Apr 28, 2009

Red Wing # 25

Players were: Oren Siders, Sandy Siders, Paul Jacobs, Keith Rowell.

We got off to a slow start this week. We miss Raymond and now have to re-train ourselves to try to take up the slack. We tested out a few new songs and even liked some of them.

Shelagh Fagan has been working hard putting all the pieces togeather for a Bluegrass, Beer, and Bar-B-Que venue downtown. We will move the Red Wing Show there soon. It's gonna be great to be able to eat and drink and hear some good tunes all at the same time. I'll keep you posted.

Song List: Blue Ridge Mountain Home, Gold Rush, Heaven, I Still Carry You Arround, I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll, I'm Headed Home, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Keep on the Sunny Side, Land of the Dying, Little Cabin Home on the Hill, Little Sadie, Lonesome River Blues, Molly and Tenbrooks, Old Home Place, the Pig Song, Tennessee Waltz, Bury me Beneath the Willow, Winter's come and gone.

Apr 18, 2009

In Memory of Raymond James

Raymond James died Saturday April 18th, 2009. He'd been ploughing with his tractor to plant a garden and was about to visit his hunting property when Dawn urged him to stay put because he looked like he was dizzy. Before she could get off the phone to call the medics, he was laying on the ground. They revived him again in the ambulance on the way to the hospital but he wouldn't stay.

We loved him. He is a fixture throughout these pages. He provided guidance and inspiration to scores of music lovers. I sincerely wish I had his ability as a performer to satisfy audiences and make everyone in the room feel welcome and lighthearted.

Georgia has lost a jewel in this native son. He kept up a southern tradition of playing and singing rural folk styles that is an American Tradition and a Cultural Treasure. His love and knowledge of 1930's and 40's country music was first hand and vast. But it was his unique personal style that made him the precious gem that he was. He's left a tremendous wake in his passing.

Apr 7, 2009

Red Wing # 24

Players were: Paul Jacobs, Bob Simon, Mike Koester, Jack Logan, Sandy Siders, Oren Siders, Raymond James, Keith Rowell.

Song List: Are You Missing me?, Blue Ridge Mountain Home, Cabin on the Hill , Down the Road , Gold Rush, Heaven, Hold my Hand, I Still Carry You Around, Jimmy Brown, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Leaving the Land of the Dying, Let me Rest, Little Georgia Rose, Love of the Mountains, Maiden's Prayer, Old Home Place, Old Joe Clark, The Other Side of Town, Say That You'll be Mine, Sunny Side of Life, The World Outside, Where the River Bends, Whiskey b'Fore Breakfast.

The recording is just awful this week. Can I get some advice on this issue?