This belter of an album reminds me of a period in the mid 2000s when I was trying to put together a southern rock-tinged blues-boogie band in Manchester with Dustan Chiasson, an American ex-serviceman from Louisiana. Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love and the Black Crowe’s Remedy were two of the songs that we bonded over, and despite a raft of rehearsals – many of which amusingly took place in the stock room of an adult store in Oldham – and just one live performance of Sunshine Of Your Love and ZZ Top’s Blue Jean Blues, the band fizzled out and lost momentum.
I recently discovered that Dustan committed suicide in 2015, an extremely sad loss that really took me by surprise. He was always such a solid guy, which I always put down to his past in the military, and so to hear how he died is really confusing. One of our band members lived in Todmorden and so we’d sometimes drive there from Manchester. I have good memories of those car trips, laughing and joking about stuff to pass the time. I seem to remember being in the car with Dustan when we heard on the radio that Syd Barrett died. Such a weird thing to remember, but I even remember the exact spot on the M60 where we heard the news.
That could have been a good band, if we had kept it together. My wife and I really got on with Dustan’s Finnish wife, and his two kids and some of their parental instructions (‘lopettaa!’ = ‘stop!’). We lost touch, but from what I’ve gathered online, it seems like he later formed a killer band in Remedy Krewe. They sound very much like the image he had for the band we were putting together.
Hit: Sunshine Of Your Love
Hidden Gem: SWLABR