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Many thanks to the TomKats (Tom Weismann, Bob Paskowsky, and Jeff Martin), and to the original Swigwam staff for making this such a great jam over the years. It is sorely missed.

Jeff Williams of BluEarthArts digitally recorded and mixed the blues jam sessions at the Swigwam from 2005 through 2011; many of these recordings are still available online (see the red menu bar below).

Jeff is also available for hire for audio recordings, video, and still photography of your live performances. Need a demo or other live recording? - go here.


Specially Selected Swigwam Jam Songs from: 2009    2008    2007    2006    2005     Local Musicians Contact Info  

Songs listed prior to 2010 can be found in the link bar immediately above. Songs from the jam's final weeks early in 2010 and a charity event in July 2011 are included below, listed by the date and order they were played. Note that the MP3s on these jam pages resulted from simple multi-track mixes with minimal processing and have been saved at a low resolution. Click here for a highlights clip.

Friend and fellow jammer Billy Roberts died June 26, 2012 from complications arising from mandatory heart surgery.

Billy Roberts, 1958-2012There are many recordings of Billy on the BluEarthArts site; I've gathered a few of what I think were some of his better songs and solos here:

1) Shotgun Blues (my personal favorite)
2) Backdoor Man
3) A Clip of three of his guitar solos

A nice video of Billy by 'Surfer Dave' Benedict is below:



July 31, 2011 - The Kind Mouse Charity Jam               TheKindMouse.com
Tom WeismannBennie Cobb, Harp player & Dancing MachineSweet Home Chicago - Guitar/Vocal Tom, Keys Jeff, Bass Bob, Drums Jeff M
Cold Shot - Guitar/Vocal Tom, Keys Jeff, Bass Bob, Drums Jeff M
Me & My Baby - Guitar/Vocal Tom, Trumpet Dick, Keys Jeff, Bass Bob, Drums Jeff M
Sunvisor Blues - Harmonica/Vocal Mike, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Bass Bob, Drums Jeff M
Born Under a Bad Sign - Bass/Vocal Gary, Guitar Ric, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Drums Mark
Have You Ever Loved a Woman? - Guitar/Vocal Ric, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Bass Gary, Drums Mark
Further On Up the Road - Guitar/Vocal Ric, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Bass Gary, Drums Mark
King Bee - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Billy, Keys Jeff, Bass Tom, Drums Rashid
Messin With the Kid - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Billy, Keys Jeff, Bass Tom, Drums Rashid
Who Do You Love? - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Billy, Bass Tom, Drums Rashid
Mean Mistreater - Bass/Vocal Chris, Guitar Billy, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Drums ?
Trouble No More - Bass/Vocal Chris, Guitar Billy, Guitar Tom, Sax Gregg, Keys Jeff, Drums ?
Route 66 - Vocal Nancy, Guitars Steve & Billy, Keys Tom, Bass Mikee, Drums Jeff M
Summertime
- Vocal Nancy, Guitars Steve & Billy, Blues harp Bennie, Keys Tom, Bass Mikee, Drums Jeff M
Gimme One Reason - Vocal Nancy, Guitars Steve & Billy, Blues harp Bennie, Keys Tom, Bass Mikee, Drums Jeff W
Must Have Done Somebody Wrong - Guitar/Vocal Bernie, Guitar Tall Paul, Sax Gregg, Keys Tom, Bass Mikee, Drums Jeff W
Goin Down - Vocal PJ, Guitars Tall Paul & Bernie, Keys Tom, Bass Mikee, Drums Jeff W
Little Wing - Guitar/Vocal Tall Paul, Guitar Bernie, Violin Amanda, Keys Jeff, Bass Mikee, Drums ?
She Don't Love Me She Loves My Automobile - Guitar/Vocal Bernie, Guitar Tall Paul, Keys Jeff, Bass Mikee, Drums David Lee
I Saw it Comin' - Bass/Vocal Bill, Guitar Billy, Guitar Bernie, Drums ?
As the Years Go Passing By - Guitar/Vocal Bernie, Guitar Billy, Keys Jeff, Bass Bill, Drums Steve
If the Washin' Don't Get Ya the Rinsin' Surely Will - Guitar/Vocal Charlie M, Guitar Ric, Violin Amanda, Keys Jeff, Bass Al, Drums Mark
Swamp Hoe - Guitar/Vocal Charlie M, Guitar Ric, Violin Amanda, Keys Jeff, Bass Charlie, Drums Mark


February 21, 2010
Tall Paul plays the bluesBennie C is a blur on the dance floor.Big Boss Man - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Cold Shot - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Sweet Little Angel - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Tequila - Sax Bob  
Mojo Workin
Blow Wind - Guitar/Vocal Ric A, Blues harp John L, Bass Gary, Drums Dave B
Bellbottom Blues - Vocals Ric & Karyn, Drums Blair
Lay Down Sally 
Every Day I Have the Blues - Guitar/Vocal Lightning Jack, Guitar Russ (right chan), Blues harp Bennie C, Keys Tom, Bass Suitcase Bill, Drums Jeff W
Tulsa Time - Guitar/Vocal Russ, Slide Guitar Tom W (left chan)
Key to the Highway
- Guitar/Vocal Tom W

February 14
Me & My Baby - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Sax Bob, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Sweet Home Chicago - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Sax Bob, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Cold Shot - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Sax Bob, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Leave My Little Girl Alone - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Sax Bob, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M 
Folsom Prison Blues - Bass/Vocal Bob P, Drums Scotty
Cocaine - Drums/Vocal Mark G, Guitar Tom W, Keys Tom, Organ Jeff W, Bass Bob P
Mustang Sally - Blues harp PJ
Gimme Back my Wig - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Billy R, Keys Jeff W, Drums Jeff M
Shotgun Blues - Vocal PJ, Blues harp Bennie C, Guitar Billy R, Keys Jeff W, Drums Jeff M
Back Door Man - Vocal PJ, Blues harp Bennie C, Guitar Billy R, Keys Jeff W, Drums Jeff M



Life's a long song...

Timothy Rae HamelOn January 27, 2010 we lost a talented member of our blues community - Timmy Hamel. He was 61.

There was a tremendous turnout for his memorial jam at Gulfport on the Rocks; the place was literally packed with musicians and friends.

His guitar was played by the guitarists who knew him then it was retired, fittingly, after Colin Ward played it in the final set. The songs listed below feature Tim from various jams in years past.

Old Blue Jeans
Jolene
Texas Flood
I'm Gonna Sell the Bitch's Car
The Blues Have Got Me
Big Legged Woman
Talk to Your Daughter
Crossroads Medley

Tim on guitar backing other vocalists:
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
- the vocalist here and in Pride & Joy is Gena Lucas, whose own song ended in 2007.
Pride & Joy
La Grange
Song 12
The Blues Ain't So Bad

What I thoroughly enjoyed about my sets with Tim was his willingness to get creative with a familiar tune to give it a fresh sound. One day we'd play the song as a rhumba, another day we'd play it funky, or as a shuffle or with a wild guitar effect. Check out the songs below left for some good examples:

Same song by Tim, but each version is very different:
Damn Right I Got the Blues  
Damn Right I Got the Blues  
Damn Right I Got the Blues
Tim on bass:
When the Saints Come Marching In
Help Me

Let Me Love You
And the tune ends too soon for us all....


February 7 The former Swigwam was totally deserted (not one patron) when we arrived but filled up quickly David Lee Maxwell on drumsonce the band began to play. Again, thanks again to the hardy folks who hung out with us. Nicer weather is coming.       

Sweet Little Angel - Guitar/Vocal Tom W, Keys Jeff W, Blues harp John L, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Sweet Home Chicago - Sax Bob
Cold Shot 
Tequila  
Blues in My Pocket - Guitar/Vocal Colin W, Drums ?
Hear Me Callin'
Song 7
Walkin' Blues - Guitar/Vocal Ric A, Bass Tom W, Drums Jeff W
Back Door Man - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Billy R, Keys Jeff W, Bass Chris G, Drums Pat H
Mustang Sally - Drums/Vocal Pat H
Goin Down
- Blues harp/Vocal PJ
Pride & Joy - Guitar/Vocal Jack (rt chan), Guitar Tall Paul (lft chan), Blues harp Bennie C, Drums Mark G
Big Boss Man - Guitar/Vocal Tom W (rt chan), Bass Bob P, Drums Dave M



January 17                                    A great turnout

Billy Roberts on guitarYou Don't Love Me - Vocal John L, Guitar Tom W, Sax Bob, Organ Jeff W, Piano Tom, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
Sweet Home Chicago - Guitar/Vocal Tom W
Have You Ever Loved a Woman 
Cold Shot
Love the One You're With - Guitar/Vocal John (rt chan), Guitar Tall Paul (left chan), Bass/backing Vocal Gary B, Drums Jeff W 
Shakey Ground/Superstition
Pride & Joy
Little Wing - Guitar/Vocal Tall Paul
Born Under a Bad Sign - Bass/Vocal Gary B 
Some Kind of Wonderful 
Mustang Sally - Guitar/Vocal John, Blues harp PJ
Must Have Done Somebody Wrong - Guitar/Vocal Bernie (lft chan), Guitar Barry (rt chan), Bass Tom W, Drums BamBam
Too Hot to Handle - Drums/Vocal Paul G, Bass Jeff C
Sweet Home Chicago

Tore Down - Bass/Vocal Gary B, Guitar Ric A (left chan), Guitar Billy R (rt chan), Blues harp Bennie C, Piano Jeff W, Drums Dave M
Further on Up the Road - Guitar/Vocal Ric A
Play That Funky Music White Boy - Drums/Vocal Mark G, Guitar Barry
Standing on Shakey Ground - Guitar Sonny N, Guitar Tom W, Bass Bob P, Drums Surfer Dave



January 3  Thanks to the musicians and all the other crazy people who came out on such a cold day.

P J Scope - photo by Jeff WilliamsBaby What You Want Me to Do - Guitar/Vocal Tom W (lft chan), John (rt chan), Keys Jeff W, Bass Bob P, Drums Jeff M
You Don't Love Me
Mystery Train 
Why I Sing the Blues  
Sweet Home Chicago
Big Bad Leroy Brown - Bass/Vocal Chris G, Keys/Vocal Victoria, Drums Steve
Further on Up the Road
Gimme 3 Steps 
Empty Arms 
Walking Blues - Drums Scott
Keep Yo Mitts to Yoself - Guitar/Vocal Steve M, Keys Jeff W, Drums Mark G
Honky Tonk Women - Drums/Vocal Mark G, Bass Steve
Further On Up the Road
- Guitar/Vocal Steve M
One Way Out
Gimme Back My Wig - Vocal PJ, Guitar Steve M (lft chan), Guitar Tom W (rt chan)
Roadhouse Blues
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Guitar/Vocal Jack M, Blues harp PJ, Drums Jeff W
Pride & Joy/Sweet Home Chicago - Bass Bob P
You Can't Always Get What You Want - Guitar/Vocal Jack M
The Thrill is Gone - Guitar/Vocal Jack M
Hit the Road Jack

Shake Rattle & Roll - Bass/Vocal Bob P
Every Day I Have the Blues
Back Door Man - Blues harp/Vocal PJ, Guitar Tom W, Drums Jeff M
Lil Red Rooster

Little Wing - Guitar/Vocal Tom W