Ghost of California
"The poets still hang at the Cafe Floré, the womb of many unfinished songs." Jefferson Berry left California with situations unresolved. This song is about going back. One of the key tracks on Double Deadbolt Logic, the third album from Jefferson Berry & the UAC, Ghost of California was originally shot by WIll Drinker. On a trip west to take care of family affairs, Jefferson worked with Bill Emberley's crew for B roll content. Will came up with the final edit. Jefferson Berry & The UAC is a folk rock band with a coalition of three to seven musicians playing dynamic, danceable songs about the city, the good love/bad love and these strange times. The band is anchored by the virtuosity of Bud Burroughs, Dave Brown and Marky B. Berkowitz. While appealing to both jam band and folk audiences, the band is driven by the bass and drums cadre of Uncle Mike and David Rapoport. Complementing all this with a variety of guitar styles, Berry’s songwriting brings a contemporary point of view to a unique wing of Philadelphia’s local music scene.
At the Festival
Jammin at Folk Festivals is a way of life. Over the past 25 years, nearly all of my closest relationships have been forged at fest. Bud Burroughs and I met at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 96 and have been in bands together ever since. The UAC's banjo/lap steel/Stratocaster guy, Dave Brown and I have fested together for over 10 years at Club Ned (in the Campgrounds of Philly Fest) and at X-Fest. I met Ned Bloom at Falcon Ridge, where I camp between "The Swamp" (with Mani Goran and his crew) and "The Front Porch" (with the Jimmy Fired-Up-The-Kitchen Marshall and his peeps) . I met Meghan Cary at Philadelphia Folksong Societies Spring Thing, she introduced me to Marion Holiday who introduced me to Uncle Mike, UAC's amazing bass player. While Marky B! and Rapo (UAC's Harmonica and Drums) haven't fested as much, when they have their enthusiasm was off the hook. And if we didn't know one another at Fest, we did at NERFA--a folk festival in a hotel full of freaks! As for festing this year, it's gonna be virtual. We'll see you on the farm again in 2021. This is dedicated to Gene Shay, Maggie Marshall, Jamie Hawks, Pat Scott, Marla Petersen and Jay Popky. Fest was their way of life as well. Jefferson Berry, May 2020
That Guy Was Fun
From 1962 to 2015, Gene Shay produced a weekly Folk Radio show. He was the Dean of American Folk Radio and a founding partner and MC of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. But most of all, Gene was fun. At Philly Folk, he was at the center of a huge event; he was the tradition. Down to earth, at Falcon Ridge or XFest, he was one of the guys... "laughing in the rain." When I wrote this song, the Philadelphia Inquirer had just announced his death from the Corona Virus. But then as I'm getting the demo out to the band, it turns out he wasn't dead. Prankster! Jefferson Berry May 2020 For information about the Gene Shay DJ Scholarship Fund go to https://member.folk.org/donations/donate.asp?id=13110
That Was Me
That Was Me was the first track on the Urban Acoustic Coalition's 2016 CD, The Habit. Like much of the album, it was co-written with poet Charlie O'Hay. The original performance was at Chaplins, Spring City PA, October 22, 2016. It was two-camera shoot with Chris Cacheula on the board. Chris did the original mix of the video. We then took the 16 track audio of that show to Melodyvision Studios in Plymouth Meeting, PA to fix and remix. Finally, at a show the band played at Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk, Jed Koch shot the song on an I-Phone 7 and we took that footage back to Melodyvision where Rodney Whittenberg produced the music video you see here. The Urban Acoustic Coalition: Jefferson Berry, Guitar and Vocals; Becka Cooper, Vocals; Marky B, Harmonica; Dave Brown, Banjo; Dean McNulty, Bass; David Rapoport, Drums; Bud Burroughs, Mandolin.