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Two whitewolfsonicprincess‘ shows on Saturday, September 30. An afternoon benefit show, (just an acoustic trio), at the Doggone Music Festival, and then a full-band late night show at The Store. Two very different shows. Very different feels. One was in the blazing light of a fading fall afternoon. The other a cool late night bar, a cozy, well-lit music room. One comment is still ringing in my head from a post-show conversation: “We came to see you guys to get some spiritual transcendence.” Don’t want to over-promise for a show, but wow, that is totally excellent goal, “spiritual transcendence one song, one show at a time!” The good work for sure! – Jammer

photo by Joshua Hanson

The Lovely Carla and I recorded Eddie Hinton’s great song over at Sadie’s place on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The dining room had such sweet, natural reverb. We originally discovered the song via the Drive by Truckers’ album “Go-Go Boots.”

Essential. Beautiful. Oh so true. Yes, we could all use a bit more love. “Nobody ever found happiness, living their lives all alone.” – Jammer

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The first Annual Yippie Fest was hosted this last weekend at the Prop Theatre in Chicago. 3 days of Comedy, Burlesque, Music, Theater. It was quite the event. I was the sound-tech for the Music on Stage B. 24 acts on B Stage: bands, solo artists, standup comics and a storyteller.

Some of my favorite bands in the city performed, including: Flapunco, The Remember Knots, Voodoo Asylum, Parallelicopter, The Telepaths (I play guitar in the Telepaths too), and Audiobon.

whitewolfsonicprincess did a full set of originals which we like to call our “Get Right With God” set. We look very serious in the above photo. It’s a serious business, for sure, and very serious fun.  Seriously, it’s the good work. – Jammer

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Yes, it was an especially good show last night. The first time we ever played at TheNewStudio. The first we’ve ever played alternating sets with another band.  The first time we ever ended each set with a big, two-band sing-a-long.

The Remember Knots vs. whitewolfsonicprincess.  Not really a rivalry. Certainly not a blood feud. Of course, it did make for a good poster. It’s not often you meet another band you can consider true fellow-travelers. Total inspirers.

We are so different in our approaches, our music, our presentations. But there is an affinity, an energy boost when we play on a bill together. It’s definitely a cool mix of sensibilities. A strange and beautiful alchemy.

An intimate, friendly room. The audience seemed to enjoy it immensely.  “That was a good one.” Yes, it was, for sure… – Jammer

 

 

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We all come from something. The Lovely Carla and I have been on a little creative journey the last couple of  decades or so. First with our performance group, Black Forest, and then also, with our band, whitewolfsonicprincess.

Someone once dubbed our thing, “Rock and Roll Theater.” That sits right. And just where did that come from? I mean, we all come from something, right?!

There is almost a direct line from Patti Smith and Sam Shepard and their work in the theater and on the r&r stage to our efforts. I mean, maybe no one else saw it, but we knew it in our hearts and heads. Always.

Patti and Sam are the “precursors:” – A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner. AND – A substance from which another is formed, especially by metabolic reaction.

Yes, let’s say it was just metabolic reaction!

When we heard that Sam had passed, it was like an existential wobble, a rent in the fabric of the universe. We only knew him through his work, and it is the best, finest stuff imaginable.

Patti writes about Sam in the New Yorker. It brings a flood of tears. We are left with the tears, and the work – that wild, shimmering, uncontainable, inspiring work. We carry it with us. Always. – Jammer

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“It’s show time, folks!”

One of my all-time favorite lines, from one of my all-time favorite movies – the late Roy Scheider in a role of a lifetime as the late Bob Fosse character in that amazing, beautiful, and thrilling movie (fantasy/drama), “All That Jazz” (1979).

I use the line often. And it is one of the most hopeful, promising things a human being can say. Anyway, this is a roundabout way of mentioning that we have another r&r circus show coming up. The poster has all the vitals. – Jammer

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My Father, bless his soul, was a “talker.” He had the “gift of gab.” He’d often quote Vince Lombardi: “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.” 2017 in  America, it’s time for some serious getting going. We need to hunker in for a long battle, those of us who still believe in that old American Dream – inclusive, diverse, no walls, no divisions, just people. Human Beings trying their best to live meaningful, soulful lives.

Equality, Liberty, Fraternity!

My Father loved to tell me, “No one promised you a rose garden.” Right. We need to dig & plant, water & tend to, our own gardens. If we want roses we must plant them, and care for them, ourselves. But once we grow our own roses, we should share them with other folks. Gladly.

My Father  also would often say, “Make no small plans.” It’s easier said than done. There’s always failure & disappointment lurking around every corner. Broken dreams, broken hearts. But hell, sometimes you just have to plow ahead, “Damn the Torpedoes!”

We are working on our next whitewolfsonicprincess album. Tons of work left to do, but making slow, steady progress. We do have a rough concept for the album & a working title: “Alternate Boot.” We think it’s some of the best music we’ve ever recorded. Includes contributions from Tim O’Brien, Rich Meher, Ian Ogdon, Chuck Wasserburg, Randy Farr, Douglas Johnson, Victor Sanders & Steve Rutstein.

Still mixing, mixing, and more mixing. Still need to decide which tracks make the final cut. Thinking of Mastering it in L.A. or maybe once again in Nashville. We will do an IndieGoGo campaign to help finish it all. Bring it out in a blaze of glory. Still early stages. But the vision is there… yes, “Alternate Boot,” we can SEE it! Writing it all down helps clarify the VISION! WWSP Lives!

Jammer

 

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Yes, it’s safe to say, there has been an “Idiot Wind” blowing thru the Capitol, and it’s whipping across the land. What to do? Sing & play songs with all our hearts. Sing about love and mystery. And support others who do the same. In that small way, we do our part to stand against the madness. It’s really all we have, good vibes, and the ability to get together, and play and talk and support each other.

Yesterday was our first R&R Circus of 2017. A little gathering. Lots of worry & concern about the world on everyone’s mind. Almost seems like everything is falling apart right before our very eyes. Our great American Dream falling to pieces. But really, it’s up to us to keep the dream alive. Laughter, love, music, art, an engaged, generous, social conscience. These are our weapons. We must use them wisely. The important thing, we must use them! – Jammer

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-2-22-48-pmAll that’s happening in the world… MLK Jr. Day, January 16, 2017 just seemed more profound,  more resonant than ever. The day before, Carla and I sat in our kitchen and recorded a demo of Bob Marley’s great tune “Redemption Song.” One of the last songs he ever wrote.

Not many songs about “redemption” – the process of off-setting, compensating, making better. That’s our job right? To make things better? A better world, a better heart, a better head? Be better human beings. And try to help make the world a kinder, gentler, more understanding and compassionate place.

And sometimes you have to stand up, and speak. For yourself and others, just like Martin, just like Bob… “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds…”

Jammer

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“How to create a great r&r show?” Beats me. I mean, there are so many factors to consider. Time, place, the weather, vibe of the night, vibe of the people, the competence of the sound tech, the luck of the draw, the line-up, the order, the fates, the benevolent r&r gods looking down upon our sorry souls and taking pity.

Once in a great while everything converges. And it’s like magic. You didn’t create it. It just happens. Of course, nothing’s perfect. Perfection is that dream-state always just out of reach. So part of the whole thing is realizing that nothing is perfect, and still giving it everything. Being totally there in the moment.

So yes, great show, great night, great moments. But not perfect. That’s rock and roll. There are so many factors that come into play. A universe of variables. Can’t account for them all. That’s how it goes. And that “not perfectness” is actually the essence of rock and roll: cool, funky, grabs you by the lapels.

So yes, we did another one of our Toys for Tots Extravaganza shows last Saturday. It was just another r&r show. We were lucky to share the stage with lots of cool folks. It was great. Not perfect. R&R. Love. – Jammer

photo by Mary Schons