Part of my gig with Wailin' Wall last night included a tribute to the late Levon Helm of The Band. We lost an era's greatest drummer and its most unique vocal talent to cancer this week, and we were determined not to let that pass without a remembrance of what his legacy means. After rousing the crowd at Homer's Coffee House--the best musician-friendly venue around--we took the last twenty minutes of our show to thank brother Levon by playing "It Makes No Difference", "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Ophelia." A curious and wonderful thing happened: the whole place exploded with voices as the crowd sang along with us. I'd like to think ol' Levon was able to hear that. It was also a great reminder to all of us--when you do it right, the real show is never on the stage. Thanks to the staff at Homer's, my fellow Wailers, and those who came. It was special.
Mary from Miami, Ken from my old rival Boca Ciega H.S., Matt, Rose, Dennise and Ramon, the Okie from Mustang, Immanuel and his daughter, Dave, Deb, two birthday parties and two wonderful hosts, Jason and Colleen, all combined to put on a great party yesterday afternoon at Jowler Creek Winery in Platte County, Missouri. Nearly one hunded folks enjoyed Chambourcin and Norton Reds, and Vignol and other Great Whites from the Jowler Creek Cellars on a perfect Fall afternoon in N.W. Missouri. Special thanks for the requests! Music from Sting, The Band, Steve Earle, ELO, Clapton, The Stones, Hoyt Axton, and a few originals lit up the country around seven acres of wine grapes and the best gathering a performing songwriter could ask for. Thanks again to all--and if you can get your hands on a bottle of Jowler Creek 2008 Chambourcin, you're gonna love it!
Thanks to all who came out to hear Dan and Matt last night at Scooter's. We had lots of in & out traffic, and lots of applause, for "Henry and the Heartaches". Henry brought his guitar and sat in for a couple of tunes. Set list included "Hey, Joe", "Mr. Spaceman", "Wall of Death", "Somebody's Crying", "Good Riddance", "Solitary Man", "Shambala", "Fox On The Run", "Continental Trailway Blues", and....."Freebird", along with many more. We'll be back on Friday, April 2 with more surprise guests and songs. Who knows who's gonna show? Don't miss it!