Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Just in Case You Were Wondering!
It's amazing that one can be prone on the bed, thinking that you can't get to the elevator and down to the door, but the music was pulling me. BLUES MUSIC!
What a fabulous two hours of music it turned out to be. Milton Hopkins is in his mid 70's and played with the ease of one who has played for at least fifty years. You could tell that he was often off on a music trip of his own as he played. I truly felt I was in the presence of greatness.
He was playing with Texas Johnny Boy last night who I had never heard of before. He played another instrument that I love - the harmonica. I felt that Jimmy Reed had been reincarnated. The two together with a drummer and bass player were exceptionally good. I actually went up to the stage afterwards to ask TJB if he was from South Louisiana. No, he grew up in West Texas!
Milton's career began lo those many years ago when his cousin, Lightnin' Hopkins was playing in Houston. Then in the early 70's, he toured for eight years with BB King, some with Little Richard and also Marvin Gaye! Just to name a few.
I felt like I had been transported back to my teenage years listening to blues at the Bantam Club on Airline Hwy on the outskirts of Baton Rouge. It was just so sweet! I hated when it was over.
Live music is such a joy! Joe Ely is at the Mucky Duck on Friday but both shows are already sold out and are SRO. Darn... Guess that will be my one foray to hear music this trip.
Sure wish we had more of that kind of music in San Miguel......
Another great music memory to add to the last year of memorable concerts I've been able to attend in small and intimate venues. Just the way I like it!