Over Christmas my wife totally surprised me with an electric 12-string Gretsch guitar. And with that, the race was on to start incorporating Byrds' tunes into the LTG set of songs. After all, the Byrds music is certainly of the era in which LTG dabbles, and with five excellent singers, we're one of the few area bands that can hit those type of harmonies. Even more important, we've hit a nerve with our shows lately playing to SRO crowds who seem to love CSNY and Bryds songs as much as we do! We're happy to play 'em if you're happy when hearing them! Come see us live sometime - we're a bit of variety show with lots of funny banter on stage along with great music. We WILL entertain you!
Recently Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay reformed the Buffalo Springfield. Of course Neil split before he was supposed to - go figure - and delivered some decent music from what I've heard, but nothing truly special. HOWEVER, i recently stumbled onto a gem of Buffalo Springfield history on youtube: the FINAL show they did at Long Beach Sports Arena in 1968. I've read about this show, how the fans rushed the stage during the opening song (Rock 'n Roll Woman) and how a security guard stopped the show when he grabbed Stills' mic to get them to return to their seats. Then there's the epic 22 minute version of Bluebird which totally demonstrates how powerful this group was live. Plus, there are fantastic versions of Mr. Soul, For What It's Worth, Uno Mundo...WOW! I'd always read how great this band was live. FINALLY I get to hear for myself! See what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVsfdMUySKI&feature=related
I find it interesting how kids today seem to as in-tune, or perhaps even more in-tune with classic rock than they are with the bands of their generation. But hold on - this isn't a writeup to praise the virtues of rock music during the '60s and '70s - there was a lot of great stuff, but a lot of it sucked too. No, this is more a note raise awareness of some of the great bands that are rocking right now like Grip Weeds, Sail, Snow Patrol among others. There are excellent sounds being made. Do yourself and check it out (thank goodness for XM radio's Underground Garage which features a lot of this stuff!).
The old adage "Practice Makes Perfect" isn't really accurate. No amount of practice will ever render us perfect - that's left for God. Long Time Gone will go for "next to perfect" as we've been hard at work the last month practicing tunes such as "Just a Song Before I Go", "Wooden Ships", "Southern Cross", "Love Is a Rose", "Heart of Gold" and "Down by the River" just to name a few. We're getting closer & closer to being ready to play out. The harmonies are outstanding. Gary's been breaking out the banjo to mix in with electric guitars. Deidre's jumped in on keyboards. And I'm having a blast playing harmonica and a bit of lap steel ("Teach Your Children"). The practices will not leave us perfect in our performances of these songs, but I've got to tell you, so far it's been magical. "There's something happening here..." - what it is will soon be clear when we hit the stage. Hope you can join us.
...hopefully it'll be a long time before we're gone.
I grew up loving the music of Stephen Stills and Neil Young, as well as the many offshoot bands they participated in such as Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, and Manassas. The one with the most impact however was CSN&Y.
I got a late start in life playing music but have been dreaming of putting a CSN&Y tribute band together for the past couple of years. I was in and out of several bands, duets, and church praise teams playing music that I enjoyed but couldn't admit to being passionate about. Well, that's about to change.
Along the way, I was fortunate enough to meet folks like Mike Stanton who helped me grow immensely as a musician by allowing me to be the sole guitarist for Method33, a contemporary Christian rock group. Mike is now LTG's bass player.
Then there was Gary Miller whom I met at church. Wonderful singer/harmonizer/guitar-dobro-banjo player. The first time I heard him harmonize and the power behind his voice I knew he would be a critical piece of this project. And he is.
Next, Tom Stacy. Met him thru a mutual friend, Marvin Moss, and we played out as Marvin+theMonsters. Tom is a total pro and terrific guitarist/singer. He's really the glue that keeps this project together.
Steve Sanger is one of the best, straight-forward rock 'n roll drummer I know. Drafted from Method33, I know Steve's there like a human metronome keeping time and crashing cymbols.
Andrea Savoy - wow! Voice and stage presence that's out of this world. She was the, uh, "frontman" for Method33 and I'm glad to say jumped at the chance to join me in this effort.
Then there's Morgan Plemmons and Deidre Kinville - OMG. Wait til you hear their harmonies! Plus, they'll sneak up front and take the lead on vocals as well from time-to-time. They both joined LTG from my church in Fuquay-Varina and the band is much better for it!
So, as Neil once sang, "I'm living in a dreamland" right now (ok, what song was that from? "New Mama" from Tonight's the Night - did you get it?). I hope you get the chance to experience this dream as it turns into reality with me!