like to thank everyone who came out for the Open Mic on January
6, I saw new faces and heard some new songs and had a very enjoyable
started last Sunday with myself and my friend Jimmy B. on harp
playing "All Along the Watchtower", "Bring It On Home", "Before
You Accuse Me" and "Neon Moon". This was Jimmy's first time at
the Open Mic and although Jimmy seemed a little nervous at first
he calmed down and played like a seasoned pro.
McLain played some originals next. Sandy's compositions "Still
the Star", The Kind of Friend You Are", "Give You Wings" and "Grandpa"
are pure gems. Sandy's really got it going on and I'm glad she
comes and lets us hear her stuff. When are you going to start
pitching Sandy? It's time.
was followed by Teja & Luke. These guys have become one of my
favorite acts. Ed Teja on guitar and Jim Luke on harp play blues
and classic tunes the way they were meant to be played. "Key To
the Highway" and "Man of Constant Sorrow" were delivered perfectly.
If you get the chance to see these guys around town go check them
out, they're great.
Gee followed Teja & Luke with Jim Luke sitting in on harp. Joe's
got some good songs and a style that fits him nicely. I don't
know the names of any of Joe's songs (he never says the name,
he just flows from one to the next) but I've seen Joe a few times
now and I have to say I'm impressed.
Rector played "Piles of Stones", a song inspired by the Sept.
11 tragedy. This was Terri's first visit to the ASG Open Mic but
she was in good company. Dylan Sneed accompanied Terri on one
of her originals and Cotton Inks and Leslie joined Terri for a
cover of The Indigo Girls "Closer I Am To Fine" that went over
so well everybody started yelling for another song so the group
continued with a couple of songs that included "Time In a Bottle".
How does he play this stuff? The guy is amazing.
Sneed was next with his song "Crazy Without You". Dylan is home
from school in Abilene and has hanging out with us playing some
great music. Unfortunately Dylan has to go back to school for
the spring semester and won't be back for while but his time with
us was thoroughly enjoyed. If any of you are ever in Abilene go
check out Dylan's band. When you come home Dylan be sure to come
back and play some tunes. We'll miss you.
Alexauder closed the night with some instrumental tunes on the
Greek bouzouki. This is one of the most unique instruments I've
seen. I saw a sheet Gabriel had with different modal fingerings
written on it and I realized how difficult it must be to actually
play a bouzouki (it has eight strings). Obviously Gabriel has
to everyone for coming out and participating, I'd be really bored
if no one showed up plus I hate to drink alone. I'm just kiddin'
y'all, I'm having a great time. Thanks.