10/29- Alabama to Virginia

Beautiful death on the Alabama roadway
of tree leaves
deep yellow
taking up by the wind
blowing over the highway

Virginia Welcome

Guitarist Steve Mann died a few days ago
we were part of the ’60s folk scene in the Bay Area

Steve was a brilliant finger style blues guitarist
he & I were some of the guitarists who backed up
20 year old Janis Joplin at the Coffee Gallery
in North Beach at the Monday night hootenanny

Newly arrived from Port Arthur, TX
Janis was scared to perform in bars
because she was underage
& when she did get on stage
she stood as if in rigor mortis
w/ her balled fists held tight to her side
& opened her mouth to release
a voice that could shatter beer steins

Steve was a sweet soul
& hopefully some of his records
will be reissued


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