On our way up to Texas last weekend we decided to stopover in Russ’ hometown, Opelousas, to spend the night at one of his other moms, Sue Boagni. Russ drove me by a couple of his childhood homes and by OHS to show me where he would skip classes to read “his” books…like Catcher and the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, some Shakespeare, and books on lucid dreaming, out of body travel, etc. (Russ was Russ from early on). Glad I wasn’t the only missing school at that age. We were famished and were ready to dive into some local dining. The Crawfish House and Grill came highly recommended by Ms. Sue, and it did not disappoint! The owner/chef new Russ from childhood, of course. 7lbs of crawfish, a delicious fried pork chop dinner plate, and out of this world bread pudding made for a wonderful meal.
The next morning it was off to Tyler, Texas to play at the city’s recently renovated theater. A wonderful venue. We had audience member who drove 3.5 hours from Houston, as well as from Shreveport! New fans and we are grateful to have connected with them. The audience was very sweet.
Dallas on Sunday to play a new Sunday afternoon concert series that the All Good Cafe has been hosting. The owner and the staff are all such sweeties. Kelly and Becky Cutler opened the show with a great song selection…starting with To Sir With Love! Ha! And I thought I was the only one playing that anymore. It was a blast to play there and to pay special attention to a birthday girl in the house celebrating her 50th. Afterward, it was over to Terry Ford’s to hang out with our New Orleans transplanted (from Katrina) friends.
It was wonderful hanging outside with everyone on a clear and beautiful night. It could have easily been 10 years ago hanging in my front yard around the fire pit.
This next weekend we play back at the juke joint, Wild Salmon, in Lafayette. Last time we played there, we thought we had the wrong place when we walked in because of the clientele and music on the jukebox, but then it transformed itself as we got closer to show-time. Turned out to be a really fun and musical night. We look forward to doing it again. See y’all soon Lafayette!
Til next time…Peace!