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It was great way to spend a Sunday- driving up the California coast with my wife, Jeanne, and my adult son, Bryan. The air was mild, the sky was clear, and I had to let out a sigh as the blue Pacific appeared on our left . Our destination was the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. The Faragher Brothers have had a special relationship with the town since the seventies, and as the engine hummed, my mind wandered back to a magical night at the Arlington Theater, and to the concert at the Earl Warren Show Grounds. Wonderful memories!
Traffic was light , and in no time we were pulling into the parking lot of the hotel where my brother, Jimmy, and his wife, Lisa, had gotten a room. We broke out the guitars, and within two minutes we’d begun harmonizing, just as we’ve done all our lives. Like getting back on a bicycle once again, one never forgets. It feels so natural I thought as appropriately we sang “We Belong Together”. Soon my brother Marty, his wife, Anita, and Jimmy’s daughter, Jordan arrived, making it truly a family affair.
Suddenly, our host, DJ Tibo Cuellar appeared, backlit by the sunlight flooding through the door. Some good vibes. What a friendly, and big-hearted guy. It was great meeting him.
On we proceeded to the gorgeous UCSB campus. The carillon was ringing sweetly from the bell tower as we entered the KCSB studio to get prepared. I love that slightly chaotic feeling of trying to pull things together before the countdown, knowing we’ll be flying by the seat of our pants. Tibo played some choice Faragher Brothers cuts, as well as earlier sides Jimmy and I’d recorded with the Mark Five, the Peppermint Trolley Company, and Bones. The two of us sang some duets, and we had some good conversational moments. I found it particularly moving when my brother talked about hearing Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By” for the first time and having to pull to the side of the road as his eyes filled with tears, and years later meeting a fan who described the same reaction to hearing his song “I’ll Never Get Your Love Behind Me”.
Some fans called in to chat, and after the show we met some really nice people. Some had brought albums for us to sign. It felt so good to be appreciated for the music we created way back when. It was great fun, and I can’t wait to do it again.