Monday, May 25, 2015

Johnny Sansone -- What I Wouldn't Give

For a Hubig's pie or two or three...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Royal Southern Brotherhood -- Don't Look Back

There's a gracious quote in the promo video by none other than Mr. John Hiatt. DeucE turned me on to Hiatt (among others) back in the day riding down Old Metairie Road if memory serves. Hearing that stuff makes me wish we could go back some days. On the other hand, Hiatt offered the brilliant line that he "never looked forward to looking back." Seems to fit RSB's latest effort recorded in Muscle Shoals no less...

Jackson Station -- Band Of Heathens

Just something about going to the Station early on a cool morn...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

South Austin Moonlighters -- Old Engine

Just something about that Texas sound...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rory Gallagher -- Off The Handle

Got up early, went to work while the fam slept in, this is my treat for a job well done. Ole Rory, mate, never ceases to amaze me. Simply, like no other...

Lil' Buck Sinegal -- Hey Baby

One to catch next time around at the Jazz Fest if the creek don't rise...

Friday, May 15, 2015

B.B. King -- Rock Me Baby

RIP, great one. The King is dead, long live the King...

Robert Cray -- Second To None On This Day

Our final act of Jazz Fest Saturday was none other than Mr. Cray. Second row seats no less. Right before the show, Sean mentioned that he might slip out early to catch a bit of Ryan Adams. I offered that Evan and I might do the same and catch the end of the Who's show. The ladies in our group opted to stay put to see the handsome one. Once the show started, we didn't think twice. No one was going anywhere. Cleanest guitar work I have ever heard... Can I get a witness?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sonny Landreth -- Next Up

The real reason for this year's Jazz Fest Journey - two of my favorites back-to-back starting with a taste of Louisiana slide. Evan and Sean paid close attention to Sonny's every move, like many of the young guitarists in the audience. If you allow yourself to look away and look around for just a minute, you see it in their eyes. Respect in a word...

Vieux Farka Toure -- At The Blues Tent

After the Joe Krown Trio, Sean introduced us to the amazing guitar work of Vieux Farka Toure, take a look for yourself...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Terry "Harmonica" Bean -- Catfish Blues

Next up, we got a lesson in some mighty fine Mississippi blues...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

John Lisi & Delta Funk -- Better Late Than Never

Get to take a little time out to post my NOLA Jazzfest recap finally! We hit the Blues Tent straight away and landed second row seats one through five (left side 'cause that's where Sonny Landreth stands when he performs). First up, a talented guitarist and singer by the name of John Lisi. During his set, he played the intro to Stairway to Heaven because as he put it he wanted to be the first to do so on the second day of the festival, too funny. Band was super tight and his backup singer has an amazing voice, so powerful I noticed her standing off the mike yet still belting it out with ease. Spoke to him briefly after the show and congratulated him and his band on nailing it. Let him know that I look forward to seeing him again. Just something about a fest bringing out the best in the local talent regardless of where...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Who -- Countdown Continues

Never thought that I'd ever get to see the Who and while it may only be for a song or two ('cause we ain't missing Robert Cray), it's all part of the boyz' plan come this Saturday...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aurora Nealand & Company -- Countdown To Jazzfest Begins

From Cali to the 'Easy, we're lucky to have her. And, can she throw a football...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sonny Landreth -- A Musician's Musician

I had been driving all day closing in on Tally, trying mightily to just get home when I realized that taking a pass on that last rest stop 25 or so miles back had turned out to be a big mistake. Spotted a MacDonald's sign out in the middle of I-10 nowhere and hit the exit for a quick drain. Mission accomplished but it was still hot out so why not get a large drink to go. I turned to the counter and there stood a young couple with their backs to me. The young man has a guitar in an old gig bag strapped to his back with a small battered amp at his feet. I'm immediately smiling ear to ear in my University of New Orleans cap and worn out Saints Super Bowl Champs t-shirt. Just then I hear the kid say to his girl, "we don't have enough money so you get your Big Mac and we'll split a small drink and fries." She says "no that's ok, you get what you want," then turns slowly, sees me and whispers "sorry mister." I say "no problem and if I may" just as the charming cashier says "someone here needs to make up their mind already" loud enough for everyone to hear. The couple steps aside and now the kid turns and says "sorry mister, you can go on ahead of us, sir." Guess they thought I was pissed with them since I was no longer smiling but in truth what I really wanted to do was knock the cashier into next week. Breathe in, breathe out... I stepped up and told the cashier that I just wanted to get a large drink to go but to get the kids a couple of big macs, a couple of large fries, two large drinks, and oh yeah, two apple pies. The kid says "mister, we really can't take that but thank you just the same." I respond with "you have to, it's code in the Big Easy where I come from, one musician to another thing, so allow me the pleasure and one day you can return the favor by helping out another musician..." They asked me to join them and I should have (damn I should have) but I told them that I had to get home. Now, here's where the whole encounter really gets good and has me smiling ear to ear again. As I finish filling my drink and turn to head out, I hear his girl say something like if you don't ask him I will. So the kid says "Mister, if you don't mind, you being from New Orleans and all, we were wondering if maybe you knew of or ever had the chance to see a slide guitarist by the name of Sonny Landreth." Kid, I don't mind, not one bit. And yes, I do believe I know of Breaux Bridge's finest and his music rather well. April 25th is right around the corner as a matter of fact...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Who Did You Think I Was -- John Mayer & Company

Great tune but please turn Pino up...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rachael Price & Lake Street Dive -- On A Sunday Morn

Shouldn't be too difficult to get an Amen with this one...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Feelin' Alright -- Grand Funk Railroad

Got the idea for this one after a visit to the L'Man's site, good stuff, great stuff over there, all the time...