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Columns > Annabel Lukins - Both Sides of the Rail

Published: 2012/03/15
by Annabel Lukins

Jam Cruise Forever

I love catching shots like this around the ship. Jam Cruise enables musicians to spend DAYS together where they normally are ships passing in the night while on tour (ok, no pun intended). Here are hard core awesome boys: Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Corey Henry & Sergio Rios.

Don’t be sad it’s over, be glad it happened. Yes, I even said that on stage but that’s a bunch of bullshit. I’m super bummed the New Deal broke up. Yes we will probably get a reunion show at some point, but it’s really like a part of my soul died. This band has helped shaped who I am in the jamband scene. I was their very first US street teamer, I followed their career for over a decade, I got on my knees at Langerado and begged them to do Jam Cruise then got to introduce them during their last show this past cruise. I cried during the show like a baby while dancing my ass off at 3:00am. What a moment…what a life experience.

Ah, the famous day at sea…everyone on the gorgeous pool deck all day long in bathing suits soaking up the sun and the fabulous music. It’s quite amazing…

Corey Glover is SOOOO awesome. I love that he has joined Galactic. Not only has he made such an impact on that band, but also on our scene. His voice, his sassiness, his cool factor is way above the norm. Forget Living Colour, Corey is OURS!

Simon embraces Jam Cruise whole-heartedly. He’s so cute and fun all week long. I really don’t need to write a long paragraph about him, this photo says enough with one bloody in hand and another right below. Ready for action and safe with his helmet!

I love you with all my heart, New Deal boys!!!!

I call him Krazie – (pronounced Kraz-E not crazy ) – Been seeing him since before Soulive when Lettuce got going. Wow that was so many years ago. Now, he’s become such a star, such a dynamic musician. And of course, he’s a Jam Cruise staple. Plus, he’s one of my favorite musician friends ever…we meet on a very deep level and can never just chat for a minute, turns into an hour long convo where no one else exists except that never gets to happen cuz he always has to play or one of us gets pulled away by someone else. Love you, Krazie!!!


There are 6 comments associated with this post

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Commentor August 26, 2015, 12:41:44

Don’t know anything about Sarah or that story, so sympathies from me there. That said, I agree this is pretty self-indulgent. This isn’t journalism, this is scenesterism and self-promotion. Glad you had fun, but I’d like my five minutes back for reading this name-dropping garbage. Sweet blog.

Zuck March 19, 2012, 23:51:30

Could this be a more self-indulgent and self-important post? You are ridiculous. And not one pic of Sarah? A much more tasteful post would have started with something about her, and had about 25 fewer photos with you in them. One, maybe two, is tasteful. This is a joke.

mesh March 20, 2012, 16:24:32

Zuck … share love

rukusyo March 21, 2012, 00:47:56

I have a feeling that Annabel had this written before that tragedy occured, hence the dedication. No? Nice piece, Annabel… of your account of JC10.

Annabel March 29, 2012, 15:54:14

I NEVER post comments on my own pieces but i feel the need here. zuck, wow you are so quick to judge me! is this the first article you’ve ever read of mine? thank you rukusyo!!!! zuck, i wrote this piece a MONTH before sarah died but since it was published right after she died, i felt compelled to at LEAST say something in her honor without changing the piece which wouldn’t have been right. she was very important to me, i loved her and she loved jam cruise. what makes me even more sad is that your comment makes me feel BADLY and i am grieving her loss. i assure you there was nothing but positivity and love when writing that dedication. again, the piece was written long before she died or of COURSE i would have put her photos and a story about what she meant to me and my company.

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