You might know that we here at Riffin’ love late ’60s British psych-pop. The Move, The Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Nice, The Who… The Penny Peepshow? Well, we love them now but didn’t know it a week ago.
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Lancelot Barre played the Grey Eagle in Asheville last night (a great crowd and phenomenal performance by all accounts). Before the show he hung around Asheville FM for a good while and chatted with JD, host of Closer to the Edge (our favorite prog rock Thursday brother show). Check out the replay of THAT awesome interview all week on his show page here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/closer-to-the-edge/ Find the replay in the audio bar there or pop-out “Listen” link. Interview portion kicks in about the 34 minute mark.
We rather warmed up the airwaves for Marty by dredging up some real oldies, I’m talking pre-Tull here! A few of his tunes from two singles (and a rare outtake) on Liberty (UK) as guitarist with The Penny Peeps, who should have rightfully appeared on the label as The Penny Peepshow, but someone at the label or BBC was uptight about the naughty implications of the sort of thing one might have seen at a show so named.
We also set the tone with a great track from contemporaries Tomorrow (feat. Steve Howe of later YES fame) and my obligatory favorite Move tune.
Anyway, check it out and do a little time travel to an age when the only Jethro Tull anyone knew was the original agriculturalist the band nicked its name from.
You’ll want to follow the link to a post on the station facebook page (below) for a fun photo and clever caption (not the more proper one shown at bottom).
“Legendary rock band Jethro Tull has long been drawn by the mystic allure of Asheville and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. In 1975 they chose Asheville for the launch of their “Warchild” album US tour and spent a week rehearsing here. They have returned often over the years, as artists and on holiday. Here is our buddy Vance Pollock meeting up with guitarist Martin Lancelot Barre in town this week.”