Writings From The Road...
6 Feb 2012 - Robert “Housewine” Roden
For those of you that have followed the band since the beginning, I’m sorry to report the passing of Robert “Housewine” Roden. Robert passed early Monday morning January 23, 2012. Bobby was truly one of the greatest tenor saxophonists on the planet. A true beatnik that loved every note and brought a smile to anyone who heard him play! Let’s “Hit The Road With Housewine” for a minute and share some of his adventure.
In the early years we toured the US on a Miller Beer sponsorship. Much like a scholarship but with beer. This fit “Housewines adventurous nature and love of the road. Miller Beer could not have found a more suitable representative (seen here proudly displaying our benefactors product). Bobby was able to hone his road skills at staying up late and eating poorly, to a fearless level. Often known to seek out the most bizarre foods possible for consumption, “Housewine could ingest “hot & spicy pork rinds, gummy bears, a strange blue carbonated beverage and “Big Hunk” simultaneously! Upon reaching the vehicle, his abounding joy of discovering … “sausages with cheese in the middle” was shared while admiring them up to the light. What could be better than this!
Continuing south, we find “Housewine” in his element. “Live” at BB Kings in Los Angeles, we often had guests join us (James Cotton, Red Allen, Carrey Bell). Their first words to me would always be … “who’s that tenor player man?” “He’s fantastic!” Other beatniks would come from miles around to hear “Housewine play!
20 Jan 2012 - Got Them Ol' Computer Blues
After the Holidays and the second trip to Denmark, my computer got sick and died. So let's review for a minute. I found photos of Teresa James visit to Portland at "Duffs Garage" back in December. This turned out to be even more fun than I could hope. Besides having Teresa sing the duet "I Can't Stop" from our new recording, we sang some ol' nuggets, "Crying Time", "Drinkin' On The Weekend", "Nothing You Can Say" etc... I think the highlight of the "Janefest" was Teresa's take on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"!! I promise we'll bring Teresa back when the new CD "Doing What It Takes" is released.
29 Oct 2011 - Bloggin' from Denmark
Hey cats & kittens out in grooveland. I'm diggin it here in Denmark! Here's a photo playing with James Harman a few nights ago. Big Fun! Been through Norway & Sweeden too. Big show tonight in Esberg tonight. Two more shows tomorrow. Then home.