David Brewer | july 4th 1986 live at McNeil Island Prison

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july 4th 1986 live at McNeil Island Prison

by David Brewer

Live at the prison..
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. two parts
Sam & Dave
2:45 album only
2. not fade away
Buddy Holly
17:27 album only
3. I take what I want
Sam & Dave
6:45 album only
4. no body boogies
David Brewer
8:20 album only
5. high time
David Brewer
8:21 album only


Album Notes
My first show in the in the prison system was in 1974 at The Monroe Reformatory
In Monroe, Washington out side of Seattle. Monroe is a big joint that holds some
Real bad dudes. I played there again in 1975,this time a fight broke out while we were
Setting up our equiptment, but things settled down and the show went on. In 1976 I
played“The big house”the state penatenary at Walla Walla, now that was something!
Definitely hard-core, the worst of the worst are housed there, a real dangerous place.
These shows were done during the time I was touring with Albert Collins so they were at odd
intervals but it was a good way to fill the time between tour dates. After Walla Walla I didn’t
play at any more jail houses until 1986,we were the house band at the Fremont Tavern five
nights a week for a few years.The Fremont was a kool little biker bar that was as rowdy as
hell,One night I came to work and there was a letter on my amp from Brad Thorkelson an inmate
at McNeil Island Correctional Center he said that he had been a fan of mine for a long time, he
mentioned that he had written at least forty bands trying to get some one to come out and
play,but hadn’t received any replies.He heard that I was playing at the Fremont so he thought
he’d try me.Well long story short we took the prison boat over and went through the
considerable security checks to play.When we got over to the island we were taken out to the big
yard where we were turned louse with the inmates. They had a 25-foot flat bed trailer in a corner
of the yard with a P.A.system. they helped us drag our equipment across the yard and set it
up.This was on July 4th 1986. We played for a little over two hours that afternoon and then went
back to play the Fremont that night.These are only a few of the songs that we did that day,but it’s
a good representation of what went down.We went back that same year for a Christmas show
inside and the inmates gave me a plack calling me “The Patron Saint of McNeal Island Blues”the
piece of brass for this was the push plate stolen off the wardens restroom door …After that I
played out there every July 4th for the next 7 years.I took many guest musicians out there with
me during that time. In the late 1990’s I did three shows at Indian Ridge up in Arlington. I know
that the inmates enjoyed it and I like to think it made things a little easer Between the keeper and
the kept…turn it up and enjoy what the inmates did in the summer of 1986.



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