Uncle Tom....Setting Music Back 50 Years!
Eddie and I had actually been working together since 1973. I had acquired a piece of a small studio in Hollywood called Hollywood Central Recorders and during a musician's jam we held every Tuesday evening, I met Eddie. We became fast friends and I used Eddie on most of my sessions for years.
Now it came to pass that Eddie and I started playing quite well together and we took to going out and playing open mic nights in the Valley. We had fun! A couple of older, dignified gentlemen, playing out and about. And yes....we did get a bit of "Watch out old guys! We're young and we're gonna dust you!", comments. Eddie and I are tighter than a gnat's ass. That alone should tell you what happened. Youthful exuberance toppled by a pair of calm, cool and professional musicians that were there for love of the music alone. We already had our fifteen minutes of fame each and now we just play for the love of playing.
I met Steve Smith in Santa Monica one Sunday afternoon. I was inspired by his ethereal spirit and the fact that he played harp in a very unusual way. We got together one evening and I knew then that there was something special in that man. We have been playing together now for over two years and I must admit, I have never had so much fun in my life.
The name,"Uncle Tom" is based on the fact that my son, David calls me The Old Man. When Eddie, Steve and I decided to go out and perform together we knew we would need a name and I picked Uncle Tom. Folks have grown used to the name by now and we hardly receive jibes anymore. And besides....We've all been an "Uncle Tom" at one point or another in our lives.
I've been in the music business since 1960. I've been a promoter, producer, publisher and player for all this time and I must say for sure, I enjoy playing most of all.
So here are a few new things on which we've been working and we hope you enjoy them.
Here's a song called "Cut The Deck". It was written by Robert Hunter....lyrics. With Mickey Hart, Ben Yonas and Cliff Goldmacher doing melodic duty. This is a video! However, we discussed the fact that we lip-synced this video as we had no idea as to how to approach the camera while we were recording initially.
View.... "Cut The Deck"
Another video is "Ain't It Funny What A Little Blues Will Do". For some reason my son David, who co-produced this session with me wanted me alone on this song but I decided to over-dub Steve Smith on Harp. This a song we all do together normally. This too is a video.
View...."Ain't It Funny What A Little Blues Will Do"
This song was written by John Rhys. Published by: Hollywood Allstar Music.
Next, there are three songs not yet edited to the film we made but you can listen to them by clicking on the links. They have not been mixed to video, thus they are untouched so you can hear how the songs sounded prior to mixing.
Listen to...."Broadway Social Hall"
Written by Richard Trees. Published by : Hollywood Allstar Music
Listen to...."Honky Red"
Written by Murray McLauchan. Publisher unknown.
Listen to...."When Red Turns Blue"
Written by John Rhys and Bob Verne. Published by: Hollywood Allstar Music and Beanbag Music.
Now....the last three videos:
You might like to know that since we never really filmed "Honky Red" on the first session, we went back in and did a fairly masterful job of lip-syncing. Check it out.
View...."Broadway Social Hall"
This video was shot at the time we were recording the tracks with a single, static camera on all three of us. You can see the mic positioning and how it was recorded. A good video to watch if you really want to see Uncle Tom in "live" mode.
View...."When Red Turns Blue"
The same goes for "When Red Turns Blue". This song has become one of our audience favorites and one of ours.