Last night, I hung out in a smokey old bar - well except for the smoke part, that behavior has been outlawed indoors, thank goodness. The Led Zeppelin covers flowed, and the audience twitched and pulsed with every chord change and guitar riff. The dog days of summer have descended upon us early this year in sleepy New York, and you take your 'cooling' where you can. Having spent the last three years in Austin, of course, it begs the comparison. Austin has the relentless triple digit heat, not quite so humid, true, but day after day in the upper 90's and 100's does something to a person’s psyche after a while. In New York we declare it a heat wave when we are going to touch 90 for three days in a row. I must say it has been a Zen challenge, in keeping it in check while the air doesn't seem to stir.
Every year it seems there are musical Texans who make their way here to the the culture Mecca of NYC; the latest being Phoebe Hunt, who is bouncing between ATX & NYC. Chris and Eleanor Masterson were up north for a while but moved back, as did Carrie Rodriguez. I suspect for the amount of time these folks spend on the road, it matters little what zip code one calls home. Carrie is heading off to Europe for August, still touring in the wake of her most recent album, Give Me All You Got. We revisit the Music Fog Marathon 2011 now, to bring you this presentation, “I Don’t Want To Play House Anymore, “ when we filmed Carrie & company at Marathon Recorders in Nashville back in 2011.