Fred: What a great picture! It perfectly captures us doing our thing. I really enjoy these guys because we play to each other as much as we do our audience.
This pic was taken at the Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport, Mardi Gras Weekend 2017, I think. It was the Friday before Mardi Gras day and I remember feeling like a kid at Christmastime at that show because we had a slate of gigs that weekend leading to our big Lundi Gras show on the Monday before Fat Tuesday, one of my favorite shows of the year.
In that pic we all look excited because of the MG holiday. I know I was. I really, really LOVE it.
Every New Orleanian has at least one great Mardi Gras story.
I have way too many… I tell some of them from time to time.
But just some of them…
Last year was a great Mardi Gras - lots of parades, shows, etc. I rode in the Tucks parade with my friend Kevin Hellman as king, the Lundi Gras show was nuts, Rock 'N' Bowl was fun… The next weekend we did Kansas City and St. Louis. We just kept Mardi Gras going as best we could.
Then the lockdown happened.
We’ve been very fortunate to have nothing but stellar players and people over the years who have populated the CM universe. The down time has given me a chance to really reflect both on how grateful I am to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream every night I’ve been onstage with CM as well as to appreciate everyone who has given of themselves to share the spotlight with us, for no matter how long or short a length of time. To all of those, and to each and every one of you who show up and celebrate life with us, I say a profound and sincere Thank You.