Fred: Here are a couple of pictures I found on an old hard drive featuring a woman who used to pop up at festivals around South Louisiana, jump onstage, and rock with us who called herself "Lady Tambourine." She was ALWAYS a great performer and a lot of fun! And let me tell ya, you don’t think that the tambourine would be an instrument to display any sort of virtuosity on… but she was born to play that thing!
She was a total ham onstage (which, of course, made her and I kindred spirits) and always got me to up my playing game anytime she was around. I believe she told me once that she was from Baton Rouge, and obviously grew up playing gospel tambourine. I have a vague memory of her showing up onstage at the Varsity in BR and playing with us… I’ve forgotten so much more than I can remember…
Unfortunately, we never really got the chance to talk or get to know each other. She’d show up unannounced and disappear like the wind after we finished playing. Over time, she stopped coming to the shows and life moved on. I had totally forgotten about playing with her until these pics popped up. I remember her always being game for a furious, sweaty rock 'n' roll adventure with me and the band. And she NEVER disappointed.
Wherever she is, I hope she’s happy and wish her well. She sure did make me smile.
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