Friday, June 19, 2009
Sir Hook's Traveling Medicine Show & The Magical Musical Tour
Sir Hook's Traveling Medicine Show has taken me and my metal steed to some interesting venues over the past two weeks. Combining a little business with a lot of pleasure...I have been fortunate to also make this a Magical Musical tour!
First stop was Nashville, TN. After some business, and the obligatory tours of seedy Honky Tonks on Broadway...we took in a fantastic concert headlined by Coldplay! We had awesome seats for an awesome show! Opening for the Tattered Uniform English Crew were two great bands in their own right...The Howling Bells and Snow Patrol.
After a a couple of days of R&R back at the ranch, I fired up the metal steed for the 6 hour trip up north to Chicago. I attending a medical convention by day and as many music venues as possible by night. I was fortunate to have the Chicago Blues Festival going on at the same time in Grant Park.
You haven't lived yet until you hear a Eastern European band play the blues! Especially Anna Popovich and her Belgrade band mates! I had the fortune of seeing Anna at last year's WC Handy Bar B Que and Blues Festival at Henderson, KY, just across the Ohio River from my house.
Anna is hot in looks, guitar playing capability and music selection! The Sexy Cold War Trifecta!
I went up the north side of Chicago on Saturday night to Schuba's to take in an acoustic set by Alice Peacock and Anne Harris. Alice has a beautiful voice that matches her Nordic Minnesota Blond Goddess looks. Accompanied by her writing partner from Nashville, it was an unplugged version of her best.
I went to see Alice; however, the Hooka Smoking Worm on the Mushroom had something else in store for me in Wonderland...and it wasn't Alice! It was a Nubian Princess version of Charlie Daniels wailing away on her fiddle. Ann Harris!
Anne is a combination of blues, celtic-bluegrass and reggae mixed with folk rock and topped off with a spicy sauce! Awesome stuff! She's playing in St. Louis after we get back from England. Already on my calendar!
Back Home Again in Indiana...I headed for a Ohio River sunset and the WC Handy Blues and Bar B Que Festival, held on the Riverfront in downtown Henderson, KY.
Named after WC Handy, who is known as the founding father of the modern blues back in the late 1890's. WC was born in Alabama, lived in St. Louis, and then moved to Evansville. He met his wife at a Bar B Que Festival in Henderson, thus the name.
It's a week long free concert and eating extravaganza, blessed with up and coming stars in the blues world. Like I said, Anna Popovich played here last year. Now she's doing the Chicago Blues Festival with Buddy Guy and BB King.
Last night I had the fortune to hear Lil' Dave with his band...Big Love...shred his guitar in the 90 degree sunset heat! Lil' Dave comes from the bread basket of blues...Mississippi.
A more complex texture of blues with a dash of R&B soul and a gospel twist is the music of Eric Bibb. Another interesting thing about Eric is his British connection.
His manger is a strapping Brit lass, who hails from Salisbury. Eric also has a song, Shine On, that is used as the theme song to a popular BBC television series, Sea of Souls. BBC2 radio also airs a lot of his music, features live interviews, and has supported him playing the Glastonbury Festival.
We enjoyed discussing the common language of music, the blues and favorite spots to visit in England. Oxford was his...of course Salisbury was hers!
I close with this quote from Eric in the liners of his "Get Onboard" CD:
"I feel I'm getting closer to the core of my mission as a troubadour. For me, it's always been more than a matter of providing musical entertainment. Above all, I enjoy spreading a message of unity and connected-ness. In these times of global strive, when our very survival seems to be in question, music reminds me that only love is real."
Obviously only a Knight of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale can speak about these things so eloquently. So, join me in welcoming Sir Eric of York!
Sir Hook the Troubadour of Warrick
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