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For my birthday, my wife, Jeaneth, surprised me with tickets to see Patricia Barber (www.patriciabarber.com) in Hollywood, CA, at the Musicians Institute (www.mi.edu). As a fan and a lover of her recordings, I’d always dreamed of seeing her perform. After Jeaneth surprised me with the tickets, I wondered if it would be possible to get her autograph on the Magic Bus. I guy can dream, right? So without really expecting a reply, I carefully crafted an email to her. Within hours, much to my surprise, she responded enthusiastically!

So we went to the concert, sat in the front row, and saw her deliver an enthralling performance. Wow, she’s amazing! And the members of her quartet, consisting of Jon Deitemyer (drums), Larry Kohut (bass), and John Kregor (guitar), were simply stunning.

After the concert, Ms. Barber, her photographer, the members of her quartet, and my audio mentors Steve McCormack and Jim Merod, all went out to the Magic Bus. When Ms. Barber saw it, she wanted to hear it. I offered to play her new album, SMASH (www.patriciabarber.com/store/smash), but she wished to hear something else, so I chose Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s superb CD entitled, Swingin’ for the Fences. Thankfully, Ms. Barber was impressed. After listening, she and her band members autographed the rear window valance. Here’s a few photos commemorating this special event:


Patricia Barber with Jon Whitledge.


Patricia Barber signing the Magic Bus.


Patricia Barber’s autograph.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to Ms. Barber and her wonderful band members. Thanks for making my birthday unforgettable! The biggest thanks of all goes to my loving wife, who is always beside me creating and sharing life’s greatest joys.

I'm delighted to share this wonderful story with my DIYMA friends. I sincerely hope this experience brings you a little bit closer to a fabulous musician whose work we often use as demo material.

Warmest regards,
Jon Whitledge
March 16, 2013
 

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Very cool Jon!

I have to admit that I wasn't into Patricia Barber much, but I believe the first song I heard in the Magic Bus last spring was one of hers and now I own a couple of her CD's, which sound great even in my system.

And very cool of Jeaneth to help make this happen. She's great!. I enjoyed trying to stay warm with her at the last GTG in Scottsdale (haha!).
 

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It was my birthday as well yesterday...and my musical score was listening to the likes of Dee Snyder, ed robertson, stefan lessard, sebastian bach and a whole host of others singing at the ski resort i make signs for.
 

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wow thats rad dude.

good for you man. now just bring that thing to the mid atlantic some time, or show up to spring break nationals next year, or to meca\iasca\usaci joined finals this year to audition it and see what other sq enthusiasts think about it :)
 

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That's awesome Jon! Not only did you get to hear her in concert but she auditioned the Bus afterwards. Since listening to the Bus a year or two ago, I've began listening to several artists I was previously unaware of. Also trying to reproduce those cannon blasts like the Bus did but with no success. The Bus is starting to become more than just a great sounding vehicle, it's part of the culture.
 

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Thanks for the pics Jon!! As you know, I am a huge fan of Patricia Barber and was both happy for you and jealous, when you and Jeaneth told me about this incredible birthday gift. While being a superb musician and vocalist, Patricia Barber has not produced one bad sounding recording and some are in fact superb sounding. It's nice to see her leave her imprint on the Bus. By the way, please remind Jeaneth that my birthday is next January. :D
 
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