May 13, 2009, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday night in Luckenbach is special for reasons no one has been able to explain to me. But everyone does understand that Tuesday night in Luckenbach is special. Really fine musicians and singers tend to show up then to join the circle outside the General Store to sing and play into the night.
This business of musicians sitting down in a circle and each in turn playing a selection recurs again and again down here. I have been studying that phenomenon, and I think I will have more to say about it soon.
This is the circle of musicians and singers that formed up outside the General Store on Tuesday night, May 12. The two seated women are singers. The guy in the foreground to the right in profile with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth can cover George Strait tunes so skillfully that he sounds more like George Strait than George Strait does. The guy in the extreme left foreground is a fiddler in addition to being a great guitarist. You can see his bow sticking up in the air.
Without any rehearsal this group ripped off some incredibly emotionally affecting songs. I have paid $80.00 per ticket for some shows that I enjoyed far, far less than I did this one. I spent $2.00 American grand total here for two cokes.