Here this biographical log loops around on itself. I was with my two brother Nigel and Glyn in a band called the Woebegone Brothers (the Woebegone was stolen from Garrison Keillor because we thought it sounded good) and we really are brothers - so harmonies sounded unusually tight. We wore suits and trilbys because the Blues Brothers had yet to go mainstream - what we were trying to do was to pay tribute to the gospel musicians of the first half of the 20th century who were the inspiration for rock and roll. In the 2 years we were playing we sold 3,000 tapes and a few hundred posters, badges and of course T shirts. The whole point of the band was to point to other musicians we loved. So this was the subject matter of the T shirts.
Paul Clowney designed the T shirts for us. And we provided pictures of gospel artists. The first is The Rev Gary Davies, a blind gospel street singer who became a poster boy for the revival of guitar finger picking in the 1980s. We were more interested in his songs - which were often dark and judgemental but immensely powerful.
The subject of the second Tshirt is sister Rosetta Tharpe a swing guitarist with amazing technique who had hits with among others Up above my head. And played Vegas! You can see a clip of her on the film Amelie if you keep your wits about you. But below you'll find Youtube movies of Sister Rosetta and Rev Gary Davies - brilliant that through youtube this old footage is getting an airing again. These T shirts are starting to wear. I have a few left which are precious because when they're gone they're gone. By the way if you're thinking of doing some T shirts to promote something .. don't. They are relatively expensive to buy and print and soak up cash flow like nothing else. I could run off cassettes and Cds for a song. T shirts cost money!!