Saturday, September 6, 2008

A nice reader's response & request for assistance relative to The Last Waltz.

Here is a very nice response from a reader of our blog & he has asked us & other The Band fans about a possible entire recording of The Last Waltz. We have guided him to various resources, such as Vintage Vinyl, The Band Guestbook & Rick Danko's frmr publicist Carol Caffin. If you have any input, please assist. On the standard market, Rhino's '02 four-dsic bookset is a close complete recording, but it excludes poetry readings by the Hells Angels & Richard Manuel's Georgia. The bootleg dvd The Lost Waltz is a fairly complete & more genuine non-Hollywood glitzy recording where you see & hear more (although in poor quality) recordings & experience more of what the concert was actually like. Thank you.

First of all, allow me to say that I really enjoy your blog. There are so many great tidbits on there; as a big Band fan, I am constantly blown away by the material.
I have a question for you. Do you have a copy of The Complete Last Waltz (the soundboard recording that included "Georgia," "king Harvest," etc.)? If not, do you know where I can find one?
Richard Manuel is my favorite musician and I am absolutely dying to hear him do Georgia at the Last Waltz. I heard a clip once, about 20 seconds, and it made me cry. Richard has that effect on a lot of people though.
I hope to hear from you soon my friend.
-mike Pawlows

-Thanks, Mike, & good luck!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Elliott Landy's gallery in Woodstock, NY.

Elliott Landy, famed '69 Woodstock Festival, Bob Dylan & The Band photographer has a gallery @ 77 Tinker Street across the street from the wild Woodstock Legends store. Here is his business card. We visited the quaint gallery late August '08. Many of Elliott's vintage prints are present & autographed.

Richard Manuel quote lends itself to a Bow Thayer album title.

There is a bit of a story behind Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck's album Spend It All featuring Levon Helm on drums.

The process of recording this album was very trying for the band as the original bassist quit & relocated, original tracks were almost lost, Levon had to drive down to Boston from Woodstock in an ice storm & Bow had to borrow money from a credit card to wrap up the album's production as the original record label went bankrupt. Levon told many a story to Bow & the boys & one related to the late Richard Manuel who would say "spend it all" whenever things got dicey.

Levon Helm Midnight Ramble set list link.

Tony LoBue has set-up a page on the website that lists available set lists from his 2008 Midnight Rambles:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rick Danko vintage suit up for auction.

Danielle, Rick Danko's niece, has put up for aution on eBay his mid-'70s Nudie's Rodeo Tailors Montie Montana suit:

New Joan Baez album.

Looking forward to next Tuesday's release of Joan's new album Day After Tomorrow:

The great Steve Earle, who recently performed w/ Levon Helm in Saratoga, NY, assisted her w/ producing the album.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck cont.....

Here is the band's latest album recorded @ Levon Helm's studio. While @ today's performance, we also picked up Hog the Bed, The Driftwood Periodicals Vol. I, The Driftwood Periodicals Vol. II, The Benders Mountain Radio & The Benders II, all albums that include Bow Thayer of Gaysville, VT. Bow & the boys have been busy performing private & public gigs, including two (July 4th & 5th) w/ Levon in Woodstock, NY.
Check them out @

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck cont.....

Here are shots of Bow Thayer, Jeff Berlin, Jeremy Moses Curtis & Steve Mayone who all form Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, an amazing Vermont-based band that has recorded its last two albums @ Levon Helm's Woodstock, NY studio. Bow & the boys just wrapped up a benefit performance in Barnard, VT @ The Barnard Inn. We had acquired their Spend It All cd while @ last wkd's Midnight Ramble & had them autograph it today. The album features Levon on drums. During today's performance, they played Got My Attention, Thinner, The Way That It Swings & Snakebite.

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck.

Just returned home from The Barnard Inn in Barnard, VT catching Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck. This performance was to benefit the Barnard Fire Dept. & School. Bow & the band have performed & recorded w/ the great Levon Helm. Beautiful day, food & of course, music.

Bow Thayer benefit performance today.

We're heading to Barnard, VT @ The Barnard Inn today to catch the great Bow Thayer performance to benefit the Barnad FD & School. Bow recorded w/ Levon Helm @ Levon's studio to produce the wonderful Spend It All album.