The legend is back...
It's been 2 years since the Jackie Pepper shows at the Goode-Crowley Theater and now Jackie finally returns to Marfa for a tribute to Neil Diamond this Friday and Saturday. Adam Bork and I are in the band, along with my kid brother on bass and Jim Henkel on guitar. Special guests include Susannah Lipsey on vocals, Ross Cashiola on acoustic guitar and Beanie on some piano.
Adam and I have been getting together for three hours plus the last few nights to hash through the material, which is mostly Neil Diamond. I am playing drums at the show, but have learned all the guitar chords and am showing the changes to the other Marfa musicians. This show will be very different for the Houston show, where Jackie showed up literally without a voice at all. He them proceeded to have more than a few drinks, but made it through the whole show and stunned the audience simply with his audacity to not quit singing or talking, even though nothing was coming out. Incredible.
Now, after a week in New Mexico at his shaman's house and visiting the spa, Jackie returns Friday in time for the shows. I am looking forward to it. 2 more rehearsals with the crew and then shows.
View Jackie Pepper on YouTube- his manager tries to keep him off but there's some good rare footage plus a nice interview from several years back. - David