Story 2006-04-26 Asbury Park, NJ

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Long Black Veil´´
´´Sorry we´re late….welcome to the matinee….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´John Henry´´
´´Alright….this song, true story….occured during the building of the eastern railroads in the late 19th century…´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Eyes on the Prize´´
´´Woo! (chuckles) 5.30, 5.30´s a good time (chuckles) alright….this is a song called ´Eyes on the Prize,´ was originally a gospel hymn, was rewritten in the, uh, 60´s, was a powerful song in the Civil Rights Movement….rewritten by Alice Wine….´Keep your eyes on the prize´….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Old Dan Tucker´´
´´Alright….this next song, this is our first single (chuckles) I believe it´s been added to MTV´s (chuckles) ´Total Request Live,´ that´s right (chuckles)….I´ve been telling the folks this is a 150-year-old Bob Dylan song, I think….when you get into the whole….you get into the whole archive of folk lyrics, it´s shocking how many of them were so completely surreal….so people were figuring out how to do drugs even way back then, that´s all I know (chuckles) somebody was….but, uh….this is a great one….are we ready?….let´s get a tempo on (?)….(says off-mike: ´We´re doing, uh, ´Old Dan Tucker´) this is our first audible (chuckles) there are gonna be many more to come….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, middle of ´´Cadillac Ranch´´
´´Let´s check the key on this one….what key are we in?….alright….are we in the right key? (chuckles)….my mind is so bent out of shape, I don´t know if I can get this one (chuckles)….oh, I think I got it now….alright, let´s try, let´s try that second verse again…..we will master it momentarily (chuckles)….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´My Oklahome Home´´ (following ´´Cadillac Ranch´´)
´´Oh yeah….we found it….we found it….gonna do, uh….woo!….we had to travel through a couple of keys, few minor heart attacks….you´re singing and you´re going: ´I´m singing it, it´s playing,´ but, uh, it´s like having your right shoe on your left foot and your left shoe on your right foot, that´s the best way I could describe it (chuckles) and you gotta walk home from work, you don´t realise you screwed up your shoes but something don´t feel right (chuckles)….almost did it again, alright (chuckles)…. alright….this is what we need, we need to fuck up (chuckles) that´s….I´m glad we´re fucking up (chuckles) better now than later (chuckles)….I was getting worried there for a minute (chuckles) we didn´t have enough fuck-ups over the past three nights…. alright, this is a great song written by Agnes Cunningham and her brother Bill, written about the, uh, Oklahoma dustbowl, she was a dustbowl refugee, founder of Broadside Magazine and, uh….as I say, you know, there´s, uh, you hear this song about the dustbowl, you think it´s just this big bulk piece of American history that affected the generation before you but, uh, the biggest displacement of American citizens has been down in New Orleans, New Orleans lost half its population….so this is, uh, ´Oklahoma Home´….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Mrs. MgGrath´´
´´Alright, this is a, uh…this is an Irish anti-war song…and uh…it´s our first stop after New Orleans, we´re going to Dublin, Dublin….where I´m gonna meet a thousand people who are gonna say ´Bruce, it´s Mrs. MgGraw, Mrs.MgGraw, not Mrs. MgGrath, that´s how you Americans say it,´ you know, everybody call me from, it´s usually from Ireland and say ´It´s, it´s, it´s spelled, everywhere in the world, it´s Mrs. MgGraw,´so, so, uh, I´m gonna split the difference and, uh, find something in the middle here….this is a, uh….this is, uh, it´s an amazing song, I guess it was first published in 1815….an incredible song, this is, uh….´Mrs.MgGraw´….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?´´
´´Thank you….thank you….that´s Frank, Frank Junior on the big bass drum and guitar tonight….back in ´63, the height of the folk boom, I used to go down to Manasquan Beach and, and, uh….in the middle of the summer ´63 there were about 30 or 40 men who would gather on the weekend and sit in a circle and they would play all these folk songs and, and I, like, I think I´d, I´d bought a guitar, I really wasn´t playing it yet and I´d go down and I´d say ´Man, I just wanna sit in that room, sit on the sand with that guitar and, and, uh, strum some chords with these guys one of these days,´ they were like, you know, they were my big heroes at the time and I went over to Frank, Frank, uh, Senior´s and, uh, he was my, he was my cousin, a little bit older than me and, uh, he played accordion….uh….uh, most of his young life that I remember, every time we´d go over, your, your grandma would have Frank pull out the accordion and entertain in the livingroom and it was all sort of Ted Mack-standards and, and I guess he doesn´t play (?) he doesn´t play it any more?….damn, that´s a shame ´cause we got a spot for him in the band….with Charlie getting the keys wrong and everything, you know (?)….(chuckles)(?) but, uh, we have the great Charlie Giordano on keys….but, uh, uh, Frank played the accordion pretty well, then he switched to the guitar and, uh, and, uh….I went over and I was captivated that he´d moved to the guitar and, uh, he kind of had on, I guess, what I would call sort of these beatnik clothes, uh, the main thing of which I remember is he had his t-shirt on backwards….I don´t know if that was a plan or a mistake but I wore my t-shirts backwards for two years after that….and I occasionally do now in his honor, uh (?) (chuckles) but uh….but he really taught me my first chords on the guitar and gave me a book of folk songs and sent me home and showed me where the fingers go (?) and uh…Frank´s been a musician, played for a long time and I´m glad to have him up here so that when I´m up hamming it and shaking my ass, someone can actually play the guitar (chuckles) so, anyway, this is a song originally written by Blind Alfred Reed back in the, uh….uh….I guess it was during, during the Depression, though I´m not sure when it was written, it was written then?….around, yeah? ´round ´31, I think, so, so we´re, uh, heading to New Orleans on Saturday night, we´re excited about going down there and being invited to play….rewrote, rewrote some of the verses in this song, this is called ´How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?´…´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Jacob´s Ladder´´
´´(?) he learned this one in nursery school….woo! is the horn section ready?…. spotlight, baby!….spotlight ´em! (chuckles)….just shaking everything, making sure….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´We Shall Overcome´´
´´Thank you….woo!….woo! (chuckles)….well, the world turns and turns and uh…. time passes and terrible things happen and some blessed things happen and this always stays in people´s hearts, for some reason….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Pay Me My Money Down´´ (following ´´Open All Night´´)
´´I danced my belt inside out somehow, don´t know how I did that….I´m about to dance my pants off in a minute….I´m dancing my damn pants off, good Lord! (chuckles)….alright….good Lord….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´If I Should Fall Behind´´
´´Woo! (chuckles) thank you….woo, alright! (chuckles) first I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the shows….here in Asbury Park´s glorious Convention Hall….we´re here, uh….we´re helping a lot of new, we´re helping a lot of different organizations here in Asbury Park, the Hope Academy Charter School, Sisters Academy, Interfaith Neighbors, The Asbury Park Bootcamp, 22nd U.S.Colored Troops, Asbury Park Seniors….uh, 180 (?) 180 Boys and Girls´ Club of Monmouth County, Family and Children´s Services, Epiphany House, The Center, Prevention First, The Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center, Save Tilly….Asbury Park Public Library, Stephen Crane House, the Monmouth Arts Council for the proposed Asbury Park Arts Center, The Westside Community Center….so, uh, there´s a little bit going everyplace and I wanna thanks, thank you for coming out and supporting our, uh, our birth here and, uh….and these fine organizations….I also wanna….I wanna thank the Lord or whoever´s watching over me for sending these wonderful musicians my way (chuckles)…´cause this was all…this was all kind of a happy accident, one thing led to another thing and led to another thing and, uh, from ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´ and from ´Devils&Dust´ is Mr. Marty Rifkin on the pedal steel….Charlie Giordano on keyboards and (?) (chuckles)….and the singers, we´ve got Cindy Mizelle, Curtis King, Lisa Lowell….on the drums, Larry Eagle….on the horns tonight we´ve got the master of rock and roll tuba, Art Baron….Clark Gayton on the trombone….from Kansas City, Curt Ramm on the trumpet…the fabulous Ed Manion …Frank Bruno, of course, on the guitar….on violin, Mr.Sam Bardfeld….violin and vocals, Soozie Tyrell…on banjo, Greg Liszt….on the bass, Mr. Jeremy Chatzky….on vocals and guitar, from a great band, Chocolate Genius, get out there and get the band Chocolate Genius´ record, he´s got a new one called Black Yankee Rock, Marc Anthony Thompson….and last but not least, on vocals and doing the vocal arrangements, the lovely Miss Patti Scialfa…yes, for whom I dedicate this next number….it´s for whom, it´s great, it´s for you (chuckles)…(some people are yelling and whistling) what? you´ve never kissed your wife before? (chuckles)(?)(chuckles) alright, let me think here….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Buffalo Gals´´
´´Alright…this is a song I remember my grandma singing to me when I was a kid….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´You Can Look´´
´´Alright…Sam´s gotta go home, he´s got a babysitter, goddammit, she won´t wait any longer, say goodnight to Sam Bardfeld, alright (chuckles) goddammit, I´m going myself….woo! alright, let´s do it!….subbing for Sam on washboard, Mr. Curtis King….spotlight on that man!….´´

26.04.06 Asbury Park, NJ, intro to ´´Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze´´
´´Oh yeah….yes indeed….I wanna thank you once again for coming out….we are leaving here….a well-oiled, fine-tuned killing machine…..ready to take on an unsuspecting world (chuckles)….come on down, horns, everybody join us out front here, we´ve got the glockenspiel, that´s what we need, man, oh, wonderful….´´

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