Jostes knows how to treat his bands right! His club is a
hip little outdoor bar located in central St. Louis, on
Broadway, just a block from Busch Stadium where they held
the baseball all-star game this year. He put us up at the
Hilton just down the street which is one of the most comfortable
Hotels we have stayed at thus far in our journey. You play
on an outdoor stage which looks like a funky little shack
(you know where it's at, yea). No one in the band
had to pull their equipment out of the van as Bud had back
line, which is the equipment the club owner or promoter
supplies so that the bands can make a quick turn around
on the stage set up.
Laurie got to use two of Bud's vintage amps and her
tone was awesome. It turns out that Bud is a tone freak
and he loves to collect and modify vintage amps. For this
night, Laurie used a combination of a Fender Deluxe Reverb
and an old modified Gibson guitar amp. The bass rig I used
was a Behringer with a two-twelve inch cabinet. I generally
don't like to play out of straight twelves, as they
can sound a bit mid-rangy, but after hearing the opening
band the bass sounded decent, so I went with the house rig.
Kinda lazy, huh? We played from 10:30 pm until 2:30 am.
Whew. A bit long and late for us but we had a pretty good
crowd throughout the night.
Thanks, Bud, for having the Laurie Morvan Band at your club
for the second year in a row. You're keeping the blues
Ok, I need to vent a little so bear with me. Lately, when
I thank someone for something they have done for me, I get
the response, "No problem". Not all the time
but quite frequently. This reply to my, "Thank you"
always throws me a little bit. I know that the person is
trying to be courteous but what would that person say if
what I asked of them was really difficult or troublesome?
Would I say, "Thank you" and then they would
say, "Problem" or "What a pain in the
butt that was?" I hope not. I was taught that a simple,
"You are welcome" was the correct response for
a "Thank you." Perhaps people are getting tired
of the same old response and have invented a new one that
seems fresh and new, or maybe it is a derivative of the
Spanish phrase, "De nada" which means "it
is nothing". For me it is confusing and for now I'll
stick with the reply "You're welcome" and when
some one says "No problem", I'll remind myself
that the intent was well intended and I will not let myself
get in a tizzy. Thanks for letting me vent a little. Thank
you. Auf Weidersien. Danke. Gracias. Mahalo. Merci. No Problem.