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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 6:54 am     Reply with quote

Skinner in Boston is auctioning J. Geils guitars, amps, accessories, and memorabilia this weekend. Some interesting stuff here. It's kind of sad to see though.

----> http://skinnerlive.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/catalog/id/369

----> https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3062T
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Allan Haley


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 7:04 am     Reply with quote

Mr Geils really liked trumpets.
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Nic Neufeld


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 10:26 am     Reply with quote

I like that Gibson lapsteel, would make a great restoration project (maybe a Lollar pickup?) but I have a feeling it's going to end up a lot higher than I'm willing to go.
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David Weisenthal


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 11:29 am     Reply with quote

Fascinating Doug, thanks for posting info. Definitely bittersweet...one of the first concerts I saw at MSG..freeze frame tour in 82?. I think thats the one that finally made them some big bucks. I still have the shirt I think.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 12:11 pm     Reply with quote

I saw them way back in 1970 in a small theater in Springfield, Mass. They were basically an unknown, local (Massachusetts) band at the time. They were "The J. Geils Blues Band".
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 1:11 pm     Reply with quote

Peter Wolf and Seth Justman wrote this song that Gram Parsons recorded on his first album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZFJFyZUUc8
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Dave Mudgett


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 1:58 pm     Reply with quote

Very sad indeed. J had some pretty great high-end guitars back when - you know, late 60s to early 70s right around when the first two records came out. He'd show up at bar gigs or the Tea Party with a 58 Flying V or some other ridiculously cool guitar back then. I wonder if the good stuff has already been spoken for or if that is going to happen later.

That's Duke Levine playing the sunburst Les Paul in the video - I know he was about to go on tour with them last I saw him in Boston, which was probably around that time.

J Geils Blues Band is right. They kicked ass and took names back then. I cut my teeth hanging around watching that band.
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 1:59 pm     Reply with quote

Did Duke Levine have a group called "Duke And The Drivers"?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 2:40 pm     Reply with quote

I don't think Duke was in that band. A Wikipedia search of the band's history makes no mention of him.
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 3:16 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for checking, Doug. I did some checking and didn't see anything either.
I heard "Duke And The Drivers" in Fitchburg when J Geils was big.
Wasn't a fan of the J. Geils band, though I did like the harp player, Magic Dick.
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Dave Mudgett


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 5:53 pm     Reply with quote

No connection. I used to see Duke and the Drivers back when they first started (I was working at MIT at the time) at the Western Front, right over the Western Ave. bridge from the Harvard Business School. Duke Levine was 12 when the Drivers started in 1973.

If you're judging the J. Geils Band on their output from the mid-70s onward, you're missing them at their prime, which was when they were lean and mean in the late 60s and very early 70s.

Duke Levine is (IMHO) one of the preeminent Tele players on the planet, I kid you not. My opinion of course, but I've seen a bunch of the very best. If you're in Boston, I strongly suggest you check him out, his schedule is on his website - http://dukelevine.com/shows/ - he's very friendly, loves steel guitar, and often works with guitar/steel player Kevin Barry.
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 6:57 pm     Reply with quote

Dave- Thanks for the info. I remember the Western Front. They had a lot of Reggae shows there. You must have seen a bunch of films at the Orson Wells Theatre. Across the street there was a pawn shop and that's where I got my Regal six string lap with it's amp that matched the case. Also Jack's & The Plough & Stars.
I never saw J Geils live, but I'm sure their live shows were great.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 7:27 pm     Reply with quote

Yeah, Magic Dick was a lot of fun to watch and hear. James Montgomery was another hot harp player back then. And James Cotton would come through the area once in a while. Man, that was a long time ago!
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 7:57 pm     Reply with quote

Yeah, James Montgomery and James Cotton! On the country side of town, John Lincoln Wright and the Sourmash Boys, wheatstraw, Johnny D's, John Penny and the Blue Star Lounge.
James Montgomery - "Train": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTNB_H7vl5o
Doug, do you remember the Cobble Mountain Band, from western Mass, with Pete Adams on steel?
I found this with Pete: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kHq5Tmr9ck on a Tom Rush song
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

Yes, I remember Cobble Mountain. Pete Adams is a good friend of mine. We've been playing in a classic country band for 14 years. He's the steel player and I'm the guitarist! Sometimes when he can't do a gig I double on steel and guitar. I going to send Pete the link to that video.
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Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 6:02 pm     Reply with quote

Doug- I had a feeling you and Pete are buds. Rick Plant (Pappenheimer), my elementary school pal, is Walter Palmer's cousin (CMB lead singer).
Rick played guitar for Allison Moorer and plays on "A Soft Place To Fall".
He also played bass for Tanya Tucker, Over The Rhine, Buddy Miller, Pure Prairie League and now lives in Australia.
We used to do a song that I think came from their record that had the line: "Shutters and bars cover the windows on the house we used to live", or something like that.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 6:38 pm     Reply with quote

You mean "Shutters and Boards"? Charlie Pride covered that too. I think Jerry Wallace had the original, early 1960s.
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 6:49 pm     Reply with quote

Yeah, that's it Doug. I see a lot of artists did that song. A great song for steel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nY4BEgqr9E
Were you friends with Donny Dion?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 7:11 pm     Reply with quote

I met Donny at the steel shows a couple of years before he passed away. I didn't know him well, but he seemed like a nice guy. He loved the steel guitar, that's for sure.
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John Macy


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Post Posted 25 Nov 2017 6:26 pm     Reply with quote

When I was in the John Lincoln Wright band in the early '70's (I was one of the founding members), J and Peter Wolf were big fans of ours, to the point they had us open a show for them at the Boston Garden. J was a most humble and great guy, and I loved how underststed his playing was. Peter is a true lover and most knowledgeable country music fan, too.

And Dave is spot on about Duke Levine--one of my favorite players--check out his Country Soul Guitar record--always in rotation at my house...
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