August/September Q&A, Part III
10/5/2008 (updated 10/5/2008)

The Wikipedia entry for Judy Dyble contains the following gem:

Famously, she sat on the front of the stage at the Speakeasy club knitting, while Hendrix and Richard Thompson jammed.

Is this true? Did you really jam with Hendrix? If so, what was she knitting, a drum kit or a bass guitar?

What do you think of your Wikipedia entry? Are you ever tempted to edit it? Regards, Peter Driver

Jimi jumped up on several occasions at the Speakeasy. I think he just liked to play. We didnít feel especially privileged, because heíd get up with everybody. Judeís knitting, of course, was a creative reflection of the music, and would change shape and stitch with the musical mood.

Wikepedia is all right if youíre in a hurry, but itís not noted for its accuracy. I am far too modest to be reading my own entries Ė but driven by your enquiry, I had a peek, and found it Ė inaccurate.

I'm wondering whether there are any plans regarding a possible release of a recording of the 12/12 show, the one consisting of "cover versions of songs about social issues." I'm sure any such release would depend upon your opinion of the quality of the performances, but it certainly sounds like a special evening, and I anticipate a desire on the part of many of your fans to revisit it (or hear it, if they can't make it.)

This leads to the second question: wouldn't it be possible to set up a boutique system of releasing unedited versions of your concerts on CD for people at the shows (or even on the web) to order as a souvenir? I know some larger touring acts have done this, and I realize that sort of scale is not realistic, but, seriously, burning a CD from soundboard tapes and duplicating it, shipping it with minimal packaging (even eschewing individualized packaging for each show) seems like there should be a viable way of creating such a series of recordings. And I'm sure there's an audience for this. (In particular, your live CDs omit most of your between-song patter, which I consider to be highly enjoyable, and this would make complete shows an attractive purchase.) Pat Healy, Vallejo, CA

Iím hoping we can record all three nights at Montalvo this year. Recording every show and having it available as the audience leaves the building is possible these days, but it would require a dedicated engineer, and I donít think it could be cost-effective at my level.. I also have reservations about throwing stuff out there without listening to it first. We all have off nights, and Iíd hate to have people expecting their Ďsouvenirí when I know Iíve got a cold/hangnail/amp problems, etc. I know bigger bands do this, but Iíve heard some of those tapes, and the results are as I would expect, i.e. very inconsistent, and in need of editing, not to mention mixing.

Whilst listening to my collection of Al Stewart CDs, I wondered how much the two of you have collaborated musically, or intend to do so? Sure,there's some of your guitar work on the Love Chronicles CD and I have a track from 1974, called 'A sense of Deja Vu' released on a fan club CD - is their much else? It struck me that there are similarities between the two of you - literate singer/songwriters, similar age, Scottish ancestry, brought up south of the border, now living in the Californian sunshine (Oh, what we in rain-lashed Bournemouth would give for that) Although, and I'm only guessing here, Al's wine cellar probably exceeds yours........Regards, Mark Packer

Alís an old mate, genuine nice guy, and far ahead of me in line of succession to the Scottish throne. I did a couple of 60s albums, but really nothing since. Yes, his wine cellar is the eighth wonder of the world.