The time has finally come for me to share a recap of Husky adventures from my perspective. It might not include all the big fancy words that Misa loves employing or the comedic tone Son is so adept at, but I’ll give this thing my best shot. Now, let’s pick back up where we left off.
May treated us well. We welcomed in Misa’s 26th year with some country karaoke at West Asheville’s Double Crown, and performed at new venues close to home and in what seems to be our second home, Virginia. At the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, VA, we played our hearts out as folks danced the night away, and at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, we played for what might have been the most attentive crowd ever. There were definitely nerves by all accounts that night, but it sure felt good to have an audience listen so intently. Other memorable shows from May included performing at MAD Anthony’s birthday party in Waynesville and performing as part of Hendersonville’s Garden Jubilee Festival in their Streetside Serenade. Starting a Sunday picking and singing on the street of downtown Hendersonville, while festival goers slow their stroll to listen… good times.
Tuning up for the Red Barn Radio
Despite May and her flowers, this past weekend was one of the most action packed we’ve had in awhile. On Wednesday, we returned to the Red Barn Radio in Lexington, KY and on Thursday we played our first real venue show in Lexington at Al’s Bar. I think Son takes the cake for having the best time that night, as we watched him dance to the Restless Leg String Band for a good hour after we played. And yes, everyone, I’ve heard your requests to give him a few dance lessons, lord knows he could use it.
I was so elated on Friday night, when we were welcomed back to my hometown of Cincinnati by friends and family that packed the house at the Crow’s Nest. Irish Car-bombs were had, as well as a great night of music. Saturday morning was a little rough though: getting on the road at 6am to make it to Pittsburgh for a festival after an all night long show in Cincinnati is a turn around we are not itching to do again anytime soon. However, it was all worth it, as the Three River’s Arts Festival did not disappoint. Redleg Husky went to the big city that day, playing on a stage amidst skyscrapers for a wonderful crowd. We wrapped up the tour with a show in the beautiful Marietta, OH that night, and at Bold Rock in Mills River, NC on Sunday.
Strolling the streets of Marietta, OH
While things slow down a little in June for the trio, Son and I have some duo shows lined up in the WNC area if anyone is itching for their acoustic roots fill. Check out the show tab for dates!
Also, it is time for the second Husky playlist, created by yours truly. While Son started things off with a mix of funk, soul, and rock and roll sure to awaken the inner rhythm section, I chose to get a little historical. My goal of this playlist is show how intertwined blues, country, and jazz were back in the day. I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to this stuff, but really think it is so cool! Below is a little info for each track if you're interested:
- While the first track is by the “Queen of the Blues,” Bessie Smith, and the second by the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, they share similarities, especially since Louis Armstrong plays on both tracks.
- *see above*
- The “King of Western Swing” - Bob Wills! I chose this song, not only because Bob Wills added jazz elements to create his new sound, but also because Chuck Berry’s big hit “Maybellene” is known to be an adaptation of this song. It all comes full circle again and again.
- While “All of Me” is a jazz standard, country fans might recognize this song as a Willie Nelson hit - Willie will be the first to admit he loved him some jazz.
- This song is an attempt to highlight my point in #4 - “Autumn Leaves” is another jazz standard, this time played by Hank Garland, one of the most influential country guitarists of the 20th Century.
- The guitar artistry of Chet Atkins, enough said….
- I chose a T-Bone Walker song because I hear jazz elements in his blues, and his song “Stormy Monday,” is akin to what “T for Texas” was to Jimmie Rodgers.
- Early B.B. King. One of his biggest influences and a reason he said he got his guitar and was inspired to start playing was hearing T-Bone’s “Stormy Monday.”
- Not going to lie - I just love Muddy Waters and this song is one of my favorites.
- I figured I’d follow the Mud with some Hank. Talk about two pioneers and pivotal 20th Century artists.
Hope you enjoy and can hear how these folks all inspired generations of musicians to come, especially the one whose words you hopefully just read.
See you soon!