Tuesday March 13, 2007

Trip Start Mar 12, 2007
Trip End Mar 18, 2007

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday March 13, 2007
I woke up at 8:45.  Feeling stopped up and run down. More rain overnight so I didn't go riding. We borrowed an OBD scanner from Buster down the street. Diagnosed problem on the pickup truck needs a new EGR valve. Not inexpensive but an easy fix.
Raining coke cans and beer bottles at 2PM. After it let up, we messed with the truck a bit more. Took the valve back off and there were two pieces of carbon clogging the valve seat. Put the valve back on and cleared the codes and it seems to be OK for the moment. We'll see if the moment lasts. It didn't. Still raining at 4:15.
Threadgill's Austin Singer Songwriter Group show was moved indoors because of the rain, but it went off without a hitch.
The master of ceremonies was a cat named Monte Warden who wrote a song that George Strait took all the way to number one and kept reminding us of the fact.
Lauren & Jeff Beller were a big swing band with a cute little girl, Lauren, singing and strumming a ukulele were still playing when we walked in and found a seat.

Bill Carter, an Austin songwriting legend who is also Johnny Depp's personal trainer, played with David Holt, the ex-Storyville guitarist, not the one from "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" David has an extensive resume and a fine solo albulm 'Perpetual Motion'. He started with 'Jacksboro Highway' a song that John Mayall recorded in the early nineties. In the song he mentions the the Black Cat, Four Dueces, and the Skyline, long gone cut and shoot joints on the fabled highway also known as Texas 199. Next was 'Trick Rider' followed by 'Richest Man In The World'. He finished with 'Why Get Up?' a song that The Fabulous Thunderbirds did on their 'Girls Go Wild' album.

Next up was John Siddle, an Englishman who claimed to have brought the weather with him. John comes all the Southport, across the Mersey from Liverpool. He has been described as, "singing from the bottom of his soul, and from the sole of his shoes".

Kara Grainger from Australia and her brother Mitch played blusey music and with her full voice and slide guitar playing I couldn't help thinking of Bonnie Raitt.

Gurf Morlix, songwriter, producer and guitarist extraordinaire played songs from his soon to be released album 'Diamonds To Dust'. This man has played, produced or sung on many of my favorite records of the last twenty years.

Betty Soo, from Spring, Texas and her husband David Terry played songs from her Stephen Doster produced record, 'Let Me love You'
It was probably about this time that we went into the back room and caught the last three songs from Berklee College of Music graduate Carrie Rodriguez. She was playing an electric mandolin the shape of a Gibson Firebird when we walked in and then sang a couple of tunes while playing her fiddle which is no small feat. She has a wonderful voice that reminds me of early Lucinda Williams and is a first rate musician. He band includes an electric guitar player, Hans Holzen who plays a wonderfully minimalist style and Kyle Kegerreis on the  upright bass. I had heard the title cut from her record and looked forward to seeing her, but now I'm hooked after watching her perform.
Joe Manuel, a self professed coon-ass from Louisiana had a full band that included his brother Abe on fiddle and squeezebox. Joe has played and co-written songs with Merle Haggard as has Abe.

Last up was Sonny Throckmorton, writer of 17 number one country songs and member of the songwriting hall of fame. Over 1000 of his songs have been recorded by the top acts in country music. Backed by the Manuel Brothers, Sonny played many of his big songs including,
'Tryin' to Love Two Women', 'That's the Way I Am', 'I Wish I Was Eighteen Again', and 'Where the Cowboy Rides Away
After the show we headed for the Saxon Pub on South Lamar.  Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks were in the middle of a very psychedelic 'October' when we walked into a packed house at the Saxon. Mike Hargrove was playing wild slide guitar on a dobro. He would also use a big red Gretch guitar. The regular bass player, Andrew Duplantis was not in attendance on this night as he was playing with Tia Carrera at Red Eye Fly. In his place was a young lady who I had seen playing with Jon at Kerrville and I've had no luck finding her name. She's a great player.
Next up was Laredo, a song I love, but had never seen him perform.
"I drove down to Laredo, I had the big eyes in my head"
Next was 'Tie a Knot' from holes. The last song they played was 'Holes' Jon said he wrote this song wanting it to sound like The James Gang in a rumble, but it came out sounding like Little Feat. Mike Hardwick does indeed sound like Lowell George playing slide guitar.
Gurf Morlix and Ray Bonneville seem to have followed us over from Threadgill's and sat near us at the bar. I found out that Gurf, Peter Case and his ex-wife Victoria Williams once toured as the Incredibly Strung Out Band. I think John Doe, who Jon Dee Graham once worked with was in the audience, but I'm not sure.
Peter Case and the Dealbreakers. I can't find any information on these guys other than the lead guitarist is Peter's son, Joshua. He's a wild guitarist and showman. By the end of the set he was walking on tables and almost knocking them over as he played! John Chipman of The Fighting Corks played drums. They began their set with the old Plimsouls song, 'A Million Miles Away' and played the old Beatles song, 'One After 909'.
Next was 'Two Angels', then'I Shook His Hand' written about meeting President Kennedy as a child.
'Hanging on the Telephone' with ex-Nerves Paul Collins.
'Milk Cow Blues' and I can't remember what else. I ended too early, about 1:30 am. We called it a night.
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