And I am proud to American, where at least I know I’m free! And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me! Sing it, Lee!

Happy 4tht of July weekend, err’body! I hope everyone has fun watchin’ fireworks, eatin’ barbecue and remembering we do live in the best country in the whole wide world. Even if you think it sucks right now for whatever reason, at least you have the freedom to express those views or annoy your friends on Facebook with you endless rants. And isn’t that what America is all about?

Anyway, I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! But before you start eating and drinking things made with red, white and blue food coloring that is probably banned in every other developed nation, please devour these tasty little tidbits I have prepared for you this week. A little Independence Day amuse-bouche, if you will. Dig on in!

Indigo Girls honor local gay rights heroes
The night before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal across the country, The Indigo Girls and Kristy Lee played the Saenger Theatre downtown. I am told the crowd was pumped not only for the ruling everyone expected to come the next day but also to enjoy the beautiful harmonies of these ladies.

Both local favorite Lee and the Indigo Girls took time to recognize local gay rights heroes Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, whose battle to adopt their child ended up with U.S. Judge Ginny Granade ruling to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.  Eventually, a stay was put in place for Alabama until the Supreme Court ruling, but that did come the following day as expected, and same-sex marriage became the law of the land.  We hear many thanks were given to the local couple for their efforts by the concert goers.

Delly Mac still has it
The next night, Delbert McClinton played to a fun but slightly different Saenger crowd. Our spy said, “Let’s just say there were a lot of older ladies having a really good time, who really think Delbert McClinton is still a pretty enticing piece of man candy.”

Well, what do you expect for a man who “gives it up for you love.”
Opener Jamell Richardson, aka the “Gulf Coast Blues Boy,” continues to dazzle local audiences with his soulful sounds. I hear he is one you better catch locally soon before he makes it big and we don’t get to see him around these here parts anymore.

The Saenger has some more great shows scheduled, with Seinfeld, Floetry, John Hiatt, The Mulligan Brothers and Todd Rundgren all on their calendar, not to mention the Nappie Awards.

DI dancing queen
My spies said they received quite a show down at a watering hole on Dauphin Island last weekend,, as one lovely lass transformed from a beach beauty into a dancing queen to the tunes of local musician Ryan Balthrop. We hear this lady, clad in nothing but bikini bottoms and a T-shirt, spent much of her time on the dance floor shaking her stuff with various dance partners.

The only hiccup of the night was when another lady asked for “Brown Eyed Girl” to be played. Record scratch. Yikes, ma’am. I think that has finally surpassed “Freebird” as being the worst song to ask musicians to cover, although I hear “Wagon Wheel” is also well on its way.

Well kids, that’s all I got. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ unfortunate “Brown Eyed Girl” lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!