Rhode Island! With TheCash Box Kings, playing a Friday night at Chan’s ("egg rolls, jazz, and blues") in Woonsocket, then sets on Saturday and Sunday at the 18th annual Rhythm and Roots Festival—splendid sunny weather, wonderful people, great music. Thanks to Joe and Oscar for bringing me along. Thanks to bandmates Mark Haines and (the irrepressible) Billy Flynn for... being. Thanks to tour guide Terry.
A whole bunch of fine music was heard (Marcia Ball, MattAnderson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Keb Mo, among others) and I got to meet big-deal bassist Ed Friedland (touring with The Mavericks), got to shake hands with gracious gentleman Jim Lauderdale, got to talk with upright bass stalwart Joe Kyle Jr. (of The Waybacks) after his set with Howell Devine.