Sunday, September 13, 2009

That’ll Never Happen No More

It’s Sunday again, so soon; time for some music. But first, an announcement, especially to local readers—in case you haven’t been caught in the frenzy of our media blitz, Eberle & I will be performing on Saturday—the coming Saturday, the 19th—at the Alpine Playhouse in McCall. The performance will be a benefit for the Alpine & will help with the restoration of their wonderful old velvet theater seats. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., & the donation asked at the door is a mere $5—five bucks! How can you miss that? Even you more distant folks might want to consider that after figuring in plane or train fare it’s still probably cheaper than seeing Springsteen or the Stones.

The song list is looking like this:

Mean Old Bedbug Blues: guitar - kazoo
Candy Man: guitar (solo)
Death Don’t Have No Mercy: guitar - flute
Love in Vain: banjo (solo)
Matchbox Blues: banjo – banjo uke
Two White Horses: banjo – melodica
Katie Mae: guitar (solo)
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child: banjo - flute
Shake Sugaree: banjo – kazoo

Intermission (& there are always fantastic cookies at the Alpine—can you say that about your typical neighborhood nightclub? I think not!)

St. James Infirmary: guitar - flute
That’ll Never Happen No More: guitar (solo)
See See Rider: guitar (solo - I do the kinder, gentler Mississippi John Hurt "See See Rider")
Little Red Rooster: banjo – slide whistle
Come On In My Kitchen: banjo - melodica
Come Back Baby: guitar (solo)
Peavine Blues: guitar – melodica
Green Green Rocky Road: guitar – flute

OK, what follows is a preview for the folks who can’t make it—an old Blind Blake song that was also done in uproarious fashion by Dave Van Ronk—“That’ll Never Happen No More.” I'm not Blind Blake (or Van Ronk), so I'm not trying to imitate them
—just having some fun.

This has been a busy time around these parts—not sure if I’ll be posting on Monday or not. Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


  1. It's like deja-vu all over again...

    Peace - Rene

    Wish we could be there!

  2. Hi Rene:

    It's like the old adage: Why do you keep hitting your head against the wall? Because it feels so good when I stop!

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Let's see. A little jaunt to Idaho might still be cheaper than tickets to see Springsteen, but I'm afraid the ferry fare to the mainland would just tip the scales. Too bad. I would love to hear you and Eberle. Break a leg.

  4. Hi Sandra: In all honesty, I think you have the economics pretty right! Thanks for the good wishes.

  5. Thanks for the Mina Loy. I didn't know her work until you introduced it some time ago. Incredible alliteration in these ones, and a phantasmagoria of imagery.

  6. Not going to be able to make it to the concert but the video clip was some consolation. Mind you, I suspect you have enough fans over here in the UK to justify a British tour.

  7. I hope the gig goes well!A good set by the look of things.Hey!Alan's right!Come To Yorkshire!

  8. Hi Mairi, Alan & Tony

    Mairi: Yes, lots of alliteration, & assonance in particular. Glad you liked it.

    Alan & Tony: You do make it sound tempting!

  9. Thanks for the video: I've taken to using your songs as backgound music for net-surfing.

    (On rereading this I thought I should point out this is meant as a compliment!)

    Have a good gig!

  10. Hi Dominic:

    Thanks! & yes, I got that it was good; glad you enjoy them.

  11. I love it when we get a little preview! Thanks, John. You know I'd be there for the gig, if Idaho wasn't quite so far. Loved this.

  12. Thanks Willow! & of course you know the whole thing about the price of a Stones/Boss ticket is in good fun--but the Yorkshire tour does seem intriguing!

  13. Really enjoyed that one, John,definitely my favourite so far.That's a truly beautiful looking guitar too, is it a National like Son House uses?They look similar to me (a non musician)


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