Weeklyleaks, sound by Martin.
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The Tailgators with house DJ Devo
The Tailgators were the perfect band for Cruise coming from Austin and all..., I don't know how many times they played there but they were always a favorite band for the local crowd of Texans. The Tailgators were so LOUD that they drove people to drink (not a hard thing to do in Norway...) but boy did they get the party going !! On this tape I can hear the cymbals try'n to drive the vocal mic into ear blasting feedback and the band leader Don Leady asking me to crank up the monitors even if they do.. ouch! Don was very easy going and a genuine nice guy, the bass player Keith Ferguson of The Fabulous Thunderbird's fame is no longer around but I believe the drummer Gary "Mud Cat" Smith is still touring with the band. Crank it!!
The tape starts in the middle of a song, but it's a good song...
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Howie Gelb visited Oslo in Feb 1990 with his Giant Sand. This was a very relaxed show and I'm not sure, but I hoped I mixed it loud!!
Excellent indie rock vibe and loose lip from the great Howie Gelb, he had with him John Convertino who went on to co found Calexico and Mark Walton who was a regular sideman for Steve Wynn's Dream Syndicate. Well I found the cassette but I can't remember much from the show, maybe I ate one great Cruise Cafe burger too many or it could have been the beer..This seems to be the end of the show, I've got to find the beginning, will look for it, promise!
Howie Gelb guitar, vocals
Mark Walton bass
John Convertino drums
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There is nothing wrong with a real song and dance man! Not that Buster danced much, but he moved, his mind raced and his lips followed suit. His band was great and the audience absolutely loved this guy. I even made a point of bringing my mum to one of the shows as I knew she would love it as much as me.
I remember doing several shows with the Banshees of Blue and with just one monitor mix for horns, piano, vocals, etc it was a challange, but it worked.
Unfortunatley time has run its toll on this old cassette and a few minutes of the top are ruined, maybe the NYC flu that he mentions he and the band brought with them got to it, hell, I don't know, but I just wound the tape forward to some playable spot and ripped it.
This is a Christmas show from 1987 and I'll get back to the exact date...
The band included these people but I can't make out the piano player??? The horn section is still around as The Uptown Horns.
The most famous of the lot is of course the bass player Tony Garnier who went on to become a long standing sideman with Bob Dylan.
David Johansen/Buster Poindexter vocals
Brian Koonin guitar and musical director
Tony Garnier Bass
Tony Machine Drums
Fred Wolcott Percussion
Crispin Cioe Barritone sax
Bob Funk Trombone
Arno Hecht Tenor sax
Hollywood Paul Litteral Trumpet
Soozie Tyrell vocals, fiddle
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Duke Robillard is an incredibly talented guitar player and a great songwriter. I was already of fan of his the first time I did sound for him back at The Nightstage in Cambridge. I still have his first solo releases on vinyl that he recorded with the Pleasure Kings and they include some great R&B songwriting, the self titled 1983 release is a classic. Check it out! And check out his swing records too! Duke was a founder of his home state Rhode Island Roomful of Blues and continued collaborating with some of their other members after embarking on his solo career. He has also been a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and has toured with the likes of Tom Waits and Robert Johnson (just kidding) hey this is the internet, I can write whatever I want. Anyhow, I did sound for Robillard a bunch of times and it was always a pleasure. I think I have some tapes of him, Ronnie Earl and Jerry Portnoy somewhere too... later. Oh this gig at Cruise was great, I need info on the band members though, anyone?
Duke Robillard guitar and vocals
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Two members of the legendary Flatlanders played Cruise but I can't remember when..anyone?
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock were the perfect couple to enter The Cruise Cafe and I'm sure they felt at home away from home. They were backed by the late Jessie Taylor on guitar.
Even though I'm not sure about the date, I'm sure neither of these fine gentleman had web pages at the time and I'm not even sure if I had a computer back then... times have changed.
Jimmie Dale of course is almost as famous for his acting career (Smokey in The Big Lebowski) as his music career even though he is foremost, a songwriter.
Butch and Jimmie Dale are still both active as a duo, as solo artists and as The Flatlanders along with their old buddy Joe Ely. Joe Ely recorded the classic Honkey Tonk Masquerade and also recorded a live album with The Clash, where he sang I keep my finger nails long so they click when I play the piano, that line has always stuck with me.
Catch them live if you can, and get ready for top notch songwriting and performing.
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Jimmie Dale Gilmore
For the last twenty years I've been sitting on two old suitcases full of original live cassette recordings from my tenure as a sound man from the mid 80's to the 90's.
Weeklyleaks is my fan page to some of the great musicians I happened to work with back in my day as a soundman.