I'm always proud to be a Jason Ringenberg fan, but never more so than when he is in a lineup of Nashville luminaries -- and when it's his turn, he just blows the place away.
Once a month a great band called "The Long Players" gets together and performs a classic rock album. The band stays the same, the vocalists change each time. Tonight Jason was part of a group that recreated "Blonde on Blonde," and he did NOT do the Scorchers cover hit, "Absolutely Sweet Marie." He did "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way ..." and it was amazing. His energy and stage presence won over the whole room -- and he had to follow Adrian Belew's heartfelt number.
It was such a fabulous show and a fabulous night. It was pretty much my happy Nashville lineup: Will Kimbrough, Phil Lee, and Bill Lloyd were also part of the festivities. Only Paul Burch was lacking; otherwise the night would have been complete. Oh, and Webb Wilder. And Tommy Womack. And Kristi Rose. Well, obviously, they are going to have to do another Long Players with yet more people to include all my locally based favorites.
Some visitors to town stood next to me; we talked and probably will see each other again tomorrow night at the They Might Be Giants show (although, as has been proven before, I can't seem to go out three nights in one week). They are in town for a wedding and have pledged to see live music every night they are here. Now these are my kind of folks!
The woman grew up on the South Side of Chicago [63rd and Rockwell], about a mile from where my dad went to high school. Now they live in a rural California community that refused to let Wal-Mart come to town. I said to these complete strangers, "I love you."