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Donna Jean and Davis

Friday, July 24th, 2009

DJ and Davis

I invited Tom Davis to join me at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport CT this weekend. He was particularly interested in seeing Donna Jean Godchaux, who he met in the ’70s and hadn’t seen in a couple of decades. Davis and I arrived at the hotel Thursday afternoon, and Donna Jean and her group arrived shortly after. She stared at Davis in amazement and then said, "I was just talking about you yesterday!"

This photo was taken a couple of hours later, in the hospitality tent at GOTV.

Davis and I were both blown away by the Donna Jean Godchaux Band‘s performance. Jeff Mattson was on fire! I’ve been a great admirer of Jeff’s guitar playing since the first of these events in 1996, and last night’s performance was the greatest I have ever heard from him. And the rest of the band was right there with him, energy-wise. It was thrilling.

Appropriately for this context, the band’s set was heavy on GD covers. But the great surprise was a new addition to their book: "Darkness, Darkness," from the great album Elephant Mountain by The Youngbloods.

Donna Jean’s new band: listen here!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I was in Missouri last weekend at Camp Zoe, and immediately after my set was the first-ever public performance of The Donna Jean Godchaux Band featuring Jeff Mattson. I enjoyed their set very much. Their set included several originals (including a brand-new song by Donna Jean) and some old favorites. Check out The Way You Do the Things You Do-> Franklin’s Tower (posted here with the band’s permission, natch. Sound mix by Tim Stiegler). I’ll playing this on KPFA next week, too.

These are the dates listed in their latest email:
4/23  Thu. Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, NY  516 783-7500 9 PM
4/26 Sun. Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ Whippany, NJ 973 585-7175
5/1 Fri. Free Midnight Show at McFadden’s, One Citizen’s Bank Way, Philly (Right after the Dead’s Spectrum show, right across the street.) 215 952-0300
7/4 & 7/5 Sat. & Sun. Gratefulfest, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville, OH 440 548-2716 
7/17 Fri. ForestJam, Cheshire County Fairgrounds, Swanzey, NH
7/18 Sat. Mighty High Fest Vasa Park, Hackettstown, NJ 201 336-2320
7/23  Thu. Gathering of the Vibes Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT
7/31 – 8/2 Fri., Sat. & Sun. Golden Road Music & Arts Fest Belvedere at Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY