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811952
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Post Number: 973
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

Played Saturday night at the "V" in Marshall, Illinois. Had a good crowd, and one guy after the gig asked if that was an Alembic I was playing from the sound board (brother/soundguy had other commitments that night). We introduced each other and I let him play the Alembic for 10 minutes or so. He fell in love...

There was another guy at the gig who I talked with quite a bit between sets (no potty break for me!). He was extremely nice, and looked like the cliche'd cowboy junkie with a strongly-dishevelled persona. At any rate, we got to talking about the Alembic and the GD connection, at which point he asked me if I knew any of those guys. I of course told him I didn't, but that the people at Alembic did. The discourse progressed and come to find out this guy used to jam with Jerry Garcia "and a guy we called Pig Pen" back in SF in the early '60's. The last he had seen or been in contact with any of them was around '65, and he knew them as members of The Warlocks at that time. He moved to San Diego that year and lost touch. He said that once he heard Buck Owens, country was all he ever was interested in playing after that...

Whether any of it is true or not, I don't know. It was interesting to talk with the guy about music, and I am inclined to believe his story..

John
811952
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Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

I figure I might as well start posting some of my gigs again, not that I anticipate many/any of you being in my neck of the woods, but stranger things have happened! :-)

This Friday and Saturday, Old School will be at TK's on North Fruitridge Avenue, in Terre Haute, Indiana. I think we're playing from 8 to midnight Friday and 10 pm to 2 am Saturday. I'll be playing the Alembic, the Hofner and perhaps the 12-string Dean and/or 5-string Lakland, and midi bass pedals... I even sing a few notes here and there..

Anyway, if you're in the area I'd love to meet you...

John
811952
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Post Number: 1183
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Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Halloween party at TK's on Fruitridge in Terre Haute, Indiana, Saturday, October 27th, 2007. We play 10pm to 2am...
smokin_dave
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post

Hey John,
By chance did one of your groups play the Terre Haute Blues Fest a couple weeks or so back?

Dave
811952
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Post Number: 1189
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 5:47 am:   Edit Post

Nope. This year the organizers made a decision to not hire local talent. It's hard to justify what they charge for admission if it's a band you saw last week and will be playing next week down the street, so I understand (experts from afar and all that... ).

Did you play it?

John
smokin_dave
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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 8:30 pm:   Edit Post

Yup, sure did.I've played alot of festivals and I have to say that is one of the better ones I've worked.I think the band right before us was local and although I didn't catch there name,I was talking to the drummer I think,telling them that they should be playing the Noodle here in Indy.We played the Bean Blossom Blues Fest the next day right before the deluge of rain so I was sorry the Terre Haute fest took a bath on that Saturday.
But I don't agree with there thinking.They should have a healthy mix of local as well as national talent but that all depends on how much money they have to spend I suppose.
811952
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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post

Cool. If I'd known, I would have tried to stop by before my gig that night. Let me know next time you're in the area!

They usually hire Curt Hall for sound, and working with him is consistently a very positive experience.

There is an attitude in Terre Haute that if it's from here, it can't possibly be any good (be it music, video, widgets, beer, whatever). It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy more often than not, which is unfortunate because there is a lot of good talent in the area. Last year a local band was one of the best-received bands on that stage, so who knows what they're thinking when they make some of those decisions.. :P

But, yes, the Crossroads Blues Fest in Terre Haute is a pretty good deal and highly recommended if you are into the blues! :-)

John
811952
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Post Number: 1193
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 9:00 am:   Edit Post

Last night at TK's. I'll drink a beer for whoever can figure out who I attempted to go as...

davehouck
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post

John Ford.
lbpesq
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Post Number: 2677
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

John Belushi?

Tom Cruise?
keith_h
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Bono
chuck
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

Me, 35years ago.

Chuck
davehouck
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

It may be that the instrument is part, or all, of the costume. So ..

Mark King
811952
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Post Number: 1194
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post

Ugh. Whatever am I going to DO with you guys!

It's Julian, from Trailer Park Boys!

http://www.trailerparkboys.com/

I'll drink a beer for each of you anyway, because you all deserve it. :-)

;)
lbpesq
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Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

Who? From who?

lol

Bill, tgo
811952
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Post Number: 1195
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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post

Bill,

You, of all people, should have at least a passing familiarity with that show! ;)

John
bracheen
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Post Number: 1284
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

Don't feel alone, Bill. I was going to guess Jeff Berlin.
dadabass2001
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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post

And I was gonna say Duck Dunne from The Blues Bros.
;)
Mike
811952
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Post Number: 1212
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 4:51 pm:   Edit Post

I found this video from 1995 of a band I was in called "The Bad Dangos" that did primarily original material. The singer went to take a pee break, so the remaining three of us did an impromptu Beatles tune. We three are also in Old School, so I thought this might be the most appropriate place to post this.

The Alembic is tuned BEAD, and I'm using Fatar pedals triggering a DX-7. Note the huge isobaric cabinet I'm playing through with the back side of one of the 18's exposed. That combo was nearly flat down to 26 hertz, and very strong still below 20 hertz!

I now have more grey hair than I had then...

Enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g50EroY1Vo8

John
alembic_doctor
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Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

lighting guy needs another beer
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice!
811952
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Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

Doc, The lighting guy's dead. Liver cancer. Not a huge surprise, but he was a nice guy always eager to carry equipment and run lights.

RIP Mike Blunk.

Dave, Thanks!

John
811952
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Post Number: 1442
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2008 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

Had a gig with a blues outfit last Thursday in Paris, Illinois, at the park. I tried to record some of it, but ran out of storage at the tail end of a somewhat-butchered bass solo. Actually there are things I like about it, but also many critical flaws in the execution and my ears. Probably a reasonably fair representation of the lackluster skilz in my musical toolbox.. ;)

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John

(Message edited by 811952 on August 05, 2008)
811952
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Post Number: 1443
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

Perhaps this will work more betterer..

http://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/gallery/5592189_nMXJb/1/#343220432_BWYUX-A-LB

John
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

Cool!!! Very nice tone too!
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1445
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Dave. Fender flatwounds.. :-)
82daion
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Post Number: 190
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post

Great tone and great lines, John.

Thanks for the vid!
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1447
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, August 09, 2008 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks! A few years ago I never would have dreamed that I'd be playing flatwounds and loving it. They work really well on the Alembic though!

John

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