Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The story of "Bridget", part 1

Streaming at: Reverb NationMySpace

FAN EXLUSIVE: "Bridget" b/w "Can't Keep Track of You Blues" BOTH downloadable for FREE  at ReverbNation & BandCamp
"Gary Jude Anderson was a Long Island songwriter of long standing renown. In the mid 1980s , he was the featured vocalist in an early incarnation of the famous Scofflaws with Richard Brooks. More recently he has appeared with some of the finest bands on Long Island, including those of Steve Prisco and Roy Wilson. He was also a staple of the legendary Elvis Tribute Show. He passed away on February 14, 2008. "

I might have been formally introduced to Gary Jude Anderson, writer of the song "Bridget", but I'm not really sure.

We were in the same room only twice, back in January 2008 - at a rehearsal, and at the subsequent gig, for an annual Long Island charity event called The Elvis Show, going on 15 some-odd years now. Steve Prisco of The Blaggards organizes it every year, to benefit local food bank charities, and of the many singers belting out Elvis songs in front of backing bands all night, Gary Jude was one of them. Then he passed away a few weeks after the show, on Valentines Day 2008."

Steve Prisco blogged about Gary Jude, and launched a MySpace page in post-humous tribute, featuring several recordings, including the original demo of "Bridget". At his own MySpace page, Steve uploaded his own "Ska" version of "Bridget", and encouraged local musicians to record their own versions of as well. That's how I got interested. Kieth Hille, another Elvis Show singer, is reportedly working on a version.

When I heard Gary Jude's original demo of "Bridget" it knocked me out. The raw, plaintive pain in his voice totally eclipsed the home-made quality of the demo recording. I immediately heard a totally over-the top production version in my head, and no further inspiration was necessary. I was sad that I never really got to know Gary, so I was consumed with the desire to get a big-sounding version recorded, do the song justice, and to somehow send some positive thoughts about Gary out into the ether.

I called Skip English to produce, and by December of 2008, recording had begun. Our production team completed mixing the song in March of 2009. Mastering was finished in early April.

I imagined a Dion & The Belmonts / Del Shannon / Roy Orbison recording session at Ocean Way Studios on the west coast, produced and arranged by the dream team of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson... and a film to accompany the song is planned.

The "flip side" of "Bridget" is the "Can't Keep Track of You Blues",  featuring guitar work by both East End icon Gene Casey (The Lone Sharks) AND up-and-coming guitar hotshot Matty Liot.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Knoxville & Nashville Quickie - 4/16/09

Day's Inn, Knoxville, TN
April 15th 2009 11:52 PM

Outside of one hand-written sign on an overpass outside of Riverhead NY, we didn't see evidence of one "Tea-Bagging" party on the way down here along I-78 and then I-81 from Long Island NY. So, first impressions and all, it does indeed seem to be an "Astroturf" (as in, no real grass roots) non-event.

I'm playing bass for Caroline Doctorow (supporting her "Another Country: The Songs of Richard and Mimi Fariña" CD) Thursday 4/16, first here in Knoxville on the "Blue Plate Special" WDVX radio program at noon, then over in Nashville at 7pm at Norm's River Road House. For both shows, fiddler Barbara Lamb is also in the house - can't wait to meet her. The rock-solid Andrew Carilllo (Joan Osborne) is manning the guitar and electric sitar.

For us New Yorkers, gas is cheap here (we're used to $2.25 in the land of Little Edie's "Grey Gardens"), and we almost missed the fact that there's an hour time difference between Knox- and Nash- villes.

Mental note: Convince the band to stop for eats in Abington VA on the way back in order to try to say howdy to the wonderful Dixie Bee Liners...

PS - Gore Vidal was great on HBO's Bill Maher show tonight.


Monday, April 13, 2009

By The Way... gossip and tidbits

Grey skies and drizzling in the awakening woods of Eastern LI NY:

The downloadable March 15 2009 Ryan Adams Concert (Nashville TN) features "Joke Time with Jon Graboff" - a couple of funny zingers from the pedal steel player...

If you're on Long Island NY this week, don't miss the Hideaways (with their bandleader playing guitar AND organ seemingly at the some time) at Bobbique, Patchogue on April 22nd. Word has it that Chris Ripley (The Lone Sharks) will be filling in behind the kit, as the Hideaways are seeking a permanent drummer, so there's a whole 'nother reason to attend...

The Blaggards are submitting a song for Paradiddle Records upcoming Kinks tribute... Reportedly, Caroline Doctorow, and the Lone Sharks will do the same.

This week, I head south, playing bass with Caroline Doctorow who does the Blue Plate Special (Knoxville TN) and Norm's River Road House ( Nashville TN), both on April 16th. I'm at the Living Room back in NYC on April 23rd, playing bass for Libby Johnson.


LOTS of free MP3's from brand-new releases, new artists

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Hmmm... them too.

Another good roots / alt.country site

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Bridget" by Gary Jude Anderson - Lyrics

this street looks like
it hasn't been lived on in 20 years
i stand and i wait
every now and then someone appears
when a breeze blows from alley ways
as the sky turns various grays
and bridget, tell me where are you

theater on the corner,
i could probably walk in for free
pizzaria or is it a diner?
not many people do i see
this big building was once a store
i bet nobody knows what for
and bridget, where could you be now?

bridget, oh bridget
i need your light to try and find me now
i made my point a long time ago
on this lonely road i go
but still and all i think i'm right somehow

evening downtown
not much different than the afternoon
go bowling, play the jukebox
there oughta be a crowd here soon
i hear pins tumbling down i think
no its just the ice cubes in this drink
and bridget, tell me is that you

bridget, oh bridget
i need your ligh to try and find me now
i made my point a long time ago
on this lonely road i go
but still and all i think i'm right somehow

darkness of night falls
on a now silent main street
on a bench i sit and wonder
what if you and i should ever meet
do i really want to get involved
or is this mystery best left unsolved
and bridget, where can you be now

bridget, oh bridget
i need your light to try and find me now
i made my point a long time ago
on this lonely road i go
and still and all i think i'm right somehow

GJA @ The Elvis Show, 1995, introduced by Steve Prisco:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

"Blood River" Film - Final Trailer

The Mick Hargreaves-penned "Haunted" appears in the soundtrack of Blood River, directed by Adam Mason (Devil's Chair). The film will be internationally distributed by Epic Films.


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