Friday, January 03, 2014

Just so you know....I moved this blog over to my website for improved posting. I am still behind a few months but I am working....working...

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The road goes on.....

Friday, November 22, 2013

Robert Plant!

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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
Ride 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.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters ROCKED the stage....

This is not the first time I have seen Robert Plant. I think somewhere back in this blog I told you about meeting him with a self-introduction. This was one of those moments that are just cool. I always feel comfortable around great musicians. They seem like old friends to me. This night in Cary was a special night and I am always happy when I come away with some pictures to remind me of a happy moment. That is why I think all artists should allow photography. Just so we can go home and re-live the moment that only live music can deliver.

Here is a cool video link. I was not too far from where this was filmed...I was real close to the stage and it was good....

The Sensational Space Shifters!

Oh what a night....

The crowd in Cary, NC for Robert Plant!!

It was a packed house for Robert Plant July 20th, 2013!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

One of my Favorite Images from the Jimmy Buffett Concert.

Virginia Beach 2013!! I am liking the Martin background!

So many pictures so little time. So many stories to write down...I am always a couple of concerts behind on my blog and I have so many coming so quick!

Until next time I sit down to publish, I'll see you, down the road.

From Jimmy Buffett's 2013 release "Songs From St. Somewhere" Lyrics by Jesse Winchester.

Just out in the harbor
All the ships asleep
Maybe one cold watchman
Walks a lonely beat
Way out on the water
A ship is under sail
Leaving wavy starlight
And a dreamer in her trail

I wave bye bye
I pray God speed
I wish lovely weather
More luck than you need
You'll only sail in circles
So there's no need to cry
No, I'll see you again one day
And then I waved bye bye

The sailing ship reminds me
Of a certain girl
Who left a certain dreamer
To sail into the world
I've very friendly post-cards
From very far away
But they just remind me
Of a certain day

I wave bye bye
I pray God speed
I wish lovely weather
And all the luck that you need
You'll only sail in circles
So there's no need to cry
No, I'll see you again one day
And then I waved bye bye

The Masterminds of Club Trini

Robert Greenidge and Mike Utley. I still like calling Mike "Mr. Utley." Two of the most talented and nice guys on the planet!!

Go buy all of their music if you don't have it all!!

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on stage in Virginia Beach!

Love the postcard graphics! The video really adds some glitz! The "Songs from St. Somewhere" tour is rocking!!

(Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them. Also remember all of my photos are copyrighted ©Down South Productions 2013.

If you decide to publish my images anywhere I expect that you request permission in advance. Any use of my concert photography which results in any income will be donated to non-profit musician assistance. Play nice please my lawyers are watching you)

Mac and Mike...

Mac McAnally and Mike Utley. We were chatting about an upcoming event in Key West to develop some game plans. These guys are two very successful musicians and I am fortunate to have a few moments here and there to talk with them.

I first saw these guys perform in the 1970's and that seems like so long ago. Here we are all these years later in 2013 watching them perform at a sold-out amphitheater. It seems unreal at times to look back into the past and think about it all.

I am glad we are all still here! Life is good.

Peter Mayer in Virginia Beach

Peter Mayer and me before the Virginia Beach Jimmy Buffett concert.

I sometimes get a hard time from friends about posing with musicians for pictures but I enjoy doing it to record the passage of time and events.

I have pictures of me and Peter all the way back into the early 1990's in all kinds of locations. Here is another one for the collection.
The pace of my life sometimes blurs the memory. Thankfully my blog gives me a way to keep up with where my feet have landed in the musical world.

It is moments like the one in this picture that make my day. Thanks Peter.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

JJ Cale.....

Today was the day I learned that JJ Cale died. When I first heard the news of his passing I stopped for a minute and thought about all the music he wrote and performed. Within the next minute tears started flowing out of my eyes. The last time that happened was when Stevie Ray Vaughn died. I guess the music of JJ Cale has always been very special to me... His name came to me via two of my favorite genres of music, Southern rock and blues. Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. From the beginning of my concert-going days I knew who wrote some of the most popular songs the bands performed at the shows. I always had that name in my head...JJ Cale.

I don't have much to write that hasn't been written somewhere else. I will mention a quick story from a Tom Petty concert several years ago. I was waiting in the crowd for the Tom Petty show to begin and I hear this song come on the huge piles of speakers in front of me. I stop and listen to the song and then I turned and walked to the sound area to talk to the sound guys. I asked them what that was. They smiled and said "JJ Cale, Artificial Paradise." I said thanks and within a week I had the cd "JJ Cale Anthology" and I ended up playing the song on Radiomargaritaville within the next week. True story...

So here are the lyrics to a couple of my favorites from JJ Cale. He will be missed..and I don't know what else to say except maybe getting old and losing musical friends really sucks.

Artificial Paradise

Many loves in a lifetime, they seem to go astray
Many people come and go, they never seem to stay
Sometimes I kid myself, then I realize
I'm just living in an artificial paradise

A hundred times, my hopes and dreams are blown into the air
A thousand times, it always seems no one is really there
Then I know I'm fooling myself, I'm not so wise
I'm just living in an artificial paradise

Plastic state of mind, superficial clothes
Living in a vacuum, close to zero
Sometimes I kid myself, then I realize
I'm just living in an artificial paradise

Call Me the Breeze

You can call me the breeze
I keep blowing down the road
You can call me the breeze
I keep blowing down the road
I ain't got me nobody
I ain't carryin' me no load

Ain't no changin' the weather
Ain't no changin' me
Ain't no changin' the weather
Ain't no changin' me
I ain't hidin' from nobody
Nobody's hidin' fom me

I got that green light babe
I gotta keep movin' on
I got that green light babe
I gotta keep movin' on
I might go up to Califonia
Might go down to Georgia
I don't know.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Burning Down the House!

All photos ©2013 Andrew Talbert Down South Productions.

Check out this very cool old guitar David is holding. You can see the check lines in the finish in this photo. (Click to enlarge the photo) This was one of the two encores. "Burning Down the House"

A quick story. When this song was popular on FM radio and MTV I was driving a four day old 1985 solid black VW Golf GTI. Very fast...I will not admit to the speed... I came through a turn at roughly 10:30 PM in Brown Summit, North Carolina just feeling the car stick like glue in the curve, grinning all the way. The radio was very loud with this song. Suddenly out of no where around a 20 MPH curve a car appears and crosses into my lane taking half of it. I drop on to the grass to avoid a collision and as I ease the car back on to the rural road I discover an eight inch drop-off to the surface of the road. The rear passenger tire catches hard on the drop and throws the car into a hard spin. I am thrown into the seat belt scarcely six inches from the steering wheel. I steer into the direction of the skid instinctively without thinking. The car spins twice very hard but never leaves the road. All I remember is the lights playing off the side ditches as I steered for my life. I have locked the brakes all the way and the circa 1985 very soft Goodyear Eagle GT tires become a $400 four day old loss. They are flat-spotted but my car is dent-free having spun twice in a very dark circle. All the while "Burning Down the House" was playing very, very loud.

That's my story. The song still rocks to this day. I even videoed the performance for you. Thank you David Byrne. That was one awesome concert!!!

What a great show!! Until next time, I'll see you down the road!

Watch out, you might get what you're after
Cool babies, strange but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house
Hold tight, wait 'till the party's over
Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house
Here's your ticket, pack your bags, time for jumpin' overboard
Transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are
Fightin' fire with fire
All wet, hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred sixty five degrees
Burning down the house
It was once upon a place, sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work said, "Baby what did you except?"
Gonna burst into flame, go ahead

Burning down the house
My house is out of the ordinary
That's right, don't want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house
No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet
Everything's stuck together
I don't know what you expect staring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire

Burning down the house
Burning down the house
Burning down the house

David Byrne!

I have my signed book. It is a good I need to find some time to read it!! I really like the stuff I have seen in it so far...


One of my favorite pictures.....

The horn section was huge! And they all rocked!! I really liked this picture and I saw it in my brain before the shutter ever activated on this one. I love concert photographs. This was a great show! Before the show started David Byrne took the microphone and said take all the video and audio you want. Take pictures...just don't block your neighbors view with your iPad. Now here is a man who gets it. What an awesome night.

David Byrne and St. Vincent in Charlotte!

David Byrne with Annie Clark. Photos by Andrew Talbert ©Down South Productions 2013.

For this old Talking Heads fan this was a very cool night. My daughter Alex was in a VIP seat and I was a bit back enjoying the party. It was a very cool show.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Boz Scaggs!!

No pictures tonight. I kept my camera in my pocket. There were three buses on the street. One truckload of equipment backed into the downtown Durham facility. My seats were about ten rows back.
I really enjoyed this show. I really wanted to capture a few frames to share but the camera nazis were everywhere. I let it go. The band was great and Boz was rocking. I never tire of his music and I own everything from the bootlegs to the most recent release. This cd is VERY good. Go buy it and listen. The man is a talent. 'Nuff said.

Go watch this:

Awesome stuff...

Candle lit, and my eyes are slits
Jumpin' now, paper clip
Make a move, sail a ship
Tap it in, tap it in, ruby lips

She's a mixed up, shook up girl
Got me so strung out
I don't know what to do
She's a mixed up, mixed up, shook up girl

Take a breath, in the night
Hurry over, she said
But there was no one in sight
Now break away, is in her eyes
You know that little girl, she cut me deep
Inside out

She's a mixed up, shook up girl
Got me so strung out
I don't know what to do
She's a mixed up, mixed up, shook up girl

Hey, you, I remember
All the empty streets
Fill me now
And though you're gone away
I know not forever
Why don't you just come over here and tell me, baby
Is it over now?

She's a mixed up,shook up girl
Got me so strung out
I don't know what to do
She's a mixed up, mixed up, shook up girl
She's a mixed up, shook up girl
She's a mixed up, shook up girl
And she got me so strung out...
She's a mixed up, shook up girl...

And she got me so strung out...

She's a mixed up, shook up girl...

Sunday, May 05, 2013

BB King at the Durham Performing Arts Center!!

Photo by Martin Fried 2013

Let's see where do I start? I have stomped the ground BB King played in Greenwood, Mississippi for a long time. Born in 1925, BB is still on stage playing a list of dates that would make young man weary. I had not seen him in a while and I figured I better go see him before he slows down touring! All said it was a great night sitting close to one of the Rolling Stone rated top ten guitarists of all time. His band is great and it truly is a blues show when BB strolls out as his band builds the tempo.

I need to mention we did see a guy on the front row pop the question with a ring during a song break. BB smiled and proceeded to do a song for the young couple. He even threw them a rose from the stage. I think that was the first time I had ever seen that happen at a concert...

Well there is always another show on the horizon. I am hoping next time I can bring a few pictures of my own back. Rule 2, It is what it is. Camera nazis, gotta' love 'em...

Until Next time I'll see you, Down the Road...

"Riding with the King" John Hiatt

I stepped out of Mississippi when I was ten years old
With a suit cut sharp as a razor and a heart made of gold
I had a guitar hanging just about waist high
And I'm gonna play this thing until the day I die

Don't you know we're ridin' with King
Don't you know we're ridin' with King

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Robert Cray Band!!

Picture by Martin Fried 2013

Well I have lost count of the times I have seen this band perform since the 1980's but I never tire of a moment when they have the stage. Robert roared to the stage with his debut hit "Phone Booth" and continued to rip through some of his recent songs from his latest album. He had the sold-out Durham Performing Arts Center ROCKING! There were several awesome songs played but I guess the one I remember hitting me hard was "Side Dish" from the last album "Nothin' But Love." OK I will admit "I'll Always Remember You" kicked ass too but there is always that one song that gets you on a good night. Go get Robert's new cd if you are not listening to is great stuff...

Side Dish....

Don't like the fire and forget what you doing
Make you baby mad and start her to stewing
when she starts to boil and knocks some steam
you become a side dish if you know what I mean

appetize a main course don't you understand yeah
If you don't do your prep you get canned
I love you when something's hard to chew
you become a side dish it could happen to you
(cool rabi, turn up, don't cry french fry, escalo, scalium)

you got to tender your cooking every day and every night, yeah
you got to stir it, season it and check that its allright arggh
it is as simple receipe and it ain't hard to do
you became a side dish you be off the menu
(rock a lady, mashed potato, sellery, onion, carrot, oil after that, you'll be crying )

Jonathon "Boogie" Long at the DPAC!!

Picture by Martin Fried

The opening of the BB King show. I was told to put my camera and my iPhone away. I did even though I was only a few feet from the stage. I did get some low grade phone shots but nothing like Martin did.
Here is a line from his web page: In 2011 Jonathon”Boogie”Long won the Guitar Center King of the Blues guitar competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America and plans on being a pioneer for Blues music and it’s roots. Boogie’s Debut album is coming soon. Keep an eye out for him...he is a player...

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Eric Clapton...The 2013 Tour.

Photo Credit: Andrew Talbert Down South Productions 2013

There is always that moment in a show where something you hear takes you to a place and makes you remember the moment for a long time. That happened last night. I felt the release I needed, it had been a long day and the music took me away... The song of all those great ones? "Badge." It was incredible. The whole band participated. They were like candles around the star. Eric soared through the chords of this song and sang the parts like it was a well worn tire on a new journey. The guitar work was unbelievable. It was DAMN good. When the tears flow out of my eyes I know I have my moneys worth. Last night was a jackpot. 'Nuff said.

"Badge", written in 1969 with help from the likes of George Harrison and even Ringo Starr. It still rocks even today. Last night was incredible. I loved every moment of that show.

Eric was just 68 years old on March 30th. He is the master. Last night a huge building toasted him. "Crossroads" is coming in a week. What a story. He is a legend.

Until next time, I'll see you, down the road.

Thinkin bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin that I might have drove you too far.
And Im thinkin bout the love that you laid on my table.

I told you not to wander round in the dark.
I told you bout the swans, that they live in the park. (a drunk Ringo threw this line huh)
Then I told you bout our kid, now he's married to mabel.

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.

Talkin bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.

Paul Carrack!!

Paul was on the keyboards last night and he has an extensive resume. Roxy Music, Ace, Squeeze, Roger Waters backing band, the list goes on and on. If you have ever listened to commercial radio you have heard his voice. During the Eric Clapton set were several times where the band all went to the cover band extraordinaire status and played several of Paul's hits with him leading the vocals. Many people have said this guy would be as big as Elton John or Phil Collins if the music world was totally built on vocal ability. He is still pretty awesome. Here is one of the favorites they played last night from the band Ace, "How Long." This song is still a favorite of mine. What a night this was!

How long has this been going on?
How long has this been going on?

Well, if friends with their fancy persuasion
Don't admit that it's part of a scheme
But I can't help but have my suspicions
'Cause I ain't quite as dumb as I seem

And you said you was never intending
To break up our scene this way
But there ain't any use in pretending
It could happen to us any day

How long has this been going on?
How long has this been going on?

Oh, your friends with their fancy persuasion
Don't admit that it's part of a scheme
But I can't help but have my suspicions
'Cause I ain't quite as dumb as I seem

Oh, you said you was never intending
To break up our scene this way
But there ain't any use in pretending
It could happen to us any day

Doyle Bramhall II !!!
Doyle. Well first I want to meet this guy in person. I have seen him play many times but every time I see him I think of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Last night there was a moment when I watched him play some chords SRV style and smile. His Dad was close friends with Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Last night I saw it and I heard it. It is cool when you know you understand what is being "said" on stage. I really want to meet a guy who plays a right-handed guitar upside down better than most play the standard way. That is some strange processing to get those chords straight. He does it well. Jimi Hendrix was that way...I enjoy watching and hearing Doyle play. He is one of a very few...

The 000-28 Martin...It's Eric Clapton!

Remember all photos unless otherwise stated are ©Andrew Talbert 2013 Down South Productions

Back to the opening. EC walked out and picked up his Martin 000-28 aka "triple 028." I really love this guitar as many of the ones hanging around my house closely resemble this more ways than one...'Nuff said. The safe is locked and the alarm is on, just sayin.' As EC came out I knew it would be a great night. It is sort of strange to watch a legend on stage. I have seen Eric play several times now and every show leaves a lasting memory of something very different. He had some of the familiar guys on stage but as I watch them play it is almost like they move away from him at times and the body language of a great player standing next to a legend says "I am pretty damn awesome to be on this stage but that candle over there is the one that blinds everyone." It is true. I sensed that last night several times. Crazy. Everyone on stage was so talented last night and the crowd roared for everyone of them but I felt as I always do that something special was happening as Eric Clapton straps on a guitar. It is the real deal. 3-D baby, no glasses required.

The Wallflowers...Jacob Dylan!!
Wow. The Wallflowers open for one of my favorite artists? BONUS!! From the moment as my daughter Alexandra's friend Meghann Hoyle has said "The spawn of Bob Dylan" stepped on stage my eyes started flowing tears of joy. If you search back in the blog you can read the story of when I took them to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach to see the Wallflowers and that was some show! Back to last night...If you click the link above you see the new album. I bought the vinyl last night. Why? "Glad All Over?" Are you kidding me? I was a very young kid in the 1960's. My aunt Jane lived with us in Greenwood, Mississippi for a while and she had all these cool albums. One of them was the Dave Clark Five "Glad All Over" I remember so well. Here is the video link: I just thought that was too damn cool when that played as the lights dropped last night. I wondered how many people got that...At any rate as the song progressed and the hits kept coming from the stage I hear the guys behind me go "Hey they are pretty good." I heard that again in another song and finally I turned around and said " You know who that is right?" They had no idea. I said that is Jacob Dylan as in Bob's son...they suddenly lit up and said awesome!! I think they were instant fans then. This band is really cool. I loved every track they played.I hope I get to see them all alone in a small venue soon. They are so good.

If you want to listen to the latest album with a track featuring Mick Jones go check this out:

They played some hits last night. But I waited for my favorite. It came and I loved it. Here is the video:

The best wine don't touch these lyrics played live. 'Nuff said.

So long ago, I don't remember when
That's when they say I lost my only friend
Well, they said she died easy of a broken heart disease
As I listened through the cemetery trees

I seen the sun comin' up at the funeral at dawn
With the long broken arm of human law
Now, it always seemed such a waste
She always had a pretty face
I wondered why she hung around this place

Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight

She said it's cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can't break away from this parade
But there's got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed
And I seen the sun up ahead
At the county line bridge
Sayin' all is good and nothingness is dead
We'll run until she's out of breath
She ran until there's nothin' left
She hit the end, it's just her window ledge

Come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me and Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight

Well, this place is old
It feels just like a beat up truck
I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn
Well, it smells of cheap wine and cigarettes
This place is always such a mess

Monday, March 04, 2013

Bruce Cockburn, What a Night!

Photographs on this site are property of Andrew Talbert ©Down South Productions 2013. Any profits of the photography of the artists on my blog will go directly to benefit the artist or a charity of their choice. (I am still waiting on the first check)

All that said, I had a blast at the Bruce Cockburn show. It was everything I expected and then some. I love the stuff all over the stage. In this photo you can see the prayer bowls he stuck for various tones and he matched his guitar chords perfectly with the tones. His vocals were right on key and the whole thing came off perfect. If you haven't seen Bruce play live you should go treat yourself.

Here is a link to a video you should check out:

Before I get out of here I should mention "Pacing the Cage." Of course I should, I am a Jimmy Buffett fan. He played it and it was very nice...Until next time, I'll see you, down the road.

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it's pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you live too long
Days drip slowly on the page
You catch yourself
Pacing the cage

I've proven who I am so many times
The magnetic strip's worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And every one was taken in
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage

I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It's as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you'll wind up
Pacing the cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can't see what's round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage
Pacing the cage

Bruce Cockburn!!

Bruce Cockburn.
From a few nights ago in Raleigh, North Carolina at Fletcher Hall. Bruce was in the house! The crowd knew who they were there to see.
They knew the songs and they gave their approvals to every tune that came and went. I had a great front row box seat in a fabulous
theatre with a glass of cabernet in my hand. Does life get much better than that?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Marty Muse!

Marty Muse.

This is one talented guy. Everyone in this band is a real talent and they play very well together. Marty is off the chain...

I always hesitate to put my concert photography on the internet but I do enjoy sharing. This is one of my favorites from that
show. If you take it remember it is copyrighted Down South Productions 2013. Any proceeds will be forwarded to Marty for use
in his Steel Guitar documentary. Just sayin.'

The REK Set List...

The set list that never really happened. What an awesome show...

Friday, February 01, 2013

A Packed House!!
Wow what a crowd! I did make it backstage after the show. I'll show you the setlist in the next photo. I laughed as I followed
what was happening as the band came out to a HUGE ROAR from the crowd. I could tell the set list was totally abandoned after the first
song. I asked Robert about that later and I made the comment he had tossed the set list into the trash can and started quarterbacking
the show. He smiled and said "I knew from the moment I walked out that we had to change it up." They had planned a low-key first set
and it turned into a cranked-up full-throttle performance. I don't think the smile ever left his face on stage. It was an awesome
feeling to feel the crowd respond to every note from that stage. That doesn't happen every night at a concert. It was a night to remember.
'Nuff said...

Robert Earl Keen at the Lincoln Theatre!
Just a shot I took with my iPhone from the stage. I'm at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina and the crowd is ROCKING.
More on that in a moment.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Sheryl Crow on the Xmas Jam Stage!

One of my favorites. Sheryl Crow came out and ROCKED my favorite Sheryl song as soon as she walked out.
My mouth dropped open as I really didn't think she would play it. It made my night. "Steve McQueen."

Here are two video links:

Not sure which one I like better!

Awesome. I never sat down...

Well I went to bed in Memphis
And I woke up in Hollywood
I got a quarter
in my pocket
And I'd call you if I could
But I don't know why
I gotta fly
I wanna rock and roll this party
I still wanna have some fun
I wanna leave you feeling breathless
Show you how the west was won
But I gotta fly
I gotta fly o

Like Steve McQueen
All I need's a fast machine
I'm gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You'll never catch me tonite o I ain't takin' shit off no one
Baby that was yesterday
I'm an all American rebel
Making my big getaway
Yeah you know it's time
I gotta fly

We got rockstars in the Whitehouse
All our popstars look like porn
All my heroes hit the highway
They don't hang out here no more
You can tell me on my cellphone
You can page me all night long
But you won't catch this freebird
I'll already be long gone
Like Steve McQueen
All we need's a fast machine
And we're gonna make it all right

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Avett Brothers... From North Carolina...the Avett Brothers kicking it up on the Xmas Jam stage...

The Blind Boys of Alabama!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Xmas Jam 2012!!

The gear is staged for one of the best shows of the year...the xmas jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Warren Haynes has a lot of friends in the music business and
he never disappoints with his Christmas show each year. It is always a sell-out and tickets can be tough to get for this general admission show!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Roger on Stage in Greensboro.

Roger Daltrey. At 69 years old he is as fit as ever. These guys can still rock and they are an inspiration to see them on stage. Here is an
interesting article about Roger:

The Who!

The Who is in the house! Quadrophenia! Beginning to end...Can't wait!!

Here is a link to the video from Greensboro. This one is "Pinball Wizard."

Friday, November 30, 2012

Vintage Trouble! They ROCK!

Vintage Trouble!

We are at the Greensboro Coliseum and this is the band who is opening for The Who! Man these guys ROCK! Energy off the meter!

This video is from "Late Night with David Letterman." Check it out....Take my word for it they blow the roof off the house! I love this band!

Here are some more tracks to listen to:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ready for Confetti!!

We were ready for Confetti!! Robert is wearing some of the streamers launched into the crowd!!
It was an awesome sight to see the streamers fly into the crowd.

Lyrics by Robert Earl Keen:

I see this woman everyday
Dancin' on the corner at the Gas & Pay
Whirlin' and a-twirlin' in the bright sunshine
With her earbuds on and a cardboard sign
They say that she once was a workin' girl
It's a wigged out, weired out, wild and a wacky world

Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti everyday
(Hey hey hey) everyday

I knew this psychic many years ago
He'd been abducted by a UFO
They took him to another galaxy
He read their fortunes and they set him free
He once was very famous scientist
Said livin' in the future is to hard to resist

I play the ponies and I look for clues
Hit the highway and I pay my dues
I mind my business as I walk the line
With my earbuds on and my cardboard sign
And when they say to go, I'll go
You never know what you don't know

Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti
Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti, hey hey hey
Get ready for confetti everyday
Get ready for confetti, hey hey
Get ready for confetti, hey hey
Get ready for confetti everyday

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Robert Earl Keen!!

One of my favorite pictures from Meeting of the Minds 2012. I have this one hanging on my wall at home...

If you enlarge the picture by clicking on it you will see all the smiling faces in the crowd.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Closing in on Show Time in Key West...

Marty Muse, me, and Bill Whitbeck right behind the stage in Key West just a few hours before show time.
These guys are amazing talents and are part of the unique sound of Robert Earl Keen's music.

Rich Brotherton!

Rich posing for a shot with his guitar. He had just given me the tour of his highly modified travel guitar.

It sounded great during the REK sound check!

What a nice guy and the Robert Earl Keen Band blew the roof of the stage later that night! Rich ROCKS!

Jimmy and the Parrots!

Jimmy and the Parrots at Meeting of the Minds 2012 in Key West. They can ROCK the house!

Go check out this action:

Freebo on the main Casa Marina stage. He is a man of many talents and has played all over stages across
the United States. Go check out his web page for all the information about all the people this guy has
played with over the years.

In this picture he was on stage with Tall Paul and all his band. They put on quite a special show.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Melanie Howe...

A rising talent at Meeting of the Minds, Melanie is a college student and still manages to play with several bands in the Knoxville,
Tennessee area. Here she was on the Casa Marina stage as the guest of Tall Paul who always attracts some great players. Look for
Melanie playing with the Southern Drawl Band.

Trick or Treat!

This picture was taken Halloween night in Key West. This was just before a performance on the stage with Kristie and Tall Paul. Lynley
was hanging out to model her outfit with Kristie...

More Doyle!

Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham on stage at the Casa Marina playing with Tall Paul's put-together band on the main stage. It was a
very nice set featuring all kinds of music.

Peter Mayer in Key West!

Peter Mayer at the Smokin' Tuna in Key West. This was a very cool show with his son Brendan and Scott Kirby.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Howard Livingston is on Stage!

Members of the Key West High School Band. They were warming up for a performance with Howard Livingston and his awesome band.
They started in the crowd with a spotlighted performance and ended up on stage to the roar of the crowd. It was a very cool

Listening to the crowd roar!

Tall Paul and crew on stage at Meeting of the Minds 2012 in Key West. This was one cool set! That is Heather Sneeringer on vocals and guitar.

Go enjoy this video...shot by my pal Ron Horne.

Friday, November 23, 2012


This guy lives at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West. I call him Fred.