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Oct 7, 2016 – Glasgow

John and I did two radio interviews which combined good talk and a couple of songs thanks to all the folks at Celtic radio Mike and Bill great to meet you… And then to the BBC to talk with Bryan assisted by Mandy and soundman Dave and photographer Kathy.

These were not typical interviews – they were high-level interviews by folks who knew their stuff and I think it brought out the best in John and me.

The songs played were Refugee Children, Saint Joan. The new Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez single ” Who’s Gonna Build That Wall ” and Saint Joan again.

Venue – The Classic Grand

Great to be back to the home of our BMX and Belle and Sebastian friends
Douglas Stuart with new friend, Chloe.. and Chris.. keyboardist with B&S they were there waiting to greet us after the show.. So good to see you all!

And to all of my other salt of the earth friends from this part of the world… Thanks so much for coming .. Great to share this night with you! John Platania and I loved this!

After a nice introduction from Mike at Celtic radio John and I started with feelings and a glimpse at being inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame ..What that was like… and some thoughts as to folks who have helped me get there.

Inspired by the Motorola radio in the hallway between the boys bedroom and the kitchen which my Mother and Dad let me listen to late at night, we played The Real Thing from Last Chance, then drifted into stories about growing up in Yonkers which led to the song, Yonkers New York .. then we visited a train station on a Monday with my mother and father and brothers in the song Charcoal Sky .. The audience loved this series of songs I think particularly Charcoal Sky.

A brief tribute to Chet Atkins ended with John and I playing the first song he recorded of mine with The Brown Family – Spring Time.

The Motorola in the hall also gave me my first glimpse into the blues music from the south… The race records… And some sort of mix of that and  country music led me to write blues /rock songs or rhythm & blues and blue songs. The one we played tonight, was a hit by several different artists back in the 60s and later, Anyway That You Want Me, seemed to rock the house.

We ended the first set with the requested Read It in Rolling Stone… Which seems to have been a favorite  in these parts… and a soulful version of Angel of the Morning … loved this tonight!

Set II

This was as loose and as fun as a set could possibly be. We started out with Dance With a Hole in Your Shoe which sounded spiritually good to me as it ever has been… then we quickly went into Trying To Let the Angel’s Know from the Little Prayers Trilogy. Then we did a special request for a couple of young girls who had seen us 10 years previous when they were three and five .Something like that …back in those days they asked for Dirty Little Texas Story by Carrie and me ..And so tonight we played it for those now beautiful young ladies , Ava and Honor and mom Carol…this was special.

The show continued loose and crazy and warm and good for the rest of the night… John and I just love the looseness of it all.

Somewhere we played Track 224 with JP’s awesome solos.. And a favorite Nothin Comin Out Of Me That I Like.. Refugee Children with the audience choir was amazing.. as it would be on Fuck All The Perfect the end ., in between was a sweaty good Wild Thing… We ended  with a requested I wasn’t Born in Tennessee.

This was a crazy good night… What wonderful, wonderful people to play for… One of my favorite all-time shows.

Hi to:
Aidan from Dublin who made a special trip to see the show… Thanks so much Aidan… Hope to see you again.

Again great to see Douglas and Chloe and Chris …say hi all the guys ..wish they were here best to our old friends Ava and Honor and mom Carol… So good to see you guys again and to talk to you… Sorry we didn’t speak later.

Hi Gareth and Julie… So good to see you… Thanks for the nice words Garretts… I love Fuck All as well… Everything about it is for the right reasons.

Hi Jaimie and Jason..   Good talking to you.. Hi. Paul.. Thanks for the kind words … hope to see you again ..hi Joe and Jackie.

And to all who are here tonight ..there was such a good spirit in the room and everybody …everybody had a part in that.

Oct 6, 2016 – On the road from London to Glasgow


Scottish country side from the road ..heading for Glasgow after a special show in London


Oct 5, 2016 – London – The Slaughtered Lamb

Without question this is one of my favorite audiences to play for .. they get the best of me… they seem to love stuff that comes from the heart .. So I keep doing more of that.  There were so many requests tonight and so that made the show looser than most others .. but I truly like the looseness.

The show was sort of based on my thoughts and history and being inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame… An award I am very proud of… in a truly humble way. And tonight I took the people back at the award show with me and talked about what happened and what I was thinking about as it happened.

The Show

Great to be back with my cohort and great friend John Platania .. There’s always something magical that happens when the two of us get together!

I started the show with telling the story of the Motorola radio in the hallway of the house I grew up in … which was so instrumental to me by introducing me to country music from Wheeling, West Virginia and the blues records from down south .. which led to me being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame… This was the lead-in to playing The Real Thing..we quickly floated through Yonkers New York… I loved that tonight… Then came the start of rock & roll with Hey Jonny and .. the a tribute to Mom & Dad and my brothers with Charcoal Sky .. loved this!

We continued with my Chet Akins tribute… He was the one who actually was the most influential person in getting me into the business… Chet recorded a song of mine called Springtime with the Brown Family then another with Eddy Arnold and John Loudermilk III .. That paved the way for me to get a steady writing job .. And all of a sudden I was “in the business”.

John and I then played Springtime with John playing the sweetest notes – it sounded so warm and nice.

Angel Of The Morning was so special with guest vocalist Claire Pankhurst.. just great Claire!
Some other highlights for me were Swear to God Your Honor… A request… The Hell With Her… Another request.. loved Trying to let the Angels Know .. >From Little Prayers.

Maybe the highlight of the night was “Sleep With Open Windows”,, written for prisoners .. This song always moves folks… but never more than tonight .. the connection with this passionate audience had them singing the last few choruses. like we were in church!

Also loved F**k All the Perfect people ….. and ended with I Wasn’t Born in Tennessee and one of my favorites of the night “Nothing Coming Out of Me That I Like”

At some point we played “I Read it Rolling Stone”. and most in the audience sang along… that surprised me so much I guess it’s just shows who we are in this room… That’s from 1974… Oh my goodness… That was so much fun thank you.

Thanks to all who were there with their full support..

Said hello to only a few as with all the encores it was kind of a late night ending
Big thanks to the staff of the Slaughtered Lamb… Johan and Celia and Joe got that, just great you guys and Zoe thank you Zoe great to see you… Hi to Bill and Peter and and Derek and Jeff and Darius and Richard good to talk to your friend Richard.,,I think it was Frank… Hey Frank hope to see you next time God bless you with all the good work you do and for turning on Richard to my stuff.. that was very nice ..hi to Claire and Jane and our friends and Linda and Terry.. thanks all the support.

Special thanks to Simon and Emma with memories is Sarah and Ken..Jackie. ..great that you were there .. Love swing yo always.. Love back home!

I actually love this night it was special to me it was our first night on our tour in the UK… It felt like we were home.img_3371

Sep 18, 2016 – Recording in Lethbridge

I had written a couple of new songs ..  our plan was to record them if we possibly could… At the last minute, Neil set something up at a studio in Lethbridge ..very close to the venue where we would play.

It worked out perfect. A highly regarded singer/songwriter, Leeroy Stagger, who owns the recording studio, and his cohort Ryland were waiting for us when we arrived.

We had only a few hours before soundcheck .. but because Leeroy and Ryland were so ready, that’s all we needed ..  I think the tracks came out very good…  Mike Lent played bass.. I played guitar .. Carrie played fiddle and we both sang together.. live.. not overdubbed.. I’ll  keep you up-to-date as soon as I get a chance to listen to the tracks back in New York and make some decisions.

(note: I am back in New York now and I have listen to the track ..”Who’s Going to Build That Wall”.. and it sounds pretty great!.. so you might be hearing it soon!)

Show at the Geomatic Attic

This is one of my favorite shows and venues .. a sold-out smaller venue then we’ve been playing… The spirit was unbelievably great.. lots of C&C fans here .. Carrie had played here twice on solo tours.. she told me to expect something special .. she was certainly right about that

Hosted by a great great guy named Mike…who owns a successful geometric… Whatever that means… surveyor business … The venue is located in a small industrial complex.. upstairs from his business office. Somehow Mike has made the space warm and vibey.

Our host  is a total music junkie who books cutting edge artists as his “give back” to the community.. this is a non-profit event. Mike is an excellent cook as well.. we had a delicious stew and salad .. huge thanks!

Before dinner we did a quick sound check with our excellent sound engineer, Dino.. thanks Dino.. sound was great all night!

The wonderful Shaye Zadravek opened the show again tonight with a well-paced 5 song set. .the audience  loved her! .. Carrie and I do as well..  great job Shaye!

What a way to end this amazing tour..  We loved this!

Immediately there was a connection with this great audience.. It was like we were playing for a bunch of friends.. many of them fans.. I noticed several singing along.

Carrie, Mike and I were so loose and comfortable on stage.. the solos by Carrie and Mike were so off the charts .. and the C&C harmonies felt other-worldly to me at times .. like on Lets Leave This Town .. and Big Moon Shining.. and  Angel Of the Morning.. so special tonight.

And Must Be the Whiskey and Don’t Speak In English sounded so inspired as did Dirty Little Texas Story and Your Name Is on My Lips Again .. come to think of it .. There wasn’t one song that didn’t sound somewhat special to me.

That’s what a great audience combined with a great venue vibe can do.

We were so “in it together” on Wild Thing.. Great audience thing going on there!.. We encored with We Come Up Shining.. and after another standing ovation… we closed with a spirited Laredo .. loved this! awesome solos by Mike & Carrie!

This was special!

Hi to

Hi Alison & Matyne.. thanks so much for coming!!! Hope we can spend some time together next time through

Hi Al & Jodi & Sam & Joni.. Hi Alvina.. Good to talk to you.. Good to see you Mike .. hope Eleni and Frankie enjoy the listen..

Hi Pam and Terry and David and Maureen.. so good to see you all!! Thanks for the nice words!!

Hi Deirdra.. Nice talking to you before the show.. Hi Jaqueline.. thanks for taking the time to say hello… hi Lisa and Dawn . Good talking with you.. yes.. Shaye is so special!

Mike… what a nice thing your organization is doing for the students .. proud to sign those guitars!

Hi to all who attended .. hope we do it again!

Sept 17, 2016 – Calgary Canada – Saturday Night Special

We arrived at about 2 o’clock and met some of the folks in charge. Chuck was the host-great guy and bass player in the excellent country band that will precede us .. Mike was our soundman for the night and did a great job and Calin handled all of the things on the stage… This is a very professional bunch of folks and made Carrie and Mike Lent’s job very easy this afternoon and then at the show tonight.

After a good check we went back to the hotel to relax a little bit and returned for show time… Which would be quite a bit later than normal due to the fact that their very good country band would play a great opening set… We hit the stage at about 9 o’clock.

The show

One of our volunteer hosts .. a nice guy named Ed, introduced us in quite an extensive matter… Thanks Ed.

We opened with Keep Your Hat on Jenny … Then one of the chilling moments of the night came… At least for me .. a chilling and warm version of Let’s leave This Town.

All the Rain really rocked and Your Name is on My Lips Again seemed to touch everybody… as it has in everyone of our shows… and Do Your Part was fun again as it has been on this whole tour.. Mike and Carrie solos on this are always one of the high points of our show.

After a mysterious Red Dog Tracks and Elzick’s Farewell, we ended the first set with the special and very warm version of Angel of the Morning.. Carrie is simply amazing!

Set II

The sets seem to breeze bye.. Carrie opened with her beautiful ballad from Lola… Then we continued with our biggest hit Sweet Tequila Blues… Memphis TX was chilling tonight..  folks seem to love it .. certainly one of the highlights as was Don’t Speak in English

But again tonight… One of the major highlights was  a cool and sweaty version of Wild Thing .. this might’ve been the best Wild Thing the last many years.. It was totally an audience / artist “in this thing together”.  So cool and warm and sensual and sweaty… with lots of audience chanting .. they were a huge part of the experience… …. Loved this.

We ended with the warm We Come Up Shining which, again, had the audience standing and cheering.

Due to the late finish of the show, many had to head home ..  waving goodbye as they left… Got a chance to say hello to a few including:

Hi Eric and Catherine nice talking with you thanks for the kind words you as well Elizabeth and Linda so nice to see you at the end of the show Ed very nice job… thanks!! Hi Chris (Christine) Happy Birthday! nice talking to you about your four children sounds like they’re all doing great and your relationship with them sounds wonderful.

Again big thanks to our friend Chuck, loved looking at your book with you for a little while before the show that was special… And Mike very nice to see you and Calin … Great job prescient all your efforts… It was so nice to see Phil in the audience Neil’s old friend and brilliant guitar player and then later on say a quick hi to Phil’s son Jake.. Also great talking to you Guy, the wonderful keyboard player from the country band.

Big hello and thanks to Cathy  and Lisa and all the ladies to help take care of us tonight all the folks the volunteer their time… What a nice thing to do.

Carrie and I appreciate all your efforts and look forward to seeing you another time

Sep 16, 2016 – Calgary – Fish Creek Concerts / River Park Church

Shaye Zadravek / opening set

This one-of-a-kind singer/artist from Calgary opened our show with a wonderful five song set.. Shaye is being introduced to the world by using guru Neil McGonigle, who introduced so many other folks… including me… to this part of the world.

Thanks Shaye!!!!!!

The Chip and Carrie show

We did one long set tonight… It felt so good to play for these wonderful old friends… And some new ones…I had great feelings about the entire show tonight… I’ll call attention to a couple… I remember feeling such chills when we did Big Moon Shining… And Must be the Whiskey… And Don’t Speak in English… And Oh yes … Memphis,Texas… this one felt so warm and beautiful on stage in the audience seemed to love it.

It was such a strong interaction with this audience and Carrie .. taking us to places we had not gone so far .. the long and short of it was this ended up being an extremely inspired show.

And then came Wild Thing at the end… Now normally we just do that and it’s fun and all of that… But tonight… There was some magic thing in the air and this intimate warm sensual and subtle version… had an unusual but amazing interactive feeling… I can’t remember enjoying this song more… It was like Big Moon Shining vibe… .. only it was Wild Thing… and the audience was chanting the chorus with us for pretty much the whole last half of the song.. The chant, at first so soft and subtle, became a bit louder ..than just a bit louder .. never over-the-top but just so cool and warm and special… and mixed with cool solos for Mike and Carrie… it was sort of otherworldly . I’ll remember this one for a long time.

The audience stood and cheered for quite a while and we decided to stay on the stage and do one more.

So we closed with We Come Up Shining… and it was so chilling and in the end the audience was again standing and cheering and we were all feeling good together.

This was a very very special night… Thanks to this great audience and all the people at the club who make it so easy for us to do what we do.. much appreciated!

Hi to

Big thanks for putting this together, Vic .. that was something special.. thanks Keith for the good sound and Greg for all your efforts.

Thanks Tony good to see you at the end. Hi Gail… Nice seeing you… Thanks to all the folks we share dinner with , who donate their time .. Carrie and I appreciate all your efforts!

Hi Richard thanks for the kind words about listening to the radio interview… Glad you got the chills… Hi Helen… And Brenda and friend Marilyn.

Hi Kirby… And Dana… Great to see you guys… Kirby can’t wait to hear you saying that I can you’re special!
And Donna… With memories from the Calgary for club in 2006.. Big hello to Steve and Susan and Marianne… Hope the pictures turned out good… Hi Brad and Greg and Aaron… And Laurie and Tim and Carianne and Val and Doug hi Gordon… Good to see you.

Great to see you Rudy… Big love to Suzanne .. I hope she’s feeling better.. Loved talking golf with you.. Go Brooke!….. And Britney!

Hi Gail… And Kathy… Nice seeing you as we left… This was a special night… Thanks for all the support… And the memories…

To all who attended tonight thanks for your support… Carrie and I hope to see you all soon.

Sep 15, 2016 – Red Deer Canada – Elk’s Lodge

We got a late checkout at our hotel in Edmonton and headed to our next venue in Red Deer … this is a working man’s town halfway between Edmonton and Calgary .. In 1875 it developed as a trading post along what was then known as the Calgary and Edmonton Trail .. We are going to sound check there and play the show and then head out to stay in Calgary.

Part of the magic of playing at this venue is the dinner that awaits us there… Cooked by our now friend Shannon. Just an unbelievable cook who prepares stuff with just the right flavorings . Tonight it’s delicious pork chops .. two different kinds of them .. with fresh vegetables an amazing salad and terrific potatoes and desserts.

Huge thanks again Shannon… I can’t believe you made the 12 hour trip to do this for us.

The show

What a wonderful bunch of folks to play for tonight.  We had such a connection together it was an amazingly fun and warm and inspired show.. There was a lot of long applause and cheering after most every song… So it kept Carrie and me reaching for higher levels… It’s a good thing.

So many special ones… Let’s Leave This Town , Your name is on my lips again… Don’t speak in English… Sweet tequila blues….Dirty Little Texas story… Memphis Texas… Wild thing… Big Moon Shining… Laredo… Angel of the Morning… What a wonderful spirit floated through this room tonight with all these songs… it doesn’t get better than this.

Mike Lent was absolutely amazing again tonight… again… And then I want to say this over and over….For Carrie and I, Michael is a magic man for our songs .. Tonight my Texas friend and I were in another world sort of… It was so inspiring and so chilling.. And Carrie’s solos were off the charts and combined with Mike’s solos and accents it made it sort of like a jazz thing .. and combined with all this heartfelt country/folk stuff.. It was extraordinarily unique sounding… at least to my ears .. Definitely a night to remember for those of us on stage.

Thanks to all who shared this adventure!

Hi to:

Doug thanks for the great sound and Shannon thanks for the great food… And Mike thanks for booking the show and Cheryl wonderful to see you later at the end of it.

Hi to Carl and Ken… Another last chance fan! …love that!… Hi Jerry and Tom and Lynn and Anne-Marie… And Sias .. So good to see you guys and hi Colin .. Hope you enjoy the record that your mom bought for you.. Hi Paulette.. Good to see you! Hi Laura… Good to see you sorry Dave couldn’t make it hopefully he’ll be there next time… And hi Rick… Another last chance fan thanks for the good words!

Hi Lanae… Thanks for your support… I wish you would’ve stayed until the end I would’ve liked to of talk to you… Was that your daughter you were with?… She seems special… Tell her a big hello.. Hi Penny good to see you and Judith got that and here comes the family Jill and Clint and Pat and Sandra and Bill and mom Betty… What a great bunch… So good to see you all..

Hi Justine hope you like the album, hi Steve nice talking with you… Hi Ricardo and Maggie and Frank that that hope you enjoy a little prayers very nice to see you Frank.. Hi Michael good to see you as well…

And to all the folks who’s enthusiasm helped make this show what it was… One of the most special ones I’ve been a part of… Hope to see you all soon.

Also, so great to see my friend and renowned journalist/DJ Peter North… Who is celebrating the birth of his first grandchild… Hope all of that is great Peter, wonderful to see you.

Sep 14, 2016 – Edmonton, Canada – Festival Place

calgary-photoThe show

Carrie & I hadn’t played in this community since 2006. What an amazing group of folks to play for and what an amazing welcome we got when we hit the stage. I won’t forget that feeling!

For all our shows in Alberta, our old friend and revered bass player from this neck of the woods, Mike Lent, will be joining us. It is so great to see Mike again after all these ..  he brings such warm magic to the C&C songs! It doesn’t get better than this.

After the show it was so great to see Mike’s wonderful wife Bev and the kids Joey and Ben and friend Kathrine … So wonderful to see you all again.

We started with Keep Your Hat On Jenny and just fired away from there – Highlights were far too many to mention all. Almost this whole set was a highlight for me, but let’s start with this… Let’s Leave This Town was so chilling.  Our number one single from a “best of” album four years ago, Your Name is On My Lips Again, felt so warm and inspired… folks in Texas seemed to love this song.. and it was no different here.

Then, Do Your Part was an audience favorite and so much fun .. and the solos by Mike and Carrie were amazing!  Tonight’s Red Dog Tacks was as soulful a version of this song is I can remember.

Carrie did a brilliant fiddle solo of Elzick’s Farewell to a huge response … just before we ended the set with Angel of the Morning. We could hear the audience cheering long after we left the stage.

Second set

Carrie started the set with the song from her wonderful album, Lola… to a very very warm reception. Then came our first hit, Sweet Tequila Blues, that had the audience clapping their hands in time  .. a huge response to this and our next one, Must Be The Whiskey .. with it’s references to Turner Valley and the “light show in Edmonton”, referring to the lightning storm that happened at the Edmonton folk festival in 2004. Don’t Speak in English was another audience favorite tonight.

One of the special moments for Carrie and me, was a requested Oh Set A Light,  which had very special meaning to a nice woman named Sue … So glad we could play that in the spirit of your mom, Rose . much love Sue.

Somewhere toward the end of the night we played Big Moon Shining … always a highlight for us .. no different tonight.

To wrap things up. we had some fun with Wild Thing with some great solos by Mike and Carrie .. and like most nights in the past when Carrie and I would play, a highlight for us was We Come Up Shining.   I had chills throughout my body from start to finish with this one tonight. We double encored with Laredo, put our instruments away and came back to say hello to the nicest folks.

Hi to:

Gwen and Lloyd and Glenys.. And John and Susan with memories of her little Dustin from years ago.. Hi to Wayne and Barb and Len and Rio

Hi Kelly and Audrey… Hope to see Deanna next time around.. send her our best regards… so great to see old friends Dan and Ivy and Isaac see sitting front row center.. Just wonderful to see you all… Thanks so much for waiting in line to say hello.

Mike… It was so great to see you and talk to you and remember the stories … Dublin Blues and Guy’s live album and all the other wonderful stuff you’ve done ..very good to see you and Janet tonight hope to see you again.. Hi Peter … So great to see you again … I’ll give you another golf lesson next time .. Thanks so much for your support over the years.

Hi Kevin thanks for bringing your friend Guy .. Hope Jessica and Cozanne enjoy the sentiment and the songs.. Hi Crispen and Gary.. And Colleen and Susan… So good to see you after the show much love to the spirit of Rose.. Hi Heather and Valda and Bill so good to see you guys. Hi Beth… Great to see you… And thanks for the invitation to have a house concert and very happy birthday David hello Becky and Gary.

Huge thanks to our great soundmen Robbie and Ron .. So good to talk to you later Ron and hear the story… Can’t wait to see you the next time through.. Big thanks to the staff folks Allene and Cindy and all the others ..such kind folks .. And Alan thanks so much for. your efforts in having us here… And Gavin so great to be here and huge thanks for having us.

Huge thanks to my great friend and musical guru from these parts, Neil MacGonigill,. who is totally the reason for me ever setting foot in this province.

And thanks to our friend Gordo who is assisting Neil at every turn and selling his CDs for us and driving us to and from places… Thanks for going the extra mile Gordo!

What an amazing night!

Carrie and I will not forget this show! Thanks to all who attended.

Aug 30, 2016 – Songwriting School of Los Angeles – Live audio video blog… Hosted by Paul Zollo

Everything about this surprised me… In an extremely good way!

1-IMG_3162This was a very well-prepared retrospective about my songwriting/recording work since my teenage years through, and including, current stuff.

Paul works hand in hand with an extremely efficient soundman/producer, Rob, who was totally prepared to introduce actual recording samples from my past… Including a verse and a chorus of a couple of songs from my original work with King records in the 50s.. various versions of Angel of the Morning… The Troggs version and Jimi Hendrix version of Wild Thing… And the great Linda Ronstadt recording of I Can’t Let Go.

These recordings were played at various intervals of Paul’s terrific interview.. Which included me punctuating certain stories with actual songs played simply with guitar. The actual recordings took me totally took me by surprise.. in the best possible way. And the warm interview and recorded blasts got me thinking about, and talking about, things I hadn’t thought about in a long while.

This was a great audience to play for – totally involved in music and into the history of music. They either knew or wanted to know all the things about the recording sessions.. the musicians .. the studios the manner in which the recordings were made… Thoughts about the songs as they were written… The manner in which I write songs etc. All this was guided by a very informed Paul Zollo… well done Paul… Big thanks!

There were a few absolute music gurus in this audience, Including one fella named Sam, who seemed to be a walking talking history book of music from the 50s and 60s… and beyond…

As I mentioned the interview continued to current things and we closed the show with the song from my new album. The album is Little Brothers and the song is called “Refugee Children” (something I wrote from actual experience). It was so great to hear the audience sing the chorus loud and clear before we said good-bye!

Big thanks to all

Hi Sam… Looking forward to going back-and-forth with you soon. Donna.. Great seeing you front and center Donna.. Hi Flávia nice talking to you after the show.. Hi Neil… Good to see you before and after the show… Deborah nice talking with you downstairs.. Nice talking with you as well Duane… Thanks for the memories about Last Chance… Hope you get a chance to get the new Warner Bros. retrospective from the 70s… Which will include Last Chance, This Side of the Big River, and Some of Us… Plus a “Live from Armadillo World Headquarters” from 1973 which will be released in December.

Again… Huge thanks Paul… enjoyed talking with you… And Rob… Thanks so much for loaning me that great guitar .. and thanks for your wonderful work with the sound and the recordings

PS .. So good to be here with my wife Joan… She was so much a part of the story.. She loved this show! She sends her big thanks to all is well!

Aug 26, 2016 – Norwood MA – The Fallout Shelter

About the show:

The show features John Platania and me. The set up is one hour of show for an audience in front of cameras … And then an hour interview. They will put this together in some sort of a YouTube (called The Extended Play Sessions) show that is associated with a successful folk/americana magazine called The Alternate Root.

Our old friend Bill Hurley is the host of the show.. His partner is in very nice lady that we just met tonight name is Meribeth.

The show

I just love this. First, the place is so cool and the audience so kind and warm . .. it’s just the perfect little venue to get your most personal and intimate performance on display.  It’s always so great to share the stage with John in these sort of settings because the spontaneity that happens always leads us in different directions and always emotional ones.

Bill introduced me as having just been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. So I begin the show with my journey of growing up in Yonkers and carrying that into when I got my first record deal and then my first publishing successes.  There were lots of thoughts about my family and their wonderful influence on me as well. And all of this was accompanied by songs that caught the spirit of the words.

We started with “The Real Thing” then went to “Yonkers NY” then to “Charcoal Sky” and “Hey Jonny” and the story about the start of rock ‘n’ roll.  Then we went to a couple of my early hits. Bobby Bare’s “Just a Little Bit Later on Down the Line” and the Hollies and Linda Ronstadt’s Big hit, “I Can’t Let Go”.

Certainly one of the highlights tonight was the story about the refugees in Sweden… And my witnessing some events that led to the song “Refugee Children”.  We played soulful versions of “Angel of the Morning” and “Wild Thing”! This great audience made us feel so comfortable every step along the way … Bill had to interrupt from time to time to reset the camera and stuff like that and it only added to the fun it was no distraction whatsoever it was like a total love in… I love all the faces I saw in the audience and you could see the kindness and the respect that they had for John and me … It was special.

We encored with two brand-new songs never played before. The first, “New York In Between” seem to catch a very nice room and made it one connection with the folks … And the second “A Song I can Live With” which very well might be the title song from my January release… Seemed to bring the house down!  We finally did our double encore with one of my favorite songs “We Come up Shining”

That was the end of the first part of the show the second part of the show is Bill doing an interview with John and me.. and that was very, very special… I can’t remember exactly what was said but Bill asked very insightful questions and the audience seemed to enjoy the questions and the responses… In general this is one of my favorite shows I’ve ever done extraordinarily unique and humble and wonderful.

Said hi to several

Missing some of my notes here but from memory and a few notes here goes

Hi Melissa nice to see you!? You as well Meaghan. Big hello to Carl and Lisa… Carl was worried about making sure I said hello to his other friends and get pictures etc. I think the other friends were Joe and Debra?? Hope that’s right. Hi to Will and Paula… And Tom and Leo.

Hi to Johnny and Tim and Jena not sure if I spelled that right.. Hi Suze. and Dave and Barbara and Cheryl and Barry and Culm .. Is that the proper Gaelic spelling? Hi Gary and Joanne.

Hi to Dyan with a Y Nice talking with you and hi to Will and Paola and Dave and Barbara and Jeth and Deb.. Thanks to all for the kind words and special hello to new friends Isabelle and Sophie.

Best of luck with the school year and the future.

Another shout out to the great staff… George Steve and Eric and Connor and Maribeth and Matt… what a great group ..

And huge thanks to Bill for his hard work and support throughout the years.

Hope to see you all soon

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