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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Music Feature

Re: “Eric Johnson: Always A Student

Very good interview

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Posted by David O'Donovan on 01/22/2020 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Local Reunion of the year

I've actually been a big fan since way, way back. I fact, I bought WitchDoctor on cassette. A couple of years later I bought "Auntie Ramos" on CD, and then the first 2 Sand Rubies CDs as well. {I picked up the "Sidewinder Sessions" CD within the past few years.} We don't Do That Anymore is still one of my favorite tunes.

I also picked up a couple of the Luminario CDs within the past few years.

Why these guys {and gals} didn't get a bigger following is beyond me. They certainly had "the chops" as one reviewer put it. Incidentally, WXRT {here in Chicago} used to play We Don't Do that Anymore" quite a bit. It was in fairly heavy rotation for at least a couple of years, right around 1990-91 as I recall.

I actually had to call Rich Hopkins at home to get a copy of the Sand Rubies Live CD. He and I had a nice conversation. I sent him a check and he sent me the CD, which I enjoy to this day.

Good mémoires!

Posted by Dr Dan on 01/12/2020 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Local Reunion of the year

Who gets the photo credit?

Posted by Bruce Halper on 01/12/2020 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Anna’s Song

What a beautiful tribute. She will always be in your heart.

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Posted by Rock on 01/03/2020 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl: The Dearly Beloved

I knew all these young men personally. I believe that had it not been for the accident that killed Larry Cox they would have gone on to be an extremely popular pop group. It was a sad end to such great possibilities.

Posted by Barbara Dillon on 12/31/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Musical Feast

Mike parrott should be honored here.

Posted by danwashuk on 11/14/2019 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Awarding the Ambiance: Steve Roach

So, I guess were speaking high-pretense informal French here.

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Posted by Rod Stasick on 11/05/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Crown Jewel

It's a stunningly beautiful collection of songs.

Posted by Susan H on 10/18/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Didgeridoos and Don'ts

Allan Shockley passed away last week, in Sedona. The world has lost another musical master! His beautiful spirit is free. His beautiful didges remain. They are works of art!

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Posted by tazag on 10/05/2019 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Know Your Product

Hunter is so great!

Posted by mrjoshuamccormack on 09/12/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Backstage Bliss

Maureen, I agree 100% - these are two of the most loving, fun, and colorful people that I'm lucky enough to know. Tucson is very fortunate to have them. Love you, Kris and Cathy!!

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Posted by SalMinella on 08/12/2019 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Backstage Bliss

Its impossible that its been 20 years since we attended Kris and Cathys wedding. These two are the most genuine, kind people you will ever meet. They are part of the fabric that makes Tucson the unique place it is. Rock on you two! Thank you for all you do to make Tucson why we love where we live.

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Posted by Maureen Brennan St Pierre on 08/08/2019 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Remastering the Tucson Sound

A man once said,"Music business is an oxymoron".

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Posted by laddderflappy on 06/27/2019 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

I stand corrected on so many things here! And apologies to those survived by Randy but not mentioned by name. Great to have so many blanks from the early days filled in here.
J. Lipson

Posted by Jim Lipson on 06/22/2019 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

Early 80 couldnt get a gig anywhere for rock. So Randy answered an ad in the dandy dime, looking for guitarist. He met Bill Johnson and Max Miksael, The country band, Mickey Free. Anything to play. I still have a 1980 T-shirt. Randy was at Woodstock and was always a deadhead. Just to set that straight. Lol

Posted by Elisabeth Roche on 06/18/2019 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

I wrote nice piece, maybe too long. It didnt post. No warning it was was too long. Ted brought TDC to Randy, ended up Randy kept it going. Thanks Ted. My post explained how since 1971 there were bands and drummers and all the characters. Rex Estell, drummer for Snow. Brian playing with Eric Garcias band, Randy with Rez, Steve Garcia later bass player sax, Boomers. Those Guys, White Guys, zonies, aziz, Mr Calm and the Willies, Cap nJohn. Mix n match over the years. Band practice my house every Tuesday and Thursday after work, 7:00 pm for seven years.

Posted by Elisabeth Roche on 06/18/2019 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

Forgot Randy and crew bands, zonies and Arizona.

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Posted by Elisabeth Roche on 06/18/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

The bands practiced at my house every Tuesday and Thursday for 7 years, around 7 pm after work. Neighbors so tolerant.

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Posted by Elisabeth Roche on 06/18/2019 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

Brian Barbarisi goes all the way back to the Boomers, Steve Garcia on bass and sax. Chris Montgomery was original drummer of Randys bands. Lots of mix and match. Brian played in Eric Garcias band, but everyone was playing together. Musical chairs. Rex Estell was first drummer I think, Snow? Were you Rex?

Mr Calm and the Willies. Those Guys. My favorite, White Guys, they were playing blues, trying to book them was hard, because managers were given the Willies by possible race overtones.

They played the Halloween Party at Paul Bears house. They all wore rag mops for Raga hair. Randy said the mops were disintegrating into their mouth and lungs. Most uncomfortable. One of many insane moments in the life of the band. All of them.

Bands started in 1971, so plenty of time for everyone to party across Tucson Time. Ted brought Top Dead Center to Randy. The basic band was coming into form. Mike, SJohn, Ray, Ted, straight out of Cap n John. Many memories, have to meld them together, thats why Randy never wanted to leave anyone out.

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Posted by Elisabeth Roche on 06/18/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Randy Clamons, RIP

Theres no mention of Brian Barbarisi also one of the original drummers of Top Dead Center.

Posted by Jane Kramer King on 06/13/2019 at 2:34 PM

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