Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
25Trip End Sep 05, 2007
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
On my previous trips to the West Coast of Michigan I've had the pleasure of being backed up by my pal Brian Bowe of Saugatuck on guitar and his fellow members of the Blue Star 6 blues band, but Brian has other commitments this time and he's lined me up with Vince Hayes, a fine guitarist and singer and a great guy. Vince and I and his bassist and drummer hit it off at once and have a great time playing for the nice crowd that's gathered to hear us.
After the gig Adam and Celia and I drive up the coast a taste to the little town of Whitehall, where we will be the guests of the estimable Steve Salter and his wife for the next couple of days. Steve is a blues lover I've met on the road before when he'd set up his Killer Blues record operation at blues festivals all over the South and sell CDs to the multitudes. He's volunteered to put us up at his pad and we have a very comfortable and entertaining stay while I snarf up quite a few sides in his collection into my iTunes operation.
We're sitting in his garage, which he's converted into a private lounge and social center modeled on a juke joint in the woods of Mississippi. It's a great place and sort of like an installation from another planet in the tiny all-white town of Whitehall, but he sure knows how to make us feel at home! Steve is running for the Whitehall City Council and I suggest that we hold a screening of TWENTY TO LIFE at the old municipally-owned theatre in town as a benefit for his campaign when I return to Michigan in October, but it turns out that the Campaign would rather not have this event associated with it in any way, shape or form, so please note that the screening of TWENTY TO LIFE on Sunday, October 7 in Whitehall is in no way whatsoever connected with the Steve Salter for City Council campaign. No way! And, man, is it a relief to learn that my name still seems to be considered anathema in the realm of everyday political life in Michigan!
September 17, 2007