Here is my latest podcast. (My "on air" name when I was in broadcasting a long time ago was Rusty Locke.....it seemed cute at the time.) Mose Allison was a country blues "sage" and a joy to talk about.
I will be delving into the American Songbook and the banjo (five string, tenor, Chicago tuning etc.) in an upcoming pod cast and would appreciate any ideas, thoughts - suggestions you might have on that subject.
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Edited by - djingodjango on 11/30/2023 13:23:02
Thanks for this. Back in the late ‘70’s I was doing my student teaching while in college in NY with a teacher named Audrey Allison. She mentioned that she had met the Rolling Stones, and that her husband was a musician, and then that it was Mose. She told me that he played in a small club in the city on Tuesdays and if I wanted to see him she would get me on the guest list. So every Tuesday I would take the train in to the city to sit in that club in front of him and his piano. When I think back on college I don’t remember much of what they taught me. Mose was just about the best part.
Edited by - cevant on 11/30/2023 14:51:26
Thanks Charlie. What a great story and a great memory.
I loved Mose’s music from the first time I heard him on the radio. I finally got to see him after I moved to the west coast at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. It’s a great venue, not too big and not too small, with a bar and some food offerings.
I don’t know who played with him that night, but in a town like SF he could’ve picked up some very decent players from out of the union hall.
The venue also booked shows from very different genres of music. I’ve seen Norman Blake, Phoebe Snow, Oregon, Kenny Rankin, many people playing all types of music. It’s been almost 30 years since I moved from the coast, I hope the place is still open.
There was no one like Mose though. He was unique in his playing and also his voice. It would have been great to see him weekly for awhile like Charlie was able to.
Been a Mose fan, since back in my college days in the early 1960s.
I also got to see Mose a few times here in San Diego. He has a good following here, and always played with the top musicians. He usually played in a small club called the Summerhouse Inn in La Jolla. One evening while he played there was a huge storm going on outside and the power went out, putting us all in complete darkness. The club just lit a bunch of candles, with a few on Mose’s piano…and he played the whole show in the dark by candlelight.
I was friends with Gunnar Biggs, the bass player that he usually summoned. He can be seen in this video.
Edited by - cevant on 12/01/2023 17:40:28
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