Archive for May, 2017

Hammys (GMB) / Countryview (RB)

GMB at Hammys on Friday with the “standard lineup”. Drummer, Steve Dougherty, has been touring / vacationing for a while and it was nice to have him back. It was a good crowd and good night. Curtis “Chainsaw” again recorded the show so we’ll see show that turns out. The odd thing was breaking a string in the last set. The last time I remember doing that was in my teens and before Rainbow Bridge! I’ve been using a different brand of strings that are designed to last longer, and they do. But it seems they’ll break before they sound bad! I brought 2 guitars so I just grabbed the other one. Dawn Richter was celebrating a birthday, so she and Bob stopped out.

Rainbow Bridge was back at the Countryview on Saturday. Bob has recently purchased a larger PA system and tried out a “portion” of it Saturday night. He moved from drum sets to PA equipment! Bob has been looking for a van to haul the new PA and some of his Craigslist stories of outdated pictures, spray paint and duct tape were quite entertaining. Although, it sounded a lot like the cars I’ve driven!
We had a great crowd with a lot of dancers and thanks to all who stopped out. Lucas Brookins sat-in on drums for a few.

Sunday was, of course, Mother’s Day and dad’s 83 birthday. The band was off so after talking to dad and visiting mom’s site, I headed back to spend the day with Holly.

Busy weekend coming up starting with Friday at the Moose Club.
On Saturday, we’re playing at the Watering Hole for Doug Brookin’s birthday party. Cyndi (solo) and Doug’s friends from Nashville, Stone Silo, are also playing.
Stone Silo is playing Friday at the Willowdale and I see the plan is to head out there after the Moose Club.
Rainbow Bridge will be at Hammys on Sunday from 3 – 7.

I’d also like to say congrats to son, Corey Arnold, who’s graduating welding school and already has a good job waiting.
So proud and happy for him.

Stop out this weekend and say hello!


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Lucy’s / GMB @ Boxcars

No Friday gig this past week. This works out for me as I almost always take a few vacation hours on Friday to get to a gig. Holly and I went out for a fish fry at our favorite mom-and-pop restaurant.

Saturday had us back at Lucy’s Hideaway with a good crowd. A little bit of rain loading in, which is never fun. It looked like a few birthday parties as again, the place was full and there were kids running around with balloons. We used our smaller set-up this time and it sounded fine. It seems Bob has purchased a larger PA system and now needs a way to haul it. I guess we’ll see. Lucas Brookins was out and played a few. Gotta say that I got called out on my “older crowd” comment on the Countryview post. “Who are you calling old?” I was thinking it was in fun so I laughed about it, but then started wondering if it was serious! We want to say happy birthday to Gloria Dutcher, who has been following the band a long time. Thanks for stopping out and celebrating with us.

A bit of a scare setting up at Boxcars on Sunday with the Gary McAdams Band. I could not find my effects pedal case, even after searching the room and my car a couple of times. Panic was setting in when I heard Gary say, “Does it look like this?” Seems I left it in the parking lot at Lucy’s packing up Saturday. The band knew what happened and told Gary to “get some mileage out of it”. It was a fun afternoon with Tim Pogorelski on drums. Junior Moore, Brian Hughes and Blake Wheaton were all out and sat-in for few. I headed home afterwards.

The band is completely off this coming weekend; no GMB or side-jobs for me.

GMB is at Hammys on Friday the 12th and RB is back at the Countryview on Saturday.
Hopefully, we’ll get some new songs in soon. Plenty of time to practice this week!


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