Anders Osborne with Brady Blade in Austin TX 3-26-2016
Brady Blade was passing through. We had plans to catch him Saturday night at the Scoot Inn. He called that morning looking for some time away from the tour bus, and a hot shower. He spent the morning jamming with the kids. He applauded at each opportunity and showered them with gracious compliments.
I'm often trying to tell the kids to make an effort to be positive. Be nice and smile more, it becomes habit. Brady set a great example. #1 son later confided that he did take note of all the compliments Brady hands out so effortlessly.
#2 son is the child here that is most confident and ready to perform. #1 son and the daughter aren't comfortable with the attention.
The boys and I took Brady for some Taco Deli and then to the set up back at the Scoot Inn.
Eric McFadden spent some time demonstrating his skill on the guitar and posed for a few pics with the boys. Eric offered to let #1 son play one of his custom made guitars, but he declined.
I went home and fetched the girls so we could enjoy sound check for Anders Osborne.
Live music magic isn't all spontaneity. There is a certain element of planning and strategy to be mapped out. Guest musicians sitting in with the band are provided the insight to know when and how they will be afforded their solo opportunities. Minor song changes and queues are coordinated in advance.
(BIG) Photo Courtesy of Brady Blade
We went out for Italian food with Brady and his friend Georgia at Vespaio, then back for the show.
and Anders Osborne is a REALLY good show.
Music is best enjoyed LIVE. The human musician element in purest form. Anders Osborn seems keenly aware that the level of musicianship he has on stage with him, is paramount to the success of his particular show and his audience. The amount of interplay and improvisation that can only be achieved from top level musicians, and a solid plan. It's clear they enjoy what they do, and endure the hardships of living on a tour bus for extended periods of time, yet smile every night as they play.
Several years back, I worked for TOWER RECORDS \ VIDEO. We were at the top of the music retail business at that time. My supervisor, Bernadette Lee, was a Deadhead. She spent all her vacation time and money following the Grateful Dead. She'd often say "I'm chasing a song". I didn't quite get the whole "Jam Band" thing, yet I was quite intrigued by the Deadhead culture. Now, I understand what she was chasing all that time, as I enjoyed Anders Osborne do an amazing Grateful Dead cover, A Friend of the Devil (below). I didn't record the whole song, you should go to the show, and check it out for yourself. (forgive the feedback that crept in at the beginning. During sound check, Anders said "whatever you do... DON"T let this feedback!")