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SNUFFY & RAB INTERVIEW June 28 2017

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

 

 

Snuffy has always been there for me during my hard times.
He’s always only a phone call away.
I am a recovering alcoholic, and in the old days I
used to get on my phone and call the ‘World’ at 3am….
I was in my Studio and I called Snuffy one time after 10 pints of the strongest Lager
and 3 bottles of Red Wine, then I was banned from every single Pub in
Grantham England, Snuff picked up and, thank God, told me to never, ever
call him when I was drunk. I was taken aback at 1st, then later on realised ‘That’ was exactly the right help that I needed…
I have been totally ‘Sober’ now for over 25 years, and I thank Snuffy for being there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W. G. Walden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

W.G. Walden

Born
Genre(s) Instrument(s) Years active Associated acts Website
February 13, 1951

www.wgsnuffywalden.com

William Garrett Walden (born February 13, 1950, often credited as Snuffy Walden or W. G. Snuffy Walden) is a musician and composer for television shows.

[edit] Career

Walden scored thirtysomething, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Ellen, My So- Called Life, Felicity, Sports Night, The West Wing, George Lopez, Huff and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, among others. He also has recorded one solo music album and participated in several compilation albums. He was also guitarist with blues/rock band Stray Dog in the early 1970s. They penned a couple of albums on Greg Lake’s Manticore Records label. He filled in for the ailing Paul Kossoff on Free’s third tour of America. Also participated in recording sessions with

Instrumental Guitar

1973 – present Snuffy Walden

friend John “Rabbit” Bundrick in the mid-seventies. Walden serves as an artistic advisory to the BMI Foundation.

[edit] Awards Emmy Award:

• Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music for his work on The West Wing (2000)

BMI TV Music Awards:

  • Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award (2001)
  • The West Wing (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • The Norm Show (1999)
  • Providence (1999, 2000, shared with John Lennon, Paul McCartney,
    Bennett Salvay; 2002, 2003)
  • The Drew Carey Show (1997, shared with Allen Reynolds; 1998, 1999,
    2000, 2001)
  • Ellen (1994, 1995)
  • Roseanne (1994, 1995, 1996)
  • The Jackie Thomas Show (1993)
  • The Wonder Years (1988, 1989, 1990, shared with John Lennon and
    Paul McCartney)[edit] Discography Solo albums:• music by… W. G. Snuffy Walden (2001, Windham Hill Records) Stray Dog albums:
  • Stray Dog (1973)
  • While You’re Down There (1974) Compilation albums:
  • Windham Hill Chill 2 (2003, Windham Hill Records)
  • Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic (2003, Windham Hill Records)
  • A Windham Hill Christmas (2002, Windham Hill Records)
  • A Winter’s Solstice, Vol. 1: Silver Anniversary Edition (2001, Windham
    Hill Records)
  • Touch – Windham Hill 25 Years of Guitar (2001, Windham Hill Records)
  • Celtic Christmas IV (1998, Windham Hill Records)
  • Sounds Of Wood & Steel (1998, Windham Hill Records)
  • Summer Solstice 2 (1998, Windham Hill Records)
  • The Carols Of Christmas II (1997, Windham Hill Records)
  • Celtic Christmas III (1997, Windham Hill Records)
  • A Winter’s Solstice VI (1997, Windham Hill Records)
  • My-So Called Life Soundtrack (1995, Atlantic Records)
  • The Stand (1994, ABC Circle Music)
  • Babylon Minstrels (1992, Hollywood Records)

• thirtysomething Soundtrack (1991, Geffen Records)

 

The Puss Puss Band – Music with a Pulse!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Klef Notes

Music Reviews

The Puss Puss Band – Music with a Pulse!

KiKi Skinner  | May 12, 2017

Can you hear my echo?   Yes?  Okay, listen up!  

Ladies and gentlemen (Ladies and Gentlemen).  Get ready (Get ready).  To be (to be). Stoked!!! (STOKED). 

In short, these guys know what they are doing.  So clever.  This CD plays like a new age Italian sonnet set to the awesome playing skills of outstanding musicians along with great lyrics and vocals.  

The Puss Puss Band is a Folk, Pop, Jazz two piece duo from the UK that encompasses members Asa Galeozzie & Lee Pugh. 

These guys have played with many UK and Welsh artists and bands for years and just a decade ago they decided to try their hands at writing and being session musicians, and let me just say that I am so glad they gave us a peak into their writing and vocal world because it was so worth it.  And if two musical geniuses were not enough on this cut, they’ve collaborated with piano legend John Rabbit Bundrick to seal this album with splendid instrumentation and classic music. 

This is a review of The Puss Puss Band’s new album entitled “Echoes across the Cruel Sea.”  Twelve songs of pure chilled indie Pop: 

  1. Bucko’s Lullaby
  2. Alone
  3. Fall Back Down
  4. Cliff Song
  5. Inwake
  6. Bees Wax
  7. Say It First
  8. Thinking of You
  9. Feline Fine
  10. End of June
  11. Perfect World
  12. Not Just You 

Three musical masterminds kicked up a great CD where each song delivers something for its listeners with a mix of Pop, Folk, Jazz, and I think ROCK.  These seven songs are my highlights.  

We are introduced into The Puss Puss Band’s world with the opening track “Bucko’s Lullaby.”  This song starts off as a little lullaby but grows bigger and bigger.  This has become one of my favorites as Lee Pugh’s voice rings Bon Jovian on this, and the classic percussions with clear brass just eludes to Sunday mornings when you just want to stay indoors and create.  

The second track entitled “Alone” has the piano as another artist and it keeps the feet moving.  This is a put on your boyfriend’s shirt and just dance type of song.   In addition, it encompasses the magic that U2 prides themselves in building – simplicity with a kick. 

There’s a nostalgic feel to “Cliff Song.”  If you love psychedelic instrumentation, then you will love this song. 

The most illustrative song on the album is entitled “Thinking of You.”  There’s a hidden out-of-breath effect on this cut that gives the emotion of a person wanting to ask but is afraid to get the answer – anxiety and anticipation are all wrapped up in this song.  The lyrics read “Do you ever think about me? / The way I think about you? / Say you’re thinking of me / Can’t stop thinking of you” – Can you feel it? Breathless, anxious, waiting, thinking!  

Feline Fine” is the ninth track and I fell in love with the big band appeal on this cut – so fun to hear this song.  John Rabbit Bundrick plays the piano in this cut so smooth and so elegant that it makes the listener just melt away.  Accurate rhyme scheme and great play on words!! 

With a world so full of chaos today, “Perfect World” is the song to listen to and it makes it alright.  An endearing in-your-face message wrapped around a great vocal and inspiring stringed instruments to set the tone of PEACE. 

Not Just You” is the twelfth and final track. First, you hear a mellow introduction and then Lee’s vocal comes in strong and really stands out front as an engaging first tenor / baritone.  This track closes the album with its frankness and tells the story about wanting to be someone, or something, else.  True, this is not just a one person issue – everybody gets in this slump.  

And that brings me to the title of the album – “Echoes Across the Cruel Sea” which metaphorically ties in the entire scheme of the CD where each song poses a problem and gives a solution like a musical sonnet telling the stories of life’s echoes:  echoes of truth and dare, echoes of love and passion, echoes of fear and anxiety, echoes of the internal struggles of just being human, as well as echoes of time and social issues.  

And like many problems posed to us, we do what “The Puss Puss Band” states in their track Bucko’s Lullaby, “What happens when love goes lame? / You screw it all up and start over again / You box it all up and start over again.”  

Not since Simon and Garfunkel, Tears for Fears, or Burt Bacharach have we, the listening audience, been given great story telling as this.  

If anything musically ever reverbed an echo to your ears to help you remember it, forget about it, because, these guy’s songs send an echo that resonates to your ears, flutters your heart, and then it goes BOOM with blazing guitars, sexy voices, catchy hooks, driving instrumentation, and heart string-pulling melodies.  

Which song of The Puss Puss Band is your favorite?  Comment and let me know! 

To listen and/or purchase The Puss Puss Band’s music, go to:
https://thepusspussband.bandcamp.com and follow them on Twitter at @puss_band.

Comments

TONYA SKINNER |  May 12, 2017 @05:35 am

Hello Kiki…I love this review!!! 5stars across the board! The Puss Puss band are a talented band. Your review gives them prominence and promotion. You started the review with a catchy phrase, and then you go in depth about the band’s tracks. Your reviews are arranged, and written professionally. Every review is different and you bring out the best in the artist/bands. I can’t wait to read the next review. Kiki keep on bringing the good stuff. I love you! Kudos, Tonya

KiKi S. |  May 12, 2017 @05:26 am

Thanks Lee – it was a pleasure and an honor. The entire CD spoke to me. Here’s to working together again in the near future. Rock on my brother.

Lee Pugh |  May 12, 2017 @05:18 am

What can I say? Thank you so much on behalf of the three of us 🙂 You’ve clearly taken a lot of time to listen and get to know the album and it really comes across in your write up…thank you so much for committing that time and emotion to us and our album. Really hope you’re readers/followers enjoy the album as much as we’ve enjoyed sharing it with everyone

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Album/ The Puss Puss Band – Echoes Across The Cruel Sea // April 2017

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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Album: The Puss Puss Band – Echoes Across The Cruel Sea // April 2017

The Puss Puss Band have created a damn fine collection of Pop/Folk songs, and have labelled this sonic gift as ‘Echoes Across The Cruel Sea’

With sincere melodies and songwriting that can only be described as accomplished, they deliver an established, mature sound that makes the new listener feel like they’re already acquainted. 

The Puss Puss Band are a two piece mainly studio based outfit from South Wales comprising of multi instrumentalists Asa Galeozzie and Lee Pugh.

Both have worked with numerous artists and bands in the UK and the Welsh music industry over the last ten years as writers, session musicians while also developing their sound engineering and studio production skills.

After a break from the industry Galeozzie and Pugh once again began writing,arranging and producing the material that would go on to become The Puss Puss Band.

Influenced by the compositional and songwriting genius of artists like Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, David Bowie, Neil Young and Bill Nelson; Galeozzie and Pugh began shaping the idea of an amalgamation of simple pop/rock songs and more sonically ambitious ‘pocket epics’ with every idea being,conceived, written performed, engineered and produced by themselves.

With a big emphasis on pure, honest, fearless songwriting, and intricately woven melodies The Puss Puss Band aim to blend the stripped bare feeling of acoustic indie pop and rock with hints of the more classic, refined and warmer elements of jazz, folk, and blues, to create songs and arrangements that don’t easily fall into a pigeon holed genre.

April 2017 saw the release of the debut album Echoes Across The Cruel Sea which features a guest appearance throughout by John Rabbit Bundrick (The Who, Free, Roger waters, Bob Marley…) On piano, Hammond organ, & Synths.

The Puss Puss Band are currently promoting the new album and recently performed numerous live sets including a live acoustic set for the BBC.

Current Releases;

Echoes Across The Cruel Sea (2017) – The full debut album
featuring John Rabbit Bundrick

The Puss Puss Band EP (2016)
– Four single pre album preview EP. (Album Due February 2017)

– Available now from Bandcamp https://thepusspussband.bandcamp.com

Follow The Puss Puss Band on…. Twitter: @puss_band

Interview & Album Review: THE PUSS PUSS BAND – “Echoes Across the Cruel Sea”

Although I call myself “Eclectic Music Lover”, frequent readers of my blog know I’m particularly fond of alternative and hard rock. That being said, I truly appreciate great music in any genre or form, and every now and then an artist or band comes along whose music deeply touches me. Such is the feeling I get when listening to The Puss Puss Band. Their jazz and folk-infused pop rock sound envelops me like a warm blanket, transporting me to a place where all is good with the world – and wouldn’t that be a nice place to land! As I stated in a review of their self-titled EP last November on this blog (which you can read here), “their easy-going instrumentals and smooth vocals make for an incredibly pleasing listening experience – sort of a Style Council meets England Dan & John Ford Coley with just a touch of Dan Fogelberg.”

Hailing from Wales, The Puss Puss Band consists of multi instrumentalists Asa Galeozzie and Lee Pugh. Both have worked with numerous artists and bands in the UK and the Welsh music industry over the last ten years as writers & session musicians. They perform every aspect of their music: songwriting, instrumentals, vocals, arranging, engineering, producing and mixing. Asa plays guitar, bass, percussion, piano and melodica, while Lee plays lead guitar, bass and piano, as well as sings lead vocals. Now, with significant contribution from seasoned musician John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, the guys have produced their first full-length album Echoes Across the Cruel Sea, which dropped on April 10. It’s a collection of 12 gorgeous tracks that range from dreamy ballads to catchy, upbeat songs.

Before launching into my review of the Echoes Across the Cruel Sea, I asked the band some questions about how they came to be, as well as their inspiration for the album. Lee graciously provided these responses:

1.  First off, how and when did you both meet and decide to collaborate?

We met studying sound engineering & production about thirteen years ago, and have worked together ever since with our own bands and as session musicians.

2.  What’s the origin of your name “The Puss Puss Band”?

When we first started planning this album it was purely intended as a studio project. We’d meet a few times a week at Asa’s to run through ideas and songs, and his cat would sit on a stool and just watch us play. It dawned on us after a few months of this that we were essentially a ‘house band’….for an audience of one cat. Her nickname was Puss Puss.

3.  Do you both share songwriting duties on both lyrics and music?

Yes. We share lyric/song duties and bounce them between us. Sometimes the lyrics come from one of us fully formed, but often we’ll fettle those a little between us, then trial a quick scratch demo to work through the arrangement, and once we’re happy we fire up the mic’s and amps and start passing instruments back and forth. We’ll often capture an essentially live stripped down performance, then we build up from there. “Thinking Of You” is a good example of that. We recorded the acoustic guitar, piano and vocal live in one or two takes, and then the rest of the track was completed with a few over dubbed guitars.

4.  Is there a back story regarding the album title Echoes Across the Cruel Sea? It’s a lovely album, and most of the songs on the album are really pleasing, Are they meant to stand in contrast with the word “cruel” in the album title, almost like an antidote to cruelty in the world?

The album is intended as an upfront honest journal of the last ten years of our personal lives. There’s no artistic license being used in the lyrics…we set out to be fearless and honest in that regard. It’s essentially a sneaky concept album although we resisted the urge to make the songs flow too obviously from one to the next. The “cruel sea” represents life, love and all it’s uncertainty and the songs themselves are the echoes of our thoughts, feelings and reflections over that period of our lives.

We set out to be as transparent and laid bare as we could make it, lyrically, musically and production wise….no studio trickery, no bullshit, no ego talk, just an honest account of our lives which we hope we’ve managed to present in a somewhat universal manner which anyone hopefully can relate to in some capacity?

5.  How did John Rabbit Bundrick come to collaborate with you on the album? Were you specifically looking for someone else to provide music input?

Asa is a massive The Who fan and heard that Rabbit was back doing session work after finishing with The Who a few years ago. We sent “Feline Fine” over to see if he’d be interested. Rabbit said he loved the track and was more than happy to play in it…and without fee which was incredibly generous given his insanely huge CV and standing in the industry. We mixed it and sent it over to him, and he asked to hear some other tracks from the album. He said he was really digging what we were doing so his joining us for the rest of the album just took off from there.

We were adamant after years of working with others and all the creative compromise that comes with that, that this album was only going to be the two of us so we could maintain and hopefully achieve our shared vision of what this album would be. But the chance to work with a session musician of Rabbit’s calibre made it a no-brainer obviously.  His piano work is beautiful and his mastery of the Hammond organ is pretty much unparalleled by anyone else. Rabbit contributed something very special that we couldn’t provide ourselves and is so humble, professional and generous that it wasn’t just a thrill but a pleasure and privilege throughout.

6.  Do you guys have plans to do more live performances or even tour a bit?

Yes, hopefully we’ll start putting together a hand-picked session backline later this year from our contacts, and look at taking the album out. This was intended purely as a studio album, but the response we’ve had the last few months kind of makes it inevitable that we will once again take to the road in the very near future.

7.  If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? 

Lee: David Bowie/Burt Bacharach
Asa: Brian Wilson/Roger Waters

Rabbit has already played with almost everyone already! If you haven’t seen his discography you should check it out…it is mind blowing how much he has contributed to music in the last 40 odd years!!

8.  Perhaps a bit premature to ask, given you’ve just released a new album, but any plans for more music in the future?

Not premature at all 🙂 We’ve already started writing the second album and Rabbit is on board to join us again. Don’t want to give too much away too soon but the theme for that album and it’s content are already taking shape. All we’ll say is the first album was more introverted and personal. In the next one we’d like to reach out a bit more to touch on the state of the world we all find ourselves in right now, and the growing distance between us all as we try to make sense of the world we are struggling to maintain our roles in it, and try to hold a mirror up to that rather than just preach about it.

9. Anything additional you’d like people to know about Puss Puss Band. or things I neglected to touch on?

We are just two fiercely and proudly independent musicians. We’ve pretty much now achieved our goal of becoming creatively self sufficient. We write, arrange, perform, engineer, produce, mix, master everything ourselves from our very very modest and basic studio. We’ve thrown the rule book out production-wise, and harked back to the old fashioned recording approach to create ‘our sound.’ I guess we just hope that people respond to that and hopefully hear something in it that you don’t get from modern production, with all it’s close, dry, sterile mic’ing, separation and heavy compression throughout. But above all else I guess we just hope that people find something in our music they can relate to and enjoy because that means more to us than anything else.

OK, so let’s dig into the album. First off, as I alluded to earlier, Echoes Across the Sea is gorgeous, overflowing with lush soundscapes of multi-textured instrumentation and smooth harmonizing vocals. The songs deal mostly with the vagaries of love and relationships. The terrific “Bucko’s Lullaby” kicks things off, setting the tone for the entire album. We’re greeted by gentle xylophone before layers of guitar, percussion, organ and beautiful strings enter the proceedings. With a hint of sadness in his seductive voice, Lee sings to a loved one who’s slipping away emotionally: “Something in that smile says you’ve changed. Those big brown eyes look further away. What happens when love goes lame? You screw it all up and start over again. You box it all up and you throw it away.

Next up is “Alone,” an upbeat track which was originally featured on their previous EP, but gets revisited on this album. As I’d mentioned on the EP review, this song has a discernible Style Council vibe. It’s a great song, with some really fine guitar and piano. Things turn mellow on the lovely “Fall Back Down.” Lee’s vocals are so seductive on this track (and many others) they could lure a turtle out of its shell! The guys rock out a bit on “Cliff Song,” which features some tasty guitar riffage.

The remainder of the album stays on the mellower side, starting with the moving track “Inwake.” To a gentle guitar riff, Lee sings: “Can we help it, this changing season, or are you just like me? The things that we feel seem less than real, like faded memories. The twilight hours keep you safe and warm as I creep out of the room. In the blink of an eye to you and to I, every wave between you and me, the change we feel, just echoes across the cruel sea.”

The beguiling “Beeswax” is a standout track, with marvelous instrumentals featuring chiming synths, Rabbit’s lovely piano and organ, and the guys’ deft guitar work. Lee’s vocals are utterly sublime, as they also are on the enchanting tracks “Say it First,” “Thinking of You” and “Feline Fine” – the latter of which is probably my favorite of all their songs. It was also included on their debut EP, but this new version features beautiful piano work by Rabbit, which makes the already great tune sound even better. And no pun intended – well, just a little – Lee purrs “You got me working double time, you got me clocking overtime, you got me feline fine. And I know I can’t show you the things that I see, but sometimes I wish I could. Because you got something that makes me feel glad at night. And you got everything because you know you’re right.”

The tracks “End of June” and “Perfect World” have a pleasant folk-rock feel with lovely strummed guitar, set to a languid beat, though “End of June” has the added bonus of some spiffy electric guitar. The album ends on a bittersweet note with “Not Just You,” a compelling ballad that speaks to the despair of living in a depressed industrial town, with little hope of things getting better. “No one talks, your mom’s depressed, your dad went empty in his chest. There’s nothing left. And everybody wants to be anywhere else it seems. Not just you.

Echoes Across the Cruel Sea is a well-crafted album, with outstanding production values. The Puss Puss Band’s lyrics, music and vocals are all stellar, making this an album I can listen to on repeat – which I have done!

Connect with The Puss Puss Band: Facebook /  Twitter

Stream their music:  Soundcloud /  Spotify

Purchase it:  Bandcamp /  iTunes

EP Review: THE PUSS PUSS BAND

Today I shine my spotlight on a singer/songwriter duo that goes by the fun, quirky name The Puss Puss Band.  They are multi instrumentalists Asa Galeozzie and Lee Pugh, a mainly studio based band from South Wales. Both have worked with numerous artists and bands in the UK and the Welsh…

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Author EclecticMusicLoverPosted on May 1, 2017May 1, 2017Categories  Echoes Across the Cruel Sea, John Rabbit Bundrick, The Puss Puss Band, UK Artists

3 thoughts on “Interview & Album Review: THE PUSS PUSS BAND – “Echoes Across the Cruel Sea””

  1. Lee Pugh says:
    May 2, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Thank you so much Jeff 🙂 Hopefully getting the video for the single release of Beeswax sorted finished very soon.
    Cheers
    Lee & Asa
    The Puss Puss Band
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    Reply

  2. buffalotompeabody says:
    May 2, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Great interview, Jeff! I love these guys! I especially like the jangley guitars that go from Breezy to deep and dark. 👍👍

Album: The Puss Puss Band – Echoes Across The Cruel Sea // April 2017

The Puss Puss Band have created a damn fine collection of Pop/Folk songs, and have labelled this sonic gift as ‘Echoes Across The Cruel Sea’

With sincere melodies and songwriting that can only be described as accomplished, they deliver an established, mature sound that makes the new listener feel like they’re already acquainted. 

The Puss Puss Band are a two piece mainly studio based outfit from South Wales comprising of multi instrumentalists Asa Galeozzie and Lee Pugh.

Both have worked with numerous artists and bands in the UK and the Welsh music industry over the last ten years as writers, session musicians while also developing their sound engineering and studio production skills.

After a break from the industry Galeozzie and Pugh once again began writing,arranging and producing the material that would go on to become The Puss Puss Band.

Influenced by the compositional and songwriting genius of artists like Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, David Bowie, Neil Young and Bill Nelson; Galeozzie and Pugh began shaping the idea of an amalgamation of simple pop/rock songs and more sonically ambitious ‘pocket epics’ with every idea being,conceived, written performed, engineered and produced by themselves.

With a big emphasis on pure, honest, fearless songwriting, and intricately woven melodies The Puss Puss Band aim to blend the stripped bare feeling of acoustic indie pop and rock with hints of the more classic, refined and warmer elements of jazz, folk, and blues, to create songs and arrangements that don’t easily fall into a pigeon holed genre.

April 2017 saw the release of the debut album Echoes Across The Cruel Sea which features a guest appearance throughout by John Rabbit Bundrick (The Who, Free, Roger waters, Bob Marley…) On piano, Hammond organ, & Synths.

The Puss Puss Band are currently promoting the new album and recently performed numerous live sets including a live acoustic set for the BBC.

Current Releases;

Echoes Across The Cruel Sea (2017) – The full debut album
featuring John Rabbit Bundrick

The Puss Puss Band EP (2016)
– Four single pre album preview EP. (Album Due February 2017)

– Available now from Bandcamp https://thepusspussband.bandcamp.com

Follow The Puss Puss Band on…. Twitter: @puss_band

MBW

The Puss Puss Band Echoes Across The Cruel Sea John Rabbit Bundrick

 

JIM & LORI HASSE – THE WORLD WILL NOT RETURN VOID

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Friends deliver Rebekah’s Birthday Piñata
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Visas & Permits
We plan to apply for longer term visas in April.  Please pray that we’ll be granted them with no crazy issues.  It’s been a little different for everyone we know who has applied for this particular visa.  Will you join us in praying that we’ll have access to all the documentation we need, favor with officials, and a positive reply from the Mexican Government?
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Praises
• Excellent Mountain Outreach
• Rebekah turned 10!
• New leads into unreached mountain regions
• Kids did well at camp
Prayer Requests
• Long-term Visas
• For those who heard the Gospel during the trip
• Continued favor with village leaders
• Sanctifying work of God in our lives
We’re currently living at the Wycliffe Base close to Oaxaca City while our kids attend three weeks of classroom experience for homeschoolers.  They are studying inventors, enjoying creative writing, PE & Art.  They’re also loving the opportunity to live near other MK’s and playing outside with them daily.  Next week the parents will attend a Language Acquisition workshop.  We’re enjoying learning from the Bible Translators on the campus and learning how we can come alongside of and help them with church planting in the areas where they are working.  This time has been very encouraging for all of us.
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Thank you for your one-time and monthly financial gifts.  They are significant to us and we thank you.  We are currently supported to cover 86% of our monthly budget.  We are happy to share a copy of our budget with anyone who asks.  To mail in support, make check out to To Every Tribe and send with a little note indicating Jim Hasse to:
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“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
1 Thessalonians 12:1b-2

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An update on the Spring Trip into the Oaxacan Mountains 
A few weeks ago we held a medical and dental clinic outreach in a village To Every Tribe has committed to bring the Gospel.  The Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) sent down fourteen students and one staff member to assist our team for the clinic.  Around six of the students had dental training in the “hand tool techniques” Lori learned a few years ago.  

We do these types of clinics to communicate our love for them and let them know that we do care for them and respect them as a “people group”. The village we went to is part of the indigenous Zapotec people that reined the mountains of Oaxaca during the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ.  These people are very much a part of the rich culture of Oaxaca.  For them, the mountains of Oaxaca are not just their home, they are a large part of who they are.  These mountains have secluded them for many years.  The only way to contact them was by helicopter or an insane hike over multiple mountains. Up until around thirty years ago, there weren’t any roads reaching them.  Then logging companies started to request their trees in exchange for roads and a few other benefits.  As we drive on these rugged, twisty dirt roads we realize that God purposed these roads to be built for the spread of His Good News.  He is the God that all people must stand judgment after our final hours here on earth. But He cares for us, because He is Love.  The greatest way we can demonstrate our love for these people is to share with them the love of God.   To tell them how He sent His Son to die on our behalf so that God no longer will judge those who trust in Him as condemned, but justified.  Justified, because He is a God of grace.  He gives us mercy so that we can have a new life and perfect fellowship with Him.  That we might praise Him for who He is in this life and the life to come.  This is the ultimate reason for our outreach to these people.  We want to stretch out our hands to the Zapotecs to bring them physical healing, but our ultimate concern is for their spiritual healing.  The physical is only temporal, but the soul is eternal.
 
We want to tell you more stories about the trip, but don’t want this letter to be ridiculously long. PLEASE, check out our blog to read stories about the people’s response to hearing, for the first time, an audio recording of the Bible in their language, about the couple who undestood the Gospel with joy, the crippled man confined to his bed, and other stories from the trip.
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Kids at Camp
 
Thank you for praying for all of us while we were scattered about.  All three kids were at camp in Puebla for four days.  Jim left on Friday and the kids loaded up on their bus on Saturday morning.  It was not the easiest of partings, but we all survived.  Actually, the kids thoroughly LOVED camp and being with their friends non-stop for four days.  They came back with stories about crazy songs at meal times, all sorts of new games, and skit night.  I’m still hearing more stories about camp.  Micah ended up in a cabin with three boys and three counselors.  That worked out well for him since he was a bit sad about leaving me behind.  Rebekah bunked with a counselor she had met before and made friends with a cabin full of girls she’d not met before.  Elijah was with his friends and had a blast.  They and our other To Every Tribe friends on the trip all seemed to take care of each other when their activities overlapped.  Each of the kids wished that camp had lasted longer than just four days.  I take that as a good sign.
Annalise and I did well together at our home in Oaxaca.  We played games, went for walks outside, watched Elmo and a Barbie movies, ate and took naps.  She learned early on not to climb the stairs without me after she took a four step tumble.  Thankfully she wasn’t badly hurt, but did learn not to do that adventure alone.  I really enjoyed having her with me.  She woke up so cheerfully and not so early in the mornings.  It was fun, but busy, having a little one around.  She turned two just last week.  I’m thankful the Lord had a task to keep me busy while Jim and the kids were away.  I think I would have been quite sad at home all alone without Annalise.
The Mission Field of the Heart
“For the missionary, the biggest mission field is his own heart.”  
AJ Gibson, To Every Tribe Mexico Field Director

There’s something about living in another culture, away from the comforts and distractions of the US, that really brings to surface areas of sin in your life.  I’ve heard other missionaries speak about it, but now I understand.  When you deal with constant sickness or frustrations and inconveniences, when things in culture don’t make sense to your American mind, when everything takes work, sinful attitudes seem to come to the surface.  The Lord has been graciously “cleaning house” these past few months.  I’ve just started reading a book, How People Change and just picked up another book by Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians.  The Lord is showing me some errors in my thinking and is bringing me more in line with Scripture.  I’m sure I’ll have more to share with you along the way. Thank you for praying for us along this journey.

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Boys From Houston: The spirit and image of our music. by Vicki Welch Ayo (Author) , Matthew Ayo (Editor)

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

This music retrospective book glimpses rare photographs and interviews with the musicians and in-crowd that made this happening scene explode in the decade of the 1960’s in Houston. The story is told from the stage and behind the scenes.

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Boys From Houston
By TexasRider on July 9, 2013
The explosive new book, `Boys From Houston’, by the exciting new author Vicki Welch Ayo is a retrospective window into the music revolution of the 1960s that swept across Texas and through the rest of the country. Until now, it seemed that a published history of the dynamic story of the musicians, bands and venues was a fleeting venture at best. However, Vicki has immortalized these important events in her new book through detailed interviews with the musicians and their fans. The impact of the British invasion, the meteoric rise of “garage bands”, the iconic music venues, the story of the bands as well as their successes and disappointments are prominently portrayed throughout the book. It is difficult to capture the complete story of the musical phenomenon sweeping through Houston during this era because of the vast numbers of musicians that were a part of this historical musical event, but Vicki brilliantly captures a large majority of bands in her book. I applaud her exceptional interview skills, whereby she uncovers the more relevant and intriguing memories of the musicians as she delves into their most private lives. As a musician herself in the 60s and 70s, her experience weaves the story into a musical history of these musicians and bands that revolutionized music throughout the country. I do not believe that this story would have been told with such intensity and insight without the burning desire through the years that Vicki has maintained since her youth to tell their story. After years of personal research, Vicki will immerse the reader into a world that only a few have lived in. The real impact of the book is that it will be enjoyed by fans of all ages, musicians, musical historians and anybody who loves the era of the 60s or the excitement of the stage and concerts. I was fortunate enough to assist Vicki in her final edits and reviews before publication, and her enthusiasm and desire to keep the book real was her victory. I find the book `Boys From Houston’ to be the most complete, documented story of the music revolution in Texas and I believe it will receive wide acclaim in the future.

Excellent book, truly and accurately captures the 60s decade of Houston music
By dStruct on July 9, 2013
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the completed book, and let me tell you it’s awesome. A complete and accurate history of the bands and people in the 60s decade of Houston music, with detailed never before seen interviews and never before released images. I would highly recommend this book to anyone into Houston music history!

2 IRISH LADS, SEAN & JOSEPH ON WORKING WITH THE RAB- 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

When I first found John Bundrick or “Rabbit” online I was immediately impressed with his past… But with iconic names like Roger Waters, Johnny Nash, Bob Marley and his extensive work with The Who… WHO wouldn’t be.

I got in touch and explained what we were looking for and we got all the answers need. Soon we where sent a rough mix… Or at least that’s what he called it, to me it sound fantastic. 

That was possibly one of the best things about working with him… He put you at the centre of everything. You constantly get ask your opinion on different versions of the song… The first version you hear sounds great, but you then receive more and more… unbelievable improving every time.

For all Rabbits experience and history, he works hard to accommodate musician from all budgets… The price we receive was honestly unbelievable for the service we received through the whole process.

He did absolutely all that you could possible expected and we hope to work with him long into the future

Rab’s latest online session is with 2 young irish guys singing ‘HOW TO SAVE A LIFE’….Produced by Rab. We wish these 2 talented brothers all the success they deserve. Good luck Sean & Joseph………You people out there should check their video link out…

Thanks to the Audience

Friday, January 11th, 2013

…Rabbit, I have been a fan for many years. I came to be aware of you thru you
brilliant work with the Who and Pete Townshend solo works. You are truly a
master musician. I have enjoyed reading about you in Pete’s book. Will you
be writing a book of your own? I plan on seeing at least one Who performance
on the Winter schedule. Thank you for all the wonderful music you have given
me .and the rest of the world! Cheers

…I’m so sorry.  We’ll miss you out there.  Get healthy, ok?

…I was really saddened to see you weren’t on the current Quadrophenia tour.  I’ve always had an admiration for your playing (especially Hammond playing).  You were really missed on the Endless Wire tour during the passing of your wife…and I know I speak for many of your fans now, that you will be missed this tour.

     I saw your most recent message.  I don’t know what happened…and I’m not asking.  All I know is that sometimes in life, there is a reason.  The frustrating thing is…most of the time we don’t know the reason until well after it’s over.  Is it our Creator’s will?  Do we have some sort of amends to make?  If anger is the second part of grieving a loss, it’s a necessary (albeit shitty) part of the process.

     I wish you peace and good energy.  I’ve been lucky enough to see you play with The Who 13 times…I hope for more.

…Sounds like life is grim- count on Jesus- read the Bible- any Gospel chapter in the New Testiment. I can’t speak or understand your situation but there is always Hope and I’ll be praying for you- God Bless!

…Hi Rabbit..thinking of you and hope you are ok..missing seeing you on this tour..

…Look to the future. This will have plenty of fun and beautiful things produce.

…Oh man!! I don’t know what is worse, getting paid not to play, or having a height complex at his age!! Sounds like some of the Prima Donna’s I have dealt with over the past years, from these 20 something year olds!

…That’s fucking nuts! Why can’t he realize how fortunate he really is, and just let it flow.
I was going to something much ruder but decided to not put the negativity out into the universe.
It’ll sort itself out, Pete knows what is best and Roger will be subdued.

…Oh for fuck’s sake!! That IS insane!! Stupid idiot Roger is.
I’m so sorry, I bet you’re really fucking pissed off!!

…I would assume the reason you won’t be there is MONEY. You cost and they can pay someone else less and if they are miming it won’t matter. Miming is probably a good idea as Rogers voice is fucked. He hollers for the first couple of songs and then he’s done – just like at the 02. Its a shame but its the way it is. The Who is dead as a band and has been for years.

…Why in the world are you not on the Who’s tour this year?  I am really bummed about that.  You have been the glue holdin’ those boys together on stage for so long, man I am stunned.

…There is a lot of talking about The Who’s tour. Also a lot of musicians except you. Why you are not been playing on The Who’s tour?

…The who announced a tour and you are not listed as the keyboardist!
What’s up?

…How come you won’t be with The Who? Is everything ok? I sure will miss you.

…I’m really sorry to hear that you are no longer with The Who. To me (and many others) you were a big part of The Who. I think everyone will feel your absence at the concerts. I’ve heard lots of stories of Roger being mean/rude to people. He’s fired other great musicians like yourself for no reason. I don’t understand why he keeps doing that. I’m actually surprised that Pino and Zak are still in the band. Anyways The Who aren’t coming anywhere near Edmonton Alberta plus your not going to be there and Pete’s probably playing acoustic guitar, so I won’t be seeing them this time.

…I’m a big fan of your work and I find your style of playing very fascinating. You sure have worked with lots of people. Do you have a favorite musican/band that you have worked with? Also The Who announced their Quadrophenia tour today but they didn’t list you in the lineup. Will you be playing with them?

…I’m a great fan of your work. Thanks for your talent. I just saw the announcement of The Who North American tour – are you not going to play on this tour? Hope To see you perform soon.

…John why are you not on the new Who tour?  I’ve seen you with them so many times over so many years I consider you the third member of the band after Pete and Roger.  I know many other Who fans feel this way.

…This is mainly me being nosey- but I saw the announcement about the Who’s Quadrophenia tour. and no Rabbit! Are you retiring or something? 🙁 I hope you are okay anyway!! I’ve seen all the various versions of the group since 1980, and it won’t be the same without you there!
Hope you are well, and thanks for all the enjoyment your playing and music has given me over the years,

… am really surprised
I’m sure it’s just roger trying to be cheap and pocket more money

…That’s really insulting considering you’ve been in the band 20 years before them
They are being cheap

…Hello, Rabbit! Or Mr. Bundrick, I suppose I should say. I’ve been fortunate enough to see you perform with The Who for four different live concerts, in addition to the online videos. I’m deeply saddened that you are not listed as touring with The Who this coming tour. Once Entwistle passed away, there was at least the comfort that you, stood steady with Pete and Rog and in my eyes were more that a touring member, but an integral part of the band. I hope all is well in your world and hope to see you perform again in some form or fashion. After all, us Texas folk need to stick together! 😉

…I had the pleasure of meeting you with some friends in LA after the VH1 show and you were a real gentleman. I noticed that you are not touring with The Who on Quad tour in the fall. Some of the fans are wondering if you are okay. I hope all is well.

…Hi Rabbit, I don’t know the circumstances surrounding these decisions but I just wanted to let you know I have been a long time fan of your work and I am saddened to hear you won’t be preforming with The Who on their next tour. I hope all is well.  Thanks for all you’ve done.

…Rabbit, just heard you wont be on this tour. Cant tell you how disappointed I am. If what I read is true I’m really very surprised at Roger.

…didn’t see you at the olympics ….. how come ….?   will you be touring the US with Roger and Pete this fall ……?

…I have a question. Are you present at the tour of the Who in the States? Thank you and good luck

…Hey Rabbit, Long time Who fan big fan of your playing. I bet you are getting this question a lot in the recent weeks but I was wondering how come you aren’t touring with the Who in the fall. You’ve been with them in 79′. It’s sad that you won’t be joining them. I did get a chance to see the show in Boston in 2008 and you guys were on fire that night. Best of luck with your other projects! Thank you for your time.

…Probably the best career move you will ever make! Or have made for you.
This just draws a line under so much uncertainty and in so many ways, releases you from musical bondage.

…I don’t know what Rogers’s problem with you is.  I don’t know how you tolerate the band’s crazy on again/off again routine.  Roger has always been a hot head type of personality.  Now he is abusing you thinking firing you is the ultimate power trip & he hopes Pete will stand behind him.

FOR ALL YOU TEXANS – The City of Houston has passed new laws that allow Police to write tickets to Sound Men, Bands, Bartenders, Club managers, who ever they feel like a ticket for $1000 USD for generating a noise complaint by residents who live near clubs where Bands perform and DJ’s provide entertainment.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

IF ANYONE CAN HELP STEVE BUNDRICK ON THIS, PLEASE READ HIS THOUGHTS BELOW, AND CONTACT HIM AT stevebundrick@mac.com

Thank you all, John Rabbit Bundrick

I have been on a little different path the past couple of months. The City of Houston has passed new laws that allow Police to write tickets to Sound Men, Bands, Bartenders, Club managers, who ever they feel like a ticket for $1000 USD for generating a noise complaint by residents who live near clubs where Bands perform and DJ’s provide entertainment.

I am hiring sound consultant professionals to help provide a scientific measure by which clubs can “see” what sound emissions they are emitting during a concert. And with this we can push for laws that are for our industry, not against.

I have formed a HUGE following to fight the city in this and am now getting the attention of the Mayor. She has sent a request to meet with me and my team to discuss revising the law. This is a big success, however, we need some real attention here. Can you get me in touch with ANYBODY you know who can publicize my situation? Perhaps some of the touring musicians you know can help us to raise awareness and attend some of our upcoming benefit concerts we are scheduling? Any thing you can do will be greatly appreciated.

I know you have never been a very politically active musician, I also know you left USA to pursue your career. This is greatly damaging the Houston Local Live Music scene, and driving away potential money from me, and everyone in my community. If you can get my story to anyone you know, please let me know.

I hope this finds you well man!

Love to you and Jody!

Steve

2 NEW INTERVIEWS BY RABBIT FOR IK MULTIMEDIA & DRUMCORE/SONOMA WIREWORKS

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

1…….IK MULTIMEDIA THE WHO – John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick: “IK is the way to go!!”
Keyboard player with The Who, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick tells us why he loves SampleMoog

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The Who are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Highly acclaimed since they hit the scene in London, 1964, they have played at all of the milestone events in rock history – Monterey, Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, Live Aid and many more. They continue playing and touring right up to the present day.

Keyboard player John Bundrick, known affectionately as ‘Rabbit’, has played with The Who since the late 70’s but has an enviable roster of collaborations that read like a rock who’s who – Bob Marley, Peter Frampton, Roger Waters, Mick Jagger, Toots & the Maytals, Joan Armatrading as well as pursuing his own solo career.

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He has been an enthusiastic user of IK Multimedia products since 2002. He recently told us:

“IK are really doing things right. I just got hold of my copy of their new SampleMoog and as soon as I opened it, the fun started! SampleMoog is so good – it does it all… it’s well worth adding to your collection!

In fact, I haven’t had a bad piece of software from IK Multimedia yet – I am a Pro and IK is the way to go!!”

Rabbit is currently touring with The Who. Check out his website for dates and more information about him.

2………..Rabbit (The Who) Artist SpotlightsAbout Sonoma Wire Works Contact

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John “Rabbit” Bundrick has worked with some of the greatest legends in music and on some of the most iconic projects in music history. Contributing keys to Bob Marley’s albums, composing for the cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and being The Who’s keyboard and synth player are just a few of Rabbit’s achievements. Rabbit is still actively with The Who and working on several music projects. An enthusiastic DrumCore user, Rabbit emailed us with some amazing stories of life with The Who.

SWW: How did you get hooked up with The Who?
Rabbit: I first joined The Who after an introduction to Pete via Glyn Johns. I was working for Glyn on Joan Armatraing’s ‘Show Some Emotion’. It was fantastic because I thought I had made the big time. Just the original guys and me, no horn sections like it is today, no background singing, no extra guitar players. It was The Who, as raw and rough as they could be, and I got to jam with them and that was fantastic… The very first tour I did with them in 1979 was my favorite because I did all the overdubs live on stage without any synthesizers and recorded bits.
And of course there’s the day that I auditioned for ‘The Who’, in which we all got together and just jammed for hours, me, Pete, John, Roger, and Keith. Just the 4 of us. I was the last guy they auditioned, and after we jammed, they didn’t audition anyone else. I’ve been there ever since, so I guess I got the job. After the audition, Keith insisted that he give me a ride back to London in his limo. Me and him were buzzed about how well the audition went, and how much fun it was. He wantedÊme to ride back with him and get to know me better.
Boy, what a night that turned out to be! On the way back, Keith played me his own demos. He had the volume up so loud, that I swear I couldn’t even describe one track I heard. It was decibels, not music. I yelled to him, “nice noise, Keith.” Anyway, Keith decided that the success of the day warranted a celebration, so he decided to take me to Morton’s club for a drink. I told him okay, but just for a little while, I needed to get home. When we arrived at Morton’s, we got out of Keith’s limo, which was parked next to another limo, and he immediately jumped on the other limos bonnet, climbed on the roof, and just started jumping up and down on top of it. I got embarrassed as hell, and thought we were gonna be killed by the guy who owned it. Keith was yelling his head off, and I heard him yell, “I can do this to anybody else’s motor, but nobody can do it to mine!” I guess he was calling in his aces for who he happened to be. He could get away with it because he was ‘Keith Moon’, and nobody would dare do to his car, what he’s doing to somebody else’s. I left him there, and quietly snuck into the club, as if I was alone. I didn’t want to claim that I was with the guy who was destroying somebody’s limo outside the club, in full view. I guess he got bored jumping on that car, so he came into the club. It was great! There was loads of musos there, having fun, screaming and yelling to get above the noise. It was terrific! I finally made it to the big time. I was partying with Keith Moon! We stayed a while, then I said I had to go. Keith said, “No you don’t!ÊYou’re coming home with me for a drink at my pad”. So it looks like my night isn’t over yet. We went back to his pad, and we were stinking drunk. His little Swedish girlfriend did her best to control us, but it was hopeless. They had brand new, white, deep plush carpets just put in their flat. Keith didn’t care. The red wine came out, me and him were drinking it like water, and kept spilling it all over the white carpet. His girlfriend said, “Look what you’re doing! You’re ruining the carpet.” Keith grunted back, “I don’t give a s–t! Me and my mate Rabbit are having fun. Get some more wine out!”. At that point, I could see that it was indeed time for me to leave. it must have been 3 in the morning. I managed to get the girlfriend to get me a taxi out of there. Finally, I’m on my own. Keith is at home, or maybe not. Who knows what he did after I left, but I was so drunk after hanging out with him, that for some insane reason I thought I would pull a fast one on the taxi driver. It must have been Moon influenced, after what I had just gone through. So as the taxi was turning right into Oxford street, I decided to get out of the car and run away without paying, just as a joke, a prank. My head was spinning so much that I thought the taxi had actually stopped, so I opened the door and started to step out. In fact the taxi was still moving, so my legs buckled under me when my feet touched the road, and I fell out of the taxi as it turned right. I went tumbling and rolling down Oxford Street, only to look up and see all the cars headlights coming towards me, brakes screeching, horns honking. I jumped up, and ran off and took refuge in the back of some late night restaurant, so not to be discovered by the taxi driver, who obviously saw me go in, as he gave chase. He wanted his money. A Copper came in with him, and said pay up or go to the police station. The restaurant owner was in shock. I paid up, and left the restaurant. The cop said to go home and stay out of trouble. It felt like I was a little kid, being told off for being mischievous. I felt very Keith Moon. I nearly got away with it, or did I? The only problem with the situation was that somehow I broke my hand. I thought it must have been in the fall, but having thought about it some more, I do remember the taxi driver grabbing hold of my wrist, and twisting it so hard, I felt and heard it snap. It was him, I know it was. He was mad as hell! So I woke up the next day, called Bill Curbishely and told him I couldn’t be in the band after all cause I broke my hand. Bill asked me how it happened, and I told him I got drunk a fell out of a taxi. He said, “look Rabbit, we already have a Keith Moon, and we don’t need or want another one. Maybe we better hold off and look somewhere else for a keyboard player. Why did you try to get out of a taxi, and what were you doing that would drive you to do such a thing?” I said to Bill, “I spent most of the night with Keith last night, after our audition, and we got plastered.” Bill laughed, and said, “well that’s a different story then. Everybody is entitled to one mistake, and you just made yours hanging out with Keith. Now you know better. Just let us know when your hand is healed, and you’re still in the band.” Nice one Bill, thanks. He has saved my life lot’s of times since then. Then Keith died, and I guess the rest of the guys were determined to finish what we started, so we got another drummer in, Kenny Jones, and kept going. The rest is history. Before I met the guys from The Who, I was working in my own band, ‘Crawler’, with a couple of Texas mates, Tony Braunagel on drums, and Terry Wilson on bass, along with 2 British guys, Geoff Whitehorn on guitar and Terry Slesser on vocals. Plus, I was doing lots of session work as well. On one of these sessions, while I was doing an album with Joan Armatrading produced by Glen Johns, I met Pete. Glen was due to produce an album with Pete and Ronnie Lane, called ‘Rough Mix’, and I suppose as they were discussing which musos to hire, the situation of who was gonna fill the keyboard role came up. That’s when Glen told Pete about me, and that I had been working with Glen on various albums he was producing, including Andy Fairweather-Lowe’s ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’ single, and his albums ‘La Booga Rooga’, and ‘Be-Bop n’ Holla’. Glen invited Pete to come to the studio while we were working, so me and Pete could meet face to face. It was a great pleasure. The first time I met Pete, his hand was out-stretched, waiting for a big ole’ Texas handshake’. He was very warm towards me. I think he twigged that I was the guy from the band ‘Free’, which I know he was into. So when we met, he sort of knew me already from my playing on the Free records. So, it was all set up for me to play keys on the ‘Rough Mix’ album. Great! In fact, when we did the album, it went so great, that I’ve been working for Pete ever since. That was in 1976………anyway, to get back to Keith, as I said, I was working in Crawler, and we had an office in Soho. I used to go there for meetings, when all of a sudden, one time I went in sitting on the couch was Keith Moon, in the foyer of the office. As I past him, he said, “Howdy Rabbit”. I must say now though, that I didn’t know it was Keith, because I only knew Pete, and had never met any of the other guys, so I didn’t recognize him. Can you believe that!? What planet have I been on!?! I went into my meeting with the Crawler guys. Our manager, ‘Abe Hoch’, said to me, “Rabbit, what’s he doing out there?” I said, “Who, that guy sitting on the couch? I don’t know. He just said hello to me. Who is he?” My manager said, “What!? That’s Keith Moon, the drummer from the Who. What’s he doing in our office?!” Again I said, “How the hell do I know? I don’t even know who he is!?” We went on with our meeting, and when I came out to leave, Keith was no longer sitting there. He had left. For the next few weeks, when I came in for meetings, there he was again, sitting on the couch, and when I’d pass him, he’d say, “Howdy Rabbit”, and when I’d come out, he’d be gone again. It completely confused everybody. Why was Keith Moon always in our office when I came in for meetings? Well, as time has now passed, I have my own theory about it. I think he was there checking me out. I think Pete must have mentioned to the other guys in The Who that he’d found a keyboard player that he liked to work with, and I think Keith put 2 and 2 together, and figured he’d better check me out. It must have intrigued him, there’s a guy running around who calls himself, ‘Rabbit’. What kind of name is that? He had to search me out, and discover for himself, what the guy with the stupid name is really like. Anyway, time moved on, I did my ‘Crawler’ bit, and Pete kept in touch, just talking, nothing in particular. One day I was working on Andy Fairweather’s ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’ single, with Glen Johns, at The Who’s ‘Ramport Studios’ in London. I noticed that Pete and The Who’s manager, Bill Curbishley were also there, up in their offices, doing their ‘Who’ thing. When my session with Glen was over, and I was about to leave, Pete asked me to come upstairs for a word with him and Bill Curbishley, so I did. I went into their office at the studio, and Bill started the conversation. He said, “Rabbit, what are you doing at the moment”. I said, “Well, I do a lot of sessions, and I’m in a band called, Crawler, and we make records and tour, supporting main acts in the USA.” Then Bill said, “Well, would you consider leaving your band and joining the Who?” My first reaction was that I already had a band, and I’m the boss in that one, and I like being my own boss. Then it hit me! Hey, Rabbit, this is the Who you’re talking to, not some second rate outfit. So I said to Bill and Pete, “When?” Bill said, “Now.” I said, “Sorry guys, I can’t. I got to finish my tour with Crawler, in the USA. What a drag. Thanks anyway”. They nearly busted out laughing. Here was a guy who was gonna turn down joining The Who, just because he had a tour to finish. Bill said, “That’s okay, if you want to, finish off you’re tour, and when it’s over, come and join us. We’ll wait.” So, I immediately said, “You’re on!” I went and finished my Crawler tour, and came back to England, and have been with The Who ever since. That was in 1979. Now it’s the year 2010, we still have Zak Starkey on drums, and it’s brilliant!

SWW: What does your touring rig consist of?
Rabbit: I use a ‘real’ Hammond B3 and my fabulous Kurzweil K2600 running all my sounds for the entire show. I also use Line 6 guitar gear on my Hammond, wah wah, echo, fx etc, and a rat distortion pedal. That’s all I need for the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world.

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SWW: What are you musical influences?
Rabbit: My dad always had big country & western jam sessions in the house. Uncles, aunts, nephews, friends and everybody who wanted to drink beer and play country music all night were all welcome, brilliant stuff! My musical interest started at the age of seven when my parents bought me a piano,which I “took to” straight away. I took piano lessons from the age of seven. When I got to High School, obviously there are music classes you can take, so I took all of those and when I went to college I took the mandatory classes like English, Geography, and Math and I failed every one of those. I took a load of music courses and I made straight A’s in those which obviously means I spent 100% of my time on music classes and no time on Geography, English, or Math etc. For recreation, the physical education class, you had a choice of whatever you wanted to do like tennis for instance. I opted for bowling because I got to leave the campus, drink beer and hang out at the bowling alley. I took music and bowling and drank beer basically in college.
Regarding theÊ Hammond organ, it was, Vanilla Fudge and the organ player from the Young Rascals, Jimmy Smith, an organ player from the old days, and Billy Preston, guys like that. Piano-wise, Floyd Cramer, Steve Winwood obviously is wonderful, and Jerry Lee Lewis is high on the list. Yes, Jerry Lee Lewis’ rock n’ roll piano and various other classical kinds of guys, and of course country & western & soul music, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickette, Johhny Taylor, & Mowtown. I even used to sing soprano in a Baptist Quartet, called the ‘Dill Brothers. That’s it really.
Today I don’t listen to any music but mine unless I’m actually playing on it. If I’m playing on it, I’ll listen to it, but if it’s a record or album or tape, and I’m not on it, I don’t put it on. I only listen to stuff that involves me because that way I can keep abreast of how I’m doing musically. It’s not an egotistical thing, it is self discovery study, and to see whether I’m losing it or not.
When I was 12 years old, me & the rest of my family were in a band that backed a singer by the name of Johnny Morrison. We would do club gigs and barn dances playing country & western music. By this time I was seriously interested in music.
The drummer, in the band I was with in 1966, said that I looked like a rabbit and the name stuck. That’s how I got the name Rabbit. In the band they were teasing me because of my teeth and they started calling me Rabbit. I was born on November 21, 1948 in Baytown, Texas, about 30 minutes from Houston. My dad played bass and still does, my brother played drums, one brother violin and the other played saxophone. My mother played a bit of piano and sang.

SWW: What are your current music projects?
Rabbit: I am re-recording my 1st 1972 Island Records solo album, ‘Broken Arrows’, with the original engineer, Digby Smith, a friend & confident after all these years. We had my original masters baked and are in the process of having various singers re-sing my vocals, re-doing drums, guitars, overdubs, etc, to bring it more in-line with today’s sound, digital. It’s going extremely well.
So far we have about 15 tracks done, and continuing on for more. This is a labor of love, being my very 1st ever solo album, so a deadline for the project is not important. I have chosen Greg ‘Koffi’ Brown to sing my soul type songs, Reg Meuross to sing my folky-country type stuff, a brilliant unknown singer from the band ‘Night Parade’ from Liverpool to sing the most important ballads, and Crawler’s bass player’s wife, Teresa James to sing the rest of the country stuff. Simon Kirke (Free), Juan Emmerloot on drums, Geoff Whitehorn, (Crawler) on guitars, Tetsu (Free) on bass, etc, etc. Jim Capaldi (Traffic) even plays drums 1 or 2 tracks, and last but not least, my nephew Steve Bundrick on drums for some tracks.
I also have several other projects going on too. I have ‘Native American’ albums going, some classical stuff going on, and the rest.

SWW: How has DrumCore helped your songwriting?
Rabbit: Ha, I have replaced much of my drumming on the above project using DrumCore. Spot on stuff it is. I have a lot of my drums on MIDI, so I have replaced the lot with the Tony Braunagel DrumCore package. It really is the only drum software I use anymore. The ultimate I have found.

SWW: Do you use DrumCore mostly for demos or final productions?
Rabbit: I use it for both, demos, and as I said above, to replace drums on the Broken Arrows album project.

SWW: Where can our users hear more of our music and keep up to date with your projects?
Rabbit: Please go to rabbitwho.com where you can listen to segments of music and purchase cd’s via PayPal. I also have a radio station on www.iacmusic.com. You an hear loads of music there. The name of my radio station is ‘RABBIT’S HUTCH’.

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