Last Sunday I took my trailer full of trash to the recycle center, then drove out to the countryside to see some music at Rancho Nicasio. On the way I shot this sculpted hedge outside a pretty drab building that’s part of the Fairfax Jehovah’s Witness complex. Kinda wierd, it’s a witty hedge, which the JW’s are not.
Dusty from the dump I went behind a warehouse, took off my work clothes and took a shower from the shower bag in my truck, got into shorts and headed out to the country. I’d seen Paul Thorn last year, he knocked me out. Never heard of him. I only saw him because I went to see Billy Joe Shaver, who opened for him. This year people have caught on, because it was sold out. Barbecue on the lawn, sunshine, shade, music starts at 4 PM. not being able to get in, I bought a beer and meandered to a field behind the grounds with my fold-up chair, and could see and hear great. Paul is from Mississippi, he’s the real thing. Worked 12 years in a chair factory, was a world-class boxer and fought Roberto Duran (he lost in the 6th round because his face was cut). Imagine a guy who’s a great musician being such an athlete.