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Why I Play “Summertime”

Doc Watson–God rest his soul–made me learn “Summertime.” His recording of it on Elementary Doc Watson has a solo that’s  catchy and haunting (a great combo, that). I was thinking about it one evening when I was playing guitar and just stumbled into copping the licks from memory. After that, I played around with the solo […]

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Mucho Shakin” @ Glenwood Art Fest

I’m uploading video of us doing the above tune at Glenwood Arts Fest. That afternoon was pretty joyous for us, a family affair: That’s me on guitar, my wife Dorothy on bass, our son Paul on drums, and our good friend Josh Davis on harp. A friend of ours caught this on his camera, and […]

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Jammin’ with Rudy

I’m posting video of Rudy Negrete sitting in with our band. The song we were playing is classic roots rock, but Rudy pretty much stole the show. Which is no real surprise, I guess. For my money Rudy Negrete is the most exciting roots rocker currently working out of Chicago’s south side. The real thing. […]

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“Stagger Lee”

I’m posting video of a live performance we did of “Stagger Lee,” one of the great songs in American roots music. I first heard the Lloyd Price version way back when, but the song’s been recorded by everyone from Ma Rainey to Sonny Terry, to The Clash to Dylan, and about a zillion others. I […]

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“Zombies Stink (And Vampires Suck)” LIVE

I’m posting video of a live performance of the above composition of mine, recorded in September at Silvies in Chicago. My Zoom was on the blink that night so we recorded with our iPad. The sound quality’s not as good as it would’ve been with the Zoom, but it’s not terrible. I think the fun […]

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Pushcart Annie

The song “Push Cart Annie” concerns an old woman who lived in my home town down in the Ohio River Valley back in the 1960s. She was what people here in Chicago call a scavenger, someone who looks through the alleys for stuff they can sell.  Unlike scavengers up here, though, she didn’t cruise the […]

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He Flies on MTM

Middle Tennessee Music (MTM) led off a set with my tune “He Flies”. I’m happy to say that every other song in the set smoked. A lot of them were funky and/or contemporary folk, and I commend MTM for seeing those aspects of “He Flies”. If you’d like to download (or just hear) the set, […]

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“He Flies”

Summer before last, I was playing guitar and looking out the window at the backyard. The thought drifted up in my mind: it’d been a couple years since I wrote a song, and could I even still do that? There was a little bird sitting on the cable line coming into the house. I started […]

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All The Alligators

One evening back in the mists of prehistory (the early 1970s), my friend Tom Naue and I were sitting around Papa Caesars in Carbondale, in its original location across from the island, just off of Southern Illinois Avenue. Tom was a smart, irrevent semi-tough guy from Elgin who told things like they were, always, and we were pals. […]

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“A Sunny Day”

We’ve been having a lot of them, and I’m glad. I like them. But the title up there refers to a song of mine. (Available for download at Amazon and iTunes and everywhere else. The CD it’s on, About Time, is at http://www.cdbaby.com). I’m posting a video here of my wife Dorothy, our pal Alpha Stewart, […]

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