I have had an extraordinary trip to Texas this month. Great friends, family, food and fun. Who could ask for more?
Just this week I was invited to go to the Mucky Duck to hear a singer-songwriter and musician named Chip Taylor. I had no idea who he was or what to expect. However anyone I've heard at the Mucky Duck has always been enjoyable. The photo is my friend Bob and Chip with me.
This time I was blown away. Chip Taylor whose real name ends in Voight, as in the brother of Jon Voight and Barry Voight along with uncle to Angelina Jolie would be interesting.
Then to find out that he was from Yonkers, NY and wrote country music before "country was cool" was a big surprise. He grew up listening to a radio station in Wheeling, W.Va and loved country......amazing being from NY. He has written so many songs that I couldn't possibly list them all. Two that you'll know right away are "Wild Thing" and "Angel in the Morning". To say that he is a prolific songwriter would be a serious understatement.
There was a CD release about a year ago which was up for a Grammy in Norway! I'm not sure if it won, but Chip had just returned from a touring gig there. His keyboardist, whose name I don't know, was absolutely fabulous along with being Norwegian. Add to that that his guitarist was world renown as well as his bass player. I wish I had their names. I talked to them afterward and was amazed that they knew many retired musicians in San Miguel de Allende!
The whole hour and a half show was just one surprise after another. Small, but appreciative audience.
Chip's latest album is "F**k all the Perfect People" which he said got standing ovations all over his touring in Europe as well as here in the USA. Pretty darn funny song.........
Hopefully from the conversation we had they'll contact me, I'll connect them with musicians in San Miguel and they'll come down for the Blues Festival, the Jazz Festival or just for playing in clubs around town.
Don't you just love when you go to an event with no expectations and are enchanted and amazed at the talent that you are exposed to? I had that happen twice this trip - Billy Joe Shaver and Chip Taylor. Now, if only Kinky Friedman had been around..........