Monday, October 24, 2011


It's been a week since my last post! Oops... so sorry. I've been a little under the weather, so when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is get back on the computer! And we were out of town this past weekend, so preparing for that and then being gone didn't help! Since I've been so slack, I'm going to try to write (at least a little bit) every day. So this may be brief, but at least it's something, right?

I'll start the week, where I left off last week, and that is the reason behind my dad's visit! Charleston has an amazing music venue that is unfortunately rarely used, and that's the Charleston Music Hall. You may recall that Brian and I went to see Gillian Welch and David Rawlings there recently?

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings at the Music Hall

The trick is that October always proves to be a busy music month here in Charleston! It's as if all the bands avoid the area for the summer, and then when the weather finally gets cooler, they all descend upon our town! I can't say I blame them. Well, we had our month pretty much mapped out with the Felice Brothers, Deer Tick, Jason Isbell, and the Flaming Lips. The last two of those are this week!

Deer Tick at The Pour House

 However, we were on our way to work a couple of weeks ago, and heard on the radio that Lucinda Williams would be playing the Music Hall, and without hesitation Brian and I agreed that we had to add this one last concert to our schedule, rounding out the count to 5 shows in 1 month! Tiring and pricey, but totally worth it. We love supporting live music, especially at such a great venue.

Charleston Music Hall (left) & Rue de Jean (right)

So there we were about to order tickets and we thought, "hey, Dad likes Lucinda, maybe he'd like to join us", and sure enough he decided to come down for the show! Sunday a week ago, he came over to our house and shared stories and photos from his trip to Peru, as mentioned here, and then we made our way downtown for dinner at Rue de Jean, then next door to the Music Hall.

All in all, it was a great evening! Lucinda did not disappoint. Although she put on an albeit sad and depressing, slow first act (in typical Lucinda style), she came back strong after the intermission for a revved up, fast-paced second set. It was incredible, with a touching finale of Buffalo Springfield's "For What it's Worth". Here she is singing it at ACL 2011 in Austin...

If you aren't familiar with Lucinda Williams, I consider her kind of a bayou blues sound. She's from Louisiana, and what I love is that she sings about places I'm familiar with from my childhood, like Lake Pontchartrain and Mandeville. She's always been one of my favorites, but I've only ever seen her one other time. So this was a special treat, especially since my dad & Brian share this love for her!

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