October 15, 2013
We were hit by a heavy typhoon last night and this morning. Now
after 7 am we still are getting heavy winds and some rain in
side areas. Our departure this morning has been delayed until
around noon. We will be traveling behind the Typhoon to our next
area headed to Iwate Prefecture, Kanegasaki City. Our prayers go
out to the Philippine earth quake victims and Japan devastation.
Nokie and I are OK. Packed and ready to go to see the Iwate and
Yamagata area Zaou and Hakutaka City area Nokie and Venture
fans. Following the typhoon out of Tokyo at noon will give us
safe travel to Iwate City. We will give an update when possible.
God Bless... Nokie
It was just
great to be part of the competition at Fairbanks Tanana Valley
Fair... To watch the boys and girls, men and woman take part in
playing riffs with the same guitar/amp, having the same amount
of time to get their licks off... And to watch someone take home
the grand prize of a beautiful Godin guitar, a framed signed
grade A LP of Telstar, a T-shirt of Nokie's 77th birthday
celebration on tour last year in Japan, plus 3 CD's including
his new Latin CD that arrived to Alaska for the first sales!
Marc Brown and
Blues Crew did a beautiful job and we will have the opportunity
to have them to back Nokie once more this tour at The Blue Loon
this coming Friday night, August 16th. If you are in or near
Fairbanks, stop by and shake the hand of a living legend Nokie
Edwards. Hear the great tunes of songs gone by, but not
forgotten and to hear your own hero' and Grammy winning band
Marc Brown and The Blues Crew.
Alaskan fan family has been a wonderful time for both Nokie and
I. They are some of the most gracious people and true to their
native traditions. Some of the Alaskan Natives came to Nokie to
tell him they listened to his music in their smoke houses or
huts many years ago when they had nothing but a small radio to
communicate with during the long Winters. I had no idea that a
Alaskan Indian would even listen to Surf and Surf Rock... Nokie
was playing country when he came through Alaska in 70's and
80's, yes I can see that, but in the early 60's? It was
beautiful listening to the stories and see the smiles of love on
their faces for the music and Nokie.
I will try to
post some of the emails and story's told to us by the Nokie
& The Ventures fan family in Alaska.
Come see us at
the Blue Loon Friday August 16th in Easter, just outside
Fairbanks headed to Anchorage. Again come and shake the hand of
a Living Legend and hear some great music from Marc Brown and
Blues Crew. I'll see you there... Judy