Poopin’ on a stick – part II

Any how……….. my veteran buddy told me about this guy who was playing at their place (Blues Backyard BBQ) that if you closed your eyes, you would swear Johnny Cash was on stage singing…. yea, yea, Jim – sure…….we had a couple more drinks, paid our tab and headed back for the apartment /condo — made a drink when we got there and was relaxin’ from poopin’ on a stick. I could not get out of my head what Jim had said about this guy sounding like Johnny Cash. Me and Jim are cut from the same bolt of cloth so I figured he knew ‘good’ music…… so I finally told my Queen – ” I want to go check this guy out”. We finished our drinks and headed back out to the bus and again for Blues. Got there and got saddled up to the bar while ‘the guy’ started setting up on the backyard stage….. I got me another Turkey sammich….. did I tell you about my new favorite sammich ??? Smoked turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and drizzled with ranch dressing…. OMG…… tie me to an ant hill and smother my ears in jelly~!! My goodness that is some kind of good sammich right there………!!! MMmmMMMmm…. Anyhow…. I finished my sammich and was smokin’ a cigarette, listening to ‘the dude’ now playing music. Just one guy and an amplified box guitar. Good tone and all – nice selection of music… I was enjoying it. Standing in the shadows, away from the bar (us nasty smokers get banished away from the crowds even at fun spots like Blues) enjoying the last of my smoke – and became aware there was a slight pause in the music when I suddenly heard the undeniable beginnings of Folsom Prison Blues. I enjoyed the young man’s effort that he put in for the guitar intro into the song and waited anxiously for the words to begin………………..

That young man finally started singing, and if I’m lying, I’m dying — I almost came out of my flip flops spinning around to make sure that Johnny Cash had not re-incarnated and walked out onstage. I literally got goose bumps listening to him sing. – wow – I always used to think I did a fairly good rendition of Mr. Cash — hush my mouth…… I couldn’t touch this guy with a flame thrower….. Pretty sure my cigarette dropped out of my mouth as I stood and listened to this ‘kid’ belt out an absolutely perfect version of Johnny Cash………….. at the end of the song, the crowd there at Blues erupted in a very appreciative applause…… The singer (I hate myself that I have already forgot his name) launched right into another song [different artist] and kept right on singing.

For the rest of the evening, I listen carefully for each Johnny Cash song, that he remarkably knocked out of the park each time. During his break, I walked up, tipped him generously for a job very well done and asked him if he knew Ghost Riders in the Sky ? He said he knew the song, but not the words…… because I understand what it takes to put on a show [with “help”] – and the fact I was about half hammered at that point – I resisted the urge to offer to sing it for him if he played the music…….. maybe the next time  😉  I will find out this young man’s name and if any of you are visiting on his next tour through Blues, we’ll make sure you get to hear this kid…… I’m tellin’ ya – it’s freaky….. he goes from sounding kinda like John Denver – flipping a switch – to Johnny Cash and then back…… if you like Johnny Cash….. you’ll definitely want to listen to this guy~!! (Plus the bar is just plain ole fun~!!!)

No pictures tonight because: 1) I didn’t take any new ones and 2) internet is running at Glacier speed and I don’t want to sit up til midnight (my time or yours) loading it…….

Thankx for stopping in……….. Good night ya’ll~!!

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

3 thoughts on “Poopin’ on a stick – part II”

  1. Who was the guy at GE, or the other name, not even sure what it is,,anyway, who was the guy you worked with at the BIG HOUSE,,as Chop called it, that was in the movie? Just thought might. Know him or heard Chop talk about him,,,Enjoying your adventures and pictures,,,so glad have a new neighbor,,,she was s a neighbor to me for many years, maybe until she married, she let me know, so if I needed anything, she would be here, she is like one if my kids, she ran away from home one time, brought her homework and came to our house, I called her mom, told her she was at our house, and would make sure she got home before dark,,,so funny, we reviewed spelling words etc, and finally, she guessed she better go home,! Love having her where I can visit, etc when warms up, thanks for giving me good friend so close,

  2. Hi Vera : )
    I doubt seriously you or Chop would have known this guy… he only started working in “Sheet” about a year before I left. His name is Charlie McPherson….. heckva a nice guy. Me and him bonded really quick. One of the few good guys in the building….. Great show though (12 Strong) if you get a chance to watch it.
    I’m happy you like having Debbie for a neighbor. We feel real good about her being there. We had no intention of renting the house out, but when she reached out to me – I couldn’t say no. Her Dad and I were really good friends and I knew Helen really well also. Plus I knew Debbie all through school even though she was older than me. We have been getting a lot of showings for the house, so not sure how much longer you’ll have her as a neighbor – I would hate to have to have her leave that quick, but the house is a real drain on us and we really want to get it out of our hair……
    Glad you continue to enjoy the blog. I heard you got more snow today….. Sorry to hear that, it was 85º all day here… no humidity..really nice.
    Take care,

    1. Thanks, a Bill, not sure know the guy, although last name sounded familiar, nice to know some nice guys, right? And women? While Chop was shift leader, they a new employee,,,a woman, ( first for their group). Said he told guys kinda watch their langue, as new employee female,,,he found out real quick she could out curse, or whatever any of the guys,,,,,,,,,missing that Chop,,,6 years ago the 20th he left me,,,,to me, he was one of the really good guys too,,,he never turned anyone away from fishing in lake,,,if they left any mess,,,they couldn’t come back,,,he was criticized about one guy he let fish who had been in trouble, Chop said,,he paid his dues has done nothing to me,,,that was the Chop I loved , he was fair man,,,, everybody was the same unless they proved him wrong, he was honest man, and thought everyone else was to,,(I did the car trading), he was with me, he thought when they said best price,,, they meant it,,haha)…,a hard working man,,,saw him stop combine, crawl under sleep 2-3 hrs, get back on, and later, go to GE,,sorry, rambeling again, been a hard week,,, keep stuff coming, You are educating me,,,thanks. Storms, lots of flooding, gonna be lake aside again, soon I think.. Vera

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