Shelter from the Storm 

Our 10th annual Bob Dylan show has come and gone. It was quite an adventure .We set up on the newly refurbished Rio Nido Roadhouse stage with upgraded power and it's new stage lighting system.  We were ready.

 Rather quickly though the sky darkened and the rain began. We waited a while but things were just getting too wet. What now? Go home? With help from the Roadhouse crew we moved everything and set up again on the covered patio. Not perfect but it was something. After that the weather improved so…

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Jingle Jangle Mornin' 

For me, our annual Bob Dylan show is my favorite of all. This will be our 10th annual version. A while back I posted a a question on the Thugz Facebook page - what is your favorite Dylan song? Well. there were quite a few responses. Some of them we will be playing at the Roadhouse on the 26th. One respondent asked what are the band's favorites?

For myself I will say "Mr. Tambourine Man". Most everyone is familiar with the hit version by the Byrds. That is a good one! On that track though the only Byrd…

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The Name of the Rose - Story of the Thugz (repost of an earlier blog) 

The Thugz! ? Yes, the Thugz. It's always interesting when our band ventures into a new geographical area and some folks react with horror to our "name". To our local fans and ourselves it is such a non issue. How did we end up- with this moniker anyway? Well, long, long ago in a bar not so far away.....

  Back in the late 90's,  a few friends and I had an informal band called "Miasma" (a kind of stinky swamp gas/what a name also!). We would jam/rehearse every Saturday night in Cazadero and we did some…

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Skull & Roses come & gone "my oh my" 

The Thugz have been as far north as Eureka and as far east as Reno but this was our first show in southern California. The Skull & Roses Festival at the Ventura County Fairgrounds was our destination. We made it there and back without too many mishaps. For various reasons the trip down on Friday took 11 hours with no breakdowns other than one vehicle running out of gas and then getting back on the road going the wrong direction. Eventually a passenger noticed seeing the same street names again and a…

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Goin' Down the Road 

Away we go to Ventura to play at the Skull & Roses Festival at the fairgrounds. 3 days of bands playing Grateful Dead music. We know a few of those tunes so why not? Part of the idea of the fest is to present Dead songs in different styles & arrangements. What we will be doing is pairing GD tunes with instrumental versions of thugz originals and going in and out of each with lots of improvised jamming. So far it seems to work quite well. We have done a fair amount of rehearsing for this one and feel…

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brrrrrrrrrrrrr 

Trying to keep warm has been the main activity these past few months. Nothing like back in Maine, but for here, it has been a struggle. I'm sick of dealing with firewood but it is our only heat source except for some electric heaters that soak up juice and don't do much. Oh well, spring will come maybe.

 I haven't written here for quite a stretch. I really thought I wouldn't return to the band this year but I decided to give it another blast. I started the band in 2001 and it actually has roots that go…

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Oh Well 

At our last Cotati Caberat gig we were a bit short handed so in an attempt to make up for it I brought extra guitars. Not sure if it mattered but it was fun to play 'em all.

I totally flaked on blog/wrant writing during November . I will post more this month I think!

Thanks all!

Ramble On 

More of a random ramble of a rant/blog this time.

  Fall is here and things tend to slow down in the live music world around here. At the end of September I figured on just shutting down the band and starting up again in the spring--- or  maybe not. Sometimes being a so called "band leader" is not that fun.    There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the audience and fans are unaware of, broken gear, broken vehicles, schedule conflicts, hanging posters, keeping ink in the printer…

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I was so much older then... 

Ever since I got the Byrds album "Younger Than Yesterday" back when it came out in the 60's I have always liked it a lot. It has lots of nice Byrds tunes, Dylan's "My Back Pages", Clarence White guitar licks and on one song "So You Want to be a Rock & Roll Star" it had the great South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. I still listen to the album fairly often. My only complaint is that the songs are all so short.

 Anyway, it was a pleasure to be asked by Sonoma county band "Solid Air" to play the trumpet…

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