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Grootna's Marvelous Tinder Box 

kindling for kindred minds 

Through the mica filter of memory, a band named Grootna 
appears somewhere to the West of my youth, 
and then vanishes like ozone 
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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:
  • Homerolled reviews of some of my favorite artists' work
  • A favorite chili recipe, updated sometimes
  • A number of links to out of date but some still work
    • musical and musician's resources
    • simpler things and times
    • musicians' home pages

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