Crawfish Country

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.

Slow down!  Oh, the engine's not even on? Really?

Slow down! Oh, the engine’s not even on? Really?

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!

5 Responses to Crawfish Country
  1. Jim & Penny Crowson
    April 21, 2013 | 6:31 pm

    We are the couple that drove from Houston to see you in Tyler, Susan. You are wonderful! We really appreciate the time you and Russ took to talk to everyone. We are going to be in Arizona this summer, so we bought tickets to see you in Las Vegas on June 22, and we’ll bring our 20 year old son. We’ve been listening to your CDs, and found Barry’s at Cactus Records in Houston. COME TO HOUSTON sometime!

  2. Dippy Daloo
    April 24, 2013 | 10:50 am

    I wish we could coordinate on one of our trips to the NOLA area so the hubster and I could see you guys play. Sure you don’t want to change your Lafayette venue to the first weekend in May? LOL. Better yet, how about coming to Louisville.

  3. Sher Cheshire
    April 30, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Hi, Susan,

    Good to hear how much fun you had visiting Russ’s home town! I’m chiming in though on another note: Was SO wonderful getting to be there in Pawtucket for your induction ceremony. And, isn’t it great that the Cowsills’s exhibit is the very first one in 3-D? And, thanks SO much for introducing me to John. He was very attentive and kind. He thought my “The Cowsills” T-shirt I had made in 1968, which I was wearing, was adorable! He noticed yours, Paul’s and Bob’s signatures on it and signed it also.

    I’d never gotten to see Halidon Hall, and swear on a gazillion stack of bibles that I’d no idea that John and you were coming, and never meant to be in the way of your family gathering. Although, of course, it was great to see you guys again.

    Another thing I’d like to mention, also in my childhood home attic, I came across the reel tapes I’d recorded of your TV performances on The Mike Douglas Show, The Kraft Music Hall, The Barbara McNair Show, The Johnny Cash Show, and that wonderful show “The Wonderful World of Pizazz” when you sang “Hair.” Do you or anyone else need a copy of these tapes? I want to figure out how I could get these tapes transferred onto CDs.

    Saw when you will be coming to Flushing, NY in August. Hope to get there. Would like to check out the rest of your clan’s shows as well.

    Let me know if you need in any way copies of the reel tapes I have.

    Love ya much,


  4. Bud Kennedy
    June 19, 2013 | 10:38 am

    You were my favorite group in the 60’s and a long time afterwards. Indian Lake, my all-time favorite. When I was in the Air Force, you sang at Webb AFB in 1971 and I spoke with you after the show…it was great to get to actually meet everyone!! Hard to believe it was so long ago. I watched the special about the family on tv about 2 months ago and I am really sorry to hear about all the losses you’ve had to endure. Can you share with me the Religious background you haVE in order to get through all that? Unbelievable.
    Well, thanks for a chance to say hello to my favorite group of all times, THE COWSILLS! GOD BLESS.

  5. Shawn Foy
    August 31, 2016 | 6:46 am

    Dear Susan, I pray you and yours are doing well. I’ve be looking thru some old boxes of cassettes looking for that tape we recorded at I think baby-o studios of you. You were amazing. Love you Susan, Shawn

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