Friday June 23

Trip Start Jun 23, 2006
Trip End Jun 26, 2006

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

I had checked Jon Dee Graham's website while planning my trip to Austin, so I knew that The Resentments as well as Jon Dee were playing at Threadgill's World Headquarters as part of the annual KGSR Fan Drive. I would have to leave early in order to get there in time for The Resentment's set at noon, but it turned out to not be a problem.

Friday morning I woke up at 4am so I went ahead and got up and put everything into the truck that I had packed the night before. I was on the road at 6 and it was still nice and cool outside. Stopping only for gas, I pulled off the interstate in Austin at 10:30 and went to Greg and Shelley's and unloaded most of my stuff. Then I went to T J's Cycles on North Lamar just a few blocks away. There I got a Texas Parks and Wildlife Off Road Vehicle Sticker that is now needed to ride on public land. Turns off you have to stick it on the fork leg and there was already a sticker there, so I didn't get around so putting it on.

Next stop was Threadgill's on Riverside near the spot where the old Armadillo World Headquarters once stood. It was not quite eleven which is when they start serving lunch so I hung around awhile and the got a table in the back room near a little stage. The walls were covered with record album covers, photographs and posters for shows at the old Armadillo. One photo that caught my eye was John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service playing his "bat" guitar with San Francisco minted silver dimes stuck to the volume and tone dials. I sat below a poster announcing Van Halen with the Bugs Henderson Group opening at the Armadillo. At least the opening act was good!

I had one of their signature chicken fried steaks with mashes potatoes and spinach casserole and washed it down with hibiscus tea. I settled up with the waitress and went outside with a few minutes to spare before the Resentments came on. This is Austin's singer-songwriter supergroup whose members are Bruce Hughes, Jon Dee Graham, Stephen Bruton and "Scrappy" Jed Blackwell. Their shows are like a song circle where each player does a song and then the player to the right does a song and so on. While they were tuning up, the PA was playing The Band's "Acadian Driftwood", one of my favorites. "Scrappy" Jud started playing along on his guitar and it sounded great! Since this was being filmed and going out on the radio, they were told that they couldn't go on yet. "Scrappy" Jud told the radio guy that they all took acid at the same time and that they were coming on now!

Stephen Bruton opened the set with "I Do My Drinkin' on the Weekends" just like when I saw them at Kerrville a couple of weeks before. In between songs they did a lot of silly banter to try to get radio listeners to come out. Like speaking of champagne fountains and cool temperatures, naked people and even penguins. Due to the short length of the sets they only did one and a half rounds.

Jon Dee Graham played next after a long break due the broadcasting thing. As he began his second song, he broke a string and had no spare. His bandmates had already left. Within seconds, Carolyn Wonderland who was playing next, offered her Slimline Telecaster. This was a solo acoustic gig so Jon Dee played it as if it was his acoustic guitar and it worked just fine.

I guess the Resentment's banter worked because I looked over and saw my friend Grant from Kerrville. He was standing in the shade, so I walked over to there. The small piece of shade from the stage was gone now from my first row seat and it was hot. Grant had been out running errands and heard about the show on the radio. We talked for a bit while waiting for Carolyn Wonderland to come on. She was really hot! I don't understand why she's not a bigger name. Her music is blues-rock without falling into the tired old clichés so prevalent in that genre. She played most of her leads, but also had a young guitarist with her who was pretty hot himself.

Grant went in for a late lunch and I decided not to wait another 40 minutes in the blazing heat of the day sun to see Jimmy LaFave play for 20 minutes. I was going to catch Jon Dee Graham and Kasey Crowley at The Central Market that evening so I decided to split and cool off for a while.

I left Greg and Shelley's a little after six and when I got to the Central Market, I remembered that they closed at 9pm. This meant that I would have to do my shopping before the show because it would end at the same time the store closed. I needed to get some things to snack on during the next two days at the school and that caused me to miss the first song of Jon Dee Graham's Kasey Crowley was playing her first song when I found a place to sit.

Austin's Central Market Café is a wonderful place to spend an evening. There's lot's of trees, shade, a playground for the kids and tables. One doesn't even have to have to buy anything or pay to see the show. The food served by the Café is excellent or one could buy goodies in the store and carry them out to the Café. If you ordered food they gave you an electronic device to let you know when your order was up. That way there was no blasting out names or numbers when the food was ready. I liked that!

Kasey Chambers and Jon Dee Graham traded songs until 9 o'clock and I headed back to Greg and Shelley's place. I needed to be at the park and ready to go at eight the next day.
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folkmusictrekke on

JDG and KC
could you see JDG's acoustic guitar logo? Probably was a Gibson. And Kasey Chambers, wish she'd wing it to Kerrville sometime. Eagerly awaiting more.

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