Bruce Conte: A Remembrance

Back in 2012, I posted a blog entry here about my long friendship with former Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte.  After Bruce passed in August 2021, Oregon Music News asked me to write a remembrance of Bruce.  I used…

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Bucket of Blood

A very small silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it's offered the opportunity to reflect on past experiences--including memorable gigs.  I once took a piano lesson from an old time stride player in San Francisco. He proceeded to…

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A Bit Of Good News At a Grim Time

On a day when Tracy and I have received nothing but bad news about the present and flat out grim news about the near future, it was very pleasant to receive some unexpected GOOD news just now. Namely, we belatedly…

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My Brush With Al-Qaeda

Yesterday, while reading a Facebook post about New Years Eve gigs, I got to recalling my most memorable NYE gig—one that didn’t even happen.   


The story begins in comical fashion.  In early 1998, Peter Dammann, then-guitarist and manager for the…

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Jimmy Mak's: A Dream Come True

 

The story of Jimmy Mak’s is way too big for one person to tell.  It could fill a library!  But for me, as for many other musicians and music fans, the impending closing of Jimmy Mak’s—at least at its current…

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Remembering Paul deLay

 

During my ten-year stint in the Paul deLay Band, we worked on dozens of Paul's quirky, brilliant, original songs. But the one we worked the longest and hardest on—by far—was “Remember Me.” Week after week in early 2001, we'd assemble…

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"Soul Diva Meets the Blues Monsters"

 

In gathering and posting materials for my new website, I got reacquainted with some of my old recording projects.  One that stood out was the 1994 release (long out of print), "Soul Diva Meets the Blues Monsters" by Linda Hornbuckle

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Beyonce, Esmerelda, and Other Loves

 

The other day, in a Facebook post about an organ rental I’d just done, I included a photo of a particularly lovely Hammond B-3.  The post stimulated a lot of comments--mainly about the photo!  The pictured B-3 was indeed a…

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Bay Area B-3 Heyday

 

The Oregonian dubbed me “Portland's Boss of the B-3,” but in part that's because I'm the best-known of a very small group.  Oh, there's some wonderful gospel organists playing in Portland churches, but as far as blues-jazz B-3 guys, we're…

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"King Louie's Video Vault"

 

I was an "early adopter" of video recorders, purchasing a Quasar VHS top-loading VCR soon after the machines made their debut.  I don't remember the price, but it was steep, and the blank tapes were no bargain either at $16…

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King Louie, Pianist?

 

Last night, I played a gig with "Big Monti" Amundsen at the Trail's End Saloon in Oregon City, OR.  Nothing too remarkable there: I'd played five or six times with Monte before, and back in the day I played at…

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