March-April, 2003

 

April 25th--Fakouri's--Pine Bluff, Arkansas--The untimely passing of Jay Fakouri threw us all one of life's odd change-ups.  Jay was young, vibrant and a great fan of Oreo Blue and it is surely sad to perform in his namesake tavern without him.  His bride said that Jay wanted it that way and we are sure that Jay's benevolent ghost was dancing away with all his family and friends to Oreo Blue's grooves.  The outpouring of locals was testament to Jay's hospitality during his brief stay here on Earth.  Rock on wherever you are, Jay!

photo © John Blair

April 19th--Georges Majestic Lounge--Fayetteville, Arkansas--Springfest is here and so are the rains.  Well, that's alright with us.  We'll just move indoors and invite Jennifer B and the Groove Kings to join us on stage.  The show was strong from start to finish crescendoing to an unreal flurry of guitar strings from Gary's Stratocaster.  Jennifer B's new-look band sounded great and "Z" had the sound system clicking on all cylinders.  Oreo Blue reached back into its original material for a strong first set for the first time in a while in light of the Hendrix Tribute project.  It felt great.  And...speaking of the Hendrix Project.  Brian is wrapping things up on the production and it looks like the May release is on schedule.  

 

March 28-29th--Pebbles Lounge--Ft. Smith, Arkansas--In the on-again off-again life of this venue in Ft. Smith, it looks as if the new ownership might have the wherewithal to sustain a cool atmosphere for quite some time.  They seem to have a youthful energy about them and the room sounds great.  Rod and Brian tell of a time when that room would host national acts on a regular basis.  Maybe when the word gets out, that time will come again.  In the mean time, we had a great weekend making some new fans in Ft. Smith.  Some existing fans also showed.  Most notably, our new favorite fans from Gainesville, Texas drove all the way up (I guess at least four hours) just to see the band for the weekend.  Now, that's dedication!  Brian, Day, and I took advantage of having a place to perform in the Fort by dropping by the Rib Room to devour some awesome barbeque.  We also bought some cool shoes at Warren's in the mall from our buddy John.

photo by ©John Blair

March 22nd--Dallas Guitar Show--Dallas, Texas--It is always a hoot making long road trips with your buddies.  Some stretches of time are spent listening to a favorite CD and some are spent telling stories.  This trip supplied 10 hours of stretches!  Along for the ride in the newly christened Rock & Roll Suburban was David Snell from the TJ Scarlett Band sitting in for Rod on six-string bass, TJ Scarlett himself, and Bryan Martin.  Some fun stories were swapped...you'll have to corner us at a show for any details.  However, usually what is told on the bus stays on the bus, so don't expect a lengthy yarn.  The show was fun and we got to see a few great bands.  Our dinner at Maria's in Deep Ellum was followed by a sensational house band with a world-class Flamenco-style guitarist.  We then moseyed on over to the Redblooded Club for the invitation jam.  We took the stage in the second slot and Gary set the bar for all others to clear.  At the guitar show, well...there a just way too many guitars for me, but it is really a nice event.  If you go to Fair Park, you have to make your way to the Old Mill for the best fried chicken in Dallas (just ask Brian).  Our performance was at 2pm and although the crowd was small as the stage was severed from the main walkways, Gary again showed his prowess.  David filled in like a trooper on  a few difficult originals.  Later, the Clint Strong Band from Nevada gave us a great show of jazz guitar, B3 combo music.  Very cool.

 

Special--March 6,7&8--Nashville, Tennessee--The Mix--It was a long drive to Nashville TN, but well worth it after all was said and done.  I must say calling up our old friend and master engineer Terry Alldaffer to mix the audio for our upcoming Hendrix Tribute DVD/CD release was the ticket.  Terry's new studio home, "Omni Sound Studios" is a world class fascility and the entire Omni family are absolute pros.  Terry worked some magic for us and I'm very excited about the new cd.  Spending three days in music city got me thinking about the next project already, but we still have to finish this one.   Terry Alldaffer is "the man" and I can't wait to take the band back for a visit this fall for our next studio album.  Thanks to all the guys at Omni, Steve, Eric, Tye and Zack for their help and hospitality. I highly recomend this studio to anyone in any genre of music.  Just check out their client roster at www.omnisoundstudios.com and you'll know your in elite company.  Well, I need to go see my wife, so goodnight.--Brian Crowne

photo by ©John Blair

March 1st--Gearheads--Neosho, Missouri--Who'd a thought that such a small place could pack such a punch?  Neosho has always had a strong core of Oreo Blue fans being that Gary hails from the area.  The folks at Gearheads have moved to a new location and although it is small, it has a big heart.  The cheeseburgers are excellent in the old-fashioned greasy-spoon tradition. (I love 'em!).  The band performed well coming off our Hendrix tribute weekend.  Brian highlighted the show with a surrealistic performance on Watchtower.

photo © John Blair

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