Stoned Circus Reunion
Article in the Kansas City Star about the reunion of
Stoned Circus. I say "reunion," but I had never even
heard of them 35 years ago...
The photo was taken in my studio. Johnny Isom held
my SG for the picture.
Rich VanSant was only there for the photo; he didn't play
in the reunion band.
In September 2004, I got a call from John Isom. I'd
met John and sat in with his band, Johnny I and
the Receders, a couple of times, because Jim Wilson
was/is playing with them and invited me to come on out.
John asked me to consider playing in the reunion of the Stoned
Circus. It seems that a record the band had made decades
ago had gained some popularity in Europe.
The carrot dangled in front of the band was an
all-expenses-paid trip to Germany - where the old
band has something of a mythical status - to play a gig.
The reason I was asked to participate is that
they could not find their original bassist, Buddy
At first I declined because
they were practicing Monday nights, which was also the
Nigun Orchestra rehearsal night. But we got it
We rehearsed once a week in my studio.
We made a demo - I engineered and mixed it - and here are the
four songs. Got your bong handy?
Finally, they found
Buddy Haney, their original bassist. It was a little
awkward, because what are you gonna do with two bass
players? Luckily, most bassists know enough guitar to
play rhythm, so Buddy and I switched off between bass and
rhythm guitar. It was fun playing guitar in a band again
after decades of bass.
The Germany deal kept getting
postponed, but finally, in the Spring of 2005, we got a firm
date. BUT ... that date
happened to be the day before Rosh Hashana. I would not
be able to get back from Germany in time to lead services in
Columbia, Missouri. I bowed out; they had Buddy Haney
now, and they would do just fine without me.
The band DID go to Germany and, according to Johnny, had a
I had a lot of fun,
rediscovered some dormant playing styles, and met a very nice
group of people.
Here are the pages of the CD
insert, which really tells the story of Stoned Circus and how
they came to be "rediscovered" better than I could.
Copyright 2006, 2022 by Andy Curry