Suzy got blown off stage by a strong gust of wind in Crested Butte, CO and she landed on her bell. It really sucked, but it could have been much worse.We had a few days off back home so I got my horn fixed by Stafford Agee, trombonist for Rebirth Brass Band and an excellent human being. I can’t thank him enough for taking time out of his very busy schedule to help make Suzy whole again.
Step One: Hit it with a hammer.
Step 2: Roll out dents
Step 3: Magnetic dent removal
So much better. Stafford is the man. Now it’s time to get to Chicago.
Being a gentleman does not depend on the social standing of a man. It is his behavior, which makes him a gentleman. Such behavior includes humility, and while we here at the Dirty Bourbon River Show strive to step with our humblest foot forward…. Let’s parade down Memory Lane and CHECK OUT WHAT WE DID at SHAKORI HILLS 2012!!!
BOOM!! POW!! IN YO FACE!!
Yeah…That’s right…WE DID THAT!! Wanna know why?? Cause we don’t fuck around that’s why!! We wanted to give that Grove Stage something it ain’t never heard before, and damn, we lit that place on FIRE!!
Tonight the we return to the beautiful city of Chicago for our debut at Martyrs’! We’re proud to be sharing the stage with another New Orleans act, Cliff Hines, and Chicago’s own organ trio, Crussia. The show kicks off at 8 pm, so get ready for an amazing show with all the fire and talent that these two musical cities can offer!
Got some big cities coming up: Chicago on Wednesday (w/ Cliff Hines @ Martyr’s), 2 shows in Detroit this weekend (Cliff Bells Jazz Residency), three shows in NYC next weekend (Hill Country, Rockwood Music Hall & Brooklyn Bowl), then Baltimore, Richmond, Asheville, Chapel Hill & many more to follow. Hope to see you there, & please help spread the word!
03.27 Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s 03.28 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Brewery 03.29 Detroit, MI @ Cliff Bells 03.30 Detroit, Mi @ Cliff Bells 04.04 Washington D.C. @ Hill Country 04.05 New York, NY @ Hill Country 04.06 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall 04.07 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl 04.11 Rochester, NY @ Abeline 04.12 Lancaster, PA @ Burning Bridge Tavern 04.13 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10 04.14 Thomas, WV @ The Purple Fiddle 04.15 Berryville, VA @ Barns of Rosehill 04.18 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club 04.20 Pittsboro, NC @ Shakori Hills Festival 04.25 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle 04.26 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Obviously, Being Blind wasn’t the only Obstacle Sleepy John had to endure. His nickname spurs from his tendency to fall asleep while sitting on a stool or even standing up. These unintentional naps were later diagnosed as Narcolepsy, which is caused by blood pressure irregularity.
While there are no actual accounts (that I could find) of Sleepy falling asleep on-stage, I’d have to imagine when he was touring around the South playing every night, it happened at some point. Wouldn’t that be a site?
Estes was mentioned in the memoirs of Big Bill Broonzy as having judged a guitar contest in Chicago. Memphis Minnie had just recently moved to town, and found herself in a guitar duel with Big Bill. In a glorious upset Minnie beat Bill Broonzy and became wildly popular in the city’s blues circuit, all thanks to her fellow Tennessean, Sleepy . Whenever Sleepy John and his band were in Chicago they were regularly hired by Al Capone (who was crazy about the blues) and his people to play private parties and events. Now that sounds like a right proper good time to me.