to Kansas City
February 23, 2005 I made the journey to Kansas
City to see the harmonica legend Kim Wilson. Having
recently moved to Wisconsin, little did I realize
that Kansas City was roughly and eight hour drive!!
Let me just tell you thisit was worth EVERY
MILE! I had not see Kim since he was in town a
few summers ago in St. Charles at an outdoor festival.
At that time, his new album Lookin
For Trouble was just debuting. So, needless
to say I was looking forward to seeing him as
it was long overdue.
we got to Kansas City and the Grand Emporium
I couldnt believe what I was seeing. The
bar has been recently renovated and looks sort
of like an upscale Chicago or New York night
club. In my opinion I actually enjoyed the way
the club looked before with all the memorabilia
hanging on the walls of past and present performers.
Granted the club is now beautiful, just doesnt
have a very bluesy tone or feel to it. I am
actually a little concerned that maybe the club
wont stay a blues club now that its been remodeled,
but thats just speculation.
were only about 15 people in the joint when
we arrived around 8pm so that was a bit disconcerting.
By the end of the night however the place was
packed! Kim was actually playing as a soloist
on this night as a favor the friend Doug Deming
front man of the Jeweltones from Detroit. The
band was fantastic and Kim was the perfect harmonica/vocal
compliment to the ensemble.
Kim just seems to gets better as time goes by.
Talk about someone who can lay down the old
time Sonny Boy and Little Walter tunes. The
man is a genius. I actually asked him about
the old stuff and by saying man, your
pretty good at that Sonny and Walter stuff huh?
Kim said Well, you know. Yeah, Kim,
we ALL know.
was very cordial and friendly and we even got
a chance to chat about some of the ways the
world is today. I also want to add how impressed
I was personally with Doug Deming. It was actually
his 39th birthday on this night and terrific
is the only word I can think of to describe
his guitar playing. His band, the Jeweltones
are incredible also. You can learn more about
Doug and the band at www.dougdeming.com. All
in all it was a great trip, but I will have
to learn to try to stick more close to home!
Learn more about Kim and the T-birds on pollstar.com