John Bendele @ Stardust Club (08/20/2004)

John and the band were booked into the Stardust for the first time the night of our birthdays.  Of course that meant we were having the party there!   Dave Jorgenson came in and was really impressed with the guys.  Teree and Dobie took some great pictures of our friends and Albert’s “show” on the drums!

At the end of the evening, Kevin Fowler stopped by for the party.  The band always does a couple of Kevin Fowler songs for us.  John honored my request to repeat one of them.  Imagine his surprise when then he came off stage and I introduced him to Kevin (not sure he’s ever forgiven me for that!)!

What a special, special night!  Teree and I are honored to have so many sweet friends.

 

Dale Watson @ Ginny’s Little Longhorn (04/18/2004)

Any Sunday afternoon, you can stop by Ginny’s Little Longhorn for Chicken Sh– Sunday where you get ‘free hot dogs (not any dogs….Ginny dogs!!), $1.50 Lone Stars, and three (yes…three!!!) chances to win Chicken Sh!t Bingo’.   That quote is from Dale who you’ll find in the back corner on ‘the stage’.

He and the guys are there entertaining and just having fun from 4-8pm whenever they’re in town.  It’s such a tradition, I think they feel it’s more ‘home’ than ‘gig’.   The entire place isn’t bigger than a minute, but you can have more fun there than at any huge fancy nightclub.

Ginny’s behind the bar in her special chair keeping watch on the guys and on everything in general.  Sharon and Terri keep everyone supplied with their favorite brew.  As for the people…..well, you can meet all kinds from everywhere.   Everyone is there to have fun.

So….what is Chicken Sh!t Bingo?   Well…..they cover a pool table with a cage.  The bottom of the cage has numbered squares.  Three times during the afternoon, numbered tickets drawn from a little velvet sack are sold.  No picking of numbers….it’s totally random.  Then, at 5, 6, and 7pm ‘Little Red’ is placed in the cage.  Little Red ‘picks’ one of the squares, and the person with the matching ticket wins $100.  The winner is  ‘interviewed’ to find out where they’re from and what they plan to do with all the money.  (The last part is so all their friends know who’s buying the next round.)  TexasAndMusic.comThere’s an ‘all-time Chicken Sh!t winner’ and ‘all-time Chicken Sh!t loser’.  (That title was finally been passed on to someone new.)

Considering all of the above, we just had to take Linda when she was in town for her birthday.  Obviously, she had never heard of such a thing as Chicken Sh!t Bingo and thought we were making fun of her.   Was she in for a surprise!  Unfortunately, we were having so much fun, we forgot to take very many pictures!!!

Linda had no idea what to expect.  Neither did Lloyd! What a blast we had.  Dale and the band were playing. The crowd was dancing, the chili dogs were ready, the Lone Star Beer was cold, & Little Red made three people Chicken Sh– Winners!

Keep in mind…..this was our fifth day of being constantly on the go!! We were so tired, we didn’t even take a lot of pictures. We had enough energy to go to the Continental Club that night, though, to see James Hand and Heybale…..we just didn’t get any pictures of them!

 

 

Jason Allen @ Club 21 (04/17/2004)

We didn’t get home from West Columbia ’til the wee hours of the morning so the order of the day on Saturday was to sleep late.

Couldn’t sleep too late, though. Linda and I were going to a picnic for James Hand out west of town. We just didn’t realize how far west! Or just how ‘remote’ the ranch was. It was a beautiful drive and the ranch was unbelievable. There’s even a barn filled with old antiques that are rented out to movie companies….complete with an old post office and a coffin! Too bad it took over an hour to get there……we had to leave almost as soon as we arrived.

On the way back to town, the cell phone started ringing. Lloyd had gotten into town and needed a place to stay. We met up with him on the edge of Kyle and informed him he was going to a club to listen to country music! Not his normal genre of music, but we all need to expand our horizons occasionally!

Linda and I got cleaned up and we headed over to Club 21 (thankfully just 8 miles this time!) where Jason Allen was playing. Linda met new ‘friends’ when she shared Lloyd’s vodka. 😉 And, who should show up but Keith Kelso and Ricky Calmbach!

We were having so much fun, but, glad the club closes early…..we were starting to run out of steam!