So on Saturday the 5th of July, Vanessa and I were invited by our friends Al and Adrone to join their friends and family for a wonderful festival at their farm in the hills of Athens County here in Southeast Ohio. If this were in town, I guess it would be a block party… here it was a Hills & Hollers Fest. There were food carts… balloons by Patty… music… and friends galore.
When we pulled up, our friend Vic Lora was playing a solo set of Jorma & Hot Tuna originals and doing a beautiful job. He was playing songs I couldn’t have remembered offhand if my life depended on it. I would have had to go back to the records and learn them like a kid. Thanks Vic for doing me the honor of keeping my music alive. You sounded great!
The next band that came on was Shouts + Whispers.
Shouts & Whispers played a fabulous set and had everyone on the scenes rockin’ and rollin,’ stompin’ and strollin!’
This included our gracious host, Al B. himself.
Shouts And Whispers were joined on stage by Emily Singer and Stacia Carr. If the crowd weren’t already on its feet, these ladies would certainly have brought them to their feet. Great set guys and gals!
Tough act to follow… but somebody’s got to do it, and that somebody was me. I figured this wasn’t a moment for a journey into the canyons of my mind so I hit the folks with my rendition of the great Blind Arthur Blake song, That’ll Never Happen No More. Ian Buchanan taught me that song in Yellow Springs, Ohio over half a century ago and changed my life forever. Thanks for that one brother… may you rest in peace!
The John Hurlbut hit the stage and I joined him for Kansas City Southern and a rousing singalong of the great Woody Guthrie tune, This Land Is Your Land.
Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen
Then John’s buds The Spins, from Dayton, Ohio (The Gem City) took the stage with him and I joined them for a rendition of All Along The Watchtower.
(BTW… I bought my old (well, it wasn’t old then) Gibson J-50 in Dayton at Pops Music store. I paid a hundred bucks for it and worth every penny. Now it lives in our Psylodelic Museum at the Fur Peace Ranch.)
I played my new Gibson Peace Les Paul through my 1967 Deluxe… which is not vintage. It’s just old. I bought it new. I also used (in the spirit of Jimi) my Analog Man Sunface stomper. (geeky gear comment)
After Watchtower, we had to get beck to my sis-in-laws place to pick up our daughter and grab some smors.
Anyhoo… what a day! What an evening! Thanks to Al an Adrone and everyone else who was there! Good times!