What began as 13 acres on the Rogue River, evolved to 93 acres with 1,800 feet of Rogue River riverfront in Southern Oregon's Banana Belt where the sun, water and air make the perfect combination to sustain naturally powerful and beautiful cannabis. This is home to Belushi’s Farm.
It’s harvest season, so we asked actor, musician and cannabis farmer Jim Belushi to share five of his favorite songs for you to enjoy during your next sesh. And in case you didn’t know that the man known for epic roles such as Red Heat, K-9, Gang Related, and Wonder Wheel is now cultivating the world’s most popular healing plant, you can take a deep dive into his canna-journey via Instagram for behind the scenes video and photos of Mr. Belushi on the farm.
And if you weren’t one of the 400 plus fortunate attendees at this weekend’s third annual Belushi’s Farm Harvest Party and Fundraiser to benefit Oregon blues musician Johnny Wheels featuring performances from Jim, Johnny, the Blues Brothers’ Elwood Blues and legendary guitarist Guitar Shorty, you can donate to Johnny’s GoFundMe to help the cause.
1. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
The summer I was learning how to drive, I attended drivers ed every morning until noon. Afterwards, a bunch of us would go down to the creek, smoke a big joint, go get a cheeseburger, and I would come home full and way too high. I would lay back, and put on the Woodstock album and listen to Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends” over and over and over. It was really great when I saw my brother John do that song as Joe Cocker, blew me away. Just recently, my daughter recorded the song. It runs deep.
2. “Killing Floor” by Howlin’ Wolf
This classic blues song has my favorite groove. The rhythm guitar here is just a riff that’s been copied over and over and over. The words to this song, I think everybody can relate to. "Fallin in love with a girl that you shouldn’t of. You should have got out when you knew, but you stayed in and ended up on the killing floor.” The killing floor that's referred to is the Chicago stockyards where the cattle from all around the Midwest would come to and be butchered. Just imagine what the floor would look like. I’ve been on the killing floor a few times in my life. For some reason, this song makes me feel heard. I’m so intimidated by it that I won’t even sing it with my band. It’s too over my head for me.
3. “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
Ten minutes before Dan Aykroyd and I were about to step on stage for a Blues Brothers show in Toronto, Danny said, “Jimmy, we should change the opening of the show and play “Shotgun.” There’s an unbelievable sax solo that opens the song that would be perfect for our entrance.” “Let’s do it,” I said, “Danny, it’s ten minutes until showtime. We haven’t rehearsed it. Maybe for the next show?” "No No No, this show." “Let me check with the band,” I said. So I went to Joe Sublett, our sax player, and I said, “Joe, Danny wants to do “Shotgun” as the opening. Do you guys know it?” Joe said, “Yeah, yeah, I played it with Junior Walker. I know it." Five minutes later, we entered with “Shotgun.” And I got chills up and down my spine at that entrance. Not only did the band know it, but it was like an F-16 fighter jet taking off. The rumble, the power. I love this song. It’s got great energy. And a great memory. Danny was right. He always is.
4. “Groove Me” by The Blues Brothers
Jake and Elwood did a great reggae-ish interpretation of this classic song, “Groove Me.” Where they say “Light up a big spliff, mon.” Again, it’s about the groove. A lover’s groove. I just drop in my chair when this song comes on. It sets me at peace. It makes me feel good.
5. “B Movie Boxcar Blues” by Delbert McClinton
This song is on the 1972 album from Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark called Delbert and Glen. That album — every song on it was picked up by other artists and made popular, from Bonnie Raitt to Taj Mahal to The Blues Brothers. The Blues Brothers’ version that Jake and Elwood perform is one of the best-arranged pieces on the Blues Brothers album. The horn arrangements are unbelievable, arranged by Tom Malone, and the rhythm guitar, mastered by Matt Guitar Murphy—sets a pace and a groove that takes me away from myself when I hear it, and when we play it in the Blues Brothers shows. I can’t wait to get to that number. Delbert McClinton is known as one of the best lyricists in the business. Funny, quick-witted, and in perfect rhyme and groove. You’ll love to lay back and take this trip.