Monday, January 5, 2009


The Babblers have been lucky enough to enjoy some relatively memorable musical experiences, from an an up-close and all-night Prince jam session in Las Vegas to standing in the middle of Reunion Arena in Dallas, next to the sound guy, surrounded by thousands of fans screaming for Melissa Etheridge, at the height of her career. As we exited last night's Alejandro Escovedo benefit concert for Parkside Hill Country School, held at the Memory Lane Event Center here in Dripping Springs, we agreed it made everyone's "top 3" list.

Escovedo, backed by David Pulkingham and Charlie Sexton on guitars and vocals, Warren Hood on violin, and Brian Standefer on cello (if last night was any indication, every rock band should have a violinist and cellist), played a jam-packed set including several songs from Escovedo's raved about latest release Real Animal which author Stephen King ranked at #5 in his "Top 10 Albums of 2008" for Entertainment Weekly. Last night's chill in the air evoked a "Canadian music festival" feel, but when the band left the stage and played their final two songs standing in a circle, in the middle of the audience, the temperature wasn't the reason we had chills.