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This song was written as a poem for Fred, shortly after he found his home in the desert and wasn't sure how to tell our beloved landlord in Hollywood. Harold "Smokey" Johnson told Fred he would see him in the desert, where he owned a home he called the Hobe Chobe, when Fred visited Smokey in the hospital before making a trip to the desert to try spending a night in the house he was thinking of moving to. After spending his first night at the Rancho, I had to tell Fred that Smokey had passed away in the night. Our friend Adriene Jenik later purchased the Hobe Chobe from Smokey's son and turned it into an artist's retreat.

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from Deserted Sessions - Rancho de la Luna - 1995​-​2004, released April 25, 2018
To Smokey For Fred (5/93) (Ted Quinn) - Previously unreleased

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Teddy Quinn Joshua Tree, California

Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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