Friday, March 28, 2008


Okay, so on the end of Fred & Sharon's "Tribute to Students and Troops" there's a credit for a musician named Paul Shipley so I did a Google search and found a Paul Shipley in Kelowna so I contacted him!

Hello Paul,

I'm not sure if you're the right Paul Shipley so if it's a case of mistaken identity, I apologize.

I got your name off the end credits of a "home movie" where your name is credited for the music. The film makers are from Kelowna so I chance that you are the right Paul.

I really like the tune (especially near the end when it gets a bit trippy). I was wondering if you could settle a bet I'm having with some friends. Some of my friends think that the video is a joke and that Fred & Sharon are just actors. I however don't believe so.

I'd appreciate your help!

Many thanks,


Hi Johnny,

Yes, that’s me playing the guitar. The tune is an instrumental version of Blind Gary Davis’ Cocaine Blues. Stefan Grossman teaches it in one of his instructional videos that’s now on youtube at . Fred and Sharon must have added a pile of chorus effect for the last minute or so of the video.

Fred and Sharon are not actors, they run a small baking business in Peachland and sell their breads at the local farmers markets. The movies are consistent with their characters, and they are serious about it. I do see why people would wonder though. They do make one of the greatest sandwich breads ever, and are really nice people.

Hope this helps, and that you get decent beer out of the bet,



BEADLE said...

You need to seriously think about becoming a private investigator Johnny.

your pal,

nate said...

you sir are a champion

rich said...

I know where I'm going when I hit the wine country!

Pete said...

Thanks for clearing that up, I lost several nights sleep pondering their veracity.

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