Heat, Humidity, and Hand Grenades

July 3, 2016



I write this sat in a hostel in Memphis, home of the Blues. It’s 31 centigrade outside but the heat is a welcome change from the weather in London. Memphis is the second stop on my tour of USA and Canada, I have just left New Orleans, and a little piece of my heart lies there still. New Orleans is a city that sucks you in like a swamp, and it can be hard to leave. I played two gigs in the city, one at a cool little coffeehouse called ‘Neutral Ground’ and the other at ‘Bar Redux’ a dive bar on the edge of the French Quarter. The gig at the Neutral Ground  was quite a laid back affair, but I liked the hippy vibe of the place. There was also no alcohol at the bar so just lots of iced coffee to combat the heat. I had a day off before my next gig, so foolishly decided to go for a ‘few’ drinks with some Australian guys that I’d met in the hostel. We ended up in the notorious ‘Bourbon Street’ a frankly seedy mile long street full of strip joints, bars, and home to the famous ‘hand grenade’. This is New Orleans strongest drink, made from 10 different shots to a secrets recipe. One of these monsters is usually enough to guarantee a ‘good night’ but we stupidly decided to have two. The night was a complete blur, I still don’t remember most of it, but safe to say when it came time to play the next day I was still a complete mess.


The gig it’s self was a bit of a struggle but I just about pulled it off. I had support from a local blues band that helped and had some great pictures taken by local photographer Rick Moore. It was then time for an early start the next day and an 8 hour bus ride to Memphis were I’m due to play in another coffee house called Java Cabana. As I’ve been traveling I’ve also been filming a Vlog of the tour with some live footage from my gigs. So expect to see that on my YouTube channel a couple of weeks after I get back to the U.K.

In other news I was lucky enough to have my song ‘Rambling Man’ featured on the cover mount CD for this months ‘The Blues Magazine’. This will be the third time I’ve had a song in the magazine, and the editor liked my music enough to feature a full page spotlight on me, which will be great for giving the song some well deserved exposure.



Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

New album 'The Devil Beside Me' out now

July 9, 2019

Please reload

Recent Posts

October 1, 2019

January 3, 2019

Please reload