Live at Mothers Bistro: Your Surrogate Cousin
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2.09lifeinbv-2By Dustin Heron Urban

“What’s that instrument called?” my wife Katie asked. “It’s a Chapman Stick” came the reply, and soon a haunting rendition of Across the Universe emerges from the amp. John Tipton’s fingers slip and slither nimbly across the fret board of this peculiar 12-stringed instrument, playing simultaneously the bass line and melody of this iconic Beatles tune. “Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind, possessing and caressing me…” 

The duo is called Your Surrogate Cousin and they are playing at Main Street’s Mothers Bistro on Wednesday nights this winter. Tipton and Eric Belsey form the core duo, and each week they bring in special guests to2.09lifeinbv-3 mix things up. This past Wednesday Keepher Pez of Crestone wailed on his acoustic guitar and belted out covers ranging from Blind Melon to Barenaked Ladies for a solo set. He was joined by Tipton on the Chapman Stick and Belsey on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals for plenty of jamming.

The trio served up a nice mix of folk2.09lifeinbv-4 rock, jazz, the jambands and old-time. During their second set, they ripped through a high-paced version of Phish’s Sparkle before transitioning into an impressive rendition of Rusted Root’s Back to the Earth, featuring Pez on powerful lead vocals and Belsey on harmony.

Then it was on to an old Pigpen (of the early Grateful Dead) song, a Jack2.09lifeinbv-5 Johnson cover, and a Miles Davis song featuring Belsey on a tighter-than-tight harmonica lead. The trio closed things out with the blues classic The Thrill is Gone, written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins and popularized by B.B. King.

We are grateful that Mothers is helping to foster a high quality and growing local music scene here in BV. It’s a real (and tip-worthy) gift to have such outstanding musicians play weekly on Main Street. This week it was Keepher Pez as a special guest, and every week to come Your Surrogate Cousin will feature new guests to keep things lively and fresh.

The February 4th special guest will be Bruce Hayes. On February 11th Your Surrogate Cousin will feature Matthew Coen on guitar and vocals (and hopefully his Aspen wood didgeridoo) and Richard Longberg on Bass for some upbeat acoustic tunes. On February 18th, Your Surrogate Cousin will be joined by Scott Adams on acoustic fingerstyle guitar. And on March 11th Andrea Earley-Coen and friends will bring some old-time fiddle to the mix. There is no cover charge, only what Eric Belsey refers to as "a large, capacious, cavernous, Zen-like void, empty tip jar."

It was a dark and cold Wednesday night as I wandered into the warmth of Mothers Bistro. But Your Surrogate Cousin’s music… well, I’ll leave you as they left me.

Sounds of laughter, shades of earth
Are ringing through my open ears,
Inciting and inviting me.

Limitless undying love
Which shines around me
Like a million suns
And calls me on and on
Across the Universe.
Jai Guru Deva, Om.

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