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Show #22 – Terry Rasor and Amos Staggs at Chubby’s Burger Shack

Aug
22

I decided to take my father out for a burger and a beer. Terry Rasor still had his standing gig at Chubby’s, and tonight he brought with him Amos Staggs. In between songs, Amos said this was their last stateside show before they both go on a cruise ship for a 7 day tour. Not too shabby.

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Show #21 – Bobby Duncan at Fred’s

Aug
21

Bobby Duncan does acoustic rock in the style of Edwin McCain, sparse, earnest and direct. He’s fine. Pleasant. Just didn’t seem to catch my interest. It’s clear he has talent.

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Show #20 – Johnny Case Trio at Scat Jazz Lounge

Aug
21

Chilling with some standard jazz tunes. Scat Jazz Lounge on a Tuesday or Wednesday night deserves kudos as an underrated date night spot. Cool ambiance, cocktails, not crowded, smoky or too loud.

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Show #19 – Don Delilo Trio

Aug
19

Due to a horrible parking job, albeit unintentionally, my ramp in to The Grotto was blocked. Given this opportunity to not go home wafting of other people’s Marlboro’s, I drove to Eddie V’s for a jazz trio.

This audible cost me a $10 fancy margarita.

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Show #18 – Brett Watts Songwriters in the Round at White Elephant Saloon

Aug
18

It was like a VH1 Story Tellers episode, where a group of local songwriters sat on a stage, played songs and talked about the stories behind the songs. One artist said, “If you know a songwriter, and you do stupid stuff, you’ll be part of a song.”

Brett Watts Songwriters in the Round at White Elephant Saloon

Brett Watts Songwriters in the Round at White Elephant Saloon

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Show #17 – Jody Jones at Fred’s

Aug
17

Lunch time. Fred’s Texas Cafe. Jody Jones played his Texas country singer songwriter songs as I ate the taco fries with jalapeños. My siblings and their respective fiancées joined.

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Show #16 – Devin Leigh at Shaw’s Burgers

Aug
16

A cool August night on a patio at Shaw’s Burgers. Devin Leigh brought classic guitar influences to classic rock and country covers.

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Show #15 – Jazz Quartet at Fort Worth Library

Aug
16

Halfway through a concert a day, and Fort Worth Library’s Third Thursday Jazz concert series had the largest crowd. Easily 200, 250 plus people sat in the grand atrium, at times standing cramped against back walls. I expected a couple dozen people chilling while the standard piano, sax, bass and drum players went through jazz staples. Oh, no.

This was an event. With cookies.

The musicians enthusiastically played Duke Ellington, Herbie Hankock, Miles Davis. The drum and bass solo received shouts of “yeah!” and a swell of applause. People in Fort Worth appreciate their jazz.

In front of me sat a WWII veteran in a wheelchair. He bopped along to the rhythm of the music, and at one point yelled, “The Duke!”

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Show #14 – Jason Elmore at Mambo’s Cantina

Aug
14

Mambo’s Cantina is an odd little bar. Tucked away on Houston Street at the bottom of a hotel, you’d miss it walking by. Inside, the blood red walls and sparse lighting create a macabre vibe. If you’re hungry, they serve Mexican food. The jazz lounge feel and south of the border cuisine make a unique combo with a Texas blues singer songwriter on stage.

Jason Elmore played for a light but growing crowd, earning catcalls from the ladies and approving nods from the gentlemen in the room. His finger ran up and down the fretboard strumming traditional blues chords and rhythms.

My favorite line of the evening, “I asked for water/she brought me gasoline”.

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Show #12 JJ & The Lobsterdogs and Kilane at the Grotto

Aug
12

The Grotto makes the first venue I double up on as it’s the only place I’ve found thus far that has live music before 9pm on a Monday.

I caught the tail end of JJ and the Lobsterdogs’ set, and after a brief stage change, Songwriter Showcase began. First up was Kilane (I’m not sure how she spells her name), introduced as her first time performing. She could sing and play the guitar, reminiscent of Tracy Chapman with a velvet voice and bluesy vocals.

After she finished a song, she admitted she flubbed her lyrics. A regular yelled, “we don’t know that!” And another advised, “just say I nailed that shit!”

The Grotto’s crowd is definitely supportive, to say the least.

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