January/February 2020

Happy New Year!  Here's another "retro" video!

Another blast from the past recorded on four track cassette. This one came together lyrically using mostly album titles - and a few songs - of works that are amongst major influences (a few original thoughts are mixed in as well...) 

Vocals, Guitars, Bass - GR

Drums - Chris Brantley

December 2019

Happy December everyone!  'Tis the season for a little barrage of GR videos over the next couple months.  I shot three "live in the studio" performance videos with  Matt Santos.  The first of which is "Eye of a Thief", see below.  That was the one song on the most recent  album that was just me playing and singing solo; it was the demo I sent to the boys during pre-production and they encouraged me to put it on the album as is, along with the band arrangement songs, I hope they were right!  So instead of making a video to the recorded  solo track, I just cut it again live for the camera.  I'll be following up with a couple more like that, a cover, a newly written song along with a couple songs revived from the archives, stay tuned!

Pulled a bunch of photos out of my “Adventures with Ramblin’ Jack” archive to make an accompanyin’ video to this old song recorded on a 4-track cassette machine. It was a much simpler time…  

Here it is in all it's sloppy, raw and ragged glory!

Vocals: GR and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott                                                                                                                                                    Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass Drum & Tambourine: GR                                                                                                                  Violin: Jimmy McClelland                                                                                                                                                                Background Vocals: GR and Rich Podgur                             

Live video by Kurt Mahoney. Recorded at the Acoustic Music San Diego Series presented by Carey Driscoll on 11/05/06 opening for Dave Alvin

Photos by: GR, RJE, Jody Foss, Capt. Jim Kinsinger, Red Molly, Trinity Seely amongst others...

On translucent vinyl no less...

On translucent vinyl no less...

In Tribute of John Lennon (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980) 

We lost this great man on this day in 1980 (December 8), he was only 40 years old. I was barely 15 years old and had not yet lost a family member, nor a loved one, but the senseless loss of Lennon was a massive wake up call to the whole world as well as to my young self. I’d loved The Beatles since I nicked my mother’s 45 of “She Loves You” on the Swan label, I still have it.    

What a time it was 1980, on September 25, we lost the mighty John Bonham (age 32), Led Zeppelin’s drummer.  Led Zep was to be my first concert ever at the old Chicago Stadium, on the US leg of their “In Through the out Door” tour that was never to be, can you imagine?  That hit hard, I was just learning to love those boys, had purchased my first electric guitar and my musical journey was beginning, it was a big deal, losing Bonzo.  Then, on December 8, Lennon goes down, it was probably the greatest shared loss on a large scale in our culture since the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.   

Per Yoko Ono’s request, on Sunday, December 14, 1980, at 2 PM EST, anyone who was interested was invited to share in 10 minutes of silence to honor the man.  50,000 gathered in New York City’s Central Park to pay tribute, as many did in cities across the world.  Even many radio stations participated in the 10 minutes of silence. I sequestered myself to my bedroom and gathered the meager amount of Beatle vinyl, tapes and memorabilia I had at the time and spread them out on my bed.  I tuned in the radio to listen to 10 minutes of silence in solidarity with the rest of the world.  I knelt there and I sat there and I laid down there and I cried my eyes out.  I didn’t even understand why I had so much feeling for a man I didn’t really know. My mother sort of understood but my father thought I was a freak. 

What has become of us?  Our humanity? Even though in 1980, there was still a long way to go, and things were moving at a snail’s pace, it still truly felt like we were moving in the right direction. Progress; as in striving towards kindness and tolerance becoming the norm in the face of the rabid racism and misogyny of the past. It was noticeable even to a child.  Can you imagine commercial radio (or commercial anything) going silent for 10 minutes and losing all that ad revenue in this day and age? Can you imagine millions of people around the world coming together to honor a man as we did that day?  Can you imagine the people of this damn country truly coming together for anything at all?  Let alone to honor a single man?  An artist? A Rock and Roller? A man who fought for Peace?  I’m so sorry John. 


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