BMW MOA Rally, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, Tel. 503-947-3247, GPS: N44 degrees, 57.453", W123 degrees 00.670"
6 pm - David Jacobs-Strain with the Crunk Mountain Boys
8 pm - Canned Heat
6 pm - JJ Grey and MoFro
8 pm - Jonny Lang
6 pm - Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
8 pm - Paul Thorn Band
By Lee Harrelson #145612, 2013 International Rally Entertainment Chairman
At this year’s Beemers, Bigfoot and Blue Skies Rally in Salem, Ore., we have pulled together musical talent from near and far. We start off Wednesday night, July 17, Volunteer Appreciation Night for all those who come to the site early to help set up the entire fairgrounds! We are showcasing repeat performances by two artists in our beer garden area for this intimate evening of entertainment.
If you attended the Four R Rally in Redmond, you will remember our ﬁrst entertainer. Lindy Gravelle
is a singer–songwriter–pianist who started playing at three years of age, soon sitting in with her father, sisters and brothers in the Leonnig Family Band. In the early 1980s Lindy moved to San Francisco, forming the Red Dog Band and opening for acts like Commander Cody and Hank Williams, Jr. In 1985, Lindy packed it all up and moved to Nashville to work on her career, writing “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline,” recorded by Marsha Thornton. She also penned “Exit 99” for Lorrie Morgan. Her Oregon roots run deep, so in 2000 she moved back to central Oregon, where she continues to write and perform today. She had so much fun playing for us in Redmond she wanted to come to Salem and play for us again!
More about LINDY
Once the Rally begins, we are going to take advantage of the wonderful amphitheater facilities at the Salem Fairgrounds for each evening’s entertainment. The amphitheater has comfortable seats and restrooms and, of course, the sound is fantastic.
I ﬁrst saw Thursday’s opening act at the famous Rhyman Auditorium in Nashville. I was so impressed with his solo performance opening for Boz Scaggs that I approached him right after the show and talked about our Rally plans for Bloomsburg. He came with Bob Beach on harmonica and blew everybody away! Well, now he has added a full band and they are playing dates all over the place. But being from the neighborhood, he might appreciate the opportunity to stay home a night or two. He’s a very cool guy.
David Jacobs-Strain is a virtuosic slide guitar player and a storyteller; a bridge between today’s indie troubadours and the delta guitar slingers of the 1930s, David plays with precision and sings with emotional abandon. He’s a six-foot-two Jewish blues singer from Oregon, a Stanford dropout in a trucker hat, and a Left Coast poet; one part Leo Kotke, one part Ken Kesey and one part Robert Johnson.
David Jacobs-Strain with the Crunk Mountain Boys
Visit DAVID online
For the MOA David is bringing his kick-ass rock and roll string band, The Crunk Mountain Boys: big swampy grooves, tight harmonies, 12-string slide guitar and what you might call a West Coast twang. The band features legendary harmonica player Bob Beach, backed up by John Kenneth Raden on drums, Zak Johnson on stand-up bass and Blake Padilla on Hammond B-3 organ. The Crunk Mountain Boys kick like Little Feat and the Band, but there’s a serious hint of writers like Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett. It’s high-energy art you can dance to, with new songs to remember. David has toured extensively with Boz Scaggs and opened for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bob Weir and Lucinda Williams. He has played festivals from Tamworth, Australia, to Lugano, Switzerland, including appearances at Merlefest and the Newport Folk Fest.
Following David is Canned Heat
. Yes, that Canned Heat! Starting way back in 1966, they had a hit record “On The Road Again” – a cover of a Floyd Jones tune. In 1968 they followed that with a Henry Thomas number, “Going Up Country.” They played the Monterey Pop Festival in ‘67 and Woodstock in ‘69! A touring band for over 40 years, they have played more motorcycle events around the world than any other band. Drummer Fito de la Parra has been a BMW owner/rider his entire life and is really looking forward to playing this year’s Rally. His BMW story was featured in the October 2012 issue of BMW ON
magazine. Canned Heat’s songs are a part of many riders’ lives... “On the Road Again,” “Going Up Country,” “Harley-Davidson Blues,” and so on. The band’s name is taken from a 1928 Tommy Johnson song called “Canned Heat Blues,” a song about an alcoholic who desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called “canned heat.”
Give CANNED HEAT a listen
Friday night’s concert performances are brought to you by the MOA Foundation, dedicated to supporting motorcycling and its rich heritage for BMW MOA members and the motorcycling public by funding programs that advance rider safety, education and training. The BMW MOA Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) Public Education Foundation. Incorporated in 2000, the BMW MOA Foundation provides funding for a variety of on- and off-road training opportunities within the BMW MOA Rider Performance University (RPU). In addition, the BMW MOA Foundation supports Camp GEARS, a multi-day training and education program held each year for young riders at the International BMW MOA Rally. The BMW MOA Foundation also provides funding for the popular SMARTrainer, (Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainer) in cooperation with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The BMW MOA Foundation, in conjunction with the BMW MOA Rider Education Coordinator, makes the SMARTrainer available at no cost to Charter BMW MOA clubs and other motorcycle events throughout the country. A big thanks to Bob Aldridge and all the folks at the BMW MOA Foundation for providing a huge double bill concert for this year’s Friday night entertainment.
Listen to some MoFro!
JJ Grey and MoFro start the evening around 7 p.m. Born into a family with generations-old roots in rural Florida, JJ Grey was raised with a combination of backwoods wisdom and old-school blue-collar values. He heard music at barbecues and in local juke joints, all the while developing a deep love and respect for the land and its culture. Grey’s original songs are inspired by legendary musicians including Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, soul greats Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert, country stars George Jones and Jerry Reed, as well as by Grand Ole Opry comedian Jerry Clower. Whether it is a narrative passed down to him from his grandmother or the tribulations of a childhood friend, Grey’s ear for detail rings through in true storyteller fashion.
Then hang on for Friday night to take off with a killer guitar player and soulful singer. Jonny Lang
started playing the guitar at the age of 12, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo, N.D. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from Ted Larsen, the Bad Medicine Blues Band’s guitar player. Several months after Lang began, he joined the Bad Medicine Blues Band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Bang. The band moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and independently released the album Smokin’
when Lang was 14. Lang was signed to A&M Records in 1996. He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me
on Jan. 28, 1997. The next album, Wander this World
was released on Oct. 20, 1998, and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming
on Oct. 14, 2003. Lang also made a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Dying to Live.” Lang’s album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around
, released in 2006, won him his ﬁrst Grammy Award. In more than 10 years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton. Lang also makes a cameo appearance in the ﬁlm Blues Brothers 2000
as a janitor.
Get yourself some Jonny Lang right here
In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua. Bringing a smoking hot band and the full road show, Jonny is sure to leave us tapping toes and singing the blues all the way to the tent!
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Enjoy all the great seminars, vendors and all things Rally, all day Saturday, but make sure you are back in the amphitheater for Saturday night’s two fantastic bands, starting with Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
. Castro began his career playing in local Bay Area cover bands prior to joining the nationally touring R&B party band, the Dynatones. Since forming his own band and relentlessly touring the world, he has become one of the blues’ top drawing artists and best-loved performers, known worldwide for his impassioned vocals, forceful guitar work, striking songwriting and galvanizing live show. Castro has released albums on the Telarc, 33rd Street and Heart And Soul and most recently on the Alligator label, as well as on Blind Pig.
Here is some Tommy Castro concert footage
His album Guilty of Love featured the last recording session for John Lee Hooker. In 2002 he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute! performing the song “I Can Tell.” In 2007 the readers of BluesWax (online magazine) voted Painkiller as BluesWax Album of the Year. It also won the 2008 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Castro’s contagious, boyish energy and his uncanny ability to connect one-on-one with his fans – who often travel great distances to watch him play – have made him among the blues world’s busiest, most popular acts. Tommy and the Painkillers have been playing shows up and down the West Coast this season with our closing act for 2013.
Next, we have the Paul Thorn Band. Yes, back by popular demand! After opening for Delbert McClinton at our Rally in Johnson City back in 2009, Paul has been a favorite of BMW MOA National Rallies and played for us in both Redmond and Bloomsburg. After leaving them off the show last year in Sedalia, we received so many requests for them to play we just had to ask Paul to come to Salem. If you have not had the opportunity to hear this incredible singer/songwriter, don’t miss this one. Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Miss., native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. Pimps and Preachers, which topped the Americana charts for three weeks and broke into the Billboard Top 100, perfectly exemplified the vivid scope of his songwriting and illuminated his family background. While his father is a Church of God Pentecostal minister, his uncle (his father’s brother) spent time as a pimp, and Thorn was inﬂuenced by both of these men. Mining these “saint and sinner” scenarios, Thorn crafted a disc that All Music Guide lauded as “a great rock and roll album,” while The Nation
labeled it “an incredible ﬁnd.” Paul Thorn took an unexpected detour on the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010’s Pimps and Preachers
. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes that have drawn comparisons to John Hiatt and John Prine, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter – hailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana” – decided to do an album of covers. “I wanted to take a break from myself,” Thorn revealed, “do something different, and just have fun.” The collection, entitled What the Hell Is Goin' On?
ﬁnds Thorn putting his own gritty rock stamp on some of his favorite songs. There are some names familiar to Americana fans (Buddy Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard), some lesser-known (Foy Vance, Wild Bill Emerson) and some surprises. The Buckingham/Nicks tune “Don’t Let Me Down Again”
originated on that duo’s debut, not during the Fleetwood Mac era, while the Paul Rogers/Free song that Thorn chose to cover is an obscure one, “Walk In My Shadow.” Paul and the band are excited to be closing out our Beemers, Bigfoot and Blue Skies 2013 International Rally. They are big MOA fans and love playing for us, so make sure to let them know how much we appreciate them rocking us all the way into 2014!
We got your Paul Thorn right here ...
We have worked very hard this year to provide top quality entertainment with a balance of artists and styles to satisfy all of our Rally goers. I want to thank Deb, Jackie and Rick for all of their months of work. I hope every Rally attendee ﬁnds an opportunity to single out each one of them and thank them personally for their commitment to the BMW MOA and to the 41st Annual International Rally.
See you in Salem, and please come by anytime and say hello!