… feelin’ pretty good myself! Coming off a bad cold that dogged me all week, and a an unintended 3 week hiatus of my band (scheduling conflicts kept us from getting together), and faced with no music action until our next gig at the Ugly Mug on 2-20, I was bored and itchin’ to play. So I did an exhaustive study of open mics and jam sessions south of the river here in Mpls/Paul, and have discovered the mother lode of undiscovered gems. Sunday night it was the open blues jam at McCracken’s Pub in Savage, hosted by the Big River Blues Band, where my good bud Mr. Whoamus and I checked out some excellent singers, pickers and drummers – great talent there; I got up on stage and played along with the house band on “Got My Mojo Workin’” and “Ain’t Superstitious.” Last night it was the open mic at the American Legion in Apple Valley, hosted by “Hydraulic Woman,” featuring Kristin Schuldt and friends in the house band. I arrived late, but still was able to get up on stage to drum on “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Gloria,” “Hey Bartender,” and the set-closing rave-up “Feelin’ Alright?” An excellent time was had by all, and I want to thank Kristin and the gang, especially “Ron,” their drummer, who was forgiving when clumsy me knocked over his hi-hat just trying to get off the stage. It also goes to show what a small world the music scene in the Twin Cities is – turns out I had met Ron before when he played a show with the K G Band at the Contented Cow in Northfield last September, and Blaine Prout, lead guitarist for Roger Holmes and Rockers’ Lament, another of my fave bands, has played in Hydraulic Woman in the past. So enjoy a little “Feelin’ Alright?”, played here by Dave Mason and friends at his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 – I echo his sentiments in his acceptance speech – it’s great to be playing this much music at my age! and keep on rockin’!
P.S. See you at the jam at the Savage Legion Saturday night – so many places to play, so little time!