Yearly Archives: 2013

Happy Holidays!

I’m doing a secret little gig in Santa Monica Sunday, December 15. Then I’m heading east for the holidays. I’m back to do a “lit gig,” Eve Brandstein’s Poetry In Motion presents:
Bad Boys & Women Who Live Through Them on January 4.

Some Photos from Beyond Baroque

From Poetry In Motion – Bad Boys & Women Who … Jan. 4,2014, posted by Eve Brandstein

Posted in Shows Past

Left Coast, Glendale, Friday, Dec. 6

Holidays at the Grove

A rare Friday night and my last show at Left Coast for 2013. It’s been a great year! Let’s celebrate it. Hope to see you. Here’s the Facebook invitation link.

Posted in Shows Past

The Wrecking Crew

I just pledged to the Kickstarter campaign for a film called “The Wrecking Crew.” I saw a version a few years ago and loved it! It kind of felt like my LA life of seeking out musicians and hearing their stories. When people disparage Los Angeles, I always laugh because I know I get this: access to people who’ve been in the heart of shaping our culture just by proximity and a little curiosity. My father stoked this. He was a psychologist from Jackson, Mississippi, but he always kept an ear out for musicians he thought would inspire me and he could b.s. his way into about any backstage to facilitate a connection. The biggest coup was Stevie Wonder visiting us in Irvine when I was a little kid, but that’s a story for a different time. But it was meeting people like George Bohanon and engineer Cal Harris that kind of opened me up to the idea that people made music, worked hard and would generously share their experience and resources with you. It made creating music tangible – and these guys worked on “Let’s Get it On!”

Denny Tedesco started putting “The Wrecking Crew” together after his father, the great guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was diagnosed with terminal cancer to capture the stories of the musicians that played on so many of the classic records that came out of Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s. (For five straight years “The Wrecking Crew” were the players on the Grammy award winner for Record of the Year.) Like “The Funk Brothers” who played on the Motown hits, the musicians of “The Wrecking Crew” were the regional sound of pop music. The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Phil Spector, even Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel used “The Wrecking Crew.” It’s an awesome story and this film is like sitting down for an intimate conversation with the guys that were hustling from studio to studio humbly adding their expertise to music that’s become the fabric of the world’s cultural consciousness.

As a testament to the continuing value of the cultual product, it’s been stalled by licensing royalties. There’s so much cultural value in these musicians’ stories, that I’d really like to see it get a wide distribution.

Take a look and help if you can. (And if you join their mailing list, from their website,, you’ll find a thrilling collection of outtakes for music geeks!)

Posted in Blog

Fly in Peace, Lou Reed

When I first met the legendary (Little) Jimmy Scott, I told him how I first saw him singing with Lou Reed on the “Magic and Loss” tour the day the LA Riots began. I told him how I’d only listened to that album once because every time I’d try again, I’d start to cry uncontrollably. I asked him how Lou could sing a song like “Harry’s Circumcision” in such a detached almost comic way. Jimmy looked at me directly in the eye, put his hand on my knee and said, “He doesn’t feel those things like us.”

Thank goodness for that. Whatever it was that Lou had, and it definitely made him sound like a jerk sometimes, it led him unflinchingly to a truth. One of my favorite Elvis Costello lines is, “The truth can’t hurt you, it’s just like the dark. It scares you witless. But in time you’ll see things clear and stark.” It seems Lou had no fear of darkness. And his stark portraits created a huge space for the listener’s empathy.

Howie Klein gave me a compilation that Sire Records was using to promote the upcoming “New York” album that started off with “Dirty Blvd.” then kicked into a retrospective beginning with “Heroin” by the Velvets. I was obsessed with it. I’d had the Velvet Underground Andy Warhol record and knew it was supposed to be great, but I never got it until I heard it all in context. Lou was the anti-baby-boomer. He took all the confusion of that generation and handled it introspectively. But he also kept in touch with the streets and the music that could transcend, if not on this plane, but further out. When I think of Lou I hear (one of his heroes) Dion sing, “Fly, fly, fly away” at the end of “Dirty Boulevard.” It’s one of the grittiest descriptions of New York imaginable, but the hope is still there in both music and lyric. Lou showed us the grit, but in that sober portrait, the transcendent always seemed possible.

Fly in peace.

Posted in Blog

Left Coast, Nov 16, 8:30pm, Glendale, CA

Jason Luckett @ Left Coast Wine BarLooking forward to a nice fall evening in Glendale with friends, guests and surprises.

Posted in Shows Past

Daydream on the Seine

We arrived in Paris on September 1, just a few days after the church bells rang out across the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington. (more…)

Posted in Gratitude, Video

Voyage-Air Guitar

Voyage-Air Guitar

Out by the pool in Johnson City, TN

Guitar Geeks in Baltimore

Guitar geeks at BWI.

It’s been four years since I walked into that launch party and marveled at Harvey Leach’s beautiful guitars…then realized they could fold in half! Since then I’ve taken my VAOM-06 all over the US and Europe. It’s become my main guitar not just out of convenience, but because I love the way it feels and sounds. Inspired by my pal, Kenny Burrell, I put flat wound strings on it. It mellows the tone to where the Brazilian style stuff I like to play feels nice and yet it cuts through when finger picking or strumming. The intonation is spot on, too. Thanks to the team at Voyage-Air Guitar for bringing me into the fold.

Posted in Gratitude

New beginnings

Just stepped out to take out the trash this evening and could feel autumn in the air. I know those of you who come from places other than Los Angeles may be giggling at this. But it’s true. Even the subtlest of changes can inspire the feeling of heart soaring possibility.

So this is where I start. My site is new. It feels fresher, cleaner. I get so much of my inspiration in the shower, I don’t know why exactly but since I upgraded to a ShowerHeadly shower set up, I can feel even more songs coming to me.


As a song changes from performance to performance, there may be changes, different riffs we’ll explore before the next site comes along (probably sooner than the four years it’s taken for this wholesale redesign to come about). But this is the foundation from which I hope to reach you for the next piece of time. Hopefully things will make you laugh, smile, breath and maybe get you off the web and into action occasionally (perhaps that includes coming to a show – Angelenos, there is one October 26 in Glendale at Left Coast). I’m hoping it will inspire me to interact more regularly with you in a place away from Facebook (though I’ll stay active there). And I’m hoping to bring more music and other musings to fire our senses. Life is good!

Posted in Blog

Disappear Fear

Hi! It’s been a crazy few months, but here we are in October and I’m just back from 18 days out with Disappear Fear and we’re playing tonight at Genghis Cohen. It’s been really inspiring to get out and see how a master folkie like SONiA works. I’ve been playing bass, and will tonight, but I missed the guitar too much to be more than a half time bassist. So, please come out to see this great band, hear some great tunes and giggle at me with that Fender P-Bass in my hand at my old haunt. Hope to see you all soon!

Posted in News

The Second Half of the Bet

Featuring “Magic Trumps Reason,” “Noonday Sun” (with Nailah), and “When My Lover Calls.”

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Posted in Albums, Download Store