Ken Leighton 3 p.m., July 26
Jeffrey Joe Morin
Sound description: Ballads, blues and heartbroke laments.
RIYL: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Paladins, Son House, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Jeff Beck, Norton Buffalo, Hoagie Carmichael, King Cole Trio, B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Rosie Clooney, Perry Como
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Strange Stage Stories from San Diego Musicians" · Oct. 1, 2012
- "The Acoustic-Schlock Therapy of Jeffrey Joe Morin" · May 23, 2012
Inception: San Diego, 1946
Influences: Ray Cox, Eddie Gaspar, Pete Auclaire, John McConnell, George Gawlik, Pierre Ardans, Glenn Meyer, Stanley Hughes, John Mabry, Vince Carden, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Pearl Bailey, Jeff Beck, Norton Buffalo, Maria Callas, Albert Camus, Hoagland Carmichael, Rosemary Clooney, King Cole Trio, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Amos Garrett, Steve Goodman, Yascha Heifitz, Gregory Hines, Son House, Gordon Jenkins, Gladys Knight, Chester and Lester, Howard Levy, Professor Longhair, Dean Martin, Johnny Mercer, Anna Moffo, Mark O'Connor, Wilson Pickett, John Prine, Johnny Puleo, Thich Quang Duc, Bonnie Raitt, Jim Reeves, Django Reinhardt, Paul Robeson, Artur Rubinstein, Mario Savio, Beverly Sills, Frank Sinatra, Keeley Smith, Joseph Spence, Jo Stafford, Billy Strayhorn, Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Doc Watson, David Wilcox, Hank Williams, Joe Williams, Lucinda Williams
“My checkered past includes skippering a tugboat on the San Francisco Bay and sinking boats as a brown-water river sailor with the Vietnamese Navy,” says blues singer/guitarist Jeffrey Joe Morin.
“As soon as I left Mar Vista High School [Imperial Beach] in ’65, I got drafted and followed my old man into the Navy. After flunking out of electronics school in San Francisco, I was a deckhand and later craft master on tugboats, working out of Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard. By January of 1969 I was an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy Junk Force’s Coastal Group 14 on the Cua Dai River, 40 miles south of Da Nang. We stopped and searched river traffic all day. We patrolled and we got shot at all night.”
When he returned to civilian life, Morin earned a B.F.A. in design from CalArts and began playing in a series of local bands. “I never really quit music,” he says. “I’ve played the guitar for nearly 50 years and the harmonica for 40, and now people actually pay to see and hear me do this.”
Morin describes one very strange gig. “Some friends and I played with the legenday icon of L.A.'s counterculture, Gypsy Boots. He was a fixture on L.A.'s scene for 50 years or more. A nature boy, athlete, philosopher, vegan, Jack LaLane on crack kinda guy. We opened a benefit concert for the LA Free Clinic for a radio station. We were in rented grandstands and a stage set up in the parking lot of the Palladium and the temperature was, as I recall, 195° or so. We followed a glam rock band and waded through heaps of sweat-soaked glitter and streamers to play traditional bluegrass music while Gypsy Boots flung himself and his washtub bass all around for an audience of TWO people, besides our friends and family.”
“We were followed by George Carlin, and became his audience of five.”
- Big Ol' Heart