Well Bottom Blues

Oh my God it's full of stars!

The Kids Are Alright

Last night at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans for Billy and the Kids, with Molly Tuttle outsigning Donna Godchaux and a fine piano player and Billy Strings in his best late 70s-80s mature Garcia voice, I could close my eyes for a minute and imagine myself at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA in the summer of ’76, both shows.

That was almost 50 years ago.

I doubt I’ll hear this music played this well and loud and live and lit ever again, so the link in my mind between those shows ties a knot in a long cord. It may be a knot that makes my cord just that much shorter, but it is a knot well-tied.

I won’t try a review or make a set list. George Porter on bass on Sugaree was fantastic, and Molly signing on Bird Song anchored by a transdimensionalizing bridge jam was amazing. There was a Dead Flowers that would make Keith Richards weep. And Help On The Way/Slipknot is when the thought above was born.

Discussing the music and shows and Dead & Co. with some guys outside before the show, when I demurred on seeing D&C, one said, it doesn’t matter who’s playing it. The music will live forever. Listening to these 30 somethings (with the exception of course of the First Bill, Kreutzmann) play tonight, I believe it will.

The Kids are alright.

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About Me

Mark Folse is a provincial diarist and minor poet in and from New Orleans. His past blogging adventures included the Katina/Federal Flood blog wetbankguide on blogspot.com which David Simon told NY Magazine was one of three blogs that helped helped inspire Treme, and Toulouse Street, which once outranked the Doobie Brothers on Google Search. His poetry and other writing has appeared in the New Laurel Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Rumpus and elsewhere.



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