Here is the first batch of photos of my recent US road trip with Dave Carroll, Alan Lloyd and Lee Wilkinson. These are all from the first few days in Texas.
This is James Hunter
, who we saw at the House of Blues in Houston.
Here is the group with James and his new wife, who he married the week before in New Orleans.
We looked for the site of the original Duke/Peacock record label in Erastus Street, Houston. The site is now a Baptist church and there is no sign to mark its former occupant.
There is a marker, however, in Lyons Street, where the company moved to.
There is also a marker to Sam 'Lightnin'' Hopkins
in Dowland Street, once the blues centre of Houston.
We moved on to the small town of Navasota where there is a mural in Blues Alley featuring Mance Lipscomb and others.
Just outside Navasota we found the grave of Joe Tex
who came from the area.
In Austin we visited the Continental Club where one of the support acts was all girl group the Bluebonnets.
They were followed by another all girl band, Jane Lee Hooker
Stars of the show were the Blasters, with lead singer/guitarist Phil Alvin
Just outside Austin we met up for breakfast with Linda Gail Lewis
and her husband Eddie Braddock
At the Broken Spoke in Austin we saw country singer Gary P. Nunn
Here's the group in Luckenbach, Texas.
Linda Gail Lewis
at the Music and Wine festival in Gruene.
Here's one of me with Annie Marie Lewis
, Linda Gail's daughter, who sang with her at the festival.
On Sunday morning we went to Carnitas Uruapan in San Antonio where conjunto performer Santiago Jimenez
plays every week.
Also in San Antonio we caught Ruby Dee and the Snake Handlers
at Sam's Burger Joint.