They say “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” although whether the wet weather will finally dry up, well, that still remains to be seen.
For me, late February meant a missive from my old drummer pal, Danny Montgomery who wrote,
“Back in California, two shows on the horizon—Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Arcata Playhouse with Jerry Martien and the Band of Angels featuring Thad Beckman and Fred Neighbor, with Gary Davidson and m
Mr. Martien (the acclaimed Humboldt poet) describes the “new stuff” as, “Country blues accompanying story and lyric of the Dust Bowl and the Okies, our present disrupted systems, natural and political, humans and birds caught up in a crisis of migration and refuge.” Expect thoughtful rumination on current events.
Danny’s second show is the next night, Friday, March 1, “the homecoming” of Thad Beckman and Band. “Gary and I will be accompanying the Thadster,” he explained. “You can expect a new CD from Thad and some special guests.”
Among the special guests, Barney Doyle, who I met recently at the Co-op’s Clear-Out-The-Ten-Pin-Building fire sale, where he was helping out since he recently relocated to Arcata to take a job as controller for the Co-op.
Barney Doyle (in the 10 Pin Building) – snap by Bob D…
We got to talking about music. It seemed he’d sat in the night before with The Handshakers, taking guitarist Michael Walker’s chair (a story for another day).
Turns out Barney and Danny have known each other for ages, same thing for Danny and Gary, who have been playing together for 50 years.
As Danny explained, “I’ve been playing with Barney for over 45 years.We began in the summer of ’73 in a band called Hog Wild, playing Walt’s Friendly Tavern and the Mad River Rose… [Those were the days…] He’ll be sitting in with us on that Friday with Thad. You know Barney was a member of Mickey Hart’s band…” among other bands.
“Gary and I met in the 4th grade in Fremont, CA. . . Our moms played on the same softball team. . . We began playing [music] together in high school in the stage/jazz band. Then I put together a big band called Just Jazz, that we played in. We also had a trio that I played vibraphone in. . . Our first bona fide paid gig wasn’t until NYE 1971. . . Then some years later, in the mid 70s, Gary joined a band I was playing with from a fraternity, Sigma Phi, at Cal, Berkeley. That band, Short Notice still plays, and has a recent Arcata transplant in it, Barney Doyle. . . When Gary moved to Humboldt, we began playing with several local artists, Joyce Hough, Fred Neighbor, Thad Beckman, Dr. Ross, (ask Gary for any I’ve missed). . . Also, Gary and I have done numerous recording sessions. Many for the song writing team of Parvin-Patterson…
“And 3 or 4 of Thad’s albums. . . .
We’ll be recording a live CD from the Jerry Martien concert on the 28th [renamed] “Jerry Martien and The Band Of We’re No Angels”. . .