Gettin' Down with Gov't Grown at the Belly Up

report filed 1/26/01 9:33 am pst- Gotta say it's great to be back in Ocean Beach... the sun, the surf, and the sounds of the coast are just what the doctor ordered for our hardworking and road weary Anytime/Anywhere production crew. Of course that's the rock & roll doctor I'm referring to. And as great as the scenery and weather is, (well most of the time anyway, it's actually raining right now...) there's plenty of outstanding music in San Diego as well.

Case in point - our old friends Government Grown. The rockin' ska-delic quartet has been playing steadily since we left OB over eight months ago, including a successful cross country tour this past fall. Caught up with GG a couple of nights ago about a half hour north of OB at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Pretty cool club. Even though it was a mid week show, GG had a good turnout. Lots of dancin' from the start to finish of their high energy set.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, GG has also been spending time in the recording studio. They've just released a fine new album, New Pieces Of Clay, which we are in process of reviewing. Look for that next time. (ed. note - had a 'bit of a menkee' on a few of the photos, and didn't have a shot of GG's very talented keyboard player Evan Polselli, that was up to our rigorous standards. We'll be sure to remedy the omission next time we cross paths with GG...)

On the subject of CD reviews, thanks to all the bands that have been sending in CDs! We're steadily plowing through the rapidly growing pile... here's a few of the best:

Jorma Kaukonen Trio - Live

moe. - Dither

Dexter Grove - Live Without A Crowd, Volume 2.

Look for more CD reviews next time out!

We've also added some new links for your cybersurfing pleasure, including direct clicks to the websites of: Bill Laymon, bass player extraordinaire for the David Nelson Band; a way cool spy-cam posted atop a beach front hotel here in OB that gives a couple live views of the beach and main street 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and the Athens Music Project by Jonathan Turick.

So there ya have it. We've got a bunch of CD reviews to bang out. Hopefully will also get out to experience some live music this weekend. If all goes well, we'll have some new and exciting stuff to post in a week or two, when our adventure in music journalism continues...

'under c' - mrlee.com 2001