Here's another take on a Fantastic Trip, Liz and I flew in Friday and got settled in a room and Saturday went to Jeff's . Jeff had the clubhouse reserved and it was a great facility for a jam session. Jeff was a Great host and had thought of everthing. Drinks and Food , no problem. Jeff, Zurf , Paul and I jammed for a couple hours and Toney showed up with his lefty J-45 .
Toney is a musician and I mean this guy is Fantastic, humble , sharing and knows how to get everyone involved. He started off with "Knocking On Heavens Door". The best way to get a jam going is playing a great 3 chord progression so everyone can play and sing along. We played and drank beer , till my fingers were sore and that takes several hours.
Then along comes Sunday, Liz and I arrived an hour before Toney's was scheduled to start and had lunch at the London Bus Pub,
it is a very small place but I would never have dreamed of a better bunch of people to play with and play to. Toney set a small PA system up and a few other musician's set up also. One dude set up Congas, Harmonica playin Kent, and can he play set up his harp amp and mic, Roger set up his bass equipment. These are some folks that come every sunday and join in and play with Toney. These folks are Musicians.
Toney played with his Band of Music Lovers for about an hour and come over to our table and asked Who's next . In a rehearsed unison , Jeff , Zurf and Paul , pointed and said WAYNE !
I had not brought my guitar in so I run out to the rental car , got my guitar out of the trunk , tuned it up and give it a whirl. Played a couple songs and it was going ok until I played "Dont think Twice " and had a terrible feedback, everytime I played Em , the fifth string was HOT and about blew Kent the Harp man and my ear drums OUCH !
Paul took over and Rocked On, followed by Zurf and Jeff. Zurf was a trooper , got up and did his First ever performance for a crowd, but if it was easy everbody would be doing it
Toney played again for awhile and the high of the evening for me was his cover of Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer" it was Fantastic, he really needs to record it , not only can he play the heck out of the Guitar he can Sing.
87 yr old Roscoe played several country tunes in between a few others and B-Flat played some too. Bee Rad is the owner of the London Bus Pub and what a great guy and an absolute music lover. Bee Rad sang a few with Toney and others through the night.
Toney come and asked if I was ready to play again and asked if I would play one of my originals and John Prines "Hello in There" , he didn't have to ask twice, I was so ready to play this time. I played 9 songs this set and enjoyed every minute of it. Bee Rad loves John Prine and sang with me on most of them. Jeremy played bass on one song and Zurf played bass on one. I know Zurf wasn't feeling good about his bass playing but I was having a ball. I think I finished with Mr Bojangles with Toney on Bass and Bee Rad singing along.
Then come the British Invasion of Paul Wood and Roger on Bass , they rocked the house. Later Jeff come on and after some some coaxing did a Fantastic version of Monster Mash , with Toney doing some killer background Vocals.
I think Toney's normal 3 hr gig turned into about 6 or 7 hrs but what a great time.
A huge thanks to Jeff "Topdown", Toney "Southpaw 41L" and Bee Rad "London Bus Pub"
Also Lizzie B needs an honorable mention for Dancing with Roscoe and Kent , I think she made their Day
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