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Thread #15317   Message #138394
Posted By: jack wright
19-Nov-99 - 12:06 PM
Thread Name: Tell me about Si Kahn...
Subject: RE: Tell me about Si Kahn...
We did Si's 1st LP, "New Wood", in the living room of Gary Slemp's home studio, (Teac 4 trk) in Wise, VA in the early 70s. I had just started the June Appal label for folks like Nimrod Workman, McCutcheon & Si, Sparky Rucker. We appeared as the leaders of Society choir on the LP. The house was next door to Gary's 1st cousin's-the late George C. Scott, but that's an aside. "New Wood" was well received, we got a personel letter from Robert Hunter from the Greatful Dead congratulating us on the record co. and telling us what a great LP he thought it was.

We were loosely associated with a whole group of musicians that we called the Southern Mountains Musician's Co-Op. There was Phyliss Boyens, Nancy Brennan, Jon Sundell, Malcolm Dalglish and many others. Our theme song was Mooseturd Pie and we often met at Highlander Center and the Epworth Center in Knoxville, Tn.

Si was phenomenal, it was his 1st LP. He could lay down his guitar track from beginning to end and come back and sing over it. He has a photographic mind. I don't know how he did it. I guess he had done his songs a lot and just sang under his breath. I recorded Si's 2nd LP but June Appal was a small label and we jointly agreed that he would try for a larger small label-Flying Fish. So I sent the tapes there. That 2nd LP was Home as I recall. 76-77?

Si's father was a rabbi around the Wash. DC area and Si's 1st cousin is the infamous speechwriter and thinktank tv personality, Bernie Aaronson, who used to work for the UMWA before he did a David Horowitz spin to the right.

Si has a son named Cowboy who is a lawyer and legal activist in NC the last I heard. He is the product of the union with Kathy Kahn of "Hillbilly Women" fame.

Si introduced many of us to the great songwriting of singer/songwriter Bob Martin from Lowell, MA.