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I woke up and remember having to go into my room to get some clothes or something out of my chest of drawers. I was very quiet, as I could hear Rev snoring and didn't want to wake him. Well, I got whatever it was and I was headed toward the door when I heard in a commanding voice,"Don't move or you're dead!". I turned around to see Rev with a .38 revolver in his hand pointed in my general direction, but sort of moving around so as to cover a wider target area. I remember screaming something to the effect of, "No--don't shoot." Rev replied, "One wrong move and you're dead." Well, then I started talking a mile a minute..."Rev, it's me, it's Barry, don't shoot Rev...I was only getting something from my chest of drawers..." Finally, Rev said, "Is that you, Barry?" The incident was soon over, and I had escaped with me life. I guess, from his perspective, it must have been kind of weird to be alone, blind, on the road 3,000 miles from home and rooming with a bunch of lunatic young musicians many years his junior. But to this day, the picture of Reverend Gary Davis that sticks in my mind the most is early in the morning, half-awake and blind as a bat, with a .38 in his hand pointed in my general direction. It was one of the most frightening moments of my life - Barry Melton

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Offline Parlor Picker

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Rev. Gary Davis tribute evening
« on: April 06, 2022, 08:12:20 AM »
My good friend, Mick Knight, contacted me recently to say he'd realised May 5 this year marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Davis' passing. He is therefore organising a celebratory event on May 9 at the Jenny Lind pub in Hastings Old Town (UK). He will perform and is keen for other players to turn up and play. It does not have to be exclusively Gary's material so other country blues and gospel will be welcomed. He even wondered if any American Weenies might cross the ocean for the event!.

« Last Edit: April 06, 2022, 12:49:45 PM by Parlor Picker »
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis tribute evening
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2022, 03:06:51 AM »
It is also worth mentioning that entry to the event will be free for audience and performers alike.
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis tribute evening
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2022, 01:11:21 AM »
Wow Mick's back in the UK? Say hi from Mark & Cheryl in upstate NY. If things get any fricken' crazier in these Disunited States of America we might be seeing y'all again, sooner rather than later... :)

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis tribute evening
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2022, 01:16:56 PM »
Wow Mick's back in the UK? Say hi from Mark & Cheryl in upstate NY. If things get any fricken' crazier in these Disunited States of America we might be seeing y'all again, sooner rather than later... :)
Will do, Mark. Although not a Weenie member, I know Mick does check out these pages from time to time, so he'll probably see your comment anyway.
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
Barbecue Bob

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis tribute evening
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2022, 02:22:56 AM »
He's covered Rev. Davis and Blind Lemon. Next up is Memphis Minnie.
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
Barbecue Bob

 


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