Big Brother and the Holding Company, part eleven. 1998. 17 june

1998  Kate Russo, Kacee Clanton, Andra Mitrovich, Cathy Richardson, Lisa Mills, Lisa Battle, Kathi McDonald.

23 January 1998   Six Rivers Brewing Company    McKinleyville   California

6  February 1998    Bay Brewing Company     Milwaukee   Wisconsin

7 February 1998   Marquette University  Milwaukee   Wisconsin

Margaret Gurley.

10 February 1998   Tuxedo Junction  Danbury Conneticut     “See ya, James.”   “Not if I see you first.”       Typical Gurley exchange.

20 February 1998    The Emelin Theatre   Mamaroneck     New York

Tom Finch, Carl Peachman, Catherine Cavalieri, Sam Andrew, Lisa Battle, Peter Albin, Dave Getz, Judy & Todd Bolton at The Emelin Theater.

Peter Albin.

21 February 1998    The Call   Providence    Rhode Island

22 February 1998  Bodles Opera House  Chester   New York          ”James, you’re a great guitar player.”   “Takes one to know one.”

26 February 1998  Manny’s Car Wash  New York City    Oh, man, I love being in New York and meeting people like Kate Russo.

27 February 1998  Mexicali Blues  Teaneck  New Jersey    Catherine Cavalieri and Carl Peachman took LSD tonight. That was interesting. We all drove home together. To show you how stoned they were, I was doing the driving. I performed admirably and noticed a still, meditative feeling in the car. Rather different from 99 Bottles of Beer On The Wall.

Having passed her acid test, Catherine begins booking the band.   Typical sweet, helpful note from her.

28 February 1998   Van Dyck    Schenectady   New York             Don Wilcock was a jazz writer attuned to the passing scene.

Lisa Battle.

1 March 1998   Khyber   Philadelphia

2 March 1998   Letter from Jack Ortman.

Jeannie Anderson     James Anderson     Elise Piliwale  Sam Andrew   Margaret Joplin

Dusty Street                Gilbert Klein

7 March 1998                    Bammies

Koko Dree.

14 March 1998  Cocodrie   San Francisco

22 April 1998   Dave’s CC Club   Tallahassee   Florida   This was a real juke joint out in the woods. The owner Dave is a good man.

24 April 1998     Ray’s Downtown Club     West Palm Beach

25 April 1998       Cheers       Fort Lauderdale

26 April 1998     Mr. Pub     Ocala    Florida


1 May 1998   Trader’s  Lakeland  Florida   May Day ! May Day !  This pilot’s distress call from World War Two was originally “M’aidez !”  Help Me !

2 May 1998   Sebastian Beach Inn    Sebastian Beach   Florida

12 May 1998

15 May 1998   President Casino   Biloxi    Mississippi

16 May 1998  Tipitina’s      New Orleans

The Mt. Tabor Theater was named after an extinct volcano located within the city boundaries of Portland. The theatre was operating prior to 1941 and was still open in 1950. Although it closed and fell on hard times, it still displayed the name on the marquee and some unique neon tubing. It is situated across and down S.E. Hawthorne Street from the Bagdad, which has fared much better.

12 June 1998     Mount Tabor     Portland      Oregon

The colorful gentlemen wh0 used to build, finance and own these places in the 1950s called them “carpet joints.”

13 June 1998   Reno Hilton      Reno


19 June 1998   Six Rivers   McKinleyville     California

Peter Walsh           Sam Andrew       George Michalski

20 June 1998  Altamont  Speedway  Livermore  Caliifornia     Speedway ?

25 June 1998     Manny’s Car Wash   New York City     Look at the people who played here in one month’s time: Kerry Kearney, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Vivino.

Talking to Daniel Aloi.

26 June 1998   West Strand Grill   Kingston   New York

Kingston is on highway 87 almost due north of Manhattan.  Woodstock is a little to the northeast of Kingston.

Buffalo is in the western part of the state between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where the Falls are.

27 June 1998    Mohawk Place   Buffalo  New York   Someone made such a great recording of us here, including a fugue that Tom Finch and I played.

28 June 1998    Stanhope Blues Fest     Stanhope    New Jersey

1 July 1998   Kingsbury’s   Elmira   New York        Mark Twain’s wife Olivia Langdon grew up here.

The Clemens family lived in Hartford, Connecticut, but they summered at Quarry Farm, Elmira, New York.

Livy’s sister Susan Crane built a study in the form of a pilot house for the author. He wrote his best known books here. Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and The Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. He would breakfast in the main house and then walk down here to the study to write all day.

…since we have perched away up here on top of the hill near heaven I have the feeling of being a sort of scrub angel & am more moved to help shove the clouds around, & get the stars on deck promptly, & keep all things trim & ship-shape in the firmament than to bother myself with the humble insect-interests & occupations of the distant earth.

Twain’s study in the form of a pilot house out in back of the main house where Susan Crane, Livy’s sister, lived.

3 July 1998   Godfrey Daniel’s      Bethlehem       Pennsylvania

4 July 1998       Burke Estate     Hastings-On-Hudson  New York

19 July 1998   Uncle Henry’s 90th Birthday Celebration   Guerneville   California       Peter played stand up bass, and I sang How Long Has This Been Going On at this event.


24 July 1998     Atom Club     Tokyo

26 July 1998   Shizuoka Royal Hotel    Shizuoka    Japan    Our hotel is at the ‘H.’

28 July 1998             Rag Club               Kyoto

31 July 1998     Casanova   Makawao     Maui    Hawaii

1 August 1998      Hapa’s        Kihei                Hawaii

2 August 1998     Anna Banana’s       Honolulu     This is Fort Street, about 1930.

Anna Banana’s.

15 August 1998    St. Paul’s River Feast    St. Paul    Minnesota

16 August 1998   The Twisters    Kenosha    Wisconsin

19 August 1998     Mad Frog      Cincinnati

20 August 1998  Wilbert’s  Cleveland    I liked this place. Friendly people

22 August 1998   B.B. King’s    Los Angeles

23 August 1998            House of Blues              West Hollywood

11 September 1998   Teatro Metopolitan   México, D.F.    One of the best gigs ever. Kate Russo came along and sang and played so beautifully.

I did several interviews in Spanish and they seemed to understand me, which is good, because they often don’t understand me in English.

Danny Uzilevsky came along and played some great guitar.

We were here with Fito de la Parra and his merry men, and that is always fun.

Elise was with me and she made everything so much more memorable, as she always does.

¡ Saludos a México !

Kate Russo.

9 October 1998   The Call  Providence     Geri Verdi sang these gigs with us.

10 October 1998              Harpers Ferry                 Boston

11 October 1998  Consolati Performing Arts Center    Sheffield    Massachusetts

14 October 1998    Ram’s Head   Annapolis    Maryland

15 October 1998      Friar Tuck’s      Norfolk     Virginia

16 October 1998      Jaxx    Springfield    Virginia

17 October 1998      Stanhope House     Stanhope     New Jersey

18 October 1998      The Schoolhouse   Croton Falls  New York

22 October 1998       Milestones      Rochester    New York

23 October 1998    The Van Dyck     Schenectady   New York

24 October 1998      Sandy’s    Glen Falls      New York

25 October 1998                Riverstreet Jazz Café              Wilkes-Barre              Pennsylvania

27 October 1998      Hard Rock Café    Atlantic City   New Jersey

This is when “the Carol guitar” entered the Hard Rock system. She now travels all over the world visiting all the Hard Rocks.

28 October 1998      Khyber                      Philadelphia

30 October 1998    Mexicali Blues Teaneck New Jersey    Kate Russo.

We did these tunes and many others as well.

With Jerry Miller and Bob Mosly at Wetlands, New York City.

27 November 1998  19 Broadway  Fairfax   California      I love the Russell brothers. These guys can burn the house down in fifteen minutes.

5 December 1998   Boulder Theatre   Boulder  California

Part twelve next week. See you then.

Sam Andrew

Big Brother and the Holding Company