GratefulPat wrote:old man down.... ever have a chance to jam with rob eaton?
No. In the iteration of the band, he came into the picture well over a year after I was booted.
You have to remember that this was all a good 20+ years ago. At the time he was most likely an OK guitarist, but very enthusiastic about being in Border Legion because the band had picked up a guy named Dave who came from a band called Impact. Whenever I saw Impact when I was in the band, I always thought if only we had him in our band, then we'd be really good. Dave was very good, had Garcia's sound down, the best around at the time, no question. He must be phenomenal today.
So when another slot opened up in the band a year after my departure, and Rob Eaton got the chance, it was probably a no-brainer for him to join because Dave looked a little like Garcia, Rob looked a little like Weir, and Skip looked a little like Lesh. They had it all, and they stayed together for quite a while. I've lost touch with all these guys, but they were very good, certainly on a par with DSO.
Bands are always cannabalizing, getting rid of a poor fit, hoping to stay together through it all, and NJ allowed for a lot of talent to be in close proximity to make the luck of the draw happen, in this case for the final line up of BL.
If Rob hadn't moved on, BL would probably be playing a few gigs a year to this day. As far as I know, no one ever quit their day job.
Still, back in the early days, playing down around Glassboro State College (which was our 710 Haight St.), out at Lafayette College, and also at parties, dive bars, well, it was so much fun. We were kids who were really psyched about playing on weekends and if we learned the chords to a song, that song went into the repetoire almost immediately. Theory, back then, I didn't have a clue. Everything was played very raw, by ear. There were no songbooks that helped very much, no Internet to converse on, nothing but tune up to your stereo, put the needle down, try the riff, lift the needle, and repeat.
I remember getting to a friend's house to catch a ride by riding my bicycle over with my guitar case held alongside me bumping the spokes! Really too funny. But it was so much fun and you're only young once.