The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Live From London. I first saw The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1985 opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan at a free outdoor show in Madison WI. In those days they played together a lot as Stevie’s brother Jimmy Vaughan played with the T-Birds. I also got to meet lead singer Kim Wilson backstage once when they were playing a show with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Here’s an hour long set with good production and sound considering it looks like the 80’s at this club in London. This should get you through the weekend!
ABBA performing “Dancing Queen” live from 1977. Your host here on Madison Area Blues & More has a sick sense of humor. We had our Madison Mallards opening double header last night. I poured a lot of beer then drank a lot! But my favorite time wasn’t when they played “YMCA” and not even when they played “Sweet Caroline.” It was when they played “Dancing Queen!” Best pitching change ever! I don’t know about you but 1977 was a great year for me! Turn it up!
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown performing “I Hate These Doggone Blues.” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, who passed away in 2005, was born in Louisiana and raised in Texas. He was an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola, harmonica and drums. I got to meet “Gatemouth” and got his autograph on my birthday one year when he played a show along with The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the old Madison Civic Center. My date that night, a beautiful blonde named Jayce, got us backstage. (Jayce got me in a lot of places!) Anyway, it was fun to meet “Gatemouth” and Kim Wilson from the “T-Birds.” Think I’ll feature them next.
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys performing “Creole Medley.” Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys were in Madison WI last Saturday night officially opening the summer music season at the UW Memorial Union Terrace. It was a beautiful night at “The Terrace” with all the boats on the lake behind the stage! And Jeffery’s accordion playing Creole and Zydeco – “Don’t call it Cajun music, he says.” – was a fitting kickoff for what we hope will be a warm summer with lots of hot music! Here’s a little taste for those who couldn’t make the show.
Jim Schwall in a WORT Benefit at High Noon Saloon last year. Nothing fancy today. Tonight, I’m going to a little bar called Chiefs in Madison WI to see “The Professor,” Dr. Jim Schwall. He’s a true icon who has called Madison home for a long time and even ran for Mayor once – we’d be better off if he’d won! Jim Schwall is also a very underrated electric guitar player – but not by the many musicians he has known and mentored and not by his many fans, including me! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys performing “Zydeco Sont Pas Sale” from their 25th Anniversary Show in Layfayette LA. I’m finding that I get the most hits and biggest response on this blog when I put up a Zydeco post! It was just announced that Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys will be coming back to Madison WI for La Fete de Marquette in July. I saw them last year and they put on a terrific show! Enjoy everybody!
I’m continuing my feature of artists I’ve seen at the Crystal Corner Bar in Madison WI. One of the most anticipated shows I remember at “the Crystal” – aside from Shemekia Copeland – was Shannon Curfman. Tickets sold out in a few days and it was tough to get in! Fortunately, I know the guys at the door and they helped a brother out. Good thing too – it was one hell of a show and I would’ve hated to have missed it!