Tim Dawe – Penrod

Tim Dawe’s real name Jerry Penrod, might be familiar to some psycheads, from being a part of the early Iron Butterfly line-up, and on the contrary to their pioneering heavy psychedelia, here he is with a slightly gentler interpretation of the genre, taking it down the jangly folkways on his 1969 debut.

Released on Zappa’s Straight label, just like anything Zappa-related, it’s all but straight, starting from the moody almost-hit Junkie John, through the Buckley-ish baroque-folk jangle of the opening Scarlet Women and Some Other Time.

Or the similar gentle croon against the orchestrated Donovan-like melody of Nothing At All, to the slightlydelic West Coast-influenced feel of Nite Train Home and I’m Comin’, sounding not unlike Country Joe & The Fish.

In between, you’ll also find some Love-ly popsike in the closing Didn’t We Love, as well as some country vibes in Little Boy Blue, in a kinda vaudevillian ‘Brummels way, or even more obviously in No Exit (Cafe & Gallery) .

To some, it might be interesting to mention that the sound of the above was cleverly engineered and arranged by the late Lovin’ Spoonful member Jerry Yester.

[Released by Radioactive 2004]

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  1. From Richie Unterberger’s liner notes to Penrod:

    To clear up some confusion, though it’s sometimes been reported that Dawe had previously been in Iron Butterfly and Rhinoceros, that appears not to be the case. There was a Jerry Penrod who played bass in those groups, and the assumption seems to have arisen from the mysterious Penrod title of Dawe’s LP. Penrod, says Yester, was actually the name of the group Dawe fronted as singer-songwriter (as well as playing acoustic guitar).

  2. Tim Dawe and Jerry Penrod are often confused as being the same person, when they are NOT! Their names, birthdates, area of residences and musical affiliations are close to equal and therefore people confuse the two as being *one person*.

    Take note of the full name of Tim Dawe, who some people called “Penrod”, was really named: Timothy Thorne Dawe.

    Tim Dawe was in the band he named “Penrod“… Therein the confusion and conclusions are evident, but incorrect ; as it is takes a much longer explanation, but this should solve the problem and challenging opinions of confusing two individual well-known musicians.

    Perhaps, since Tim Dawe cut an album: “Penrod“, which I believe leads people in concluding they are one and the same person!

    Tim Dawe was booked and known at “The White Whale“ in La Jolla and “The Jail“ in Pacific Beach, which offers the example of a couple of the establishments where he would be found in his fabulous San Diego performances, before joining with It’s A Beautiful Day in ‘Frisco.

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