Don’t take no nerve to do something ain’t nothing else you can do.





I wish those were my words but they are from John Ford’s 1939 movie, “The Grapes of Wrath.” I’ll confess that this has been my primary state of mind most of my adult life. Making the

best of dire and, at times, desperate situations seems like the overarching theme of my adult life. This is probably a wee bit melodramatic. My life hasn’t been exceptionally hard but its never been that easy either. I’ll spare you the details. We all have our crosses to bear. Somethings get easier, others, harder. We all get the same amount of ice only the rich get their’s in the summer and the poor in the winter. That’s how things roll.

I’m mentioning this because I just bought a bass amp. This is significant only because it’s my first investment in bass playing gear in decades. In fact, the last time I bought any bass gear was the last time the Ringos were a trio which was at least 20 years ago. I’ve been playing six string since 1990 but I’m the bass player again because necessity has required it.

Now, I love guitar amps but really only the six string variety and of those, I’ll never have enough because they all have some special charm that makes them irresistible. They’re so cute and sweet, as the The Colonel James famously said over a far less wholesome pursuit. I admit to feeling emotion about guitar amplifiers. Bass gear is more utilitarian to me so even spending a few dollars on it is strictly of necessity. What is most important at any given time? Necessity and little else.

When Corey Wyatt started playing drums for the Ringos about a year ago, our plan was to be a quartet with me and Heath Roach each playing guitar like we’ve done for the past 25 or so years. It didn’t work out that way. Bass player have always been scarce. Everybody wants to be the guitar hero except me, I just like to play so I stepped in and now we’re a trio again and its pretty swell. Regardless of that, I’m still asking the question of who or what the Ringos are today? I don’t know. We’re rocking, exploring the universe on sails of pure energy, melody, and sheer high decibel rebel yell unrestrained wall of sound music.

 As the song says, its revival and I’m born again.

Peace and love y’all, Kelly