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You know, you can really learn a lot about being a musician by going where the music is.  I mean, I know this site champions acoustic guitar, but brothers and sisters if you don't enjoy seeing any musician work, well you are missing out.  Case in point.  I attended a freebie outdoor concert last night in Olathe, KS.  The show opened with Kansas City's own queen of blues guitar, Samantha Fish.  She's still on the rise, and she's getting so much good attention nationally.  She sings and plays well beyond her years.  It's going to be exiting to see her career rise.

 

The headliners were the Royal Southern Brotherhood, the latest torch carriers of the southern rock tradition.  The band includes Cyril Neville, and Devon Allman.  In Devon's case the bloodline is evident as he sings like his daddy Greg, and plays like uncle Duane - no leaning on his famous father - he's got real chops and talent.  Cyril gives the band a voice that just punches out soul. Don't know what is in store for this group, but it should be good things.

 

After the show, I was talking to Devon about his guitar, a Les Paul that is signed by the man himself - Les Paul!  I don't usually go in for having a guitar signed, but this is one exception I would allow.  When I asked about that guitar, Devon just beamed and said, "Oh Yeah, man!  That's my baby right there."  It would be mine too.

Both of the bands had no acoustic guitar, but I was not disappointed in the least.  I love all kinds of music, and you should not be limiting yourself in your musical experiences.  Go where the music is!!!

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Comment by Phil Manuel on June 12, 2012 at 11:33am

@FG, sorry I didn't wish you luck earlier.  Anyway, best of luck for tomorrow's drawing.  Snakes and Gators - sounds like a good title for a song. ;-)

Comment by FloridaGull on June 12, 2012 at 11:14am

We were callers 1,2,3,6, and 8 - need to be 10...alas...but there's always later and tomorrow...

Comment by FloridaGull on June 12, 2012 at 9:24am

We have more problems with snakes... ;-)

My wife and I have more than our share of luck with winning tickets from radio stations - we paid for one show - the Australian Pink Floyd - of all the ones we've seen over the last 3 years - I left out James Taylor from SunFest 2 years ago - Hall and Oates, Jewell, and Bill Cosby - but Bill didn't play a guitar - I was confused at the show... ;-)

Trying to win Roger Waters tickets for Friday's show - June 15th - they have about 4 more pairs to give away - one in "the 12 o'clock hour..." :-)  Wish us luck!

Comment by Phil Manuel on June 12, 2012 at 9:12am

Well, FG, that's a great list of folks to be listening to - let alone seeing live in concert.  I usually run out of cash before we run out of talent coming through.  So, I try to catch as many 'freebie' shows as possible.  This summer Sam Bush will again be doing a show in the Olathe, KS summer concert series, and can't wait to see him again.  We've seen him 2 times previously in this same v enue, and he never disappoints.  Saw, Santana and Steve Winwood, which we sat through a downpour.  Carlos was on a covered stage, so the show went on and he just gave a great performance, we didn't mind the rain at all - it was a very hot day anyway.  Keep picking and grinning, and keep away from those gators!

Comment by FloridaGull on June 9, 2012 at 9:18pm
Although I primarily play acoustic guitar, I have been blessed to see Dave Mason, Yes, Foreigner, 2 different Pink Floyd tribute shows, Joe Bonamassa, Rush, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, and others I'm leaving out over the last few years - all good times... :-)

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