The house band pumped out a funky version of Crossroads and a driving Rock Me Baby, usually a couple of overplayed chestnuts. But with the quality of the players, it was a pleasure to hear. Jim Maving on guitar showed how versatile he could be with the slide along with regular solos, and drummer Sam Kelly kept the rhythm section on their toes with off beats and sudden accents, but never lost the groove.
We got up and played "Sam the Bluzman", "Whiskey Bottom Road", and ended with "Death Letter". The crowd had a lot of musicians, so their enthusiastic response was very gratifying. Our agent, Derek White (an excellent player with Larry Miller and his own well known group, "Storm Warning") got up and did a few numbers. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to play with him this time, which would have been a lot of fun. BTW, Storm Warning's new CD is #16 on the amazon.co.uk blues charts as of today - check it out.
Nancy Hampton (sister of our saxist Mike Snyder and significant other of our bassist Mike Porter) got up to sing three numbers, so I had the pleasure of backing her up as well as playing with Jim Maving. Our drummer Guy sat in with another group of jammers, and everybody had a good time.
Then we all went back to Derek's house, cooked up some food and opened some beer and wine, and had an impromptu jam until about 2 am. Maybe it went longer, but I punked out by 2...
So, we're getting last minute packing done, printing boarding passes, finding places to put the beer and wine so we can drink it at the airport before we go through the checkpoint (well, maybe not.)
It's been a real adventure, and we'd like to publicly thank Derek and Ali White for their unending generosity and hospitality, Chris Sharley for his amazing support, and our friends who came to see us at the shows. The guys in the band have been stunned by the reception we've gotten - and can't wait to come back. Also, a huge thanks to Marshall Amplifiers for lending us the incredible Marshall 210c (guitar combo amp) and the bass amp MBB40h (and 4x10” cabinet) for our tour.
We'll get the photos up when we come home, because there just isn't time right now. Check back, if you like!