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Mensah out, Yohannes in

Mensah out, Yohannes in

Dec. 17 | His wake-up call came at nine on the nose. He was up and in the shower a few minutes later. Turned out, Helen and company — she’d got Yohannes Tona to sign on for a week and a half — were going north to Duluth, then Canada. He was tempted...

A toast to changing spots

A toast to changing spots

Dec. 12 | There was no convincing the kid that watching the great Helen St. James work had been mostly boring. “Oh, no it wasn’t,” she said with a smile. “Trust me.” “Come on.” “Smitty, listen…” “What did you just call me?” For some...

Keith and Sam chat in Chi-Town

Keith and Sam chat in Chi-Town

Dec. 3 | Keith stared at the receiver. After a while, placed it in the cradle. Something still wasn’t sitting right with him. He assured himself that getting married’s a big step for her. She finally got your fast self to stand still long enough and might...

Now Keith can’t wait to jump the broom

Now Keith can’t wait to jump the broom

Nov. 26 | Keith didn’t like the idea of contradicting anyone  as powerful as Alaina Sheridan, but he had to stand his ground. “Nope. The deal was I don’t have to open my mouth in front of the camera. Just play guitar. No singing.” “How about this,”...

Keith a singing movie star?

Keith a singing movie star?

Nov. 19 | He’d caught a catnap on the flight from the Twin Cities. Middle of the afternoon, filming in Chicago at Rosa’s Lounge, Keith sat at the bar wondering just how much longer it’d take. He’d never quite got used to the hurry-up-and-wait of making...

If Lesli’d just make up her mind…

If Lesli’d just make up her mind…

Nov. 12 | First there was the show in St. Paul. Then Helen had hit him up at the last minute. Talked him into sticking around long enough for a quick trip to Chicago. She was killing two birds with one stone, a splashy gig at Rosa’s, which would also serve...

The show must go on

The show must go on

Nov. 5 | Hey, Helen!” Keith hollered across the stage. “You ain’t gon’ b’lieve this!” She was on the stage scanning the surroundings, taking a breather. And idly responded, “Yeah, yeah, what?” “Your boy just got arrested.” Helen gave him...

Mensah runs afoul of Lady Law

Mensah runs afoul of Lady Law

Oct. 29 | All during the run-through of both sets, between songs, everyone had been getting nice and wired tight. Keith called himself getting a breath of fresh air, got out to the sidewalk and staggered up the way, not weaving and wobbling, just unsteady enough...

The band finds a groove

The band finds a groove

Oct. 22 | Keith wasn’t sure which dressing room to go to. Helen would be situated in the bigger quarters. Sam, as the opener, would have the other. Getting double-paid, Keith was backing them both. He decided to go to Helen’s dressing room where, it turned...

Keith reflects on the price of fame

Keith reflects on the price of fame

Oct. 15 | Helen, poor thing, didn’t get 10 feet before being noticed. Shades or no shades, if the broad worked construction, she still was gorgeous enough to stop rush hour traffic on a dime. And once you looked closely enough, you knew who she was. Someone...