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2/24/12…Ruthie Foster @ Antone’s

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First and foremost, I want to thank my friend, Misti, for being so persistent in pushing me to check out Ms. Foster.  I had never heard of her before and I had no idea what I was missing.  But once I finally sat down to preview some of her music, before fully committing to going to her CD release party on the 24th, I knew my friend was one step ahead of me…at least in this case.  WOW!!  How could I miss this woman??  She’s a blues woman, for god’s sake.  Well, I am a bit smarter now, having seen her.  And it seems like I’m the last one in Austin to find out about her.  MAN!!  Antone’s was packed.  It was nowhere near as close to full the last time I was there.  AND it was an early show.  Ruthie and her four band mates (keyboardist, lead guitarist, drummer, and bassist) went on just after 8:00 pm and rocked out for the next 90 minutes.  What a treat!!  She’s got a great voice along with a great sense of humor.  She played acoustic while doing lead vocals.  Ruthie also traded vocals on one song with Hadden Sayers (one of his tunes), who stepped in on lead guitar for the evening.  Her band was phenomenal. Ruthie played cuts from her new CD which has original music and covers in which she honors some of her favorite artists, but she also stayed loyal to her fans by playing some of their favorites.  Two of the covers she played that stood out to me were “Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele and “Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash.  As much as I loved her version of Adele’s song, I really, really wish she had made it more of her own and not stayed so true to the original.  I could totally imagine a slowed down, bluesier take on it that would’ve brought out more of Ruthie’s sensibility.  Just as I was thinking about that, she announced she would be doing a Johnny Cash song.  I honestly had no idea it was “Ring Of Fire” until she got to the chorus; because this one, she DEFINITELY put her stamp on.  She blew me away!  I also loved the way she ended the set.  She brought on a total crowd pleaser and everyone pretty much went nuts.  I mean, I was already in the “dance zone” and was being entertained by my own personal dance crew, but when she pulled out the last song, it got that much crazier.  It was great!  I had a fantastic time and Ruthie has definitely won over a new fan!  Sign me up!

12/17/11…Will Sexton Band @ Antone’s

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Antone’s

So I finally made it to Antone’s!!  It only took me three years to get there, but I did get there!  lol  Anyway, It was not at all as I’d imagined.  As soon as I walked through the door, the merch wall to my right caught my attention.  The next thing I saw was the stage and Will Sexton and his band already playing.  I got there a little late, so I dashed for the stage to get a better look.  I was happy to see Will playing a beat-up acoustic; This guitar looks like it’s been around the block a few times, which gave it so much character.  Will’s the lead singer and was backed by a funky lookin’ drummer, a guitarist, and bassist.  Charlie Faye came up on stage for the last couple songs and took over playing Will’s acoustic while he grabbed an electric.  It was obvious these guys (girl) are all true professionals.  I really enjoyed the music, but I was so sad that they ended so quickly.  Either they started earlier than 10pm or it was just a really short set.  Just as I was really getting into it, it was over.    I dig Will’s music, so I definitely would like to see them play again.  One of the main things I noticed about Antone’s is its layout.  It’s a long, narrow space.  The stage is set in the middle of the room.  There’s a “deck” directly across from the stage on the second level, where I noticed some filming going on.  In between the entrance and this deck is the main (and only) bar.  There’s no seating that I saw….standing room only in front of the stage.  There’s plenty of room for a crowd and for dancing, if that’s your thing.  As you walk further to the back of the room, you’ll find the hallway where the bathrooms are located.  And, hey, if you want a shoe shine, there was even a shoe shine chair set up.    There’s a VIP lounge with  seating right above the bathrooms, but it will definitely cost you a pretty penny to hang out up there.  I believe it was $150 for a table on this particular night.  I did enjoy scoping out the photos they had posted on the wall right below this VIP area, displaying just some of the talent that has passed through these doors.  I would love to come back to Antone’s for a blues show, since that’s really what it’s known for.  I have yet to see any blues in Austin and I really think it’s about damn time!!