Cowboy Mouth At Wildflower Festival 2013–Disconnected
Tonight was a great night to be in Richardson, Texas as the Wildflower Festival with NOLA band Cowboy Mouth playing on the Metro PCS stage. The show was great–save for a continual microphone issue for the lead guitar player which set their timing back and ultimately meant they didn’t play my favorite Cowboy Mouth song, Disconnected.
But did my daughters Chandler, 16, and Reagan, 13, and I have a great time!
From watching several weeks of YouTube videos of Cowboy Mouth, I knew the “sweet spot” to stand and watch the show and catch flying drumsticks was on the right/center side of the stage. And lo and behold, Reagan and Chandler watched another 10 feet to the right of me and guess what. Reagan got a Fred LeBlanc drumstick.
Cowboy Mouth Fred LeBlanc autographed drumstick.
Because Wylie ISD Communications Director Ian Halperin was up front taking his usual great pics, after the show I was able to gather up a collection of red spoons thrown at the stage for the band’s perennial favorite Everybody Loves Jill.
So Cowboy Mouth began pretty much at 7:30 p.m. sharp. The show was high energy. Great stuff. It’s 11:46 p.m. and my ears are going to be still ringing in the morning. But as they tried to do a couple of songs with the lead guitarist singing, like Everybody Loves Jill, they twice had to start over because his mic kept shorting out. That slowed things down and put them over on time.
And so the show ended. It ended WITHOUT them playing Disconnected, the one song I have played religiously over the past six or seven years. I felt cheated. While I was talking to Ian, Reagan kept tugging on my arm and saying she was hungry. And so, after having spent $60 to get three of us in for the night, and having spent $11 on a super corndog and a cup of lemonade, and after learning that I was then driving them from Dallas after taking DART from Galatyn Park to Mockingbird all the way to their mother’s for the night, we decided that was it for the night. No Spin Doctors for me. Plus, since Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong was big before even Chandler was born, I didn’t get much interest in sticking around to hear it.
And so we walked out. Reagan with her Fred LeBlanc drumstick. Reagan wanting some pizza. And me repeating, I can’t believe they didn’t play Disconnected.
And so as we walked past the fencing back toward back stage of the Metro PCS stage toward the DART rail station, there stood Fred LeBlanc on the cell phone. He’d already changed clothes. And as we got toward him (he’d hung up the phone) I asked if he had a Sharpie so he could autograph Reagan’s drumstick. He was impressed that she’d gotten one. And out came the Sharpie.
As he was signing Reagan’s drumstick I asked “Why no Disconnected?!” He looked up and said, “Well, you heard we had some technical difficulties. We just ran out of time.”
I got some good questions in.
How long have you been at this? “Twenty-three years.”
Are you thinking about … any time soon? “Hell no! We just signed a new recording contract.”
Fred-LeBlanc at Wildflower Festival 2013 with Chandler and Reagan Claxton.
How old’s your son that you mentioned? “A year and a half.” Do you get to see him much? “Oh yes.”
Where are you off to next? “Austin! Short weekend.” (Yes, I’ve been thinking about going down for the show tomorrow so I can see them maybe do Disconnected!)
Then he was kind enough to do a picture with Reagan and Chandler. And of course, he gave Reagan her autographed drumstick.
How about all that? So if they’d played Disconnected, we probably wouldn’t have been as draggy to get out of there. Might not have stayed behind and talked with Ian. And might have missed as special a part of the evening as seeing the entire show–Meeting the voice and man behind it all. Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it?
During the show, Fred pointed out they’ve played Wildflower Festival more than any other band. He kept talking about being back next year. Hopefully Disconnected won’t be at the end of the play list –better yet, maybe they could start off and then close with it just to keep things in the universe in balance.
There are two more days and nights left of Wildflower 2013. We also left before Charlie Daniels played tonight. But my guess is he just finished playing and that drive to drop off the girls wore me out…..