Fun Times In Memphis...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, March 26, 2010

Mom Joan had an operation to open up the disc in her spine which had crushed when she fell back in December. All went well...She is resting at home.

Love you mom.

So, Wednesday afternoon one of my fraternity brothers, Tim, drove down from St. Louis to spend the night. Tim's wife was back in California this week and Nancy has been on business in Louisiana this week, so the timing was perfect.

Tim lives in California mostly, but his youngest is going to prep school in St. Louis and Tim and Cece decided to rent a house for the school year to be closer to their son.

Tim is a damn good guitarist and I am going to share one of his songs this Monday on Music On The Couch

When he arrived at 4:30, we immediately headed on down to Beale Street and walked up and down the street waiting for the vibe to hit us. In a very short time it did in the form of some tasty blues guitar coming out of the Superior Bar.

We walked in, took a seat, ordered two 32oz glasses of Sam Adams, some food and settled in. What we received was 3 hours of incredible entertainment. The man on the stage played one hell of a guitar and had the voice of an old cotton field bluesman. Only he was a 30-something white guy.

He played without a break the entire time. When he completed his set, we invited him over to the table and bought him a couple of beers and talked.

His story is pretty cool and I am going to let him tell it to y'all sometime in June on Music On The Couch. he and his wife are expecting their second child in the next month and he is putting the finishing touches on his second CD. We exchanged emails and will talk.

His name is Chad Nordhoff and I will share one of the songs from his self titled 2007 CD....this is Got No Prayer

I am hopeful to get back to Beale more often and find more of these gems to share with y'all.

We then traveled across the street to one of the open bar areas where Miss Louisiana Mojo was belting the blues. As she sang she saw us both bopping to the music and she came over and of course, one of her team snapped a picture, which we then payed $10 to purchase. When we got back home I scanned it in so both Tim and I could have a copy...

We finished up at Club 152, where we caught the Grant Garland Trio Real good sounds from this trio. The lead vocalist, guitarist, Grant, can play a mean guitar and has some kind of Stevie Wonder/SRV thing going with his vocals

OH and while in Superior Bar, we also found really, we did...he was there. Both Tim and I took pictures with our cell phones, but Elvis being Elvis and him not wanted the world to know he is still alive, well he blurred all the shots...I post here to give you some idea that we were NOT THAT DRUNK..and it really was Elvis..he even sang some Karaoke!!!

We had a great time and obviously did not get into trouble, because YOU did not get a call...right? See YOU are listed in my cell phone under "Bail Money", so if we had gotten into trouble YOU would have known!

Have a fantastic weekend all...remember on Monday night, JohnH, Starrlight and Sean Coleman join me on Music On The Couch for a roundtable about the music industry, past, present and future...your calls will be welcome!

13 Of Your Sparks

  1. No, I didn't get a call for bail money - whew!

    I'll come back and listen to the tune, but I'm glad you had a great time visiting and cavorting on Beale Street. Next time? Get a better photo of Elvis, 'kay?

  2. katherine. Says:
  3. You certainly know how to find the fun and the music!

  4. DrillerAA09 Says:
  5. Nice tune. I could be persuaded to add Mr. Nordhoff to my playlist.

  6. ...boy got talent...loooooves me some acoustic blues...keep up the good work, Vin!...

  7. Travis Cody Says:
  8. That's some good stuff right there. Looking forward to Mr Nordhoff on the Couch.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. SONGBIRD: HA! We had a fantastic time indeed

    KATHERINE: I just look and there it is!

    DRILLERAA: He really impressed me

    PHFRANKIE: He totally does have some talent indeed...

    TRAVIS: And a real interesting story behind how he is where he is today

  10. Maggie Moo Says:
  11. I am glad to hear that your Mom is doing well-that does NOT sound like a fun operation, but hopefully she'll have a lot of relief after she recovers.

    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time with your friend-I'm glad you were able to have some company while Nancy was away. I might actually be able to join your show on Monday! Crossing my fingers-this one sounds like it's going to be very interesting.

  12. Unknown Says:
  13. I am very impressed with your discovery. Very good. Isn't it great when you come across someone like that and it's just so good? Have a great weekend and talk to you Monday.

  14. Ken Says:
  15. Enjoyed that song by Chad.

  16. Liz Hill Says:
  17. Superior is where I did karaoke on Beale and we did in fact see 'Elvis' lol

    So glad your mom is resting well--tell her new 'Cooking for Two' recipes are going up soon.


  18. That guys sounds awesome, Vinny. You know me, I am a sucker for Delta blues =)

  19. Coco Says:
  20. Hope Mom is feeling better. Positive vibes sent for her complete and quick recovery.

    That's some yummy blues music, Vinny. Where can we get a cd? B-man and I could listen to that sound all day long.


  21. Vinny, intend to go up to City Island over the next couple of weeks when things are bursting out all over for Spring. It's a great place for eating and looking out over the water... :)


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