Wednesday March 14, 2007

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wednesday March 14, 2007
Mother Egan's Pub Sixth St.
 
Ed Pettersen whose been described as "new punk blues" sounded like someone who would fit right in at a campfire at Kerrville. Speaking of Kerrville, I ran into Austin Kessler and Joe Angel, friends from the festival who I see at venues around Austin during the year because of our similar tastes in music.
 
Michele Shocked backed by the John Gaar Band, a red hot blues rock outfit from Austin who also often backs Malford Milligan. Their drummer also plays mandolin. Where have I seen that before?
Michelle hit the stage with a rocking version of 'When I Grow Up' with lots of screaming. 'If Love Was a Train' was incredibly sexy with Michelle suggestively dancing about. 'The Secret To A Long Life' is indeed knowing when it's time to go, but we could have stood a lot more of Michelle! As Michelle says," Music is too important to be left to professionals."
 
Scrappy Jud Newcomb and vocalist Seela
Scrappy Jud plays guitar with Ian McLagan's Bump Band and The Resentments as well as his own band and is sought after as a session guitarist and producer. He's a pretty good songwriter and has a couple of fine solo albums.

Walter Tragert w/ Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Seela
Walter Tragert has been compared to Graham parker by more than a few critics. I first saw him here last year and wondered why he isn't a big star.
 
David Olney and Sergio Webb
David Olney stepped up to the mike and recited Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan for his soundcheck, wow! Somehow I've missed hearing about Sergio Webb, he is an amazing guitarist and the perfect complement to David's dark songs.
 
Jon Dee Graham and The Fighting Cocks with Andrew Duplantis back on bass. Jon was wearing an old fisherman's sweater and said, "someone told me you can't rock out in an grungy old sweater and baggy pants and I'm here to prove him wrong." "I don't need leather pants to rock out!" Like last year, Jon invited a youngster up on stage to play and sing 'Big Sweet Life'. They ended their set with hot rendition of 'Holes'.
 
We missed Pam Tillis because we were getting hungry so we got fish and chips and sat down inside and took a break. As we were finishing we saw Jon Dee Graham walk by so I followed him outside and talked to him for a minute while he got money out of the ATM machine on the street.
 
James McMurtry armed with a twelve-string guitar did Choctaw Bingo and a hauntingly dark version of We Can't Make it Here Anymore. I've been a fan since his first record, but I had never seen him play. We just missed him last year at this same venue.
 
After James' set was time to leave and make tracks for the convention center. We missed seeing Patty Hurst Shifter again this due to time constraints. I'd really like to see them sometime. I would have liked to have seen Peter Case again, also. His set was probably acoustic and was great, but you can't do everything.
 
Austin Music Awards
 
We arrived early and were able to get pretty good seats for the 25th Annual Austin Music Awards. Film director John Sayles presented an award as did Miss Pamela Des Barres and her ex-husband actor and singer Michael Des Barres.
 
Entertainment was provided by Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel, Stephen Bruton, Barbara Kooyman w/ Michelle Shocked & Carrie Rodriguez, Ian McLagen & The Bump Band with Pete Townshend, Shawn Sahm's Tex Mex Experience, Sam the Sham, Jimmie Vaughan, Derek O'Brien, Gary Clark Jr. and James Cotton.
 
I didn't even try to take photographs during the show. The area in front of the stage was packed with photographers and I figured there would be plenty of shots on the net by much better photogs than myself. A better plan was to remain in my comfortable seat and enjoy the show, especially after standing for over six hours at Mother Egan's. You can read a professional write-up by going to:
 
http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A456510
 
We returned to where we had parked the car to find the street blocked off by the police. Not a problem, when we told an officer of our dilemma, he moved the barricade and let us out.
 
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