Walker and his wife Susan have been putting on these events
for the Friends of the Blues group for several years now.
It turns out that James and his friends love the blues and
they would go to Chicago to nourish this love. However,
they wearied of the traveling to Chicago, the late starts
at the night clubs, and the problems with parking and safety,
so they started this group to bring quality blues talent
to their local area at a decent price and at a decent hour.
This one was held in a banquet room at the Kankakee Elks
Country Club. Attendance was good and many of Laurie's
family members, friends and fans were there. Brendan and
his brother, Mike, were also there. Sorry I forgot to sign
your CD, Brendan. We played two solid one hour sets. We
got back to the hotel at an early hour for some much needed
rest. We are off to Pekin, Illinois tomorrow to play for
the River City Blues Society.
Here's a joke for you. Guy sees a sign on a store
window that says, "talking dog for sale." He
goes in, walks up to the dog, and says, "So. Tell
me about yourself." The dog begins to tell him of
all his wonderful accomplishments. The Dog says, "I
started out as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps. After that
I went to Iraq to find explosive devices before they could
hurt anyone. Now I volunteer my time in a local elementary
school and read to the children". This blows the guy
away and he walks up to the owner and says, "This
is incredible. Why would you want to sell a dog like this?"
The owner says, "He's a liar. He never did any
of that stuff."