With tonight's gig at The Yes Hell canceled at the last minute, I thought I would do a journal update with everything about the rest of my trip back east along with things that are coming up! And of course, it is Throwback Thursday - TBT - and since I am not posting photos much on Facebook anymore, I am doing it here, and then will share to social media after you guys see it (or have the chance to see it) first!
My trip in PA continued after my gigs with a day, Labor Day funny enough, OFF, and I was happy to be able to visit with friends and family who stopped over for a nice hang! Then it got crazy again, with family members in the hospital, doctor appointments, things breaking at my Mum's house (I fixed just about everything, yahooooooooooo!), but I just forged forward with a good (pretty much the whole time, had one super cranky day) attitude and got stuff done!
The night of September 4th, I saw a post from my old boss Charlie Sexton that he was going to be on the Jimmy Fallon show, so I made a note to make sure to not miss it, and I AM SO GLAD because I laughed so hard. The skit was with Jimmy, Charlie, Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey (promoting their new film "Blaze") doing a spoof on the Highwaymen, with Charlie as Kris Kristofferson! Watch this!
Ethan Hawke was a great Willie Nelson! Haha!
September 8 was a family wedding, Lyndsay and Dorian, who are meant for each other. It was so wonderful to be with cousins from my Dad's side of the family and have my Mum there as the great great aunt of the bride!
The event was held in a beautiful historical building south of Pittsburgh, and the bridal party looked amazing (and had FUN!)
The beautiful couple, Lyndsay and Dorian, during their first dance as wife and husband!
Here I am with my cute Mom. Even though she hates selfies, this is the only photo that we got that night, although there should be some fun pics of us dancing with my cousin Janice to Earth, Wind and Fire's "Brick House!"
Giggles. The Bridal Dance was also so much fun, and maybe the longest Bridal Dance ever?
(History about this kind of a dance: It begins when the guests give the maid of honor money so they will be able to dance with the bride, and after a quick little two step, the guest moves on to the trays of shots! This is all done to polka music and a particular song - in Pennsylvania at least - where within a few minutes you are singing and humming along! THIS along with the famous cookie tables in the area where I grew up, are mandatory for a PA wedding!)
The whole second week I was back there, it rained and rained, and only let up a little bit here and there. Sunday I had planned a get together with some friends but also to surprise my friend Shari at her gig, only to find the venue was going to be closed because of the rain. The place I moved the event to then also had to close due to a tree falling on a power line, with a transformer catching on fire and power outages not to be fixed until the next day. I think someone was telling me (and my friends) to STAY INSIDE! That night and the next day there was an incredible amount of rain which then caused flooding in our area (as well as others around the Pittsburgh area) and my little township was then declared a State of Emergency. Roads were closed due to flooding, trees that fell and were blocking them, as well as mud slides and other dangers. We seemed to be stranded on the hill, with lots of water but not near the house. This photo is from our area, in my Mom's old home town, taken from the railroad tracks.
In the foreground is the road. The river was all of the way to the tracks, in all of these small villages up and down the river. Bloom Brew, where I played the weekend before, was flooded, as was the parking area and roads going to Driscoll's and Sons, another one of my tour dates, and the falls at Ohiopyle were raging and going into the park where the Music In The Mountains Festival was held just a mere week before.
The night before I left town, Mom and I were able to get out and go see my Aunt who left the hospital and went back to her home, and stopped to eat. I HAD to get this, as a symbol of my love for this area!
On the plane, I was sad to leave.
Now for my TBT photos... These pics were taken in January, during the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, but a private event that my friend Matt was performing at. He invited me to come along and it was so great to see him again and hang out!
He was amazing playing and singing, especially when the band played the Allman Brothers "Whipping Post!"
Then, after the show, Matt took me back stage so he could introduce me to Captain Jack Sparrow who happened to be playing another role that evening, Rock Star!
So much fun! THANKS MATT!
Wow, September already! What a busy, crazy, happy and sad week I have had.....
I flew across the country, stopping in probably my favorite layover airport, Charlotte
en route to Pittsburgh and then landed in Pittsburgh to find the brand new Sarris Candy store right there!
My friend Norm the Candyman has done a great job with this! The thing I like the best is that the prices are exactly the same as if you bought Sarris at Giant Eagle or any other retail outlet! Pretzels.... YUM.
On Thursday I got a message from Kelly Blair's (from Kelly's Roadhouse) daughter, Whitney, who has been helping him and taking care of him through his battle with cancer, that he passed away. We all knew it was coming, but thought we had more time, thought Kelly had more time, but that was not to be true. The last time I had a chance to take a good photo with Kelly was in June, when my band had played in Park Silly, where Iffer and I wore our "pimp" hats. I had to stop in to Kelly's and say hi and give him a good giggle!
I even got him to try on the hat! He was such a good sport and was always so kind and fun, using that dry sense of humor and drawing so many people to him and his roadhouse.
He is already severely missed. Kelly's Roadhouse was so much like one of my go to places here in Pittsburgh, and the folks who frequented the place, not all bikers, were "my" people. RIP Kelly. Life in Utah will not be the same without you. You touched my heart, included me and loved me, made me feel at home.
Later that evening my drummer in Utah sent me information about a fire that was near my house and when I went to the link, there was my house in a photo, with the fire behind it.
I can't even tell you how difficult it is to be away from there while this (and Kelly passing away) is going on, but I am "home" and there is a lot of joy in that. (The fire is now fairly contained and has moved away from my neighborhood!)
And I had a gig that night, too, at one of my fave places locally here, Driscoll and Sons! With everything happening that was sad and/or frightening, I was thrilled to be able to sing my heart out
and see friends and family. My cousins, Fred and Junie drove up from West Virginia and came with cousin Sara, plus a lot of friends who always come there to see me, have dinner and cocktails, were all there! Here are Fred, Mom, Sara and Junie:
and then here I am with them all:
I went over to Sheree's across the river for jam night and played only a couple of tunes, then hit the road!
Then Friday night, I had a band gig with Dog and The Catz, but Dog was unable to perform with us, so Greg and I did it as just The Catz, with me on guitars and vocals and him on drums. A la White Stripes. We had a blast. LOVE Bloom Brew! WISH we could have gotten a few photos of that night! Playing by the Youghiogheny River with the train going by was the theme for Thursday's gig, Friday's gig and then today's gig, ALL on the same river and the same railroad tracks!
And photos from todays wonderful adventure in Ohiopyle State Park for their Music In The Mountains festival, an annual trek for me to open the festival each year!
The falls were HUGE because there has been so much rain in the area this year, unlike the western part of the USA.
Mom and me!
After my show we all went to eat lunch together, at the Falls Market, where we could get whatever, sit wherever and enjoy the afternoon. My heart is full.
See? Bad stuff and good stuff. This is life!
I am off to Maryland tomorrow for my last gig this week, my 4th in a row, and then will have some days off before my next show on the 12th in Ogden!
It's Thursday and "throwback" day, but I am only going to throw it back to last night, at the Melvin Seals and JGB concert at the new Commonwealth Room in Salt Lake City! First of all, the venue is great. Right next to the Frontrunner station, one could actually take the train to a show, although with the last train being a little too early, you may miss the end of any show you attend there. The venue is all dance floor with a small seating area behind the sound board. The entrance / lobby area has a full bar with places to hang out and watch the band play on the big screen! Since this is Melvin Seals bringing the Jerry Garcia fans their beloved music of the JGB, they started out with a fun cover tune, "Lay Down Sally" which immediately made me think of Marcy Levy who co wrote it with Eric Clapton!
The night continued with a lot of the favorites of the fans, and lots of jams. Here is one that guitarist/singer Zach Nugent played with Melvin. (Zach is an accomplished singer and guitar player trying to fill the shoes of Mr. Garcia, and doing it incredibly well. Plus another incredible organ solo by Melvin Seals. He is really something to see live (and to hear him sing, as well!)!
Everyone had a great time and it was fun watching the crazy white people dancing (sorry white people) and listening to Dead songs without Jerry (or Bobby or Phil or ....) and just celebrating life and music! (A fantastic rendition of "Dancing In The Street" sung by one of the amazing back up singers, really brought out the "dancers!")
The last video I shot was me trying to get some of those dancers on film, but I failed as it was too dark, but the band ended with "Deal" and the fun night was over!
It was a fun night with great music and musicianship!
Woke up to sad news this morning, and how odd that this band has been so present for me all week, that guitarist Ed King passed away yesterday. Grateful that I mentioned him in my article about the wonderful Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary, that I wrote for Discover Hollywood, which you can read HERE, and also that we were Facebook friends for a period of time in the past couple of years. I knew that he had had some health problems but no idea that we would lose him this week. Hug your friends and family, stop focusing on the stuff that really does not matter in YOUR big picture, and be grateful for the life you have been given.
RIP Ed King.
There has been so much happening, lots of gigs, but I am seeing the end of the summer season and the end of festival season. There is only one more festival that I will play this summer, Music In The Mountains at Ohiopyle State Park in Farmington, Pennsylvania, all details on my tour dates page on my website, and soon it will be autumn! My band, Wildflower Moon just finished playing two amazing festivals here in Utah, one in Helper, way south of Salt Lake City, and then here in my 'hood at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival, an incredible community event chaired by my friend Terry Murphy, who never fails to inspire! We really had a lot of fun, saw a lot of friends and made new ones too! This was the first time Iffer, our keyboard/bass player, has ever been close to a hot air balloon, so perhaps next year we will be able to take her on a ride!
We had so much fun playing and also walking around to see all of the art and vendor booths and taking in the famous balloon glow after our set!
We have already booked a summer gig in Price and have the Helper Arts Fest penciled in for next summer! We hope to have a full festival schedule all summer long!
On Saturday, on Showtime, a Stephen Kijak documentary, "If I Leave Here Tomorrow," was released about the Lynyrd Skynyrd, from the beginnings of the band through the plane crash which killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and their road manager Dean Kilpatrick. A year or so ago, the director saw my photo of Billy Powell online and reached out to see what other photos I had. I submitted the ones that I had taken (or were taken from my camera, since some were of ME and some of those were taken by Leon Wilkeson, L.S.'s bass player) from when I met them in May of 1975 through that summer and then the last time I saw them in December of 1976, and they ended up using five of my photos plus a credit at the end of the film.
Although one has to subscribe to Showtime, it is well worth it. For me, seeing footage I have never seen, kind of like the folks seeing my photos for the first time, was key in this. It was cool getting to know how the band came about, detail after detail, and it made me happy that I knew some of these guys and was able to hang out with them a bit, but also sad that most of them are now gone. If you have a chance to see it, I think it is well worth it. I will be reviewing it for Discover Hollywood digital magazine soon, so look out here for the link to that. You may not recognize me in the pics because they go by so quickly, plus I had shorter darker hair at that time. Enjoy if you see it!
Two nights ago I couldn't sleep, got up when our secondary water went on, turned the front light on and staring at me was a big beautiful buck. After saying our hellos and good nights, it ran around to the back area where I am sure it was able to find some good munchies. Love living in the country!
Until next time! XO
Farewell Queen of Soul!
And thank you for all of your inspiration. What an incredible musician, writer and singer. THANK YOU
I LOVE summer! Living in Los Angeles for such a long time, I got used to the warm weather and would look forward to those almost autumn like days when the temperature would be in the 50s, not often. Moving to Northern Utah, in the mountains, has brought me pretty much full circle (except for the lack of humidity - yay - and the lack of lightening bugs - boo) with being able to anticipate each season as well as made the most of every day in each season. Even though it is still very hot here and we are having an unusually dry and hot summer, with warm balmy nights, also rare, I can see the end of the summer on the horizon. Fortunately I am still taking advantage of some fun things that summer has to offer like night golf! With glow in the dark balls and sticks, a 7 iron and a putter, it is so much fun to (illegally) go out for a quick 9 holes with some friends. So much fun, especially when the warm night reminds you of back home, rather than a normal summer night in the mountains! Chris, me and Don by the light of the glow stick! Hehe.
The mail has been wonderful too, lately, with receiving some fun new guitar pedals to play with and other things. I subscribed to a company that sends out a makeup bag with 5 items each month, thanks to my sweet friend Debi, and have really been loving it. Even if the color or texture of something is not quite what I like, I have found many of the samples in my cute Ipsy bag stuff that I adore and will buy again. For instance I received in my July bag, a Mac LipGlass sample whose shade looks amazing on me over bare lips or even with a darker lip pencil or lipstick underneath. I had to go to the MAC store in L.A. when I was there shortly after receiving the July Ipsy bag, to get a full size tube of LipGlass. This month I got face moisturizer that is fantastic, a beautiful "Blue Jean" shade of OFRA eye shadow (probably one of my favorite companies introduced to me by Ipsy), a pretty Trust Fund Beauty lip gloss color (that looks super dark but is much lighter when applied), a Mac mascara that I actually have received before and loved and will love having it as my new travel mascara for my next trip, and a facial peel off mask that I plan to try tonight or tomorrow.
Once I try everything, I go to the site and do a review, receive points, then can use my points to redeem something awesome! All of this stuff comes in a cute makeup bag that one can use for more than just makeup; sewing supplies, guitar picks and strings and tools, paper clips and safety pins and office supplies and more. If you are interested, then go here - JOIN IPSY! - you can join as a month to month, where they charge your credit card on the 1st of the month, or pay for a year in advance. Don't forget though, if you want to unsubscribe to this, you MUST do it WELL before the next billing date. Read the fine print, as always. But enjoy I really love it!
And THEN in the mail just yesterday, I received the new issue of our local newspaper, The Ogden Valley News! And on the front page, the photo that I sent them of my bully hummingbird, the Rufous, Mean Mister Mustard!
Thanks Jeannie and Shanna, for putting him on the front cover! Woo!
Happy happy everyone!
What an amazing weekend it has been for me! My heart is full of joy!
Yesterday was my old boss's birthday, he turned 50 which makes ME feel really ancient, and I was so thrilled to be able to chat with him via text from Utah to Australia! Happy birthday Charlie!
Here's looking at YOU kid! We had so many fun times on that tour, too many to even remember, haha! They were definitely special times!
Saturday afternoon I grabbed my friend Brooke, some snacks and a bottle of wine,
screw top - more convenient, and we went to Park City to see pal Don Felder play a fantastic set of tunes, including a glorious version of "Seven Bridges Road" that I wish I would have recorded entirely.
What a fun night!
Brooke and I had a fantastic time, as you can see! (See Don between us?)
We were dancing and enjoying the tunes, like "Already Gone" and "Hotel California," whose solo I had to video! (Because it rocks so much!) (And I guess I was also rocking - sorry about the crazy camera action and the screaming!!!)
Don did an array of tunes that everyone cheered for and sang along with! I was so impressed with the show; the choice of songs, the performances of every single musician as well as the vocal harmonies. Hearing the range that these guys can sing was amazing! (Band members include Timothy Drury on keys and vocals, David Myhre on guitars and vocals, Wade Biery on bass and vocals, and Stevie D on drums and vocals!)
After the show, we went backstage to say hello,
and chat about guitars and amps and mutual friends and family, then Brooke and I headed to Main Street for a bite and a drink! On our way out we ran into the band members so stopped to chat with them for awhile! Such a fun night!
Yup, me and my hat again. Just in case you may have noticed! THANK YOU DON for a fantastic evening!
This coming weekend, for folks south of Salt Lake City and north of Salt Lake City, I have events for you that will be super fun! Friday night, my band, Wildflower Moon, will be playing at the Helper Arts Festival on the Main Stage at 8pm, and then we play again on Saturday evening at my neighborhood's annual awesome event, The Ogden Valley Balloon Festival on the main stage at 6pm, after the fabulous local all-girl band, The Mothers of Mayhem, whom I adore! After we play, The Christian Mills Band will perform as the headliner. The whole weekend will be a fun time! Support those local events please!
More to come as I try to keep writing and finding cool pics about stuff that you might like to see here on my little journal!
It's THROWBACK THURSDAY! This started, as far as I know, on Facebook, but so many of my friends and family members miss all of the fun photos that I post there, so I have decided to do my TBT here on my journal, which will reach a much bigger audience, but I will also share the link and photo to my official Twitter account AND Facebook page.
This photo was taken sometime in the late 70's, probably at Madame Wong's in Chinatown, a venue that my band Backstage Pass played and also where I saw The Police for the first time during their very first tour in America. Yes, Wong's Chinatown. And no, it was not packed for The Police since most people had no idea who they were. This pic was just a couple of kids from a couple of bands hanging out together. Stiv and I knew each other from back home, him being from Girard, Ohio, close enough where we would catch each other at local Cleveburgh clubs, especially the Tomorrow Club in Youngstown. When he was in Los Angeles, I did see him often, attending shows, parties, events, recording sessions, and more. He was even at The Orchids debut show at SIR in Hollywood, circa 1979, along with a few of the Doors, Michael Des Barres, Al Kooper and more. In this era of Stiv, he was dating Cynthia Ross from the B-Girls, a great punk/pop band from Canada/NYC, and they were in L.A. playing music and hanging out. Here are the Backstage Pass girls, left to right, Barbara, Spock, me with my mouth open, talking as usual, with what looks like gum in my mouth, Stiv, Cynthia, maybe another B-Girl, not sure, and half of a mustached man, also unknown. Photographer unknown. (Help anyone?)
What an amazing time to live in Los Angeles (or New York for that matter!)!
Stiv is terribly missed but we are all grateful for all of the photos we took back in those days, as well as some of Stiv's own pics. There is a new documentary coming out that may have one of my photos in it of Stiv, that is not credited to me, but was taken by me backstage at the Tomorrow Club in Youngstown when The Ramones played there in the 70s. RIP Stiv!
Hi again, I just realized that there is no way I will ever be able to remember all of your birthdays and post photos, but I will try. I missed my good pal Greg's birthday when I posted all of the ones with my girlfriends, so here is a pic of me playing with Greg and Dog in Pennsylvania in the last year or so. He is the drummer! (And mark your calendars, PA PEEPS, because THIS trio, aptly named Dog and The Catz, will be playing at Bloom Brew in West Newton, PA, on Friday August 31st at 6pm til whenever! We are working up some fun tunes and will practice at our gig! Hehe! You can get pints at BB and the Let It Slide food truck will be there that night!)
And TODAY is my "old" friend David's birthday! A long, long time ago, when I was a brunette-er maybe redhead ish girl, we had a "band" called Easy Action. David then went by the moniker "Steven J" while Sandy (on the left, RIP) picked the name Shanda Lear while I was just Che.
We have had loads of fun together, lost touch, recently reconnected and with the fabulous internet, phone, texting and simple ways to be in touch with one another, are in touch! Happy Birthday David!
I am a part of a group on Facebook that is always posting interesting old music, videos, stuff that is not really "popular" anymore, some tunes or bands that people have forgotten about, and today someone posted a tune from the Buckingham Nicks album that was huge in Pittsburgh when it came out in late 1973. Going to art school every Saturday morning through the school year, from 5th grade through my senior year of high school, I would be able to kick around downtown, or near Pitt or Carnegie-Mellon where the pre-college art classes took place from 10th-12th grades, after class was over, around noon. There were so many things going on there; free concerts, festivals, street fairs, and more, and my friends and I were able to be a part of this, even though we were way younger than most of the attendees. My friend Natalie and I sold our hand made jewelry in a head shop in Oakland, near the Pitt campus, where her brother was a student. (And where we crashed sometimes when there was an evening concert to attend, staying in the co-ed dorms with her wonderfully protective brother!) The manager of the store was Robbie and he loved our jewelry (and maybe us too, I am not really sure.) But HE was the one who introduced me to the Buckingham Nicks album, before the radio stations were really starting to play the heck out of it. I LOVED the cover, wanted to be THAT girl, but then when I heard the music, playing over the speakers in the shop, I was totally hooked. Listening today, before I started to write all of this, I was in tears, remembering those times, those halcyon days, when my cares were all about "that boy" and making sure that I finished my homework, and whose party would we go to tonight, and what concert would be great (and affordable) to go to. The fourth song on this album always tears me up. (Crystal)
You can listen HERE to the entire album, and even download it. (I actually have the original vinyl album as well as the CD I bought years ago when I wasn't sure if vinyl would still have the ability to be played!) Here are some of the beautiful lyrics of that song that breaks me up:
How the faces of love have changed turning the pages
And I have changed, oh, but you, you remain ageless
I turned around and the water was closing all around like a glove
Like the love that had finally, finally found me
Then I knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
Drove me through the mountains
Through the crystal like and clear water fountain
Drove me like a magnet
To the sea
This is me around that era. Digitized from an old slide.
Woo hoo, she's back! (Me!)
It's SUMMER and it has been a busy one for me, personally as well as with all of my solo shows and my band gigs! Even with this terrible drought that we are in out here in the west, the show must go on. Except for sweating in the sweltering heat and breathing in the smokey air, the outdoor shows have been super fun! Stay updated on all of my shows all over the place by either checking my tour dates here on my website or join my email list HERE on the right lower side of the page.
Lots of friends are having birthdays at this time of the year, including my pal, Lulu, from Pittsburgh
and my friend Angel, whom I met at NAMM a few years ago.
(Angel is in the middle, here with me, Karie, Kimiko and Amy, at NAMM 2017 in the Angel Suite!)
So, since Facebook has become really tough to interact with friends, many people do not even see my posts, and the event listing don't seem to work well with gathering friends and fans to my shows, I have decided to wean myself, and you, off of that site. Not totally, but slowly I will start posting less and less. You know, like those Throwback Thursday posts that we all love? Well, anyone who is not ON Facebook, like my MOM, cannot go to FB and see these fun old pictures from my colorful past, so I have decided to start posting those TBT photos HERE on my journal, and then will share the link with the Facebook crowd. So everyone can see them! Good idea? Yay? Nay?
My band Wildflower Moon, still only has a Facebook presence but will soon have our own professional website, so look out for that! Here we are playing at the Ogden Valley Open Market on Thursday night July 26th, with me rocking my NITEBOB shirt.
If you do not know WHO Nitebob is, you need to google that! He and I go WAY back! And the team that makes the Open Market happen is here, and yes, that is me!
L-R: ShyAnna, Elissa, Sarah and me
Stay tuned for more fun photos and news and all of that stuff!
Mark your calendars for August 17 at the Helper Arts Festival for the band, 8pm, and in the Ogden Valley at Eden Park for the Balloon Festival on August 18 at 6pm, playing during the balloon glow, which is fabulous! Also on Saturday August 18 at the Balloon Fest, you can catch our friends, The Mothers of Mayhem, an all girl band that plays the heck out of classic rock tunes by bands like Van Halen, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin!
And PA and MD people, I'm returning at the end of the month!