Oh what a night
Mon Jul 7 07:31:21 EDT 1997
The Tampa Bay area suffered from a nearly non-existent 4th of July weekend.
Heavy rains canceled many outdoor concerts and fireworks displays and
postponed others, only to be canceled again the following day. I was
scheduled to play at Skipper's Smokehouse, an outdoor venue, last night
starting at 5 P.M. It rained all morning, and predictions were grim for
the evening. But at about 4 P.M., after almost 4 days of rain-outs, the
clouds parted and the sun peeked through. A crowd of about 200 die-hards
ignored the forecasts, and our show went off without a hitch, or a drop of
We dedicated the night to the memory of Johnny Copeland who had played at
the same venue with us last June.
During the first set, we spotted a familiar face in the audience, and
during our first break we talked him into joining us on stage. So for a
few songs in the middle of our second set we became Jimmy Thackery and the
A wonderful time was had by all, and by 10 P.M. the van was packed and I
was on the road. I think I could get used to these early start times.
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