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LONG Weekend

Posted by Banjophobic on Monday, July 29, 2013

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Whew, nearly 5 days of a rock festival as 'bad chauffeur' has about done me in! I have travels 1700 miles over 4 days, shuttling bands to and from the airport, the hotels and to dinner and or run errands for them. The festival had some local, regional and big name groups, among them Journey,Bad company and Boston-all with some old, some new members.

I have always been a rock guy too and grew up on it, so it was especially great to get to hang with these guys and talk with them. for the most part they are all super guys. A former lead singer of Journey, Steve Augeri, was just a super guy. On the way to the airport this morning we talked quite a bit about the road. We compared notes from a bluegrass/country perspective verses the rock world. Obvilously they don't compare in the celebrity aspect or money, but being on the road is being on the road and it was very enlightening to hear his stories. He's such a humble, laid back guy. What really shocked me was that he knew about bluegrass,being from Queens and playing with famous rock bands.

He explained that his first guitar as a kid was an old Silvertone archtop and that his uncle listened to old country and bluegrass. So Steve started out playing those songs on that old archtop,haha. He knew about Doc and Earl passing away and was genuinely interested in hearing about the bluegrass community and pro circuit. I also played some acoustic covers of Toto , Hendrix and Tom Petty that I have recorded as collabs or with bands, to let the guys in Fran Cosmo and  Boston hear it. They thought it was cool and keep asking 'whos playing that ukelele...to which I keot saying 'its called a 'mandolin'...lol

My total sleep since last Thursday till now has averaged 3-4 hours a day. Needless to say I am writing this ina sleep deprived stupor. So Im heading to the bad for at least 10-12 hours of zzzzz's. How am I writing this just now..who am I,,,where is this place..lol



6 comments on “LONG Weekend”

Ks_5-picker Says:
Monday, July 29, 2013 @1:24:06 PM

Good story,John. I see where J J Cale died........he wrote this song called "propane",remember that one? ;)

Dan Mountjoy Says:
Monday, July 29, 2013 @4:13:28 PM

Cool, John! Where was it?

Oalbrets Says:
Monday, July 29, 2013 @5:34:40 PM

John, was Neal Schon there? Neal and I were good friends in HS and use to walk to school togeather every morning. His dad worked at Sherman Clay Music in Hillsdale Calif and we would go there after school and play the guitars in the shop. Neal lived around the corner from me in San Mateo at the time. Neal made it but I didn't ha ha.

Banjophobic Says:
Monday, July 29, 2013 @7:16:08 PM

Just woke up..whew was i ever tired. Oscar, no Neil wasn't into this particular configuration. Thats cool that you guys in school. Oh, the festival was right here in my home town, believe it or not. Here's a link

runtotheridge.com/

We had some rainy weather which really hurt attendance, but the show went on anyway. As tired as I was/am , it was worth the time hanging with some of the players who were on those classic albums or worked in the band i grew up listening to. The aspect of it that was most universal was that regardless of the genre of music, playing on the road is all the same. They were all open minded enough to appreciate bluegrass and country musician's skills and contributions.
Steve Augeri was laid back and humble and appreciative of the things he's done musically. We talked about following Steve Perry in the band's line-up after he quit, and what a monumental task that was. No one can top Steve Perry on those classic Journey tunes obviously. But Steve A. has a great voice of his own and on some songs I think he's just as good or even better suited than Steve P would be.

Oalbrets Says:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @10:34:52 AM

Thats really cool John and I am glad you were a part of it.

Yard Onion Says:
Thursday, August 1, 2013 @3:56:20 AM

Thats awesome John! What a great experience!

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