It’s all about the vibe.
A place has a vibe. An audience has a vibe. A band has a vibe. When the band is doing its job right, all of that gets magnified through the music so that musicians and audience alike lose themselves in the experience. You can do it in a church, or you can do it in a juke joint.
The Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee has a deep vibe. As I understand the story, after the Civil War a plantation owner deeded the land around there to his freed slaves. In the 1950s their descendants built a cinder-block community center. At some point they started having blues bands play there. The place became a regular stop on the chitlin’ circuit. Many legendary musicians have played there, and their pictures are painted on tabletops throughout the room and hanging on the walls. I’m honored to say Delta Moon has earned a tabletop, too. Outside, under the oaks and Spanish moss, a bonfire has burned every Saturday night for over half a century.
When we played the BBC last month, our friend Dan McGehee from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, caught the encore “Wang Dang Doodle” on a handheld video camera. Thank you, Dan. I think the place, the crowd and the band came together pretty well here.