Captain Tony's birthday party was so much fun. When C.W. Colt and company played Cajun music my mind returned to Nashville and memories of the probably insane Doug Kershaw, Jimmy C. Newman, whose accent was darn near impossible to translate, and fellow Cajun Eddy Raven, who wrote a marvelous song, "Island," which was a huge hit. That was twenty years ago. The song is so popular, Eddy has to play it on every concert to this day. He's a good writer, him!
Bo Fodor has made other commitments, so guitarist Scott Steinsultz is now playing with Peter Frazier's wonderful Southernmost Jukebox Band at the Bull. Bo's been a busy guy. He's put his own band, Hitchhiker together with Sammy Sound and Bubba Bass Notes. That's a dynamite combination of rockers. Bo also plays four gigs at the La Concha. Way to go, Bo & Pete!
I have to mention C.W, Colt one more time. Fiona Malloy called to ask if I knew how to operate the beautiful new board at Finnegan's Wake. She felt it could be set up better for her voice. I am not familiar with anything that new, so I called C.W. He drove down from Summerland to help us with it. What a friend! Who should we run into having lunch there but Robin Kaplan. I introduced everybody. Then we found out that Fiona and Robin have far more in common than music. Robin founded and runs the Bahama Village Music Project, which is teaching kids who might not have had the chance to learn. Fiona is doing a similar project in New York working with little ones who have been injured. Isn't it great that God helped us get these two exceptional women together?
Lori Kelley has been in town visiting. I sent her fabulous songs to Mandy Barnett's producer. Mandy will be in the studio soon to record another CD. I sent some of mine too. Wouldn't it be neat if Mandy did some tunes from Key West? She was here for a while and is almost one of us.
Lori is living in D.C., but her heart is still in Key West. Lori is living in Centreville, Virginia and playing at Starbuck's.