Frank Gutch Jr…..crossing bridges and connecting the dots…….

The past 24-hours have been crazy….and crazy is going continue right into next week. However, something really cool and rather inspirational happened last night all because of a simple exchange of photographs.

As many of you know Darrell Vickers and I headed to Oregon to help Frank’s sister Colleen with all the “stuff” in Frank’s house. Vickers took care of the huge music collection and I waded my way through two filing cabinets and Frank’s office.

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Vickers has been furiously digitizing Frank’s CD collection of roughly 1,600 CD (and that’s the leftovers!!). Frank had managed to reduce his collection somewhat over the past few years so heaven knows how truly large it was. Then there’s the vinyl……. Anyway, when you carefully sort out the flotsam and jetsam of someone’s life you always find a special treasure or two. A trinket of some sort, a card that makes you laugh….something that brings back memories of someone no longer with us or of times past. For Vickers, he found two CDs of photos Frank had taken some time ago….tucked away with all that music…..probably a good storage spot. Frank was an avid photographer and I’ve heard numerous tales of him and his buddy Chito and their picture-taking escapades.

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Steve Young

The set of photos Vickers sent me last night appeared to be of a private concert/garden party and the only name to go on was Steve Young. Yep…..I’m like a dog with a bone. I love to dig into something like this. The properties of the photo told me it was taken July 1, 2012 at 10pm. So, I started digging. I confirmed it was in fact THE Steve Young so looked into tour/performance dates, etc. Nada. All I could find was a tour he did with one of the stops being in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The person touring with him was a singer/songwriter by the name of Tim Otto. Google wasn’t too helpful there either. Otto seemed to have disappeared. So I noodled around with a few other ideas and decided to Google one of Young’s  more famous songs Seven Bridges Road. Bingo!!!! A piece written by (of all people) Tim Otto for the online magazine No Depression. A small mention of a tour Young did with his son Jubal Lee Young in 2012 and yes!!!!….they performed in Portland Oregon. Now it was time to search out Jubal Lee. A pretty unique name…..there can’t be many. I was pretty sure the photos were of Young and his son. For the article click here http://nodepression.com/article/steve-young-inside-seven-bridges-road

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Steve Young and Jubal Lee Young

Found Jubal Lee, a singer/songwriter in his own right, and messaged him. I was shocked he got back to me so quickly and so the conversation through FB and email began. I sent him a couple of the photos and he confirmed it was him with his dad. He remembers the tour but not precisely where this performance was. After some thought he figures it was somewhere just outside Seattle at somebody’s home as they did a few private concerts around the area.  As Frank was an avid fan (and friend) of both Steve Young and Jubal Lee it certainly made sense he would go out of his way to see them perform together, especially in his home state Jubal Lee confirmed he and Frank chatted on a regular basis over the past 10-12 years.

Seven Bridges Road – Steve Young (1969)

Now according to Jubal Lee, his parents were “interesting” people….”quite the characters“. I would have to agree. The definition of jubilee is a special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity”. Presenting your child with a name like Jubal Lee….well every day, every year, it’s a celebration of that child’s birth. A birth that must have given them much joy….albeit with a wink and nudge.

Seven Bridges Road – The Eagles (live)

Steve Young passed away in March of 2016. At this writing, Jubal Lee is in Oklahoma packing up his mom’s house. She passed away just a few weeks ago in June. That he took the time to message me back in the middle of his personal loss makes my search even more worthwhile. All-in-all, it took me just over an hour to find him…..and I’m so glad I did.

Hallelujah – Jubal Lee Young

I’ve emailed Jubal Lee the remaining photos, they belong with him. Frank was a pay-it-forward kind of person and he would have wanted Jubal Lee to have them. I don’t know if it’s the last time he performed with his dad, but photos by a good friend of father and son together…..I think they were found at just the right time.

Riding Down The Highway – Jubal Lee Young (written by Steve Young)

Thank you Vickers…..and thank you Frank. You’re still crossing bridges and connecting the dots……

Cheers!

All photos ©2018 Frank Gutch Jr. (except the stack of CDs)

A few more pics……

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The hands that make the music (Steve Young)

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Audience members 

By the way, if anyone recognized these faces (or you recognize yourself) I would appreciate hearing from you.

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Steve Young

Music….I’m oh so loving the music

Again, the best laid plans…..my previous ideas have now taken a 90 (may be a full 180) degree turn, all based on a single song I heard a couple of days ago.

Roxanne Tellier (Veronica to my Betty) posted this song, “Home to Me”, a couple of days ago. It is such a wonderful, heartfelt piece. I fell in love with it instantly. Meaningful and tragically real, these kids have taken their misfortunes and turned them around in such a positive way, creating something so  deeply beautiful. I dare you not to move.

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Wait for it………

Home to Me – N’we Jinan Artists – Grassy Narrows First Nation

There had to be more so I dug a little deeper and found out the N’we Jinan Artists have more than one album out there. Here’s two more cuts.

Echo My Soul – N’we Junan Artists – Lac Seul First Nation

Caught In The Storm – N’we Jinan Artists – English River First Nations

Found their website….“Soulful song goddesses, cutting-edge rappers, precocious kids, metal dudes, scribes of prose and poetry, rockers with a cause, unlikely hip-hop heroes and community activists are some of the labels for Eeyou Istchee’s newest superstars; the youth whose voices, songs and souls made it to N’we Jinan, a new Cree album made with the help of David Hodges.” The songs reach me in oh so many ways. You float, you sing, you dance, you glide, you clap….the lyrics touch a chord….poignant, stirring and heartbreaking…. and the music….ahhhh….the music…. it completes it all.  There is something in these songs that just won’t let me go as I listen to them over and over again. They simply envelope me and I just can’t stop moving.

Here’s a few shots from their website…..

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Kudos to David Hodges, a hip hop artist and youth worker from Montreal who began this project in collaboration with the Cree Nation Youth Council in 2014. The original goal was to invite members of each community to record portions of the same song, “N’we Jinan.” It took him to places he’d never been and introduced him to some amazing, well hidden talent along the way. At the end of the project not one, but 19 songs had been recorded. A journey of discovery, of music, of collaboration and a coming together of voices.

N’we Jinan – Cree Nation Artists

Check out the stories behind the music. Grab a coffee, sit back and listen to what these kids have to say. From the thirteen-year-old girl who has the voice of an angel to Jason “DJ Arrow” Swallow who was given the opportunity to produce one of the songs, “Smash Bros”, an “metal-infused hip hop” track.

http://www.nationnews.ca/nwe-jinan-the-story-behind-the-music/

or here to sample more of their music

http://nwejinan.com/

At the end of the journey the song “N’we Jinan” was eventually recorded by Hodges himself, rapping in Cree under the guidance of Juno award-winning artist Matthew Iserhoff, part of the group CerAmony (the other half is Pakesso Mukash)  The album can be purchased on iTunes and all the proceeds go towards a fund to bring Hodges back…..“to see just what kind of gems emerge” the next time these youths step into the studio…..and to think it all began with a booking error.

 How the hell did we miss these kids?

…..and then there’s this…..

I interviewed members of the band Jack the Lads for a future piece. While perusing their FB page, I found this little prize by a band aptly named A Fellow Ship. Yet another tune to love. With a distinctive Celtic feel, the voices are perfect and the song just carries you along. A close-knit group of friends, this Indie folk-rock band’s goal is to keep your toes tapping. Influencers include Mumford and Sons, The Head and The Heart, and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. A Fellow Ship members include  Joe Dent (guitar/banjo/vocals), Jack Stone (guitar/ banjo/mandolin/vocals),  Teddy Liptay (piano/accordion), Tristan Schultz ( bass),  Emma Harrison (cello), Forest Van Winkle (vocals) and Ryan Johnston (percussion).

Wild Tonight – A Fellow Ship

This next one is by local talent Julian Taylor. An easygoing, fun, “a little bit country” piece, co-written by Robert Priest and recorded on Taylor’s front porch one lovely summer evening. “Catch and Release” was  released on an acoustic album in 2015. A talented young man, Taylor’s new album….it’s coming….very soon.

Catch and Release – Julian Taylor

So much music…..another group introduced to me by friend Michael Williams, The R&R Soul Orchestra. Feet got a mind of their own with these guys. I need a much bigger dance floor. Producer Julio Herrera has put together a group reminiscent  of the 70s and 80s R&B/soul groups that kept us all boogying into the wee hours. Great hooks, great vocals and harmonies….”Most of the Members of the R&R Soul Orchestra are NYC session players and singers…” Looking for more.

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The Luckiest Man – The R&R Soul Orchestra

Call on Me – The R&R Soul Orchestra

Nothing Comes For Free – The R&R Soul Orchestra

Also shared with me, this marvelous dedication to the late, great Curtis

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Curtis Mayfield

Mayfield by LMT Connection off their brand new album Funk is the Final Frontier.  Simply called “Curtis”, Mayfield’s influence on other musicians and performers is undeniable.  Known for his “racially conscious soul and funk, who had a number one album with his score for the film Superfly”. Mayfield hit his stride with songs such as “People Get Ready”, “Keep on Pushing” and “I’m So Proud”, establishing him “as both a pioneer of soul music and a singular voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” Mayfield passed away in 1999.

Curtis – LMT Connection

It’s not only in the bars and clubs you’ll find great music and artists. They are everywhere, surrounding us with their gifts. You don’t even have to search, it’s right in front of you, staring you in the face, every day…. I can’t get enough!

…and baby, if the music’s good, I can tear any floor apart.

My life is so full of extraordinary people creating extraordinary music. I feel so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by such treasures. Thank you!

Thanks Veronica!

Cheers!

PFT

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Well……….. I’m about to head to the wilds of Vancouver Island with NO computer! Nope, not bringing either of the two laptops. No siree Bob. (no pun intended) Just my “not so smart” phone. Well, maybe the tablet…maybe. I’ll be attending a couple of music festivals on opposite ends of the Island. First in Courtney and then in Duncan. When I return I will regale you with all the goings on and oodles of pics. Yes, I am most definitely taking the camera.

So it’s Sunday night, I’ve just filed my July 8 column and starting this one. It’s been an absolutely gorgeous weekend here in The Big Smoke, even if half the city is shut down for this, that and the other. Suggestion….don’t drive. So with a limited amount of time to research my next blues subject before I leave, and with clothing decisions to make, packing and, yes, my “real” work, I’ve decided to thrill all you lovely readers with some of my favourite tunes. Now I’ve “TAFTed” once, and since my opportunities for “TAFTing” are extremely limited at best, I’m going to do the next best thing. I’m going to PFT! (Pat’s Favourite Tunes) — notice the plural. By the way, TAFT stands for Today’s Almost Forgotten Tune (singular) and is a daily FB feature on my friend Greg Simpson’s timeline. TAFT is entirely his baby and I give him full credit. It’s well read, always raises some very interesting and sometimes hilarious comments, and always encourages great discussion. It is also a fabulous walk down memory lane for at least a few minutes every day.

So without further ado, here’s a taste of what I like to listen to, in no particular order….and they are all on regular rotation on my “not so smart” phone. …and no, you won’t find a pattern, nor rhyme nor reason….my tastes run all over the map.

Queen. My favourite band….period. End of sentence. I attended every concert I could possibly go to, including theQueen Radio GaGa Freddie Mercury Tribute at Wembley Stadium in 1992. That was absolutely glorious! I took my then 17-year-old son with me. His godfather, Lyle Murphy, my best friend and the man who introduced me to Queen, flew over from Vancouver and met us in London. Belonging to the Queen Fan Club at the time had its perks (yes I was hardcore) since we got a chance to purchase tickets in advance which ultimately guaranteed us a spot at this historic event. Ever seen 77,000 people follow this song, raising their arms in the air in perfect sync, at precisely the right times. It was a sight to behold. How about Liza Minelli, Liz Taylor, Extreme, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Robert Plant, Guns ‘n Roses, David Bowie…the list goes on….all in one concert at a single venue. The whole day was indeed magic. Gawd I loved Roger….

Radio Ga Ga – Queen

 

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Mason Williams

This next tune gets me every time. I could listen to this one over and over and over…. you get the idea. There something about this piece that just lifts me right out of my chair, giving me a rush deep inside, especially the crescendo. Classical Gas was also done on the electric violin by Vanessa Mae. Her cover version gives me goose bumps. Absolutely brilliant!

Classical Gas – Mason Williams

 

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Classical Gas – Vanessa Mae

 

Little Green Bag

Written by two Dutch musicians, Jan Visser and Hans Bouwens (George Baker), Little Green Bag was released May 21, 1970. The original title was “Little Greenback”, for the U.S. dollar, but the single was given an incorrect title and it stuck. The opening line is actually “lookin’ back on the track for a little green back.” I remember having a “guess who recorded this song” contest with co-workers many years ago — no Wikipedia and no Google. None of us could remember the name of the band so we all furiously searched the web, singing the song as we hunted for the name. One co-worker knew the answer but got a chuckle out of watching us search. I’ve never forgotten the name of the band since and find myself humming this tune frequently.

George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag

 

Free

Wishing Well was done by two of my favourite artists, first by Free and then by Maggie Bell. I love them both for entirely different reasons. Maggie’s cover version is slower, bluesier and ballsier (probably no such words but there you are) with more raw emotion. The bass line is prominent in both, coming out through your toes and I do so love the bass. The original by Free is more upbeat with a slightly faster groove that gets your toes tapping and Paul Rodgers has the perfect rock/blues voice for this version. Introduced to me by Free, I fell in love with Maggie’s version.

Wishing Well – Free

 

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Wishing Well – Maggie Bell

 

Uriah Heep, The Magician's Birthday

Uriah Heep. Another band introduced to me by Lyle, who also happens to be a wicked bass player himself ala Chris Squire (who was his favourite bassist). They both played “Rickies” — Rickenbacker bass guitars. This tune has a fantastic running bass line that I used to watch Lyle play when he was rehearsing. The entire album, Magicians Birthday, one of the Heep’s biggest albums and by far my fav. Uriah Heep is considered “one of the seminal hard rock bands of the 1970’s.” Easy Livin’ is also another one of my choices. These guys are still together and still touring, with hard core Heep fans all over Europe.

Blind Eye – Uriah Heep

 

Enya

Bodicea. Beginning her career with Clannad, an Irish Celtic band formed with some of her brothers and sisters, Enya wrote this piece (and a number of others) for a BBC series called The Celts. Bodicea was the song played at the end of each show. It was also sampled and used by the Fugees on their single Ready or Not without asking permission or given credit to Enya (which caused a bit of a kerfuffle). In 2004 Mario Winian’s song I Don’t Wanna Know (which featured a rap by P. Diddy) sampled the Fugees sample. However, credit is officially give to Winans, Diddy and Enya. The song became Enya’s highest charting US single in 2004. The mood is mysterious, dark and driven with only Enya’s humming to take you through. If I close my eyes, I can “see” Bodicea on her horse, leading her army. Who was Bodicea? Look her up. She whipped the Romans’ asses.

Bodicea – Enya

 

TheCryingGame

The Crying Game. A GREAT song and an even GREATER movie. It deeply affected many who watched it. Beautifully acted and heartbreaking. Directed by Neil Jordan and starring Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson, the film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality but also love and honour all against the backdrop of the Irish troubles. The storyline seemingly leads you in one direction then reveals it’s really about something else entirely with a rather shocking twist.  The song befits the movie completely. The growling twang of the guitar also reminds me of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Glen Campbell. Originally a 1960’s hit for British singer Dave Berry, The Crying Game is probably the best song Boy George ever sang.

 

The Crying Game – Boy George (soundtrack)

 

…and now for something completely different. A little dance music please. First up, Taiyo Cruz. The video has lots of pretty ladies in it so if you don’t like the music guys, you can watch the pretty ladies. Excellent visual affects/effects. It’s also a perfect dance tune and you know what I like to do….(do get your mind out of the gutter).

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Dynamite – Taiyo Cruz

 

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Dirty Loops. These guys just take me away. There’s not a dance floor out there big enough. Something in their music, I find it difficult to define, but it affects and touches something in me that just makes me want to lift off. All three band members are gifted musicians who merge with their instruments to become one entity. The jazz influence is strong in both the drumming and the bass playing combined with the classical influence of the keyboards. Their music is fun, smart, witty, unique… and did I mention fun. Jazzy Pop….hmmm….a new genre? I can hardly wait until they come back to Canada again. Move over, I’m hittin’ the dance floor.

Dirty Loops – Sexy Girls

 

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Ahhhh….there is absolutely nothing like it in the world. The distinguishable, classic sound of the Hammond B-3 organ. You KNOW it when you hear it. This song plays to it beautifully. Reminds me of fun, carefree times and watching these guys at Wonderland Gardens in London, Ontario. Classic! Sugarloaf played on the same bill as Emerson, Lake and Palmer and that was the first time I’d seen anyone use a gong in their show.

Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf

 

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Pentatonix. These guys are amazing. Entirely acappella, Kevin Olusola does all the beatboxing, the harmonies are glorious. Scott Hoying on baritone lead; Mitch Grassie on tenor, countertenor lead; Kirstie Maldonado on mezzo-soprano lead; Avi Kaplan on bass lead and baritone, and Kevin Olusola on tenor lead, vocal percussion and cello. They all sing backing vocals. Their music consists primarily of covers of existing songs, occasionally in the form of medleys. They also produce their own original material as well.  “Their music is defined by their own arrangement style with a strong presence of low bass vocals and a diverse range of vocal percussion.” Their music is influenced by several genres include pop, dubstep, classical, electro, hip hop and reggae. DANCE!!!

I Need Your Love – Pentatonix (cover)

 

and…..

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This one just hits you in the gut. I’m not sure what it is about string instruments, especially the cello and violin but I find them captivating, enchanting, eloquent and sometimes even magical. Yet they are also powerful, intense and compelling, able to evoke raw emotions swinging the listener from pure delight to utter agony. Lindsey Stirling knows her way around a violin and experiments with a variety of music styles mixing classical, pop, hip-hop and EDM. In this video, she teams up with Pentatonix to perform Radioactive, a piece originally done by Imagine Dragons. Check out her music video Crystallize, it is the eighth-most watched video of 2012.

Radioactive – Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix (Imagine Dragons Cover)

 

Captain Beyond

I leave you with Captain Beyond, an American/British rock back that couldn’t hold it together for very long….a revolving door of membership. However, when they could stick it out long enough to hit the studio, they produced some excellent music. Considered ahead of their time with many of their pieces, Captain Beyond was considered a hard rock/prog rock/psychedelic rock band…a lot of ground to cover. The original cast were singer Rod Evan (ex-Deep Purple), drummer Bobby Caldwell (ex-Johnny Winter), guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt (ex-Iron Butterfly) bassist Lee Dorman (ex-Iron Butterfly) and keyboardist Lewie Gold who seemed to be ex-nothing (and left before the first album was even recorded). I would guess from this there were a lot of disillusioned musicians out there, even back then. This line-up lasted one album and promptly fell apart. But oh what an album it is! Somebody pass that spliff!

Dancing Madly Backwards – Captain Beyond

 

*Note: You may get the full album since the video of the single cuts off about three minutes in. It’s from Japan….’nuff said.

Like I said, my taste in music generally runs amok. No rhyme or reason, I just know what I like (and what I don’t).  Maybe it’s the drums and bass, or the sound of a particular guitar….or anything with a Hammond B-3. As an audience member what I listen to has to “speak” to me. There has to be a melody somewhere, something I can hum, something I can follow. I don’t like a mess of noises or long, wanking guitar solos. No, I was never a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix….a few songs maybe. Music is just simply my passion and I will continue to listen, and dance, until I can’t anymore.

This was fun. I’ll have to do this again sometime. See y’all in a couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Cheers,