House Party! Johnny Roy with Walter Tore
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RubTones on YouTube !!
January 25, 2009
The RubTones On MySpace
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**The RubTones Offer Jim at The Crossroads**
July 8, 2005
Did I tell you the story about how Sean and I offered our drummer Jim at the crossroads?? Here is the story taken from the liner notes of our CD "Call Johnny Roy!!"....
Rolling on into Mississippi from Memphis on Hwy61 at midnight...Driving past the brightly lit casino billboards advertising The Greatest Elvis Impersonator In The World! Driving a little deeper in and as the Delta gets flatter, the mood gets darker along with the road. Not really knowing, and often wondering - Where is that legendary intersection? could this be it up ahead? Wait, I thought I saw a dead bird at that last crossroads!....We keep pushing onward.
Settling in at the Hopson Plantation on the following eve. After hearing host Bill Talbot's tales of southern folklore...bottle trees to scare away the haints...conjure balls and frizzly chickens...we settled into our Legends Shack. Following a healthy imbibing of three or four beers (well, perhaps six or eight) midnight approaches. Bass player Sean nudges me and says "Brother, it's time!...Time to go find a crossroads." So Sean gets up with lit candle in hand. I look around and grab the shack's house guitar, a virgin Danelectro, and off we go down the gravel road and into the darkness...
The first crossroads we come to is that of Old Hwy61 intersecting with the Hopson entrance road. I was thinking that since this was "Old"61, this just might be the real, true crossroads where Robert Johnson offered his soul to Poppa Legba in order to suddenly be able to play Delta blues guitar like no one else. Sean relit the candle blown out by the wind and I played a few choice Robert Lockwood inspired licks in G, the proper key of choice for delta blues. We both pondered it, but neither Sean nor I were willing to make the serious sacrifice of offering our own souls to Poppa Legba. However, we were more than happy to offer our drummer Jim in hopes of having a great recording session the following day! Awe heck, what the hell !! Jim was back up at the shacks...Nodding off and sucking down his last gasp gulps of a Code Red soda. He wouldn't care...and what he don't know won't hurt him! So...a relit candle, a few incantations followed by grabbing a handful of crossroads dirt and letting it blow freely in the wind. More choice licks on the Danelectro...This time in the gin n'tonic scale of A-minor....and back to the shacks we ambled.
The AM comes early and hard... Jim wakes up yawning and exclaims "Boy did I sleep like a baby last night!" Sean and I give each other a quizzical glance...Did our drunken improvised spell work?...Did the sacrifice take hold?? Jim seemed much like his usual self throughout the day. Our session went smoothly as scheduled. Jim never once had to refer to his drummer's bible titled "A Funky Primer"! However, Sean and I couldn't help but notice that everyone...The studio producer, the engineer, the women and kids hanging out at the studio as well as the passers by... All seemed to be totally in awe of Jim! Everyone made it a point to comment on how strong and powerful those drums sounded!!
"All in a day's work" Jim says as he downs another slurpy soda, looking content and satisfied..."All in a day's work!"
May 25, 2005
Rubtones CD Release Party (and More!)
Hello friends! In the two weeks since our CD came out we have had a CD Release Party @ our home base Cheapside Bar which, with guest artist appearances by Patty butcher, Mark Dryden, live wire guitar killer Tee Dee Young, Pat Morley, Jacobo Aragon, Michael Anderson, and an anonymous sax player who calls himself Reverend Ray, the party was everything we had hoped it would be. The bar was packed!! We sold some CDs, gave away some CDs along with gag gifts based on the song titles, gave away some great looking posters, etc.. Friend of the band Tony Aiken lended a hand with the CD sales and we all had a great time! Please look over our Press section to see the Lexington Herald Leader article by Walter Tunis as well as our first international review of the CD by Craig Ruskey on The Blindman's Blues forum.
Take Care, and support the blues!!
April 11, 2005
Well, The long, hard remixing sessions are over. Bob's magical mastering is done! We have all the artwork and paperwork together. Kathy Ridl has sent the master artwork templates to Disk Makers. Look for a release of the new RubTones CD titled "Call Johnny Roy" in late April. Liner notes are complete with the story of how we offered our drummer Jim at a Clarksdale Crossroads in hopes of having a great recording session the next day !!
CD Release Party at Cheapside Bar & Grill, May 20/21, 2005.
March 10, 2005
In early August 2004, Johnny Roy &The RubTones ventured down to Clarksdale Mississippi to the James Mathus Delta Recording Studio and recorded a full CD featuring at least seven original blues written by Johnny, along with some great, not overplayed blues classics from Little Willie John, Junior Parker, Wynonie Harris, etc... The CD still needs to be mixed and mastered, along with art production, etc.. The mastering will be done by former Motown legend Bob Olhsson, who now resides in Nashville. Look for a release in the Spring of 2005!