Thursday, February 07, 2008

February 7 2008 Jam

Where’s Doc’o? Lost in Spenard!!?! Hopefully, he’ll join us next week with banjo in tow.

Jam Master Hammer opened the night with “The Boxer” and I joined in for a Simon & Garfunkel tune entitled, “Leaves that are Green.” Welcome, welcome to guest host jammer, Stu Schulman on pedal steel and the core band, Dean Reaves, Pat Rat, Paul Schlomer for a trio of John Prine tunes and John A stepped to the stage, feeling a wee bit better singing “Abilene", ”Chilly Winds” (add Yakatat Steve), “Sloop John B”, and “Greenback Dollar” (add “A” aka John Schlomer).

Professional audience members this night included Frank, who didn’t come to play music, he came for the vittles and Bob R and Mark H stopping by to say hi sans their axes.

Set two brought Jack Shockley on vocals and guitar, John Schlomer on harp, Robert Howard on electric guitar, Stu, and Dean. Welcome Robert, he came all the way from Palmer! Jack got us all a’toe tapping with “North to Alaska,” an original Alaskan tune and the “Old Man Song.” The core band played with Matt leading the band on “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Tupelo Honey,” and “2-14.”

By set three we had a showcase moment “Sporting Woodies”… with Animal and Eddie Lee leading the band with Thomas on drums, Pat Rat on bass, John on harp, and Stu on pedal steel, these boys rocked the house! Wow, what fun you boys are! ~~ come back again! Jam Master Hammer closed the set with “Devil’s and Dust” and “One More Song.”

Set four brought Stu, Gary, Dean Pat, Steve, Bob P and Gary Gutery to the stage…a little country fare led by Gary included “Your Cheating Heart,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Steamroller Blues.” Bob Parsons played his original tune with Ms. Rachel joining in with some beautiful vocal scatting, as she then launched into “Moondance” and “Bobbie McGee” as another evening of the Matt Hammer jam came to a close.

Big thank you’s to Dennis Smith, who has made Matt Hammer Jam-the sequel south, a reality and thank you, thank you to Tana, our steady bartender and Amber on cocktails keeping our thirsts quenched and our belly’s full. Big thank yous go out to both audience and jammers alike, we so appreciate your support. Live long, love much, laugh outloud and play good music! lah

The complete set of pictures from tonight's Jam can be found here.


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