Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

One Note

On this day in 2013, Casey & Jane Firkin, George Nipe III, and Pablo Olivieri joined me to deliver the first BOK performance in three and a half years at the 4th Blow Up the Moon Festival near Luray, Virginia. I don't remember a whole lot about the show other than that it rained like hell the whole time we played. I do recall spending some pleasant time with Casey and Jane's mom and dad. I remember their dad (Merle) telling me he wished we'd stay together and try to "make a little noise". This line-up would play two more shows before drifting off into the ether. The set list: Accidentally Naked, Cave In, Different Story, Running, Blue Man, Sweet, To Dream A New Dream, Gemini, Bad Person, Pineapple Dog.

On this day in 1969, The Band released their second album, oddly enough entitled THE BAND. It remains one of the greatest American records in the history of rock and roll. I love it to this day. In 2009, THE BAND was preserved into the National Recording Registry which deemed it "...culturally, historically, and aesthetically important, and reflective of life in the United States."

"If I can play one note and make you cry, then that's better than those fancy dancers playing twenty notes." -- Robbie Robertson