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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 11:18 AM
I finished A Never-Ending Groove earlier this week, and have been trying to organize my thoughts on it.

First, and most important----if the music that evolved from Macon and Capricorn has been important to your life, this book is a must-read. It shows the evolution of the music that brings us to this website through another set of eyes. A set of eyes who lived it, who was there. It was Johnny's life for a long time, and his passion and compassion are evident.

What I saw when I read the book was the story of a good man who did what was in his power to do to move the whole situation forward. Trying to make the best music he could and the best records he could, while taking a real interest in the welfare of those in his world. And occasionally getting screwed for doing the right thing.

The book left me with a melancholy feeling. It reminds one again of the potential for things to have played out so differently had Duane remained with us. Johnny comes off as a gentle soul, with kind things to say. With one big exception--a certain lawyer. My own belief, as an outsider, is that characters like this would not have been allowed to have any influence if they had to deal with Duane. Would never have been a part of the picture. And that there would have been more attention paid to fairness, and doing the right thing.

Now, through my eyes, I see some things. I was at a number of the things discussed, as were some of you. I was at Chestnut Station the night in 1991 when Johnny met Carl.
My bartender, Mary Jane, who has been to many shows with me, told me who he was, I went down and mumbled something and introduced myself, moved on.
I was at the Birmingham Jam that was mentioned prominently and that led to Searching for Simplicity and Rendezvous With the Blues. Thanks to Stormy here, I was able to give Scott Boyer a copy of the show the first time I met him. And of course the stuff at 2nd Street where many of us first met.

I'm sure there were some not-so-nice people and some not-so-nice situations that Johnny could have elaborated on. But he didn't. Speaks to the kind of person he is fundamentally. If you can't say something nice.......

Over the last couple days I've thought about the role I might have played, could have played, in the Gadsden part of the story. The book makes it pretty clear that there was a real effort made and some real money spent to make this a recording center. I wish I could have done more to help. I dropped by and spoke to Carl often, and the people I knew from the site here made numerous trips to my little town to support a lot of what went on. About all I know about the music industry is what I read in the book, so there's a lot to the story. I desperately wish we could have made the whole situation successful here, and I feel like I could have done more to help.

On the other hand, some of the things that did happen here were so beyond amazing for a true fan of what came out of Macon, that much of it seems like a dream. Listening to Scott and Tommy play Please Be With Me and looking over into the eyes of Galadrielle Allman just a few feet away.....Here. Not Atlanta, or Macon. Seems like a dream. Johnny helped bring so much joy to my little world through Second Street. Lifetime memories.

My favorite part is the talk among Johnny and the other musicians of how much fun they had and how happy it made them playing together again through events that transpired here. This is a great positive that came from that part of the story.

I spoke to Ann once or twice about Johnny getting his story down in his own words, for a permanent record. I'm glad Johnny and Ann took the time and effort away from their own lives to do this. It is a blessing to all of us here.

My final thought is that I hope that the project was premature. And that there are more chapters to be written in the story of a never-ending groove. And more people seeing their lives blessed because Johnny Sandlin was involved.


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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 11:27 AM
This sounds like I book I'd like to read!

Heading to the MERCH section now!

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 01:00 PM
Reading it will send you to your music collection to "listen as you read"!

One black spot - as you read on, some blatant proof-reading errors start to creep in; two on page 144 alone. Which is always a shame because they are avoidable.

But, overall, it's a great read!


 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 02:33 PM
I bought the book at Wanee and read it over the next few days after I got home.

An excellent read....

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 02:37 PM
It was a great read!. im almost done with Gregg's book, and next will be Bobby Keys book.

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 03:27 PM
Johnny and Ann's book sounds like a great read, and that it has the edge over Gregg's book.
I haven't read either one yet.

What I'd really love to see is Jaimoe do a book.

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 03:49 PM
Supposedly a book on Duane by his daughter Galadrielle is in the works
Johnny's account of his working with Allgood is interesting -- I have Ride The Bee & also had a live, 5-song EP at one time -- real nice tunes -- helped along in no small way by working with Johnny -- then they get a fancy offer from A&M, & basically disappear -- the business side of music is tough & more alright -- but Really enjoy A Never Ending Groove -- Johnny was in on the ground floor bro -- he knows what he's talking about

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 03:57 PM
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Reading it will send you to your music collection to "listen as you read"!

One black spot - as you read on, some blatant proof-reading errors start to creep in; two on page 144 alone. Which is always a shame because they are avoidable.

But, overall, it's a great read!




Thank you all for the very kind words and review of the book....it was a long time in the works...about 15 years....and I'm so glad it's out now! Please let me apologize for the errors in the book on behalf of Mercer. I know there were a number of corrections I made on the final proof that were not translated into the final book....I can only assume someone dropped the ball on their part...but in all fairness, they were probably sick of me by that time as I was dealing with a proof reader who wanted to leave out important technical parts of the story because they didn't interest her and I insisted they remain...most of them did. I'm hoping they will be corrected if there's a second printing. Thank you all again for reading!

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 04:03 PM
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Johnny and Ann's book sounds like a great read, and that it has the edge over Gregg's book.
I haven't read either one yet.

What I'd really love to see is Jaimoe do a book.


I have said that for some time. I would like the story from his eyes. It is always mentioned that he is an observer, speaks little, but when he does, it is profound. Jaimoe is such a peaceful soul, though, would he tell about all the things that went wrong?

I think Kim Payne ought to get a few "tales" out there. He, Reddog, and Callahan apparently had a lot of fun.

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 04:20 PM
Check our Red Dog's book "A Book Of Tails" -- most everything is in there -- some real funny recollections -- one time, I guess not long after they moved to Macon, Twiggs parachuted into a local school yard, with the other nine guys waiting for him on terra firma

would also like to know more about the weekend Dickey and Gregg stayed at Twiggs' aunt's house in Rye NY as she/they helped an extremely-sick Mr. Betts recover from hepatitis

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Check our Red Dog's book "A Book Of Tails" -- most everything is in there -- some real funny recollections -- one time, I guess not long after they moved to Macon, Twiggs parachuted into a local school yard, with the other nine guys waiting for him on terra firma

would also like to know more about the weekend Dickey and Gregg stayed at Twiggs' aunt's house in Rye NY as she/theyhelped an extremely-sick Mr. Betts recover from hepatitis


I have the book, and Augie signed it for me in Raleigh after I got his attention before the show.

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 04:35 PM
I'm glad this book is getting its own thread. Prior to this, mention of the book had been mixed in with "Gregg threads". The positive comments are well deserved. There's a lot in here that aspiring & established musicians can take away from reading the book. It put a lot of things in perspective for me. Good job Ann.


 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 07:13 PM
Very much looking forward to buying and reading this book.

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 09:48 PM
Got it in the mail this week, and looking forward to reading it this weekend!

 

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  posted on 5/31/2012 at 10:16 PM
I posted in the original thread, but it seems to have disappeared............... I really enjoyed the book and the stories, and thought it was very well written.... although I did see the spelling errors............ :-)

 

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  posted on 6/1/2012 at 06:20 AM
I ordered it yesterday and am really looking forward to reading it. Ann is always one of the more thoughtful posters on here so I can imagine how nicely written the book is.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2012 at 01:31 PM
I posted earlier on Ann's book and just want to reiterate that the writing was wonderful and you really get a sense of Johnny and his broad, broad experiences.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 08:33 AM
Just a bump for Johnny's book ... which I will read just as soon as I receive the shipment from HTN (ordered two weeks ago!).

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 09:02 AM
I was honored to be asked by Ann to review a preliminary copy of Never Ending Groove and write a short review for the publisher, which can be found on the back cover. Johnny is a jewel in the crown of southern music. Like Randy (Buppalo) said, I'm grateful Ann helped him get his story in written form for the hard core southern music fans. Get a copy and soak it all in. It's truly good stuff.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 09:29 AM
That it is bro -- just the discography section alone -- I'd love to know more for instance about the 1-off "One More Try" Johnny, Chuck & Bill Stewart did in '75 -- that's around when Chuck, Lamar & Jaimoe were gigging as We 3 (I dig to the 9's Left Turn) & it'd be interesting to see what Johnny remembers about this session, the arrangement compared to Gregg's later version etc. (presuming it's the same song)...

it's fun to just drop in on a certain era in music thru ANEG -- Johnny had about the best vantage point of all



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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 10:10 AM
juist ordered the book from Hittin the Note, can't wait to read it...
figured it would be a good follow up to Gregg's book

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 01:04 PM
Inspirationa.l These words touched me in a lot of ways with a lot of memories.
Honored to be mentioned in the book. Humbled by the frienship.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 01:55 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it to everyone on this site. No glitz, no glamor just a group of awesome memories thoughtfully shared with all of we readers...Sometimes it's the small things, the details that have managed to be judged by most as, "UN-important" that make for the most riveting read. Johnny has done all that and more here. His recollections on conversations, road trips, personalities, conflicts and even love for the craft put you right there at the mixing board with him...

Get this!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 10:18 AM
Yep. Gonna read this thing cover to cover ... as soon as I recieve it from HTN!

Ordered 2 weeks ago; e-mail today telling me that it may be 2 weeks until it ships!

Next time - Amazon!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 10:23 AM
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Next time - Amazon!

Never had ANY problems when I've ordered from Amazon.

 

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