I know I promised the next episode in our continuing adventure would cover my time in Easy Toe, but I have to interject a note or two about a couple of bands that came before the mighty Toe.
“Sam” was a band I played with for a good long while around 1970 or thereabouts. We chose the name after laughing at an episode of the Dick Van Dyke show where someone said, “You can trust a man called Sam”. We immediately started saying, “You can trust a band called Sam” and so the name stuck. We played a fair number of small-time gigs in the Vancouver area and even did a road trip to the bustling entertainment centre of Merritt (BC for all you non-BCers).
But before Sam, there was the “Black Alley Blues Band” that played the coffee house circuit in the late ’60s. I played some lead, did some vocals and backed up the harmonica player who played a passable impression of Sonny Terry (look him up on YouTube – it’s worth the effort). For some unknown reason, I was called “Red Dog” Woods (no, I don’t have red hair), probably because we all felt we had to have blues names of some sort. I wound up getting fired when I bought a fuzz pedal. Guess they thought I was getting too far into rock (they were purists). Anyway, out of that I managed to write a song called “Black Alley Blues” which survived to the present day and went on my 3rd blues album, “Gypsy Blues”.
Next time I promise I’ll get to my Easy Toe years – unless something else comes up. See you then.