dehliwhere it’s still warm but not quite as much as the Sudan was. This is a city full of history and people, quite unlike anywhere we’ve visited so far on this tour. The manager of the club we’re playing is an old friend of Eddie’s and we might stay a couple of extra days to play a party for a mutual friend they seem to owe a favor to. Hank and Harold are going out tomorrow to see some ancient religious sites and I might tag along if I feel up to it. After we leave here we are supposedly off to China next, although transportation issues are still arising..we’ll see. Meanwhile Mr. Ersatz has requested that this weeks recording of note be “Marscape” by Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley. Released in 1976 on the RSO label this album features all the members of the band Brand X plus Jack Lancaster on woodwinds and Bernie Frost and Simon Jeffes. It’s a great collection of fusion oriented tunes played with a mixture of delicacy and gusto. Mr. Phil Collins turns in a rock solid performance on the skins here as do the rest of the Brand X boys on their respective instruments. I was lucky enough to see Brand X back in the summer of 1977 and it was a high energy show and I had a front row seat ,  it was a great night as I recall. Anyway a wonderful disc to check out , should you get a chance. Speaking of chance I think I’ll try and find someplace close by to get some dinner. Hope all you folks back home are doing OK, thanks for checking in on me. I’ll post next when we move on from here, take care. Thanks again to the guys at twistedpapers.com for the great images I’ve been using in  this “Tour” blog.

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khartoamshould be the title of this post. After a few days here in Khartoum I’m ready for a cool down. It’s been in the low 100’s every day here so far and the hotel we are staying at, lacks any of the comforts that would alleviate that state.  It cools down to the low 80’s at night, but the ballroom we’ve been playing in retains the heat of the day more than I would prefer. At any rate tonight is our last one here and then it’s farther east to points not fixed yet. My wife back in the states informs me that some friends of ours have contacted her to express their good wishes for me on my journey as described in this blog. I should remind those folks and any others who might be “believing” this bit of fun, to refer to my blog entry from the 21st of June this year, which addresses the “reality” aspect of this trip and my companions. Speaking of Mr. Ersatz…. Eddie’s musical pick of the week is an album titled “Divisions On A Ground”  by Richard Harvey, originally released on Transatlantic records in 1975. Being an introduction to the recorder and it’s music this disc features Harvey on recorders along with a six piece ensemble. Recorded at St. Paul’s Church, Wimbledon Park, London in July & August 1974.  The works here ( by Vivaldi,  Matthysz, Handel,  Finger,  van Eyck, and Loeillet ) span about a century of Baroque music at it’s popular peak. Mr Harvey though a mere 21 years of age when this record was made, brings 17 years of playing the instrument to bear on these pieces with beautiful results. No real standout number here,  just a wonderful collection of gracefully performed musical works that are a great listen. Well that’s about it from here for now, hope all is well for you folks wherever your are, please stay tuned for more. Image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

dubrovnikone of the most unusual birthday parties I’ve ever played at or attended.  I’ve always been somewhere between amused and amazed at some of the people Eddie counts as his friends, and the guest list for this party was full of them. Something about gentlemen in military uniforms from what are now defunct forces that makes me laugh, although quietly to myself  since they tend to brandish their weapons after a few drinks to punctuate their point in conversation. Both the Headstock Brothers and myself took the opportunity to take a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine back to our room after the gig, figuring that Eddie would be out for the duration of the evening, which he was.  I did get a pseudo-cryptic note from Eddie shoved under the door while I was sleeping it off, which as best as I can tell contains this week’s musical recording of note “Shoot Out The Lights” by Richard and Linda Thompson. Released in 1982 on Hannibal Records this album is a must have for anyone’s collection and features brilliant vocal and guitar work throughout. The title track alone is worth the price of admission but for me the real clincher is “Wall of Death” which stands as one of the greatest folk-rock tunes of all time. Once again Mr. Ersatz has picked a winner, do check it out if you have not already. Well thats about it from here, next stop is Greece (if it hasn’t burnt to the ground before we get there). I’ll post you when we arrive, meanwhile have a good day! image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

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Show #33 in the My Life in Sound series is the next to last in this retrospective. This time the music is again from 2005-6 and was recorded in my home studio in Colorado. Titles and start  times are as follows:

1- Omnistop Intro  00:00
2-  A  Walk Into Town  02:54
3-  April Fools  06:30
4-  Fit To Be Tied  11:54
5-  Todd Is God  15:47
6-  Omnistop Outro  18:06
7-  Roll The Credits  22:26
8-  The Walk Home  26:03  
Performed and recorded by Bryan Helm. All rights reserved by the artist. Tracks 1,2 and 6 contain samples of recorded works by other artists, used here without permission. For more information please visit at-the-helm.us and follow the links. Thanks for listening, next show is all talk and will cover aspects of information from all the music only shows and a couple of other things , so please do tune in. Photo from RMNP looking upstream circa 2006.

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Episode 32 of At-The-Helm.This installment in the My Life in Sound series consisits of more solo work from the home studio circa 2005-6. Titles and starting times are as follows:

 1- Intro  00:00
 2- Pieces  1:55
 3- Dad’s Taxi  5:10
 4- After The Saints  08:35
 5- Monkey Slide  10:43
 6- Go Soak Your Head  13:08
 7- Picture Postcards  17:20
 9- Distant Objects  20:26
10- Outro 25:56

Performed and recorded by Bryan Helm. All rights reserved by the artist. Tracks 4 and 7 feature samples of other artists recorded work, used here without their permission, with my apologies and thanks to those musicians.  For more info on this series please visit  www.at-the-helm.us  Thanks for listening! More very soon, meanwhile another photo from the antique farm equipment show of a couple years ago.

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and it’s another collection of tunes from the BrotherSync boys. This show features  studio and live tracks as follows:

1- Wages of  Sync  00:00

2-It’s A Bent World  05:08

3- Noodle Bowl  10:18

4- There’s Bucks in Jingles  12:44

5- Hahalodics  15:17

6- Another Cup of Joe  19:56

7- Good Evening Folks  24:37

 All tracks  performed by Hardgrave, Moreland and Helm except #6 which is Hardgrave and Helm. All rights reserved by the artists.Track #6 features Mark Hardgrave on drums and lead guitar recorded Jan1 2005. Tracks 2,3,4 & 5 recorded live in the stuidio 9-7-04. Track #1 mixed and mastered by Bret Moreland circa 2002. Casino field recording by Bret also.  Photo of BrotherSync at Halloween 2004. Track #5 is for Wally Mitchel. Thanks for listening, more sooner than the last soon, and happy holidays to all.

..available for your listening pleasure. This show features solo selections recorded live in the studio during 2003 and 2004. Titles and start times are as follows:

 1- Wake Up Call  00:00

 2- Working Title  02:22

 3- Horse Number Five  05:10

 4- Morning Flowers  08:57

 5- Before The Saints  11:08

 6- Slow to a Trot  14:37

 7- Across the Gap  16:32

 8- A Little Foggy  18:57

 9- Bald Spot Sweat  21:24

10- So Long Red  25:36

Arranged, performed and recorded by Bryan Helm. All rights reserved by the artist. Track #10 is dedicated to the late O.J. “Red” Rhodes, perhaps the finest pedal steel guitarist of the 20th century. Photo from a nearby canyon circa 2004. Thanks for stopping in, there’s more coming soon, have a good day!