Friday, October 24, 2008


Two musicians I know have had some serious health problems lately.

Jimmy Carl Black, former Mothers of Invention drummer and still the Indian of the group, has been suffering from leukemia for a few years now. He lived in New Mexico for a few years in the early '80s. He had a local band called Capt. Glasspack & His Magic Mufflers. And yes, he did play drums on "The Green Weenie" on my album way back when.

I saw Jimmy play the Outpost in Albuquerque late last year and he seemed to be doing well. But now I understand he's taken a turn for the worse.

He's living in Germany now. Do send your prayers.

Victoria Armstrong, a singer and songwriter who has performed around Santa Fe for years with her husband Don, recently had coronary bypass surgery and is recovering at her home in Tucson, Margaret Burke tells me. "... and of course the bills are astronomical and they are in need of dinero.."

Therefore Margaret and others are organizing a benefit for Victoria, Sunday Nov. 2 at 2nd St. Brewery. It's a four-hour show starting at 2 pm.

Musicians who are on the bill so far include Margaret Burke, Jim Terr, Steve Guthrie, Janice Mohr-Nelson, Sid Hausman, Raj Badri, Jono Manson, Bill and Bonnie Hearne, Joe West, Arne Bey and Sharon Gilchrist.

"We won't be selling tickets- but hopefully people will be feeling generous and we'll have plenty of hat passing!" Margaret says.

If anyone would like to send them a check:

Don and Victoria Armstrong
p.o. box 40994
Tucson, Az 85717

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