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Hi Jon, Just in case we didn't already contact you... What are you currently doing to get airplay and charting for your most current release? That's what we do... artists hire us to get them airplay and charting on stations in the U.S. and Canada. I can send you some details in email if you like... just let me know if this is a good email address and I'll get them to you. Also... would love to get your physical CD or EP too, when it gets here, let's talk! Musically Yours, Ken DuBois Bryan Farrish Radio Promotions 1828 Broadway, 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90404 ken@radio-media.com rm
Ken <ken@radio-media.com>
Santa Monica, CA USA - Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 16:41:07 (EST)

Steve Lenkowsky! Holy-moly! Have you seen what they did to the Solorow's house on Half Mile Road? Jon may still have that Byrds album, but I'm SURE I returned the bass guitar you once kindly lent me! Believe it or not, my parents are both still living in the same place you saw them last. I live up near Hartford but check in on them almost every week. Any idea where David Sherman might be?
Mike Manners <mike@mikemanners.com>
- Friday, October 13, 2006 at 14:27:17 (EDT)
Hey Steve! Great to hear from you! It's been a REALLY long time...1967, ancient history. Say, I've still got the well-worn, scratched-up Byrds album you gave me, Mr. Tambourine Man - it's down in my music studio. Not that it's been played in almost 40 years, but I've still got it. You want it back? :) I hope all's well, thanks for looking me up. If I ever play CT or NYC I'll be sure to let you know!
- Friday, October 06, 2006 at 19:38:47 (EDT)
Jon - I'm so glad you are this prolific AND online. Really like this song and your playing. Last time I heard you play was probably in your front hallway back in 1965 or so, with Johnny drumming away, when I lived on Half Mile Road. Your diary of your life and travels so far is inspired! I've lately been heard to say I'm a lawyer in training to be a street musician ... pretty respectable calling too, in my NYC environs. If you ever get back this way to play I will have to be there.
Steve Lenkowsky <lenkguy@aol.com>
Norwalk, CT - Thursday, October 05, 2006 at 10:41:52 (EDT)
Hey Brandon, I do remember you, Realpreacher. Pizza, yeah, I recently discovered the missing ingredient for my sauce. My son, Nick, spent a month in Europe this summer, a good amount of that time in Italy. The ingredient? Fennel seeds. Put about a teaspoon of them in and cook the sauce. Love it! Anyway, as I recall, you bought my cd Frankie Said" through CdBaby. Hope you still are enjoying it...I'm about to release another, this one called Short Circuit. Where the last was all acoustic -upright bass/sax/guitar/etc - this one is electrified and features my guitar playing. I dispense with the upright and use my electric fretless. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out, I even put good money into having it mastered properly this time! So, the scene sounds pretty cool in the UK, solo acts doing well...I hope that catches on here! I still am gigging as a solo act....My best to you and keep on rockin'
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 15:23:25 (EDT)

Hey Jon, really long time since i wrote to you. I doubt you even remember me, we talked pizza? Since i last wrote, I have been in yet another band REAL www.realogy.co.uk and it has now split up after 4 years. I am venturing out on my own. The acoustic thing is really happening in London and the UK so I think i may just have a shot this time... check myspace site and you can hear the fruits of my non hard working labour... Anyway, I hope doin alright. just been listening to some of your older tunes. some of them are like Grateful dead or The band. buzz off that. I love your old guitars too. take it easy mate and peace, Brandon.
Brandon Webb <Brandonwebb@blueyonder.co.uk>
Manchester/Liverpool, England - Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 11:35:24 (EDT)

broken things thats why i,m home today TRUCK down hope u got cd by now had some postal trouble some came back not enough$$ on them good luck oh hey how about a song collaberation with you henry and justine vickery wow can she sing, i,m beggingggg (how about blackmail i,ll send you one hundred pics for download), any thing please,
oldtoad gil <meoldtoad@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 13:05:27 (EDT)

Hi Gil, I've been hard at work on a new cd. I've got one more song to mix down then it's off to be mastered and then replicated. I got a bit thrown off track when my tapedeck, an old Tascam 38, decided it needed attention and is now holed up at American Pro Audio for repairs...Soon as I get this project done it'll be back to writing songs and I'll hopefully be getting the "songadumunth" revived, at least semi. Thanks for missing me!
- Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 10:52:44 (EDT)

jon what i think is tha t you,ve been underemployed. where is march april may june july and august 06 my collection suffers and my curiosoty is boiling EARFOOD is a must between fan and artist bye oldtad gil
oldtoad gil <meoldtoad@hotmail.com>
ajax, ont Canada - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 10:20:12 (EDT)

By way of explanation, The Catspyjamas project is all about Elvis Costello. The Pyjamas are hoping to compile an mp3 collection of Elvis covers, to which I contributed my take on Miracle Man. I'd like to do a few more but they're allowing only one per person or band. It's a pretty cool website. It's a pretty cool idea. I hope it takes off!
- Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 10:19:15 (EDT)

Jon- Apologies for the lack of progress on The Cats Pyjamas project! I was working in partnership with a guy in Norway and it was difficult to get things sorted. Rest assured 'Mystery Man' was one of the best. I hope to get the whole thing up and running again....maybe doing it in a more managable way with me controlling the project...I'll be in touch.... Jamie
Jamie <thecatspyjamas@hotmail.com>
Sheffield, UK - Tuesday, August 01, 2006 at 05:19:16 (EDT)

toad on the road sounds like Cream creamed, after a night of something else, a weird drifting arrangement, and i cant make out some of the words, really sounds like the way i feel after a 3 day run with troopers scales and damn customers not knowing what they really want but do it anyway. oldtoad gil
oldtoad gil <meoldtoad@hotmail.com>
ajax, ont Canada - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 09:37:42 (EDT)

Jon Manners is for me very gently man with all imperatives for genius.
Benjamin Tais Teplicky <kasidlo7@yahoo.com>
Pelhrimov, Czech republic Czech Republic - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:56:40 (EDT)

Hi Udo, Thanks! Peace, Love & Understanding! I'm always curious when I hear from somebody from so far away, how they arrived at my website. How did you? Hearing from you makes the world seem a small place. My best to you.
- Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 08:14:19 (EST)

Hi Jon, Very good to listen your root rock sound. I think we need this in this world more and more to find the roots of our life in understanding between people is so better going. Peace welcome in reality - this is the chance all over times and you music bring a little tale to this freedom - THANKS! from a fan in in east germany ...
udo rostalski <dxudo@gmx.net>
Bernburg, SA Germany - Friday, March 10, 2006 at 17:44:51 (EST)

Hi Jon, Very good to listen your root rock sound. I think we need this in this world more and more to find the roots of our life in understanding between people is so better going. Peace welcome in reality - this is the chance all over times and you music bring a little tale to this freedom - THANKS! from a fan in in east germany ...
udo rostalski <dxudo@gmx.net>
Bernburg, SA Germany - Friday, March 10, 2006 at 17:40:47 (EST)

Hi imike, Why, do you know a HawAiian Vince Hogan? But no, this Vince was/is a black dude with pipes that could really cut through. Before I played with him he had a band in Santa Cruz California called The Minds of Soul. We used to call them Vince Hogan and the Mindless Souls. He was/is still, I'm sure, a good guy. Man, he could belt out the tunes! Haven't seen or heard from him for YEARS. Wonder what happened to him...
- Friday, March 10, 2006 at 15:10:23 (EST)

jon, imike went to the history 'ride'!!!!! great! listened to most of your songs! was vince hogan a hawaiian? your vibe shines thru!!!!! best of luck to you! imike from garband
mike bower <ppaco111@aol.com>
sedona, az - Friday, March 10, 2006 at 09:40:22 (EST)

nice to hear you still strummin' away....
Paul Abramson <abramson@silcom.com>
Santa Barbara, CA - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 11:32:35 (EST)

JZ – I don’t really have a simple answer. First and probably most important to the overall sound is that I used only acoustic instruments, even the bass, being an upright. I have a very nice tube mic, made by CAD that costs close to a grand, as well as a Demeter tube preamp. My WAVES L2 Ultamaximizer was critical for achieving a competitive volume level. My BBE 88i was also critical. It sorts out and corrects phase problems and it boosts highs and lows, pretty much eliminating the need for eq. I recorded on a Tascam 38, ½” reel-to-reel. Any specific questions, lemme know. Good luck! "Frankie Said" was my acoustic album. The cd I’m now working on is guitar-oriented, electric. I’ve got 7 songs pretty much done, five to go!
- Friday, September 30, 2005 at 09:06:14 (EDT)

Jon ,, Dig Frankie said. I have wanted to get that same sound on my next album.. Good job man. Could you explain how you did it. My guess is it has to do with delay's and such... JZ
Jerry Zybach <Z-manblu@comcast.net>
Eugene , Or. US - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 00:23:20 (EDT)

Just heard "Frankie Said". I totally love it. It's unique: very well done. It is so "Jon"...and that's why I love it as much as I do.
Dick Bourgault <bourgault@msn.com>
Ludington, Mi USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 11:11:33 (EDT)

Hi Jon Sorry it took so long to get in touch. You have a super site. Let's see, how long has it been? It.s great to see that you're still making music your life. As you can see I'm still plucking along. Soon winter will be upon us and I,ll be in the killer mode. Between the midle of December and the end of March I average 9 gigs a week. Get it while you can. The band I'm in is top shelf. Send me your mailing adress and I'll pass along a couple of CDs. I'de really like to hear what you've been doing. Tried to down load your "jukebox" but it was futile. I'm on a land line in the middle of noware so retreiving musik files is near impossable. Send me your phone number. Love to talk. Always a "Wicket"-Tom Wic
tom Read <reado996@hotmail.com>
woodstock, vt 05091 - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 22:09:47 (EDT)

Hey there. Mike got in touch recently. He told me about your site. Awesome. Better than ever! Dick www.cinderellaproductions.com
Dick Bourgault <dick@cinderellaproductions.com>
- Monday, August 22, 2005 at 21:09:04 (EDT)

- Friday, July 01, 2005 at 17:33:18 (EDT)

Hey Rockaday - I downloaded the new tune in the lobby of the Grand Barrierre Hotel in France - Sounds Great - Definitely much better than the disco crap they have going over the PA! And I see that Darker Than Night is up to #13 over at garageband.com. Cool!
Deauville, Normandy, France - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 12:04:59 (EDT)

I want to thank Jon for sending Bad Dawg Radio a Promo and CD. We are first airing the Promo along with Jons' song "My Kind of Woman" on the June 13th BDR Blues Feed. We invite everyone to come check it out and thanks again to Jon. http://www.baddawgradio.com
Bad Dawg Radio <pgmdir[at]baddawgradio[dot]com>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 13:50:05 (EDT)

Take a shop tour at Granata Guitars: http://www.granataguitars.com/
- Monday, June 06, 2005 at 10:21:39 (EDT)

Here's another site of interest: http://www.13thfret.com/
- Monday, June 06, 2005 at 10:18:11 (EDT)

I found this on the luthiers mercantile site, a photo journey, building a LM kit. http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/DaveKit/dave/LMIAssemblingtheguitar.htm

- Monday, June 06, 2005 at 08:48:36 (EDT)

To start, Check out http://www.vermontinstruments.com/ also, look at http://www.americanschooloflutherie.com/,the american school of lutherie, out in California... pick up a copy of acoustic guitar magazine http://www.luthiersmercantile.com http://www.alliedlutherie.com  I'll send you an interesting article about Vermont Instruments...
- Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 10:45:38 (EDT)

Is there anywhere that you can go to specifically, to build guitars?! I have wanted to learn for a long time I have just been unable to find the resources to do so. A little help would be much apreciated!! Thanks
JW <bimmer33@comcast.net>
Nashville, TN United States - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 00:04:00 (EDT)

Thanks, Casey! I'm glad to see that mnartists.org site is pulling in people, I JUST got my page up on it. Did you check out "previous takes" at the bottom of the free-download page, on this site? There must be 17 or so songs available for free-download by now. That'll fill up your iPod!
- Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 08:38:09 (EDT)

Awesome tunes, found your music looking at some artists on mnartists.org and I think it will become one of my favorites, waiting to hear what you do monthly! Keep it going!! Casey
Casey McKenna <cmckenna@howlingmoonartists.com>
East grand Forks, ND USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 22:22:34 (EDT)

Bad Dawg Radio wants to thank Jon for allowing us to air his tunes. He is a great addition to our rotation. We hope he can get down here for a live performance.
Bad Dawg Radio <pgmdir@baddawgradio.com>
Omaha, NE USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 08:25:02 (EDT)

tap...tap... tap... Is this thing on?
- Monday, May 02, 2005 at 11:18:46 (EDT)

Hey Mr. Brown- I made it on over to your site and listened to your tunes. Good solid blusin'! I particularly enjoyed your vocal vibrato, reminds me of BBKing. You ever use a 335? Or a fat old jazz geetar?
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 09:07:03 (EST)

Hi John, Just listened to "In the night," good work! I gotta a couple electical blues tunes and me "Star Portrate" at www.artistlaunch.com/shawnbrown Keep Bluesin
Shawn Brown <shawnb@vtlink.net>
Alburg, VT us - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 01:41:20 (EST)

Hi Peggy! I haven't a clue who the woman in the picture is, but I bet you can guess who the song's about! My brother Mikeee is webmaster, he digs these little treasures up. He probably doesn't know who it is either. Or maybe he does...Do you, Mike? Is she from that old tv program, My Little Genie? Or was it Bewitched? In any case, it's no one I've met!
- Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 14:09:29 (EST)

Hi Jon, I like your Februrary song very much. Listened to it today at work -- a good break! Who is the woman in the picture by the song? Peg
- Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 12:02:56 (EST)

John- Still has the original strings? bet that's worth your retirement on eBay...I hope you haven't waxed it! I too, had a Kustom amp, mine was the 400 so it was more than twice as crappy as yours! And to think I could've bought something with value...I guess I was won over by that tuck & roll...Hey, hope you didn't get yours 'cause a me!
- Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 15:59:03 (EST)

Tell Mike I certainly do still have the classic SG. And that it still has the same strings as it did when he saw it last ... does that make it more of a classic? I also have the Kustom 150 amplifier. I stoked it up about eight or ten years ago and it still made my playing sound terrible. I always knew it was a bad choice. Please give my best to Mike and tell him to feel free to drop me a line.
John Cook <john@cookandco.biz>
- Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 13:54:32 (EST)

So, John, my brother Mike, former lead-guitarist for the Devil Dogs, is interested to know if you still have that vintage SG you used to play in said band? Also, you may be interested in a rumor that has been flying about: brother Tim, former bassist for, yes, the Devil Dogs, is contemplating the purchase of a 100-watt Genz-Benz bass rig. He's dusted off his Ric and has been playing with Westport's own, The Minutemen!
- Friday, December 31, 2004 at 09:18:57 (EST)

Hi John, I've heard your name before, though I don't know that we've met. My bro Mike remembers that fabled gig at the Longshore in Westport. He says it is still talked about with good reason. Some dummy at the club for Westport's richest and most famous, booked the Devil Dogs to play in the dining room WHILE THERE WAS A RICH OLD FOLKS DINNER being served. The DD's were cranking out a really raw and rockin' "Cold Turkey" by John Lennon, as decked out snobby society matrons dipped their fingers in pewter finger bowls. Bedlam in Stepford! This truly may have been the inspiration for Spinal Tap. Mike says they called themselves the "Devil Dogs" because they felt they were a direct competitor of the "Twinkies" and imagined that if they ever played a battle of the bands against them, it would be advertised as a "Bake Off"
- Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 14:05:19 (EST)

Jon, I enjoyed your history section, but I feel you left out an important element -- people you influenced. There was a Norwalk, CT band in the late '70s called the Devil Dogs that say you were a huge influence before and during their short time together. Their gig at Longshore is still talked about.
John Cook <john@cookandco.biz>
Burlington, CT USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 13:33:35 (EST)

Hey Tony T, No, I didn't forget, I figured I'd take a month off having just polished off 12. I needed a breather but I do plan to be back January 1st! I'll kick off the New Year with a nasty little number...
- Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 23:27:42 (EST)

Hey! I was just getting into the groove of downloading your tunes every month when they stopped. I hope you are just on vacation in some exotic resort or something, and this month's download is just a little late. Please don't tell us that you simply forgot... Uh Oh!
Tony T
Provo, UT - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 19:04:16 (EST)

Ray, Thanks! It all helps, and it's very much appreciated. I checked out your site; you've got a VERY good-looking magazine...
- Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 00:52:18 (EDT)

Hey Jon, We have posted the cd review by Mary Rudy on our site at Southbound Beat Magazine http://www.southboundbeat.com Ray
Ray Carver <southboundbeat@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 20:26:00 (EDT)

Just a brief note. I know where Dave Guynes is. We are in touch and he lives in Spain and is still a guitar player. He plays for a singer Leanor Watling and you can see pics at http://www.marlango.net. I was the bass player in The Knaves and The Sweet and Sour Blues Band. Dave, Al McShane and I met in 6th grade. We met Galen Marquis about a year later. Al McShane is in Oakland as a contractor.
Gerard Huerta <gerardhuerta@earthlink.net>
Southport, CT USA - Friday, October 01, 2004 at 12:07:16 (EDT)

hi jon....back in catholic school 8th grade dave guynes and al mcshane were in a band called the knaves....i lived across the street from drummer mcshane and used to watch them play sometimes.....guynes was amazing even back then....this was before mcshane dropped out of the band and guynes joined galen marquis to form the sweet and sour blues band which as i recall were really pretty good...anyway a guy named gerard huerta played bass for the knaves....he went on to design album covers and has a website....he may know something about the whereabouts of guynes and/or mcshane.....(man this is bringin back some memories....isnt the internet amazing?)....anyway good luck!.....nick
nick <doggo9@aol.com>
westminster, ca usa - Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 18:03:33 (EDT)

JH- email me: jon@jonmanners.com I think we can work something out. I could take a photo of it and attach it to an email, so you can see exactly what it is. You're gonna love it. I know I do.

- Monday, September 13, 2004 at 20:24:22 (EDT)

Jon-That's interesting about your stompbox. Do you brace it like a guitar as well? I'm a solo player too, sometimes, and I use an electronic beat thing but it sounds unnatural. I really like the deal you've described. Could you build me one? wHAT might it cost? I'll check back here for your response.
Nashville, TN - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 12:09:02 (EDT)

mugu, run into ofu obi, say hi. -jon
Jon Manners

- Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 21:28:03 (EDT)

please i dey here guys
mugu <mugu@yahoo.com>
lome, togo - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 08:10:31 (EDT)

Hey Mr Andrews, 

I'm honored to be in your cd collection! And Santa Cruz? HAY! I've been there, I LIVED there! Back when Graham Nash lived out the end of Swanton. He still livin' in Davenport? That area's so beautiful, why would he leave? Why would anyone? Why did I leave? Hmmm. Oh well. Oh yeah, I remember now, it was love. Capital L-O-V-E. I used to drive yellowcab in Cruz, 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, did that for 6 months, got to know that town better'n any town I've ever known, and probably better than I will anywhere ever again. Also got very burned-out. But I KNEW how to get around, driving a cab'll do that for you...I first went to SC when there was BOARDWALK downtown on Pacific. The late 60's. Now it's all yuppified with brick, cobblestone and whatnot. It was a sleepy place, with a slow pace. Not now, last time I was there it was clogged with traffic. Does the Foodbin still exist? How's the Catalyst? Santa Cruzoids still dance the same way, waving their arms about up in the air? I hope so.
- Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 22:58:59 (EDT)

I found out about you from a review at Muzik Reviewz.  I'll be adding your CD to my collection.  I'm not sure if I can post the link to the review, but here goes:  http://www.muzikreviewz.com/CDreviews/Jon_Manners.html   Thanks for the great tunes!
Mike Andrews
Santa Cruz, CA - Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 09:08:42 (EDT)

Congrats on an excellent review ! Keep it up. Sax Man
Dan Andreasen, Phoenix
- Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 18:14:37 (EDT)

Hey El- Thanks for the clarification!
- Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 14:37:01 (EDT)

No, Dark Side of Love is not about me or anyone I know! :-) Just wrote the words based on what the song sounded like to me ... whappa whappa doo doo.
Elvis <elvis@elviscostello.com>
Liverpool, UK - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 14:46:04 (EDT)

Hi, I got your message on garageband.com and checked out your history on your webpage. I have been kicking around bands and solo gigs for years myself. We must live in a parallel universe or something. I guess that's the way of a musician. Your music is definitely evolving into your own distinct sound. It's a pleasure to hear a craftsman at work. best of luck, Bob Boyle
Bob Boyle <rwboyle@optonline.net>
nj - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 18:04:12 (EDT)

Hi Shawn, Thanks for checking out my site... ..."too broke to buy"... Yeah, I know, it's tough being a musician. :) or maybe :( is more appropriate...I note you're from VT -I went to guitar building school in VT, The Guitar Research & Design Center in South Strafford...Never been to Woodstock CT. But I did go to Woodstock...

- Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 09:09:01 (EDT)

Hi Jon, I just took your history tour. It was great. Took me back as I grew up in Woodstock, CT around the same time. Listened to more of your tracks-great sound-i'm too broke to buy now.
Shawn Brown <shawnb@vtlink.net>
Alburg, VT USA - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 01:23:56 (EDT)

Ha, LaMar, what a jokester! And Henry, I notice that you're bassist1 in Australia. I just got a review at garageband.com from Bassist55, ALSO from Australia! I guess if anyone needs a bass player we now know where to look...

- Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:42:44 (EDT)

Well tie me kangaroo down, sport!
LaMar Triche <Coffee2go@hotmail.com>
Venice, CA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 14:12:30 (EDT)

Hi Jon Greetings from Australia! Thank you for the opportunity of hearing some more of your fine compositions....Stay Well, Play Well ! cheers Henry
Henry Correy <bassist1@telpacific.com.au>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 16:18:09 (EDT)

TuTuWoN, Thanks! I always get a kick out of hearing from people in distant lands; yours is the first I've heard from Chile! If you have a website, let me know, I'd like to take a look...I did a google search for Antofagast Chile and saw a few pictures. I gather it's a coastal city in the north of Chile with beautiful rock formations and a clear sky. You've got the clearest skies of the world!

- Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:38:46 (EDT)

Hey Jon Good Work!! Excellent Songs! I hear your music in Garageband. Congratulations for your Guitar is very Beatiful!. I promises Hear more Clips of You!!! Good Vibrations from CHile!
TuTuWoN <tutuwon@hotmail.com>
Antofagasta, II Chile - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 02:31:18 (EDT)

Mike- May 8th wasn't an open date for me, I had to turn down the blues festival gig at St Olaf...But I'll definitely keep you in mind for some harp playing sometime...

- Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 21:37:32 (EDT)

Jon, Great site man! You sound awesome. My band and I (2nd EXIT) will be playing with you at St. Olaf on May 8th. Can't wait to meet you. If you ever need a harmonica player to sit in let me know ;) Mike
Mike Fugazzi <mfugazzi67@yahoo.com>
Mankato, MN U.S. - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 13:34:32 (EDT)

Hi Graeme - I'll send you the photo directly. As I mentioned, my brother went to high school with David Lee Roth at Cherry Lawn, a private school. The photo shows them in the boxing ring, a big event, with my bro towering over the knocked-down David Lee Roth! I asked my bro for some more details. Here's what he says: "Van Halen's hit, "Hot for Teacher", is about DLR's crush on one of his teachers at Cherry Lawn. The song mentions Cherry Lawn by name. "Little girl from Cherry Lawn, how could you be so bold?". DLR not only didn't last three rounds in the ring, but didn't last an entire year at Cherry Lawn, either. A girl I still correspond with had a crush on him, and did a little research. Apparently he got kicked out of a large number of private schools. I remember him as being loud and obnoxious. He was actually a last minute substitution because the guy who was supposed to fight me got cold feet when he heard that my uncle was a former pro, and had been coaching me. Roth presented a bit of a problem, because he was a little taller, and had longer reach than I did. I had to walk right into his punches so I could get close enough to hit him. My classmates (and probably a few teachers) were all very pleased when I cleaned Roth's clock. You'll notice in the photo that everyone (including the referee) is laughing! I was just looking at the photo, and I noticed something. If you look directly below the referee's left elbow, there is a blond girl kneeling on the grass. That's the teacher that DLR had a crush on! She was about 25 and hot! Always wore very short skirts, and flirted a lot with the boys. It's rumored that she actually seduced more than just a few of them..."

- Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 18:06:00 (EDT)

Hi Jon,listened to your track on Garageband, I mentioned Dave Lee Roth, it would be interesting to see the pic!! I'm glad there are still those out there like you doing this kinda stuff, thanks again. I am in the Metal band Stairway web addy as above. Just joined Garageband.....excellent site!! Best Regards, Graeme.
Graeme <stairway.deoduce@virgin.net>
Warwickshire, England - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 05:40:03 (EDT)

Keith, Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your website-- www.frankiemoatesatlantahorns.com --You've got one cool band!

- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 23:49:31 (EST)

Jon, I like the history part of your site and the music too! See ya around.
Keith Otterbeck <kdo7878@comcast.net>
Atlanta, Ga USA - Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 02:53:49 (EST)

Ken, Thanks. Yeah, it's interesting how different two versions can be, isn't it? That first take, with The Kitty Younger Band, that was way back in 1983 or 4. That band was fun, for a while anyway, but it certainly was a sidetrip. An abberation, even. Got to say, I made some good money playing VFW's and weddings, though. It got to the point where the pedal steel player was putting fuzztone on, I think we all went a little crazy playing that stuff! (It drove me almost as crazy as did playing in that 50's wedding band, if I never hear Pretty Woman and Mony Mony again it will be too soon.)

- Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 17:49:25 (EST)

I liked the Stallin,Missin,Rustin MUCH better the recent version!! I read your History and found it interesting. (I enjoy hearing the storys of people who love Music like I do!) The first version was not for me!! The new one however made me want to get in and produce and preform with it!!! who Knows may be an Internet, stranger, Long Distance, collaboration. (I am GAME) By the way I found your site after Reviewing your stuff at Garageband.com (JNRstudio) Thanks Ken
Ken Waldroup <jnrstudio@woh.rr.com>
Lima, Oh U.S - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 15:42:50 (EST)

Hello! I stumbled across this site when trying to find out who the other bands were that my band "The Blackzone" shared the stage with at the Music festival at Chuck Berry's Farm back in the very early 70's? I noticed that fest was mentioned on this site, & hoped you could remember what I can't? Besides Leon Russell, what were the names of the other bands that played on this 2 & 1/2 day festival? Both nat'l & local bands. I pray you have knowledge of this? I am a professional musician that still plays today, but when people ask me about "the Blackzone" playing at Chuck's fest back then, & ask what other bands played there? I can't answer. If you can help pls feel free to email me. Thanks
Steven Munari <blackzoner@yahoo.com>
St. Louis, MO United States - Monday, March 15, 2004 at 17:24:02 (EST)

Thanks, Drew. I'll take coffee and a muffin when I wake up. Maybe some yogurt and fruit. . .

- Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at 18:31:22 (EST)

The kind of music I could picture having coffee and a cigarette to in the morning...that is if I smoked cigarettes. Good Stuff.
Drew Hawthorne
NYC, Nn - Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at 01:28:43 (EST)

Boy, I'm getting some interesting entries, lately...

- Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 20:52:16 (EST)

krrp offffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
top town, s/a - Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 16:15:22 (EST)

Ofu Obi, Cool, thanks.
- Friday, February 20, 2004 at 00:16:56 (EST)

i love this site and nice to enter it ooooooo
ofu obi
lome, Togo - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 20:29:35 (EST)

Ronin, speaking of free music, you can find another freebie of mine at my Amazon site. The song, "Uh-Oh", is on my new cd, Frankie Said. Scroll down to just below the track listing. Zappa, Beefheart, They Might Be Giants - You've got some interesting role models!

- Friday, January 23, 2004 at 13:58:56 (EST)

I am actually an author, who in the last year decided that I needed a creative output for whenever I was suffering from writers block, and having always been a big fan of listening to music, thought... hey, why not give it a shot. I mostly make music just for the fun of it, and the music I make has it's roots in my love for Zappa, Beefheart, the Bonzo Dog Band, and They Might Be Giants. Me and my roomate have cranked out a few fun tunes and some not so good stuff in the last year of screwing around, but we have had fun doing it. You can hear some of our stuff (all of it unpolished and recorded with inexpensive equipment) at: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/1/theindianawhorehousephantom.htm The better songs IMO are "Captain Obvious", "Unrequited", "Boxcar Bill" and "The King". Eh, listen to me rant about myself. Thanks for putting up free music, and I can't wait for next months song.
Ronin Ashe <ronin_ash@hotmail.com>
Springfield, MA US - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:07:32 (EST)

Ronin Ashe, Thanks, it sounds like you had fun poking around. Hey, speaking of the free download, February rapidly approaches, I'd better decide what song I'll be putting up next! It won't be a clunker, I promise. I'll let you know when it's here. I got the sense from what you wrote that you're maybe a musician, is that right? If so, what kind of thing are you into?
- Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 13:44:49 (EST)

After rifling through your site, I am significantly impressed. The concept of the "song of the month" is pretty audacious, I would be hesitant to commit myself to it, and chances are the songs would be bad because of it, but the three I listened to sounded great. I will have to pick up a copy of your cd when I have the cash to do so.
Ronin Ashe <ronin_ash@hotmail>
Springfield, MA US - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 15:00:54 (EST)

Tim, Thanks! Everyone seems to like this song, I've gotten a lot of positive reinforcement. Guess I stumbled on to something! Connie practically goes into shock when I start panting...
- Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 11:28:47 (EST)

Brother Jon - Your new song - Willin' Fool - is Great! In fact, it is one of your all-time best in my humble (but informed) opinion. Reminds me a little of your Rockaday Jonny era, only better (i.e., the lyrics make sense :-)
Brother Tim
Westport, CT USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 06:15:05 (EST)

PS: I've always thought Dave a fantastic talented person, as a guitarist, as a musician, but we were so much trapped in some dumb high school southern california syndrome that made it really difficult to fly, if you know what I mean. Now that we're in our 50's... I still think we can fly...
Galen Marquis <galenmarquis@mac.com>
Jerusalem, Israel - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 16:40:48 (EST)

Jon - thanks so much for that information. Yes, that's the connection, and I have a vague recollection (except for the part that I came up with good parts - that's gotta be me!). I've thought about Dave a lot; we used to talk on the phone for hours when we were in high school. I've since gone a stupid and very frustrating academic PhD route, but never left my music, and have even done a rather lot of composing. I'd really appreciate any efforts on your part to put Dave and I in connection again - not that I'm a desperate person... I just think it would be really cool. Galen
Galen Marquis <galenmarquis@mac.com>
Jerusalem, Israel - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 16:37:31 (EST)

Galen, When I first met Dave he was living in a house across the street in Pacifica with Al McShane and his brother Ed, as well as Ed's wife Diane. Ed was writing a lot of songs and had a nifty little recording studio in the basement. I had a Teac 3340 and was also writing songs, getting a demo together. I thought piano would be cool on it and Dave hooked me up with you. We only got together once, I dragged my Teac over to your place, (certainly easier than dragging your piano over to mine!)and we went through a few tunes. There was a problem though, my guitar hadn't been in tune to "C" when I'd recorded all my parts, it was a tidge one way or the other and so our session was a bit less than successful! It was too bad, you came up with some nice parts. I erased all of them...Back to Dave, I do have a lead on his ex, Karen Bilgrai Cohen. I'll certainly let you know if it leads anywhere. Did you check out the pictures of Dave in the "history" section? There are quite a few tunes there that he plays on as well. All that wild lead guitar, that's Dave...

- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 16:28:34 (EST)

Thanks, Jon for your response. Yes, I'm a piano/organ player. And I did have a Pacifica connection for a while (Al McShane, our drummer, had a brother who lived there). I don't recall doing any piano for you, however. Dave is a special guy, and I'd sure like to renew contact with him. So far, you're the only one who might have a way to get in touch with him. Don't sound like he had a good experience in his marriage (she was Jewish, as I recall, in one of our last correspondences). Please, if you can, try and get in touch with him and let him know I'd like to too. Galen
Galen Marquis <galenmarquis@mac.com>
Jerusalem, Israel - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 11:05:32 (EST)

Galen, Do you play piano? Your name rings a bell with me. When I was living in Pacifica CA I think you put a piano part on a tape I was working on! But Dave Guynes, I'm afraid I've lost him, I've tried and tried to find out what's happened to him, where he is, but no luck. He was married for a while to Karen Bilgrai and she had him change his last name to Gywinn, or something like that. She was a chiropractor, at the time, and thought her clients would have too much trouble with Guynes. I would assume he's changed it back. There are some pictures of Dave in my "history" section. If you track him down, let me know! Thanks for writing.

- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 10:54:49 (EST)

Dear Jon, I am trying to get in touch with Dave Guynes, lead guitarist in the band I was in in high school and a long lost friend. Can you help me out (even though I'm not certain it's the same guy, seems too much of a coincidence that you had a band with him in California). Thanks - Galen
Galen Marquis <galenmarquis@mac.com>
Jerusalem, Israel - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 10:09:41 (EST)

Hey, Ray-I'll try to be there! Have you heard my new cd yet?  And how's your's progressing? Catch you later...

- Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 15:19:05 (EST)

Jon, We are playing at the Cow Friday 7-10. I can't find your e-mail address! Set of originals at 8:00.
Ray Coudret <ray.coudret@highstream.net>
Northfield, MN Rice - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 10:52:00 (EST)

Hi Jon - I bought your CD a couple of months ago and it is still at the top of the pops in my changer. In fact, here I am at work (again) on a Saturday, sweeping the web looking for news quirky and remarkable and I've got Frankie Said blasting. No one else is here so why not? It sounds great, and like all great CDs it sounds better and better as time goes on. Thanks for this music. Vinny
Vincent Karpinksi
Orlando, FL USA - Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 09:33:53 (EST)

Yes, I enjoyed those hours, thanks. Actually, we produced Edgar Winter's White Trash at Norwalk High and we booked the horns, but got the second show of the guitars; (at first I was angry, as I loved the horns); Rick Derringer, Ronnie Montrose and Dan Hartman. It's hard to believe Rick Derringer in Elvin Jones' band. I worked for years with Sonny Fortune, even co-producing his In The Spirit Of ... (Coltrane) Sonny worked in Elvin's band for many years, maybe even w/Derringer. Anyway, keep up the good work. Get a gig for Gary Lucas in your neck of the woods and you can open, no problem; (it would be a compatible show.) Check out www.garylucas.com for info. Or if you want to work the Sidewalk Cafe in NYC sometime, tell Lach I recommended you and he'll at least listen quickly and be nicer than usual (and he is a great guy and very talented anti-folk writer/performer.) It's a listening, fun community type room; (bucket gig).
Robert Singerman <robertsingerman@yahoo.com>
Paris , France - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 16:10:31 (EST)

"Our Little Angel" from the King of America album, the one with those Nashville cats on it... http://www.elviscostello.info/disc/official/koa/koa.htm <2nd verse &cho> Now the cabaret is frozen and the laughter comes in cans/ And the lonely hearts club clientele don't know what to do with their hands/ You think that you'll be sweet to her but everybody knows/ That you're the marshmallow valentine that got stuck on her clothes// But you're not going to do a thing to our little angel/ There's nothing you're thinking tonight that tomorrow won't change
glenn <gbardo@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 15:51:19 (EST)

Robert, Whoa, you've been around a bit! It seems you've spent a couple hours rooting around my site, it sounds like you had fun. I'm honored. You produced a concert eons ago at Staples High School that I attended. Edgar Winter and White Trash. Rick Derringer on guitar. I saw Rick years later out in Capitola California playing in The Elvin Jones Group, and yes, I mean the Elvin Jones that played with Coltrane. Quite a jump from Winter to Jones! I gather you're still active promoting and producing; if ever you need an opening act for something, keep me in mind!
- Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 13:07:30 (EST)

Glenn, Our Little Angel? Which disc is that on? Speaking of dark and sad, you've heard Tom Waits' Georgia Lee on the Mule Variations cd, haven't you? And about assembling Costello's WHOLE catalog, I don't know, I can't imagine getting every song covered, it'll be cool if he even gets half of them. If you've got one, a simple take w/acoustic guitar and vocal I'd be happy to get you over here for a little recording session...

- Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 11:16:27 (EST)

Elvis' entire back catalog? (catalogue) could take a while the song that keeps running thru my head today is "Our Little Angel", maybe because of that missing college gal whose blood they found on mr creepazoid's car. now *there's* a persona I haven't yet heard depicted in song. even the moodier-than-thou Nick Cave hasn't touched it.
glenn <gbardo@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 23:28:53 (EST)

Bardo, Check out the message below from the catspyjamas, the costello project. You might want to get in on this fun. I'd hoped to do Peace, Love & Understanding but that won't fly 'cause it's a Nick Lowe number. It's Miracle Man for me. Maybe Mystery Dance. You have some Elvis tunes up your sleeve?

- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 18:29:22 (EST)

Jamie, Very cool thing you're doing. Im writing to reserve a track or two. I have an Costello number in the can already and can send it to you on cd right away. Actually, it's a Nick Lowe song but Elvis made it famous and most people think it's his. It IS in Elvis' catalog. Peace, Love & Understanding. If I can have 2, I'd also like to do Miracle Man. Email me your snail-mail address. Thanks.

- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 11:43:45 (EST)

Hey Jon, Mike recommended your site. A talented family; DIY, Tim's site; four brothers? I always used to say that's what made the Copeland's successful; a talented father, CIA who checked if it was possible to assassinate Nassar (it was) and three bros, working hard, together (Miles, Ian and Stuart). Your site begs for a six degrees film; coming of age, rnr, S'Tap, Catcher in the Rye - Elvis meets Elvis. 


I've read Boom Harangue (Richard X. Heyman's manuscript) and Cheese Chronicles (Tommy Womack; published!) and as a Norwalk'er, though '72 and younger, it's all familiar. Especially as I lived the "biz" side of rnr (our generation's rest and relaxation) under assistant east/west/mid/overseas coast promo man from Edgar Winter's White Trash I booked 2/15/72 (my son's bday, too!, 27 years later; late starter) in college (Wash U) booking Doc Watson, Little Feat, Sly, Waits, Cooder, Newman, Mingus...; 


professionally The Band, Dave Mason, REO, Leon Russell at Chuck Berry's Farm '74 and on graduation on though Sun Ra, Ornette, Chieftains and Boys of The Lough '78, Professor Longhair to Lydia Lunch, dB's, R.E.M. Fleshtones, 'placemats, Smithereens and now Kurt Elling, Gary Lucas (Captain B), noJazz (Paris!); I know Paul Cebar and used to often book 7th St./upstairs with NYC, LA, UK and 'world' groups. 'nuff name dropping from me, sorry, just to establish context. 


I really liked your first songs, remember the Worlds Fair '65 and liked mymymy, Mr. Energy, took a dive, your Amarillo juke box, pinball song (Wait's played the other silver ball game vertical all night in St. Louis joint) The Great Dying (boomers) Who listeners ww would love a lightly fictionalized/Gumpifyed Tom Hanks/Reiner Luthier/Lucifer connect. Where's the financing, but you have your soundtrack? Friendster Dean internet model, with real lessons for the Bush babies. Michael Moore/Marvin Gardens? 


Anyway, it's been a real 2 hours, questioning and re-confirming our lives? A good friend named Larry (who I need to recontact) took me to N'awlin's first time and I marched in many Mardi Gras' later on. Chance fleeting meetings. Lots of luck, love and sksx, as I'm sure you remember well the life you sang about; receding hairlines and all. Mine's white.
Robert Singerman <robertsingerman@yahoo.com >
Paris , France - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 05:39:55 (EST)

Hello I am currently in the process of starting up the ultimate tribute to Elvis Costello via the web. I am contacting artists/ Elvis supporters to cover his entire back catalogue and have it published on the web/ limited release in a similar vain to the ‘pink pig’ tribute to The Cure. I would love to hear an interpretation of an Elvis track by you. Want to know more? thecatspyjamas@elvis-costello.net www.elvis-costello.net/thecatspyjamas Jamie
Jamie <thecatspyjamas@elvis-costello.net>
Sheffield, England - Monday, December 08, 2003 at 13:58:01 (EST)

Yo Mr.B, It may be a spell till the next Tavern gig, I've been lax. Probably just as well, December's kind of crazy- busy. I joined TAXI today, could be interesting.

- Thursday, December 04, 2003 at 16:38:12 (EST)

Jon, avast and a bottle of bread... good to hear of your gig at the ol' Grand in quaint downtowne Northfield the other night (ears-a-listenin!) looking forward to more stomp-piano with ye at the Tavern, lemme know... Bardo
glenn <gbardo@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 17:56:12 (EST)

Hey! I haven't heard from anybody in a while! I'm feeling lonely! Anybody out there?
- Friday, November 28, 2003 at 18:45:02 (EST)

Hey Brandon, Thanks. And thanks for the link! My bro Mikeee put this site together for me -so far we don't have a page for links but he has talked about establishing one. We'll get you there eventually...I haven't listened to the mp3's of Real yet, I've got dial-up and it will take forever to download, but I will get it done one night soon, promise. I played last night at The Grand Theatre. It's a beautiful old venue, sounds great in there, has a real stage, fancy woodwork and lofty ceiling. The thing that was really different for me was that everybody sat, listened and watched. I'm used to playing bars!
- Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 10:06:54 (EST)

Hi Jon, I will post a review of your album on cdbaby.com as soon as it has settled in my mind. I am letting the vibes settle down coherently before I lay down my feelings for your music in stone as it were. I am still buzzing off what you are doing on there man & also the old tracks you have been a part of. I just can't believe some of the stuff you've done. Beautiful. I have put a link to your site on our web as you do need to be heard by more people over here, just to help us keep it real mate. You (or anyone wanting to...) can order our album on our website via paypal. £7 sterling. Don't you worry mate, i am a man of my word (27 does make me a man doesn't it?) & I will let the world know my feelings for your work on cdbaby.com. Cheers bro, Brandon. p.s. how about a link to us on your site in your links section? ta mate.
Brandon L Webb <Realpreacher@blueyonder.co.uk>

website: http://www.realogy.co.uk
Orrell, Wigan, North of England, England - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 13:47:25 (EST)

Hi Tina. Well, I haven't a clue, but I'm sure having fun. I'm wondering: did you click the free download button to get my monthly giveaway? I hope so! I'd love to hear back from anybody that does, leave me a message, give me a little feedback...
- Monday, November 10, 2003 at 13:29:09 (EST)

What I want to know is how many places can you leave a message and have the main-man respond? Love this site.
Tina Congelosi
NY, NY - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 16:56:13 (EST)

Thanks for the kind words, Brandon. I'm going to take a look at your site as well. Hey, I've got a favor to ask: write up a little review of my cd and post it at CdBaby and at Amazon? That would be REALLY appreciated! I'm going to be posting a song a month on this site for free download, I'll let you know as soon as it's here. Thanks again, and keep on rockin'

- Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 13:05:26 (EST)

Alright mate! Just got your cd from Cdbaby.com & I am well impressed with your very unique blend of vibes man! love it. I got on to you via Kelly Joe Phelps' website, a fan of yours left a message on Kelly's 'your say' section and suggested we try you out. I am so glad I did. Your natural feel and ability for music comes across so well. I love your sense of humour and reality in your songs. I am a big John Martyn fan who inspires me no end, you join my personal list of 'REAL' inspirations along with Kelly, Paul Curreri, Van Morrison etc. Thanks mate. Check our site out & would love to get advice on how we can progress as a band. We have funded our album & are trying to make it. I just live for it. I know you know what I mean. Thank you, Thank you for you & your music, Cheers, Brandon. P.s. Thanks for the pizza info!!!!!
Brandon L Webb <RealPreacher@blueyonder.co.uk

website: http://www.realogy.co.uk
Orrell, Wigan, England - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 08:54:02 (EST)

Wes-It's true! My webmaster says to look for the first downloadable nugget the beginning of November. I've got your email address so I'll let you know as soon as it becomes available. In fact, anyone who leaves their address here will get the alert! As far as Ed Marimba goes, I can hardly believe it's the real Ed Marimba, but who knows?? It's possible...

- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 18:37:46 (EST)

Jon - I heard a rumor that you were going to upload a song for free download to your site each month? Is this true, and if so, when and where on your site will we be able to find it? Also, could you please let us know if Ed Marimba is going to show up at one of your performances because I wouldn't want to miss that. Wes
Wes Port <wes@marketinghub.com>
- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 08:33:02 (EST)

Ed Marimba? THE Ed Marimba???? You want to sit in? Well, SURE. Do I always have guest musicians? Glenn Bourdot, the dude who wrote "Shake Me" on my cd, shows up regularly. He's happy to attack the old piano that's in the corner. Sometimes he brings his electric baritone guitar and that's a real treat. He plugs it into a tiny Vox amp and the sound is wild and dirty. Tom Waits would approve. For that matter, so would the Captain!

- Monday, October 27, 2003 at 15:57:00 (EST)

Do you always have guest musicians at your gigs? I would love to join you sometime - I am a percussionist and love the way you handled percussion on your CD, which is a terrific collection, by the way.
Ed Marimba <ed@arttripp.com>
- Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 10:12:03 (EST)

Dan, Glad you could come, and I'm glad I thought to ask if you had your sax out in your trunk! I had a blast, we had a LOT of highpoints. And then Glenn B showed up and we were a trio, that was very cool, him banging away on the piano and howling in the background...Oh yeah, I'm ready to do it again.

- Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 01:56:54 (EDT)

Thanks again for the opportunity to play with you at the Tavern last Saturday. Your songs and style are unique and really kept me on my musical toes. I've listened to and thoroughly enjoyed your cd and the website is fabulous. Hope we can do it again when I swing through Northfield on one of my Midwest "tours". Hello to Connie and my best to you both.
dan andreasen <saximusmax@hotmail.com>
phoenix, az - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 18:54:31 (EDT)

Jon, I found out about your site from your posting at the Hiatt forum. When I was playing down in Texas earlier this year people kept saying I reminded them of him and since I didn't know his music I searched his stuff out and really liked it. My very brief band Bio is on my website at http://members.aol.com/steviewestmusic and if you'd like to hear some of my stuff, go to cdbaby.com/stevew Please feel free to put me on your email list and who knows, maybe when I get a real life ;-)
Steve West <Steviewest@aol.com>
Mpls, - Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 11:49:51 (EDT)

Steve, Thanks! I have played up in Mpls and it was quite a while back. I used to have a group called The Hubcaps. We played at Archies Bunker, The 400 Bar, Whiskey Junction and one other place, tne name escapes me. That must've been 1987-89 or so. What bands were you in? And how did you come across my website? I've got a gig tomorrow night, Saturday, 8-12, at The Tavern Lounge in Northfield, located in the Archer House on Division Street. If you make it down, be sure to introduce yourself! -Jon

- Friday, October 17, 2003 at 15:43:00 (EDT)

Jon, great site!! Your history stuff was like a walk down memory lane for me except your bands got to play more than just CYO dances and Battle of the Bands. Well OK, we also played the Bars & Weddings but.... You look very familiar and I keep thinking I've seen you play up here in Mpls.but that was probably many brain cells ago. The music on the site sounds great. If I ever get off my butt I'll try to get down to Northfield sometime to see ya. Rock on!!
Steve West <steviewest@aol.com>
Mpls, MN - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 14:05:22 (EDT)

Nice Hat nice web site very interesting tom
Tom Halpern <Happy2hal@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 22:49:59 (EDT)

r- Thanks for the Slim Fatz recommendation; love it. I like the space he defines around the music, the selection of reverb and its depth. The 1st song brings to mind Paul Cebar's voice. Are you familiar with Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans? You might want to check them out. I also really like Slim's use of acoustic instruments, no doubt because that's what I'm into! You mention Tom Wait's voice, and yes, he often seems to channel from the same place Waits goes to. Get Behind the Mule! I really need to get a resonator guitar...The pbs special, missed most. -Jon
- Monday, October 13, 2003 at 20:35:54 (EDT)

good morning jon...let me know what you think of slim fatz after listening...no, i don't play the piano (actually i *can* play half of 'let it be', just muscle memory from excruciating lessons at age 11!)... zappa faves, peaches (naturally!), inca roads, camarillo brillo, village of the sun...this is a (very) short list and does no justice to the composer or my collection... i like your stuff mucho...did you happen to catch any of the blues special on pbs? r.
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 09:03:11 (EDT)

HEY EVERYBODY! Beginning in November, I'm planning to post, ONCE A MONTH, a new song on this site as a downloadable giveaway. Collect one a month for a year and you'll have a cd, available NOWHERE else. Hey, a true COLLECTORS item! -Jon
- Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 14:55:52 (EDT)

Peter -  I was mentioned on the MMW site? Geez, I guess I get around! Working on the Scofield number was fun. Will I do another? Could be, I think "Jeep35" is pretty cool, and I could get into, "Like the Moon", on his most recent cd. Sco comes up with some very catchy hooks! 

- Monday, October 06, 2003 at 18:39:52 (EDT)

Robin, Took a minute, but I found Slim Fatz -did a Google search for him. Your description was too hard for me to resist; "bluesy-tom-waits-sound-with-beautiful-guitar"; I'll be listening to "Hard Time Ago" soon, I ordered it! Guitars are your second favorite thing, what's your first? Are you a piano player? 

- Monday, October 06, 2003 at 16:01:48 (EDT)

Hey Jon, I heard about you through a Greg Brown website, someone had seen you play recently, picked your new cd and had some really good comments...I found some good music following these types of recommendations. Anyway there is not much advice I can give you about places to play around these parts, I don't get the chance to see much live music unless I plan for it, for instance the Tavern Lounge on 11/21 to check your show out. Anyway, I also enjoyed your website too, good tips on the pizza making...I'll see ya in November!
Eric <enopola@homevalu.com>
- Monday, October 06, 2003 at 12:52:02 (EDT)

I was just at the Medeski, Martin & Wood site. Someone posted about you doing a John Scofield number, putting lyrics and vocals to it. I had to check that out and I'm glad I did! Will you be doing takes on others by Sco? By the way, I really like the lyrics, a song about telemarketing, very funny!
Peter Young <pyoung48@earthlink.net>
Pasadena, CA - Saturday, October 04, 2003 at 13:14:34 (EDT)

Jon, yes, i've got many zappa favorites, i'll be thinking of my top 10... Compliments to you on the usability of your website, content nice too... especially like the old pics and the geetar-makin' page :) Guitars are my second favorite thing! i've been listening lately to (other than fz) slim fatz...ever heard of him? bluesy-tom-waites-sound-with-beautiful-guitar... goodnight, r.
robin <robing@atlfwhc.org>
- Saturday, October 04, 2003 at 22:59:35 (EDT)

Thanks for visiting. That Zappa site is pretty cool. I think I'll have to listen to Peaches in Regalia tomorrow...I really love the instrumentals with marimbas... Frank sure left a treasure trove. You have some favorite Zappa #'s? Stop by again, anytime. 
- Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 01:26:29 (EDT)

hello... saw your name on zappa guest book, was interested and looked you up... struck a chord...i'm not a musician, just an avid listener...essential, right? also love the bean (coffee), so...hello.
xyqa <robing@atlfwhc.org>
- Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 17:32:58 (EDT)

Enopola, My next gig is Saturday Oct 18th at the Tavern Lounge in Northfield. After that, same place Friday the 21st of November. How'd you happen to find my website? You know somebody in Northfield? While I've got you here, can you suggest other places I could try getting gigs? Savage is definitely in range... (The Tavern is in the Archer House. If you need directions, let me know!) Thanks, Hope to see you sometime.

- Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 00:47:52 (EDT)

where are you playing next?
eric <enopola@homevalu.com>
savage, mn usa - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 16:45:39 (EDT)

Thanks, Stringer. With a handle like Stringer, I'm guessing you're a player. I've always thought that people who like Hiatt would probably like what I'm doing. I'm in kind of a similar vein. I'm always looking for related artists, have you got any to suggest? I noted on the Hiatt messageboard that a lot of people are into someone named William Topley. I'd never heard of him. Have you? I think I'll have to check it out. Another new name to me is Kelly Joe Phelps. CdBaby.com is a very interesting site. You can type in, say Hiatt's name, and it'll give you a list of artists who "sound like" him. And these are all independent artists, no major labels. It's pretty cool. Thanks for writing! 

- Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 13:21:37 (EDT)

Hello! I ran across your website mentioned last night while perusing John Hiatt's messageboard. Glad I checked you out! I like your stuff, man! Where you been?
stringer <stringer@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 08:43:37 (EDT)

Yeah, that's funny! But you know, there probably is a connection! I've got strong "do-it-yourself" leanings. Got that from my dad, no doubt. He used to write for Family Handyman, and later at House Beautiful as building editor. He probably even coined the phrase, do-it-yourself. The connection between pizza-making and guitar building? Well, there was no good 'za to be had here in the mid-west, at least back when I started making it, and buying fancy, cool top-end guitars, well, they were around, but could I afford one? Not really. About my instrumentation: I don't know how I thought to combine saxophone with mandolin in what's probably an R&B format. This could be a first. It just came to me. I wanted something with sparkle to sprinkle here and there on top. I'd never played mandolin. I got one on eBay. I'm using all acoustic instruments, the bass is a big upright. Now there was a learning curve. When I started trying to play it my reaction was, Well, I guess I can always sell it! I'm glad I stuck to it, it didn't actually take that long to pick up, once I figured I could use a white wax pencil to mark little dots on the fretless neck so I'd know where to hit the notes! 

- Monday, September 29, 2003 at 17:25:23 (EDT)

I've sampled your new CD and it sounds interesting. The combination of instruments is really unusual - I mean, saxophone and mandolin? Where did that idea come from? Also, is there a connection between your pizza making and your guitar making?
George Rosenberg <grosenberg@reveries.com>
Westport, CT 06880 - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 15:52:07 (EDT)

Paul, Great to hear from you! Yes, the Spoonful concert was at Brian McMahon. Being the opening act, you'd think we would've gotten to meet them, but no, we weren't allowed anywhere near. Of course, I'm sure if I'd been a bit pushy I probably could have, but I was only 17 or 18 at the time. That was a fun gig! Bands were a trip back then, The Wickets hit the Brian McMahon stage wearing Beatle-boots, white denim jeans, and a black turtleneck under a faux leopardskin vest. What a riot! Do you ever get back to Norwalk? 
- Monday, September 29, 2003 at 09:24:52 (EDT)

Jon - was the Sticky Wickets gig - opening for Loving Spoonful - at Brian McMann (sp?) high school. If so, I was there! I certainly remember hearing you guys; and I remember seeing Loving Spoonful at BMHS. Also, the History section was great!. Paul
paul abramson <abramson@silcom.com>
- Monday, September 29, 2003 at 02:13:40 (EDT)

SAY, I forgot to mention Regianno Parmegianno. Please pardon the spelling. We're talking a chunk of change for a chunk of cheese, but oh, what a cheese! -Jon
- Friday, September 26, 2003 at 16:11:14 (EDT)

Bob, When I moved to Minnesota almost 25 years ago, there was no place with good pizza. Sure, there was plenty of pizza around, but here in Northfield, well aside from Domino, at the time there was a Greek pizza parlor. Not only salty and oily but they slice it up into tiny squares! What are they thinking? So, I figured I had to learn to make my own. I do make the crust from scratch, but I've got a Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook. I sure wouldn't want to do it by hand. Do you have a pizza stone? For a good crust I think that's vital. I like to jazz up the sauce with cumin, about a teaspoon. Also, a very effective sauce additive is green olive paste, a couple teaspns. Gotta use some olive oil in the sauce, a TBLsp. I really like fresh mozzarella, it comes in a ball. I don't like the fresh mozz that comes packed in water because it's too watery and forms little lakes on the pizza. Not good! A couple dashes of chipotle will liven up the sauce. For the toppings, I really like grilled veggies the best. Peppers, eggplant, onions. Grilled pineapple with peppers is a winning combo. (I used to live in California) Hey, it looks like I could go on and on about this... 

- Friday, September 26, 2003 at 12:51:21 (EDT)

Pizza? You make pizza? I love to make pizza, but I'm not really very good at it. I buy the dough, and I top it with all sorts of stuff. Sometimes leftovers, or even chili. It's okay, but I'm sure it could be better! Do you make your pizza from scratch including the crust? The prices that pizza places get for some bread with a little tomato sauce and cheese on it is obscene.
Bob Mattera
- Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 21:08:27 (EDT)

Hey, Mike, Yeah, I just realized yesterday that there's no mention of my saxophone playing. Whoops! Anyway, I started playing back in 1978. I bought a used CONN tenor for $75 and proceeded to teach myself. I play totally by ear. If someone tells me what key a song is going to be in, it doesn't help at all. Somehow though, I can find the key right away once the song starts. I think saxophone was a natural for me. It's a lot like singing. I've always improvised my vocal lines. When I play live I do a fair amount of scat vocalizing. In a similar way it's easy for me to come up with cool sax parts. I now have a Yamaha YTS-62 tenor that my wife Connie gave to me. I also have an alto, I think it's a Conn, that used to be my brother's. I don't use it much but it really comes in handy once in a while. On the cd I use it on Larry Drove to N'awlins, it really sounds appropriate. I'd been thinking I really needed a clarinet on that tune, for that New Orleans sound, but hey, I don't have a clarinet. I tried the alto and it turned out to be just the ticket.
- Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 19:03:36 (EDT)

I have a copy of your new CD, and I really am enjoying it. In reading your online history, there doesn't seem to be any mention of how or when you started playing saxophone. It's such a prominent part of your sound, I'm curious about whether you played in a school band program, or where you learned to play.
Mike Andrews <mikeandrews@ci.bristol.ct.us>
Bristol, CT - Friday, September 19, 2003 at 16:51:35 (EDT)

Welcome everybody. I hope to hear from you about, whatever! Want to discuss songwriting, recording setups and gear? Guitar-building? How I brew coffee? Pizza- making? I'll be checking in regularly. 

Jon Manners
- Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 21:11:43 (EDT)