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THE LIARS SALOON, SUNDAY SEPT. 5 IN MONTAUK
Sunday was a 7-11 gig with my very close personal buddies Rich Rosch on
drums, his wife singer extraordinaire Annie Morgan, the incredible Kenny
Harris on bass and the great keyboardist Ken Kresge.
It's about a 110 mile drive to Montauk so I left plenty of time, stopped in
on mom in East Hampton and then made it out there---perfect timing!! The
only thing was that we were playing outside, pretty much right on the dock,
and it was real windy and not too warm by any stretch of the imagination. In
years past (when it was warmer) they got a few hundred people there, but
this was closer to 100.
With Rich and Annie we play a lot of soul and r&b, which is a lot of fun for
me. The best part is that Rich, Kenny and I have played a bunch of times
together this summer, so we are getting very comfortable playing these songs
and having "three-way conversations" musically speaking. Kenny is really an
amazing player, a great listener intent on musical communication; Rich and I
have logged (oh sorry) a lot of time together and the ESP is pretty up
there. And Annie really likes to be in the moment and push the envelope, so
the songs end up sounding very lively with lots of spirited improv.
I really like getting to play rhythm guitar on the r&b tunes like "Let's
Stay Together," "Love and happiness," "Work to Do," "Clean Up Woman," "Baby
I love You,' and all the others, but we also did "Pride and Joy" and "All
Along the Watchtower," and some other rockers. The people were very into it
but it was cold---the frozen margheritas were served hot (that's a joke). Or
they were unintentionally frozen (another joke). Or it was a
redundancy...(you get the idea, or not).
The inimitable Brett King (putter buddy) and Sarah Conway showed up about a
half hour after we were done (a subliminal message, perhaps?) and then it
was back to EH for sleep and on the road back to Sea Cliff first thing in
the a.m. (Didn't want to miss my all-important tennis date...)
YE OLDE SPEONK INN, FRI. SEPT. 3 IN SPEONK
This past Friday I played at the Speonk Inn with my good friends James
Bernard on drums, Clutch Reilly on bass, and Mike Demeo on keyboards. The
four of us played together a few months back at the Speonk, but that time we
had Ed Terry with us on keys and vocals--he's a great singer and does a mean
Christopher Walken imitation.
This was the first time the four of us played a gig together, and it really
was great. Clutch and James have played together often, so they are a very
good rhythm section. I always have a great time playing with Demeo because
we end up playing the same things all of the time, which is creepy---I mean
Since it was Labor Day, I thought there'd be tons of traffic heading east,
so we let real early. Wouldn't you know it? No traffic; we were an hour
early. So Mike and I set up and played as a duet for a while, playing some
old soul and r&b, and then we did a butcher job on "All The Things You Are"
because neither of us could really remember how to play it.
Then Clutch and James showed up and we jammed out on a bunch of
instrumentals---"Cissy Strut," "Elizabeth Reed," and I'm sure there were
many others but I can't remember. It was a good set but there were not a ton
of people. (Other than Miss Body of the Year...)
The second set really was a blast because we sort of jammed our way through
four or five different tunes---I know we did "Black Magic Woman" but it
started as "Feelin' Alright," morphed into "Season of the Witch" (excellent
singing there, Clutch) and at some point became "Black Magic Woman." Some
broad wanted to hear some Huey Lewis and the News (she was very nice,
actually) and we attempted "I Want a New Drug," and, believe it or not, it
sounded pretty decent---I just couldn't remember the horn line well enough
to play it correctly.
Then we cranked up the volume and played "White Room" and it was pretty
slammin', along with a good version of "Maybe I'm A Leo" (Clutch had no idea
how it went and had never heard the tune before, but did a great job). I
think we ended with my re-arrangement of Otis Redding's "Dreams to
Remember." Then Mike and I went to some psycho diner, had Western omelets
and thankfully I made it home before falling asleep....
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