05-23-2015

Hoboes with the Bluegrass Bombers

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We took our time to see l'Arkansas, and we arrive in Jacksonville near Little Rock where our buddy Steve Evans owns since 40 years the biggest music store around. He has hundreds of guitare to sell, and he has an incredible museum with many cowboy guitars. He is the specialist of the question and he wrote a book on that.

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We're glad to seem him, and also his brother David Evans who plays mandolin and fiddle and David the bass player, five years after our Cowboy's Sweetheart video together.

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We rehearse Peach Picking Time In Georgia and I'll Fly Away. Finally we also records Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor. All is fine, and our project begins to exist.

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Saturday, we go to visit Little Rock, a modern and friendly town nd at night we have a private concert with the Bombers. Very nice.

Jocelyn on his side works on the booklet of the album, with the help of Wilfrid Cadet and Marie Beney who draw from the pictures we take.

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Today, sunday, we leave for Jacksonville Florida. We stop in Clarksdale, MS, then in Indianola, in the Delta to breathe the air of the blues.

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This night we will sleep in Meridian, the town of Jimmie Rodgers.

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After the Cullman gig, we have followed Panama to go to Rockvale. Two days to talk about everything with Patty and Panama, and of course, to rehearse the songs that we're gonna record, Wish For Yesterday, a new song of Panama that Felicie will sing, and Early Morning Rain of Gordon Lightfoot .

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Sunday morning we go to the Rockvale presbytherian church, it's there that we're gonna record on monday. The precher is a woman.

Monday, recording in the church, god is on our side.

At night, again a surprise : we go to a friend of Panama and Patta, a lovely black woman who bought lately the most incredible house we've ever seen. Amazing ...

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This morning, may 5, we go to Nashville that we already know. The time to listen to some music and by some memories.

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Then we take some time humming along in Tennessee and we'll sleep in Jackson, a little town that we love.

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On the road to Alabama

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Wednesday april 29

We're going to Asheville. It's a pretty little town of Carolina in the Appalachians.

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Thursday april 30

On the road to Cullman (Alabama) the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stop at Chattannooga, with lots of railroad tracks everywhere. Several train museums where we stop..

Friday may 1st

We meet Panama Red in Cullman, Alabama to play at the Berkeley Bob's. Bob come from California. A very nice guy and the show is very fine. We're glad to see Panama. we're gonna spend 2 days together to record.

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Les Hoboes with Wayne Henderson Helen White and herb Key

Today, tuesday we take the road of  Virginia with Gail and Tom to meet Wayne Henderson, Helen White and Herb Key.

We're gonna record since 2:30 àto 7:30 a walz written by Helen, April Bride, on which Felicie plays a second fiddle, a song with Wayne and herb The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home with a 1929 Gibson, Helen on fiddle and Herb on double bass, and, The Banks Of The Ohio, an other tune with Wayne et Herb, on which Felicie plays on a 1945 Martin !

Jean-Luc has a bog coldand can hardly sing. But finally we can record all of our songs.

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Merlefest, Gail and Tom watts

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Merlefest

We spent 3 days in that wonderful Festival where we love to go. You can't hear everything. Our favorite bands in the ones we heard

The Honey Dewdrops : 

The Stray Birds who played in our studio a few years ago

The Honeycutters :

The Steel Wheels :

The Kruger Brothers

Tonight we have recorded 2 titles with Gail (banjo) and Tom (guitar). Two traditionals : Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss and  When You And I Were Young Maggie.

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The TASCAM DP24 and the mics work perfect. Tomorrow it's gonna be Wayne Henderson and Helen White.

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Kingsley Plantation, et Little Talbot Island

Kingsley Plantation, et Little Talbot Island

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Tuesday april 21
On Arvid's advice, we visit the Kingslay Plantation.

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A very interesting page of history

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Thursday april 23
The Mary-Lou tour is over and this morning we left Stephane who flyes back home from Orlando airport. Now we will begin our Hoboes recording tour.

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First days in Florida jacksonville

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Sunday. We go to listen to the 77's, the band of our friend drummer, Darren. We play some titles with them. 

Monday morning we go to listen to Arvid downtown .

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Then we go to Tampa, then Clearwater, where we go to the Capitole Theater for a show.

Big rain on the road, that's Florida. In Tampa the sun shines.

Just the time to reach our sits, and here's Tom Paxton singing just for us. It's full, people laugh and sing. Everybody knows the songs. We discover Janis Ian, a very talented singer songwriter.

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At Gram's Place we talk music with some people at the bar. One of the customers is the grand grand daughter of Clayton McMichen, fiddle player and best friend of Jimmie Rodgers, he plays the fiddle on Peach Picking Time In Georgia, and he wrote Wreck of The Old 97, Prohibition Blues et Sweet Bunch Of Daisies.

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 Back in Jx, a jam in Darren music school.

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A suivre...

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