Saturday, January 19, 2008

Chambana Road Trip

Every now and then a moment is just everything you want it to be. For example, leaning against the painted black eight foot two by four railing of the six steps leading up to the stage of Champaign Illinois’s old downtown porno theater now rehabbed as 'The High Dive', and being in the core of the sound bubble as James McMurtry's band plays 'Choctaw Bingo' for an appreciate packed crowd.

These days McMurtry is based out of Austin, Texas so when they drift this close to Wisconsin it is worth the four hour drive and over night stay to catch them live. Remind me to thank the parents for the Christmas money and let them know we used it to listen to a lyricist so gifted he can place the phrases 'sewer line' and 'zoned commercial' perfectly into a song about inheritance.