A return to the Bayou
On Thursday February 6th I returned to the Bayou in Mt. Vernon NY to play 2 solo sets, filling in for a cancellation. The Bayou is always a warm place to be on a cold Winter’s night, with its Cajun comfort food; its kick-ass hot sauce collection; its tap beers; its wall-of-fame autographed photos of blues luminaries and its positive clientele who have a fondness for honest American roots music. Though I hadn’t played there since ’98 or ’99, I felt immediately right at home on that cozy stage. I caught up with with some old friends, Charlie and Pete, and made some new ones, Michelle and Will, and just felt a great vibe in two sets of mostly originals with some classic blues chestnuts thrown in. I debuted a bunch of new songs – “Low Cotton,” about the guys who gave us the Second Great Depression – was a particular favorite of the crowd. Look for that one when my country album “Grandpa’s Rye” comes out next year.