Tonight is Red Stick Ramblers night at the High Noon Saloon. Lola and I catch them twice in Bristol, Tennessee a little over a year ago and vow to attend any place these Louisiana boys show up locally. If that means a Monday night show in downtown Madison, so be it.
It is the bands first trip to Wisconsin and they don’t know what to expect from a weeknight show in a town that none of them have ever been before. What they get is about a hundred people and an active dance floor. The dual Cajun fiddle mastery of Linzay Young and Kevin Wimmer form the acoustic heart around which the band drifts into zydeco rhythms and south delta blues and dirt poor country melodies of the bayou.
The big world always has lots of problems, so every now and then it is perfectly proper to welcome in autumn with some live music and a couple taps of Capital Brewery Oktoberfest as a reminder that life is pretty good.