Tornado warnings here in northern Virginia tonight. The Labbies are frightened by the thunder. They are under my desk as I write this. Guess they figure I will get it first if it comes through the window. Smart dawgs.
Got the CD machine goin' here in the office. Music. I cover my ears to the top-40 airwaves of today. It takes effort to find the good stuff...sounds that are earned. Heard some last week at a place called King Street Blues in Alexandria, VA. That sound is called Dan Stevens.
He's a blues-guitar-playin' fellah who grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, where he heard stories about the lives of traveling blues musicians like Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell. Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s book, Bound for Glory, Dan hitchhiked and hopped freight trains, guitar in hand, across the United States five times, eventually covering over 100,000 miles. A full-time professional musician since 1991, Dan tours along the East Coast, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.K., and Germany. He has appeared with such artists as James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Charlie Daniels, Livingston Taylor, Ronnie Earl, and others. Home base is Old Lyme, Connecticut with wife Gail and daughter, Haley.
And he's good. I don't say that about many musicians. I used to play a folk circuit up in New England back in the good old days, and it is hard work. Wonderfully exhausting work.
Got his CD. Listening to it now, as the wind blows the blues and thunder is heard down the road somewhere in Prince William County, more storm heading this way.
I'll crank that slide guitar sound way up. Nice to hear someone who knows who Dave Van Ronk was.