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Beale on Broadway in St. Louis, MO


   Pretty Boy's Corner

August 7, 2009

Bud 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 alive, man.

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.


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