Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 15, 1970 · Page 51
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6D Corpus Chffetl Caller-Times, Sat., Aug. 15, 1970 Notes on Celia Now Sound of Troubadour By CHARLIE BRITE Hurricane Celia had her effect on almost everything in the Coastal Bend and South Texas area and Coastal Bend musicians were certainly no exceptions. Many full-time musicians were forced to leave Corpus Christi in order to find work in San Antonio or Houston due to damaged clubs and some entertainment spots tightening up on the budgets due to a fear that the people of Corpus Christ! will not be seeking too much entertainment in the weeks to come. Other musicians and groups simply switched clubs rather than leave town, The full impact of the storm on the night spots of the area has not yet been felt and, basically, is very unpredictable. With money looser during the height of construction now going on in the area and with more jobs readily available, the effect may be just the opposite in regard to dubs in the city. Only time will tell. Instruments have proven to be an additional problem to many musicians. Many were destroyed during the storm and many will have to be returned to the shop because of a lack of places to play, thus keeping the payments from being made on time. One musician told of putting his component stereo amplifier in an oven and his guitar under the table of his apartment during Celia. The amp survived, but the guitar was shattered. "I guess now I can play an amplifier with our group," he joked. ANOTHER ADVERSE EFFECT on the musician population in this area is the current liquor law upheaval. Should private clubs have to become totally "mernbens only," many groups will be let go or at least a few members of the band will be released because of financial difficulties. Conditions in the Corpus ChrisU area have not been the best for local musicians in the past few years. We can only hope, now, that they will 'improve. Hurricane Celia could be disastrous for them. It could, however, be a blessing in disguise and make the money flow a little easier, hopefully inlo the musicians' pockets as well. We soon will know. BRITE SCENE Singer Paul McCartney says the reason he quit the Beatles is his wife Linda, a New York photographer whom ho married in 1969. In an exclusive interview wilh the National Enquirer, the 27-year old McCartney says, "Now Linda is my life--my v/holc life--and she has a great influence on me and what I do. I know if it had not been for Linda I would not have made the break" . . . Z. Z. Top of Houston is fast becoming a top group in this area. . . The name Ron Dante is virtually unknown, but the fellow has sold millions of records. He was lead singer for the Archies and the Cuff Links, having to his credit such million-sellers as "Sugar, Sugar" and "Tracy" to name a few. He is now being released on record as a single act ... Kubla Khan is currently playing heavy engagements in Alice and Kingsville; the group is gaining many fans in those areas. QUICK PICKS (Records I Especially Like) BLACK HAND, WHITE COTTON-JCaboosc This song is a strong release for this new group and should turn into a giant. GOING TO THE COUNTRY-^teve Miller Band ·mis is a song that reminds one of Traffic's "All Join Hands", but should be a good song for this top-notch group. BLACK FOX--Freddy Robinson An instrumental that should pick up strong chart action if it gets enough airplay. By KATHY ORLOFF Chicago Star-Times Special SAN FRANCISCO - Doug Weston has brought his Troubadour to San Francisco and it seems as though the club will play an important part in this city's musical night life. But the very idea of the successful Los Angeles Troubadour appears to have been greatly changed in its transition northward. Basically, the L.A. Troube is a folk club, the only one which has maintained any kind of class following in the city. The L.A. club has booked newcomers who have often gone on to rather glorious careers: Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Buffy Sainte-Marie. It has taken chances on the likes of Randy Newman and Kris Kristofferson and provided showcases for numerous blues bands, bands like Canned Heat, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, when there have been no comparable outlets available in the area. It is a rather small house with a balcony, wooden tables and chairs and not much light. On nights when the heavies are in, the place is so crowded you get the feeling that Weston would sell seats in the kitchen if the view were just a bit better. Recently a bar was added and the whole place is just uncomfortable enough to make it fun, informal enough to make it funky and acoustically good enough to be more than acceptable from a performer's point of view. THE NEW SAN FRANCISCO club, however, seems to reflect more of the nightclub Scores Triumph DUBROVNIK, Yugoslavia «P -- "The Combine," a student theater group from Texas, scored a success with its first performance last week at the world - famous International Festival here. They staged the rock-musical "Stomp" at Fortress Rav- elin, one of the festival's 27 open air theater and concert stages, before 2,000 enthusiastic spectators, 90 per cent of them young people. Because of the first night success, the group performed the musical several tin.es, not twice as originally scheduled. '·Stomp" grew out of "Now the Revolution," a production at the student union of the University of Texas at Austin, about a year and a half ago. One performance of "Now the Revolution" was halted by university officials because of a nude scene. The group later went on a tour separate from the student union. atmosphere. "Located not far from Union Square, it is out of the North Beach club-strewn fairway. The San Francisco club has, of all things, red flocked wallpaper, gurgling fountains, mood lighting and actual white table cloths. I kind of expected Tony Bennett to leap out and start singing. It seems the general practice that all clubs open before they are "ready." This one was no exception. The sound has yet to fte balanced, the box office is choatic, and the seating is inconsistent -- some places are good, in others you can't see the stage. The fact that the kitchen is located right off the stage is terribly distracting during performance time. The place seems too classy, a little too click and shiny to be presenting livingroom music, down-home sounds--maybe that's the difference between Los Angeles and San Francisco. And there is an argument for the other side: The prices are high enough to warrant table cloths. Too fancy. THE FIRST SHOW at the new club featured Kristofferson and Doug Kershaw. Kris was backed by such a superb group of musicians: Billy Swan on bass, Norman Blake on dobro and accoustie 12- string guitar and Zal Yanovsky (late of Lovin' Spoonful) scene-stealing on electric sax. Kershaw, minding the fine backup he had in Los Angeles, struggled vainly with Longbranch-Pennywhistle, two fellows who record on their own, a passable act as a duo, but hopeless as a rhythm section for the ragin' cajun, who knew it and played rather merciless games with them throughout the set. The high point of the show, surprisingly enough, was a "guest shot" by Phil Ochs, who just happened to be arouad with his guitar, hopped on stage, sang two songs and split. Very direct and simple and refreshingly straightforward. Ochs is one of the few people who seems untouched by all of the chaos around him, doing the same things he has always done, and he can be a real delight -- after all, he is one of the few of the early protesters who is still protesting. Continuity d o e s have its merits. The San Francisco Troubadour, despite Its frills and fringe could provide the city with a needed showcase for folk type talent -- a gap left by the sad demise of the Hungry I. But for those of us who prefer a little, sawdust on the floor and some creative graffiti in the John, it's back to the record player. After all, liv- ingroom music is really the nicest in your liyingroom, Red-flocked wallpaper a n d fountains and table cloths. Indeed. ARE YOU READY? by PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC (COLUMBIA) Are you ready for a liltle gospel-stylo music? Give "Are You Ready?" a try. This fairly new quintet consists of Charlie Allen, lead singer, Ken Utterback, lend auitar, Ron Woods, drums. Frank Pstricco, boss, and Brent Block, auitar and bass. As we described in an article in GO last week. Charlie is the leader of the Pacific Gas and Electric, and a large measure of PGCrE's excitement comes from the musical Interplay between him and Utlerback. The group dishes up a marvelous mixture of soul, rock and qospcl. They've dot two LP's in release now--"Are You Ready?" and "Pacific Go; and Electric." Sandwiched in between cross-country tours is work on another album. What is your current favorite? Send re- Tcp L ta R: CHARLIE ALLEN, FRANK PETRICCA quests to GO Moqaz.nc, The Carpus Christ. ^ L te R: KEN UTTERBACK, BRENT BLOCK, Coller-Times, 820 N. Lower Broadway, and we will try to print the most popular ones. RON WOODS Words and Music by CHARLES ALLEN JOHN HILL Tempo -- Moderate . Koy of B minor Bm Em Bm There's turn-- ors of war Men. dyin 1 and women cryin* If you brealhe the air you'll die C7 Bm Em Per - haps you won - der the rea - son why But wait! Don't you wor- ry A new day's fit Bm Br. Bm A E Bn Bm A E Bm Em A dawn - in* We'll catch the sun and a - way we'll fly. E Bm F« Bra Are You Read - y? To sit by his throne are you read - y not to be a- lone Some -one's G Bm Fl»7 Bm Fit Bm comin* to take you home find if you're read - y then we'll car - ry on Some peo - pie aay- A E Bm A E Bm that he won't come But I don't know what say you And if he should will you be tha A E Bm E Bm one I got a lit - tie ques - tion I have to ask you Are You Read- y? to sit by hta throne Fit Bm G Bm you read -- y not to be a -. lone Some --one's comin 1 to take you horaa and if you're read - y F*7 then we'll car - ry on. Brothers and sisters, I have many Struggliii' along to do their thing, Love is a Bong, ii?s better than any It's powerful music but it'a easy to sing. E Bm F» Bm Are You -Read - y? tp eit by his throne ''are you read - y not to be a- lone Some · C Bm FH7 comin' to take you home and if you're read - y then we'll cat - ry oa.

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