Saturday, November 29, 2008

New jam post

Ok, finally... Last Wednesday's Tin Star jam post. But first, a few words of wisdom:

An organist playing in York
Had a prick that could hold a small fork,

And between obbligatos
He'd munch at tomatoes,
To keep up his strength while at work.

Love is blind but desire doesn't give a good goddam.
-- James Thurber

quickie, n.: A moment's piece.

The young Georgia miss came to the hospital for a checkup.
"Have you been X-rayed?" asked the doctor.

"Nope," she said, "but ah've been ultraviolated."

Q: Why do mice have such small balls?
A: Very few of them know how to dance!

A society without religion is like a crazed psychopath without a loaded .45

So, having set the stage, last Wednesday's jam was preceded by a Turkey Trot. Of which the Tin Star was stop number four out of seven. The rules of a turkey trot seem to require that a group of people run from bar to bar, drinking a beer immediately upon arrival. The winner gets a turkey. Many of the losers get to throw up somewhere en route.

Click any picture to enlarge, click the play button to listen to a music link.

So, instead of the usual barrage of pictures, just a few choice ones.

Case finally realizes that he totally, uncontrollably idolizes saxophonists and all that they stand for:

The next day as I was looking at the pictures, I realized that when I lend my camera out to female assistant photographers, they take pictures of all their favorite bits. (Note to self: find some way to encourage this behavior.)

Several motley crews come and go each Wednesday evening:

A couple of friends from Albuquerque. You sounded good, Bob. Hey, Viv: you're on the World Wide Web!

Nice hair! And, well... Nice hair.

Star quality:

And finally, a bit of music from last Wednesday.

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, see you at the next Tin Star Jam.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday's 11-26 Tin Star Jam

I will be a couple of days late on getting this post up, so in the mean time, let's just say it was one of those jams were the ladies were chasing the men around, and pulling down the guys' skirts.

You heard me.

It was, however, a very friendly crowd.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pre-Turkey Day Jam

Did somebody say "Turkey?"

Come on out tonight for the Tin Star jam!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Los Lobos Dropped by the Tin Star!

Sheesh. I go out of town and all kinds of fun things happen. It seems that Los Lobos dropped by the Tin Star Friday, 11-14 and sat in with Randy Heddon and Fat Tuesday. A reader sent in these two photos:

David Hidalgo

Cesar Rosas

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pinetop Perkins

I forgot to mention that I was going to be out of town all last week, so no blog post for last Wednesday's jam. I was in Austin TX at a conference during the day, and out playing music in the bars on 6th Street at night.

Last Tuesday a friend & I went out in the evening looking for a place to play. We stumbled into a bar called Nuno's around 10:00pm, just as they were changing out bands. We talked with Rusty Trapps, leader of the Blue Lights, the band just coming on. He told us to stick around & he'd invite us up during the second set.

So, we were just hanging out, enjoying the music -- the Blue Lights are very good. Half way through the first set a 95 year old man got up from his table and started to leave the bar. He walked slowly, using a cane. Rusty shouted out, "Hey Pinetop, want to sit in?" So Pinetop hobbled over to the keyboard, and sat down. I swear that as soon as his fingers touched the keyboard 60 years dropped off his age. He did a few numbers and then toddled off stage, saying he needed to go to bed.

What a treat. For those of you who don't know, Pinetop is one of our living Blues legends. He's played with just about everybody who counts, including Muddy Waters (12 years holding down the piano chair for Muddy Waters), Buddy Guy, you name it. I didn't have my camera or recorder, but here's a recent video of Pinetop sitting in with James Cotton.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Try This At Home!" solo percussion concert, Saturday, November 22 at GIG

Announcement made for a friend of one of my band members:

For those of you who know Jeff, awesome percussionist who used to play with Samba Fe.

Hi All,

I will be performing a solo percussion concert "Try This At Home" on Saturday, November 22 at GIG, 1808 Second St., in Santa Fe, at 8:00 pm.

The occasion is the fortieth anniversary of my first drum lesson. I have some techniques that I have developed that I have no outlet for at regular gigs, so I have decided to present them in a solo setting. I can play four sounds with my feet, by using heel/toe technique. This allows me to solo on hand drums or electronic percussion over a basic loop provided by the feet. I hope you will join me for the fun.

Tickets are $15, available from me in advance, or at the door.

Please forward this to the local scene.


Jeff Sussmann

Friday, November 14, 2008

Special Appearance, Tuesday, November 18

411 West Water St. Santa Fe

Matty Charles,
an Independent American music troubadour whose "smooth baritone and articulate guitar work are colorful and authentic." (TimeOut NewYork) and whose "songs are anchored by simple, singable hooks." and considered, "instant classic!" by Guitar Player Magazine. Don't miss this intimate solo performance!

Check out his music on his Myspace page.

Here he is with the Valentines singing We Belong Together.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday's 11-12 Tin Star Jam

In view of my sliced-up finger, this week's Tin Star Jam Post will be pictorial only. No sound. Very little commentary.

Click any picture to enlarge

See no, hear no, speak no evil.

Rasputin, bassist.

Ray, Lurch (bassist extraordinaire).

Who's gorgeous in this shot?

I'll give you a hint:

What follows are miscellaneous Tin Star "Flavor" shots.

See you at the next Tin Star Jam!

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement of a special performance at the Tin Star, next Tuesday, 11-18.



I sliced the ever loving f*&%#@*&k out of my finger. Last night's jam post will have to wait until tomorrow.


Wednesday's 11-12 Tin Star Jam

The post for last night's jam will be up later today.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ok, guys & gals

It's been an eventful week:

Bush names his regrets, considers writing book and, basically, no one gives a shit.

So, let's move on to what's important: The Tin Star Jam, Wednesday, November 12. See you there.


PS: On a side note, The Tin Star Saloon is looking for a few good kazoo players for our Wednesday night jams.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday's 11-6 Tin Star Jam

Yes, the Wednesday night jam at the Tin Star is fun.

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The music is fun. Here's our friend Daniel Talache leading the crew on some blues. Good to see you again, Danny!

A bit later Troy got up on stage and Ben said, "Play something!" So Troy eased into a version of Roger Miller's King of The Road that he does in one of his bands. It must be a bit like driving down the road at 70 miles per hour and having the steering wheel suddenly come off in your hands. Here you are, starting a number that you've done dozens of times with other players who know it, but now you're surrounded by a bunch of yahoos who have never even heard your version. It came out pretty good anyhow, Troy. Come back & do it again -- we'll learn it. We promise!

The BMOC, Ray Dera, our guitar-playing host, who week after week tolerates the wide variety of music and musicians who show up on his doorstep every Wednesday evening.

We like to keep the drummers back in the corner where they can't get into mischief.

Here are some of the other musicians who showed up last Wednesday. A lot of them are regulars.

A first-time jammer!

I remember my first jam. There's a good adrenaline rush involved...

Of course, the jam could not exist without all you people who keep coming out to listen to us.

See you all next week.


Wednesday's 11-6 Tin Star Jam

The post for last night's jam will be up later today.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Party at the Tin Star with Y.Que!

Halloween Friday 2008, at the Tin Star



Click any picture to enlarge, click the play button to listen to a music link.

It was a goulish good time.

Everybody got into the spirit.

Y.Que sounded great!
Ben & the band graciously invited me sit in for a couple of numbers --
Listen to this nice bit of high-energy progressive jazz: Dragonfly.

Followed by Caramella.

Y.Que: Ben, Tim, Sam, Johnny

Winner of the Scariest Woman's Costume Contest: Sarah. Todd was nowhere to be seen.

Brother Jared was on hand to see to our bevarage needs.

I've always admired Laura's tail.

Three lovely Tin Star Ladies

A couple more!

And a few more!

Big Hair

Finally: yes, those are Sarah Palin's legs over on the right-hand side.

Thanks to everybody who turned out last night -- it was a great party. Ben, you and Y.Que sounded fantastic!