Time to put on those travelin’ shoes and go a-fishin’

The first time I saw the great Elvin Bishop, we were both younger men. It was back in the early ’70s, in Raleigh, N.C., right about the time he put out his excellent and underrated album “Let It Flow.” Looking through the song list from that album — “Travelin’ Shoes,” “Stealin’ Watermelons” — is like going back in time.

That album also included Elvin’s classic celebration of fishing, the aptly titled “Fishin’.” It’s a critically important theme, so important that Mr. Bishop felt obligated to revisit it at more length in a later song, the equally aptly titled “Gone Fishin’ Again,” as in “me and my no-good friends are gone fishin’ again.”

Which of course we are. See ya’ll back here in a couple of weeks. Be good, be cool and be wishin’ you were with us, ‘cuz we plan on having us a damn good time.

– Jay Bookman

4,302 comments Add your comment

Thomas

July 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

Will listen-

new ZZ Top release sounded horrible

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 20th, 2012
3:14 pm

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
3:17 pm

He ain’t good lookin’ but he sho can play.

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

Have fun, Jay. I’ll be taking names of the miscreants while you are gone.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

Well, us rednecks like to fish too—alot. There ain’t much we like to do more. So here’s one that expresses our feeling about fishing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwRrKaq0IyY

King of Everything

July 20th, 2012
3:19 pm

Jay – are you taking “Go Fish” orders from Sonny P?
I’m just jealous and mad!

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

Jay

Have a great trip

bookman parrot

July 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

don’t come back!

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
3:22 pm

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
3:25 pm

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
3:28 pm

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

July 20th, 2012
3:33 pm

Not the dreaded fish!!!

Jefferson

July 20th, 2012
3:33 pm

On my list of favorites from the Capricorn label.

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

RC, funny video.

But red cowboy boots??

Must be a metrosexual cowboy!

If you want to talk fishin’
Well I guess that’ll be okay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBLeOgp30E

Jefferson

July 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

“The only fish you get downtown ain’t caught with a hook and sinker ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpOIn6aB6y0

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
3:51 pm

Jam

I’m going to see the Bozz tonight……. with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as his side kicks

:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2iPhS2XSnk

I’m stoked

Recent set list:
Who’s that Lady (Isley Bros)
Do you Like Good Music (Wilson Pickett)
I Keep Forgettin’ (Michael McDonald)
Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye)
Kid Charlemagne (Steely Dan)
The Same Thing (Muddy Waters)
Miss Sun (Boz Scaggs)
Heard it through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
Summer in the City (Lovin’ Spoonful)
If You Don’t Know Me by Now (Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes)
What a Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers)
Hey 19 (Steely Dan)
Love TKO (Teddy Pendergrass)
Piece of my Heart (Janice Joplin)
Tell the Truth (Ray Charles)
Lowdown (Box Scaggs)
Takin’ it to the Streets (Doobie Brothers)
Reeling in the Years (Steely Dan)
# Encore:

Peg (Steely Dan)
Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan)
Thank You Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf Again (Sly and Family Stone)
Them Changes (Buddy Miles)

YEAH BABY

:-)

Georgia on my mind...

July 20th, 2012
3:51 pm

Enjoy your vacation Jay and maybe you can teach your buddies how to dance!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE_64SdD27w

larry

July 20th, 2012
3:51 pm

Jay, have a good time and a safe trip. Dont worry about us, we’ll all be here when you get back.

Speaking of Mr. Bishop……. of course the obvious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVOjLVEA3lU

weetamoe

July 20th, 2012
3:56 pm

It is a convenient time to leave, since your bosses will be having a hard time dealing with the facts for a few days—and you won’t be forced to lie as Luckovich did this morning. My husband shares your love of fishing and has been able to do so all over the country. So that is something we have in common. Have a good time, be safe, and catch and fry up some good ones.

Jefferson

July 20th, 2012
3:58 pm

larry, singer on that tune from Cairo, deep South GA. Went on with Starship.

Good cut.

cloudodust

July 20th, 2012
3:58 pm

Well, there is something both sides on the aisle can agree upon. Fishing. Some of my best fishing memories were of summers at lakes up in Northern Minnesota and the Boundry Waters. The serenity up there is unbelieveable, uncongested and the next best thing to the wild of Alaska. If I had your money JB, that’s where I’d spend my summers on a yearly basis, and if I could, I’d do my best to rent you a cabin for the winter up yonder. Hope you get your limit of Carp…

kitty

July 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

Have a great trip, Jay. Boy, do I need a vacation. Dealing with this bunch I bet you do, too. :)

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
4:06 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 20th, 2012
4:07 pm

Hope you get your limit of Carp…

Well, what a nasty thing to say, even to a librul like Bookman! Everybody knows carp is a garbage fish—a great fighter, but you wouldn’t want to eat one.

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
4:08 pm

BOTH, sweeeet! That’s a helluva band AND setlist.

larry, I adore everything about that song. Always have and apparently always will…

They BOTH suck

July 20th, 2012
4:15 pm

Jefferson

July 20th, 2012
4:16 pm

Carp has to be baked on a pine board….

carlosgvv

July 20th, 2012
4:29 pm

Despite rosy predictions from the media and some of our politicians, the Bush Depression not only shows no signs of letting up but is actually causing even more financial pain and suffering for large numbers of Americans.

With that in mind, the below is a good way to start off the weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suVB3YGIUk0

getalife

July 20th, 2012
4:30 pm

lynnie gal

July 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

Enjoy your fishin’ trip, Jay.

pogo

July 20th, 2012
4:44 pm

Good choice.

Decades of de-sensitizing the American people to violent imagery by Hollywood has once again created another monster. The idolization of psychos by Hollywood is now just good business for them. The devil is now the hero in the garbage they put out. The more extreme and un-stable the villain, the more young Americans adore them. What has happened to people? Guns don’t fire themselves, knives don’t walk off the table and stab people and bombs don’t detonate themselves. We have fooled ourselves into thinking that death and destruction can be eliminated by getting rid of a few things that can be used to reek them but the truth is their are untold numbers of ways to kill. And they cannot all be regulated away. Something is very, very wrong with the inner workings of our society. Violence is a staple of the American diet now. Children are weened on it. Video games they play are full of it. They kill in virtual reality and they themselves feel no pain or guilt. Sad, very sad.

paulo977

July 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

Have a great time Jay ….you deserve the vacation .

“To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold eternity in the pa;m of your hand
And eternity in an hour”……….William Blake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C49Y2bdtH6w

Tink

July 20th, 2012
5:05 pm

Have a great time Jay! Be safe…Pogo, ur on the wrong blog.

martin the calvinist

July 20th, 2012
5:09 pm

don’t know too many fishing songs but enjoy your vacation just the same……

take it easy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zuhxfrXocw

martin the calvinist

July 20th, 2012
5:15 pm

thinking of the families that suffered lost last night…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sBuajPzBTw

James

July 20th, 2012
5:16 pm

Have fun Jay.

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
5:22 pm

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
5:30 pm

heathen, too funny.

But I suspect the local yokels in Oregon are a bit better behaved!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLONgF8a_Ig&feature=related

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

josef

July 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Happy trails to you and your buds, Bubba Imam… we’ll try to make you proud…

And here’s one for ya from up where you are now from the greatest American songwriter yet…he would have turned a hundred this week…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20ZffI6by3A

Carlos…

Good one! You’re getting in the spirit of things! :-)

HEATHEN

Heh, heh!

ZamVet
You ever spent any time up in that corner of creation…whoo-whee! Them folks is wooly…

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

But I suspect the local yokels in Oregon are a bit better behaved!

We hope.

josef

July 20th, 2012
5:53 pm

Today in history,,,this one’s been rattling about in my head all day…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6VDmozvNrM

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
5:54 pm

Jay, make sure you take plenty of “fish wrappers” with you. I hope you need them!

Have a great vacation! And don’t you worry none ’bout things ’round here. I know josef’s gonna keep everybody in line!

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
6:01 pm

josef, Thanks for the reminder of the anniversary. I guess all the mess in Colorado drowned it out.

I met an honest to gawd moon landing denier the other day. At first I thought he was joking, but it soon became apparent that he wasn’t. No need attempting to argue with someone like that, they aren’t going to be convinced by anything I have to say.

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
6:07 pm

heathen, that reminds me of that scene in Dumb & Dumber where Lloyd sees the moon landing newspaper clip on the wall and shouts act as if it just happened!

Back at ya with the sweet Neil & Cray Horse…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqOrZP2EpNk

carlosgvv

July 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

josef – 5:38

Why, thank you josef.

josef

July 20th, 2012
6:20 pm

CARLOS

I knew you had it in you, if you’d just let go!

HEATHEN

Yeah. I’ve been trying to push that one into the subconscious today…

Irene

July 20th, 2012
6:21 pm

To Redneck Convert: About carp — Elvin Bishop gives a recipe for cooking carp on one of his albums. Sorry I forget which one.

Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

July 20th, 2012
6:32 pm

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
6:43 pm

Jam, I love that version of the old classic. I don’t think I’ve heard or thought of that song in 40 years.

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
6:45 pm

Pound for pound, carp are some of the greatest fighters around. Take a mid grade spinning outfit with 8 lb. test and ooh la la! Watch that rod bend almost in half! Good times. As for eating them? I think not…

Irene, I also noted that Bishop called them by their correct name in that song that Jay linked.

The word is pronounced craw-pee. NOT crap-pee, you hayseeds!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkcGLW6N2kA&feature=related

josef

July 20th, 2012
6:52 pm

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
6:56 pm

The word is pronounced craw-pee. NOT crap-pee, you hayseeds!

Correct you are sir. Another one that pisses me off is to hear a C/W artist singing about doggies, as in Get Along Little Doggies, and pronouncing the word like they would a bunch of beagles. The correct pronunciation is dough-gies, as I was informed as a child by a real Montana cowboy, my grandad.

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
6:57 pm

Ah, Normal, the memories that evokes!

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
7:00 pm

Josef, thanks for the upgrade!

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
7:04 pm

Hi, Godless. Re your Montana grandpa, did you ever read THIS HOUSE OF SKY by Ivan Doig? It is a nonfiction account of growing up in Montana in the ’30s & 40s. Doig can WRITE!

josef

July 20th, 2012
7:07 pm

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
7:09 pm

No I haven’t G Mare, but now I will seek it out. That would be my Dad, born in 1930 and moved south in 1953.

Normal Free, Human Rights Thug...and liking it!

July 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

josef

July 20th, 2012
7:29 pm

Howzabout this one from 50 years ago…? Hard to believe these Memphis boys were doing that together in time and place…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
7:31 pm

Josef, thank you. That is one of my all time FAVS! I thing Hepburn did her own singing. She is one of the most beautiful women in the world; Peppard is also pretty easy on the eyes. Also liked the cat. :)

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
7:32 pm

Orange 12

July 20th, 2012
7:32 pm

A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose your job, a recovery is when Obama loses his job.

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
7:33 pm

Normal, A woodie had a different meaning in 1963, huh?

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

A real Montana cowboy, heathen?

He’s from New Mexico, but have you heard of/read Baxter Black, the large-animal veterinarian and cowboy poet?

Check out Croutons on a Cow Pie for some rip roaring great stuff…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuhaOg4xSaA

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

YAWN ……………….

Headline (Fox News): “Fort Hood report faults FBI for missteps in Hasan review, cites political correctness”

“A long-awaited report on the Fort Hood shooting faults the FBI for numerous failures in the run-up to the massacre that left 13 dead, concluding that agents’ assessment of the gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was “belated, incomplete and rushed” — and suggesting political correctness played a role in the bureau’s decision not to investigate him more thoroughly.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/19/fort-hood-report-recommends-many-changes-for-fbi-no-disciplinary-action/#ixzz21D1Dddyb

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
7:38 pm

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
7:38 pm

Josef, another of my FAVS. I think I still have the lp. Will check & get back to you. Also think I have Dueling Banjos.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 20th, 2012
7:38 pm

josef

July 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

From Unmentionable for those of you who appreciate good music, good dancing, and crossing of generations to combine the two…this is brilliantly done, ioauo…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtdMhh1jIvw

SCOUT

Don’t get me started or the blog will get closed! Everytime I think about that, my blood boils, and I’m like the comment from the guy from the Delta…and I don’t even LIKE Ole Miss… :-)

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

I saw where it was 107 degrees in Rapid City today.

Though I’ve lived most of my life in the east, my roots and soul are out there on the other side of the Big River.

And I died a little today when I read about what happened in Aurora. I came of age in Wheat Ridge (about 10 miles from there) and watched the Huskers in a sports bar in Aurora last September.

Hang tough, you good people of the Rockies. My thoughts are always not far from you…

From the stellar Nether lands (a take off on Nederland) LP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfSgFFwDGv8

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
7:45 pm

Corporal, go soak your head.

Or at least find some other place to take a dump, OK?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 20th, 2012
7:46 pm

josef:

I hear you …………… we’re really not a country of “free speech” after all are we ?

godless heathen

July 20th, 2012
7:48 pm

Jam, Yea I’ve heard him Very funny.

You are a Neil Young fan. I’ve been trying to find a song of his from the 80s or 90s. The lyrics are something about there aren’t any real farmers anymore. Ring a bell?

josef

July 20th, 2012
7:48 pm

Matti's favorite mascot t-shirt

July 20th, 2012
7:49 pm

I only have one thing to say this evening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw4_EtLdCHw

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
7:55 pm

I do have Dueling Banjos lp, but not ALLEY CAT & GREEN ONIONS. Another find in the lp shelf: WE FIVE: YOU WERE ON MY MIND. Hey, y’all, I’m havin’ mich fun here. BUT, a couple of these things are not like the others: 0311 & orange 12?

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
7:56 pm

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
7:58 pm

heathen, I’m guessing Farm Aid?

Here’s one that is kind of a head/farmer tune…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eetrxNlR-M

Just saying..

July 20th, 2012
7:58 pm

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

One of dozens (literally) Neil songs I’ve always loved…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCkZolk07lM&feature=relmfu

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 20th, 2012
8:01 pm

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
8:02 pm

Must say I am not a big fan of the Dixie Chicks but I bought their cd after they were so vilified. “You go Girls!”

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:08 pm

I’d never really heard stuff like this before Harvest. The entire album was a mind____ for me when I was 17. I guess it still is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_6QdOJ9qQ

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:13 pm

Must say I am not a big fan of the Dixie Chicks but I bought their cd after they were so vilified. “You go Girls!”

Right on!

This is America, you fascists.

The supposed country music Industry can all go to hell…

heathen, I found the lyrics,but not the song. (I think.).

Well I hate to say the farmer
Was the last of a dying breed
Living off the land
And taking what he needs
Don’t say much for the future
When a family can’t survive
I’d hate to say the farmer
Was the last of his kind.

In the struggle for parity
Not one man’s voice can sound
Cause the foundation of the conglomerate Is firmly in the ground.
Yeah, they want to feed the world
But for power and for greed
Then they’ll cut off the supply
Until they get what they need.

Well I dreamed I saw a dust bowl
Where the farmers used to live
Earth was flying through the sky
It had nothing left to give
Tractors were burning
On the Whitehouse lawn
Just woke up one morning
And the farmers all were gone

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:15 pm

josef

July 20th, 2012
8:18 pm

GMARE

I like the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith both, myself…

AND FOR A COUPLE OF OUR BLOGGERS WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS FOR THE TIME BEING…a couple of cowboy songs… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz6GzKWiIAs

AND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p8wDhK5LyY

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

July 20th, 2012
8:19 pm

Yes ………. this is America and here we have the freedom to purchase the music we want based on whether we like it or even the person(s) performing it.

Isn’t it a great country !

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
8:30 pm

Yeah, Jam, and we are still subsidizing Agra Business which is screwing the little guys & foisting gm foodstuffs upon us. What can we do? I dunno. I sign all the on line petitions that come to me; I contact my congressional rep & senators, but all of them mostly ignore me. Will say this for Gingery, he at least acknowledges me. Of course, his acknowlogies are the complete opposite of what I asked him to do. Perhaps he is at least hearing me? Yeah, right.

josef

July 20th, 2012
8:30 pm

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

Boy, josef, that “Midnight Cowboy” really takes me back. Groundbreaking cinema and soundtrack.

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

G mare, having grown up in rural/farming America, I can only imagine what ADM, Monsanto and the other Titans of the Corporate States of America have done to family farms.

And as it is FNM, I will say no more, but certainly could!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH1DGcD1sro

wet wiccan

July 20th, 2012
8:38 pm

Matti @ 7:49 – very nice!!

Well if I had a boat I doubt that I’d go fishin’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evzpIVnMVs

G Mare

July 20th, 2012
8:39 pm

I know John Cougar Mellencamp did some good stuff, but my favorite of his is JACK & Diane.

Recon 0311 2533

July 20th, 2012
8:43 pm

Woodstock Mike

July 20th, 2012
8:43 pm

Jay you take more vacations than Obama and thats hard to do!

stands for decibels

July 20th, 2012
8:47 pm

A horrible day today, for more reasons than I can go into now.

But tomorrow, no matter what the weather, I’ll be singing this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C6J9gij5SQ

/drive-by

Soothsayer

July 20th, 2012
8:50 pm

JamVet

July 20th, 2012
8:51 pm

G Mare, a buddy of mine refers to him as John Hoosier Mellonhead!

Anyone who wrote a song called Song from Platte River is OK in my book! From that same killer Tarkio album…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKhAlSUsDZI