Monday, September 26, 2011

Pheaturing Renee Wahl

Now with over phourhundred entries.

Hey, kids, welcome to The Peverett Factor. The Peverett Phactor. The Phile Phactor. The P-Phactor. Oh, screw it. The Peverett Phile. Did I ever tell you how much I dislike the name of this blog? I am stuck with it. Anyway, how are you? There’s a new 24-hour hotline for illegal immigrants who have questions about deportation. The number is really easy to remember: it’s 1-800-A-TRAP. China is now grading restaurants’ hygiene using smiley faces and frown faces. Really? Who do they have working on this stuff in China, kids? Oh. Do you like Wendy's? I am not a big fan, but Wendy’s just introduced a new burger with extra cheese, thicker beef, and a buttered bun. Which explains why in their logo, Wendy is now wearing Spanx. Because of Hurricane Irene, the northeast is experiencing a pumpkin shortage. On the bright side, Snooki has tripled her personal appearance bookings. During a fundraiser in New York the other night, President Obama said he was quote “in a New York state of mind.” Of course, in a year he might be singing that other Billy Joel song, “‘Movin’ Out.” The newly opened IHOP in New York City has hired a bouncer for the door. Yeah, it’s a little different than a club. If you look attractive and well-dressed, you actually can’t come in. A new study found that quitting smoking can actually improve your memory. Which explains why President Obama is finally starting to remember those campaign promises he made. Steven Spielberg is going to release a biopic about Abraham Lincoln next year. Right, that’s a good way to honor Lincoln... by sending people to the theater. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new memoir that will focus on his career as a body builder, action star, and politician. You can find it in that section at Barnes & Noble marked "Trying to Change the Subject.” It's sad that I couldn't use Border's in that joke. NASA is developing space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. And just like New York taxis, they’re all going to be driven by aliens. Yesterday I mentioned R.E.M. had broken up. It reminds me of the pie chart I made a long time ago. I love pie charts.

So, you heard that "don't ask, don't tell" had been retired, right? Well, there's a new inspirational poster to celebrate this. Check it out, kids.

I have to be honest, when I first saw the poster I couldn't figure out what they were trying to spell out. Here's some sad news, Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand, died in Dallas at age 97. Did you know Anne Frank liked Dorito's? I have proof. Take a look at this ad. 

While we're on the topic of Doritos, did you ever see what the bag looks like in China? I think it's China. Anyway, here it is.

What the hell? I wonder what flavor it is. Okay, from the home office in Port Jefferson, here is...

Top Ten Rejected New Fall Television Shows
10. Hillbilly Love Makin'
9. Monday Night Foosball
8. Ice Road Lickers 
7. The Adam West Wing 
6. Dancing With Fifth Graders 
5. Law & Order, BFD 
4. Two And A Half Inch Men 
3. Two Brokeback Guys
2. Bachmann and Robin 
And the number one rejected new Fall TV show is...
1. Charlie Sheen's Angels

Today's guest is a really talented singer songwriter who is easy on the eyes. She has a brand new CD out called "Cumberland Moonshine" which is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... Renee Wahl.

Me: Hello, Renee, welcome to the Phile. How are you?

Renee: Hi, Jason! I’m very well and glad to be on the Phile.

Me: Okay, are you from Pennsylvania, Renee? Did I read you're from Harrisburg? My wife is from Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, and your album is titled "Cumberland Moonshine"... where did you go to high school? Did it have Cumberland in the title?

Renee: I’m originally from Harrisburg, but I’ve been in Nashville since 2007. I’m very familiar though with Camp Hill! I actually graduated from Camp Hill (I lived on the “West Shore” during my high school years). I did have friends though that went to Cumberland Valley HS. You’ll have to tell me your wife’s name offline… maybe I know her. It’s such a small world, Jay.

Me: Where did the title of the album come from? Was it named after Cumberland Valley?

Renee: Well, I have friends and family who do think the “Cumberland” reference is to the Cumberland Valley area in PA, but it’s actually named for the Cumberland River in Tennessee. But it certainly could have PA references, especially when we talk about the “Moonshine” part! Of course, the artwork on the album is filled with nighttime objects (the moon, Luna moth, evening primrose). Then there’s the subject of the alcoholic beverage…

Me: Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Harrisburg, but I also lived in Camp Hill and Philadelphia and also in South Carolina, Maryland, and New York.

Me: The album was recorded in Nashville, right? If you're gonna make a country record, Nashville is where you wanna record it, not Harrisburg. LOL. How did you like Nashville? It's one of my favorite cities and we almost moved there in '05.

Renee: I LOVE Nashville! It’s quite a bit like being in PA and there’s just so much to do here. And while it’s known for Country music, there really is such a great and diverse music scene. And it certainly doesn’t hurt to record an album here with all the great talent available!

Me: Your album is great, and what an impressive band on it, Renee. Who is in the band? There's a lot of players, right?

Renee: Thank you very much for the compliment! I’m really glad you like it! Gosh, there was a tremendous amount of talented musicians on this album and I am so happy that they took the time to work on this. I had a lot of players because everyone had so much to contribute. The three main players who were there for all the tracking were Charlie Chadwick (Suzy Bogguss) on bass, Kenny Vaughan on guitar, and Bryan Owings on drums. Charlie played Bass and also engineered and co-produced the album. Kenny is Marty Stuart’s guitarist, and was nominated for this year’s Americana Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year! Bryan tours and does studio work for Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin. I was also very happy to have players like Fats Kaplin (Mark Knopfler, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings), Charles Treadway (The Dynamites), Pat Bergeson (Shelby Lynne, Lyle Lovett), Roger Prescott (Trainwreck Ghost, Texacala Jones), and Dave Mohr (Remedy Drive).

Me: Do you have a second band that you tour and play live with?

Renee: I do have a regular group of musicians that I play with for live shows. And I play anything from solo acoustic shows to live band events.

Me: I am a big fan of Neko Case and Maria McKee, who I have been trying for years to get on the Phile, and your record reminds me of them. Are you fans of the women I just mentioned?

Renee: Again, thank you so much for the compliment! Yes, I’m a big fan of Neko Case and Maria McKee from Lone Justice. I grew up listening to Lone Justice, though I never saw them live. Both women have a huge influence on my music.

Me: Who else did you listen to growing up?

Renee: There was a lot of “listening to music” in my household. My parents would sit around playing records on the weekends, so from the time I can remember I heard a lot of the Beatles, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gail, Ruby and the Romantics, Skeeter Davis, the Association. Other bands that had the most influence on me growing up were the Ramones, Chris Isaak, Dwight Yoakam, the Cure, Lone Justice, Wanda Jackson, Cyndi Lauper… way too many to list!

Me: I have to ask you about the art work on the cover. Who did the the drawing, and whose idea was it to have a drawing of you and not a photo?

Renee: My friend Jenni Hecker-Prescott did the artwork. She’s such a brilliant artist and I’m so thankful she took the time to create this beautiful piece for the album. I’ve always been partial to album artwork versus a photo. I wanted to grab the audience’s attention right away with something different... and it’s not just a CD cover, it’s artwork you can display!

Me: You went to Wagner College in New York, am I right? Did you study acting?

Renee: I was a musical theatre major with a concentration in vocal performance while I was there. So yeah, I studied acting, dance, voice and all that fun stuff! I pretty much started playing piano at 6 and began acting by the age of 10, so going to school for the arts really just seemed like the natural progression. Then of course I joined the Air Force and changed my major to Physics, so that was pretty much the end of acting, but I continued to play in bandsJ I can, at least attribute my degree in Physics to music. I decided I was going to create a way to travel back in time to meet the Beatles, so I started checking out Physics books in the library… still working on it!

Me: Is acting something you might do in the future?

Renee: You know, I hadn’t thought about it until recently. The city of Nashville is bringing more and more films and tv shows here to film, and I’ve already been involved with the movie Country Strong and an upcoming FX TV show “Outlaw Country”. If you watch Country Strong I’m in the stage scene toward the beginning of the movie. So, yeah, I would definitely like to get back into it eventually, but I’m really just concentrating on music right now.

Me: What's this, you were in the Air Force? How long, and when did you leave?

Renee: Yes, I was in the Air Force! I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves after high school and my specialty was Air Transportation…basically loading aircraft and air terminal operations. Then when I finished my degree, I took an active duty Commission as an officer and became an Air Force Physicist. It was pretty cool. My first assignment as an officer was at the National Security Agency. I left there for an assignment in Nashville in the AFROTC department at Tennessee State University. It’s been just under two years since I left to do music full time.

Me: Renee, thanks so much for being on the Phile, I hope it was fun, and I hope you can come back soon. Go ahead and plug your sites and please come back soon, okay?

Renee: Thank you, Jason, for having me on the Phile! This was definitely fun and I’ll be back whenever you’d like! I have an official website at ReneeWahl.comIf you go to the site, there’s a place to click for a free song download. It also has links to my social media sites. Here are the direct links as well: Facebook:, Twitter:
and Reverbnation: And, of course, “Cumberland Moonshine” is available at Amazon and iTunes.

Me: Thanks again, Renee, I love the album.

Renee: Thank you, Jason! And thank you for taking the time to have me on the Phile!

There you go, kids. Thanks to Renee for a great interview. I love her album. I have a copy of it that I played quite a few times on the way back and forth to work. Now I wanna go rent Country Strong. Anyway, the Phile will be back next Sunday with stand up comedian, actress, radio talk show hostess and snake wrangler Savannah Boan. And then next Monday with it's Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz who is "Weird Al" Yankovic's drummer. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The 400th Entry Pheaturing Bryan Bassett From Foghat

Hello, everybody, and welcome to the phourhundredth entry of the Phile. Man, 400 entries, dozens of laughs. In the beginning of this week all the world leaders were at the United Nations agreeing on one thing: Superman has got to do more. At the United Nations in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was bragging that Iran now leads the world in captured hikers. I don't like hiking myself, unless it's in a mall. But it seems to me that if you have an atlas, you can find many places to go hiking... that aren’t Iraq or Korea. Ahmadinejad has said publically that he hates Jews and gays. Man, was he in wrong town. Two new books about Sarah Palin came out this week. All of a sudden, I’m feeling OK about Borders going out of business. This is good news, the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell“ policy was officially retired. This marks a new age of tolerance, acceptance, and awkward showering for everyone in the military. I think this will have an effect on our enemies. Be warned, evildoers. First we will defeat you, then we will redecorate your entire country. Hey, have any of you seen the new show "The X-Factor"? You can always tell Simon Cowell is coming back to TV when there’s a shortage of black T-shirts at Babies “R” Us. I watched “The X Factor” and I think it’s high time that America had its own televised singing competition. We needed it. All of these shows are basically a very long and expensive way to get one person a job. That is not going to help Obama at all. Did you see President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly. He opened up with a joke: “The American dollar is strong.” First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on the season premiere of "Extreme Home Makeover" tonight. The good news is, she’ll be refurbishing a house for a new family to move into; the bad news is, it’s the White House. Well, the six-tones NASA science satellite plunged through the atmosphere early yesterday, breaking up and possibly scattering debris in Canada. Has anybody blamed it on George Bush yet? It fell because of all of the heathens everywhere. Bachman-Palin Overdrive said so. Well, R.E.M. have broken up. t's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine...
As I said, the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been retired and they already put out a poster at recruitment places all over the country. Take a look, kids.

Did you see the ad for cream that Disney put out featuring Mickey and Minnie? I don't know how old it is, but when I read it, it seemed kinda weird. Here it is in case you didn't see it.

That's a real ad, everybody. Oh, and by the way, the Walt Disney Company is the greatest company to work for ever! Okay, it's Sunday, and every Sunday through the football season I invite my good friend Jeff Trelewicz to the Phile so we can talk football in a pheature I like to call...

Me: Okay, first things first, did you hear about the Vince Young imposter story? 

Jeff: I hadn't heard that story.

Me: There's this guy who went around saying he was Vince Young and going to visit sick children and making public appearances. He was also a sex offender, Jeff. Who does Young play for?

Jeff: He plays for the Eagles, as their backup quarterback. The guy who impersonated him is a sex offender? Creepy!

Me: Okay, let's talk about last weeks games. What were the big stories of the week? And how did our teams the Steelers and Giants do?

Jeff: The biggest story of the week is how cheap your Giants were "faking injuries" to slow down the Rams. It worked, and you won. Players just randomly fell down to the ground "cramping up". The NFL has all ready warned all teams they will be fined and penalized if this continues. It's rather amusing. The good news is both the Steelers and Giants won this week.

Me: I was thinking we should each get a point every time one of our teams win. Whatcha think?

Jeff: Yeah, I think we can each earn points for when our perspective teams win too.

Me: Okay, lets talk about last weeks choices. How did we do?

Jeff: In looking at our picks last week, we both made a nice turn around with 2-0 weeks. In fact you picked Detroit over KC by 4. They won by 45! So with our weeks plus our teams winning, we each have 5 points going into week 3.

Me: Okay, let's choose this week. I say the Bengals will win by a touchdown. And even though I hate the Dolphins I say they will win by 3. What are your choices?

Jeff: For week 3 I am going to go with Arizona by 5 and Denver by a field goal. Good luck, Phile.

Me: You too, and great job as always, Jeff. I will have you back here for week four next Sunday. Oh, one more thing, what do you think of this story? Red Sox pitcher Bedard served child support papers by Yankee fan at Fenway Park.

Jeff: Yeah, I saw that a few days ago. I'm sure the guy serving papers wore Yankee stuff just to add to the pain, like a true douche bag Yankee fan would.

Me: Okay, now for some sad news.

Dolores Hope
May 27, 1909 - September 19, 2011
What an amazing life and career. During her working days she... well, really nothing. But in terms of her philanthropy, nobody could have... wait, nothing. But there is no denying her fierce dedication to... hmm. OK. Whatever. She was married to Bob.
Tom Wilson 
August 1, 193 – September 16, 2011
How Ziggy met his demise:

... or maybe it was this one:

...come to think of it, the littlle bald-headed pantsless guy sure seemed to be at death's door quite a bit:

Okay, for today's top ten list, I have a guest. A few weeks ago I was surfing the net, and I came across a Top 8 List that is about my dad written by Patrick Cassels from So, I thought I would invite Patrick to the Phile, ask him a few questions and then post his top eight list. So, kids, please welcome to the Phile... Patrick Cassels.

Me: Patrick, how long have you been writing for

Patrick: I started writing for them freelance when I was still in college, and they brought me aboard as a writer full-time in 2007.

Me: How did you decide to write a top 8 list like this?

Patrick: I like '70s rock, specifically prog rock like Rush and Supertramp. Foghat's a little more bluesy but they're also great and they have one of those wonderful, weird prog-rock names. I feel like those names are often cool because they're so ambiguous and abstract, so I started thinking how awkward it would be if a lead singer tried to literalize it. And "foghat's" was the silliest example of this I could think of. Actually, a year or so ago I saw Rush at Jones Beach and there witnessed a sort of real-life version of this. Between two of the band's songs these women came out and moved passed Gedy Lee holding big pitchers of beer. They weren't waitresses or anything. Lee, who I guess planned this, winks at the audience and said, "I've heard of Moving Pictures, but this is ridiculous!" I love Rush but am aware they're a little dorky.

Me: Why not a top ten? We need two more.

Patrick: I think I ran out of creative ways to make fog. Fog machine, dry ice, humidity... I didn't want to repeat myself. Also, I ran out of silly hats.

Me: Okay, Patrick, I take it you went to college. What college did you go to?

Patrick: I went to SUNY Purchase.

Me: Do you have a Twitter account that Phile readers can follow you at?

Patrick: Sure, @patrick_cassels.

Me: Alright, let's get to your top ten... I mean top eight list.

Eight Actual "Fog-Hats" that Foghat Lead Singer Dave Peverett Could Have Worn on Stage.
8. A sombrero filled with dry ice.
7.  A fedora fitted with a small ventilation system around the brim, attached through tubing to a backstage fog machine preset to go off during the chorus of “Slow Ride”.
6. A traditional Cherokee rain-dance headdress.
5. A foam dome stocked with a pair of ice-cold Coors Lights that produce vapor as they rapidly thaw from the body heat of Peverett’s dancing.
4. An official crew baseball cap from the set of John Carpenter’s 1980 horror film “The Fog”.
3.  A Yarmulke cut from a bed of tropical moss, raising the relative humidity around Peverett to 100 percent.
2. A top hat-shaped cloud of fog continuously encircled around Peverett’s head in a matrix of low-frequency sonic pulses emanating from Tony Stevens’s powerful bass guitar.
And the number one actual "Fog-Hats" that Foghat Lead Singer Dave Peverett Could Have Worn on Stage...
1. A standard men’s bowler cap (They’re huge in London.)

Okay, today's guest was a member of Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet and for the last twelve years served as Foghat's lead guitarist. He was my dad's best friend and a close family friend of the Peverett's. This is a huge honor to have him on my 400th entry. Please welcome to the Phile... Bryan Bassett.

Me: Hello, Bryan, welcome to the 400th entry of the Phile. So, how are you?

Bryan: Congratulations on your 400th Phile! Wow, that's a lot of writing. Thank you for having me be the person you interview for this milestone. I and my family are doing well. It has been quite a difficult year for me personally. As you know my 18 year old daughter Melissa passed away this past October due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. She was the apple of my eye and such a beautiful person we will miss her forever. But my wife and I have two more beautiful girls to care for and with the support of friends and family we are moving ahead with a positive attitude. On the musical side of things Foghat had a great year, we enjoy playing together more than ever and are really pleased with our latest release "Last Train Home".

Me: I really wanted to interview someone special for this entry and someone who means a lot to myself and my family, and that's when I thought of you. You were a good friend of ours for a long time, and my dad's best friend. Do you remember the day when you and dad first met?

Bryan: Yes I do! My band Blue House, a 4 sometimes 5 piece blues band, were playing our weekly gig at The Winter Park Brewing Company in Orlando. The great guitarist Pat Travers was a friend of our bass player Stephen Dees and he brought Dave along to our show. Dave was interested in going out on tour again and was checking out some local musicians. Dave loved our choice of music which included many Excello numbers by Lightning Slim, Lazy Lester , Lonesome Sundown as well as old Muddy, John Lee and others. Well, we hit it off immediately and both your dad and Pat sat in for some jams. It was a great evening. Some people just have an instant chemistry and Dave and I became fast friends. That evening changed my life really. Someone just recently posted some photos from that evening on my Facebook page... I was completely blown away to have a photo of that night.

Me: Do you remember what was the first thing he said to you?

Bryan: After we were introduced by Pat we dove right in to talking about blues music, what artists we loved and what records we had. I came find out your dad was an avid record collector. He then asked politely to sit in. Of course we were honored and had a big ole blues rave up.

Me: The first time I met you was at the Beachem show, which was a charity gig if I remember with Travers and your band. It wasn't long after that that dad formed Lonesome Dave's Foghat. Did you agree to the gig right away or did you have to think about it?

Bryan: That was one of a series of shows we booked in Florida, a Rock and Blues revue if you will. Our band would open with a set and then be joined by Pat who played several songs and then Dave would come on and rock the house. When he asked me to form a band and start touring I immediately accepted and though I was leaving some of my band members behind they all realized the opportunity before me and said go man. Our wonderful drummer Scott was replaced by Stephen's friend Eddie Zyne from his Hall and Oates days as Scott had more of a jazz style and we needed a heavier drummer for the Foghat material and that became the first version of Lonesome Dave's Foghat, Dave and I with Stephen Dees and Eddie Zyne. After a year Stephen was replaced on bass by Molly Hatchet veteran Riff West and we toured that way for several years until Dave and Roger reformed the original band. One interesting fact was that original guitarist Rod Price joined us for a European tour and several shows in the US on one of the anniversary years, 1991 I believe. We played as a 5 piece band for those shows.

Me: It's weird, you were in Wild Cherry while Foghat was big. Did both bands ever cross paths? No disrespect, but Wild Cherry was more of a disco band, right?

Bryan: We were playing the same arenas all over the country, a week ahead, 2 weeks behind... but we never actually met. I was a huge fan though as Wild Cherry was a club rock band first and foremost before our switch to dance music. Wild Cherry and many bands of our day are lumped into the "disco" category now but in the day we drew a definite distinction between Funk bands like The Commodores, AWB , Earth, Wind and Fire, etc. and the disco songs that came later. We considered ourselves a Funk band and did not want to be grouped with songs like "The Hustle" and all the disco songs with the annoyinghi-hat psssup - pssssup. When you see a compilation of hits of the '70s though "Play That Funky Music" is right in there with all the disco hits of the era.

Me: I was looking at videos on Youtube and I found one of Wild Cherry performing on a TV show playing "Play That Funky Music". Do you have a lot of good memories from back then?

Bryan: Yes, it was a very exciting time for a young guy. We performed on the 1976 Grammy Award show, "Midnite Special", "Don Kirschner's Rock Concert", Merv Griffin and "The Dinah Shore Show". We toured with The Average White Band, The Commodores, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Jackson 5, The Isley Brothers, Rufus and dozens of others. Not only was it a rush playing arenas, it was awesome to meet these other fantastic musicians and be able to run out to the front house and watch them play night after night.

Me: I had a K-Tel album with "Play That Funky Music" song on it, Bryan. Have you seen anyone from Wild Cherry in a long time? Any chance they'll be a Wild Cherry reunion?

Bryan: I do keep in touch with Ronnie our drummer and Allen our bass player, we talk regularly. I doubt that any Wild Cherry reunion would come together. Maybe a couple shows for charity or a PBS special. I am quite happy in Foghat and wouldn't want to disrupt any of our plans.

Me: That was a big hit back in the 70's. Wild Cherry wasn't your first band you were in, right?

Bryan: Like most musicians I played in several cover bands before joining Wild Cherry. We played clubs all over the tri-state area of PA, OH and WV. There was a great live music scene then and we played 4-6 gigs a week.

Me: That song must've changed your life quite a bit. You guys guested on "The Merv Griffin Show" and "The Dinah Shore Show" like you said. Do you remember being on those shows clearly? Who were the other guests, do you remember?

Bryan: Oh yes, it was a very exciting time for me as a young musician. I was very excited to meet so many musicians of the day. We guested on several of those TV shows with ABBA, very cool people. Merv Griffin was way cool, very much the director of the show. I remember on the Dinah Shore show ABBA and us were talking so loudly in the green room the director had to ask us to keep it quiet because we could be heard on air. They had a very tiny stage and we lip synced...I  plugged my guitar into a potted plant on stage. Haha.

Me: Bryan, you grew up in Pittsburgh... what kinda music did you grow up listening to? Back in the 60's, Pa had a huge music scene.

Bryan: I was totally into the British Invasion bands featuring so many great guitarists. Clapton with Cream and John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Peter Green in Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page and then the USA's Duane Allman, Johnny Winters, Hendrix. Going to record shops was a blast back then. Pittsburgh did have a thriving music scene all the way into the 80's. There were many local bands that played great and wrote original music.

Me: When did you move down to Florida to settle? When you came down, Wild Cherry had broken up, right?

Bryan: I came to Florida in the early 80's. It was quite a few years after Wild Cherry broke up. I had a great band called Airborne for a few years in PGH , we actually did some sessions in Florida with Felix Pappalardi of Mountain producing but we were unable to attract any record label attention. I decided to head to Florida mostly on a whim to check out the scene down here. I met Bob Greenlee owner of King Snake Studio and started getting involved with his Blues label.

Me: That's when you started working as producer and engineer. Do you like recording or playing live best?

Bryan: Right, before I knew it I was doing 8 - 10 albums a year as Bob's engineer. I suppose I like playing live best, it's just so much fun, but I definitely like working in the studio. The operative word there is "working", engineering and producing whilesatisfying is definitely work.

Me: I was looking over your discography and never knew you worked with Rufus Thomas, James Taylor and James Browns' horn section. I bet Rufus was cool, how was James? Was this all done at Kingsnake?

Bryan: Yes, they were all Kingsnake projects, Rufus was a blast, and James Taylor, who did overdubs on his brother Alex's album was a very cool down to earth person. Rufus gave me one of my favorite studio sayings... he was waiting for me to start rolling tape and was a bit impatient and he says "dollar bill waiting on a dime!"... hahaha! I said, "Yes sir we're rollin!" I played guitar on that album as well. Great memories.

Me: And what's this you once played with Michael Jackson?! How come I never knew this, Bry?

Bryan: While in Wild Cherry we opened for the Jackson Five on several shows including Madison Square Garden where Michael introduced me to Stevie Wonder... quite a night. Michael was still in his teens and was a very reserved polite person and one of the greatest talents I have ever witnessed live.

Me: When dad decided to reform Foghat with the original members, I remember him being upset that he had to tell you most of all. How did he tell you?

Bryan: We just had a quiet conversation in a restaurant prior to one of our final shows. I could tell it was very difficult for him. He explained how Rick Rubin was interested in recording the original band and I must say that as much as I was depressed aboutlosing my gig I told him I understood the opportunity presented him and as a fan ofFoghat and as his friend I let him know that I was all for it.

Me: When Rod Price quit the band before dad's last tour, he didn't hesitate a second to give you a call. You were with Molly Hatchet at the time, right? It must of been easy to leave Hatchet and rejoin Foghat.

Bryan: I was in Green Bay when he contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a bit of playing. I remember being happy he was feeling up to it and thought he wanted me to drop by the house to jam. So I said, "Sure, Dave, I'd love to" and he said can you be in New York next week for rehearsal. Hahaha. I said I have to quit my band and he said, "Okay, I'll have Michael..." (his tour manager) "get you a flight". It wasn't exactly easy quitting Hatchet, in fact I was flying to Hatchet shows and training my replacement for a couple weeks while rehearsing in New York with Foghat. But I was seriously overjoyed to be working and hanging out with your dad again. I think it meant a lot to him to be able to give me my job back. As it turned out that was our last tour together and it will standout in my mind as one of my most precious memories. In fact it quite literally changed my life and I am in Foghat now as a result of our reconnecting. Thank you, Dave.

Me: Let's talk about Foghat for a moment. I am so glad you are in the band. Was there ever a time after dad passed away that you didn't want to be in the band?

Bryan: Thank you, Jason, I feel honored to be playing your dad's songs so his many fans can still hear them. I think of Dave every night we are on stage and am so thankful to have stood beside him all those years. After your dad passed away I still wanted to stay in the band though we were not sure there could be a band without your dad. In one of our last conversations he told me that Foghat had been great to him and his family and he wished the same for me and told me to just keep rocking. As you know your dad was a one of a kind talent and nearly a year went by while we pondered the fate of the band. I briefly rejoined Molly Hatchet and recorded "Kingdom of XII" with them in Germany and toured with them in support of it. I must thank Bobby Ingram for opening up a guitar spot for me that year. During this time the fans were contacting us and sending positive messages about continuing. Roger reviewed some tapes of singers and no one really seemed right but then Roger remembered going to see Humble Pie with your dad and being impressed with Charlie Huhn's singing. Roger gave him a call and we met in NY SIR studios for a rehearsal and everything just clicked. Charlie was the only person we actually tried out and he was the perfect fit. He plays and sings with an intensity similar to your dad's but with his own personality. Your dad was irreplaceable so we were not looking for someone to copy him and we were just very lucky to find Charlie who has much the same approach to rocking out as your dad.

Me: Foghat's last CD is a blues CD called "Last Train Home". Dad wanted to do a blues CD before he died. When did the band decide to do that?

Bryan: We have talked about it, really, for years, but the idea came to the surface this past year and we just went with it. I would have loved to have done one with your dad... he was such a historian of the blues it would probably have turned into a box set. He knew everything about every blues musician out there and his collection of blues records was amazing.

Me: I have to ask about the song choices. Some of the songs Foghat had recorded in the past already, and some are new songs, right? Who did the song selection?

Bryan: We each contributed two or three of our favorites and we just picked the ones that felt right for us. I loved the Otis Rush song "So Many Roads So Many Trains" and in particular the Mayall version featuring Peter Green so that was one of my suggestions. Roger added the Savoy Brown picks and then we wrote three originals as well. We then added the two cuts with the great Eddie Kirkland who sadly recently died in a tragic car accident.

Me: There must of been songs that were discarded, right?

Bryan: We actually used everything we recorded, we made the song decisions before we started recording so nothing was left in the can as out takes save for 5 or 6 of our jams with Eddie Kirkland which due to the recent tragedy seem very precious to us now. We had so much fun doing this record and it was received so well I wouldn't be surprised if we do another. There are certainly a limitless supply of great tunes out there.

Me: It's cool that Eddie Kirkland guests on the album. Have you met him in the past?

Bryan: I had not met him before but Roger had and your dad as well when they did that fantastic Blues Tribute show in the 70's. I believe there are many clips from that show up on Youtube. He was one of the greats and one of the last original bluesmen. We were deeply saddened by his death.

Me: Okay, let's talk serious, my friend. Recently you lost your daughter to a horrible disease called Cystic Fibrosis as you said in the beginning. For the Phile readers who don't know what Cystic Fibrosis is, can you explain?

Bryan: Cystic Fibrosis is an incurable genetic disease that affects primarily the lungs. It is a defect in the way the body produces mucus which in a normal person acts a lubricant and cleansing fluid but in a CF person blocks the lung passages which causes infections and the pancreatic duct affecting food digestion. It's not unlike having permanent pneumonia and requires daily airway clearance treatments and a series of high level antibiotics and medicines. There are many wonderful doctors working on a cure and many wonderful people fundraising to support their efforts. Many thousands of people suffer with this horrible disease and I lost my beautiful daughter to it. Please remember the CF foundation in your charitable giving.

Me: A memorial fund was set up in Melissa's honor, am I right? Go ahead a tell the readers where they can donate to the fund.

Bryan: At our website there is a donate link at the bottom of the homepage which connects to a Paypal site. Even with good insurance, which I have, the co-pays on some of these meds is significant. The average CF person probably has a med bill of between 5 -10 thousand dollars a month then add on to that multiple week long hospitalizations a year and you can see it is quite a destructive disease to the sufferer and to the finances of any family dealing with it.

Me: Okay, Bry, I have to ask you about this: you are a board governor and board advisor for the Florida Chapter of NARAS. I have no idea in hell what that is, but it sounds cool. I want to be a board director of something. How did you get involved, and when did you become a board member? Was it something you had to be voted in?

Bryan: The National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences is the organization that gives the Grammy Awards. It is a peer organization meaning you have to be a professional musician or technician to become a voting member. There are several state chapters and they each have a Board of Governors which manage the activities of the chapters, giving scholarships, giving seminars on the industry, talent searches, Musicare charitites and many other things as well as compiling the nominations for the Award show and actually producing the television show. Any professional can join and the board members are nominated and voted on by the membership as are the Award winners. It is a very cool organization doing great work and it 's membership is comprised of some of the most talented people I have ever met.

Me: And you teach as well, at the University of Florida, right? You teach kids to play like Jack Black does in School of Rock, which is way cool. How did you get that gig?

Bryan: I teach 3 Contemporary Ensemble classes at Daytona State College. A friend of mine is Vice Chairman of the Arts and Entertainment Department and asked me to participate. They designed a wonderful program of study involving all aspects of the music industry. I teach about performance technique, stage craft, rehearsal techniques and all the school of rock things I've been doing for 35 years. It is really fun for me.

Me: Between everything you do, you are a busy man, Bryan.

Bryan: I must say I'm very lucky to enjoy all my various pursuits and make a living doing what I love.

Me: Anyway, thanks so much for being on the 400th entry of the Phile. It really means a lot and I hope it was fun for you. It was for me. Come back again, Bry, Love to Julie and the girls. Take care, okay?

Bryan: Thanks so much, Jason, love to the family and I hope to see you soon.

There you go, man, that was a long entry. Worthy of the 400th one though, right? Thanks to my guests Jeff Trelewicz, Patrick Cassels and of course Bryan Bassett. Okay, the Phile will be back tomorrow with country singer Renee Wahl, and then again next Sunday with stand up comedian, actress, radio talk show host and snake wrangler Savannah Boan. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.


Artwork by Jamie Davis.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pheaturing James Nee From We Are Trees

Shazam! Welcome to the Phile, kids. How are you? Well, according to a new poll, only 55 percent of Americans think President Obama is intelligent. Yeah, that may not sound impressive, but it’s up 55 percent over the last president. A new study found that in the last 30 years, the average home size has increased by 600 square feet. Which is fitting, since in the last 30 years, the average person size has increased by 600 square feet. The Department of Agriculture announced that it will ban six new strains of E. coli. Which explains why the hot dog vendor's at Disney World (the greatest place and company to work ever) are now just selling napkins. So, who saw the tea party debate? I wanna start my own party... the beer party. Who is with me? Anyway, during the tea party debate, Jon Huntsman said that America’s dependency on foreign oil is like being addicted to heroin. Then it got a little weird when he was like, “Trust me.” The White House is planning an official state trip to Australia this November. Which explains why Biden spent all day looking for an Australian translator. Instead of sending in a written resume, a man in California recently got a job because of a YouTube video he made. As opposed to most people, who lose their job because of a YouTube video they made. The government is about to release a report on what went wrong during the BP oil spill. Or as fish put it, “Hey, no rush.” A town in Minnesota has canceled plans to change the name of a street called “Stoner Avenue.” It’s a weird street. Instead of saying, “Stop,” all the signs just say, “Chill, bro.” A week after releasing him into the wild, scientists have lost track of a penguin named Happy Feet. Of course, polar bears know the penguin by his new name: “Tasty Feet.” By the way, I hated that Happy Feet movie and now they have a sequel coming out, I am dreading Logan asking telling me he wants to see it. The other night in the Rose Garden, President Obama had a beer with a Medal of Honor winner. Not to be outdone, Joe Biden had a beer with a “World of Warcraft” winner. Also Michele Bachmann and Cindy McCain had dinner together at a Mexican restaurant in Arizona. It wasn’t good. First they sent their entree back to the kitchen, then they sent the kitchen staff back to Guadalajara. This all six Star Wars movies were released on Blu-ray with added scenes and changed or tampered scenes. Lucas cannot leave those films alone. Anyway, I have an exclusive screen shot of one of the scenes that were changed. 

Did Jabba really need a top hat? Wait, is that a picture of Big and Rich? I was at the grocery store the other day and I couldn't believe what I saw. Take a look at Downy's new label, people. 

Well, it's football season as you know and I was surprised when I saw this football inspired inspirational poster.

Soccer is not gay.

From the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is this week's...

Top Ten Signs Your Football Team Won't Be Winning The Super Bowl
10. The center always giggles when the quarterback comes up behind him. 
9. Their first-round draft pick was a Bud Light. 
8. Your star quarterback required neck surgery after trying the Triple Decker Oreo. 
7. During timeouts the players and coaches watch the commercials. 
6. No number 6... I just got called up to join team. 
5. To save money your team went back to leather helmets. 
4. Star player dies of infected bench splinter. 
3. The only forward passes your quarterback completes are to the tight end, if you know what I mean. 
2. Team is just a flash mob pretending to play football. 
And the number one sign your football team won't be winning the Super Bowl...
1. Your quarterback can't knock a meatball off a Christmas tree. 

Today's guest in the lead singer and head of the band We Are Trees who has a new EP out called "Girlfriend" which ia  follow up from the EP from last year called "Boyfriend". Please welcome to the Phile... James Nee.

Me: Hello, James, welcome to the Phile. How are you?

James: I feel like Michael Jordan.

Me: Okay, are you the only member of We Are Trees or do you have a band?

James: I play with a live band, and I do ask for help when I record.

Me: Then why not call you band I Am a Tree?

James: That sounds silly.

Me: Where did the band name come from, James?

James: Not to sound anticlimactic, but I guess it just sounded cool at the time.

Me: You seem young, my friend. How long have you been making music?

James: I think I made my first "album" around 2007?

Me: I downloaded both your "Boyfriend" and "Girlfriend" and liked them both. What's next? "Husband" and "Wife" EP's?

James: Why thank you. I think I'm going to try making a full length this time. I don't know the name yet.

Me: I just watched the video for the song "I Don't Believe In Love". It was well done, James. Who came up with the idea of the Indian woman dancing in a rice field?

James: Well, one of the directors told me that he was listening to my music while watching traditional Indian dance, and it just clicked for him.

Me: By the way, you don't really believe in love?

James: My music and I have started dating each other. It's going steady so far. I like it.

Me: And I have to ask you about the song "Dear Chan Marshall". Who is Chan?

James: The lady behind Cat Power.

Me: James, what bands are you into? Your music is poppish, but I hear a lot of other genres mixed in.

James: I really love the new Fleet Foxes and Fucked Up. On tour we listened to a lot of Wu-Tang.

Me: James, where are you from?

James: I was born in Norfolk, VA.

Me: You tour quite a bit, I cannot imagine how you sound live. How do you pull off all the music on record live on stage, James?

James: Actually this summer was our first tour ever. On stage I had a violist, two guitars, a floor tom, a snare, and a ride cymbal. It's not a super full sound, but I like it like that. It makes it sound more intimate.

Me: Thanks so much for being on the Phile, and I hope you can come back when the next release comes out. All the best and take care. Do you have a website you'd like to plug?

James: Thanks for having me! I've been looking at this recently...

There you go, kids, another entry of the Phile. Thanks to James Nee and of course you, the reader. The Phile will be back next Sunday with the 400th entry pheaturing a good friend and guitarist named Bryan Bassett who is in a band I have been listening to most of my life... Foghat. And then next Monday it's country singer Renee Wahl. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pheaturing Alumni JoDee Purkeypile

Hello, everybody, welcome to another entry of the Phile, how are you? I have a lot to get to, so let's do this. First, I have to say the other day we had out 9th snake in our house or by the pool. Nine snakes! If any snakes are reading this, I want to show you what we do to snakes that enter our property. Take a look.

So, snakes... stay away. Did anybody watch the tea party debate last weekend? If the tea party really loved America, they wouldn’t have scheduled their debate against the opening night of football, specifically against the Patriots. It was quite a night. Rick Santorum won the swimsuit contest. If you didn't see the debate, did you watch the final episode of “Kate Plus Eight.”? Now, if you want to hear Kate Gosselin scream at her children, you’ll have to move within a 12-block radius of her house. A new report says there has been a sharp increase in the use of marijuana over the last year. Maybe that explains the sharp increase in unemployment over the last year. Obama wants to get Americans back to what we do best. He wants teachers teaching, police policing, firemen fighting fires, and the rest of us checking Facebook. Obama says the jobs bill will be paid for. I don’t like this focus on paying for things. That’s what future generations are for. President Obama is determined to help the unemployed because it’s looking increasingly likely that in a year, he’ll be one of them. If I was president, I’d freeze everyone in carbonite until the job market improves. It worked for Han Solo. Taco Bell is product testing a new taco with a shell made of a giant Dorito. Michelle Obama spent the morning watering the White House garden with her tears. A spokesman for Taco Bell said they’re excited about the new taco, and they’re almost ready to start testing it on humans. When it comes out, yes, I will try one. Snoop Dogg has signed on to star in a family sitcom. Remember when Snoop Dogg used to kill people? There was meteor sighting across several states. I spent the whole morning in a field looking for a baby Superman, but couldn’t find one. The University of Chicago is hosting an academic conference called “Jersey Shore Studies.” Meanwhile in Korea, students are learning something called “math.” The Lion King was just released in theaters in 3-D, don't ask me why. Anyway, they said Pumbaa was the first Disney character to fart. That's a lie... I was the first Disney character to fart. This past Friday the Star Wars films were released on Blu-ray which altered scenes as George Lucas cannot leave the films alone. Anyway, if you didn't buy the Blu-ray's yet... I have to wait til my birthday in November to get them... here is a screen shot of one of the changes in the films. 

I can't figure out if Grand Moff Tarkin is drinking a beer with a straw or an ice tea. Did you ever drink beer with a straw? You should try it sometime. I just mentioned The Lion King a few seconds and that reminded me, did you see The Lion King inspired inspirational poster? If you didn't, here it is.

And one more thing about The Lion King, I was going to work and I saw this cloud... and I thought, man, how does Disney do it? The cloud looked like Simba. This is real, look. Hey, what was Scar's name before he got the scar?

Logan: Dad, I have something to tell you.

Me: Everybody, my son Logan. Logan, what is it? I am working on my blog here.

Logan: I saw you on "Kick Buttowski" yesterday. 

Me: "Kick Buttowski" the cartoon? I wasn't on it, Logan.

Logan: Yes you were and you are famous. 

Me: Logan, do you have proof?

Logan: Yep. Take a look. 

BoldMe: That's funny, Logan. I don't ride a bike though, even though I have a motorcycle on my t-shirt right now. LOL. Okay, now for some sad news.

Eleanor Mondale
January 19, 1960 - September 17, 2011
Her dad was Walter Mondale. That's pretty much it.
Cliff Robertson
September 9, 1923 - September 10, 2011
He played Hugh Hefner AND JFK. So versatile.

Well, it's that time again. Please welcome my good friend Jeff Trelewicz in a pheature I call...

Me: Welcome back, Jeff, before we go through the results from last week let's talk about other games. Anything stuck out?

Jeff: The biggest moments of week one was how bad the Colts will be without Peyton Manning and how Tom Brady made the Dolphins defense look like a bunch of children.

Me: How did your Steelers and my Giants do, Jeff?

Jeff: Both the Giants and Steelers were embarrassed this past week by division rivals, that we both should have been able to beat! 

Me: But Cam Newton played pretty good, right? I still say he will be benched in 8 weeks.

Jeff: Yes, Cam Newton did well for his first start. First rookie to throw for 400 yards in his debut. So it's hard to ignore those numbers.

Me: Okay, let's talk about out results. We get one point for the teams we pick correctly. So, who won last week?

Jeff: I made two predictions last week and I was 0-2 in them. Not a good start to my season with the Phile. You picked the Raiders by seven and they won their game, but not by seven so you also went 0-2. Highly competitive first week of NPPFL (National Peverett Phile Football League).

Me: Great job, Jeff. Maybe we should just pick the winners... that way I get a point. 

Jeff: You are the one who started it with the spreads. If you want to do it without spreads we can do it that way. You just want to beat me.

Me: Yup. No, we will keep doing it with the spreads. 

Jeff: Sounds good. Its more unpredictable that way.

Me: Aggghhhh... stupid rules. Alright, let's pick our next two teams. I pick Houston to win over Miami by 7 and Detroit to beat Kansas City by 4. What are your two choices?

Jeff: I am confident that the Jets will beat Jacksonville by a touchdown. Tampa Bay will beat Minnesota by a field goal.

Me: Thanks so much, Jeff. I will have you back next Sunday to talk football again. Take care.

Today's guest was last on the Phile on January 9th, 2009 as the lead singer of the band The Alice Rose. Now he has a great new solo album out called "October House" that is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... JoDee Purkeypile.

Me: JoDee, welcome back to the Phile. I am a big fan so it's cool you are back. How have you been?

JoDee: Thank you very much! I'm glad to be back. I've been just fine.

Me: Okay, I have to ask, last time you were here you were in a band called The Alice Rose and now you're here with a solo CD... did The Alice Rose break up?

JoDee: No, not at all. In fact, we're working on new material and a new record at the moment. We took time off in late 2009 after our second album kinda stalled, and concentrated on some side projects. There's Planet Rye Co, which is psychedelic garage-rock with songs about Halloween and demons and ghosts and stuff, and also The Battlemen, which I like to call "Medieval Rock". We wear wigs and tunics and sing about castles and witches and wizards and shit like that. It was fun for us to get back to just playing music for the hell of it, and remembering why we enjoy playing music together in the first place. It's also nice because the other guys all switch up instruments and contribute songs to those bands, and that's something I can't wait to bring into The Alice Rose on our next record.

Me: What do the other guys in The Alice Rose think of your new album "October House"?

JoDee: They've all been very supportive. I love them dearly for that. Lovely mates.

Me: Also last time you were here I commented on your unusual name, my friend. What is the origin of Purkeypile? Did anybody in school ever pick on you because of your name? People picked on my because of Peverett. I still get called Pervert to this day.

JoDee: I believe it's German, probably with some Dutch, as well. I've heard there's a village somewhere in Germany called Burkenbiel, and supposedly it originates from that. I know there's a Purkeypile Airport in Alaska, but it's like a little filling station for short-range planes. I didn't get picked on too much for my name, more because I was pretty spotty and had long greasy hair. There's all the usual jokes- Porkupine, Turkeypile, Pumpkinpile. I just say, "Oh, wow... how fucking original, man."

Me: You should go on tour with Jo Dee Messina, what do you think of that idea?

JoDee: Hmm, don't know about that. She's good, but I don't reckon our music would work well together, but you never know.

Me: JoDee, you're from Austin, Texas, right? Do you still live there?

JoDee: Yes, sir. I was born in Lubbock, though. I moved to Austin when I was 4 or 5.

Me: Let's talk about your new album. I love the album "October House". Is October House a real place?

JoDee: Thank you, friend. October House is a real house, in fact.

Me: What is the story behind the album title?

JoDee: Well, in England you'll often see house with little name plaques on them, like Redwoods, or Heath House, stuff like. 

Me: Yeah, our house in England was called Meadow Barn.

JoDee: There's a house in Market Drayton, where my girlfriend Lisa, who designed the cover, is from called October House. It looks nothing like the cover, but I just liked the name. October has always been my favorite month. My mom and her twin sister were born on Halloween, so growing up the house was always a kind of October house. It tied in with my childhood, I suppose.

Me: The album was recorded in England, right? Whereabouts?

JoDee: No, I recorded it all in Austin at my home studio. I just wrote most of the songs there in England, in Market Drayton when I stayed there with Lisa last summer.

Me: My son Logan has a question for you, JoDee. 

Logan: You sound like John Lennon on the album, are you a fan of John Lennon or the Beatles?

JoDee: Oh yeah, of course. He's one of my biggest influences, for sure. Thank you, Logan. That's not a bad one to be compared to.

Me: You do sound very much like Lennon, JoDee. You are really into music from England, as we mentioned before. Any new bands you're into? 

JoDee: I grew up listening to mostly English groups, like The Beatles and The Who and The Kinks, so it was bound to seep into my songwriting. I like alot of what I hear that's new, but I won't go into any names. I don't really go out and buy new music. I might just hear a song on the radio by some indie band, or whatever, and go home and write something in that style, not necessarily copying it, but using it as inspiration. There's alot of interesting production ideas I hear, as well. I listen to alot of blues players. Lightnin' Hopkins is one of my favorites. I learned alot about guitar playing from him. Also Stacy Sutherland, guitarist of the 13th Floor Elevators, is another big one.

Logan: Did you burp at the beginning of "Company Man"? Why did you?

JoDee: Yep, I sure did. It was a colon-cleanser. I just tacked it onto the beginning. When I'm messing around with ideas for songs, I always record them onto a little tape recorder to get them down. The burp and the bells and footsteps at the end of "Rise" where both recorded in Market Drayton. They're the only things that were actually recorded in England on the album. "Company Man" is about Lisa's boss at a little tea house there. I was mighty hungover one morning when I went down the road to visit her at work, and get me free tea and delicious sandwiches, so I thought the burp was appropriate. She would bring me loads of biscuits, like little wafers, and these old men who would always come in and talk about books and swords got jealous. That's why in the middle of the song you hear me saying, "Bring us more biscuits!", in honor of them, the well-read guild.

Me: Are you playing all the instruments on the album, JoDee?

JoDee: Yes. I've been doing demos like that for years. I started making them when I was 14 or 15 on a little 4-track.

Me: Thanks so much for being back on the Phile. What's next for you, and when your new album comes out, can you come back?

JoDee: Thank you, friend. At the moment, The Alice Rose is working on a new set of material, which we'll debut on September 30th at the Beauty Bar in Austin. A good friend of our's, David Bash, is holding the first International Pop-Overthrow Festival in Austin, and was kind enough to think of us. He's been holding them all over the country for years. We played one in Chicago years back, but this is the first one in Austin. It's gonna be a great show. We're really excited to get going on the new stuff. I'd love to come back, any time! Thanks for having me again.

Me: Go ahead and plug your website and I wish you lots of luck, my friend. Take care, and come to Orlando to play.

JoDee: We've launched a new website, Emerald Wood Records,, which was set up by our friend, videographer, and photograper, Jeannie Yamakawa. "October House" is available there, along with all the Rose stuff and side projects. "October House" is also available on Cdbaby ( and on iTunes. You can always find me on Facebook (, as well. I'd love to make it out to Florida, hopefully soon! Thanks again, friend.

Well, that about does it for another entry. Thanks to my guests Jeff Trelewicz who writes his own blog which you can check out at And of course thanks to JoDee Purkeypile and Logan. The Phile will be back tomorrow with James Nee from the band We Are Trees. Then next Sunday it's the Phile's 400th entry with guitarist and a real good friend Bryan Bassett from a band I might've mentioned a few times on the Phile... Foghat. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.