They’ve been hailed as “one of the most exciting bands to come out of Portland in a long time” by Oregon based KINK Radio. Miriam’s Well is one of those bands that floats between rock and roll and the blues without laboring either and taking just enough from each to create something unique with the raw elements. Throw in some first-rate songwriting craftiness and natural chemistry between great players and you’ve got a great a band. Hopefully, that’s how it works. It doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes you spin the wheel, with all the right elements, and you get a snooze fest. But that is not the case with Miriam’s Well, which draws from a deep well of roots, rock and independent music.
Formed by vocalist Mir German and guitarist Mark Bowden, Miriam’s Well is filled out by Sam Howard on bass, Dave Fleschner on organ, Cheo Larcombe on drums and ex-Lafayette songwriter, pianist and rocker in exile Steve Kerin on keyboard. Yeah, that’s the same Steve Kerin who, over the last two decades, played with about every great band in Lafayette! The dude is out there still doing it.
Miriam’s Well have shared stages with Taj Mahal, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Carlene Carter, Spencer Davis, Sonny Landreth and many more. On March 15, Miriam’s Well plays the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette. Go check them out. And buy a copy of their new CD Indians and Clowns.
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APR 15 Not one to walk past a golden opportunity, Democrat John Bel Edwards says his piece in this Picayune post on the GOP's issue du jour. The hypocrisy of the GOP calling on McAllister to resign and staying silent on Vitter is so massive there's not even a word for it, Edwards says, and so he came up with his own: hypo-hypocrisy.
APR 15 Here's Grist's take on the so-called kalegate issue over in NOLA. If you've forgotten, it all started when a Dutch actress said that New Orleans is not cosmopolitan because you can't get kale there (Sister, you can get kale at the Wal-Mart in Lafayette. Where you shopping?) This post, by Heather Hansman, also gets into the larger (class/elitism) issues brought to light by this discussion.
APR 15 Here's the latest poll done on the Congressional race over in Baton Rouge that is distinguished by the presence of one of Louisiana's most famous felons, reported by LaPolitics. This poll (done by a GOP candidate in the race) says that a majority of those contacted don't want Edwards to be a Congressman. That's a reverse of another poll done a few weeks ago, but hey, poll results like Louisiana weather -- give 'em a few minutes, they'll change.
APR 15 It's always entertaining to read what white American men have to say about diversity, and this post by blogger Rod Dreher is no different. He's addressing a column by a Harvard student about the lack of meaningful diversity at that university. As expected, Dreher disagrees, and gives us a lecture on how progressives are lying to themselves (and everybody else).
APR 15 Here's the New York Times story on the McAllister (ahem) affair. Giving us the story briefly, it then focuses on the words of regular West Monroeans who were interviewed by the venerable publication. The bottom line? The hypocrisy of the GOP's contempt for McAllister and silence on Vitter is not lost on these people, and it didn't take the writer long to pick up on the racial differences of that (virtually segregated) community.
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