SBDs: a) Arabesque, b) Lazy River w/Mark O'Connor, c) Lazy River w/Vince Gill


“A little bit David Grisman, a little bit Django Rheinhart, and a lot of fun!”

Eric Levine, Ralph Brandofino, Mike Scap, Mark Diamond, Mike Fitzmaurice

photo by Mark Organek Estes Park, Colorado July, 1980

Gaslight Tavern
Estes Park, CO
fall, 1980

the boys
Mike Scap, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Ralph Brandofino, mandolin, vocals
Mike Fitzmaurice, guitar, vocals
Mark Diamond, bass, vocals
Eric Levine, violin

This setlist is a partial. It is all that remains of the actual show.

Sound system and SBD mix by Eric Levine
SBD recorded by Monte
Nakamichi 550 cassette deck, dolby on, chromium dioxide tape

Remastered and transferred by Monte
SBD > Nakamichi 550 > Lexicon Alpha 24-bit > USB 2 > Gateway GT5238E pc
Samplitude 24-bit > Wave 24-bit > CD Tag > VBR_Mp3

d1t01 – Minor Swing, 4:45
d1t02 – Breezin’, 6:21
d1t03 – March of the Siamese Children, 3:18
d1t04 – Blue Bossa, 6:27
d1t05 – Some Dark Hollow, 2:35
d1t06 – EMD, 3:31
d1t07 – Norwegian Wood, 5:11
d1t08 – Stockton Blues, 7:01
d1t09 – Take the A Train, 2:42
d1t10 – Nine Pound Hammer, 2:47
d1t11 – Wave, 8:46
d1t12 – Cherokee, 3:34
d1t13 – I Got Rhythm, 3:53
Total time, 61:24

Mark Diamond Music
Boulder, CO

Eric Levine, violin / fiddle
Fort Collins, CO

Mark O’Connor with Lazy River, 15 years old, unleashed!

SBD mix and recording by Monte
Tapco 16-channel Sbd > Nakamichi 550 cassette deck, w/dolby > Gateway GT5238E pc
Samplitude > Wav > Vbr_Mp3

Great Midwestern Music Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
fall, 1976
the boys
Mark O’Connor plays violin, and is also featured here on guitar
Bill Millet, lead vocals, banjo, and rhythm guitar behind Mark O’Conner’s guitar
Bob Briedenbach, lead vocals, dobro, lap steel and pedal steel guitars
Eric Weber, lead vocals, mandolin
Johnny Beaser on electric bass
Frank ? on electric guitar (from St Louis)
Bruce ? (local Louisville dude) sitting in on clarinet
drummer’s name I forgot

banjo is mic’d inside / under the resonator

Mark O’Connor was 15 years old this night. I remember him being there, travelling from Seattle with his mom. He spoke often about his skateboard setup in his back yard. He was a skateboard master too. No kidding. Mark had won the Winfield Kansas Nat’l guitar and violin championships the past two years, when he was 13 and 14. If I remember correctly, the reknowned Winfield Nat’l Championships rules didn’t allow you to win with the same instrument, 2 years in a row. So Mark O’Connor won the violin championship in 1974. and he won the guitar flat-pick championship in 1975. In 1977, Mr. Mark O’Connor won both violin and guitar flat-pick championships at Winfield Kansas Championships. Here’s his winner’s list.

On this 1976 night Mark plays several personal firsts on stage with his violin:
a) Swing music. He had recently been listening to Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.
b) electronic sound effects
c) other non-Bluegrass tunes

Be sure to hear Mark play guitar here on the 2 Rags – slam-Cotton Patch and dunk-Beaumont! Super clean sound. Remarkable guitar playing! Mark O’Connor is an American Master and a national treasure. The fumble by Bill Millet at the top of the guitar track gives us a timeless belly laugh. We were having some 420 issues outside, during the break, just preceeding.

d1t01 - Bluegrass instrumental
d1t02 - I Know What it Means to be Lonesome
d1t03 - Satin Doll
d1t04 - Steam Powered Aereoplane
d1t05 - Sunny Side of the Mountain
d1t06 - Midnight Moonlight
d1t07 - Undecided
d1t08 - Sweet Georgia Brown
d1t09 - Sittin’ on Top of the World
d1t10 - Sweetheart of Mine
d1t11 - Take the A Train
d1t12 - Dixie Blues
d1t13 - Hey Good Lookin’
d1t14 - Salty Dog
d2t01 - Sally Goodin’
d2t02 - Las Vegas

Set 2:
d2t03 - Cotton Patch Rag and Beaumont Rag
d2t04 - Ain’t Misbehaving
d2t05 - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
d2t06 - Take Me Back to Tulsa
d2t07 - After You’ve Gone
d2t08 - Friend of the Devil → Blackberry Blossom
d2t09 - Beaumont Rag
d2t10 - Big River
d2t11 - Milk Cow Blues
d3t01 - Summertime
d3t02 - Time Changes Everything
d3t03 - Tiger Rag

Mark O’Connor encore

Vince Gill, 18 years old, with the original Lazy River

John Jump, Robert Pool, Vince Gill, Bill Millet, Bob Briedenbach

SBD mix and recording by Monte
Tapco 16-channel Sbd > Nakamichi 550 cassette deck, w/dolby > Gateway GT5238E pc
Samplitude > Wav > Vbr_Mp3

Birmingham, Alabama
late summer gig, 1976
the boys
Vince Gill, lead vocals, electric mandolin, fiddle, guitar
John Jump, lead vocals, accoustic and electric guitars
Bobby Briedenbach, lead vocals, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro
Bill Millet, vocals, banjo, guitar
Johnny Beaser, electric bass

Set 1
d1t02 - I Know What it Means to be Lonesome
d1t03 - I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
d1t04 - Ground Speed
d1t05 - Good Woman’s Love
d1t06 - Dixie Blues
d1t07 - One of These Days
d1t08 - Salty Dog
d1t09 - Panhandle Rag
d1t10 - Louise
d1t11 - Uncle Pen → Sally Goodin’
d1t12 - Big River
d1t13 - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
d1t14 - Beaumont Rag
d1t15 - Milk Cow Blues
d1t16 - Hey Good Lookin’
d1t17 - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Set 2:
d1t18 - Las Vegas
d2t01 - You Won’t Be Satisfied That Way
d2t02 - Orange Blossom Special
d2t03 - Sitting on Top of the World
d2t04 - I Gotta Get Drunk
d2t05 - Wheel Hoss
d2t06 - Sweetheart of Mine
d2t07 - That Promised Land
d2t08 - Chop those Cotton Balls
d2t09 - Take Me Back to Tulsa
d2t10 - Tennessee Blues
d2t11 - Why You’ve Been Gone So Long
d2t12 - My Window Faces the South
d2t13 - Cowboy Song
d2t14 - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
d2t15 - Uncle Woodrow
d2t16 - Up That Lazy River

imho, Vince Gill vocals shine on Tennessee Blues, Good Woman’s Love and Milk Cow Blues.

The very-short-lived Lazy River band morphed quickly, and went out with a bang. All that talent with Vince Gill and the boys, and next-to-no gigs. Vince went on to play with Byron Berline’s band, Sundance. Then on to Pure Prarie League after that. John Jump got busted by his wife Diane, messing around with some gal in Louisville. So he moved back to St Louis, or Kirkwood, MO.

Before playing in Lazy River in 1976, John Jump, Bob Briedenbach, Vince Gill, Bill Millet and Robert Pool played in the Bluegrass Alliance, only to quit from Lonnie Pearce, exactly as the original Newgrass Revival had done about 1970. John and Bob played with the Road Apples in St Louis before that. John Jump’s original Cowboy Song could have been perhaps as good as many tunes Willie Nelson has written. Check it out. Sweet.

Nakamichi 550 portable cassette deck

I purchased my Nak 550 in July, 1973. I’m using it now for these remasters.

Lexicon Alpha

Thanks for sharing those information that can marked as a lot of fun…

Programmable thermostat

[quote author=SilentVic18 link=topic=2298.msg48938#msg48938 date=1253852406]
Thanks for sharing those information that can marked as a lot of fun…
Programmable thermostat

This mind candy has been callin my name Monte, darn you. IM WORKIN HERE FER PETE SAKE!!! GEEESH.

But it is Friday and somethin good always happens on Friday… :flower :flower