From Norfolk to the Big Easy, ORF to NOLA: Mallory and I have landed in the Crescent City. We’ve been exploring – upriver, downriver, uptown, downtown, the French Quarter, the Marigny, the Treme, the Bywater, Holy Cross, Bayou St. John, the 9th Ward, Upper & Lower, the Irish Channel, the Garden District, Uptown, Mid-City, Algiers Point, Old Algiers, Jefferson, Metairie and Chalmette! And that’s not anywhere near all the names of all the neighborhoods, regions and areas. There is quite literally a surprise around almost every corner, no matter where you are in the city. Right now most of these areas ring with the sounds of homes being rebuilt and restored. The search for a place to live is challenging – prices are high, but more importantly there are what seem like a thousand ways to live here, and we haven’t chosen yet just how we wanna go about it… and the differences between areas are huge, not minor.
Last night we played our first open mic in the city, down at The Kerry on Decatur in the French Quarter. The Kerry goes waaay back for me – I used to drive over from Mobile to see bands there. Awesome little Irish pub. Thanks much to our gracious host Jason for making us feel right at home, and thanks to him for playin’ the John Prine and Merle Haggard tunes. Just cain’t go wrong with JP and the Hag. We had a great time playing, the room was warmly friendly and we’ll be back.
Mallory and I are getting settled in here and working on the next phase of Longfellow Street. Our time with our friends and fellow musicians in Norfolk isn’t something we’d ever be able to duplicate, so we’re not even going to try! We’re working on new material – and a new life – we’re making friends and dipping our toes into the music scene here. There’s really no telling where it will go next, but it’s already in motion and we’re riding along. It’s always about the songs, and we’ve damn sure got a lot now to write about. How those songs are going to sound this time around is very much up in the air, and that’s exciting! It’s going to sound different no matter what, simply because we’ll be making it here. The music here seeps into you almost by osmosis. WWOZ is on the radio, tuned in, all the time. If you were here, you’d do that too.
-Trey & Mallory