Allen The Frozen Chosen were playing every night on the corner of Broadway and Columbus, across from City Lights books, and Allen Ginsberg started coming out. We spotted him walking across the street towards us, he stepped right up and said “Hey guys, I’m Allen. Mind if I sit in?” We knew who he was, and said “sure.” He said “Can you play some country blues?” And we said yeah and went into a blues, and he started making up a song right there on the corner, singing to the people passing by. It was sailors and hookers and tourists
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/07-Million-Miles-Away.mp3"][/audio] Barry Rose, the music director at the local rock 'n' roll radio station KBOP, happened to live in Joey's building. Every so often he and his wife came out to the pool and Joey'd smoke a joint with them in the Jacuzzi. Joey got to know him a bit, so after we had the record finished and had an acetate, we decided to give Barry a preview. Joey set it up for the next night at 7pm, in Joey's apartment. We'd all be there, the writer's, Joey, Chris, and me. Supplies were ready, all the Gold, Ludes, Courvosier,
This song was recorded by a band we had that never really got off the ground, the Drawing Blanks. It was me, Eddie Munoz, Tony Marsico, and the late Michael Bannister. We made some demos, and it didn't go anywhere. But I always loved this one. [audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/03-Anything-Closing-Credits.mp3"][/audio] [caption id="attachment_134" align="alignleft" width="1280"] The Case Files (2011)[/caption] Anything resurfaced on Torn Again, slightly re-written, and this version came out on the compilation, The Case Files, released on Alive/Naturalsound records as a cd, or vinyl. You can buy The Case Files here.
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/See-Through-Eyes.mp3"][/audio] Another track from Full Service, No Waiting, featuring Greg Leisz, Sandy Chila, David Jackson, and the excellent production of Andrew Williams. This collection came out on Vanguard in the nineties, and you can still order from them or other online stores, iTunes etc...I'll post the lyrics when I can find a copy!
Dorian lived upstairs from the Green Street Mortuary, in North Beach. He was caretaker there, cleaning up around the bodies downstairs, late nights and early mornings. The rest of the time he was blowing mouth harp out on Broadway, with the likes of me and Jimmy, or practicing alone, sitting on his bed, upstairs over the death chapel, truly lost in the blues. He'd come to the states from Australia, and his skin was a whiter shade of paste, but he took his blues music very seriously. He was “living the blues,” and that was the sole purpose of his
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/01-Spell-of-Wheels.mp3"][/audio] [caption id="attachment_574" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Full Service No Waiting (1998)[/caption] Greg Leisz, lap steel, Sandy Chila, drums, David Jackson, bass, Andrew Williams, harmonium, harmonies, production, Don Heffington, percussion, The B section of this song was composed in 1976, the rest 19 years later. Kansas City as the first snow of the year begins to fall she's at a Westport party drunk & leaning against the wall Skip & Wolf come stomping in someone has a plan Faceboy goes to fetch his clothes I go to lend a hand we leave KC at midnight heading north on the
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/06-Blind-Luck.mp3"][/audio] From 1995, this track from the Torn Again CD features Greg Leisz on lap steel, Don Heffington on drums, Jerry Scheff - a veteran of both Elvises - on a Hofner bass, and Steven Soles on vocals (and co-production, with Larry Hirsch and myself.) It was recorded (as were most of the album's tracks) at Capitol Records Studio in Hollywood. I co-wrote this song with Fred Koller.
We said goodbye to Bruce Springsteen and headed out to spend a weird night in a funky motel, right across from the beach. There was a lot of late night action in the parking lot, but it was nothing to get involved in. It was one of those “cover me, I'm going out for cigarettes” kind of places. In the lobby the night clerk was behind six inches of bullet proof glass. I went down to ask him for some towels and he about jumped a mile when I came in, kinda spun around, looking all sweaty and nervous, like
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/05-Pile-Up.mp3"][/audio] I needed some dough bad, so I told our manager Danny Hollyway I was ready to do a publishing deal. He set a meeting up with the wigs over at A&M Publishing. I wasn't too keen on going, but Danny told me I better if I wanted to do the business, so I said okay. It was a morning meeting, and I wasn't in the greatest shape. I was psychedelically hungover. I had an urge to cancel the meeting, but instead, I tried to pull myself together. I got up and put my shades on, and went outside
[audio mp3="http://petercase.com/wp-content/uploads/03-Blue-Distance.mp3"][/audio] From the Flying Saucer Blues album. I love this production, by Andrew Williams, that paints a picture, and captures the mood of the song. This track features Greg Leisz on lap steel, David Jackson on bass, Andrew on harmonium and harmonies, and Sandy Chila on drums. Though it never was promoted, and rarely received any radio play, this number has its fans, and its a frequent request at my shows. The records for Vanguard, if you're trying to keep score, are: Peter Case Sing's Like Hell (folk, blues and country covers, 1994) Torn Again (original