Sunday, February 26, 2006


- Saturday Apr 8, 2006, 10 pm
- Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 US View Map
SAT NIGHT TRIPLE HEADER -- Rockabilly shockabilly rock & roll boogie-woogie cowpunk -- FIVE BUCKS
with THE DUSK DEVILS, Ventura's SIX GUN, and The Wolftones... Come early for great grub, stay late for a great rock & roll show.
- 10 pm - Wolftones
- 11 pm - Dusk Devils
- 12 am - Six Gun

Saturday, February 18, 2006

"it is wonderful to live & to work & to breathe music."

"cinema is most close to music. not literature, not poetry, but music..."
"we have to articulate ourselves. otherwise we would be cows in the field."
"stupidity is the devil." (all quotes from werner herzog)
just watched the hopeful and hellish, beautiful, embarrassing, foreboding and wonderful "grizzly man." i disliked "even dwarves started small," which i thought to be mean & pedantic (the early work of an angry young man, though), but this last one, well, you've got to see it. subject timothy treadwell, who lived in the alaskan wild with and filmed grizzlies, & ultimately was murdered (along with his poor girlfriend) by one, had in common with herzog the search for "ecstatic truth." treadwell, though, comes off like damaged goods, an alien among humans, grandiose, hapless, a tenacious and childlike dreamer, portrayed as both fool and hero... stately herzog, who admires such quixotes, i think, pulled together 100s of hours of treadwell's loopy, amazing raw footage, narrated the film in circumspect, respectful tones, and produced a tribute that bequeaths much dignity to the dead man. this is the most affecting movie i've seen in a long time. i loved the extra documentary about the creation of the movie's soundtrack, by richard thompson. it was spellbinding to watch the process, and sweet to see graven herzog light up so warmly when he talked of music.


this is a pictorial of how the fresno show went... the worse it got, the harder i played & the more i grinned. the show must go on, right? it was grim, but perversely enjoyable, in the way you might enjoy purging after a bacchanal, or motoring your little boat full speed ahead into the approaching tempest that you know will end it, once and for all... however, once again i have to think it sounded more hopeless from the stage (the monitors went demonically, stone dead upon our first note, this after an extensive sound check with a wizard-like sound man) because people clapped & cheered. i even got to play a little boogie-woogie solo that i love at one point when the show stopped... afterward, bomar & i supped at a steak house with cattie ness & mr john bruce... sean got it to go, told us about pedal steel & drumming before hitting the road to get to work at 530 am. he & jason play real well together; it's a treat to have them. it was nice to see mom, dad, lisa, aunt kathi, & the labruces.... oh well. bad show, another life experience, another notch in the belt. you know what the french say. i don't mean voulez-vous couchez avec moi, neither.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

fri night rockin the country blues in "fresneck"

it's a lovely cold & clear backwardsfield morning! and we play a show tomorrow, fri night feb 17, in fresno at the belmont.... although "the band" would not agree to pile into the van & have the communal love-fest ride up together, which certainly would be an experience ripe with laughs & camaraderie, i still think the show itself will be fun. :)
we're warm up, 8 pm! woohoo!
info at the following link: if you're staying in bakingfield that night, you can go watch or listen from outside to les & larryfattkatt open for lee rocker @ fishlips... mento buru is certain to be playing someplace, too! happy birthday, mr lincoln... ha-cha-cha-cha-cha...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

kissin huggin messin up & never givin uppin

My Top-13 Movies for V-Day: 1) Bride of Frankenstein; 2) Green Card; 3) Adrenaline Drive; 4) Wild Zero; 5) The Abominable Dr. Phibes; 6) The Addams Family; 7) The African Queen; 8) Casablanca; 9) The Station Agent; 10) Lost In Translation; 11) Harold and Maude; 12) Monsieur Ibrahim; 13) Defending Your Life ....... My Top-16 Music for V-Day: 1) (Life Has Its Little) Ups & Downs (Charlie Rich); 2) Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter); 3) At Last (Etta James); 4) most any song by the 5 Royales; 5) and Jackie Wilson; 6) and the first four James Brown LPs; 7) That Certain Female (Charlie Feathers); 8) Together Again (Buck Owens); 9) Always on My Mind (Elvis); 10) Her Love Rubbed Off (Carl Perkins); 11) Trying to Get To You (Roy Orbison); 12) Love Me (The Phantom / The Cramps); 13) Crazy Baby (The Blasters); 14) Rock Boppin' Baby (Edwin Bruce); 15) Heartbeat (The Collins Kids); 16) I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried (Rodney Crowell)... i will stop here... if you read this, add your own...

Saturday, February 04, 2006

ohhhh, my aching.... sick sick sicky sicksick

here's a pic of sally jo & me from (again) the elvis show. sally jo & her hubby justin curtis (pic'd below) are super-attractive, real friendly, smooth dancers, & have a great, home-spun honky-tonk western swing act ( good listening, good times. there are more pix now posted at, too... but for now, i am deliriously sick from latest allergy treatment. they don't usually get me this bad, but here i am! sore ears, sore throat, swollen eyes, no energy... i was gonna write a list of favorite songs, just for fun, because why not?, this is my blablablablog & who cares, no one's much reading, but no brain power to do so... there's a lot going on this weekend here, but i'm not doing any of it: blues jams at fishlips, ethel's, bluegrass fest, live shows, plays, runs, etc. then there's something i've heard of called (i think) "superbowl" tomorrow. it'll be a good day to go to the movies, i say, or stay in bed. in fact, i'd best hang it up right now & go to bed. toujours gai, as mehitabel said, but for now, the pillow & oblivion's all i seek. one thing's for sure - this too shall pass: the good, the bad, the ugly, the everything, so more the reason to sleep off a sick & get back into the stream of life. happy, healthy weekend, & this sermon's now kaput.