So last Saturday night I got the opportunity to see a fantastic guitarist as he joined up with Keller Williams and the WMD’s. I first caught Gibb Droll back during college at a small local haunt in Blacksburg, VA. He just brought the place down with his wicked riffs. Back then he had his own band, the Gibb Droll Band and had some great musicians playing with him. My buddy AT got permission to record the concert from the sound board and a bunch of CDs were made from that. I still enjoy listening to that set.
Periodically I would check out his tour schedule and vowed if he ever made it to Austin I would go see him. I, of course, missed a solo show at the Parish about a year ago. I checked the schedule two weeks late. Earlier this year I saw he would be playing lead guitar for the WMDs at La Zona Rosa. I made sure my day was clear.
The WMD’s are a kind of bluegrass jam band. The bassist played with String Cheese and the drummer with Trey Anastasio among others. I suppose I should not have been surprised. Very interesting, but not what I was expecting. The show was *long*. Like 4 hours long. They went on just after 8 and the first intermission was near 10. We left when it was getting close to midnight and they were still playing. It was a lot of fun and I did enjoy myself. Even though Austin is non-smoking town there was plenty of, errrr, “smoke” in the air. I went to see Gibb Droll and not the rest of the band. Gibb was on- really on; The band was also on- there are some great musicians The band was having a blast and the crowd was hopping.
If you get the chance to see them I highly recommend it. Be prepared for a long, jam band kind of show and go with it. You should have a great time.
Roof is done on the house. It looked pretty good this morning. I have not had a chance to check out the back side of my roof yet- but it rained this morning and no leaks that I saw.
Super Bowl is Sunday and then my 28 day sabbatical begins. I’m really looking forward to it.