Book Barn and Bum Steer

I performed twice this week in two completely different venues.  I received a call from my dear friend Brian Taraz (aka NAHuM) telling me about a local blues band wanting to start an “early” (5PM) open mic/ jam session at the “Bum Steer”- a local bar/restaurant in Tucson.  The Bum Steer has a rough reputation.  It had been closed down years ago after a shooting.  But its new owner wants to change its image (and escape the past).  That’s going to be difficult.  But I checked out the blues band, The Bryan Dean Trio, on their My-space page.  The samples there blew me away!  Bryan Dean is good!  So I sent him an email and he responded encouraging me to play as well.  Here is a photo of me and Bryan Dean and another of me performing at the Bum Steer.  I may go play there again one day, but I’ll take an electric guitar so I can “jam” with the Bryan Dean Trio.  Please check out their website.  I bought their recent CD “Pink Elephant” and it’s a joy.


bumsteer1My bride Deb is with the Friends of the Pima County Library and they are currently running one of their famous used book sales at the “Book Barn” – their warehouse near Campbell Ave and Grant Road.  Thursday night was “members” night and they wanted to find someone to entertain the shopping members.  Guess who got volunteered.bookbarn1

Well It’s a good thing because it was relaxed and relatively quiet so although there was no PA, everyone seemed to hear me just fine.  Perhaps after I produce my next “secular” CD, I will perform there again and sell some merchandise.  I’m going to ask my buddies at the TKMA (Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association) if any of them would like to be next.


Darrell Rodgers                                             
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

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