Sunday, June 21, 2009
We played our longest show ever on Saturday. I could not think of a more appropriate time and place to kick off summer. The longest day of the year inspired us to perform 4 sets for Summit County locals Ellie and Dustie's wedding reception held at Keystone's GOAT Soup and Whiskey.
A fantastic time was had by all. This is our home stage where we performed last new year's eve and recorded tracks for our new CD. Oh and there was that time I beat that guy over the head with my guitar, but that's a story for another day. Saturday's celebration was a very joyous and peaceful occasion. It was wonderful to spend the day playing music and hanging out with so many local friends. If there's one venue that we will miss as we tromp through the midwest and south this summer, it will certainly be the GOAT.
songs I remember performing at this show (not in order) which represent a good cross section of the tunes we play:
you ain't goin' nowhere (dylan)
let the good times roll (dead/trad.)
when i paint my masterpiece (dylan/dead/band)
me and my uncle (dead)
all you have
atlantic city (springsteen)
life by the drop > (srv)
deal > (dead)
life by the drop
nowhere road (steve earle)
hard sun (eddie vedder)
a good year
this is my masterpiece
tonight i'll be staying here with you (dylan)
jack straw (dead)
get up jake (the band)
tulsa time > (don williams/clapton)
women are smarter > (trad./dead)
ride me high > (jj cale/panic)
travelin' light > (jj cale/panic)
you've got another thing comin' (j priest)
said the man with a cane
cleaning windows (van morrison)
a good year
they call me the breeze > (jj cale)
goin' down (trad/cale/beck)
goin down the road feeling bad > (woody guthrie/dead)
loose lucy (dead)
fortunate son (fogerty)
tangled up in blue (dylan)
down by the river (neil young)
cc rider (trad./dead)
dark hollow (trad./dead)
and there were a few others.
Friday, June 19, 2009
We took the opportunity last night to work up some old Dewey Decibel System tunes like "All You Have" and "Swordfish" We also tossed in several new covers like Steve Earle's "Nowhere Road", Eddie Vedder's "Hard Sun", Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City", and John Fogerty's "Fortunate Son". Oh yeah, and the Judas Priest / J.J. Cale jam is really locking in and taking off to some cool destinations.
Something unusual happened with the set in the fact that we did not perform one Bob Dylan song last night. I think that was a first. Especially considering that our overall song list is about 50% Dylan. The Propane Daisies however blew the roof off with their blazin' hot cover of Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell".
This Saturday we will play a private party / wedding reception at my home venue, the GOAT in Keystone. We are certain to play for hours and dig deep into the psychedelic catalog. This will be our last show until the summer tour kicks off in Austin next month.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I am very excited to announce that the new Dewey Paul Band CD "Ancient Heart" has been mastered and sent off for replication. We should have the CD back in our hands the first few days of July.
Meanwhile you can hear track 1, "A Good Year", on our Reverb Nation page. The song features Bill McKay of Leftover Salmon on keys. The mighty McKay actually appears on 5 of the 10 tracks. Arnie J. Green (Zero, Steve Kimock) is also on the CD.
All the rough tracks were recorded at the GOAT Soup and Whiskey in Keystone, CO. If you've ever seen a band at the GOAT, then you know that the stage there is just magical. I think we captured some pretty good energy in the recordings.
A bonus track which DOES NOT appear on the CD is available at Reverb Nation. It is a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and features Arnie J. Green on slide guitar and vocals. All the tracks on "Ancient Heart" are original songs. I hope you enjoy them.
In other news, we will be setting out on tour in July kicking off in Austin, TEXAS July 18th. We are still in the process of booking it, so if you have any good contacts in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, or South Florida, please let us know. We have a few gigs already posted and some that we will be announcing soon.
Stay in touch.
Arnie J. Green showed up on crutches and sat in with us on a couple tunes at the end of the night. Although the weather outside was stormy, the energy in the bar was just right. Ben, Tim and I gelled quite well together and I'm getting the sense that we are going to tear some places up this summer. Our segue jams are going to new and "dark places" as Tim put it. We all had a pretty rough day with external distractions and it felt rejuvenating to escape in the jams. May have been the best "Sugaree" we've ever played.
The new songs are also taking shape quite well on the stage. I told Ben after the show,"maybe we should've waited to record the album until after the tour." Ben pointed out that we'll just have to head back into the studio for the next one this fall. I agree with that idea.
Well, thanks Highland Pacific for a wonderful show. I used to play here regularly, like once a month, but now we will have to wait until fall until we return. The east coast awaits... and Moe's Bar-b-que in Englewood next Thursday.
This year's show was no exception. The festival has moved around to different locations over the years and continues to be an exclusive private hippie party for a select group of beautiful Colorado freaks. There are always great bands and this year's lineup lived up to that expectation... Arnie J. Green Band (Arnie played bass in last year's Dewey Paul Band appearance), Dig, Emilio Emilio, Stanky Pockets, Tatanka, and several others.
I wish I could remember more details of the party, but for some reason each year I am left with fuzzy recollections. I do recall having a great time playing, best one yet... I think. Aylon Baru, Stork, and John "JB" Bunting sat in and we went to some pretty far out places during the 'dead set' we played. I can't wait for the next one...