We walked in on One-Eyed Jack finishing up their sound check. Already 10:30, so we knew it was going to be a late night. 4 tries at the chorus to This, Too, Shall Pass set the band up for their vocal levels. A new song called Hawt Sauce was used to check the instrument levels. This should have just been the opener, 'cause it was smokin’ and we were ready to burn! The band settled in with some drinks, and some members came back with that “kind scent” that we all know.

The set opener was Kick Away the Blues. Then Katie stepped up with Joe for the Appalachian rocker Shotgun Mamma. A beautiful version of the new song Pride in Your Pain flowed into Bill Dawson, and before the last chord was strummed, Joe kicked into Copperhead Well with the intensity of a freight train. The last chords rung out and the harmonica got strapped on for a beautiful rendition of Trials & Tribulations, which has become my favorite. The new piano & harmonica opener and Katie’s vocals have taken this tune to new heights. The solo was hot, nice and Jerryish, flowing perfectly into the chorus.

The Road was next, great “seven jam” at the end. The soundcheck prepped the band for the real rippin’ version of This, Too Shall Pass. It’s been a while since this was played out and it seems that the new lineup is the best at pulling this off. I’ve heard this before and this is the strongest it has been, the new surprise was the jam at the end that melted into Playing in the Band. What a version! Jeff & Katie’s vocals were compatible to great Weir and Donna takes. The jam was nutz! Mountain Jam? Could it be? Slam! That cool little lick that tells us all it’s rolling back to the bridge and then Playin is back. Finally, a set break and I can roll out to roll another.

The Second set opened with Mike Falzarano from Hot Tuna on acoustic and One-Eyed Jack backing him on Big Railroad Blues. Mike’s vocals were great and O-E J complemented his style. Mike sat in on 2 O-E J songs Brother Tom & Move On. Excellent versions and the acoustic was definitely a treat to hear in these songs. It added a whole new dynamic. I was honored to be seeing and hearing this. Mike then went into Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad. Once again his vocals were great and extra harmonies by Joe & Jeff added to the mix. Katie stepped up for the new Draw the Line.

Friend of the Devil with Mike on vocals followed, then Deep Elem Blues, which was a great shuffled out version. The bass was wailin! Loved it! Then a real surprise, Joe pulled out Kevin Kinney’s Straight to Hell. This was the first time the band did this one, and since Mike was at the Allen Woody benefit I guess the band took advantage of his presence. It was a great ending song with Mike and Joe on vocals for the chorus (this is a great FSU song). Mike Falzarano left the stage and O-E J jumped into Time on the Run which you can download as an MP3. Excellent set closer, the floor dropped out from me and bam! Set break. Roll another one.

3rd set took awhile to kick in actually it was after 2am as the 2nd set closed. The 3rd set opened with “Hard to Find.” I came in late and only caught the last half already after 3 I figured this was it but a “China Cat” peaked out and a “China-Rider” close was the end to a FSU Mob gathering. If you didn’t catch the O-E J & Mike Falz show then next weeks 10/14 show with Oteil (Allman Bros) & the Peacemakers at the Lion’s Den should be a must. The band is prepped and the new material is wailin’ I got my $4 off flyer at this show. Rumor has it that Jimmy & Warren will be showing up after the Phil Show. . .

For more info on One-Eyed Jack, see their website or their JamBase homepage.

Suzie Cream Cheese
JamBase One Eyed Jack Representative

[Published on: 10/10/00]

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