This is “Something Samba.” This is one of a selection of songs from Sans Dargent recorded at the Blue Wall WBW on a very special evening. I love dusting off these tracks and mastering them for listening. My George Benson influences are all over this track, much to the credit of Greg Jones who “produced” my sound and style in this band. Of course Chris Poudrier Sr. is perfect on the drum groove throughout. The whistling in the background is my dad. John Lee Hooker was performing directly under us (one floor below) and during his show he commented that he really liked my guitar playing (which was ridiculous).
It was 1980-something. I was in a band called Sans Dargent (i.e. “no money”). I wrote a song called “Killer Head” because it’s hard to play. Because it’s hard to play, people. This was recorded live at a club, the Blue Wall, and I have done my best to mix/master it to be sonically acceptable. My good friend Chris Poudrier Sr. was on drums, kicking it hard. The genre is Pre-Post-Rock-Fusion. I was thinking too highly of myself. Also, I was into picking every.single.note. Enjoy.
I loved writing and recoding this song. Some songs are like that. Do you like it?
Some pics from my band Tempest back at UMASS Amherst. There are more. I have to look for those.
The solo break in Whole Lotta Love. So much fun with a Les Paul.
This is an original composition, written in 1981. The sheet music is below in this post. Play it; record it; it’s a challenge and fun. Email me at rkentberger#gmail.com if you want me to send you the PDF of the sheet music.
For two years I left the practice of law and business behind and went back “out there” to play full time in the “Ricky Berger Blues Band.” That was a wonderful and several times truly wild journey. I hosted a weekly blues jam in Hopedale, MA and played lots of gigs here and there. The journey on these routes brought me back to my musical roots.
This little excerpt features the “Onamac Windery” custom wound Jimi Hendrix pickups in “Little Red.” Kerry Learned, of Onamac Windery, is a genius. Since this taping Little Red got a maple reverse stock neck.
Here is my version of the Star Spangled Banner. I meant for it to be sweeter and a bit more contemplative than other guitar versions of this piece. I was literally looking for some peace in this piece. If that makes sense …
Here are some pics from 2006 when I got to open for the legendary band Chicago and then hang out to dance for their set. Ok, that was the best time.