Last Friday night James played another open mic night for the Brooklyn Guitar School at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn. Once again I served as his videographer, roadie, and sole groupie.
He opened his set with "Academy Fight Song" by Mission From Burma:
Next up was his latest original song from the guitar school's songwriting class, entitled "Don't Ask Me Now:"
Having been subjected to a Big Star playlist on a road trip to DC a few years ago, I knew James would either sing a Big Star song or pay tribute to the late Alex Chilton in some way. He went with "Alex Chilton" by The Replacements.
As he came off the stage I held onto his guitar for a few moments while he found his case. Later, when another band, the creatively named "The Jailhouse Cocks," needed a spare cable, James lent them one and asked me to collect it when they were done as he had to leave. It's all part of the job of being a hanger-on for an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. It also meant I got to stick around to hear The Jailhouse Cocks as well as Postacockalypse and Satan's Scrotum (though I think their real name was The Professionals, and they were a kick-ass ZZ Top cover band). It was that kind of night at Hank's.