(a short jaunt)
"Welcome To Goose Creek" - Goose Creek Symphony / "Welcome To Goose Creek" (1971)
"It's just a way of life so easy to find.
But it won't be on maps they make.
And you can't buy it on time."
Man, but this stuff is some summer lake cabin...front porch feel-good...thigh-slapping music. Rootsy with a weed-induced (or not) country-rock authenticity. The band sounds like they were located somewhere in the mountains of Appalachia, but nope, they were from Phoenix. And the band owns a piece of real estate in the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall-of-Fame. I imagine it's pretty hard to stay angry with Goose Creek Symphony around. (OWN)
"Water Song" - Hot Tuna / "Burgers" (1972)
Hot Tuna has always been a little bit hit-or-miss for me, but dang if they don't knock this song outta the park. This song was culled from "Burgers"...their debut studio album and is about as lost gem as one can get. Just a delightful instrumental with Jorma Kaukonen's fingers dancing on his guitar strings and Jack Casady making sure his bass pushes things forward. And yep, you can hear Papa John Creach's bow skating on his violin strings, as well. The song is really good for the spirit. Makes me curious about what the rest of the album sounds like. By the way, if any of those names sound familiar, they should. They were all members of Jefferson Airplane. (NEED)
"Trilogy..." - Loggins & Messina / "On Stage" (1974)
When it comes to Loggins and Messina, I've always been in the Messina camp. Jim Messina was already a veteran from both Buffalo Springfield and Poco by this period. And "Trilogy..." was mostly Messina's to write and arrange. It was what he liked to do. Loggins was the poppier and prettier of the two, I suppose, but Messina was responsible for not letting too much sugar spill on the floor. It was that balance in the music that I enjoyed the best. Here is the interview I had with Jim Messina.