Saturday, February 23, 2013

Busker Days: The Jonah Kit - Pancho and Lefty

The Jonah Kit was playing down in the BART station on Thursday. The band, for today consisting solely of Jonah Watchman, caught my attention with an upbeat, raucous take on the Jim Carroll tune People Who Died. The Kit also has an upright bass and drums. Jonah who grew up in San Francisco's Mission district and now resides in Oakland, was nice enough to let me record him even though I told him I didn't have the requisite, self-imposed $5 per recorded song. The sign in his guitar case stated No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds, so....

Listen above to his strong rendition of Townes Van Zandt's great, enigmatic Pancho and Lefty.

Interestingly, The Jonah Kit has recorded with Craig Ventresco and two songs on the Kit's cd feature his masterful guitar work.  I gotta pick up a copy of that cd! You can hear a couple Busker Days recordings of Craig here and here. Also, all Busker recordings can be accessed on this site's handy Jump Station.


  1. I'll echo your close to the recording, Jack. Nice.

  2. We should be grateful there are people who want to sing to us as we go underground and hurtle through dark tunnels and exit into tall buildings where we appear and disappear daily. Go Jonah!