Life On (and Off) the Road with a Honky Tonk Gypsy Gal

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I Quit 

It’s the morning of Day 2 on my campaign to quit smoking. I’ve quit about 10 times, once for over two years and every time I say it’s the last. I started when I was 14 or 15 and now I’m 37. It freaks me out that I’ve been a smoker for over 20 years so I’m calling it quits. Day 1 was super easy, a hangover occupying my physical day and no alcohol consumption. I’ve never really been a daytime smoker so this afternoon should be no trouble but I plan on having a drink at our gig tonight. Willpower!!!

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Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. Last To Leave. 

Gal Holiday:

Here’s a fantastic review of our latest album by Scottish blogger, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke. Read on and make sure to pick yourself up a copy on our website at http://www.galholiday.com.

Originally posted on Blabber 'n' Smoke:

Isn’t the internet wonderful? A few months ago I happened on a video that stood out for two reasons. First was the one take approach to it as the camera panned and dollied around the band playing, nice. Second however was the band itself. A Patsy Cline like singer with an intriguing look sang wonderfully over a magnificent blowsy Spanish inflected twang laden backing. The band was Gal Holiday And The Honky Tonk Revue and the song was To Make Amends. It stuck with me so Blabber’n’Smoke eventually acquired a copy of their latest album, Last To Leave, and lo and behold, To Make Amends is but one of the gems contained therein.

New Orleans residents, Gal Holiday And the Honky Tonk Revue are fronted by Vanessa Niemann, a wonderful singer, fired by the likes of Cline, Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. She’s a formidable looking lady, the…

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Keitum/Sylt, Germany: Captain Corl 

The Gal Holiday band was mentioned in a hilarious “strange happenings” column in the Keitum newspaper called “Captain Corl” Published the day after our public show on the Island of Sylt, a German island in the North Sea, it speaks about our band, a “wild squad of Country musicians from…New Orleans…” and calls me a “Sangermaus” which I feel needs to be included in our band bio now.

(Translation below, courtesy our friend Sabine.)

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TRANSLATION: Captain Corl: Sunshine at night

Sylt is indeed well-known if not infamous for all kinds of curious occurrences, especially during mild summer nights. I have already seen shadow figures, clothed in Asian garments, standing on the beach, mumbling to themselves while repeatedly bowing towards the setting sun. Or a group of quite slender and very blonde Yoga ladies, who first go about dreadfully straining themselves in various directions in the dunes, and then stop dead in a peculiar pose. I think it’s called Sun Salutation. But all this was outdone in Keitum the other day when late in the evening a wild squad of Country musicians from, you better believe it, New Orleans, took over with a really cute sweetie pie of a singer who then shortly before midnight sang: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,” and that in the dark…


Bar signs: Chickie Wah Wah 

My band has a Sunday night residency at the fabulous venue Chickie Wah Wah, located in Mid-City a streetcar ride away from the French Quarter. Smoke free, super clean and with a stellar sound system, this venue offers a really amazing line-up of musicians 7 days a week! It’s quite an honor to have a weekly show there.

The owner, Dale has amassed a cool collection of signs, a few of which I am happy to share with you here.

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More signs… 

After a long hiatus of “And the sign says…” I’m hopping back on the proverbial wagon with two gems from yesterday’s adventures.

The first is not so much about the sign as the blatant disregard for said signage.

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The second one, found in the bathroom of Kebab (a fabulous new eatery on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans) is a plea for cleanliness. I’ve always thought that washroom signs should be so bold.

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Our first Gal Holiday music video: To Make Amends 

We finally made a music video! Hopefully this is the first of many to come. Cinematographer (and friend) Scott McKibben created a cool arts documentary project called Eye of the Crow; single shot, live performance music videos with no edits. (Click the links above to see more of Scott’s work.) Filming commenced one stormy night in July at Sideshow Props!/Moviesets in Slidell, Louisiana with Scott plus sound engineer Patrick Bordelon (and his awesome wife, Katy, my good friend).

Watch the video now then scroll down for behind the scenes stills and more info on Sideshow Props!/Moviesets.

 

Alice & Lawrence Barattini, the owners of Sideshow Props!/Moviesets were super generous in opening up their massive 40,000 square foot warehouse and events space for our usage. A jeweler by trade, Lawrence has been a “junk” collector for most of his life, getting hassled by friends and family for his vast collections of “rusty gold” and vintage ephemera. The movies came calling a few years ago by way of a Propmaster that Lawrence had sold some jewelry to through his shop in New Orleans, Barattini Jewelers. Now Lawrence, Alice and their children work non-stop, supplying props large and small to movies and television.  Of note are Academy Award winning movie, 12 Years a Slave and my personal favorite, the television show American Horror Story: Coven which takes place in NOLA. CLICK HERE to read more about Lawrence and watch a short video about him which has some great shots of the space.

Lawrence took some still shots while we were filming.

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We first saw the events space when we played Alice’s birthday fete this year and knew instantly that we wanted to use it for a music video. Lining the perimeter of the room are “sets” where Lawrence has created mini scenes including a Voodoo tent, pirate ship (that houses a bar), a Cajun cabin and an Asian garden. It’s incredibly difficult to describe just how amazing Moviesets is and what an incredible collection Lawrence has including NOPD police cars, a “full size” UFO, a running ’32 Harley Davidson, hospital equipment and what looks like a submarine control center. And then there are the “smalls”, everything from antique lighters, pipes, buckles, anything you can think of, really. When we visited earlier in the year I attempted to capture a little bit of the space. I also created a Vine video the night we filmed our music video: CLICK HERE.

Here are a few snapshots I took from the birthday party night.

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To get in touch with Lawrence for your event or to rent props email Lawrence Barattini at lbarattiniprops@yahoo.com.


Our first Gal Holiday music video: To Make Amends 

We finally made a music video! Hopefully this is the first of many to come. Cinematographer (and friend) Scott McKibben created a cool arts documentary project called Eye of the Crow; single shot, live performance music videos with no edits. (Click the links above to see more of Scott’s work.) Filming commenced one stormy night in July at Sideshow Props!/Moviesets in Slidell, Louisiana with Scott plus sound engineer Patrick Bordelon (and his awesome wife, Katy, my good friend).

Watch the video now then scroll down for behind the scenes stills and more info on Sideshow Props!/Moviesets.

 

Alice & Lawrence Barattini, the owners of Sideshow Props!/Moviesets were super generous in opening up their massive 40,000 square foot warehouse and events space for our usage. A jeweler by trade, Lawrence has been a “junk” collector for most of his life, getting hassled by friends and family for his vast collections of “rusty gold” and vintage ephemera. The movies came calling a few years ago by way of a Propmaster that Lawrence had sold some jewelry to through his shop in New Orleans, Barattini Jewelers. Now Lawrence, Alice and their children work non-stop, supplying props large and small to movies and television.  Of note are Academy Award winning movie, 12 Years a Slave and my personal favorite, the television show American Horror Story: Coven which takes place in NOLA. CLICK HERE to read more about Lawrence and watch a short video about him which has some great shots of the space.

Lawrence took some still shots while we were filming.

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We first saw the events space when we played Alice’s birthday fete this year and knew instantly that we wanted to use it for a music video. Lining the perimeter of the room are “sets” where Lawrence has created mini scenes including a Voodoo tent, pirate ship (that houses a bar), a Cajun cabin and an Asian garden. It’s incredibly difficult to describe just how amazing Moviesets is and what an incredible collection Lawrence has including NOPD police cars, a “full size” UFO, a running ’32 Harley Davidson, hospital equipment and what looks like a submarine control center. And then there are the “smalls”, everything from antique lighters, pipes, buckles, anything you can think of, really. When we visited earlier in the year I attempted to capture a little bit of the space. I also created a Vine video the night we filmed our music video: CLICK HERE.

Here are a few snapshots I took from the birthday party night.

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To get in touch with Lawrence for your event or to rent props email Lawrence Barattini at lbarattiniprops@yahoo.com.


Young Audiences: Fun at the library! 

We work with a fantastic group called Young Audiences who place programming in schools and libraries. There are a handful of awesome Head Librarians in different Parishes who request us for their summer reading programs, including Ms. Patricia with the Plaquemines Parish Library system. Plaquemines Parish is the finger of land, much of which is threatened by the shrinking coastal marshes where the mighty Mississippi reaches the Gulf of Mexico. We spent the first three days of this week playing for the children of Buras, Belle Chasse and Port Sulphur, Louisiana.


Sharing music with kids who might not otherwise get a musical education is rewarding as well as mighty important these days, what with many school district cutting Arts curriculum completely. The upright bass and the drums are always the stars of the show, although the guitars are not far behind…

“Now let’s talk about the style of bass playing that Dave does which is called, ‘SLAPPING.’ You’re not supposed to do it to other people but it’s okay to slap a bass!”

Day 1: Buras kids cue to talk with the band Greg and Dave with a captive audience Greg horses around in Buras The brand new Buras Branch Library Raised Buras Branch Library Headed back from Buras Lots of water down in Plaquemines Parish Day 2: Belle Chasse Branch Library Day 2: Belle Chasse Branch Library Day 3: Port Sulphur YMCA audience

In case anyone is curious what we play for the kiddos, here’s a set list:

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Tipitina’s: Steve Hatley photographs 

I’ve already posted a lot of pictures from our momentous show at the world famous Tipitina’s but a batch came in from photographer, Steve Hatley that merit a share!

The musicians on stage: Izzy Zaidman (electric guitar), David Brouillette (upright bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Michael Sollars (drums) and ME, Vanessa Niemann on the lead vocals.

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New Orleans: Gal Holiday 

 

Andrew Evans blogs as Where’s Andrew? and is the Digital Nomad for National Geographic Traveler. He came to New Orleans, where we did a short interview which he combined with some live footage of us at Tipitina’s.  See my recommendations for where to eat and hear live music in the Crescent City!

Click the link. Go on. do it. New Orleans: Gal Holiday.

 


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