Hi, friends and fans!
So much has happened since our last blog post, I don’t know where to begin.
It started back in February when we traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! We had 3 ballot entries for this year’s awards, and though we didn’t get a nomination, we decided it would be a good year to attend in person. Bucket list item! And we learned a lot that will help us on our next trip to the Grammys! For instance, you can take photos “on the red carpet” but only before entering the venue for the DAY awards. When the day time awards are over, they guide you directly to the location for the night time awards. We were “trapped” but in a good way.
We spent 9 days In L.A., had a performance at The Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, attended pre Grammy parties and even did an interview via Skype with KSLA-TV, Shreveport’s CBS affiliate.
We were honored to be invited to the Lt. Governor’s Brunch where we were entertained by Jon Cleary and the Absolute Gentlemen, and The Revelers. Wolfgang Puck provided excellent food and the drinks were flowing. Attendees were gifted with beads, Mardi Gras masks and Louisiana lapel pins.
During the daytime awards, we sat close to Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes, and Ed Sheeran’s family shared our row (Ed sat on the row in front of us). I think we were all thrilled to be really close to Tony Bennett as he walked to the stage to receive his Grammy.
There were so many performers that night: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Andra Day, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, James Bay, the cast of Hamilton, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Justin Bieber, Diplo, Skrillex, Alabama Shakes, Pitbull, Sofia Vergara, Robin Thicke, Travis Barker, Joe Perry and Joey Alexander (a young jazz pianist that blew Dan and I away)! There were tributes, too: John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese Gibson and Lionel Richie all singing Lionel’s songs; Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix with a tribute to Maurice White; The Eagles, Bernie Leadon and Jackson Browne with a tribute to Glenn Frey; Miguel and Greg Phillinganes in a tribute to Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers in a wonderful David Bowie tribute, Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt in a tribute to BB King; and The Hollywood Vampires in a tribute to Lemmy. I won’t list all of the presenters, but that list was also quite the who’s who in American entertainment. For more on that night, you can Wiki 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
We had a wonderful 12-hour visit to Disneyland! Walked 8 miles and rode what felt like ALL of the rides. Amelia’s son Garrett works there and started our day with a short tour before he had to go to work. My first trip to Disneyland (and California Adventure) and it was WONDERFUL!
Near the end of our stay in L.A., my cousin Joe Tremaine (www.tremainedance.com) treated us to dinner at The Fig and Olive on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. Yep, THAT Melrose Place.
In March, we were honored to play at the Robinson’s Rescue Benefit, and as you know, we are fond of causes to help animals!! (Our very first gig was a benefit for The Shreveport Dog Park!)
Then, in April, we performed for the grand opening of “I Saw the Light” at Robinson Film Center, along with local musicians Buddy and Bruce Flett, Matthew Davidson, Tim Brogan, Michael Long, Maggie Warwick and others. Other April events included a performance at Eldorado Casino and private parties, in addition to our regular gigs in Marshall, TX at OS2 and CajunTex.
We enjoyed playing “Cinco de Mayo” in the Entertainment District under the Texas Street Bridge. We had a great crowd and a few of the “Time Warp dancers” even showed up. LOL. And later in May, we played a benefit for military families at Barksdale AFB, our second time to do so. We appreciate our military. Toward the end of May, we played at Eldorado Casino again. It’s a great venue with wonderful sound, thanks to the talented staff (sound guys)!
Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of being a part of a music video being shot, as well as a performance that will be broadcast on RTE (Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster – sort of like our NPR/PBS!) Former Shreveport native Robert Mizzell (www.robertmizzell.com) has made his home in Ireland for over 20 years. The Shreveport Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau hosted a crawfish boil for Robert on Lake Bistineau, where we joined him on the video shoot and recording of his show for RTE. It was hot, but such a beautiful setting on the lake. We were joined by Louisiana Hayride Band members Sonny Trammell (resonator guitar) and Kent Gill (fiddle). We hope to work again with Sonny and Kent, perhaps on our next CD!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be at LaFogata (Arcadia) on June 24 and July 1, and the Shreveport Farmers Market on July 9. And we’ll be at a NEW venue for us on July 22 – Chicago!
You can also find us at OS2 in Marshall, TX on every fourth Wednesday for “Boogie Woogie Wednesdays”. And we’re in regular rotation at CajunTex in Marshall, TX as well.
Thanks for stopping by our website. We hope to see you soon!