Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tiddlywinks 1 Jam

Jammin Tiddlywinks by Rik and Rob, with Mel

Editor's note: I realized the volume is low on this mix. It sounds good on my main stereo, but it has to be cranked up pretty high. on small devices, it doesn't have enough range in the volume... I'll do another version when I get a chance. --Rob 10/24/11 AM

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do With You

First Trial run with Rik's bass, Little Bobbie singing "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do (with you)"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Transvalue Sept 10 2011: The Place I Will Be When I Die; The Embrace

The first mix of "The Place I Will Be When I Die" and "The Embrace" by Transvalue. Includes an introduction of the group by Chuck Britt.

From the September 10, 2011 Performance at Uulate Gallery, Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Chuck Britt, poems
Michael Vlatkovich, compositions, trombone
Jim Knodle, trumpet
Rich Halley, saxophone

Transvalue Sept 10 2011: One Percent

The first mix of "One Percent" by Transvalue.

From the September 10, 2011 Performance at Uulate Gallery, Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Chuck Britt, poems
Michael Vlatkovich, compositions, trombone
Jim Knodle, trumpet
Rich Halley, saxophone

Transvalue Sept 10 2011: Poisons

The first mix of "Poisons" by Transvalue.
FLASH: MP3 replaced with updated, LOUDER mix. --The editor.

From the September 10, 2011 Performance at Uulate Gallery, Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Chuck Britt, poems
Michael Vlatkovich, compositions, trombone
Jim Knodle, trumpet
Rich Halley, saxophone

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Up and Down by Little Bobbie

And now for something completely different. Little Bobbie Britt, doing his rendition of the old timey favorite, "Up and Down". Let's hear it for little Bobbie! Be careful Boobby, you're pulling over the mic stand! Look out! Aw... Isn't he great?  A big round of applause, now!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970" (an interview with author & Rolling Stone edttor, Da

This is hour 2 of The David Sirota Show on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, featuring at the beginning of the hour an interview with David Browne to talk about his book Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970. As the account of a single year in music, Browne weaves the narratives of four bands and artists who each released an album of lasting influence in 1970: The Beatles' Let It Be, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Deja Vu, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, and Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. Fire and Rain tells the story of these four iconic albums of 1970 and the He sets these stories against an increasingly chaotic backdrop of events that sent the world spinning throughout that tumultuous year: Kent State, the Apollo 13 debacle, ongoing bombings by radical left-wing groups, the diffusion of the antiwar movement, and much more. David Browne is a Rolling Stone editor and frequent contributor to The New York Times. find book at:

Tommy James (KGLT interview & music)

Do you remember TOMMY JAMES and The Shondells? He was here in 2009 for the annual Rocking the Rivers biker woodstock type festival. Bob Butts interviewed Tommy. I thought you Geezers could put your feet up, pull on a can of grape knee-hi and listen.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

I was watching TCM the other day, and "The Subject Was Roses" (1968) came on. I didn't wind up watching the whole thing, but it was good, although depressing. It has Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson, and Martin Sheen. But the thing that I really liked was the opening. It had Judy Collins singing this song with just her twelve-string and no band. She sang it all the way through that way, while the movie started up with Patricia Neal waking up and going out in her living room, and viewing the strewn remains of the welcome home party for her son, who just returned from WWII. He and his Dad got drunk; the Mom felt left out. Anyway, the song has been running through my head ever since. You guys probably remember it was written by Sandy Denny. It reminds me of Mike, who was a big Sandy Denny fan. I believe I heard it the year he and Cod roomed together at BGSU. I used to visit their apartment, and we'd listen to albums. The chords are copied below. I'm going try to figure it out. --Rob

by Sandy Denny
E  A2  E  A2  E  A2  E  A2
E                     A2                   E    A2
Across the morning sky all the birds are leaving
 E                 A2                        E  A2
Ah but how can they know it's time for them to go?
  F#m                Abm A                  Abm   A
Before the winter fire, we'll still be dreamin'
I do not count the time

     B                     A
For who knows where the time goes?
  E                  A    F#m   A  E   E  A2  E  A2
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah but then you know it's time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time ...CHORUS

And I am not alone while my love is near me
And I know it will be so 'til it's time to go
So count the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I do not fear the time

For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?

A2: x 0 2 2 0 0
Abm: 4th fret bar, 022000

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rik & His early morning Ha Ha doodle-doo medley "everybody's talkin' / gentle on my mind"

"Grandpa Rik?What's a 'Ha Ha?" Well, gather round, you kids. That was, you see, my name for the first guitar I ever saw, probably on Gene Autry or Roy Rogers TV shows. I was I guess 3 or 4" And my folks, mom & dad, my grandparents, and so on... they got such a laugh. Ha ha, Ricky calls a guitar a Ha Ha. So I guess it sort of a family joke.
This post is only intended as a temporary one, with the impromptu doodling, and checking out how it might sound using the recording equipment. But if you was to happen to play along and want to comment and add some words, pass 'em on, okay? The photo is a grandpa pic, May, 2001, Karen & my visit to Maine, visiting Amy & the kids. Me oh my, how they have grown. And I probably look different, too, come to think of it. 2nd thought, I'd rather not! Credits to Fred Neil and John Hartford are referred to in the recording as to the songs' writers.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rik's radio interview.... June 2011 (21 minutes)

You guys weren't around here in the M2WB hey day. But they were quite the band. For a live show, no one could beat them. The DVD documentary produced and broadcast on our Montana PBS is really worth checking out as to the whole band's story. But in my day, I marveled at them and got to know 'em a bit, back when the Montana Wildhat band was pickin' out the covers in the bar band circuit. This interview with the band's bassist Steve Riddle was produced with KGLT engineer Brodie Cates on June 15, 2011, for intended broadcast on June 25. Well, the gig at Big Sky you hear about in the interview got cancelled. Boo hooey. That's show biz, boys. Anyhow, I put it up here for your exclusive pleasure, and because I'm always looking for an audience, I guess. Hope you may enjoy it. To get a copy of the CD, well, listen to the interview!

"Tell Me Why" TONY JOE WHITE... Indian Lake trip, year of ... 1969?

How about some Geezer Buckeye Teenage nostalgia for an ol' Louisiana swamp gator singer on the transister radio.... Rob and Roger may or may not remember. But there was this weekend camping trip one summer. I think it was Indian Lake. I don't remember exactly where Indian Lake is, but I guess it wasn't too far afield from central Ohio. Tim McCreary with his '67 LeMans was there. And my Peachblow Road pal since even before grade school, Steve Vaughn was also along. We were shining the flashlights and looking for girls. Weren't we? A shrug, a sigh, I can't remember much. But I do remember, that TONY JOE WHITE's "Polk Salad Annie" was on the pop radio, and we grunted along with him, singing about that straight razor totin' woman, "... . fever got you, Granny..." Ah, good times .... Rob got his tooth chipped by my carelessness on the front end of the canoe. After some late night razzing about something, Steve told us in no uncertain terms, we "... could all eat shit and die, and bark at the moon, goddammit!!" Which we all thought a memorable thing for our future bucket list. I think I was heavy into my Fender Villager 12-string, and wanting to do Glen Campbell songs. Was Gary there with his Clapton blues guitar riffs? Was Roger quoting Hugh Hefner lines, or citing notable playmates of the month? I jes can't remember everything, you know? Anyhow, this Tony Joe song is in the here and now. It has a groove I enjoy, from Tony's latest Swamp Records album, The Shine. Key: E minor.... Em... Bm... Am

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Spring Sea

And now for something completely different: A tune from the National Diet Library music catalog (in Japan). "Haru no umi, 1" (The spring sea, part 1)

(The page is in Japanese, but just click the "play" button.)

Test Sending Blog Posts to

Hi Guys,
I just set our vaaast array of blogs (geezetunes, geezecast, geezewords) to automatically send an email to (Geezer Club Forum) whenever a new post is posted to the blog.

Let me know if you find this insufferably annoying. I'll tell you were to get off. This is a post to Geezetunes

take care,
geezemeister rob
Includes a picture just for the hell of it, and to see if pictures come through in the email message...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jimmie Rodgers sings "Waiting for a Train"

I thought you guys might appreciate this video. I'm reading Peter Guralnick's "Lost Highway," where he talks about how influential Jimmie Rodgers was to both blues and country music.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Thank You Mister, Martin, I'm Alright"

Any Martin gutiar owner can appreciate this old footage from Nazareth. I dug it. Hope you will, too. Martin Guitar - 1939 - a short film with Norman Blake & Tony Rice playing their vintage Martins.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"The Cougar Anthem" - GLENNA BELL

I think this is FUN song. "Hot, Hot, Hot!!" (but maybe I am just immature.) It is from Glenna Bell's CD I got from Airplay Direct, a new digital delivery system to radio. She has some great stuff. I think this one is a gas. But, WARNING!! You might not want to let your woman hear it, lest you be subjected to the "upgrade" as mentioned in the anthem.

"Daniel & The Sacred Harp" (new version by Chris Coole)

In March, 2011, we had a duo peform for our Bozeman Folklore Concert Series. Chris Coole, who lives in Montreal, also had his solo CD with him. I purchased a copy. On it, he did this version of the the great old song by The Band. Thought maybe you fellers might like it. Does you know the chords? This version is a bit easier to figure out, as it somewhat simplified. Of course you cannot ever replace the great memory of hearing Rick and Levon swap out the lines. Or Garth's squeeze box reality he put to it. But this is a good version, and the story still makes me wanna dance up with them whiporwhills, fiddle (or harp) in hand. Look up Chris Coole at He is very well thought of in the clawhammer banjo community. And I enjoyed getting to know him. IF he is in your neck of the woods, poke your beak out and give him a listen!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Big Love" by ERIC TAYLOR

This is from Eric Taylor's CD, "The Great Divide" from 2005. Last night Eric introduced this song by telling about the 450-lbs man known as "Big Love," and how the story came to be. He was an EXTREMELY shy person, there in Houston. He lived with his mother, who ran a flower shop. He would pick up all kinds of papers with phone numbers on them, and he would make calls to the numbers, and engage them in all manner of conversations. It was like his big social world, him being so shy, due to his self-esteem about his weight, etc. It is an amazing story. I hope you like the song and can sometime hear him perform it in person. It really added my appreciation to this and other of his songs.Eric will be in Seattle, Saturday, June 11th, at Egan's Ballard Jam and participates in a Master Songwriter class the Sunday after. I think he's the real deal and hope Rob can go. Tour schedule at Read more on our concert page at

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lemon Pledge and put a shine on that that old Prine song

well, mercy sakes. let's watch the old salty dog himself from southern illinois, singing that old "flag decal" song. jason wilbur and dave jacques are also on stage with him. a good time. a good song. and one that seems will stay with us forever in its relevance. The video is at

Or, just view it here:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rik recommends Darrell Scott's "Crooked Road" and to go out walking

March, 2011 - A mild weather day just outside of Bozeman along East Gallatin River.
Taking a walk is the best therapy I have ever found for most things. It ain't no secret I have to keep to myself or to tell most anyone about. But it makes my birds to sing and my heart to feel good, and yes, to put the good air inside of me. The air in the house can get stale, and you never breathe as deep as you should unless you are out and on the move. Breathing deep from the diaphram is good for the head, and all the rest of me. And it even gets a few creaky bones to feel a bit more limber. Yes, that is what I enjoy on the crooked road.

I walk a crooked road, to get where I'm going, I mus wsalk a crooked road
To get where I'm going, I must walk a crooked road
And only when I'm looking back, I see the straight and narrow
I see the straight and narrow when I walk a crooked road.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Monty Python: The Galaxy Song

This pretty much says it all. And while you're at "it all," check out "World Wide Telescope" (Where you can download the Worldwide Telescope, which is very cool.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"He Don't Live Here No More" JRR

Robbie Robertson "He Don't Live Here No More" - track 3 from "How to Become Clairvoyant"

"When the Night Was Young" JRR

Robbie Robertson "When the Night Was Young" - track 2 from "How to Become Clairvoyant"

"Straight Down the Line" J. Robbie R.

Robbie Robertson "Straight Down the Line" track 1 from CD, "How to Become Clairvoyant"

Friday, March 11, 2011

What Pi Sounds Like

An East Asian librarian posted about this You Tube video, as something to cheer us up after all the depressing news. I think it's pretty cool.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"All the Time In the World"

Louis Armstong singing "We Have All the Time in the World," written by Hal David and John Barry, from the1969 James Bond film,“On Her Majesty's Secret Service.” BUT .. does Satch play the horn on this track? Inquiring ears want to know! Happy Birthday, Rob.

a little ditty for rob's birthday

Dan Reeder's recordings are out there, thanks to John Prine who liked his songs that Dan gave him on a homemade cassette, and released him on his Oh Boy Records. This is from the CD "This New Century," released in January, 2010. Dan has continued to write and record in his own "man cave." This album is a bit more refined than his first, but I recommend his others, too. I thought maybe Rob might like this. Maybe Cod, too. Happy birthday, Rob.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Twelvebarfour Jam Backup Band (The Geezetones)

The Geezetones play backup. "12-bar4" is a synth loop played by the Sonar Cakewalk Bass and the Sonar Cakewalk Drums. For your jamming enjoyment.

George Harrison watches George Harrison

George Harrison watches George Harrison
Very cool (thanks to Rik, who forwarded this, and Jeff, who found it originally.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Just About Drowned

The Geezetones are Back!
Here with their new oh so mellow blues, Just About Drowned. Sure it sounds just like the last geezetones tune. What do you expect?

Monday, February 21, 2011

John Mellencamp "Save Some Time to Dream" (stereo)

Stereo mix the song from the album "No Better Than This." The album which was released in mono and stereo. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it was recorded in some historic locations (Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas) all with mid-1950s equipment.

John Mellencamp (solo live) "Save Some Time to Dream"

Mellencamp was awarded Lifetime Achievement award in Nashville in September, 2010 by the Americana Music Association. He was introduced by Roseanne Cash. This recording is not for sale, and you get to hear it just because I was feeling oh so generous. Hope you have some time to dream, and time to listen to it!
The song is from JM's "No Better Than This" album, produced by T Bone Burnett, who has been producing a lot of artists, lately... most recently Gregg Allman.

DAN REEDER "Bitch Nation"

Reeder's recordings are out there, thanks to John Prine who liked his songs that Dan gave him on a homemade cassette, and released him on his Oh Boy Records. This is from the CD "This New Century," released in January, 2010. Dan has coninued to write and record in his own "man cave." This album is a bit more refined than his first, but I recommend his others, too.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thoughts on Black and Blue

Thoughts on the great Louis Armstrong's version of "Black and Blue" by Fats Waller. Version here is from the "Satch Plays Fats" album.

Rob on Miles Away

Reflections about Fleetwood Mac's Miles Away, now and back then...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tropical Banana Version

Rik's song sort of morphed into something else, as we continued to work on mastering recording, playing, singing, and in general keeping our shit together. Recorded Jan 10-12 at the man cave.

Rik's Song

This is Rob and Rik's latest rendition of Rik's composition. We're not givin' up! Recorded Jan. 10-12, 2011 at the man cave

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reading Light Bright

Another technical breakthrough (realized I had phantom power for mics on in two places) fixed that, did midi bass and some double-tracking. With apologies to Jerry Jeff Walker, and the composer (can't remember his name). geezer rob

Saturday, February 5, 2011


And now for something really different Geezer Rob does his rendition of that old classic, Robanova. Sit back, relax and plug your ears.  Here it comes, ready or not.