JD on 12-string with Cindy Wasserman and Dave Carpenter:
JD on 12-string with Cindy Wasserman and Dave Carpenter:
It’s Halloween – and going to the Dead Man’s Party! (hat tip JT):
When both Lady Gaga and Pink cover your song, you’ve done pretty good:
It’s John’s birthday today! (He’s 72) John Prine is having a heck of a summer. He released this video at the bottom of this post about opiate addition to rave reviews. He received the Artist of the Year (mentioned below), and yesterday he was also nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
John Prine’s new video for “Summer’s End” packs an emotional wallop, carefully and beautifully rendering a story about a family grappling with loss.
“Summer’s end’s around the bend, just flying,” sings Prine in the opening line, summoning that bittersweet feeling of change in the song from his 2018 album The Tree of Forgiveness. Prine appears strumming his guitar in several scenes, but the narrative in the clip, directed by Kerrin Sheldon and Elaine McMillion Sheldon, centers on an older man and his young granddaughter, both trying to cope with the death of her mother (and his daughter). The details come out in brief flashes – long summer days, visiting her gravesite, the comfort of friends on the playground, and a TV news story about opioid overdoses.
At the conclusion of the clip, a note says “Dedicated to Max,” in honor of former Nashville mayor Megan Barry’s son Max, who died in 2017 from a combination of opioids and other drugs. Prine and Barry’s families are close and he performed at Max’s memorial service.
Prine recently clenched the Artist of the Year award at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards, his third overall win in the category. It’s a continuation of his victory lap in 2018, having released The Tree of Forgiveness in March to his best-ever first-week sales, notching more than 50,000 equivalent albums. On Tuesday, he surprised a Grand Ole Opry crowd by performing his song “Paradise” with the Steeldrivers and other special guest Bill Murray.
We lost a legend this week. You wouldn’t know it based on the amount of video footage, because there isn’t much. But when it comes to bands who got us through the 60s, is there any more influential in California than the Jefferson Airplane?
But unfortunately Marty was probably the most famous for getting beat up by the Hell’s Angels at Altamont:
Saturday, December 6, 1969 – A free concert at Altamont Speedway between Tracy and Livermore in Alameda County, California. Attendance was estimated at around 300,000 people, surrounding a stage that was just 39 inches off the ground in a venue that was thrown together with spit and bailing wire at the last minute with “security” provided by a few California chapters of the Hell’s Angels – paid with $500 worth of beer and armed with weighted pool cues used as king sized billy clubs, among other things. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, Marty Balin ended up getting decked and The Grateful Dead pulled out of the concert – among many other things, like 4 births and 4 deaths. Some say this concert, originally envisioned as “Woodstock West”, was “The day the ’60’s lost its love and innocence”.
People are still talking about the Eagles show at Petco on Saturday, and no doubt it was epic – almost as good as Def Leppard the next night! (we didn’t go to either, just based on reports).
I like the idea of bringing Glenn’s kid out to sing his vocals, and if you have to add other complimentary people, I’ll understand – heck, these guys are old.
But Randy Meisner deserves better. He was a founding member of the Eagles, and contributed to the first five albums. I know he’s had some hardships, but they should find a way for him to play again:
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are going to be at Kaaboo on Sunday! How many more times will we have a chance to see him play live in San Diego? Here is the band playing a Led Zeppelin classic that probably has something to do with so many of us choosing to live here:
Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start
Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there’s a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane
Never let them tell you that they’re all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun began to awake.
Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I’ll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.
To find a queen without a king;
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings.
La la la la
Side a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin’ to find a woman who’s never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems
Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant
Florence is on tour and will be at the SDSU Viejas Arena on Sunday, September 23rd, and at the Hollywood Bowl on September 25th:
Ed King started with the Strawberry Alarm Clock, but was best known as one of the three lead guitarists for Lynyrd Skynyrd (along with Allen Collins and Gary Rossington) – though he left after fights with Ronnie, claiming he was just a California hippie. Here is a song that Ed wrote, and plays lead guitar:
In 1970 the Strawberry Alarm Clock appeared in the Russ Meyer cult classic film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. By this time the band’s audience had mostly disappeared. They kept performing for some time, touring the South in 1970 and 1971 with Florida band Lynyrd Skynyrd opening for them. In the latter part of 1971, the group, now without a record label and in conflict over musical direction, opted to disband, with King deciding to relocate to the South and Gunnels joining the backup band for the Everly Brothers, alongside Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon. King was invited to join Lynyrd Skynyrd in November 1972 and accepted, becoming a member of that band from 1972 to 1975, then again from 1987 to 1996.