Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Champ

One of the true pleasures of my career with The Bluerunners, was once sharing the bill with the great Champion Jack Dupree'. I think it was 1991, and he was making his first stateside tour in quite some time. He had been living in Europe for many years, so this tour was a big deal for his fans. This particular show was in Washington, D.C. at the Wolftrap amphitheater. We were just one of several bands on the bill, but make no mistake, Champion Jack was the star of the show. He took the stage alone with a grand piano. He was the most dignified man I had ever seen. He proceeded to rip the roof off the place playing Let The Good Times Roll no less than three times in his short, 30 minute set. Admittedly, that was kinda weird, but he was holding court, and playing whatever he felt like. I know one thing, nobody complained.
So, before you put the Perry Como Christmas album on, rock out with Champion Jack for a little while. Happy Holidays to all from The Daily Meaux!

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