Mountain Beat with
At The Green House Warren, NH
Sky King Band Fri. Sept. 17
The Anatomy of a Band
It's hard to believe that it has been over thirty years since I bought that old Black Jack imi- tation Beatle bass. I cost me a dear $15 which was big money for me back in 1977. The ampli- fier was some kind of Radio Shack little black box that hummed and crackled when turned up to the highest volume setting (No it wasn't 11). Myself and a couple of buddies would set up in our back yard trying to make something of the two chords we knew sound like a song. Oh yeah, we were ready for the big time. Then summer ended, we were back to school, and that old bass sat collecting dust in the corner with two bro- ken strings and our illusions of stardom put on hold.
Looking back at it all, all the different bands, the countless hours of rehearsing, the gigs that spanned the gambit from a packed hall to playing some dive bar for just the waitress and the bartender, well its really quite amazing. I have been for- tunate to play with some of the best musicians and just the greatest people any one could hope for. From the first real project “The
indulging in that loud southern rock, I was getting a life long lesson in what really makes up a band. Why the guitar hero of our town was willing to play with us
Thunderband” Sky King
kids back then is still a wonder, but with a few shifts in personal a personality made up of four guys emerged. Darryl's Bonham style of pounding on the drums, Scott and Ronnie's heavy distor- tion and hard picking put me in a position to either sink or swim on that old bass, and swim I did. Now thirty years later we still get together for a reunion once a year, and I come home with my ears ringing and the tips of my fingers sore and callused, and over all quite happy to still get a chance to rock out!
Over the intervening years I've also added acoustic and rhythm guitar to my trade, playing solo folk gigs and duos. But there have been many bands along the way as well. I've played with some serious heavy metal folks, pop bands and blues bands. A couple of recent projects”the Sopha Kings” and “Woodchuck Hollow” were based in the idea of taking old bluegrass and country songs and giving them a shot of adrenalin. The success of these two projects rested on the fact that we had a drummer who could lay down a solid foundation and always keep perfect time, which allowed the rest of us to layer on our own parts. The fact that we had one of the most exciting harmonica players in the North East (Keith Friedland) didn't hurt either.
Theses days with work, family and other obligations it is rather difficult to find time to get a band together to rehearse on a regular basis but again good for- tune decided to smile at me one
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more time. My current project “The Sky King Band” is a three piece pick up band. I was so happy to get a call a year or so back from our Sopha King/Woodchuck Hollow drummer Roscoe Russelli want- ing to know if I had any idea for another project. After a few attempts we were absolutely stunned when none other than Rick Clogston eagerly accepted our proposal to step in as guitar player. With no real rehearsal we stepped on to the stage and as Rick would say “started pulling rabbits out of our hat”.The result has been some of the most fun I've had in thirty years as I have the great honor to share the stage with two of the finest musicians I've ever met, and everything just seems to click, to gel as we have fun ripping up old classics in a style that we seem to invent in the moment.
So if you happen to be in the neighborhood on Friday September 17th, come on over to the Green House in Warren and share the vibe with us and have some fun!
Which one-name singer released "Everybody's Talkin" in 1968? Bonus: Name the Oscar-winning movie that used it as a theme song. 2. Which male artist released the song "Danke Schoen"? What does it mean?
3. Name the song most associat- ed with The Count Five. 4. Which group had hits with "Car Wash" and "I Wanna Get Next to You"? 5. Who was the first act to play at the four-day Woodstock
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The Warren/Wentworth Cubscout Pack 363 registration night for 2010-'11 is Wednesday September 22nd, from 6pm to 7pm at the Warren Methodist Church.
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All boys from 1st through 5th grades are welcome to join us for a year of fun activities that range from games, hiking, trips and tours, art adventures, com- petitions, and more!
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Festival in 1969? Answers
6. Name the three songs by the Hondells that charted in the mid-1960s.
1. Nilsson. The movie was "Midnight Cowboy." 2. Wayne Newton in 1962. The title is German for "Thank you very much."
3. "Psychotic Reaction," which hit No. 5 in 1966. The group was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall of Fame in 2006. 4. Rose Royce, in 1976 and
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1977. "Car Wash" was the theme song for the movie of the same name.
5. Richie Havens was the open- ing act, playing 10 songs. 6. "Little Honda" (1964), "My Buddy Seat" (1965) and "Younger Girl" (1966). "Little Honda" was written by Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
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The White Mountains Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold their next meeting on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM.
White Mountains DAR To Meet_________
The meeting will be held at the Riverglen House, 55 Riverglen Lane, Littleton.
The program will be a video presentation on “Today’s DAR” and “The DAR Library, One of America’s Premier Genealogical Research Centers.”
Guests and the public are welcome and always cordially invited to DAR meetings.
Refreshments will be served; the building offers handicap accessi- bility.
For further information about the meeting, or membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) please contact Chapter Regent Marsha Stewart at (603) 837-9513 or Treasurer Kathy Nelson at (603) 823-4048.
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