Sunday, July 5, 2009
A Little Waltz, & A Little More
Sorry to be late today—we had a great time playing music last night, but I’m moving a bit slow this morning. & we did indeed have a good time; as you can see in the final poster pictured to the right, the special mystry guest was none other than Eberle, holding forth on a veritable barrage of instruments: flute, kazoo, melodica, slide whistle & train whistle. If we continue to do these shows at any kind of regular intervals, I’d lobby for her adding in a bit of washboard & maybe some banjo uke; we’ll see how things develop as far as that goes. In the meantime, I plunked away on the resonator guitar & the old Windsor 5-string banjo, & added my “golden voice” to the mix. The entire set was 24 songs, in just under 2 hours, ranging from old Appalachian tunes like “The Cuckoo” to Delta blues like “Come On in My Kitchen” (yes, done on the banjo) to old country tunes like Roy Acuff’s “Freight Train Blues” It all went well in our first show together in nearly a year; I thought the particular highlights were Eberle’s flute songs (“St James Infirmary,” “The Cuckoo,” both with me on guitar, & “My Creole Belle,” with me on banjo), as well as Bessie Smith’s “Mean Old Bedbug Blues” with yours truly on guitar & Eberle on kazoo. The crowd was small but enthusiastic, & local sound folks Skip & Toni Burnette did a fine job for us.
Sorry to folks who requested pix; we didn’t get it together for that. Next time!
Our music clip today doesn’t have much to do with our current musical incarnation—no blues, no ragtime, etc. It’s a little song I composed quite extemporaneously on the baritone uke about a year ago. It was a case of thinking of a chord progression, picking up uke, putting on headphones, turning on the recording device. This, such as it is, is what came out. Hope you enjoy it.