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Hello from Yours Truly!

[Updated 9/7/19 to include “Willie Weed”, a song I recently wrote for Willie Nelson.]

Hey there! In addition to being a blogger (I’ve loved writing my stories down for you) and a photographer (I’ve been honored to have many of my photos used by Seattle cultural organizations, including our Seattle Symphony), I’ve been a singer and musician since I was a boy in the 1950’s. My first professional recording dates from 1966. My latest (not as professional) is from this year. It dawned on me that I could make a blog post listing every single song of mine that’s on YouTube. — Or at least all of the good ones. I’ve had folks post some they made when I had pneumonia; some were made when my front tooth had fallen out of my partial…. It’s a pretty random thing to get video’d. On almost all of these, I sing lead; however, there are a few where I’m just playing guitar, and perhaps singing backup. The oldest songs here are recordings I made with Yakima’s Velvet Illusions. I sang lead on two, and played guitar and supplied backup vocals on three more. Next would be a true hippie blues collaboration with (from Tokyo, Japan) The Flowers’ (AKA Flower Travellin’ Band) lead vocalist, Remi Aso. Then, would come songs I recorded with my late wife, Sally Jo Davis, with our folk group, Spirit Ridge. Most recently, I’ve been video’d by a lot of folks who’ve caught my solo acoustic act. Every song (with the exception of Turtle Blues, which was recorded live in Yakima, WA) was recorded in Seattle, WA.

So here you go: almost every song I’ve played or sang on, that currently resides on YouTube. From the newest, to the oldest. I’ve listed the salient information for each song. I hope you’ll enjoy at least some of them. I certainly don’t expect anyone to listen to all 32 of them. — You could pick different eras, or decades….

Please note that I’ve written the story behind the song for quite a few of these. You can find blog stories for them in my archive index.

[When you click to play, you may have to wait a few secs for a video to start, depending upon your device.]

Solo performances (vocals/guitar)

House of the Rising Sun, traditional; video by Megan Glasscock; taped at A/NT Gallery, 12/2/17:

Black Muddy River (mislabeled as Black Muddy Water), written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia; video by Megan Glasscock; taped at A/NT Gallery, 12/2/17: 

Lady Franklin’s Lament, traditional; video by Megan Glasscock; taped at A/NT Gallery, 12/2/17:

Rocky Mountain High, written by John Denver; video by Megan Glasscock; taped at A/NT Gallery, 12/2/17:

Across The Universe, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

Isn’t It A Pity, written by George Harrison; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

Turn! Turn! Turn!, written by Pete Seeger; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

Run For The Roses, written by Dan Fogelberg; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

Walk With A Light Foot, written by Randy Bowles; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

So Ready To Go, written by Randy Bowles; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2015:

Elder Hippie, written by Randy Bowles; video by Eugene Saragumba; taped at Black Coffee Coop, 2014:

Where Did You Sleep Last Night, traditional (covered by Nirvana); video by Brad Kilgas; taped at Wayfair Cafe, 2013:

Town of Fools, written by Jerry Merritt; video by Bill White; taped at Wayfair Cafe, 2013: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q_A8DwgWNvnpzC-cgGOHbpPFWbWqqaHu/view

Octopus’s Garden, written by Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr; video by Bill White; taped at Wayfair Cafe, 2013:

Blowing In The Wind, written by Bob Dylan; video by Kyle; taped at the Northwest Folklife Festival, McCaw Hall, 2013:

Endless Summer, written by Randy Bowles; video by Melissa Thomas; taped at A/NT Gallery, 2013:

The Times They Are A-Changin’, written by Bob Dylan; video by Seattle Stories; taped at Seattle Central College, 2012:

With Spirit Ridge, comprised of Randy Bowles and Sally Jo Davis, along with guests

All videos, using recordings from 1987 and 1990, made by Peter Garami, circa 2016/2017. The So Ready To Go album was recorded at Bellevue, WA’s Triad Studio; the Walk With A Light Foot album was recorded at Seattle’s Lion Dog Studio:

Boll Weevil, traditional; from the 1990 Spirit Ridge Album, Walk With A Light Foot; Sally Jo Davis (lead vocal, finger-picked guitar); Randy Bowles (lap slide guitar):

Walk With A Light Foot, written by Randy Bowles; from the 1990 Spirit Ridge Album, Walk With A Light Foot; Randy Bowles (lead vocal and acoustic guitar); Bruce Jay Pasco (lead acoustic guitar, backing vocals); Sally Jo Davis (finger-picked guitar):

Spirit Ridge (Revisited); written by Randy Bowles; from the 1990 Spirit Ridge Album, Walk With A Light Foot; Randy Bowles (lead vocal, acoustic guitar); Richard “Rick” Ruskin (lead electric guitar); Sally Jo Davis (finger-picked guitar, backing vocals):

There’s A Small Town In Every Big City; written by Randy Bowles; from the 1987 Spirit Ridge album, So Ready To Go; Randy Bowles (lead vocal, acoustic guitar); Sally Jo Davis (finger-picked guitar, backing vocals):

Isn’t It Good To Be Alive; written by Randy Bowles; from the 1987 Spirit Ridge album, So Ready To Go; Randy Bowles (lead vocal, acoustic guitar):

One Kind Favor, traditional blues; from the 1990 Spirit Ridge Album, Walk With A Light Foot; Randy Bowles (lead vocal, acoustic lead guitar); Sally Jo Davis (finger-picked guitar):

So Ready To Go; written by Randy Bowles; from the 1987 Spirit Ridge album, So Ready To Go; Randy Bowles (lead vocal, acoustic lead guitar); Sally Jo Davis (finger-picked guitar, backing vocals):

With the country-rock band, Buckwheat, of Yakima, WA and Tokyo, Japan

Turtle Blues, written by Janis Joplin; audio tape by Randy Bowles, 1971; video by Peter Garami, 2017: Remi Aso (lead vocals), Randy Bowles (lead fuzz guitar), Chuck Gregory (bass), Tim McKelheer (drums): 

With The Velvet Illusions of Yakima, WA

Town Of Fools, written by Jerry Merritt; recorded at Sound Recording, Seattle, 1966: Randy Bowles (lead vocal, rhythm guitar). Note: This is a brand-new video, made by Ally Smith. Very contemporary. Uploaded to YouTube my Gray Newell, who produced our Velvet Illusions “Acid Head” retrospective CD. Enjoy:

Born To Be A Rolling Stone, written by Jerry Merritt; recorded at Sound Recording, Seattle, 1966: Randy Bowles (lead vocal, rhythm guitar):

Velvet Illusions, written by Steve Weed; recorded at Sound Recording, Seattle, 1966: Steve Weed (lead vocal, Vox Continental organ); Randy Bowles (backing vocal, rhythm guitar):

Acid Head, written by Mike Hayes and Steve Weed; recorded at Sound Recording, Seattle, 1966: Steve Weed (lead vocal, Vox Continental organ); Randy Bowles (backing vocal, rhythm guitar):

She Was The Only Girl, written by Steve Weed; recorded at Sound Recording, Seattle, 1966: Steve Weed (lead vocal, Vox Continental organ); Randy Bowles (rhythm guitar):

Interview

This is a video interview of me, conducted by Henry Chamberlain, at Simply Deserts, 2015: Randy Bowles and the Sixties:

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One last one: this is actually my newest song, recorded recently in my living room. It’s not exactly high-fidelity. But I wanted to write a song for Willie. A friend, Ally Smith, took the audio and added photos of Willie Nelson I sent him, plus one of me at the very end. My friend Peter Garami got it onto YouTube for me. I hope you like it. –Willie sat in with my band, Stampede Pass, in 1977, which I have blogged about. — Recently, I woke up in the middle of the night with this song in my head. I got up, and wrote it all out in a half-hour. It said, “I’m coming; get up and write me down”.

My thanks to everyone who video’d me and/or helped turn existing audio recordings into YouTube videos. And I thank everyone who has enjoyed my music, because, I’ve really enjoying playing and singing for you. I’m still gigging, and loving it. Visit my Facebook page for gig dates, examples of my photography, and more. It’s all free. I’m not doing any of this to make money. — It’s time for giving back! https://www.facebook.com/RandyBowlesMusic/