Yes, it happens that I move another year of my life in the "DONE" column this Monday. As a gift to me, Beth shuffled the kids out to their Grandparents so we could have "Date Night". She made reservations at what, until last night, was our favorite nuevo tex mex restaurant so I could have my fill of margaritas with dinner, then walk around the corner to the 8 X 10 to hear some music. As most of you that read my blog know, I listen to music all day. My tastes are very eclectic for the most part. The 8 x 10 had two acts playing that we had seen at Crawfish Festival this past June. We loved them there, but to be 5 feet from the stage for the whole show was even better. Even though I am an early to bed early to rise type guy, I found my inner Amanda Collimore and stayed up way late. It was actually easy to do since the music was INCREDIBLE!!!!
The first act to play was the Honey Island Swamp Band. These guys put on one hell of an excellent show. They played for a solid two hours with an incredible energy. The show was promoted by our local college station, so using their video clips seems like a great fit. I apologize these are not from a live show, but the music speaks for itself. Enjoy...
The Headliner was Anders Osborne. Anders is a mind boggling musician. He absolutely blew me away. Beth was commenting that she often looked at me to see standing there motionless with a completely dumb founded look on my face. The sounds that this guy can produce with his guitar are astounding. I am going to really stick my neck out here with this comment, but what the hell. Jimi Hendrix ain't got nothing on Anders. Yes, Jimi has been eclipsed. Go hear him play live and you will soon realize I am right.
This little clip shows how he can just take it to different level. That is drums, bass guitar, and Anders making all the rest. Go see him, thank me later. Oh, I might ad, some acts are best seen live. The crowd adds an element not achieved in a studio recording.