband' scene. They were the ones that popularized live recordings and allowed the 'free' trading and taping of all of their concerts. They preferred to be recorded live instead of the artificial settings of a recording studio. (much like earlier jazz musicians did) And so did their listeners...myself included (ive probably got at least a few hundred live shows!), which is why many deadheads are bootleg collectors..
even some of their best released albums (Live Dead (69') Anthem of The Sun (68') which infused both studio and live stuff) and One from The Vault (76') for starters.....though 2 studio albums that stand out above the rest to myself and a many heads' are Workingmans Dead and American Beauty which to this writer are masterpieces that cannot be denied.

Now in the computer age, all of the tape traders traded in our magnetic media (8tracks, reel to reels, vhs, and cassettes) for the cheaper, higher quality, more efficient cds and dvd's.
Anyone interested in hearing some free shows needs only to click on a few of my web links for the chance to listen to incredible SBD (soundboard) or AUD (audience) recordings.....
soundboard recordings are recorded from the soundboard and are of the highest audio quality. audience recordings are recorded from the a member of the audience and can sound poor to very good. (but never as good as a soundboard recording in this authors opinion!)

AHHHH LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
but they will never roll for me as good as it did from 1990-95 when i followed the Dead from around Philadelphia, N. Jersey, Maryland, NYC, Boston MASS, VT through the south in KY, TN, GA, AL, AK, FL to the mid east in Chicago IL, IN, OH (then off to the rainbow gatherings in Colorado) to the great west... Vegas NV(not so great) southern to northern California (great redwood forests and the drive thru tree, to the rainforests of Oregon and the clear cutting trees of Washington...where in seattle the mayor has his own Barleywine....

and all those years i helped kick start the
micro brew revolution, by selling and
thereby sampling hundreds of the worlds finest beers,
all the while I was helping to shape our
poor countries homoginized taste buds!!
in the words of homer simpson...
' mmmmmmmmm...beeeeeerrrr'
It all rolls into one
and nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can holdfor very long
And when you hear that song
come crying like the wind
it seems like all this life was just a dream
stella blue




Friday, September 16, 2005

The musicians musician...THE BAND




The Band

The musicians musicians. While all of the pop audiences were listening to whatever the commercial radio stations fed them in the 60's & 70s (just like today!), the musicians were digging THESE cats. The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead, and countless others were listening to these hip cats. Bob Dylan liked these guys enough that when he decided to go electric in 1966, he recruited The Band as his backup band. He was also one of the people who helped name them The Band

These four Canadians and a southern boy helped shape the world of music. They were influenced by blues, classical, gospel, jazz ragtime and swing, folk, country as well as R&B and it showed in their musical compositions. Each of them were multi instrumentalists. Their sound is truly unique. Their vocal harmonies wonderfully dynamic. At first it can be difficult to figure out who's singing which verse on the songs that trade off verses.
For more info, sounds and history on The Band, visit their website at
http://theband.hiof.no

Bass player, Rick Danko was one of the originators
of funk bass as can be heard in
'Dont Do It" and 'King Harvest. He also played the violin and his singing was as pure as the driven snow.....
December 10, 1999, his heart finally gave out, and he died in his sleep. His death hit me harder than any musicians death (except Mr. Jerry Garcia)

And speaking of singing as pure as the
driven snow, Richard Manuel , singer and pianist
(and sometimes drums, harmonica and even Jews harp)
for The Band brought a humbleness, creativity and originality that .
his voice poured out so much soul that it often sent shivers up and down my spine. He is one of the only people I know that Bob Dylan would let sing his songs while Dylan was on stage. Richards emotions and addictions finally got the best of him and he decided to hang himself after a show
on March 4, 1986.


Garth Hudson, the music teacher and organist
(and sometimes pianist, saxophonist and accordianist)
gave to the band a truly unique sound that were sometimes
likened to carnival music.
With roots heavily
in jazz, his melodic solos helped shape the sound of
the band


Levon Helm, the drummer, mandolin, and scratchy
lead vocalist gave The Band a touch of the
Mississippi Delta. A down home, southern
country boy, his voice
was the lead vocals in such numbers as
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and The Weight.

Robbie Robertson, guitarist, song writer and often band leader helped lead The Band in their travels. In 1976 after 16 years of touring in one form or another, he decided to call it quits with one last concert on thanksgiving day, with a little help from their friends. The album/movie (which was directedby Martin Scorsese) called
The Last Waltz



To me, this is one, if not the greatest and pivotal musical documentaries ever recorded. With guest musician the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Hawkins, The Staples Singers, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr and beat poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure.....and a 38 piece orchestra...it must have been one hell of a party!! The concert which was put on by none other than Bill Graham at his infamous Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco CA

From the book Bill Graham Presents:
(a fantastic book, this guy did more for the world of music than one could possibly fathom!!)
BILL:
"First, I concerned myself with serving all these people food. A buffet for fifty four hundred people. We had two hundred-twenty turkeys weighing almost six thousand pounds. Five hundred extra turkey legs that weighed six hundred pounds. Stuffing made from seventy bunches of parsley, five hundred pounds of onions, and five hundred pounds of celery sauteed in a hundred pounds of butter mixed with three hundred and fifty pounds of croutons, five quarts of garlic, ten quarts of sage, and one quart of thyme. Ninety gallons of sauce made from drippings. Forty crates of lettuce for the salad. Twenty gallons of salad dressing. Eighteen cases of cranberries. Two thousand pounds of peeled yams. Three hundred pounds of Nova Scotia salmon donated by Louis Kemp and Bob Dylan. Six thousand bread rolls. A hundred pounds of butter patties. For dessert, four hundred pounds of pumpkin pie as well as four hundred pounds of mincemeat. Rock and Roll's last supper."


The Band, along with the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers played a concert on
July 28 1973 Live at Watkins Glen NY (not far from their home in Woodstock NY) for a record 600,000 people! Again another fantastic show put on by Bill Graham. Unfortunately like their performance at Woodstock in 1969, the skys tried to rain on everybodys parade....everybody in the Band except Garth ran for cover. Garth continued to entertain the audience with his carnival like organ solo untill the rain died down a little. To much dismay, the reel to reel recordings of this concert were mostly damaged and ruined leaving not much SBD audio history of this event (though there are a few audience recordings out there.). A few of the tunes did make it to a compilation called The Band Live at Watkins Glen (kind of misleading) which is excellent.

Each of the musicians in The Band have greatly influenced my musical endeavors in countless ways. I first saw reconstruction or The Band (minus Robbie) at the Philadelphia Folk Festival back in 1995...........
In 2000, while working at The Stonecoast Brewery, Levon Helm and the Barn burners
showed up to play a gig in our upstairs intimate atmosphere and I had the pleasure to meet a then recovering from throat cancer, Levon Helm. A cruel act of irony as Levon is the last remaining singer of The Band. Garth still plays as a session musician and In 1994, Robbie
Robertson returned to his roots, teaming with the Native American group the Red Road Ensemble for Music for The Native Americans, a collection of songs composed for a television documentary series. Contact From the Underworld of Redboy followed in 1998.














"Saw a man with the jinx in the third degree
From trying to deal with people--people you can't see
Take away, take away, this house of mirrors
Give away, give away, all the souvenirs
We're all in the same boat ready to float off the edge of the world..The flat old world
The street is a sideshow from the peddler to the corner girl Life is a carnival--it's in the book
Life is a carnival--take another look"