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Arlington, 2008- The Show

Arlington, 2008- The Show

This past weeks show was like a segment right out of the Twilight Zone- we saw things we knew we'd see and then some things that were quite the surprise. Lee and I always try to predict how a show will go before we actually get there, but after this year's Arlington show, I threw our crystal ball up against a "mule crossing" sign at about 75 mph. So, it's off to the races for us- here's what had happened.....

  • Photo 1.- This is our friend Smiley, from California. He plays a lot of golf and will wear a pair of shorts in 30 degree weather. The reason he smiling in this picture is we gave him this '66 Esquire as a gesture of our friendship, but billed his company about 11 grand for the T-shirt. I wonder if he'll still be smiling when he gets back to the office and see that particular piece of paper. Cotton is expensive these days.
  • Photo 2.- This is James Trammell and he's holding the Gibson EB-0 that was used by Mike Jordan, bassist for the Conway Twitty band from about 1975 to the mid- 80's. The reason I thought this was a cool bass is, it has a connection to Conway and it made me remember a night when I was about five years old. We were at the dinner table and I remember asking my parents what Mr. Twitty was talking about when he sang about getting "behind closed doors" and some lady letting her hair hang down? If I recall correctly, my Mom said that he was talking about him and that lady wrestling and to eat my peas.....
  • Photo 3.- The lady on the far right is Mama Sassy and the one in the middle is Baby Sassy. Daddy Sassy is Scott Robbins and he, along with his wife Monique own G- Brats Guitars, located in the great state of Texas. Lee and I love us some Sassy Family, but we're keeping our eye on that guy on the left. He's Baby Sassy's new boyfriend Mike and we think he would make a great candidate to load and unload the G- Brats trailer at these shows. When he's not being forced into manual labor, I think he said something about being an architect and that just goes to prove that even though you have a college degree and a winning smile, you're never too good to carry a couple of guitar cases.
  • Photo 4.- Three 60's Jazz basses from a collection in Tennessee; a Burgundy Mist, Candy Apple Red Stacker and a matching headstock Seafoam Green. I could have robbed the 1st Bank of Texas and not had enough money to buy the set, so I equated them to three naked women sitting on a table. They're great to look at and have nice curves, but if you touch any of them, you might get slapped. Ah, eye candy......
  • Photo 5.- I found it interesting that of all the basses at the show, this gentleman would settle on a Japanese Fender Swinger bass. He took about 5 year's worth of life off the cowboy chord frets and then just walked off into the sunset. Before leaving the booth, I did hear him ask how much the bass was and then burst out laughing- I can only assume that the bass was rare.....
  • Photo 6. Here's Ann Wilson of Heart, doing her best Paris Hilton pose and yes, we were on a red carpet. The guy on the right is her manager, Red and he was talking to the booking agent concerning her latest North American solo tour. The conversation we overheard went something like; "No, Nancy won't be there" and "No she will not be playing Barracuda" and "Yes, it says in the rider that Ms. Wilson will require four young Egyptian men to carry her royal platform onstage". We also hear that when Ann's current tour is over, Red will be masterminding the Britney Spears comeback tour of 2009...
  • Photo 7.- "Whadaya yellin' at me for- this is a guitar show, right"?

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