This was a difficult week to organize a jam with changing and conflicting schedules keeping us all on our toes. Alan was scheduled to be away and Trister was to fill in for him. All was a go until Monday when Andy bailed on our jam. This left me alone as the only guitarist. Andy had asked me to bring a guitar to lend him for the night so I was to bring my black Epiphone Les Paul for him. Since I had just changed string on the guitar for him the day before, I decided I might as well play the black Les Paul. While I was never really comfortable with the powerful mix of the Les Paul and the Fuchs-modded Fender Twin Reverb, it was pretty good for what t was to me. My missing the subtleties of my Strat grew as the night waned.
From a drum perspective, Scott and Lee we to be our drummers for the night, by Scott called in sick. This provided Ryan, of Meg Ryan, an opportunity to sit in for a song or two, but it was nice that Bill Sloan was able to accompany Stagger Lee to do some of the rhythmic heavy lifting for the night.
Since there was only one guitarist in the room, we started with some Jerry Garcia Band to get us acclimated to each other. It worked pretty well and the difficult to open with Cats Down Under the Stars got us to proverbially jump into the waters and get used to the cold.
As far as guests we has a few, besides Ryan we had Meg (Maggie), Stevie and Lindsey and a few more that I don’t know their names. By set #2, only Scott Bayer was to wander in and Bill and Lee remained for all the drumming duties.
After the Garcia Band opened, we slowly faded into more of a Grateful Dead pattern which didn’t have much of a pattern to it. The one song it did have in it was The Weight, which we never do well and this was one of our more coherent versions. With the passing of Levon Helm this week, it was the least we could do as his life and music were on our minds.
Looks like the Alan and Scott should be back for next week while Rich will be away. On schedule to fill in for Rich is Bill Siegel, so that is something to look forward to as he hasn’t played with us in years.
In the world, mourning continued for Levon this week as well as for the Ottawa Senators who the Rangers beat in game 7 at the Garden to advance to round 2 of the play-off. The Rangers now play the Capitals which pushed me to begin a flaming-war on the “80’s Tour Veterans Group” on which is better, the Cap Center or the Garden. The typical comment about the Cap Center defending it was that it was okay because it was the scene of someone’s first show in 1991, not a convincing argument compared to the greatness the Garden imparted upon us all. Go Rangers!
To hear what we did for the week, go to the MP3 links below:
- 01 Cats Down Under The Stars.mp3
- 02 That’s What Love WIll Make You Do.mp3
- 03 Brothers & Sisters.mp3
- 04 Gommorah.mp3
- 05 Stagger Lee.mp3
- 06 Sugaree.mp3
- 07 Cassidy.mp3
- 08 Dire Wolf.mp3
- 09 Minglewood Blues.mp3
- 10 Music Never Stopped.mp3
- 11 Brown Eyed Women.mp3
- 12 Eyes Of The World.mp3
- 13 Man Smart Women Smarter.mp3
- 14 Touch Of Grey.mp3
- 15 Tom Thumbs Blues.mp3
- 16 Jack Straw.mp3
- 17 Money Honey.mp3
- 18 The Weight.mp3
- 19 Cumberland Blues.mp3