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Showing posts from July, 2010

August Dates Are Up

If you haven't already caught Ernie with ICU's Jimmy LeRoy and the Brian Wise Project, you have a number of August dates to choose from. They're listed in the sidebar, along with directions to the venue. If you live in the area, make plans to go see and hear them. And tell Ernie you found out about it here on his tribute site!

Ernie Joseph: A Musician's Musician

It's one thing to build a musical career by turning out chart-topping hits, playing major venues around the world and amassing millions of fans. Nothing wrong with that, but unfortunately, these are the only musicians most people ever hear about. Most people have no idea how many talented people it takes to make a hit or perform a large concert. Nor have they any idea what truly good musicianship is made of. They listen to music based solely on if they like it or not, which is as it should be; a musician without a listener is only half of the equation. Music is about communication, after all...

Backstage with the Lovin' Spoonful

Growing up in southern California afforded me many opportunities to attend some incredible concerts. My older brother, Rick, and I were musicians, which opened doors to meet a lot of recording artists as well. Through our friendship with Ernie and The Emperors, we were part of something incredibly exciting, riding the tail of a comet. It was the Sixties after all, and music dominated every aspect of our lives from learning any instrument we could get our hands on to our clothing and hair, from our desire to make a better world through music and the joy it brings to the slang that peppered our speech. Man, it was an exciting time to be young!

I don’t remember how it came to pass that Rick took me to the Lovin’ Spoonful concert at Earl Warren Showgrounds in the summer of 1966. I don’t even remember him being there. All I remember is that he was wearing a Nehru jacket. Why did we go? I don't think we had tickets. Was I planning to buy one at the gate? Did I talk him into making the …

Ernie and Jimi

"We talked about music and, yeah, we realized we were both Sagittarians..."

Last month Ernie was interviewed by Joel Anderson of the Ojai & Ventura View about meeting Jimi Hendrix (Vol. 3, No. 3, Issue 27). It's a fun article and, for me, it brought back a lot of great memories, since I was lucky enough to be there!

To read it, click here and scroll down to where you'll read, June, Issue 27 online Free, and click. It'll open a PDF file. Once that has loaded, find page 18. But come on, take some time to read the View. It's a great publication.

Thanks Joel!

Opening Night at the Old Town Tavern

Dear SK,

The gig at Old Town Tavern went well. I opened with an all-originals set with Brian Wise. We did songs off his new album like EZ Going One, Callin' Out, Whisper In My Ear, and Call You Wednesday. We ended the set with Mr. Black, a song about Brian's cat...