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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JUL 31 Blogger Rod Dreher is offering excerpts, as he often does, from a blog he's found interesting. This time, the subject of his interest is the ubiquitous Facebook, but it's a creepy view of the social media format, and how predators can use it.
JUL 31 Here's a fun post on the Movoto blog about Louisiana stereotypes. These 10 are accurate, the blog posits, and it's really not wrong. Most of them are pretty positive - as opposed to other stereotypes about us, which also aren't all wrong.
JUL 31 Columnist Jim Beam is writing about our veterans, who may be wondering if someone has forgotten about them. It's time to quit the political yammering and fix the VA, Beam says. Veterans didn't wait to volunteer, and they shouldn't have to wait for decent care, he says.
JUL 31 State Treasurer John Kennedy, who also sits on the board that oversees State Police retirement, continues his push to have the so-called Edmonson amendment investigated, blogger Tom Aswell reports here. The director of that retirement system says an investigation is coming, but he's waiting on lawyers to tell him what to do.
JUL 31 Here's a post on DIG Baton Rouge about the so-called fairness ordinance up for consideration before the city's Metro Council. Last week the council deferred action, but that's not the news, writes Nick BeJeaux: It's the people who support the law aimed at protecting gay folk from discrimination, he says. One of them is a reverend who was ashamed of how he sounded on tapes of a radio show. He said some are trying to discriminate using "a cloak of Christianity" and he doesn't want to participate in that.
JUL 31 A federal appeals court struck down a Mississippi law that mirrors the law Louisiana (and Texas before it) passed, attempting to outlaw abortions by requiring physicians to have hospital privileges. It's complicated, and our mainstream media have not been doing a good job of reporting on it, so here's blogger Lamar White Jr.'s analysis to give you some better information.
JUL 31 Given the controversy, and the fact that the guy in question has vowed not to take the money, some people are talking about repealing the so-called "Edmonson amendment," blogger CB Forgotston says. But that's not a good idea, he says, whether you're trying to sweep something under the rug or just honestly think it's the right thing to do.
JUL 31 Well, here's one more story about us that nobody's going to be hanging on their refrigerator. David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report posts this commentary on the Washington Post about Lenar Whitney, a candidate in the 6th District Congressional race. He calls her "the most frightening candidate I’ve met in seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls."
JUL 31 Here's the transcript of the weekly Bayou Buzz radio show. This week, bloggers Stephen Sabludowsky and Jeff Crouere are discussing Neil Riser and the Edmonson amendment, Bobby Jindal's "over reach" on Common Core, and Vance McAllister.
JUL 30 This post on the SNAP (Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests) calls on the Diocese of Lafayette and Bishop Michael Jarrell to immediately remove a local priest from his post due to accusations that he has abused children. The story was brought to light by the first part of a Minnesota Public Radio piece on pedophile priests in Louisiana.
JUL 30 "Pranksters" have taken over Ray Nagin's website, the Picayune reports here. Nagin once used the site to hawk his book, but lost the name to some non-fans at some point, Andy Grimm reports. The posts include items predicting a less-than-joyful time in the pokey and an offer to sell the site to raise money.
JUL 30 Blogger CB Forgotston gives us the latest on the Edmonson Amendment - and the latest is that Jindal darling Neil Riser not only knew about the amendment which he previously denied all knowledge of, he sponsored the doggone thing. Worst of all, Gentleman Neil tried to throw his own staffer under the bus for it. Gotta love that guy!
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