Updates from the East Coast Refugee himself, blues/rock keyboardist Steve Sauer

Now I'm officially a 'Working Musician'

posted Feb 3, 2019, 4:04 AM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 4:08 AM ]

Back in May 2016, local musician Dave Pedrick launched the Working Musician Podcast, a series of discussions with individuals in the field. I began listening right away because his first guest was a friend of mine, Mike Bitts, who at the time was playing with me in Presence - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Now Episode 71 features a discussion with me on my experiences throughout the whole process of being a musician: taking lessons, rehearsing, scheduling, performing, gaining inspiration from travel, and my obsession with Led Zeppelin.

Catching live music

posted Jan 28, 2019, 9:28 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 9:30 PM ]

It was an honor being in the presence of greatness on Thursday night. It was my one night off in a stretch of eight gigs in nine days, and my wife and I spent it at Madison Square Garden watching Billy Joel. He and his band put on an amazing show, and we had great seats overlooking the entire stage. Here are photos from the show:

And for those more into video, here are some of the songs performed:

When my nine-night stretch of gigs was over, I went to go see the last set from a Beatles tribute band called Newspaper Taxis playing at Bridgeport Ribhouse. They perform their own arrangements of Beatles songs, and their vocal harmonies impress me.

Sliding into February

posted Jan 19, 2019, 5:35 AM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 5:56 PM ]

As we slide into February, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • As we are under a winter storm advisory, I am reminded it is always best to check with the venue to be sure a gig has been canceled due to inclement weather. Everybody, be safe out there!
  • AM Radio Tribute Band is scheduled for three sets of all Beatles and nothing but The Beatles at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Montgomery County, this Sunday (Jan. 20).
  • Tuesday night (Jan. 22) there is a show with two-thirds of the Juliano Brothers plus Danny Eyer and myself at Tom N Jerry’s in Ridley, Delaware County.
  • Broken Arrow - A Tribute to Neil Young appears at Ardmore Music Hall this Friday (Jan. 25), with AM Radio Tribute Band opening. Discounted tickets are available for a limited time.
  • The Flamin’ Caucasians play at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar in King of Prussia, Montgomery County on Sunday (Jan. 27) during the Pro Bowl.
  • Paul Hammond’s Last Tuesday Jam is at Bridgeport Ribhouse on, you guessed it, the last Tuesday of the month (Jan. 29). Paul will be between shows with Get the Led Out, so he’s hosting another jam with several of his musician friends.
  • The first Friday of the new month (Feb. 1) sees AM Radio Tribute Band returning to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County. Tickets are on sale now. When we played at Mauch Chunk before, there was an organized round-trip bus ride from Bridgeport Ribhouse. An announcement is forthcoming regarding transportation from Montgomery County to Jim Thorpe; stay tuned to the band's Facebook page.
Update: The transportation announcement is part of this video I shot during both AMRTB sets at DaVinci's Pub on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Fifty years ago, entering into 1969

posted Jan 14, 2019, 8:24 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 8:27 PM ]

It’s a great time to be a Led Zeppelin fan! Fifty years ago, throughout this very week, American rock music fans were getting their hands on a piece of vinyl called “Led Zeppelin” for the very first time. The band had been on tour in the US since Christmas — oh, and one night in Canada…

They were in San Francisco three days at the Fillmore West, then moved on to Iowa at a time when Jimmy Page reported back to the UK that all anybody can talk about is, “How soon can we get a hold of the album?” Local radio stations were turning people onto Led Zeppelin, if they’d been able to get advance copies of the album. Now, it was being released to the public, thanks to Atlantic Records.

This is what “Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out” has been discussing in its calendar podcast, featuring my contributions. This can be streamed or downloaded exclusively using the iHeartRadio app. This also airs as a daily feature on select classic rock stations in the US. In the matter of the next few months, we’ll be chronicling the period 50 years ago during which Led Zeppelin continued to tour the US on the strength of their first album, all while preparing their follow-up. Back home in England, Led Zeppelin withheld release of their debut album in the UK until after a series of recordings and broadcasts for the BBC.

Over the final three months of 2018, I published a dozen special editions of my own online newsletter, “On This Day In Led Zeppelin History,” honoring the 50th anniversaries of several key events of the year that both Cream and the Yardbirds disbanded and Led Zeppelin was formed, 1968. These are as follows, interspersed with episodes of “Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out” calendar podcast.

Too Good

On this day in 1968, Led Zeppelin’s debut album recording sessions continued with the band laying down as many as eight different songs on one particular day. Six of these turned up on the album, one went unreleased for longer than 46 years, and one title remains a mystery to fans. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 3, 2018

Back At Last from the U.S.A.!!

On this day in 1968, the newly assembled four-piece band still being called "The Yardbirds" played their first British show. Since it was billed as "The Yardbirds," the people taking out an ad to publicize the band bragged that they were "Back At Last from the U.S.A.!!" Fact check: In the spring, Page had returned from America for the last time with his former Yardbirds bandmates of Keith Relf, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, who had since all been replaced by Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, although their band name had failed to change. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 4, 2018

Hats Off to Bert Berns

On this day in 1968, another recording session took place for the so-called Yardbirds at Olympic Sound Studios. Although the process of recording Led Zeppelin’s debut album was ongoing, this day’s recording included several takes of a song that wouldn’t be released for another 25 years. It was recorded under the title “A Tribute to Bert Berns,” referencing a producer who had died of a heart attack 10 months earlier, at age 38. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 10, 2018

Naming the beast

On this day in 1968, the Melody Maker ran a report on Jimmy Page’s new band. The name “Led Zeppelin” wasn’t mentioned. That’s because Page didn’t quite know what to call his band, either. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 12, 2018

Everything but the kitchen sink

On this day in 1968, the last known recording session for Led Zeppelin’s debut album took place at Olympic Sound Studios in London. It didn’t take much time for this album to be put together: only 36 hours or fewer in the studio, on several days since Sept. 25. “They were very hard-working,” says recording engineer Glyn Johns, who’d been used to working on studio sessions for The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 15, 2018

Beginnings of the Thunder Quartet

On this day in 1968, the band now officially changing its name to Led Zeppelin made its London debut. The first of two “Yardbirds finale shows” was taking place in what Jimmy Page considered to be “the main blues club in town, the Marquee.” Six years earlier, when he was 18 and living at his parents’ home in Epsom, London was a train ride away, and the Marquee club was where he could show up for jam sessions on blues nights. Each Thursday at the Marquee, he’d emulate those six-string-wielding sidemen he was hearing on blues records by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, imported from the United States. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 18, 2018

Smoldering, ready to explode onstage

On this day in 1968, the band one day away from becoming Led Zeppelin played the last of two “Yardbirds finale shows,” this time at Liverpool University’s Mountford Hall. Glen Colson was a roadie for the band around this time and particularly remembers this gig. He was brought on by Kenny Pickett, who himself was now roadying after having been lead singer for the band The Creation. “I did about six or seven gigs with them,” says Colson... | READ MORE | Published Oct. 19, 2018

Tonight! The Ex-Yardbirds

On this day in 1968, the first gig booked with the new band name Led Zeppelin took place at the University of Surrey. One of John Bonham’s former bandmates — Reg Jones, ex-singer and guitarist for A Way of Life — remembered this gig in a passage of “Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band” by Barney Hoskyns. He said, “I drove John and Robert to their first engagement as Led Zeppelin in my Jaguar. It was at Surrey University. There was a huge banner hanging outside that read — in big letters — ‘Tonight! The Ex-Yardbirds.’ Underneath, in small lettering, it said, ‘Led Zeppelin.’ After the gig, I couldn’t start the Jaguar and we all came home on the train.” | READ MORE | Published Oct. 25, 2018

Now hear this

On this day in 1968, a memo was composed for the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records, indicating Jimmy Page would be in New York on Nov. 11 for the signing of Led Zeppelin’s recording contract with Atlantic Records. Executives at the New York meeting would be treated to a private listening session of Led Zeppelin’s already-completed debut album, according to this early document signed on the band’s behalf by attorney Steve Weiss. | READ MORE | Published Oct. 30, 2018

The benefit of good timing

On this day in 1968, Cream completed their farewell tour in the US, and meanwhile, Led Zeppelin were exactly one week away from a signing ceremony with Atlantic Records that couldn’t have been timed better. Cream were breaking up due to incendiary tensions within the combative power trio. Their disbanding was not only a hit to the US concert scene but also to the revenue stream of Atlantic’s subsidiary, Atco. Cream’s US tour was a farewell tour, and their followup album was going to bear the title “Goodbye.” | READ MORE | Published Nov. 4, 2018

They got it

On this day in 1968, Led Zeppelin secured a record deal in New York with Atlantic Records. At the label’s Broadway office, representatives of the British band convened with label bosses for the signing of the deal. A calendar entry on Led Zeppelin’s official website states: “In November 1968, Jimmy Page travels to New York with Peter Grant, armed with master tapes of the group's first album. [Atlantic’s] Ahmet Ertegun [and] Jerry Wexler, [and Zeppelin] attorney Steve Weiss meet with Page and Grant at Atlantic’s office (1841 Broadway, NY - November 11th, 1968). Jeff Beck is also in attendance, who was on his North American tour. They then travel to Miami for a short trip, including a fishing expedition. A reported $200,000 advance is soon announced - a monumental sum at the time.” | READ MORE | Published Nov. 11, 2018

Those Were the Days

On this day in 1968, Cream’s final farewell show in London helped to paved the way for Led Zeppelin. Cream’s back-to-back nights at the Royal Albert Hall marked not just the end of Cream but also the end of an era, one on which Led Zeppelin would be all too eager to capitalize. | READ MORE | Published Nov. 26, 2018

Gonzaga '68

On this day in 1968, a new era of Led Zeppelin’s touring days is ushered in as they play their fifth show opening in the Pacific Northwest for the Vanilla Fudge. An individual within Gonzaga University’s John F. Kennedy Pavilion manages to run a tape recorder for almost an hour, capturing Led Zeppelin’s final set of 1968. In all, about 300 live dates of Led Zeppelin’s over the next 12 years would be recorded, of which this show in Spokane, Washington, appears to be the first. | READ MORE | Published Dec. 30, 2018

In 2019, I’ll be using my own newsletter less as I contribute more to “Carol Miller’s Get the Led Out,” including on the show's Facebook pageand in the previously mentioned podcast, available exclusively via iHeartRadio. This is a topic I've long enjoyed writing about, simply because the music has remained my favorite.

New year, favorite stages, impromptu new project

posted Jan 1, 2019, 10:11 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 10:13 PM ]

The last Saturday of 2018 saw AM Radio Tribute Band playing to a packed house at Tom N Jerry’s in Ridley, our favorite hangout in Delaware County, PA. Here’s a 360-degree view from center stage during our performance of a Linda Ronstadt song. There are some nice, tight shots of Danny Eyer on guitar, Jim Cavanaugh on drums, and Su Teears on vocals. And there’s a healthy amount of great crowd footage too!

Then, we rang in the new year at a private party in Conshohocken featuring a horn section. January and February 2019 have some big stage appearances lined up for AMRTB at Sellersville Theater (two shows on Jan. 5 supporting Herman’s Hermits), Ardmore Music Hall (Jan. 25 supporting Broken Arrow - A Tribute to Neil Young), Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe (Feb. 1), and 118 North in Wayne (date TBA). Plus, we have two shows planned for the Bridgeport Ribhouse on Jan. 10 and 20, the second of which is an all-request Beatles night! All of that takes place before our return to Tom N Jerry’s on Saturday, Feb. 23.

On a personal note, I’m happy to be back at Tom N Jerry’s a little bit sooner. I’ll be in an exciting new monthly lineup also featuring Danny Eyer on guitar, Greg Juliano on bass, and his brother Mike Juliano on drums. We haven’t decided on a name yet, and we are open to playing just about anything, to see where all it will lead. This impromptu lineup debuts at Tom N Jerry’s on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and will be set to recur once each month thereafter.

Highlights of the past few weeks

posted Dec 20, 2018, 9:34 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Dec 27, 2018, 6:14 PM ]

The benefit for Danny Eyer on Thanksgiving weekend was a blast. Through the efforts of the organizers and everybody who donated, we were able to raise a lot of money for his cancer recovery. Then, Danny’s comeback to AM Radio Tribute Band last weekend was another memorable night. He still sounds great and plays amazingly. We are all so glad to have him back in the fold with us. Upcoming shows include:

Saturday, Dec. 22 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Whitpain Tavern, Blue Bell, PA

Saturday, Dec. 29 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Tom N Jerry’s, Ridley, PA

Saturday, Jan. 5 - Herman's Hermits with AM Radio Tribute Band at Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
Two shows | First show 3 p.m., doors 2:30 p.m. | Second show 8 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m. | MORE INFO & TICKETS

Thursday, Jan. 10 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA | 7-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20 - AM Radio Tribute Band's Beatles Tribute at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA | 6-10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 - Broken Arrow, A Tribute to Neil Young, with AM Radio Tribute Band at Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA
Show 8 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m. | General admission tickets $15 on the day of show | $13 in advance | $25 seated | MORE INFO & TICKETS

Friday, Feb. 1 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA
Show 8 p.m., doors 7 p.m. | Tickets $23 | MORE INFO & TICKETS

There was a night at Bridgeport Ribhouse with Paul Hammond & Friends. It was a revamp in November of the lineup that had convened for his birthday in October. Both of these shows were a special occasion for me because they surrounded the eighth anniversary of the first time I ever visited the Bridgeport Ribhouse. That was thanks to Paul Hammond, who had told me about the place on an earlier occasion I was out visiting with Get the Led Out on the road. He told me about the First Sunday band, which played on the first Sunday of every month. Sundays aren’t usually available for local gigs anymore for GTLO’s stars, but Tuesdays are sometimes available. The Last Tuesday band may have already become a new tradition. I’ll play with them whenever I can.

As soon as this gig was over, I high-tailed it to Oklahoma to celebrate my wife’s parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Of course I got to play at the party. I was playing a repertoire of songs from the year the happy couple got married, 1968, and somebody requested “Linus and Lucy,” which was actually from ’64/65, but never mind. It was good to practice it because I’d begin rehearsals for my gig playing the entire “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album as soon as I got home from the Oklahoma trip.

Also, I got to play some holiday parties with The Flamin’ Caucasians. There are some public gigs scheduled soon, so come dancing! It’s only natural…

Sunday, Dec. 30 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar, King of Prussia, PA

Friday, Jan. 11 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at the Sellersville Moose, Sellersville, PA

Tuesday, Jan. 15 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at Molten, Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA

Friday, Jan. 18 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at Whitpain Tavern, Blue Bell, PA

Sunday, Jan. 27 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar, King of Prussia, PA

As I was saying…

posted Nov 22, 2018, 7:00 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Nov 22, 2018, 7:02 PM ]

As I mentioned in my last post about this weekend’s Danny Eyer benefit, AM Radio Tribute Band is releasing a video. Well, now make that two videos! 

The promised video is “Love Will Keep Us Together” live from Mauch Chunk Opera House, performed on our date there last month. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about our next show there!

Now, a surprise bonus video from this band is also being released. It’s “Break On Through” performed live on the night before Thanksgiving at Bridgeport Ribhouse. Since it’s Thanksgiving, I’ll say that I’m thankful for bandmates like these backing me up in our live debut of this Doors song, and for fans like Andee Botto-Krick, who captured this moments on video.

Don't forget AM Radio Tribute Band's performances this weekend, both at Tom N Jerry's! On Saturday we play our regular show there. Sunday after the Eagles game is the Danny Eyer benefit also starring the Juliano Brothers!

For the love of Danny!

posted Nov 5, 2018, 6:52 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Nov 5, 2018, 7:33 PM ]

Just announced by AM Radio Tribute Band:

"Our friend Danny Eyer needs our help. Danny has been diagnosed with two cancerous melanomas requiring immediate surgery that include skin grafts. Danny's health is also compromised by diabetes, which will mean a long period of healing, during which time Danny cannot work. Funds raised by our combined efforts will go towards Danny's medical expenses, daily needs, and general support for Danny's fight against cancer.

"Danny needs as much of our help as he can get, so please, for the love of Danny, let's all pull together for our dear friend and fellow musician by showing our love and support during this very difficult time."

"If you cannot attend, and want to participate, please send your donation in the form of a check made out to Danny Eyer, to 40 Egypt Road, Norristown, PA 19403."

Breathe, and let love keep us together

posted Nov 3, 2018, 6:30 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 5:35 PM ]

It seems like every day since AM Radio Tribute Band played at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, I’ve had way too much else to do so that I’ve been neglecting posting any kind of news on my blog. Of course, if you caught up with me at any of the shows I’ve been playing since that night, you’d know how I felt about that show: It was really like no other.

It came off pretty seamlessly. The ordering of the songs pretty much came down to Jimmy Cavanaugh, our drummer, who decided to appoint himself our musical director as well, a month before the show. The pacing of the show was Jimmy’s crowning achievement.

At some point in 2016, he brought to the band a song he thought we should do, which also happened to be something Su Teears used to sing in front of the mirror to her mom’s discontent. It’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” by the Captain & Tennille. It used to be that hearing the opening chords of the song would make me want to switch it off, to find just about anything else. But when I was asked to learn it, I grew to love it. Once this song became one of the more popular features of our regular rotation, I even got myself a captain’s hat to wear. Now I don’t have the same reaction when I hear that song.

AM Radio Tribute Band is releasing an official video for “Love Will Keep Us Together” performed live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. The audio comes from the soundboard, and the video was shot by my wife, with some effects and titling applied by me.

We’ve been carrying the Mauch Chunk momentum into the shows we’ve been playing in the ensuing couple of weekends, including a 45-year class reunion where we were joined by Patchwork’s horn section. We played some Halloween costume parties at DaVinci’s Pub and Bridgeport Ribhouse.

All this time, I’ve been recovering from a cold. It was mostly a stupid sinus issue that made me sneezy, drippy, drowsy, stuffy, and overall miserable. On the actual day we played at Mauch Chunk, I was probably at my sickest, but I had no problem pulling it together to holler “Light My Fire” at the audience. Some told me they thought it was Jim Morrison.

Later the same weekend, as I began to feel mildly better, I started to lose my singing voice. On Saturday at Tom N Jerry’s when I sang, I could tell something was wrong. I struggled through contributing or leading vocals at three Sunday church services, then decided against setting up a microphone for myself at the Ribhouse that evening. My voice was shot, and it couldn’t take it anymore.

Luckily, my voice was able to bounce back within a week, just in time for a gig with The Flamin’ Caucasians in front of a huge statue of Ben Franklin! We also had original member Bernie Carville in our lineup that night, who was able to take some of the pressure off of my vocals.

This month will include:
  • Sunday, Nov. 4 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar, King of Prussia, PA
  • Friday, Nov. 9 - AM Radio Tribute Band at JD McGillicuddy’s Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 - The Flamin’ Caucasians at DaVinci’s Pub, Collegeville, PA
  • Sunday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) - AM Radio Tribute Band at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Thanksgiving Eve) - AM Radio Tribute Band at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 - AM Radio Tribute Band at Tom N Jerry’s, Ridley, PA
  • Sunday, Nov. 25 - Benefit for Danny Eyer at Tom N Jerry’s, Ridley, PA
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Paul Hammond & Friends with full band at Bridgeport Ribhouse, Bridgeport, PA

Two weeks leading up to Mauch Chunk

posted Oct 16, 2018, 12:31 PM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 12:34 PM ]

Two of the busiest weeks of my life have just happened. On Tuesday, Oct. 2 I showed up at Steve Ward's house thinking I was reporting for a recording session. I was wrong, but the good news is that Steve played me some new solo tunes he hasn't released yet. The recording session for Jessica Smucker turned out to be a day later, when I had the pleasure of meeting up with Chad Kinsey, John Flavin and Matt Underhill. Every one of us had worked on a project with J.c. Fetlock, and although I didn’t run into J.c. that day, I did the next day.

Between Friday and Saturday, AM Radio Tribute Band played three gigs: two public and one private. The Saturday morning gig was maybe the last outdoor show we can get away with doing this year. We played under a park pavilion with a car show and community vendors nearby. The weather was great that morning; it has since taken a turn toward words in the forecast like “frost” and “chill.” The Saturday evening gig was a 50-year class reunion. Who happened to be playing an acoustic solo set one floor below us but Brian Quinn of Candlebox. This was only the first of three times running into him in about one week.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, I played keys with Danny Beissel’s band Featherborn at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, where parking is impossible to find. We were opening for Pete RG out of Los Angeles, whose drummer happens to be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. Dave also plays in Candlebox, and his Candlebox bandmate Brian attended the show and even jammed on the last song of Featherborn’s set.

Just before the weekend rolled around, I spent my Friday morning and afternoon fixed on the music of Christian singer-songwriter David Meece. We rehearsed for his Sunday night praise concert, with Brian Bortnick on guitar, Bobby Pirylis on drums, and Bill Sharrow on bass. After our rehearsal, I found myself in the vicinity of the Bridgeport Ribhouse with nowhere better to go. So I jammed with Scott France and Richie Angelucci during their second and third happy hour acoustic sets.

After this, I stuck around and caught an amazing first set by the Right Swipes. They played several songs from my own high school days that I’d never heard any cover band pull off, and they did so with a lot of precision. Their Weezer and Cracker covers made me sentimental for my own 20-year high school reunion I’d be missing the very next day, when I’d be playing with AM Radio Tribute Band at another high school’s 45-year high class reunion.

David Meece’s praise concert got me back in the area on Sunday night, and I went to the Bridgeport Ribhouse hoping to be in time to catch Hey Joe, a Jimi Hendrix tribute project featuring Joe Mass. I missed their final set but did get to talk to Joe. I stuck around town so I could drop off a keyboard for repairs and so I could have some alterations done to a cape I’m planning to wear onstage with AM Radio Tribute Band this Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Since I was sticking around town on Monday, I could also go back to the Ribhouse to catch the debut of the Tin Roof Drifters in the monthly booking previously occupied by the Hoppin’ Boxcars. They had a few guests sitting in, including me. For the closing number of their first set I played keys on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Learning to Fly.”

For the opening number of their second set I sang the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” which I remembered singing at Orlieb’s on Tuesday night when it came on immediately after Pete RG’s set. It turns out that all I really could sing was the chorus; I didn’t really know the verses or bridge. Edge in the Tin Roof Drifters assures me it doesn’t matter how much of the song I actually knew; I did it, and he doesn’t want to hear otherwise.

Thursday, Oct. 18 is going to be another night at the Ribhouse for me as I help Dave Dubroff of the Tin Roof Drifters celebrate his birthday with a jam session full of anticipated guests. It’s also the night before that long-awaited show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House featuring AM Radio Tribute Band. It’s really been an exciting two weeks leading up to that! I’m grateful for all of the musician friends I’ve made along my journey. Keep rockin’!

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