Booked a session at Cowboy Technical Studios yesterday and recorded two new songs for my next record featuring the incredible pickings of Elena Skye and Boo Reiners on mandolin and banjo. Producerman Roscoe took this picture using the panorama app on his iPhone 5 (in case you wonder why the neck of the guitar I'm holding looks wonky.)
After my tunes, Elena and Boo recorded a couple of theirs too. After one great take, Roscoe started laughing. "You know what?" he giggled, cocking his thumb at me. "Slim over here is the Executive Producer."
Hey, I think these two kids have real talent. Stay tuned for the tracks...
My friends in the band Spanking Charlene kicked out the jams last night in one of New York City's rock 'n' roll valhallas, the Bowery Ballroom. They kindly invited me out to play harmonica on one song, which was a real thrill because it was the first time in almost a dozen years of musical striving that I set foot on the vaunted Bowery Ballroom stage. I got an all access pass, too. Here's the view from sidestage, all energy and glory.
Backstage? Coke and strippers!
Note how jaded Charlene looks. What a rock star.
UPDATE 5/24: The New York Times wrote about the George Jones tribute being cancelled. (Someone must've tipped them off...)
UPDATE, 5/23: Friends, tonight's George Jones tribute show has been postponed after a surprise visit to the Rodeo Bar this afternoon by the NYC Department of Health. While this news is disappointing, there's country humor in the fact that the show was to honor a man who missed so many of his own gigs that he was nicknamed "No-Show Jones."
From the Ramones to George Jones.
Here's a video from the album called Chicks Man, one of the more clever YouTube things I've seen:
Elvis Club -- a pseudonym the Del Lords used a couple years ago when they played their first gig in two decades at the late, great Lakeside Lounge -- is a corker of a record. It starts with the groovy and eminently sing-alongable tune, "When the Drugs Kick In," rolls on with the funky workingman's lament, "Me & the Lord Blues," gets lowdown with "You Can Make A Mistake One Time" and ends with a steam-engine hot version of Neil Young's "Southern Pacific."
The Del Lords cut four albums in the 1980s and were kinda' roots-rock before roots rock was a thing. The guys, guitarslingers Scott Kempner and Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (y'all know Roscoe) plus drummer Frank Funaro and a bass player to be named later, reunited for fun.
The record also features yours truly playing a little harmonica on a cool song called "Flying." Very happy I got to be a "clubmember" for a song.
Check out Elvis Club! Get rockin'!
(We've successfully transitioned from trout back to music on this blog.)