Back in December I was really looking forward to the first week in January because Layne Yost was going to be playing at the James Sheeley House just down the street from my house. But with the closing of the Sheeley that show never came to happen. When I was checking Facebook this week looking for a way to aleave our house bound stir craziness for the weekend, I found that Layne was playing at The Vine, a new wine bar in Eau Claire. We had to go! And the music? Well worth the trip!
I was in St. Paul, at the office, when the email came into my laptop. It was from Kyle who lives down the street from me. "Hey" he said, "I realize this is really short notice but we are having a house show, a couple of bands in our living room", hmmm, this could be interesting. Then he went on to say "I thought maybe I would open up for them. Love for you to make it." Kyle has six pianos in his house, whatta ya know my schedule just opened up. This wasn't a show I was going to miss.
I am in the big city once again tonight. This night, I had a desire to hear some music after a long, long day. It was a three hour and twenty minute drive to St. Paul this morning through copious amounts of snow and drifting and ice and all the stuff that seems to make up the normal Wisconsin-Minnesota winter. That drive set the mood for the day and by quitting time was in need of some musical relaxation. I caught a repeat show for me, some bluegrass courtesy of The Dead Pigeons at a local taproom.