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January 23rd, 2021...

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HOW WE RUINED LUNCH HOUR IN DULUTH. We were not recording stars, and had no idea we would ever have hit records. We were just three Florida musicians, Misty, me, and our guitar player Doug Tarrant, who somehow wound up in the north country in December. Our booking was at the Black Bear Lounge in the Hotel Duluth. Our dog, Brubeck, accompanied us on the tour. He looked like a Jack Russell Terrier, but he wasn't anything you could pin down. Brubeck would not eat dog food. He would eat cat food or a foul smelling liver and garlic concoction that Misty cooked for him. He would also eat complete motel mattresses, medium sized linoleum floors, and my better clothes. We loved him! Misty felt a need to dress Brubeck up like a rich lady's poodle. He would be led through the lobby wearing a leopard print dog coat, a hat, and four yellow boots, at least one of which was always turned around with the toe facing grotesquely backwards. He would be shaking a rear leg trying to get rid of it. This gets worse. The hotel had a classy restaurant which was below ground level. The sidewalk and snow covered grass were exactly at eye level with the lunch crowd inside. The place was packed with business people enjoying their food, when Misty's legs appeared in the far right window, then the leash, and finally what looked like a dog in a pimp suit. The pimp dog went right up to the restaurant window and proceeded with a long overdue bowel movement. Misty, totally embarrassed at being the focus of every eye in the crowd, tried her best to look like she'd never seen this dog before in her life. It didn't work, and Brubeck went earnestly on and on. Then she made it worse by trying to drag him away while he was still going. A lot worse! The lunch hour business dropped off abruptly after that. Copyright Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. Reprinted by kind permission of the author.

January 16th, 2021...

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ENOUGH ABOUT ME. Misty Morgan, my wife and partner, has a photographic memory for music. I call it a "phonographic" memory. She can play any piece she hears once, even if it's just background Muzak in a store, but she does not read music. She has never sung a note off key. Her first underage jobs were with pickup combos around Tonawanda, New York. They played standards, dance music, jazz, and a little country. As a piano single, she played and sang mostly standards, Broadway, and popular songs. When I met her she was playing with her country band at The Corral Barbecue in West Hollywood, Florida, under the name "Mary Male". One night, when we had only been together a short time, we went to a club to hear an all female jazz quintet. Somebody asked her to sit in on piano, and she accepted. I was embarrassed. I said, "Honey, you don't play jazz." She just said, "I can do it." As she went on-stage, I went to the rest room. I didn't want to see it. Then I heard this great jazz piano, a mix of Oscar Petersen, Erroll Garner, and Ramsey Lewis. I went out and looked and it was Misty. She brought down the house. I said, "Where did you learn THAT?!" She calmly said, "I told you I could do it" She can play all kinds of music, and never plays anything the same twice. She is the first female entertainer I know of to play six stacked keyboards onstage. Sometimes the strings, guitars, fiddles, and many of the other sounds on our records are really Misty and her magic keyboards. She can blend them with Buddy Spicher, Johnny Gimbel, Vassar Clements, and other musicians, so that you can't tell unless you were there. Her ear for sound is a valuable tool I use when mixing sessions. I can write the songs, and we work out the arrangements together, but she has the final word on the mixdowns. She was the first woman to produce a Number One country record. When I write a new song I sing it to her first. She never says it's bad. If she says, "That's really nice" I know it isn't. I have go back and work on the song until she gives the right reaction. It's sort of an excitement in her eyes... sometimes even tears. She's always right. My final editor. Everybody remarks about her unusual harmony on our duets. I have no idea what she's doing and I don't want to know. It just works. On top of all this, she is the perfect straight man to my funny stuff. She folds her arms and gives me a look that says this: "Whenever you're through, dummy. We're trying to do a serious show here." The audiences love her, and so do I. Jack Blanchard P.S. Misty and I have been together 24 hours a day for over half century, I seriously miss her. Copyright January 16, 2021 by Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. Reprinted by kind permission of the author.

January 2nd, 2021... Hi, friends. Jerry here. I needed something to do last night (and early this morning, if I'm being honest), so I began a long overdue project on my personal calendar. While roaming around the web, I found a picture of the missing front cover for "Sweet Memories" (the 1987 de facto 'greatest hits' album issued by Chalice Records and sold on TNN (The Nashville Network), as well as Bear Family Records in Germany). It's a small picture at best, but it fit perfectly in the albums grid. After that was done, I figured it was only right to update that album's page, so I have. I discovered that somehow, in the wonderful way websites will do, that half of the page for "Fire Hydrant No. 79" had vanished. That has also been corrected. And now, please indulge me if I make one or two requests: 1) Our friend LaNae Peavey has set up a GoFundMe page which you can find here. It's pretty self-explanatory. and 2) If anybody out there has the Sweet Memories LP, I'd really like to get the graphics (covers, labels) so I can spruce up its page. My email is Thank you. Jerry. (Addendum, January 6: If you're thinking of an alternative way to contribute to the fund, you can send money directly by PayPal to: JACKANDMISTY@GMAIL.COM . Thank you again.)
January 1st, 2021... I really wish I didn't have to type this, but I have to. I just don't know how. I'm really not good at it. Misty passed away today. 'Shocked' and 'saddened' are the only words that come to mind right now. This is not how we wanted the new year to start. It was my love of Jack and Misty's music that inspired me to start this site as an online discography (or, to use Jack's word, "discology") back in 2000, simply because there were no online references to their records anywhere (at the time). Faron Young once told Jack about his singing, "Three seconds into the record, and you know who it is." It took less time than that to know when Misty was singing. Brilliant, funny, talented, and beautiful... all that, And knowledgeable. (It was Misty who turned me on to the music of another artist, Amos Lee. I've never forgotten that.) My thoughts are with Jack, of course. "Birdwalk" will continue, as always. I'll probably have more to say when I can finish wrapping my head around all this. Rest in peace, Misty. You've earned it. Jerry D. Withers. webmeister.
December 31st, 2000/January 1st, 2021... Hi, friends. Your friendly neighborhood webmeister Jerry here. Just some thoughts before starting: As I do every year at this time, I've moved all the news from 2020 to its new spot on the Old News page here, so that's where that went. I have more to add, but I'm not sure yet how to best phrase it, other than the old standby, "More to come". (I'll find the words, I'm sure.) In the meantime, on behalf of assistant webmeister Lee, and Jack and Misty, I wish you a safe and Happy New Year. More to come... Jerry.
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