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Carlos and the Enablers

I went to see Carlos (Sanchez) and the Enablers at the Tradewinds Social Club on Sunday, September 3rd. The Tradewinds’ name is an ironic name for a neighborhood dive bar. And they wear both the social club and dive bar monikers with pride. As well they should. From the friendly bartender who asks your name and gives you hers – to the friendly regulars at the bar that do the same – to the shuffleboard table near the pool table that still takes quarters – it’s the neighborhood bar we all know and love. While they may look different to an extent, there is a sameness to them. It’s what makes them comfortable.

Tradewinds is split in half by the bar. You can sit on both sides of the bar. The third side is the front wall of the building and the fourth is a hallway from one side to the other. The patrons at the bar on the entrance/shuffleboard/pool table side can see through to the band side with the kitchen in the far left corner. The red chairs in the right of the pictures are the chairs to that side of the bar.

A Carlos and the Enablers show reminds me of a Grateful Dead concert in that it is laid back and when they play, they all concentrate on their instruments. They are a band that is at home at the neighborhood dive. The customers certainly thought so. Oddly enough, they didn’t play any Grateful Dead that I know of. They did however, play a number of classic songs from all over the spectrum. Songs such as Let the Good Times Roll, She’s So Cold, Sunshine Go Away Today, and The Thrill is Gone. And then, Do It in The Road, Let’s Work Together, and You Don’t Know How it Feels.

Brad Taylor and Carlos Sanchez

Brad Taylor plays keyboard and horns. Lonn Gulley is on drums and occasionally, vocals. James Hargon plays bass. Tim Murray plays guitar, keyboard, and sings. Carlos, of course, is on guitar and vocals. Tim and Carlos trade off on the lead guitar parts.

Carlos and the Enablers have an internet footprint the size of my thumb. Meaning they have little online presence. So I will try to let you know when they’re playing. There is no pretense – they’re just five guys that like to play music and play the best they can. If you hear from me or someone else that they are playing, take the time to check them out. They won’t be the best cover band you’ve ever seen. They’re not trying to be. But they sure as hell have fun and you’re invited to join the party.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Samantha as we sang to her.

Samantha as we sang to her.

On Monday, December 12th, the Poor David’s Pub open mic, hosted by Mr. Troll, was a celebration of Samantha Sanders’, birthday. Samantha Sanders is the bar manager at PDP, a hairdresser, a mother of three talented baseball playing boys, and an all around beautiful person.

Keith Crow started the show. He had to leave early, so Troll let him start. Troll followed Keith with Billy Keith Bucher joining him on cajon.  When Troll and Billy Keith finished, I took the stage – with a box rather than a guitar.

I asked Carlos to come up to the stage. While he was coming to the stage, I announced that Carlos was the 2016 Best Sound Man of the Year Award. When he reached the stage, I announced that, as showcase director for the Dallas Songwriters Association, I was presenting Carlos with the 2017 Best Sound Man of the Year award.carlos-sanchez-and-dan-roark

I was not trying to take away from Samantha’s celebration by giving Carlos the trophy. I was guest hosting when it was Carlos’ birthday celebration and I wanted Troll to be there when I gave Carlos the award. And, as in Carlos’ case, it wasn’t the actual birthday.

After the presentation and the two of us leaving the stage, David Card and Mr. Troll took our place. David expounded for a bit about Samantha’s talents as a bar manager and her charms as a person. Which we all echoed with shouts of agreement and applause. Then David and Troll led us all in singing Happy Birthday.

Poor David Card and Mr. Troll

Poor David Card and Mr. Troll

Then it was back to the open mic with the featured artist, Eric Sommer. Sommer is originally from Boston and now pretty much from the road. He has an old style blues guitar setup – from the amps to the acoustic guitars to the telecasters to the Shure iconic unidyne vocal mic. Eric reminds one of the blues players who came before him. Mixed, however, with a punk, salty, edge.

Sometimes being late to post works out right. Today is Samantha’s actual birthday. Go to her Facebook page and say Happy Birthday!

And the music plays on….

Peace be with you.

The Enablers

The Enablers

Here I am, playing catch up again. I was guest host of the Poor David’s Pub open mic on Monday, November 28th. Which happened to be sound man, Carlos Sanchez’, birthday celebration. His actual birthday was on Tuesday.

I welcomed everyone and started the show with my three songs. The honorable David Card then came on stage to say Happy Birthday to Carlos in his inimitable fashion. Darren Rozell followed me. Then Mike Newkirk played, followed by 17 year old Cortlynn Blankenbaker . Then the stage was set for the featured artist.

Brad Blackwood, Scott Thornton, and Tin Man Travis

Brad Blackwood, Scott Thornton, and Tin Man Travis

After going through setup, Carlos and the Enablers took the stage. They are looking at other names, because they found out Enablers was being used. The band plays tunes from artists like Eric Clapton, The Band, and many others. And they play them well. It was like a mini Grateful Dead concert. The band rocked the house for about forty-five minutes. If I can get the names of the other members of the band, I will update the info. It’s hard to keep track of all the names that are not on the list when you’re the host.

When the band left the stage, Carlos stayed and invited Samantha Sanders, bar manager, to come down from

Samantha Sanders and Carlos Sanchez

Samantha Sanders and Carlos Sanchez

behind the bar. Samantha explained that her dad used to sing This Old House by Neil Young when she was young. She liked to sing it for him. Then she and Carlos played and sang the song. She sings better than she gives herself credit for.

Tin Man Travis played, then Mark Brandt, who reminds me of Leo Kottke, followed by Scott Thornton, and Robin Willis. Tin Man played with Scott and Robin. Brad Blackwood, a well known harmonica player, accompanied Scott and Tin Man.

Interspersed between these acts, and ending the show, were a number of rappers and hip-hop artists (I’m not sure which each considers as their type of music). The performers included SSG, DJ Whylie, Eyece, Blacc Majicc, and Rich Monii.

Which brought the interesting evening, and Carlos’ birthday party to a close. It was past midnight, so I wished him Happy Birthday for real before I left. Two weeks later, the party continued with Samantha’s birthday celebration. And I said award, right?….

Peace be with you.

 

Dan at WildflowerI substituted for Mr. Troll at the Poor David’s Pub open mic last Monday night while he took care of personal business. Unlike other open mics I have hosted – including PDP open mic – Monday’s went relatively smoothly. One guy showed up after the show had started and wanted to sign up. But he wanted me to bump somebody from before the featured artist to after to accommodate him. Other than that though, it was a good show. It was as if we were doing it for Troll.

I opened the evening. I remembered to talk about the drink special, but I forgot to mention Carlos Sanchez on sound and to tell people to be sure to tip Leslie, the bartender. Shame on me. I told people about Carlos, just not on stage. Regardless, I played a good tight set. Mike Newkirk followed me. He performed well, despite having a sore throat previously. Jovani Flores played a good set, in his unassuming fashion.

Emma Walsh preceded the featured artist. As I said in my introduction, I have had the privilege of watching her grow in her musical career for the past few years. Her voice is mesmerizing, though it still has a ways to grow. She played a song she wrote about the shooting during the protest called I Said Hello to the Devil. It’s a nice song.

Sleepy Creek, the featured artist, took the stage next. I’ve been waiting to post for the names of the band members and haven’t heard back. I didn’t have a chance to write them down. But I do know that Joel Edgar Hill is the acoustic guitarist and lead singer. They are definitely a down home band. One of the songs I really liked was the song about cornbread and making it without sugar. A good time band with interesting stories to tell in a blues and Americana way.

Mike Freiley followed Sleepy Creek, then Wild Bill Skye before Darren Rozell played his three song set. Newcomers to the open mic, Travis Armes and Justin Kemp, both played a tight set. Gary Hurst and Tull Rea rounded out the evening. From first to last, it was an evening of good music. But that’s not uncommon at the Poor David’s Pub open mic. Just saying.

Peace be with you.

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