Monday May 23 – Dale Watson Again!

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Rob and Jenny are leaving today but first, after I check back into the Austin Motel, there is the compulsory visit (again) to Waterloo Records and The Book People. Then we have a farewell lunch.

El Meson is my favourite new restaurant discovery. It is on South Lamar next to the Horseshoe Lounge and, while it doesn’t have the trendiness and atmosphere of Guero’s, the food is brilliant. The appetizer Flautas De Carne is delicious and the main meals are interesting and tasty. The serves are just right – unlike many other places here that pile your plate with so much food you have no hope of eating all of it.

This afternoon, after I drop Rob and Jenny to the airport, I spend some serious time at the pool. The weather is heating up and the slight cool edge is off the top of the water making it very pleasant. Swim, sit and read, swim, sit and read, sleep, swim seems to be the pattern. I have reintroduced the siesta into my daily regimen and I think this is a good thing.

Visited Waterloo Records for in store for Sarah Jarosz – a future star for sure. Sporting a top hat with candles in it a la Alice In Wonderland, she played guitar and banjo with a bassist and drummer. Her album Follow Me Down sports a fine cover of Dylan’s ‘Ring Them Bells.’

It is impossible to visit Waterloo, which must be one of the world’s great indie stores but they do not have the one album I am looking for on this trip: the Willis Alan Ramsey album from the ’70s, his one and only. Book People across Lamar is similarly enticing and, on Rob’s recommendation, I purchase They Came To Nashville by Marshall Chapman, herself a singer songwriter.

It is 92F and muggy but bearable. I pay $15 for two bottles of reasonably wine at Wholefoods – across the road from Waterloo – and then I have to pay $13 for a corkscrew! There is something wrong there. 6-packs of Lone Star beer are $5.99!

The evening finishes as usual on Mondays with Dale Watson at The Continental Club.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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