Played an enjoyable music gig today

@TheHorse (117808)
Walnut Creek, California
October 25, 2015 11:15pm CST
I was out of town today, playing a music gig in Byron CA for their annual Chili Cook Off and town fundraiser. We did mostly straight traditional Country music by the likes of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Strait, etc. I played mostly mandolin today, but I'll attach a picture of my guitar anyway, as it's the instrument I'm most comfortable with. I only sang lead on a couple of songs: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (a morality tale, sort of) and Paradise, the latter of which is more or less my "theme song." I always do that one. I wasn't sure when I got there, but it turned out to be a "paying gig." They actually paid the four of us pretty well. We donated $100 of our earnings back to the community fund. The tri-tip was delicious, and I fell in love with one of the chilis, so it was a good day from an eating standpoint as well.
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@LadyDuck (311910)
• Switzerland
26 Oct 15
Your guitar is beautiful and I believe is the best instrument to play country music. The tri-tip is a cut we do not have here in Europe and I miss it badly.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
How come they don't have it in Europe? I'm not sure where it comes from on the cow, but it's nicely marbled and flavorful. Thanks--I do love that guitar. It's Collings OM-1, my only "fancy" (expensive) guitar right now.
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@LadyDuck (311910)
• Switzerland
27 Oct 15
@TheHorse The cuts of the meats are very different from country to country. As I am a curious cook, I have a book with the drawing of meat cuts around the world. The United states cut their cows differently, but in Europe there is not a State that cuts like another. I miss some very tasty pieces I found in France but I cannot find in Italy and Switzerland.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Oct 15
@LadyDuck Oh, that's really interesting. I hadn't realized that different countries cut their cows differently, much less that different European countries did it differently from each other. Thanks for the info. I'll see if I can tell next time I'm in Europe.
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@just4him (227052)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Oct 15
Sounds like you had a good time at the fundraiser. I haven't had a bad chili yet, or maybe I put that memory in limbo so I wouldn't remember it. It's the season for chili.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
I like the "classic" ones, with beef (not turkey), lots of onions, and a rich tomato taste.
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@just4him (227052)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Oct 15
@TheHorse Those are the best kind. Being from Wisconsin, we also put noodles in it. I didn't know it was a Wisconsin thing until I left home.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Oct 15
@just4him The humanity! I don't want noodles in my chili. That makes it...spaghetti!
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@allknowing (86817)
• India
27 Oct 15
What is the name of your singing group. Are you on youtube? May be you could gived us a link
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Oct 15
That group is called Durt Cheap. I don't think we're on Youtube. There's some stuff somewhere in the cloud from me and their friends. The other band is still deciding on a name. I think we're the Diablo Rhythm Wranglers right now.
@allknowing (86817)
• India
28 Oct 15
@TheHorse You have a nice name. There is so much music and singing on youtube. Surely you will be there one day.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Oct 15
@allknowing I thought it would be fun to post some stuff to Youtube. But we just haven't gotten around to it.
• United States
26 Oct 15
'n ya didn't e'en invite me to tag 'long - promise i'd not sung a single note! what a nice surprise to get paid fer such 'n most generous 'f y'all to donate back to those kind folks. i miss those kinda gatherin's.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
It's a really small town out in the fields. Kind if reminds me of the small towns I drive through in Montana. I walked along the railroad tracks that go through town before we played just because I could.
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• United States
26 Oct 15
@TheHorse dang it! yer surely prone to jest rubbin' that sorta thingy in, aint'cha?? i adore towns like that. one'f my fav's to visit is roarin' springs texas. 'tis a one horse town 's in there's one street. a general store, cafe 'n a couple shops line it. great folks 'n mercy can they e'er throw a feed! ya ought'a go see 'em in august fer their annual rodeo. they got train tracks, depot 'n hot springs that quanah parker used to hide'is crew at. smart fella!
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Oct 15
@crazyhorseladycx And now, here I am, back in slightly "trashy" East Bay suburbia.
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@BelleStarr (55710)
• United States
26 Oct 15
Sounds wonderful and you obviously are multi-talented. I am a chili fan I have to admit.
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
I['m multi-talented when it comes to eating. I love all of the Asian food we have here in CA, and Mexican food too. But tri-tip and chili--it was a good day.
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
26 Oct 15
I am not musically inclined but I can appreciate a good show! Wish I could have been there. Is it warmer there than here?
• Canada
26 Oct 15
That sounds like fun. I'm glad they paid you, too. Have you ever posted your music on Youtube?
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
Some of my stuff is out there (not a lot), but I'm secretive about my true identity. If you want, I can personal message you how to find me doing a really straight folk song by John Prine with some friends.
@salonga (27820)
• Philippines
26 Oct 15
Wow! I did not know you have such talent in music! Congrats!
@TheHorse (117808)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 15
We all give it our best shot. Sometimes the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.
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• Preston, England
28 Oct 15
sounds fabulous - wish I could have been there