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NOTES – NORWAY – SWEDEN Sep 18 - Oct 2, 2010
Sep 29, 2010 - ARRIVING IN KIRUNA
Ronny & a friend drove the band back to Lulea. BIG THANKS! Then it
was a beautiful, most comfortable & relaxing train ride 4 hours north
to Kiruna – the ore mining town – also home to the famous
Ice Hotel & FAR MORE IMPORTANT, THE WILLY CLAY BAND!!! We arrived
just past 2:00 PM.
YVONNE (Orjan's wife & my dear friend since last year), picked us
up at the train.. so GREAT to see you, Yvonne!!
We are staying at a very cool place, THE ARCTIC EDEN.. cool & perfect
– with it's authentic local Indian décor & artifacts
(each room a design treasure) - except… I can't open a window…
a big thing for me - & NO controlled ventilation!!!! Ouch!! It's a
good thing I have my fan. John would say later it was a problem for him
as well – otherwise this place is AWESOME!
VENUE – THE TRADGARN
So good to see Bjorn's wife SARAH & 2 year old son (HAPPY BIRTHDAY
OLAF!!!!). He is soooo cute!!! I loved watching him run around during
sound check – Mostly running to poppa Bjorn!!
BIG THANKS FOR YOUR HELP WITH THE EQUIPMENT, JOAKIM.. & thanks for
the kind words later!
Great to see my old friends, Arthur & Louise, who own & operate
this warm, great place.
I've been looking forward to this for a while. Hope to see the boys, 4
year old twins, Emil & LEON, next time. They can run around during
my show, anytime!
As Simon was opening I was outside taking care of some NY business by
phone, but from what I saw, he made his usual VG connection.
Then we began – again, with a short 50 minute set, followed by a
long one. The band was great tonight. Orjan & John played some awesome
solos, & the audience showed their appreciation, erupting in applause
here & there. And Bjorn & Tony were so soulful all night.. &
their solo on Wild Thing was so fun & cool. THE NEW UKRAINIAN'S (The
band's new name), were on fire tonight!!!! Way to go boys!!
I loved playing all the stories & songs of YONKERS NEW YORK songs,
BASTARD BROTHERS & HEY JONNY & all. The stories are what totally
connects me to the audience & they change from day to day as other
things creep into memory. And I loved singing the "best of"
songs, like I NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT
But this was MEAN BASTARD night!!!! I've been waiting for this for a long
Here's the story:
Orjan asked me to write a song in preparation for the dark days. In case
you don't know – there is about 2 months of total darkness from
mid-Dec to mid-February but the dark creeps in strong starting in November.
So, at Orjan's request I wrote "I KNOW DARK", which, from now
on, - on NOVEMBER 1st - will hopefully welcome the time of year when the
sun starts to disappear.
Note: this was among the 15 songs we recorded 2 weeks ago in Halden, Norway.
The song has a serious "La, La chorus". I rehearsed it with
the audience. Then the song began – and it was chilling from top
to bottom – and the chorus sounded like we all were in church –
and that's where we were – in Arthur & Louise's church.
Here are the lyrics:
I KNOW DARK
I know dark – I know that dark
He's a mean bastard – uh.. huh
When he comes to town – he don't make a sound
He just sneaks around - He's a mean bastard
Singing .. la, la, la, la, la – la la - no, no, no
La, la, la, la, la – la la – let my people go
I know light - I know that light
She's a sweet sister – uh..huh
But she's gone again – (when) her flame went dim
That's when Dark slipped in - He's a mean bastard
Singing .. la, la etc… no, no, no
La, la etc – let my people go
As the shadows fell – on the Ice hotel – dark cast his spell
He's a mean bastard
Let the candles burn – let then shine so bright
"Till it's day for night – for that mean bastard
Singing .. la, la, la, la, la – la la - no, no, no
La, la, la, la, la – la la – let my people go.
Aside from "I KNOW DARK" and the YONKERS songs, I loved THE
WAY OF IT tonight. There is a total connection again & again with
At the shows end, Yvonne requested HOLY SHIT – which I performed
in solidarity with the prisoners. Thanks Yvonne, this was so reverent
& chilling – I loved playing this tonight. A rockin' I WASN'T
BORN IN TENNESSEE ended it.
Great to be back in Willy Clay territory. I LOVE this place & the
people. I look at it as the Swedish YONKERS. There is such good "heart"
See you all soon!
BIG HI TO:
SO GOOD TO SEE YVONNE & BIG HI TO BJORN'S mother, Marie.. so good
to see you again!!!.. hi to Johana.. & LOVE.. nice to see you …
good luck with your music, LOVE… best with your awakening Johana..
OK … let's see what tomorrow brings…
BIG HELLO TO TONY, lead singer & songwriter of the WILLY CLAY band
… & lovely girlfriend, Malin… thanks so much for coming
by, Tony… Malin… look forward to seeing you again.
Note: C'mon Tony .. the world needs the Will Clay thing… get to
HI ASTA.. (front row!!) .. great to see you tonight!!! .. see you soon!!
HI REINE & MATTHIAS.. don't forget the train song!!! .. look forward
to that.. not sure about the BIG SPEAKER REPEAT.., or whatever that was..
it's probably good & cool .. but I'm pretty sure about the TRAIN thing
.. so get to work .. & count me in!!
Hi Kent .. good to see you!!! .. hope to see your dogs .. & more important
.. your kids next time!!!
HI ROBIN… great talking to you!! .. best with your graffiti art
.. and all else .. you're a great guy!!
So sorry friends Arne & Cecilia couldn't make it .. hope to see you
Thanks JOAKIM for helping with the sound… great to see you!! …
Hi Pelle (with the George Strait T-Shirt).. nice talking with you.. &
you AKE .. thanks to both of you for the kind words..
Hi Freddy, Reine (& friend & songwriter, Matthias).. good luck
with your songs.. see you soon!! ..
GREAT TO SEE REETTE & JONNI (soo pretty) & "friend"
, MAGNUS… what a great guy!! .. so good to talk to you!!! .. thanks
for the nice words!!
So good to wind down with you, Louise .. & Arthur.. best with your
renovation.. hope to welcome in the dark with you next year!!!
And to all the others.. big thanks from me & the boys for a special
See you soon!
Sep 28, 2010 – HEADING FOR PITEA
We are picked up at the hotel at noon by a two-car caravan for our short
(less than one hour) journey – slightly south along the Baltic sea
– to the friendly, warm (not necessarily in temperature) sea town
I ride in the shotgun seat, with the ruggedly handsome and graying booker
/ proprietor of our Pitea venue (KROKODIL), a guy named Ronny. The conversation
with this stoic - seemingly very shy fellow, goes as follows:
After 3 or 4 four minutes:
Me: "So you booked us at the venue tonight?"
Ronny (almost whispering): "yes."
Then a minute or two of silence – then
Me: " Is it your place?"
Ronny (slowly): "Yes"
Then silence for another few minutes.. then
Me: "Are you by any chance a musician"
Ronny (several seconds later -still almost in a gruff whisper): "Yes…
A singer-songwriter" .. then continuing after a delay of another
several seconds, "I don't play an instrument"
I digested what he said for a minute or so (thus far, about 20 minutes
have passed), & then I responded
ME: " Is that how you make your living?"
After several seconds pause he answered.
Ronny: "No" … then after another several second pause
he said ……….
"I'm a comedian."
Oh man! I about fell on the floor! That was one of the strangest and most
enjoyable (and finally funniest) conversations I've had in recent memory!
And for the rest of the journey, I got a fuller look at the life and character
of Ronny Eriksson, who I find out rather quickly is a rather famous and
loved political comedian in Sweden.
ARRIVING AT "THE CITY HOTEL: in Pitea.
What a wonderful place to stay – old character, with elegant living
quarters, dining rooms, bars etc. And a great, kind staff!! This is our
favorite hotel of the trip, thus far.
SOUNDCHECK at the KROKODIL
Ronny and wife Ulla's venue is only a few-minute walk from our hotel.
What a great place. Housed in a very old smallish corner structure on
a walking street two blocks from the Baltic sea, the venue has two main
rooms – one for the music (holding about 125 people) – and
one, a little store that sells - aside from coffee, sandwiches, candy
and cakes - the most interesting precious merchandise (baskets, miniature
moving vehicles cars, wagons, trucks etc.), hand bags etc. – all
made from scraps by the poor folks in third world countries.
What a warm, wonderful vibe surrounds this place, managed by new friend,
Ronny, his wife, Ula & young son, Joseph.
BY THE WAY: THANKS TO AN AMAZING ARTICLE IN THE MAIN PITEA NEWSPAPER (PITEA-TIDNINGEN),
by journalist ANDERS SANDLUND the show is totally sold out! HUGE THANKS
The stage is small, but large enough to just fit the band in comfortable
fashion. A good guy and pro soundman, Hakan, has us sound checked and
ready in minutes. BIG THANKS HAKAN!
DINNER AT THE CITY HOTEL
Oh, was this awesome. Tony Leone and I had the salmon. The rest of the
band had meat dishes or pasta. Everyone raved.
Again Simon opened and connected and we were on stage right behind him
for our first set.
This was an amazing audience – totally with us from the start. I
felt so comfortable, that I went deeper into the YONKERS NEW YORK stories
than ever before. I can't remember having a better time on stage. And
the band felt the same thing & played so inspired tonight!
We totally connected with BASTARD BROTHERS, SWEET TEQUILA BLUES, HEY JONNY
and the new Jill Johnson duet FOREVER GOING UNDERGROUND brought big, long
applause. ANGEL OF THE MORNING, at the end of the set, was totally chilling.
But the thing I remember most was somewhere in the middle of the set.
I told the story of meeting Ronny – similar as I told it above -
and the audience roared! At that point I felt like I was totally, "one
of them" And that's the way I felt for the entire night.
We started with the audience singing along with DANCE WITH JESUS, then
shifted gears to a prisoner favorite, I NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT. The
boys played so killer on this one. I had total chills.
Then it was off to THE CHAT & CHEW (the nightclub in ARDSLEY, NY back
in the 50's) with SAW MILL RIVER ROAD – with it's BIG RIVER and
ENDLESS SLEEP interludes – then the full BIG RIVER which felt so
good and country and cool. I think Johnny Cash would have loved it.
Next came the song that Johnny Cash recorded of mine, CLEAN YOUR OWN TABLES
– inspired by last night's request from my journalist friend Rolf
Nilsen from Lulea - which had the audience singing along & brought
great response. THANKS ROLF – thanks to you, I think that song may
be a permanent fixture from now on!!
After that great fun, came another one of the major highlights of this
tour. It was a performance (with total audience participation & reverence)
of a song that I recently wrote - at the request of Orjan Maki - which
"celebrates" the coming of the ominous dark days. The song is
"I KNOW DARK", and tonight it was so, so chilling.
This warm audience quickly learned the "La La" chorus (not such
a simple one) – and for three plus minutes it was like we were all
in church somewhere in the north & I didn't want to leave this place.
A similar chill-connection continued with THE WAY OF IT, always one of
my favorite moments in the show. After a rockin' "I WASN'T BORN IN
TENNESSEE", we closed in solidarity to prisoners with a touching,
NORTAJA PRISON.. which had several openly weeping.
TONIGHT WE PLAYED FOR WONDERFUL NEW FRIENDS. IT WAS THAT WAY FROM BEGINNING
TO END . The band was so awesome & so right "there". I'll
never forget this celebration!! Hope to see you all soon
Said hi to several, including:
Annelie .. so good to see you & friend Ingrid (and you later) .. hope
you enjoy the CD… Hi GERTRUD WESLEY! - my namesake .. thanks for
the solidarity hug! See you soon!! .. Mats & son Jacob .. so good
to see you!
Hi Christoffer & Marcus.. nice meeting you guys!! .. BIG HELLO TO
LENNART .. big thanks my friend for making the long trip!!! .. hope to
see you soon again… Hi Margareta (with the beautiful penmanship)
.. thanks for the kind words!!!
Hi Anders & Anna-Lena.. Hi Mats!! .. great to see you … I'll
send Kendel your regards!! Hi Enar… so good to see you!!
BIG HI to Helen .. Bjorn's teacher … back to work! – you're
too young to retire! .. AND BIG HELLO to THE YOUNG JOHNNY CASH of Petea,
FREDERIK .. great to see you my friend .. best with your own music!
HI LARS!!! GREAT TO SEE YOU AT THE END – thanks for coming by right
after work!! I'm in solidarity with you - you know that!!! So glad NORTALJA
PRISON moves you as it does me. You look healthy and great – keep
up the good work…. NOW…. BEHAVE!!
A HUGE HELLO TO MY NEW FRIEND, STEFAN, who manages (owns?) the biggest
and certainly one of the best record stores in Sweden, BURMAN'S MUSIK
in UMEA.. Thanks for the support over the years! I've never signed so
much vinyl and so many CDs for one person.. was it about 40 or so …
Wonderful talking to you, Stefan.. yes, I'll tell Kendel how much you
love her stuff – referring to her ALRIGHT DYNAMITE as "the
most sensual CD in your store!" Yeah… she is amazing!
It is now a dream of mine to one day play at your CLUB LENNART (named
in honor and memory of Lennart Perrson) - hope we can figure that out.
Again.. big thanks ANDERS for setting the table here. It was great to
see you at the show. Hope we can have dinner or something next time! AND
RONNY .. good to get to know you a bit on our drive and loved playing
the Krokodil. Big thanks to Ulla .. hi to Joseph. Best of luck with your
26, 2010 – STOCKHOLM – VENUE - THE AKKURAT
We check into a very nice hotel, The Park Inn, at the airport (we are
heading north by plane in the AM), then head for one of my favorite places,
The AKKURAT – the best scotch/ beer bar/restaurant on the planet
– which is just south of The Old Town & looking down on it.
My old friend, owner Stene is there to greet us and help us unload. SO
GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN, STENE!
OUR HERO TOUR GUIDE PETER'S FIANCÉ, PERLINNA ARRIVED – So
good to finally meet you!
After waiting a bit for the back-line (amps etc.) to arrive from Nortalja,
great soundman Jona checks us rather quickly. Good friend Anders and new
friend Kristin (from Orebro) make the trip to support us!!! So good to
see you both– big thanks for making the trip!! Friend Per from Nortalja
& his friend Jesse are there as well. Good to see you!
We all sit down in the back room and enjoy one of Stene's magical AKKURAT
meals. Thanks Stene and to all who put that together!
THE LOOK OF THE VENUE
The AKKURAT has a good-sized stage that overlooks the an open area about
30 feet deep. Off to the right is the large bar that wraps around to the
right. And on the far right is a large area for standing and further right
is an area for about five tables. On the far left there are a few similar
tables So the audience you play for is fairly deep in front but quite
spread out to the left & right.
During the show, because the stage is at a decent elevation, I had no
problem seeing and connecting to the audience in all areas.
FULL HOUSE PLUS
Tonight the AKKURAT is absolutely packed. An area that you might think
would hold 100 comfortably is holding well over 200 tonight. AND IT'S
AN AWESOME BUNCH – 98% comprised of huge fans. I can't remember
ever feeling more connected to an audience. And that connection started
from the minute I got on stage, until the show ended.
Simon did a fine 3 song set to open and we quickly followed, dividing
our show into two sets.
SET I –
Again, the connection was immediate. We ripped through the story and song
of THE REAL THING. The band was awesome – and they stayed on fire
for the whole night. The stories and songs from YONKERS NY, BASTARD BROTHERS,
and HEY JONNY all connected - as did the Chip & Carrie hit SWEET TEQUILA
BLUES and the JILL JOHNSON duet song, FOREVER'S GOING UNDERGROUND.
Magnus Olsson, the brilliant Swedish drummer that played with us during
our Norway run, was attending tonight. We invited him on-stage to take
over the drumming for Tony Leone (Tony shifting to shaker) and played
TOO DYNAMIC - a song written in response to a strange review of our live
show by reporter in Upsala, Sweden some two years ago – which the
audience seemed to love. Then, with Magnus still drumming, we ended the
set with a chilling version of ANGEL OF THE MORNING, which had that special
thing from beginning to end.
This was inspired set – the musicians were on fire, and the audience
was on fire - and I fed on all that.
Then the big fun started! We all went to church with DANCE WITH JESUS
– what a great call and response thing it was. Then it was back
to a YONKERS connection with WITHOUT HORSES/ And then SAW MILL RIVER became
a special art piece tonight as a talkative table on my right became part
of the story – as the character in my song, JOE (leader of The Hudson
Valley Boys at the CHAT & CHEW Bar) chastised the noisy ones as he
"called me up on stage" to sing BIG RIVER and ENDLESS SLEEP.
I should hire those "talkers" for the next show as that additional
"annoyance" led to something very special for the band and the
audience. This was huge fun! And when the noisy ones realized they were
now part of the show, they took it in good spirit and were reverent from
there on. Never before have I felt so "at the Chat & Chew"
in a performance of this song.
We paid tribute to our friends in the far north with a special new song
I KNOW DARK (in which I call DARK a "mean Bastard", which we
just recorded in Halden. This was extra special, when many in the audience
started singing along to the "LA, LA's" in the chorus. Bjorn
& Orjan may begin an annual New Years like celebration on NOV 1..
to welcome in the "MEAN BASTARD" .. calling it The "MEAN
BASTARD DAY CELEBRATION" – I love that!
Then the band (now called the THE NEW UKRAINIANS) & I made a special
presentation to our new great friend & tour manager Peter Soderlind
– a proclamation, making him an "HONORARY NEW UKRAINIAN"
– This was actually a touching moment filled with great appreciation
to a wonderful guy!
After a few others and a warm and special CHARCOAL SKY, we totally rocked
with WILD THING - and thought we'd ended with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.
But the audience kept applauding and clapping in unison, which led to
request - which led to my favorite show ending – EVER.
The request was by a lovely girl named Anna, for DANCE WITH A HOLE IN
YOUR SHOE, which I dedicated to those behind bars – as that song
was a favorite during last year's prison tour. The band helped create
a chilling atmosphere & the audience response was overwhelming.
On the heals of that I played the song I wrote especially for prisoners,
"NORTALJA PRISON", which brought misty eyes (including mine)
and the most amazing response ever – as cheers of compassion and
solidarity with the prisoners erupted at several points of the song.
What a blessing it was to be part of this spirit tonight. I'll never forget
AFTER THE SHOW – SAID HI TO SEVERAL, INCLUDING:
Great to see my old friend Runer's nieces, Annelie & Emilie who are
here with there friends, Jonas & Victor & Robin..- BIG THANKS
FOR THE SUPPORT! – great talking to you!
Great to see Mia, Stene's sister! It's been 6 years. So glad you were
here tonight! It was great talking to you at the end. Hi to BENGT! I'll
tell Carrie you sent regards.
Hi to Goran, Leffe & Hasse .. thanks for the kind words… Hi
to Orjan's fiancé Yvonn's cousin Marie – great to see you
after the show! – HI MAGNA .. big thanks for the clear message of
support – I liked that! .. Hi Alexander .. good to see you! .. Hi
Bjorn .. thanks for the support.
Good to see old friend, ESA .. BIG THANKS FOR THE DISC WITH PICTURES –
I put them safely away this time!! Hi Ola .. GREAT to see you .. big thanks
for your comments – much appreciated .. Big hello to my old friend
(and God-spirit), Torgny (THUNDER & LIGHTNING) .. good to see you
all these years .. I think you own EVERY CD .. & the vinyl (new &
old) as well.
GREAT TO SEE OLD FRIEND & FAMOUS ACTOR, LENNART & HIS FRIEND,
EVA after the show -- so good relaxing with you – I'll look forward
to our "magical" performance – whatever that will be!!
BIG HI TO MY OLD FRIEND CRISTER (HAKAN'S BROTHER) .. great talking to
you as always .. glad to see you made news! Here's a toast back at you!!
– NICE PICTURE! .. love to Marianne! GUSTA! – Hope you enjoy
the vinyl! Great to see you!
ANNA .. so glad you asked for "DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE"
.. one of my favorite moments on stage – ever! Hi Malin.. so glad
you were there to feel the Nortalja Prison vibe .. you as well Charlotte
– Big love to all of you!
Hi Anna & Malin. & OVE .. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THOSE HEARTFELT WORDS!!
They touched me! Hi Holding .. so good to see you again & again ..
thanks for your support with all the CDs!! Hi Jens!! – nice talking
with you at the end!!
Hi to my terrific wedding friends from Nortalya – Leffe, Lotta,
Andreas & all .. and friends Ann & V??? .. so good seeing you
before and after the show. Hope the Portugal "honeymoon- sort –
of" trip goes well – wish I could have seen you in Nortalja!
BIG THANKS TO STENE and GREAT STAFF.. MANJA (BIG LOVE TO YOU!!), Ida (GREAT
TO SEE & TALK TO YOU!!), thanks Emily, .. Anders & Andreas ..
See you all soon!
LATER AT THE PARK INN
Hi Ida - so good to meet you – thanks for the pillows and the good
talk. I loved that! I'll look forward to seeing mom (Eva) tonight - and
you if possible (not counting on that)- then you or you and your boyfriend
sometime soon in New York.
Sep 27, 2010 – HEADING NORTH TO LULEA
We took a 11:30 hotel shuttle to the airport. I must say the SAS check
and the security was simpler and smoother than any in recent memory, which
left me time to relax at the gate and work on my tour notes.
We arrived in Lulea at about 2:45. I was surprised at the weather and
the terrain. We waited outside - 60ish degrees with the sun shining warmly
– with upper New York State-like pine trees surrounding us.
A nice guy named Hans, drove us to our comfortable Quality Hotel and I
was checked in and down in the lobby at 3:30 – all smooth and painless!
MEETING WITH ROLF NILSEN (LEGENDARY MUSICOLOGIST)
I had heard about this great guy in this town – often in the same
breath as the late Lennart Perssons – the brilliant and much-loved
musicologist from Malmo.
For the better part of an hour, Rolf & I traced my footsteps from
the time I first heard country music on the radio until – talking
about old heroes (his & mine) and friends such as Kris Kristofferson,
John Prine, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams and the like.
Note: A few years ago, Rolf lost one leg due to doctor's error. But he
feels great - and now in his 50s, still does his work with the passion
of a man just out of high school. This is a wonderful, honest spirit to
GREAT TO BE WITH YOU MY FRIEND!
THE VENUE – THE KULTURENS HUS (The Culture House)
The venue is a pretty little theater in a large complex that seats 250
or so. After my interview with Rolf, the band and I did a quick sound
check with Jonas ("Jonny"). Nice work Jonny – sounded
Note: Since Rootsy (Hakan & Bjorn) booked this venue on their own
they were hoping to have at least 100 tickets sold to profit. But due
to a Monday night show and press (all great) running a bit too late to
influence attendance (though awesome for the big picture), the attendance
was slightly below that. But a wonderful group they were!
We did one long show tonight with many of the YONKERS NEW YORK stories
and songs being among the highlights ( i.e.: BASTARD BROTHERS, WITHOUT
HORSES, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD).
Aside from a totally warm/fun audience interaction with DANCE WITH JESUS
and an amazing interaction with JOE FRASIER – which found me telling
more personal reflections of Frank Sinatra than I anticipated –
the big highlights for me were dedications to our new friend Rolf Nilsen
– BIG RIVER and two songs I hadn't done in years, CLEAN YOUR OWN
TABLES – the song of mine that Johnny Cash covered – and the
song my brother Barry & I wrote in tribute to our grandfather (THE
COALFIELDS OF SHIKSHINNY), which seemed loved by this warm group of folks
and gave me chills
We ended the show with a beautiful ANGEL OF THE MORNING, a rocked-out
WILD THING, saying a final good-bye with our tribute to prisoners, with
the song NORTALJA PRISON.
I loved tonight. It was extra special that new friend Rolf Nilsen was
SAID HI TO SEVERAL, INCLUDING:
GREAT TO SEE ORJAN'S SISTER, ANITA … Big love to you Anita –
I loved your smile!!! Hope to see you soon!!!
GREAT to see new friend Ida's mom & grandmother as soon as I left
the stage!! Hi Eva & Britt Marie – I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD BE
HERE!!! So nice talking to you. I can see where Ida gets here warmth &
good character from - hope to see you soon again!!
Hope Lars-Uno enjoys the CD, Britt-Marie, send him my regards!!
Hi Peter (mainstay of the ROOTSY FORUM) .. so good to see you again and
again – appreciate your support! Hi Maria from THE SWINGING DOORS
.. I'd love here your versions of any of the C & C songs .. send them
Hi Lilla ,, great to see you MAUDE .. thanks so much for the kind words!
.. hope to see you soon again..
ROLF – GREAT TO SHARE THIS DAY WITH YOU – SEE YOU SOON!
2010 - OREBRO
We left Torsby at about 9:30 AM, heading for our next venue in one of
my favorite places in Sweden, Orebro. It's the home of a now good friend
and awesome booker/promoter/record store owner, ANDERS DAMBERG –
who earlier in the month hosted a hugely successful festival here where
150 bands (all sorts of music) plated over a period of one week. In the
van I did an interview promoting our Saturday show in Oxelosound –
a seaside place I've never been to.
I stayed in this town for a few days about six months ago, using it as
a hub for some prison shows and a show in this town at the Skandic Hotel,
hosted and booked by Anders. We arrive at a the Clarion hotel at around
one PM.. I stayed here at this warm, upscale hotel last time. A kind fellow
name Johan has our keys ready and we're resting in our rooms in minutes.
BIG THANKS JOHAN!
SOUND CHECK AT THE VENUE
KLUBB 700 is a little theater-club located in a large theater complex.
It holds about 125 and Anders says it's been sold out for a few days.
It's only a ten-minute walk from the hotel. We pass Anders amazing record
store on the way, where there is a large "arty" display of several
of the posters advertising our show in the front window.
We arrive at about 4:30. Soundman Christofer and helper Emil have good
sound for us in minutes, so we're able to head for an early dinner at
a an excellent Anders-suggested restaurant that has seating in an outside
area along a rather wide, trendy shopping-row cobblestone street. It's
about 75% outside – a perfect setting to relax with the band and
have a special dinner before relaxing at the hotel in advance of our show.
This was special from beginning to end. The band (now known as "The
New West Ukrainians") was firing on all cylinders!!
Just for reference, the band is:
JOHN PLATANIA – lead guitar
ORJAN MAKI – pedal steel
BJORN PEDDERSON – bass
TONY LEONE – drums
Note: since our awesome recording sessions in Halden, Norway, where the
boys played with such uninhibited passion, this band has become known
as THE NEW WEST UKRANIAN'S – in honor of some passionate young freedom
loving Ukrainian friends of mine from New York … see previous notes
for a further explanation.
Again, this band was on fire tonight.
Back to the show:
The Yonkers NY songs and stories flowed through the show in a sort of
magic way. I've wondered why these behind the scenes stories of my family
history and the history behind the hits and other songs play as well here
in Sweden as in the US. Later, Peter (our friend and tour guide from BOX
WHISKEY) told me that Swedish people want to go deep into all that stuff
– they don't like brushing over stuff they're interested in. When
he said that it all became clear and seemed so, so true!
And so the stories were treated with as much reverence as the songs with
applause and cheers breaking out for not only the songs, but the stories
of BASTARD BROTHERS, WITHOUT HORSES and SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, with its
BIG RIVER reprise.
We played lots of songs tonight, including new ones.. JOE FRASIER (lots
of cheers and interaction on this one) and SOMEWHERE IN SOME TOWN with
it's tribute to real home grown towns, that as of yet – have not
moved out to the highways.
Two requested songs, BLACK and BLUE AMERICA and I AIN'T LEAVING WITHOUT
YOU were definitely favorites – as was the final songs, THE WAY
OF IT (which is far more touching and reverent in person than the fun
album duet version with John Prine) and I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE –
which rocked big-time at the close of the show.
On the day before his birthday, Orion Maki stood tall tonight. He and
John Platania got several deserved ovations for brilliant solos. HAPPY
BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND!
What a great return to Orebro -
My GREAT friends Lars and Marita and Anders and Maria – so good
to see you again. Looking forward to relaxing and catching up!!
My young friends in the front row – Mettias, Stefon, Emil, Aders
and lovely Lina – a very inspiring group!! I was hoping to see you
all at the Clarion later – next time I hope we get a chance to wind
down together. Lina, if you send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org,
I will send you the latest CD. Look forward to hearing from you.
Hi Nina – great to see you and Håkan. Thanks to all of you
for the kind words. Hope to see you soon.
Hi to friends Peter (in the wheelchair) and Aleta – who were off
to my left during the performance – great to see you again. Big
thanks for the kind words!! Hi to Krister (very tall!), lovebirds Kristin
and Anders, Lars and Lars and Lars again.. all nice guys with much appreciated
kind words and good spirit .. big thanks for that! Hi to Anders' cohort
and friends BENGT LENNART .. great spending time with you later.
Hi to Mats and Jack – Mattias and Marcus and Håkan –
I'll play "7 DAYS IN MAY" for you next time! – that's
a promise! – Hi to Inger and Irene .. and Hans and all the rest!
This was a special night! See you soon.
BIG THANKS ANDERS! – see you soon!
PS great to wind down with Anders, and friends Christine, Bengt, Simon,
Peter (from Box Whiskey) and Bjorn at Bishops after the show. Anders plus
– see you in Stockholm!
Sep 25, 2010 – OXELOSUND
BIG THANKS TO TOUR MANAGER, PETER SODERLING!
The entire band is so appreciative of the efforts Peter has made. To be
clear, Peter offered his services for these few days as a friend and fan
– not for compensation. And the truth is he's as good a tour manager
as we've ever had. He's a safe and solid driver of our van, helps with
all loading and unloading, advances all the shows and hotels and sells
CDs. In other words, The New Ukranian's don't have to think much about
anything except making music! WHAT A BLESSING!! HUGE THANKS, MY FRIEND.
BY PROCLAMATION, Orion, Bjorn, John, Tony, Magnus (in abstention) and
I – hereby officially name you – PETER SODERLING – an
OFFICIAL member of THE NEW UKRAINIAN'S
CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS LIFE-CHANGING EVENT!
Back to our travels:
It's about a 3 hour trip from Orebro to this seaside town. With Peter
at the helm, we arrived at our destination – a Best Western Hotel
set back in a humble shopping square - approximately 500 yards from the
theater complex where will play tonight. What a blessing!!
VENUE – TARNAN STRAD
The venue is a mid-sized theater in a large simple post war structure.
Our show is part of the TOWN CULTURAL FESTIVAL.
Again, it is an appreciated perk to have our hotel only minutes from the
backstage door. When we arrive, we are greeted by a great team - Malin,
the young kind stage manager with the sweet smile and her assistant friends,
Annallee, Veronica, Lina. All great girls! Good to meet kind host Marie
a bit later.
Soundman, Anders, a very proficient and kind guy, had us sounding very
good in short order. After check, we were served a very nice dinner in
our spacious downstairs dressing room area.
BACK TO THE HOTEL
Then it was back to the hotel where I could get on the Internet and do
a bit of work on organizing THE FIRST AMERICANA LIVE IN NEW YORK mini-festival,
which I am hosting from Oct 20 through the 22 in New York – at the
Rodeo Bar and Hill Country – two awesome venues!! My friend Jon
Langford, a brilliant paintings and sketches artist, as well as an awesome
performer, just sent me a "Langford" poster for the event. It's
AMAZING! BIG THANKS JON!
Also had a few minutes to refine a new song, "SCREW ALL THE (US)
PERFECT PEOPLE", which I may perform for the first time in the Willie
Clay hometown of Kiruna.
I loved this show. The band and I felt a very warm vibe from the audience
from the very beginning, which enabled us to "live" the Yonkers
NY songs and stories and not just perform them. Again, as has been the
case throughout this tour, the stories were met with as much enthusiasm
as the songs. What a nice thing.
It was Orjan Maki's birthday today, so his pedal steel playing was featured
throughout the show and his (and John Platania's) solos were revered by
this warm audience.
BASTARD BROTHERS, WITHOUT HORSES, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD and CHARCOAL SKY
all connected with this audience in a special way. And the JILL JOHNSON
duet song, FOREVER'S GOING UNDERGROUND (these folks obviously LOVE Jill
Johnson!) sounded so chilling to me and connected big time.
But probably my favorite moments of this "lived in" show, was
a chilling "BLACK and BLUE AMERICA", a requested " MICHAEL'S
SONG – written for a homeless friend from NEW YORK. And after soulful
versions of ANGEL OF THE MORNING and WILD THING , another big highlight
for me, a sweet and touching THE WAY OF IT, ended the show.
This was a VERY special night! Big thanks to all who attended!
SAID HI TO SEVERAL AFTER THE SHOW, INCLUDING:
Special hi to our old friends Lars and Marita and Anders and Maria, who
made very long distance journeys to join us at the last two shows. BIG
THANKS! See you soon!
And special hello to Ander's brother and his wife, Arne and Inge. So good
to meet you! Hope to see you soon again.
Hi to Tomas and Katharina, Anna, Kristina .. such nice, warm people with
kind words – much appreciated!! Hi LASSE, who has all my albums
except "… JUKEBOX". It's so good to finally meet you!!
Hope to see you soon again!
Hi Agneta.. so nice to see you. And hi Inge and Anders .., hope to see
you both soon. Hi Gunilla and Mariette and Suke! and Peter - good to talk
to you.. thanks so much for your kind words. They mean so much to me.
Special hello to Sirkka (originally from Finland .. many years ago) ..
so good to meet you and GREAT to meet your daughter Helena.. Helena, it's
hard to believe that you have a daughter 15!!! - and a vinyl-loving one
at that! Hope daughter Fanny likes the album. Please tell her I will look
forward to seeing her one of these days!
Again.. big thanks to Anders for the great sound tonight.. and host Marie..
nice to see you! AND SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NEW FRIEND, MALIN! - and our
other great new friends, ANNALEE, LINA and VERONICA! The entire band thanks
you all for your efforts and kindness.. hope to see you soon!
Note: Hi to proprietor Mats at the local pub, who served us decent scotch
and a good local brew at a private table downstairs – a very good
way to wind down after a terrific night.
Also.. good to see reporter Anders and kind photographer Helena in the
AM. Thanks for the good questions and warm spirit. See you soon.
20, 21 & 22, 2010 – RECORDING IN HALDEN NORWAY
The idea for this album began two years ago. In response to a review of
my first show with my new friends - musicians from Sweden – in which
the main criticism was that our show was "too dynamic." When
the comment was read, the band broke out laughing.
But the truth is, I wasn't laughing – and that night I wrote a song
in response, called "TOO DYNAMIC". We played the song to great
response throughout that tour. Many other songs, inspired by thoughts
and episodes from the road, followed, including "Outside The Human
Condition". And when played, they received similar response. My Swedish
friend & bass player (from the great Willie Clay Band), Bjorn Petterson
suggested I record these songs with the band that shared many of those
So here in Halden (again, a place where I feel very comfortable), we recorded
15 "road inspired" songs with Bjorn Petterson on bass, Orion
Maki on pedal & lap steel, brilliant young Swedish drummer, Magnus
Olsson with the addition of the soulful John Platania on lead guitar and
an amazing Norwegian keyboard player, Goran Grini. WHAT A BAND!
We recorded at Athletic Studios in Halden, which has the rep as being
the best studio in all of Scandinavia. After recording there these past
few days, I would put it at the top of the list of all studios I've recorded
in EVER/ANYWHERE. Aside from the warm and soulful main room, the wonderful
analogue recording decks and antique state-of-the-art sound board, which
are meticulously maintained, the main asset to this studio is it's owner/engineer,
Kai Anderson. Not only is he as proficient as any engineer I've work with,
but his above-and beyond qualities - his passion, his warmth, his honesty
and his kindness - coupled with the great vibe of these heartfelt musicians,
put this is at the top of the list of any studio experiences I've ever
ALBUM TITLE – "All The Perfect People" – featuring
some humorous songs like "TOO DYNAMIC" and "I USED UP ALL
MY SICK DAYS, SO I JUST CALLED IN DEAD", combined with some serious
ones like "ME & ROHILLIO" and "NOTHIN" and warm,
sensual ones like "WEAKER MOMENTS" - all with an uninhibited
BAND NAME - Sometime during the course of the sessions I told the band
about some new Ukrainian friends of mine from New York. These are young
girls (early 20's) are filled with humor and energy for learning new things
and a love for music including mine. But all are dead serious when reflecting
on Russia and Ukraine and the tragedies and horrors that have been part
of Putin's rule (i.e. his control of dissent with threats of imprisonment
and death – acts he continues to carry out).
Although this album is not a political statement of any kind, it is a
total celebration of free spirit with its no-holds-barred lyrics and subject
matter as well as the organic interaction among the musicians. At some
point the band contributed the passion and spirit of my New York friends
by calling themselves THE NEW UKRAINIANS. After a while the "NEW"
was dropped, and CHIP TAYLOR & THE UKRAINIANS seems to have settled
as our moniker.
RELEASE SCHEDULE – We have been planning a first quarter of 20011
release of "ROCK & ROLL JOE" by Chip Taylor, Kendel Carson
& John Platania (a sort of sharing the spotlight and lead vocals thing
like THE HIGHWAYMEN did) – which is a tribute to musicians who never
got their just "due".
But this Halden-recorded album seems so immediate, it seems like it would
be a shame to wait too long for its release. It will take a month or two
to mix and finish, but when that's done I don't believe it will stay hidden
Sep 22, 2010 - HALDEN – VENUE – ERLANSENS CONDITORI
This is a magic little sandwich / cake shop hosted by now good friend
Tomas – that turns into a venue on certain nights. This is one of
them. Old friend & engineer , Obal does a great job getting rich,
warm, sound in this charming room. By show time, the place is packed.
It's great to see old friend Eric, new friend Per & wife Gretta -
and VERY special to see my friend from our hotel (THE GRAND HOTEL), lovely
Maria and very inspiring new friend Malin! The truth is, I sang many of
the songs tonight with my focus on the second-tier area, where the inspiration
was coming from.
THE SHOW – After Simon Lynge does his as-usual solid set, which
shows off the virtuosity of his guitar playing and his clear, warm voice,
we hit the stage at 8:15.
As usual, I kind of lose myself in the spirit of Yonkers NY and Hakan's
"best of" selections.. With all the Yonkers stories and great
solos by John & Orian, the time passes quickly. Highlights for me
were ALL those stories, BASTARD BROTHERS, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, HEY JONNY,
SWEET TEQUILA BLUES, FOREVER'S GOIN' UNDERGROUND, BIG RIVER, WITHOUT HORSES
(total magic tonight!)
After soulful versions of ANGEL OF THE MORNING and WILD THING and a loose
version of a new song, "I USED UP ALL OUR SICK DAYS, SO I JUST CALLED
IN DEAD" (the audience seemed to totally get into the fun of this
one) dedicated to our friends at the great local bar "THE LAST JOURNEY"
– which has a sticker on its wall with that slogan – we finished
with my tribute to the prisoners with NORTAJA PRISON – which brings
tears to many eyes – including mine – every time.
The show lasted over two hours, but with the great interaction with this
warm audience, it didn't seem nearly that long.
AFTER THE SHOW
It was very good to wind down with Eric, Per & Gretta and say a close
good-bye to Maria & Malin. I wish you guys all the best. Would love
that picture of Maria, Malin & me.. can someone send it?
Big thanks to friend Tom Skejekleseter, who handled the booking of the
show, the hiring of the studio, the hiring of our new friend and awesome
keyboardist, Goren ?? THANKS FOR ALL TOM.. YOUR SPIRIT IS ALL OVER THIS
Thanks Tomas for having us.. good to see brother in law Torbod.. please
say hello to wife Camilla & dad Torbin .. wish they were here!!
Halden, the sessions and this show will be warm memories to keep. Thanks
to all who have been part of that!
WIND DOWN AT THE BAR (THE LOST JOURNEY)
Great to wind down with friends, several who attended the show. Great
to see Eric , Chris & Rich.. bartenders from this great place .. and
good to hang with proprietor Magna, who is finally back from tending to
family matters. See you next year in Austin!
Kai.. so good talking to you .. look forward to that dinner with Oscar
& Heidi & John, next time we're in town! Hi to Kai's best friend
"Big Daddy, "Thomd???" – was that it?? .. hope to
see you next time… Hi & best to Eva.. thanks for the kind words..
best with your own music!!
Thanks to all said hi .. can't wait to come back!!
Sep 23, 2010 – HEADING FOR TORSBY
With Bjorn at the helm, the band left Halden at 8:30. I did a warm, VG
interview with a journalist from the Stockholm area, Magnus, which pretty
much covered the inspirations of the road .. current & future music
.. an covered for the first time thoughts about the new recordings &
the band, including thoughts about the naming of the band, THE UKRAINIANS
which has created some Internet buzz. I think Bjorn Petterson & Orion
Mackey haven official "band" picture floating around some place.
RADIO SHOW .. we stop an hour short of Torsby, in a town called Karlstad
so I can do a cool little interview with an informed host, Per. Big thanks
my friend. We arrive in Torsby at about 3:00 PM
VENUE – STJARNAN
We are greeted by Bo Willebrand..and soon meet his other co-workers Anders
and soundman, Michael – all warm, GREAT guys! What a team!
The Stjarnan is a cool, pretty little theater with a full stage. We sound-check
fast and find an AWESOME meal waiting for us! BIG THANKS TO KERSTIN ..
This is one of my all-time favorite meals.. Oxen steak, mushroom laced
potatoes, wild vegetables and common ones.. just awesome flavors.. WOW!
WELCOME TONY!!! - First, a big salute to new drummer Tony Leone who now
takes over for Magnus Ollson, who will continue with pop star, Melissa
Horn. GOOD LUCK MAGNUS! BIG THANKS! Tony has played with great artists,
including Levon Helm .. we're so fortunate to have him join us.
Oh, I loved this!
After a fine opening set by Simon, we're on stage by 8:35. Again the time
This audience seemed so in-tuned to the Yonkers stories. All those were
highlights for me. One of my favorite moments was when we played HEY JONNY
, which tributes ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK as being the start of Rock &
Roll – and off to the back right aisle was a five year old boy that
started dancing with reckless abandon! That IS what this stuff is all
BASTARD BROTHERS, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, BIG RIVER, DANCE WITH JESUS (AWESOME
TONIGHT!!), WITHOUT HORSE, ANGEL OF THE MORNING .. the therapeutic chorus
of WILD THING was as awesome as I ever heard it .. GREAT JOB! .. these
were all major highlights.
But probably the biggest highlight for me was a touching version of THE
WAY OF IT.. where I felt a total connection with these great folks! WE
finished with a slammin' version of I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE –
WHAT A NIGHT!
AFTER THE SHOW
Said hi to several, including:
The five year old dancer, Sixten & dad Richard … so great to
see you guys! Thanks for the kind words Richard .. so glad you made the
trip! ALSO SPECIAL HI to JONATHAN .. a young guitarist who was attending
his first concert with great mom, Maria .. hope to see you both again!
Hi Göte – great to see you .. hope you enjoy the listen!! Hi
Gtoren .. thanks for the kind words.. Hi Kjell! .. good to see you! ..
Hi Lars! .. hope you like the CD.. see you soon… Hi "L.P."
.. great to see you.. Hi Rolf .. good to see you after the show .. Stephon..
big thanks for the GREAT safety guitar!
Hi to the able assistants, Thomas, Erik & Simon.. hope to see you
THANKS BO & ANDERS & MICHAEL .. you boys are some kind, warm &
totally professional team.. my entire band & I, appreciate all your
efforts!! BO.. special thanks for the wonderful GLENFRARCLAS 15 year old
single malt. This stuff is AWESOME!
NOTE: Along similar lines, my great friend Peter from the amazing Swedish
single malt company, BOX WHISKEY, arrived in time to sell CDs .. of course
he brought a special cask strength bottle of Laphroig .. seleceted by
legendary head distiller, John McDougall.. this stuff will be well enjoyed
and appreciated – THIS IS AWESOME STUFF AS WELL! And so.. the finest
whiskey in the world will accompany us for the remainder of our journey
.. and I will certainly savor my "allowed" two full sips a day!
Big THANKS to Peter, John & Bo (and Bo's friend who made the Glenfarclas
Note: This tour has been booked
by old friend Håkan Olsson & partner, Bjorn Petterson. The plan
is to rehearse for two days in Halden, Norway, then play two shows on
southern Norway. After that, we are to return to Halden to record songs
I've written on the road these past years. After 3 days in the studio
& one show in Halden, we'll cross the border and play several shows
in Sweden – first heading north.. then winding down several days
later with our final show on the southern tip.
Sep 15 2010 – John I arrive in Oslo .. met by old friend & great
Norwegian music tastemaker, Tom Skjeklesater. We arrive at our hotel in
Halden in mid afternoon. For the next few days John & I battle the
jet lag thing.
Sep 16 2010 The Band arrives!
Orian (pedal steel), Bjorn (bass) & Magnus (drums) arrive at about
4:30 PM.. after traveling from the north of Sweden for the better part
of the day.
REHEARSAL – Håkan & Tom have secured rehearsal space for
us at the studio where we will record in a few days. We work for a couple
of hours, then head for a relaxing good dinner at a new restaurant that's
housed in the confines of the newly built, The Thon.
The next day we rehearse back at our modest, but warm & homey hotel,
The Grand Hotel – we like this humble, soulful place. Håkan
arrives at mid day & after rehearsal, we have a great sit-down meal
at a terrific Indian restaurant near our hotel.
Sep 18 2010 – The PROTEST FESTIVAL – KRITIANSAND, NORWAY
It takes us about 6 hours – including an hour ferry ride to reach
this city in the southern tip of Norway. This is a charming place. Much
of the town is geared toward accommodating the Protest Festival –
devoted to better understanding of social issues. Music is only a small
part of the festival. There are lots of panels & discussion groups.
PANEL – discussing humor – topics & attitudes.
I've been asked to start the panel off with a few songs. I enjoyed weaving
hints of the topic with THE WAY OF IT, ANGEL OF THE MORNING & WILD
THING. This was a surprisingly fun thing for me very kind & warm folks
to play for & talk to. After the songs I head for sound check with
Note : Big thanks to Nilmi, a writer in her own right, who was our escort
to & from the event. Nilmi wrote a recent syndicated column in the
newspapers referring to the importance of family values, in particular
referencing the blessings of not-so-politically correct stay-at-home-moms.
All the best Nilmi .. big thanks!
MAIN VENUE – ODDEROYA IDRETTSHALL
REHEARSAL FOR THE MAIN SHOW
After the panel, we went quickly to the main auditorium on a hillside
on the outskirts of town. Soundman Chatill & Maris had us sounding
good in seconds! GREAT JOB BOYS! This allowed us to head back to the hotel
for a bit of dinner & well needed rest before taking the stage.
Loved this!! We played for several hundred enthusiastic folks. THE BAND
SOUNDED AWESOME!!! .. Håkan has released a BEST of called CHIP TAYLOR
– JAMES WESLEY DAYS. - a very cool double CD. Most of our show draws
from those songs.
When we played a new song, FOREVER'S GOING UNDERGROUND for the first time,
there was absolute silence and the applause after went on for quite a
long time. That was a wonderful feeling for us on stage & set the
tone for the rest of the show. As well as dancing & moving with all
the fast ones, these folks got the sensitivity & warmth of the ballads
as good as any audience in recent memories.
And the Yorkers NY songs seemed so revered. , SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, HEY
JONNY, CHARCOAL SKY… folks here really got the passion of these.
This was a great group to play for!!
We played for the better part of an hour & a half – & because
of the warmth from these new friends, it felt much shorter. I hated to
leave the stage.
We ended with a soulful WILD THING & a chilling NORTAJA PRISON.
SAID HI TO SEVERAL, including
Hi KARI.. great seeing you at this show & the panel. Thanks for the
interview & the enthusiasm .. & byes, I would very much like to
hear from you regarding your movie Johan & would love to be involved
with Johan II. And I'll look forward to listening & discussing your
music with you. Hi to camera man Tom?? (is that right?) .. tell him big
Hi to MC Lasse, & wife ??? & Friend??? .. great to see you.
Hi Tine .. thanks for the SEVEN DAYS IN MAY request.. hope to see you
soon. Big hi to WALTAR.. thanks for waiting for me to sign.. big hi to
your dad, Gunner, .. tell him I wish him well.
Thanks to Håkan's new "find", Simon who did a fine job
opening for us.
SPECIAL THANKS TO SVEIN INGE for inviting us to be part of this important
event! Would be honored to do it again next year!!!
SEPT 19 – OSLO – VENUE – HER
This is a VERY cool place to play. It's like a small jazz room that wraps
around a corner building in a little city square. It reminds me a bit
of The Turning Point in upstate New York. Except it has a city vibe. I
LOVE PLAYING HERE!!
The bartender/ booker, Chetill, greats us – manager Martin arrives
soon & great & kind soundman Hans arrives at 6:00 & we are
very happy with the sound in seconds, allowing us to quickly head for
a needed bite to eat!
Just before show time I said hi to a couple of nice folks.. Terill &
Jan who had seen us last year when we were in town with Kendel Carson
- & a very nice guy Blorn who said some very nice words about my YONKERS
NY CD. That set a nice tone for me to take the stage
The opening act --- a talented artist named Simon – who is also
distributed by Håkan Olsson's Rootsy Record label – is opening
for us on this tour. He's from Greenland & sounds a bit like Paul
Simon – sings & plays great. He does a fine job warming up the
audience – we're on stage at about 9:45.
Well .. you had to be there! This was as intimate a show as I've done
– many are these days – but this room & this audience
certainly brought out the best of the "living room" vibe.
AND THIS BAND WAS SOOO AWESOME!!! .. John Platania KILLED.. as did Orion
& Bjorn & Magnus…. What a band!!!
There were far too many highlights to mention .. the whole damn show was
a highlight for me.. I just loved being on THIS stage .. playing for THESE
GREAT FOLKS tonight!!
The Yonkers NY songs totally connected .. as well as the "best of"
selections .. we played so many tonight.. a couple of great memories might
be .. a requested TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER (my Janis hit)… &
DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE.. & THE WAY OF IT.., & SAW MILL
RIVER ROAD .. & JOE FRASIER .. & SOMEWHERE IN SOME TOWN.. you
see .. I could keep going.. it was just one of those amazing special shows
Said hi to several after the show, including:
Øystein - Great seeing you front & center .. you have such
a great way about you .. I'd love to see you at my shows anytime!!
Big hello to my Rotterdam new friends, Lou, Thea, Els & Anton…
so great to see & talk to you … & SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS
TO GRANDSON JASPER ON HIS CHRISTENING!!!!!! What a special day!!!! ..
hope to see you all soon!!!!
Hi Liv.. so glad your dad, Leif suggested you come tonight (we saw Leif
at the Protest Festival last night)_– you were a great addition!!!
Hope you enjoy the CD hope to see you & dad soon!
Hi Knut .. great to see you .. thanks for your comments about the band!!!
I'll pass it on to them!! See you soon!! // Hi Magne .. & Tom .. &
Bjorn.. so good to see all of
Hi Jon & Inge .. so glad you were here tonight. Wish I had more time
to talk to you. I loved seeing you from the stage!!
Big thanks to now old friend .. venue mgr, Martin.. Chetill (thanks for
your nice comments.. hope your friend enjoys the CD!)… HANS …
GREAT SOUND!!!! HUGE THANKS!!
And to all the others that were here .. Big thanks.. this was special..
see you all soon!!
2010 – 230 ELM (an estate-like house) Southampton, NY
The show tonight is a benefit for Jr Golf in the area. It was put together
by my friend & local beloved pro, Bobby Joyce.
The venue is a cool place – located just east of the main town in
a residential area. There's a large catering-like area in the main floor
of this lovely old white "house", with a generous stage on the
right & large bar behind.
By the time John Platania (Gtr), Tony Mercadante (bass), Tony Leone (drums)
& arrived for sound-check, just before 5:00, the sound system was
in place we sound-checked in short order. Big thanks to Doug for letting
us use his terrific Bose sound system & for having it ready for us!
Note about the sound: The sound system is a strange one – one cylindrical
monitor/ loudspeaker that handles the entire room & the stage as well.
I worked once with this system in Holland & had trouble with it –
not so here – this one is amazing!!
After a good dinner at the ocean, some 10 minutes away, we relaxed in
the downstairs area of the venue (a former 50's bowling alley area) -
&, after a kind intro by friend Bobby, we were on stage at just after
What a great group of folks to play for - most there to benefit Jr golf.
We started into our Yonkers journey. By the time we reached the end of
our first set, we had introduced the folks in song & spoken word to
my mom & dad – Barbara & Elmer - & my "BASTARD
BROTHERS" Jon & Barry, traveled to a cave in Miles Square Woods,
had a hospital visit with my mom, Barbara, had a barbecue at my folks
house with my Mafioso friends – including an opera singer (in WITHOUT
The spirit in the room was so great tonight & so focused, that I felt
I had a bunch of companions during every part of the journey – and
that made it better for me & the boys. And, speaking of the boys (Tony,
Tony & John), they were just awesome this entire night. It was great
to know that their brilliant work was being so appreciated!
We ended with a very inspiring ANGEL OF THE MORNING, with lots of folks
singing along. We then took a short break & were back on stage in
THE SECOND SET
We started with the title song, "YONKERS NEW YORK", & had
folks singing along to the trials of growing up a Yonkers's boy. Soon
it was off to the Chat & Chew in "SAW MILL RIVER ROAD" ..
a place that some in the audience actually remembered!!! BIG RIVER &
ENDLESS SLEEP totally rocked tonight!!! At some point we all played Gin
Rummy with my dad in the story & song of GIN RUMMY RULES, which folks
seemed to love – and we all found out who Ernst Lubitch was.
WILD THING totally rocked tonight – as did a requested I WASN'T
BORN IN TENNESSEE. We closed with a reverent HOLY SHIT!!
It was a night to remember!! Big thanks to all who attended. As we were
leaving Bobby asked if we'd do it again next year. I readily accepted
that invitation – So – see you next year!!.
SAID HI TO SEVERAL INCLUDING:
Old friends Pat & Larry Lombardi – great to see you guys again.
Thanks for the kind words. It's always great to have your spirit around!!
– Hi Vince & Lisa - great talking to you all as well!!
Hi Norman .. good to see you … & great to see my horse-shoeing
friends, Drew & Dave!! I'll keep brother Tuff Birdsall's name in mind
– I'm sure we have NYRA friends in common.
Big Hi to Michael Apell & friend Joanne – Michael was at the
forefront of getting Bruce Springstein signed to Columbia Records &
produced his first two records & co-produced his third. He was instrumental
in his success - no two ways about that - & Bruce's first (less bombastic)
albums are treasures in their innocence. GREAT meeting you both!! .. Michael
.. remember .. "Outside the human condition is a place I want to
dwell – where NO man stoops in anger .. & everyman wishes you
well" .. see you soon!
And a very special hello to Susan (Hobbs) .. who used to visit my mom,
with her kids, at Christmas. Thanks sooo much for sharing those treasured
thoughts with me, Susan - I will share them with my brothers & Joan.
Hope to see you very soon!
Hi Mary & Christine. Thanks so much for the kind words & proud
thoughts of your students. Hope to see you soon!! Hi David .. so good
to see you!! BIG HELLO TO DELORES!!! Thanks for the GEORGE JONES COMPARISON..
I'M SURE THERE'S SOME TRUTH IN THAT .. He is amazing!! – BIG HELLO
TO YOUR GRANDSONS, BOBBY & EVAN!!! WHAT GREAT GUYS!! – Thanks
so much for your help with the CDs!! . GREAT JOB!!
GREAT TO SEE LEIF, MY BARTENDER FRIEND FROM PARNEL'S (53d & Second).
Big thanks Leif .. I'll dedicate HOLY SHIT to you next time. And thanks
to my new friend Vinnie, who drove out from New York City with dog Highway
to catch much of the show!!! See you both soon - much appreciated!
And hi to bar manager Tim .. and lovely Jaci, Ashley & Wendy .. and
nice waiter, Tommy!! .. great to see you guys during & after the show
– hope to see you soon again!!
Thanks Bobby!! – best of luck with the Jr. golf program!! WE LOVED
TONIGHT!!! - see you next year!!
Aug 14, 2010 – THE TOWNE CRIER – PAWLING NY
It's been a couple of months since my last shows in Holland. Friend &
great bassist, Tony Mercadante picked me up at 1:20 at the White Plains
train station - we headed straight up route 684 to Pawling & the venue
where we met John at about 2:30.
We love playing this place, run by friend Phil & his kind wife Mary
– a very nice lady who I met for the first time on arrival. Mary
is a behind the scene treasure. Aside from prepping the place during the
day, she makes brilliant, elaborate, delicious deserts that folks rave
photo by John Beach
The staff here are great bunch of folks, including host & Maitre De,
Ricardo, cook Eric, sound man Scott, head waiter Peter??? (is that right?)
& the busboy & waitress staff including lovely waitress Sam. It's
sort of a theater / dining place – with very good sound. Again,
we're happy to be back. Thanks for having us Phil.
I had been in a bit of a funk these last several days & getting back
together with John & Tony totally lifted my spirits. It's amazing
how much power is in friendship. And simply put, we are the very best
of friends. We spent the next several hours catching up with personal
stuff & rehearsing.
We had a solid sound check with great engineer Scott, who made a special
trip to check us earlier than normal. After a great meal, thanks to chef
Eric, we were ready for the show.
Thanks to Bill Bachmann, who did a fine opening act. We were on stage
shortly after 9:00.
This was one of my favorite shows in memory. We based the show on my latest
album, YONKERS NY - in song & stories. And I went wherever the moment
took me – from stories about Frank Sinatra – to my Mafia friends
in high school, to a Monday at the train station with my mom, Barbara
– dad Elmer - & my BASTARD BROTHERS, Jon & Barry.
This was an awesome audience to play for!!!! Highlights were far to many
to mention as, if pressed, I'd include the entire YONKERS NY songbook
plus all stories, plus the new JOE FRASIER & a visit to my KING RECORDS
past, with MIDNIGHT BLUES & LITTLE JOAN.
John Platania & Tony Mercadante were totally magic tonight!!!! &
the audience let them know it!! Great job boys - the band is back!! ..
Big hi to Yonkers friends, John Beach & family .. great to see you
guys & talk about the Yonkers old days.. see you soon!!
Huge thanks to all who shared this special night with us!
SAID HI TO SEVERAL, including:
Special hi to my great friends, Gerard & lovely wife Shelley. Gerard
is the proprietor of my "home away from home" – the amazing
La Mangeoire Restaurant (53d & Second Ave in NYC) If you want a special
treat, stop by Gerard's place for an awesome dinner prepared by 5 star
chef, Christian & served by a great staff. I guarantee you will not
regret it & more than likely, I'll be sitting at a table next to you.
Again Shelley & Gerard, so special to see you guys. Your words meant
a lot to me. Congrats to Sarah (& Steve) - send her my big love. And
big hi to Adam - hope to see him next time!
Big hi to old friend, Ed Solin & lovely wife Rory. SO GREAT TO SEE
YOU GUYS!!! Ed, it's been too long - far too long - just GREAT catching
up with you!! Rory, how do you do it – you haven't changed in all
these years!!! You look amazing!!!.. OK… you too, Ed! Also .. hi
to friend from the North Lake years, Chris Cassone. Thanks for stopping
by Chris - best with your own music!
Hi Rollo (Phil) & lovely wife Pat - wedding congrats!!! It's about
time!!! It was so good to see you guys again… Hi Dean.. nice talking
with you .. hope you enjoy the CD… Hi Ann.. so good to see you!!
.. big Hi to Anne & Liz' friend .. can't quite remember your name..
saw you right after the show … Anyway.., it was GREAT to see you
again! Big thanks for saying hello!
Hi Howard! (Tony's co-worker) So glad you were able to come.. nice talking
with you .. Great meeting you Bill – WELL DONE!! .. hi to lovely
daughter, Alissa & so good to see Rise .. with the two "dots"
over the "i" .. all the best.. hope to see you soon!!
Great to see my old grammar school friend, Bill Kraft again & again
– it's always so good to see you at these shows Bill, It means allot
to me. Also great to see my old schoolmate from Stepinac, Bill Wetzel..
thanks for coming, Bill .. hope all's well. Let's catch up soon!
And Chuck & Mary .. & my Joan…. Big thanks for sticking
it out!!!!!! Love you guys!!
See you all soon!!!
2010 MOJO AWARDS
I was invited to be a presenter and since Mojo is pretty much the
music "bible" of our day (Uncut is great as well) and has been
a huge supporter of my recent work, this was some honor for me. I attended
with Richard England from Cadiz distributor (distributor of my stuff in
the UK). Richard is also a film co-producer of the coolest rock/documentary
on the planet, OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL, directed by infamous Julien Temple
(Sex Pistols/Rolling Stones). It chronicles the life & death of the
great rock-punk band from the 70's, DOCTOR FEELGOOD. The film is awesome!
Another at the table was the lead singer of that band, AXEL - a great,
honest & humble character - I love this guy!
I presented the CLASSIC SONGWRITER AWARD with lovely and off-the-wall
(in a good way - very nice) actress/ singer PALOMA FAITH. The winner was
a deserving ROY WOOD, who wrote several UK hits in the 60's & 70's
and founded or co-founded three hit bands, THE MOVE, THE ELECTRIC LIGHT
ORCHESTRA and WIZARD. Roy's a humble, nice guy. It was also very special
to meet his proud, sweet daughter, HOLLY as well. Great to see you Holly!!
Friend EMMYLOU HARRIS was there to present an award to The McGarrigle
Sisters.. to Anna (wonderful sis Kate passed away in January). Also there
receiving were Kate's brilliant & warm kids, RUFUS & MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
(dad is my old friend Loudon Wainwright from the 70's Warner Brother days)
It was wonderful to feel the spirit of Kate on stage with all of them
Martha kindly put me on the guest list for their sold out tribute to Kate
on Saturday.. more about that later.. THANKS MARTHA.. much love!!
Also receiving awards were a great new group from Texas, MIDLAKE - a sort
of a cross between RADIOHEAD and FAIRPORT CONVENTION – but VERY
original, with kind messages in the cloak of old diary-like text.
and DUANE EDDY won a big award and it was great to see him. WHAT A WARM,
HUMBLE MAN! He worked hand and hand with Lee Hazelwood. Somehow through
that connection seemed to know me instantly. Although I don't remember
meeting Lee, we shared the same friends & came from a sort of similar
place musically. Lee recorded my Storybook Children with Nancy (a duet
with Lee). Sorry I missed saying hello to Duane3's wife, (?? EED??), whom
he sweetly mentioned in his acceptance speech..
Said hi to Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) who was there to accept his HALL
OF FAME award. That was doubly nice when I heard he had wanted to say
hello. But stuff like this always makes me wonder when the great, soulful
John Platania will start getting that sort of deserved hero worship.
A big hello and thanks to the MOJO folks - Phil, Daryll & all, who,
at every turn, made me feel so welcome. Big thanks boys!!! See you next
WHAT A NIGHT!
Jun 13, 2010 – TRIBUTE TO KATE & ANNA – THE McGARRIGLE
This might be my favorite of all the shows I've ever attended -
not just because of the great music - but mainly because of the soulful
stuff that took place on that stage. The tears and passion of Anna, Rufus
& Martha really got to me. Their dear friend Emmylou Harris was so
brilliant and so warm., And it was great to see the others.. Nick Cave…
my friend, Linda Thomson, new friend Richard, son Teddy and so nice to
meet daughter Kamila at end.
Again, Rufus & Anna and Martha moved me so much tonight. There was
so much family love on that stage. It was a show I won't forget.
Thanks Martha.. hope to see you very soon!
Note: STAYED AT A GREAT HOTEL IN THE BLOOMSBURRY AREA called The Bloomsburry
Hotel .. ON GREAT RUSSELL STREET.
All "good" hotels are pricey these days.. but for between 140
& 200 pounds .. this is reasonable… as this is THE ROLLS ROYCE!
If you go, say hi to mgrs, Banni & Chris.. and great desk folks, Sophie,
Maria & Varna.. and bell guys Brian & Paolo.. They are awesome!…
Suggestion - if you decide to stay there, call Banni or Chris in advance
and ask them to save you a room facing Great Russell Street .. as the
daylight shines through clear & bright.. a nice way to great the day.
May 5-19, 2010
- The Netherlands Tour
2010 – arriving in EINDHOVEN
VENUE – THE FRITS PHILIPS THEATER
Since this is the last show on the tour, we have asked the tech folks
at the theater if we could have a late sound check. They cordially agreed.
We arrive at 5:15, load in & head for our tour ending dinner with
old friends Leanne & Martin & Bert Pjipers & wife Reitje &
our new tech friend, B.J.
We choose a great restaurant called THE GOUCHO (part of a chain, found
in several cities in Holland we loved the one in Leiden). After some good
food & celebration, we're back for sound check at 7:15.
VINCENT (sound) & HENK (lights) are so easy to work with. We're ready
in minutes. BIG THANKS – it would be great to work with you again!
This theater is amazing - certainly one of the best sounding rooms on
the tour. Because the sound was so rich on stage, John was in an amazing
comfort zone. And as soon as we took the stage & played THE REAL THING
I knew this was going to be a great JP night. John's rhythm playing &
solos on that song & HEY JONNY were off the charts. He was magic all
night & the audience let him know it at every turn.
We played another long show tonight & John & I went lots of new
places & took lots of chances. The YONKERS NY songs & stories
connected as usual, but the thing I'll remember was the latter part of
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
First, my old friend Rose & her family & friend were in the audience.
In their honor, I played "ROSE OF ARNEM TOWN" which I wrote
for Rose a couple of years ago. That song & the story about our meeting
is in my book/CD, SONGS FROM A DUTCH TOUR. I loved playing this tonight.
After a fun & rockin' WILD THING, I asked that the lights be turned
partly on so I could see the folks. Henk obliged quickly & I felt
even more connected to this warm group. When I asked for requests, some
real magic happened.
After a requested YONKERS NEW YORK – the title song of the current
album - someone asked for a TAYLOR/RODRIGUEZ song, LETS LEAVE THIS TOWN.
I told the person that I didn't do C&C duets, but I would play a new
song Carrie & I just recorded & I played "THE NEW BYE &
BYE", which will be released in September as part of a "best
of – with new songs". The song starts out with Carrie singing:
"What the hell are you doing?? YOU untrustworthy bastard!!
The audience seemed to absolutely love this one!
Immediately following we played a requested JOHN TUCKER IS ON THE WAGON
AGAIN which is always a nice memory for me. Then it was my new song –
written two days ago - DUTCHMAN BLUES, which reflects on my warm feelings
with all things Dutch. We left with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE & a
warm/reverent HOLY SHIT.
What a nice ending to a wonderful tour.
SAID HI TO MANY INCLUDING:
First.. BIG HELLO TO ROOSE ("Rose" – to me), her "too
perfect & kind" (only kidding) boyfriend, Steve, mom & dad,
Jan & Antoinette, aunt Els & husband Bert & one of Rose's
former teachers, TOON. So great to talk to you all.. that will be a great
memory from this tour
Glad you're home Rose. Best of luck with your thesis.. though I'm sure
you won't need that - so good to see you again!!! Steve – really
good to see you - best with the good/kind work you do.
HI Christine .. nice to see you as well! Hi Ton.. all the best.
Hi to great friends, Jan & Dini.. thanks for all the support always.
Hi Lilian & Rien.. so good to talk to you.. Hi Chantal.. hope you
like the CD .. thanks Rob.. see you soon.. Hi Arianne & Victoire (almost
forgot the "i" .. nice to see you.. Hi Lie.. & Hans.. &
OF COURSE GREAT TO SEE MY GREAT FRIENDS, LEANNE & MARTIN & GERDIEN
(will I ever get that right??!!) .. & so good to see you RALPH (Leanne's
brother) & friend CARMIN.. so great talking to you, CARMIN' .. thanks
so much for those kind words – that meant a lot to me. See you next
time with your "request".
THIS WAS ANOTHER SPECIAL TOUR – ONE I WON'T FORGET. Warm thanks
to all who were a part of it.
2010 – ARRIVING IN ASSEN (for show in Spijkerboorg)
With great memories of Rotterdam – specifically our show
at The Walhalla Theater – we headed northeast & arrived at our
Best Western Hotel (HOTEL DE JONGE) some two hours later at about 2:30.
This will be our home for our show tonight in Spijkerboorg.
I worked on a new song I started last night – not sure I'll have
the courage to do it tonight – called DUTCHMAN BLUES. After a very
good radio interview with a nice guy named Frans, we headed for the venue
in a neighboring town.
May 18, 2010 - HEADING TO SPIJKERSBOORG
Our friend/ tour manager/driver, Milan lives in Gronnigen, a large city
just north of Assen. He's lived there for years & still he has never
heard Spiijkerboorg – only a half hour away. So, we know this venue
is going to be in quite a small town.
We travel the pretty country roads about 25 minutes north west of Assen,
passing the little towns of Gasteren, Anloo & Annen –with their
beautifully manicured old 1800's homes – often with thatched roofs
– often resting beside little farms or flower gardens – and
arrive at a little theater in Spijkerboorg at about 6:00.
ARRIVING AT THE SPIJKERBOORG THEATER
As we pull in to the theater, we are greeted by Jaap, the promoter –
Frans, the DJ that did such a warm/nice interview – Berlina, the
kind manager of the place - & Cees, who will do our sound today. Simply
put, all these people seemed like good folks & made us feel totally
It doesn't take long to get good, simple sound & Cees, leaving John
& me to rehearse a bit – preparing for our "duo" show.
As Israel checks for his show, we meet the owner of the place - another
warmhearted guy named Willem. BIG THANKS FOR HAVING US WILLEM!!
THE OPENING SHOW
Israel opens with a nice solid show – including in his set one of
my songs, HOLDING ME TOGETHER, for the first time. Thanks Israel –
nicely done. He makes great connection with this audience & I invite
him to sing another, before John & I take the stage. Off-mike, he
performs a song about being drunk & hurt – I mean REALLY drunk
& REALLY hurt. I like this one. Israel leaves to a very warm response.
OUR SHOW (A BIRTHDAY GIRL!!)
This was a special one right from the beginning. A GREAT LADY NAMED LOUWKE
– a big fan of mine for years - was celebrating her 60th birthday
with family & friends. After a big sing-a-long HAPPY BIRTHDAY we began
our show in dedication to her.
The Yonkers stories & songs connected immediately. The truth is, I
LOVE telling the Yonkers stories – but never more than tonight.
I totally "lived" the stories with the audience as I told them
– so the connection was as honest & warm as it's ever been.
There was lots of good-natured humor mixed in with serious stuff –
& lots of country songs mixed in with some of my rock & roll hits
that I don't often play – like I CAN'T LET GO & ANYWAY THAT
YOU WANT ME.
But it was the simple warm things that connected us in the most special
way – like SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, CHARCOAL SKY, a requested BLACK
& BLUE AMERICA, a bit of LUCINDA WILLIAMS, "LAKE CHARLES",
for some visitors from Louisiana – JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE WAGON AGAIN,
a requested SEVEN DAYS IN MAY ..
& the new song, DUTCHMAN BLUES (a tribute to my Dutch friends new
& old). That was chilling!
By the way, John was so soulful tonight. I was calling for songs we hadn't
done in a long time – yet he followed my every move with such grace.
And the audience constantly showed their appreciation for the "magic
man"! GREAT JOHN!!
We ended our two hour show with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE – and
when we got our second standing ovation, we played HOLY SHIT, all singing
the chorus together to end the night.
HERE'S A FILM CLIP OF THE AUDIENCE (taken
by me) JUST BEFORE "HOLY SHIT"
SAID HI TO MANY SPECIAL FOLKS
First – HI LOUWKE – so glad you & your family & friends
celebrated your birthday with us tonight. I loved talking to you &
your husband Arnold – who, knowing you were a Chip Taylor fan, bought
you GASOLINE back in the day – when he was courting you –
to get on your good side! Soon after, he bought LAST CHANCE & the
rest – It was so special to sign those precious "gifts"
for you & Arnold tonight. It meant so much to me!
Hi to sister, TIENKE (HAPPY BIRTHDAY AS WELL!!!) .. hi to the rest of
the family, including HARJAN, son of Louwke? (or Tienke??) & girlfriend
Cindy – all such nice warm folks.
A VERY SPECIAL HELLO TO ROELIE & FINKE .. my thoughts are with you
both .. tell Jannes ( a fan for a while) I will look forward to seeing
him when I come back next year –– JANNES.. I had three stents
put in my arteries last February.. I hope you soon feel as good as I feel
Roelie - Ad's spirit will be in my thoughts/ I am SO glad I got the chance
to meet you tonight. We are totally in this together.
Hi EEF - a fan from GMT & beyond!! - so good to see you .. thanks
for those kind words about Black & Blue America (Nobel Prize etc.._)
& RIA, It was so good to meet you – hope to see you next time
HI MARTHA (DJ at the station) .. Thanks for the SEVEN DAYS IN MAY request..
HI JO .. so glad you both were here!
Hi to Sjoerd ("Stewart" in the US).. good taking to you .. you
as well, Fenny - Hi Albert – hope you enjoy the CD .. Willem.. nice
talking to you .. hope to see you next time.. HI HARRY & JANNIE, ERIK
& KIENA.. so good meeting you all .. hi WOUTER.. good to see you!!!
.. Hi Henk.. nice to see you as well!!
Hi Egbert .. nice talking to you.. best with your own music!!
WE LOVED OUR VISIT HERE .. BIG THANKS TO WILLEM, BERINA, FRANS, JAAP.
BIRGIT & CEES .. let's do it again!!
2010 – FRIESLAND, HEADING FOR LEEUWARDEN
The northwest part of Holland is known as the Friesland region. I'm not
an expert on the history of this but a local young lady named Erika told
me that it all goes back to Medieval times. For a time, Friesland was
part of Germany. Then came wars & treaties & now Friesland folks
are spread all over the place. But their "home" is here in the
north and the cities we're about to visit, Leeuwarden & Drackten,
are part of that region or province.
Frieslanders are proud folks – they have their own language, which
they speak mostly among themselves. Many have been my friends & fans
for a while & I am looking forward to seeing them!
HERE'S THE PLAN
We have a show far north in Drachten tonight then, after a day off; our
next show is in neighboring Leeuwarden. Since the towns are only ½
hour apart, we have decoded to spend all three nights in Leeuwarden.
Milan has chosen as our "home" for those days a place on the
outskirts of town called the WESTCORD, part of the WTC chain.. He's on
the spot with this selection as we've just had three days at the great
GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL in Leiden. He knows we want a very comfortable, but
affordable place. He says this one is all of that – let's see.
It's a two plus hour trip from Leiden to Leeuwarden. With Milan at the
wheel & some good conversation, the time passes quickly. We arrive
at the WESTCORD at 2:00 PM. MILAN DID GOOD – THIS IS AN AMAZING
THE WTC (THE WORLD TRADE CENTER??!!) is a big black-box looking building.
Inside that "box" it's fresh & spacious & brand new.
The rooms are space-age-like – lots of shiny glass & steel &
leather – something you might expect in a Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
There is also a health club, good bar/restaurant & A CASINO ATTACHED!
For three days – we will GLADLY take "glitzy". This is
a very cool place!! Normally, the hotel costs over $250 (US) per night.
Milan managed to get it for half price! GOOD WORK MILAN!!
We just found out that, for the first time, there is a change of schedule
for sound check at this venue. We don't need to check until 6:30. This
gives us a few hours to rest or whatever. I check out the casino. It's
glitzy & OK – the folks are nice there. One problem –
black jack is dealt from an auto-shuffling shoe, so my edge* would be
lost. So there's no sense in playing here tonight.
* As some of you know, I was a professional "card-counter" playing
blackjack years ago – banned from many casinos in the US. A card
counter loses his advantage when the cards are constantly shuffled, which
is the case with the shoe mentioned above.
May 12, 2010 – DRACHTEN / VENUE - LAWEI
This is a small, lovely theater, holding about 200. All the theaters we
played so far, kind of go straight back – more length-wise - in
a sea of new red (seats). This theater is spread out more to the left
& right & only about ten rows deep. The seats are, for the first
time, a different color here – a fresh gray. As usual in these places,
there's a good bar area to meet & greet folks after.
SOUND CHECK ETC
When we arrive at 6:30, we are met by our now friend Ghislaine (tech for
our entire tour). "Chris", as she suggests we call her, has
already coordinated with the tech folks here – Willem (sound) &
Jacko (lights) – great guys! We sound check in minutes & have
a few minutes to hook up to the Internet & relax before show time.
Immediately after sound check I meet the managing director of the theater
Alfred – a great guy. We have a few laughs
By the way – this is one thing different about this tour than those
of the past. At every venue, all of us are hoping to hook up to the Internet
as soon as sound check is over. Most all places now have a way to do that.
We found out in advance that this theater has a washer & dryer –
perfect for me as I'm almost out of fresh clothes. Milan handles that
chore for me – what a guy!!
This is one that I won't forget. Immediately after Israel's 30 minute
set - after a quick (one minute) change over by our tech Chris & a
helper - we were on stage at about 8:35.
As soon as we hit the stage there was an instant connection with these
nice folks. After a warm welcome & the friendly intros of Kendel &
John, we ripped into THE REAL THING. Then it was the good-natured fun
of BASTARD BROTHERS & a rockin' HEY JONNY that sealed the YONKERS
We ended this set with a soulful Angel Of The Morning & Kendel's rousing
TEN LOST MEN. We left to one of the biggest ovations on the tour. We felt
like we were playing for a bunch of old friends tonight.
As we've done for the past several shows, we paid tribute to friend Fred
Boenig's son Austin with FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIER. The warmth of that moment
filled the room & would stay with us for the rest of the night.
The set – although over 90 minutes in length –seemed to fly
by. There were so many highlights. As we neared the mid point real magic
started to happen.
SAW MILL RIVER ROAD felt so good & special. BIG RIVER brought it's
usual over–the-top reaction & totally rocked, with awesome solos
by John & Kendel. Then there was total connection to Kendel's BIG
TRUCKS. We had SO much fun with that!! Immediately following that fun
came the therapy of a loose & rockin' WILD THING with a great audience
sing-a-long chorus. I loved all of this!
THEN CAME THE FLOWERS – A GIFT TO EACH OF US FROM THIS TOWN &
THIS THEATER – WHAT A NICE THING - BIG THANKS TO ALL FOR THAT!!
After that presentation, I began the story of my first Holland visit back
in 1975, which led to my hit here, SAME OLD STORY – which we played
with many singing along. Then came a fan-requested / reverent version
of JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE WAGON (the flip side of the single back in'75).
AGAIN, I could see many in the audience singing along reverently with
this – I loved that!
Finally, again – at the insistence of fans – we ended the
show with everyone singing along to Kendel's BIG TRUCKS!! – one
more time again!!!! What a fun way to end this wonderful, memorable night!!
BIG THANKS TO ALL!!
SAID HI TO MANY AFTER THE SHOW, INCLUDING:
Hi Hanneke .. from Continental .. in charge of the logistics of our tour
– BIG THANKS HANNEKE .. GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!! Hope dad, Hans,
enjoys the CD .. & HI TITIA (mom).. so good to meet you!!
Hi Annie .. nice meeting you.. HI TO OLD FRIEND WIETSE .. great to see
you again!! Hi KLAAS .. was it you who bought the vinyl?? .. anyway ..
great talking to you.. Hi Mei & Jelco .. & HI CAREL.. who saw
me at the Paradiso back in the day.. I'm looking forward to that tape!!
Great talking to you!!
Hi Rinus.. & Wobbo.. a fan/friend for a while .. so good to see you
again!! .. Hi Geert .. & Willy & LUUTZEN.. so good talking to
you.. Big hi to ROB & ROMMY .. so great to see you here.. Hi JAN-DURK
.. hope brother Geart enjoys the CD .. hi TJEERD & GEKE .. & JAN..
Hi WOBBO & TINI
What a great wind down to a great night – hope to be back soon!!
May 14, 2010 – LEEUWAREDEN – VENUE
– THE HARMONIE
This is at least the third time I've played this theater complex over
the last several years. We're upstairs tonight in a pretty little theater.
Again, it's a state-of-the-art pace. Similar to most of the others, it's
new, with a sea of red (seats) rising above us from a "stage"
which is actually ground level with the front row.
Note: I forgot to mention this before. The artist actually looks up –
not down – to see his audience. It feels good to me.
We're on a new schedule again here. We arrive at 6:45 – greeted
by a nice guy - stage hand, Harold, who helps us load & guides us
upstairs to the stage area.. .. . Again, the stage is totally ready for
us – mikes & amps in their perfect places. Soundman, Renza,
has good sound for us in minutes & lighting lady, AnnaLuka gets her
lights the way she wants quickly, so we have time to hook up to the Internet,
call home & take a deep breath before show time at 8:30.
As soon as I hit the stage I asked our lighting friend, Anna-Luka to raise
the light level in the theater enough for me to see the faces. Immediately
I knew I was playing for friends & that was what this show is about
– playing for a bunch of Friesland friends
The stories were the highlight tonight. I could see the folks traveling
with me as I recalled my early days in Yonkers with my family –
my BASTARD BROTHERS, Jon & Barry & mom & dad, Elmer &
Barbara. They seemed to totally get into the spirit of a Monday at the
Nepperhan train station talking to the conductor, Harry, in CHARCOAL SKY.
And they journeyed with me to the CHAT & CHEW, with SAW MILL RIVER
ROAD, like they were in that place with me on that Friday night. I got
the feeling the Voights would have felt right at home growing up here
Kendel & John were awesome tonight again & the audience let them
know it. Kendel's TEN LOST MEN & BIG TRUCKS brought huge reaction.
The ending was quite touching tonight. I felt the audience right with
me as I recalled my first journey to Holland in 1975.
After a rousing version of my hit, SAME OLD STORY, we began a NEW segment
of the show called, THE MILAN MOMENT, whereby our tour guide & good
fiend, Milan, requests a song that we HAVE NOT prepared. Tonight he chose
DOREEEN, DOREEN a song from my songs FOR A DUTCH TOUR book/ album, inspired
by a lovely Maastricht girl.
After a guitar change – to Israel's waiting Gibson - due to a broken
string - we played a requested JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE WAGON AGAIN, &
then ended – or so we thought – with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.
When the crowd gave us a standing ovation, I was quite touched & played
one more in the spirit of this special bond. There were some misty eyes
in the house – including mine – as we played our final song,
GETTING OLDER LOOKING BACK.
What a special night.
SAID HI TO SEVERAL INCLUDING:
Big hello to Fedde, who requested two of my favorites, Michael's Song
& WHAT WOULD TOWNE'S SAY ABOUT THAT – played JOHN TUCKER in
that same spirit to end the show.. great to see you Fedde, I'll have my
song book ready for all requests next time I see you.
Hi brother Gerrit.. so good to see you both in the audience tonight. Thanks
for bringing your brother – see you both next time.
Hi Piet (a fan for a while) & wife Jelly .. who thanked me for SAME
OLD STORY ..much appreciated.. hi Linze & Margaret .. BIG thanks for
my "all things Fryslan" lessons (ie: "FRIES are FRIESLANDERS
.. according to REAL "FRIES" folks!!! .. get it?? – GOT
IT!!). GREAT TALKING TO YOU!!! ..
And thanks for the memories of radio station .. OMROP FRYSLAN.. that was
a special show & memory!! I wrote SHOTGUN MAN for Carrie there. Margaret
.. thanks for telling us about that great review of our show from a few
days back! So glad you saw it. Look forward to seeing you both next time!!
And hi to Eddie & Thea .. so nice talking to you …
BIG HELLO & THANKS TO THEATER MANAGER, PIETE (formally from the Zaandam
theater) .. for taking the time to say hi before & after the show.
Hope to see you again, Piete.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NEW FRIEND & tech supervisor for our tour,,
GHISLAINE – this is her last show with us – her husband, B.J.,
will take over that job for the next few days & then we will celebrate
together on the last day of the tour in Eindhoven on May, 19. SEE YOU
THEN "CHRIS" – big thanks for our little gift!! - MUCH
Thanks to all for another "magic" night.
May 14, 2010 – OSS, HOLLAND – AFTERNOON SHOW
ROOTS 66 FESTIVAL
LOVED THIS!! –Our friend Bert Pjipers & friends sponsor this.cool
little afternoon venue. It's great to see Bert, wife Rieje & son &
daughter Ton & Jannie soon after arriving at 1:00 PM..
We're the first act of seven. After a quick sound check with Jan Willem
(JW) – we're on stage at 2:00.
THE SHOW – This was special. We felt an immediate connection with
these folks. We opened with THE REAL THING again – this was so special
today .. with cool little 50's riffs coming from John's guitar in between
lines from the verse – then we went back & forth with blasts
of YONKERS NY & songs from Kendel's album.
HEY JONNY, WITHOUT HORSES (so special today), TEN LOST MEN, OH BABY LIE
DOWN, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD with a reprise of BIG RIVER were all highlights..
then we blasted I LIKE TRUCKS, ANGEL OF THE MORNING, WILD THING &
SAME OLD STORY.
A big highlight for me was the little chorus of CIRCLE OF TEARS dedicated
to Diana in memory of her recently departed dad, Sief, who loved that
This was such a warm way to spend an afternoon on the way to a show tonight
SAID HI TO MANY, INCLUDING:
Hi Diana.. I'll try to remember the entire version of CIRCLE OF TEARS
for next time – much love to you! Hi to old friends Paul & Yvonne
from Harlem.. good to see you again & again..
Good to see singer/songwriter Naomi & husband, Greg .. best of luck
today - & hi to Paul from Heaven magazine .. thanks for the nice article
- & Paul, tell your daughter, Robin, I'll look forward to having dinner
with both of you next time you're in new York. All the best!
Hi Hans .. thanks for your support over the years.. great to see you!!
Hi Gerard & Marcel & Rogier & Peter.. & Lidija .. so good
talking to you all. GREAT to see you again, Jos.. your great future starts
now!! Best of luck!!
Big thanks to Ghislaine's husband, BJ, for stopping by & checking
out our show & set up. BJ will be our tech supervisor for the remaining
THANKS BERT!!! SEE YOU IN A FEW DAYS!!
May 15, 2010 – APELDOORN – VENUE –
THE ORPHEUS THEATER
ARRIVING IN APELDOORN
Since we're coming straight from an afternoon show to this one, B.J. made
arrangements for us to show up right before show time & plug in &
We check into our hotel at our VERY good Best Western hotel in Apeldoorn
at 5:30, have a few minutes to relax & arrive at the venue at 7:00
– on stage at 8:00.
Again, we split the first set with our friend Israel, who does another
fine job opening.
The thing I'll remember most about this show & that made it SO, SO
special, is the great friends who were here. I'll mention all of them
Anyway.. this was another total, living-room-like connection. Highlights
were far too many to mention. I loved all the Yonkers NY songs again tonight.
BASTARD BROTHERS, HEY JONNY, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD & CHARCOAL SKY were
so special. Kendel was awesome .. John brilliant as usual. Every night
he brings new, inspired magic – he did amazing stuff on Kendel's
OH BABY LIE DOWN tonight – he always amazes me – he alone
is totally worth the price of admission
Aside from OH BABY…, Kendel's TEN LOST MEN & BIG TRUCKS killed
tonight. But probably my biggest memory will be – first, Milan's,
(MILAN'S MOMENT) choice of HOLY SHIT… which became a total prayer.
and by far my favorite moment of the night, GETTING OLDER LOOKING BACK..
dedicated to my great friend, Matin, who very recently lost his brother,
Jack .. right on the heels of losing his mom.
Much love to you Martin.
BIG HI TO MY FRIENDS & OTHERS AFTER THE SHOW
So great to see old great friends, Leanne & Martin (& Geraldine)
.. who have been so much a part of my love affair with Holland since 1975.
Thanks you guys – great hugging & talking to you - see you in
a couple of days!
Big hello to old great friend, Isis & mom Gerda, who have been there
from pretty much the beginning as well. Isis, it's so good to see you
looking so good. Congrats with your new job. Like mom, I'm so proud of
you!! See you soon, then again & again.
Hi Birgit & Rudiger so wonderful to see you.. what a great spirit
you bring – see you in Eindhoven!! – Hi Ziggy .. always great
to see you. Big thanks for the MICKEY BAKER CD .. we can't wait to hear
HI DINI & JAN .. wonderful to see you front & center again. You
are special friends .. what a nice thing for me .. see you in Eindoven..
Hi EP & NICO .. so good talking to you..
HI GEESJE & HANS .. so good talking to you both .. thanks for the
WILDWOOD FLOWERS memory (the show you & friends (WF) booked at Café
De Paris .. hope we can do it again.. tell Cor I sent my big regards ..
HANS .. so glad you are feeling good again.. my best wishes to you always..
you are special, kind folks..
Hi Ryan & Hans .. great to see you at the end.. Thanks for leading
the "GROOVY" in WILD THING … WELL DONE!!
THANKS TO ALL FOR A SPECIAL NIGHT .. I'm writing this from my hotel room
in Apeldoorn. In a few minutes we are heading for our afternoon show in
Talk to you soon!
May 16, 2010 – HEADING FOR ROTTERDAM (for
an afternoon show)
The last time I played in Rotterdam was on Nov 16, 1975, at a theater
called THE LANCAARN (the "Tourch") Shortly after that performance
Warner Brothers released my single, SAME OLD STORY & within weeks
of that performance the single went to the top of the Dutch charts.
I remember feeling a total connection with that audience. It's been a
lot of years. I'm wondering if the connection will be anything similar
to that today.
VENUE – THE WALHALLA THEATER
We arrive at 1:30 & are greeted by the smiling faces of tech trainees
Maurice & lovely Julika & another extraordinarily kind staff person,
Marcella. Soon we meet a terrific lady, Rachel, who manages the theater.
The venue is as pretty a little place as you'll ever see. It's more like
a little old Parisian café with the stage area right in front of
us at floor level as we walk in - with about 100 antique theater seats
rising to the right.
Our sound tech BJ is there waiting & within' minutes, with joint efforts
from Maurice & BJ, we're very happy with the sound.
photo by Jeroen Louis
I have to find the right words to tell you about what happened here in
the next couple of hours. For me it was the most precious/special connection
show in memory. Simply put, I can't think of a show I've ever enjoyed
more than this one.
Kendel, John & I were totally comfortable & loose from the start
- in large part because this wonderful audience was so welcoming. We started
with THE REAL THING & followed it with an awesome, viby version of
Kendel's OH BABY LIE DOWN. I can't remember that ever sounding better.
And with that, Kendel's connection with this warm audience was totally
Then came the stories & songs of YONKERS NY. & this audience was
totally "there" on that journey back in time. BASTARD BROTHERS,
HEY JONNY, WITHOUT HORSES, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD were followed by BIG RIVER
& mixed with TEN LOST MEN & BIG TRUCKS & all totally connected.
CHARCOAL SKY sounded so magical this afternoon, as did ANGEL OF THE MORNING
(Kendel's harmonies sounded so beautiful to me today). And WILD THING
totally rocked – John was awesome & the audience let him know
it - & the therapy sing-a-long was off the charts & so much fun!!
But the part of the show I'll remember most was the end - from the story
of my first visit here in 1975 to the performance of SAME OLD STORY to
the requested STORYBOOK CHILDREN, SON OF A ROTTEN GAMBLER & BLACK
& BLUE AMERICA – all of which, though not prepared, sounded
so fresh & chilling. It amazed me that – not only did I remember
these songs – but that Kendel & John played & sang with
me like we had prepared them. I think the comfort zone we had with this
audience had a lot to do with that.
And that was the real story here this afternoon - the total connection
all of us on stage felt with this warm, wonderful group. This was special.
And it does not get better.
SAID HI TO SEVERAL AFTER THE SHOW, INCLUDING:
Hi ANNET .. so great to meet you finally .. thanks so much for your support
over the years & BIG THANKS FOR BRINGING YOUR FRIENDS, ROBERT, OLGA
& WIM.. so good to meet you all – hope to see you soon again!!
Hi TERRY & LINDA… BIG THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME & MAKING
THE JOURNEY FROM THE UK.. MUCH APPRECIATED!!
Hi Djan & Francoise .. so good to see you,, Hi Bert & Nicole &
Betty & Henk.. it was so good to talk to you .. thanks for the kind
words. HI KEES & ANKE!! .. & MARTIN & CORRIE.. so good to
Hi Janneke & Jeroen.. & Lea & Elly & Bob – so glad
you were here.. thanks for the kind words as well.. HI TINI & JAN..
good to see you.. & BIG HELLO TO JOOP & the CHANGE OF KEY gang..
DANIELLE & multitalented, MARYKE.. all the best with your own music
.. thanks for the kind words..
AGAIN .. BIG THANKS ROCHELLE.. thanks SO MUCH for your warm welcome &
total hospitality! .. Hi MARCELLA.. so good talking to you after the show!!
.. hope the picture turned out OK .. , Hi JULIKA.. so good to see you
as I got out of the van.. & when we left.. you're special!! Best of
luck with whatever you choose.. & MAURICE.. great to see you when
we arrived.. & when we left .. all the best with your tech studies!!
THANKS TO ALL MY ROTTERDAM FRIENDS – WHAT A WAY TO SPEND A SUNDAY
AFTERNOON!! HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
2010 – ARRIVING IN HOLLAND
After a comfortable couple of hours in the SAS executive lounge at ARN
airport in Stockholm – compliments of Kendel's frequent flyer privileges
– it was a short plane flight to Amsterdam's Skipold Airport. There,
we picked up a 9 passenger mini-van & with Kendel at the helm –
arrived at our modest hotel in Zaandam – the Bastion.
John Platania had arrived earlier in the day & was eating dinner,
drinking his second gin & tonic & smiling as we arrived. After
a good meal & OK red wine & some good talk, we hit the sack at
May 6, 2010 – ZAANDAM
Our opening act – a singer/ songwriter from New York, Israel ??
arrived at Skiplod at 9:00. Cordially, Kendel got up early to meet him.
After a leisurely morning & early afternoon, we all headed for our
first Dutch tour venue.
VENUE – ZAANTHEATER
When we arrived at the side loading area, we were met by old friend TON
DERKS (GREAT TO SEE YOU TON!!!) & our new sound & stage advance
person, Ghislaine – who would take charge from now on in (husband
Bart-Jan will join us later). Also there to greet us were kind theater
stage hands, Walter (lights) & Chris (sound) & Meich. We unloaded
& were sound checking soon after.
Then it was back to the hotel to freshen up, back to the theater for a
good dinner. We were on stage at 9:30 – after a very good opening
set by new friend.
After THE REAL THING, we paid tribute to a good friend, who just lost
his son in Afghanistan. I spoke to my friend (Fred) just before we went
on stage – he asked if we'd sing DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE
for son Austin, which we did & the audience seemed to get lost in
that moment with us.
Then it was YONKERS songs with Kendel here and there. This is the first
time back for John Platania. Despite jet lag, he was his special self.
My favorite part of the show – aside from the intimate YONKERS story-songs
& Kendel's great ones - was the requested JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE WAGON
from my THIS SIDE OF THE BIG RIVER album (a success here in 1975) &
a reprise of my 1975 hit, SAME OLD STORY, which followed a rockin' WILD
THING & a chilling ANGEL OF THE MORNING (Kendel sounded so soulful
tonight on that one).
We ended with a rockin' I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE & left the stage
to warm & loud applause. This was a great beginning for our tour.
IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK!
Big thanks to all for this kind "welcome back!!"
SAID HI TO SEVERAL, including:
HI STEVEN (tech director of the theater) .. big thanks for all your help..
& so great to see your new bride (& mom of your kids), Marloes.
Maloes, Steven said you bought your first Chip Taylor CD when you were
16 - big thanks for that!! God bless you, Steven & the boys. Hope
to see you soon. Next time let's celebrate!! Again, BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!
Hi to kind & lovely manager of the theater, Cecile .. BIG THANKS CECILE.
Thanks for you "welcome" - hope to see you again. Hi to Peter,
thanks for getting the CD from Train Wreck early on. Hope to see you soon.
Hi to RANKO - so great to see you in the audience with dad, KLAAS &
mom, CISCA. Take care of the vinyl collection!!!
Hi Nico & Hanneke.. & Jaap .. & Joni .. Nico ..& Rob ..
& KASIA .. my Polish friend..from Kryzstov Zanussi territory.. great
talking to you.. Hi Chrystal .. at the bar.. hope you enjoy the CD!!
This was a special night .. thanks to all!
May 7. 2010 – HEADING FOR BERGAN OP ZOOM.
Kendel at the wheel – about a 2 hour drive down toward Belgium and
west – close to the North Sea. We arrived at this beautiful, quaint
town & our Tulip Inn at about 2:00. After a bit of time to ourselves
we're off to sound check.
THE VENUE – DE MAAGD THEATER
What a beautiful place!!! This was once a church & much of that feeling
remains. The tech crew, Jan & Gert are waiting – Stefan (lights)
arrives a bit later. The sound is awesome – we're checked in no
time & head for a nice dinner at a local Italian restaurant.
Simply put, this is one that was magic from the beginning. It gave me
such a warm feeling to see this audience from the stage – so many
smiling, familiar faces. It was like playing for family in my living room.
John & Kendel played so inspired tonight & Kendel songs, TEN LOST
MEN, OH BABY LIE DOWN, SEVEN SHADOWS & BIG TRUCKS were cool, sexy
& totally connected. Highlights were far too many.
Again, I loved the ENTIRE show tonight – everything felt so honest
& inspired. The YONKERS stuff – with all the stories –
BARRY GO ON, HEY JONNY, WITHOUT HORSES (that was so special), CHARCOAL
SKY (oh yes… that too!!) & SAW MILL RIVER ROAD .. with the BIG
RIVER & ENDLESS SLEEP tributes - totally connected.
Another special memory from this night was the requests, BLACK & BLUE
AMERICA & STORYBOOK CHILDREN. I hadn't done either of those in a while.
With the right audience, uncharted waters can be the most magical course.
And that's the way it was tonight!
When we left the stage our kind tour tech friend, Ghislaine, said –
"are you OK, Chip, you played for over two hours. Do you need a rest
before meeting folks & signing CDs?"
I laughed – I had no idea we played for that long – it was
such a smooth journey!
This was one for the books!!! Loved this.
Because of the lengthy show, many had to hurry for transportation at shows
end. A big hello to all of you – thanks so much for sharing this
night with me!!
But I did say hi to several, including:
Old friend Martin.. great to see you my friend. My thought will be with
you through these tough times. We'll toast Jack in song when I see you
next in a few days.
Hi Francis & Pia – you are both such great characters in the
CT story – it seems right you end up together at these shows. Wonderful
to see you – love to the kids.
Hi Giel & Tito .. & Piel, Peter * Hilde (Matilda) .. so nice talking
to you.. big hi to John & Renee .. from Belgium.. wonderful talking
to you.. yes.. I'll remember GRANDMA'S WHITE LEBARON for next time!!
BIG HI & THANKS TO THE STAFF, JO JO, DOREEN & DONNA .. great to
see you .. we appreciated your kind spirit. Hope to see you soon again.
May 8, 2010 - RADIO WEST in DEN HAAG
ON THE BEAT – A ONE HOUR RETROSPECTIVE OF MY HITS COMBINED WITH
YONKERS NY SONGS with a very nice guy (& informed host) Hans
It was so nice to be greeted by Marian at the reception area, who invited
us to relax in the waiting room & have coffee. THANKS MARIAN, so nice
to meet you!
I LOVED THIS!! New friend Hans guided this interview-mixed with recordings
– asking very good questions about the old days & current ones
with a special reverence to both. We talked about the history of WILD
THING, ANGEL OF THE MORNING, I CAN'T LET GO - & one I hadn't heard
for a while, WORRY by JOHNNY TILLOTSON. Hans combined that with talk about
THE REAL THING (C&C LIVE) – which he called "the best song
he ever heard" - & two songs from YONKERS NY - CHARCOAL SKY &
This was as comfortable & informative a discussing about my hits (&
recent works) as any I remember. BIG THANKS HANS!! Hope to see you at
one of our shows!!
May 8 – ALPHEN AAN DE RIJN
HOTEL het OOSTEN (A JAPANESE HOTEL/RESTAURANT)
Honestly, we were not happy with these accommodations. It's a fairly large
restaurant/hotel complex – run by Japanese folks. Maybe it was because
it was the weekend, the hotel part seemed empty except for us (I heard
later that during the week the place is quite crowded) A seemingly not-so-cordial
"chef" checked us in. I'm quite sure it was a language barrier,
but with other things not to our liking, we'd choose not to stay here
I hate to complain as some of the folks here were quite nice. But the
first impression was not great, so we'll stay somewhere else next time
we visit this town.
VENUE – CASTELLUM THEATER
This is a town filled with good memories. I played a Sunday afternoon
show here at a local hotel (Hotel Toure – I think?) during every
tour from 1997 through 2001 – booked by old friend Cor Sonne. It
was always like a vacation stop for me – arrive Saturday afternoon-
good dinner – good whiskey – good friends. – sleep late
– wake up – roll out of bed – play music for nice, kindhearted
folks .. then dinner & whiskey again.. then a good sleep, before moving
on. What a life – how I Loved that.
Then my friend, Dale Watson came to town for one of those Sunday shows
- & in late night "bar closed – fit", he trashed the
place. And there went my vacation Sundays in ALPHEN AAN DE RIJN.
But we're back in town - & those memories are with me. Tonight we're
playing a little theater in another side of town. I'm really looking forward
We're staying pretty far outside of town, so tonight we decide to sound
check, have dinner close by & stay at the theater. – rather
than travel so far to go back to our uninviting hotel.
We arrive at the theater through the town maze, at about 4:30 & sound
man Bert, lighting tech, Kees, & helper Vilco greet us – all
good guys. The soundboard is a digital one, & the last user had made
the sound of each channel far too bright for our liking. But before too
long, Bert got it sounding simple & solid. With that safely out of
the way, we headed for a nice dinner at a good Italian restaurant just
around the corner, where server Sonna was so helpful. SORRY YOU HAD TO
WORK SONNA – we'd have loved to see you at the show!! – Next
After dinner, we rested in the spacious green room area at the theater
where we met the theater mgr, Lot ("Charlotte"). SO NICE TO
SEE YOU, LOT – thanks to you & all the staff - we love this
I rest on a sofa & actually sleep for about ten minutes – a
first for me!! I wake a bit refreshed & ready. Kendel & John are
in a great mood as well. I'm sure this mood will carry forward to the
Were on stage at about 9:30.
As I hoped it would be, this was another very special one for the books!
Again, it was like being in someone's living room. All the stories from
YONKERS connected big time. I'm always a bit nervous that there might
be too much of that – but they have been such a comfortable fit
for these past shows.
Note: After the show several folks would say how much they loved hearing
the stories & how different & special that was.
Again, one song into the set,, I paid tribute to my DJ/record promoter
friend, friend Fred Boenig, who lost his son, Austin in Afghanistan a
few days ago. We played "FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIER in his memory. The
audience was totally with you & Austin in spirit again tonight, Fred.
I will take you both with me throughout this tour. GOD BLESS YOU, MY FRIEND–
see you soon!
Kendel said later that BASTARD BROTHERS was a total highlight for her
(as a listener). In retrospect, I guess it did have a very special thing
tonight. Somehow I think it brought folks closer to the loving relationship
I had with my warm & amazing mom, Barbara.
Kendel, John & I had a special togetherness on stage tonight –
we just had a lot of fun playing for these warm, kind folks. And individually,
both Kendel & John shone big time! All K's songs were special - TEN
LOST MEN brought huge applause & was certainly a huge highlight!
SAW MILL RIVER ROAD was so touching for me tonight. I could see several
singing reverently along with the chorus by the time it came around again.
And a reverent recall of Johnny Cash's BIG RIVER brought huge response
– as did ANGEL OF THE MORNING & a totally reverent/fun version
of WILD THING
My '75 hit SAME OLD STORY ended the main part of our show. Although we
encored with requests, I CAN'T LET GO & ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME (my
TROGGS FAN CLUB FRIENDS calling out for that one) – which I loved,
by the way – the truth is I felt this audience "got" my
true country heart, & the words from SAW MILL RIVER ROAD seemed to
get to ring truer than ever tonight.
"It was country & it was country & it was country again
& sister Susan just loves what the neighbors can't stand"
There were lots of "sister Susans" in the audience tonight –
& you all were awesome!!! Big thanks to all who shared this night
Because there is an opening act (new friend Israel is doing a fine job)
& our show goes on for about two hours (though it certainly doesn't
feel like it), many in the audience have to head home rather quickly at
For our next show in Leiden, I have decided to split the first half of
the show with Israel (play for about 20 minutes immediately after his
30 minute set), so we're further along our Yonkers journey before the
break - & before the second half starts. Hopefully, this will leave
more time to spend with fans at shows end – I'd like that.
It was so great to see old friends Gerard & Co(o)ck before the show.
Thanks so much for making the trip from Haarlem & beyond! - sorry
you had to leave before I came to the bar area after the show. I was hoping
to see you. SEE YOU SOON AGAIN!!
HI ROB & PEGGY .. great talking with you guys!!! Rob.. loved the Ray
Davies stories!! Hope to see you both very soon! Hi Piet, great to see
you again & again.. thanks SO much for your support!! Hi to Rob &
Ton.. & Corrie & Mieke.. Hi Alex.. tell Paul Hooper I sent my
HI WIJNAND & ELLEN.. so good to see you front & center. Thanks
for your support through the years (solo, with Carrie & now).. much
appreciated!!! Hi Ineke.. good to see you!!!
Hi William (Willem) & Caroline… so glad you checked youtube
& showed up!! It was great seeing you in the audience & talking
to you after the show. Love to the girls., hope to see them one of these
days. Hope they like Kendel's great CD. It's so hard to believe you guys
have an 18 year old!! Hope to see you next time!
PETE & PETER (TROGGS FAN CLUB FRIENDS) .. always special to see you
guys .. Big, Big love to Jacqueline .. & big hello to REG & Barbara
& the boys .hope to see them soon!!
THANKS TO ALL – see you soon
TOUR NOTES HOLLAND May 11, 2010
May 11 – MILAN IS BACK!!!!!!!!
Our tour mgr/driver for the rest of the tour has arrived!!! Milan &
I became friends about three years ago when he first road-managed one
of our tours. And since then, every time I return to Holland I ask that
he join us. He was in Germany with another band until now.
Kendel picked Milan up about 20 minutes away in DEN HAAG. As I return
from a walk through the canals, he's waiting in the lobby. WHAT A GREAT
May 11, 2010 – LEIDEN - - VENUE – STADSGEHOORZAAL
It's only a five minute drive from our hotel to the venue, located along
one of the canals in an area close to where I've been walking every day.
We arrive & load in at 3:30. By the way – this is a constant
ritual as we're on a union schedule with the tech (sound & lighting)
folks at every show (load in at 3:30 – check at 3:45 – finished
We are greeted by a great lady, Natalie, who guides us to the back side
of the venue where we meet sound tech Jimmy & sound man Tim, two GREAT
The sound is AWESOME as soon as we plug in. We're ready to go to dinner
It's only a two minute walk to our favorite restaurant in Leiden –
THE GOUCHO. After a quick meal we had back to the hotel for a bit &
Just before we get on stage, Bart – the kind, warm managing director
of this & another theater in town – stops by to welcome us.
BIG THANKS BART!! GREAT TO SEE YOU!!
We're on stage at 8:15.
Usually Israel plays a short first set and, after a 20 minute break, we're
on stage for two hours – where many in the audience have to quickly
catch transportation home.
Tonight we decide to tack on 20 minutes of our show on to the first half
so we can "say hello" to the audience before the first break.
Actually, this was suggested by our friend & colleague (distributor)
here, Bert Pjipers ,when we first arrived in Holland – but an unusually
stubborn me didn't listen to him. Right Bert?!
The changeover from Israel's show to ours takes a bit more than I expected
– 3 or 4 minutes - but once we're on stage we quickly realize that
this new format works BIG TIME!!!
The communication with the audience is there from the start. We get a
great welcome as soon as we hit the stage from this seemingly shy &
reserved (but soulful) audience. After I introduce Kendel & John we
breeze through THE REAL THING, OH BABY LIE DOWN, BASTARD BROTHERS, HEY
JONNY & ANGEL OF THE MORNING .. & the connection with these nice
folks is sealed.
Tonight, for the first time, Milan is selling CDs at intermission &
Kendel goes back to say hello to the folks & sign CDS.
We start off with FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIER – as a tribute to Austin
Boenig (our friend's son) who lost his life last week in Afghanistan.
From there the show seems to fly by with the great spirit of the YONKERS
NY stuff – in story & song ( AGAIN, FOLKS HERE LOVE THE YONKERS
STORIES!) - mixed in with the cool Kendel songs. I LIKE TRUCKS, which
has been missing in other shows due to time constraints - totally connects
Highlights for me were again far too many to mention – but let's
go with SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, which I could see was totally connecting
with these kind folks tonight as many were singing the chorus by songs
end, SAME OLD STORY (my #1 hit in Holland in 1975) - with the story of
my first visit here in the 1975 & a requested JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE
WAGON AGAIN (the flip side of the hit).
We ended with a rousing I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE & returned to the
lobby to say hello to folks soon after.
SAID HI TO SEVERAL, INCLUDING:
Hi Sjoerd .. great to see you! Thanks for the JOHN TUCKER'S ON THE WAGON
request – I loved that tonight!! Hi Monique – it was so great
to see you again!! Thanks for the '75 memories. But you look too young
to remember those days!
Hi Maggy & Huus (kind of like Hubert) ,, so good talking to you. Hi
Wouter & Helga.. good meeting you both .. thanks for the kind words!!
.. Hi Niclaas & Frea .. & AAD .. so good to talk to you .. HI
GERARD & KEES .. so good to meet you guys .. thanks for making the
trip from Amsterdam.. & Gerard, thanks for the nice words about THE
GHOST OF PHIL SINCLAIR (my duet with Lucinda Williams).. he was a special
Hi Rudolf.. good talking to you!! A BIG HELLO TO FUTURE GREAT GUITARIST,
Joe (great to see you Joe!! – thanks for coming!!) .. & dad
Greg (originally from the south of Wales) & mom, Nelleka – great
to see & talk to you all!! So glad Israel met & invited you. Hope
to see you soon again.
This was a special night .. what a nice group of folks to play for.
4, 2010 Sweden Tour
2010 – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Kendel Carson & I were supposed to arrive a few days ago but were
delayed by the volcano ash. I arrive shortly after 11:00 (Kendel will
join me in two days). Due to a quick turn around in Munich my luggage
does not join me, but the folks at lost-luggage assure me it will be sent
to the hotel.
I'm met by now good old friend, Bjorn Petterson (my great friend, Hakan
Olsson's partner at a company called Rootsy that distributes our CDs &
promotes & books us in this part of the world.
We wait for Orjan Maki, a guitarist from the great Swedish band, Willy
Clay, to join us. He arrives at 1:30 & we make the one plus hour trip
to Norrtalja, where will stay this night.
Note: Orjan wears a kind of be-bop 50's hat that sits & his hair flows
down to his shoulders – an easily recognizable look. When he arrives
he is greeted by a group of adoring high school kids – kind &
serious in their demeanor. Willy Clay has gained that sort of reverence
in this country in this past year. It's a nice thing to see as they're
Orjan & I will play three shows tomorrow at Norrtalja prison, then
one evening show at a cool venue in a castle-like manor close to Stockholm.
Great friend, Hakan Olsson & wife Monica will make the long journey
from Malmo to meet us there. I'm looking forward to that.
ATELLET HOTEL, NORRTALJA
I am so happy that Bjorn booked us here. This is the Rolls Royce of hotels
in the area. We'll move to the castle for one night tomorrow, but otherwise
we'll be here as a home base for several days
This is the place I came every night to wind down when I visited last
year. My friends Lynn & Amanda are there to greet us, along with Anna
(the kind girl who checked us in) & Camilla (who hooked me up to the
Internet), & two lovely young ladies, both named Andrea.
After taking care of some Internet business, Orjan & I rehearse before
heading downstairs for a great meal. After dinner I relax at the bar with
my friends Lynn & Amanda, new friend, Andrea, & some nice folks
who are part of tomorrow's wedding party (including groom Andreas &
father in law, Leif).
FYI – Since my heart operation last year I DO stick to one single-malt
scotch whiskey plus a non-alcoholic beer to finish up the night.
Great folks & a good Laphroig scotch - what a nice way to wind down
my first day in Norrtalja.
Apr 24, 2010 NORRTALJE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON
This day was as important to
me as any day – ever – in my singer/songwriter career.
Escorted by prison guard (& our tour-master), Bjorn Petterson, Orjan
& I arrived at 12:30 – We went through a security check like
you would at an airport, & then were guided to a large living room-like
area which would be our performance space for the next several hours.
Note: soon we'll meet another Bjorn Petterson – bass player for
the Willy Clay band – don't get confused!
The prison is divided into four cell blocks called "pavilions".
Last year we played for inmates from Pavilion A & D in two different
shows. This year we will play for Pavilion A, B & C. – three
shows – each one lasting about 40 minutes, leaving me 15 minutes
to linger & talk with the prisoners.
Last year, we recorded each show &, through our Swedish rep, Rootsy
Music, gave a CD gift of those performances as a Christmas present. Throughout
the day, the prisoners thanked us for that gift.
SHOW #1 – PAVILION A
Many of these folks are in for life .. or a long, long time. I remember
many of the faces from last year. I enjoyed every minute of this show
& felt a deep connection to these men. We played THE REAL THING, DANCE
WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE (A HIGHLIGHT AT EACH OF THESE SHOWS) These &
several songs from YONKERS NY (BASTARD BROTHERS & HEY JONNY &
SAW MILL RIVER ROAD were certainly highlights - as well as some hits.
In each show we ended with a song I had written for the boys last year
– contained on the "live" CD - called NORRTALJA PRISON.
Here are the lyrics.
You will play my guitar
– walk my motorcycle shoes
You will ride my highways – and I will sing your blues
And I'll go right on singing – 'till there's nothin' left to lose
And we walk through the gates of Norrtalja Prison
Jesus was a lifer – if the truth be known
So don't go pounding on your chest or throwin' that first stone
'cause we're all in this together – 'till he says it's done
And we walk through the gates of Norrtalja Prison
Stephon's eleven years – are for hashish not cocaine
And Patrick, Matts & Dennis – their story's about the same
And Michael's doin' six years for stabbin' his father – for layin'
his sister down
And I have seen those eyes before – and I will see those eyes again
You ain't so tough as nails – my good hearted friend
And when I return tomorrow we will walk through the gates of Norrtalja
Smart folks – Marcus sold apartments – economic crime .. sell
stuff you own
Marcus sold apartments – that he truly did not own
Hey Robbin did you steal computers – so you could shoot stuff up
And Sasha did you try to kill someone – who meant your family harm
Someday we'll all walk through the gates of Norrtalja Prison
note to Robbin.. not sure you shot stuff up your arm .. poetic license
AFTER THE SHOW I SAID HI TO A MANY, INCLUDING MANY WHO BY NOW SEEM LIKE
Hi to: Mattias.. good to see you again.. it was good for me to see how
quickly I recognized you & many.. hope your garden blooms in the coming
Hi Robbin.. good to see your smile again.. Hi Meran, Aziz, Martin, Geage,
Renaldo, Anders .. another strong memory from last year.. & Miller
& Joe, Stephon (one of the "stars" of my song), Ismael &
ALSO.. GREAT TO SEE THE KIND & MUCH LOVED "WARDEN" OF THIS
PLACE, ANDERS.. who stopped by to see the performance on his DAY OFF.
Anders has been a fan since THIS SIDE OF THE BIG RIVER – released
In between shows Anders requested "SAME OLD STORY", from that
album. It was good to play that song after all these years. Great to see
you my friend!!
SHOW #2 – PAVILION B
This was a new group of guys to play for. But the connection was solid
& I'll look forward to seeing many of these boys again next year.
Note: I started standing up & moving & singing close to the guys
here – busking style. That just felt like the right thing to do,
I continued to do that for the next group as well.
Again.. highlights were similar to the first show.. definitely connected
with DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE, HOLY SHIT & NORRTALYA PRISON..
but perhaps the highlight for me was when I sang CHARCOAL SKY & said
"God bless America & that charcoal sky" – one of the
prisoners, ERGON said rather defiantly.. "MY COUNTRY TOO!!".
So the next time I sang that chorus I changed the lyrics to "your
country (ALBANIA) too!!)
BIG HELLO TO:
Great to see you ERGON.. thanks for the lyric change! Hi to Afrim, Galchan,
Mattias, Selman, another Methias (note the different spelling).. &
Tommy & all the rest.. I'll see some of you next year! All the best.
SHOW # 3 – PAVILION C
This was a challenging group. But I loved every minute. Again, I performed
standing up & moving around within the group.
One of the things I remember is as follows: As I told my story .. "for
many years I was a professional gambler", it sounded to one prisoner
.. was it Majdi?? .. that I said, "professional GANG MEMBER"
.I replied, " no that was YOU.. I was the GAMBLER"!" –
These boys had a very good sense of humor.
Another memory - when I sang HOLY SHIT & said "THE DEVILS IN
THE CORNER OF THAT SMOKY SUBWAY ROOM", everybody laughed & pointed
to the prisoner IN THE CORNER of the room.. just good hearted fun.. a
wonderful spirit was in this room today.
Again.. DANCE WITH A HOLE TOTALLY CONNECTED. When I say connected, I mean
all the prisoners got a serious message from the song - and the pulsing,
simple rhythm of it helped bring the message further home. This was serious
stuff. And after the fun of many other songs, the feeling & mood of
NORRTAJA PRISON was totally reverent & serious. For me, this is as
important as my music can be. Thanks for that boys.
Hi to ZAHER, MAJDI, BENON.. (I liked watching your foot tap.. it let me
know I was in the right direction).. Hi to ascot-wearing "movie star"-like,
Johnson. It was good to see you my friend.
Hi to Nolag, Zaher, Burba, Zegko, Rade (ACO), Munim, (FROM IRAQ).. thanks
for your advice & tolerance .. I'll tell George (Bush) when I see
him!)… Hi TO MY POLISH FRIENDS MICHAL, MARIUSZ, & KRYTIAN..
made me think of my friend, film director & humanist, KRYSZTOV ZANUSSI
(from Poland).. a good thing!
Hi Stanley & Valeri, Seho & Abdalla Shakib.. & NO NAME!! –
from Azerbaijan - I'll tell Angelina you sent your love!
SEE YOU SOON, BOYS - I LOVED PLAYING FOR ALL OF YOU TODAY!!!
Apr 24, 2010 – VENUE – THE SKEBO PUB..
IN SKEBO -
THIS IS THE VENUE THAT ALL SINGER/SONGWRITERS DREAM OF PLAYING.
We've heard about this amazing venue for years. Back in the early Chip
Taylor, Carrie Rodriguez days, two volunteer representatives of this place
– ROLF & LEIF - came to a theater show we were doing in Stockholm,
They invited us to perform here back then.., I FINALLY MADE IT!!!!
The community runs & owns this amazing place. It's a nonprofit organization
run by amazing volunteers.
THE COMMUNITY THAT HOUSES THIS MUSIC VENUE SPRUNG UP 100 years ago - around
a ore mining plant. That factory has long since disappeared.. But the
amazing art community flourishes.
The SKEBO MANOR HOUSE, built in 1770, like a large estate house. This
houses a world-class restaurant which features organically homegrown produce
& game gathered from their own hunting grounds. It sits at the back
part of a circular stone driveway, which has two carriage house sleeping
quarters on either side.
BY THE WAY - My old friend Bjorn Petterson, bassist in the now-famous
in these parts - Willy Clay band – flew in for this show .. GREAT
TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND!
ALSO.. MY GREAT FRIEND HAKAN OLLSON & WIFE MONICA made the long trip
from Malmo to visit & support us. It's always special when we get
together – this is no exception!
REHEARSAL OR AMAZING DINNER
Bjorn had just arrived – we had a choice – rehearse or eat
an amazing meal. We chose the latter.
DINNER AT THE "CASTLE"
At 6:30, we ate an AMAZING delicious 5 course meal - each course described
in detail by a wonderful hostess. Then Bjorn, Orjan & I. rehearsed
for a few minutes. We were on stage at 9:00 PM
SHOW TIME 9:00 PM
The venue was sold out. What a wonderful welcoming audience! After an
intro from our wonderful host, Rolf, we began.
This was a show I won't forget. With only a 5 minute rehearsal before
show time – only to brush up on the opening two songs – this
entire show took on a unique character – one of a, "we'll figure
this out as we go" attitude… & we won't worry about it."
And that's what brought the magic. It's what happens when musicians first
learn a song. The magic often happens with innocence of the unknown revealing
itself. Bjorn & Orjan & I were totally in that zone tonight!
From DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE through the journey of YONKERS NY
- & into requests for long forgotten (or so I thought) songs such
as SAME OLD STORY & WE COME UP SHINING - to the final curtain call
of my tribute to the prisoners, NORRTALJA PRISON – this was as soulful
a show as I've ever been involved with.
And this great audience was part of the magic from the beginning. They
understood the situation with the lack of rehearsal time. And I could
feel that they felt the heroics of Orjan & Bjorn as they forged into
unknown territory. It's so special when an audience gets that!
WHAT A NIGHT! It doesn't get better!!
First, hi & thanks to volunteers Rolf, Leif (at the bar) & John.
And yes, we'll come back – the sooner the better.
Hi Anna.. thanks so much for the kind words. See you at the ACCURATE on
September 19th. Hi to mom Marie & friend ULLA..from Greenwich Connecticut
(in the 80's) .. hi to Anders.. so nice to talk to you.. Hi Leif &
Maria.. good to see you again!!
Special hi to Anders .. my friend in charge at Norrtalja prison.. &
lovely wife, Britt-Marie.. So great to see you both tonight!! Big thanks
for the longtime support. Hi to Bengt .. who brews the amazing local beer
in the downstairs area.. And big hello to our new friend & music critic,
Magnus, who requested WE COME UP SHINING.- that was special tonight.
NOTE: Magnus would write a glowing & magical article in the following
days newspaper – BIG THANKS MAGNUS!!
BIG THANKS TO ORJAN & BJORN – WITH NO REHEARSAL ON SEVERAL NEW
ONES.. THEY TOTALLY CAME TO THE TABLE!!
Got a chance to relax with Hakan, Monica, friend Per & others before
calling it a night. Can't wait to come back here!
Apr 25, 2010 – OBE PRISON
This is NOT a maximum-security prison. It's more like a camp with fences
around it. The prisoners here are either in for lesser crimes (a lot of
drug trafficking & drug using) or have been shifted here at the tail
end of time served for more serious crimes.
We played here last year. There's not one prisoner from that group still
here. They've all been let out.
Just before we played I said hi to a couple of prisoners, Peter &
Jocke, with less than two months left to serve.
Again, we played busking style – with no mikes.. though Bjorn did
amp his bass for a bit of presence.
This was nice group to play for – highlights were about the same
as at Norrtalja.. let's go with DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHIE, BIG RIVER,
HOLY SHIT, ANGEL OF THE MORNING & WILD THING..
I've misplaced my notes here.. But I remember a few names:
Robin.. all the best in rehab.. & hope you make that hockey team.
AND JONAS .. special thoughts of you, wife Jennie & son (almost 2
/ Linus). I wish you the best, Jonas, with being a chef or whatever –
SEE YOU ON SEPT 19th AT THE ACCURATE IN STOCKHOLM.- DON'T FORGET!! And
Jocke & Peter.. nice talking to you guys. Hope to see you on the outside!
Apr 25 – KENDEL ARRIVES!!
After the Obe show, Bjorn, Orjon & I drove to Stockholm airport &
picked up a tired Kendel Carson. Kendel & I were driven straight to
the ATELLET HOTEL, NORRTALJA - again - what a wonderful place to come
to when you've had a tough travel day. Kendel was so appreciative of that.
We arrived at 7:30 big thanks to Lisa for fixing us up a late dinner at
It was good to relax a few hours later with Lisa & Amanda (hotel staff)
& Ryan (from Australia) before calling it a night.
Apr 26, 2010 – OSTERAKER MAXIMUM-SECURITY
It was less than an hours drive from Norrtalja to this prison. We arrived
at about 9:00 AM. Eva & Katrin were our kind & warm hosts –
AND STRONG! Each helped us load our sound system. BIG THANKS.. SO GLAD
YOU WERE THERE TO GUIDE US THROUGH THIS SPECIAL DAY!
Johnny Cash recorded a live album here some years back, playing from this
same stage. I feel so honored to share that memory & that stage with
the folks here.
The thing that separates this prison from others is that the inmates do
ongoing therapy – 12 Step OR a thing called Cognitive Therapy. Each
inmate chooses which he'd rather do. The latter is, from what I gather,
sort of identifying your weaknesses & meeting them head on & fixing
them for the future – NOT – AS 12 STEP DOES – "confessing"
your past sins.
Eva & Katrin suggest that a combination might work better, but they
say all these inmates tend not to come back again as the ones housed in
"no therapy" institutions.
I LOVED THESE SHOWS TODAY!! I allowed a good 15 minutes to talk to the
prisoners & totally enjoyed that. And Bjorn & Orjan were just
great… & the inmates showed a lot of appreciation for their
We played THE REAL THING, DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE, HEY JONNY, BIG
RIVER, CHARCOAL SKY, BIG RIVER, ANGEL OF THE MORNING, WILD THING &
NORRTALJA PRISON.. which the prisoners to a man revere.
The audience response to DANCE continued to be amazing.. definitely a
favorite.. & at every show the prisoners sang along with WILD THING
There was amazing camaraderie between us & prisoners today - and the
song, NORRTALJA PRISON, sealed that deal at every show.
AID HI TO MANY INCLUDING:
AT A CELL BLOCK CALLED "THE PAVILION"
Hi to: Peter, hash dealer, Jonas.. hi to son Carl (Calle), Jonas .. it
doesn't seem fair to me.. best of luck.. Hi Gary .. 3 to go .. see you
soon.. Hi Amir (the welder) . I'll see you on the outside!! .. Hi Hisham..
keep up the good work .. hi SAMIR.. my Polish/Iraq friend .. great talking
to you… Hi Magnus.. for the sake of NADIN.. you'll make it I'm sure..
Hi Kim (armed Robbery).. sounds like you're on the right path .. one more
year - no turning back now!!
And all the others .. this was a great thing for me – loved talking
to you all – best of luck!!
CELL BLOCKS H-1 & H-2
Hi to: Alphonse .. 6 to go .. you'll make it my friend.. hi John.. 4 years
.. see you soon!!.. Hi Henok Major .. 3 to go.. lookin' good!! .. Hi Robertino..
hi Stephon .. 2 to go!! – good work.. Kristeffer .. 5 total? ..
all the best.. hi Reine Bergsfron?.. only 3 to go .. keep it up!! .. hi
Michael.. 9 to go .. you'll do it .. see you next year!!.. Hi Vasco..
& Jojje.. great talking to you – I know it's unfair.. great
talking to you.. come to one of my shows when you get out & tap me
on the shoulder.. I'll look forward to that!!.. Hi Kristian.. 2 will fly
by!! .. see you soon.. hi Jorgenlysr .. drugs I think .. not fair.. hi
Viberg .. 3 to go.. keep it up.. Hi Peter, Lee, Karlsson, Niklas, Henhe,
Andreas, Axelsson, Kamal .. all in 3 to 5 rage .. all the best .. I'll
look forward to seeing all you guys again!!
Cell Block H-3 & H-4
Hi boys.. Keneth – 2 to go - & Mats – 3 plus.. Geogen
– 7 - & movie star Balla (from Gambia) – drug dealer ..
great talking to you .. no reason for you to be here!! .. back to your
economic studies!! .. Eva told me!! .. Hi Jamal.. bad deals here .. all
the best.. thanks for the kind words re: the NORRTALJA PRISON SONG ("Stephon's
11 years are for hashish NOT cocaine").. I'll be thinking about you..
Joachim.. nice talking to you
Hi to Alexander (helped girlfriend escape from prison.. got put away himself
& they found girlfriend, Olivia .. now she's back in as well.. OK,
Alexander.. we'll say hi to Olivia next week & send your love .. hi
Ronnie.. another bad deal.. best of luck..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FAFI!!!.. great sharing the day with you.. Hi Mattias..
thanks so much for the kind words .. hope you get a break..
Hi to another Stephon (Gullberg) .. hard to believe you're a bank robber
.. you look more like a professor.. I'll try to get you that CD..
Bjorn said .. one of the guys said.. "this was so nice.. he took
us to another time & another place for a while" .. thanks for
I'll take you with me boys.. all the best!!
Special hi to guard Justine & ex-husband AKE. Hope to see you at a
show soon, Ake .. thanks for the support over the years.
BEGINNING WITH THIS SHOW, THIS WAS AS MOVING A PERFORMANCE DAY AS I'VE
Apr 27, 2010 – NORRTALJA
VENUE - THE TEATERN – GUEST APPEARANCE with Eilen Jewel & band
(Jason/ drums – Jerry / guitar – Johnny / upright bass)
Our promoter, Bjorn, booked Eilen & her great band tonight & since
we were in staying in town asked if we would stop by & do a guest
appearance. We readily accepted.
We last played on the same stage with Eilen & the boys two years ago
at the Americana Festival in Nashville. THEY ARE AWESOME!!!
It was just Orjan, Kendel & me tonight as Bjorn had to head back to
Kiruna for a Willy Clay TV filming.
This was a wonderful group of folks to play for and friend John from local
great band, SIXPACK HOLLIDAY, got us some good sound to work with.
It was good to hear Kendel performing again. She was awesome tonight.
Highlights of our mini-set were many .. but lets go with Kendel's OH BABY
LIE DOWN.. which set a good tone for the rest of the show. CHARCOAL SKY
was chilling tonight.. BIG RIVER & WILD THING totally rocked.. &
again .. the chilling show stopper was the song for the prisoners, "NORRTALJA
PRISON" .. this was magic.. I heard later people were openly crying..
I was on the verge myself.
THE EILEN JEWEL SHOW
Eilen was a bit ill .. maybe severe jet-lag, but YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE
KNOWN IT. SHE AND THE BOYS WERE AWESOME TONIGHT.. so glad we all could
be together again.
Big thanks to my Atellet Hotel staff friends who stopped by – AMANDA,
LISA (& BJORN) & CAROLINA.. I love you guys.. thanks so much for
the support .. (& THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!!! .. that was so touching!!)..
Hi to Leif .. good to see you again!! .. big hello to Marie!! .. hi SVEN..
thanks for coming by.. what a nice surprise!..
Hi to Peter & lovely Nathalie at the end.. hope you enjoy the CDs..
I'll look forward to seeing you next time .. & HEARING ABOUT YOUR
WEDDING!! .. right Nathalie!!! .. stay in touch through TRAINWRECKRECORDS.COM
Said hi to several others but misplaced notes with names.. big thanks
to Christina, Hakan & the great staff!! .. hope to see you next year!!
APRIL 28 – CHECKING OUT OF ATELLET HOTEL, NORRTALJA
Big thanks to all here .. Sanna, Amanda, Lisa, Andrea & Andrea, Karin
& all the rest .. this was like a vacation for me thanks to all of
you!! …hope to see you next year
Apr 28, 2010 – ARRIVING IN KIRUNA
Kiruna is Willy Clay territory. All the boys in the band are from here
so I've heard about this mining town for years now. Most folks that live
here have something to do with mining ore from the adjacent mountain.
The tunnel for the excavation has traveled clear under the town &
the word is that for safety reasons, the town will soon have to be moved.
For a few months in the winter there is NO sunlight. In my brain I've
imagined this as a tough town – a dark & dingy one - one you
didn't want to set foot in.
As our plane lowered for landing & I looked down at the terrain I
realized my mind had played tricks on me. This, in fact, was beautiful
territory. It reminded me of northern New York state – not even
so far up – maybe the Catskill region. When I exited the plane I
took a deep breath of the cool mountain air. Although it was close to
freezing (yes it is cold up here), the sun felt warm & I felt warm
enough in my blue jean shirt.
Big thanks to Yvonne (Orjon's wonderful girl friend) for picking us up
– driving us to our extremely comfortable & MODERN Scandic hotel
to check in - & then having us to her home for a GREAT meal!!! What
SOUNDCHECK AT THE VENUE – Within walking distance of the place,
this cool little modern pub-restaurant has warm, welcoming vibe. This
is the first music venue for this place. Bjorn Petterson – bass
player from Willy Clay – has booked this show for owner Arthur,
who is hoping to do a series of these type shows in the future.
Bjorn would play bass for us tonight – as well as be our sound engineer
& host. When Kendel, Orjan & I arrived Bjorn had the equipment
ready for sound check. But more important .. lovely SARAH was there with
the great little boy, OLOF.. the cutest guy in the universe!!! GREAT TO
SEE YOU SARAH!!
We practiced a few Kendel songs & then headed back to the hotel for
to relax before show time.
JUST BEFORE WE WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL, MULTI- TALENTED LEAD SINGER FROM
THE WILLY CLAY BAND, TONY, STOPPED BY TO SAY HELLO
GREAT TO SEE YOU TONY!!! Congratulations on all your success .. you all
deserve it!! THE WORLD NEEDS WILLY CLAY!!
THE SHOW – The show is sold out. Ten tables holding about six people
each line up in two rows to the back, where it's standing room only at
This was magic from the start. Although the audience gave shy response
to the performance at first, we could tell from the look on the faces
that we were connecting big time. By the start of the second set, the
responses were looser & far more vocal. There was an amazing camaraderie
with the audience & the performers tonight. We were in it together
– AND MAGIC HAPPENED IN KIRUNA TONIGHT!!
There were far too many highlights to mention. Kendel was awesome &
much appreciated. Her TEN LOST MEN, SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES
& OH BABY LIE DOWN all killed. BASTARD BROTHERS, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD
with the BIG RIVER tribute, DANCE WITH JESUS & HEY JONNY all had a
But the ones that left me with chills were DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE,
I NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT, NORRTALJA PRISON & a requested THE SHIP
– these were so special tonight – in big part due to the soulful
performances by Otjon, Bjorn & Kendel –
I LOVED THIS NIGHT – Big thanks to all who were part of it.
AFTER THE SHOW
Special thanks to owners Arthur & Louise (at the bar) – loved
being here – thanks for the kind words, Louise.. that meant a lot
to me. Arthur, well done my friend – all the best with future shows!
Hi Arne.. thanks for the invite to the ICE HOTEL & the kind words
– see you & Cecilia in the AM .. THANKS FOR THE NICE WORDS CECILIA..
& for recovering from your operation quick enough to attend tonight!
See you in the morning.
REINE .. SO GREAT TO SEE YOU & LOVELY SANDRA.. loved talking to you..
that was special for me. Hi Anton. (brother of great Willy Clay lead singer/
songwriter Tony.. so good talking to you & friends .. hi Mattias (hope
friend Janne enjoys the CD) & Erik .. Harry .. hi Tobias.. & Tommy
& Ann Christina .. so good talking to you!!
Hi Kent .. (dogsledder & big WILLY CLAY supporter) .. great talking
to you… Hi Jonas (cousin of Willy Clay drummer Freddy – Freddy
.. thanks SO much for being here tonight
Hi Joakim .. glad you were out of the ground tonight. Stay safe my friend
– I loved talking to you. AND BIG, BIG HI TO BJORN'S MOM MARI &
FOREVER FRIEND / OLD BOYFRIEND, Janne .. hope brother Roland enjoys the
CD as well .. good talking to you…
Hi Sarah.. THANKS SOOO MUCH FOR BEING THERE.. Bjorn gave me your message
.. thanks for that!! AND BIG HI & LOVE TO YVONNE.. great meeting Tim
.. hi to him.. & hi to Robbin.. hope to see him next time!! By the
way.. you're man was AWESOME .. & so soulful tonight!!!!!!
Apr 29, 2010 - THE ICEHOTEL – Jukkasarvi, Sweden (near Kiruna)
We met Arne at the show at our show at Arthur & Louise' TRADGARN last
night. Arne is an artist / entrepreneur – one of the founders of
this now world famous place – which happens to be only 15 minutes
drive from our Scandic hotel
Arne & his lovely artist wife, Cecilia offered to pick up Kendel &
me at the hotel this morning & give us a quick tour of this trendy
hotel made of ice (The ICEHOTEL) before taking us to the airport.
First stop – their lovely little cabin on the Torne River opposite
the hotel grounds. What an amazing little getaway place – precious
& perfect ,, with a working old 78 player sitting next to us &
old time music as our background. After good, informative conversation
– i.e.: The Sami Indians (Laps) from 100 plus years ago.. the English
smarts that helped get the ore from the Kiuna mountains.. the neutral
position Sweden took in WW II .. the Germans securing access to the Norwegian
port & getting their hands on the ore from Kiruna .. etc.. etc…
& very good coffee, we wound around to the other side of the river
to visit THE ICEHOTEL.
AMAZING – a 40 room hotel / with bar & church & lobby ..
all made from the river's ice .. all designed by the greatest designers
on the planet – all for rich/elite guests to spend ONE NIGHT IN
A FREEZING ROOM!! Who would have guessed this would fly!! – But
fly it does!!! BIG TIME … The art IS truly amazing .. as is the
JAMES BOND-LIKE ice cutting room where blocks of the river are cut by
monster machines to form the fabric of each room.. We overlooked this
from our walk way above.. like Bond's GOLDFINGER .. strange / crazy stuff
Oh yes.. the guests can retreat to warm cabins for a longer stay .. which
most opt to do.
Huge thanks to our new friends, ARNE & CECELIA for this amazing adventure!
Words to a recent song came to mind:
"Nothing – nothing – it comes & goes
And you're left with nothing – nothing I suppose"
Apr 29, 2010 - ARRIVING IN MALMO
Old friend & mgr/distrib for us in these parts, Hakan Olsson, picked
Kendel & me up at Copenhagen airport & drove us to our Malmo hotel
– this time the cool, elite/ with old fashioned flair – SAVOY
HOTEL – with great, great restaurant & world-class single-malt
Kendel is still jet-lagged & opted to call it a night. Hakan &
I wound down at the bar with his wonderful wife (& my great friend
as well) Monica. After two hours worth of good food, whiskey & conversation,
I called it a night as well.
Apr 30, 2010– VENUE – MALMO KONSERTHUS
- GUEST PERFORMANCE with JILL JOHNSON
Jill is an amazing vocalist – in the tradition of Anne Murray &
Dusty Springfield & Evie Sands – a one-of-a-kind. She is at
the forefront of the soulful Swedish country music scene, and a few years
ago went to the top of the charts here with an amazing version of ANGEL
OF THE MORNING. Last year she joined me performing that at my show in
Goetenberg .. now she's invited me to join her here.
It was great to see Jill again – along with now friend Lotta (Jill's
amazing background singer). When we arrived at 4:30, we were greeted by
Johan – Jill's tour mgr (& great guy) & within minutes we
were sound checking. Jill invited Kendel to join in playing fiddle on
Angel Of The Morning. The idea was – that after performing that
with Jill & her awesome band – led by guitarist, Goaran –
Kendel & I would perform a song by ourselves. We chose Charcoal Sky.
As we rehearsed Charcoal Sky I invited the band to join in if they saw
fit. During the first rehearsal of the song they joined in & were
amazing!! By the time we finished the second run through we were totally
locked - what a blessing!!
Jill put on a charming warm, magical show – lots of good hearted
fun ( it was in Swedish & I'm not sure what she was saying that brought
the laughter) - & lots of great performances by Jill & her amazing
THE DUET & CHARCOAL SKY
Jill graciously introduced me & after a few kind words back &
forth, we performed a chilling duet of ANGEL OF THE MORNING, which the
audience seemed to love. Kendel joined in on fiddle with the other strings
Then it was a journey back to a Monday with my mom & dad & my
brothers on Charcoal Sky .. & Kendel & the band killed - &
I got lots of chills again.
AFTER THE SHOW:
Said hi to many, including:
Hi Anke & Klaus & Bjorn (bought CD for Mimi .. hope she enjoys
it!!). & Kimmo, Kterina & DAVID (who would surprise me & Hakan
& family with some good English stout back at the hotel bar later
– BIG THANKS MY FRIEND!!!)
Hi Johan & Marie .. & big hi to Sven.. a fan from way back who
has all my old vinyl albums & latest CDs (including all C&C duets.
Hi Mats & Tamara.. & Glenn & Frederik - & Johan, Paul
BIG HI TO MY NEW FRIEND GABBIE & HER FRIEND, Karina ("Korina,
Korina.. where you been so long").. loved having fun with you guys!!!
.Hi Pemilla & Jonny – a huge Johnny Cash fan – thanks
for the kind comparison .., he's my hero as well .. Big hi to Elinor &
John (BOCIJ) .. good talking to you all … & hi Denice .. hope
to see you all next time!
AFTER THE SHOW – THE SAVOY BAR
Wonderful to wind down with Hakan Olsson & wife Monica & MY GREAT
FRIEND – THEIR DAUGHTER ELIN.. she is absolutely a one-of-a-kind!!!!
(Elin is now back in Malmo, working at the concert hall where we just
played) We all shared a lot of good laughs & warm talk together. It
is SO special to be together!
SURPRISING BACKGROUND MUSIC!!!
For an hour or so, it was Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez night at
the Savoy .. as our duets constantly were streaming out of the sound system.
I had no idea why. I found out later that the unassuming bartender that
had been waiting on us these past nights, Daniel, was a fan of my music,
including all the C&C duets – a fan of the WILLY CLAY BAND loved
their honest – guy next door approach & heartfelt music - &
a fan of Hakan Olsson's amazing ROOTS.NU web site. GO THERE – YOU'LL
FIND OUT WHY!!!!
Thanks for the beers, David!! And Big thanks Daniel – you made my
May 1, 2010 – HEADING FOR GOTEBERG (another "guest" with
Friend Hakan Ollson picks us up at 11:00 – With good conversation,
the time flies by – arrive at the hotel by 2:00 – sound check
at 4:30 & after a quick meal at a local pub, we're ready for our "guest"
show at 7:00.
BEFORE THE SHOW
Again Jill is so cordial before the show with us (& during the show
with the audience the band).. Great to meet Jill's kind-eyed husband,
Hakan (what a nice guy) who spent much of the night holding & dance-walking
their new sweet/ delicious three month old (as of yesterday) baby girl,
Jill warmly introduces Kendel & me - then Jill & I talk a bit
before beginning our duet of ANGEL OF THE MORNING. I begin the verse &
it is total chill time when Jill enters with:
'I see no need to take me home
I'm old enough to face the dawn"
The chills continue as our voices hit the chorus. Again, in the tradition
of Dust, Evie Sands, Anne Murray & the like - .. Jill Johnson is one
of THE great SOUL/ pop voices of our time. And with this awesome band
plus Kendel & the string section – this version of "Angel.."
After ANGEL, Kendel & I begin CHARCOAL SKY - my journey back to a
Yonkers New York train station – on a Monday - with my brothers
& mom & dad. By the second verse the band joined in & tonight
– Lotta (one of the greatest soul-background singers I ever heard
- joined in singing the chorus & band leader / ace-guitarist Goran
split the solo with Kendel & was amazing!! What a train ride it was!
And this audience seemed to love the journey!!
Big thanks to Jill, Lotta & the boys!!
AFTER THE SHOW
Said hi to several, including:
Frederik, Mona, SIV (hope the close up picture turned out OK! .. hi to
Emil & Loec from France.. & Josefin & Susan.. & Mikael..
& Roland.. & Belinda
JILL JOHNSON/ CHIP TAYLOR duet!!!!! – COMING SOON!!!!
Jill & I have decided to record a new song of mine, FOREVER'S GOING
UNDERGROUND. If all goes well, we will release it on Chip Taylor "BEST
OF" scheduled for released by Hakanm Ollson's ROOTSY label in Sweden
in September. It will also be available on a Jill Johnson compilation.
THANKS JILL.. SO GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!
May 1 – AFTER THE SHOW
BOX WHISKEY FRIENDS
After the show it was great to see my friend Peter from BOX WHISKEY –
located in the Box region, about two hours north of Stockholm –
nestled on a river only a few miles inland from Sweden's east coast.
We talked for a while in the dressing room – then headed for our
cool little boutique hotel to continue our discussions. The hope is that
BOX WHISKEY & Chip Taylor can partner up for some special events.
Peter is here with cohort & BOX board member, Anders. Under the tutelage
of John McDougall (head distiller of Laphroig & Springbank), Anders
has been mastering the craft of distilling. That expertise, coupled with
the selection of Barley (smoke dried, clean air dried - or otherwise moisture
reduced) will go a long way in determining the characteristic of BOX whiskey
– stay tuned!! But, whatever the characteristic - one thing for
sure – this will be amazing stuff!
For the time being BOX imports choice selections – mostly suggests
from John MacDugal) – THESE ARE AWESOME SELECTIONS !!! Their homegrown
BOX stuff will be flowing in a few years!!
BOX TASTINGS / plus CHIP TAYLOR "LIVE"
Again, the purpose of our meeting tonight was to organize Chip Taylor
/ BOX WHISKEY events.. hosted by legendary head-distiller, John McDougall.
By evening's end, Hakan Olsson, Anders, Peter & I have agreed we will
team up for several shows/ tasting beginning the end of September. These
get-togethers will be held in exclusive manor-house hotel like places.
BOX WHISKEY plus CHIP TAYLOR, JOHN MCDOUGALL & friends! JOIN US IF
YOU CAN – THIS WILL BE SPECIAL!
Check the website for further info!
May 1 – NIGHT - A BAD COLD IS COMING
I've been fighting off a cold – swollen glands / fever etc., for
a few days now. Contac, vitamin C & a sleeping pill help me get through
the night. I'm not too bad in the AM – but it's lurking.
May 2, 2010 – HEADING FOR OREBRO
After breakfast, Hakan escorts Kendel & me to the train station. It's
a very pleasant two-hour ride to Orebro, where Orjan - fresh from his
heroic performance with the WILLY CLAY band at a festival in Bergen, Norway
– is waiting.
We check into our new "home for three days" – The Clarion
– a very comfortable place to call home! BIG THANKS TO CARIN for
taking the tome to get me a fan & hook up my Internet.
BEFORE SOUND CHECK
Just before leaving for the venue for sound check, in our lobby, Kendel
& I meet Orjan's sister, Kerstin, brother-in-law Mats & our kind
host / producer of this show , Anders. I've seen Anders several times
over the last few years. He had booked an earlier show (last Wednesday)
but due to the volcanic ash problem, it was canceled. He put this show
together at the last minute.
THE VENUE – SOUND CHECK
We walked down friendly town streets & arrived at our venue –
the SKANDIC GRAND HOTEL at about 5:30. After a brief sound check with
Anders modest but solid system, we had a good dinner there & were
ready for the show.
THIS WAS A MAGIC NIGHT!!!! I'm never quite sure if folks will "get"
the stories or if we should just play the songs. It was clear early on
that this audience loved the whole picture – stories included. So
this became "the best of Chip Taylor, Kendel Carson & Orjan Maki"
– as intimate as you can get.
We played for about 50 minutes .. took a 15 minute break & then played
for the better part of two hours.. & the time just flew by.
Aside from several great highlights from Kendel's two albums (OH BABY
LIE DOWN, RIBBONS & BOW, SEVEN SHADOWS & I LIKE TRUCKS, , this
was a YONKERS NEW YORK night – all the stories & songs from
that album – BASTARD BROTHERS, HEY JONNY, WITHOUT HORSES & CHARCOAL
SKY totally connected with story & song.
And another special thing about this night's performance was that new
stories arose from old ones. I thought & shared things I had never
talked about before (including the BOX WHISKEY / HEART OPERATION story.
And all of us were totally lost in this sort of off-the-cuff thing together
& THAT WAS MAGIC FOR ME – REAL MAGIC.
After a rockin' WILD THING, we ended with a wonderful/ reverent sing-a-long
version of HOLY SHIT .. & closed with my tribute to the prisoners,
NORRTAJA PRISON. Thanks to all who were here for bringing out the honest-best
in all of us!
SAID HI TO SEVERAL AFTER THE SHOW
Note" lost my notes .. so a few from memory:
Hi Peder & Elita?? .. so good to see you both.. Hi Sten & Hoken..
& music-lover Leif & lovely daughter, Evelyn.. hope to see you
next time – don't forget .. best with your studies.. Hi MARIA ("Mary,
Mary") Great to see you at the side of the bar.. best with your music..
hi Frederik & Anna??? – what was the second part of that.. it
was so great to see you later.. thanks so much for the kind words!!..
Hi Kerstin (another one) .. Hi Goran!! .. nice talking to you
Hi Lena .. good to see you .. Hi Stigbjorn – nice talking to you..
Hi Hakan.. great to talk to you as well .. Hi Krisin & Erik &
Lennart.. thanks for the kind words
Kersten & Mat .. so glad you made the trip .. it was so special spending
time with you!!
ANDRES – THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR EFFORTS – LOVED PLAYING HERE
= BIG THANKS LILLIS – MUCH LOVE
And to all the others .. this was special.. I'll look forward to next
God Bless/ chip
May 2, 2010 – HINSBERG PRISON (WOMEN'S PRISON)
– in Frovi, Sweden (close to Orebro)
There are about 350 women prisoners in Sweden - as compared to 6,000 plus
men prisoners. The prison we are going to houses most of Sweden's women
prisoners – about 200. It's a maximum security facility. The crimes
they are sentenced for varies – lots of drug stuff – stealing
– battery, murder, etc.
A great guy named Hakan is in charge of social activities for the prisons
in this area. He meets Orjan & me at 3:00 PM at our Orebro hotel.
Hakan has a strong tie to the prisoners and is a wonderful force in bringing
a better look at their plight. He is their voice so to speak.
As a side, the singer/ songwriter in Hakan, is recording songs written
by the prisoners & will perform them at various functions.
We travel about one hour to the prison. AGAIN, THIS IS MAXIMUM SECURITY
– BUT YOU COULD FOOL ME. This "camp" sits on a hill in
a pretty countryside area. On top of the hill is a beautiful manor house
the holds staff & some prisoners. Spread out below are three or four
dormitory-like buildings, immaculate in their appearance.
After going through a solid security check I am greeted by the head master
of the prison, Britt Marie, a kindly looking middle aged woman who thanks
me profusely for taking the time to come here.
We find our way to the back to a small theater-like room. This is the
best performing area by far that we've encountered on this prison tour.
The room is in a clean, new building & is equipped with a good sound
system & rolling new theater chairs. It's set up for about 20 people.
Orjan & I are performing as a duo today as we did earlier in the tour.
It's a minimalist sound set up (we're using ours, not theirs) but that's
fine for today as this is more a "living room" atmosphere.
This was a great bunch of ladies to play for. They seemed shy at first
– so was I. But together we slowly connected to the songs &
the stories. They seemed to love "Bastard Brothers" & rocked
& smiled to "Hey Jonny". There was lots of singing on ANGEL
OF THE MORNING & WILD THING made them smile/ We closed with NORRTALJA
PRISON .. & I witnessed lots of tears & felt close in spirit to
Talked to several including:
Hi Susie – see you at the ACCURATE in September!! Look forward to
that .... Hi Nina.. good luck in rehab .. . best of luck with your boys..
Hi Annette .. good luck when you get out on Oct 27.. it's around the corner..
Hi Ing Marie – nice talking to you.. Hi Ruth .. & hi to the
kind woman on the right side (almost in the center) .. grey sweater..
was hoping to say hi to you .. I liked seeing you smile from the stage.
There were a few more ladies here for this show - a few cliques of two
or three friends who seemed to have a nice bond.. a fun group for the
most part – but there's always a serious/sad side as well. But LOTS
of hope here.
We made a connection quick here. I honestly thought I'd have trouble with
Aisha (a pretty young black 19 year old) & her friends.. But they
were soon swaying back & forth to the music. Most were smiling at
BASTARD BROTHERS & rockin to the rhythm of BIG RIVER. Most all sang
on ANGEL OF THE MORNING & LAUGHED & SANG ON WILD THING. Again,
I closed with the solemn NORRTALJA PRISON.& once again I was touched
by the feeling in the room.
I LOVED THIS!!
Hi Florence .. like Marcus .. sold "phony" apartments .. serving
6 months & smiling .. 800,000 crowns waiting. Ouch!! EASY MONEY IS
NEVER GOOD MONEY .. .. take care Florence .. stay straight.. hi to Ceila..
visited dad 5 days.. got 5 years!! .. (DRUGS).. Ciela says .."good
thing I didn't visit him 10 days!!".. these guys have a good sense
Hi Nantale .. got 5 years (drugs) .. only a bit to go.. sorry about your
baby .. God Bless Nantale.. Hi Sazan.. hope you can work out being with
your child.. stay safe.. HI ROSITA!! – I think .. the pretty Jamaican
girl - GREAT TALKING TO YOU .. YOU WERE GREAT TO PLAY FOR!
Hi Theresa .. less than 2 .. good luck!! Stay safe.. Hi MAUVA.. only 2
months to go.. good luck .. stay clear of Rosita!! .. Hi Patricia.. 7
big ones .. only one plus to go .. you know what you have to do .. do
it!! .. you know the consequences.. like a guard told me ..It's better
with open windows!! ..
Special hello to the older woman in the back right who seemed troubled
.. but sang to ANGEL OF THE MORNING.. then relaxed & smiled to the
MARCUS story (sold apartments he didn't own).. God Bless .. wish I could
have said hello
GREAT TO SEE ALL OF YOU!! YOU'RE A SPECIAL BUNCH .. GOD BLESS
Thanks big time to the kind staff – it was wonderful to see you
guys/ladies there in camaraderie with the prisoners .. enjoying the show.
TRIBUTE TO ORJAN – just wanted to call special attention to Orjan's
playing today. He is a very soulful player & simplicity is his virtue.
With one note he can touch the sadness in you to make you cry. He was
magic today. The prisoners loved listening to him (me too!) & they
let him know it.
BIG THANKS MY FRIEND!!
May 4, 2010 – A HOLDING PRISON IN OREBRO – (HACTET OREBRO)
Prisoners here are either sentenced & waiting to be shipped out to
a certain prison or waiting to be sentenced by the court OR waiting while
their sentence is appealed.
The building is sort of a modern looking large office-like structure in
a corner of town. But once inside there is no mistaking this for anything
else – it IS a prison.
We arrived at 1:00 and with less security fanfare & were escorted
past a hallway with cells on either side. No mistaking these for hotel
rooms, the doors are solid & heavy & lock & open only from
the outside. I was allowed to inspect one – not bad – toilet
& TV in each .. but, of course – no open windows.
We played three shows in a living room area for 5 or 6 prisoners at a
time. THE REAL THING seemed to always get things started in a good connecting
way. DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE also connected in a special way &
somehow all the prisoners smiled big time with Bastard Brothers. ANGEL
OF THE MORNING is quite well known in Sweden .. all were way into that
.. as well as WILD THING .. & NORRTALJA PRISON connected as it always
But the big thing was the one on one & I left plenty of time for that.
Orjan was there to translate for me .. With many, I needed that.
REBER .. who gave me some lyrics for a new song .. "easy to hate
.. hard to love" .. I love that!! Thanks my friend.. three years
total.. drug related stuff.. but not much time to go.. best of luck!!
.. Hi NENET .. from SERBIA.. I liked this guy.. he was caught stealing
.. says they got the wrong guy .. he was an innocent driver?? will be
deported when released in a few months.. says he doesn't deserve to be
guarded or watched .. he laughs a sarcastic laugh when he points at the
guards. They laugh back..
Hi Daniel .. 6 months .. drug related .. GERRY .. oh my goodness!! This
is a nice guy to talk to.. been in jail 22 times .. since he was 17 ..
now 50.. convicted this time of stealing (cars.. joy rides.. not selling)
& ASSAULT while drunk .. he says his friend did it but the bad guy
his friend hit, in a drunken stupor, pointed the finger at him. Gerry
probably do two years .. being sentenced in a few days.. but he now has
something to live for .. a girl with a drug problem.. THE PLAN is to get
out & into rehab with her.. oh Jesus.. good luck Gerry.. I pray you
Christian is a GRAFFITI guy.. got drunk .. did it overtly & got caught
..serving 4 months ..says the art doesn't work unless it's illegal!!!
When he gets out he'll do it again.. continuing with government sponsored
art schools for another six years.. then he'll sell paintings .. he does
that too!! .. but graffiti seems to be his passion
Hi to Mohammed .. from Iraq .. smuggled cigarettes .. again.. he says
he was just a driver.. picked them up in Stockholm.. got stopped caught..
he took the blame.. he's a good guy.. this seems wrong .. Hi Gunner ..
another assault while drunk .. assaulted a friend who turned him in ..
says he needs help
Note: LOTS OF DRINKING INDUCED CRIMES HERE – ALCOHOL SEEMS LIKE
A BIG PROBLEM .. vodka, beer .. cheap whiskey.. anything
Hi to Patrik .. nice talking to you .. sorry you had to go.. I think it
was AMPHETAMINES .. dealing & using .. & an unrelated.. assault
.. ?? .. not sure about that.. you said AMPHETAMINES calmed you down..
( I thought it did the opposite) .. I wondered how you're able to survive
your "habit" here .. you say .. in prison you get some sort
of less potent substitute.. if you get a doctor to say you have an ADD
problem.. which I guess he says you do… best of luck
Hi to Frederik.. out in 3 weeks .. good luck .. your boy needs you.. Hi
Timmy .. assault / robbery / drinking.. grand larceny because an apartment
was within the car garage structure .. hi Marcus.. 6 to 8 months for assault
& drinking .. got off easy as it was second & third offenses ..
best of luck
Note: lots of second timers & cries for help after release. There's
something good about all these folks.. it's a hard spiral to stop .. but
some have done it (like Johnny Cash ) & some will do it here.
2010 - Fall River, MA - VENUE – NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
There's been extremely bad flooding in the area – a national emergency.
I 95 was closed part way in the area & we were detoured on the way
up. We had thoughts of that on our journey & dedicated this show to
This is one of my favorite places to play – nestled along a river
bed in Battleship Cove in Fall River Mass. The venue is in a huge loft
space on top of a warehouse like building – where the harbor can
be viewed behind the stage. Old country-club like tables, seating four,
are surrounded by old church pews aligned straight in the center area
& at angles to the stage stretching out far to the left & right.
The lobby/ gallery area has beautiful art displays by local artists –
It was great to see old friends, Patrick & Louis when I arrived &
to soon meet the other great staff folks, Marilyn, Lisa, Kathy, Carol,
Kathleen, Herb, Steve, Robert & all several old friends. I last played
here 5 years ago with Carrie Rodriguez – we've been looking forward
to playing this venue for a while. The greeting by our old friends was
a wonderful "welcome home".
The sound system here is as good as it gets. Patrick & Lois had us
checked in short order. After a quick dinner at a quaint local restaurant,
we were back in time to catch a terrific opening set by Louis –
great job my friend. We were on stage just before 9:00 PM.
This was fun & loose. We played several from YONKERS NY as I told
the stories about growing up in that town as a lonely country & western
music lover – playing music in local Irish bars & finally finding
a way into the music business. We mixed those with several from Kendel's
great album & others - including a couple of unusual requests, which
I'll mention later.
Highlights were far too many, but let me name a few. First, DANCE WITH
A HOLE IN MY SHOE.. with references to my grandkids – had some special
magic again tonight - mixing elements of simple family humor with deadly-serious
stuff. All the Kendel's were so viby … Oh Baby Lie Down & TEN
LOST MEN & SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES .. WOW!!! .. she was
Also loved.. HEY JONNY, CHARCOAL SKY, YONKERS NY & a chilling at times,
rockin' at times, SAW MILL RIVER ROAD was so special… but probably
my favorites were the fan requested (by friend Sandy) HERE I AM.. a national
chart record for me (#1 in this area) back in 1961 ------ & a song
I wrote for Carrie (requested by Charlie), WAS THAT FOR ME, from C&C's
first duet album. I hadn't played that one for 7 years or so – the
last time as a request from Carrie's grandma, Frances I was so surprised
that the lyrics came like I had written it yesterday & the band was
AWESOME on this one .. & come to think of it.. for the entire set–
JUST MAGIC!!! Way to go boys!!! (& girl!!!)
AFTER THE SHOW
Said hi to several, including:
Old friend Sandy & friend & Gerry.. thanks for making the trip
– loved playing HERE I AM for you .. you're special!! SO GREAT TO
SEE YOU!! - Charlie.. so good talking to you… so glad you asked
for, WAS THAT FOR ME.. I got such chills playing that tonight!
Hi Jean & Nevell .. great talking to you before the show… Hi
Milton.. thanks for coming again! .. see you next time.. Hi Lynn &
Tim.. so good talking to you .. best to IAN… Hi Jan & Tim ..
thanks for the kind words --- almost forgot- TIM!! – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Hi Tom – good to see you before the show with kids Noah & Sarah..
AGAIN.. so good to see great volunteers.. Lisa, Kathleen, Carol &
Herb, It was so good talking to you all.. & thanks Robert for help
with the CDs.. & big thanks to Patrick & Marilyn for having us.
I hope we can come back here before too long. We LOVED being part of the
magic of this amazing place!
2010 AUSTIN TEXAS - RECORDING WITH CARRIE AGAIN!!!!!
We cut four new songs. What a magical session! The Chip & Carrie vibe
was never better. Hopefully we'll schedule a release sometime in early
fall & we'll play some shows at that time. I'll look forward to that.
Mar 17, 2010 - SXSW ROOFTOP SHOW
It's great to be with bassist Kevin Smith again. Kevin played often with
Carrie & me a few years ago. He's been on the road with Dwight Yoakum
& the Derailers, but tonight he's with Kendel, John & me.
Sixth street is nuts tonight. This is a rooftop show & the madness
of the street is there in the background. But on stage we're in our own
world. This was more rockabilly in attitude than we've ever been and I
loved every minute.
HI TO MY FRIENDS FROM OSLO, NORWAY .. John & Irving .. – AND
HI TO HIROSHI from Japan. A fan from back in the GASOLINE days, ??? now
books artists like Tom Waits & Guy Clark in his country. He's invited
us. Sounds like a great idea to John, Kendel & me. Let's do it!!
MARCH 18 – OPAL DIVINE'S SOUTH
This is an unofficial SXSW venue hosted by great friend & brilliant
musicologist, John Conquest. We ALWAYS look forward to this one –
it doesn't get better than this!
This is an outdoor patio event. And we couldn't have picked a better day
– 75% & the sun is shining!! Big thanks to Kyle Kegerreis –
on loan from Carrie - for playing bass with us today. GREAT JOB KYLE!!
THE SHOW – LOVED THIS!!
We mixed it up with some YONKERS NY songs, some Kendel gems & some
of the hits. Lots of highlights.. including BASTARD BROS, HEY JONNY (DID
YOU FEEL THAT MOVIE), KENDEL's SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES, WILD
THING & ANGEL OF THE MORNING………..
but probably the biggest highlights for me were SAW MILL RIVER ROAD (with
tributes to BIG RIVER & ENDLESS SLEEP)
AND most special of all, JESUS CHRIST – DON'T LET THE CACTUS FALL..
my tribute to this wonderful/ soulful place .. in camaraderie with those
who are making a big effort to keep it's doors open.
Kendel & John were awesome today .. as was KYLE, who was quite a hero
to all of us for filling in so amazingly at the last minute. BIG THANKS
MY FRIEND – WELL DONE!!
Great friends Terry & Alyce & friends!! Alyce.. so good to hear
your "late night" radio story.. So good to see you always!!
Hi to my old friend Sonny Rhodes & friends, Sylvia & Bobby Joyce,
Ed (Strayhorn), & Dave (Gabby).. Great to see you all – Thanks
for the ride Dave – much appreciated!! Hi to Jim & Cathy from
Brookings Oregon ( The Pistol River Clubb.. let's see if we can get there....
so good to see you again!! Thanks so much for the kind words!
Hi Richard (from Brighton).. great talking to you!! Hi to Margaret (from
Manchester) .. glad to hear the town is doing more "Americana"
music.. maybe we can get there & see you before too long.
Hi John.. Sverre.. nice talking to you.. HI TO OLD FRIEND MARC MUNDY &
friend from the station, OBIE.. great to see you both.. love to Barbara..
Hi John.. please send Kate my love & good luck in school .. hope to
see her next time!! Hi to Todd .. from Marfa!! .. whose BORDER BLASTERS
did such a GREAT job backing Kendel two years ago at SXSW..
Hi Sandy from Houston & sister Nancy from Connecticut!! Great to see
you both!!.. Dave (from the GASOLINE DAYS.. works in Parks & Wildlife))
.. it was so nice talking to you .. look forward to seeing you again..
ANDERS … GREAT TO SEE YOU & YOUR FRIENDS!! SEE YOU SOON IN SWEDEN!!!
What a day!! THANKS JOHN!!! .. there's nothing better than this!
Mar 18, 2010 – 10:00 PM – John & I just rehearsed with
SUN VOLT bassist, Andrew Duplantis for an unexpected important show tomorrow.
What a talented & nice guy. Looking forward to playing with Andrew
for the first time!!
Mar 19, 2010 – 1:00 PM – DAY STAGE
– CONVENTION CENTER
THIS WAS A LAST MINUTE SHOW – a VERY cool thing
Live for SXSW & aired for PACIFICA RADIO / HOUSTON & taped for
future broadcasts on all Pacifica stations
At the last minute Bryan Owings (our friend & Buddy Miller's awesome
drummer) joined us – along with newcomer, Andrew Duplantis on bass
WHAT A BAND .. one of my favorite shows ever!! Amazing sound .. Big thanks
to sound man, Nick!! – NEVER BETTER MY FRIEND!!! .. we played YONKERS
NY stuff.. some of Kendel's .. some hits.. after a standing ovation from
this great group of folks, we closed with JESUS CHRIST – DON'T LET
THE CACTUS FALL.. with several singing along… this was one to remember.
I'm happy it was taped.. maybe we can find a way for fans to hear it before
It was great to see some old Austin friends after the show ( HI MOLLY!!)
& SXSW assistants Anne & Margaret (filming) – very special
folks .. as well as friend Ralph McLean from Belfast.. so good to see
you Ralph.. hope to see all my Northern Ireland friends before too long.
Please tell them I miss them big time!
2010 – RADIO STATIO WEXT – in TROY, NEW YORK
Tony Mercadante met me at the North White Plains train station at 10:20
AM. After a 2 & ½ hour staright-shot ride up the NY Freeway,
we arrived at the station for taping our "live: show at 1:00PM.
Great to see my old friends, Starr (who greeted us at the door) &
DJ hosts Dave & Chris (Weink). I get a very warm feeling being at
this place with these kind folks. The station is housed in a cool, modern
– state-of-the art building.. sort of in a business park in no-mans-land.
It's a good thing Tony & I had a GPS or we'd have had a hard time
finding it. John Platania, with NO GPS was a bit late – way out
of character for him!! With John's influence, I'm early for everything
these days. He's as prompt as you get.
Once settled, we played four Yonkers songs before Dave did a very good
& interesting interview, which he would edit together with the songs
for airing at about 5:00 PM. BIG THANKS GUYS & MUCH LOVE STARR –
LOVED THIS!! - SEE YOU SOON AGAIN!!
Mar 5, 2010 – THE LINDA – ALBANY, NEW
It was great to be back in this town playing again – haven't been
here in four years or so. And this venue is quite special. It's a little
theater-like place in a former large stand-alone-bank – a big old
World War II era construction (a large cinder block, with it's certain
charm). Our "green room" was the former bank's vault;. By the
way, a "green room" gets it's name from the first TV live shows,
with the idea that .. this was the last room, after makeup, that the "guest"
would relax in, before going on camera. The room was considered a GREEN
LIGHT (as opposed to RED light) area. In other words you had the GREEN
light to go on stage from there. Get it?? I never understood that until
I asked the question yesterday.
We sound checked with great guys (& pro guys) Adam & Danny, then
went back to our Hilton Hotel to freshen up & have dinner. We were
back at our "green room" by 7:30 – on stage shortly after
This was a very warm group of folks to play for. It definitely had that
"in-your-living room feel. After THE REAL THING, we played a very
unique version of DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE. This is getting to be
one of my favorite songs to perform these days. Within the framework of
one song, it shows an honest sense of humor combined with dead-on serious
passion. I like that.
Then we started the YONKERS journey. And as happens every night, unusual
twists & turns in the road happened. As I relived the events of the
YONKERS days tonight, I found myself talking more about the KING RECORDS
days & recording sessions & the BRILL BUILDING days, which for
me was the 1650 BROADWAY days. I love going there.
There were lots of highlights for me tonight, but SAW MILL RIVER ROAD,
BIG RIVER, CHARCOAL SKY (with John's awesome soulful, soft guitar riffs),
YONKERS GIRLS – with TONY & JOHN'S off the wall "answer"
vocals & a reverent version of the title song, YONKERS NEW YORK come
And there was a another total first tonight. Somewhere toward the end
of WILD THING .. I sort of drifted back to the earlier days & played
the first song I wrote, FADED BLUE & the first song I had published,
JUST A LITTLE BIT LATER ON DOWN THE LINE.. then we came back to WILD THING
and blasted that one again – ending with a great audience sing-a-long.
That was a fun journey.
After a special request of WITHOUT HORSES (certainly another highlight)..
I think from Maureen & Matt (big thanks for that!), we ended with
a rousing version of I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.
AS USUAL, JOHN PLATANIA & TONY MERCADANTE WERE AWESOME TONIGHT!! –
Big thanks to all who attended tonight – this will be special memory
Said hi to several folks after the show including:
Special hi to old friend Mindy & husband Steve – so good to
witness your YONKERS REUNION tonight!!! God Bless!! It was just GREAT
to see you guys again!! Hi to Tom & Mary Anne .. thanks so much for
the kind words!
Hi Johnny – so great to see you in the audience & after. Thanks
for sharing thoughts about THE TROUBLE WITH HUMANS. It's certainly one
of my all time favorites as well. I think/hope you'll really like YONKERS.
Hope to see you soon!
Hi Susan .. good to see you .. & hi Barbara.. hope son-in-law Bobby
enjoys the YONKERS journey. Hi Brian., thanks for taking the time to say
hello. All the best with YOUR writing.. Hi Kim.. God Bless!! ..
Barbara & Matt .. so good talking to you .. I'm sure the Bill Moyers
journal stuff is great – looking forward to reading that. Big hello
to old Café Lena friend, Tarryn & husband, John – great
talking to you .. best with your song decisions.. don't forget .. stay
true to your own gut.. life is short! Hi Reggie.., heard so much about
you from John. All the best to you & Kim. Hope to see you guys soon.
And a big hi to friend, Chris Weink – thanks for stopping by ..
see you soon.
BIG THANKS FOR HAVING US HOWARD! I truly hope we can do it again.
Mar 4, 2010
– THE TURNING POINT - PIERMONT, NEW YORK
courtesy of John Beach
Billed as "CHIP TAYLOR PRESENTS YONKERS N.Y."
This is a homecoming of sorts – just the other side of the Hudson
River is Westchester County, my growing up stomping grounds.
It's JP, Tony Merc & me tonight as Kendel is back in Canada recovering
from a cold. Tony & I take a 3:51 PM train out of Grand Central. His
car is waiting. After a short drive across the Tappan Zee bridge &
back along the Hudson on 9W, we head down hill toward the river to the
quaint little town of Piermont. The venue is on one of a few blocks whose
storefronts look mostly like fronts of little old Cape Cod homes. We arrive
at The Turning point at exactly 5:00 (load in time). An always, a punctual
JP (John Platania) arrives at the same time.
Owner/ mgr/ soundman, John McAvoy, greets us at the door. We set up our
equipment in minutes & finish sound checking by 6:00. It's been a
few years since I played this place. I had forgotten how comfortable a
venue this is to play.
The artist "green room" is on the third floor. We adjourn there
to relax & are served some decent club food by our very nice waitress,
Kim. It's always good hanging out with Tony & John – three old
best friends who've been through the music wars together.
I'm a bit anxious to see who will attend. Supposedly there has been a
good advance sale. But most of my Westchester contingent is unable to
be there, so I'm not sure who these pre-sale folks are.
As we hit the stage, I realize that I have NEVER seen many of these faces.
My daughter, husband Frank & friends are here .. my wife Joan &
best friends Chuck & Mary & a few other friends & neighbors
are here. But for the most part I'm seeing new faces. I quickly learn
what that's all about.
When I say, "We'll get to YONKERS NY songs in a few minutes.",
the audience cheers! So that was it. Later, I would find out that most
of the new faces were YONKERS folks, who had heard about the album in
the New York Times or other local press. I absolutely loved playing for
these warm folks tonight.
We started with THE REAL THING – my tribute to country music &
the race records from the south (which later became known as "rhythm
& blues" records). Next, I had some serious fun singing DANCE
WITH A HOLE IN MY SHOE & teasing my daughter for not letting my granddaughters
(11,8 & 6) come to the show to sing it with me. Actually they were
home studying for some big school tests tonight. Hopefully, they'll be
there next time!
As is usual these days, after a few planned opening songs, we started
with the YONKERS NY songs & stories. Each night the stories take a
bit of a different turn as I recall different events along the YONKERS
path. And as the stories take new turns, so does my song selection. Tonight,
in the middle of the YONKERS songs, I started drifting back to the first
songs I had published.. & some of my first "small" successes,
with my first song produced by Chet Atkins for THE BROWN FAMILY, "SPRINGTIME"
.. then, "ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME".. an R&B hit by Water
Jackson & covered by Dusty Springfield.
Then it was back to Yonkers with SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, WITHOUT HORSES,
YONKERS GIRLS & others.. then a mad rockin' WILD THING.. & a reverent/crazy
HOLY SHIT .. & finally my tribute to MT VERNON bars & my country
band, The Town & Country Brothers .. with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.
This was one hell of a night!! And Tony & John were awesome!! .. It's
so easy to play with these guys.. as I drift all over the place, they
stay right with me at every turn.. & they are just amazingly soulful
players. THANKS BOYS!! AND big thanks to all who shared this YONKERS thing
with John, TONY & me.
Big hi to daughter Kelly & son-in-law Frank & their friends, Liz
& David.. thanks SO much for coming!! Hi & love to Jack, Sara
& Luke.. David.. hope your dad enjoys the listen!!
Hi to my Mema & Chuck & Mary .. & Marge & Dave .. thanks
SO much for coming you guys .. hope to see you soon…
Hi Sherry – it was so good to see & talk with you at Parnell's
in New York.- & such a nice surprise to see you with your dad. Henry
(a Roosevelt High alumni)– so good to meet you . Thanks for the
kind words. Hope to see you next time…. Hi Eddie & Jimmy &
Maureen .. who saw brother Jon in White Plains not too long ago…
nice talking with you
Hi Larry .. from Yonkers DMV.. tell those boys, their Yonkers buddy sends
his best regards. Hi George.. nice talking with you .. Hi John (Beach)
.. another ROOSEVELT HIGH friend .. & son David (hope the picture
turned out OK) & wife Elaine.. wonderful to see you guys..
Hi to Billy Vera's friend, Jim Murphy (Stepinac grad).. nice talking with
you Jim.. Hi Diane & Carol ..great friends of my old buddy Gene Borek's
family .. so glad to see you both!! .. send my best wishes & love
to Colleen for her 50th!!
Hi Tom (Staudter) .. good seeing you again.. look forward to talking to
you soon! I'll let Heinz know.. call him. And.. a big hi to Barbara (a
great Yonkers girl!!) & friend / husband? Larry .. great seeing you
guys!!! Hi Jack & Lynn .. so good to see you!! And hi Marie.. missed
you tonight .. hope you're feeling better .. much love!!
Again.. big thanks for having us John.. thanks Kim & Stefon.. see
you guys soon
2010 - New York City
VENUE – PAOLA SUHONEN'S POP-UP STORE - 238 Mulberry Street
EVENT – CHIP TAYLOR'S FIRST PERFORMANCE OF SONGS INSPIRED BY PAOLA
IVANA SUNOMEN'S FILM "7HEAVEN LOVE WAYS"**
THE SHOW (& a bit of history)
Paola rented this space for one month to showcase her IVANA HELSINKI clothing
line as well as showcase rough cuts for her upcoming film – to be
released sometime in 2010.
This was a last minute thing as Paola wanted to get one screening/performance
"under our belt" before I head out for Texas. LA & Sweden
John Platania was there to join me – Paola's movie contains seven
short 'love" stories that take place during the course of one week
- at one hotel – in one room – in Marfa Texas.
John I& I stood at opposite sides of a viewing wall and played eight
songs (a the theme song & a song representing each story) for invited
guests. As we played, sketches & collages of the film were shown (without
sound) against the wall.
This was an amazing event! First, I LOVE this little film (& all of
Paola's work; she's a one-of-a kind!) & I LOVED writing these songs.
Also - I never performed in this manor before – watching a screen
& reliving a bit of the stories as I played & sang. It was a whole
different thing – one John & I both found totally inspiring.
Paola will schedule other such music/screenings for after I return in
late May. At that time we'll make sure we get a mailing list out to friends.
Big thanks to Yukka, who was there to greet John & I when we arrived.
Hi & thanks to terrific singer/songwriter, Alexa, who set up the sound
for us. Hi Kristina!! Hope to see you in Stockholm in April! Hi Cat &
Anne from Denmark – great seeing you both – thanks for the
kind words. Hi Lea - so good to see you - look forward to seeing you &
the kids in your new film .. please say hi to Lee. Hope to see him one
day soon. Hi to Eddie & friend.. name on the tip of my tongue –
can't quite get to it. So nice talking to you both. Special thanks to
my Joan & Mary & Chuck for hustling down from Westchester to get
a bit of the vibe of this.
And hi to all the other nice folks. John & I will look forward to
doing this again soon. And speaking of John (Platania), he really shone
bright in this setting – great job John!!
**RE: THE FILM, "7HEAVEN LOVEWAYS" – HERE'S HOW IT ALL
A THERAPEUTIC WALK LEADS TO A MAGICAL FILM/MUSIC COLLABORATION
In mid-February 2009 I was "rushed" to the hospital –
pre-heart attack. Laying on the operating table, I was given a choice,
open heart surgery the following week or a few stents NOW. I chose the
"now" offer . - ending up with four stents in two arteries &
feeling better than I had in ages. Part of my rehabilitation was to take
good brisk walks, fifteen to twenty minutes in duration.
On a bright, sunny Saturday morning in early March, I took a 30 plus minute
walk from my apartment on 54th street and First Avenue in midtown Manhattan
to Prince Street & West Broadway in the Soho section of town –
some 60 blocks. The purpose of the walk was to visit THE NEW YORK FILM
I had passed the school many times over the years and wondered if some
connection there might do me some good – either learning film making,
taking an acting course.. or investigating the possibility of fitting
my music together with a quality student film. On this March day that
was loosely my plan.
I loved this walk & it's dual purpose dynamic. I was getting solid
heart-exercise & fulfilling a sort of fantasy - one that shyness,
really, had kept it on the back burner for a while. The fantasy was finding
a good film project in its early stages & convincing the director
that my music might be a good fit. Other people usually did that for me.
Several of my songs had been integral parts of films, but it had been
several years since that was the case.
Ok… so there I was. On the third floor of the building, at the School's
welcoming area, talking to a student whose particular expertise was sound
engineering. He explained a bit about the school & what was going
on that day. He was a Polish fellow named Pawel - a very nice guy –
and easy to talk to.
I shyly explained who I was, what I did etc. I inquired about student
films being made that might be a good fit for my music. HE HAD AN IDEA.
A student from Finland, Paola Suhonen, was in the early stages of preparing
for her thesis film. He had been impressed with her previous work &
thought her new film would be quite good.
Pawel gave me Paola's email. When I got back to my apartment I emailed
her. This was her response, which copied new friend Pawel in the process.
Thank you so much for your email--I´d love to do some co-operation,
if you feel that some of my projects would fit to your visions. And thank
you Pawel for recommending me:).
I'm right now working on my next short film--called 7th Heaven love ways--and
here is the description of it:"
This is an email I will treasure over the years – what a magical
I was over-the-top impressed with the attachments, which contained, not
only a description of the project but a film "montage" of it
as well. It also gave me a look at her previous work, including film work
done as an introduction to her clothing designs for a company she co-owned
with her sister Periotte called "Ivanahelsinki".
And that was it! For the next several months – extraordinarily inspired
by Paola's script - I wrote songs for the film - which Paola loved. At
some point Paola asked me take a leading role in one of the stories, which
I did – loving every minute of that 'Marfa, Texas" experience.
So now this - the first screening/music performance of "7HEAVEN LOVEWAYS"
- & more to come. I can't wait. Hope to see you at one of these soon!
2010 – KUT RADIO – 1:00 PM
This was a half hour plus LIVE radio show at one of THE great college
supported stations in the country. Good to see my friend Jay Trachtenberg,
who did a very relaxed in-depth interview in between YONKERS songs and
Kendel's OH BABY LIE DOWN. Loved this Jay.. great to see you.
Big thanks to soundman Cliff – thanks for being so ready and making
it so comfortable for all of us.
Feb 23 – 8:30 - THE CACTUS CAFÉ
This is going to be a special night. First, because I simply love returning
to this place (I always felt it sort of inherited the soul of The ARMADILLO,
which was the most soulful venue on the planet back in the day). Secondly,
as there is a huge controversy going on in town as to the possible closing
of this legendary place (due to budget problems of UT, which owns the
CACTUS), I want to be here to lend my support in person. The rank &
file local music lovers are up in arm.
We arrived at 6:00 for a smooth sound check with great engineer Joe. So
great to see old friend – bartender/ mgr Chris. Also .. Dave Jacques
wife Lemesa & son (2 year old Henry) stopped by - great to see those
guys. Lemesa is so nice & lovely & Henry.. well he's GREAT &
quite a character. He's shy but has a wonderful little back & forth
with his dad.. & that's so great to see.
In minutes Joe had us sounding good so we had plenty of time to head across
the street for a damn good simple Mexican dinner. Big thanks Joe.
It was great to see so many friendly faces as we headed for the stage.
We divided the show into two parts at old-friend & mgr Griff's request.
I liked that as we could take some chances & perform more songs.
After THE REAL THING, a couple of Kendel gems & a very off-the-cuff
DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE, we got into the beginning of my YONKERS
NY theme.. with the stories & songs of BARRY GO ON, BASTARD BROTHERS
& HEY JONNY All of those connected big time with this warm, wonderful
group of folks. We saved the rest of YONKERS for the second set, ending
the first with Kendel's AWESOME performance of SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN
ROSES (the audience LOVED THIS!) and finally a beautiful/ chilling (at
least for me) version of Angel Of The Morning.
I felt a kind of magic on stage - Kendel, John & David were awesome
and I was very loose & comfortable. As I left the stage I couldn't
wait to get back up & see where this good vibe would take us.
After a fun YONKERS NY & a very spirited fiddle tune by Kendel - so
appreciated by the audience - we went back to the stories & songs
of Yonkers. The stories & songs of Gin Rummy Rules, SAW MILL RIVER
ROAD & CHARCOAL SKY all connected with this nice group of folks –
as did Kendel's awesome/ fun performance of I LIKE TRUCKS
We slipped in a new tribute to the "Brill Building " era. 1650
BROADWAY, which folks seemed to like a lot. THEN WE BLASTED OFF WITH AN
AWESOME WILD THING. Then came the most chilling part of the night. I had
just (that day) finished writing a tribute song for the Cactus. I decided
to take a chance & perform it. The audience seemed so glad that I
did. It was received as it was intended - with total reverence.
Here are the lyrics:
Jesus Christ - Don't Let The Cactus Fall
Like an old man with hollowed eyes – that stoops to hear a baby
Or his old lady - that runs to help him – each time he calls
Will we not walk with heads bowed down – in the UT side of town
Oh Jesus Christ – don't let the Cactus fall
Some will say - who gives a damn - for this sacrificial lamb
Well Townes and Lu and Guy & Joe & Ray(& Griff) have answered
Texas poets and some friends – and I am proud to stand with them
(Singin') Jesus Christ – don't let the Cactus fall
The Armadillo may be dead & gone – but Armadillo spirit lives
in this room
And how I love to hear the sound - of my voice off these walls
My boots cross these floors
Like an old man with hollowed eyes – that stoops to hear a baby
Oh Jesus Christ - don't let the Cactus fall
Oh Jesus Christ - don't let the Cactus fall
(In the spirit of Joe Gracey – & passion of Eddie Wilson
Oh Jesus Christ - don't let the Cactus fall)
Performing this song here for the first time tonight certainly will be
a treasured moment for me. This was magic!
We ended with a rockin' I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE & a reverent HOLY
SHIT, which ended up being another chill-time event! I just loved this
show & this entire night!
Great to say hello to special folks including:
Rick & Bobby .. great to see you guys at sound check. Rick.. thanks
for selling the CDs & all the kind words! Hope you enjoy the CDs
Hey Sonny (old friend) .. so great to see you. Thanks for bringing the
crew.. golf pro J.L., wife Dawn & their son, Cole & all the rest.
J.L.- big thanks for little "how to" book I'll glance &
pass it on to my boy, Kristian.. he'll love it!
Hi to my GREAT friends Pat & Terry (I just love seeing you every time!)
- & friend Rush (LAST CHANCE FAN) – thanks for the kind words.
Hi to Dean & Lynn from Toronto.. so good seeing you both after the
show. I was so glad you stopped to say hello.
Hi to new bartender Andrew & songwriter Pablo - so happy to hear the
show might have got you back on track with your own work. All the best
HI MEREDITH (MONA) – my new friend & Roller Derby girl. I'm
so glad you made it!!! It was so good to see you & April later!
Big thanks to all for a very special night!
Feb 24, 2010 11:00 AM - KXAN TV
What a nice thing. This NEWS station is big time in Austin & yet all
the staff were so kind & warm. It felt like you were in the living
room of a bunch of friends.
Big hi to switchboard ladies, Suzanne & Carolyn.. so nice to see you..
LANEY (host/producer) - BIG THANKS FOR THE CORDIAL WELCOME. We all just
ON AIR – 12:20
Chris ( a proud dad with two little kids .. 2 & 4) was a terrific
host ..…so simple & solid… well done Chris!! After a short
interview, we played CHARCOAL SKY & at the end of the show we ended
with a rockin' HEY JONNY.
Hi to: great staffers Kip & Easy (EZ??). Great meeting you guys! Big
hi to my friend & legendary reporter, Jim Swift. So great to see you
at the end, Jim, hope Katy makes it to WATERLOO.
Hope to see all you guys soon. What a nice way to spend a couple of hours!
Feb 24 - RECORDING SESSION.. 3:30 – Ryan Joseph's place near WATERLOO
RECORDS - thanks for the invite, Ryan!
For the purpose of recording our CACTUS CAFÉ tribute song, "JESUS
CHRIST, DON'T LET THE CACTUS FALL"
Big thanks to Randy from the Texas Music Group for suggesting this place!
And HUGE THANKS TO ENGINEER NICK for recording the song - well done my
friend! What a wonderful blessing to be able to get this song recorded
at the last minute!
And big thanks to John, Dave & Kendel.. for putting off breakfast
& LUNCH to help document this song!
Feb 24 – 5:00 PM - WATERLOO RECORDS
What an event!! I was so surprised that there were so many people here.
I'm guessing the TV show helped! Absolutley LOVED THIS!!!
Playing the Waterloo when so many people attend is like playing one of
the coolest venues on the planet. From the beginning I could see smiling/
friendly faces throughout the store.
We played several from YONKERS N.Y. The audience was way into that!! HEY
JONNY, BASTARD BROTHERS & CHARCOAL SKY all connected. Then we played
the hits, ANGEL OF THE MORNING & WILD THING. The audience was so totally
into those as well. Leaving a monster chorus of WILD THING on these walls
seems like a yearly jolt of therapy for many – including me! This
was totally an "in it together" thing.
Then came the show stopper. When we played JESUS CHRIST - DON'T LET THE
CACTUS FALL you could hear a pin drop. I got such a chill. There was total
reverence in this room. Folks simply love this song. Hopefully we can
release the recording soon.
Great to see Leslie, Katey & Carol.. Love you guys.. big thanks for
the support ALWAYS!!
Jan..so good to see you.. wonderful work gathering signatures for saving
the Cactus!!! – hi Vincent .. great to see you again & again!!!..
hope the retirement treats you OK.. on second thought… GET BACK
TO WORK!!… hi to Dennis from Yonkers & Sunningdale.. great memories…
Hi Earl .. loved talking to you .. thanks for the great words!!..
Hi Craig… hi Kate & John .. so good to see you again & again…
hi Kevin.. thanks for the kind words!! .. hi Scott .. great to see you…
hi to my old Columbia records cohort, Roger & lovely wife, Dorothy.
Roger, big thanks for the support from the past & now .. between you
& me.. HELLO ATLANTA was one of my favorites as well. Hope to see
you soon again.
ALAN .. huge thanks for ALL the support .. see you next time!! …
Hi Maria .. tell David I hope to see him next time!!!! .. hi DORA .. big
thanks for attending your yearly WILD THING therapy sing-a-long!!.. hi
Erick.. see you next time!! .. hi John & Pete & Penny & all
the rest… GOD BLESS .. WHAT A DAY!!
ALSO!!! - Great to see my ROLLER DERBY GIRLS new friends, Meredith &
April (Mona-Littlemore & APE SHIT… really! .. that's their Roller
Derby names!!) .. hope to see you guys very soon!! If you don't have my
email, contact me through the TRAIN WRECK RECORDS site. I get those emails!
Feb 24 – 7:00 PM - TV - CHANNEL 8 TV
– on a rooftop of LONG
CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS .. overlooking the city
We filmed a very cool spot for now & for SXSW. Big thanks to host
& good friend, ANDY LANGER (great job always Andy!!). Hi & thanks
to all the staff .. Eddie, Jennifer & all - what a GREAT bunch. And
what a terrific way to end the day.. & our Austin visit!!
The good news is we'll be back soon for SXSW. Can't wait!
- 2010 – HOUSTON
3:00 PM - John Platania and I arrived yesterday – had a good dinner,
talk … rehearsed a bit. We're ready for Kendel Carson & David
Jacques when they arrive at our hotel – Kendel in from Vancouver..
Dave from a John Prine show in New Jersey. We kept one room for the band
– to shower & change etc.
note: it's a special thing for us to be with David Jacques.. friend John
Prine's awesome bassist for many years.
4:00 PM – THE MUCKY DUCK - we arrive at the venue for sound check.
My friend & owner, Rusty Andrews, is there waiting for us. Rusty will
double as bartender/ soundman, as my friend Shane is taking the night
off. Once Rusty gets the monitors & mikes ready .. we check in minute
– in time for a nice meal – ready for our early evening (6:00
Great to see Rusty's better half, Theresa & the lovely, great staff;
COURTNEY, LONNIE, TIFFANY & MELISSA.. big thanks girls – see
Big thanks to friend (singer/songwriter/bassist) Jack for hauling his
bass over for the show. And thanks Jack for staying and being part of
the great vibe tonight.
6:00 PM – THE SHOW
This is the first time we've played this Sunday/ early show, so we didn't
know what to expect. It wasn't as full as normal, but these were great
folks to play for – and we saw many new faces.
After THE REAL THING & two great Kendel songs (Oh Baby Lie Down &
Ribbons & Bows) .. we started on the YONKERS NY songs & stories.
As we got going, this was as magic as YONKERS gets. I could feel right
away that the audience was way into the story. And that resulted in telling
parts of the story for the first time. The band was awesome – and
much appreciated by this great group of folks – and, as usual, they
stayed with me at every turn.
Some highlights for me: BASTARD BROTHERS (told more of that story tonight),
a requested GIN RUMMY RULES .. again this was a more in-depth look at
the gambling stuff than I've told before.. CHARCOAL SKY .. this story
& song gave me total chills tonight from beginning to end. And the
band totally rocked on HEY JONNY.. JP & Kendel solos were AWESOME
.. as was Dave's solo on WILD THING! – which totally rocked as well.
We ended with a great – off-the-cuff HOLY SHIT.. with all the folks
singing along. This was a special evening – one I won't forget.
Said hi to some great folks, including:
Special hi to my friend Andrew Danzig, who a few years ago, interviewed
me for Rolling Stone in New York .. & now works for the Houston Chronicle.
ANDREW WAS THERE WITH HIS GREAT DAUGHTER (3?), HAZEL.. who helped me re-write
HOLY SHIT – to get rid of the bad word.. so now it goes
"HOLY COW – here & now
I love my new friend Hazel…. BOW WOW!"
Which Hazel & I WILL sing together next time I'm in town!!
Big hello to my old friend Kyle Rhodes & a friend of Kyle's dad, Sonny..
Jim Woodson. Also hi to another Sonny friend, Jim Hard. Hi Gary .. who's
dad is from YONKERS .. nice talking to you guys. Thanks for the kind words.
Big hello to my new friends at the center round table – Ruonda,
Gerard, Martha & son Austin .. & opera singer/pastor Steven. It
was wonderful meeting & talking to you all. Hope you liked the CD..
hope to see you all next time!
Hi Payton.. great to see you.. & Ken .. great to see you again &
again. Big hi to Jason & Robert, who first saw Carrie & I with
Robert Earl Keen years ago. Big hello to Clifton NJ friends John &
Kate .. who have spent lots of time in the Westchester County White Plains
area.. where I went to high school .. great to talk to you both. Hi Martin
& Kent.. thanks for the kind words.. see you soon. Big Hi Dave.. say
hi to my friends at THE CACTUS (record store) .. great talking to you.
Finally.. GREAT to see my old friend SHANE, who sopped by with his lovely
friend Zena after the show. I'll forgive you this time Shane.. but next
time I play here – you bartend!! None this "day off" BS.
Rusty/ Theresa.. BIG THANKS!!! .. I can't wait to come back - & Theresa/Andrew
.. yes I will sing. "SON OF A ROTTEN GAMBLER" for you next time/
Anyway.. this was one to remember… see you all soon.
2010 – THE IRON HORSE – NORTHAMPTON
LOVE THIS PLACE! This is a town that totally rallied around the Chip Taylor
/ Carrie Rodriguez thing a few years ago. We were fan favorites on the
big Mass station WRSI (The River) for two years in a row. It's great to
SOUND CHECK & MEETING THE STAFF
Big thanks to pro sound man Jim for a quick / great sound check.. &
hi & thanks to the lovely girls who took our dinner orders & served
us the good food, ERIN & BLUE.. GREAT TO MEET YOU BOTH! .. Hi Neil..
great to see you. Tell Eric we missed seeing him.. we'll catch him next
Great to have the A-TEAM with me. Tony Mercadante on bass.. Tony Leone
on drums .. & the legendary & AWESOME, John Platania, on guitar.
This was some show! After THE REAL THING & a tribute to the still
persecuted FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIERS, the Hmong - we drifted in story &
song – as usual these days - back to Yonkers with my brothers Jon
& Barry & mom & dad (Barbara & Elmer) .. all based on
my current album, YONKERS NY
And I loved all of that.. but somewhere in the middle this show took a
turn & became one of my favorite shows ever. Not sure exactly how
that happened. But at some point the folks in the audience started calling
out for songs… like RED, RED ROSE.. which I hadn't done in a long
time… & after that came the request for the song I wrote for
Kendel Carson.. I LIKE TRUCKS.. which I had NEVER sung by myself. And
many in the audience started singing long with these.. I particularly
LOVED seeing our waitress, Erin, & the girls in the back smiling &
singing along with TRUCKS.. great stuff!! .. & all of a sudden this
became a total loose – "in your living room" - show.
For the first time EVER I sang the song that WILLIE NELSON recorded of
mine (one of the first songs of mine recorded by another artist)…
& that was chill-time..
& the audience seemed to LOVE it.. then .., the first song I ever
wrote FADED BLUE .. including mentions of brother Jon's usual hysterical
commentary about it… then.. the song that was most responsible for
GETTING ME IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS… "SPRINGTIME"…
which Chet Atkins heard & loved & produced with THE BROWN FAMILY
(one of my favorite all time vocal groups!!.. never had done this song
Then another BRAND NEW love song.. inspired by events at a concert in
Greenfield (just up the road) about 6 years ago.. called "CUT OFF
MY HANDS".. which everyone seemed TOTALLY into.. with most singing
along.. loved singing this for the first time..
and recalling that magic
and then there was WILD THING.. that totally rock… & then a
requested HOLY SHIT.. with everyone singing like we were in church…
then it was over.. Thanks so much for all who helped lift this show in
those directions.. that was some very special journey!
So good to see old friends .. SANDY.. will definitely sing HERE I AM for
you next time!!! That's an absolute promise. BIG JOHN.. wonderful to see
you again & again!! Stay feeling good!! Hi Gerry.. thanks for all
the kind words & the R&R memories.
Hi to Maggie (her dad knew my dad from Sunningdale Country Club.. where
he was the golf pro) & John.. great seeing my Yonkers friends!! Hope
to see you soon.
Hi Chris.. yeah Bobby Fuller's Julie is my song.. haven't heard that in
a while!! .. Hi Joe .. good seeing you boys!! … Hi Dan.. send regards
to Al .. tell him I wish him good things & hope to see him next time..
Hi Wayne.. good to see you downstairs & later.. looking forward to
the article about the new NY golf course.. good stuff!! .. Hi Dana ..
good talking to you
So good to see Sue & Al at the bar (Fitz??? ) later.. thanks for the
kind words see you in the fall.
Big THANKS TO ALL FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND MEMORY.. This was GREAT!!!
Carrie Rodriguez & I are planning to record a few more songs in a
few weeks. The plan is to release them with a "best of" in the
fall & play a few venues. THE IRON HORSE is the first one that popped
into our heads.. so… see you here in the fall!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!
2010 – CHICAGO – OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
LOVE THIS PLACE & THE FOLKS WHO RUN IT .. we arrived at our hotel
THE CITY SUITES ***** (near WRIGLEY FIELD - WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!) at
We sound checked at the venue with excellent sound-person, Julianne. After
some order-in Thai food .. we were on stage at 8:05.
Big thanks for the warm intro by my old friend, TOM JACKSON.. legendary
roots DJ at a LOYOLA U radio station for many years. We dedicated this
show to the memory of his late wife & my friend, Belle – an
awesome lady. .. so good to meet Belle's sister Linda.. and other relatives
& friends of Tom & Belle's.
I LOVE THIS PLACE & I LOVED THIS SHOW!! .. From the very start I knew
it was going to be another special OLD TOWN night. And Belle's spirit
was so with me the entire journey. It was like a bunch of friends sitting
around a fireside & sharing intimate memories & thoughts.
We laughed, we got serious.. we went all over the place.. without a guide
.. & that made it so rewarding for me & I think for all of us.
And what an awesome audience!!! We were total partners in a journey tonight.
It was YONKERS stuff & KENDEL'S STUFF & LAST CHANCE STUFF (by
request) & some hits & LOTS AND LOTS OF STORIES.. & anywhere
we leaned we went.. whatever I was thinking I said.. it was that comfortable!
After all was said & done, we ended with a wonderfully inspired sing-along
of HOLY SHIT. The perfect ending for an amazing night.
Big THANKS to all who attended
Said hi to several after the show .. including:
Estelle from YONKERS.. & friend, M??? .. sorry .. can't read my writing..
but, yes .. I did go to that music store in Yonkers. Hi to Michael ..
Jim & Kathy.. Hi Rob .. saw last at The Hideout.. great to see you
again.. Hi Dennis –
BIG hi to Mary & Gary .. please send my best regards to John (14)
& daughter JAMIE (11) – tell them I hope to see them next time
through (I'll invite them back stage if I know they're there)
HI RUSS & CATHY HAPPY 16 & ½ ANNIVERSARY.. so glad you
celebrated here!! Hi Sheryll & Lawrence .. hope to hear from you Lawrence
re: AMOEBA.. would love to do an in-store there.. also look forward to
hearing about the other "house" thing .. let me know
Special hi to Tom's sis, Maureen.. & bro in law Don.. & cousins
Kevin?? & Joan?? & all Tom's other friends.. & BIG HI TO ..
Dave Jacques friends, Holly, Jamie & Mack.. Jamie .. look forward
to seeing that JP picture you mentioned.
SEE YOU SOON TOM .. & LINDA.. I'll always look forward to that.. Hi
Belle .. much love!!
– 15, 2010 – AMERICANA BOARD cocktail gathering & meeting.
The board members are great folks. The meetings were VERY productive.
I think we set a good agenda & I'm confident we can forward our cause
big-time this year. We voted David Macias from THIRTY TIGERS (a record
company/ record distributor & more) as our new AMA Board president.
He's a GREAT guy .. with good ideas. He'll be a great leader.
Jan 14 –
WSM MORNING RADIO SHOW
.. with legendary hosts Bill
Cody & Charlie Mattos
Radio doesn't get better than this. The hosts are fun & extremely
knowledgeable – about the music they play .. current events etc
John, Kendel & I performed several LIVE songs.. I don't think Charcoal
Sky ever sounded more passionate.. check it out.
We were filmed .. so.. if you want to see GREAT radio .. go to WSM &
check the archives. I think the MUSIC CITY ROOTS SHOW is there as well
Jan 14 – 3:00 PM - SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO – (WITH HOST ELIZABETH
Kendel & I walked a few blocks from our hotel to the Sirius Offices.
It's a promo for Yonkers, but Kendel has been invited to hang out.. we're
both glad she did. The show was taped for airing on Elizabeth's "Apron
Strings" show – which airs on Sirius's OUTLAW COUNTRY channel
in a couple of days.
I loved doing this! Elizabeth is a terrific artist in her own rite ….
she had a big country/Americana hit with "Sometimes It Takes Balls
To Be A Woman" She's the real deal as a singer (country through &
through).. & the real deal as a DJ/ host.. honest & warm .. knowledgeable
& fun.. REAL FUN!!!! .. You've got to hear her!! She will DEFINITELY
WAKE YOU UP & MAKE YOU SMILE!!
We talked about the YONKERS experience .. growing up there.. family etc..
each little discussion led to one of the tracks.. NO DICE, YONKERS GIRLS
(which Sirius has been playing).. then Elizabeth's choice "WITHOUT
HORSES".. Big thanks Elizabeth!! – it was so great
PS .. Elizabeth gave Kendel rough mixes of her soon to be released album
.. just listened. IT IS AWESOME!!!! My new friend is truly a one-of-a-kind!
– MUSIC CITY ROOTS SHOW – at THE LOVELESS CAFÉ
The venue is on the outskirts of town – about 30 minutes from the
hotel. We need to be there at about 4:30 for sound check.
Kendel arrives at the hotel about 1:00. We rehearse a bit & head for
the venue at about 4:00 PM. We're so fortunate tonight to be joined by
two great friend & brilliant musicians.. Dave Jacques (bassist from
John Prine's band) - & Marco Giovino (Drummer for Alison Krauss &
When John, Kendel & I arrive at the LOVELESS CAFÉ at about
4:30, we're greeted by the nicest folks – including one of the producers,
Todd, & sound crew & staff - GABE, NICO. David Jacques & Marco
join us shortly
The barn is so cool & the folks running the event, Todd, John, Laurie,
Nico, Craig & all - are as pro as you can get – & nice people!
The sound check goes smooth as silk.. big thanks to Dan & the monitor
engineer & stage guy.. all terrific & efficient.
Five acts comprise the nights show (Will Hoge, Jason Ringenberg, Viktor
Krauss & Angel Snow, The Dirt Daubers & us) – WHAT A TALENTED
BUNCH OF ARTISTS - kind of like the old Louisiana Hayride.. each artist
does 4 or 5 songs. THE PLACE IS PACKED (500 plus) .. THE AUDIENCE IS AWESOME!!
David, Marco, John & Kendel were amazing!! We played THE REAL THING,
SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES, HEY JONNY (DID YOU FEEL THAT MOVIE),
CHARCOAL SKY, ANGEL OF THE MORNING & WILD THING .. & left to an
awesome standing ovation!
Oh man, did WE LOVE this!!! Todd & John (the promoters) gave us an
open invitation to return ASAP - & we're talking about getting Kendel
back in the VERY near future to do her own show.
Great to see old friend & brilliant bassist, Viktor Krauss .. who
accompanied the wonderful artist, Angel Snow. Also great to see legendary
bassist Bobby Moore – one of THE most revered bassist of all times
(played on many of my country "hits") – who was in attendance
with a bunch of nice friends.. including Chips Moman's friend "Judge"..
Big hi to you guys .. & lovely Whitney ( a big STONEY EDWARDS "BLACKBIRD"
FAN.. which I wrote & produced back in the day).. you made my night
Whitney.. much love!! .. see you soon.
Big hello to all the fans who had such kind words after the show.. look
forward to seeing you all soon!
2010 – NASHVILLE
The purpose of my visit is twofold. First, having just been elected to
the AMERICANA BOARD – a proud thing for me - I am coming to attend
the first Board meeting. Secondly, I have been invited to do a "special
guest" slot at what I've heard is one of the coolest weekly events
on the planet.
The event is called "Music City Roots" & it takes place
every Wednesday in a large barn, part of a world famous road stop called
The Loveless Café (known for their amazing home-cooking - biscuits,
barbecue, jams etc.). The multitalented, Jim Lauderdale, co-hosts the
event with Eddie Stubbs (THE legendary voice of THE GRAND OLD OPRY). It
is aired LIVE on WSM, the most famous country radio station in the word.
THIS A BIG DEAL!! Big thanks to friend Jim Lauderdale for telling us about
this & helping hook it up.
AMERICANA (The AMA) is the home of such great artist such as John Prine,
Steve Earle, Justin Earle, Lucinda Williams, Roseanne Cash, Lyle Lovett,
Eliza Gilkyson, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wiley
Hubbard, David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Tift Merrit, Kendel
Carson, Carrie Rodriguez, Elizabeth Cook, Sun Volt, Wilco and a host of
others who don't compromise their artistry and are constantly striving
to raise the bar on artistic achievement. I'm extremely proud to hang
my hat there as well.
John Platania & I arrive in Nashville on Jan 12 at about 5:00 PM..
John from Albany.. me from LA. Kendel Carson will arrive tomorrow.
We are staying at the Sheraton Hotel, which will host the AMA Board meeting
on Friday (Jan 15). We arrive at about 6:00.. in time to freshen up ..
& have a good meal. It's very cold .. so it's a plus to be staying
at a hotel with a VG restaurant. Great to be with my buddy John, and catch
up with stuff. So.. a very good night!
– WASHINGTON DC
GETTING READY FOR OUR SHOW AT THE BIRCHMERE (Alexandria VA) .. Brother
Jon was supposed to join the fun. Due to pressing family issues.. we're
not sure if he's going to be here..
I should know shortly… stand by
– WCVE – in RICHMOND VA (Live performance)
this radio show is recorded in an old farm house (NOT at the radio station)
that doubles as a (real) recording studio. The idea is to record the singing
and picking of "a bunch of friends sitting around the kitchen table"
- 90 minutes worth of music that will be broadcast in 5 segments of 20
minutes each – and that's exactly what it was like.
We arrived at 2:00 PM – unbelievable home made food waiting!!! This
was so much fun.. Page did such a great honest interview – in and
out of our performances in this "back woods" setting. We touched
on most all of YONKERS NY with the stories.. plus lots & lots more
WITH GREAT HOST, PAGE WILSON! This was truly special!
So nice to see Vanessa, Michelle, Bruce (& son??) & Tim (from
Merle Fest).. great being with you all.. loved this visit!
Dec 11 – So good to see
the great KENDEL Carson who arrives from Canada.. she'll join us for the
next several days!!
Dec 11 – MEETING A ROCK & ROLL PUBLICITY LEGEND – SANDY
This might be the highlight of the entire trip – Sandy worked at
the "Brill Building" of all "Brill Buildings" –
1650 BROADWAY… remember that – 1650 BROADWAY.. that's where
I wrote my big hits .. that's where tons of the juiciest of all R&R
originated.. not the more sterile environment of 1619 Broadway (the actual
GREAT TO SEE YOU SANDY .. thanks so much for sharing the memories .. those
GREAT memories of those awesome days.. & that GREAT building.. &
BIG THANKS for setting up the Laura Ingraham show & our Library Of
Dec 11th – THE LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW –
at the Heritage Building
This was an absolute shock to me!! Laura, known as a conservative talk
show guru.. is also a TOTAL MUSIC LOVER!!! – aside from being totally
up on my new YONKERS NY CD, she knew lots of my earlier CDs.. for example..
loved "This Old Town" from my UNGLORIOUS HALLELUJAH album ---
plus had Kendel's Alright Dynamite in her car .. her favorite new song
being "BELT BUCKLE".. plus was way into all John's work with
WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE!!
Loved our half hour plus with this great lady.. Big thanks Laura.. hope
to see you at the show.. on stage with us .. singing WILD THING
Note: good sport that she is.. I think she just might do that!!
Library of Congress – THE MADISON BUILDING .. the music Archives
Oh .. this was so great.. thanks Anne for taking the time.. spent an hour
or so looking through the archives of scores, notes & instruments
of old & modern day masters … with a request to house some of
my stuff there.. what an honor!!
– SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDS
Purpose – to hopefully find a home for the Chip Taylor & The
Grandkids CD (& future CDs)
What a GREAT label this is!!! – so many folk treasures – new
& old – are treated with such love & care here. A&R
director, Richard Burgess.. a well known producer/musician in his own
right gave us the cooks tour.. great talking with him & Archivist,
Richard & Jeff seemed way into my music & specifically the Grandkids
CD.. This seems like a PERFECT fit to me.. hope it works out!! WHAT A
– HEADING FOR WASHINGTON DC
John & I arrive in Baltimore.. an hour later we check into our GREAT
Hotel in Washington, The Embassy Suites at 4300 Military Road NW.. near
FOX News – we'll do a TV promo there in the AM
Thursday, December 10th – FOX NEWS
The folks here could not have been nicer. Big thanks to our host, Pat
Cororan.. & all the production crew.. Pat, Mark (c?) & Mark &
Mike & On-air host, Audrey.. who was so warm & fun as well as
being a total pro – LOVED THIS!!!! Big thanks to all of you –
hope to see you at the show
– WKNBT – New Braunfels TEXAS.
John & I were so looking
forward to this – an hour plus interview & retrospective (music
& talk) with old friend & honest & brilliant radio host, Mattson
Rainer – covering most all the stories & songs of YONKERS NY
& a lot more. Loved every minute!!! Big thanks Mattson.
Check it out at www.knbt.fm
– ARRIVING IN AUSTIN TEXAS
John Platania & I arrive in time in time to settle in our Extended
Stay Hotel.. and have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Louie's
106 on 6th & Congress .. over the next few days we hook up with some
old friends, Sonny Rhodes & Bobby Joyce, Jeff McCord & Larry Monroe.
Larry is involved in a benefit Christmas CD .. & so did a late night
interview with me about the background of my song, CHRISTMAS IN JAIL,
which will be part of that compilation. Loved this!! So good to see you
– BEACON, NEW YORK – THE HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER
.. CD RELEASE PARTY - sponsored by WDET RADIO
LOVED THIS VENUE & THIS COOL HISTORIC TOWN.. what an amazing, artistic
vibe!! !! .. just 1 hour plus from New York City.. in beautiful upstate
New York.. Kendel & I left the city at 1:30 .. took the scenic route
along New Jersey's Palisades. We arrived before 3:00. John Platania was
waiting & Tony Leone & Tony Mercadante arrived shortly after.
John, Kendel & I had a bit of lunch at lovely little sandwich shop
& then returned to the venue for sound check.
photo courtesy of Susan
This is an amazing place. Dating from the 1800's the main room is like
a small cathedral.. with a ceiling that climbs a few stories high. About
80 comfortable, bridge-like chairs are set up to face a mini "stage"
area that faces toward the front door.
Our host, Mike Jurkovic,, runs the events here & does sound as well.
It's a minimal system, but, partly because of the acoustics of the room,
the sound is AMAZING!
We sound checked in minutes & rehearsed a bit. The opening act.. singer/songwriter,
Kari Spieler, - talented young lady from the area - sound checked after..,
Kari did a great job with her opening set. The audience loved her! GREAT
We started our set with THE REAL THING - my tribute to real country music
& the race records from the south. From there we interspersed my new
album YONKERS NY .. with songs from Kendel's latest ALRIGHT DYNAMITE,
- with lots of stories mixed in. This was a freewheeling & loose as
it gets.. again loved every minute of this show .. & LOVED playing
for these great folks!
Said hi to several after the show, including:
Old friend & brilliant bassist, John "Skinny" Regan.. played
on my GASOLINE album in 1971.. and has played with Peter Frampton ever
since.. WHAT A GREAT REUNION!! Wonderful to see you, my friend!! Big Thanks
Hi to old friend (basketball team mate from 8th grade!!!) Billy Kraft..
always special to see you .. see you soon my friend .. call me about the
Hi to Cathy & Marry.. & Jason.. nice talking to you at the front
door!.. hi Craig & Carol.. & Craig & Vicki.. thanks for all
the kind words… Hi Phil.. & Carolyn from Yonkers!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
Glad you & your friends celebrated here!
Hi Rosemary & Ron.. from Wappingers Falls .. save me those roses,
Roesmary.. thanks for the nice words.. & hey Ron.. loved the DREAM
WEAVER story .. what a nice song!!
Hi Emily & Rick .. & Sharon.. nice talking with you!!… also…
GREAT to see you Steve.. thanks for coming .. you as well Ray.. always
good to see you .. appreciate your support!! .. & hi to the other
Steve.. wonderful to see you guys at the end!!
MIKE .. BIG THANKS … hope we can do it again soon!!
RADIO WNTI – 8:00 AM - Hacketstown, New Jersey
.. WITH HOST JEFF RUSCH
Kendel is just in town after recovering from THE BAD FLU.. we get up at
5:00 AM.. rent a car just past 6:00.. fight some detours.. & arrive
at the station just past 8:00.. on air shortly after.
Loved this! .. Jeff's "CROW'S NEST" Saturday morning show at
Centenary College is becoming a legendary thing. Jeff has GREAT taste..
loved listening to some cool edgy alt-rock/country as we were preparing
to talk & play.. which we did for almost 2 hours.. Focusing on YONKERS
NY & my history.. GREAT STUFF!! .. BIG THANKS JEFF & TO BRAD HUNT
for setting this up!!
Nov 21 WXLV – Schnecksville, PA
– with great friend & host BIG KEV
After Jeff's show, Kendel & I had a breakfast at a VERY quaint-cool
diner-like place in Hacketstown before taking our one plus hour jaunt
to WXLV.. we arrive just after noon at the station which is on the campus
of Lehigh Carbon Community College.. on air just after 1:00.
This IS a very cool thing!! .. First, Big Kev is one of the most passionate
music lovers I have ever met. He always asks interesting questions &
reminds me of some of my songs that I love.. but haven't played for a
while. As he did today with "It's Different Now". It's certainly
one of the truest love songs I ever wrote from my UNGLORIUS HALLELUJAH
album .. & I haven't played it in ages. Kev's request will remind
me to play it from time to time.
ONE THING!!! I didn't realize we were playing for an audience!! THAT WAS
A PLEASANT SURPRISE!! Big thanks to Judy, Debbie, Dawn, Mike & other
nice folks who wandered by.. For an hour plus-plus.. we relived some of
my history & played YONKERS songs.. with a brief excursion into the
madness of Kendel's, I LIKE TRUCKS European & US success.,
Highlights for me were .. the Kev requested IT'S DIFFERENT NOW.. I was
totally back in love again with that one.. LONG BLACK VEIL.. which I hadn't
performed solo in years!! .. & CHARCOAL SKY.. which totally gave me
Again.. it doesn't get better than radio with my friend BIG KEV.. he's
one of the brightest sides of what we call Americana music & radio
.. keep up the great work Kev.. see you soon
– FOX RADIO – LIBERALAND
with host & friend, Alan Colmes
Another late night free for all.. with a Alan & a couple of nice guys..
John.. a marketing guru & TJ .. a conservative comedian/radio host..
now from LA.. & a graduate of Stepinac High School in White Plains
NY.. (where I went to school).. this show is fast & nuts..
Big thanks Alan .. for having me & playing tracks from my Album as
bumpers.. also thanks to the call in guy who loved Emmylou's version of
my song, SON OF A ROTTEN GAMBLER.. & my duets with Carrie..
2009 – KBCO – interview with BRET SAUNDERS
This is a very big-time radio station & show. Bret was very UNLIKE
most morning celebrity DJ's. I loved talking with him.. about old days
with my brothers growing up & gambling etc. Bret's very professional..
but warm & honest.. an unusual, but great mix!! Big thanks my friend..
hope to see you one of these days!
2009 – Mountain Stage
Assistant producer, Laurel, picked John & I up at 3:30 PM. We arrived
at the venue in minutes.
It was great to see old friends, MC Larry Groce, producer Andy Reidenour
& musicians Ahmed (new dad!!!.. congrats!!!), Michael, Ron & Bob..
and new bassist.. Ryan (Laurel's boy friend).
I sent a possible set list to musical director, Ron, several weeks ago..
& he & the boys delivered as usual. The band were absolutely ready!
We rehearsed each song for just a minute or so. Because I shift moods
within each songs framework.. depending on my moods, the emotion of the
songs will be "discovered" on the spot. Within 20 minutes, we
have a framework down, & the boys are totally ready for whatever happens.
This is simply an awesome, unique band!! And background singer, Julie,
is so prepared as well. John & I were looking forward to this, big
thanks to John Darwin Kurc for photo
After a most kind intro by Larry Groce, with the amazing John Platania
by my side, we begin our YONKERS NY journey.. in story & song. The
audience is quickly into the YONKERS spirit, laughing at the fun of BASTARD
Then we we're off to the movies (in song) with HEY JONNY (did you feel
that movie).. and, again .. it's a total connection blast. But when we
tell the story of my dad & mom & a Monday at the train station
with the family & conductor Harry, with CHARCOAL SKY, there is total
reverence.. & it's chill time. This song is becoming a lifetime performance
high point for me & our fans. Folks are constantly telling me they
get misty eyed when they hear it.. & it's that way for me.. every
After CHARCOAL SKY, we blasted a viby ANGEL OF THE MORNING & rocked
with an awesome WILD THING!! .. THIS BAND WAS SO READY TONIGHT!! –
Great job Julie & the boys!!! And, big thanks to this GREAT audience!!
Said hi to some folks in the lobby, including:
Hi John, Nadine, Heather & Chuck.. great talking to you guys.. hi
Sue & Carolyn.. thanks for the kind words.. Hi Brenda & Laura
& Zach & Becky.. who has 2 kids with the coolest names .. BRAXTON
& GARRET.. great talking to you guys!!
Hi Drenda, Rick & Cris & Todd.. & Anthony.. who filmed an
earlier interview with Larry Groce.. thanks for those nice words!!.. Hi
Laurie.. my sort of "space cadet" new friend .. so nice talking
to you.. thanks for the info about getting the C&C RED DOG TRACKS
CD from the nice folks at Pandoras Mail Box in Blowing Rock NC.
I'll call Mardi (828 295 4238)
Hi Virginia.. & Theresa.. the nice ladies I met at the end .. &
Cindy & Doug.. great to see you all!!
This was special.. big thanks to all!!
– HEADING FOR MONTAIN STAGE
.. in CHARESTON WEST VA
John & I have been looking forward to this… big time! I've done
this show several times since my return to music in 1996. There's something
about these folks & this place. It's like a family thing. It's like
we're all somehow related.. & we can't wait to see each other.
After some last minute fortunate seat adjusts, we have a very comfortable
flight on United to Washington DC/ Dulles. Then, after an extended layoff
due to a flat tire, & a crazy/fast ride from a cowboy United pilot,
we arrive in Charleston a bit after 9:00 PM. Big thanks to MT STAGE rep,
Adam, who was there to great us. We arrived at our "home"..
a most comfortable Marriott Hotel by 9:30.. just enough time to check
in and hit the dining room for much needed dinner & drink.
– RADIO STATION KKUP – SANTA ROSA
This was a last minute thing… but we're glad we did it.
Just an hour plus south on I 80.. arrived at about 2:45.. on air with
host DJ, Dave at 3:00. Lots of fun here.. catching Dave & the audience
& MD, Tim up on the stories behind YONKERS ..
Note: I say "bastard" & "pissin" in BASTARD BROTHERS..
the former's OK.. bodily excretions is a no/no for many stations.. even
the most liberal…found out a bit too late here.
Thanks for having us, boys. Thanks for the good conversation & the
enthusiasm.. & the REAL THING memories. And hey Dave.. you sing a
pretty mean BIG RIVER… well done! See you soon!
2009 – KPFA – 8:45 PM .. host Bonnie Simmons
This show was amazing! Bonnie is another legend.. doing it great, for
the best reasons, since 1969. And this station is one of the great FM
stations of all time.
John & I played & talked.. Bonnie interviewed for 45 minutes.
Lots of Yonkers NY stuff.. but lots of twists & turns in exploring
my history.. Janis Joplin.. Garnet Mimms.. all over the map… LOVED
EVERY MINUTE.. BIG THANKS BONNIE!! .. also thanks to Tony handling all
the sound chores.. great to see you …
Note: To start the show, Bonnie paid tribute to Kendel Carson.. who is
back in Canada recovering from THE bad flu.. by playing one of the tracks
from her brand new 3 song single. The song, "SPARKLE NOT SHINING"
(not released until this EP) sounded sooo awesome & chilling, it gave
me an idea regarding it's possible use in a TV series that I may be musically
involved in. THANKS FOR THAT INSPIRATION BONNIE.. I'll let you know if
that happens .. & if it does, it will be totally because you played
the song! It's amazing what power the airwaves can have. It reminds me
of how WWVA from Wheeling VA totally set the tone of my life's direction.
Nice stuff Bonnie – big thanks!!
2009 – THE PALMS – WINTERS, CA
This was sort of a last minute booking. Big thanks to old friend David
Femming for inviting us again to this legendary place.
We arrived from Nevada City at about 2:30, in time to rehearse with our
"new" bass player, David Hayes (J.P.'s friend).. from Van Morrison's
band!! Van's loss is certainly my gain!!
WORD SERIES DINNER
After sound check we caught five innings of the final game at an upscale
bar/restaurant next door.. & had an awesome dinner!
Not a lot of folks.. but a special night nonetheless.. Dave was so prepared..
a quick learner.. BIG THANKS MY FRIEND!
This show got very loose.. very fast. For me, those are special shows.
Again.. it was mostly YONKERS NY songs & stories.. but I veered off
the path several times as certain memories floated in.. ie: Evie Sands
story ending in the performance of ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME.. then the
first song I wrote.. then.. an Elvis song..
Thanks to those who came along for the ride!
Kathy at the bar.. thanks for selling the CDs .. hope you enjoy the listen!..
Hi to friend, geologist Kate, who's students know brother Barry more than
Jon or me!! … good stuff!
Hi to Michelle & Brian.. so nice talking with you!!.. Hi Steve &
Jeanine.. thanks for the kind words.. & Terry.. & Chris.. hope
to see you soon
AGAIN, THANKS FOR HAVING US DAVID, & BIG THANKS FOR THE GOOD SOUND,
JEREMY… see you soon!
2009 - RADIO STATION TOUR
KRSH – SANTA ROSA, CA – 3:00 PM.. with host Bill Bowker
It's great to see old friend Bill – a legendary DJ, who's been a
sort of hero in this community for a while. We set up in Bill's studio
in minutes & play a couple of songs from the new album (Bastard Brothers
& Charcoal Sky). After some good conversation about the album and
the road we say our goodbyes and John & I head a few miles up 101
for our next radio station visit.
Thanks Bill .. love to Lovana.. & friend, Wendy.. see you soon!
Also… great to meet Nate, the AAA program director for this station.
Nate… big thanks for your support with HEY JONNY & Kendel's
music.. much appreciated
We just heard that YONKERS was, not only the most added Americana record
of the last two weeks, but also the most added AAA Radio record of the
week! That's a VERY cool thing.. a first for me! This is the best start
we've ever had. Nate, from KRSH, was one of the first ones on board..
again.. big thanks!!
See you boys soon!!
KRCB (an NPR radio station) – ROHNERT PARK, CA .. with host, Robin
Just down the road from KRSH.. we arrive at 4:00 PM .. on air in minutes.
So special to see old friend Robin.. originally from YONKERS!!! .. always
love our conversation leading to not-typical song selections. I never
know where it's headed.. but I always love our little journeys …
loved this!! .. big thanks Robin.. here's wishing you all nice days with
the new baby in the house.. much love!
KWMR – PT REYES, CA.. (with host Charlie)
Arrived in time for an awesome meal at a cool upscale place in town.
This was loose & so much fun.. such a nice back & forth with the
three of us (Charlie .. a heartfelt musician as well).. all centered around
the YONKERS NY songs & stories.
Here's a favorite memory.. Charlie leaving for a few minutes to check
his notes as John & I played. When Charlie didn't return on time..
we hosted ourselves & kept going.. big fun .. THANKS CHARLIE .. excellent
job.. loved this!!
Kay.. MISSED YOU!.. hope all is well!
Nov 4 – HEADING FOR KVMR – NEVADA CITY, CA
- with host, CHE GREENWOOD
Our home base this week is a John Platania suggestion.. The WATERFRONT..
in Oakland .. at the Jack London dock area.. my room looks out to the
water.. total vacation time!!
John and I got up early.. left at 6:45 AM to beat the traffic. John at
the helm, we arrived in Nevada City.. a very cool little arty conclave..
around 9:45 - LOVE THIS TOWN!! .. sat in the sun & had a leisurely
breakfast at a warm little coffee shop & relaxed.. then went around
the block.. to the station & met our kind host, Che. We were on air
What a wonderful thing this was. For the better part of an hour Che, John
& I reminisced about old times, playing various songs from Yonkers,
NEW YORK.. & interspersing the hits & others depending on where
the conversation went.. just a great loose "lived-in" show.
By the end of the show several people had gathered outside the recording
booth kind of cheering us on! What an awesome vibe. The local promoter,
Paul, seemed like a great guy. He mentioned he'd like to set up a theater
show for us ASAP. We're totally up for that!
BIG THANKS CHE .. great stuff!! Hi & thanks to station mgr, Steve
Baker, musician / station librarian - Greg Pappin, DJ - Chamba Lane, &
local producer - Paul Emmory, & volunteer Valerie. Great to see you
all! Hope to see you VERY soon.
2009 – WORLD CAFÉ – with host David Dye
(ISDN hook-up from San Francisco to Philadelphia)
Brother Jon, John Platania & I arrived at NPR station KQED in San
Fran at about noon. The intention (& request from the World Café
folks) was for Jon & I to do an interview (without "live"
music) with David as he played songs from YONKERS NEW YORK. At the last
minute I asked king engineer, Ceil, to set up an extra mike for John Platania's
guitar, in case David changed his mind & requested a live song.
As usual, David asked some rather insightful questions.. Jon & I stumbled
a bit with some answers.. but all in all it was great fun… and we
did play a few live.. including BASTARD BROTHERS & Jon's reading of
my first song ever, FADED BLUE.. as always.. he sang that one so warm..
with lots of feeling. That was certainly a highlight for me. Well done
Big thanks to David & all involved with the hook-up.. Ceil, David
Marks.. Willie (the garage guard).. & all. And special big thanks
to brother Jon for all his support with the LA & San Fran shows..
We'll hook up again at the Birchmere in Alexandria Va (in the Washington
DC area) on December 13.. then again on Dec 14 at The Living Room in New
York … look forward to that.. hope to see lots of friends there!
– KPIG RADIO .. with old friend John Sandage.
This station is legendary.. & remains one of the coolest on the planet.
It's always GREAT to be here & catch that KPIG spirit!
Arrived at 10:30 AM with JP & Tony Merc .. in time to say hi to some
folks .. singer Sherry, Marki.. thanks for the breakfast spread.. old
friends Tom.. Dave .. & old down-under friend Audrey Auld.. big hi
& congrats to friend Bill back in Australia.. hope to go there before
In short order we were on the air for a few memories w/ Sleepy John (Sandage)
.. playing some new YONKERS NY songs.. including fan favorite, BASTARD
BROTHERS.. & HEY JOHNNY (did you feel that movie).. a bit of ANGEL
OF THE MORNING.. mixed with stories….. big thanks John… HAPPY
BIRTHDAY!!!! .. love to Betty.. see you soon!
Nov 1, 2009 – FREIGHT & SALVAGE – THE NEW VENUE!!
Rooted in the great 60's traditions of "alternate". Antiestablishment
(pop) music … standing for FREEDOM, TOLERANCE & INNOVATION ..
in total opposition to music forced on unsuspecting humans.. resulting
in a comfort palace for cool stuff … roots stuff.. the best of creative
stuff… for many years housed down the block at an old former furniture
store.. then moved around the corner to a former auto mechanic's garage…
WOW.. what a place!!! Just up the block from their viby former location..
this is a magical theater-like venue, holding upwards of 500... using
the same old wood from the former old garage. It's a state-of-the- art
place… WITH AMAZING ACOUSTICS!!! .. & with the same great folks
running it as a non-profit art place for the benefit of local (San Fran
We had done one of the last shows at the previous venue. It is simply
wonderful to be back here & feel the amazing continuing spirit of
what the name FREIGHT & SALVAGE represents.
We arrived at 5:00. Greeting us were old friends & volunteers…
Tim & Alyce (from Yonkers), Bob (LAST CHANCE fan.. great to see you!),
Keith (in the back).. Robin .. who would do an amazing job with the sound..
Andrea.. in charge of our well being & Steve Baker.. a guitarist &
"recovering lawyer" who has managed the place with such passion
Sound person, Robin, did an awesome job.. we were happily checked in short
SPECIAL GUEST – JON VOIGHT
What a nice thing – fresh from his first "guest appearance"
with us at McCabe's in LA. Jon flew in & met us for sound-check. We
stopped around the corner at a cool pizza place .. watched a bit of the
Word Series baseball game. Big thanks to proprietor (Joe?) & kind
& lovely hosts. When we returned Jon had fun mingling with the nice
folks in attendance before show time. We were on-stage at 8:05.
For the better part of two hours we hung around the spirit of YONKERS
NEW YORK.. in story & song.. Again. .loved every minute. Jon joined
here and there.. with lots of off-the-cuff reflections Again, he was so
charming & so warm & real!! Just loved doing BASTARD BROTHERS
with him.. with all the ad-lib stuff.. and, as usual, Jon was AWESOME
in his performance of the first song I wrote .. FADED BLUE. The folks
LOVED this!!! Great job brother!!!!
Aside from the Yonkers songs, which are so much fun to perform.. some
of the surprising highlights for me were requests from my 70's albums..
such as "GETTING OLDER LOOKING BACK".. "SAME OLD STORY"..
plus a reflection of my favorite Elvis song, "I FORGOT TO REMEMBER
TO FORGET HER", which I haven't performed in many years.
It was great to see friend & manager, Steve Baker, hanging out in
the back & enjoying the show.. that was special. Thanks to all who
attended!! This was a special night for two of the three BASTARD BROTHERS!
Tom.. & Yoko.. yes .. FADED BLUE can be found in my book/CD "SONGS
FROM A DUTCH TOUR"… wonderful talking to you. Hi Shandon..
so nice talking with you as well.. big hi to sister Kathryn .. tell her
thanks for those great performances of ANGEL OF THE MORNING!
Craig.. great to see you!! Thanks for the support with all those CDs ..
great question about the dates.. I'll check it out.
Hi Michael.. so good to see you again!!.. BIG HI TO JOHN & ALYCE..
who celebrated their 43d anniversary here!! .. Jon & I loved talking
to you.. hope to see you next time. Hi Greg .. thanks for your kind words
about my singing & the songs…. Much appreciated.. see you next
Scott .. great to see you again with dad, Hilary!! Hilary.. big thanks
for suggesting.. hope to see you guys every time I'm in these parts..
Hi to Paul & Joanne .. Michael.. such kind words.. Hi Christine..
hope to see you soon as well !
AGAIN.. huge thanks to ALL the volunteers.. & Steve.. keep up the
GREAT work.. this place is simply magic.. always has been! I'm proud to
be a part of it.
The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley Society for the Preservation
of Traditional Music) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting
Steve Baker, a guitarist and "recovering lawyer," who now manages
the operation, came on board at that time. "The Freight already had
the attributes of a community organization," Steve recalls. "The
change-over was more of a formality and the success of our new group became
obvious within the first year. Mayne Smith was the organization's first
board chair. A talented songwriter and performer, he understood that the
primary asset of any community organization is trust, and he set a standard
for good faith and for commitment to service that continues to set the
tone for the organization. Allison Fisher managed the club during that
period. She was very effective at bringing new people into the audience,
and after four years many of us were casting about for a way to expand
our seating capacity.". Join with us to assure the Freight's future,
and the future of the music we love.
We offer our sincere thanks to the folks at Meyer Sound for the generous
support and assistance they have provided year after year. Their contribution
has been indispensable in establishing the Freight is a premier listening
Oct. 30 –
I asked my brother to help get
a doctor to look at Kendel.. which he did. The good doctor said Kendel
was badly dehydrated & gave her IV fluid for a couple of hours. She
felt & looked a lot better after that.. but she was still quite sick.
He gave her some meds & said she'd probably feel better in a few days,
but said she needed rest & suggested not performing for at least a
few days. We decided to take no chances. We put her to bed and scheduled
a flight for her to go back to Canada .. to her folks house. Hopefully
she'll be better in a few days. But she'll stay off tour until she's 100%.
– rehearsing for our show at McCabe's LA
We had to make quick adjusts. Without Kendel this would be a different
show. We decided to do a complete YONKERS NY show.. adding three songs
from the album we had not performed. We had little time to rehearse..
but John, Tony & I sketched it out & headed for sound check.
GUEST STAR – JON VOIGHT
Brother Jon agreed to do a cameo guest appearance – brave soul.
He stopped by for a few minutes to rehearse as well. We're as ready as
we can be under the circumstances.
Greg Leisz (pedal steel /dobro/ mandolin) was waiting for us. Great sound
man Wayne had us sounding good in minutes, so we had an hour or so to
rehearse there with the entire band.
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DANNY PEARL
There are thousands of shows in October dedicated to the memory of Danny
.. who was tragically murdered in Pakistan a few years ago (Danny's birthday
is Oct 10). I have been friends with his mom & dad & his best
friend, Todd for a few years now. Wanting to be a part of the October
spirit in his memory, we dedicated the show to Danny… and opened
the show with I DON'T BELIEVE IN THAT.. a song I had written in response
to his murder.
I found out after the show that Danny's folks, Judea & Ruth were in
the audience. What a great & happy surprise!
After the opening song, we began our excursion into YONKERS NEW YORK.
And what a journey it was!! I sang & talked & talked & sang..
BARRY GO ON (Put Yourself On The Mountain).. HEY Johnny (Did You Feel
That Movie).. Charcoal Sky.. all magic interactions with this great audience
.. I loved every minute!! The musicians followed me at every turn.. and
Jon made his entrance.. here and there ..and was so charming!!
Later Killer Hale.. & the Blood Mountain Boys joined us.. Jon with
them… & they were awesome.. just like last time!!.. thanks boys!!!
What a night!!
Old friend & music business legend Al Schwartz was there .. hadn't
seen him in 30 years!!!!!!! Great to see you Al… also GREAT to see
Liberty.. from Boulder circa 1974!! Thanks for the nice words Liberty
.. you look great!! Hope to see you soon!! Hi Dorato.. wonderful to see
My boy Kris took off from babysitting chores with the amazing almost 3
month old twins, Ben & Jack.. THANKS MY BOY!! Hi Joe & Mark ..
so glad you could come!!.. sorry I missed some of your other cohorts Kris,
send them my best.. & tell them BIG THANKS for coming!
- Great to see the Killer's son, Tyler .. and girlfriend Lyndsey &
mom Pat .. hi to The Keith's Tom & Mary Ann.. hi to Ken Rothstein..
originally from Yonkers!! Folks members of SUNNINGDALE CC.. where dad
was the golf pro for his entire life!!.. Hi Crosby.. very best wishes
with your music!!.. Hi to "pilots" Gerry & Marty.. great
to see you guys!!
Hi to Rick & Joan.. from Bergen County!! . nice talking with you!!..
Hi Doug .. see you soon!
2009 arriving LA
John, Kendel & I arrived at about the same time.. early afternoon.
Kendel was trying to be a trooper. She'd been real sick for about ten
days. She thought maybe it was getting better a few days ago. But the
flu-like feeling was still there when she arrived – big time!
We checked into The Crown Plaza.. 1150 So Beverly.. we like this place
a lot – reasonably priced and clean and comfortable.. & near
good restaurants. Tony arrived about midnight
– HIGH BRIDGE – NEW JERSEY
SHOOTING VIDEO FOR "CHARCOAL SKY" – on the MOST
BEAUTIFUL DAY OF THE YEAR!
My new album, "YONKERS, NEW YORK will be officially released next
week. At the last minute I thought it might be a good idea to shoot a
simple video of "Charcoal Sky", which was a fan favorite on
my recent tour of Sweden, England and parts of northern California.
The song recalls memories of my dad and mom taking my brothers and me
to Nepperhan Train Station in Yonkers – one of our favorite things
to do back then. In the song, dad speaks to a conductor – something
he did often – and the conductor speaks to us about the importance
of the steam engine trains. Here are the lyrics:
Got a reservation – down at Neperhan station
Flatten your nickel's boys – and wave that train good bye
It'll be on time – it's the Hudson River Line
God Bless America & that Charcoal Sky
Boys this is Harry – he's the conductor for the Putnan Division
Now he's been doin' it for 18 years – and he's been my friend for
Harry this is Barry, middle son Jon and little Jamie
Tryin' to teach my boys about that Charcoal Sky
(Harry says) - Now since the 1860's, boys – we've been pushin' up
I still hear those wheels every time I close my eyes
And without that steam, boys – there'd be no American dream
Daddy said God bless you Harry – we'll see you by and by
Now wave goodbye to Harry boys – the caboose she's a rollin'
See him runnin' to catch up to her – don't he catch her every time
When he hops on board, boys - give a wave – it's time we started
Soon around the bend we'll see that Charcoal Sky
I called my friend Bill Hurley, who has shot and assembled some great
videos for Kendel Carson & me in the last few years. He and his cohort,
Fred Boenig, decided on shooting the footage in two places.
First, at an old train station in High Bridge New Jersey (the last stop
on the Rariton Valley train line.) – which had the feel and look
of Nepperhan station. Then at Black River And Western Railroad, in Ringoes,
New Jersey – where you can find some of the greatest old trains
on the planet.
GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME!!!
I left the east side of Manhattan 40 minutes before the train left Penn
Station in New York. Due to traffic, I had to run the last few blocks-
guitar and suitcase in hand – in order to JUST make the train on
time. What a foolish thing! I would have had to wait two hours for the
next train! And I experienced all those anxious moments.
So my suggestion – leave early – very early – for trains
AND planes. Instead of spending the anxious minutes heading toward some
place, be there comfortably already - negotiating a comfortable seat or
smiling hello to somebody you would otherwise never had the chance to
SHOOTING AT HIGH BRIDGE STATION
One of my favorite parts of the day was when the train made it's final
stop at High Bridge Station. As Fred and Bill set up for the shoot, I
got to say hello to new friends, conductors Pam Dunston and Marc Sussman
and engineer, Jack Dawes.
Aside from good general conversation with all, some things Pam said will
stay with me – in a very good way!
Pam mentioned that her job had "humbled" her – made her
more aware of the true beauty of many she came in contact with. It taught
her not to pre-judge people. What great thoughts! Thanks for that Pam
– I will devote a CHURCH OF THE TRAIN WRECK podcast to you and those
thoughts very soon.
Meanwhile Pam.. & Marc.. & Jack.. click on "Church"
on the main page to check some other podcasts. I think you guys would
all like the "visit".
THANKS FOR THE GREAT RIDE AND GOOD CONVERSATION!!! – HOPE TO SEE
YOU ALL SOON!
PS – also.. special hello to the VERY nice lady who was waiting
with her husband for a train - & who was such a GREAT AUDIENCE for
us as we prepared our shoot. Wish I had gotten your name! - HOPE TO SEE
YOU AGAIN! – all the best!
SHOOTING AT BLACK RIVER AND WESTERN RAILROAD STATION
After shooting some great footage for a couple of hours at High Bridge
Station, we traveled about a half hour away to RINGOES to our new location,
The Black River And Western Railroad Station.
Again, one of my favorite parts of this visit was talking to some kind
folks – Dick - the Forman at the station - and John, the engineer/mechanic.
What great guys! – Also hi to new friend Gail who was there to greet
The stations pride and joy - their 1937 #60 steam engine - was housed
in a special, locked up building of it's own. But Dick & John opened
the big doors and in we went. For the better part of an hour we shot some
great footage with that engine as well as interiors and exteriors of several
other vintage trains.
GREAT STUFF BOYS – BIG THANKS! – hope to see you soon!
Big thanks to Bill & Fred for a great effort – MUCH APPRECIATED!
We'll be on a CRASH COURSE to get this video up & SHOWING BY THE END
OF NEXT WEEK – STAY TUNED!!
09 - Heading for the HARLDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Festivals do not get better than this one. It is financed to the tune
of about 8 to 10 million dollars by ONE music lover.. a great guy named
Warren Hellman. It's held on 6 stages in Golden Gate Park.. the setting
of each is as beautiful as you can imagine. – this year, the hea
dliners are Emmylou, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Robert Earle Keen, Little
Feat, Bozz Scaggs, Nick Lowe, David Alvin, The Old 97s, Old Crow Medicine
Show, Marianne Faithful.. just to name a few. Carrie & I played this
festival twice in recent years and LOVED it.
The thousand or so musicians & managers etc.. are all treated like
stars – separate rooms for each at the coolest hotels in San Francisco..
with shuttle rides constantly flowing back & forth to the festival
grounds manned by the kindest folks .. i.e.: two lovely girls, Lemme &
Jenny .. two old friends.. just out of college were our kind escorts.
Great to see you guys!!! Big Thanks!!
When the festival folks were made aware that Kendel & I would be in
the area, we were invited to take part in all the festivities. Badges
were waiting for all of us.. Kendel, John, Tony & me.. which allowed
us in each backstage area.. & to their big SATURDAY NIGHT private
party at one of the coolest rock venues on the planet.. a place called
SLIMS in downtown San Fran. BIG THANKS TO BONNIE SIMMONS…. &
Dawn Holliday & Sherry, Chris, Allyson & all for the cordial invite
& welcome!! – so appreciated!!
We drove from Santa Rosa & arrived at our AWESOME hotel in San Fran,
THE GALLERIA PARK.. an old renovated structure.. now a state-of-the-art
A few hours later we had an early dinner at the hotel with Kendel's warm/kind
folks, Del & Bruce. LOVED THIS.. they are such salt-of-the-earth people.
We are all buddies now.. a very nice thing!
Note: I had banged my foot leaving the stage in Santa Rosa & my old
drop-the eight-on-my-foot injury kicked in. .. Maria.. the kind bell-hop
girl at the hotel managed to find me a cane in the hotel's "lost
& found".. THANKS MARIA.. that's been a huge help. Also.. Bruce
is suggesting a Chinese remedy.. & I'm paying attention! Thanks Bruce!
& 4, 09 - CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS AT THE FESTIVAL
This was GREAT fun. For the next two days I got a chance to catch up with
some great friends.
i.e.: David Mansfield.. the brilliant musician composer that played with
me in the early 70's.. who went on to become famous with Bob Dylan on
his ROLLING THUNDER REVIEW.. & star in- & compose the themes for
the legendary film, HEAVEN'S GATE. David played with me at my mom's funeral.
David was a featured guitarist on my return album, THE LIVING ROOM TAPES,
back in 1997. Our paths haven't crossed in about 10 years. This was a
magical reunion - a very important one for me.
Said hi to old friends Robert Earle Keen & band members, Marty, Rich
& Charles Ray.. brilliant drummer friends Marco Giovino & Bryan
Owings.. old friend Richie Havens .. (hadn't seen in 30 years!!).. old
friend, Marshall Crenshaw.. new friend Sue from the BLUE RODEO crew..
Gary Scruggs, from the great Earl Scruggs Band & I got to say hi &
share a few laughs about the festival name.. look forward to seeing Gary
& the boys tomorrow. That's the way it is at a great festival.. you
get to hang out with folks you admire & respect.. what a great thing.
And there's no better festival for me to do that, than this one.
Oct 3, 09 - PARTY AT SLIMS
Kendel, John & I played at this cool place a little over a year ago.
We LOVED the vibe & the folks who ran it. It was SO GREAT TO SEE lovely
Nancy (who booked/managed the venue).. & lovely Colleen (so great
to see you!) who was part of the staff & a great guy named Chris who
was another host of the place. Colleen.. hi to dad, Bob. Very nice talking
to him.. with special thoughts of your uncle (& my old school mate),
Tom. It is a small world. Hope to see you in New York!
It's hard to explain this connection with these great SLIMS folks.. but
it's a very nice thing .. & it was such a very special thing to revisit
09 – SPECIAL FRIEND – JOE GRACEY & WIFE KIMMIE RHODES!!
These are two of my favorite people on the planet… Joe hasn't been
able to speak for 30 years… writes his thoughts on a disappearing
plastic pad… BUT in 14 days.. Joe will speak again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you Joe!! TALK to you soon!!
Oct 4, 09 – John & I are having dinner at a high-end restaurant
near the hotel. Kendel calls from the festival.. says she's not feeling
that well.. will pass on dinner. Two hours later.. she calls… ran
in to Ry Cooder & wife … had dinner with them!!.. John &
I .. well ../ we're just John & I.. well… hey.. that's the HARDLY
STRICTLY FESTIVAL for you!
GREAT STUFF! Good night!
09 - SAN FRANCISCO..
Joan & I spent some great time with son Kristian, wife Anna &
OUR NEW IDENTICAL TWIN GRANDKIDS (7 weeks old!), BEN & JACK .. in
LA. What an awesome week!! .. the kids are sooooo amazing!!
Now back to work
HEADING FOR the BACKYARD CONCERT at radio station KRSH
The band.. John Platania, Tony Leone & Tony Mercadante & Kendel
& I…. fly in to San Fran at various times. We're in the van
by 3:00 & head for one of our favorite places… Santa Rosa…
KRSH territory.. with friend & legendary MD & DJ, Bill Bowker..
who I last saw at the hotel bar in Nashville at 2:00 AM… sorry to
say, we closed the place!!
ARRIVE AT THE STATION
We make a quick stop at our hotel & arrive at the station just in
time for sound check. Big thanks to Jonathan & old friend Pete for
doing such an AWESOME job with our check.. we're ready in 10 MINUTES!!
We get a chance to say hi to Bill Bowker & many station folks &
friends before show time.. great friend Brian & Rock-guru David..
so good sharing stories.., hi Amanda.. great seeing you!!!.. & STEPHANIE
- first came to station at the time of the Chip/Carrie concert 3 years
ago.. so nice to talk to you!! & Anita.. so good seeing you again
as well.... & Julie.. & John & the rest.. such nice folks….
GREAT TO SEE Bill's lovely wife Lavana.. & friend DAWN!!!!.. sorry
we weren't able to see you later. ..also.. very nice to meet the gang
from The Sorentino's (Dan, Rob, Ken & one other .. sorry… didn't
catch the name)) .. a great local band who are opening for us.
KENDEL'S MOM & DAD ARE HERE!!!!
THIS IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS!! This is the first time
I've met Kendel's sweet mom, Del. And this is the first time Del &
Kendel's dad, Bruce are seeing us perform together!!!
This was so special & so much fun. It is simply awesome to play for
these great folks & to have them witness a star in the making.. KENDEL
CARSON. These folks are like family. Carrie & I played in this area
at the legendary "house/concert/venue".. "STUDIO E"..
WE ALWAYS LOVED THAT!!! And our last performance at THE BACKYARD was one
to remember forever. AND THIS ONE WAS ONE FOR THE BOOKS AS WELL!! And
what a wonderful thing for Del & Bruce to see & feel this special
union with the folks, their daughter & all of us.. it doesn't get
better.. it's a total team effort… the fans… this great station
& artists like us… all in it together for the right reasons!
Far too many highlights to mention.. but the band & Ms Carson totally
rocked tonight!! .. Jesse James, OH BABY LIE DOWN, BASTARD BROTHERS, Charcoal
Sky… BIG TRUCKS… I loved SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES
– it had that super serious rock & roll vibe I love so much
- it showed the rock & roll power Kendel has… again, she was
absolutely on fire tonight!!.. then we rocked the place with HEY JOHNNY
DID YOU FEEL THAT MOVIE… & BIG RIVER… then a chilling
ANGEL OF THE MORNING led to a Bill Bowker tribute of WILD THING….
We encored with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.. & left the stage a bit
tired but feeling wonderful.. what a night!!
Tim.. thanks for the kind words… & for taking the pictures…
hope you nail that song!! - hi Sherry.. good to see you again… great
kids… Isabella & Jasmin .. so good meeting you guys… don't
forget … NO vegetables.. just cake, ice cream & candy for a
month or so.. DON'T CHEAT!!!
Kendel says to say a BIG hi to new friend JAKE.. sorry I missed seeing
this special guy.. Kendel says he's AWESOME!!
Hi Garth (originally from Oregon) … thanks for the nice words…
all the best with your own music… Hi Ken.. Hi JOY.. & Dave ..
great to see you… thanks for the kind comments… Hi Bob…
nice talking to you…
Heidi!! … are you OK? … was hoping to see you.. hope to see
Hi to all the other kind folks who's names I missed or forgot.. hope to
see you next time!
Again.. thanks to Bill Bowker & Brian, Dave & the entire staff
for all the support.. & SPECIAL THANKS TO MD NATE FOR ALL THE AAA
SUPPORT… It's wonderful to get such support from musical folks like
Nate & Bill & this great gang, who nurture their ties to the community
through good music… Bill & I discussed a return visit &/or
a yearly Backyard Concert wrap up … it all sounds good to me. &
Big love & Thanks from Kendel… see you all soon.
09 – Lucinda Williams WEDDING
John Platania & I arrive in Minneapolis in the early afternoon.. The
event is a show & wedding .. Tom & Lu tie the knot before the
encore of her amazing show .. one of her best ever… then a simple
beautiful wedding… then more ROCK & ROLL… then a great
reception… an awesome night!!
Congratulations Lu.. it is so great to see you & Tom so happy.. &
for John & I to share this night with you! .. Thanks so much for that!
Sep 17, 09 - BATTLE OF THE SONGS
All day long people were congratulating me on BASTARD BROTHERS getting
such raves in the NEW RELEASE panel hosted by Sean Coakley & Leslie
Rouffe from SONGLINES PROMOTIONS. It's a big deal every year at the convention.
I honestly didn't know the song was in competition. Here's an email about
Thanks to everyone who submitted
music and especially to those who came and participated in this year's
Americana Music Meeting.
Here's how it worked: we played about 90 to 120 seconds of each song after
which attendees wrote down a score from 1 - 10.
What followed were lively discussions on the relative merits of each artist/song
as seen through the personal and professional biases of the listener.
Almost every song illustrated the wide differences of opinion within this
hard-to-define genre of music.
The results are divided into three categories: the whole room, radio programmers
The whole room:
Way That I'm Living"
My Time Comes"
Comes That Rainbow Again"
I Could Only"
Way That I'm Living"
I Could Only"
My Time Comes"
Comes That Rainbow Again"
Comes That Rainbow Again"
My Time Comes"
Way That I'm Living"
I Could Only"
again – a great conference and we hope to see ya'll next year!
Sean Coakley & Leslie Rouffe
So that was it.. what a proud thing to be in such great company. FYI -
I'm looking forward to hearing Rosanne Cash's new record. I'm betting
it's great. There's been some talk about her & I doing some shows
together. I'd love that! Aside from being a one-of-a-kind artist, she's
a damned nice person.
Sep 17 – BAND REHEARSAL –
Just before the awards show, old friend Dave Jacques (brilliant bassist
.. plays with John Prine) joined us for a quick rehearsal.. we're ready
SEP 17 - Sirius Radio ..
with friends Jeremy, Steve Popovich Jr & a quick on-air with crazy
MOJO.. big thanks for having us guys!!! – see you soon
OUR SHOW – 3d & LINDSLEY – 11:00 PM
Big thanks to Steven & Mike (sound).. for being so prepared for us!!
What a great night this was .. the band & Kendel were AWESOME…
& it was like Sweden/Norway/London .. in as much as the previews of
my new CD, "YONKERS NEW YORK" seemed so "lived in"
& appreciated.. & work so great with Kendel's garage/rock country
thing… I am loving performing all this stuff! ..
Highlights were too many.. let's go with Kendel's "I LIKE TRUCKS",
"SEVEN SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES".. & "HEY JONNY..
DID YOU FEEL THAT MOVIE".. & "CHARCOAL SKY".. &
Said hi to:
There wasn't much time to say hi to folks.. but I do remember a few names…
hi: Jan & Caroline.. so good to see you guys.. maybe I'll see in Florida
one of these days.. hi to Tim.. Vinny & Paul (from the UK).. &
the fellow who came especially to see me from Alaska.. I hope we hook
up again soon… BIG THANKS FOR COMING!!
Old friend Steve Popovich.. & friends .. thanks for the great words!!
Sep 17 – JESSE's BIG TRUCK
Old friend Jesse Scott.. who was A&R director for XM Satellite.. before
the merger.. now has a cool Internet thing going. She had a BIG TOURING
VAN parked outside our venue & asked if we'd stop by to sing a couple
So we all crowded in the band & performed 3 songs.. w/great former
XM engineers manning the controls. LOVED THIS.. THANKS TO ALL!!
A bonus was that I got to record a song I wrote for LUCINDA WILLIAM'S
for her WEDDING… called "LUCINDA WILLIAMS WEDDING". I
started writing it in Sweden.. and performed a bit of it there.. &
everybody seemed to like it.. so it was great to finally "capture"
it to give to Lu. BIG THANKS TO JESSE & THE GANG. LET'S DO MORE OF
THIS TYPE RECORDING.. WHAT A GREAT VIBE!! I'll be in touch!
09 - Nashville
HEADING FOR THE AMERICANA CONVENTION – IN NASHVILLE
FIRST STOP: Cincinnati
I flew in to Cincinnati from New York & was waiting for Kendel when
she arrived from Canada. With luggage in hand, we took a taxi, just across
the state border to Kentucky to radio station WNKU.
Our great promo/friend, Brad Hunt, has asked us to stop here to say hi
to some folks at this VG station at NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY…
as the folks here have been VERY supportive of our music. So glad we did!
RADIO STATION – WNKU – Big thanks to John McGue .. & pro
cohorts Andrew & Bob.. Loved this – a much bigger production
than I thought - LIVE w/video for later airing on cable.. VG interview
with great host & a few songs.. look forward to seeing you guys soon
… BIG THANKS!!
We arrived back at the airport in plenty of time to catch our 7:55 flight
It was a short flight & with the time difference, we arrived in Nashville
shortly after 8:00. John Platania had flown in by way of Albany, &
was already waiting for us when we arrived.
Kendel needed rest.. but John & I hustled to a place called Douglas
Corner to see old friend & great soul/ songwriter, Donny Fritz.. and
his great band .. including old friend, David Hood on bass.. with legendary
writers Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham making special guest appearances
singing a few of their awesome hits like Dan's DARK END OF THE STREET
& Spooner's CRY LIKE A BABY. Meeting these guys was an awesome treat
for me .. I probably shook hands with them back in the 6os.. but not since
John & I were invited on stage as well & we played Angel Of The
Morning & Wild Thing.. with Donny & the great band. What a great
THE AMERICANA CONVENTION
This is always a GREAT event … far better than the CMA.. as simply
put, the music is far more inspired.. & the artists are mostly the
real deal.. & the fans are AMAZING!!! & The AMERICANA ORGANIZATION
simply puts on a HELL OF A SHOW highlighted be the awards show.
THE AWARDS SHOW
For me .. highlights were .. seeing friend Buddy Miller so healthy (Buddy
had triple bypass surgery back in Feb.. the same day I was having my stents
operation).. & old friend Jim Lauderdale.. do his same-old magic hosting…
& awesome performances by The Belleville Outfit (great talking with
you Phoebe.. hope to see you soon)… & Justin Townes Earle ..
Felt a bit bad for Kendel .. as she was #1 female on the AMERICANA CHARTS
for well over a month & wasn't acknowledged with a spot on the show,
but her "star" rose a bit late in the game.. hopefully the powers
that be will give her just do next year.. but .. all that being said..
those in charge p ut some great artists & a terrific show on that
2009 - HEADING FOR LONDON
LEAVING MALMO - ARRIVING IN THE UK (From Copenhagen)
Hakan picks us up in our touring van at our hotel at 5:20 AM. By the way..
we stayed at the Raddison hotel here in Malmo.. & liked it a lot!
W e arrive at the airport at 6:00 for our flight to London.
I'm halfway dreading this trip as I'm expecting to be detained at the
checkpoint at Heathrow. Two years ago our booking agent made the mistake
of giving John Platania & me working papers for ONE YEAR.. He did
that to save time & dollars in case we came back later in the year.
What he did not know was that once you have working papers for more than
six months, you need a VISA, which we never have. So John & I were
detained for 3 plus hours.. mug shots.. finger printed.. etc.. with our
passport stamped "DENIED ENTRANCE". They finally let us in,
but the damage was done.
Every time John Platania has returned to play with Van Morrison, he's
been harassed & detained. It's taken took 4 or 5 of those episodes
to resolve it for him. Now this is my FIRST TIME returning .. & I'm
expecting to be detained.
We arrive at 8:30 .. there is an almost one hour delay for other than
EURO UNION folks to get to the check point. I have an understanding with
Kendel & the boys that they will take the luggage & head for the
hotel where I will join them later. The Euro Union folks have no delay.
At the check point .. I AM DELAYED! I am asked to have a seat while they
check my papers etc. I am expecting the worst.. but after about 5 minutes..
they stamp my passport & INVITE ME IN!! - Miracle of miracles!!!
Kendel & the boys wait just outside the luggage area having an expensive
BAD breakfast…. in hopes to see me, just in case I am not detained.
I walk by without seeing them, take the fast train to London.. hop a cab
to our cool low-budget hotel, THE HYDE PARK TOWERS (a Kendel find!)..
have an AWESOME, inexpensive breakfast.. sit outside at a picnic table
drinking good coffee & making Internet tour notes.
A haggard Kendel & band arrive an hour later… ah, the life!!
Sep 6 - VENUE – THE BORDERLINE
SOUND CHECK (4:15)
The manager Ed is waiting for us along with soundman, Patrick. The back-line
(amps for bass & guitar.. & drum kit) is waiting (thanks to Heinz
for organizing). We've had GREAT sound folks on this tour.. BUT NONE BETTER
THAN PATRICK.. we are checked in short order.
MY OLD FRIEND, FLORENCE, STOPS BY WITH HER KIDS … cool/ handsome
& sweet ALEXANDRE (now 13), who loves Physics… no surprise to
me .. as dad, Gauillaume is a brilliant mathematics/scientist .. &
lovely, sweet ARIAN (now 10).. who LOVES all studies .. especially art.
IT IS SOOOOO GREAT TO SEE THEM!!!!! I last saw them several years ago.
While Kendel is off doing two interviews, the boys … Orjan (guitar),
Bjorn (bass) & Magnus (drums) & I have a nice quiet dinner at
an Italian restaurant around the corner from the club. After checking
out some cool book/CD stores, we're ready for our show!
THE SHOW (THE BORDERLINE)
Well, simply put.. from start to finish - this was PURE MAGIC!!! We booked
the show fairly late.. & it's a Sunday.. so I wasn't expecting a good
turnout. The place was packed!! And what an audience this was. And totally
because of the terrific interaction with this great group, we gave - &
they got - the very best of Kendel & me… & this AWESOME
Certainly this is on top of the list of my favorite UK shows ever.. and
there have been several memorable ones.
It's hard to explain what this show has become.. part edgy, honest garage
band rock & roll.. FEATURING THE NEW SENSATION, KENDEL CARSON.. &
me from time to time - & part theater.. featuring an intimate exploration
of my YONKERS, NY story.. told in spoken word & song.. & even
this part of it has it's rock & roll garage edge.
We blasted THE REAL THING.. then roared with Kendel's medley.. OH BABY
LIE DOWN & JESSE JAMES.. & the band was kicking & the audience
was so totally with us…. & after the sweet RIBBONS & BOWS,
we all got lost in the beat- poetry Lou Reed-like DANCE WITH A HOLE IN
YOUR SHOE.. it was like a spiritual thing..
Then it was some YONKERS NY stories & songs.. BASTARD BROTHERS.. which
the audience loved, leading the way.. then HEY JONNIE, DID YOU FEEL THAT
MOVIE with it's ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK interludes… which totally
blasted this house!!.. then an intimate look at a years-ago -Monday in
Yonkers with my folks & brothers in the story & song of CHARCOAL
SKY.. which gave me chills from start to finish.. & from the reaction,
the audience must have been feeling the same thing.
And mixed in with the YONKERS stuff were Kendel's mad-fiddling rockers,
SEVEN SHADOWS ON MY GOLDEN ROSES & TEN LOST MEN… total crowd
pleasers every night!!…KENDEL WAS so ON FIRE tonight!!! .. after
a few others, we played an oh-so-sweaty ANGEL OF THE MORNING & a totally
rocked-out WILD THING.. We encored with an amazingly chilling, reverent
HOLY SHIT.. with the audience singing in solidarity with the Nortalja
prisoners in Sweden.
Finally we said goodbye with our toungue-in-cheek ode to a Swedish reviewer..
the new song, TOO DYNAMIC.. the crowd seemed to love this one, many singing
along by song's end.
WHAT A NIGHT – THIS WAS ONE FOR THE AGES!!
HUGE THANKS TO MY SWEDISH BAND COHORTS!! WHAT A GREAT SPIRIT YOU BOUGHT
TO THIS ENTIRE TOUR – SO GLAD YOU JOINED ME HERE WITH THESE GREAT
UK FRIENDS - SEE YOU ALL SOON!!!
ORYAN (guitar) – big thanks & big love to Yvonne.. what a special
BJORN – tell Sara.. I hope to see her & your little boy.. hope
you had that candlelight dinner with Sara that you've been longing for!
MAGNUS – hope things go well in Stockholm with your students &
you can have some nice relaxing days .. say hi to your new friend, Jesse.
Wish her the best with her music. I'll see you soon!
My music- aficionado friend from Cadiz, Richard England, remarked that
he never saw a show of this length have the magical staying power of this
one. This great band, had a lot to do with that. Richard and his Cadiz
Distribution buddies talked to me about bringing this to theaters here.
We'll talk more tomorrow.
SAID HI TO:
Big hello to Richard & all the Cadiz folks.. Luke, Christian.. &
Del (our great publicist!!) – we are totally in this together!!
What a great thing!!
Hi to my great old friends Michael & Elaine … thanks for being
here .. see you in New York!!… Hi Terry & Linda… so good
to see you so often!! .. Hi to Korine .. from Brazil.. & old friend
Ian.. great to see you again.. hi to Jan.. & big hello to David..
Lucy's dad… hi Michael.. thanks for the kind words
Hi Jeff!!! Thanks for bringing your son, Michael… Michael.. thanks
for the support!! .. see you soon… Hi Kathy & Trevor.. &
Kato (from Australia).. great seeing you!! –
Big hello to Paul Hitchcock (helping with regrouping of ULTRAVOX) &
wife Pippa.. Paul.. please send Midge my best regards.. tell him I still
have that leather jacket from Boulder.. & I look forward to seeing
Hi Bob & friend Daren.. so nice talking to you!… Hi DAVE ..
GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!… Hi Nick.. nice seeing you as well
Special hi to my old friends MIKE & PAUL.. great seeing you before
& after the show!! .. I told the boys & Kendel how much you appreciated
what they brought to the table!! Hi Alan .. great to see you & Karen….
SO GOOD TO TALK TO YOU HILLARY… thanks for the sweet words about
what the show meant to you.. Big hi to old friend Joe & Carmel from
Ireland.. yes.. I'd like to go back there soon.. YONKERS NY has such an
Thanks to singer/ song writer Pat for taking so many pictures for different
folks.. & for introducing me to Mick…. MICK, THANKS SO MUCH
FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THE GREAT ACE CHIP TAYLOR RETROSPECTIVE… It
is my proudest compilation!!
Of course big thanks & hi to my friend Florence.. say hi to Garth..
wish he could have been here .. BIG LOVE TO ALEXANDRE & ARIANE
And a big hello to my friend Barry (great to see you before the show)..
& to my great friend Tony Pankhusrt & friend Ed.. great seeing
you over & over again!!
BIG THANKS TO THE BORDERLINE (Mean Fiddler) FOLKS… Ed & Patrick..
& hi to lovely Genna.. who runs the show here. Thanks for having us,
Genna.. hope to see you soon..
Again thanks to these folks & all others who attended… this
was one hell of a night!
2009 – HEADING FOR GOTTEBERG
I've played in this town a few times.. several in-stores at a great record
store, HUGGET.. no longer in existence.. I have fond memories of that
place.. (owned by Ralph & managed by a king fellow named Lasse). also
played at a place called Pusterbik.. (loved that venue).. and other cool
places. I've always loved the spirit of this town & always felt a
strong connection to the fans here.
This will be the last day for tour mgr/booker/driver & great new friend,
Bjorn. He's at the wheel gain as we enter Gotteberg at about 1:30.
All along Bjorn has been dreading driving in this town.. he says he always
gets lost. Well, it's a self fulfilling prophesy… as Bjorn misses
a turn & we end up exiting Gotteberg on the north heading for the
island of Hisingen.. well done Bjorn!!!.. hell, it's always good to experience
VENUE - THE TRADGARNS MATSAL
We load in at 2:00.. . This is an amazing modern music/ club/ dining complex.
There are two main music areas – one holds a few thousand…
the other several hundred. We're in the latter tonight. Both these rooms
are state-of-the-art music places.. with great music systems & acoustics.
Sound man Jan is great.. he starts setting up immediately, allowing us
to go to the hotel to check in, shower & change & get ready to
finish the sound check before Kendel & head for Gotteberg's big radio
When we come back to the venue at 3:45, Jan is totally ready. We sound
check in minutes. BIG THANKS JAN!!
Hakan Olsson escorts Kendel & me to the station. Our cab driver, Miciel,
is a great guy.. love talking with him about his job & kids.. he makes
plans to pick us up for our return.
This was great. Hosts Frederik & Frida such nice folks. We perform
Kendel's TEN LOST MEN & CHARCOAL SKY… & have some loose
intimate conversation.. loved this!!! Big thanks Frederik & Frida..
see you soon.
6:00 – MEET JILL JOHNSON!!
There have been announcements & press about a special guest star appearing
at tonight's show. Jill is that star. She's an amazing singer… in
the tradition of Dusty Springfield, Evie Sands & Anne Murray…
all great white soul singers. Jill has had several huge hits here .. including
amazing versions of John Prine's classic, ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY &
my ANGEL OF THE MORNING, which topped the charts last year.
It's great to meet her & her sweet/kind & very soulful friend
& back up singer, Lotta. We rehearse a bit.. have dinner together
at a private upstairs dining area.
9:00 THE SHOW
What great turnout.. Lots of familiar faces .. & several new ones.
This great bunch were with us from the opening note of THE REAL THING.
Again.. Kendel was so inspired in her fiddling & singing … the
fans LOVED her!! And the band was loose & awesome!! .. Again.. garage
band country rock at it's best… with a lot of story telling mixed
Highlights of our main show were far too many to mention… Oh Baby
Lie Down.. an extended version of JESSE JAMES.. a rockin' TEN LOST MEN………….
I LOVED HEY JONNIE, DID YOU FEEL THAT MOVIE tonight - a tribute to Bill
Haley & The Comets & Rock Around The Clock – two of THE
most important events in ROCK & ROLL history… & extraordinarily
important in my life.
Then there was a chilling CHARCOAL SKY .. & a soulful SAW MILL RIVER
ROAD leading into Johnny Cash's BIG RIVER..
THEN I INTRODUCED JILL JOHNSON!!!!
Jill & Lotta took the stage to huge applause. After some kind words
by Jill, she sang an amazingly soulful version of John Prine's, ANGEL
FROM MONTGOMERY .. featutring great guitar & fiddle solos - by Orjon
& Kendel with harmonies by Lotta & me. The audience absolutely
Then Jill & I did a duet of ANGEL OF THE MORNING.. with again soulful
background vocals by Lotta… Again…the crowd erupted with applause
& cheers.. this was a special thing for all of us.. Big thanks Jill
& Lotta … hope to see you again soon!! You were awesome!!!
After rocking with Kendel's BELT BUCKLE.. we ripped into BIG TRUCKS .,.the
crowd LOVED this!!!.. with everybody singing along & clapping. We
ended with a soulful "HOLY SHIT" .. & a rockin' I WASN'T
BORN IN TENNESSEE
Thanks to all who were part of this .. this was an awesome night!!
Big hello to old friends Runer & Irena & Anders & Maria..
see you tomorrow!!!
And Latrs & Maria.. so wonderful to see you guys again & again
… love to the family!!
Great to see old friend, Thomas, before the show.. hi to Lasse & Laika…
& Stehon from Border Distribution.. so good to see you Stephon….
Hello to Magnum from daughter Marie… nice talking with you .. BIG
hello to special friend DOROTA… so good talking to you.. thanks
for your comments about BLACK & BLUE AMERICA… hope to see you
Hi to Anette… & Celia & Mats… & Michael.. &
Agnetta.. great meeting you all. Thanks for the good wishes & kind
Hi Mille.. we'll get you a small T-SHIRT next time…Hi Ole…
thanks for all the support.. look forward to the discs of the vinyl…
A very special hello to my "old flame", Karin.. from the Hultsfreds
festival in 2002 .. great to see you & new husband Nils (seems like
a good one, Karin … I'm happy for you).. hope to see you both again.
WONDERFUL SEEING & TALKING WITH BJORN'S AUNT & UNCLE, Margareta
& Ebbe.. loved meeting you both .. hope to see you soon again.. in
a family setting
Great to see my old friend (& brilliant bassist) Petter Erikson &
dad, Anders.. thanks for coming… hope to see you soon Petter! …
good luck with your friend's new CD & tour.. hi to Bjorn's (bass player)
.. home town friend, Frederik.. thanks for the kind words
Finally /… great to see Peter.. the kind & very knowledgeable
rep of BOX WHISKEY DISTILLERY & DISTRIBUTORS… located in the
north, outside the village of Koja. This IS the most exciting thing to
happen to whiskey in Sweden EVER. .. Peter is also a great fan.. wonderful
to see you & learn about BOX
Here's some of what I've learned:
The healing power of Mrs Wilberg's spring, combined with the distilling
know-how of the master distiller John McDougall (head distiller at the
amazing Laphroig & Springbank Distilleries. TWO OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE
SCOTCHES!!), will lead to an awesome, Swedish single malt in the next
And make no mistake – there will be none of that trendy/ crappy
Sherry oak cask stuff here – this stuff will age in Bourbon barrels
like the great ones. Like the simple beautifully silky 10 year old Springbank..
or the warm, amazing 10 year old Laphroig. The young BOX whiskey will
be GREAT unique stuff!!
Meanwhile, they are importing some rare wonderful stuff, from the best
distilleries in Scotland..
And … speaking of that .. PETER BROUGHT ME AMAZING SAMPLES…
with the cool, underground-looking "BOX" labels… like
the warm TULLIBARDINE, vintage 1989… great stuff .. THE ENTIRE BAND
& HAKAN OLSSON & BYORN PATTERSON from Rootsy records LOVED THE
SIPS!! .. congrats to John McDOUGALL & all …
looking forward to the next CHIP TAYLOR / KENDEL CARSON TOUR.. sponsored
by the two coolest companies in Sweden… ROOTSY RECORDS & BOX
WHISKEY (ADALEN DISTLLERI AB)… let's do this thing!!
Meanwhile… back to these great Gotteberg folks…so good to
be with you all. We will share some good music & good whiskey together
2009 ARRIVE IN UDDEVALLA
The drive from Halden to Uddevella is amazing.. beautiful little villages
line several fjords along the way. We arrive in Uddevella in time for
a bit of down time.
THE VENUE – MARTEN'S Krog
What an awesome place!!! It's owned & set up by musicians.. Thomas
& Conny.. FOR MUSICIANS. A state-of-the-art venue!!
A terrific & kind engineer, Roland, takes quite a bit of time to get
the sound just right. Again this is an amazing room. Normally it's heavy
metal & rock bands that appear here.
But Roland works hard to get the sound warm & right for our concert.
Big Thanks Roland!!!!
This was the surprise show of the tour! I had never played this town before,
so I was not expecting the amazing response we got. A few great old friends
showed up tonight, but for the most part, we were seeing folks for the
first time. The audience surrounded us close to the stage and were totally
with us from the minute we started the first note of THE REAL THING!!
These folks made it easy to give the best of what we had to offer.
Note: A GREAT article in the local paper by a fellow named Erik was probably
VERY responsible for this warm reception. Big thanks Erik!!
We played one long set – almost two hours long. They LOVED Kendel!!!!!..
She is a total star here in Sweden!! - Seven Shadows, Jesse James, Oh
Baby Lie Down were all favorites.. & of course.. they went nuts with
They LOVED the YONKERS NY songs.. Charcoal Sky, Oh Jonnie DID YOU FEEL
THAT MOVIE, & SAW MILL RIVER ROAD were highlights..
They sang with us on a GREAT version of HOLY SHIT .. we rocked together
with TENNESSEE.. while a few couples were dancing!! – then, after
a soulful, ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE, we put the instruments away.. &
came back to say hello to some old friends & a bunch of new ones!!
Great to see old friends, Lars & Marita… & Anders &
Maria & Runer & Irena. Just seeing these old friends was an absolute
highlight for me. They've been with me from the first time I set foot
in this country!
Hi to ANDERS & LILLY who traveled 4 hours to see the show. Great to
see you again Anders.. so good to meet you Lilly. Happy to sign that great
guitar, Anders … see you at OPAL DIVINE's in Austin!
Big hello to Caroline, Malin & hi to Gunnar.. too bad we finally got
the camera working Caroline.. all the attempts were actually felt great!
Hi to Bjorn & Thom & Sten-Aka who has all my vinyl from the 70's
.. thanks for the support, my friend. Hi to Hans, Sari & Lars &
Harb??, hi Robert.. nice to see you all .. & Lasse & Peter….
Hi Inge & Magnus .. &, of course.. another Caroline.. who spoke
with me at the end. Thanks for the invite to the little party.. great
to see you & your friends!
Wonderful to see you Jenny .. & friend Jarmo .. hope to see you tonight
in Gotenberg. And great to meet several new young friends, Henrik, brother
Joakim & bAndreas.. hope to see you next time. AND A BIG HELLO ..
to the tall guy Erik.. great to see you towering over the rest. Better
late than never!
Thanks to bartender Dave (owner Thom's son).. who was there with a great
Laphroig scotch the minute the show was over!! Thanks Dave.. see you soon
Wound down with great owners, Conny & Thom.. thanks for the kind words.
LOVED BEING HERE!! This was a very special night!! We WILL see you soon
2009 HALDEN, NORWAY
We leave Oslo at about 10:45.. head North & arrive in picturesque
Halden at about 2:00. This is one of my favorite places to visit. The
town sits in a valley with streams running through. It's a humble town…
sort of like Yonkers, New York in spirit… but much smaller in size.
This is a workingman's town. We are staying at The 20 GRAND HOTEL. There
is nothing fancy or new about this place but I've stayed here every visit..
I love this place.. this something warm & soulful about it. There's
a train track adjacent to the hotel & my room will face that…
& trains will pass by every half hour or so… & I will love
to hear that sound.
This is a music town. I'm not sure why.. but plenty of great musicians
born & raised here. It's the home of the great DOWN ON THE FARM Music
festival, partly organized by Tom Schekleseiter. who is the great music
promoter who first invited me to Norway. He has booked our show here tonight.
ERLANDERSENS CONDITORI – one of THE most famous little bakeries
in the world. It's been here since the mid-1800's. Owner Tomas & family
have turned it into one of the coolest music listening rooms on the planet.
It has the feel of the BLUEBIRD in Nashville.
After Kendel & I do an interview / performance at a local radio station,
we do a quick sound check with engineer friend Geir. Shorltly after, we
have an amazing meal at a wonderful little restaurant called ????.
THE SHOW – 9:10 PM
The place holds about 80 & is almost full tonight. We show started
just past 9:00 PM. This was an inspired show. Kendel mentioned all the
smiling faces & the great vibe. She was right – this was a wonderful
group of folks to play for. Their great spirit brought out the best in
Again, we played lots from Kendel's new album & a few from her first
album… Jesse James totally rocked & the audience loved it..
& I LIKE TRUCKS was again a show stopper. SAW MILL RIVER ROAD .. with
it's BIG RIVER insert was a killer again tonight.
Perhaps the thing I'll remember most about this show was that we played
a new song, TOO DYNAMIC – a response to a critics review of our
show in Upsalla. He had said that the one criticism he had of our show
was that it was that… "too dynamic". We all got a big
laugh from that – that was a first!!
I had written this song the day after the review was published .. as a
sort of therapy – response. The boys & Kendel have been wanting
to play it ever since. Magnus, Bjorn & Orjan swear it's a smash hit.
The other Bjorn says the same. He says it reminds him of a type of Tom
Petty smash. I think the audience agreed tonight. They seemed to love
We ended with a prayerful, HOLY SHIT & a rockin' I WASN'T BORN IN
TENNESSEE. Haka LOVED this show. It was a hell of a night! Thanks to all
for the great support!
Since we played a long show tonight, most of the folks had gone by the
time we got back from the dressing rooms.
Hi to Jorn, Freddy, Heidi & all who were there.. thanks for the kind
words.. we loved this night!
Big thanks to Tomas for having us.. hi to sister Camilla, brother Ketil
& dad Torbin who helped with the chores tonight – great to see
- HEADING FOR OSLO, NORWAY
THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR ME – as we will meet my great friend Håkan
Olsson (in OSLO), who will join us for the rest of the tour. Aside from
being a great friend, Håkan is single handily the one responsible
for helping build my fan base here. His record label & distribution
company, Rootsy, is the most respected of its kind (roots based music)
HERE'S A RIDDLE:
QUESTION: HOW CAN BJORN PETTERSON DRIVE US THE ENTIRE 5 HOUR DRIVE TO
OSLO….. & STILL SLEEP FOR HALF THE JOURNEY?????
OK…. I'll wait…. What's the answer??…………
OK…. Unless you've been reading the tour notes, you'd never figure
ANSWER: THERE ARE 2 BJORN PETTERSON'S…. one is our tour guide &
booker… the other our bassist (from the Willie Clay Band)…
They also room together!!! How confusing!!
They shared driving duties on this trip. Great work boys.
It was a beautiful "summer" day. Stopped along the way in a
small pretty town for lunch. Arrived in Oslo at about 4:30.
All 6 feet 8 inches of Håkan Olsson WAS STANDING OUTSIDE THE VENUE
WAITING. Great to see my old friend.
SEPT 1 OSLO - THE VENUE – HERR NILSEN
This is a terrific place to play… a very cool jazz venue / pub,
that has recently opened it's doors to some Americana artists. A very
nice guy Anders is our booker & host at the venue.
We put our equipment on stage & check into our most-cool hotel, HOTEL
STEFON, across the street.
Martin is our sound guy.. we check at 7:00 PM & have a great meal
across the street at the hotel. The big TV (TV2) station has called for
an interview with me. Their rep, a very nice guy named Paul, does that
just before the dinner.. then films some of our show.
We absolutely LOVE this venue (holds 150 or so) .. & THIS IS A GREAT.
- TOTALLY INTO IT – AUDIENCE.
From the stage the audience is spread left & right, with the edge
of the bar about 10 feet from the stage.. so you're sort of performing
to two audiences at the same time… but somehow it works. We play
two sets tonight.. lots of songs we haven't done until tonight…
including NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM & I NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT.
Loved this show!! Kendel was awesome!!! Everybody is quickly getting to
know why she's been the #1 Americana female Americana artist for the last
month plus… she is so honest & viby (& friendly).. &
gives 100% ALL THE TIME!! … The band is so spontaneous & garage-ready..
everything has an edge to it.
Highlights were too many .. all of Kendel's .. THE AUDIENCE LOVED JESSE
JAMES, I LIKE TRUCKS.. & all the rest.. all the new YONKERS NY songs
totally connected. CHARCOAL SKY always brings chills. BASTARD BROTHERS
was another favorite… as well as DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE,
NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM…. I NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT was very special
tonight.. & the interaction with HOLY SHIT was amazing..
I broke a string on WILD THING, so I ended the show playing my baby TAYLOR
guitar.. so glad I brought it… it sounded GREAT!!! We ended with
a rockin' I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE… then said hi to several.
JOHNNY BORDEN!!!! GREAT TO SEE YOU – WISH YOU WOULD HAVE STUCK AROUND!!!
Great to see Inge who made the long journey from just outside of Bergen..
thanks for all the support over the years my friend!!
Hi to Sue again.. .. & hi to your BC friend Nels.. nice to see you
all night on stage left…. See you soon. Hi to Helge, who we saw
at DOWN ON THE FARM… great to see you again… hi Hakon.. &
Tor & Jon Vidor… & Jan… great talking to all of you!!…
Hi Tomas (our Norwegian distributor) .. so glad you were here!!.. Hi to
my new crazy friend, Vidar.. thanks for the kind words… Bard…
thanks for convincing him to come to the show… Webecca… GREAT
to see you with these friends .. hope to see you next time … Hi
Hi to another HAKON.. & friend John.. John .. hopefully I'll see your
son, EVEN, tonight in Halden … I'll be looking for him…
Great to see Sven & kids in the AM/.. thanks for the kind words Sven..
I'll look forward to playing your "PROTEST AGAINST APATHY FESTIVAL"
next year. That will mean a lot to me.
This was a VERY special night. Again, thanks Martin for the great sound.
And BIG THANKS ANDERS FOR HAVING US & for the invite to return. Hopefully
we'll do it again soon!
– ENKOPING –
We spend the night in Norrtaje. After a good night sleep, we drive about
2 hours .. about 40 miles northwest of Stockholm.. to Enkoping .. a little
country town along Lake Malaren.
THE VENUE – KLARA HALL
We arrive at this charming little theater/ restaurant at about 4:00…
we're greeted by proprietors.. very nice folks… Claes (pronounced
KLAUSS) & wife Pia. This is a very interesting place. Adjacent to
the theater/ restaurant is a patio for serving food which can hold 40
or so. This small complex is kind of THE PLACE to go in town for good
food & good music.
Behind the theater is a garden lined by a few small apartments…
one is my home for the night. The far left "apartment" is actually
Pia's antique shop – specializing in old post cards.. all catalogued
immaculately… some with written messages… other odds and ends
of all sorts as well as old vinyl recordings. It is a total labor of love
for Pia.. & the look of the place reflects that.
The rest of the band will spend the night on Claes & Pia's SHIP HOTEL…
a unique, cool boat/hotel a few minutes from the venue.
Soundman Daniel is GREAT… we finish checking in a half hour.. in
time to rest a bit & get ready for the show.
THE OPENING ACT
SIXPACK HOLIDAY opens for us for the last time. I sit in my patio/ apartment..
on the computer, watching horse races from Saratoga, New York & listening
to my favorite new band.. life is GREAT!!! Orjan is playing pedal steel
with the boys… Kendel plays fiidle on one song as well… it
sounds so sweet & honest.
I'm going to miss these boys… Anders, Niklas, Fredrik, Erik &
Bjorn … hope to do this again soon!
The theater hold a bit more than 80 people when the chairs are set up.
It looks like a full house tonight. The audience is different than Stockholm..
much more reserved & shy… but very warm & very nice. I like
playing for these folks immediately.
We start with The Real Thing. Many in the audience seem to know the song
& start clapping in time to the beat. We follow with a Kendel medley.
The audience loves her right away. JESSE JAMES is a big hit with these
folks. Again, the band is so great… so inspired. I am getting spoiled
playing with these guys. This is garage band country/ rock at it's best.
And for me, there's nothing better than that.
Again.. "DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE" is a highlight. We've
never played it the same way twice. And that's the way this song wants
to be. It finds it's own direction every night… and we just hang
BIG TRUCKS rocked big time tonight. From the stage, I love to watch the
girls & ladies (& GUYS) singing along with this one!! It's obvious
fun to watch the guys.. but more mysterious watching the girls…
& again… lots of fun for me.
BIG RIVER rocks as usual.. ANGEL OF THE MORNING is so chilling tonight.
And Wild Thing & Holy Shit are edgy & passionate in different
ways. We encore with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.. then end with a sweet,
"ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE"
This a special night with some very nice folks.
Said hi to several, including:
Hi Tomas… thanks for getting the CD of LAST CHANCE (as well as UNGLORIOUS)
to go along with your vinyl. And thanks for the kind words & good
wishes. Hi Hilping… thanks for getting all the CDs .. and the nice
wishes… Hi Roland.. we'll check out the Furuvik festival.. all the
best… hi Monica & Bjorn.. nice to see you both in the audience!!
Great to see you Gary.. & mom, Heike & dad, Sten. All the best
with your music.. I get the feeling it will be a good direction for you.
Anytime I'm around your area.. say hello before our show & remind
me of tonight.
Hi Thomas.. all the best to son James & daughter Theresa.. hope to
see them next time. Hi Leif & Ove.. and Helena .. great seeing you
all.. Hi Lasse .. & Gunella… nice talking with you.
And a special hello to Madde.. it was so nice to see you in the audience
tonight. So glad you said hello. Hope to see you again.
Finally, all the best Claes & Pia.. hope you have a good year &
that we see you soon again. Again, this was a special night.
AUG 30 – 2009 – STOCKHOLM – VENUE
THIS IS CERTAINLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE VENUES TO PLAY – OWNED
BY MY FRIEND, STENE. IT'S WHERE I FIRST PLAYED, SOME 8 YEARS AGO WHEN
I CAME BACK TO MAKING MUSIC.
IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE… THE BEST SCOTCH WHISKEY/ BEER BAR IN THE
STENE… GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN..
5:00 – we sound check with our now, old friend – JANA…
great guy… and great at what he does. Then we sit down in the spacious
back room for an awesome dinner.. served by wonderful staff. BIG THANKS!
OPENING ACT – SIXPACK HOLIDAY
AGAIN… I LOVE WHAT THESE GUYS DO… The most humble people ..
playing country/ rock TOTALLY from their heart… when "special
guest", Bjorn Petterson is not singing lead, it's mostly in 3 part
harmony… because nobody was a lead singer type … how cool
is that!! THANKS BOYS!!! YOU TOUCHED MY HEART AGAIN!!
This was one of my ALL-TIME favorite shows. The place was PACKED!! –
Several hundred jammed in. THE PERFECT AUDIENCE!!!!!!! .. dedicated this
show .. & all these shows to my friend .. brilliant & much-loved
journalist, Lennart Perssons .. who passed away earlier this year. I guarantee
you that Lennart LOVED this show!!!
From the minute we started.. it was a total LOVE-IN!!! . with those on
the stage & those off. We played one long set.. with a couple of encores.
The band was AWESOME… KENDEL WAS SOOOOOO KILLER… and I was
totally lost in the spirit of it all.. This was as inspired a show as
we've ever done.. because of this wonderful back & forth with the
fans… BIG THANKS TO ALL!!!
FAR TOO MANY HIGHLIGHTS TO MENTION!! We played the epic SAW MILL RIVER
ROAD for the first time tonight…. With the BIG RIVER/ ENDLESS SLEEP
medley mixed in… loved that!!! .. All Kendel's songs were sooo rockin…
SEVEN SHADOWS… JESSE JAMES… TEN LOST MEN… these were
sooo sooo hot…Kendel blasted her fiddle all over the place tonight
.. she is one of the best HILL/ROCK fiddlers in the universe.. & it
was no-holds-barred tonight.. & the band simply kicked ass!
We ended with a great HOLY SHIT.. TENNESSEE.. & finally a beautiful..
"ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE"..
WHAT A NIGHT!!!!!! BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE PART OF THIS MAGIC!!
AFTER THE SHOW
SAID HI TO MANY, INCLUDING:
Great to see old, great friends Martin & Sophie.. & Albin (myspace.com/albinbrandstelt..
so I don't forget)… with lovely new NEW girlfriend, the lovely LISA…GREAT
TO SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN & AGAIN!!.. see you at the wedding… I
won't forget!!! You are all very special to me.. we are in this together!!
Big hello to Hakan Olsson's brother Christor.. & daughter Marrianne
& friend Erika… LOVED spending time with you!! Also GREAT to
see friend Rune's niece.. Emily.. with kind boyfriend Johan.. loved talking
to you both
Hi to our brilliant Magnus' roommate… opera singer.. the lovely
Astrid.. & opera singer friend Andreas.. sincerely hope to see you
again! Also hi to Tomas & Jurgen (also Magnus friend).. yes.. "genius"
for Madnus seems to fit perfectly!! .. nice to meet you… thanks
for the kind words..
Hi Nadia & Jonas (stage left)… great to see you from the stage
& talk to you both.. thanks for the SOME OF US comments.. that had
a special place in my heart.
Hi Anders & Bjorn & Irene.. Karen & Teresa.. so nice to see
you after the show… Hi Kiell & Goneela.. glad you were here
Wonderful to see brilliant & famous actor-friend Lennart & friend
Eva.. thanks SO MUCH for being here!!! .. Hi Per.. so glad you brought
son Johan… great talking to you Johan.. all the best with your music.
Big hi to Peter from Germany… thanks sooo much for making the trip..
& thanks for the newspaper article about Kendel & me.. loved having
Thanks to the folks off to my left.. with Per & Johan at the end…
loved talking to you
Big thanks to the San Fran folks Debrah & Mike… so glad you
stopped by.. big hello to all the folks on my right.. what a great bunch!!..
nice talking to several at the end. Hi Pelle & Marie.. good to see
Special hello to my artist friend .. the quite famous & most humble
& kind Rootsy artist ANNIKA .. & friends Annalee?? & ?? ..
so good to see you all .. what a nice vibe .. sorry you had to leave early..
but glad you were there for the rehearsal of SAW MILL RIVER ROAD.. Annika..
glad you were able to stay… wonderful to see you.. can't wait to
hear your new CD.. I hear it's awesome!!
Hi to Elsa .. at the bar on right.. & friends Leif & Henrik..
nice talking to you all…
Wonderful to see my old friend & brilliant guitarist, Jonas.. see
you soon my friend .. keep walking in easy directions.. the foot will
heal .. & we'll bump into each other soon again!!
Finally… wonderful talking to the folks off the coast of Sweden..
Urika, Linda (0703 286), Niklaus, Niv & Tomas.. (116)… #s coded
so I can remember!! … I loved talking to you… thank you for
the phone # .. I have the feeling we will come there sometime in the not
too distant future & we will see each other again… I LOVED TALKING
Again… thanks to all!! – This was a very special night for
me… & Kendel… & the boys.. Big Thanks!!!!!!!
Bjorn.. selling CDs, driving, smiling … I don't thank you enough!!!
See you soon Stene… love to MANJA!!
2009 – NORRTALJE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON
CELL BLOCK (PAVILION) A – CELL BLOCK (PAVILION) D
To say that I loved doing these shows would be a total understatement.
We played for some folks that have been found guilty of horrible crimes
& some inmates who are incarcerated for drug crimes who's severe punishment
seemed way out of line. When our show was over, in each cell block, I
spoke to most of the prisoners… & I'll admit to this…
when all was said & done, there wasn't one person I didn't feel had
a ton of good in them.. even the lifers.. for whatever reason.. some of
the worst crimes imaginable… still… that's the way it was
I'll simply say that these shows were among the most moving experiences
as a performer that I've ever had…. We connected immediately with
THE REAL THING.. They loved Kendel's songs.. and we totally connected
with DANCE WITH A HOLE IN MY SHOE, just as we did at ABY PRISON the day
before. CHARCOAL SKY brought tears & BIG RIVER absolutely tore the
place down… And finally, HOLY SHIT seems to have become an absolute
Make no mistake, we were playing for friends here. We were in it together.
There were no emotional barriers. The connection was huge!! This memory
& that connection will stay with me – it simply won't leave!
Hope to see you boys soon.
Note: Bjorn did a recording of the show. We'll listen in the next few
days. If it's listenable, we'll get CDs to all the prisoners.
SAID HELLO TO MANY, INCLUDING:
IN PAVILION A
Ciprian, Stefon, Christian.. who says his "victim" was coerced
to lie on the witness stand, Mattias.. who works in the kitchen…
in for life .. views this place as his monastery.. & finds his freedom
in his heart… & thanks God he's not in a Russian prison..
Anders.. who openly wept for his crime.. says there is no family to visit…
Niclas.. who wants to have HOLY SHIT (which we performed today at both
shows) to listen to .. several made that request.. hello Pooyan..here's
to better days
Good to talk to all you boys.. you're in my prayers… & I'm taking
your spirit with me.
Lots of over-penalized – to my way of thinking – crimes committed
Jonne .. 8 years more – Hashish.. Mats.. 5 years.. less for good
behavior.. for battery.. has daughter.. a kind guy. I think he'll make
it.. feel the same way about most of these guys… Patrik 5, Dennis
5 plus.. for 18 kilos of hashish.. Daniel.. a kingpin dealer.. but hash..
not cocaine… a few years left… Stephon.. 11 years. Hash again!
.. this seems so wrong to me.. another good guy… Franco.. 9 years…
hash/ amphetamine.. Henrik.. hash.. Sasha.. drug smuggler .. 1 plus to
Sasha .. attempted murder/// 8 years .. 5 with good behavior.. he swears
the other guy was the bad guy.. another inmate backs him up…another
Sasha .. a drug crime.. Wilson.. 6 serving months.. assault.
Robin stole computers.. I think to get $ for drugs.. he didn't make that
much money.. & got nailed.. he humbly smiles at his "dumb"
Best wishes to all of you.. look forward to playing for you again.. We'll
be back.. but I hope some of you are out by then..
AUG 29 – VENUE - The TEATER in NORRTALJE
KATARINA & HAKAN'S PLACE… big thanks to you both…LOVED
THIS IS SIXPACK HOLIDAY TERRITORY.. great to see those guys & their
families..thanks, Anders, Eric, Niklaus, Frederik, John, Bjorn.. &
all.. GREAT JOB OPENING FOR US.. You've all that special thing.. your
heart is connected to every note you sing & play.. I LOVE THAT!!
The band was awesome tonight …. And the crowd was in a rockin' mood.
We rocked them with THE REAL THING.. Kendel's OH BABY, LIE DOWN, SEVEN
SHADOWS ON YOUR GOLDEN ROSES, JESSE JAMES, BIG TRUCKS… and DANCE
WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE.
On the more intimate side, CHARCOAL SKY continued to be a favorite….
BASTARD BROTHERS had it's charm. We ended with rockin BIG RIVER, ANGEL
OF THE MORNING… a wild, WILD THING & great, loose version of
HOLY SHIT, where we changed the mood totally.. and brought everybody "back
to church" with an off-mike reverent chorus. LOVED THIS!!
We encored with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE. Again, the crowd was awesome
tonight!!! This is as fun as it can be!! Thanks to all .. see you next
SAID HELLO TO MANY, INCLUDING:
It was a little packed at the CD table when we finished. But remembered
some of those we spoke to. Sorry I missed the names of many.
Hi to lovely Cecilia & husband Jonas.. Bjorn's great friends (with
18 month old daughter) .. I'll tell Lucinda she's got big fans here. Hi
to ..Christer & Roger & Lilli-Ann… Jani.. from Finland originally..
Anders & Marie..
Leif , big hi to Maria.. hi Stefon.. Hi Veronica.. thanks for the kind
words… Hi Anna-Karen from Mats… Hi Janne .. thanks for the
nice words…, hope you enjoy the book .. big hi to Keneth (BIG RIVER
VINYL) & Lotta… hope to see you tomorrow ..
Sven.. thanks for taking all the photos.. see you back at the B&B.
VENUE – ABY PRISON
About one hour from Uppsala
Arrived at 2:30.. the boys set up our sound equipment in the recreation/gym
room & in short order, we were ready for our show. Our new tour guide
for a day, Hakan – a very nice , interesting guy - who works in
prisons as an educator & researcher of sorts - is with us as Bjorn
needed to go back home for a day to be with his family. Hakan introduces
us to about 25 plus inmates (this prison only holds about 50 inmates),
who wandered in from time to time as we were setting up – bringing
there own chairs with them.
I loved this show. It wasn't like Folsom Prison Johnny Cash revisited.
Now I'm wondering if Folsom was half-staged. It's different kind of feeling
playing for these prisoners than I expected. There is a certain sweet
seriousness that you get from looking at the eyes… the lonely searching
eyes. Yes, they liked to have fun a bit & clap hands in rhythm to
the up-tempo songs.. but they loved the real stuff.. kind stuff.. warm,
human stuff - & we gave some of that today.
They loved Kendel.. but it wasn't cat calls and whistles.. it was respect..
mixed with some fun… it was more like we all went to church together
for about an hour. They liked the hits … I LIKE TRUCKS.. ANGEL OF
THE MORNING & WILD THING … but they LOVED "DANCE WITH A
HOLE IN YOUR SHOE"… & they LOVED an extremely reverent,
WE encored with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE .. and said hi to some great
guys – inmates – as well as some very nice & respectful
folks (men & women) in charge.
Special hello to:
Hey Jimmy.. nice talking to you (Jimmy is in prison as the result of an
assault charge.. said it was 7 against him.. & he protected himself
– confirmed by another inmate - I believe him).. great talking to
you Jimmy.. take care of that little girl of yours.. don't forget .. looks
can be deceiving to those who can help you on your way in life…
make an effort not to look so tough.... maybe lose the nose ring and chains
when you get out.. all the best.. look me up
Hey Michael.. one month to freedom.. good luck!!.. as I told you, I went
through something similar.. I allow myself one/two drinks a night.. click
on the CHURCH OF THE TRAINWRECK at my web site… If your going to
drink, no more than 2 a night from now on… AND DON'T DRIVE if you're
doing that.. if I can do it.. so can you!
Hi Nabil ..it's your angel here!! – hope all is well - sounded like
you got a bad shake . great talking to you… you too Abde –
(Abde says he got what he deserved maybe.. not complaining)… both
Abde & Nabil are here on gun related charges … both good guys
& smart.. with kind eyes.. I wish you both all the best…Hey
Nabil!! .. don't over sleep next time your Angel's in town!!
MARCUS.. serving 19 months for fraud… Marcus is clever & a GREAT
salesman (& a good chef)… sold apartments he DID NOT OWN.. for
lots of $.. hence the stiff sentence.. they have ZERO tolerance for economic
crimes in Sweden… good luck my friend.. put that clever mind to
work for all of us.. otherwise, looking forward to having some of your
sushi in Denmark..
Hi Michael (stabbed his father to protect his sisters… his friend
.. who made no excuses for his own crime.. said Michael was a hero.. I
believe that to be true) .. bad break.. congratulations on handling it
well... best of luck on the outside…
Imad .. nice talking to you.. you know what you have to do! Do it!.. &
Timothy & Jonas.. & all the rest.. loved talking with you all..
what a great bunch - you all can bring a lot of good stuff with you when
you get out..… keep in touch!! THANKS FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS!!!
We'll take those good wishes with us as we go.
Your friend/ chip
Aug 28 – 6:45 – BACK AT STEN'S B&B in NORRTALJE
MAKING PLANS FOR ENGLAND
I have invited the boys to join us for our BORDERLINE SHOW in London on
September 6.. the boys have accepted the invite.
Kendel & Bjorn (our bassist from the Willie Clay Band) book the flights.
WE'RE ALL SET!!
Aug 28 – 7:15 PM – BARBECUE PARTY AT BJORN'S HOME
This was great!!!! And much appreciated!!
Again.. Bjorn Petterson, in conjunction with Hakan Olsson have put this
tour together for us. Bjorn is driving the tour Van for the first half-
Hakan the second. Tonight is our only night off. Our shows tomorrow are
in Bjorn's hometown, Norrtalje.. so tonight we party with his friends
& family (wife Annja.. daughter Thea (9) & son Victor 11) .. including
all band members & friends of his band SIX PACK HOLLIDAY .. WHAT A
GREAT BUNCH OF FOLKS!!
9:30 – After some great food & good conversation, Kendel &
I head back to our B&B for some needed rest.. the rest party on.
15 .. MARFA TEXAS
heading for Marfa TX by way of El Paso (by plane .. then car to Marfa)
PLAYING A small PART IN A small MOVIE called "7 HEAVEN LOVE WAYS"
.. doing some music for it as wall .. I am LOVING THIS PROJECT!!!! ..
I'll fill you in another time ... stay TUNED!!!!!
2009 – heading for Sweden
NEW GRANDKIDS!! – on a personal note – after a somewhat troubled
pregnancy, my sons Kristian's wife Anna gave birth to identical twin boys,
Ben & Jack 3 weeks ago.. Joan & I just got back from LA visiting..
all are doing great.. blessed again!!
Aug 25 – Kendel & I arrived in Stockholm
Picked up by new friend (& booker) Bjorn .. a great guy.. prison guard
much of the time… .. also bassist in garage/country band "Six
Pack Sunday".. who will open for us for a few shows.. head a bit
north.. on the ocean.. to our B&B for a few days… Thanks to
proprietor Sven.. we'll be quite comfortable at your great/ cozy place
for a few days
this awesome quaint venue/ cool restaurant is where we'll play in a few
days .. & rehearse with our Swedish band tomorrow… owners Christine
& Hakan could not be nicer … after coffee & delicious cinnamon
rolls (I'm on a diet .. I cheated … had a bite).. we did an interview
with a terrific journalist Eva..
then, after picking up a cell phone & a bit of rest.. we have a great
lunch at the Theater restaurant.. another interview with another gifted
journalist Theresa & after, some pics with photog Maura .. great folks!
A bit of sleep… then awesome dinner at Christine & Hakan's (again!!
– WE ARE SPOILED ALREADY)… a nightcap at a local hotel/bar
with cordial hosts Lynn & Lisa.. say hi to Linda & Lisa, Magnus
& Richard at another bar/restaurant on the way home… back to
our B&B.. sleep for a few hours… then get up & write this….
Hope I can go back to sleep!
Aug 26 – BAND REHEARSAL
There's a lot of songs to learn.. big thanks to all the boys for coming
so prepared!! We worked hard from morning until dinner time.. sketching
out about 30 songs.. a tiring, but productive day.
Here's the band line up.
Bjorn Petterson – bass (from The Willie Clay band)
Orjon Macky – electric guitar & pedal steel (from the Willie
Magnus Olsson – drums (from the pop/ rock band, OH LAURA.. which
currently has a big hit, "RELEASE ME"… based on a SAAB
Aug 27 TV 4 – National TV SHOW - STOCKHOLM
What a great thing … wonderful hosts Steffo & Jenny are so easy
to talk to.. & totally interesting & interested … a terrific
combination! …thanks to Joanna & the entire staff
played JESSE JAMES & CHARCOAL SKY… the band, Bjorn, Orjon (on
pedal steel!!!) & Magnus.. WE'RE AWESOME!!…
left the hotel at 2:45 AM to do this show… no sleep, but it was
well worth it
Aug 27 VENUE – KATALIN..
This is one of my favorite places to play!!
great to see my friend Katalin when I arrived.. on a very sad note, her
long time dear friend & mgr of the place .. & GREAT GUY, Ulf,
passed away this year.. seeing him was always a special thing for me to
look forward to.. His spirit will be all over our show tonight.
4:00 PM.. after a very nice local radio interview with Jonas .. talented
booker for KATALIN.. we rested for a few hours … FINALLY!!!! …
then sound checked at the venue – BIG THANKS to sound man Anders...
awesome sound!!!.. & very fast!! ..
A wonderful meal!!!!!.. at the venue on the outside porch… lovely
area … thanks to host NANTON who was so kind & cordial
THE OPENING ACT
Our new friends, SIX PACK HOLIDAY did an awesome job opening the show!!
.. this cool band is made up of a bunch of friends in their 30's…
with families… who decided to get together & have some fun…
they're damned good… & the audience loved them..
The band features our driver/booker, Bjorn Pettterson (on bass) &
his friends.. including another "Bjorn Petterson" (OUR BAND
BASSIST for this tour (from The Willie Clay Band) … yes… you
got it right .. two people in ONE band .. with EXACTLY the same name!!!
… Oh, by the way… they are rooming TOGETHER at the hotel!!!
Loved this.. what a great bunch in attendance.. many old friends.. &
some new ones. We played several songs from Kendel's new CD. Something
special is happening here. The band is really kicking in on these in such
a way.. that, combed with Kendel's awesome performances, is helping the
passion bleed through on songs like SEVEN SHADOWS ON MY GOLDEN ROSES,
TEN LOST MEN & others… so that these songs feel like serious
rock & roll, which is what the best of this music is all about…
& the connection in that spirit was there BIG TIME …
Also, what pleasantly surprised me was the awesome support & reverence
for the new YONKERS NY songs.. & the stories attached to them –
CHARCOAL SKY, featuring Oryon's pedal steel playing, gave me total chills…
and the audience seem to be feeling the same thing..
BIG, BIG thanks to all the boys in the band… who are stepping up
BIG TIME… GREAT JOB!!!! … We ended with a very cool &
viby HOLY SHIT.. then rocked with I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE… WHAT
A SPECIAL NIGHT!!
Said hi to many, including:
Christofer & lovely Camilla.. expecting their baby daughter in 2 weeks!!!..
Great to see you.. God bless… Hi to lovely Marie Therese.. &
young looking dad, Roger & friends.. thanks for the nice words..
Hi to Par.. & Lasse at the bar… hi Calle… & Lasse
& Dan…. Lars & Krister.. big hi to Johan .. glad I turned
you on to some good music a few years ago… hi John… nice talking
Hi to huge WILD THING fan, Erik.. & girlfriend EBA & friends,
Hasse & wife Matia.. we'll celebrate your 60th here!!! ..
Big hello to Isa.. & husband HAMPUS .. sorry you couldn't be here…
thanks for your big support.. I think the SONGS FROM A DUTCH tour will
be out in CD form soon
Hope to see you both next time!!
Hi to Erik.. Bjorn's great co-worker & friend Erik.. thanks for the
kind words.. & the info re the WILLIE CLAY BAND & the B&B
Hi to hi John .. hope 2 year old daughter likes the CD!!..
And to all the rest, who's names I missed … thanks for a great night.
Again.. special thanks to KATALINA & all the nice folks here! (NANDON,
ANDERS, JONAS & all) .... hope to see you soon.
Aug 27 - 11:30 PM
HEADING FOR BED!!// KENDEL & I have been running on fumes for the
last few days…. hope we get a few hours of good sleep tonight.
14 – 12:30 PM Austin
3d COAST MUSIC MAGAZINE - INTERVIEW WITH FRIEND JOHN CONQUEST
John is a one-of-a-kind guy – so is his magazine – he gets
to the heart of stuff quick.. & he knows what's passionate & what's
bullshit. His pamphlet-like mag is the #1 underground music journal in
Kendel will grace the cover of his next issue .. & this interview
with both of us is as daring & edgy as it gets. Very cool insight
John… we loved talking to you.
JULY 14 – 2:30
News 8 – with Andy Langer
Just a quick cool little promo piece about Kendel's new album on the roof
of the Time Warner Cable building in downtown Austin.. with the U of T
Tower in the background. This clip will run several times today &
By the way… there's a huge heat wave in these parts .. it's 102
degrees … hotter on the roof .. but it takes only 5 minutes or so.
We play a bit of TEN LOST MEN, talk a bit with Andy/// then back to the
JULY 14 – 8:00, New Braunfels TX
KNBT TAVERN IN THE GRUENE (100 seats or so) - New Braunfels TX –
hosted by friend Ray Wiley Hubbard… produced & co-hosted by
friend Mattson Rainer.. THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!!
LIVE ON THE AIR.. talk & a bunch of songs with friend Ray –
THE best singer/ songwriter radio host in the business.. Ray is a Texas
legend .. & well known world wide .. for great reason.. he was on
the cutting edge of outlaw country back in the 70s & remains one of
the best at present. And Mattson changed the face of music with his station
KNBT here in New Braunfels - the home of the oldest dance hall on the
planet – GRUENE HALL .. Mattson's support has made me a part of
the Texas singer/songwriter landscape in these parts.. & the fact
that I could play Gruene Hall to a packed crowd .. then later, Carrie
& I would become favorites of these great folks .. was totally his
doing.. Big Thanks Mattson.. GREAT SEEING YOU AGAIN RAY … LOVED
BY THE WAY…. KENDEL… as usual … WAS AWESOME!!! The folks
We played stuff mainly from Kendel's album - her last album did very well
here -.. so folks know her a bit .. but the chatter went all over the
place .. as it always does with Ray … just a great damned show!!!
… big thanks to all who stopped by
Ran into old Ft Worth friends Carter & Regina in town .. GREAT TO
SEE YOU AGAIN!!! Thanks for stopping by!! .. Hi to old friends from Holland/Germany,
Rudiger & Birgit… so surprised you were here.. see you in YOUR
homeland in October.. so many kind-nice folks said hello – can't
find my notes … I'll keep looking
But for now… great to see you all… thanks for the kind words!!
14 – 8:00, New Braunfels TX
Hi to WYATT & dad, JEFF!!!! - sorry we didn't have longer to talk.
Look forward to seeing you next time
Big thanks to TRAIN WRECK VP, Heinz Geissler, for setting up several very
cool radio/TV on air promo shows – Kendel's album is bulleting up
the charts.. with "BELT BUCKLE" (tons of phone response!) having
all the earmarks of a genuine hit.. & with phones lighting up for
other tracks as well.. "SEVEN SHADOWS ON MY GOLDEN ROSES", "JESSE
JAMES", "LADY K" & "OH BABY LIE DOWN" leading
the way… come to think of it… phones for MERCEDES BENZ &
TEN LOST MEN as well… this album is knee deep in radio-friendly
So it's great to say hi & thanks to all who are on the cutting edge
of Kendel's success.
KGSR – 9:30 AM – With BRYAN BECK & ANDY LANGER.. what
a fun show this was, with now great old friends. One of the surprises
for me was – since this is a relatively new morning team –
was how well these guys work together. They seem to genuinely like each
other.. & their questions & chatter are interesting & to the
point & VERY ENTERTAINING.. great job guys!!
Kendel & I played 3 songs .. OH BABY LIE DOWN, BELT BUCKLE & TEN
LOST MEN.. lots of good conversation.. I know when it's really good when
I'm learning a bit from Kendel's responses … & that was the
case here… again… great stuff!!
KUT – WITH MATT REILLY
BEFORE I GET TO THE SHOW WITH MATT, I'D LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT
THIS AMAZING STATION. Here goes:
KUT has a special place in my heart.. here's why. I had given up music
from 1982 to 1996.. replacing it with a gambling "jones" –
horse race handicapping & black-jack card counting was my thing ..
I worked hard to be good at that stuff.. but that's not the story here…
you can read about that elsewhere.
The point is, I came back to making music full time in 1996, releasing
an acoustic album of new songs on a minor label. I was on the road hoping
to promote it to some stations here & there.
Just before midnight on a Thursday in 1997, the here & there placed
me 60 or so miles outside of Austin… I'm not sure where.. &
I was LOVING listening to this one station.. the DJ was playing Townes,
Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, Willie… all the most inspired stuff
on the planet. At first the signal was feint.. but the show was so good
so I didn't dare change the dial… then the signal got a bit clearer..
& I finally heard the call letters…. KUT .. from AUSTIN TEXAS.
I dialed up information on the phone.. & got the number for the station.
I called expecting to get a switchboard "message". Instead a
voice answered… it sounded like the DJ that was playing all the
cool stuff…. It was… his name was LARRRY MONROE…
I told him I was a listener from parts unknown.. & that his show was
awesome.. & helping me through the night. Larry asked my name.. I
said "It's Chip… Chip Taylor.." He said, "The singer/songwriter
Chip Taylor??"… I said, "Oh my God… you know me??!!"
Larry said, " I've got your new album right here!! I love it!!! Could
you find your way to Austin & stop by the station??" I said I'd
get there as soon as possible.
By 1:00 AM I was there at KUT, on air with Larry!!
THIS WAS THE CROWNING MOMENT OF MY RETURN TO MUSIC!! This great, awesome
station.. Larry Monroe, John Aielli & the rest has always had it's
honest, great mix of great DJ's & inspired music of all different
shapes – what a blessing to be associated with that sort of thing
Here's another treasured KUT memory for me – involving John Aielli
- John's GREAT SHOW, "Eklektikos" landed Carrie Rodriguez &
me our first recording contract.. when a secretary from a local record
company advised her bosses that there was some "magic" duet
sound coming through her radio speaker – her bosses acted quickly
& one (Heinz Geissler) was waiting for us at the station at shows
end – a contract was signed weeks later. And so, without John Aielli
& KUT, there would be no CHIP TAYLOR & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ duets..
no "Sweet Tequila Blues", no "The Trouble With Humans",
no "Red Dog Tracks" & all the rest of those chilling (to
my ears) C&C things – it's as simple as that.
Anyway.. this all leads to one thing. There is no radio station on the
planet closer to my heart than this one. What a great place for me to
call a sort of home, and from time to time.. to stop by and say hello!
NOW BACK TO TODAY'S SHOW
KUT – on air with host MATT REILLY
Since friend Jay Tracktenberg was on vacation… PD, Jeff McCord assigned
assistant PD, Matt, to host this show. This is the first time I've met
&/or done a show with Matt. Let me be clear. He is the real deal.
A spontaneous interviewer who cut his teeth on Philadelphia's KUT's brother-in-spirit
cutting edge station WXPN (home of World Café).
Kendel & I loved this. We played 5 songs & had some great back
& forth with our new friend. Again, I learned some more about Kendel
just listening – so well done Matt! Hope to see you soon.
Big thanks to Walter Morgan for the great sound.. great to see you again
& again.. & special thanks to friend John Aielli for stopping
by at shows end to say hi. Happy vacation John.. see you soon.
July 14 – GOOD DAY AUSTIN 7:00 to 8:30 AM
Kendel & I get up at just after 5:00 AM, arriving at the FOX studios
I LOVE doing this show. The folks are always so welcoming from the minute
you enter the building… from guard, Steve, to soundman, friend &
soon to be dad again, Darren.. to hosts & now friends, Joe Bicket
& Katherine Kisiel.
Kendel & I do several small excerpts of songs in between news breaks
& commercials. Then comes a friendly interview with Joe before blasting
into BELT BUCKLE.. then we end the morning show with a brief excerpt from
OH BABY LIE DOWN… great TV… we loved this.. big thanks to
all … & GREAT to get a chance to say hi to those behind the
wall… running this ship. GREAT STUFF!! … see you soon!
July 14 – 10:00 AM
BREAKFAST WITH A FRIEND (at THE GALAXY.. a very cool breakfast place)
So great to see old friend Jody Denberg.. GM & top DJ of KGSR &
a legend – for all the right reasons - in this business! Loved this
Jody!! .. Big love to Barbara. See you soon!
9 FREIGHT & SALVAGE – BERKELEY CALIFORNIA
Great to see John & Tony this morning .. breakfast.. some good conversation…
a good walk .. a brief rehearsal…. we're ready
We were pleasantly surprised that there were so many folks here.. pretty
much a full house.. & what a great bunch!!
We did a couple from my '74 album Last Chance, which was an underground
hit in these parts back in the day… & we did some hits.. ANGEL
OF THE MORNING, WILD THING & a requested I CAN'T LET GO..
But the big focus was on Kendel & her new album.. we did a bunch from
that.. the band rocked!! It was a total connect with this great audience
from start to finish!!.. We are now in the process of booking a show at
the NEW location (a few blocks away) in October – can't wait to
Thanks to Brian for the good sound… JC .. thanks for the harmonica!!
Said hi to several including:
Karen & Carlo.. Paul… Joanne & Bob.. thanks to all of you
for the kind words!.. hi Mary & Harlan..big hi to the kds Ariela &
Elon… don't forget.. let me know when you get here next time!!
Hi to Linda,.. thanks for the lovely words said… & printed …
all the best to mom, Marion.. tell her I sent big love & hope she's
feeling a bit better!
Hi Soo, great to see you again.. thanks for patiently waiting.. HI TIM
& ALICE.. thanks for all you're your volunteer stuff you do here..
greatly appreciated.. HI SUSAN.. see you next time!!… and big hello
to handicapper Tom & lovely wife, Pam.. nice talking to you.. here's
to Philadelphia Phil & the rest!! May the horse be with you!!
JULY 11 GOOD DAY LA
We're staying at a GREAT (reasonably priced) hotel in Beverly Hills, THE
GOOD DAY LA
Kendel & I are picked up by limo at 7:30 AM
Before show time it was so good to see old friends, BJ, Jonathan, Jimmy..
the welcoming crew at the door.. &, Anthony & Joe.. who handle
the Internet video/ interview clip done after the show (as well as other
chores) ..also great to see make up friend, Robin.. and hairstylist, Pam
& the rest
Then, just before air time… great to see old friend & producer,
Josh.. we'll look forward to seeing him later
SHOW TIME – 8:45
we love this.. it's a sit down & chat with now old friends & hosts,
Dorothy, Jillian & great friend & music lover, STEVE EDWARDS….
An honest, unprepared back & forth.. great graphics on the screen
(THANKS JOSH!!).. & Kendel & I play BELT BUCKLE "live"…
too cool to be forgotten!!!.. as Lucinda says!!
Then after the show we do a Fox TV Internet session.. great to sit around
with great friend & GM, Kevin Hale.. & Steve & Josh.. &
talk music.. including stuff about the new LA rage, Killer Hale &
The BLOOD MT BOYS.. we've been invited to visit these boys at their rehearsal
.. quite an honor.. as they have refused to let press & fans know
of their whereabouts at these secluded sessions.
Fox GM, Kevin Hale is kind enough to drive us to the valley for our "on
air" FOLKSCENE interview/performance which begins shortly.
JULY 11 - FOLKSCENE ( NORTHRIDGE CA) 1:30 PM
This continues to be one of the great folk syndicated shows in the world..
recorded at singer/songwriter Wendy Walman's house
The show is hosted by dear friend Roz Larman, who's been doing this since
the 70's.. up until two years ago with her loving late husband.
Roz is extremely knowledgeable, has great taste & creates a warm honest
atmosphere .. so this is a wonderfully spontaneous interview with 7 or
eight songs.. leaning on material from Kendel's album.. with a few hits
thrown in.. Roz was way into Kendel & her album & that came across
in spades. I loved just listening to the back & forth with Roz &
Kendel.. just great stuff!
Big thanks Roz.. I always look forward to this….see you soon!
JULY – 11 – KILLER HALE & THE BLOOD MT BOYS.. REHEARSAL
Wow!!! Kendel & I were sooo honored to be allowed to experience this..
It's like seeing THE BEATLES just before they took over the world!! ..
Man.. these boys are something!!
Garage folk/punk/country/rock… kind of the Waco Bros meet THE VELVET
UNDERGROUND… The boys plan to stay in rehearsal mode for a month
or so. Then record in a an analog/garage-chamber studio, the details of
which they are keeping secret.
JUL 12 – McCABES - Santa Monica, CA
McCabe's Guitar Shop.. the best gtr shop on the planet .. & one of
the coolest venues on the planet as well… couldn't wait to get back
Again it's a big, warm, cool gtr store that miraculously turns into a
venue – here's how:
they shift the racks of guitars in one big room & add 100 plus chairs…so,
with a built in high stage in the back, this becomes the cool venue mentioned.
EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY MCCABES!! (Lucinda, Springsteen etc have all stood
on this stage).. we're glad to now be part of that elite group
My friend Lincoln Myerson is host.. GREAT TO SEE YOU LINCOLN!!.. &
Julian .. & Ricardo.. & JESSICA… thanks from all of us for
the warm welcome
Wayne .. great sound man & another old friend is ready for us.. I
forgot my harmonicas.. but no worries .. I needed new ones & this
place is loaded with great selections.. so I'm ready in minutes .. &
the sound check is smooth as usual
The Show –
Thanks to GOOD DAY LA & good vibes from the past, it's another full
house tonight. And what great folks to play for!!!! This show was absolutely
like playing in our living room.
A MAGIC NIGHT!!!
It's hard to explain what this night was about & what made it so special.
But I'll give it a try. Sure… it was a lot about the music…
it hit us & the audience from all different directions. For example..
from the start.. I was in the middle of THE REAL THING.. when something
else came into my brain.. so we went there.. & the audience went right
with us… & that's the way it was the whole night.
Kendel's star shone bright tonight … the audience absolutely loved
her/the songs/ & her honest off-the-cuff chatter.. but that being
said, everybody that was on the stage tonight was a star.. Tony Mercadante
on bass, the soulful Mr. John Platania on guitar… & those in
the audience were all stars as well.. it was that kind of night…
we were totally in it together from beginning to end
THEN THE FUN BEGAN!!!
First, my brother Jon (Voight) was supposed to join us tonight. He was
bed ridden with a bad cold.. So, in the middle of the second set, I called
him from my cell phone. Luckily he answered. .. & when I held the
cell phone against the mike, Jon said hi to the folks & then led us
in a couple of therapeutic chants
say "EETSA" … said Jon.. so, at the count of three ..
we all said "EETSA"… then we did the same with "LONG-A-WAY"…
shortly after the second response…. we "got it!!" …
"EETSA LONG-A-WAY TO TIPPERARY".. Jon's cold improved immediately!!
AND THEN ANOTHER AMAZING THING HAPPENED!!!
I was told that Killer Hale & Chester, from the BLOOD MOUNTAIN BOYS
were in the audience. They've been told by their high-powered backers
never to do "guest" appearances. But when I invited them up
.. their attitude was.. "screw management".. WE'RE THERE!!!
So there we were - me & The Killer singing the BLOOD MOUNTAIN BOYS
underground hit, the murder ballad, "YELLOWSTONE THYME'.. with Kendel
& the boys chilling back-up. Then lead guitarist for the BM BOYS,
CHESTER.. joined us with The Killer & this GREAT AUDIENCE singing
along.. in an awesome, nuts version of WILD THING - that would have made
Lou Reed proud!!
Big thanks to Blood Mt. Boy's drummer, Steve "Honey Boy" Edwards
for the kind, "wish I coulda been there" email. Steve was delayed
in Copenhagen.. where he was a judge for the Miss Rock-N-Roll Denmark
Pageant.. see you next time . my friend.. rock on!! (BMB has an enormous
underground following in Scandinavian countries!)
We dedicated the final chorus to my son Kris' & wife Anna's soon to
be twin boys.. for fun/for now named "Chester & Fester"
We encored with a wild version of "I Wasn't Born In Tennessee"..
THANKS TO BRO JON & THE BLOOD MT BOYS… LINCOLN, WAYNE &
THE CREW & THIS GREAT AUDIENCE!!! See you soon!!
WHAT A NIGHT!!
Said hi to many after the show, including:
The Killer's lovely wife Paula.. talented guitarist singer/songwriter
son Ty & terrific girlfriend Lindsey.. Josh ("Chester")
& great daughter Emily.. THANKS FOR GETTING HIM UP ON STAGE EMILY!!!
Hope to see you soon! Hi Jonathan… big thanks for coming!! ..
Hi Darlene (Kris' friend) .. great to see you again!! Big Thanks for coming!!!
Hi Gabe (from Romania) – who's been to most all my shows in LA..
& friend Steve .. thanks for coming boys!.. hi to Mike.. who saw Carrie
& me last in the sweltering heat of THE KATE WOLF Festival two years
ago… hi to Kendel's old friends, John & Helen..great to see
Hi to old friend Chris Cassone .. daughter Sara (great to meet you!!)..
& new friend Melonie.. see you next time! Hi Jennifer (& friend
Jackie) .. hope dad Pete enjoys the CD .. tell him we sent our regards…
Hi Rick (a C&C fan – now a big KC fan as well) .. nice talking
to you Rick.. thanks for the kind words
Hi Gerry & wife Marty.. nice talking with you guys .. hope to see
you next time..
MARCO!!!!!! – great to see you!! Thanks for bringing your brother
Pablo.. hope to see you guys next time!!! (for those of you who'd like
to brighten your day the next time you land in LA.. look for the guy that
works for the TAXI authority that directs folks to the proper cab.. if
the guy makes you feel great just going through the process .. that's
Hi Helen & Noah & lovely daughter Lisa.. great to see you first
thing when I came downstairs after the show.. nice talking with you..
hope to see you next time. A BIG HELLO TO ALICIA – who worked for
the airline.. Carrie & I met heading for Scotland (& friend FRANCESCA)…
GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!! .. hope to see you next time!!
Big hello to John (Whitiker).. here's hoping & praying that the little
new grandkids are OK.. much love to you & daughter Kathy & your
family with all that.. let me know please.. Hi Sheri & Duane .. &
IAN.., Kendel reminded me your mom & dad suggested you come .. AND
YOU DID!!! – big hi & THANKS to your folks… Big hi to
DAVID & PAT.. whoe were at FREIGHT & SALVAGE as well a few days
7 - KRSH – SANTA ROSA (Host BILL BOWKER)
1:00 PM LIVE on the air show
Great to see old friend & legendary DJ, Bill Bowker – this is
a cutting edge station with great ties to its listeners. And Bill is a
major reason why. He's a great on air personality – warm & friendly
as well as a total professional at what he does. He was extremely instrumental
in the success Carrie Rodriguez & I had in the San Fran area. So,
for me it's always a great thing to look forward to stopping here. And
this time it's particularly nice – since Kendel is getting to see
the cool KRSH thing first hand.
We arrived just in time to tune up and start the show. Bill requested
"SEVEN SHADOWS ON MY GOLDEN ROSES", which we heard is starting
to get great radio response. Fortunately Kendel & I rehearsed it this
morning – so we were ready to do it. And it rocked big time …
as did Bill's second request, "BELT BUCKLE"!
We finished up with another Bill request, "Angel Of The Morning",
which totally gave me chills. With great off-the-cuff conversation mixed
in this was a special show for Kendel & me. Great stuff Bill –
thanks for having us!
Big hello & thanks to MD/PD Nate – thanks so much for your support…
sorry we missed you. Hope to see next time through. Also, great to meet
Katie, who handles the promo for KRSH & the production MGR, Joe…
and Brandon at the front desk, who helped steer us in the right direction…great
to see you all .. hope we're back soon for a Back Yard Concert.
KWMR – POINT REYES CA (Host KAY CLEMONS)
SHOW at 5:30
Drove (Kendel at the helm) from Santa Rosa to Point Reyes Station, much
of it along the breathtakingly beautiful along Point Reyes Petaluma Road.
Got there a bit early - greeted by PD Lyons Filmer & friend from last
trip here, Adrian – then soon by old "phone" friend Kay
Clemons. This small wattage station has a great "Rocky-like"
brief history. Kay & friends, none of whom had any radio experience,
started it 10 years ago in competition with big 100,000 watt heavyweights.
With community service and cool music at the forefront, they gained respect
of the community and have been honored with special awards including some
$ grants to keep them in business for years to come – way to go,
KAY & FRIENDS! Nice stuff!
Kay did a terrific job hosting an inspiring half hour plus show…
wonderful honest questions focusing on Kendel's album (which Kay obviously
liked) & her history.. with a bit of my history in the mix. We played
"Oh Baby Lie Down, "TEN LOST MEN", MERCEDES BENZ"
and "ANGEL OF THE MORNING".. Kendel was awesome as usual ..
and the same goes for Kay!… just a damned good interview by my friend.
THANKS SO MUCH!
Hi and thanks to Adrian (so good to see you again), Lyons.. great to meet
you.. and sound expert, Greg as well… hope to see you all soon!
On the winding Route 1 .. along the ocean.. heading back to SAN FRAN…
Brilliant guitarist, JOHN PLATANIA, should be waiting at the hotel.. looking
forward to a great dinner and conversation with my old friend… Then
our buddy and bass player - THE MERC MAN (Tony Mercadante) – arrives
THE FREIGHT & SALVAGE tomorrow night! CAN'T WAIT… this should
be one to remember!
July 5 - 6, 2009 - California
FLASH – PEOPLE MAGAZINE – CHECK OUT
A GREAT REVIEW OF KENDEL’S ALBUM, ALRIGHT DYNAMITE (like USA today..
one of the top reviews of the week!)
JULY 5 - KPFA, BERKLEE CALIFORNIA
Our Jet Blue flight (with TV) was a good one.. not a huge tennis fan,
but enough of one to stay interested in the WIMBLEDON finals and watch
start to finish… Kendel did as well.
We landed in time to get to this legendary station (KPFA - the first cool,
listener supported station in the U.S)…. just in time for our “live”
on air with GREAT host, MARY TILSON. Mary has this great way of interviewing
- sounds like she’s talking to you over coffee in your living room…
she’s a GREAT one! THANKS MARY! – see you at the show.
A few songs and some good, warm interesting talk and we’re off for
our San Fran hotel… the 50’s motel-like R&R place, The
Phoenix.. we love this place.
DINNER AT NOB HILL GRILL (at Pine & ?)
Recommended by our great hotel friends, Luke & Miller… this
place is AWESOME! Classic American fare but prepared in simple, elegant
ways .. and tasting soooo good.. I had the pork chop and steamed veggies.
Kendel ahd a great pasta… Fabio .. owner/mgr served us ***** ..
a must if you’re in the area!
THE WHISKEY THIEVES (same area)
Scotch lovers – DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!
I allow myself one scotch a night. Again, Luke recommended this neighborhood-like
bar. No frills.. 10 bar stools and a pool table - but the best damned
scotch selection you’ll find. Tonight, it was a rare SPRINGBANK
10 year-old that caught my eye.. thanks Pablo & Simone.. see you soon
JULY 6 – KPIG
Since they were KPHAT in the early 70’s, this legendary station
plays the coolest music on the planet. Proud that THE REAL THING from
Last Chance was a sort of theme song for the station.. and is still treated
with that reverence from what I hear. I’m so proud to be part of
Big thanks to GM Frank Caprista – husband of the late legendary
MD/PD/DJ Laura Hopper – for having us today. Great to see terrific
& lovely DJ & friend, Ellie May.. Laura Ellen’s daughter..
& big thanks to DJ Warren .. 23 year old .. who did a hell of a job
with our segment.. who asked good honest questions and guided us for a
few of Kendel’s and a cool LIVE “The Real Thing”…
Hi to Anthony .. sorry we missed him… and of course.. big hello
to my old buddy, John Sandage (AKA “Sleepy John”) & lovely
Big Thanks to all. See you all soon.
JULY 6 - BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO
We head back to San Fran on Route 1 .. along the coast.. nothing more
breathtaking.. back in town in time for a shower.. then head to dinner
at NOB HILL GRILL again.. I think it will be chicken for me tonight!
TOUR – NEW YORK (for Kendel's album, ALRIGHT DYNAMITE)
July 1 – 10:30 AM - BETTER TV
– this is the leading
on-line film channel – hosted by a terrific lady, Rebecca - filmed
by a great guy named Marty … with lovely assistant Kaylee (was that
it??)- (filming at my apartment) –
Along with Andy, from SHORE FIRE PUBLICITY, this was a warm, very "real"
thing… with good questions & answers & a one-song performance
– we liked this a lot & the folks were great!!! What a nice
way to start the day!!..
Jul 1 – WEXT – TROY, New York
Kendel had picked up the rent-a-car earlier so we'd be ready to go before
noon. We arrived in Troy at 3:15 .. just in time for taping.
This is a very cool new AAA station.. with connections to a venue called
THE LINDA, which we hope to be playing soon.
A very nice (& informed) guy, Chris Weink was our host. VERY GOOD
STUFF.. we played several songs from Kendel's new album. (Kendel was magic,
as usual!) . & Chris did a VG interview.. nice to see cohort, Dave
& front desk new friend, Starrr… we'll look forward to coming
back here soon!
Jul 1 – RHINEBECK
ARRIVE AT OUR HOTEL FOR THE
NIGHT, THE BEEKMAN ARMS
Back "home" again.. this is the town where we do our recording
these days.. arrived at 6:30 .. great to see John Platania… John
will be playing with us tomorrow & for our California trip starting
next week. Good dinner at the great hotel restaurant w/ good conversation
with JP, friend/bartender Larry & new friend, Ed.. back to bed down
with the GOLF CHANNEL… always like that
Jul 2 – WKZE – RED HOOK, NEW YORK
- this is always a favorite
stop… Barbara & Will, the folks that own/run this great station,
are the ones that ran THE RIVER in Western Mass, which was the coolest
station on the planet until corporate clear-chanel America took over –
The "corporate" RIVER is still OK, as it still has some of the
great DJ folks from the past.. .. but it's just not local/ fan-friendly
- like it was 5 years plus ago.. then, Will, Barb & all those great
DJs made it one-of-a-kind
Now Barb & Will are molding WKZE in that same fan-friendly image ..
& it is awesome!!..
The cool apartment-like studio (with great posters & LIVE shots –
some of us .."THANKS"!!) is located in the basement of a building
just off a quiet main road in RED HOOK … VERY WARM & FRIENDLY
.. ALL the folks that work there feel like family … just a great
Did a half hour interview w/ song with terrific DJ friend Kevin …
GREAT TO BE PLAYING WITH JP again!!! – KENDEL WAS AWESOME!! - LOVED
KENDEL'S NEW HOT MONTHS CALENDAR (July 1 – through June 30) IS HERE!!!!!!
GREAT TO SEE FRIEND & QUARTERBACK OF KENDEL'S PROMO, the one &
only BRAD HUNT .. who brought KENDEL'S NEW "HOT MONTHS CALENDAR"!!
– hot off the presses … IT IS AWESOME.. one of the coolest
Pin-up-like calendars you'll ever see .. ALL FANS will want one of these!!!!!
– THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON the TRAIN WRECK & KENDEL CARSON
WEB-SITES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
JUL 2 – WDST – WOODSTOCK
Another favorite stop off – this is a legendary station.. the best
of the best in this area.. the station is just up the block from the town
& adjacent to the famous BEARSVILLE venue – BRIGHT EYES is playing
Great to see old friends, DJ Justin Foy .. Jimmy – new dad &
sound expert.. & our host for today, DAVE DOUD & friend &
GREAT photog, Susan (LOTS OF HER GREAT PHOTOS ON THE WALL!!.. including
us!!! … thanks!!). .. all folks that were sooo great to us when
we stopped by last time with my duet partner, Carrie.. & hosted our
show in town.. loved being back here with friends.. hope to get back to
do a show in this area soon
Thanks Dave.. great job as usual.. blasted 4 songs w/ Dave's cool interview..
then off for home - New York City – here we come
29, 2009 - Pennsylvania
Kendel & I are ready to continue our radio promo tour promoting her
new GREAT album, ALRIGHT DYNAMITE. Heading for far reaching parts of Pennsylvania
6:30 AM… I'm awake… only an hour or so sleep last night….
Got caught up watching some old cool footage of The Yardbirds & Eric
Clapton. Interesting stuff.
7:45 AM – Kendel & I pick up the rental car at 43rd street..
get just short of the Lincoln Tunnel at 8:00 .. then it happened .. or
didn't happen… however you want to say it. We didn't budge for one
hour.. that's NEW YORK for you.. but you take the bad with the good..
and for Kendel & me, there's plenty more good!
We finally get through the tunnel at 9:15.
WXLV – Schnecksville, PA
We arrive at 11:20.. a bit late.. but no big deal. Great to see old friend
Fred Boenig and one of Americana's true innovators Burr Beard.. as well
as DJ Dawn.. and Terry (DJ Helen's mom) who is BIG help with many station
Legendary DJ, Tom Druckenmiller (and great musician in his own right),
does a terrific job hosting our "live" 20 minute show.. a few
live songs and good talk .. great stuff Tom! .. much appreciated.. we
PS.. thanks to caller Leroy who asked what inspired "Belt Buckle"..
which I wrote mostly in my sleep.. part of a Fellini-like dream.
Kendel & I hit the road at 12:30 .. it's a 3 hour ride to our next
WQBR – McElhatten PA (Close to State College.. home of my volcanologist
I keep calling Barry on the way to the station.. hoping he can stop by..
no answer.. he doesn't own a cell phone.. neurotic bastard!
Arrive at 3:30 - Great to see old "phone" friend Dave Stratton,
wife Karyn and DJ son Ryan .. nine years old.. already interviewed Obama!!..
Heard it was a great one!! .. well done Ryan
also great to see Rick.. a fan and new friend who just stopped by to say
hello.. as well as artist/ new friend Phil.. and station staffers Patty
& Hannah.. GREAT TO TALK TO YOU ALL!
Dave does a great pro job hosting.. good music talk mixed with some off-the-wall
personal stuff. After a few songs, including a requested "I LIKE
TRUCKS", we end with a killer WILD THING.. Kendel rocked out on this
– awesome fiddle stuff! (Dave, save a copy of this for me)
After some warm goodbyes.. we're on the road … hopefully we'll arrive
back in NEW YORK for a late, late dinner!
But despite the sometimes difficult schedule, these trips are all worth
it.. great to say hi and thanks to wonderful folks who play the music
for the love of it – often (most of the time) with little other
22 – CHIP TAYLOR / KENDEL CARSON
TENNESSEE / NORTH CAROLINA RADIO TOUR
For the next few days we'll say hello to a bunch of my old radio
friends. The focus on will be Kendel's new album - & we'll play several
of those songs. The interviewers like to get a bit of my history in the
mix.. so, most likely we'll perform some of the hits as well.
So far, this has been an extremely fun thing for Kendel & me to do.
I love seeing & saying thanks to these friends who have been so supportive
of my music over these last several years.. & Kendel loves meeting
these folks mostly for the first time - & her genuine thing is quickly
evident – so she's making new friends at every turn. This is a win/win
tour if there ever was one.
JUNE 23 Johnson City TENN - WETS (on the campus of E. Tennessee ST. University)
- 1:00 PM live - radio show
Starting from our base at the Hilton Hotel in Knoxville - with
Kendel at the helm - we headed north east on highway 26 to see friend
GM WAYNE WINKLER & cohorts at WETS.. got a bit lost.. arrived just
before show time .. on air
We picked up a few copies of USA TODAY where Kendel's album was the top
pick of the week.. with some crazy, provocative comments - nice stuff!!
Great to see Wayne & cohorts Mike, Dan & Bob.. GREAT GUYS!! -
warm, fun, GREAT interview with songs .. mostly from Kendel's album..
absolutely loved this!! I remember getting such a chill performing ANGEL
OF THE MORNING w/ Kendel.. thought a lot of this might be good for a LIVE
compilation down the road
on a side note - Wayne is an author of a book about MELUNGEONS, "Walking
Toward The Sunset"..according to Wayne, they were a mixture of African
indentured slaves with English, native Americans.. whatever folks were
around back in the day (one theory).. persecuted badly back then.. Wayne
is a descendant...
Again.. just Loved this stop!! .. thanks Wayne, Mike, Dan, Bob & Sandy
(was that it? - at the front desk?).. see you soon
JUNE 23 - WDVX - stopped by to talk & play a few songs with friend
TONY LAWSON.. he's responsible
for all this great music stuff going on here in KNOXVILLE.. great fun
June 23 - 7:00 Rehearsal with TENNESSEE SHINES house band folks at a rehearsal
space on the outskirts of town.. w/ leader guitarist DAVE NICHOLS,
Ben (Keys), Bethany (fiddle) & cellist, ALEXIAS.. what nice, talented
folks.. we'll do a brief check with the entire band before the show
JUNE 24 - KNOXVILLE- TENNESSEE SHINES - (at the historic Bijou Theater)
.. Knoxville's answer to the GRAND OL OPRE.. the coolest of it's
kind on the planet!! .. hosted by AMAZING host.. & friend, JIM LAUDERDALE..
a brilliant artist in his own right!
TOUR NOTES KNOX / 6/24
THE SHOW – one of my favorite shows EVER!! There was such
a camaraderie between Kendel & me - this AWESOME band & this warm,
AMAZING audience. .
Kendel was awesome!! ..
I can't say enough about the house band – About a week ago, I had
sent leader/ guitarist (& great guy), Dave Nichols MP3's of the songs
we would perform – we had a brief rehearsal with a few band members
the night previous.. when we arrived at the theater we only had time for
FEW MINUTES rehearsal with the entire band – and when the show kicked
in, they were sooo ready & played sooo inspired!!!!.. … Dave,
Ben, Alonzo, Bethany,Dave & Alexias!!!!!! – what a team!!!!
.. what a blessing for Kendel & me!! .. we will definitely do this
We did a seven song set, featuring 5 songs from Kendel's amazing "ALL
RIGHT DYNAMITE" album.. plus "ANGEL OF THE MORNING" &
Kendel & I started "Oh Baby Lie Down" by ourselves.. &
when the band kicked in at the start of the second verse.. I knew something
special was about to happen.. the band followed the emotion of all the
songs – which change from night to night – SO BEAUTIFULLY..
& the connection with the audience was so strong, it felt like they
were on stage with us.
Certainly one of my favorites was "LADY K", which featured world-class
cellist Alexia Pantanizoplois & pianist Ben Maney.. but the entire
band was awesome on this & all the rockers & helped create absolute
magic on "Angel Of The Morning".. & what fun we had on "Wild
Thing".. with a great sing-along by all at the end
And again, Kendel shone all night.. I can just imagine what it was like
in this town in the 50's when Chet Atkins hosted his little radio show
.. that featured The Everly Brothers & The Brown Family amongst others..
it kicked off their careers. I'm quite sure that everybody that left this
beautiful, legendary theater tonight knew they were watching a star in
the making.. & they certainly let her know it.
It was wonderful meeting folks after the show – On stage, it was
absolutely like we were playing for a bunch of friends – and that
was totally confirmed in the lobby after the show.. I love my New York
hometown.. I always felt Austin Texas was my second home.. now I've got
another one – Knoxville Tennessee - … & I can't wait to
get back here with these friends.. it will be like a homecoming!!..
Thanks to the great sound & production crew.. Asher, Joe, Doug, Kevin
& all .. what an awesome job you did.. we felt right at home –
SO FAST – thanks to your efforts - THANKS TONY. MANYA & ASHLEY,
Fiona & all the folks at AC ENTERTAINMENT & all the others involved
for having us!!.. what a night!!
We got a chance to say hi to many, including:
Our great courageous new friend Daniel & his mom & dad Lisa &
Earl.. great to see you at the Blue Plate Special.. so glad you came back!!
See you in September!!
Hi to Laura & lovely daughter Kelses y,, see you next time!.. hi Bob..
& hi Rufus.. hope to see you next time .. it was nice meeting your
terrific daughter.. (note to Rufus' daughter .. called out to you as you
left.. wanted to get your name & say hi from here.. hope to see you
next time)… Hi to Robin & Sara.. & Jim.. Bob & Anhn..
(from NC) .. thanks for making the trip.. Hi Noah.. hope to see mom Priscilla
next time.. hi Keith & J.R. & Peggy
Hi to Betty & Joan.. hi Ann.. ADAM, NATHAN & MOM MEG.. great to
see you all .. get WILD THING ready.. I'll check you out next time!!..
Hi Amanda & Allen .. glad you listened to WETS.. yeah.. that was a
wonderful interview .. hi Cherry Ann & Jeremy.. Terry & Andrea..
& Tom.. big hi to Hannah & nom Amanda.. hope to see you next time…
Hi Kate.. & Rob.. hi Teresa
Hi to Tammy (is that right?).. & son, Jeremy who liked to sing "Wild
Tang" as a kid… Hi Pete (Murphy) from Port Chester.. see you
next time .. Hi Amie & Bill .. & Jim & friend Jack.. &
house photog, Eric & wife Mickey.. so nice to see you both.. hi Carolyn
& granddaughters Molly & Lila.. hope to see you all soon.. Hi
Hi Hillary.. so glad you felt better .. Great to meet you!! – look
forward to continuing our "diet-talk" etc.. next time.. again..
hi thanks to our new friends Ben, Dave & Dave, Bethany, Alonzo &
HI M.D. .. great to meet you & see old friend/ lovely RED together
.. hi Ron .. great to meet you.. Grace.. thanks always
JUNE 26 – WOXL – ASHVILLE
After a pleasant 2 hour drive through the mountains on this clear, warm
day.. we arrived at this new AAA station at about 12:30.. very nice guys
Craig & Tom greeted us.. we did a fun 15 minute taped "live"
show with Tom as host.. to air later in the day.. Tom & Craig seemed
way into Kendel's album.. great stuff!! – hope to see you soon..
when we come back to town to play! .. BIG THANKS
JUNE 26 – WNCW – SPINDALE
This is one of those amazing stations..
a huge signal.. that can be heard clearly hours away… GREAT, GREAT
programming guided by great folks.. MD & old friend, MARTIN ANDERSON..
host ???? & awesome engineer.. again.. good friend, Dennis.
Wonderful to be here again.. we arrived early.. said hi to our friends..
had a bit of lunch.. on air at 4:06… this is one of those things
that kind of always sneaks up & surprises you.. because the interview
is simple .. but different (in a great way).. & in a very few minutes..
you're guided into some simple truth about who you are.. that's the way
it was here.. Folks got a good glimpse of who Kendel was/is.. I loved
After the show, with Kendel at the helm, we drove 2 plus hours, through
the mountains, back to our "new second home".. Knoxville. We'll
miss this place.
May 27 –
Our flight from New York to Lexington
is canceled. Luckily we catch another flight & arrive in Lexington
at 4:15 .. enough time to get our rental & drive to our first radio
visit. We arrive in Morehead KY at around 6:15 – on air at 7:00.
WMKY – Americana Cross Roads (at Morehead State University) with
host Sasha Colette.
Sorry we missed my old friend Paul Hitchcock, who has run the station
here for several years. We'll forgive him as he was off babysitting his
3 girls. See you next time Paul.
It's great to see Sasha – she's a VG Americana supporter & host.
She guides us through a VERY enjoyable hour show - featuring Kendel's
new album. Kendel is awesome, as usual. And Sasha's seems way into that
.. she's a musician in her own right .. taking a break from radio to do
her own thing in September. Best of luck with that Sasha. Thanks for having
us! GREAT JOB!!
Saha gets us on our way by 8:30 so we can catch a little daylight on our
3 & 1/2 hour journey to Knoxville. With Kendel at the helm, with one
stop - we arrive at the Hilton in Knoxville at 12:30. Nice folks here.
May 28 – HEADING FOR BOILING SPRINGS NC
Our home base for the next 2 days is Knoxville. We're on the road at 10:00
AM & begin our 3 hour drive to Boiling Springs. We arrive just after
1:00 for our 2:00 show.
WGWG RADIO (2:00 PM – live on the air)
It's great to see my friends, host Jeff Powell & GM Noel Manning &
old friend & DJ Cuz again!!
This great station is part of a very viby small campus at Gardner-Webb
Here's the Wikipedia info:
"a private university located 40 miles west of Charlotte in Boiling
Springs, North Carolina, USA. The school has a total of 14 academic departments
offering 45 major fields of study. Among the most popular of the school's
39 undergraduate majors are those in business (33%), education (29%),
and the social sciences (15%). The main campus is situated on nearly 200
acres, and there are an additional 16 satellite campuses located throughout
North Carolina. Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate programs
are offered through the university."
What a nice visit. - just loved it! We played & talked for a while.
Again… introducing several from Kendel's album. The boys twisted
my arm to give an advance live "YONKERS NEW YORK" – the
title track from my upcoming (September release) album.
Big hi to Scott for doing a great job w/ the sound. And big hi to Helen
who has been a great supporter for a while. Hi to Matt, Mary Catherine,
Sheila & Kevin & the rest.
Great to see you all!!!! Thanks for making us so welcome. It's wonderful
to be with friends.. this certainly doesn't feel like work!
We head back to Knoxville for a nice dinner with old friend Tony Lawson.
Aside from dinner, Tony gives us a walking tour of this great town &
some insight into the great musical things going on here.
My friend Tony Lawson used to have a small camper & bounced his radio
signal off the mountain top. Now the station has a home in town &
like WGWG & a few others has become one of THE MOST IMPORTANT MUSIC
STATIONS ON THE PLANET!!
WDVX IS the town now - with FULL fan support - lots of venues etc.. it's
an amazing thing - nothing like it.. like WWVA was for me growing up,
this station is influencing lots of young folks & all the rest in
2009 – WDVX – THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL
WE (& 2 other VG artists) PLAYED FOR MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE AT A GREAT
VENUE (also live on the radio) AT NOON!!!!!!!!! - Just a 25 minute show
.. me introducing Kendel.. 4 from her album .. then WILD THING .. what
a WONDERFUL CONNECTION!!! It was like playing for friends I've known all
later.. on the street - lots of folks stopped for autographs.. & just
to say hi.. what a nice thing. Big thanks to all!
We're coming back for Tony's big "TENNESSEE SHINES" show June
24. We can't wait for that!!
Big hello to old DJ friends & NOW "CELEBRITY" DJ's Red &
Grace (don't forget us small folks now that you're making the big bucks!!)
– GREAT SEEING YOU GUYS!!!...
Hi to Jenny, Gina, Jack? (photos).. hi & thanks to Matt Morelock,
our terrific host & sound man for the BLUEPLATE SPECIAL show. Hi to
the folks from the other bands, The Lonetones and Miss Tess – Hi
Tess Alec, Matt.. just great .. hope to see you soon
Big hi to Tony's better half, Fiona, who books the big Friday night shows
in town – Hi to Ashley from AC entertainment and his assistant Laura....
what a great job you've all done here!!
Hi to Marvelle and Lila.. hope to see you both soon.. congrats for all
your good work as well … and hi George, Bridgette, Laura? &
the rest.. so good seeing you all next month!!
Jan 14, 2009 – Borders Westbury
BOOK TOUR (SONGS FROM A DUTCH TOUR)
BORDERS – LECTURE SHOW – WESTBURY
Big thanks to John Platania for coming down from Woodstock on this FREEZING
night, fresh from his LA rehearsals with Van Morrison to accompany me
playing for these folks.
I liked this informal living-room like show - talked about the book, played
a few songs from it’s accompanying CD. One of the highlights was
playing some of my old R&B hits .. WELCOME HOME & ANYWAY THAT
YOU WANT ME - audience requests.
Big thanks to store manager Glenn & regional manager Tom – Hi
to Timothy .. hope to see you down the road.
Big hello & thanks to long time fan, Jill… Hi Ken… I’ll
send regards to Kelly … Hi Victoria & Bill.. thanks for the
R&B requests.. I loved that… Hi Claire .. nice to see you…
Hi Ioda.. hope to see you soon.. Thanks for the WILD THING Tijuana story!!
It’s so nice playing for friends. That’s certainly what it
was like tonight. Again… what a blessing for me & the folks
to hear John Platania’s brilliant understated playing! THANKS JOHN!!
Jan 16, 2009 – Borders – Columbus Circle
(New York City)
Another freezing night – AGAIN, JOHN PLATANIA drives down from WOODSTOCK
to join me. We were both surprised so many folks showed up, considering
We LOVED this one. Told lots of stories & played a few songs from
the book/CD plus some hits.. plus a new one about my brothers convincing
my folks to take away my SCREECHING fiddle when I was 6 years old –
and replace it with a UKULELE.
Agaion, theses were very nice folks to play for.
Hi to friends Alden & Jerry from my New York neighborhood.. so great
of you guys to come. See you both soon. Don’t screw up!!
Hi Phil & Mark … big thanks for being there & the kind words!!
Great to see old friend & wonderful writer Jim Bessman –…
let’s talk more.. soon.
Hi MARI – so nice talking with you.. glad you were at Merlefest..
loved that. Also nice to hear that your dad has Anne Murray’s album
with Brian Ahern’s production of SON OF A ROTTEN GAMBLER –
as I said, it’s one of my favorite versions of ANY of my songs –
and LOVED the comments about John’s playing… SO TRUE!! ..Hi
to your dad.. wish him the best with HIS music. HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN,
Hi Mary.. so good to see you front & center.. hope to see you again
as well. Next time let’s talk more. Hi Theadora & daughter Laurie
.. GREAT TO SEE YOU GUYS with your warm smiles! … sorry we didn’t
get a chance to talk after
Hi Marvin!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING BY & REPPING THE FAMILY!!!
.. AND…GREAT TO SEE MY AUSTIN FRIEND, KATE… see you soon!!
– tell your dad, Rick, I sent my big regards
Big hello to Marcia & Keith.. & BRUCE… thanks for the kind
words… see you soon
BIG THANKS TO THE KIND BORDERS FOLKS!!
DARYL – THANKS FOR HAVING US!! – Nick – thanks for the
intro & the setup help. Samantha (from the Cat Manzi lineage) .. great
to talk to you guys!! Bog thanks for being so cordial!! And Ismael…
so nice to see you at the end. S
John & I hope to see you all soon!!
9 - 18, 2008 - SONGS FROM A DUTCH TOUR – BOOK TOUR OF HOLLAND
Dec 9 – LEAVING N.Y.
It’s just Kendel & me for this combination small venue/book
tour as Van Morrison has called on John Platania for a rehearsal in LA.
We leave JFK at 5:30 PM –
DEC 10, 2008 – ARRIVING IN AMSTERDAM
DEC 10 – the plane arrives in Amsterdam at 7:30 AM - Kendel slept
for 4 plus hours on the fairly empty flight – no sleep for me –
I’m crashing as we arrive – I do a quick interview with old
friend Peter from Haarlem. The newspaper has sent a photographer –
not happy with my no-sleep look – but I guess they want a picture
on their soil.. and the picture taker is a nice guy (Hans) … so
FIRST STOP - CRS DISTRIBUTORS
We stop by here to pick up the books & CDs Old friend Bert Pijpers
runs this place – always has. It was originally CRS back 7 years
ago… then ROUNDER RECORDS partnered up – now they backed out
and it’s CRS again.. not an easy business as retailers and middle
men are dropping like flies and distributors like Bert are caught in the
We say hi to Bert & old friend Arno (Bert’s assistant for years)
& Rein, another friend/assistant. We pick up 240 books and a bunch
of CDs of past releases .. including Kendel’s last CD. We manufactured
a hundred plus copies of a “bootleg CD” – a 10 song
sample of Kendel’s next release – scheduled for April. Fans
will LOVE this bootleg – this stuff is so cool!
HEAD FOR LEANNE”S HOTEL ‘t KRUISSELT in De Lutte
Dear friend Leanne & boyfriend Francois has invited us to stay at
their beautiful place for the evening.. as it’s only 20 minutes
from the venue and it’s a chance for us to spend some time together.
I’m horribly jet lagged when we arrive at 4:00 .. but rest is out
of the question – I’m just too wired from no sleep & concerned
as to how to negotiate the show.. as for the first time I’m promoting
a BOOK (with CD attached) .. the songs on the CD were all written during
the Oct 07 CHIP TAYLOR/ CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Dutch Tour. I’m sure many
of the fans will not know about the book.. so I’ll have to explain
it’s contents briefly.. and then set up the songs from the book
so they get an idea of why they were written and who inspired them.
Kendel & I have rehearsed a bit in New York & I am TOTALLY confident
of her assisting me in getting the emotion of the songs across. She is
always ready for any twists & turns I might take. That leaves me with
a lot of freedom to shift the direction of the show at any time.
Our plan is to insert a couple of her songs (new & old) into the set.
We’re totally ready for that.
VENUE – METROPOOL – in HENGELO
SOUND CHECK – a nice young lady named Sylvia greeted us with another
manager ? - Ronald (house) & Raymond (monitors) did a great job with
the sound. The venue is a cool small room – with a bar in the back..
the sound system is quite good.
We were back at Leanne’s by 6:30 .. tried to rest .. but again..
I was wired. We arrived back at the venue at 8:30 .. on stage at 9:00.
As I walked on stage I recognized
several of the folks in the audience. Several had been fans/friends for
years and several were at shows on the Chip/Carrie tour that inspired
I told these friendly folks that I have a new book out – some knew
.. most were surprised. I took a few minutes to inform them that the book
has three major themes.
1) An autobiography of my early years.- stuff about growing up, writing
hits, recording solo albums & GAMBLING - culminating in my 1975 tour
in Holland and my #2 hit single there “SAME OLD STORY”
2) The CHIP TAYLOR/CARRIE RODRIGUEZ STORY
3) The songs written on the 2007 C&C DUTCH TOUR – Why they were
written & who inspired them.
This last theme becomes the theme of the show whereby I mix stories of
the inspirations with each song.
This was a fun show for me. It totally eased my mind to see that the format
of the show worked. The folks seemed to take to the stories.. some serious
.. some quite humorous – such as the DORINE story in Maastricht..
The DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE story (time spent at Willie’s
dance Club in GOUDA) .. they all were laughing like crazy when I talked
about the stories surrounding RED SIDEWALK.. fearing bicycles & “doing”
mushrooms with musicians Hans & Kyle..
But the serious songs got wonderful response as well. DOWN BY LAW, TESS,
SONG FOR A GERMAN GIRL (LISA), ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN, MEMA I MISS YOU FROM
HERE & JACK OF DIAMONDS/ QUEEN OF HEARTS were all extremely well received
and felt so good & warm from the stage.
And the audience just LOVED Kendel – both with the way she caressed
the songs mentioned above, but also with songs from her last album, I
LIKE TRUCKS & RIBBONS & BOWS and “ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE
LINE” from her new BOOTLEG CD. Kendel is definitely a star-in-the-making
and they sure let her know that tonight!
ONE OF THE BIG HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT WAS “THE VAN SONG”
------ OUR TOUNGUE-IN-CHEEK TRIBUTE TO OUR “USUAL” GUITARIST
JOHN PLATANIA WHO WAS AGAIN MISSING IN ACTION - OFF WITH “THAT OTHER
GUY”, VAN MORRISON
We played it once before in Texas. Both times it brought down the house!
– And both times several wanted to know if it was recorded and if
they can get a copy. Well, the good news is we HAVE recorded it.. we’ll
see if JP approves it’s release. Hope so… it is soooo funny!
If so, it will be out on an album called Rock & Roll Joe.. with an
interactive web-site dedicated to all those musicians who never got the
credit they deserved! – stay tuned!
Thanks to all for a terrific night!!
Said hi to several folks after the show, including:
Hi to Wim, Willem who were at the last C&C show in Enschede –
great talking to you guys & friend Peter. Thanks for the kind words.
Hope to see you soon again. Willem, next time I see you, bring me a copy
of the Texas Bootleg with JP.
Hi COBIE (Leanne’s friend) .. so nice to meet you! Anke… thanks
so much for your kindness & the good food!! – hope to see you
soon. Big hello to Minie & Gerard.. I think you said we’ll see
you at another show this week.. hope so!
Hi to Thomas & Memmo… Jacquelene & Bert.. Marianne. Hi Art
& Alie .. hi to Haigo.. big thanks!! Hi Jan & Dini … thanks
for the kind words.. hope to see you soon!!
DEC 11, 2008 – ARRIVING IN BELGIUM
It took about 3 plus hours to get from Leanne’s place to our next
BED & BREAKFAST. We took a turn off a main street in a modest Belgium
neighborhood, following signs for our B&B. We thought the B&B
would be immediately on our right but it wasn’t … we continued
on this tiny winding road into the forest a few football fields in distance
away from the main road. And there it was – A BEAUTIFUL NEW LUXURIOUS
B&B in the forest.
The B&B is called DE METEN. It is in the town of Longdorp. And it
is an absolute paradise!!
A kind young fellow named Frank greeted us and showed us to our rooms
which were just off a huge glass enclosed living room where sat 5 or 6
large leather chairs with blankets folded on their respective ottomans
with small coffee tables close by. Adjacent was a large dining room with
6 or so small dining tables, shelves for glasses of all dimensions for
wine, beer, water.. whatever. Alongside was a cooler containing wine,
great Belgium beer & sodas. Frank explained they were there for the
taking on an honor system.
In effect, all of this seemed like one warm beautiful space overlooking
the forest –all rooms were kind of Scandinavian in design –
spare, but beautifully elegant. There were only three bedrooms in the
area, so – in essence – this area, for this night, was totally
ours! AGAIN…ABSOLUTE PARADISE!!
Just before leaving for sound check we met Frank’s lovely wife Greet.
They live in the rear of the place with their 2 young children.
VENUE – JC DE KLINKER
Note: Milan tells us that “Klinker” has several meanings –
in this setting – A ROCK MUSIC VENUE – it probably means “sounding
We arrived at 6:00 and were greeted by a nice guy named Bruno, one of
the promoters of our show. Another nice guy named Daniel did our sound
check. We were checked in minutes and ready to return to the hotel to
relax before show time at 9:30.
I was concerned about a couple of things. First, this seemed more like
a rock/blues venue than a listening room. I wasn’t sure a duo –
Kendel & me – would fit so well here. Second, they had advertised
that John Platania would be here. There was a large poster of JP, Kendel
& me in the entrance. I was sure that whoever came would be quite
disappointed that John – due to a commitment with Van Morrison –
would not be there. And Bruno seemed concerned about that the turnout
might be small. The venue never sells tickets in advance so he had no
way of knowing what would happen, but he was concerned and therefore so
was I as well.
We rested in “paradise” for a bit, met Greet’s dad Paul,
who would join Frank to see our show while Greet stayed home with the
kids … then we headed for the club. Bruno met us at the door &
escorted us inside. I was SHOCKED! THE PLACE WAS PACKED!!
A talented/nice young guy named Kris was finishing his opening slot. Minutes
later Kendel & I were on stage.
SIMPLY PUT – THIS RANKS AS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SHOWS!! The
connection between Kendel & me and the audience was evident from the
start. You could hear a pin drop as I told the stories and as we played
the emotional quiet songs. On the up-tempo ones we laughed & partied
together. Kendel was brilliant in all ways & the fans let her know
Highlights are far too numerous to mention…. The book songs with
their accompanying stories including RED SIDEWALK, DOREEN, MEMA I MISS
YOU FROM HERE, JACK OF DIAMONDS totally connected.. as did all of Kendel’s…
BIG TRUCKS, RIBBONS & BOWS, ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE.. and a first
ever performance from her Bootleg CD, BELT BUCKLE.
But for the second time in 2 nights, the ABSOLUTE KILLER HIGHLIGHT was
the song that talks about John Platania being with Van Morrison instead
of us. “THE VAN SONG” brought the house down!!
Thanks to all for this night. Kendel & I won’t forget it!
Old fans Herman & Tejo – who brought the entire Chip Taylor
vinyl collection for signing. Thanks boys!! – Hi Teo & Els ..
so good to see you… Hi to Geert & Anita.. thanks for the kind
Hi to trucker Luc & An - good luck with that hand Luc! Hi Rene ..
nice talking with you – sorry Peter could not attend. Please send
him my regards. Hi Urban .. great to see you!
Leo – I’ll tell John Platania that you & Dianne said hello
and about your kind words. Hi to Geert, Jack & Tom. Hi Michel ..memories
from ten years past - good to see you at the end of the night.
Great to see actor/singer Wim Oprouck. I’m extremely flattered about
the influence “FALL” & “The Trouble With Humans”
stuff in general has had with your work. Thanks for taking the time to
stop by. It was GREAT talking with you. I’m looking forward to listening
to the CD… & count me in with the documentary. I love the idea!
Please send my regards to Steph .. & tell Els I’ll look forward
to meeting her. See you soon.
Hi Koen – Nice talking with you at the end of the night. Damn, that
beer tasted so good!!
BIG THANKS TO BRUNO, TOM & BART FOR BOOKING THIS .. & TO STEVE
the club promoter .. thanks for the great sound, Daniel..HI VIV (VIVIENE)
.. big thanks for the GREAT MEAL!!.. again, congratulations to you &
Bruno.. Hi Betty (Boop!).. hope to see you all soon.
DEC 12, 2008 – Eeklo Belgium
We said our goodbyes to Frank, Greet & Paul & headed west to Eeklo
less than 2 hours away. We arrived at the RINGHOTEL, a modest, comfortable
place along a main road. We were greeted by Annette & her lovely daughter
Stephanie. After doing a bit of computer work and resting for a few hours
we headed to the venue for sound check.
THE VENUE- N9
N9 is a little folk/jazz listening room. Carrie & I played here two
years ago. We were greeted by Patrick & Carl, the same nice guys that
greeted Carrie & me 2 years back. We did a rather quick sound check,
then were served a terrific meal upstairs. We went back to the hotel for
an hour's rest and were back on stage at 9:10.
There were a bunch of wonderful fans here tonight. Many who have been
supporters since the early 70’s. We interspersed stories & songs
from the book/CD. Again adding a few of Kendels both old & new. It
felt like we were in someone’s living room rather then a venue.
Highlights were far too many to mention, but the RED SIDEWALK story and
song brought full smiles from all.. the song for MEMA has been a favorite
for all these shows. It touches a strong chord in folks.
The Van song again was a fan favorite, as was a rousing version of my
’75 hit, SAME OLD STORY –another fan favorite was a song I
had never performed but had written recently as a Christmas present for
my brothers Jon & Barry called BASTARD BROTHERS
But the thing I’ll remember most about this show was a fan requested,
GETTING OLDER, LOOKING BACK with several singing along. Big thanks for
that request – emotionally, that one really got to me.
Kendel was awesome again – she wins over everyone at every show
and rightfully so. And she’s right there for every twist I take.
So far no show has been the same as I’m just going with my instincts.
But one thing is clear. The basic format of the stories from the book
setting up the songs definitely works and I’m enjoying that.
This was a warm, wonderful night with very nice folks. Big thanks to all.
Got a chance to say hi to several at the signing table where many fans
not only purchased the book &/or recent CDs but brought CDs from the
early years for signing.
Hi Ronny, Filip, Willy – hello Francois, Guido.. hi Peter &
Barbara #2 – at Barbara’s request, I signed for her on the
page opposite the dedication page to mom --- Hi to Lisa & Karin (country
singer/songwriter booker) & husband Antoine (thanks for the compilation
CDs – we’’’ play them on tour.
Hi Johan .. hope your BASTARD BROTHER RICK enjoys the look/listen..Hi
Jan & Eric… & another Antoine & Yvan… hi Koen..
& Rony.. & Tine ( see, I finally spelled it correctly!) …
Hi Fred & Paul & Bart
Again.. thanks to hosts / sound folks Patrick & Carl & a nice
bartender Lieve who we met earlier.
Big thanks to Willy, who works with terrific Dutch company that publishes
this book. Great to meet friend Johan.. thanks for the kind words. Hope
to see you next time!
Big thanks also To Jan who books the venue and will soon be it’s
sole proprietor!! – congrats!! Best regards to Burnadette …
congratulations regarding your grandson.. that was a hell of a story!!
It was so good winding down with lovely Rebecca & (DR) Stephon at
the bar. Loved talking with you guys!
BIG THANKS TO ALL – HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON!
PS. I started writing this at 6:30 AM we are on the way to Amsterdam to
do a 9:30 live radio show .. soon after we do a book store show in Haarlem..
then a full show there tonight. I’m running a bit on empty now –
one hour of sleep last night. That’s it from here.
DEC 13, 2008 – 9:30 AM – Radio show RTV NORD HOLLAND (taped
– to be played at noon)
A nice lady named Margo greeted us at reception – said she was a
big fan – a nice start to a good morning
The hosts are Karin Douma & Joes Heeremans very professional &
very nice. As is the sound engineer Raymond. It’s a one hour show
featuring 3 authors discussing their current book releases. I am one (sounds
so weird). Kendel & I are set up to play music as well. The other
authors talk in Dutch. I am interviewed in English then translated. Nice
The other guests are lovely Hanna – who’s written a novel
about love – “girl tries to rescue a musician with an addiction”
.. something like that – the other author is Earshwing??? –
a great guy who’s written a humorous-at-times book about sex. I
couldn’t understand it.. but now I know that male Turkeys are attracted
to puppet-like (imitation) females who only have their head on a stick!
The rest of the body is not needed!
In between interviews, Kendel & I play RED SIDEWALK – ANGEL
OF THE MORNING & ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN (which has become a fan favorite).
This was good fun with good folks.
DEC 13, 2008 – 3:00 PM –IN-STORE AT A BOOK STORE – ATHENAEUM
We are greeted by the owner ANNA, a very nice lady & two of her staff,
Jesse & Cohen – all good folks. TO MY PLEASANT SURPRISE, HAYE,
MY BOOK PUBLISHER IS THERE!
There is a big article in the regional paper posted at the entrance written
by Peter who met us ar the airport when we arrived from New York a few
days ago – photo by Hans, who met us there as well. It seemed quite
There is quite a large turnout - 50 or more.
There is one microphone set up – I give a brief summary of what
the book (Songs From A Dutch Tour) is about – then play a few songs,
telling of their inspiration. After about a half hour, I sign autographs
& talk to the fans –
So nice to see so many old fans. Hi to Frederik, Paul, Alex, Martha, John,
Frank .. hope Steven enjoys the read. Great to see Carla & Willem
again…. & Edith & Martin who asked me to sign for son Jelle
who plays in a rock band RAM (song is “LOVE COMPUTER”.. all
the best with that
Hi to Michiel .. hope to see your boy, Rein one of these days.. HI JOCE!!
… & all my friends in OLDENZAAL at The Cobblestone Club.. Hi
Rob & Francis.. AND, OF COURSE, OLD TIME FANS, PAUL & YVONNE ..
great to see you always!
THANKS ANNA – GREAT TO BE HERE – KENDEL & I ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE
OF OUR GIFTS!
DEC 13, 2008 – 5:00 PM - HEADING FOR HOORN
This is a first for me. I liked it a lot – now off to HOORN –
it’s too bad we can’t stay for an extra day – Hoorn
is a lovely seacoast town with lots of history.
HOTEL – we check into the **** PETITE NORD – run by Chinese
folks – LOVE THIS PLACE!!
DEC 13, 2008 VENUE – HET HUIS VERLOREN (“THE LOST HOUSE) –
in HOORN, HOLLAND
Promoter Peter & soundman Tim are ready for us when we arrive. WHAT
A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PLACE!! – A simple little hall with a small stage
– but lots of character – It holds max 150. We’re sold
out tonight!! – After a quick check & good meal with Peter,
Tim & owner Chris, we’re back to the hotel – running on
empty – one hour sleep last night.
IT WAS SO GREAT TO HEAD FOR THE STAGE HERE. SURROUNDED BY OLD FAN/FRIENDS!!
– PETER DE VOSS, the Warner Brothers rep responsible for my first
coming to Holland in ’75 was here. IT WAS SOOO GREAT TO SEE HIM
FROM THE STAGE!!
There was such a warm connection from beginning to end! – lots of
intimate moments & when Kendel & I rocked it reminded me of the
energy of the WHITE STRIPES – that’s a great new thing!! –
I loved it – AGAIN.. KENDEL WAS MAGIC TONIGHT!!
Highlights far too numerous to mention.. lots of the new ones. DOWN BY
LAW and MEMA I MISS YOU FROM HERE were so chilling & brought over-the-top
response but stuff like THE REAL THING, JOHN TUCKER’S ON THE WAGON
AGAIN, SAME OLD STORY, BIG RIVER (All songs we had not done on this tour
‘till tonight).. .. and ANGEL OF THE MORNING and WILD THING were
high on the connection list!!
THIS WAS ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL NIGHT – ONE I WON’T FORGET.
Big thanks too all – hope to see you soon!!
Again.. great to see Peter De Voss & his better half tonight…
see what you’ve done, my friend!! BIG THANKS!!!
GREAT TO SEE MY FRIENDS KRISSY, ANNE & KEES.. was KIM there??!! –
I was hoping you all would be there – sorry I didn’t take
more time with you all.. next time you show up, come to our private area.
You are always welcome.
Hi Ben.. good to see you as walking in & later.. hi Ria & Marja..
& Ben…. & old friends, JOOST & WERNER… always
good to see you… Hi Emiel.. thanks for the South By South WEST memories!!
.. hi SAM … big hello to old friends Glenda & Francis.. always
great to see you both.. I think you said you’re coming to the Paradiso…
hope so. Hi Wobbo .. good to see you here!
Hi Ria & Ton… nice talking with you .. hope Nico enjoys the
gift.. tell him I sent my regards … Hi Declan (from Galway).. &
Gerard.. another from Ireland.. not sure if you came together –
nice talking with you both. Thanks for the kind words & support.
Peter.. hope Greet enjoys the gift .. nice talking with you… hi
Gerard & Minie – Great to see you always .. thanks for coming
to two shows .. glad you’re in the book!!
AGAIN .. THANKS PETER FOR BOOKING US HERE!! Big thanks to you, Tim, Chris,
Tinie…for your kindness… hi to Milco..
& HEY, BOETS… . GREAT TALKING WITH YOU – THANKS FOR SHOWING
US THOSE GREAT MAPS!!!! – WHEN I GET BACK TO NEW YORK I’LL
TRY TO FIND JAN & KEES & SEND THOSE BASTARDS & THEIR CATTLE
BACK HOME WHERE THEY BELONG!!!!
DECEMBER 14, 2008 – heading for AMSTERDAM for a most prestigious
We check into an amazing hotel on one of the canals – called The
AMBASSADE. My room is more like a mini presidential suite. I have to walk
up 6 steps to get to the bedroom area!!! – BIG THANKS TO THE FOLKS
THE JOHN ADAMS INSTITUTE for these beautiful, most comfortable accommodations.
Good to see clerks, Martin & Eelske & all – thanks for your
THE EVENT - The JOHN ADAMS INSTITUTE – a non-profit American culture
center is hosting an afternoon event – featuring a lecture by me
about my book, SONGS FROM A DUTCH TOUR, and an interview of me by famous
Dutch author/music historian, Leo Blokhuis – with a mini concert
In the past they’ve hosted Al Gore, Sal Bellow, Norman Mailer, Madeline
Albright etc… the only other music related author featured was Steve
Earle. This is high brow stuff so to speak .. I’m quite honored,
but a bit nervous - just hoping my low-brow ways will fit in.
VENUE – THE PARADISO
The place is sold out!! The institute folks are pleasantly surprised –
me too!! Several have been turned away. I feel badly about that. The audience
is comprised not only my old fans, but newcomers to my music as well –
several college age folks are here. FROM THE MINUTE I TOOK THE STAGE,
I KNEW I WAS THERE WITH FRIENDS – my worries subsided completely.
I loved every minute of this – Russell Shorto, brilliant author
& director of the institute introduces the program .. then introduces
Leo Blokhuis, who gives an insightful 5 minute intro of me.
I talked about the book in broad strokes – dividing it into three
main parts .. all with a connection to the Netherlands. I prepared my
lecture in a most general way leaving me lots of room to go with my instincts.
INTERVIEW BY LEO
This was SO much fun – Leo asked great questions, each giving me
plenty of room to expand on details of all aspects of my history &
my work. Lots of humorous stuff here – everything unprepared. THANKS
LEO - loved every minute.
QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
What great questions.. like “do I compare myself to Kris Kristofferson”..
“was there covers of your songs that you really didn’t like
at all”.. to these I had detailed answers in the affirmative –
Kris is/has been a sort of hero for me – since his first album.
And we’ve been friends for years. Regarding the covers question
- I’ve been so fortunate to have brilliant recordings of my songs
- but there were exceptions .. I spoke about one.
Kendel joined me – we played several songs from the book, then added
two from Kendel’s album… ending with “ROSE OF ARNHEM
TOWN”, “WILD THING” and “I WASN”T BORN IN
TENNESSEE” – what an afternoon!!
Signed several books for folks including:
ISIS… great to see you & mom(Gerda) .. you have a healthy glow
– glad to see that, sorry I didn’t have more time
Hans & Heather… thanks for the kind words .. same thanks to
Erik & Monique… Piet.. good to see you.. Hi Rosemary.. Hans
& Jannie.. hi Ruud .. good to see you again, Donald.. hi Peter &
Anne Mary… and Anneke .. GREAT TO SEE YOU UP FRONT, TAMME.. hope
to see you soon again…
Hi Greetje – thanks for helping me with the spelling – great
to see you. Hi ERWIN.. GEERT .. hope Donald enjoys the read… Hi
ARJAN,,, & EMIEL!! .. nice talking with you… hi Gerrrit - &
Wim .. hope Annelies enjoys the book… Hi Laura (so good to see you)
& Ruud .. hope to see you again.. Hi EEF..
HI ERIK & JOHAN.. & lovely girls AVA (from ARNHEM) & JUDITH
from I’m not sure where. GREAT TO SEE YOU!! – I hope to see
you all again!
A WARM HELLO TO NEW FRIEND, NOVELIST HANNAH BUENTING .. so glad you came!!
I’ll try to find a copy of your book before I leave.
BIG THANKS TO LEO BLOKHUIS for hosting this – It’s nice to
know we’ll be doing it again on Tuesday!
THIS EVENT CAME ABOUT MAINLY THROUGH THE EFFORT’S OF OUR PUBLISHER
REP AT ATHOS PUBLISHING, HAYE KONINGSFELD and the folks from The John
Adams Institute, author Russell Shorto & musicologist Martin –
HAYE, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS & YOUR KINDNESS. I appreciate all
you’ve done – and thanks for the lovely dinner!! SEE YOU SOON!!
DEC 15, 2008 – VENUE – HET ZWYN SHOOFD
BRTO RADIO SPONSORED VENUE – in BERGEN op ZOOM
We arrive at about 5:00 - after a bit of delay in Amsterdam (had to return
as I forgot to leave my key at the hotel…… again!!) –
we're staying in the town center with a loud ice skating rink –
my room is OK, but Kendel's faces the center so it's loud & she can't
We meet venue owner, Kees, promoter Bert, radio host Jos & soundman
Kees – all nice guys – Kees does a fine job checking us..
we're finished in 20 minutes and back for a rest.
BEFORE THE SHOW
Just before the show I see old friend ARIE ( Carrie Rodriguez' dad's good
friend) – two weeks ago he had a heart attack – the DRs fixed
him up (cleaned out his arteries) & he feels better than he has in
years!!! - so good to see you Arie!! YOU LOOK GREAT!!
Also saw old friend Francis & the family Pia & daughter Jesse
& soon to be mom-in-law Irma.. Jesse's future husband is fighting
for us in Afghanistan .. THANKS SAMMIE!! – see you soon!
What a great bunch of friends to play for .. I loved this!! Kendel was
awesome again.. lots of emotional moments tonight. It's very hard to pick
a highlight – as half of the special moments was the talking and
laughing together –
But regarding the songs – I loved SONG FOR A DUTCH GIRL,TESS, ROSE
OF ARNHEM TOWN, BIG RIVER… GETTING OLDER LOOKING BACK, JACK OF DIAMONDS,
SAME OLD STORY maybe on top of the list was MEMA, I MISS YOU FROM HERE
(a fan favorite at every show) ….. But there was lots of inspiration
from this great bunch for the entire show & I'm kind of reaching for
straws to pick favorites! THANKS TO ALL - THIS WAS A SPECIAL NIGHT!
SAID HELLO TO SEVERAL INCLUDING:
Hi to: Jola & mom Anna Marie.. hi Jap… good to see you Jap ..
Hi Arje Jeannette .. Jan.. & Rob.. Hi Ard & Marina.. & Gerrit
.. Hi Giel .. nice to see you all –
Again.. great to see Jesse, Pia, Francis & Jesse's future mom-in-law,
Irma .. hope to see you all soon
Arie – thanks so much for your note – it was much appreciated
– it's always GREAT to see you!! What an inspiring story –
heart attack two weeks ago – now better than ever!! I hope some
people reading this learn from it! I'm proud you are in the book, my friend
.. we'll get the spelling right next time!! See you soon!!
DEC 16, 2008 – VPRO RADIO (NPS) Hilversum (2 shows)
FIRST SHOW (Live on the air)
We arrive at 1:00 – substituting for friend Jaap, who was home sick,
is legendary DJ, Marjoke Roorda. We do a very inspired half hour set..
promoting the book. Leo Blokhuis stopped by so we played "That's
It From Here" in his honor. I couldn't believe Marjoke knew my history
so well .. stuff like the song Willie recorded of mine from 1959, "He
Sits At My Table".. & my hit from the '63, "HERE I AM"
– nice to reflect on those. Thanks Marjoke!! Nice interaction &
insight with stuff regarding Kendel & Kendel & me. I loved this.
SECOND SHOW (taped for airing on Friday)
Old friend Paul Harvey does a great job interviewing regarding the book
& the tour again with some emphasis on the interaction between Kendel
& me. At Paul's request we play DOWN BY LAW & DANCE WITH A HOLE
IN YOUR SHOE. We end with ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN & a rockin' DORINE,
DORINE. Thanks Paul – great to see you again & again!!!!
Hello to other friends at the station, Paul, Dave, Hubert, Misja, &
Vincent – so good to see you all!
DEC 16, 2008 – AMERSFOORT
VENUE – THEATERCAFE - SPONSORED BY BOOKSTORE VEENENDAAL
This is a little Jazz club situated in the charming town square. Our lovely
hotel, De Daaper is in the square as well, yards away. How nice for us.
We arrived at sound check at 6:45. New friend Willem has us ready in minutes
& dinner is waiting shortly thereafter. We are joined for dinner by
Leo Blokuis, who just arrived, Eric & Manon .. reps (nice folks) from
the bookstore, Veenendaal.. his friend Andrew. My old friend Wim Bloomendaal
& his wife Sharon joined us as well (a nice surprise). It was Wim's
NASHVILLE RADIO SHOW that helped jump-started my career in 1975
BIG thanks to the bookstore folks, Eric, Manon & publisher rep Annoesjka..
for sponsoring this magical event – one of my favorite of all time.
I Love this format – Leo retracing some of my songwriting footsteps
& me responding to his insightful inquiries. It is spontaneous &
so much fun. Often I'm remembering things I had until now, forgotten.
THANKS LEO for taking the time to host/ interview .. SUCH HONEST BRILLIANT
STUFF YOU BRING TO THE TABLE!!.. hope we can do it soon again!
Regards to ALL the family & Ricky.
Similar to the Paradiso.. store rep Erik introduces Leo who does a 5 minute
or so intro of me. I then took the stage and talked about the three general
themes of the book and their connection to The Netherlands.
Then Leo asked me GREAT questions about my songs .. why… when…
I had my guitar in hand and spoke to & performed some of the "answers"
to Leo's questions. After about 45 minutes Kendel & I performed several
songs from the book .. plus a couple of songs from her album. Again, Kendel
was so well received – folks love her performance & her down
to earth charm.
Several Highlights – somehow Leo asked a question that inspired
me to tell how I wrote
TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER
Here's the story. I had just written a ballad TRY with Jerry Ragavoy for
Garnet Mimms. Jerry called asking if could put it in an up-tempo groove
for an immediate Loraine Ellison session. He needed it in the morning.
I had to be at the racetrack by 1:00 PM to make a bet on a long shot that
I thought would win. I quickly stole a groove from another song of mine..
ON MY WORD.. & got the new TRY, JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER to Jerry
by 11:00 AM. Jerry loved it & after we adjusted it a bit he banged
it out on the piano & we recorded it to his reel to reel recorder.
By noon I was heading to the track. – as I remember the horse won
– a win/win day for me!
Later in the year, Janis Joplin heard Loraine's recording & loved
it. Soon after, she recorded it herself.
Certainly RED SIDEWALK, MEMA I MISS YOU FROM HERE & all the others
from the CD in the book .. as well as ANGEL OF THE MORNING, WILD THING,
I WASN'T BORN IN TENNESSEE.. & Kendel's BIG TRUCKS & RIBBON'S
But the absolute highlight for me was the tribute to Leo, THAT'S IT FROM
HERE .. with Leo's terrific daughter Charlotte in the audience with friends
Eline & Irene
In part, the words go:
"send regards to that kick-ass band
tell Charlotte it was so good to see her again
that's it from here!"
It was special to sing those words watching the smiles coming from Charlotte
& her friends.
WHAT A MAGICAL NIGHT! Thanks to all who attended!
FIRST – AGAIN, BIG HELLO CHARLOTTE & FRIENDS, IRENE & ELINE
.. SOOOO GREAT TO SEE YOU ALL!!
CHARLOTTE … all best wishes to the new kittens!! Hope they bring
you lots of smiles!!
Book store folks… ERIK & Manon … GREAT TO MEET YOU!!!..
what a blessing for me that you go back so far with my music, Erik!! HI
TON (bookstore owner…. Thanks for supporting all of this!!
Hi ANNOESJKA.. so good to see you… thanks for the kind words!!
Hi Erna & John.. .. hi Tim .. from dad Willem… Hi Henk!!…
nice talking with you.. Hi Henk .. good to see you.. Hi Gerard (again)
.. nice talking with you!.. HI GERJAN!!!… nice talking with you!!…
Hi Ivo!!.. nice talking with you as well!
Hi BERT JAN … & & Chris… & IVO… & DONALD
- Thanks for the GASOLINE memories.. etc… nice to talk to you…
Hi Jos & Ruud… hi Simon.. thanks for the kind words re: UNGLORIOUS
HALLELUJAH… Hi Rob & Erna… hope Gerard likes the book/CD…
hello Marianna. & ANDREW… Hi ET… hope Liset enjoys the
Hi Luisa & Fedor… so good to see you at the end of the night
.. hope to see you soon… Hi Ruut .. & Willem.. & Jan &
Johan… & another Johan… .. Hi Gerjan!!! – nice talking
with you!! ..
AT THE BAR – AT THE END OF THE NIGHT - Big hello to … LOVELY
MARLYN… Linda & Robert - GREAT SHARING STORIES WITH YOU!! …
Linda .. you're in charge of what goes on the site .. don't worry about
it … just do it! .. Big thanks to Willem .. see you soon, my friend!!!..
Theo… THANKS FOR THE GREAT, GREAT WHISKEY & GOOD WORDS.. Hi
ARTHUR .. thanks for stopping by
Here we go MILAN – two more days!! – it will be over far too
DEC 17, 2008 – The ROCK ACADEMIE (SONGWRITERS
WORKSHOP) in TILBERG
what a cool thing – a school totally devoted to all aspects of Rock
& roll – the playing of it – the business of it –
so good to see friends Leanne & Martin, who stopped by to lend their
due to school scheduling problems, there is some classes there running
at the same time, so the turnout is small in numbers – but certainly
not in spirit
For almost two hours I took those in attendance on a journey of my history
as a songwriter & singer songwriter – with blasts of lots of
songs & stories of why & how I wrote them. Every so often I'd
play a complete song with Kendel backing.
From my first recording contract with King Records.. to a song recorded
by Willie Nelson just as I started to make my mark as a country writer…
to other country recordings by Johnny Cash & Waylon.. to the hits
TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER, I CAN'T LET GO, ANGEL OF THE MORNING &
WILD THING & more.
I loved this journey with these great folks.
A big hello to first year students Lennart & Sean & teachers Erik
(who played bass on a recording I did with known Dutch singer Ruud Hermons),
Tom, songwriting teacher, Koen, the band (& drum) teacher .. a big
hello to the students who came in a bit late & whose names I don't
I was honored to meet & tell you my story. Thanks for the warm reception.
I wish you all the best. Remember – once you listen & learn
a bit from the masters - do whatever you do from your heart & YOUR
Thanks for the escort & the kind words Norman. Hope to see you soon.
DEC 17, 2008 - DINNER AT BERT PJIPERS (head of the distribution
company (CRS) that releases our records – I was kind of surprised
to see Leanne's car when we parked on the street outside Bert's house.
I didn't know she & Martin were coming to dinner. MMMM.. I thought
… something is funny here. Then I found out!
SURPRISE!!!!!! BERT HAS INVITED MEMBERS OF WILDWOOD FLOWER, THE BAND THAT
"SAVED THE DAY" ON MY FIRST SHOW IN HOLLAND IN 1975.
Thanks Bert – great to see you boys – Jo, John & Thys!!!
Best regards to Andre & Bert. Hope to see them soon. GREAT TALKING
TO YOU & WILLY (Jo's wife of 40 plus years).
SO GOOD TO SEE FORMER WARNER BROS RECORD'S HEAD, PETER DE VOSS –who
made the long trip down from the north to see us for the second time this
week. Thanks a lot Peter.
Good to see Jos & Lotte who book our shows in town, our friend from
Heaven.. a serious music magazine.
VENUE – GROENE ENGEL
This is the first time we're playing here. It's a little theater with
new interior, & a new sound system – almost like the one's I
played on the 2007 tour & Kendel played on her recent tour. It feels
SOUNDCHECK – John Willem/ sound & Anneloes/lighting & assistant
Erik, have us ready in minutes & we're heading to check into our amazing
B&B - De Oude Pastorie
This is a former home for the priests of the parish, now & B&B
with wonderful displays of old & new sculptures & paintings. It's
almost like a beautifully kept museum. But it's not so precious that you
can't live in it. There are only 4 rooms in the place. Milan, Kendel &
I have three. They are all unique, with old Cape Cod-like furniture &
VERY comfortable beds.
It was great to tell about one of the key parts of the book tonight –Warner's
exec Peter De Voss inviting me to Holland in 1975, going to Martin's store
where my album, THIIS SIDE OF THE BIG RIVER was selected RECORD OF THE
MONTH by then assistant to Martin, Leanne - & playing that legendary
show with WILDWOOD FLOWER in Einthoven - & THEN INTRODUCING ALL OF
THESE FOLKS TO THE AUDIENCE. It felt so good to introduce them & the
audience showed them big appreciation.
As the show went on, Kendel & I caught fire.. rockin' out on the up
tempo ones & chilling on the ballads. This became such a passionate
show, with many tributes to our hero special guests.
Highlights were far too many – let's go with THE REAL THING, ANGEL
OF THE MORNING, RED SIDEWALK, DORINE DORINE, Kendel's BBELT BUCKLE, ONE
BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE, RIBBONS & BOWS, SAME OLD STORY, ROSE OF ARNHEM
TOWN, MEMA, I MISS YOU FROM HERE, a rocked out WILD THING & I WASN'T
BORN IN TENNESSEE.. & one of the most rockin' versions of BIG RIVER
we've ever done –
KENDEL just kicked ass tonight – WHATAMAZING INSPIRED SOLOS!!! -
& for the last several shows, when we explode.. just the two of sound
like a 5 piece band! GREAT JOB KENDEL!!!
Loved tonight!! – what a great reunion!! Thanks to all who attended.
SAID HI TO MANY, INCLUDING:
Hi Berna & Wim – good to see you again! (Good to see you in
the AM as well, Berna – thanks for the kind words!) … Hi Paul..
very nice talking with you – I'll tell EVIE you sent your regardsa…
Hi Mia.. Doret… Hi Marijke.. good to see you all… Hi Herman
& Konstantyn.. all the best…. Hello Tom & Anita .. nice
talking with you!! .
Great to see Peet & Peter – TROGGS fans ..please send Jacqueline
my best regards.. JAN & DINI!!! – great to see you again &
again.. so glade yo9u're in the book!!
Hi Joop & Mike & Dennis… Hi BOY (That's a new name for me..
glad to sign your poster… Hi Jan.. nice to sign your poster! ..
& Aaldrik & Will & another Joost… so good to see you
Again big thanks to Jos & Lotte for booking us .. so good to see you
both again…what great kids (Errik & Peter) – hop[e to
see Niek next time…
AGAIN, BIG THANKS & HELLO TO PETER, JO, THYS, JOHN, LEANNE, MARTIN
.. let's di it again.
BERT, big thanks for putting this together!!! Thanks Rietje for the great
dinner – much appreciated!!! – OK TON…hope the dentist
was kind to you & your dad – NOW YOU BETTER KNOW WILD THING
NEXT TIME THROUGH!! – see you soon, my friend!!
DEC 18, 2008– HEADING FOR WEERT in
the south. This will be the last show.
ARRIVE AT HOTELMEREVELD, IN VLUCHTROUTE LE VERDIEPING
We arrive at this modest, warm place at about 1:30 – very kind folks
run this place. Shower & sink in the room, toilette in the hall. I
usually would never stay at a place without a toilette in the room. But
if you were going to forgive that luxury, you'd do it here. A very nice
lady, Anna Miek, greets us when we arrive.
Milan & I go to Weert about 5 miles away. I buy 2 Tom Waits CDs that
I heard a few nights back at the Theater Café in Amersfoort. Back
at the hotel I meet the "fix everything guy", Jergan ( AnnaMiek's
husband). I think he's the cook as well!! Great, smiling, humble guy.
I'll rest now – in about 1&1/2 hours we'll go to sound check.
VENUE – De Bosuil – this is a cool venue – a small rock
& roll place.. but I think it will be a comfortable, living room-like
place for us.
SOUND CHECK- quick & easy – a very nice guy. Bart handles that.
Then we're off to an amazing dinner with Bart & the guys that booked
this venue, Johan & Rob. They book 6 or 7 venues a year. They do it
for the love of the music – it is absolutely not a money thing.
We are very honored!
THE MEAL IS UNBELIEVABLE!! – What an amazing warm vibe.. the best
meal we've had & the music… hand picked by ROB is awesome..
John Prine, Lucinda, Hank Williams, The Louvin Bros, Johnny Cash etc…
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT – ASIDE FROM OLD FRIENDS, MARTIN &
LEANNE ------- LOVELY ROOS, THE INSPIRATION FOR "ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN"
IS THERE – ALONG WITH MOM & DAD, JAN & ANTOINETTE &
HER TEACHERS TOON & WILLEM … ALL THESE FOLKS ARE MENTIONED IN
THE SONG – which, by the way, has been a fan favorite since the
start of the tour.
What a warm bunch of folks to play for… highlights again were far
too many .. let's go with BIG RIVER, THE REAL THING, RED SIDEWALK, MEMA's
SONG, Kendel's RIBBONS AND BOWS & ONE BLUE DRESS ON THE LINE.. a rockin
WILD THING… a Martin requested, FADED BLUE (the first song I wrote),
AND OF COURSE… "ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN" .. I loved singing
that for Roos tonight!!
Again… KENDEL WAS AWESOME – folks love her!!
Said hi to many, including:
Nico, Frans, Ton & Mary, Peter… thanks for the kind words…
hi to Luc.. hope you enjoy the LIVE album.. it's one of my favorites…
A big hello to Peter (writer for a German magazine) & wife Claudia..
thanks for support & the copies… hope to see you in Germany
Hi to the nice folks working at the place – Rolf (hope you enjoy
the CDs), Leon & wife Marleen & Barbara.. so good to see you all
Hi to old friends, Martin-Paul and mom, Marja .. so good to see you again..
Rudiger & Birget.. so good to see you.. sorry we didn't say hello
.. was your car broken into???
Thys (from WILDWOOD FLOWER) .. great to see you again!!! – look
forward to next time.
HERRMAN & FERRIS from the local radio show.. big thanks!! –
MARTIN & Gerdianne & Leanne.. love you guys … & GREAT
TO FINALLY MEET Leanne's brother Rolf.. thank you for doing your penance,
Rolf … all good deeds shall be rewarded!! God Bless
"JAN & ANTOINETTE & ALL THE TEACHERS THAT I MET (Willem &
Toon)" … so glad you were here!! - & Steve .. great to
& ROOS ( "ROSE OF ARNHEM TOWN") … you made my night!!!!!
Hope to see you soon!
KAREN - BIG THANKS FOR ALL YOU'RE EFFORTS BOOKING THIS TOUR!! –
great to see you tonight! WE LOVED IT!! ROB & JOHAN.. AGAIN, BIG THANKS
FOR HAVING US – HOPE E CAN DO THIS AGAIN!!
HEADING FOR THE AIRPORT – WE'LL MISS OUR DUTCH FRIENDS
(Reminder for me: Roos will be spending 6 months in Spain doing anthropology
studies, then taking her masters courses here)
- 3, 2008 - New York
RECORDING MY NEW ALBUM, “YONKERS, NEW YORK” in Rhinebeck
N.Y. at a studio called The Clubhouse.
Kendel Carson (fiddle) flew in from Canada – Greg from LA …
Seth Farber, Tony Leone & Tony Mercadante drove up from NYC and John
Platania is from this area
I wrote the bulk of these songs in a one week period a few months ago
– based on my growing up years with family & friends in my home
There is a lot of narrative stuff within the framework of the ten or 11
songs .. almost like an old-time radio show. The boys & girl were
so into this project & played GREAT!
I LOVE this album. Not sure when we’ll release it… maybe within
the cluster of months surrounding the release of ROCK & ROLL JOE (Kendel,
John Platania & I share vocals on this tribute to musicians who never
got their just acclaim) – AND THE RELEASE OF KENDEL’S NEXT
ALBUM, ALRIGHT DYNAMITE
DEC 5, 2008 – MONTCLAIR, New Jersey – SHOW WITH JOHN PRINE
VENUE – THE WELMONT THEATER
MY BAND IS:
TONY LEONE – DRUMS
JOHN PLATANIA – GUITAR
TONY MERCADANTE – BASS
KENDEL CARSON – FIDDLE & VOCALS
Note: John & I have been good friends – since the early 70’s
– he also happens to be my favorite singer/ songwriter – and
John’s fans & I seem to always make a warm connection - and
his musician buddies, Dave Jacques (bass) & Jason Wilber guitar)…
aside from being so talented are great guys - so… simply put –
these are my favorite shows to do
THE SHOW – The fans hustled to take their seats when the lights
went down in this cool theater and from the enthusiastic reaction to the
opening song “The Real Thing” .. we knew this was going to
be a great night. We played mostly NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM songs.. we rocked
with DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE & DANCE WITH JESUS…and chilled
with FORMER AMERICAN SOLDIER & BLACK & BLUE AMERICA.. a beautiful
connection was made with the folks with these.
And the fans seemed to love the duets with Kendel on ANGEL OF THE MORNING
and a wild WILD THING.. which had the fans singing along… thanks
to all .. a night to remember.
We all stood in the back and watched John’s amazing show –
I remember when John released his first album – some critics said
he was the new Bob Dylan. They were wrong .. Dylan’s great for sure…
but he’s no JOHN PRINE .. John is light years better.. simply because
he’s more honest/heartfelt/human. There’s no “poser”
in John Prine.
My band & I were so proud to join John on his encore, “PARADISE”
– thanks John!
At intermission and at the end of John’s show I said hi to several
Howard … thanks for being there always!! … Ed … so good
to see you again… good luck with all those nice works you do…
see you soon..Hi Kahn.. thanks for the support always!!.. Keith, Delaney
& Quinn.. Brett & son Joe.. see you next time Joe…Hi to
Jerry & Joe… Clyde from McCabes (in LA) … good to see
you again… the 4 or 5 brothers (& friend) who said hi at thye
end… great to see you guys!!…. Hi Dawn.. nice seeing you…
Hi Kurt .. in the back .. a big hello from Kendel & me.
BACK AT THE HOTEL BAR
HI CINDY & DAVE … who were at a C&C show in Dallas…
great to be “seen” … thanks for the kind words…
hope to see you in TEXAS!!
DEC 6, 2008– WILMINGTON DELAWARE – WITH JOHN PRINE
VENUE – THE OPERA HOUSE
Again, LOVED this show – The folks made us feel appreciated from
the start – long, loud applause, especially for FORMER AMERICAN
SOLDIER and B&B AMERICA added one more song to the set – “DOWN
BY LAW” from the new book/ CD, SONGS FROM A DUTCH TOUR - which met
with over-the-top reaction.
We had brought 15 of the new books for sale and by the time I left my
signing post – all the books were gone.
I met the following folks at the signing table. Most bought my book, SONGS
FROM A DUTCH TOUR … to those that did, thanks… hope you enjoy
Gary & Betty..who saw Carrie & I with John Prine in DC a few years
back. Thanks for the kind words … nice to see you again. Hi to nurse
Betty & husband Bill …again.. thanks for the nice words…
Hi to Jay & Denise… great to see you agai n.. Hi Leo .. send
regards to Florence & Garth .. nice talking with you…. Hi to
Mary & Kathie… & Andy… & Julia & Gordon..
so nice to see you both.. big hi to Teri & Butch.. & Larry &
Debbie… nice to see you again before we left
Nice to see usher Olga .. thanks so much for the kind words…yikes..
I can’t read my writing … starts with “J” (Jason??)…
with Erin….met at the bar in the hotel…. nice folks…
good to see you both!!… Hi Mike… nice to meet you… you
as well Dan .. thank your kind wife for opening the hotel door for me…
hi Rebecca & friend…
AT THE BAR AFTER THE SHOW
Hi to David Jacques former college roommate Ian & wife Katie.. &
big hello to Leanne & preacher Ed.. great talking with you…
back to work ED!!!
My duet partner for the past several years, the lovely & most talented
Carrie Rodriguez was in the next town doing a show – she & her
band members .. Kyle & Hans (great friends of mine)… stopped
by …, it was a GREAT HANG!!… John Prine's band and crew..
my band & Carrie & the guys.. IT WAS A HELL OF A NIGHT!!
2008 – arrive in Chicago
Note: - waited on the runway for 3 hours in New York (LGA),, due to thunder
storms – not so bad as the plane had good ventilation & I had
prep work to do for Saturdays SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP at OLD TOWN SCHOOL
OF FOLK MUSIC - arrive at a very cool hotel, The City Suites (933 West
Belmont – Lincoln park area??) – at about 10:00 PM –
thank God for 24 hr. restaurant across the street (bar till 3:00AM)
Aug 15, 2008 – FOX TV – GOOD DAY CHICAGO
– 9:45 AM – Very nice folks at this place
Thanks to PETE for the welcome the escort – THANKS TIFFANY .. nice
to meet you.. HI TO EDIE at the front desk (I sill picture your smile)
– and lovely Demitria (wish I could spell it correctly) - Hi to
Andrew (a producer) … HI MELONY – thanks for the water &
the nice comments about ANGEL OF THE MORNING later.. ROGER .. great talking
with you later
Note: also big thanks to Kevin Hale (from Good Day LA) & Heinz Geissler
for their efforts in securing this cool thing
THE SHOW – This was fun – very loose & natural –
with pro hosts, Mike, Jan & Cory .. a few plugs for NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM
& tomorrows concert at The Old Town School of Folk Music.. ended up
singing a bit of Angel Of The Morning to end the show. Thanks VERY MUCH
Note: Audrey Martels, Hans Holzen & Kyle Keggereis fly in to join
me – but again.. thunderstorms in N.Y. keep them on the runway for
a couple of hours they arrive close to 10:00 PM.
Aug 16, 2008– 12:15 PM - WLUW ON AIR INTERVIEW with great
friend & legendary folk DJ, Tom Jackson (Loyola University radio)
– loved this.. We spoke about the new album & Tom played several
track from it. I was hoping to hook up with Tom & wife Belle later,
but our show would last longer than expected.
Tom’s a bank mgr during the week - lovely wife Belle works for an
animal clinic- they’re a great team!!.. Tom lives for his roots
radio show – he does an awesome job & listeners & artists
really appreciate his love for the music. – THANKS my friend –
see you soon!
2:15 – head for The Old Town School Of Folk
Music… what an awesome place this is!!! – LOVE PLAYING
HERE.. it is the Rolls Royce of folk schools in the world!! – everything
re: folk music/ Chicago flows through this place… lessons.. work..
festivals.. kids shows .. kids lessons .. lessons on any folk instrument
you can think of!! Want to play claw-hammer style banjo .. no problem!!
– just sign up!!!
And the volunteers & staff are the kindest & most nurturing folks
.. and you can tell.. THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO!! AND THEY’RE SOO PROUD
BEING PART OF THIS AMAZING PLACE … AND THE FANS THAT COME TO THESE
CONCERTS ARE SECOND TO NONE!! … they are so informed and so, so
A great guy named Owen greets Hans & me.. he helps us set up &
we’re ready for our “class”
AUG 16 – 3:00 - SONGWRITER’S WORKSHOP – I just loved
this! - I mixed stories about how I got into the business, with my writing
methods & a bunch of snippets of songs. The interaction with the group
made this so warm. I told stories I hadn’t planned to tell…
simply because the interaction was so great, spirited & fun –
Big hello Diane (lyricist), Julie (good luck with your writing.. hope
the songs sound good on Garage Band!) Alisa (so nice talking to you later..thanks
for the kind words.. all best wishes), Bob (the horse race handicapper
– uses Ragison’s high tech sheets.. great talking to you!..
CECE .. best with book/with songs, Lyndsey .. (soon to be star.. I think!!..
bring the YOU out!!!!) , Robert (songwriter .. performs at open mikes)
.. thanks for coming to the show.. & the kind words, & Rosanne..
so glad you were there.. sorry you had to leave a bit early.. you missed
stuff about THE CHURCH OF THE TREAIN WRECK!!! .. check it out on my site..
Aug 16 – 5:30 – Sound checked with Rob.. great guy to work
with – BIG THANKS!!! After sound check a terrific staffer, Alissa,
drove me back to the hotel to retrieve forgotten CDs. Big Thanks for that!!!!
Opening Act – a friend (fiddler for Alehandro Escoveda) opened with
her interesting group. Nice Susan!!! See you soon!
Note: I was surprised at the nice turnout – about 200 – as
I was told the summer shows weren’t selling well.
What a great group to play for – this was as loose as I ever get.
I think some of the workshop spilled over here .. I found myself telling
more stories than usual. I felt like I was playing for family, so the
interaction was like that.. saying whatever came to mind. We laughed a
lot.. and we got serious a lot. It doesn’t get better for me than
this. I flat out LOVED this show!
Way to many highlights to mention.. let’s go with.. BIG RIVER, FORMER
AMERICAN SOLDIER, BLACK AND BLUE AMERICA.. Oh Yes… definitely DANCE
WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE… ANGEL OF THE MORNING.. & an awesome
WILD THING ending with one of the best group sings of “GROOVY”
I paid tribute to my old friend Jerry Wexler .. who just passed away.
I produced the Billy Vera / Judy Clay hit, STORYBOOK CHILDREN. for his
label (Atlantic) – Jerry made the deal with me .. he loved that
song & recording
So we encored with that song & I WASN’T BORN IN TENNESSEE..
then said good night.
Hans & Kyle and Audrey were simply terrific!!! – and the audience
let them know it!! THANKS TO ALL FOR A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!
Hi Ed .. GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!! – thanks for the memories of
my first time through (the 25 folks) - & The BILLY & JULIE CD
- - GREAT TO SEE Kyle’s folks, SAM & KAREN.. your boy was great
tonight!!! – HI WILL – THANKS FOR COMING..
A BIG HELLO TO BARBARA & ALBIN whose son ALBIN did a very in-depth
& excellent piece about me in a cool underground music publication
a few years ago.. great to see you both – a big hello to your boy!!
Hi Annette, & Mary & Joe & Lisa.. big hello to Sue-Z!!!..
nice talking with you.. Hi Alex.. hope you enjoy the CD .. hope to see
you next time!… Hi Tony & Marcia (got it right!!) .. thanks
for the kind words..
Hi to Han’s friends, SISA, Marissa & NATE (& Susan &
was it Brandon?) – great to see you guys!!!!
& to all the rest.. thanks for a great night!!
HI & BIG THANKS TO THE “OLD TOWN” FOLKS… Owen (don’t
worry, I love lawyers .. my daughter’s one!), Rob.. great sound!!!
– big thanks!!.. Hi Darla.. great to see you.. COLLEEN.. so glad
you were there .. thanks for coming downstairs & saying hi!! .. see
you soon!! … Al, great to see you again.., thanks for the intro!!…
Hi Steve, Anton (friend of Jerry Tracy) & Ray.. great to see you guys
at the end.
June 18 – July 2, 2008 –
California and Texas
6/18/08 – GOOD DAY L.A.
Good Day LA (huge morning TV show)
Great to be with now old friends, host Steve Edwards & producer Kevin
Hale (huge music fans with a great knowledge of cool stuff).- along with
other production friends Josh, BJ, Anthony, Lisa , terrific co-hosts,
Jillian & Dorothy Lucy, make-up friend Robin & other tech folks
that helped wire me up
The Show –
With about 15 minutes to go in the show, with guitar in hand, I joined
Steve, Dorothy & Jillian at their table. We had some laughs - played
a verse or so of Angel & Wild Thing & a bit of Dance With A Hole
In Your Shoe interspersed with a bit of the cool video of New Song Of
Freedom. The four of us closed the show chanting the chorus of DANCE WITH
A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE:
"WAR WAR – KICK IT OUT THE DOOR .. WHO NEEDS IT … SO
BIG THANKS TO STEVE, KEVIN & ALL… Loved this!!!
JUNE 21 – Santa Monica California – McCabes
Love this place!! It's an amazing guitar store that turns into a very
cool music listening room in minutes. Thanks for having us Lincoln –
so nice meeting your dad, Allan. Please send him my regards!
So great playing with my new "L.A. band" - Jennifer Condos on
bass, Mark Goldenberg on guitar & Sebastian Aymans on drums. WHAT
AN AMAZING JOB THEY DID!!!
This was a very special night for me as my brother Jon, son Kristian,
his wife Anna, and a bunch of their friends (including lovely Kayla) were
in the audience.
We played one long set starting with songs from my King Records years
& ending with New Songs Of Freedom material. This was an amazing show
for me as a listener because it was the first show I played with this
band .. and they were SO READY!! So it was easy for me to keep it loose
& personal. We ended with brother Jon performing the first song I
ever wrote with me (Faded Blue) – nice stuff.
Kris & Anna & friends Heather & Mike, Kristen & Paul..
horn player Kyle ( a very good one, I hear).. & the rest… bro
Jon.. well done!!! … hi to Lisa, Janet & Claire… &
Russ.. Bernard & Mike.. Gerry & Susan from Cleveland.. David &
Laura.. Hi Joan… hope George enjoys the CD… Hi Greg, Hi Jerre..
who saw us at Ulysses.. great to see you.. hope Shelley enjoys the listen!…
Hi Bob (Maureen's friend) .. so glad you could be here!!… Hi Clyde
.. see you next time through
June 29 - KILLER KANE AND THE BLOOD MOUNTAIN BOYS
– THE MIDNIGHT SHOW - LIVE FROM STRING 'EM UP in Santa Monica
WHAT A SHOW!!! – Gruesome, AWESOME!!
Here's the story:
The Killer & I have crossed paths several times in the last few years.
He was known as Foxy Kane back then. About a year ago he asked me for
some help with a song. He played me a couple of verses. The setting was
western Wyoming. In the song he was courting a pretty girl there.
"Sounds good to me", I said. He replied, "Glad you like
it. Now my problem is this - where do I go from here??. Everything I come
up with sounds like more of the same – just damn boring stuff. You
got any ideas?"
I thought about it for a few seconds – then I said, "Yeah…
Kill Her!" With a shocked look on his face Foxy responded, "What
did you say?!". I repeated, "Kill her!"
Then there was silence. Finally Foxy whispered, "I can't do that…
in the song I love her" I came right back, "Fine – then
I'll do it!"
The next day I wrote the bridge, killing her as promised. Shortly after,
changing his name to "Killer", Foxy recorded it with his band,
The Blood Mountain Boys (formerly The Hillbilly Hunters". The single,
"Murder in Yellowstone Thyme" is an underground smash. His east
LA shows are absolutely packed. Tattooed teenage girls and Hells Angel's
are nuts about "The Killer". His new album, "Love, Sex
and Destruction" is selling like hotcakes. And now, leather jackets
with his picture and that title are the L.A. rage.
JUNE 29, 2008– heading for AUSTIN, Texas
June 30 – Two great radio shows
1)at KUT with friend & supporter Jay Trachtenberg .. Thanks Cory..
Walter (sound).. great stuff!! – loved this .. 45 minutes of good
talk & songs from the new album.
2) Then off to New Brunfels .. with great friend Mattson.. an hour combining
retrospective & new stuff … wonderful!!!! – thanks Mattson!!
Waterloo Records – In-store - June 30, 2008
LOVE THIS PLACE!!! -No record store on the planet is better than this
Owner/friend John gave a terrific intro.. paving the way for NEW SONGS
OF FREEDOM… we did 4 of those.. mixing some serious stuff with a
universal (on stage & in-audience) sense of humor.. The band &
Audrey were awesome.
Great to see:
Beautiful Jennifer!!!!! .. so great to see you & mom! .. can't believe
you're going to be a junior!! .. wow.. time flies.. big hello to Kyle
& love to Kelly.. hope you all can be there tomorrow – thanks
Bonnie!!! .. see you soon
Vincent .. thanks for being there again & again (posters).. great
to see you always!!… V.. Terry (from Chicago) & Della …
Eric from New Jersey whose friend Chris turned him on to C&C// thanks
for being there… old friends/fans Kevin * Yolanda & Terry &
Vickie… sorry.. can't read my notes. The first person that said
hello.. her name started with V.. Vias?? – wish I knew .. thanks
for the kind words
Thanks John, hope you & Kathy can make it tomorrow!
And all the rest .. thanks for coming.. hope to see you all soon.
JULY 1 – It's 6:10 AM .. heading for Fox TV.. "GOOD DAY AUSTIN:
GOOD DAY AUSTIN – Great friends & very professional. BIG THANKS
July 1, 2008– KGSR RADIO – always
interesting radio interview with old friend &legendary DY, Jody Denberg
– loved this .. much about my writing process & history - book-ended
with DANCE WITH A HOLE IN YOUR SHOE & NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM…
Thanks Jody!! Great to see you!
VENUE - Cactus Café – Austin
HERE'S THE LINE-UP
JOHN PLATANIA – GUITAR
TONY MERCADANTE – BASS
TONY LEONE – DRUMS
AUDREY MARTELS – BACKING VOCALS
Arrived at 6:00 – met by old friend & mgr/ bartender Chris &
new sound-man Joe. After a fast check (GREAT JOB JOE), we had time to
go back to the hotel, freshen up & get back for our 8:45 start time.
THE SHOW - FIRST SET
This set was a retrospective of my early years in the music business -
with some mention of my gambling days. Songs from the King era through
my country hits.. ending up with a couple of the pop/rock hits, I Can't
Let Go & Angel Of The Morning
By the way – here's one of the highlights. I forgot to call Joan
– my new "X" X-wife (as the NEW YORKER magazine put it
this week) before I got on stage. So, after dedicating LITTLE JOAN to
her (I wrote it for her in '57 – it was released on King Records
back then), I called her from the stage to say good night. The audience
loved that -giving her overwhelming applause!! – Thanks to all –
that was nice
After a Hank Ballard medley tribute we ripped into THE REAL THING –
then we got to the songs from NEW SONGS OF FREEEDOM… of course ending
with a rocked-out WILD THING - & encoring with a dedication to Vietnam
Vets & my tribute to them, THEME FOR AN AMERICAN HERO.
What arm audience to play for – THANKS TO ALL!!
Great friends Pat & Terry.. so good to see you again.. count me in
for your War Hero's party in October .. John says to count him in too.
If we're not on tour we'll be there!
Big Hi & thanks to Katy, Leslie John & Kathy … old fans
Kate & John (Kate.. all the way back to GASOLINE .. 1970!!)…
Hi Lauren.. great to see you again.. Fabi.. loved seeing you again.. so
glad you came!!!..
Hi to bartender Jack (good luck with future stuff!). GREAT TO SEE YOU
CHRIS!! Thanks again Joe … Special hello to old friend Griff, who
books & runs this place. Thanks for having us!! Great to be back in