Live at the Fifth Quarter, Montgomery, 1988-89
me (grand piano)
special guest Jimbo Jones
-with digital me-
Prophet VS keyboard
Sequential Circuits Studio 440 sequencer, drum machine
Korg D3 digital piano
Yamaha DX7 module (eight-in-a-rack)
I am thankful for Jimbo, he is with me on the songs with *.
JUST THE WAY IT IS
2. IT AIN'T RIGHT (Jimbo)*
3. THIEF IN BABYLON/E. Wohlford (added 12-14-03)*
4. STAY THE NIGHT*
5. JETHRO JIM*
6. ONE MEATBALL (Jimbo)*
7. JIMBO'S BASS DOODLE*
8. FOUNTAIN OF SORROW* (added 10-23-04)
9. ROCKY RACCOON
10. LONG TIME GONE*
11. TENNESSEE WALTZ
12. HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET
13. I'M ONLY SLEEPING
14. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
15. DIXIE CHICKEN*
16. PENCIL THIN MUSTACHE (added 12-14-03)
17. SWEET BABY JAMES *
18. CRY TO ME (Jimbo)*
19. HELPLESSLY HOPING*
20. FORTY THOUSAND HEADMEN (Jimbo) *
21. COWGIRL IN THE SAND *
HISTORY / COMMENTARY: I played at the Fifth Quarter for 3 and 1/2 years. Jimbo was there with me for several months and that time was eventful. I learned how to use computerized sequencers, drum machines, and synthesizers so that I could sound something like a full band. This was difficult because I had always had the best musicians to work with and I never felt like much of a piano player, so for me to be by myself at first and most of the time I was there was a big change. But, I had a lot of help in the form of encouragement from customers and the people who worked there. There were good crowds and enough so that they increased the hours and the number of nights I could play. I was making a living playing solo. It surprised me, actually.
Christie Benefield was the manager most of that time and she treated me like I was very special. She would come into the lounge when she was working, and even when she got off, just to listen. Even after years of listening she always encouraged me. It made a big difference for me.
There is a huge amount of history and a lot of stories from there which I hope to put up here. For instance, one night, late, just before closing, my friend Mark Moody was hanging in there with me to the end and I think he had been drinking. There were only a few people left in the place when Christie, who is an attractive woman, passed through the lounge and Mark looked up wild-eyed to see her standing there. Mark, without hesitation, says, "Hey, Baby, how about a hot tub and a Hulio tape?" (spelled Julio). I just about choked and asked him, "Hulio Iglasias"!? He answered, "No, Hulio MaGuder". I never knew what that meant but It broke me up and the night was over. (I think 'Hulio' is spelled J-u-l-i-o).
PERSONAL of a special category: It was during this time, specifically March 3, 1990, that I went with some good friends to my first 12 step meeting for alcohol and drug abuse. As of today....
I made a million new friends at the Fifth Quarter and we had a great time there. I was able to have many different musicians play with me during that time including David Jackson, Joe Tucker, Tommy Beavers, and of course Jimbo was there the most. There was more than once that T. Shaw came to town and wound up there with me playing our favorite songs from the past again. Within 30 minutes of Tommy's arrival, the staff would have called everybody they knew and the place would be packed.
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