Tuesday, August 18, 2009

David Lynn Jones: "Livin' in the Promised Land"

Gradually Regaining His Focus
"Livin' in the Promised Land"
(Image from You Tube)

Some readers will recall that I announced an upcoming performance by David Lynn Jones in West Plains, Missouri scheduled for last June 13th, 2009 at a memorial concert organized by Jamie Denton in honor of the recently deceased but renowned blues harmonica player Mark Sallings. Well, as I noted, the performance took place, and somebody video-taped part of it and posted a clip of David Lynn Jones to You Tube.

David Lynn sang three songs, finishing up with a request that he sing "Livin' in the Promised Land," which he did even though he said that he doesn't usually do this on guitar -- to my surprise! -- and he began somewhat roughly, searching for the right note with his voice but finding it and growing in strength as he sang:
Livin' in the Promise Land

Give us your tired and weak
And we will make them strong
Bring us your foreign songs
And we will sing along
Leave us your broken dreams
We'll give them time to mend
There's still a lot of love
Livin' in the Promised Land

Livin' in the Promised Land
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom realy feels
There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
Still room for everyone
Livin' in the Promised Land

So we came from the distant isles
Nameless woman, faithless child
Like a bad dream
Till there was no room at all
No place to run, and no place to fall
Give us your daily bread
We have no shoes to wear
No place to call our home
Only this cross to bear
We are the multitudes
Lord, lend us a helping hand
Is there no love anymore
Livin' in the Promised Land

Livin' in the Promised Land
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom really feels
There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
Still room for everyone
Livin' in the Promised Land
Livin' in the Promised Land
The man ended powerfully. I then discovered some other recently posted video clips of David Lynn Jones on You Tube, such as "Bonnie Jean" and "Tonight in America."

And as long as we're on a country kick, let's listen to the Osborne Brothers good old "Rocky Top," which I loved as a kid. And even -- to many folks' great astonishment -- that excellent instrumental, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," played by (among others) Earl Scruggs and Steve Martin.

Yes, Steve Martin, who has perfected the clawhammer technique of banjo playing. Listen to him on the medly "Loch Lomond . . . Sally Anne."

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18 Comments:

At 11:21 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

Ah, thanks for the DLJ youtube connect,
Jeanie

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

You're welcome, Jeanie. By the way, did you ever get the chance to see Sun-Ae and the kids? They leave tomorrow afternoon, I think.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jeff,

HD

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Welcome, HD. Say hello to Ezra Pound.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:22 AM, Anonymous Catherine said...

Nice.... Thanks

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Catherine, you're welcome.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:09 PM, Blogger Al-Ozarka said...

We're going to approach Jerry Bone about playing for us during our Fall Road-Trip event. We're hoping, through that, we can possibly get an angle to work-out a deal with David Lynn Jones for our Spring-Event. It would really put us on the map if we could score DLJ for a show to end that event next April!

 
At 8:20 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Best of luck with that, Daddio. David Lynn seems to be emerging from his hermitage, so perhaps it'll work out, especially if Jerry Bone can spare the time, too.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Larry S said...

I'm wondering what the current status is of David Lynn Jones' emergence from his hermitage. I haven't heard anything more about any new recordings, Youtube postings, concerts, or sitings. Does anybody have any updates?
-Larry Saidman

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I've also heard nothing, but I recall some remark of his (maybe in an interview?) that he hoped to be coming out with something within the next several months but that this would take some time and that fans would have to be patient.

But I'd still like to hear something.

Interestingly, I've seen an upsurge in the searches for Jones that click onto my blog entries -- including from Spain, Belgium, and even Russia! It seems that he has an international audience that extends beyond even 'faraway' Canada.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:00 AM, Blogger Larry Saidman said...

It's been almost a year since anything has been heard from David Lynn JOnes. I notice on his Myspace page that people are writing in, but there's no word of any performances or "sitings" of any kind. Is it time to undertake another investigation?

-Larry S.

 
At 4:30 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Larry, I inquired of a friend in Melbourne, Arkansas who spoke with the reporter named Stroud who penned the article on David Lynn's case of identity theft, and the word is that David Lynn is indeed working on his music.

I reckon we just have to be patient. I'll be in Salem for ten days this summer, so I'll try to find out something.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Larry Saidman said...

Jeffery, any luck finding out any more info about DLJ and when we can expect some more music from him?

 
At 4:29 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

When I was in the Ozarks last month, I was told that David Lynn is working on some music and living in Hardy, Arkansas, so something is in the works.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:06 PM, Blogger jdenton said...

Jamie denton here again. For all of you facebookers out there jery bone has been posting some really nice stuff that includes david lynn jones songs and a recent video of david lynn jones sitting in with jerrys band! These are a must see and listen if you are a fan! I've posted some of them on my facebook page. You can find my page under james denton instead of jamie. I'm easy to find I'm holding a left handed stratocaster in my hands. And I'm pretty sure my page isn't private. Thought y'all might enjoy the info.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Jamie. I'll send folks David's way.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Larry Saidman said...

I'm having some trouble finding the Jerry Bone, James Denton, David Lynn Jones tracks. There seem to be a lot of James Denton's out in facebook land. Is there some way that some of these sessions could be posted on Youtube?

-Larry Saidman

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Larry, I had the same problem, which is why I didn't contact you, or blog on this. Maybe Jamie will visit again . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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