Q&A with Griffin House

What did you want to be when you were growing up?   A Pro. At something. Golf first maybe because I was good at it.  I saw a movie about Pete Maravich and wanted to be a pro basketball player.  I was too short and not that great, pro baseball player, I was good but too many dads were coaches putting their kids in the game.  Then I was in a play and wanted to be a Broadway singer because someone said I was good, then a girl I liked told me how hot Bono was, and I wanted to be him.  Then I finally settled in to not wanting or trying to be anyone and just being comfy being Griff. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?  I cannot write that here, are you kidding?

What is your favorite phrase?   I love you.  

Cat person, dog person, or both?  Dog person. 

Books or movies?  Book : the "Colossus of Maroussi".  

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  I don't drink.  

Q&A with Richard Schindell

What was the first concert you attended?
1975... Andres Segovia (Avery Fisher Hall)
1976... Yes (Nassau Coliseum)
1977... Little Feat (Baltimore Civic Center)

Where and when was the first show you played? 
Not sure this qualifies as a show, but my first gig was a Christmas party at a real estate agency. A friend and I were hired to dress up as elves and walk around the room singing holiday songs. We must have been around 17 years old. We got very stoned for the occassion. We sang nothing but Graham Parsons songs all evening. 

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?
There Goes Mavis, because it came so close to never existing at all, and it's really fun to play. 

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be?
Leonard Cohen

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month?
James Brown (Star Time Boxed Set)
Pablo Casals (Bach: Suites for Cello)
XTC (Nonsuch)

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A park ranger. 

What is your favorite phrase?
Hope springs eternal.

Cat person, dog person, or both? 
Dogs, of course. 

Books or movies?
Why do I have to choose?!

The Rolling Thunder of Heavy Metal

Have you ever heard a song that took you back? Took you to a place in your past? A moment you may have forgotten? But you hear the first few notes of a melody and suddenly, there you are? You lose touch with here and now. You pass thru space and time. You arrive. Your moment is vivid and real - colors so crisp, sounds so clear. You turn and you see her face. no lines, no heartbreak. You're standing on the beach, the sand under your feet. The cool breeze and salt from the blue-green ocean. The seagulls cackle and dive. The waves rush in and crash...you're there. It's real. You're in love. The time is now. Tell her...

Baker Street. Your Time is Gonna Come. I'm not in Love. We Will Rock You. Straight Outta Compton. Rocky Mountain High. Wonderwall. Wiser Times. Come sail away. Time. Peggy Sue. Bohemian Rhapsody. Echoes. Poison. Maybe I'm amazed. Meatplow. Adhesive. Lilly. Happiness is a warm gun. Feel Good Hit of the Summer. Telephone Line. I dig Love. February Stars. 

So many tunes. There are too many to list.

But each has the power to send me on my way. Each journey as real and powerful as the day I booked 'em. Now I ask, what other mechanism made by man has that kind of power? Song is a gift. And it's power is available. All you have to do is allow it in. Let It become part of the fabric of your life. Then at any moment, hearing one of your life songs will send you on your way...

On November 15, thru the power of music and Jammin Java's Music Makes Life Better foundation, we will create a memory for a very special person - a friend of mine nicknamed Curly Top...and we will do it thru music. Friends and family and even a few strangers will fill JJ. And we will shine the light on someone who needs it. Someone who has earned it. 

You see, Curly Top was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2015...and we've watched this monster try to steal her soul, her smile, her love of life. But Let me assure you, her soul is intact. She is as bright as the moment I met her. Her smile a mile long and 10 miles wide. It this fight and spirit that have inspired us to hold a benefit in her honor. All proceeds will go to ALS research. But the real push is for her to feel the power of all that love in one room, pointed Directly at her. Thru music we have the opportunity to bring a mob together in one place, for one special purpose. And if we do it right, Curly Top will feel the power of our support, our admiration, our gratefulness. She will know that in fact it has been, and will continue to be. our honor...

My hope is that at some point in the future, if she wishes to do so, Curly Top can dial up this moment thru a life song and journey back to this moment in her life when all of her world came together to honor her with all of the love and respect she so richly deserves...

Q&A with Cas Haley

What was the first concert you attended? 

It's a little embarrassing.  I think it was Debbie Gibson and Milly Vanilly!!! Lol

Where and when was the first show you played?

7th grade Talent show!

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be?

Paul Simon

What did you want to be when you were growing up? 

A Musician...

What is your favorite phrase?

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change"

Cat person, dog person, or both? 

Dogs but outside... I have allergies

Books or movies? 

Both!

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? 

I really enjoy deer hunting...

Check out Cas Haley at Jammin' Java on December 8th!

Q&A with Ellis Paul

What was the first concert you attended?  Doc Severson from the Tonight Show in third grade with my Dad.  Ted Nugent in high school.

Where and when was the first show you played?  I think my first paid gig was opening for Roger McGuinn from the Birds. It was a good start. I opened for him at the Old Vienna Kaffehaus in Westboro, that was important in launching numerous careers that are still in bloom. Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, Martin Sexton to name a few.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  Many, many, many.  I remember driving up the cliffs in Big Sur behind the promoters truck after a gig, in dense fog, pavement turning to dusty gravel. We emerged from the fog to the most beautiful scenery I've ever been thrown in front of, midnight, full moon. I'm looking down at a white bed of fog that lies atop the Pacific Ocean. The girls are lit by the moon and draped in soft yellows and shadows. A mountain lion howls. I was stunned by the beauty.  In the morning I wake and look out the window and there is a pool that runs along the very edge of the cliff looking out above the Pacific. There are three gorgeous women, completely nude, sunbathing around the pool. I knew then that I had found my calling.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  "Maria's Beautiful Mess" has been the leading candidate here, it's has both a quiet finger licking part and a rocking yelling stunning part, the lyrics are among my best as is the arrangement. You can't help but feel proud when you're in this one. I've got a few I will never stop playing.  

If you could open for any artists in the next year, who would it be?  Neil Young, I just love him.  I would include Joni Mitchell in this, if she could recover and play.  

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  An artist of any kind, writer, painter, musician.  I knew this from the third grade.  

Cat person, dog person, or both?  I am equally a dog and cat person. I don't play favorites. A great animal with personality is as good a companion as any human being. 

Books or movies?  I treat all art like a moment in which to disappear. Lots of my ideas were born from watching a movie, and many ideas were born from reading books and poetry. I always write things down as I hear them in my head. Interacting with other people's art is a way to inform your own. What would the Beatles be without Dylan? The Stones, the Beach Boys.  

Check out Ellis Paul at Jammin' Java on October 30th!

Q&A With Teddy of Family Force 5

What was the first concert you attended? Lenny Kravitz

Where and when was the first show you played? The very first Family Force 5 show was in 2005 at the Masquerade in Atlanta. It was nasty and amazing! 

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  So many to name, but one that stands out recently, our keyboardist, Nadaddy, went for a long scream into the mic and forgot to breathe before. He passed out right after on stage. It freaked us out! 

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  Right now, I'd say "This is My Year."  It's kinda a seize the day anthem, and its fun to dance to.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Most definitely Janet Jackson

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? St. Lucia, Haim, and Brandon Flowers.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A garbage man. He just seemed like a powerful person back in the day. Maybe it was the claw...

What is your most embarrassing moment? Ever? Haha well in junior high, I opened up the door for this girl I was crushin on, and accidentally tripped her downstairs. She broke her arm and never talked to me again. 

What is your favorite phrase? Killin it! 

Books or movies? Movies! Haha, we get lost in movies on the road. 

Check out Family Force 5 at Jammin Java on Friday, October 16th!

Q&A with Tracy Grammer

What was the first concert you attended? John Denver, Anaheim Convention Center, fourth grade. I knew just about every word because my dad played guitars and we sang those songs together out of our Poems, Prayers, and Promises songbook.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? Most memorable. The bar was called Flying Kids. Hiroshima (Japan). I’m half a world away singing a Dave Carter ballad called “Gypsy Rose” with a Japanese mother-daughter pair adding beautiful three-part harmony. We’re standing in front of a swaying SRO crowd of Japanese Americana fans who, I was told, couldn’t understand a word of what we were saying. Nevertheless, it was obvious they were moved. Doesn’t happen to me often, but I remember choking back tears and thinking to myself, “I wish Dave could see me now." A photographer snapped pictures; a videographer captured the moment and later made a beautiful montage from the trip. You can see it all right here: 

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? Right now I like “Were You Ever Here?” even though I’m not entirely sure it’s done. The guitar figure came to me in a dream, which made me happy. The lyrics describe a difficult relationship transition, and I’m still listening as I sing for the wisdom the song is trying to impart, or anything else that might need saying. We have a “thing,” me and this song. We’re a work in progress. We are partners. It’s cool.

Of the Dave Carter songs I still play, I think “The Mountain” is my all-time favorite. A beautiful guitar figure underneath mystical, poetic lyrics … such stuff I could never come up with, with a depth I may never fully plumb, and yet ~ I remain grateful to know it as intimately as I do, and feel I am able to sing it with my whole heart as if it were my own. A true gift.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? If my songwriting heads off in the direction I think it will (and I’m only partly in charge of that), it would be interesting to open for Josh Ritter. I like to be aligned with songwriters who take a literate, story-based approach. It would also be fantastic to tour with someone like Andrew Bird so that I can steal from his bag of tricks. I play violin but don’t usually incorporate it into my solo shows — and I know he has mastered this. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be Jane Goodall and work with chimps. I wanted to teach. I wanted to sing. On any given day, you might say I get to do all three. :)

What is your favorite phrase? Stop thinking.

Cat person, dog person, or both?  Miss Kitty, posing as a burrito. My best pal since 2006.

Books or movies? Books. I don’t remember movies.

Q&A with Steve Lauri (of The Hollies!)

What was the first concert you attended? At school when I was 16... a rock group called Sam Apple Pie.

Where and when was the first show you played? I was 18... at our local cinema, Saturday Morning Pictures.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? There are many funny and unusual things that have happened.

Which of your songs is your favourite and why? "My Remedy" from the CD Curfew, its contemporary and was written quickly.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? No one in particular, I have a varied taste in music.
 
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to play music from the age of 15, and make a living from it. I succeeded.

What is your most embarrassing moment? There have been a few.. I try to forget those.

What is your favourite phrase? At the moment... "OH FOR F***S SAKE!"

Cat person, dog person, or both? Cat, her name is Tilley.

Books or movies? Movies when I get the time

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I'm left handed and play guitar right handed. 

Check out Steve Lauri at Jammin Java Friday, October 23rd!

Q&A with Mikaela Davis

What was the first concert you attended?  I think it was a James Taylor concert with my mom when I was 2 or 3.

Where and when was the first show you played?   In middle school - I gave a concert of songs I wrote to the school in 7th grade. I wrote on piano then.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  On tour with Filligar a few years back we stayed at Alex's aunt Anne's house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has a crazy house with a pool, hot tub and waterfalls. We all hung there on our day off drinking coronas and taking videos with a go pro under water. Was dope. 

Happens at the end of this video:

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  I would say but it hasn't been released yet...

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be?  Tame Impala!

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month?
Neil Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Kurt Vile

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I wanted to be a singer!

What is your most embarrassing moment?  In first grade I had a HUGE crush on some kid. Word got out, and one day at recess he walked up to confront me. With a worm. He held the worm up to his face, pulled open his pants, dropped the worm inside and said, "do you like me now?" (I still liked him)

What is your favorite phrase?  It's a quote - this helps me whenever I feel broken or alone:
"My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon." - Mizuta Masahide (1657-1723)

Cat person, dog person, or both? CATS ALL THE WAY. This is Ella:

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Books or movies?  Movies

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  My mom taught me sign language when I was too young to start talking. My favorite thing to say was "more cookies"... Although first words were German.

What are you going to be for Halloween this year?  I take Halloween very seriously. I've been keeping the theme of dressing as a different character from The Legend of Zelda over the past 5 years or so - this year I think I will go for being Zelda herself!

 

Mikaela Davis is at Jammin' Java TOMORROW, Sept. 29th with Awna Teixeira (of Po' Girl)!

The Plain White T’s Headline CureFest for Childhood Cancer with a Free Show!

This Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th, CureFest will be held on the National Mall for thousands of families who have been affected by, and support childhood cancer.  

On Sunday, the 20th, the Plain White T’s will close out CureFest playing a free show on the National Mall!  Throughout the day, music will also be heard from talented artists The Christian Lopez Band and Todd Wright.

For the past 4 years, CureFest has been held in September to coincide with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  CureFest is held to help make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting those within and out of the childhood cancer community to create a voice for childhood cancer.

Apart from the awesome free show on the Mall, throughout the weekend CureFest will host a rally, a candlelight vigil, a 3-mile walk on the National Mall, and a festival full of games and activities for those of all ages.  Over 80 childhood cancer foundations will also be featured throughout the National Mall.

You can catch Music Makes Life Better representatives on the National Mall this weekend supporting CureFest, and we hope to see you there too!

For more details, check out CureFest’s Facebook Page, or to register for the CureFest 3k Walk or Welcome Event, go to www.curefestdc.org.  Please note that the candlelight vigil, festival, and concert are all free and do not require registration!

Q&A with Black Alley

What was the first concert you attended? 

Kacey, Lead vocalist: I think it was Kid and Play. I remember it mostly because I had some brand new British Knights to wear.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?

Kacey, Lead vocalist: I think "Used" is my favorite... It's a tension releaser. 

What was your memorable or off the wall touring experience? 

Josh, Bass: That's gonna have to be the time we were Miami FOR THE FIRST TIME for only 24 hours!! It was the Most EPIC experience EVER!! The show was at the Miami Convention Center and it was Wall to Wall PACKED which was very dope! And RIGHT after the show we did EVERYTHING you can possibly think to do in Miami and I mean EVERYTHING! Of course we didn't go to sleep AT ALL! We just hung out and partied with all our fans and had a nice hungover flight at 7:00 in the morning. DEFINITELY a trip in the books! 

What 3 artist have you listened to obsessively in the last month?

Josh, Bass: That's pretty tough. I don't really just listen to one artist over and over. I just like GOOD MUSIC. Good NEW MUSIC! I'm the type to search for dope underground artist that very few people know of, such as Hiatus Kaiyote, a rapper by the name of Pell and I've really been bangin Thundercats new album! He's one of the many bass players I look up to. But to sum it up.... If it's good music IM with IT!!! 

Where and when was the first show you played? 

Animal, Drums: Playing drums is a God given gift so to me I've always been playing the drums especially being from church but my first show with Black Alley, I was 19. I don't remember the club's name.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

Animal, Drums: People would probably be surprised to learn that I'm country at heart. I like to be out in Nature. I love fishing.

Catch Black Alley at Jammin Java on Friday, September 18th!

Q&A with Callaghan

What was the first concert you attended?   It was John Denver, when I was 5.  My parents took me and at the time I had listened to so much of his music I knew every word to every song!  Unfortunately though since I was so young and the concert was late at night apparently I fell asleep a few songs in.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  It's hard to pick a favorite since they all have so many different meanings.  "Noah's Song" is written about my 4-year-old nephew who lives back in the UK, so that song definitely means a lot to me.  "When You Loved Me" is another favorite because it was inspired by an old friend in her 80's who told me a story about the first man she'd fallen in love with.  That song always gets a lot of strong reaction when I play it live at my shows and I love the memories it stirs up that people often share with me after the show.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be?   Elton John! I'm such a fan of his and have been listening to his music for as long as I can remember - I even taught myself to play piano from his songbooks.  When I lived in Atalanta I always hoped that maybe I'd be lucky enough to bump into him since he has a house there, but sadly it didn't happen!

What three artist's have you listened to obsessively in the last months?   I am a really big fan of Coldplay, and particularly their newest album Ghost Stories which I've listened to a lot.  It is so relaxing and the music can transport me to another place.  It has been really good to listen to on long car journey's on my recent tour since it's so relaxing.  The other two albums I've been playing a lot recently are Sarah McLachlan's album "Laws of Illusion" and Jack Johnson "From Here To Now To You".  I definitely go through phases when listening to albums where I listen non-stop for awhile then move on to something new.  I'm sure the next few will all be loud rock albums or something uptempo since all those three are so chilled out! 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?   A singer.  There was absolutely nothing else I ever wanted to do.  Even before I knew I could write songs I always knew I wanted to be a performer.  I love the physical feeling of singing and the buzz that live performance gives me.  I can't imagine ever doing anything else! 

Cat person, dog person, or both?   If I have to choose one, it would be dog although I don't have one because of all the touring I do.  My actual favorite pet would be a rabbit though!  I owned a house rabbit when I was growing up that used to run around the house and was so tame.  I even taught it to do tricks and come when I called its name.  Rabbits are more intelligent than people think! :-) 

Books or movies?   There's nothing like being totally absorbed in a great book and not being able to put it down.  A good book will always win over a movie for me, but sometimes it's hard to find the time to get into a book so a movie can be instantly absorbing especially hen you're tire and want to chill out for a few hours.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  I am a great baker! I really enjoy baking bread from scratch and some tasty British treats like Victoria Sandwich Cake, Rhubarb Crumble with hot custard, and crumpets! 

Q&A with Michael McDermott

 

What was the first concert you attended?  Rolling Stones , Chicago Ill Tattoo You Tour

Where and when was the first show you played?   Earls Pub, Chicago formerly Earl Of Old Town where Prine, Goodman got their start

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  Drunkenly betting my guitar player and drummer that they wouldn't jump off a bridge in Iowa....i lost the bet 

What 3 artists have you been listening to obsessively in the last month?  Butterfly Child, Jason Isbell, Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack 

 What did you want to be when you were growing up?  A detective

What is your most embarrassing moment?  Appearing before a judge on felony charges

What is your favorite phrase?  If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

Cat person, dog person, or both?  Dog faced boys

 Books or movies? Braille Books On Tape

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  I wear my sneakers in the pool 

Check out Michael McDermott at Jammin Java on September 17th!

 

 

Q&A with Luke Wade (of NBC's The Voice!)

What was the first concert you attended? It was the beginning of my freshman year of college at Appalachian State. The show was at the Convocation Center featuring Edward McCain and Weekend Excursion.

Where and when was the first show you played? May of 2001 at my high school talent show in Dublin, Tx. 

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  It would have to be the time I got a flat tire and stayed in Atlanta at a "freegan's" house. I slept on a mattress he found on the highway, and in order not to be rude, I ate an entire meal of things he found in a dumpster. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I wanted to be a scientist. I made my own National Geographic tshirt with an iron-on and begged my parents to take me to meet Jane Goodall because she was friends with primates. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?  When I blanked in the middle of someone's first dance song at their wedding. 

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  I was not the cool kid growing up. I was Mr. Pocket-Protector Science-Guy. 

Q&A with Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein

(Answered by Jimmy)

What was the first concert you attended? As I recall I was still in high school so it was pre-1964 and the place was the Carolina (RI) fire hall. I'd been playing electric guitar in my own dance band, Jimmy G. & The Jaguars (my initials are JAG) but this was an acoustic concert featuring a local bluegrass band. They weren't great but I was taken by the rhythm and especially the mandolin and banjo. Musically, it changed my direction and my entire life as I look way back.

Where and when was the first show you played? That's easy, Chariho High School, again in my home state of RI. It was called the Varsity Review, took place during school hours and the mean old principal shut it down during our performance as we were playing "rock & roll", probably a Beatles tune, and the kids were getting into it, clapping and an occasional hoot or holler. Seems he thought that was going to lead up to a full-fleged riot, so he pulled the plug and left us standing there dumfounded. Like I said, that's an easy one cause I'll never forget that incident and that it was the first time for any of us on stage....But, that was the birth of the Jaguars. Sorry, no pictures available.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? My vote would go to Jonathan Edwards as Moondi & I have opened for him in the past and then gotten to perform with him during part of his set. We know a fair amount of his material and the combination of voices goes together very well. Yes, there's clips of that combination out there on YouTube. We already know its a fun show and although there are many artists we would feel comfortable opening for, the chances of getting to perform with him or her are quite low. However, back in 2008 we were selected to open for Emmylou Harris' summer tour across the US and Canada and not only did she join us for a tune on our set, she invited us to join her on a tune on her set. You can find some of that on YouTube as well.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I originally wanted to be a draftsman and went to school to study mechanical drawing after a couple years doing a boring day job following high school. The term is hardly used these days as CAD has replaced the old fashion way of drawing "mechanically". Probably a good thing I found music as I can't imagine having spent my life doing any kind of that stuff to make my living. 

What is your favorite phrase? How do you like it now? I can't remember when I picked it up or from whom, but it's stuck with me for over 40 years I'm sure.

Cat person, dog person, or both? dog person for sure. Had one for years when our daughter was growing up, but are dog-less these days. My wife and I are the proud grandparents of a little girl, Anais (2 3/4) and a boy, Elias who just turned one. She's as sweet as can be and he's a handful who enjoys getting into everything. No matter, they are the joy of our life!

Books or movies? I read every night before going to bed and it seems to be effective in getting my mind off of things. My favorite authors are John Grisham, Stuart Woods, Robert B. Parker, David Baldacci and James Patterson. Getting harder and harder to find stuff by any of these authors that I already haven't read.

Why would people who knew us from Chesapeake or people who never heard of you at all, want to come out and see what you're doing as a duo? Chesapeake was a highly-disciplined quartet which included the late, great Mike Auldridge on Dobro & pedal steel and also featured T. Michael Coleman, the extraordinary electric bassist who worked with Doc Watson for 18+years. They along with Moondi were also part of the Seldom Scene during the early 1990's. We released 3 critically acclaimed CDs on Sugar Hill and amazingly we could sound very close and sometimes better than those projects during our live performance. Hence, the highly disciplined term. Was it challenging? yes, did it wow audiences? most of the time, were we really having fun? in the beginning, yes, but it wore off somewhere after our third release and ultimately had something to do with our disbanding in 1999. With the exception of Moondi, we all found other musical opportunities, but since his kids were very young and he was pretty much burned out on touring and the band business in general, he took a couple years vacation from music and decided to concentrate on his family and home life. Again, I'm sure that lasted at least 2 years, but one day, out of the blue, I decided to give him a call just to catch up and see how he was doing. When the subject eventually came around to music, he said he'd done very little playing at home and admitted that to some degree he did miss playing and performing...but didn't miss the traveling. Certainly understandable. When I posed the question "think you'd be interested in doing a few dates per year as a duo, if we're talking locally? " he didn't respond right away but said he'd entertain the thought. Apparently the idea appealed to him as he called back a couple days later and said he might be interested, but we'd have to make a vow to never be as "slick" as Chesapeake (sound exactly like our Cds, if indeed we ever got the chance to record)) and the bottom line would be that we simply had to enjoy ourselves and if that took being somewhat loose, so be it. I agreed 100% that I didn't want to play the same breaks over and over and looked forward to the opportunity  to improvise whenever I felt the urge. His response was "have at it, by all means. GO for it! " And yes, that attitude rubbed off on him over the years as his breaks don't sound the same every time either. A risk of a train wreck during every show? Absolutely. And if you get out on the wrong end of the limb and start sawing it off, you do indeed subject yourself to disaster. But if you succeed (even if you don't) you are likely to get applause from the audience, who like Moondi once put it " are somewhat like NASCAR fans and love it when you succeed, but are used to seeing the occasional crash. Win or lose, we are having a blast, the audience is with us and WILL be entertained, one way or another. THAT"S why we still see a lot of Chesapeack fans showing up at our gigs and the best reason I can think of to tempt those who are not at all familiar with us to come out as well. Make your reservations early and brace yourself for the occasional crash, or at least fender-bender! 

Q&A with Jenni Lynn Gardner (of Della Mae)

What was the first concert you attended?  Tanya Tucker & Joe Diffie, The Myrtle Beach Motor Speedway

Where and when was the first show you played?  Guy and Tina’s Pickin' Parlor just outside of Charleston, SC

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  I like the energy behind Rude Awakening! 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  A Country Music Star

Catch Della Mae at Jammin' Java on August 25th!

Q&A with Bobby Long

What was the first concert you attended? It was either "Status Quo" or "stiff Little Fingers" I can't remember, but I loved both. 

Where and when was the first show you played? I played a show with my first band "Grand Old Duke" at this bar in Bradford. Our bass player threw his new bass to the floor after we played a RATM song. 

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? Driving from Denver to New York straight on drugs with my buddy Rob Dwyer. 

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? I like a new song called "Something Blue Something Borrowed". 

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Ron Sexsmith. 

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? Loudon Wainwright, Elvis Costello, and BB King. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A soccer player. 

What is your most embarrassing moment? Got my finger stuck in the lipstick holder at a store. Pulled the thing off the wall and created a huge mess, I was 15. 

What is your favorite phrase? "What a knob head" 

Cat person, dog person, or both? I love my cat, but I am a dog person. 

Books or movies? Books romantically practically movies. 

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I love the TV show "Gigolos" on Showtime. 

Check out Bobby Long at Jammin' Java on August 8th! 

Q&A with Dan Navarro

What was the first concert you attended?  Jose Feliciano at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Where and when was the first show you played?  No photo exists of my first public show, at Hoot Night at the Troubadour in LA, 1974. I did 30 minutes, probably like 5 or 6 songs, with my college friend Jeff Stillman, shortly after we Ieft UCLA.  The gig photo below is from a similar gig with Jeff Stillman, in 1976, at Honey Creek Farms in LA, owned by Doug Weston, who owned the Troubadour. He built a nightclub out of the space around a large antique bar that was for sale in his antique warehouse, called Honey Creek Farms. I played there every few months that year, my first regularly scheduled full length gigs, not the three-song hoots I had been doing since ’74.

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What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?  While on a deadhead drive home from Minnesota to LA at the end of our first tour, Tad Wadhams and I swapped driving duties at 5am in Colorado in a moving tour van (pulling a trailer!) without stopping the vehicle. Tad put the car in cruise control and lifted the side lever of his seat, which released the back. I pulled it down flat, then I reached in to grab the wheel and kept it steady while he slid out of the seat, and I slid in, straightened the seat back and turned off cruise control. Easy as pie. But one of the guys (Butch Norton, now with Lucinda Williams) woke up in the middle of it and got a little freaked. Shortly thereafter, we came over a ridge and saw like 30 hot air balloons. Quite a drive.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why?  It varies from time to time, but lately it’s Bulletproof Heart. It was inspired by actual events in my life, so it resonates for me, every  time I do it.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? God, any artist?  Dylan. Jackson Browne. John Hiatt.

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month?  I don’t listen to much except what filters in, and I find myself making phone calls on my long drives more than listening to music. I love Ryan Adams’s “My Wrecking Ball”, got pretty obsessive about that one, and now I do it as an encore sometimes. Found myself listening to old Bangles and Little Feat. Matt Nakoa, who I’m writing with some. And a new kid named Jesse Terry. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  A singer. No, really. Since I was 8.

What is your most embarrassing moment?  If it was that embarrassing,  I would never tell it. I might write a song about it, but mess tha facts up to cover my ass.

What is your favorite phrase?  It’s simple arithmetic.

Cat person, dog person, or both?  Not really a pet person. I travel too much. I like both dogs and cats for different reasons. I had a cat for like 15 years, and she was a groove. Chatty, in your face and pretty deep, a long-haired calico on the gorgeous side named Katie. Her mom, Rosie (short for Rosalita), had been my cat.  I’ve never had a dog. I like dogs, preferably relaxed dogs. Unmellow dogs drive me crazy and aloof cats can go fuck themselves.

Books or movies?  Movies. I don’t really read fiction, not at all. My reading is usually biography or a history of some sort.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?  That I’m not from New York, or that I’m not Dave.

Check out Dan Navarro at Jammin' Java on August 5th!

Q&A with Sam Lee

What was the first concert you attended? Michael Jackson, the Dangerous Tour at London’s Wembley Stadium July 29th 1991! I will never forget that experience

Where and when was the first show you played? I think it was a Johnny Cash tribute night at the George Tavern in Whitechapel, London a few weeks after he died...  sadly no evidence remains of this night but we packed it out and I sang Red River Valley and I'm Going To Jackson... 

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? To be in my band you have to love swimming wild in rivers, and we are really good on long hot car journeys for pulling off roadsides and diving into the nearest brook. Always naked and always the most restorative experience.... Likewise no photos of these experiences would legally be allowed to be hosted here I’m afraid

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? Ouch, that’s like choosing children.... Well I do love singing the Tanyard Side as it holds such a special place in my heart, but when we do Airdog live my heart always soars in that one and I’m transported so far away by it. I never want it to end

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Can i subvert this question and answer by saying I’d love to have a support slot before the opera at say the Royal Opera House in London or the Met in New York. I’d love to do a guerrilla set singing the librettos of the underdogs of society, the common people. 

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? A new UK Band called Eleven Magpies, Mara Carlyle and Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal's duo would be my ear worms of late.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A Volcanologist and Tornado Scientist, oh how I loved tornados as a kid... still obsessed actually. Please don't psychoanalyse that one... I'm comfortable with it and with the not understanding anymore about why it is.

What is your favorite phrase? By the time they find out you know nothing about it, you generally know something about it

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I’m an expert in wilderness survival and I have a nose like a dog. I know friends have come into a room even if I haven't seen them by their smell. People can’t hide anything from me as I can sniff most things out