Michael Perry and the Long Beds playing “After Waymore’s Blues” from the Tiny Pilot album. The nod to Billy partway through comes because when he’s not making music he carves headstones.
Michael Perry and the Long Beds performing “Somewhere Out in Mudbrook” from the “Headwinded” album. Guitarist Chris Ramey drives a Subaru, thus the laugh. ALSO INCLUDED: A recitation featuring a rooster named Knuckles, gratuitous NPR reference, and a BONUS BANJO JOKE.
UPDATE: We’ve received questions, so here’s the deal: That thing Andy Dee (longtime friend and guest Long Bed…you can hear his work on Tiny Pilot) is playing on his lap is an acoustic Hawaiian steel guitar based on the Weissenborn instruments from the 1920s and ’30s. The most important feature of the Weissenborn instruments is the hollow neck, which adds to the volume and tone. The entire body of the instrument is one big sound chamber. Andy’s instrument has a deeper body than the original Weissenborns, so the bass frequencies are more pronounced.
Took time out from the Visiting Tom book tour (dates and itinerary here) to meet up with the Long Beds and play our music at the Oconto County Fair. Classic deal: It was hot and dusty and we played between the horse pull and the demolition derby. If that ain’t country…
Mary Cutrufello joined us for this one. She’d never seen a horse pull. She put up a video here.
Thank you to the librarians who organized the whole thing – one of them has a photo gallery from the day right here. My favorite thing? The thank you banner at the back of the stage.
Man. Going through some old half-finished blog posts and came across this review of the Long Beds and me playing in 2009. You remember 2009? There’s a video clip, too, featuring a great fiddle (red hot electric violin, to be specific) solo by Molly. Molly will be joining us at the Big Top in September.
The thing is, I was sick as a dang dog that night.
Someone sent me two photos from the set the Long Beds and I played in the park last week to support the ALS benefit. The photos remind me to thank all the volunteers and fundraisers again, but also to thank my band. We are bandmates, but have also become friends. If that sounds redundant, it’s not. When they show up and join me for a show like this, it warms my heart. Thanks, fellers.
Just found this poster from 2004.
Town of Samson (sic – it was actually Sam[p]son) was an early iteration of the Long Beds.