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Our long journey ends with a bang!

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We began our "pilgrimage" in Memphis, an old river town with a rich blues history, and were privileged to hear great performances there from the likes of Preston Shannon and Ms. Zeno. Last night, we ended our blues quest in another old river town with a rich blues history, and we once again hit paydirt, as we happened to find a performer of exceptional talent in Randy McAllister, who was playing at BB's Blues & Soups downtown, across from Busch Stadium. We had just spent the early evening milling around Laclede's Landing (nightclub/restaurant district) with thousands of other blues fans, moving from one stage to another (there were three). The talent was OK - in fact, the headliner act was John Mayall, known as the "Father of British Blues" (what do the Brits have to be blue about anyway?). However, the crowds were a bit much, and we decided to walk down to BB's to get away from the madness.

What a great decision! Randy McAllister and his band have several Grammy nominations, and you can quickly tell why. Those guys are superb performers, and McAllister himself is especially wonderful. He's a Texas lad, can play drums, harmonica, and washboard (yes, washboard) with equal ease, and does much of his own songwriting. He had the place hopping in no time! We met a couple from the St. Louis suburbs who sat by us and we quickly became friends. They really helped make the night special. Thank you guys! Hope to see you back at BB's again soon.

It was impossible to leave until the end - you wanted to see what other interesting musical creations this group could deliver. We shut them down, then walked back to our hotel around 1:30. Late? Yes. Happy? Yes.

To all of you who followed our little journey, thank you. We couldn't wait to get into our hotel each night to see if anyone had posted any comments for us. It really made our day, knowing that you were out there and participating in the trip with us. And, to our wives, we thank you for letting us fly the coop for a few days and take this memorable trip. However, get ready - we're coming home today, and will soon be underfoot again.

Love to all,

Steve & Dennie

Posted by swendl 07:22

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Well it sounds like it was a wonderful trip! We missed you guys, can't wait to see you and as always....DRIVE CAREFULLY!
Ang

by conniehinr

That group did actually sound pretty good. If you bought any CD's, I hope it was of that group. See you in a couple hours!

by conniehinr

I can see some great memories and lots of conversation will come from this trip....I know,,,,,what happens in St. Louis, stays in St. Louis....I know how much fun it is to get away with your friends and enjoy what you love doing. I go on a 4-day,3-night trip with 2 of my girlfriends every summer and we shop the whole time. It's great. And, how lucky we are that we have spouses that allow us to do that....drive careful and it's been a hoot watching you guys on your blues journey.....bobbie

by bobbiejo50

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