By Charley Yates
Bobby Mahon photo by Mitzi Valenzuela , September 1990, Entertainment Magazine, page 6.
Tennessee Ernie Ford used to say, “Well, bless your lil ole pea pickin’ heart” on his shows and concerts– with that warm southern charm most Tennessean’s have.
Bobby Mahon has that charm as well. He projects a certain old fashioned southern gentlemanship to an audience when he performs. Unlike Tennessee Ernie, Bobby isn’t a pea picker, but a very good guitar player, singer and entertainer. Bobby has a very bright career ahead of him. He was born and raised in Nashville. When his name is mentioned there, well, everyone knows “Bobby.”
Tucson is beginning to know Bobby as well. His style of good ol’ southern pickin’ is becoming a favorite among the locals. This reporter had the pleasure of performing with him on stage a few times recently.
Born in Franklin, Tennessee, Bobby started playing professionally at Nashville clubs at age 12. At 15, he was already playing recording sessions and began to work on the road, opening for many Nashville artists.
Eventually, Bobby started performing his own shows with his own band. His first records were released in 1972 called “How Can You Tell Your Lover Goodbye,” and “Doors.”
Bobby has toured Canada a few times, in 1974 and 1978, and most recently in 1988 when he appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Network on “Entertainment Canada” and “Entertainment Saskatchewan.” Bobby has also appeared on the “Ralph Emery Show” in Nashville and the “Sounds of Tucson” in Tucson. His first West Coast tour in 1983 took him on the road for nine months.
Bobby also has some movie credits under his bell He briefly appeared in scene in “Sweet Dreams,” “Marie,” “The Last Days of Frank and Jessie James,” and the remake of “Stagecoach.” In 1986, he opened his publishing company, Four Leaf Clover Productions. His recent release, “Country Side Up,” is now available.
Bobby and the High Plains Drifters will be featured all month long at the Butterfield Junction, Wednesdays through Saturdays, with an Open Jam on Sunday evenings. The best time to catch Bobby is now, before he’s back on the road again.
By Eric Schimmel
Inspite of a suffering economy, Tucson’s live music scene continues to nourish. With many national recording acts and fine local musicians playing the few available clubs, Tucson’s music calendar for September is exceptional. In the beginning of September, the Runes Café resumed its Downtown Saturday Night Concert Series with Los Lasers and L Mondo Combo on September 1st, followed by Manzanita on September 15th.
Los Lasers will be performing music from their new record soon to be released. Manzanita is a new entry into the local band market. They combine Reggae with R&B for a very danceable sound. Last minute addition is the Arizona Rainforest Alliance Benefit at Rune’s Café with Major Lingo, Manzanita, Pulse and Brain Damage Orchestra.
Also, in early September, Club Congress reinstates live music on Fridays in a novel approach. Combining the recorded dance grooves of killer DJ Spyder Rhoades with a different live band every week, CC offers excellent dance/live music under one roof. Gila Bend, one of Tucson’s most poplar new bands will headline on September 7th.
As always, Mudbuggs will have several major concerts this month, including the Electric Boys with Company of Wolves on September 15th. Both groups are riding high one chart busting new records. The tape release party for Tucson’s own rock/funkers Helen Hammer will be on September 12th at Mudbuggs and Gila Bend’s Boogie Night on September 19th.
Helen Hammer member photo by Mitzi Valenzuela .
By Neil D. Costin
Local saxophonist Jed Paradies, founder of the band Jed Paradies and the Jazz Terrorists, have been playing to contemporary Jazz audiences at local clubs for over a year. Paradies and his group, using the name Jazz Logic, recently released a cassette of all original material, called “Obsession.”
Joining Paradies are musical colleagues Craig Faltin (acoustic and electric bass guitar), Fred Hayes (percussion and drums), and one of Tucson’s most active guitarists, Howard Wooten.
Former Tucsonan Jeff Daniel is heard as guest keyboardist. Paradies utilizes the soprano and tenor sax, plus the sweet sounds that emanate from a flute. The music on Paradies “Obsession” is definite WAVE music, yet would likely fit any locally heard Jazz format, as exemplified by Wooten’s composition “Softly.”
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