Throughout its remarkable 50-year span, Lee Conklin’s career has been well regarded as an essential contribution to the psychedelic poster art movement. Well known for imaginative vision and inventive lettering, this work demands and rewards prolonged, patient exploration. Perhaps his best known work is the cover of Santana’s first album but he also did posters for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Chambers Brothers.
These posters often offer voyages—visual trips—containing hidden messages, elements and value that reveal gradually and perhaps unintentionally. According to Conklin, “I just start drawing … and sometimes it turns into something.”
Lester and Dylan Chambers continue the tradition of the Chambers Brothers, a band best known for their eleven-minute 1968 hit “Time Has Come Today”. The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements. Their music has been kept alive through heavy use in film soundtracks.
What a total pleasure to have the legendary John Oates on our show. He treated the completely sold-out crowd to a few songs off his new album “Arkansas” including the title track, a Blind Blake cover and the classic folk tune “Stagger Lee.” John talked about the early days of Hall & Oates and played a few numbers from the duo’s earlier albums.
The “After the Fire: Vol 1” benefit CD was a great excuse to get three of our favorite Bay Area musicians together for a good old fashioned fundraiser. By passing the hat and selling merchandise we raised some money for North Bay fire relief and had a wonderful time doing it.
Mickelson, the mastermind behind the CD, was the perfect man to open the show, explaining how the whole thing came together and performing some compelling tunes.
David Luning is a John Prine loving singer songwriter who manages to walk that fine line between compelling songs and hilarious stories much like his musical hero. He spoke about his brief stint on American Idol and his upcoming appearance at his hometown music festival, Bottlerock Napa Valley.
The Sam Chase is our first three-peat guest and it’s easy to see why. He’s so damn funny and his tunes seem effortless. Go see Sam at every opportunity you get. Either with his band or flying solo, Sam is the real deal.
Due to timing issues we couldn’t get John Oates to do a full audience show for our podcast this time around but he promises to do one (solo) when he returns to the Bay Area later this summer with Hall & Oates. Irish Greg did get to catch up with him backstage at the Great American Music Hall and they discussed the music legend’s new album “Arkansas” and John played a couple of tunes from it too. Thanks to Howlive for the audio/visuals and especially to Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival for help setting this up.
Taking our show on the road again, this time we landed at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael with Oakland’s own T Sisters and our old pals Hillstomp from Portland, Oregon. Fall in love with the T’s beautiful harmonies and wonderful covers of the Grateful Dead, Lady Gaga and Chumbawamba and rock out to the raw hill country blues stomp of Hillstomp, a band we first discovered playing in the bushes of Golden Gate Park some 10 years ago.
Before their nighttime show in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads on Saturday 1/20, we’re thrilled to be hosting the T Sisters (trio) and Hillstomp in the bar for a FREE matinee at 4pm. RSVP here. If you’re not on Facebook please leave a message below if you plan on attending.
Oakland’s T Sisters embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood. You’ll be blown away by their effortless melodies and gorgeous tunes.
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp.
Please join us in the afternoon, have some dinner afterwards and stick around for the show in the Grate Room that night. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Marin.