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My name is David Stone. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a 30-something single white male. I am an Orthodox Christian and am a member of an English-language parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).

Saturday, April 21, 2007


It's Springtime in Houston and that can only mean one thing...it's time for festivals...lots of them.

The final two weekends of April host an impressive array of festivals across the city. Some of the required festivals on my list include: the Crawfish Festival in Spring, the International Festival and the Mediterranean Festival.

The Crawfish Festival always offers an impressive music lineup. Last night I went there to see the triple-bill of the dedringers, Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

I made it to the festival a few songs into the dedringers set. This was the first time I had seen them with a full band which added a new dimension to their sound. They played a good set but unfortunately there were some sound issues. Two of the three musical stages at the Crawfish Festival had been placed a little to close to each other and there was a lot of "bleed-over" from the nearby stage which always seemed to be featuring a particularly LOUD band. Still the guys valiantly played on and the numbers and appreciation of the crowd increased throughout the set. They played a number of songs including: "Dr. Jennings", "Heart of Gold", "Sweetheart of the Neighborhood", "I ain't Bad", "The Institution" and a cover of the early Townes Van Zandt song "Black Jack Mama".

Next up was Hayes Carll and the Gulf Coast Orchestra. This was the first time I had been able to see Hayes play the Crawfish festival which is always a home-coming of sorts for him. He related how he had grown up a few miles down the road and that during his teenage years he and his buddies would hang outside the festival gates and try and score beer. Hayes and the band put on a great show and played a number of songs from his first two cds as well as a few new songs. There were a few times during his set when you could hear a train siren from the nearby railroad as he was performing which was oddly fitting.

Finally...after much beer and funnel cake...Ray Wylie Hubbard took the stage. Ray was in his element and played a great set. He played a number of songs from throughout his career including: "Last Train to Amsterdam", "Conversation with the Devil", "Live and Die Rock and Roll", "Choctaw Bingo", "Screw You We're From Texas", "Name Droppin'" the obligatory "Red Neck Mother", and nearly all of his "animal" songs including: "Snake Farm", "Rabbit", and "Pole Cat".

I also couldn't help but notice that the local law enforcement seemed to be fans of Hayes and especially Ray's songs. : )



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