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Silver Spring Md

Dec 1st, 2016 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

in high school I was in a band that was ok and known by kids in a couple of the local schools. I also worked at this drug store and one of the guys at work kept talking about the local bands (and constantly talking about the band I was the lead guitarist in without realizing it). Anyway one evening the band was going to have a rehearsal/small party (which seemed to happen a lot) and I told my coworker that I was invited to some 'jam-party' by a friend of mine who knew this band. He invited himself along and we walked in and everyone kind of nodded, so I stood there with him for awhile until the bass player/drummer looked at me and said 'ready'? I looked at my coworker and he looked at me all confused and I went over and strapped on the guitar and we broke into a tune.
The look on his face was priceless and the incident still comes up nearly 40 years later!


Silver Spring Md

Dec 1st, 2016 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not my story but kind of funny. A friend of mine (who is kind of big) was playing an open mic and made the wise decision to drink a little too much whiskey. He went to grab the guitar jack to plug in but instead dropped it back on the floor in the corner.
When he leaned over to get it, he left his legs locked at the knees and drunkenly tipped forward where his head ended up stuck down in the corner where the floor met 2 walls, and with his fat a** sticking up in the air facing the audience. He had to yell for help (it took 2-3 guys to lift him) and was a very very funny moment.

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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Dec 2nd, 2016 03:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A few years back I played at the "World Famous Rosie's Bar and Grill" in Pelican Alaska. It was for the end of the season annual fisherman's Christmas party and it had heavy promo for weeks on Channel 16 on the VHF radio. Lots of the Troll fleet, Salmon buying crews, and fish packers came in for the party,I know it seems strange to have a Christmas party in the end of September but the scow girls that put the thing together are totally nuts!
One of the instigators had contacted me beforehand to play that night at the bar so I had a friend fly my amp, mic, and drum machine out on a float plane, I already had my trusty Danelectro guitar and Vox DA5 on the boat with me and had about 20+ songs worked out. Things got going about 9:00 after the town put on a huge feed, 5 or 6 turkeys with all the trimmings 5 or 6 hams, King Crab legs, fresh shrimp, and baked fillets of Chinook Salmon, pies and cranberries the works. Anyway, people gravitated toward the bar and I started to play a few songs when a really cute tall blond haired gal dressed in brown rubber boots, blue jeans and a sweatshirt comes up to the edge of the very small stage and announced that she liked the blues stuff I was doing and that she played harp and was wondering if she could play a few blues songs with me? Well, what would you guys say??... I grabbed her hand and pulled her up on the stage and asked her name and announced in the mic that my new found friend "Lacy" was going to play a song with me on her harmonica. I think we played "Wang Dang Doodle" or something similar and she ROCKED! She had been cooped up on her boyfriends fishing boat all summer and put in 100's of hours on those harps, she was good, we ended up playing for 3 hours straight. It was great sharing the stage with her because it took a lot off of me, she not only was a real looker but had some real chops. I'd sing a verse and back off and she'd do riffs until I moved in on the mic again not letting her over play, she picked up on it. One of the best songs towards the end that night was "Satisfaction" by the Stones, some of her tipsy admirers got up on stage with us and were screaming "I can't get no.... Hey hey hey!

After we were done she thanked me for the chance to get up and play some "real blues with someone" I said something like "sure anytime" then I said "I'm sorry but I've forgotten your name" she said it's "Lacy, you know, like women's underthings" Needless to say I'm impressed enough to not have forgotten her name!


What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Dec 2nd, 2016 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A few years ago, my friend Tom kept nagging me to bring a guitar and amp to a Christmas party he was going to. I figured his band was there. After declining a couple of times, and him continuing to nag me, I said I'd stop by. I pulled up and he grabbed my guitar and amp from the car and went in. I followed him in, he had set it up in the living room, next to two stools.

..Clarence Clemmons was sitting in one of them with his horn. No lie. There were about 50 people all sitting around waiting.

I love Tom like a brother, but I'll get him back somehow. It could be 20 years from now. It could be in the middle of the night.

But I WILL get him back.

(This message was last edited by Dolemite at 07:55 AM, Dec 2nd, 2016)


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Dec 2nd, 2016 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What an honor!


What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Dec 4th, 2016 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It was, but I was too busy stressing to have much fun. I got to play with him again at Elwoods one night, there was a fund raiser in town and a few of these guys came over and sat in with us. Narada Michael Walden played drums along with Clarence on tenor. That was way fun, we made a hell of a racket.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Dec 4th, 2016 10:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was "that guy" in more than a few people's stories, most likely.

I loved to bring the Echoplex with the fried erase head with to jam nights.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Dec 5th, 2016 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In the early 70's I worked for a local concert promoter. One show we did was Trapeze and Captain Beyond.

The promoter had a local group he backed and would occasionally use as a warm-up act.

The guys in Captain Beyond had a few days off and stayed here in OKC. Lee Dorman & Larry Reinhardt showed-up at the band house the local group had and we had a great time jamming with them all evening.

Great guys and very easy going. Sure wish I had a camera!

At least I have the concert poster and my backstage pass.

(This message was last edited by RicOkc at 03:02 PM, Dec 5th, 2016)

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South Florida

Dec 5th, 2016 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dancing Madly Backwards! Oh yeah I would be all over that.


What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Dec 7th, 2016 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another one from a few years back. Got a call to do a session in Miami along with a drummer friend for an R&B singer. I brought in my bass rig, there was already a drum kit set up there. We were told that the guitarist would be coming shortly.

Waited. Waited some more. Went outside for a Coke and a smoke. Guitarist pulls up, loads into studio. Meanwhile, Richie & I go into the main office, find out that singer is delayed. We go in to warm up & meet the guitar guy.

It's Harvey Mandel. We were long time fans.. we played The Snake, Midnight Sun and something else. The engineer comes in after 45 minutes or so, says the singer cancelled.

Pays me & Richie 100 bucks each. We load up, shake hands with Harvey, and drive home with ####-eatin' grins on our faces. True story.


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 17th, 2016 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In 1970 I was working as a studio musician and recording engineer at a studio in Dallas. I was doing some mixdown work late on a Friday, and it was about 8pm... The phone rang and a musician friend of mine said, "Hey, I've got somebody with me that I think you'll want to meet...and we just want to turn on the tape and lay down some ideas..." I told him to come on over.

Sometime around 9:30, I heard a knock on the studio door, and in walks my friend and Leon Russell!!! Needless to say, we turned on the tape, (drank a LOT of "adult beverages"), and sometime around 3:30am, they decided to call it a night!!! They took the tape with them--(sigh)--But that's a night I'll never forget... Particularly with the recent passing of Leon...


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 17th, 2016 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have another one from 1972 that involves a Sunday afternoon jam at a private home in Marin County, near Mt. Tamalpais, with David Crosby and Graham Nash...But I'll save that for another day... ;-)

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Dec 17th, 2016 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My claim to fame is I got to play at a FDP jam with LadyJazzer. I was honored.



Say what one more time!
Dec 21st, 2016 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I was stationed at Misawa Air Base in Japan, I got to jam with Mitch Mitchell. We all worked either days or 2nd shift so practices were at midnight till about 3 or 4 in the morning. Mitch had a blues band he was touring with and 2 of my bandmates went to his USO show and brought him to our rehearsal that night. I have never heard a a drummer hit the cymbals harder than he did. We played for a few hours before he had to leave. Very nice gentleman and we had a lot of fun. It was nice to get a compliment on my playing and voice from him. It sounded sincere.


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 23rd, 2016 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was honored to play with YOU and the rest of the gang! That is the only FDP jam that I've made, and it was well worth the drive! (That was before I retired from my day-gig, and I was working out of Santa Fe, NM, at the time. It was lot further from S.F. to Wichita than it would have been from my home in Denver!) I hope to do it again before I get too old to play... ;-)

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Dec 25th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That *was* a great jam - it was an absolute treat to get to play with both of y'all!


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Dec 26th, 2016 12:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too have fond memories of those jams in Wichita.


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Dec 26th, 2016 12:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A blast from the past

Wichita 2007

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Dec 26th, 2016 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Texican...thanks for posting the link. It is hard to believe that was almost 10 years ago.

That brought back a flood of memories...

Seems to me that I made three trips to Wichita for FDP Jams.

On one of those trips, I brought "Hizzoner", the drummer for my band at the time, who happened to be the Harley riding Mayor of our city.

Once I brought Watermelon Slim, (harmonica and vocalist and Dobro) to the Roadhouse in Wichita for the FDP Jam. I know Texican and jhawkr and themaestro and kego and a bunch of others were there. (Getting old, I tend to forget names, so if you made any of those, sing out.)

Back to Watermelon Slim, he was just getting to the point he was stretching outside of the local markets in OKC, Tulsa and Stillwater...he was riding high in 2005 when he was nominated for (did not win) New Artist of the Year for the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Award. In 2007 he ended up getting nominated for six Handy Awards and won Band of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. In 2008, Slim won the coveted Entertainer of the Year I believe Slim is the only person to be nominated by the Blues Foundation for six Blues Music/Handy Awards in two consecutive years.

You never know how famous the person next to you at an FDP jam might be.

For those who have not done so, go check Lady Jazzer's website. She is far more "legit" than Slim and her accomplishments are many. (And she is easy on the eyes...) Nice Lady. Good guitar picker.

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Sunken Heights

North Carolina
Dec 29th, 2016 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My most memorable jam was at Camp Doha, Kuwait, during a several day layover on the way home from Iraq. The big camp had a well equipped recreation center with lots of electric guitars, amps and band gear. Most of the guitars were in dire need of adjustment and I had my toolkit. I adjusted everything in sight! Finally playing alone in a big room, playing some ACDC, in walks a a rangy kid who without a word started nailing it on drums. More people came and went and it was so great. We all fresh from "the sandbox", so to speak, and now we're rockin the hell out. With feeling, lol. Kind of surreal.

(This message was last edited by WireDog at 09:25 PM, Dec 29th, 2016)

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