“BACK FROM THE LAND OF ‘TAR HEELS’ AND ‘BLUE DEVILS”
Last week I traveled to Chapel Hill, NC. to be part of the magnificent wedding and reception of Harper Rae Jones and Tyson Creech. There were over 300 guests, friends, and family converged upon The Fearrington Ranch “The Barn” in Pittsboro, NC. (just a little South of Chapel Hill) to celebrate and congratulate and wish the best for the newlyweds. Michael Hearne and I, along with Susan Douglass Taylor, Carey Taylor, and Dan Harlow performed during the cocktail hour on “The Terrace”. After which the party made its way to ‘The Barn’, —lit with thousands of lights—-where dinner was served. After dinner, the band —Liquid Pleasure—provided the high energy funky dance music. Then the band took a short break for the cutting of the cake.
After the cake cutting—- Michael and I performed a song we had written for the wedding— “SWEET HARPER RAE “(told from Tyson’s perspective). The bride and groom stood before us as we sang the song, listened and smiled, and laughed to each other at certain lyrics as if saying “hey, how did they know that??” Harper's dad told me everything. Harper Rae and Tyson loved the song and that’s what counted, so I felt good and that the song had reached and hit its mark. It was indeed a night to remember!!
“AN ACT OF GOD AND A GYPSY LIMOUSINE! “
Getting back to Texas was a Father’s Day to remember! Thanks to a never ending storm over Houston, our three hour, nonstop flight home, scheduled to leave at 6:30 and arrive@8:30pm... touched down at 3am. Because of storms and torrential rain, many flights had been delayed and grounded through Houston all day long. Our flight ready to land in Houston was diverted to Lafayette for refueling and further instructions. When we finally arrived in Houston there were long, long, long, long lines for everything—-baggage claims, people waiting to board their flight at 3:30am, and people outside waiting for taxis—a hundred or more deep. People were sleeping wherever they could in the terminal—-it was a mess. I felt fortunate we made it out with luggage and guitar in hand.
As we stood at the end of a very, very long line waiting for a taxi, I am thinking we will be here for another couple of hours in this line....when a young Rastafarian gentleman, dressed in a chauffeur’s suit, strolled up and asked where we were going and if we needed a Taxi?
We gave him our destination—-he gave us a price—we loaded everything in his limousine—-and we were off into the night—-listening to some reggae hip hop on the radio and making our way home. By the way, we wish to thank the pilots of our United Flight from Raleigh, NC a thank you getting through some rough and bumpy weather with lightning all around and landing safely on the ground.
HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN
Now, I’m back home in Texas, sipping lemonade in the shade, and trying to stay out of the heat—getting ready for upcoming shows.
THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 22 I will be heading to the gulf coast playing with Michael Hearne in Palacios, TX, @ THE OUTRIGGER. We haven’t been in the area for awhile. This is our first visit to this venue, so we’re sending an invitation out and hoping to see some you folks. Show time 7:15pm
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
We will be appearing in Fulshear, TX. “THE HANSHAWS” opening at 4:15pm, our sets at 5:15 and 7:30pm. The House Concert is hosted in the beautiful home of Belinda and Buddy Williams. Our visit last year was a fantastic Sunday evening!
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I will be returning to “The Bugle Boy” in LaGrange, TX. We always have a great time there, plus there is live streaming going on! So come on out and hear us live, or if you can’t, just go online-to www.concertwindow.com to make your reservation to download and watch and hear us at home. The show starts at 8pm.
I hope to see you there,