Well, I finally got out to see some live music last night! It had been way too long! I went to the Bristled Boar in Middleton WI to see and dance to the Shake Daddys with my new friend, Lynn. Lynn loves live music and dancing and I love her for it! “Gotta Get It Worked On” is a Delbert McClinton song which is one of the Shake Daddys’ favorites. I kinda dig it too.
I just returned from Buffalo NY where I watched my beloved Buffalo Bills beat the mighty Green Bay Packers! One takeaway: Who knew there were that many Packer fans from Canada?! They were there in droves! Anyway, before I left, I found time to catch The Revivalists show at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison WI. The Revivalists are from New Orleans and friends who live there told me they were not to be missed. Boy, were they right – these guys are great! And it’s only fitting that I feature a set from this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Enjoy!
Madison WI’s own Steely Dane – named after Dane County where we live – played last Thursday at the High Noon Saloon in Madison WI. Steely Dane is a collaboration of 16 – sometimes more – Madison area musicians who re-create the music of Steely Dan. Steely Dane shows need to be seen since they’re rare – the members all have other projects and it’s tough to coordinate schedules. Plus, musically they’re fantastic and they have so much fun playing both the Steely Dan classics and deep cuts. Here’s a great rendition of “Kid Charlemagne” from one of our outdoor festivals last summer.
Gov’t Mule played on Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater in Madison WI. If you don’t know Gov’t Mule, you should. Gov’t Mule features Warren Haynes, who’s played with everyone from the Allman Brothers to the Dead to the Dave Matthews Band – the list goes on. Their original material is great but I love Gov’t Mule most for the terrific covers that they do. On this tour, Jackie Greene joins the band and the entire second set is a Neil Young tribute. It’s fantastic – “Cinnamon Girl” to “Rockin In The Free World” and everything in between! This video is from just last Friday and will give you a taste. For more, check out one of Gov’t Mule’s complete concerts on YouTube.
I got an email from a college buddy telling me about a great Blues song he just heard, “Champagne and Reefer.” I couldn’t believe that in 60+ years, he’d never heard that Muddy Waters classic! I passed 3 states’ bar exams and after every one my friends and I celebrated with champagne and reefer – except the time we had hash. This is Muddy Waters with the Rolling Stones doing “Champagne and Reefer” from that famous night at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago in 1981. I’m not going to tell you I was there but I was living in Chicago and out that night and drove past the Checkerboard Lounge. Believe me, I was pissed the next day when I found out what I missed!
Last week, we lost a good friend, an awesome musician and a better guy when Chris Aaron died suddenly of a heart attack at age 44. He was in his studio talking on the phone with his son. Only fitting as Chris’s 2 passions were his family and his music. The memorial service last weekend in Sturgeon Bay WI was attended by hundreds. We also had a memorial in Madison WI for Chris’s many friends here. Click here to read Andy Moore’s tribute to Chris. Today’s video is a new song that the Chris Aaron Band performed at a recent show in Green Bay WI. Chris gave me the Harley-Davidson hat that he’s wearing in this video. I’ll wear it proudly for my friend. We’ll miss you, Bruder!
You never know who’s going to come through Madison WI on a Monday night. Luther Dickinson played with his trio last night at the High Noon Saloon. Luther Dickinson was a guitarist for the Black Crowes from 2007 – 2013 as well as lead vocalist and guitar for the North Mississippi All-Stars. “Blood ‘n Guts” is from his latest album, “Rock ‘n Roll Blues.” Gibson guitars has also named a guitar after him. I guess it’s been a good year for Luther Dickinson!