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28 Hours... no prob!

Posted by Eric Jerardi Wednesday, August 15, 2012

3 hours from home – Wyoming to Dayton in 28 hours with an eight hour layover in a particularly shitty Motel 6 somewhere in Missouri. Saturday in Rock Springs was one of my most rewarding musical experiences that I can remember. We played the Sweetwater Blues and Brew fest for the second year and absolutely killed it. We have great friends and fans in Wyoming and it showed. When we were checking in, I ran into headliner and Grammy nominee Randy McAllister who is an amazing talent and most importantly a great guy. We met last year and he inquired about my set time and showed up for our show and enjoyed it enough to invite me up to sit in with him during his set. In all my years, a headliner has never asked me up to play – it was beyond cool. The person who originally brought me to Rock Springs is Johnny “Mac” McDonald – a man who I've grown quite close to over the years. He owns Johnny Mac's, a great club where we have played many times. At the last minute we decided to have a jam after the show with all the acts from the festival – needless to say the word got out and we had a packed house and a wonderful experience. Thanks to Randy and his band, Hamilton Loomis and his band, and the killer trumpet from Lionel Young's band.

Lastly I want to thank Gary Gates and Adam Wheeler for being amazing musicians as well as great travel partners and friends. We had a great time. Next week look for us in IlL and MO – ending next Monday at the House of Blues Chicago.


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