Posts Tagged ‘music’

DG w/ Rumpke Mountain Boys 9/4/12

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I sat in with the Rumpke Mountain Boys at Stanley’s Pub in Cincinnati on Tuesday, September 4. I sang “Bertha,” “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Jackaroe,” and “US Blues.” Next time, we’ll work up some original material. Check out the rest of the band’s show, too!

Here’s a link to the complete 9/4 show.

“Duquesne Whistle”

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Just got the new Bob Dylan album, Tempest. I’ve heard it half a dozen times or so, not enough to really know what’s going on, but I have some first impressions to report.

The first part of “Duquesne Whistle” sounds like something from one of my favorite compilation CDs: a Bob Brozman-curated collection of Hawaiian steel guitar recordings from the ’30s. The rest of the album seems to go for a similarly distant feel, as if he wishes he were releasing his stuff on 78s. Like band recordings of that era, it feels like he’s singing into a mic with the band playing some distance behind him. Retro to the max.

But really, the thing about “Duquesne Whistle” is that GROOVE! I was hooked instantly.

Tempest keeps drawing me in, as opposed to allowing me to take it out of the player and put something else in there. Last time that happened for me was Love and Theft, which remained in my top ten for a couple of years and still haunts my brain radio.

Additional notes: Robert Hunter has partial credit for the lyrics of “Duquesne Whistle.” Lyrics by Bob Dylan “with” Robert Hunter. I wonder how that worked.

Bob’s voice is really, really shot. Last time I saw him live, in Santa Rosa April 2006, I pretty much decided I’d stick with the records. His voice sounded like a tin can being shredded. But on this record, he makes pretty good use of what he’s got.

DG in Buffalo 8/19/12 – recording on the archive

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Lenny Stubbe recorded my performance at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar in Buffalo last night. It was great to meet him in person after corresponding for 20 years! Here’s a link to his blog, which has a set list and links to his recording.

(There is an aborted “Stagger Lee” in this show. I had played it in a campsite jam at A Bear’s Picnic on Saturday, but I forgot a chord and just got completely lost, so I gave up. These things happen! I’ll get it properly committed to memory eventually.)

Big thanks to Kevin Kukoda of ECE Presents and the Garcia Preservation Society for taking the initiative to invite me to Buffalo!

DG returns to Buffalo August 19

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Sunday, August 19: Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St, Buffalo NY.

Doors open at 3. DG will host SiriusXM’s Tales from the Golden Road from 4 to 6, then play a solo set, followed by the Garcia Preservation Society. Admission is $10. More info at

“Seeds and Stems”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The saddest song ever written! “Seeds and Stems,” performed at Al and Janice‘s house in Boca Raton FL on March 12, 2012. Thanks to Adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS

Live music on the KPFA marathon 2/4

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Just confirmed that Jeff Pehrson will bring his wonderful band The Fall Risk to the KPFA performance studio for a live set during the KPFA Grateful Dead marathon February 4.

We’ll also have a live set from the David Nelson Band, piped in frmo Hawaii!

Some Magfest highlights

Monday, October 26th, 2009

So many fun moments in this amazing MagnoliaFest weekend. Here’s the music we made with Donna the Buffalo in the closing set Sunday night (10/25/09):

Fennario (Pretty Peggy-O) – Donna the Buffalo with DG
Day Tripper/Satisfaction
– DTB with Rubber Souldiers (DG, Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan)

More music to come!

Mike Seeger, RIP

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

From Suzy Thompson:

I got the email below tonight from Mike’s wife, Alexia. Mike went home from the hospital to be with family and receive hospice care a bit more than a week ago. He was a dear friend and a mentor to both me and Eric; each of us met him during our teenage years as fledgling musicians and he was an inspiration and also personally helped us to pursue the “real deal” traditional music. Eric recorded and performed with him. He helped me to get the NEA grant to study with Dewey Balfa, helped me get the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention going, and I spent the last 2 years working on the New Lost City Ramblers documentary which was a challenging project and Mike was always gracious and thoughtful. We will miss him more than I can express.  

Mike was one of the best friends that American traditional music has ever had; he helped so many musicians, in every kind of traditional music, including the blues. One of the most important things I learned from him was about how all the different kinds of vernacular old time music are connected: what we now call “old time” (fiddle & banjo music), country blues, Cajun music, bluegrass — all are part of a continuum and are not as compartmentalized as some people think.  

Mike was always eager to hear new sounds, always working to advocate for homegrown regional music, always wanting to encourage younger musicians, and older ones too, to play the music of what he called “the true vine”.  
Suzy T.

From Alexia:

Dear family, dear friends… Mike has completed his passage. He died this evening, August 7, some time before 9 pm. Family, home, peace. It’s what he wanted, and he did it so gracefully. It went too fast for me to comprehend–but he always said “I don’t want to linger!” Clear in what he’s about, as always.

The love coming from you and from friends all over is just amazingly helpful, sustaining. Thank you. Love——–A

PS Please pass on this news as you wish.

New DG music on the tunes page

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I played a street party in my neighborhood yesterday. Here’s a fun half-hour that starts with an original loop piece and then proceeds through three favorite covers.

Brown-Eyed Jersey Girl->
Ship of Fools->
In Another World->
Rocket Man

Lots more music – audio and video – on the tunes page.

Coming soon…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best


Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The Cassette Tape Skeleton!

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Via Paul Scotton, a creative use of defunct media.

Recent listening

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

I loaded the iPod with stuff to study and stuff to check on on a five-day tour, and the results have been quite rewarding.

I grabbed a Sandy Bull album, Re-Inventions, at KPFA a couple of weeks ago – my first time really listening to him. Silly me, missing Sandy Bull from my musical consciousness all these years. “Blend” was the one that really nailed me.

Also: Mudcrutch! “Crystal River” really tickled me. The Byrds meet The Doors at Donovan’s house.

Sittin’ on a Gold Mine, the latest from Free Peoples. They’ve added a trombone player since their last CD, and the new one is a whole new level of cool. Three excellent songwriters; Johnny Downer is a killer guitarist; a sort of ’40s roadhouse feel, somehow. I love this band.

I’m editing an interview with Clay Eals, who wrote a biography of Steve Goodman, and multi-instrumentalist Jim Rothermel, who played with Goodman a lot. So I’m listening to a lot of my favorite Goodman CDs and some ones I had never heard before, issued after his death. The Easter Tapes is a radio show, Goodman and Rothermel and a delighted DJ; one of the great treats of this set is “Big Iron,” which Bob Weir covered with Kingfish. Goodman’s version is a whole nother brand of wonderful.

I wish I could remember who sent me “Donovan’s Reef Jam,” from a Country Joe and the Fish Live 1969 show that was released in the ’90s. It’s 38 minutes long, with Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Jorma Kaukonen, and Steve Miller joining in. I need to listen again in a quieter environment, but it seems to me there’s a longish stretch of this jam during which there were multiple disagreements over the “one,” but some thrilling music anyway!

Roy Schneider and the Roadside Turtle Rescue. “Friendly, funny, smart American songs in a down-home style,” as I blurbed his last CD. “Old Friend of Mine” is the one that got me today – a tale of a long-term musical friendship.

Claudia Russell, Ready to Receive. I’ve shared a songwriter stage with Claudia and her partner; this is a full-band CD. The title song and “Just Like You,” an intense song about breast cancer, in particular.

And The Missing Moonlighters, one disc of live and one disc of studio. “Let It Rock” and “Sittin’ on Top of the World” are two songs the GD also covered, which gives me an excuse to play some of this kickass band on the radio soon. Bill Kirchen is a guitar god!

Dawn’s Early Light – July 4, 2008

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Gans on tour for Independence Day weekend

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

David Gans on the road this weekend:

  • Thursday, July 3, 10pm: Casey’s, 136 N. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo MI. $5. 269-469-5800
  • Friday, July 4: Rhythmfest Revival at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville OH. Mickey Hart Band, moe., George Clinton and P-Funk, many more. DG plays late-night after Mickey.
  • Sunday, July 6, 8pm: Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA. It’s Dead Night – David will alternate with DJ Tom Donaldson.

More dates on the gigs page.