Jul 7, 2010 General
Posted by Pete
Hi everyone. Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul played our first New York show in nine years last month at The Duplex on June 17. It was a magical night of music helped by a solid week of rehearsals so we felt and sounded pretty tight. We broke out some old ones from the vault such as “Can’t Do a Thing” and “It’s Hard When You’re Hard”, the latter of which was praised for its word-play by none other than Harry Dawson, my former English teacher from Seton Hall Prep. I was quite flattered to hear that from him. Newer songs such as “Beer” and “On My Way Home” also went really well!
There was a major equipment snafu when my capo broke after the third song. A brief reprieve was offered by guest star Brett Every (www.brettevery.com), who heroically used his fingers to hold the broken capo onto the guitar for two songs. He also joined us for three-part harmonies on “Love Hurts” (a classic written by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant). Salvation arrived several songs later when drummer extraordinaire Richard Dworkin turned up with a capo he had gone and borrowed from a musician friend in the neighborhood. I will never again show up for a gig without a backup capo! Apparently all acoustic guitar players know that, but I didn’t. Brett also sang one of his own songs, “Deveraux”, dedicated to the recently-departed and much-missed Rue McClanahan.
Paul and I had a wonderful week of just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company like the old days. We’re sure to do this sort of thing again. On June 21, Brett Every and I did a little double bill outdoor performance in Dumbo, Brooklyn as part of the Make Music New York festival. It was a delightful experience!
I’m having a wonderful summer, hope you are too! Probably no gigs for the rest of the summer, but working on some fun stuff for the fall. Stay in touch if you get around to it!