They say that everything is bigger in Texas. I guess I’ve got to give them that. You should have seen the 3 lbs cinnamon roll they served us at Lu Lu’s in San Antonio. Or the size of the burgers they served us up at Sam’s Burger Joint. Or the size of the Austin Tini’s we drank in Austin. No matter how you slice it…..we ate (and drank) well in Texas. And we played some great shows.
We teamed up with England’s blues phenom guitarist Matt Schofield for the Texas tour. He and his band can totally shred up some blues. He reminded me a bit of Robben Ford with some SRV and Freddie King thrown in for good measure. We accidentally bumped into Matt and the band on the night before the tour kicked off. We were all in Austin on a night off and we all separately gravitated towards Antones. Antones is a kick ass, old school blues club on 6th street that was made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughan. I’ve played there a bunch with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and it was fun to be back. The woman at the door recognized me and we slid right in. Chris Layton from SRV’s band was hosting a blues night and we kicked it with them, Matt and his band and Pinetop Perkins who was just chilling there by the men’s room selling some of his CDs. A legendary bluesman slinging CDs on an off night at someone else’s gig. Only in Austin! During the day we walked around town in the summer heat. Waterloo Records, which has got to be the coolest record store in the country behind Louisiana Music Factory was having an in store performance that we watched as they poured free beers off a keg. Keep Austin Weird! We rocked the Saxon Pub that night which Bob Schneider plays every Monday. It’s a cool little room and you know you’re in a good spot when Willie Nelson plays there. Sam’s Burger Bar in San Antonio was a beautiful room. It is clean and pretty new and has great sound. The show was presented by the San Antonio Blues Society and the people there were great. We will definitely be back. Dallas found us at the Levitt Pavilion which is a HUGE free outdoor concert series that is run there in the summer. Despite the heat and Three Dog Night being the featured band the next night we had a GREAT crowd that we kept rocking late into the night. Great night! I invited Matt and his band to sit in with us on Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful” for the encore. It was fitting because we played Madison WI earlier in the tour which is where Otis Redding’s plane went down. The last night of the Texas tour found us in Houston. We played on the local radio station for “The Blues Hound” who is a great DJ. 3 acoustic songs. Then it was off to the club. We weren’t sure that we were in the right neighborhood when we pulled up. It was very residential and it didn’t seem like the kind of place for a rock and roll bar. Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar has got to be one of the coolest clubs we’ve played. It reminds me of the kind of place one of my buddies would open if he wanted music at his tiki bar on the beach. Big outdoor area and inside is a really vibey room covered in old guitars and psychedelic solar system wallpaper. It was an “afternoon” show that kicked off around 6pm. People were pumped up to rock out while the sun was still out on a Sunday and we loved every minute of it.
Thank you Texas. We will be back. I might not order the 3 lbs cinnamon roll again but I’ll definitely fire up some of Torchy’s Tacos and some Lone Star beers with you again soon.
Next stop: Cape Cod with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band!
Thanks for listening.
Talk soon, Jamie