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Still rambling after all eight years

posted Feb 25, 2019, 11:07 AM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 11:09 AM ]
On Friday night, without a gig of my own I was happy to enjoy a night off in Lancaster. It’s pleases me to be a part of the thriving Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. For more than six hours on Friday, I volunteered at the front door of Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, checking wristbands and lanyards of people coming in and selling single-venue one-night admission to those who hadn’t purchased tickets in advance. My reward for volunteering was immediate: hearing the three talented acts playing inside, pumped over the house P.A. system: Hoss and Friends, Nina De Vitry, and Harrisburg’s incredible funky jam band Yam Yam.

Dear to my heart is what I got to experience on Saturday afternoon at the SugarTank. The festival brought The Mississippi Juke Ambassadors into town, and it turned out that two of the performers were people I jammed with eight years ago. Heather Crosse was on bass at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, when I took the stage to sing “Sinner’s Prayer” on April 14, 2011. Six days later, I showed up at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, to find out that the recording session to which I’d been invited also included Anthony “Big A” Sherrod on guitar and vocals. Both Heather and Big A played and sang during the Mississippi Juke Ambassadors set on Saturday afternoon, and I got to chat with them and take some selfies. They have no idea how much those experiences eight years ago changed me.

For the rest of the weekend, I headed out of Lancaster County twice: first for a Saturday night gig with AM Radio Tribute Band at Tom N Jerry’s in Delaware County, and then again on Sunday afternoon for an appearance with The Flamin’ Caucasians at Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar in Montgomery County. See, I’m still driving around and playing music eight years after the Southern road trip that changed my life!