Moondogs: Blanox, Pa.
Ole friend &
sax man, Ed Jonnet joined us for a good portion of this
show. Highlights were, "Git By", "Somethins Cookin", and
"Burnin Up". It was pretty cool having another
instrument playing with our standard three piece set up.
Ed used to play with "The Rythm Kings" back in the
seventies, he played great back then and sounded strong
with us on this Moondog friday night.
Shining Stone: Uniontown,
grooved hard. That was all it took. We was smokin. Local
polka icon, Dave Dombrosky was banging some serious
squeezebox to help us close out the first set. Double D
ripped the "Just Because Polka" and brought new romance
to "Help Me Make It Thru The Night". Set two opened up
with "That Ain't Gonna Happen", "I Seen Too Much" and
"Mr. Right Now", which by the way, is not the same song
as the Povertyneck Hillbilly's song. Both songs just
have the same title. "Easy Money" was on fire. "Bow
Legged Woman" came across real strong. "Son Of A Gun"
held it's own. It was great to see ole friend Bobby
Moore with a big smile on his face. Da Breedwells was in
da house. Chicks from da sticks...........?
beautiful evening I was the opening act for Jill
Simmons. I played solo acoustic and really enjoyed the
experi-ence. "I Tried" gave way to "Nightriders"
followed by "Playin In A Rockin' Roll Band", "The
Morning After" and "Pennsylvania Rain". I tried to be on
good behavior but somehow the conversation went south
and I think I scared some of the nice white folks( the
kind that probably have jobs with benefits) but, that's
the rockin side of this life.......... Did "Sick n
Tired" for Terrible Tom, then closed out the set with
"This Is Where You Kiss Me". Sure is a gas to play
solo.... it's almost like being naked............almost.
Jill Simmons, backed by John Da Junkman on piano, did
tunes from blues to broadway and really let the house
know that she's growing up. Jill's husband, Joffo
Simmons and I joined the party about six songs into the
very well received show. Bonny Raitt's "Gnawin On It"
came off real well. Andrea Pearle sang background vocals
on "Chain Of Fools". Jill sounded great singing "Down To
My Last Million Tears". Andrea and I sang harmonies on
an ole Etta James tune "Somethins Got A Hold Of Me".
"I'd Rather Go Blind" gave me a chance to rip some
guitar while Jill and Andrea did some rippin of their
own. All the while John Da Junkman worked his thang in a
very dignified manner, Mr. Simmons stired the
soup........ The show ended with Jill doing a great job
on "Three Times Your Fool". House sound man, Peter got
the room sounding real sweet............
I could tell
it was gonna be nuts the moment I walked in the door.
"Bulldog", "Boilermaker", "Somethins Cookin", "We Come A
Long Way". At that point we dipped back into the old
days and pulled out "Easy Money" and "Loverboy" which
raised the stakes cause we was flat out rockin
strong..............Jill Simmons got on stage with us
and sang "Look What You Done" and an up tempo shuffle to
the delight of the good rocking locals. Jill is starting
to kick some tail.......... just to try and keep some
disorder to the universe we did walk thru versions of
"This Is Where You Kiss Me" and "Pennsylvania Rain" but
that couldn't settle this crowd. Set one ended with a
Chuck Berry classic, "Round n' Round". Set two opened up
with "Here Comes The Weekend"and "Sidewalk Romeo". Long
time Excuses legend Captain Nate led the dancing and
carrying on as he sang harmony on "Rock You". Whitey
stood out tonight singing "Sick n' Tired", much clapin
and shoutin...............Harry reached these people
singign his hillbilly heart out on "Pots n'
Pans".......... This was a true Pittsburgh rock n' roll
night. Some ole tunes from the seventies, some of dat
trash from da eighties, a couple ninties nuggets, and a
buncha baloney from these times in which we now almost
live.........do ya feel me.......woof.....
In the parking
lot of the new Petco pet store, I played a 45 minute
solo acoustic show. Lots of very noble looking
greyhounds gliding around. It's almost like they look
down on humans, as well they should.......Closed out the
show with a smoking version of "I Was Blind". Then Bob,
the show's organizer, gave me this really cool tie-dyed
t-shirt. Dogs.......are people too.........got a couple
at home, man dog nama Jack McGhee, bitch nama Weezer Mae
P.D.'s Pub: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lots of new
young faces in the house, I luv that. Strong first set,
we brought Chuck Koehler up to close it out singing
"Can't Help Falling In Love", "Teddy Bear" and "Secret
Agent Man". Something in the air made me try to satisfy
a request for "Drift Away". This made me realize that a
new generation of folks get with that tune, thanks to
Uncle Kracker, cool huh? A mess of very cool locals got
up and sang with us. One young buck tried to sing "Great
Balls Of Fire" without much luck. So I asked him to have
a seat and watch Whitey Clyde Cooper rip dat song a new
a new hind end. Although we played a few cover tunes
tonight the ole Pittsburgh rock n' roll carried the
night. "Poor Little Rich Kid" went out to Frankie as
always...........I been thinking, I sure miss ole man
Frankie, he was a good one.........
Moondogs: Blawnox, Pa.
I was supposed
to play solo acoustic this nite but, a traveling road
band needed a gig for routing purposes, so Jason Ricci
played instead. I got to see the show and was thoroughly
blown away by this act. Great rythm section, hot guitar
player, and Jason-this bad ass harp man. If you ever
have a chance to see this band don't miss them. An
extremly unique and powerful band. I sat in on a couple
tunes as did Erin Burkett, Bob McKeag, and Rich Kacin
but, I think all would agree that the Jason Ricci band
was da show on dis nite.
Scottdale Firemans Club
people in this evening's crowd had never seen us before.
We just did what we do and won some over and scared some
away. Nothings changed over the years and that's a good
thang. It's alright to weed out the weak, let them go
back to their own trivial affairs, we've got some rockin
to do. You hear me talkin don't cha! "Nothin To Lose"
let the locals know that Neil Young don't need no
mountain boy hangin around any how............da dork
boy brought da plow..... ya, hear me talkin
now........."Smoke Two Joints" was well received by
these reefer tokin country folks .......yes, I guess
we're all on the same page after all ..........and da
locals laughed and cried out his name "Dorkboy
game wasn't over till 11:15 so we didn't start till
11:25. We then played a 2 hour 35 minute set. The first
2 hours were smokin. "Nothin To Lose" was very up
lifting on this good rockin nite. "Loverboy" and "Bow
Legged Woman" also stood out. We got a request for "Just
Like A Woman" and did a pretty good version considering
we haden't played that tune in quite a while. After
warning the crowd that I should know better than to try
and sing this type of song I went ahead and sang Roy
Oribison's "In Dreams", a song that has fascinated me
for years. It wasn't pretty but it sure was fun.