PETER KAUKONEN CD RELEASE PARTY TO UNVEIL AND CELEBRATE THE NEW ALBUM “CRAZY QUILT” ON FLOATING RECORDS LABEL.
Performing Locally at ART HOUSE GALLERY & CULTURAL CENTER
Saturday, February 3rd.
New recording by guitar great with awesome pedigree
(Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Johnny Winter, Link Wray)
Announcing the CD Release Party for Crazy Quilt, the new album by Floating Records recording artist Peter Kaukonen, taking place at Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave., Saturday, February 3. Showtime: 7:30pm. Requested Donation: $15-$25. Info: (510) 472-3170 or visithttps://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com/. Peter Kaukonen and The Curios perform along with special guest artists, Lee Parvin and Nancy Hall.
The thirteen original tracks on Crazy Quilt chronicle Kaukonen’s visions, views, and musical musings with the random pattern that defines life. “My 1961 Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a crazy quilt as ‘a patchwork quilt made without a design or pattern’ and ‘an incoherently-pieced-together entity. Other, more contemporary, sources aren’t much kinder, dismissing crazy quilts as ‘a hodgepodge of random patches, with no unifying design’,” explains Kaukonen, a longtime Bay Area resident who still calls Mill Valley, Calif. home. “But patterns and designs are two different things—life has patterns but no design, and a crazy quilt is like life: it’s a quilter’s way of compiling saved and cherished but disparate pieces, of putting memories into a unified work. There may be no explicit design in mind at the beginning of a piece, but patterns will surely emerge. A crazy quilt can be an existential time capsule, chronicling the quilter’s passage through time with milestones and markers made up of memories accumulated along the way. Crazy Quilt is my musical journey and existential justification,” Kaukonen concludes.
In Kaukonen’s own words, a little bit about each track on Crazy Quilt:
(Drifting) Cozumel: “Before the boys came along, my wife and I would travel and dive. This one’s from drift diving in Cozumel and features (musical instruments) requienta, a mandolin, and a kantele.”
The Ballad of Sarah Palin: “Never forgive, never forget. I was told this didn’t warrant inclusion because it was dated, but Sarah, like so many other “politicians,” is like the turd that, bobbing defiantly, refuses to be flushed out of existence. Americans, who are forever distracted by celebrity shenanigans and have no historical recall whatsoever, should be reminded daily of the abominations perpetrated in their name by the people they continue to elect, who pretend to represent them. She is, as I write this, floating merrily in the fecal stew of our festering political toilet bowl. Plus this is lyrically delicious.”
The Ballad of Saddam Hussein: “Who can forget weapons of mass distraction? Duct taping their windows? Orange terror alerts? Aluminum tubes? The American people sure can. To forget is to repeat: Never forgive, never forget; never forget, never forgive.”
Maria Full Of Grace: “It used to be “hands across the ocean,” now it’s an extended middle finger to the border and a foot to the a** of the world; if only our Native Americans had greeted the Mayflower with “s**t, thar goes the neighborhood ‘n’ our property values; all ya’ll better go on back to whar y’all cum frum.”
Ghost Music: “Yes, this is a true story about one of the children in my house.”
Lullaby: “After the advent of my twin boys I thought this’d lull them to sleep, but I was dreaming.”
Sleep Deprived: “What happens when twins are on different feeding and shrieking schedules.”
What Goes Around (Comes Around): “I was in the studio, holding one of my boys and missing my father, and I did this.”
Paqui: “Written while living in Italy in the Seventies, originally released on Traveller, and an all-time favorite, in my living room and live.”
Twilight Revisited: “A trip on golden despond; an ode to dwindling prospects and diminished expectations; begun over thirty years ago and updated to encompass even more bleakness and quiet despair. There are no golden years, only a golden trickle in the Depends.”
Bobby Gets Old: “Music and lyrics by Jerry Attricks; harmonies by Anne Teak and Dinah Sore. This song is always in my mind when people ask me what kind of music I play and, knowing how Americans feel about older people, I say, “unpopular”.
The Nature Of The Beast: “This one was a long time coming. Suddenly it took on an identity of its own, and there it was, slouching towards Mill Valley, where there is no shortage of beasts.”
That’s A Good Question: “Written in 1965, first recorded on Black Kangaroo, this one’s another old favorite. I’m thrilled with the arrangement, production, and performances on this one.”
Peter Kaukonen: Some Background
Peter Kaukonen is an American, San Francisco/Bay Area guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter. Kaukonen, the younger brother of Jorma Kaukonen, has played, toured, and recorded with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Johnny Winter, Link Wray, Terry Allen, Ruthann Friedman (Author of “Windy”) and his own band, Black Kangaroo. He plays both acoustic and electric guitar, acoustic and electric bass, mandolin, bouzouki, lap steel guitar, and piano. His influences are primarily Chicago and Delta Blues, finger-picking guitar, New Age-styled acoustic music, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and classical music. Kaukonen’s songwriting spans forty years – from early ‘power trio’ songs written for Black Kangaroo and covered by Jefferson Airplane, to instrumental compositions.
More on this Artist and Album at floatingrecords.com/peter-kaukonen