You're killin' me, Saint Louis music venues! Perhaps you could take it down a few rungs on the "cool things to do" ladder -- I'm pretty sure we're working past that one you're not supposed to go above.
Last week I travelled to Nashville to cover Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' show at Bridgestone Arena.
A stop at the "Bluegrass Shack" with a mention of the name John Prine elicited a distinctive response from Earl, who sat behind the counter: “He's a legend.” With that thought in mind, Prine fans, including plenty of St. Louis singer-songwriters and KDHX DJs, filled the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Friday night.
Before the picks, I'm sorry to pass along the just-heard news that Springfield, Missouri musical treasure Lou Whitney -- who has given fans decades of pleasure with both his playing in the Morells, the Symptoms, and the Skeletons (for starters) and his producing -- is having significant health issues.
Eight bands from St. Louis paid tribute to one of the grand masters of songwriting on Saturday night at Off Broadway. And they all did Leonard Cohen's poetry proud.