Gypsy Woman

Rice & Bean live recording (2013) with drum machine

with Open Hearts

“Fly on the wall” recordings of a 2003 rehearsal, posted in loving memory of lead guitarist Ron Smoot.


You Gotta Breathe

I Walk Downtown

You Gotta Breathe (intro)

Blue Skies (in your eyes)

✌️My wonderful friend and bandmate Ron Smoot has left our earthly domain. We shared many magic moments on stage, and made a couple of records together with John Reese and Open Hearts. Here’s a song from one of them:

from the album “Show Me More”
by John Reese and Open Hearts

Ron was also lead guitarist in The Beautiful Questions, a short-lived local band. Our set included a few of his original songs which, regrettably, we never recorded. Here’s a picture of us on stage in Cloverdale:

Ron was one of the regular lead guitarists at the Cloverdale Music Workshop in recent years, and backed me up for a Hawaiian steel guitar performance at the Artists Corner. He was also a fine artist, working mostly with paint on canvas. A gentle giant and a wonderful human being.

Peace, Ron. ✌️ I’ll never forget you.

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