A lot of new CD's in the mix today including my six picks for this month's FAR Chart (*).
I had some of the local members of the Wayne Drury Project into the studio to perform a couple of Druy's songs. Drury was a prolific songwriter here in the Eugene area during the late '60s and early '70s and was the front man for the band Jackdaw. Drury wrote so many songs that some were preformed only a couple of times before being lost, while others have carried on and been preserved. By the late '70s Drury's battle with MS made playing and singing too difficult for him to carry on. Last year after 40
years, former band mate and London resident, Rob Anderson collaborated with Wizz
Jones to stage several shows in London featuring the lost songs of Wayne Drury.
The shows were such a success that Anderson and Randy Crawford (also a member of Jackdaw) are both returning to Eugene to preform with the group of local musicians that have joined
together with the goal of bringing Drury's music to the forefront once again.
As a friend of Anderson's, local musician Greg Volstead has been leading the effort to form the local group of musicians. Volstead says that the project for him is more than to just bring back Drury's songs for those familiar with Drury back in the day, but introducing them to a new generation of musicians, a passing along of the music in the folk tradition. Local members of the group come from several local bands including The Whiskey Chasers, Tara Stonecipher and The Tall Grass, Stagger and Sway, and The Whopner County Country Allstars.
Look for dates of the two up-coming local performances of The Wayne Drury Project in the concert calendar.
Gov't Mule - Young Man Blues > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Young Man Blues - The Georgia Bootleg Box
Chuck Prophet - Willie Mays Is Up At Bat - Temple Beautiful
Janis Martin - Long White Cadillac - The Blanco Sessions
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Something For Nothing - Between The Ditches
Wanda Jackson - California stars - Unfinished Business
Bill Staines - Shady Grove - Beneath Some Lucky Star
*Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt - God's Counting On Me… God's Counting On You - A More Perfect Union
*Liam Fitzgerald & The Rainieros - Let's Go Out Tonight - Last Call
*Iris Dement - The Night I learned How Not To Pray - Sing The Delta
Halden Wofford & The High Beams - All Along The Watchtower - Live At Hodi's
The Wayne Drury Project - Gas Station Girl - Live In The KRVM Studio
The Wayne Drury Project - New York Pheonix - Live In The KRVM Studio
The Wayne Drury Project - The Very Last Cowboy In Paris - Songs From The Saddlebag
Lucas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Don't Take Me Back - Wasted
Lilly Hiatt & The Dropped Ponies - People Don't Change - Let Down
*Patterson Hood - (Untold Pretties) - Heat Lighting Rumbles In The Distance
*Billy Don Burns - Honky Tonk Singer - Nights When I'm Sober Protrait Of A Honky Tonk Singer
Harold Honey - Paradise Club - Helltown
W.C. Beck & The Valiant Swains - Poor Man - Kansawyer
*Taj Mahal - Checkin' Up On My Baby - The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal