We went and saw the amazing blues chanteuse and human being Candye Kane last night at the Mudville Music Room in Jacksonville, Florida. And with Candye was, of course, Laura Chavez on guitar - tone and soul to spare, she's one of my favorites. And as we found out last night, Laura opened for The DBB twice at JJ's Blues Club in San Jose back when she was 18. The second time she played overtime cause our van broke down!
Last night was a great show in a great venue. It's a dedicated Americana and Roots music room - no TVs on, no pool tables, just good tunes. What a concept. We hope to play there ourselves.
We're here in Florida, where I grew up. My family moved here in 1968. I was in the 5th grade and that was where I met my classmate Richard Wright. Here's the way I remember it: I had asked my father for a guitar. It was a Kay acoustic with a bowed neck and the strings (Black Diamonds, of course) we a full 1/2 inch off the fretboard past the 4th fret. I loved it. I had a guitar, and whether I could play it or not, I figured it was time to start a band. So I said to my friend Richard, "get a bass, we'll play Rock n' Roll". He did. I believe it was a cherry Gibson 335 bass. Pretty damn cool. Along with a Sunn amp. By this time I had a Guild S-100 and a Baldwin Keyboard amp (it was about 5 feet tall, had multi-color push-in switches on the top and about 15 speakers ranging from 2" to 15"). And we did indeed commence to playing Rock n'Roll.
We played together through our High School years, had a comedy duo called the Peyote Bros. in college, and were on the road together (in our buddy Tom LeGrand's [...]
We're sorry to hear that Sam Andrew has passed away. Sam was of course a founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Big Brother and The Holding Company and Kozmic Blues Band. He was Janis Joplin's best friend and collaborator. We had the privilege of working and playing with Sam in Seattle when Duffy starred in the play "Janis". Sam was a consultant on the production. I was in a very fun band with him during that period. It was called The Queens Of Denial. We did quite a few of Sam's songs. Duffy also played many gigs with Sam and Big Brother, including a tour of Japan.
We wish Sam all the best on this next phase of his journey.
On Valentines Day, we played one of the coolest venues ever - The Buckingham Blues Bar. Located outside of Ft. Myers, FL, they put on mini Blues Festivals in their backyard featuring local and national acts. Candye Kane and Laura Chavez are there this coming weekend.
You walk into the front door of the bar, and you see...a bar. Stage to the left, bar in the middle, beer signs, a few tables scattered around. A standard issue blues bar - nice enough, nothing fancy. Then you go out back. A beautiful covered stage in a pastoral setting, sloped lawn for amphitheater type seating, a covered area with tables, great sound system and operator, beer and burgers and a mule named Bucky!
First on the bill was Tommy Cook and The Wild Bunch. Tommy is the owner and creator of this venue, and a fine guitar player and singer to boot. Excellent band. Then we played, had a fantastic time, and after us was Graham Wood Drout and Iko Iko. These guys have got it going on. Graham's songs are amazing. [...]