Saturday, November 19, 2005

Johnny and Edgar Winters "Still Alive and Well Homecoming Benefit"


On November 17th 2005 I traveled with '3 Blind Mice' to Beaumont, Texas to play as the opening act for Johnny and Edgar Winters "Still Alive and Well Homecoming Benefit" . It was a benefit for the victims of the Hurricane Rita. It was also a presentation to the Winter brothers with a key to the City of Beaumont and a set of 2 stepping stones to be placed in Ford Park commemorating the fact that they were born and raised there.

'3 Blind Mice' performed songs including 'Listen to the Music' 'Get Back" and Don't be Cruel' . The crowds response to the bands performance was very good from the very first song with the applause steadily increasing after each song. Next the band did 'Born on the Bayou' on which I played a Harmonica Solo. The crowd had a very positive reaction, cheering me on as I played the song. All of this is quite an honor to me and the band. To realize that out of all of the bands in the U.S. to be picked for such a historic event is overwhelming to me. I take the liberty for the band to say thanks to everyone involved in making this possible. It certainly goes down as being one of the highlights for me as a musician. Later backstage, several people commented on how good the band was, especially the singers.

The show was absolutely fantastic with Johnny Winter coming out first with his band playing songs off of his new CD. Toward the end of his performance Edgar came out with his saxophone playing along side his brother trading licks on the guitar and sax. After this the presentation was held, both of the brothers were very moved by the honor the City of Beaumont was placing upon them.

Next Edgar came out to finish off the show with a fabulous performance by himself and every member of his band. His guitarist played the most incredible solo I have ever witnessed at a live show. The bassist and the drummer also performed excellent solos. The band ended the show with 'Free Ride' and "Frankenstein" with Edgar playing both keyboards and percussion.

Maybe a video of the performance will become available in the future.

Also thanks to Clear Channel's Joey Armstrong for all of his help.

Steven Smith - Guitar and Harmonica

see backstage pass

see local newspaper articles

3 Blind Mice are:
Peter Duffield - Guitar and Vocals
Armand Kahn - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Ken Herrington - Lead Guitar
Scott Randall - Drums and Percussion

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