After seeing Lair Morgan, Matt Ramsey and Trevor Rosen at Tequila Reef, I met up with Karsten and told him John Rich (from Big & Rich — he’s the short one in the dark hat) was in On The Rocks, so we popped in there to get a beer and to check out that scene. I happened to end up standing at the bar shoulder-to-shoulder with John Rich, waiting to order a beer, and he let me order my drink first. Very gentlemanly. 😉
A band called Tennessee Trailer Choir started playing, and John Rich and Karsten and I and half the bar ended up standing around the front of the stage because this band was so amazingly good. They played a cover of “Free Fallin'” that was wonderful, and a cover of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with an old-school hip hop break in the middle where some guy who was in the audience jumped up on one of the speakers and was given a microphone to rap along with the break.
But when they finished that song, it was after 11, and I was about to turn into a pumpkin. So we headed for home, agreeing that we hoped this was just a taste of what we’ll be able to do on a regular basis someday not too far in the future: hang out ’til late listening to great music, surrounded by colorful people, having a wonderful time.