Mardi Gras

New Orleans is such a cool city. I just got back from a wedding and four days of hanging in the Big Easy. A nice break from the Iowa cold. The food and the music is really unlike anything I have seen or tasted anywhere. No cover charges. Ancient jazz musicians that punch in the timeclock for 4-6 hour shifts….these guys can play about anything in their sleep. 80’s cover bands so truly over the top that you have to appreciate their diligence in keeping REO and Journey alive and well for the drunken masses. I actually saw some country music as well. Complete with the urban cowboy mechanical bull which I did not ride. My favorite was a local blues guy named Gary Brown…what a smokin’ band. A nice treat for me to be able to take in some new music.

I ate alligator gumbo, raw oysters and many other fish-like foods that seemed to all have claws or fins reaching out of the bowl. We hit town at the beginning of the 14 days of Mardi Gras parades and it was quite a show. Purple and Gold beads ruled the day and we saw the more family oriented parades like dressed up dogs and high school marching bands etc… Schools close for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

I can’t help but be drawn to the pace of southern cities…I’m looking forward to checking out Nashville later this spring.

That’s about it kiddz… don’t forget to pick up my new Live in Europe project. Proceeds go to a very good cause….my next studio album.

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