Grootna's Marvelous Tinder Box
kindling for kindred minds
|Ride on, Big Bill, and may the wind treat you right.|
|Gretchen, you are still here, everywhere.|
Listen to Last Chance For Gas
Grootna was an early-70s West Coast band produced by Marty Balin (of Jefferson Airplane fame).|
Members were Kelly Bryan (bass), Allen "Slim" Chance (rhythm guitar),
Greg Dewey [aka Dewey DeGrease] (drums), Anna Rizzo (vocals),
Vic Smith (lead guitar), and Richard Sussman (keyboard).
Their self-titled album is now available on CD.
Note: this used to say that "Slim" was aka Austin DeLone, but I've been corrected on that score by a friend of theirs: Austin "Audie" DeLone is a musician in his own right, and a songwriter who co-wrote some of Grootna's material.
Martha also tells me that Grootna's first record was called "The Masked Marauders".
Years ago, life was boring: work, eat, tv, sleep, repeat.
In desperation, I forced myself from my warm and comfy sofa, pushed out the door, and headed for a local coffeeshop which was rumored to have an open-mike night going. Next thing I knew, there was a guitar in my hands; I played a few tunes and had the first really good time in - well, too long.
Aromas coffeeshop is long gone from Kingwood, and I'm still playing.
|Around the same time, I was trying to find the sheet music to an old song - Hobo's Mandolin , by Michael Smith - and I learned he was scheduled to play at a Writers in the Round gig near home. I talked a friend into going along and bought some tickets. Michael came down with a cluster headache and couldn't play, but I got to hear some music by people I'd never even heard of: Slaid Cleaves , Don Conoscenti , and Eric Taylor. I caught the music bug all over again - thought disco had killed it forever.|
|Now, I've decided to promote the things I like: music, friends, chili, and memories. I hope you'll explore:|