Branson

This weekend I went up to Branson, MO to see my friend Clyde. I drove up Friday afternoon (about 4 hours) and dined on all sorts of smoked meats. Clyde smoked up three kinds of ribs, bologna, and chicken wings. All were outstanding! Saturday night, we went and saw Walter Trout, a bluesman, at Southtown, a little club in Hollister, about 15 minutes south of Branson. It was a great show, after they worked out some bugs with the power. We invented a new term: "bantrum" is any sort of tantrum perpetrated by a band, usually by the front man, when faced with adversity. Clyde has some great songs in the works, and I helped him flesh a couple out in the bass department. The Branson strip, is kinda trashy, but I managed to stay away from it (except for a wrong turn that forced me to drive the entire length of it on Friday night).
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Joan Jett

Last night at Riverfest my friends Bayly and Emily and I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It was a great show, covering some new tracks, some classics and some interesting covers, including the Mary Tyler Moore theme. The sound was so-so, but we couldn't find a patch of grass in front of the stage, so that was to be expected. Joan had great energy and managed to get the crowd on their feet several times. Not bad for a 42 year old! Her band was good, although there was considerable debate over the gender of her lead player. Research reveals that he was Dougie Needles. Having never seen her live before, but having had a crush on her since MTV started, it was a fun show and I think I may have to check out the new album.
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