Friday, November 9

Peter Holsapple Combo - Live in Charlotte Videos + Report

The Evening Muse
Charlotte, N.C.
Nov. 4, 2018
Peter's combo played an hour-long set Sun. afternoon at Charlotte's Evening Muse
ROB SEZ: No audio this time, but I'm posting just about everything else: photos, video and my account of the event as it happened. Here's a taste of the proceedings, shot on my iPhone (hang in there for my 180-degree pan of the room near the end).

The Peter Holsapple Combo plays "Amplifier" by The dB's
Next, the set list:
The Man, the Myth, the Glasses
- Game Day*
- Commonplace*
- Continental Drifters*
- In Too Deep*
- Don't Mention the War*
- Invisible Boyfriend
- Inventory*
- I Can't Keep from Crying, Sometimes^
    (The Blues Project) 
- Tuff Day*
- Don't Worry 'Bout John
- Amplifier (The dB's)
- Them Changes* (Buddy Miles) - encore
* = selections from Game Day, the new album
^ composed by Blind Willie Johnson & Al Kooper
The venue & the show

The Evening Muse is located in Charlotte's hip NoDa (North Davidson) neighborhood. The Muse has been voted best listening room in multiple city-wide readers' polls, and it's easy to see why. It's a smallish venue with a great bar, friendly hosts, an excellent sound system, and plenty of hard surfaces to give it the right acoustics for a rock show.

Evidently, the Peter Holsapple Combo took a late afternoon time slot prior to a "prime time" show later in the evening. Doors opened half an hour before the start time, and all three members of the combo milled around the venue, greeting friends and fans like me. Peter spotted my dB's Repercussion Blog tee shirt, greeted me warmly, and handed me a PH Combo badge. Will Rigby came over to talk to me a few minutes later, while I attempted to scarf down some shrimp tacos from a nearby restaurant. Will introduced me to a family member, who lives in the greater Charlotte area. I then chatted a while with a dB's fan who told be about seeing the band live in 1979 and 1980 in its first incarnation — leaving me more than a bit envious.
After taking the stage, Peter announced the band didn't have much time, so it would be a "more music, less talk" kind of show. The guys then launched into the first four songs from Game Day, the new Peter Holsapple solo album. Immediately, I noticed two things: 1) the PH Combo is sounding confident & strong after playing a series of recent live shows, and 2) the rhythm section featuring the excellent Will Rigby on drums and impressive Glenn Jones on bass are a formidable addition to Peter's singing and lead guitar playing. Will's retirement from Steve Earle's Dukes sounds like it suits him: he sounded relaxed-but-righteous.
Peter's choice comments of the evening:
- Regarding his 2016 vinyl single "Don't Mention the War" including a card for a digital download (so as not to leave out fans with no turntable): "We're all about inclusion here in the Peter Holsapple Combo."
- Regarding the inspiration for the song "Inventory" (cleaning out his mother's condo after she passed away): "You read these stories [that are] like, 'Your kids don't want your furniture' — and it's true!"
- Regarding the inspiration for the song "Tuff Day", Peter talked about a co-worker of his at the Durham Performing Arts Center, his former employer. John "was this old guy at work. I'd ask him how he was doing and he'd say, 'tough day, tough day.' "
Here's one more I bet you haven't heard Peter sing before...

In sum, it was great to hear one half of The dB's playing 
together again after a 5-year hiatus.

Thursday, October 25

dBs - Charlotte Reunion Show 1988 + Copenhagen 1988

The dB's
Grady Cole Center
Charlotte, NC
May 15, 1988
("Gimme Shelter" homeless benefit; first-ever dB's reunion show with Chris)

soundboard (1st-gen. copy of master tape; sound quality EX-; some sound & mix problems evident in the first song, but they disappear quickly). With this upgrade, this is now the complete show.

The dB’s playing for a French TV show in 1988
HIGHLIGHTS: Rareish “I’m In Love” plus hearing the guys’ reunion enthusiasm expressed in their playing

BIG THANKS to the taper, Scott for sharing & dB’s Fan for the upgraded Charlotte tracks

01 intro* 
02 Black and White 
03 Ups and Downs 
04 Big Brown Eyes 
05 Dynamite 
06 The Fight 
07 I Feel Good (Today) 
08 Happenstance 
09 Bad Reputation 
10 Living a Lie 
11 I'm In Love 
12 Neverland 
13 Amplifier* (power cut mid-song!)
            *intro and “Amplifier” are from an audience recording;
intro announcer = Hope Nicholls of the late, great Fetchin' Bones

The dB's
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan. 11, 1988
(venue unknown)

audience recording (sound quality VG; slight distortion on the louder tracks)   

14 This Is Where I Belong (Kinks cover)
15 Neverland
16 Big Brown Eyes
17 Money (cut at halfway mark; fades out)

WAV lossless files (Copenhagen tracks are lossy)

Jeff Beninato, bass & backing vocals; Will on drums; 
Peter, guitar & vocals; Eric Peterson, guitar
The dB's
Will Rigby - drums
Gene Holder - bass
Peter Holsapple - guitar, keyboard, vocals
Chris Stamey - guitar, vocals
*Jeff Beninato - bass & backing vocals
*Eric Peterson – guitar

*Jeff and Eric did not play the Charlotte reunion show; Gene & Chris did not play the Copenhagen show. In the official bio for The dB's, Will Rigby writes that the four band members appeared under their own individual names for the Charlotte "reunion" show because The dB's were still touring at that point without Chris' involvement. This explains why Jeff and Eric didn't play the Charlotte show.

Friday, October 19

Continental Drifters - Goppingen, GR 1998 (sbd)

Odeon im alten E-Werk
Göppingen, Germany
June 27, 1998

soundboard recording (excellent sound quality; transfer from DAT master)

REPERCUSSION: Peter joined the Continental Drifters in the early 1990s after The dB's were kaput, and he stayed with the group until it disbanded circa 2003. While they were active, the Drifters recorded several of Peter's songs, so if you enjoy his singing and songwriting, those discs are definitely worth seeking out.

PH lead or shared vocals: 1-03, 1-06, 1-08, 1-10, 2-03, 2-06, 2-07

Peter Holsapple plays his heart out with the Drifters
photo by Bernhard Rosa
BIG THANKS & ALL PRAISE to Leo the Lonetaper for his very generous share and permission to re-post here! 
NOTE: Peter's compositions bear his initials in < >.
Cover tunes also have the name of the composer in < >.
I love that the show begins & ends with Richard Thompson tunes.

CD 1
1-01 tuning / intro
1-02 You're Going to Need Somebody <Richard Thompson>
1-03 A Song for You <Gram Parsons>
1-04 Invisible Boyfriend <PH>
1-05 Get Over It
1-06 Darlin' Darlin' <PH>
1-07 Spring Day In Ohio
1-08 Don't Do What I Did <PH>
1-09 Mixed Messages
1-10 Meet Me In the Middle <PH>
1-11 Look at All the Things <Danny Whitten>
1-12 Watermark

CD 2
2-01 The Rain Song
2-02 Way of the World
2-03 Daddy Just Wants It to Rain <PH>
2-04 Who We Are, Where We Live
encore 1:                                    
2-05 Baby Elephant Walk <Henry Mancini>
2-06 Drifters
2-07 Soul Deep <Wayne Thompson>
encore 2: 
2-08 Meet On the Ledge <Richard Thompson>

CD 1 TT: 50:34
CD 2 TT: 46:14
Disc 1 (MP3@320)
Disc 2 (MP3@320)

Alt. Link (Disc 1)
Alt. Link (Disc 2)

CD artwork - front
included in download
CD artwork - back

Continental Drifters:
Peter Holsapple - keyboards,accordion, mandolin, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals
Susan Cowsill - acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, shaker, vocals
Robert MachĂ© - mandolin, acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
Vicki Peterson - acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
Mark Walton - electric bass
Russ Broussard - drums, vocals

Want to know more about Peter and his stint in Continental Drifters?  Check out these websites:  

Lonetaper’s notes: BIG thanks to my dear brother-in-crime Real-O-Mind for sharing his incredible collection. This recording here comes directly from the "Men With Microphones" archive. This concert was recorded during their second European tour, Summer 1998. They performed, with an incredible joy of playing, a wide selection of their own songs, and also the cover songs showed their fine taste: starting and ending with a Richard Thompson tune, Gram Parsons, Crazy Horse, Henry Mancini, and a composition by Wayne Carson Thompson, a former hit song for Memphis pop music group of the late 1960s, the Box Tops...

THIS TORRENT IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS... TO ROSARIA AND FRIEDER FROM "ODEON" & "Ratsche", HAPE, EDGAR & BERNIE and all involved... Big thanks to my wife, Mrs. Leo, for supporting and taking an active part in all my craziness... No animals were harmed in the making of this recording or during the mastering and transfer. This is "MWM 0109"

Friday, October 12

Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple - Chicago 1991

The Metro
Chicago, IL
July 12, 1991

audience recording (sound quality VG+)

Highlights: a strong set with full band at one of the guys’ favorite venues. Oh, one more thing: track 15 is the song you think it is...
photo by Carol Whaley
If you tilt your head a bit to the right, that dizzy feeling goes away…
BIG OL’ THANKS to scott r for the share! 

01 Lord of the Manor
02 Geometry 
03 Here Without You 
04 You Haven't Got the Right 
05 Storm Warning 
06 I Know You Will 
07 Lovers' Rock 
08 She Was the One 
09 The Company of Light 
10 Taken 
11 A Part of Me 
12 The Child In You 
13 I Want to Break You Heart 
14 Angels 
15 Do You Believe In Magic? 
16 Darby Hall 
17 You Don't Miss Your Water 
18 Today Could Be the Day 
19 From a Window to a Screen 
20 Something Came Over Me        

Chris Stamey - vocals & guitar
Peter Holsapple – vocals & guitar
Alan Bezozi – drums, percussion
Ilene Markell - bass
Dave Schramm - guitar

Friday, September 28

dB's - Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 1981

The dB's
Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 24, 1981

audience recording

BIG THANKS to the taper and glenn s for the share!

Special highlight: The Valleydale Meats jingle. If you like that one, you'll enjoy the live version of that B&G Pies ad in an upcoming post...

Chapel Hill? Carrboro? 
Folks who actually live there don't know where one ends & the other begins... 

Cat's Cradle interior (Ryan Russell photo)

ROB SEZ: One of the rarer early shows available to enjoy — and enjoy is the word, since this is a nice-sounding recording with terrific performances, several covers, and a generous selection of songs from Repercussion — some of which are not available on other live recordings.

01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
02 Bad Reputation
03 Dynamite        
04 Soul Kiss
05 Big Brown Eyes
06 I Feel Good (Today)
07 pH Factor
08 Ups and Downs
09 Storm Warning
10 The Fight
11 Excitement
12 Black and White
13 Big Time
14 Judy

01 Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles)
02 The Summer Sun
03 The Summer Sun (coda)
04 I Walked with a Zombie (Roky Erikson)
05 Ask for Jill
06 Nothing Is Wrong
07 In Spain
08 We Were Happy There
09 Happenstance
10 Neverland
11 Sweet Home Alabama (tease - Lynyrd Skynyrd)
12 If and When
13 Time Has Come Today (Chamber Brothers)
14 On the Brink (Sneakers)
15 Valleydale jingle
16 Ninety-Six Tears (? & The Mysterians; end cut/fade)

Disc 2
The dB's:
Chris Stamey
Will Rigby
Gene Holder
Peter Holsapple


Friday, September 21

dB's - Cat's Cradle - Chapel Hill, NC 1981 (sbd)

The dB's
Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 24, 1981
soundboard recording (NOTE: 24 tracks sbd.; 6 tracks at end are from the audience recording)
ABUNDANT THANKS to the taper, glenn s for the original share, and to dB’s Fan for sharing his soundboard recording.
photo by CarolinaTim via Flickr
01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
02 Bad Reputation
03 Dynamite        
04 Soul Kiss
05 Big Brown Eyes
06 I Feel Good (Today)
07 pH Factor
08 Ups and Downs
09 Storm Warning
10 The Fight
11 Excitement
12 Black and White
13 Big Time
14 Judy

01 Tomorrow Never Knows
02 The Summer Sun
03 I Walked With a Zombie (Roky Erikson cover)
04 Ask for Jill
05 Nothing Is Wrong
06 In Spain
07 We Were Happy There
08 Happenstance
09 Neverland
     **soundboard recording ends here; continues with audience recording**
10 Sweet Home Alabama (tease, Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
11 If and When
12 Time Has Come Today (Chamber Bros. cover)
13 On the Brink (Sneakers song)
14 Valleydale jingle
15 96 Tears (end cut - ? & The Mysterians cover)
16 Death Garage (sbd. track from Oct. 23; was not played Oct. 24)   
photo by Chapel Hill magazine
The dB’s:
Gene Holder – bass guitar
Peter Holsapple – guitar, vocals, keyboard
Will Rigby – drums, backing vocals
Chris Stamey – guitar, vocals