In spite of all the great rumors about Rod Stewart's backstage antics, and his love of English football (we call it soccer), I have to say his recent albums of jazz standards are embarrassingly bad. Rod, old mate, old bean! Sing the stuff you're good at singing and leave the standards to Mel "The Golden Fog" Torme.
Anyway, we're all excited about tonight's show. The Marietta Brewing Company is expecting a very large crowd and seeing lots of gyrating people always makes us play better.
First song of the night goes to Julie. She's singing "I Can't Let Go" by Lucinda Williams.
And in the back of our minds while we're playing tonight will be friends and loved ones who are not able to be with us, friends who are unwell, and a few who are no longer with us (especially Uncle Don Butler).
Our banjo playing/amazing artist friend Debbie Kaspari (formerly of the notorious West Coast bluegrass band The All-Girl Boys) sent along these orangutan drawings for us to use in future promotion efforts.
And yes, we spell it wrong: orangutang, not orangutan. We put the 'tang back in orangutang.
Hope to remember to take some pix of the scene tonight. But I might be having too much fun to remember.
Once again, as it is written in The Immutable Laws of the Musical Universe: "On Any Day that a Musician is Carrying or Transporting Valuable, Delicate Equipment, the Sky Shall Pour Forth a Heavy Rain."