|| Ahhh, slept in today, what a luxury! You know folks, normally,
musicians don’t get up til the crack of noon…or is it
the crack of ice? Anywho, we got up and went to the Stockyards,
to revisit Shorty’s and get our hats tuned up. Some of you
might remember that we got custom made hats on the last trip and
this time we wanted to bring them in for their three hundred thousand
note service. It reminded me of the trips to the barber when I was
a little kid, although being a kid from the 60s, I always wanted
a bit more length than my dad did, maybe that explains part of my
pathology, I always shuddered at the phrase ‘regular boys’
as in hair cut…or anything else?!
Hats ready, we toured some sights in town and made it back to
Edmond for a guitar clinic, some really nice students, we swung
for a while sound checked and retreated to the hotel for some
rest before the show. We are a bit behind schedule here and will
be burning up the road, but it’s the right time to do it,
the towns get further and further apart as we head west out to
Texas and the NM and Ariz desert. Got a date with Harley and Annabelle
tomorrow too, can’t wait.
Just over a week onto the trip the band is holding up pretty
well, the occasional friction (to be expected) but everyone has
played well, in good spirits and solidly behind the reason we
are doing this. I just got an email from Shelby Eicher, the phenomenal
fiddler from Tulsa, who has expressed interest in making our LA
party, let’s see if we can make that happen, don’t
bet against us…wahoo! When you get an endorsement from a
top hand like him it is inspiring.
Gig was happenin, Brian Gorrell sat in and blew some hot and
cool tenor, a really fun time. The Jazz Lab at Central OK Univ
is a great place to play, a real New Orleans-style club, with
a balcony, excellent acoustics and great ambience. The people
there—not the biggest crowd we’ve had, but one of
the more enthusiastic—were great, responsive and attentive.
They ought to give lessons. Played way overtime…cause it
felt so good.
Pinto Pammy here: thought I’d add my 2 cents tonight, we
say goodbye to Oklahoma tomorrow bright and early, we will miss
it – the world’s nicest people live here – honestly!!
but I am looking forward to seeing the great southwest again.
well, we had a really great gig tonight (even though we were competing
with willie nelson, our crowd may have been smaller, but they
were very enthusiastic), it’s midnight and time to hit the
old bunkhouse - byeeee
Well said double P! Check out our next installment: Waitin for
Willie…he may be good, but I’m the best guitar player…in
my price range?! Out to the state line and beyond…going
past the halfway point tomorrow…that is, if we make it that
A gentle reminder: We are doing
this to support JazzMasters Workshop, a no charge music-mentoring
programs for kids. Please consider a per mile pledge, we’d
appreciate it. You can do it right from this site! Thanks.