What a great bunch of shows we have had playing to capacity crowds of blues lovers. A tour that had it all even a new baby! The team of musicians that I assembled were so much fun to hang out with. Playing with such talent really raises the bar and gets the best out of you. When your side stage watching Suzannah Espie sing like an absolute blues legend and then have Ian Collard and Jeremy Edwards play blues impro you I realized that this was history in the making.
These musicians are as good as any of my heroes and in fact could be my new heroes. With the crowd at Lizottes giving them a standing ovation as they came off the theatre stage, I had mighty big shoes to fill going on after them. I had to dig deep as I shared the stage with iconic Australian musicians Kevin Bennett and Dom Turner as we journeyed head on into Milkcow Calf Blues. I knew I had it in me and when I looked at Syd Green and James in mid song, we all knew that this was the moment that you strive for when playing a song live, we were deep inside the music, we were the music!
Sound check provided some great moments too. Jeremy Edwards and Kevin Bennett jumped whilst I was playing If I had Possession over Judgement day and we sang 3 part harmonies. It sounded like we were deep in the Mississippi. I've got to record a version of that song, lucky Bonnie recorded that on her iphone. Thanks Bonnie!! On the eve of the 3rd show James Haselwood our bass player text's me at 4am to let me know that his partner Katy Wren was having their baby. Awesome news, I wonder if they will call there beautiful baby boy Robert?
My travel buddies Syd Green and Bonnie Keenan were inspiring and fun to hang out with. What a great dinner we had at Rojo Rocket, an awesome real deal Mexican restaurant in Avoca. We cooked up some great ideas, lets put them into action! Circle of Cool guys!
After the music has gone, the one thing that remains with me is Robert Johnson. I feel he has given so much to me, how can I give back? Just when I thought that I had to give Mr Johnson music a rest, Rory Block's versions of Robert Johnson songs find their way onto my radar. I was listening to an internet blues radio station, which I never do and on comes this person playing and singing exactly like Robert Johnson, note for note, phrase for phrase. Now I realise how much I have to do. The never ending quest for perfection and the moments in music continue.....
Thanks to the Blues Preachers, Nick Rheinberger(awesome ukelele solo Nick!), Jeremy Edwards (Great Version of Terraplane Blues), Kevin Bennett ( a man worth his weight in gold, what a blues singer!), Dom Turner (Preachin Blues, phew jaw dropping version on last show, Congrats on Blacksliders winning iTunes best blues band) Ian Collard ( oh the awesomeness of you Mr Collard!), Suzannah Espie ( you made the whole room melt with your versionFrom 4 Till Late, Mr Johnson was shining his light on you), Syd Green (my man on the drums, we'll keep cooking up our ideas, may there be many more road trips), Bonnie Keenan ( You belong in music, just do it!, May there also be many more road trips!), James Haselwood (your smiling face on the bass was like home to me, thanks brother), Stan Mobbs (thanks forntaking up the slack last minute.
Thanks Robert Johnson