I have a request for my fine fellow Dead forum ladies and gents..........
A local public radio station called WYCE who supports local bands has an online vote for their awards ceremony called "The Jammie Awards". This is the 10th year and one of the projects I'm involved with is up for awards in a few catagories, the biggest being a peoples choice for best local album and best new band. The band I'm involved with is called "The Lynn Thompson Band". This year WYCE is doing an online vote for the big award, which The Lynn Thompson Band is up for.
A little backstory on the local music scene here in Grand Rapids is that it has become very cliqueish over the last few years and it's really tough to get gigs and publicity here, especially if the band plays mostly original music. A very select group of bands seem to have a monopoly on the local scene and it would be great to see a total underdog band (such as The Lynn Thompson Band) win.
...........so, if anyone has a couple of spare seconds while browsing this, go to the link below to WYCE and vote for (the) Lynn Thompson Band. If you have multiple email addresses, vote again and urge any friends and family with a spare couple of seconds to do the same.
This is the link.....
I finally have a myspace page any comments and friend requests are appreciated. I've been a Grateful Dead fan or "deadhead" since the mid 80's or so and never could get enough. I'm also a active trader and did some taping of GD and other bands, so if anybody wants to trade that's cool with me. I'm interested in getting some contacts with anybody REAL in the music biz/established recording labels. I'm currently in the process of recording a original pop/rock project that hopefully will be released by summer 2009. Eventually, I will have some original material on myspace but I need to have it applied for copyright before upload. Many thanks in advance to anybody who takes the time to visit my "myspace" (FYI: there is no studio tricks on the recordings, no pitch correction, most tracks recorded live except "If I needed someone" has a overdubbed guitar solo.)
here's the link:
Ursa Minor - Donnie L.
"the warm wet world of analog audio"
I posted on this thread about the band...but just wanted to lay down some links to our newest stuff. We recently 'broke out' "Lazy Lightning" > "Supplication" for the first time. We've been working on it for a good while and I think the rehearsal paid off...you decide. Also another gem from a magical night at The Thunderbird Cafe 11/29/08.
Lazy Lightning > Supplication:
"Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." - Robert Hunter
I just wanted to drop a line to you all, that our band LAJ has teamed up with Classic Rock Station CHEZ 106, and we will be donating $1.00 from every copy of our self-titled debut EP sold, to the Doc and Woody CHEO Fund in support of our local Children's Hospital. If you would be interested in supporting our cause, or if you have a minute to check out new material from a new band, please visit www.lajrocks.com. Thank you all for your time!
Mostly, I'm gigging solo, as it's difficult to find musicians who want to play anything but Top-40 Pop-Country, Hip-Hop and Top-40 Pop-Rock here in N. Texas...otoh, there are a lot of gigs for me to play, and some are band-gigs, so for those, I hire a bassist and a percussionist by the gig.
This is nowhere nearly as satisfying as working w/ the same folks every time, and, obviously, one can't really get any serious arrangements or fun improvs happening.
Anyone in the N. Texas area interested in jamming/eventually gigging w/ a 53-yo folk-rocker with a full PA, all the other gear and a lot of gigs to play?
The name of my band is the Jason Ferguson Project or more commenly called the JFP. We have been playing in the New York City area for almost three years. We play from the Garcia bands catalogue. This includes songs written and/or performed by Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Band, Eric Clapton, Hank Ballard, Irving Berlin, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Elvis, Chuck Berry, etc. And, of course, Garcia/Hunter.
The JFP began with three musicians leaving the Grateful Dead tribute band Half Step, and occasionally perform with them. Those members are Jason Ferguson (guitar and vocals), Gary Knippel (electric piano and Hammond organ), John Benedetti (drums). We presently include Eric Fayer on bass. We play monthly at our "Keystone" known as Beau's Bar, 54 Broadway in Greenlawn, Long Island, NY. We will be performing there this Friday night, Dec. 12th beginning around 10 PM.
We are "probably the best band you've never heard of" as of yet. If you'd like to hear you're favorite music played in an intimate setting, come out a see us. Your support will keep the music alive.
Check out our website http://www.thejfp.com. We have live audio, photographs, and listings for upcoming gigs. You can sign up to be on our mailing list.
Gary Knippel electric piano and Hammond organ.
Man. It is so hard to find like-minded players... and then, you find them and they FLAKE! I should be finishing up a new CD right now, but my on/off music partner of 25 years decided to do this other gig and shine me on completely... so... Is anyone looking for a solo acoustic guy to open their shows? :D
I'd like to share some recently improvised music with you.
Please go here and feel free to download:
This is a recording of four friends on a porch in the Berkshire
mountains in Massachusetts. We were happy faces on a
beautiful Indian Summer day in October. :-)
Some other music to check out and download...
Oh...and if you prefer music with lyrics and melodies and all that...
Thanks so much for listening!
but I cannot recommend them strongly enough. And I've said it before but I'll say it here, I'd much rather listen to Tom Pinatelli play (he was in another band, regrettably gone, with a friend of mine) than any lead guitarist in any Dead-related band I know. So anyone who has the chance to check them out, do it!