Austin Update

After a week over in North Carolina and Maryland, I’m back in Austin for a second visit. Had the experience again of driving up from Houston on 290 – all the meadow grass and spring flowers on the median as well as either side. Beautiful.

In Antones, saw Gary Clark Jr again, with Eric Zapata also again, on the second guitar, and a much mellower balance this time with the rhythm section; Gary really shone …. and Pinetop Perkins watching from the sidelines too.

Great selection of beers, US and local Texan, as well as international … at least  50 on draft … at The Ginger Man, which was interesting after discovering two (!) brewery pubs in Frederick, MD last week. The internationally promoted US beer brands give a very limited view of the amazing quality and variety of US beer. And, coincidentaly, it turned out the part-time-waitress / geology-student sat next to me at the bar reckoned Destin, FL and Mustang Island, TX her favourite US beach locations, no prompting, even if she did rank the spring meadow flowers as weeds as far as her lawn was concerned. Quality will out.

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