Spartanburg, 2009 The Show
You gotta love these Southern shows- everybody walks around drinking sweet tea and saying "Hello" to each other. It's always a laid- back, cool kind of vibe and we generally haul a whole mess of guitars out of these semi- local shows but, enough squalkin', onto the show report!
Photo 1. There were only about 7 people in line until someone put a sign on the front door that said "Free Barbecue and foot massages". This is what happened after....
Photo 2 & 3. A couple of overall views of the show itself. We had a record- breaking crowd on Saturday and business was brisk. Lee and I saw everything from a '57 Goldtop to a lady carrying a Chihuahua in her pocketbook. Such is South Carolina....
Photo 4. We heard that the CEO of Gbase was going to be at the show and here he is- Mr. Joe Porcaro himself. Joe's a real sweetheart but secretly pulls double duty as a deacon at his local church and the President of the San Francisco chapter of the Hell's Angels. We call him "The Deacon on the Dyna- Wideglide" for short......
Photo 5. Guitar of the show award went to Mr. Wolfe and his 1947 Martin D-28 Herringbone. You can believe me when I say that guitar sounded every bit as good as it looked- a real testament to the old saying "they just don't make 'em like they used to".
Photo 6. Here's Mr. Victor Cabes, a man of few words that usually lets his playing do the talking for him. We've never heard a bad word spoken about Victor and that's an incredible rarity in this business. Now, it's our stated goal to catch him wearing a GrinningElk shirt under that jacket. On a side note, that's our very own "Uncle Bradley" in the background. It's nice to see he finally got that authentic Porter Wagner Western shirt in the mail. You see kids, that's what you get when you save up all those proofs of purchase and send 'em in.
Photo 7. Here's another staple of the Southern show circuit, Mr. Paul Jameson. He's a fantastic player/ songwriter and two of his songs are real stand- outs. The first one, "Shadows" is a serious tune that makes the listener take a look inside himself. It's deep in both thought and subject. The second tune is "Cross Creek Crab Crabbin' Crab Cross Creek". When we first heard this little ditty in Orlando, we thought it would be a great title to say fast five times after an hour of drinkin' white lightnin'. Believe me folks, it cannot be done and we tip our hat to Paul for coming up with one heck of a tongue twisting song title. It's wholesome fun the whole family can enjoy!