After The Beacon Show Saturday night, we left post haste and drove home to Ohio. Didn’t get to the blog yesterday, but here it is… better late than never.
Firstly, the Fur Peace Ranch Family thanks the Rex Foundation for honoring us with a grant that allowed us with the help of Spencer Bohren to bring some much needed and appreciated musical education to our beloved Appalachian hills and hollers. The folks at the Rex Foundation have indeed dedicated themselves to good works, and we are honored to be a part of their family! I also need to thank my wife, Vanessa. She gives substance to my dreams in a way that would never have happened without her. I’m certainly no angel, but in the more grown up part of my life, I try to take the higher moral ground whenever possible. Being human, this is certainly a progress not perfection event. Vanessa is never too timid to point out those moment when I’ve buried my head where the sun don’t shine. I am always reminded that though the paths are many, the way is indeed one!
With that thought in mind, I had some reflective and interesting experiences on this great New York weekend. You know, it is easy to take the stream of your own life for granted… I mean, that’s just the way it is. One walks through life one step at a time… one foot in front of the other. There are good times… tough times and well… just times. I’ve been a professional musician for almost my entire life. It’s not only what I do, it is a big part of who I am. One of my personal tasks is to try to keep my ego in check whenever possible. It would be fatuous and self serving for me to presume that what I do would have any real effect whatsoever on another’s life. That said, on both Friday and Saturday at the Beacon I spoke to many people who talked about the importance in their life of the musical community that Jack and I have been a part of for the last forty years or so. We are indeed brothers and sisters and it is good to be reminded of this. I thank you all!
Enough rambling… here is the set list for Saturday night.
December 10, 2011 The Beacon Second Night
1. Jack comes out and plays… Barry and I come out and we join Jack and wind up with Mann’s Fate
2. Candy Man (Barry, Bromberg, Larry)
3. Fifty Dollar Wig (Bromberg, Charlie, Kimock,
4. I Wish You Would (GE… Kimock)
5. Angel Of Darkness (Larry And Teresa)
6. Smokerise Journey (Larry And Teresa)
7. Long Gone From Kentucky (GE, Larry, Charlie)
8. Sad And Beautiful World (Charlie, GE)
9. Children Of Zion (Larry, Teresa)
10. Driving Wheel (Bromberg, Nancy Josephson) Larry Pedal Steel, Teresa, GE, Kimock
11. Where Highway 61 Runs (Charlie, GE, Kimock… the gang ?)
12. Hit Single # 1
1. Mama Let Me Lay It On You (Larry… GE)
2. Mourning Interrupted (Larry)
3. Ode To Billy Dean (Charlie, GE, Kimock)
4. A Little Faster (Larry and Teresa, GE)
5. Things That Might have Been (Larry)
6. Tongue (Bromberg. Charlie, GE Kimoch)
7. Many Rivers To Cross(Kimoch, Bromberg, Larry, GE)
8. Bar Room Chrystal Ball (Larry, Teresa)
9. If This Is Love, I want My Money Back (Larry, Teresa)
10. If I Have Bad Luck (Charlie)
11. Been So Long
12. Christo Redentor (Charlie)
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (Larry and Teresa)
14. Funky # 7 (The whole famdamily…GE, Bromberg)
15. Encore: No encore… we played right up to the witching hour… thanks all!
I would like to thank the following folks for their friendship and the sharing of their art:
Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams
Our core team:
… and let me not forget my oldest friend, Jack Casady!
I would also like to thank our amazing support team! Brett Thompson and John Hurlbut from the Fur Peace Ranch… Kevin Morgan our art director… Myron Hart, our instrument technician, luthier, friend and neighbor here in Southeast Ohio… Carmello aka Paulie fellow tech and long time friend… Cash Edwards our publicist extraordinaire… Phil Jacobs, our road manager and another old friend… Louis Rosano from Louis Electric who supplied all the guitar backline for this extravaganza and whose amps I use on stage every time I pick up an electric guitar and the good folks at Telefunken Microphones who supplied all our stage mikes for the Beacon gig.
Thank you all! I love you more than words can say!
As for now… it’s great to be home for a bit. It’s cold… summer is definitely over, but our hearts are warm and life is good!